Day of Mourning – April 28, 2017

On April 28, Nova Scotia joins the rest of Canada and more than 80 countries worldwide to remember those who died, were injured or became ill at work. The Day of Mourning offers employees and employers the opportunity to publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace.

Day of Mourning Story: Glenn Martin – 26 coal miners were tragically lost in the Westray Mine disaster of 1992. Glenn Martin, a man who loved friends, family and fishing, was one of them. Allen Martin remembers his brother 25 years later. Watch the video below.

On April 28, join other Nova Scotians in observing the Day of Mourning by remembering those who have been lost to a workplace tragedy and honouring those who have been affected. Visit the Day of Mourning website for more information.

Kelsey Ramsden on Future Proofing the Construction Industry

Kelsey Ramsden is a contractor, public speaker and entrepreneur. She spoke at the Canadian Construction Association’s 99th annual conference, held recently in Mexico. Ramsden, who was named Canada’s top female entrepreneur twice by Profit magazine, explained that future proofing one’s business means concentrating on the aspects one excels at, rather than trying to excel at everything. Read more.

Russian Startup Company Renca Recycles Industrial Waste Into 3D Printable Cement

Russian construction company Renca, has developed an eco-friendly cement for 3D printing. According to the manufacturers, production of the material, known as géobéton (geoconcrete or geocement), reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90% when compared to the traditional mode of making cement. By using recycled materials, the material also creates at least 60% less impact on the environment than its Portland counterpart. Read more.

Federal Phase 1 Infrastructure Dollars Go Unspent.

Pundits who have been complaining that federal phase 1 infrastructure spending promised in the 2016 budget has not worked its way through the system were largely right. The budget document released by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22 revealed that only 50 to 75 per cent of infrastructure allocations from Budget 2016 have been spent. Read more.