Numbers are improving, but construction remains a hazardous profession As the opening line from the Government of Ontario’s Health and Safety webpage reads, “All workers have the right to return home each day safe and sound.” But the reality is that some don’t. Demolition, excavation, heavy equip-ment, roofing, framing, plumbing and electrical, multiple trades…. With so […] ... Read more
The pandemic has thrust a handful of legal issues to the fore Time is of the essence when it comes to building a new home, or taking possession of it, or repairing it. But in a pandemic-afflicted world, time has slowed. Safety protocols, shutdowns and supply line interruptions have made builders less efficient than they […] ... Read more
Putting action into the Housing Supply Action Plan OHB’s Q&A with Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing In his opening address during a virtual fireside chat with OHBA members in late November, the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing since 2018, sounded alarm bells over what a change in […] ... Read more
R-Hauz pilot project could signal a new era for mid-rise wood I’m standing in Berlin on a Building Industry and Land Development Association tour in 2013, looking at these brilliant 20 foot-wide, six-storey concrete townhouses,” relates Leith Moore, “and I thought to myself, ‘That’s what we need in Toronto. Except I want to build them out […] ... Read more
The economic outlook remains rosy in some sectors, bleak in others With COVID-19 still putting a chill on socializing, retail sales and indoor dining as we enter 2021, will the red-hot Ontario real estate market it helped to fire up in the latter half of 2020 continue? According to four prominent economists, the answer is […] ... Read more
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