Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gerry Lacasse plaque placed in Robson

Gerry's stone was designed by Darlene Schultz and carved by Jeremiah Benbow

Gerry with a "G" is what he always used to say to the hole watch as we headed into one tank or another. I spent a good part of my career being partnered up with one of the finest carpenters I've ever met. Being on the road and away from your family isn't always easy, but having a good friend with you makes it a lot more bearable. I helped bury my friend on his birthday and Murray and I spent the extra time making sure everything was measured and level just as he would have wanted. Gerry may not be with us anymore but he will never be forgotten. He was a proud Canadian and a proud union member. He always wanted what was best for all members.

Even though he has been gone going on two years there isn't a week that I don't think of him. Most times I smile, some times I shed a tear. We should all endeavor to take care of each other on and off the job. My fondest memory was dismantling a scaffold in a really dirty tank and singing "Oh lonesome me" together then arguing about who wrote the song. He was right. Rest in Peace my brother and I hope we can make you proud.

John Voykin

Monday, July 12, 2010

Company in demo gone wrong broke rules: Report
One wall of the building collapsed onto the street, narrowly missing a car and pedestrian. An excavator then brought down a second wall, which buckled and half spilled out onto the street, knocking down a streetlight.

Nobody was injured, but the incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

60,000 more to die of asbestos

read full article: Britain / Home - Morning Star
The HSE has estimated that one in 10 carpenters born in the 1940s with more than 10 years of work in the industry will die of mesothelioma.

Despite Britain finally banning the use of asbestos in 2000, global trade in the carcinogen remains strong.

Before the ban, 60 per cent of asbestos in Britain came from Canada. Much of the trade has now moved to the developing world.

In recent years countries such as Angola, Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Thailand have all recorded increased use of asbestos products.

On Thursday construction union Ucatt staged a demonstration against Canada's continued exportation of asbestos at the country's embassy in London.

Ucatt leader Alan Ritchie said: "It is disgraceful that Canada continues to wilfully produce and export a deadly substance.

"It is essential that nationally and internationally unions and other sympathetic groups increase the pressure on Canada to end this lethal trade once and for all."