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    COOL NEWS 
 
FALL 2014
Cool News
In this Issue
The annual ORAC Charity Golf Classic benefiting the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation and the Lions Foundation of Canada - Canine Division, at our fantastic new venue, the Glen Eagle Golf Course. It was a definite triumph raising a total of about $13,000 for both very worthy causes.

                      
Congratulations to the tournament winners from Enbridge; Adrian St. Kitts, Cam Black, Michael McDonnell, Neil Saunders.

A special thanks goes to the many volunteers, golfers and sponsors, as we once again achieved our fundraising targets for both deserving charities.
 
Huge appreciation also goes out to the management and staff at Glen Eagle Golf Course who coordinated the new event; the challenging course, the amazing food stations, and the special accommodations made for us throughout the day.
 
The Charity Golf Classic would not have been successful without the generosity and support of our sponsors:
 
PLATINUM SPONSOR:            
 

GOLD SPONSOR:                     
 
Thanks to our hole sponsors:
Airtron (x2)
Sporlan Valve
Yorkland
Keeprite
Ambient Mechanical
Cofely-Adelt
B & B Trade Distribution
Kilmer
Bahnair
Wolseley
ReadAir
Modern Niagara
Springbank Mechanical
Cimco
Black & McDonald
UA Local 787
 
Thank you to our door prize contributors:
BBQ - Dave Ward, Ward Crane
Northern Air (transporting the BBQ)
$100 Keg gift card - Martin Johannsen, SIG Mechanical
Beer steins - Martin Johannsen, SIG Mechanical
Swag bags & golf balls - Glenn Kilmer, Kilmer
Towels - Dolores Hickey, WWG Totaline
Tees - Tariq Qurashi, Enbridge
Snacks & water - Dave Irwin and Kerry McNeil, Xtra Mechanical
 
Xtra Mechanical again sponsored the putting contest. Thanks once again to; Cassandra and Miss Ennamorato from Xtra and especially Kerry and Dave Irwin who really put their heads together to make this event a success every year.
 
For the twentieth straight year, the Committee sends its sincere appreciation to Dave Ward of Ward Crane Rentals who once again generously donated a barbeque to highlight the raffle draw.
 
On the behalf of our charities, thank you once again.
48th ANNUAL ORAC AGM | SPECTACULAR CARIBBEAN CRUISE


All delegates and associates are invited to meet again next year from April 24 to May 2, 2015 to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the association on a spectacular Royal Caribbean | Oasis of the Seas cruise! The ship has a dozen restaurants, four pool areas, onboard surfing, and a tree-lined, open-air area called Central Park. The ship also boasts the first zip lines and carousels at sea.
 
Cruise with us to the Caribbean in 2015… it’s SPECTACULAR because it’s the largest cruise ship in the world -- the Oasis of the Seas.
 
Join industry friends and associates as we kick off our voyage with an overnight stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale. We then board Royal Caribbe
an’s spectacular Oasis of the Seas for a seven-day cruise featuring the sundrenched destinations of Labadee (Haiti), Falmouth, (Jamaica) and Cozumel (Mexico).
 
As the 2014 AGM was SOLD OUT, early registration is strongly encouraged. ORAC must also finalize all travel and hotel arrangements by early December, so we are asking for you to register by November 20! Final details regarding rates and timing will be sent upon registration. We've extended the deadline to get the free spa package - all AGM registrants (and all those interested) are offered a free spa package valued at $150 if you register for the cruise before October 31, 2014.
 
We hope you can join us!
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NEW APPRENTICESHIP INTAKE APPLICATION WEBSITE LAUNCH

ORAC, the UA Local 787 | JTAC and the Apprentice Intake Committee are very pleased to announce the NEW First Year Apprenticeship Intake website/splash page at ApprenticeHVACR.ca! Potential applicants can be referred to this site for all the information they need to apply.
 
The full site will launch at ApprenticeHVACR.ca on November 1, 2014 and applications to the first year apprenticeship program will be accepted on the site from December 1 to February 28. Nothing has changed in terms of the application requirements and any inquiries will be responded to by clicking ‘Contact us’. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and please subscribe to receive information and be reminded when we open for applications.
 
Until we launch the new ORACA.ca website in the fall, members can continue to contact Tracey Shepherd directly via email or on the new site, ApprenticeHVACR.ca under ‘Contact us’, to receive the list of highly qualified first year candidates, from across Ontario! All ORAC members will have access to the list on the new ORACA.ca website. UA Local 787 contractor members can access the list any time by contacting me directly by email or through ‘Contact us’ on the ApprenticeHVACR.ca site.
 
Thank you so much for your patience in this time of transition and growth and we very much look forward to any feedback you may have about the new site.
 
2012 - 2014 APPRENTICESHIP INTAKE STATISTICS

 
  • In 2012, almost 300 candidates completed the application. In 2013, more than 400 and almost 550 in 2014.
  • In 2012, 80 qualified candidates were accepted to the program, 76 candidates in 2013 and 94 in 2014.
  • Since the program began in 2012, more than 150 first year apprentices have been hired through the process and 96% have HVACR college experience and at least a G3 gas fitter license.
JTAC GRAD TYLER RADKOWSKI WINS UA SKILLS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Congratulations to Tyler Radkowski who recently took home first prize in the Service Technician Trade Division at the UA Skills International Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Once again, the JTAC is leading the pack in training!
BILL WHITTEN AWARDED CRAIG MCCARTY MEMORIAL AWARD
We're so pleased to announce that the HRAI Contractors’ Division awarded William (Bill) Whitten the “Craig McCarty Memorial Award” for leadership in recognition of his many valuable years volunteering on the Contractors’ Board of Directors. The award was presented at HRAI’s annual meeting in Montréal last month.
ATTENTION CONTRACTORS:
INFORMATION ON FEDERAL HALOCARBON REGULATIONS RELEASE REPORTING

 
Ontario emergency number for verbal reporting: 1-800-268-6060
Release reporting mailing address:
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment Canada
845 Harrington Court
Burlington, ON  L7N 3P3
Fax: 905-333-3952
Email: FHR.Ontario@ec.gc.ca
UPCOMING ORAC 50th ANNIVERSARY IN 2017 |
REQUEST FOR PHOTOS FROM THE PAST!

In honour of ORAC’s upcoming 50th anniversary, we ask that members sort through their attics, dresser drawers and old albums, to find any photos from ORAC events of the past 50 years. Once you have found photos to share, please upload them to the ORAC Pinterest account. If we get enough photos, we are planning on creating a commemorative yearbook for all members to enjoy with memories from the past. Fifty years of good times - please upload some photos and help us celebrate!
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(Sandra Cooke addresses contractors at the COHA annual meeting.)
 
TSSA APPOINTS OMBUDSMAN
08/13/2014
 
In May the Technical Standards and Safety Authority of Ontario (TSSA) appointed an ombudsman to help contractors in disputes, something the industry has long sought.
 
“Many contractors don’t know there’s an appeal process beyond talking to an inspector,” remarked Sandra Cooke, who addressed the annual meeting of the Canadian Oil Heat Association June 19.
 
While she can’t make decisions, her new role is to help contractors and others that have issues with TSSA “articulate and write out their position for a better response” and make sure it gets into the hands of the right people.
 
The engineer, who was previously manager of compliance at TSSA, noted that she has a duty to deal with all complaints. “If someone brings it to the ombudsman, we have to discuss it further. We cannot just say we’ve discussed it before and dismiss it.”

She added that, as much as possible, she intends to travel to the contractor’s location. “Sometimes it’s hard over the phone to get to what the real issue is.”
 
One contractor suggested that her previous role with TSSA is a conflict. However, Cooke noted that it is also an advantage in the contractor’s favour because she knows the people at TSSA and knows exactly who to take a problem to for a speedy resolution.

Another contractor asked what to do about “an inspector who is always in a battle with everyone.” Cooke said the normal course of action would be to first talk to the inspector, and then the supervisor, “but you can contact me at any time (in the process),” she added.
 
Cooke can be reached at (416) 734-3545 or at ombudsoffice@tssa.org.
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