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The Common Ground Alliance publishes the "CGA Update" monthly.  The update focuses on damage prevention news, programs and events in the United States.  To submit information for consideration in the monthly update, contact Khrysanne Kerr (kerr@commongroundalliance).

  • 14 Apr 2012 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BCCGA is hosting a FREE Contractor Breakfast at the Sheraton Guilford Hotel in Surrey on April 18th between 7:00AM and 8:00AM.

    You don't have to be a BCCGA Member to attend! Register for the breakfast at www.commongroundbc.ca

  • 29 Mar 2012 6:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ABCGA will be hosting two safety seminars on April 10th in Red Deer and April 12th in Bonnyville. Eric Giguere will be delivering the keynote address - a life-altering experience you won't want to miss!

    Click HERE for the invitation!

  • 26 Mar 2012 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance, a regional partner of the CGA, is a member driven organization dedicated to ensuring worker and public safety, environmental protection and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices in connection with underground infrastructure activities.

    The MCGA officially became a Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance in March 2011.

  • 22 Mar 2012 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with disappointment that the CCGA, its Regional Partners across Canada and its National Stakeholders The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association, announce the CRTC decision to deny our application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. For a Telecom proceeding, our application generated an unprecedented level of positive response from coast to coast. With that in mind, we remain confident there is a strong public desire to simplify access to One Call systems in Canada enhancing the integrity of our buried critical infrastructure and above all, better protecting public, worker and Community Safety. To that end, the CCGA and its partners are reviewing the CRTC's decision and considering next steps.

     

    Click the link below to see the CRTC's decision:

     

    English

    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-167.htm

     

    Francais:

    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/fra/archive/2012/2012-167.htm

  • 29 Feb 2012 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Energy Board released its Damage Prevention Framework (click HERE for French) earlier today outlining the go-forward steps it will take to effectively promote public and community safety and the integrity of federally-regulated pipelines in Canada.

    The CCGA acknowledges the positive direction of the NEB's Damage Prevention Framework and is looking forward to collaborating with the Board to meet our common damage prevention goals.

    - Mike Sullivan - Chair, CCGA

  • 20 Feb 2012 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Damages to buried utilities dropped by roughly 70% in the United States following the introduction of 811 (3 digit "Call Before You Dig") in 2007 enhancing public safety and the security of buried infrastructure. In Canada, 811 was assigned to non-emergency medical services in 2005 yet only a handful of provinces use the number for this purpose. In July 2011, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance applied to the CRTC requesting shared use of 811 (press "1" for non-emergeny medical services and press "2" to request a locate of buried utilities before you dig). Response from the CRTC is pending.

    The 811 Bike is a symbol of the ongoing public awareness ingenuity buried utility owners, operators and stakeholders share in the U.S. and the desire to do the same in Canada is enormous. Be a partner in safety, share this link!
  • 26 Jan 2012 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LEONARD (LEN) KATZ appointed Acting Chairman of the CRTC on January 25, 2012.

    Click HERE for more information.

  • 05 Jan 2012 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the December 2011 edition of their newsletter, Energy Pathways, Kinder Morgan - a CCGA Gold Sponsor - promotes the benefit of shared use of 811.

    Click HERE to see the newsletter.

  • 20 Dec 2011 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Canadian Wheat Board, submitted a letter to the CRTC on September 13, 2011 supporting the CCGA's application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. The letter, posted to the CRTC's Intervener Webpage for our application December 14, 2011, states in part:

    “The reasons listed in the CCGA’s submission for shared use of 811 for access to both non-emergency medical services and the Call Before You Dig initiative are self-explanatory, and would clearly benefit all Canadians.”

    and,

     

    “…the Government of Canada is making significant efforts to safeguard its critical infrastructure in order to face emergency situations and maintain its capacity to respond to the needs of Canadians. Moving forward with this initiative would certainly be a step in the right direction.”

    The CCGA greatly appreciates Minister Ritz's support.

  • 17 Nov 2011 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 26, 2011, the CCGA filed its response with the CRTC relative to the comments it received for its application for joint use of 811. At this time, the CCGA posts this summary of the response for interested parties.

 
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