Canadian Common Ground Alliance
The CCGA wishes to thank Senator Grant Mitchell for recognizing DigSafe Month in the Senate yesterday, April 21, 2016.
Senator Mitchell has become a champion for safe digging in Canada and has been instrumental in helping the CCGA achieve greater safety for all Canadians and further enhancing the integrity of Canada's critical underground infrastructure.
Please click HERE to read Senator Mitchell's speech or click this link to hear it: Mitchell_21apr16_DigSafeMonth.04.21.2016.mp3
To all Interested Parties:
On behalf of the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act Team, I am pleased to present you with the second draft of the proposed Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act (previously Bill S-233). This second draft is posted for a 25-day comment period closing midnight Eastern Time March 28, 2016.
Using this form, please submit all comments, questions and feedback via email or fax (below) under the subject heading:
COMMENTS - Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act
By Email: DamagePreventionCanada@gmail.com
By Fax: (403) 531-3703
All feedback will be provided to the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act Team for consideration into the final version of the Bill.
Mike Sullivan - Executive Director, CCGA
Damage Prevention Partners,
Comments provided by interested parties on the proposed language of Bill S-233, and feedback from the Bill S-233 Team, are posted in this matrix.
In the coming weeks, the CCGA will release Version 2 of Bill S-233, post it to the CCGA website and notify its members and damage prevention stakeholders by email and social media. Once released, a 25 day comment period will begin. When the comment period has closed, the Bill S-233 Team will once again review all comments, generate the final version of the Bill and present it to Senator Grant Mitchell (April 2016).
On behalf of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance, I wish to thank the Bill S-233 Team and Senator Grant Mitchell for their dedication to this initiative.
Mike Sullivan, Executive Director - CCGA
After several weeks of conference calls with Parliamentary Counsel and Kyle Johnston, Senator Mitchell’s Legislative Assistant on Bill S-233, which died on paper this year when the federal government called for the elections, we are very close to releasing responses to comments and feedback received during the consultation process on the Bill. We still have a couple of minor points to clarify but once those are addressed, the Bill will be revised accordingly with new language. Senator Mitchell intends to table a new version of the bill, which will have taken into account comments received by stakeholders, in 2016.
In an effort to be as transparent as possible, a new draft version of the Bill will be circulated after the release of those responses to the CCGA Board of Directors (all info will also be posted to the CCGA website). At that time, Directors will be requested to channel the correspondence to their respective stakeholders for a second round of comments. Once the second comment period has closed (beginning of March), the Bill S-233 Team will resume the same process we are completing with this first round; revising the 2nd version of the Bill accordingly and posting version 3 of the Bill to the CCGA website. This 3rd version will not be circulated for comment. Rather, it will go to Senator Mitchell to commence the process of re-tabling the Bill in Parliament.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association's (CEPA) 2015 Pipeline Industry Performance Report shares the recent performance of the Canadian transmission pipeline industry and the actions CEPA’s member companies are taking to improve safety, lessen environmental impacts and achieve operational excellence.
Learn more about the Report and download it HERE.
The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance's Ear to the Ground eMagazine is available online. Learn what's happening in Canada's largest province.
There's always something going on underground.
The latest edition of the Western Canada Damage Prevention Professional eMagazine is now online. Get up to date on damage prevention initiatives in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia!
www.ClickBeforeYouDig.com, Canada's online one-window approach to initiating the damage prevention process, opened it's cyber doors to the U.S. last week. "Whether ground disturbance is occurring in Canada, the United States, or anywhere in the world, damage prevention has no boundaries and neither does the World Wide Web", states Sher Kirk, Chair of the Canadian One Call Centres Committee and Director of Operations for Alberta One-Call. "With more people going to the web to initiate the damage prevention process, the portal needed to expand. It was never intended to be limited to Canada."
"Additionally", advises Ms Nathalie Moreau, incoming Chair of the CCGA and Director General with Info-Excavation, "many of our transmission pipeline members' facilities traverse into the U.S. and they've been asking when they might be able to utilize and promote the URL along with the 811 brand. Now, they can."
The one-window portal allows any person to submit an online locate request from any One-Call Centre in Canada or the United States 24hrs/day, 7 days/wk, 365 days/yr.
Just point and click - it's that easy!
The CCGA has released the 2014 DIRT Report for the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. This aggregate report, providing data relative to reported damages, is focused on determining root causes that will in turn allow Regional Partners of the Common Ground Alliance in Canada and their members to target public education and awareness programs to reduce damages and provide greater security and safety to Canadians.