What is Your Escape Route? #Blockitout

This past weekend saw the devastating loss of a hotel being constructed in the north GTA, requiring over 50 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown, but “resulted in the total loss of a hotel under construction on Stirling Crescent in the Highway 400 employment lands area of Bradford West Gwillimbury”.

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Climate Change Adaptation of Masonry Materials, Design, and Construction

Recent analyses of climate data, as well as climate modelling, indicate that the Canadian climate is changing and will continue to do so as part of the global phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change. These changes have both acute and long-term effects on many aspects of the Canadian economy, including our built infrastructure. As part of a review of its collection of standards to assess the need to adapt them to climate change, CSA Group identified several standards as high, moderate, or low priority for adaptation; the current report represents a portion of the efforts arising from the review.

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CCMPA Q1 News from the Block

Despite a global pandemic, 2020 remained a strong year overall for block in Canada. Typically the business world uses the word “pivot” when we demonstrate the agility to react to changing conditions; however the unprecedented changes last year required a complete overhaul in how business is done. The survival and success that block saw in 2020 was largely due to industry working together to advocate for essential businesses, an unrelenting commitment to safety and continual repositioning in our approach to customer service.

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Safety Stand-down: A Call to Action

First and foremost, CCMPA would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the lives lost and families touched by all of the tragic events over the last few weeks in construction. These events have proven to be a stark reminder that we must work together in an unrelenting effort to pursue safety in the workplace.

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The World is on Fire

“Climate change” is a term that has been so over utilized that the entirety of our population has become completely immune to the gravity that it carries. The vast majority of the West Coast of our continent is on fire, and yet we have not paused. Climate change is an intricately complex issue, and each person has a role to play, no matter how small. Further to this thought, activist Greta Thunberg states “we must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility”.

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Concrete Block is Cutting Carbon. Now.

CCMPA would like to give a shout out to our members, many of whom are actively and aggressively pursuing the reduction of their respective carbon footprints in the production of concrete block. My recent study revealed that an impressive 70% of all concrete block in Canada is now being produced with GUL (PLC) (Or other low carbon SCM blends), instead of the traditionally used GU;  this fact means that concrete block production is setting an industry-wide precedent in the utility of, and conversion to, lower carbon cement / cement blends. We are still facing logistical challenges in Atlantic and the Midwest, but we will continue until we reach 100% conversion. 

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