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  • September 29, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    The Ontario Home Builders' Association has announced the finalists for their 2020 Awards of Distinction.

    A full list of nominees can be found here.

    Congratulations to our DRHBA members who are finalists, including:

    • Accubuilt Construction
    • Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists
    • Colours & Concepts Inc.
    • FarSight Homes
    • Fourteen Estates
    • Geranium
    • Marshall Homes Corp.
    • Minto Communities
    • RN Design Ltd.
    • Sorbara Group of Companies
    • Trademark Homes
    • Tribute Communities

    Winners of the OHBA 2020 AoD will be announced November 10th via Live Broadcast with comedian and TV personality James Cunningham serving as host. This year’s Awards of Distinction co-presented by Federated Insurance and Rogers, will be conducted virtually in an interactive portal and includes everything from networking, live streams, tradeshow booths, games, and much more.

    Registration to the awards is free to all and we look forward to celebrating and showing off Ontario’s best of the best when it comes to residential construction, design and marketing.



  • September 29, 2020 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    On Monday, September 28th, OHBA hosted their Annual Meeting of Members (AMM).

    At the meeting, OHBA's seven draft resolutions were passed.  In addition, the 2020-2021 OHBA Board was approved.

    The 2020-2021 OHBA Board of Directors includes:

    Table Officers

    Past President: Rick Martins, Brantford, Waterloo Region

    President: Bob Schickedanz, Simcoe County, Durham, BILD

    First Vice-President: Louie Zagordo, Sudbury

    Second Vice-President: Dave Depencier, Chatham-Kent

    Second Vice-President: Bob Ridley, Ottawa

    Treasurer: Susan Cudahy, multi-local through Enbridge

    Corporate Secretary: Christina Giannone, BILD

    Four Largest Local HBA Designates:

    BILD: Jason Sheldon

    Greater Ottawa: Roy Nandram

    London: Dave Stimac

    West End HBA: Nick Carnicelli

    7 Regional Groups

    North Region: TBD, Sudbury, 2-year - end 2022

    East Region: Gary Burtch, Haliburton, 2 year - end 2022

    East Region: John-Ross Parks, Quinte, 1 year - end 2021

    Central Region: Maria Kyveris, Waterloo Region, 2 year - end 2022

    Central Region: Mike Memme, Niagara, 1 year - end 2021

    Southwest Region: Heather Galloway, Stratford and Area, 2 year - end 2022

    Southwest Region: Jon Rumble, Chatham-Kent, 1 year - end 2021

    3 Voting Council Chairs

    Chair Presidents' Council: Tom McLaughlin, GDHBA

    Chair Builders'/Developers' Council: Doug Tarry, STEHBA

    Chair Renovators' Council: Jamie Adam, WRHBA

    2 Board Nominated and President Appointed Board member

    Board Nominee: Steve Deveaux, BILD, DRHBA

    Board Nominee: Pierre Dufresne, GOHBA

    2 Board Non-voting Board Members

    Executive Officers' Council: Stacey Hawkins, DRHBA

    OHBA CEO: Joe Vaccaro



  • September 29, 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    At the September 28th Whitby Council meeting, council voted unanimously to pass the revised Whitby Green Standards, with a revision.

    Through DRHBA's extensive advocacy work, the Town conceded that they could not mandate building above code.  This memo was attached to the item at the council meeting, which essentially made the requirements to build beyond code preferred but not mandatory.  

    The rest of the Whitby Green Standards passed as is. While Tier 1 becomes mandatory immediately, most of the requirements were already mandatory through other Whitby bylaws and standards.  However, Tiers 2 through 4 will require much more from builders and developers.  DRHBA will continue to work with the Town to create incentives for these additional tiers, and will continue to oppose mandating any requirements that go above and beyond the Ontario Building Code and the Planning Act.

    Tier 1 is mandatory immediately.  Here are the relevant documents on the Whitby Green Standards:

    DRHBA worked extensively to ensure that the Town did not mandate anything above code, and the following details our advocacy efforts:

    • Ongoing internal DRHBA meetings
    • Attended virtual stakeholder session - April 29, 2020
    • Letter sent to WGS Committee - May 11, 2020
    • Letter sent to Council - May 11, 2020
    • Letter sent to WGS Committee - May 29, 2020
    • Legal opinion sent to Council and Committee - May 29, 2020
    • Virtually met with Councillors Yamada and Leahy - June 8, 2020
    • Met with OHBA/RESCON/BILD on WGS - June 11, 2020
    • Attended virtual meeting with Town staff - June 23, 2020
    • Attended virtual meeting with Town staff - July 29, 2020
    • Virtual meeting with MP Ryan Turnbull - August 18, 2020
    • Letter sent to Council - September 3, 2020
    • Virtual meeting with MP Ryan Turnbull - September 15, 2020
    • Three delegations (Johnathan, Tiago and Emidio) at Committee of the Whole - September 21, 2020


  • September 22, 2020 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The school boards were considering passage of the new EDC bylaw later this month, however that meeting has now been delayed.  The new meeting has been rescheduled for October 27, 2020 and the new implementation date for the new charge/bylaw is scheduled for November 2, 2020.

    The charts below outlines the new charge for each school board as well as what the phase-in rates will be for each year on the anniversary of the implementation date.

    KPRDSB

     Type 2015 EDC Rate  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Max Rate 
     Residential  $1,028 $1,328   $1,628 $1,928  $2,143  $2,143  $2,143
     Non-Res $0.24 $0.34  $0.44  $0.54  $0.64  $0.74  $1.07 

    PVNCCDSB

     Type 2015 EDC Rate  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Year 5  Max Rate 
     Residential $710  $1,010  $1,202  $1,202  $1,202  $1,202 $1,202 
    Non-Res  $0.16  $0.26 $0.36  $0.46  $0.56  $0.60  $0.60 


    If you have any concerns or comments, please email Stacey.



  • September 22, 2020 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Oshawa hosted a joint meeting of the Development Services and Community Services committees where IBI Group provided a presentation concerning the results of Phase 1 of the Oshawa Parking Study.

    A copy of the presentation can be found here.

    DRHBA will be participating in a BILT meeting in October that will include a discussion on this topic.  If you have any comments or questions you would like brought forward, please email them to s.hawkins@drhba.com.


  • September 22, 2020 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    On Monday, September 21, 2020, Whitby's Committee of the Whole vote unanimously to pass the Whitby Green Standards, with mandatory Tier One requirements to be implemented immediately.

    The Durham Region Home Builders' Association strongly opposed the Whitby Green Standards and presented three delegations at the meeting.  Tiago Do Couto, first VP and chair of the GR committee spoke about the impacts of the Standards on land development; Johnathan Schickedanz, president, spoke about the building codes and the risk of rushing into mandating building beyond code; and Emidio DiPalo, immediate past president, spoke about issues surrounding affordability and the legality of the standards.

    DRHBA has been very active on this file and spent a great deal of time and effort to provide comprehensive feedback to Town staff and to highlight our concerns with council.  Engagement included:

    • Ongoing internal DRHBA meetings
    • Attended virtual stakeholder session - April 29, 2020
    • Letter sent to WGS Committee - May 11, 2020
    • Letter sent to Council - May 11, 2020
    • Letter sent to WGS Committee - May 29, 2020
    • Legal opinion sent to Council and Committee - May 29, 2020
    • Virtually met with Councillors Yamada and Leahy - June 8, 2020
    • Met with OHBA/RESCON/BILD on WGS - June 11, 2020
    • Attended virtual meeting with Town staff - June 23, 2020
    • Attended virtual meeting with Town staff - July 29, 2020
    • Virtual meeting with MP Ryan Turnbull - August 18, 2020
    • Letter sent to Council - September 3, 2020
    • Virtual meeting with MP Ryan Turnbull - September 15, 2020
    • Three delegations at Committee of the Whole - September 21, 2020

    Despite DRHBA's best efforts to inform Town staff and council of the real issues with the Standards, council opted to disregard our feedback and vote unanimously in favour of the Whitby Green Standards.

    DRHBA will be continuing this discussion and would like to hear from interested members on this issue.  Please forward your questions, comments and concerns to s.hawkins@drhba.com.



  • September 11, 2020 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    Enbridge has released details on their new residential geothermal program.  This is a great option for builders attempting to build a Net Zero Development.

    View/download brochure



  • September 11, 2020 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    The Town of Whitby has released an updated draft of the Whitby Green Standards.

    The Standards include the following documents:

    While at this time the committee is not accepting comments, the Durham Region Home Builders' Association still strongly opposes the Whitby Green Standards in its current form.  To that end, DRHBA submitted a letter to council on Thursday, September 4, 2020 and will be delegating when the Standards are brought to Whitby's Committee of the Whole on September 21.

    If you have any comments or concerns about the Whitby Green Standards, please contact Stacey at s.hawkins@drhba.com.



  • September 11, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Devon Biddle, P.ENG passed away at the cottage surrounded by all his loving family on Friday, August 28th, 2020 on his 75th birthday.

    Beloved husband and best friend of Linda for 53 years. Loving father of Nancy McCallum (Gordon), David (Alexis) and Allan (Irene). Cherished Grandad of Cameron, Claire, Jane and Kipling. Dear brother of Tamara Hopkins (late Robert), Anthony Biddle (Karlene) and Kimberly Biddle (Susan). Fondly remembered by his family and friends.

    Devon attended University of Toronto, where he met his two great loves, Linda and engineering. Following his graduation in 1967, he established the engineering firm D.G. Biddle & Associates in 1974. This legacy continues to this day to contribute to the growth of Oshawa and Durham Region.

    His own good fortune inspired him to contribute to causes and initiatives he cared deeply for, both locally and internationally. These included Oshawa Parkwood Rotary, Rotary International, Parkwood Estate, Camp Samac, Ontario Tech University, University of Toronto and many others. He cherished his family and was dedicated to building a wonderful life for them. This included the spectacular cottage on Balsam Lake that he built much of with his own hands. This became the place for family and friends to gather, celebrate and have fun creating lasting memories. It is there he spent his final days. He was an adventurous spirit and travelled the world, visiting every continent, but always returning to his favourite destination, HOME. A private family service was held in the Chapel on Friday, September 4th.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkwood Rotary Foundation would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com



  • September 11, 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    James "Jim" Roy passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 with his family by his side after a valiant fight. 

    Jim was the beloved husband and soulmate of wife Stephanie Roy.

    A graduate of Ryerson University, Jim went on to be the proud owner of Dunedin Construction and later Duntri Construction. Jim was involved in community as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Oshawa and the Oshawa Navy Club. He served as President of the Durham Builders Association (1980) and then President of (OSWCA) the Greater Toronto Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association.

    Jim was incredibly proud of his two daughters and five grandchildren; Sue (Dave) Maquignaz and their children Ben and Brooke, and Carey (Dave) Fair and their children Riley, McGregor and Berkley, as well as his brother Alan Roy and his children Kevan, Ashley and Robbie. He was adored by his in-laws; Monica (Michael) Semeniuk, Anita (Tony) Russo, John (Jo-Ann) Wrobel and Halena MacDonald and all his nieces and nephews.

    Jim enjoyed a full life of travelling, boating, golfing and socializing with friends. We will miss Jim’s laughter, his mischievous sense of humour and of course his love of the Toronto Argos.

    “Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. Live it well! And Jim did just that.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to share memories of Jim’s life.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Oshawa Navy Club. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.ca


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