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

November 2015

While it may seem a little early to be hearing Jingle Bells as you shop, 'tis the season for two of our favourite subjects - housing affordability and the merits of infrastructure investment.

Our team at RESCON and at our affiliate, the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), are organizing two insightful panel discussions that are coming up.

The first one is set for Tuesday at 8 a.m. called "Investing in Ontario's Public Infrastructure," hosted by RCCAO and the Ontario Construction Secretariat.

This event will be held at the Hart House Debates Room at U of T (7 Hart House Circle), starting at 8 a.m. with comments from Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca at 9 a.m. followed by a panel discussion with some of the keenest minds around infrastructure investment in Ontario:

- Janet De Silva, president and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade (Moderator)
- Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman
- John McKendrick, executive vice-president, project delivery, Infrastructure Ontario
- Mark Romoff, president and CEO, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
- Paul Smetanin, president and CEO, Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA)

Register here for this fantastic discussion.

As for residential construction, RESCON is tackling the topic of housing affordability with its Wednesday, Dec. 9 panel discussion stemming from the upcoming report "The Escalating Challenge of Home Ownership: Causes, Costs & Risks."

Housing industry leaders, government officials and academics will gather to discuss ground-breaking research report by CANCEA to examine the supply and demand factors that are making it harder for families to obtain their shelter needs.

The event will kick off at 8 a.m. at George Vari Engineering and Computing Center (Third Floor) at Ryerson University (245 Church St.).

Register here.

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Ministers, infra experts to gather for panel chat

In his Toronto Sun column, RESCON president Richard Lyall highlights the importance of opening dialogue on infrastructure and how it affects new-home buyers. He also previews RCCAO's panel discussion (click on the image above to register for the event). Click here for Lyall's Sun column.

RCCAO, CANCEA team up for infra report

Reporter Lindsey Cole writes a comprehensive piece about a report by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) on how Ontario's 10-year, $130-billion infrastructure plan could lead to massive returns for provincial and federal coffers. The report was sponsored by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario and the Ontario Construction Secretariat.

Click here for the story.

Gimme shelter:
RESCON hosts housing affordability panel

CANCEA president and CEO Paul Smetanin, above, will be among the panellists at the Dec. 9th event at Ryerson. The panel will discuss housing affordability as RESCON promotes CANCEA's recent independent research.

Read Richard Lyall's blog on the panel discussion here.

Register for the event here.

Our members' debris nets show extra care

RESCON vice-president Andrew Pariser, left, heads up 27 storeys to take a look at debris netting in mid-town Toronto as Tridel health and safety expert Robert Fletcher, right, shows him the ropes. Several RESCON members use the nets as an extra piece of safety equipment, but it isn't mandatory to use them.

Read Pariser's blog here.

LYALL IN THE SUN: Windows and health

As the days grow shorter, it's an important time to consider how much light comes through the windows of your new home. Richard Lyall shares what he learned at the Velux Daylight Symposium in London on windows and health.

Read Lyall's Sun column here.

RESCON reacts to Tony Dean report

RESCON welcomes the recommendations of the Tony Dean report and appreciates the province's commitment to implementing them, recognizing that this represents a key step in tackling Ontario's skills gap.

TECH CORNER: My take on Cunningham

The province has hired a man of integrity in Justice Douglas Cunningham to lead the review of the Ontario new home warranty act and Tarion. But that process will not happen without some hills to climb, writes RESCON tech guru Michael Steele.

Read Steele's blog here.

Political junkie takes on RESCON government relations

Anthony Fernando is RESCON's new director of government relations (as well as RCCAO's). His new bosses shed some light on what Fernando brings to the job. And they try not to hold it against him that he's a Habs fan.

Read Lyall's blog on RESCON's newest hire here.

RCCAO, Fenn peer into future of infra

RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan teams up with former Ontario deputy minister Michael Fenn for an op-ed published in the Hamilton Spectator. They discuss the importance of infrastructure in shaping the province's future economic health.

Click here for the opinion piece.

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