CFIB statement on U.S. aluminum tariffs

CFIB statement on U.S. aluminum tariffs

CFIB has released a statement on U.S. aluminum tariffs below:

Small business owners are disappointed with the U.S. government’s plan to re-impose tariffs on imports of Canadian aluminum. The tariffs will hurt small firms involved in the aluminum industry and related services. CUSMA was ratified to avoid these arbitrary and unnecessary events from our trading relationships.

CFIB has already heard from many small firms involved in manufacturing and the beverage industry that Canada’s retaliatory tariffs will impose higher costs at a very challenging time.

The instability caused by trade tensions is tough on SMEs at the best of times. As small firms begin the long road to recovery from COVID-19, these actions are especially challenging. CFIB calls on the US government to quickly end this action.

– Dan Kelly, President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)


BC Building Info Is Winding Down

BC Building Info Is Winding Down

A message about the BC Building Info Newsletter. Thank you to Ken Farrish for your outstanding contribution to the BC market!

“After almost 20 years and 258 issues of our little ol’ BC Building Info newsletter, it looks like the time has come to wind things down. It has been a wonderful experience at my end, and my hope is that we have provided you with at least a wee bit of value as well.

Being an old pack rat, I still get a lot of joy out of regularly scouring over 1080 website pages in efforts to find information to share with you. It’s also quite fulfilling whenever I get calls and questions from our many newsletter subscribers and website visitors who are looking for information and resources about our home building industry and technologies.

But it is becoming more and more obvious to me that my mid-septuagenarian priorities are changing. I’m now looking forward to spending a lot more of my time reading, gardening, hiking, volunteering, working out in efforts to keep this ol’ body functioning, travelling, and generally hanging out with my wife and all of our family. Perhaps our granddaughter becoming a teenager this year has made me finally realize how fast time flies – and I don’t want to miss the opportunity of spending more time with those I love.

So, I have a few Thank-Yous to offer…

First, for all of their professional website and newsletter programming skills over the last couple of decades I would like to offer my HUGE heart-felt Thanks to Ivan & Druggan over at D.J.’s Micro-Info. They have truly done a wonderful job of babysitting me and taking care of the website/online/IT side of BC Building Info. You guys rock!

Second, to my kid brother Beaver (that’s his everlasting childhood nickname from the old Leave It To Beaver show), thanks BIG TIME for putting up with me and my weird requests for all these years. Your highly-capable website content maintenance and newsletter management abilities have been the number-one reason for us being able to keep our BC Building Info gig going for as long as we have. Luv ya’ Bro!

Third, and from my perspective perhaps the most important…THANK YOU to you, our subscribers! Having had over 2000 of you take the time to sign up to receive our little ol’ newsletter has been one of the most fulfilling business experiences I’ve ever had. And I’d also like to offer an additional tip of my hat to the hundreds of you that have submitted links and resources to us in the past. You are Top Drawer!

It’s been an absolute pleasure to serve you all.”

Much appreciated.

Regional Week Presented by Veka Just Announced!

Regional Week Presented by Veka Just Announced!

Join us for our Online Regional Week Presented by Veka!

Each day will consist of a variety of education and information sessions focused on each region as well as the popular Suppliers Showcases!

 British Columbia  Monday September 28th 2020
 Prairies  Tuesday September 29th 2020
 Ontario  Wednesday September 30th 2020
 Quebec  Thursday October 1st 2020
 Atlantic  Friday October 2nd 2020

Register Here!

These sessions are FREE for Members of Fenestration Canada .

If you are not a member yet, no worries! This year we extend the invitation to any member of a professional association to join us, also for FREE.

Schedule of events to follow shortly.

Built Green Canada Webinar: Energy & Envelope – August 11

Built Green Canada Webinar: Energy & Envelope – August 11

Our friends at Built Green Canada are developing a series of webinars focused on key components of their certification programs. Their Energy & Envelope webinar is being presented in two parts, with Part I being held on Tuesday, August 11, and Part II in September.

This content is applicable to the building industry and all who support it. All are welcomed to attend, as together, we collectively work toward a more sustainable, healthier future.

Energy & Envelope, Part I – Webinar

This webinar will look at construction methods and types of products that contribute to lower energy consumption, as well as alternative heating and electrical systems, and improved building envelope. As part of our webinar, we will review benefits and provide practical, affordable suggestions to build better and to earn points towards BUILT GREEN® home certification.

When: Tuesday, August 11.

Note time zones:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PST

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. MST

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Where: Webinar – Google Zoom coordinates to come, following RSVP

Cost: No charge

RSVP: Please RSVP by noon on Friday, August 7.

Education credits: pending eligibility for 1 CPD point with BC Housing and can be used for credit through PHBI.

Ontario Members – We need your input!

Ontario Members – We need your input!

Ontario members, we need you! Following the raised concerns about Ontario’s energy efficiency standards for windows, including the lack of enforcement, the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario reached out to Fenestration Canada to get more information. Please take 2 minutes of your time to fill out this quick survey.