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The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance is bringing together industry experts in March for a series of free Dig Safe Workshops.
 
The half-hour long sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, March 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.
 
Presenters are as follows: Ministry of Labour, TSSA, Ministry of Environment, ESA, Ontario One Call, ORCGA, IHSA, CATT
 
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252 attendees from around the province joined us virtually for educational sessions, networking events and our Virtual Tradeshow. We also offered free access to our exhibitors which attracted an additional 49 attendees.
 
The symposium provided 11 informative sessions over 4 half days. Of note was our Attracting Youth to Trades Panel highlighting the challenges the industry continues to face, particularly during COVID-19.

The ORCGA would like to thank the 2021 ORCGA Virtual Damage Prevention Symposium Event Sponsors.
 
Thank you for your support on this event.
Thank you to our Exhibitors who took the plunge to go virtual!
The Jim Douglas Award of Excellence recognizes damage prevention champions. The award honours ORCGA members that have served in the organization over a long period of time and whose impact has left its mark on the organization in a positive and memorable way.
This award was presented to the ORCGA members whose dedication and service to the ORCGA went above and beyond the call of duty during a given year, and they are considered among the “most valuable players.”
Join other damage prevention professionals and industry leaders for our monthly educational sessions.
   
Enbridge Gas Inc.
      
DTS Technical
   
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Source:  Ontario One Call
Applications are invited for qualified individuals to stand for nomination for the following vacant positions on the ON1Call Board of Directors for terms starting in June 2021:
 
Gas & Oil Pipeline Sector Representative: Term through June 2024, with an opportunity to stand for two subsequent terms of three years each.
 
Excavator Sector Representative: Term through June 2024, with an opportunity to stand for two subsequent terms of three years each.
 
Other Sector Representative: Term through June 2024, with the opportunity to stand for two subsequent terms of three years each.
Source:  CBC News
Michigan's environmental agency is approving construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in the Great Lakes. State officials have awarded permits to Enbridge for the $500-million tunnel project.
Source: Trenchless Technology
When the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Northern Region was faced with a deteriorating box culvert under Highway 11, it was evident that a trenchless solution was needed to address the issue.
Source:  Ottawa Citizen
Everyone has that one intersection they feel is the worst in the city. A red light seemingly frozen in time, where motorists can wait for what seems like a hell-spawned eternity before they get to the other side.
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Ontario One Call Limited®
If you are excavating a new building, repairing buried infrastructure, landscaping, residential paving, building concrete slabs, or anything else that requires you to break ground, you must contact Ontario One Call.
 
Requesting a locate through Ontario One Call is free. You must contact Ontario One Call a minimum of 5 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) before digging.
 
Get the Dirt on all digs this season.
 
www.OntarioOneCall.ca
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Source:  Toronto Star
What Eta wants to do is build a municipal broadband network, something that many communities across North America have done. The small town of Olds, Alberta, spent millions to build a non-profit fibre-optic network that offered gigabit speeds when it came online half a decade ago.
Source:  Trenchless Pedia
Imagine a surgeon performing surgery with the lights off: That's what it would be like to dig into the ground without first locating and marking underground utilities in the area.
Source:  NEM Ontario
A fantastic schedule of events has been posted with bold themes such as Engineering Ethics, Impact & the Future and Working with Interdisciplinary Professions. Don't miss out, everything is online and free this year for attendees with events during the day and evening from March 1-31.
Source:  Constructible
The pandemic changed everything: the way we work, teach, learn, attend conferences, shop and entertain ourselves.
Source:  Financial Post
As we head into 2021, the world is clearly in a climate policy environment that has produced — and will continue to generate — major energy disruptions and crises. Below is a short collection of developments, big and small, global and local, scanned from recent reports and news events.
   
PGC Services
      
Vivax Canada
   
Source:  Watershed Sentinel
Canada is investing in “next generation” nuclear reactors, despite cheaper renewable options, underwhelming economic benefits, and no strategy to deal with radioactive waste.
Source:  Yahoo News
CDOT’s mandate is focused on improving the accuracy and reliability of existing utility records, which has become a national problem. Utility companies, under CDOT’s mandate, will be required to leverage PointMan to collect utility data during the installation process.
Source:  T&D World
Economics is one reason Texas often struggles to have enough power during severe hot or cold weather. If power companies were incentivized to generate more power than is usually needed, those unusual times would go more smoothly. And with a changing climate, we are certainly seeing more unusual times than we are used to.
Source:  Yahoo Finance
These are climate change-affected conditions that pose extreme challenges to the grid. We are likely to continue to see situations like this where our existing system cannot easily handle them.
Source:  Londonist
London’s new super sewer, called the Tideway, aims to redirect those toilet flushes.
 
   
A & J Vacworx Inc.
      
Cansel Survey Equipment
   
Source:  Financial Post
It will be the largest single LNG project sanctioned in history, according to research firm Wood Mackenzie. It will also be more than two times the proposed capacity of the under-construction LNG Canada project on the West Coast being developed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
 
The Qatar bet comes with a warning from its key executive.
Source:  Construction Executive
From the largest tower crane to the fleet of pickups used to haul materials between jobs, there are many pieces of equipment that need to have preventative maintenance performed in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely.
Source:  On-Site
The preconstruction phase, specifically how subcontractors get prequalified to work with general contractors, is critical to managing risk and reducing uncertainty. As the earliest stage in the construction process, subcontractor prequalification has a ripple effect on risk for all future projects.
Source:  ConstructConnect
Crosslinx includes EllisDon, which is undertaking rapid antigen testing at several of its large sites across Ontario. The Crosstown program is part of a pilot that is being conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Source:  ConstructConnect
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out questions are forming around how far the government — or an employer — can go to demand workers be inoculated before they report to the jobsite.
   
Technoconsor Inc
      
Vermeer MV Solutions