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April 2011

Look who’s 40!

All-West Glass Smithers turns 40 on April 15th this year. The brainchild of our Grand Poobah, Dan Young started in Smithers in 1971.

Talewinds Dan Young, President

I’m looking forward to All-West Glass senior management joining us for our Quality meeting April 12th and then spending 3 days going over pricing, training, Yellow Pages and internet advertising etc. I’m also looking forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary of All-West Glass on April 16th. That Saturday, the Smithers’ location is hosting a public barbecue by donation and all proceeds are going to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, retirement and all. I know I’m not good for another 40 years however I feel another 20 years shouldn’t be too hard. Take care, Dan

PHOTO ABOVE: Some early morning deer congregate in the back parking lot of All-West Glass Houston to remind everyone to drive safe, watch your speed and look out for wildlife on the roads.

The Proper Foot Protection for the Job Choosing the proper footwear is essential to protecting your feet from injury. All protective footwear must comply with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard. All CSA certified shoes have a label on them. There are different shoes for different types of work. The following table shows the different labels and their use. The labels are found on the outer side or tongue of the right shoe. Label


Recommended Use

Green triangle indicates sole puncture

Where sharp objects are present

protection with a Grade 1 protective toe to withstand impacts of up to 125 joules Yellow triangle indicates sole puncture

Bunny Jokes to tell Kids Why does the Easter bunny have a shiny nose? His powder puff is on the wrong end. What is the difference between a crazy bunny and a counterfeit banknote? One is bad money and the other is a mad bunny! What do you get when you cross a bunny with an onion? A bunion What did the bunny want to do when he grew up? Join the Hare Force.

For light industrial work environments

protection with a Grade 2 protective

requiring puncture protection as well as

toe to withstand impacts of up to 90 joules

toe protection.

Blue rectangle indicates Grade 1 protective

For industrial work environments not

toe without puncture protection. Withstands

requiring puncture protection.

impacts up to 125 joules. Grey rectangle indicates Grade 2 protective

For institutional and non-industrial work

toe without sole puncture protection.

environments not requiring puncture

Withstands impacts up to 90 joules


Provides chainsaw protection.

Forestry workers and others exposed to handheld chainsaws and other cutting tools.

Provides resisitance to electrical shock.

Where accidental contact with live electrical current can occur.

THE PACT: A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and was blessed with 22 grandchildren. When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids.�

Soles are static-dissipative.

Where a static discharge can create a hazard for workers or equipment.

Soles are electrically conductive, providing

Where static discharge can create a

electrical grounding of each foot.

hazard of explosion.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Harold Braam Tyler Fuller Adam Ethier Cheryl West Haneesh Harshan Gordon Johnson Linda Siemens David Vezeau Alistair Littlejohn Jeff Yates Nick Stratis Chad Nash Nick Hawes Betty Ann Walker Vince Kerr Teresa Klapstein Dave Farr Randy Scott Chris Lomas Joshua Ripplinger Justin Olson Jocelyn Benoit Phil Chilibeck Cam Leslie Elwood Hallett Teryl Twidale

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All-West Glass Terrace IGD Kelowna AWG Northern Industries All-West Glass Hazelton All-West Glass Edmonton All-West Glass Edmonton All-West Glass Vanderhoof All-West Glass High Level IGD Prince George IGD Prince George All-West Glass Whitehorse AWG Northern Distribution Lakes District Air AWG Northern Industries IGD Winnipeg All-West Glass Quesnel All-West Glass Vanderhoof All-West Northern Glass, GP All-West Glass Edmonton All-West Glass Edmonton All-West Glass Peace River All-West Glass Terrace AWG Northern Industries AWG Northern Industries All-West Glass Chetwynd All-West Glass Whitehorse

Thank you

Landon Stubberfield, All-West Glass Yellowknife Joshua Grenier, All-West Glass Edmonton Alistair Littlejohn, IGD Prince George Dustin Moroz, All-West Glass Edmonton John Nelson, IGD Nanaimo Ken Vezeau, All-West Glass Slave Lake James Aird, All-West Glass Whitecourt Tabetha Stuart, All-West Glass High Level Billy Mooers, All West Glass Prince Rupert Jennifer Emmelkamp, All-West Glass Chetwynd Zack Osmond, All-West Glass Fort Nelson

milestones 40 YEARS! Dan Young AWG Northern Industries 10 YEARS! Cathy Cooper AWG Northern Distribution


We were in need of a door glass for a customer so that he could continue working and it was past our deadline for ordering as the truck had already left. Todd spoke with Greg from IGD and explained the situation, Greg had me phone in the morning to see if there was any way that they could get this window to us that day. Greg himself brought the order to us himself even though the weather and the roads were very bad, from Edmonton to Flatbush he was not able to do more than 60-80 km’s per hour due to the road conditions. Todd, myself and the customer were very apprieciative of his efforts. Thank you Greg and IGD for going out of your way like that to make sure our customer was looked after! Thanks, Rose (CSR) All-West Glass Slave Lake

Blake Matson, Shaun Matson’s son from AllWest Glass Fort Nelson takes a bite out of the IGD promo vans. We know everyone loves those vans but didn’t quite foresee that they would double up as a baby soother too.

PHOTO LEFT: The very first All-West Glass location is still standing in Smithers.

PHOTO ABOVE: A ‘BEFORE” & “AFTER’ shot of a residential window renovation done by AWG Vanderhoof. Thanks for the photos guys! Looks great!

Raynaud’s Syndrome: White Finger Tips Raynaud’s is a condition in which the blood supply to the extremities, usually the fingers and toes, but sometimes also the ears and nose, is interrupted. During an attack they first become white and dead looking then red and burning. There may be considerable pain, numbness or tingling. These symptoms are due to an intermittent lack of blood in the affected parts when the arteries normally supplying them spasmodically contract. An attack will often be triggered by touching cold objects or exposure to cold of any kind. Emotions, such as anxiety, also play a part, as can smoking. People who work with vibratory tools are prone to Raynaud’s and this appears to be permanent even when the work is stopped. This condition is known as Vibration Induced White Finger and is recognized as an industrial disease eligible for compensation. The condition can range in severity from minor discomfort to the onset of ulcers or even gangrene. The disease often starts in the very young or during the early teens and progresses slowly over a period of thirty years or more. Primary Raynaud’s occurs spontaneously, without any underlying condition being present. It can be hereditary, in which case it is usually fairly mild. Women are affected nine times more than men. Secondary Raynaud’s is less common and is associated with underlying diseases such as Scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögrens syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. This is more serious and early and accurate diagnosis is essential. Do not under any circumstances let your fingers be in contact with volatile chemical. This means adhesive remover, primers and activators. When you do handle them be sure to use chemical resistant gloves, not the cheap latex ones. Limit your use of vibrating tools except in situations where you really need it. Be sure to wear gloves. Hand cut outs are faster anyway. Keep your head, neck and the backs of your hands warm. There are long-john tubes available that slip over your head and around your neck. For hands use fingerless gloves made of polyethylene, or gortex. Wear a White or Red stocking cap for your head. It is very important that you keep circulation in your fingers. Stop to warm up in your van. Another trick is to quickly spin your arms around in big circles to get the blood back into your fingers.

Hot Cross Buns are a traditional favorite for Good Friday, Easter, and throughout the Lent season, but they are enjoyable year-round. Yeasty rolls are filled with currants or raisins and nuts, then topped with a cross of icing. In spite of the raisins and icing, these are not sweet rolls. The hazelnuts are optional. Ingredients:

* 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour * 1 package active dry yeast * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 3/4 cup milk * 1/2 cup cooking oil * 1/3 cup granulated sugar * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 3 eggs * 2/3 cup currants or raisins * 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (filberts) (optional) * 1 slightly beaten egg white * 1 cup sifted powdered sugar * 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur or milk * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla * Milk In a large mixing bowl combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and cinnamon. In a small saucepan heat and stir 3/4 cup milk, the oil, granulated sugar, and salt until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F). Add to flour mixture along with whole eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, stir in currants or raisins, hazelnuts (if desired), and as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover and let rise until nearly double (about 1-1/2 hours). Punch dough down. Turn out onto a floured surface. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions; shape each portion into a smooth ball. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until nearly double (30 to 45 minutes). With a sharp knife, make a shallow crisscross slash across each bun. Brush with egg white. Bake in a 375-degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. In a mixing bowl combine sifted powdered sugar, hazelnuts liqueur or milk, and vanilla. Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches drizzling consistency. Drizzle buns with icing. Serve warm.


Roma Dawe, CSR AWG Prince Rupert, BC Roma says to tell everyone this is not her everyday look! LOL. She dressed up for a fundraising event as a 60’s gal!

I am a thinker of money – artist of baking Three things on my ultimate ‘to do’ list (before I croak): Not necessarily in this order....but to Get Married, Visit Ireland, & Win Lottery So I don’t have to work...(but that would mean I’d have to buy tickets... aww shucks) If my friends could describe me in one-word, they would say I’m: I asked my friends so here it BIG word..AmazingpassionatecaringlovingresilientunderstandingspectacularopinionatedCrazyNewfieEntertainer In my spare time in the winter, you can find me here: Curled up wit a blanket tryin’ taget warm In my spare time in the summer, you can find me here: Walkin’ if it’s not rainin’ If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To ‘ave a remote to control just like from movie “CLICK” Who’s been the most influential person to you? My Mom...(God Bless her Soul) What movie do you watch again and again? Dirty Dancing What’s your most valuable possession? My children What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait”, from my Mom What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve had to learn? How to work full time as a Single Mom with 2 kids Favorite Sport to watch: Hockey Favorite Sport to play: Volleyball On my next vacation I’m going to: Disneyland I crank this song up whenever I hear it: Doin’ The Newfie Stomp by Roy Payne and Derek Pilgrim If you could meet one living celeb, who would it be? Reba McEntire

QUALITY CORNER Introduction to LEED The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System® encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

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LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: * sustainable site development * water efficiency * energy efficiency * materials selection * indoor environmental quality Certification is based on the total point score achieved, following an independent review. With four possible levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum), LEED is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of green building strategies that best fit the constraints and goals of particular projects. The Canadian rating systems are an adaptation of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System, tailored specifically for Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. The rating systems are adapted to the Canadian market through an inclusive process that engages stakeholders and experts representing the various sectors of the Canadian industry.

1.) Which one of the three would see most clearly in total darkness? A leopard, a bat, or an owl? TOTAL darkness.. Noth- For more information about LEED, visit: ing can be seen. 2.) How many times can you subtract the number 5 from 25. As many times as you want; it could just keep going into negative numbers.. 4.) How high would you have to count before you would use the letter A in the English language spelling of a whole number? One thousAnd

A high speed electric train is traveling southeast at 90 kilometers per hour. The wind is blowing westward at 30 kilometers per hour. In what direction will the smoke from the engine blow?

5.) A tree doubled in height each year until it reached its maximum height over A woman from New York married ten different men from that city, yet the course of ten years. How many years she did not break any laws. None of the men died, and she never divorced. How was this possible? did it take for the tree to reach half its maximum height? 9 years. How many three cent stamps are in a dozen? 6.) What occurs once in every minute, A horse is tied to a five meter rope in front of an old saloon. Six twice in every moment, yet never in a meters behind the horse is a bale of hay. Without breaking his rope, thosand years? The letter M. the horse is able to eat the hay whenever he chooses. How is this Everyone tripped up on question #2. possible?

Grande Prairie, Windows & Doors, Prince Rupert and Chetwynd tied with four out of the five questions right. Winner from a blind draw is Grande Prairie.


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