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ON THE JOB - KE Electrical – Part of Ottawa’s Thriving City Since 1994

Ottawa and its surrounding area has become one of Ontario’s fastest growing cities because it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. KE Electrical is has made its mark in Ottawa in the local construction industry on commercial projects in the private and public sectors as well as large-scale residential condominiums and hotels. Today, what’s known as KE Electrical, started in 1994 as Gord Kemp Electrical with Gord Kemp, president and owner, two employees and a half-ton truck.

Over Kemp’s 23-year career as owner of KE Electrical, there were always three constants; his family, his farm, and his trusted colleague, Joan O’Meara, who helped him with Gord Kemp Electrical when it first started out, to today, helping with everything from bookkeeping to administration.
“Joan has been with me from the start, and her opinions and business insight has never led us astray,” Kemp says. “She is important to this business, and she’s very important to me. She has helped me grow this business from the ground up, and I’m very thankful to have her.”

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This is not a union vs non union issue but rather the threat of fragmentation of the trade.



Electricians protest proposed changes to skilled trades laws outside Bob Chiarelli's office

Ottawa Sun

A few dozen electricians gathered outside the office of Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli Friday afternoon to protest the provincial government’s budget implementation bill.

Bill 70 includes changes to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that “threaten” the work of skilled electricians, spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 586 John Bourke said in an interview with the Citizen.

“It would open up the door to people that are not skilled … It would allow contractors to have people come in and do the work that they are not certified to do,” Bourke said.

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Heated protest in downtown Kingston as local tradespeople fight to scrap Schedule 17 of Bill 70

CKWS Kingston

Tense moments and insults were thrown during a local protest against proposed amendments to Bill 70.

Dozens of compulsory tradespeople marched into MPP Sophie Kiwala's downtown Kingston office, demanding action.

The provincial government has been under fire for including the ammendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act to the 'omnibus' bill in late November - some are calling it a sneaky move on the government's part.

Bill Pearse: "This should been a separate bill. More consultation on it. Not in with a budget bill to basically get unwanted legislation pushed through."

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OEL Sponsored Working At Heights Training

If you're interested in having on-site training, please contact Cathy Frederickson

As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer and delivered by an approved training provider before they can work at heights.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts.

There is a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1, 2015, met the fall protection training requirements set out in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation. These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.

Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour - Working at Heights Training