The Western Journal 2016 - (Page 19)
Updates from Manitoba
We have lost a valued member of our Board
of Directors, Mr. Marc Lynch of Randall
Plumbing & Heating. He was a quiet
strength behind our Association for many
years. Marc was elected President in April,
2015. Prior to that, he was our Treasurer for
at least a decade. Marc had an actuarial background and was indispensable
to the success of our Association. He is so incredibly missed. Marc and
his Executive Committee had great plans for MCA Manitoba. He was
anxious to get these plans underway. We will carry through his dreams
of making MCA Manitoba vital to the construction industry.
hile the economy across the country is hurting,
according to BuildForce Canada, Manitoba's construction sector still has momentum. Major new
hydro, transmission and pipeline projects are anticipated to drive
construction employment to a new record high in 2018. While
the news looks good, building permit activity in Manitoba is still
down by approximately 20 per cent from last year according to
the Winnipeg Construction Association, so it's difficult to predict
what kind of a year we are going to have.
However, a major project is about to begin in Winnipeg that
will keep our contractors busy for some time: The True North
Square. This is a one-million square foot private project, to the
tune of $400 million! True North Square, whose four towers
will include a luxury hotel and class-A office, residential and
retail space, is an ambitious play for Winnipeg. Nothing on this
scale has been built in its downtown. Its backers, which include
venerable agriculture and food giant James Richardson and
Sons, are wagering the city's long-suffering downtown is poised
to reinvent itself. According to the Globe and Mail, True North
has attracted high-profile partners, including Vancouver-based
Northland Properties. The family-owned conglomerate, whose
holdings include the Sutton Place hotel chain, will construct two
towers on the secondary site of the project: Sutton Place Hotel,
featuring 275 rooms, and the 130-suite Sutton Place Residences.
The political situation in Manitoba is about to change. It's
looking quite likely that we will have a Conservative government as of April 19, unless something drastic happens between
now and then. Who knows...we may be back to a seven per cent
provincial sales tax!
MCA Manitoba has gone through a lot of changes this year.
We have a new address in a much better environment, thanks for
the hard work of the Building Committee. They put hours and
hours into this transition. It was not without problems and we
had to make some difficult decisions along the way. But we love
our new space, our new brand and our new logo.
We just cannot seem to get this right! The situation surrounding
M1 mechanical permits has not improved after more than 10 years!
We are working diligently with the City of Winnipeg Property
and Planning Department to see if we can come to an agreement
that makes sense to the City and to the industry. It is our intense
desire that by the time this issue goes to print, many of the issues
and confusion will be dealt with to the
satisfaction of the Planning, Property
and Development Department of the
City of Winnipeg and our running-outof-patience ventilation contractors.
Often when a ventilation contractor
applies for an M1 permit, there is no building permit number.
An application for an M1 permit will be made but it won't go
anywhere without a complete set of drawings and an engineer's
stamp. These smaller projects require a quick turnaround. Often
the project is completed before an M1 is approved. This causes
a lot of problems for the inspectors, as well as the contractors,
because they are not in compliance and are often fined. Unless the
contractor goes to the City and submits the documents personally,
the contractor will not have confirmation that everything was
received by the Planning Department. The City will accept a fax,
but the contractor has no way of knowing if it was accepted or
even received by the right person. Often contractors do not know
when to apply for an M1. The rules have changed since 2008.
What are the exemptions, if any? What is the scope? When is an
M1 required? Also, what is the City trying to capture with an M1
permit: full mechanical or just venting? We must find a way to
streamline the entire process and get a definition of exemptions
and scope. All parties are working diligently to get this resolved.
MCA Manitoba is hosting the CEC's Education Conference in
October, 2016. Our team, led by Tania Johnston, has been working
hard to develop an outstanding program. The theme this year
is "helping leaders learn and lead." The more they learn about
themselves and their staff, the better their abilities to lead.
We had Jim Baston out to Winnipeg last October to run two
workshops in conjunction with the Manitoba Building Expo.
Jim was outstanding! We hope to have him back again in future.
The Jamie McNabb Memorial Golf Tournament was another
memorable event. The weather hovered around 35 degrees Celsius
with humidity off the charts! We had 168 golfers at Breezy Bend
Golf and Country Club. Add to all of that, due to two inches of
rain the previous day, we all had to stick to the golf paths. It was
a long day! But everyone enjoyed themselves. The Breezy Bend
staff was amazing as always.
At the 2015 Pioneer Night, we inducted Marcelle Brissette,
retired from Black and McDonald, and Gary Borodenko from
Federated Insurance. It was held at the Victoria Inn with a record
attendance! Our Christmas Reception also boasted record attendance with well over 100 people.
We have big plans for 2016. We are looking forward to hosting
many more events in our brand new board room! And we are
committed to carrying out the vision of Marc Lynch.
MCA Manitoba Events on the Web
Mechanical Contractors Associations of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2016
Messages: MCA Canada
Messages: British Columbia
Updates: British Columbia
Good Governance Creates Lasting Value
Medical Marijuana Cultivation: The Mechanical Needs
YYC: Growing to Meet Anticipated Demand
New Product Showcase
Index to Advertisers
The Western Journal 2016