TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Regional Common Ground
Alliance (ORCGA) is launching a new advocacy website to help raise
awareness among Ontarians and Ontario provincial election candidates of
the urgent need for mandatory One Call legislation in Ontario.
Digsafenow.ca allows Ontarians who are concerned about the current inefficient
underground locate system in the province - costing Ontario businesses
time and money, and posing a threat to worker and public safety - to
easily communicate with their local election candidates about the
critical need for mandatory One Call legislation in Ontario.
"Mandatory One Call legislation will help reduce costly red tape and
will protect Ontario workers and families through a single, reliable
number that they can call to get information on the critical
underground infrastructure that lies beneath their feet before they
dig," said ORCGA President Jim Douglas. "Digsafenow.ca will help Ontarians send a message to their local candidates that
mandatory One Call legislation is an important issue to them and that a
candidate's position on the issue will impact on how they vote in this
important provincial election."
The fragmented voluntary system that is currently in use in Ontario has
led to a rate of incidents which is double that of New York State,
which has mandatory One Call legislation. With its mandatory One Call
model in place, New York State has 2.33 damages per 1,000 locates.
Ontario, without a mandatory system, has more than double the rate of
incidents, 4.77 damages per 1,000 locates. In the United States,
mandatory One Call systems are in place in all 50 States.
The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) is a member-driven,
not-for-profit association of more than 400 member organizations
dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the
integrity of underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage
Digsafenow.ca is available to all Ontarians who wish to communicate with their local
election candidates about the need for mandatory One Call legislation
and is an initiative of the ORCGA.
SOURCE Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA)
For further information:
Jim Douglas, President
Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance