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

It's time to take a hard look at what we can do for women in the trades, especially in light of what someone like Kate Campbell brings to the table. This is her posing with me, Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano and Durham College president Don Lovisa.

Campbell has an amazing story to tell -- that's why we wrote a blog about her career growth, from being intimidated by a measuring tape to building houses across Canada for hit HGTV shows. Her story inspired 300 girls visiting Durham College recently, and we hope you'll share her messages with children in your families as well as those of your friends. We can't ignore 50% of our population when we have trades shortages.

Meanwhile, here's a quick reminder that RESCON is hosting a symposium on mental health in construction on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Maple. Get more information on the symposium in this blog.

Elsewhere in the newsletter: we team up with the University of Toronto to kickstart a quarterly column on BIM for the Daily Commercial News; I write three columns for the Toronto Sun, including one on the rental housing crisis that's gripping Toronto and Vancouver; our latest government submissions; and RESCON and RCCAO discuss teaming up to battle climate change.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Richard Lyall, President

RESCON, U of T team up for new column

Dr. Arash Shahi of U of T's Building Innovation Research Centre (shown) teams up with Lyall in their debut column on BIM in the Daily Commercial News.

Read their column here.


Rental housing crisis is Canada's sleeper issue

Lyall gets prolific in the Toronto Sun, with columns on the city's rental housing crisis, a profile on tile-setter Michael Lee and his take on taxes and fees on new homes.

Read the rental crisis column here.
Read the story about Humber grad Michael Lee here.
Read the column on GTA taxes and fees here.


BOLT, George Brown team up 

Students and staff mix at the recent BOLT Day of Discovery held at George Brown College's Annex campus. Labour, Training and Skills Development Minister Monte McNaughton was among the attendees at what was a very successful event which creates awareness about the opportunities available in construction. Look for this story in the next newsletter.

A reminder that this is coming up fast

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, write RESCON's Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis.

More in their blog here.

In response to Proposed Provincial Policy Statement changes
- Submission to the Operational Review of the WSIB


RCCAO, RESCON discuss green team-up   

Discussions begin involving builders and unions in residential and civil sectors on creating a national coalition with a singular voice to combat climate change.

Read the Daily Commercial News article here.

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