A late welcome to 2016!
I want to tell you about something that might seem small but is actually a big victory for RESCON and other like-minded associations: the use of language that we employ by a well-known politician.
A headline in the Toronto Star caught my eye: "A game-changing week for John Tory: Analysis." The story focuses on Tory switching tracks for the Scarborough subway plan.
The key phrase that stood out to me was used by Councillor Josh Matlow: "evidence-based approach." He has used it before but seeing it repeated this week led to a revelation: I'm seeing an important phrase used by RESCON and most of our friends in the construction and infrastructure world.
When our colleagues in government choose our honest, appropriate language in conversations with us, that means we're doing something right.
But when these same colleagues use it in the media, that's proof that we're making an impact on the discussion and decision-making process.
If you have seen similar contagious language of the favourable kind, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of helping others with language, I hope you enjoy the work we have done with the Consumers Council of Canada: this is an effort to give consumers a voice on residential intensification (see below). Plus I take exception with our industry being excluded from the Ontario's red tape program, Andrew Pariser offers his latest health and safety column on Ministry of Labour updates, and we have news from the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario.
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