Canadian Common Ground Alliance
The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance, a regional partner of the CGA, is a member driven organization dedicated to ensuring worker and public safety, environmental protection and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices in connection with underground infrastructure activities.
The MCGA officially became a Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance in March 2011.
It is with disappointment that the CCGA, its Regional Partners across Canada and its National Stakeholders The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association, announce the CRTC decision to deny our application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. For a Telecom proceeding, our application generated an unprecedented level of positive response from coast to coast. With that in mind, we remain confident there is a strong public desire to simplify access to One Call systems in Canada enhancing the integrity of our buried critical infrastructure and above all, better protecting public, worker and Community Safety. To that end, the CCGA and its partners are reviewing the CRTC's decision and considering next steps.
Click the link below to see the CRTC's decision:
The National Energy Board released its Damage Prevention Framework (click HERE for French) earlier today outlining the go-forward steps it will take to effectively promote public and community safety and the integrity of federally-regulated pipelines in Canada.
The CCGA acknowledges the positive direction of the NEB's Damage Prevention Framework and is looking forward to collaborating with the Board to meet our common damage prevention goals.
- Mike Sullivan - Chair, CCGA
LEONARD (LEN) KATZ appointed Acting Chairman of the CRTC on January 25, 2012.
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In the December 2011 edition of their newsletter, Energy Pathways, Kinder Morgan - a CCGA Gold Sponsor - promotes the benefit of shared use of 811.
Click HERE to see the newsletter.
Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Canadian Wheat Board, submitted a letter to the CRTC on September 13, 2011 supporting the CCGA's application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. The letter, posted to the CRTC's Intervener Webpage for our application December 14, 2011, states in part:
“The reasons listed in the CCGA’s submission for shared use of 811 for access to both non-emergency medical services and the Call Before You Dig initiative are self-explanatory, and would clearly benefit all Canadians.”
“…the Government of Canada is making significant efforts to safeguard its critical infrastructure in order to face emergency situations and maintain its capacity to respond to the needs of Canadians. Moving forward with this initiative would certainly be a step in the right direction.”
The CCGA greatly appreciates Minister Ritz's support.
On September 26, 2011, the CCGA filed its response with the CRTC relative to the comments it received for its application for joint use of 811. At this time, the CCGA posts this summary of the response for interested parties.
The 811 Chopper, commissioned by One Call Concepts, was unveiled in the U.S. today.
Click HERE to see the photo!
Senator Rod Zimmer presented the Common Ground Alliance with "811" Winnipeg Jets jerseys in recognition of the contribution to public, worker and community safety across North America. Senator Zimmer, who is from Winnipeg, made the presentation at his Ottawa office on Parliament Hill on Thursday, October 27, 2011 with Mr. Steven Loney, a representative of the Manitoba Common Ground Alliance.
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