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TECH CORNER: 8 questions for Ontario government on construction's red tape dilemma
February 11th, 2016 4:27 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON


It was only six months ago that I wrote about the red tape dilemma that residential construction faces.

To sum it up, I did a count of the number of government bodies and institutions our industry answers to in order to function in a highly dysfunctional day-to-day field of work, and it added up to 45. Try to name another industry that has to deal with that kind of red tape and contributes as much to the Canadian economy as residential construction.

Below, this recently received invitation, along with the government’s January announcement of the “Ontario Moving Forward with Red Tape Challenge, made me wonder if I had got it wrong when I wrote that blog....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Why does Wynne government’s red tape challenge exclude construction industry?
January 29th, 2016 3:06 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I love innovative concepts, especially when they originate in Ontario.

The Wynne government’s Red Tape Challenge program is their effort to reduce regulatory burden: “an online consultation tool designed to identify and eliminate duplication, less compliance burdens, shorten response times and make it easier for businesses to interact with government,” reads their press release

What a fantastic concept.

But then there’s the second paragraph. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Millennials are consumers who hold key to construction’s future
January 29th, 2016 2:55 pm

Richard Lyall /RESCON

Millennials are the key to the future of the residential construction industry. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn’t looking past the greying heads of their baby boomer customers.

Sure many boomers are helping their millennial children and grandchildren either pay or save up for a down payment, but it won’t always be this way. Before you know it, we will need all of the millennials to pay the bills directly. ...  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Ministry of Labour update
January 29th, 2016 2:20 pm


Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As we start the new calendar year, it is always good to check in on MOL health and safety initiatives. ...  Read more...
LYALL’S FILES: RESCON’s relationship with Wood WORKS! stronger than oak
December 22nd, 2015 3:53 pm


RICHARD LYALL / RESCON


RESCON is proud of a relationship that we like to say is stronger than solid oak.

And that’s the one we’ve formed in recent years with Wood WORKS! We sponsored our third Wood WORKS! event of the year in November called the 2015 Toronto Wood Solutions Fair. Before that, we sponsored the Wood-Frame Construction for Mid-Rise Buildings Symposium in October, and the Toronto Mid-rise Symposium in February, all held around the GTA. We also travelled with our friends at Wood WORKS! to tour British Columbia’s mid-rise wood-frame buildings in October. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Ex-daycare worker thrives as trades program graduate
December 22nd, 2015 3:42 pm


Andrew Pariser / RESCON


Over the course of our lives up to retirement, most of us will experience several career changes.

But very few people can say they moved from using building blocks while teaching at daycare to swinging a hammer in construction. Heather Smith is the exception.

About a year ago, the 27-year-old from Burlington realized she wanted a change after five years of work as an early childhood educator. She went to her local YMCA’s employment service and took a personality questionnaire. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: WSIB Rate framework Review Update
December 21st, 2015 7:22 pm



Andrew Pariser / RESCON


As we move into the holiday season and year end, it is a time reflect on what is important both at home and at work. At work, one issue which can significantly affect a builder, but is often not fully understood, is the WSIB and the ongoing Rate Framework Review. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Two words that will make big impact in 2016: net-zero and resilience
December 21st, 2015 1:01 pm


Michael Steele / RESCON

During a recent conversation about current governmental initiatives, I was reminded of a folk ballad I used to sing in Toronto’s coffee houses and to my children many years ago titled: Why, Oh Why, Oh Why which parodied a young child asking a parent for answers.

I guess that is how I feel about the reckless drive to achieve a new green reality in our province which will lead to unintended adverse consequences if the many initiatives underway are not coordinated and progressively introduced in a manner that allows measured evaluation of the results. ...  Read more...

Gimme shelter: why is it getting harder to buy a house?
November 27th, 2015 12:00 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON


There’s a word that gets bandied about in the press, in coffee shops and certainly in residential construction circles all over Canada – affordability.

This reference is now inextricably linked to housing. There’s no way around it.

That’s why we have teamed up with a Toronto think-tank, the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), for a study on housing affordability in the Ontario. It’s a critical moment, especially for millennials who are struggling to get a foot on the housing ladder....  Read more...

Political junkie spearheads RESCON’s government relations
November 25th, 2015 10:04 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON

When RESCON was looking for a new director of government relations, it hired a seasoned political adviser in Anthony Fernando.

Among a slew of strong candidates, Fernando came out of a detailed interview process over the summer with flying colours, impressing our executive team with his interpersonal skills, political savvy and his vision for where our association could go through government relations....  Read more...