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INNOVATION NATION: Merry Christmas! You can (probably) use furnaces for construction heat again
December 18th, 2018 4:38 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

It has come to our attention that the majority of furnace manufacturers who previously banned the use of furnaces for the heating of homes under construction in Canada have now reconsidered their position.  ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: E-permitting working group is off and running
December 17th, 2018 5:52 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON 

As reported in my Oct. 30 blog, there is now strong momentum to expand the use of e-permitting, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 3D visualization tools from the design stage, all the way through permitting, construction, operation and maintenance of our built infrastructure. The key pieces are beginning to come together with the aim of placing Ontario on the leading edge of technological advancements for permitting applications, and we are proud to be a leader in this initiative....  Read more...

GR TALK: Pro-active Ford government moves on housing supply good for the people
November 30th, 2018 5:02 pm

Nadia Todorova / RESCON

The Ontario government is pro-actively making strides to increase housing supply, cut red tape and improve transit for Ontarians.

This reflects a target on improving what we call the Holy Trinity: housing, transit and jobs. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Construction well underway as St. Clare’s builds 22 new residential units for Toronto’s homeless
November 30th, 2018 4:51 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Two years ago, RESCON chairman emeritus Phil Rubinoff started an important relationship with St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society – a charity, landlord and developer – that led to one of the most important projects in the history of our association....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Don’t miss Toronto Wood Solutions Fair
November 16th, 2018 8:10 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

RESCON has been involved with the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair for at least four years now whether as a sponsor, speaker or attendee. For us, this is a can’t-miss event.

This year is no different: we’ll be attending Mississauga’s International Centre next Thursday (Nov. 22) to take in their amazing program featuring a slate of today’s brightest minds on wood construction and design. If you’re someone that builds or plans to build with wood, you should go.

You have to register before midnight on Saturday (Nov. 17) – you’ll save 20% off your ticket if you register with the code RESCON18. Register here: ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Ontario is ready for a common e-permitting and BIM platform
October 30th, 2018 5:11 pm

Michael de Lint / RESCON 

The previous government’s “Development Approval Roundtable Action Plan” released in November 2017 included recommendation No. 13, calling for a close look at expanding “e-permitting” for municipal and provincial land use and development approvals. Bill 154, the “Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act,” passed in November 2017, gave businesses submitting documents to a government ministry the option to submit that information digitally....  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: RESCON introduces new government relations director with ‘passion for infrastructure’
September 28th, 2018 3:29 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Sometimes, as an executive, you meet people and you think, “this person is the right fit for my organization.”

RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan and I shared one of those moments when we interviewed Nadia Todorova....  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: Is Quayside 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...