Here's a snapshot of some of the most important issues
for the residential construction industry.
The City of Toronto launched a new pilot project at Yonge and Eglinton this week to address the impacts of construction, improve road safety and keep traffic moving around areas in the city with a dense concentration of construction activity.
 
The goal of the pilot is to improve communications between all building agents in the area to facilitate and expedite the building process while ensuring the safety of workers and the general public.
 
An on-the-ground "hub coordinator" has been appointed by the City: Stuart McGhie was set to hold the first "hub" meeting today for all builders operating in the geographic boundaries.
 
This will be a one-year pilot concluding in December 2020. The City has a dedicated website on the pilot and will also be developing a dedicated phone line. The website contains a map of the specific geographical area that will be targeted by this pilot.
 
RESCON has been engaging with City staff and mayor's office since discussions first began on this pilot and it is important to note that this is a communications-based initiative and the hub coordinator does not have input on scope of construction work. RESCON, along with other industry partners and the City of Toronto, held a briefing meeting for all its members on the pilot recently.

Here's an article in CBC.ca on the pilot project's launch.

Elsewhere in the newsletter: Minister Monte McNaughton visits George Brown College's and BOLT's Day of Discovery which helps youth determine whether a career in construction is right for them; an update on the City of Toronto noise by-law; a look at Holland's innovative transit planning and housing; RESCON's red-tape guru Michael de Lint joins the board for a building regulations centre for excellence in Australia; two of my columns in the Toronto Sun (Kate Campbell and BIM); and RCCAO's Andy Manahan talks to the Toronto Star's Ben Spurr about market capacity for the pipeline of transit projects.

Enjoy!

Richard Lyall, President
RESCON

DAY OF DISCOVERY AT GBC  
Minister backs trades careers

Monte McNaughton spends the first day on the job for his expanded portfolio at an event helping youth decide on construction careers at George Brown College.

Read VP Andrew Pariser's blog here.

NOISE BY-LAW 

RESCON's update ahead of Dec. 31 deadline


Projects that will be completed by Dec. 31 and have existing building permits are not required to obtain a continuous pour and large crane work noise exemption permit, write RESCON's Nadia Todorova and Paul De Berardis. But after that deadline ...

Read the blog here.

RESCON IN HOLLAND & AUSTRALIA

Innovation in transit, housing, red tape 


Red-tape guru de Lint is featured in two articles: he writes a blog about his trip to Holland where he witnessed "a more pragmatic and integrated approach" for some of our favourite issues; and Australia's Sourceable.com mentions his role as a board member for an influential University of Canberra centre for excellence in building regulation and control.

Read de Lint's blog here.
Read the article about Australia's centre of excellence here.

LYALL IN THE SUN  
HGTV star inspires; the BIM revolution


Trades entrepreneur and expert Kate Campbell shares the story of her career journey and goal to inspire more women to enter the skilled trades; and it's time to welcome the digital transformation that BIM can bring to construction.

Read Campbell's story here.
Read more about BIM here.

BUILDING TRANSIT

RCCAO addresses industry's capacity   

Executive director Andy Manahan chats with reporter Ben Spurr about the construction industry's ability to keep up with Ontario's projects coming down the pipe.

Read the Toronto Star article here.

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