Jan 20, 2020
Special underground industry annual report
A recap of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance three-day symposium in Collingwood.
Jul 15, 2019
Are you missing out on memberships?
Belonging to a larger group is part of basic human nature.
May 6, 2019
Reduced number of utility hits is encouraging
Latest reports show a five per cent reduction in utility hits across related sectors.
Apr 1, 2019
Educating homeowners at Canada Blooms
Feature garden display helps to reduce the number of underground utility hits.
Mar 7, 2019
ORCGA mission, vision and strategic plan are articulated
A look at the strategic plan for the damage prevention industry.
Jan 29, 2019
Wishes for 2019
A look at how to reduce the number of underground utility hits across various sectors.
Dec 12, 2018
Who does more damage: homeowners or professionals?
An analysis of statistics over the past five years.
Nov 6, 2018
Does advertising to homeowners produce results?
The damage prevention industry looks at ways to reduce utility hits by homeowners.
Oct 9, 2018
Annual rodeo allows locators to show off their skills
The only event of its kind in Canada, puts the spotlight on locators in the damage prevention industry.
Sep 15, 2018
Are your locates provided on time?
Contractors should not always assume a residential gas line is buried the standard 24-inch depth.
Jul 15, 2018
Utility hits going up, what’s wrong?
A major reduction is needed in the number of utility hits.
Jun 15, 2018
Milton mayor proclaims Dig Safe Month
Dig Safe flag raised at LO's home office in Milton.
May 15, 2018
2016 vs. 2017: No change in utility hits
Green industry still accounts for 15 per cent of all utility hits in Ontario.
Apr 5, 2018
Canada Blooms does it again
ORCGA educates contractors and the public with a display at the annual 10-day event.
Dec 15, 2017
Should membership fees increase?
Just like a business, organizations need to look at what they charge.
Jul 15, 2017
Employee retention helps everyone
A survey helps to identify the top reasons why employees move on.
Mar 15, 2017
2017 Symposium a tremendous success
Two-day event for damage prevention industry held in Niagara Falls.
Feb 15, 2017
Wish list for 2017
Ways to reduce the number of underground utility hits this coming year.
Jan 15, 2017
2016 year in review
A look back at 2016 activities of the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance.
Dec 15, 2016
Good decisions require good data
Annual DIRT Report helps damage prevention industry to identify sectors that need more help to improve.
Nov 10, 2016
The importance of volunteers and members
Volunteers are the life-blood of Non-Government Organizations.
Oct 31, 2016
Garden centre liability: Is there any?
Can a retailer be held accountable once a customer leaves the store?
Jun 15, 2016
Utility hits and locate requests increase in 2015
Each year, damages resulting from insufficient or poor excavation practices account for 33 per cent of utility hits.
Apr 15, 2016
Should landscape contractors do private locates?
A number of training programs are available.
Mar 15, 2016
ORCGA symposium energizes delegates
Annual thee-day event gathers key players in the damage prevention industry.
Feb 15, 2016
An interview with the ORGCA president
Ian Munro answers questions about the damage prevention industry.
Jan 15, 2016
Highlights from 2015
A recap of efforts to reduce underground utility strikes this past year.
Dec 15, 2015
Congress to feature information on utility hits
It has been a very good year in the underground damage prevention movement.
Nov 15, 2015
Contractor receives bill for $11,000
Actual experiences from Landscape Ontario excavating landscape contractors.
Oct 15, 2015
These tips may save you a fine
Here are some items that some members have mentioned during the last couple of months that could save you from receiving a fine.
Sep 15, 2015
Statistics show solid improvement
Congratulations, green industry, you continue to improve.
Jul 15, 2015
Utility hits continue to go down
The green industry statistics show a dramatic reduction in utility hits over the last 12 months.
Jun 15, 2015
Plan your locate requests
Normally the industry starts landscape construction projects on Apr. 1. Everything, of course, depends on the weather.
May 15, 2015
Dig Safe month is a great success
ORCGA dedicates the month of April to marketing underground safety and damage prevention to the public by having key awareness sessions across Ontario.
Apr 15, 2015
April is Dig Safe Month
Branding is an integral part of corporate life and our advertising world.
Mar 15, 2015
Congress was an unqualified success
Again, the Landscape Ontario Congress proved a major success.
Jan 15, 2015
ORCGA plan charts strategic direction
After spending two full days, with the 22-member board of directors, a strategic plan was developed.
Dec 15, 2014
ORCGA promotes safety and professionalism
New members are the lifeblood of any association.
Nov 15, 2014
Congress will feature underground partners
Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) and its member partners will focus on two important areas at Congress 2015 in January.
Oct 15, 2014
Reasons for utility hits remain the same
The landscape and horticultural industry in Ontario will strike underground utilities between 600 and 900 times each year.
Aug 15, 2014
LO hosting ORCGA’s Fall Expo
Last year was the first time for the event. It was attended by more than 200 damage prevention professionals, making it an excellent success.
Jul 15, 2014
How to obtain prompt locates
Ways that landscape contractors can assist with achieving five-day locates and avoid delays and fines.
Jun 15, 2014
The solution to utility locate problems
We have come a long way in establishing this new system of consistent five-day locates.
May 15, 2014
A decade of momentum continues
The landscape industry has done a fine job in the last four years to reduce our hits, let’s keep it going
Feb 15, 2014
Jim Douglas receives Landscape Ontario Trillium Award
In honour of Jim and the ORCGA, Landscape Ontario declared Jan. 8, 2014 as Dig Safe Day at Congress.
Oct 15, 2013
Dig Safe Fall Expo was a great success
Day of sharing and learning was a great success.
Aug 15, 2013
Dig Safe Fall Expo scheduled at Landscape Ontario
First-ever Fall event scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Landscape Ontario home office site in Milton.
Jul 15, 2013
Latest statistics show improvement
Drawing some conclusions from the latest DIRT report.
Oct 15, 2012
CSA S250 improves safety
In the landscape industry, landscape architects and contractors are required to produce as-built drawings.
Sep 15, 2012
Industry’s focus and effort needed
The tabulated results of 2011 industry utility hits show that we really didn’t make any improvement in our industry utility hits over 2010.
Aug 15, 2012
Bill 8 officially becomes law
It is expected that it will be in effect within the next 12 months.
Jul 15, 2012
Do not assume your MPP knows
What happened three weeks ago was a complete surprise to me.