Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance applauds PC MPP Bob Bailey
(Sarnia-Lambton) and NDP MPP Paul Miller (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) for working together to co-sponsor an important Private Members' Bill
that seeks a mandatory One Call system for all underground
infrastructure location services in Ontario.
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Regional Common Ground
Alliance (ORCGA) offers its enthusiastic support and congratulations to
PC MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) and NDP MPP Paul Miller (Hamilton
East-Stoney Creek) for demonstrating a clear spirit of cooperation by
jointly introducing a Private Members' Bill, The Ontario One Call Act -- an act that reduces red tape, saving businesses time and money; and
increases public safety.
This important legislation is welcome news for our industry members, who
want Ontarians to reap the benefit of a system that reduces the
regulatory burden for business, offers taxpayers the benefit of cost
savings from accident prevention, and will improve public and worker
safety in Ontario.
"Ontario has an urgent need for a mandatory One Call system," said ORCGA
President Jim Douglas. "Ontarians sent a clear message during the
October provincial election that they want this minority legislature to
work together. This One Call initiative is a perfect illustration of
the positive impact that cooperation and collaboration between
political parties can offer to taxpayers."
The Ontario One Call Act would make it mandatory for all utility asset owners and excavators to
use a single one call system to locate all underground utility lines
before digging. If passed, the bill would establish Ontario One Call
Ltd., as a not-for-profit call centre that would be the single point of
contact for all underground utility location services in the province.
Public and worker safety are at serious risk when utility lines such as
buried pipelines or hydro lines are struck or damaged because
homeowners, building contractors and other excavators do not obtain the
precise location of lines before they dig.
"Ontario's current, voluntary approach doesn't work," said Douglas.
"Safety cannot be a voluntary exercise. We only need to look at our
closest neighbour, New York State, which has a mandatory One Call
system in place, to see that they have half the number of incidents
than we do in Ontario. In fact, mandatory One Call systems are in place
in all 50 states, reducing the risk of serious injury or fatality to
workers and the general public."
In the coming days, the ORCGA will be communicating directly with all
Ontario MPPs and urging them to work together in a spirit of
collaboration and cooperation to ensure that The Ontario One Call Act is passed during this legislative session.
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
prevention practices. For a list of all ORCGA members please visit our
website at: www.orcga.com
SOURCE Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA)
For further information:
Jim Douglas, President
Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance