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INNOVATION NATION: Toronto flash floods prove city needs a serious infrastructure upgrade
August 30th, 2018 7:28 am

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

Everything flows towards Toronto’s lakeshore.

With three primary rivers flowing from north to south (Humber, Don and Rouge), plus four Toronto plants treating waste water, the end point for the city’s storm and sanitary sewer discharge culminates at the shores of Lake Ontario. Add heavy rainfall into the mix and this creates an infrastructure burden for storm, sanitary and combined sewer capacity. Toronto’s topographical and hydrogeological conditions exacerbate the problem.

And then you have days like Tuesday, Aug. 7, when extreme rainfall battered the city. Basements were flooded, especially in homes without backflow preventers, and the resulting photos are what we see here – some unlucky underground parking garages became cesspools, followed by revolting scenes of raw sewage floating in Lake Ontario. ...  Read more...

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Doug Ford government brings new focus for RESCON, construction industry
July 31st, 2018 11:06 am

Amina Dibe / RESCON

On June 12, Doug Ford’s newly elected PC government made its first throne speech which outlined a broad plan for Ontario and its future.

Election promises regarding respect for taxpayers were expanded upon, as the government emphasized its campaign slogan “for the people.” The throne speech set the wheels of policy in motion, and the Ford government has been moving quickly ever since. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Uncertainty is biggest obstacle for employers as Oct 17 legalization looms
July 31st, 2018 10:47 am

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Among health and safety professionals, impairment always has been the top concern for construction sites across Canada, and that has come into sharp focus in the lead-up to the legalization of recreational cannabis.

That’s why we have held two Cannabis in Construction symposiums with strong attendance each time as the construction industry tries to prepare for life after Oct. 17 when recreational cannabis becomes legal....  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON initiatives help mitigate labour supply issues
July 31st, 2018 10:30 am

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Earlier this year, RESCON and the Ontario Residential Council of Construction Associations (ORCCA) applied and received two grants to address labour supply issues in the residential sector. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: New report encourages Doug Ford government to streamline development approvals process
July 9th, 2018 11:24 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

RESCON’s latest report focuses on one factor contributing to the supply shortage: the development approvals process is too slow. ...  Read more...

LYALL's FILES: Your vote matters for the future of Ontario housing, a 'supertanker' issue
June 5th, 2018 11:24 am

Richard Lyall / RESCON

One of the most critical issues facing Ontario’s next Premier is housing, specifically the flawed housing supply chain. 

The housing market is systemically distorted, made all the worse with a progressively slower development and building approvals process. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'Measure twice and cut once' – teen’s ambition shows construction can tap Toronto area’s youth
May 24th, 2018 3:08 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Carolyna Leonardo is living proof that there is no typical residential construction worker.

The East York-born teenager is in her final year at Emery Collegiate Institute in North York and recently completed her co-op placement in wood framing at LiUNA Local 183’s Training Centre in Vaughan. ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: 16 RESCON / George Brown College students ready for fall work placements
May 24th, 2018 2:38 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

There are moments when we receive gratitude for what we do at RESCON – and the recent annual George Brown College lunch is definitely one of them.

Earlier this month, the 16 students in the RESCON Residential Construction Management certificate program at George Brown (GBC) met with more than 10 RESCON members in a networking event at the college's lakeshore campus designed to kickstart the work-placement process, a component of the RESCON / George Brown College post-graduate certificate program. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: Cannabis – is your company ready for legalization?
May 24th, 2018 2:10 pm

Andrew Pariser and Amina Dibe / RESCON

Recreational cannabis will soon become legalized in Canada through the passing of Bill C-45, (the) Cannabis Act. While it will miss the original July 1, 2018 deadline, it is expected to clear all remaining legislative hurdles by the late summer or early fall 2018. ...  Read more...

REGULATORY RANT: New report will focus on speeding up development approvals for housing supply
May 24th, 2018 2:01 pm


Michael de Lint / RESCON

I want to give you a brief update on the status of our report on regulatory good practices. We have scheduled the final working group meetings for the end of May and expect to publish the report in mid-June.

We have received great input and comments from our focus group, steering group members and others as steering group chair Bryan Tuckey kept us on track. Let me summarize the focus and recommendations of the report – what it does and does not do. ...  Read more...