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RESCON: Construction industry update on COVID-19
March 18th, 2020 4:33 pm
 
Richard Lyall and Andrew Pariser / RESCON
 
Premier Doug Ford took important measures to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday. The focus is on the continuity of the province’s supply chain, as well as continuing the operation of essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies and certain industries including construction. This means our industry will continue to work. ...  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: RESCON, Job Talks launch videos on jobs and satisfaction in construction skilled trades
March 10th, 2020 3:30 pm

Amina Dibe / RESCON

RESCON recently launched the Job Talks Construction website and YouTube channel, a two-year initiative by the residential and infrastructure construction sectors leading to the creation of a 50-part video series which highlights many exciting careers in the construction skilled trades....  Read more...
TRAINING & EDUCATION: Minister McNaughton praises BOLT’s Day of Discovery
December 3rd, 2019 5:27 pm

Andrew Pariser / RESCON
 

There are many organizations that RESCON is proud to be affiliated with, and BOLT is no exception.

The BOLT program (Building Opportunities for Life Today) was launched by builder/developer Tridel Corp. in 2009 to assist under-resourced youth to connect to education and careers in construction. The BOLT charitable foundation was established in 2013....  Read more...
Noise by-law update
December 3rd, 2019 3:13 pm
 
Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON

 
On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that included changes to the regulations for construction noise. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a broader noise by-law review to make the by-law easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work are no longer exempt as-of-right from the noise by-law. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours of construction, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit....  Read more...
REGULATORY RANT: Holland: floating trees, air rights and train stations
November 26th, 2019 7:38 am
 
 Blog and Holland photos by Michael de Lint / RESCON

In a February blog, I stated the obvious: Toronto has big transit, zoning and housing supply deficits. What is not so well known is that there are some win-win solutions to these transit and housing supply problems. ...  Read more...
LYALL'S FILES: Women want to enter the construction trades, so let’s give them the opportunities
October 31st, 2019 9:04 pm


Richard Lyall / RESCON


Kate Campbell is passionate about the trades, and didn’t hold back on her love for working on construction sites when speaking recently to a room of 300 girls transfixed on her every move.

“I’m so passionate about my job. I make good money doing a job that I love and I love speaking about the job that I do,” said the tradeswoman, entrepreneur and TV star....  Read more...
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: Building projects must comply with the revised Toronto noise by-law and the new exemption permit process for continuous concrete pouring and large crane work as of January 1, 2020
October 31st, 2019 12:50 pm
  

Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON



On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that included changes to the regulations for construction noise. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a broader noise by-law review to make the by-law easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work are no longer exempt as-of-right from the noise by-law. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours of construction, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit....  Read more...
HEALTH & SAFETY: Our thoughts one year after cannabis legalization in Ontario
October 17th, 2019 1:56 pm
 
Andrew Pariser and Cassandra Dobrzynski / RESCON


Today marks the first full year of legal cannabis in Canada. It's also the same day that cannabis extracts and topical products have become legal in Canada, which will be available in stores by mid-December at the earliest. Legalization has brought a wave of uncertainty for employers, regulators and the public, and RESCON expects this trend to continue. At RESCON, our focus is on the health and safety of workers and providing resources to builders which will allow them to keep their work sites safe....  Read more...
WSIB: An update on 2020 rates, health and safety excellence program and rate framework review
September 30th, 2019 1:34 pm
  
Andrew Pariser and Cassandra Dobrzynski / RESCON

As 2020 approaches, so do three major initiatives within the WSIB. RESCON has had a busy year consulting with the WSIB on behalf of builders in 2019 and is expecting more of the same next year.

We have three goals for this article. First, we'll preview 2020 rates. Second, we'll provide an update on the new Health and Safety Excellence Program which is scheduled to launch in November. Third, we'll discuss the next steps in WSIB’s rate framework review, including a newly planned WSIB seminar which will be held in Maple, Ont., in early 2020. ...  Read more...
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: City of Toronto introduces new regulations for construction noise and exemption permits
September 23rd, 2019 5:21 pm
 
Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis / RESCON


On Oct. 1, the City of Toronto introduced amendments to the noise by-law that include changes to the regulations for construction noise and noise exemption permits. The amendments were enacted by city council in June as part of a larger noise by-law review to make the bylaw easier to understand and enforce.
 
Continuous concrete pouring and large crane work will no longer be exempt as of right from the noise bylaw. Organizations that wish to undertake this work, or any other construction activity beyond the permitted hours, will need to apply for a noise exemption permit. ...  Read more...
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