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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...

HEALTH & SAFETY: What to expect in 2017 for residential construction
December 12th, 2016 6:32 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON

As the year winds down, I would like to take a retrospective look at 2016 through the health and safety lens and offer a glimpse of what 2017 may bring by discussing key developments at MOL enforcement, MOL prevention, the IHSA and the WSIB. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: China shows GTHA builders the spoils of intensification
November 23rd, 2016 4:41 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

I looked out over the Pearl River Delta and swallowed hard. Rows of skyscrapers stretched out across the horizon as I looked north from Hong Kong towards southern China.

This is the largest urban area on Earth, according to the World Bank, with a population of 42 million people (and growing). That’s six million more than all of Canada (and triple Ontario’s population), even though Canada’s area is 254 times larger. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: RESCON’s comms efforts come full circle
November 23rd, 2016 4:08 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

In the last two years, RESCON has made a good impression on the media landscape. ...  Read more...

Check out the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair
November 10th, 2016 10:34 am

Michael de Lint / RESCON

Mid-rise wood-frame construction, the coming of timber-frame and prefabrication are the key subjects of focus at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair on Nov. 17.

Any home-building executive that is interested in this new wave of construction should consider attending. Check out the details and list of seminars for the event here. ...  Read more...

LYALL'S FILES: RESCON’s new team gears up for innovation, regulation, more!
November 1st, 2016 12:53 pm

Richard Lyall / RESCON

RESCON has beefed up its team to take on the challenges facing residential construction. ...  Read more...

Veteran journalist heads up RESCON communications
November 1st, 2016 11:47 am

Aonghus Kealy / RESCON

(This column was first published in the RESCON Industry News newsletter in December 2014. It has been updated.)

RESCON’s in-house veteran journalist is beefing up its communications.

Aonghus Kealy spent 16 years working in 13 newsrooms in Canada and Ireland as a journalist and editor, including stints at the Toronto Sun as the new homes editor and as an editor/writer at the Toronto Star. ...  Read more...

RESCON VP draws upon experience as senior mediator and ‘storyteller’
November 1st, 2016 11:12 am

Aonghus Kealy / RESCON

(This column was first published in the RESCON Industry News newsletter in December 2014. It has been updated.)

For Andrew Pariser, taking on the job as vice-president of RESCON was somewhat of a homecoming.

The native of Ingersoll, Ont., thrived as an intern with the association during a year-long placement, according to RESCON president Richard Lyall, and went on to gain valuable experience with the Ministry of Labour as a senior mediator.

He rose quickly through the ranks of the ministry, starting as the very first intern for the mediator internship program of the dispute resolution services division and moving up to become “specialist in negotiations and strategy review.” ...  Read more...