"And when you've got a good idea, Richard, we're going to listen."
Those words were music to my ears and those of a lot of builders at RESCON's 2019 annual general meeting, spoken by the affable Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark. That sentence was the conclusion of a terrific speech that we're happy to share with our members and key stakeholders in this Lyall's Files blog.
Minister Clark hit all the right notes in the 40 minutes that he spoke - economy, jobs, streamlining, cutting red tape, harmonizing the building code, Growth Plan, Housing Supply Action Plan, and building housing near transit.
His speech is well worth a read, and we're thrilled that we continue to strengthen ties between us and the Ministry so that together government and industry can make the Ontario economy stronger.
Other items in the newsletter include: three star graduates from the George Brown College residential construction management program explain what they learned and what they are achieving now that they've been hired by the industry (the program boasts a 90% job-placement rate); the Toronto Star interviews our in-house engineer Paul De Berardis (again) about Toronto's noise bylaw; and RCCAO's Andy Manahan continues to push the government to reform the municipal class environmental assessment process, reports the Daily Commercial News.
Thanks for reading!
Richard Lyall, President