Canadian Common Ground Alliance
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.
Mike Sullivan - Executive Director, CCGA
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.
The CCGA proudly welcomes CAEPLA to the CCGA Board of Directors!
Representing the safety interests of transmission pipeline landowners across Canada, CAEPLA's involvement on the CCGA Board will help to ensure there is active landowner engagement on national damage prevention initiatives such as the ongoing development of the CCGA's Best Practices; and, the promotion, use and simplified access to the damage prevention process.
"Up until now", explains Dr. Dave Baspaly, Chair of the CCGA, "the landowner's damage prevention perspective has not been individually represented on the CCGA Board of Directors - and that was a problem. To respond, we specifically made room within our governance to accommodate the landowner demographic on our Board."
Mike Sullivan, CCGA Executive Director, continued, "The Common Ground Alliance is about inclusion. With every like-minded Association we engage, the closer we get to realizing our commonly shared objectives of public, worker and community safety; and, the prevention of damage to Canada's critical buried infrastructure."
The CCGA's next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled October 6th in Montreal and will coincide with the CCGA's 3rd Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium.
As part of the CCGA's ongoing efforts to expand our damage prevention "reach", we are honoured to welcome The Railway Association of Canada to the CCGA Board of Directors!
Canada's railways employ more than 33,000 people and support an additional 60,000 direct and indirect jobs in the railway supply industry.
With the addition of the Railway Association of Canada to the Board, the CCGA's estimated reach is 1.5 million Canadians!
CSA Z247 was published today and is available for purchase HERE. French Translation will begin shortly with publication later this summer.
CSA Z247 is the first Damage Prevention Standard in Canada. It articulates the damage prevention process and elements that when consistently applied will reduce damages to Canada's underground infrastructure enhancing public, worker and community safety, preserving the environment and ultimately, saving lives.
The CCGA wishes to acknowledge CSA Z247's sponsors - the National Energy Board, Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association. Without their involvement from concept to completion, this Standard would not have been realized.
Chair - CSA Z247
Executive Director - CCGA
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