The City of Toronto is experiencing a sewer capacity crisis. It's as simple as that.
We all saw the proof when photos and video of the TTC streetcars submerged under ponds that formed on city streets from the flash floods of Aug. 7 as well as the rescue of two men trapped in an underground parking garage elevator.
And then there was the sickening aftermath. The images of raw sewage and plastic disposables (everything you shouldn't flush down the toilet) bobbing along the shores of Lake Ontario after the sanitary, storm and combined sewers overwhelmed the sewer distribution and treatment capacity.
Toronto and the GTA cannot be expected to handle growth when infrastructure is continually underfunded. Remaining this way will have dire consequences for the entire region.
RESCON is teaming up with BILD to pursue this issue with the city in the spirit of cooperation between government and industry. Paul De Berardis, our in-house civil engineer, has penned a blog on why this requires bold action now, not in 10 years. Make no mistake, we are taking this very seriously.
And so is RCCAO: scroll down to find three media stories on our sister association's Infrastructure Update 2018 report by CANCEA which explains how the federal and provincial governments are underinvesting in Ontario infrastructure. Sound familiar?
You also will find: three recent media stories in which RESCON tackles an assortment of topics (including Toronto's municipal election); a list of stories featuring RESCON on how steel tariffs could impact Canada's residential construction industry; Amina Dibe's take on two opportunities for construction employers to get involved and set the tone in training and education; and more coverage of the streamlining approvals report.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy the holiday weekend.
Richard Lyall, President