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  • 17 Apr 2018 8:28 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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


    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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.

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