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All Fall 2020 ORCGA Geographic Councils will now be held online.
There are 13 dates available for you to attend to learn more about Utility Damage Prevention.
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Can't make any of the dates? A recording of each webinar will be made available for Dig Safe viewing on demand.
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Oakville Enterprises Corporation
OEC is driven to deliver value for our customers, providing turn-key services of utility engineering, asset management, utility locates, meter reading, GIS mobile and aerial mapping, utility construction and more. Visit our website at for additional information.
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McLaughlin Mfg. Co.
CATT is the leading and largest Canadian trenchless education and training provider with over 23 years of experience in delivering a variety of education programs and training workshops for engineers, municipal employees, contractors, suppliers and field technicians.
The course provides an in-depth understanding of how to effectively request and manage locates within the Province of Ontario. Learners will be taken through interactive online modules covering various topics related to planning projects, making accurate locate requests, staying within the regulations, utilizing tools, avoiding issues, troubleshooting and so much more.
Given the uncertainties due to COVID-19, the CCGA is excited to provide an alternative: A national platform that virtually connects Damage Prevention Stakeholders, beginning October 2020 until May 2021 that offers 10 training and awareness sessions based on industry hot topics.
Industry News
Source:  Trenchless Technology
No matter where you are in Canada, there seems to be a mega project in execution or planning. With the realization that utility conflicts cost time and money, SUE is often included as part of the design process.
Source:  OACETT
F.O.G. is one of the most persistent sanitary sewer problems in Canadian municipalities.
Source:  Geoff Zeiss
Without accurate maps of underground infrastructure, every construction project has the potential to become a disaster site.
Source:  Alaska Highway News
In Ontario alone, meeting the peak heating needs in winter solely through electrical heating would require 60 nuclear power plants, according to one estimate.
Source:  CBC News
The claim alleges that rampant urbanization and the loss of thousands of acres of once pristine green space upstream has led to increased storm water runoff and flood risk in the downstream watersheds, including Bronte Creek, 14 Mile Creek and McCraney Creek.
Source:  EasyLocates
It does not matter what kind of equipment you have, or how well-trained your crews are, without valid locates, it is impossible to utilize those assets.
PGC Services
Vivax Canada
Source:  The Star
It’s an expensive suburban transit project that’s being built underground despite evidence an above-ground route would be cheaper and serve more people.
Source:  Utility Products
Trench boxes are among the protective systems that can be used in trench and excavation projects to help keep workers safe and protected from cave-ins.
Source:  Ottawa Citizen
The Algonquins of Ontario and a local developer are pursuing the creation of a new suburb near Ottawa’s eastern border that showcases the spirt of Algonquin principles, but they need to convince city planners and politicians to include the massive tract of land inside an expanded urban boundary.
Source:  Ontario Waste Management Association
This webinar will include a presentation from Laura Blease, Senior Policy Advisor, and Karan Jandoo, Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. The presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory amendments related to the management and reuse of excess soil. It will also review descriptions of the regulatory changes, key dates on when the new rules apply, and implementation going forward. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A.
Source:  Construction Comment
As the construction industry continues to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the top five things to look for in construction contract clauses dealing with COVID-19.
Source:  ODACC
ODACC is the Authorized Nominating Authority that administers and oversees adjudication of construction disputes in Ontario and for training and qualifying adjudicators.
Source:  Surety Association of Canada
An ever-increasing number of public bodies at all levels of government are requiring tenders to be submitted digitally via an automated on-line bidding platform. These tender documents typically require that the bid be accompanied by a digitally prepared Bid Bond or Consent of Surety.
Source:  ConstructConnect
The incoming president and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario says his life has been spent at the intersection of the public and the private sectors, seeking partnerships and opportunities to create value for taxpayers and users.
Source:  ConstructConnect
Navigating the municipal development approval process can be a frustrating experience for Ontario’s builders. Rules and systems can vary greatly, adding to the complexity of the permitting process.
Source:  MacLean's
Public spending on Canadian infrastructure projects is a good idea. It was a good idea 10 years ago and will still be a good idea 10 years from now. Such spending is not easy to do well, or quickly, especially in large amounts. Projects that are rushed into completion, and that are driven by short-term political considerations, often become the “white elephants” that are the subject of scathing reports.
Source:  Urban Toronto
Metrolinx has released new details on the westernmost stretch of Toronto's future Ontario Line subway. The plans reveal a new alignment for this part of the future rapid transit line, stretching from Exhibition Place to the intersection of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue.
Source:  Bruce Power
The eVinci micro reactor is a next-generation, small battery for decentralized generation markets and micro grids such as remote communities, remote industrial mines and critical infrastructure. It is designed to provide competitive and resilient power and superior reliability with minimal maintenance and its small size allows for standard transportation methods and rapid, on-site deployment.
Source:  Great Lakes Now
Damming Decisions – A discussion about dam removals and what they mean for the environment.
Source:  Pocket
Douglas Yoder, 71, is deputy director of the county’s water and sewer department; his job is to think about how to defend the county’s fresh drinking water against the effects of climate change.
Source:  CCA
This industry initiative is part of CCA’s priority of igniting innovation and attracting a younger workforce, in support of our five-year strategic plan and vision to Build a better Canada.
Source:  Physics Today
Experts see the fingerprints of climate change on the lakes’ record high water levels.
It estimated the cost of building new controls for Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario at $27 billion.
Source:  The Revelator
A plan to import hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts begs the question of whether big hydro along with its reservoirs and dams, is green enough to be worth the cost.
Source:  For Construction Pros
What role could this tech savvy generation of workers have in shaping the future of the construction industry?
Source: The Varsity, City of Toronto, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Ornamentum
Oil-fueled streetlights were originally used in Montréal, Québec City and Toronto until replaced by gaslights (1837-47), which were in turn replaced by electric lights.
Learn more about the history of streetlighting in Canada through these various links.
OnTrack Hydrovac Services Inc
Landscape Ontario