Patrick Flannery

Patrick Flannery

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Thursday, 04 October 2018
The Ontario government has announced it will cancel a planned hike of the minumum wage in the province to $15 from the present $14, pending further consultations. The increase was put in place by the former Liberal government and was to take effect at the start of 2019.
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Our sister publication, Rock to Road, recently published a column by the president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association criticizing the Manitoba government for refusing to release information on how much needs to be invested in infrastructure in the province. 
Monday, 20 August 2018
The Trump administration announced this summer tariffs on around $50 billion worth of imported manufactured goods from China, including such things as compact off-road vehicles, concrete mixers and tractors. So the U.S. Association of Equipment Manufacturers should be thrilled, right?
Friday, 20 July 2018
The Pella, Iowa, manufacturing plant of compact equipment manufacturer Vermeer was hit by a tornado yesterday, causing extensive damage and minor injuries. The incident occured as Vermeer was hosting its dealer and customer conference with over 400 attendees in the facility.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Weed, weed, weed in the workplace. Boy, it’s all you hear about these days. The Senate passed the law legalizing cannabis in Canada this summer, but already there’s been a stampede of experts on health, safety and human resources to podiums across the country to tell any industry group that will sit still all about it.
Friday, 08 June 2018
On June 6 in Ottawa the Canadian Propane Association presented George Olah with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  Olah is familiar to the rental industry from his time as general manager of Abco Equipment and Supplies in Toronto, his involvement with the Canadian Rental Association and his stint as a columnist in Canadian Rental Service.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Some guy drove a van through a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto the other day, killing 10 and injuring another 15. I suppose it’s a sign of the times that it actually comes as a relief that there was apparently no terror motive. Early accounts suggest the driver was simply a socially maladjusted person, potentially with mental/emotional health issues and probably a death wish.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
There was a member of provincial parliament (as we call them here in Ontario) being interviewed on the radio today talking up the Progressive Conservative’s plans ahead of the election we have coming in May. He said the Tories are going save the government a boatload of money by finding efficiencies. Sounds good.
Tuesday, 03 April 2018
Jeff Elmquist has joined Centec Corp. as a sales representative for the Greater Toronto Area and north/central Ontario. He brings over 20 years' experience in the construction, landscaping and equipment industries in supervisory and operator roles. 
Tuesday, 03 April 2018
The 2018 Canadian Rental Mart featured a new twist - a door prize for a trip for two to anywhere valued at $2,500. The lucky winner was Joel McFadyen of Elmvale Rental Supply in Elmvale, Ont.
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