Publisher point of view


By Mark Buckshon

Publisher, Ottawa Construction News

At last . . . Spring is arriving and the COVID-19 challenges that have dominated our lives for the past two years are lifting.

Yes, there still are masking requirements and there is debate about whether government authorities are moving too fast in easing social distancing regulations, but the warmer air and opportunity for outdoors activities – with widespread vaccination – have combined to reduce social interaction risks to reasonable levels.

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has been stressful for the industry, but it appears that the COVID-19 safety precautions will leave a permanent positive legacy as contractors and workers are much more prepared for pathogens and other site risks.

In-person association and community events are returning, as well, including the annual MSL Show, and the Ottawa Construction Association’s annual symposium. I’ll be reporting on these events in upcoming issues.

The triennial provincial construction union contract cycle is approaching in a setting with higher inflation, labour shortages and supply chain challenges. Thankfully these issues are offset by the intense volume and growth of the industry.

I think on balance it will be a very good Spring ahead.

Mark Buckshon is president of the Construction News and Report Group, which publishes Ottawa Construction News.  He can be reached by email at


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