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INNOVATION NATION: Construction heat hits the headlines (again)
August 29th, 2019 7:11 am

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

It’s the time of year where we all mourn the end of summer weather, celebrate our kids’ return to school and talk begins about winter construction practices....  Read more...
Meet the builders: RESCON’s residential construction program flourishes at George Brown College
June 27th, 2019 9:06 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

It’s not often you find a practical, job-training educational program with over a 90% job-placement rate in Ontario.

But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the RESCON Residential Construction Management program at George Brown College. 

It’s RESCON’s original education co-op program, and it was a very organic collaboration. Seven years ago, RESCON donated $250,000 which was matched by government to create the RESCON endowment fund through the George Brown Foundation. This fund provides all successful participants with a scholarship of approximately $1,000. ...  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: A tale of two cities – Shenzhen and San Francisco
May 29th, 2019 4:56 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON
I was recently in Shenzhen, China, representing RESCON at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2019 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. Immediately after that, I attended the American Planning Association’s NPC19 (National Planning Conference) in San Francisco with RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan. This juxtaposition of building and planning conferences held in major urban centres of two global powers was most interesting. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: Career Ready Fund the key to graduate’s success in GTA’s tile trade
May 10th, 2019 4:05 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON
Michael Lee can’t believe he gets paid to use his beloved Sigma tile cutter.

“It’s a tool I use every day and the quality at which it cuts tiles cannot be beat,” the 21-year-old tile setter from Markham tells RESCON.

Lee has big plans after graduating from Humber College with a certificate in design, and two diplomas in industrial woodworking and home renovation....  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: Toronto City Council's concrete compromise with noise bylaw
April 22nd, 2019 9:47 am

Paul De Berardis and Nadia Todorova / RESCON

Toronto City Council recently voted on proposed amendments to the noise bylaw. The amendments drew the attention of the high-rise construction industry due to the proposed removal of the current as-of-right continuous concrete pouring exemption. ...  Read more...
LYALL’S FILES: ‘We’re going to listen’ – Minister Steve Clark gives new hope for residential construction at AGM
March 6th, 2019 2:55 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

It was an honour and a privilege for RESCON to host the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs at our February AGM.

Minister Steve Clark provided in-depth commentary on several key government initiatives in the area of housing,  took questions, and led a very congenial conversation with the crowd assembled for RESCON’s annual general meeting in Vaughan. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: Introducing 3 star graduates from George Brown/RESCON collaboration
March 1st, 2019 12:11 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON
We’re gearing up for the next crop of students to enter George Brown College’s residential construction management certificate program, which we have proudly supported since 2013. Our members can expect to hear from us in the coming weeks and months to see who can take on students later this year.

But before then, we’d like to highlight some of the stars of the program who graduated recently. ...  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: With a little common sense, we can have faster approvals and more housing supply
January 31st, 2019 11:45 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

In December, the Province released a consultation document called, “Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario.” This document will form the basis of the Housing Supply Action Plan, which was announced by the government of Ontario in the Fall Economic Statement. The goal of the action plan is to address barriers to new ownership and rental housing.

RESCON's submission included recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a wide range of topics that provide common-sense ideas for streamlining approvals and increasing housing supply in Ontario. Some highlights of RESCON’s comments and key recommendations are outlined below. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON puts focus on membership for 2019 with new hire
December 18th, 2018 11:14 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I can remember a time many years ago, the industry slowed down in the winter and you could count the number of issues facing builders on one hand (OK, maybe two). Fast-forward to the end of 2018 and the issues have multiplied in number and increased in complexity: the idea of a less busy period automatically brings memories of the good ol’ days: today we're focused on fixing the growing challenges facing builders including the overwhelming growth in regulations, red tape and development charges they deal with every day.

Our members' needs have increased and so have the services provided by RESCON.

We are again listening to our board and membership and have hired an associate of member and corporate services. Her name is Cassandra Dobrzynski and her focus will involve enhanced interaction and service for existing members as well as pitching non-members on the benefits of joining RESCON. ...  Read more...

LABOUR RELATIONS: Past, present and what 2019 will bring for the residential construction sector
December 18th, 2018 4:45 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As 2019 (a bargaining year) approaches, it is important for all members to take stock and not forget how labour relations has, is and will impact their business in the year to come. ...  Read more...