ORCGA Congratulates Bi-Partisan Effort To Reduce Red Tape And Make Ontario A Safer Place To Live, Work and Play

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)

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Jim Douglas, President
Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance

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