New OBOA Training Material Update
TO: BUILDING CODE USERS
The enclosed replacement pages to the 2012 Building Code Compendium Edition¹ reflect recent amendments to the Building Code (O. Reg.332/12) and to several MMAH Supplementary Standards.
Musings on the Current Pattern of Regulation of Professions and Skilled Practitioners in the Building and Real Property Sectors
As I join the OBOA early in November, 2013 as the new Chief Administrative Officer, I feel honoured to contribute to the 100th edition of The OBOA Journal.
This is a magical milestone…one to be proud of.
In taking up my responsibilities, I reflect on what I have been involved in over the past few years working with a variety of companies and professional groups as a housing and building consultant, and the implications for my new challenges at OBOA. In all of this, I am struck by the consistencies and trends in public policy logic for several building-related regulations, and what this might mean for OBOA going forward.
New OBOA 2012 OBC Courses
Training and professional development is a key strategic priority for OBOA, and we are committed to ensuring that Ontario’s Building Officials have access to the latest and highest-quality training and professional development opportunities. The association is now positioned to deliver on its commitment to develop OBOA’s own education and training, since adjusting membership dues in 2011. We are now pleased to announce the upcoming release of nine new courses to train all Building Code practitioners in the new 2012 Ontario Building Code, which takes effect in January 2014. This initiative marks a major transformation for the association and I wish to acknowledge the vision and effort of all former and current Board members and our CAO for turning this vision into reality. Courses should be available beginning November 2013 - further details and registration will be available online through the OBOA
Training Calendar at www.oboa.on.ca.
THE ELLIOT LAKE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY – OBOA Participation
The Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry was established on July 19, 2012 by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act, 2009. Its mandate is to inquire into and report on events surrounding the collapse on June 23, 2012, of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, the deaths and injuries, as well as the emergency management and response. Further, the Commission is to review relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws, policies processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties with respect to the structural integrity of the Algo Centre Mall and the emergency management and response. The Commission is to report within 18 months with recommendations to prevent such occurrences in the future. Evidentiary hearings are scheduled to start in early 2013.
To assist in fulfilling its mandate, the Commission invited applications from persons or groups with a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the inquiry or whose participation may be helpful to fulfill the Commissioner’s mandate. In reviewing the Commission’s mandate, it is apparent that OBOA has “substantial and direct interest” in the subject matter, in particular the Commission's mandate, as set out in section 2 b. of the Terms of Reference [Order in Council 1097/2012]:
"Review relevant legislation, regulations and by-laws and relevant policies, processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties with respect to the structural integrity and safety of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario".
In view of this, OBOA made applications to have full standing, including funding, to fully participate in that portion of the inquiry. OBOA’s applications have been granted, and as such, have secured the right to take an active part in the proceedings of the inquiry. Further details on the inquiry are available at: http://www.elliotlakeinquiry.ca/index.html
Leo Cusumano, CBCO
||Nov 20, 2012 - MMAH
Proposed Residential Rental Maintenance Standards