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HEALTH & SAFETY: Working at Heights deadline looms – are your subtrades ready for April 1?
March 7th, 2017 1:36 am

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Depending on the weather, April 1st usually signals the start of the spring construction season.

But this year, that date means something else as well -- the Working at Heights (WAH) deadline. Are you and your company ready for it? ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: GTHA construction gets a booost from George Brown College construction program
March 7th, 2017 12:52 am

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

 I don’t think there’s a builder in the GTHA that doesn’t have a George Brown College graduate.

Sitting with the graduates of the RESCON residential construction management certificate program during a recent George Brown College graduation dinner in Toronto, I realized that RESCON has helped produce another 13 leaders of tomorrow for the construction industry. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: Toronto high school shows there’s plenty of young talent to help Ontario construction
March 6th, 2017 2:06 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Seven students sat at the head of the room, each telling a story of hope and excitement then passing a microphone to the left.

A captivated audience of industry executives, government officials educators and parents took it all in: before them was just a taste of the future of construction and, boy, did it look bright.

The energy in the large event room at Toronto’s Northview Heights Secondary School was palpable; it always is. Without a doubt, the annual meeting for the Construction Trades Exploration Program (CTEP) is one of my favourite days of the year. ...  Read more...

HEALTH & SAFETY: 35 lives saved – Mikey Network one example of how home builders give back
February 13th, 2017 4:18 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Every February is heart month and with it comes the annual heart health campaigns from various groups, including the Mikey Network. While their slogan is “The Beat Goes On,” their message is of awareness and preparation; prevention is the focus in this month’s blog....  Read more...

TECH CORNER: The problem with prescriptive building codes for Ontario construction
February 7th, 2017 5:37 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Part 9 of the National and Ontario building codes, which governs houses and small buildings, were originally written in a prescriptive format to simplify their application and interpretation by users and enforcers. This format served its purpose when it was introduced but has become a barrier to the use of new technologies and materials....  Read more...
TECH CORNER: The unintended consequences of excessive regulation for Ontario construction
January 9th, 2017 7:17 pm

Michael Steele / RESCON

Rob Norton, a former editor at Fortune magazine wrote, “the law of unintended consequences illuminates the perverse unanticipated effects of legislation and regulation.” Just a few of more than 500 proposed changes in the national and Ontario building codes have unintended consequences that could lead to health risks for homeowners. ...  Read more...

How can a construction trades shortage coincide with high youth unemployment?
January 9th, 2017 7:05 pm
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON

Dec. 8th marked a potential turning point in the battle against Ontario’s skilled trades shortage.

That’s when Bill 70 passed through third reading and received royal assent. It’s a 26-schedule budget omnibus bill which included amendments to reform and restructure the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). ...  Read more...

TRAINING & EDUCATION: Mother of 4 inspires with construction career breakthrough
January 9th, 2017 4:35 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Construction is no longer a career path just for men. Just ask Lisa Bell, the most recent recipient of RESCON’s scholarship at The Centre for Skills Development and Training in Burlington.

Six years ago, the 37-year-old resident of Mississauga left her job in marketing and decided she needed a career change.

The mother of four went to an employment centre and took an aptitude test to find out what she’d be good at: she told RESCON that she knew the answer all along – construction. ...  Read more...

INNOVATION NATION: Top 8 changes coming to Ontario Building Code affecting residential construction
December 14th, 2016 4:45 pm

Paul De Berardis / RESCON

The winter holidays are upon us, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that while most people bring in the New Year by blowing party horns, builders brace themselves for changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) coming as early as Jan. 1, 2017 that will push up the cost and complexity of building.

Many interim changes will also be phased in during the lead-up to the next edition of the OBC with a proposed in-effect date of January 2019. ...  Read more...

LYALL’S FILES: Wood is good for Ontario construction -- let's dispel the myths
December 12th, 2016 7:05 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

We’ve said it for years and we’ll keep saying it – wood is good.

There are a lot of great reasons to build with wood. It’s a quieter, quicker and more flexible building process. It reduces a construction site’s carbon footprint, especially when panelized, by a factor of eight. ...  Read more...