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Friday, October 9, 2020
We wish you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. 
The BILD Lethbridge office will reopen on Tuesday, October 13.

BILD Lethbridge Safety Committee encourages you to keep up the great work and remain diligent with your COVID-19 protocols!


Although our industry and businesses have remained mostly open from the onset of the pandemic and are already taking the necessary measures to keep their staff and customers protected, with the province's relaunch strategy started and kids being back at school your businesses are facing new challenges.

If you do not already have one, we encourage you to develop a COVID response plan that includes measures to take place in the event an employee tests positive. The response plan would include contact tracing procedures and disinfection procedures etc. If a positive test comes back and the individual has identified where they work, AHS will communicate with the employer and advise the appropriate response process.

A good resource - COVID 19 General Relaunch Guidance Document (Sept 2020) contains:
  • general guidance: • supports operators to develop and implement a COVID-19 Relaunch Plan; • provides multiple infection prevention and control measures to meet public health requirements; and • helps operators better understand isolation and quarantine.
#StopTheSpread - other helpful links 

COVID 19- info for Albertans, Government of Alberta

If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone Centre of Disease Control 

General Information Notice

Land Use Bylaw Update (Phase 2) - The City of Lethbridge’s Planning and Development department is initiating the second phase of the Land Use Bylaw review having Phase 1 adopted by City Council on July 13, 2020 with Bylaw 6300.

While Phase 1 included formatting, numbering, text and housekeeping changes to ensure the LUB wording was consistent and easier to read, Phase 2 is focused on parking and signage rules for all commercial, industrial and public districts as well as changes to the number of and uses in commercial districts to stay current.

Stakeholder engagement will be needed for Phase 2 and as that is formalized BILD and LCA will be engaged for feedback.

New Online Secondary Suite Look-Up Tool - The Secondary Suite Look-Up is an online tool designed to enable residents and tenants to look up a property and determine if the secondary suite has received development approval and has been inspected by a Safety Code Officer.

Click here to access the Secondary Suite Look-up Tool
Temporary Construction Heat - The construction heating season is upon us. The City of Lethbridge would like to remind contractors that they are responsibility for ensuring Temporary Heating Permits are in place before the construction heaters are connected and put into service.
Unpermitted installations will be subject to penalties and may be put out of service until the appropriate permits and fees have been applied for and paid.

A temporary construction heating appliance shall be installed at time of inspection. Residential furnaces intended to be the primary heat source at the completion of construction are not allowed for use as construction heat as per the Provincial requirements of Standata G-01-17 unless approved by the manufacturer. Any residential furnace that is not approved for construction use that is witnessed running before the paint primer stage of construction will be flagged and required to be removed from service.

Barrier Free Water Closets - A new clause in the 2019 NBC AB edition regarding water closets has been clarified by Municipal Affairs. In regards to a Securely Attached Tank Top (3.8.3.13.d):

"The Code reference is broad enough to allow the designer to use various methods to securely attach the tank lid. A bolted tank lid is one acceptable method but there may be other acceptable methods to securely attach the tank."

That is, where a bolted lid is most common other factory methods may be deemed acceptable.

Mini Make-Up Air Units - Mini Make–up air units specifically Thermolec, roof top units, heaters, dryers, ranges, hot water tanks and miscelaneous equipment have been an ongoing concern as equipment is being installed at the wrong voltage. For example; 240 volt vs 208 volt.

The manufacturers typically supply the appropriate piece of equipment for the required voltage. The equipment or documentation should say what voltage they are rated for

Our Partners at OHS eNews October 2020 

In this edition:
  • Webinar (new): Hazard assessment and control
  • Webinar: Operating during a pandemic.
  • Leading indicators for workplace health and safety - user guide
  • other COVID-19 resources

Annual Population Report - Alberta 2019-20

See population estimates, projections, components of change, demographic spotlight reports and a list of demographic terms.

2019-20 Annual Report
 
Other demographic data and analysis products are available at:
https://www.alberta.ca/population-statistics.aspx

Government announces new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic


Today the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced the government’s intention to introduce new, targeted supports to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue.

The government plans to introduce legislation to provide support that would help these businesses safely get through the second wave of the virus and the winter, cover costs so they can continue to serve their communities, and be positioned for a strong recovery, including:
 
The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which would provide simple and easy-to-access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
 
A top-up Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy of 25 per cent for organizations temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority, in addition to the 65 per cent subsidy.
 
The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021
 
An expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which would enable businesses, and not-for-profits eligible for CEBA loans—and that continue to be seriously impacted by the pandemic—to access an interest-free loan of up to $20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000. Half of this additional financing would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022.

Read More...

If you would like to submit information to the Member Bulletin Board email to

info@bildlethbridge.ca 

Become a shareholder of Exhibition Park
 
For over 120 years, Lethbridge & District Exhibition has been an integral part of the heartbeat of #SouthernAlberta, hosting events, providing entertainment but most importantly bringing the community together. In 2021, Lethbridge & District Exhibition will embark on a journey that will define the next 100 years. Not just as an organization but as a community in Southern Alberta.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and become a part of local history! Join our growing team of shareholders, volunteers and community members and become an influential part of the next 100 years!
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Individual Shareholder: exhibitionpark.ca/individual-shareholder
Volunteer: exhibitionpark.ca/volunteer
Corporate Shareholder:  exhibitionpark.ca/corporate-shareholder
 

Council votes against Lethbridge Housing Authority change

Lethbridge Herald

City council has decided to reject a request by the Lethbridge Housing Authority to be granted the ability to appoint its own board of directors after considering the motion at two different council meetings.

Currently LHA board members are chosen by city council under an existing ministerial order by the province held under the Minister of Seniors and Housing. In order to have the province change that ministerial order to allow the LHA, which is responsible for 250 subsidized duplex and row house units, 30 single-family dwellings and 400 high-rise units in Lethbridge, to choose its own board the easiest process is for city council to request the change itself.

However, councillors voted 6-3 against making such a ministerial order request change during Monday’s public meeting. READ MORE...

Booming demand and supply chain issues in COVID crisis combine to create appliance shortage

CBC 

Appliance stores are grappling with a double whammy of surging demand and supply chain problems, resulting in mounting backorders ahead of the busiest shopping season of the year.

Retailers say a combination of home renovations, new construction, discounts for energy-efficient appliances and pent-up demand following store closures last spring have led to record sales.

Meanwhile, manufacturers have run into problems obtaining parts and have been forced to scale back production to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Consumers are now facing a limited selection of in-stock appliances, or record wait times for special orders on some popular appliances.  READ MORE...

Lumber, panel prices expected to remain elevated despite recent declines

Global News

Forest product market analysts expect prices for lumber and building panels in North America will remain strong for several years after an unprecedented surge to record high levels over the summer. Ongoing robust demand for building products from both new housing and home renovation will be driven by the tight inventory and advanced age of existing homes for sale in the United States, along with low interest rates and untapped home equity. Meanwhile, they say there’s limited ability to increase North American production of lumber and panels because of wood fibre shortages in British Columbia, the as-yet-undetermined impact of recent forest fires and COVID-19-related labour shortages. “Going forward, in 2021 and again in 2022, we expect production will be able to get ahead of consumption early in the year [but] we don’t think prices are going to retest the lows that we saw in 2019; in fact, we’re looking for prices to balance between US$400 and $500 (per thousand board feet). READ MORE...

Commentary: Lumber supply and pricing remains a top concern and challenge for industry. The Association continues to engage government and the lumber industry to seek solutions that would increase Canadian supply and mitigate price uncertainty. As the article notes, the Association estimates higher prices for forest products have added $10,000 or more to the cost of building a typical Canadian home and the volatility is making it difficult to price future projects, which could result in long-term implications for housing affordability. CHBA is urging the government to work with domestic lumber producers to ramp up production, further support a back-to-work transition for workers and consider others ways to offset material shortages and rising construction costs.
DYK that... BILD Lethbridge Region sent out their first newsletter on March 30, 2020 shortly after the declaration of the COVID pandemic. It was started as a way to keep our members informed on the fast moving situation, available government programs and to stay connected with our membership. For the first few months, newsletters were daily. We have issued over 70 newsletters since March 30, 2020! We have a regular audience of 110-120 readers per edition.   

Based on feedback from our members, we have created a page on our website where you can find the most recent 10 editions with a small summary of what they contain. You can find them HERE.

If you have any suggestions or comments on content or how to improve the Newsletter, please let me know at bridget@bildlethbridge.ca. Don't forget to send us your suggestions for the name of the newsletter and a chance to win $50 GC from Moxie's!
COVID-19 Resource List
 
The BILD Lethbridge website has a dedicated page that contains links to the provincial, federal and municipal programs and updates for your easy reference. You can find it HERE .
 
Other helpful main links:
 
City of Lethbridge Permit Report
Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance (October 2)
CMHC Housing Market Information Portal
CREA Housing Market Statistics National Price Map

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS? COMMENTS?
bridget@bildlethbridge.ca 
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