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LYALL'S FILES: Women want to enter the construction trades, so let’s give them the opportunities
October 31st, 2019 9:04 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON


Kate Campbell is passionate about the trades, and didn’t hold back on her love for working on construction sites when speaking recently to a room of 300 girls transfixed on her every move.

“I’m so passionate about my job. I make good money doing a job that I love and I love speaking about the job that I do,” said the tradeswoman, entrepreneur and TV star....  Read more...
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Building projects must comply with the revised Toronto noise by-law and the new exemption permit process for continuous concrete pouring and large crane work as of January 1, 2020
October 31st, 2019 12:50 pm
  

Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON



On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that included changes to the regulations for construction noise. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a broader noise by-law review to make the by-law easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work are no longer exempt as-of-right from the noise by-law. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours of construction, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit....  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Our thoughts one year after cannabis legalization in Ontario
October 17th, 2019 1:56 pm
 
Andrew Pariser and Cassandra Dobrzynski / RESCON


Today marks the first full year of legal cannabis in Canada. It's also the same day that cannabis extracts and topical products have become legal in Canada, which will be available in stores by mid-December at the earliest. Legalization has brought a wave of uncertainty for employers, regulators and the public, and RESCON expects this trend to continue. At RESCON, our focus is on the health and safety of workers and providing resources to builders which will allow them to keep their work sites safe....  Read more...
WSIB: An update on 2020 rates, health and safety excellence program and rate framework review
September 30th, 2019 1:34 pm
  
Andrew Pariser and Cassandra Dobrzynski / RESCON

As 2020 approaches, so do three major initiatives within the WSIB. RESCON has had a busy year consulting with the WSIB on behalf of builders in 2019 and is expecting more of the same next year.

We have three goals for this article. First, we'll preview 2020 rates. Second, we'll provide an update on the new Health and Safety Excellence Program which is scheduled to launch in November. Third, we'll discuss the next steps in WSIB’s rate framework review, including a newly planned WSIB seminar which will be held in Maple, Ont., in early 2020. ...  Read more...
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: City of Toronto introduces new regulations for construction noise and exemption permits
September 23rd, 2019 5:21 pm
 
Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON


On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that include changes to the regulations for construction noise and noise exemption permits. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a larger noise by-law review to make the bylaw easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work will no longer be exempt as of right from the noise bylaw. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit. ...  Read more...
HEALTH AND SAFETY: Symposium to shine light on mental health in residential construction
September 23rd, 2019 12:45 pm
  
Amina Dibe and Cassandra Dobrzynski / RESCON

Mental health is an important issue for all workplaces and one that affects everyone, whether it’s us, a family member, friend or colleague. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. ...  Read more...
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...