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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...

TECH CORNER: Putting Ontario’s new home warranty plan, Tarion under microscope
November 25th, 2015 8:59 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

The Ontario New home Warranty Plan and Tarion which administer the plan are being put under the microscope.

The provincial government wants to ensure that consumers are adequately protected when purchasing a new home by reviewing the new-home buyers program, having appointed the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, QC, to lead a public, independent review of both Tarion and the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. The retired justice also will recommend improvements on accountability, transparency and governance. His review is to be complete by the end of June 2016. ...  Read more...

Why you should attend Wood Solutions Fair
November 18th, 2015 4:46 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON

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

That’s the one we’ve formed in recent years with Wood WORKS! We’re sponsoring our third Wood WORKS! event of the year coming up next week called the 2015 Toronto Wood Solutions Fair, and we think it provides a great opportunity for builders to learn about six-storey wood-frame construction....  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Renewing our focus
October 29th, 2015 6:48 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

This month, Health & Safety is turning to you for your input.

First, let’s get some perspective on the purpose of this column.

RESCON’s membership is full of builders who are innovative and believe in best practices in health and safety in residential construction....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Welcome to residential construction’s crazy season
October 28th, 2015 7:36 pm


Michael Steele / RESCON

The pile on my desk keeps growing.

After returning from a recent short vacation, here is a snapshot of some of the items Tech Corner is dealing with after sorting through that pile...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Strengthening relationships with building officials
October 27th, 2015 2:39 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON


One of my preferred functions with RESCON is building key relationships across the construction industry, creating ties with like-minded associations.


That’s why we were thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to speak recently at the president’s dinner at the Ontario Building Officials Association’s (OBOA) 59th annual meeting and training sessions in Toronto.


RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser, who’s well known for his talent on the microphone among our board and staff, delivered a speech to the OBOA dinner audience that emphasized our key relationship with building officials and the essential role they play in construction. The buck stops with them as those who review, approve and scrutinize the building process. ...  Read more...