OCOT ramps up compliance, enforcement for construction

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is ramping up compliance and enforcement efforts in the construction sector to coincide with increased projects during the spring and summer months, but one industry stakeholder is wondering what took so long.

Inspections will be consistent with the College’s new Compliance and Enforcement Policy, explained George Gritziotis, OCOT’s registrar and CEO, adding the College has equipped its officers with enhanced training and tools to ensure they are able to deliver more targeted, consistent and transparent inspections.

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Construction to begin on new Courtice and downtown Oshawa GO Park and Ride lots

DURHAM — While it will take years of construction before the GO Train rolls into downtown Oshawa and Clarington, the signs were unveiled for two new commuter GO bus Park and Ride lots in Courtice and Oshawa on Friday, April 13.

Construction will begin this spring on Park and Ride lots for the future Courtice Road GO Station and the future Ritson Road GO Station. As an interim step toward expanding rail service on the Lakeshore East GO line to these future station locations, GO Transit will expand service on Bus Route 91 — Newcastle to Oshawa — to include the stops at the Courtice and Ritson Park and Ride lots.

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GO East’s opening curtain

On April 12, MPP Grandville Anderson, Oshawa Mayor John Henry, and a number of Oshawa regional councillors were huddled in the wind at the site of the former Knob Hill Farms grocery store to unveil the ideation of the first step toward expanding the Lakeshore East line through Oshawa into Bowmanville.

There were no updates on the station itself, but for now, the province has announced it will be using a portion of the site as a Park and Ride location to allow commuters an alternative place to park in order to get to the extremely packed Bloor Street station.

Read more at The Oshawa Express

Pain of high power bills was “worth it”

Ontarians may feel they’ve been hosed with high power bills but the province’s environmental commissioner said the switch from a fossil fuel-powered grid to a more clean-and-green network was worth the cost and the pain.

In an April 10 news release, Dianne Saxe gave the government credit for cleaning up Ontario’s electricity system and air by ending coal-fired power.

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Expo uses virtual reality to encourage more students to consider a trade

A three-day interactive event, called Future Building, running Tuesday to Thursday at Mississauga’s International Centre is aiming to introduce more than 9,000 central Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 to the trades.

Virtual reality simulators at the event will allow students to use a crane from three floors up, and try out painting and welding as well as several other construction careers.

Read more at CBC News

Plan looks to draw investment to south end

A new plan to help attract development and revitalize the Wentworth Street West corridor is one step closer to reality following a public meeting that saw no residents speak out with concerns.

“I think south Oshawa will be very happy,” said Councillor Amy McQuaid-England. “I think this is a good step forward for the area. It’s an area we’ve been talking about for a very long time.”

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Real estate industries made up fifth of Canada’s GDP in 2017

Real estate, construction and related financial and insurance industries are together responsible for more than 20 per cent of Canada’s GDP in 2017, according to a quarterly report released by Statistics Canada March 2.

Here in B.C., a separate report funded by real estate and development industry groups, published March 5, found that real estate-related industries accounted for around 15 per cent of the provincial GDP in 2016.

Read more at Vancouver Courier