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News & Events2017-02-07T01:33:56+00:00

2020 OPCEA Golf Tournament

Aug 12, 2020: IMPORTANT UPDATE – CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO OPEN PDF

Good Afternoon OPCEA Member Companies.

Due to the COVID‐19 pandemic Cardinal Golf and Country Club is no longer allowing Shot‐gun format tournaments or banquet dinners. Based on this decision the OPCEA board has decided to proceed with the Annual Golf Tournament under an altered format. Please review the changes listed below, we hope you will still join us for a great day on the course and enjoy the opportunity to interact with friends and customers.

Notable Changes:

  • Golfers will be assigned tee times between 11:00am – 2:00pm on the EAST or WEST

Priority standing will be offered to those already registered.

  • Players are permitted to arrive at the course no more than 30 minutes prior to tee‐time
  • Plastic dividers will separate golfers in the golf carts to ensure social distancing measures are met
  • Golfers are asked to leave the course 15‐20 minutes after completion of round
  • There will be no social BBQ hour prior to golf (Shot‐gun start eliminated)
  • No social hour or banquet dinner following round
  • Awards and hole sponsor prizes will be announced via email and gifts will be sent in the mail
  • New Cost will be $105.00/player
  • $75.00 pay your own way will remain in place
  • Players are asked to sign‐in at their assigned tee deck to obtain registration You will receive your assigned tee deck Tuesday September 8th.

What remains the same: Players will receive the following:

  • Complimentary bucket of driving range balls to be used prior to your round
  • BBQ Lunch Ticket (can be used at the BBQ hut before round or after 9 holes)
  • 1 Drink ticket per person
  • 1 Golf cart per twosome, Plastic shields have been installed for social distancing requirements.
  • Complimentary LCBO gift card from the OPCEA board will be distributed at your first tee deck
  • Chance to win hole sponsorship prizes
  • Amazing opportunity to socialize and build rapport with customers!!

For those of you already registered and paid under the old format, there is no need for you to register again. You will receive a call in the coming days and presented with two options: 1. Full refund if you do not wish to participate or 2. Refund of the outstanding balance if you wish to proceed.

Please visit the updated tournament registration page to secure your spot today https://cardinal.golfems2.com/event/2020‐opcea‐golf‐tournaments.

**Reminder – For those already registered who wish to update the names for the twosome or foursomes please contact John Devlin or Gary Fricke for submission no later than Friday September 4th.

Thank you from the OPCEA Golf Coordinators, John Devlin & Gary Fricke.

COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (3)

OPCEA Members:

July 14, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

Province Maintains Flexibility to Protect Public Health as Economy Gradually Reopens

The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.

The government intends to extend emergency orders to align with the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, if passed. This proposed legislation is part of the government’s plan to cautiously reopen Ontario in a way that recognizes the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 even after the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. The bill, if passed, would allow Ontario to continue its path to recovery by easing restrictions where appropriate, while maintaining important select tools to address the ongoing threat of this deadly virus and protect Ontarians.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.

Click here to read the complete news release.

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WEFTEC 2020 Now Virtual

WEFTEC 2020 will be a fully virtual event on the WEFTEC Connect online learning platform that offers attendees interactive education, an exhibitor showcase, and networking experiences.

Conference & Exhibition
October 5 – 9 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT
Dedicated Exhibitor Hours: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

https://www.weftec.org/weftec-2020-coronavirus-update/

 

COVID-19 OPCEA Information Update

Dear OPCEA Member

Thank you for your patience in this unique time and for your support as we attempt to zig & zag with the unusual situations we are all  facing.

As you know, the 2020 WEAO conference and OPCEA tradeshow was  cancelled, due to Covid 19 restrictions.

In addition to the tradeshow, we had also scheduled our  2020 Annual General Meeting at this event, for the convenience of OPCEA members. As per our OPCEA constitution, OPCEA members were advised January 21, 2020 of our upcoming 2020 AGM Sunday April 26th. However, due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of our conference,  we will be holding our AGM virtually.

The revised date  and time for the OPCEA 2020 Annual General Meeting will be Monday, May 25th at 9:30 AM EST.

Details on a Zoom call/presentation will be sent to all members shortly,  so all can participate virtually.

Please advise me if you (or an alternate staff member) would like to participate. I will insure proper login information is sent to your or their email address.

Rebecca Alexander
Executive Administrator
Ontario Pollution Control Equipment Association
PO Box 72070,
Toronto, Ontario
M4C 0A1

COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (2)

OPCEA Members:

May 15, 2020

Construction gets the green light to get back to work effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government’s reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.

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COVID-19 AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (1)

OPCEA Members:

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Government has amended its emergency regulations to exempt the Ontario Construction Act from a suspension on limitations, an action which will free owners to release 10 per cent construction lien holdbacks.

“The suspension will be lifted on April 16, 2020, to give the industry time to prepare for these changes,” attorney general Doug Downey wrote in a memo on Thursday, April 9, 2020. “Once lifted, parties will have the same amount of time to meet a deadline that had been remaining before the suspension began on March 16, 2020.”

Holdbacks to be released: Provincial government amends emergency limitations regulations for construction industry

Special to Ontario Construction News

April 13, 2020

The provincial government has amended its emergency regulations to exempt the Ontario Construction Act from a suspension on limitations, an action which will free owners to release 10 per cent construction lien holdbacks.

“The suspension will be lifted on April 16, 2020, to give the industry time to prepare for these changes,” attorney general Doug Downey wrote in a memo last Thursday, just before the Good Friday holiday weekend. “Once lifted, parties will have the same amount of time to meet a deadline that had been remaining before the suspension began on March 16, 2020.”

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OPCEA welcomes new EA

The OPCEA Board of Directors is  pleased to welcome Rebecca Alexander as the new Executive Administrator for OPCEA.  Rebecca is part of the Tracy Blyth & Associates Association Management Company and  has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years.

Her experience with Associations comes not only from working with not-for-profits but also assisting with events, education while volunteering on membership, sponsorship, recruitment and events committees. Rebecca has been awarded numerous awards for her dedication and vision.

Rebecca can be reached by email at:  opcea@opcea.com, or by  telephone at 416-524-8988.  Please note  that the new mailing address for OPCEA is: 

Coxwell-Danforth P.O.
P.O. Box 72070
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 0A1

OPCEA celebrated 30 years of membership directories

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First published for distribution at the 1988 WEAO/OPCEA conference and tradeshow, OPCEA’s Membership Guide was the idea of Larry Madden of C&M Environmental and current WEAO Treasurer. The first edition profiled OPCEA’s 60+ members and was a mere 24 largely black and white pages in size.

Since that time, the association has grown to over 170 members and the directory has followed suit.  The current edition is 84 full colour pages in size, and is “book bound” for added prestige and durability.

2018 marked the 30th edition of the OPCEA Membership Guide.

It provides the name, contact information, and equipment, products and services provided for each member company. This directory enables you to source vendors from among OPCEA members, by searching the manufacturer’s name or product trade names or trademark.  Copies are distributed to thousands of key environmental professionals across Ontario and at the annual WEAO/OPCEA conference and tradeshow. It is a most useful guide available for sourcing pollution control equipment and services for both municipal and industrial applications.

Available here: OPCEA 2018 Membership Guide

Anatomy of a Tax Fight

By Dan Kelly

You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government.

Increased EI premiums, new environmental levies, minimum wage hikes: announcements about new taxes and regulations became a common occurrence in 2017. But perhaps the most significant tax announcement of the year — maybe the most significant in decades — came in the dead of summer, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced a series of proposals that would dramatically change the way small businesses in Canada are taxed.

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Young Professionals

A great opportunity exists for A great opportunity exists for Young Professionals in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.

This Committee represents WEAO members with 10 or fewer years, or under the age of 35, in the wastewater industry. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.

Visit the WEAO YP webpage for contact information. in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.

This Committee represents WEAO members with 10 or fewer years, or under the age of 35, in the wastewater industry. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.

Visit the WEAO YP webpage for contact information.