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  • 21 Jun 2018 5:29 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    From: Public Services and Procurement Canada | News Release

    June 21, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec - Government of Canada

    The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety for construction workers, Canadians and our federal public infrastructure.

    Today, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding between Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure, such as cables and pipes, located on federal lands.

    Building on the important work of the Honourable Grant Mitchell, Senator for Alberta, and Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, to raise awareness of the protection of underground infrastructure, PSPC, together with the CCGA, will launch a pilot project to improve and coordinate current notification processes for work on federal lands. This will further strengthen existing processes and prevent damage to underground infrastructure. It will also ensure safety for the public and workers, and improve the safety of federally regulated underground infrastructure.

    PSPC will be working with the CCGA and other government departments and agencies within the public service to facilitate a government-wide approach.

  • 17 May 2018 9:47 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    As you may have heard, Alberta One-Call, BC One Call and ClickBeforeYouDigMB are cutting over to PelicanCorp software later this year. All provinces are inviting damage prevention stakeholders to keep informed of developments and our collective pathway to a successful November 30th cutover by following the www.BeforeYouDigPartners.com website. This website contains ongoing information about this significant One-Call software change for Alberta, BC and Manitoba, and invites buried asset owners to join a testing group, which begins in June.

    Please direct questions about this project to info@albertaonecall.com.

  • 01 May 2018 7:42 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    The latest issue of the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta is here and it has a brand-new look! Download it here.

    This issue introduces two important changes to the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta: the lifespan of locates has been updated and so has the acceptable formats for locate documentation.

    Starting May 1, 2018, the lifespan of a locate ticket is extended to 30 days for most buried utilities in Alberta.

    Previously, locate tickets were only valid for 14 days, but could be extended to 30 days as long as certain conditions were met. Now locate tickets are valid for the full 30 days from the date they are issued (unless otherwise stated on the locate ticket).

    Some utilities, including pipelines and other high-pressure lines, will continue to have 14-day locates, after which time the locates must be refreshed before work can continue.

    It is the responsibility of the excavator to read and understand the ticket information for each utility.

    The section on locate documentation has also been updated to state that both electronic locates and paper reports are acceptable formats. The screen size for electronic reports must meet an industry accepted standard.

    We’d like to thank the members of our Best Practices Committee for their work updating the Damage Prevention Process in Alberta document. The committee regularly updates our process document to reflect the latest best practices and industry processes in Alberta.

    If you would like to submit a suggestion or propose a change for consideration in the next issue of the Damage Prevention Process, you can download one of our forms on the Best Practices page and submit it to admin@digsafeab.ca.

  • 23 Apr 2018 11:50 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    ABCGA Regional Workshops

    The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has partnered with the APWA Alberta Chapter to host a regional workshop series across Alberta.

    Each two-day event will feature a full day of information sessions, where we will share the latest opportunities and best practices for damage prevention and excavation safety, and a training session on day two where you can to earn your supervisor-level ground disturbance certificate.

    Join us for our workshop in O'Chiese First Nation on May 15–16.

    Register Now

    AGENDA

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

    • 7:30 a.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Breakfast
    • 8:00 a.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Begins
    • 12:15 p.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Lunch
    • 4:30 p.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Concludes

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

    • 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast for Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training
    • 8:00 a.m. — Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training Begins
    • 12:15 p.m. — Lunch – Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training
    • 4:30 p.m. — Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training Concludes

    Register Now

  • 17 Apr 2018 8:28 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    National Volunteer Week (NVW) is April 15-21, 2018. This week is set aside each year to recognize and thank volunteers around Alberta and Canada for the time and energy they contribute to causes that benefit our communities. NVW is also an opportunity to promote the benefits of volunteering to individuals and society as a whole.

    The Alberta Common Ground Alliance’s (ABCGA) greatest asset is the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. Our accomplishments in preventing damage to underground utilities are the result of the fantastic work our four committees have done. Each of our volunteer committee members brings their own unique talents, knowledge and perspectives to the table and helps us better the lives of all Albertans.

    We want to thank all of you for everything you have done for damage prevention in Alberta and across Canada. We are extremely proud of everything we have accomplished together and we look forward to another great year!

    The ABCGA actively seeks input and participation from the broadest possible representation of ground disturbance and damage prevention stakeholders. The more voices around the table the more effectively we can prevent damage to underground infrastructure.

    If you haven’t considered volunteering in one of our four working committees, we encourage you to start. We would be honoured to work with you!

    Just send a quick email to admin@DigSafeAB.ca with the committee you’d like to participate in and a brief description of your experience or involvement with that committee’s focus. Or feel free to sit in on our committee meetings during next month’s  Members Meeting in Red Deer on May 9.

  • 04 Apr 2018 8:05 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    ABCGA Regional Workshops

    The Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) has partnered with the APWA Alberta Chapter to host our regional workshop series across Alberta.

    Each two-day event will feature a full day of information sessions, where we will share the latest opportunities and best practices for damage prevention and excavation safety, and a training session on day two where you can to earn your supervisor-level ground disturbance certificate.

    Join us for our first workshop in Clairmont, Alberta on May 1–2.

    Register Now

    AGENDA

    Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

    • 7:30 a.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Breakfast
    • 8:00 a.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Begins
    • 12:15 p.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Lunch
    • 4:30 p.m. — ABCGA Dig Safe Workshop Concludes

    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

    • 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast for Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training
    • 8:00 a.m. — Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training Begins
    • 12:15 p.m. — Lunch – Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training
    • 4:30 p.m. — Supervisor-Level Ground Disturbance Training Concludes


  • 28 Mar 2018 3:25 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    April is designated National Dig Safe Month across Canada. Each year, during April, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA) and its members raise awareness about damage prevention and promote safe digging practices across the province.

    Dig Safe Month coincides with the unofficial start of the spring digging season and this campaign serves as a reminder to homeowners and contractors that they need to ‘click’ or ‘call’ before they dig.

    If you would like to help promote April Dig Safe Month, download the resourced from our toolkit, which includes advertisements, logos and sample social media posts, and use it in your organizations messaging throughout April.

  • 28 Feb 2018 9:00 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    PelicanCorp announced they have been awarded the OneCall SaaS contract for Western Canada’s ‘Click Before You Dig’ One Call service.

    The partnership will unify One-Call operations for Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba onto PelicanCorp's SaaS OneCallAccess platform.

    Read the full news release here.

  • 14 Feb 2018 12:15 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    It is our pleasure to present the 2017 Members Annual Report. This report summarizes some of the many accomplishments and landmarks that we have achieved over the last year. 

    The ABCGA took great strides in 2017 to further our objectives and everyone who participated should be very proud! We look forward to continuing to improve the culture of safety and compliance in underground infrastructure in 2018.

     Download the latest ABCGA Members Annual Report here.

  • 08 Feb 2018 3:56 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    The Government of Canada announced new legislation today for the review of major infrastructure projects and for the regulation of federal utilities. The new legislation, Bill C-69, will make environmental assessments more comprehensive—by looking at possible health, social and economic impacts, as well as environmental impacts—but will streamline the review process to reduce timelines and produce more predictable project reviews.

    Read the news release here.

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