Manitoba Association of Architects
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  // April 2020.1  

Selkirk Regional Health Centre open-air contemplation courtyard

Selkirk Regional Health Centre

The LEED Gold certified Selkirk Regional Health Centre facilitates state-of-the-art medicine and technology while embracing the patient, family and care provider in a holistic healing environment. Organized around a central, open-air contemplation courtyard, the design of the 184,750 square foot Health Centre focuses on lean planning, clarity of wayfinding and maximizing access to daylight and sightlines to nature. Locally quarried Tyndall stone and wood reflect the geography of the region, adding warmth and character to the architecture. The park-like site features extensive walkways, native plantings and trees. Architecture and landscaping connect to uplift spirits, promote well-being and support the healing journey.

Design Team: LM Architectural Group, Environment Space Planning, Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd, SMS Engineering Ltd, MCW/AGE Consultants, HTFC Planning & Design, MMM Group|WSP, Hanscomb, Stantec Architecture (Associate Architect)

Photo Credits: Gerry Kopelow

 

SIX MONTH 'GRACE PERIOD' IMPLEMENTED FOR 2018/2020 CON-ED CYCLE

As all registered and intern members will be aware, the deadline for compliance with mandatory continuing education requirements for the 2018/2020 cycle is approaching in less than three (3) months time, on June 30, 2020.

A number of the large architectural associations in Canada, whose members often rely on sessions that might be offered in connection with annual conferences, had been very quick to respond to the current pandemic; and many of them extended deadlines relative to the current reporting period, either in conjunction with or shortly after notification of the cancellation of various events.

The MAA’s Continuing Education Committee carefully reviewed the information that had been gathered from all the other regulatory bodies in the country; and it also carefully considered the opportunities offered by way of the current MAA transcript, for those members who are reporting with the MAA, as well as the MAA’s unique carry forward policy (that, to date, has had no cap).

Based on the recommendation of the MAA’s ConEd Committee, the MAA Council has agreed to adopt a six month ‘grace period’ for the 2018/2020 cycle, as it both:

  • provides members who are reporting to the MAA as a primary jurisdiction, additional time for compliance, as and where might be required, without penalty; and
  • readily facilitates the extended deadlines for those members who have a primary reporting jurisdiction elsewhere and have opted for an equivalency with the MAA.

For those members reporting with the MAA, it means that:

  • if you have complied with the 2018/2020 requirements on or before June 30, 2020, you will simply log any new activities after that date within the new transcript that will become available for the next (2020/2022) cycle on July 1, 2020; and
  • if you have not complied with the 2018/2020 requirements by the June 30, 2020 deadline, you will have up to December 31, 2020 to do so, without penalty, and would simply switch over to the transcript for the next cycle (2020/2022), at the appropriate time.

Once the ‘grace period’ ends on December 31, 2020, members who continue to remain non-compliant with the requirements for the 2018/2020 cycle, will be subject to the MAA’s enforcement policy; which includes significantly increased financial penalties.

Note:   Members who are signed up for an equivalency with the MAA, should pay careful attention to the extended deadlines or grace periods which have been determined by the jurisdiction in which they report their activities. As noted above, the MAA’s six month grace period will readily accommodate what has been implemented elsewhere, relative to the 2018/2020 cycle, within those jurisdictions that are currently recognized by the MAA for an equivalency.

 

Changes to Building Construction Information Services

On Jan 31, 2020 a formal information sharing agreement between the Winnipeg Construction Association (WCA) and the Brandon-based Construction Association of Rural Manitoba came to an end.

As a project owner or consultant, to ensure your project is listed on the BuildWorks Canada platform and accessed by nearly 800 WCA members you must now communicate directly with WCA. Contacting CARM directly will not get your projects on the BuildWorks Canada platform.

WCA has always been the driving force for providing quality construction project information for our members and we will continue to provide this service for Manitoba’s construction community.

If you have any questions about these changes to construction information platforms please contact me at 204-775-8664 ext.2222

If you have questions about WCA construction information services or how to get your project opportunities listed on our platform, please contact our construction information team at 204-774-2431 or cis@winnipregconstruction.ca.

 

Protecting Yourself Against Ransomware

Architectural Practices Have Been Targeted

The OAA is aware of at least two architectural practices in Ontario that have been victims of ransomware—malicious software that which infects desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices to deny access to files and other data unless a sum of money is paid to an anonymous hacker.

In many cases, the victims find their files encrypted and unreadable, replaced by an onscreen alert that they are being denied their information unless they send a sum of money (often in bitcoin) in order to have the perpetrator remotely restore access.

The RCMP advises against paying ransomware demands. It suggests the international organization, The No More Ransom Project, can be of help in some cases.

As always, the OAA encourages its members to exercise due diligence with their computer use and security measures. This includes not opening attachments or links in suspicious emails, installing only trusted software, regularly backing up data on separate, removable hard drives, and using reputable security and antivirus software programs.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has more information on ransomware available: https://www.us-cert.gov/Ransomware

CISA recommends the following precautions to protect users against the threat of ransomware:

  • Update software and operating systems with the latest patches. Outdated applications and operating systems are the target of most attacks.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Backup data on a regular basis. Keep it on a separate device and store it offline.
  • Follow safe practices when browsing the Internet. Read Good Security Habits for additional details.

 

 

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