Nova Scotia is adopting changes to the National Building Code, which include increasing the maximum height of wooden residential buildings from four to six storeys. The Fire Safety Act and Regulations will also be changed to enhance safety requirements for the taller wood buildings. “These changes will align the provincial building code with the latest National Building Code standards,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “Allowing taller wooden buildings will open up new, sustainable opportunities for the forestry sector in our province.” The province is also updating its own accessibility regulations to improve barrier-free provisions in washrooms, requirements for power door operators and barrier-free paths of travel. “Nova Scotia’s accessibility requirements are stricter than the ones in the National Building Code,” said Mr. Churchill. “I want to thank the disability community for their feedback on the building code changes, which will improve barrier-free design in our province.” The changes will come into effect on April 1. The province consulted on building code changes with representatives of persons with disabilities, the construction industry, building officials, and other industry groups. It was a complementary process to the ongoing Accessibility Act consultations. For more information on the regulations, visit https://novascotia.ca/dma/firesafety/BuildingCode/.
The Brock Cyclones are (from left) Ethna Bernat, Marion Hansen, Elna Mayberry, Katerina Gonzalez, Claire Gallop, Karl Thorp, Douglas Kneale and David Siegel. The Brock Cyclones want to get moving to help support the new Walker Family Cancer Centre.And they’re looking for some help to do that.The cycling group, made up of Brock staff, faculty, and friends, will be participating in the Big Move Cancer Ride fundraiser for the cancer centre this fall and the team is looking for fellow cyclists to join the effort.The Big Move Cancer Ride is a non-competitive cycling event happening Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. The ride includes multiple distances through Niagara, starting and ending at Club Roma in St. Catharines. Ride distances are 25, 50 or 100 kilometres, or the 100 Mile Century Challenge.This year marks the second that the team will be in the Big Move Cancer Ride.To register with the team, or to make a donation, go to the Big Move Cancer Ride website.For more information, please contact team captain Marion Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5380.