Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.

We're a month in to 2019 and I'm hopeful it's going to be a good year for the residential construction industry.
 
But today I want to tell you about Frank MacPhee, a good friend and valued RESCON board member. Sadly, he died in December aged 53 - far too soon.


 
He is remembered for a 30-year career at Tribute Communities, most recently as vice-president of contracts. He was also a two-time former president of the Durham Home Builders' Association.
 
Our board and staff describe Frank as a warm, kind, larger-than-life character who was always good for a laugh.
 
"He was a very lovable guy," said RESCON chair emeritus Phil Rubinoff of Laurier Homes. "He always had a kind word for everybody. There was always a smile on his face and a nice hello."
 
Frank, who was a member of the Durham Residential Construction Labour Bureau (DRCLB), "had great integrity and was a straight talker," said DRCLB chair Lou Bada of Starlane Homes. "When he spoke, people listened. He was a kind soul, a good person and authentic. I'll miss him."
 
RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser worked closely with Frank on the training and education file. He called him "one of a kind."
 
"He was very generous with his time and made every meeting or conversation he was involved with better. He was trustworthy, well respected and always acted in the best interest of the industry, especially in negotiations on behalf of the DRCLB. He was someone you could always count on, and he will be missed."
 
On behalf of all of RESCON's board and staff, I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest well, Frank. Thank you for the memories.
 
Memorial donations can be made to the Reena Foundation at www.reena.org.
 

Richard Lyall, President
RESCON

HOUSING SUPPLY ACTION PLAN  
RESCON suggests common-sense approach  


With a little common sense, we can have faster approvals and more housing supply, writes RESCON red-tape guru Michael de Lint.

Read his blog here (which includes a link to RESCON's submission).

NOISE BYLAW

Toronto Star interviews RESCON engineer


Yet another approval? Paul De Berardis tells Star reporter Francine Kopun that better noise regulation in the form of permitting could affect building timelines.

Read the story here.

'LESS PLANNING,' MORE APPROVALS

Starting point for planner shortage 


"I think the role of the planning department should be less planning," Lyall tells NRU. Planners should be "more involved in facilitating the approvals ..."

Read the story here.

WOMEN IN SKILLED TRADES
Construction program breaking barriers


RESCON bursary winner Tiffany Morin, middle, says that every house is a puzzle she wants to solve. Also shown: RESCON's Amina Dibe, left, and Nadia Todorova.

Read Lyall's Toronto Sun column here.

THE DONALD'S WALL

'It's a waste of money': RCCAO boss  

RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan offers his opinion to CBC.ca about U.S. President Donald Trump's wall as an infrastructure investment.

Read the story here.

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