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The ORCGA offers DPT Training for its members using an affordable small class format, based on demand and location. Tentative dates and locations and all course information will be communicated on the ORCGA website.
 
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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.
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.
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Source:  TSSA
The TSSA Safety Awards Program acknowledges individuals and organizations who work in our regulated sectors and have made significant contributions to public safety in Ontario.
Source:  Utility Dive
Experts say pumped hydro is notoriously difficult to site. But as more renewables come online, the industry is eyeing new locations and fresh technologies.
Source:  CTV News
Ontario’s largest municipalities are asking the federal and provincial governments to provide an immediate infrastructure funding boost to stimulate economic recovery.
Source:  OHS Canada
Small employers who have not joined construction safety associations are more prone to unsafe practices in trenches. Even companies with adequate resources and training may have supervisors who have not bought into the safety program or may direct people to do work in a way that is unsafe, because they are under time pressures.
Source:  SooToday
The Sault Community Career Centre, in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association, is excited to introduce Build This City: A Free Construction Fundamentals Training Program for job seekers and employers.
Source:  ConstructConnect
An aging workforce and recruitment difficulties represent hurdles to meeting the labour needs of future developments.
Source:  T&D World 
Upfront costs of undergrounding networks are high, but strategic undergrounding may pose far more benefits, even in the short term.
Source:  CBC News
Homes near a busy construction zone for Ottawa's light rail expansion suddenly had sewage back up into their basements this week after a pump malfunctioned during work to reroute sewage lines.
Source:  The Observer
Part of Sarnia’s budget focus in recent years has been generating revenue to eat into a growing backlog of repair work – estimated at more than $420 million in 2019 – needed for poor-condition assets in the city. The special area levy has been part of that approach.
Source:  Cision
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the release of data on the state of Canada's roads, bridges and tunnels through Statistics Canada's Core Public Infrastructure (CCPI). 
Source:  Sarnia This Week
If approved this year, Milton could be up and operational by early 2023, providing much-needed transportation capacity within “Canada’s innovation corridor,” which is anchored by the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Waterloo areas. The nation’s fastest-growing region, it’s being battered by gridlock and congestion that are costing businesses up to $15 billion annually.
   
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Source:  EDI Weekly
Two Ontario cities are moving ahead with plans to incorporate utility microgrids in their traditional power grids.
Source:  Seaway News
The building was nearly $2 million over budget as the increased cost came down to geology. The ground that the building sits on has unstable clay beneath the surface, which required the excavation of 25,000 metric tonnes of soil which was replaced 52,000 tonnes of granular.
Source:  Electric Energy Online
"Sustainability is integral to our ability to safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge. "How well we perform as a steward of our environment, a safe operator of essential energy infrastructure, and as a diverse and inclusive employer is inextricably linked to our business success and our ability to create long-term value for all stakeholders.”
Source:  Electric Energy Online
"Sustainability is integral to our ability to safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want," said Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge. "How well we perform as a steward of our environment, a safe operator of essential energy infrastructure, and as a diverse and inclusive employer is inextricably linked to our business success and our ability to create long-term value for all stakeholders.”
Source:  CBC News
The burning of fossil fuels to heat our homes is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in this cold country. Green builders say we need to decarbonize heating by going electric if Canada is going to meet its climate targets.
Source:  Canadian Electricity Association
Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation have partnered to launch Ontario’s largest electric vehicle (EV) fast charger network: Ivy Charging Network™.
   
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Source:  Canadian Biomass Magazine
Index Energy is on a mission to encourage diversion from landfills, clean energy use and provide district heating for the Town of Ajax, Ont., just east of Toronto.
Source:  Power
The successful refurbishment of Unit 2 at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station marked a pivotal milestone for Ontario Power Generation’s 10-year, C$12.8 billion overhaul of the plant’s four CANDU units.
Source:  Trenchless Pedia
Selecting the best pipe material for a particular project depends on different factors, but mainly on the purpose of the pipeline. Materials commonly preferred for sewers and culverts are concrete, steel, vitrified clay, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
Source:  Vox
The ARPA-E project AltaRock Energy estimates that “just 0.1% of the heat content of Earth could supply humanity’s total energy needs for 2 million years.” There’s enough energy in the Earth’s crust, just a few miles down, to power all of human civilization for generations to come. All we have to do is tap into it. Tapping into it, though, turns out to be pretty tricky.
Source:  Kitchener Today
Excavation of an Iroquoian village site in southeastern Canada ahead of a road construction project has yielded more than 35,000 artifacts, according to a Kitchener Today report. Representatives of the Six Nations of the Grand Reserve, the Haudenosaunee Development Institute, and the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation have been working with archaeologists throughout the process.
Source:  Canadian Occupational Safety
Industrialization and factory life boomed in Ontario and Quebec leading to the creation of new workplace hazards for workers in the 1880s.
   
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