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MAA e-Bulletin December 2017 No.2 Architecture Matters. Aurora Ballealis 2017 StorefrontMB Winter Garden | Public City Architecture.

Architecture Matters. Aurora Ballealis 2017 StorefrontMB Winter Garden | Public City Architecture.

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Season’s Greetings!

The MAA Council and staff would like to extend sincere best wishes for the coming holiday season to all members and their families. Please note that the MAA office will be closed at 12:30 pm on Friday, December 22, 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2017.

CHOP Announcement - Editorial Board and Steering Committee

In preparation for the 3rd edition of the Canadian Handbook of Practice, an Editorial Board and Steering Committee has recently been confirmed.

For further information, please refer to the announcement that has been posted on the MAA’s website at: https://www.mbarchitects.org/news_details.php?news_id=2572018

Membership Renewals

The MAA Council formally addressed the issue of 2018 membership dues and fees at its meeting in mid-December.

The transition concerning intern dues, based on the policy approved by Council in 2016, will be fully implemented in 2018; and those who have held intern members for 5+ years as of January 1st, will now pay the equivalent amount to registered members.

Aside from the increase for interns with 5+ years, Council has determined that all other membership dues, as well as all practice fees, temporary license fees, application fees, late penalties for dues and penalties for delinquencies in continuing education compliance, will be maintained at the same rates for the coming year.

Invoices for 2018 membership dues and fees will be forwarded by mail during the first week of January, 2018. As dictated by the MAA By-Laws, payment must be received in the MAA office by:

  1. the last day of February (without penalty); OR
  2. the last day of May (with penalty, relative to certain membership classes).

It should be noted that, in addition to cheque, money order, bank draft or cash, payment options now extend to Visa and Master Card, administered through the Moneris system. The credit card option is solely available through the On-Line Payments page of the MAA’s website at:

https://www.mbarchitects.org/payments.php

Mandatory Continuing Education

Based on recommendations from the MAA’s Continuing Education Committee, which resulted from the random blind audit conducted on a limited number of transcripts from the 2014/2016 period, the MAA Council recently approved a modified version of the information sheet relative to the MAA’s continuing education requirements. A copy of the revised document, which is intended to offer a greater level of clarity in certain areas, will be forwarded to all registered and intern members and also posted on the MAA’s website.

Registered and intern members are reminded that the deadline for compliance with the current 2016/2018 period is June 30, 2018; and, in accordance with By-Law amendments which came into force at the beginning of this year, ramifications of non-compliance will now be immediate (as is the case in all other jurisdictions in Canada).

We would therefore encourage members who are reporting to the MAA as their primary jurisdiction, to ensure that their individual transcripts are brought up to date with all relevant activities logged by the June 30th, 2018 deadline.

Manitoba Government Consultation

The closing date for the online questionnaire is January 12, 2018.

You are invited to complete a short online questionnaire at http://www.manitoba.ca/rct.

The Government of Manitoba would like to hear from Manitoba businesses and other stakeholders regarding regulatory barriers in Canadian jurisdictions, which hinder your opportunity to do business or work across Canada.

The new Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect on July 1, 2017:

  • Aims to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada and,
  • Establishes a Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) to address regulatory measures that are compliant with the Agreement but that stakeholders may experience as a barrier when doing business across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. Each government is responsible for identifying which specific regulatory measures it wishes to bring forward to the RCT on behalf of its stakeholders.

A regulatory barrier can take many forms, such as differing testing or certification requirements, or technical standards; differing trucking, shipping or transportation requirements; and differing product labelling, or sizing/packaging requirements.

Thank you in advance for your input, which will be invaluable in helping to inform Manitoba’s participation on the RCT. Please direct any inquiries to: RCT@gov.mb.ca.

An Announcement from the City of Winnipeg

The Planning Property and Development Department would like to announce the launch of an online occupancy permit search tool. This feature enables members of the general public to search properties by civic address in order to obtain information related to issued occupancy permits.

This is the first phase of a three-phased project, and limits the searches to occupancy permits granted as of June 2, 2006. As occupancy permit records followed different formats prior to that date, a second and third phase to this feature have been planned for the near future to make older permits available for online access as well.

To access the search tool, go to https://ppdportal.winnipeg.ca/Permits/OccupancyPermitSearch/Start.jsp.

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