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REGULATORY RANT: Quayside is key to fast-tracking high-tech construction and urban design
September 12th, 2018 11:39 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Big plans for Toronto’s waterfront

Manhattan-based Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, was selected by Toronto Waterfront to be its partner in developing a sensor-laden, pedestrian and transit-oriented “Smart City” district called Quayside, a 12-acre portion of Toronto’s 800-acre eastern waterfront (or Port Lands). Toronto Waterfront, a non-profit corporation, has a mission to revitalize the area bordering Queens Quay East, near Parliament Street. Quayside’s Terms of Reference call for world-class digital infrastructure supporting data-informed decision-making. So far, Sidewalk Labs, itself is not a builder, has invested US$50 million which is funding a series of public consultations. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Two opportunities for construction employers to get involved, set the tone
August 30th, 2018 7:49 am

Amina Dibe / RESCON


RESCON’s two major training and education projects which are aimed at addressing the current and worsening shortage of skilled trades workers in the residential construction sector in the GTA hit major milestones this summer. They now depend on the involvement of members and sub-trade employers. ...  Read more...

COMMUNIATIONS CORNER: Richard Lyall – RESCON’s man of steel
August 30th, 2018 7:38 am

Aonghus Kealy / RESCON


It’s been a busy summer for RESCON, especially when it comes to the topic of NAFTA, U.S. tariffs and Canadian steel. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Toronto flash floods prove city needs a serious infrastructure upgrade
August 30th, 2018 7:28 am

Paul De Berardis / RESCON


Everything flows towards Toronto’s lakeshore.

With three primary rivers flowing from north to south (Humber, Don and Rouge), plus four Toronto plants treating waste water, the end point for the city’s storm and sanitary sewer discharge culminates at the shores of Lake Ontario. Add heavy rainfall into the mix and this creates an infrastructure burden for storm, sanitary and combined sewer capacity. Toronto’s topographical and hydrogeological conditions exacerbate the problem.

And then you have days like Tuesday, Aug. 7, when extreme rainfall battered the city. Basements were flooded, especially in homes without backflow preventers, and the resulting photos are what we see here – some unlucky underground parking garages became cesspools, followed by revolting scenes of raw sewage floating in Lake Ontario. ...  Read more...

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Doug Ford government brings new focus for RESCON, construction industry
July 31st, 2018 11:06 am

Amina Dibe / RESCON

On June 12, Doug Ford’s newly elected PC government made its first throne speech which outlined a broad plan for Ontario and its future.

Election promises regarding respect for taxpayers were expanded upon, as the government emphasized its campaign slogan “for the people.” The throne speech set the wheels of policy in motion, and the Ford government has been moving quickly ever since. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Uncertainty is biggest obstacle for employers as Oct 17 legalization looms
July 31st, 2018 10:47 am

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Among health and safety professionals, impairment always has been the top concern for construction sites across Canada, and that has come into sharp focus in the lead-up to the legalization of recreational cannabis.

That’s why we have held two Cannabis in Construction symposiums with strong attendance each time as the construction industry tries to prepare for life after Oct. 17 when recreational cannabis becomes legal....  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON initiatives help mitigate labour supply issues
July 31st, 2018 10:30 am
 

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Earlier this year, RESCON and the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) applied and received two grants to address labour supply issues in the residential sector. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: New report encourages Doug Ford government to streamline development approvals process
July 9th, 2018 11:24 am


Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON’s latest report focuses on one factor contributing to the supply shortage: the development approvals process is too slow. ...  Read more...

LYALL's FILES: Your vote matters for the future of Ontario housing, a 'supertanker' issue
June 5th, 2018 11:24 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

One of the most critical issues facing Ontario’s next Premier is housing, specifically the flawed housing supply chain. 

The housing market is systemically distorted, made all the worse with a progressively slower development and building approvals process. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'Measure twice and cut once' – teen’s ambition shows construction can tap Toronto area’s youth
May 24th, 2018 3:08 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON

Carolyna Leonardo is living proof that there is no typical residential construction worker.

The East York-born teenager is in her final year at Emery Collegiate Institute in North York and recently completed her co-op placement in wood framing at LiUNA Local 183’s Training Centre in Vaughan. ...  Read more...