Women share insights on how they got into construction
October 30th, 2020 6:59 pm

By Grant Cameron/RESCON

There are many career paths available to women and young people entering the construction industry.

That was one of the takeaways from an online panel session entitled Empower Youth in Trades sponsored by RESCON at the First Work Aspire Youth Summit held Oct. 28 during a Futures Conference 2020 event....  Read more...
Supply can’t be completely left out of the equation when it comes to housing affordability
September 22nd, 2020 8:05 pm

Richard Lyall
Richard Lyall / RESCON

Note: Below is an op-ed piece that was written in response to an article by Josh Gordon, a prof at Simon Fraser University, that was in The Globe & Mail.

In his recent piece in The Globe and Mail, Simon Fraser University assistant professor Josh Gordon argues that the housing affordability crisis is not being driven by supply-side factors and regulatory hurdles. While attention is drawn to the factors driving the demand-side of the equation, the notion that we should understand the issue purely in terms of demand-side factors is a gross over-simplification of a complex issue that impacts millions of Canadians....  Read more...
Upcoming RESCON webinar to focus on racism and launch of CARE initiative
August 31st, 2020 3:04 pm
Amina Debe
By Amina Dibe / RESCON

On Thursday, September 10, RESCON will hold a webinar focused on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion in construction and launch the Construction Against Racism Everywhere (CARE) initiative.

"In light of recent deplorable acts of racism on downtown Toronto construction sites, RESCON is taking a leadership role and creating a space for the industry to discuss racism in construction,” said Richard Lyall, president of RESCON. “As an industry, we condemn these acts and will continue to work with government and labour partners to address any and all incidents that may arise."...  Read more...
3-Point Plan: Reduce Red Tape and Speed up new Housing Supply
August 17th, 2020 5:44 pm
Michael DeLint
Michael de Lint / RESCON

Recovery and red tape
Many jurisdictions, including Ontario, are looking at construction to kick start their economies as they recover from Covid19-related lockdowns. Ontario’s building sector is mired in red tape (in particular, a very slow planning ...  Read more...
COVID-19 contact tracing app released
August 4th, 2020 4:08 pm
Grant Cameron
By Grant Cameron / RESCON

A COVID Alert exposure notification app for Ontario residents has been released by the provincial government.
Click here to download the app for Android and click here for the iPhone version....  Read more...
EDUCATION: Industry lauded for response to pandemic
August 4th, 2020 3:42 pm
Grant Cameron
By Grant Cameron / RESCON

Ontario’s construction industry has been a leader for the province since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and deserves congratulations....  Read more...
EDUCATION: Economic update offers insight into effects of COVID-19
June 30th, 2020 11:42 am
Grant Cameron

By Grant Cameron / RESCON

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
The old adage penned by writer Charles Dickens was one of the themes of a Webex economic update meeting for RESCON members on June 25 called “Interesting Times in Construction” sponsored by Altus Group....  Read more...
RESCON is encouraging workers to make use of new COVID-19 tracing app
June 30th, 2020 2:44 am
Andrew Pariser

By Andrew Pariser / RESCON

The Ontario government has announced another improvement in its approach to managing and containing COVID-19. Through the three Ts (testing, tracing, tracking), the government can quickly test, trace, and track cases, ensuring those infected are quickly isolated and treated. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: What employers need to know when dealing with possible COVID-19 cases on a worksite
June 29th, 2020 8:33 pm
Andrew PariserAmina Dibe

By Andrew Pariser & Amina Dibe / RESCON

Diane Laranja, partner at Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti, a management labour and employment law firm, spoke recently to RESCON members and provided  a legal update on COVID-19 and what employers should do when responding to a suspected or positive case of the disease on a worksite....  Read more...
Skilled Trades Training and Education During COVID-19
May 25th, 2020 6:27 pm

By Andrew Pariser & Amina Dibe / RESCON

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of how kids and young adults learn, with a complete shift to online instruction for the time being. While e-learning works better for certain subjects than it does others, training and education in the construction skilled trades will always require a hands-on learning component....  Read more...
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