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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...

LYALL’S FILES: Federal parties renew focus on infrastructure investment
October 9th, 2015 5:32 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

If you’re a political junkie, you’ll probably give thanks this weekend for the dramatic federal election campaign that has unfolded thus far.

It’s been a fascinating battle, and Oct. 19 is coming up fast. With the election spotlight fixed on the GTA, there’s no doubt that the parties are keen to get their message out in and around Toronto.

When it comes to the parties’ platforms on infrastructure, we’re all too happy to assist in getting their messages out through our networks.

The videos are posted on YouTube. Click on this hyperlink to view the compilation video. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: An ‘expert’ opinion on whether changes to building codes have improved our lives
September 30th, 2015 5:17 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

After five and half decades of experience in the design and construction industry of multi-residential buildings, even I can question whether I have done enough to be qualified as an expert.

The question that brought this thought to mind was: “In your expert opinion, have progressive changes to building codes, regulations, technological advancements in methods of construction and development of new materials resulted in an improved product and environment for living for the consumer?”...  Read more...

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Deadline looms for WSIB review
September 25th, 2015 7:59 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

How the time flies! In a follow-up to our very first Health and Safety column on our blog, I am going to focus today on RESCON’s submission regarding the WSIB Rate Framework Review. RESCON will support the CEC (Construction Employers Coalition) joint submission and will submit one to focus on issues that affect builders.

The submissions are being crafted after extensive consideration by CEC stakeholders and members of the RESCON Health and Safety Committee....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Industry gears up for collective bargaining season
September 23rd, 2015 11:02 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

It’s almost time to get back to the bargaining table.

Every three years, the members of the Joint Residential Construction Association (JRCA) and the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) gather to look at what’s ahead for the eight months of collective bargaining we’re expecting to undertake between November and June.

That’s why JRCA and ORCCA are organizing an economic symposium breakfast meeting on Oct. 1. ...  Read more...

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Making 3 key websites work for you
August 26th, 2015 10:24 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON

A main goal for RESCON’s Health and Safety Committee is to create a space where health and safety representatives can come together to discuss and promote safety in the residential construction sector.

This is accomplished through committee member involvement with the MOL, IHSA, WSIB and other safety affiliates. But another way safety stays at the top of mind is through scouring the many online resources and publications that are available. ...  Read more...

TECH CORNER: Realizing the advantages of 6-storey wood construction
August 26th, 2015 4:21 pm
Michael Steele / RESCON

After many years of advocacy, the Ontario Building Code was amended to allow the construction of six-storey wood-frame construction on Jan. 1.

This change was welcomed as one way of increasing the production of badly needed homes at more affordable prices, particularly in urban centres throughout the province.

It was expected that this change would result in many applications for building permits using this type of construction, but an informal survey of building departments throughout the province suggests that this is not the case.

While we thought it was important to address this issue, we at RESCON believe there are a number of scenarios that are playing out right now in Ontario that properly explain where we’re at since Jan. 1. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: What MOL’s Safe at Work plan means to builders
July 28th, 2015 8:38 pm
Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Welcome to the July Health and Safety Update. This month we are focusing on the MOL’s Safe at Work Ontario initiative which raises awareness and compliance of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Part of this initiative includes sector specific plans including one for the construction industry.

The Construction Sector Plan, which is updated annually, outlines the MOL’s enforcement initiatives for the upcoming year highlighting regional safety initiatives as well as province-wide issue specific inspection blitzes. ...  Read more...