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  • 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.

  • 19 Jan 2018 4:36 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    Let your MP know that protecting underground infrastructure is important

    Federal damage prevention legislation will soon be placed before parliament. In preparation for Bill S-229 being tabled in the House of Commons, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) have launched a new website: ICanDigSafe.caThe website provides a simple way to contact your federal MP.

    Let your MP know that preventing damage to underground infrastructure is important to you by visiting ICanDigSafe.ca and selecting a pre-written letter of support to be sent to your Member of Parliament directly from the website.

    The hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes and cables buried across Canada are our country’s backbone, providing the essential services we frequently take for granted. Damaging a buried utility can deprive homes and businesses of essential services and can be very dangerous for the workers involved. Each year, damage to underground infrastructure costs Canadians more than $1 billion.

    Let your MP know that the cost of damaging buried utilities is too high. Go to ICanDigSafe.ca and fill out your letter of support.

    And show your support online by following us at @AB_CGA and @CanadianCGA on Twitter and posting with the hashtag #SupportS229.

    Your voice matters. Your support will move Bill S-229 forward.

  • 13 Dec 2017 10:40 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    The holiday season is busy enough each year without having to deal with any disruptive and potentially costly service outages. If you still have ground disturbance work to do this winter, or you're using this season to finish that long-overdue deck in your backyard, please remember to visit ClickBeforeYouDig.com a week before you dig, and to always dig safe. Let's make sure that no one goes without heat or power this holiday season.

    Feel free to use our Dig Safe holiday image in your own holiday messaging and seasonal greetings. You can download the image here.

  • 30 Nov 2017 10:07 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s first sitting, Senator Grant Mitchell has awarded twelve commemorative medals to Canadian residents or Canadian organizations who are working to make Canada a better place to live.

    One of the twelve Canadians awarded with a commemorative medal was our own Mike Sullivan, President of Alberta One-Call and Executive Director of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance! Mike was recognized for his outstanding commitment to damage prevention of underground infrastructure in Canada, both for his work instituting ClickBeforeYouDig.com and for his expertise and leadership in advancing Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, which was adopted by the Senate of Canada in May and now awaits first reading in the House of Commons.

    “On this important anniversary of the Senate of Canada,” Senator Mitchell said in a media release, “I am delighted to award a medal to these outstanding individuals and organizations whose work reflects Canadian values of diversity, acceptance, generosity, fairness and equality.”

    Mike is the past chair of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance and a member of our executive committee. He currently sits on our Board of Directors as representative of the one-call stakeholder group.

    The 11 other Canadians awarded a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal are:

    • Sherry Benson-Podolchuk, Rtd. RCMP
    • Iqbal Hussain Bokhari
    • Boyle Street Community Services
    • John Chu
    • Kaetlyn Corbould
    • Green & Gold Community Garden
    • N. Nicole Nussbaum
    • Sheri Long
    • Gender Mosaic
    • Gordon Howell
    • Irene Morin
    You can read about each of them here.

  • 24 Nov 2017 9:21 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that Astec Safety Inc. have been endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta)!

    Astec Safety have been granted full endorsement of their online supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Nov. 23, 2017.

    See our list of endorsed training providers.

  • 14 Nov 2017 7:53 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that Astec Safety Inc. have been endorsed to the new Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta)!

    Astec Safety have been granted full endorsement of their classroom supervisory-level ground disturbance training program as meeting the requirements of the Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), effective as of Nov. 8, 2017.

    See our list of endorsed training providers.

  • 01 Nov 2017 9:17 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    Bill S-229 Awaits First Reading in House of Commons

    Great news for the CCGA on Oct. 31! The Speaker of the House, Hon. Geoff Regan, passed his ruling on Bill S-229, allowing the bill to proceed to first reading.

    For more information on the Speaker's Ruling on Bill S-229, click here.

    This is great news for damage prevention across Canada. Federal damage prevention legislation will also be a big help in furthering our goal to introduce provincial damage prevention legislation in Alberta in the near future, helping to provide a model for provincial damage prevention legislation throughout Canada.

    We are working on our legislation outreach plan and we will send you an update in the next couple weeks on how you can reach your MPs and request support for the bill.

    If you would like to read the Speaker's Ruling, a full transcription is available to read on openparliament.ca.
  • 15 Aug 2017 10:43 AM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    Educational game about safe digging practices has received finishing touches

    Digger is ready to help kids learn how to dig safe with his interactive guide to Safe Bone Burying. The interactive game has received its final touches and is now playable online at SafetyinSchools.ca.

    Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying was developed by the ABCGA and Safety in Schools in order to introduce 9- to 12-year-olds to basic safe digging practices in the classroom and to the importance of calling or clicking before you dig.

    “By introducing kids to these concepts early, we can make a greater impact through radio, internet and other advertising as this generation ages,” Sara Rooseboom says, program director with Safety in Schools. “They will already understand what safe digging, ground disturbance and call or click before you dig mean.”

    The interactive game will be distributed to students with the help of Ag for Life, an Alberta organization that offers educational programming to help improve rural and farm safety.

    If you would like to try playing Digger’s Guide to Safe Bone Burying, click here.

    The program was made possible thanks to funding from Alberta Labour through an Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Innovation and Engagement Grant.

  • 11 Aug 2017 12:27 PM | Sean Sullivan (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that the ABCGA is now accepting applications to access our Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia). Training providers in British Columbia who are looking for endorsement to the new ABCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard can download the application to access form here.

    Approved training providers in both British Columbia and Alberta go through three stages of assessment before receiving endorsement to the ABCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard. You can download an overview of the standard, our service standard, the schedule of fees and our conditions of endorsement policy below.

    We look forward to working with you, and to helping promote safe digging practices and worker safety throughout British Columbia.

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