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INTERNATIONAL NEWS B Y M I K E S U L L I VA N , C H A I R , C C G A Update from the CCGA A Unified Approach to Damage Prevention WITH THIS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP, WE ARE BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE REGIONAL DIGGING AND DAMAGE PREVENTION COMMUNITY, AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE POSITIVE CHANGE. IT IS DIFFICULT not to begin any update without saying, “It’s been a busy year!” but truly, it has been! Slowly but surely, and with great confidence, the CCGA has continued to gain momentum and to grow a strong and recognized voice. That voice is stronger now than it has ever been - and more importantly, it is being heard. Recently, the National Energy Board (NEB) released its new Damage Prevention Framework. The NEB has long been a partner in safety with both the CCGA and the Regional Partners and in this latest release; the NEB aligns with the CCGA’s damage prevention goals of national interest. The CCGA’s Damage Prevention Issues of National Interest Although our application for shared use of 811 was recently denied by the CRTC, it wasn’t before we received an enormous boost in the form of a cosigned letter sent to the CRTC from Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness and Deputy Minister of Energy expressing conditional acceptance for shared use of 811 in Alberta. The letter also requested the Commission delay its decision in order to provide the province with more time to determine how the 3 digit number would be shared between Tele-Health and “Call Before You Dig” access. Unfortunately, the CRTC rendered the letter inadmissible and out of process, since it was received after the comment period had expired. It was truly unfortunate that after so much positive support—both in quantity and quality (supporters included three Federal Ministers, the National Energy Board, CAMPUT and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities)—that the CRTC would deny the application without issuing a Telecom Notice of Public Consultation. Beyond 811, the CCGA’s other damage prevention issues of national interest, Best Practice Harmonization, a One EAR TO THE GROUND The CCGA is now “Coast to Coast!” The greatest success of the CCGA is its reach, and that reach just got wider! At the CGA Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, the Atlantic Canada Common Ground Alliance’s application for Regional Partner status was approved. On behalf of all damage prevention stakeholders, please welcome Atlantic Canada to the Team! It is also a tremendous honour to relay that during our recent board meeting in Toronto, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and the Canadian Gas Association are now recognized by the CCGA’s governance and are representatives on the CCGA’s Board of Directors. This is a monumental and positive development for the CCGA! The relationship with CEPA and the Canadian Gas Association dramatically extends our reach—and in all the right directions! With this firmly established relationship, we are bridging the gap between the regional digging and damage prevention community, and national associations that have the ability to influence positive change. 10 http://www.orcga.com

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: ‘811 BIKE’ PROMOTES SAFE DIGGING MESSAGE ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S AMERICAN CHOPPER: SENIOR VS. JUNIOR
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: UPDATE FROM THE CCGA - A UNIFIED APPROACH TO DAMAGE PREVENTION
Q&A: A CONVERSATION WITH CORAL LUKANIUK, PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAM MANAGER, TRANSCANADA
THE SIGNS OF SPRING: TRAFFIC PROTECTION
BLOCKED SEWER SERVICE LINE? CALL BEFORE YOU CLEAR
CHEERS TO ORCGA VOLUNTEERS
LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT
ORCGA’S HALL OF FAME MEMBERS AND MEMBER OF THE YEAR
ORCGA’S EXCAVATOR OF THE YEAR
JOE JOHNSON EQUIPMENT – ONE OF CANADA’S 50 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES
ORCGA’S 2012 SYMPOSIUM
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