Publishers viewpoint March 2021 By Chase

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COVID-19 construction sign at the Hogs Back (Hartwell Locks) bridge project in Ottawa

As I write this column on one of the last days of February, I am wondering how many more weeks until Spring will truly arrive. This has been a long Winter, with the impact of COVID-19 and personally for me spending my days at hospital with my daughter Aubrey who arrived premature on Dec. 3.

For the construction industry I am waiting to see how things will start to recover over the next three months, with further introductions of more vaccines and hopes for increased spending from provincial and federal governments for infrastructure projects to kick-start the commercial construction sector recovery. It will be nice when the news coverage shifts back to educating and attracting youth and new workers to the sector along with the programs and funding available.

Personally, I am in the home stretch with my daughter before she can come home. We are working on teaching her to eat orally after being feed by an NG tube since the start. She has four older brothers who have not gotten to meet her yet and are very excited. Once she is settled, I will start my list of home renovations we are looking at this year and find out what government programs are available to help offset the cost.

How has the past year impacted your business and personal life? What success and new opportunities did you face and overcome? Share your experience with me for coverage in our news section. I look forward to doing an official introduction to our readers to my daughter once she comes home and we can get a photo.

If anyone on your staff had a baby in the past three months, send a photo and 100-word write up and we can run the announcement for free.

Chase is the director of marketing and client relations for the Construction News and Report Group as well as the associate publisher for the Ontario Construction Report, our daily digital newspaper Ontario Construction News as well as several US magazines. If you have any recommendations or suggestions, please contact him at (905) 341-8686, by email  or visit


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