OGMA Newsletter – October 2016
Please see Frank Fulton’s “You Bet Your Glass” column for a full update on the prompt payment process. The Construction Lien Act review report is due to be released at the end of September. The OGMA will be meeting with Prompt Payment Ontario within days of the release of the report to determine next actions depending on its content. Details will be distributed to the industry as soon as they are available.
We are still planning our Fall Seminar. Details will be sent to members when available.
Companies have until the end of the year to put accessibility policies and procedures in place and to prepare to communicate your information and employment practices for compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To find out your legal obligations, go to ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws, then contact Workplace Safety and Prevention Services to help you put it in place.
If you are conducting business in the glass industry in Ontario, the OGMA is the voice that represents your interests at the provincial and federal level. Protect your business and support our fight for prompt payment legislation by becoming a member or as an associate member if you are a consultant to the industry. Please visit the OGMA website for more information.
After a year of preparation, the OGMA/WSPS safety manual is now ready for use by the metal and glass industry. The manual was created by qualified health and safety professionals and is a timesaving tool enabling glass shops to establish their own company program. Not only will this support a company’s efforts to eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses, it will also lower costs and time related to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims. Additionally, WSPS and the health and safety manual will get your company compliant with the new OHSA Regulation 297/13 as well as AODA requirements.
– Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, October 2016 Issue.
Prompt Payment, Low Priority
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, October 2016 Issue Way back in February, 2015, the Ontario government issued a press release stating “Ontario is launching an expert review of the Construction Lien Act that will include the examination of payment issues within the construction sector.” It went on to say that “strengthening […]
Status of Construction Lien Act Review Report
Message from Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) to PPO members: On July 25, 2016, Ron Johnson, Jeff Koller, Ian Cunningham, and Sandra Skivsky from PPO met with David Phillips, Minister Naqvi’s new chief of staff, and Delia Greco at the offices of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. This was PPO’s second meeting with representatives […]
Neudorf a Story of Rags to Riches
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, August 2016 Issue A Canadian success story Over the past few years I’ve looked back at the lives and achievements of a number of contributors and entrepreneurs that have influenced our industry. If grades were handed out for rags to riches success stories, Peter Neudorf could […]
OGMA Newsletter – August 2016
It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the passing of our long time friend and industry colleague, Jim Epworth, founder of Upper Canada Glass in Oak Ridges, Ont. Jim left us in his 84th year on June 11 and is survived by Joyce, his wife of 62 years, sons Howard and […]
OGMA Newsletter – June 2016
The legal review of the Construction Lien Act has been ongoing but the review group requested another extension to the end of April 2016. Prompt Payment Ontario has begun the lobby effort by mailing letters to all MPPs requesting their release of the report to PPO and to a timely vote in provincial parliament. A […]
Are You Ready for AODA?
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, June 2016 Issue Accommodating Disability Not long ago I attended the Top Glass Conference and Exhibits show in Mississauga, Ont., put on by Glass Canada and spent the day between manning the OGMA booth and schmoozing with visitors, exhibitors, old and new customers and former employees. […]
Update on Glass Supply Challenges
In March 2015, OGMA released a bulletin to its members to make them aware that glass supply was anticipated to become a challenge and more costly due to double-digit increases in demand in the United States, the reduction of glass production capacity in North America, an escalating U.S. dollar, and a severe shortage of transportation […]
OGMA Newsletter – April 2016
The legal review of the Construction Lien Act is now well underway and the review group was to have prepared their recommendations for submission to the Ontario government by the end of March 2016. The OGMA has teamed up with the Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) group to represent our interests in bringing fair payment terms […]
Fred Fulton: Entrepreneur and Gentleman – Part III
by Frank Fulton Originally published in Glass Canada Magazine, April 2016 Issue In my previous two columns I told you about Fred Fulton’s early days in Toronto, his beginnings in the industry with Pilkington Glass, the start up of Sealite Glass, and the establishment of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada. Sealite Glass was […]