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Houston, TX – Fall protection and hazard communication top the list of violations shared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in October at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston, Texas.
Are you wondering what the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada may mean for your business? Marijuana in the Workplace: Best Practices for Your Company and Employee Expectations is a symposium for occupational health and safety leaders and decision makers across all industries that aims to tackle and break down that important question.
The weather – that favourite Canadian conversation topic – is more than idle chatter when you work outside 12 months of the year. Whether it’s January’s arctic chill or July’s scorching heat, blizzard conditions or torrential downpours, weather-related hazards are common issues.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is urging drillers to remember the motto “Look Up and Live" after two employees of a drilling crew near Colorado Springs, Colo., died recently when their rig struck overhead power lines, fatally electrocuting them. | READ MORE
Calgary – Blue-collar workers in rural Alberta have a tougher time getting back on their feet from injuries than their urban counterparts, University of Alberta researchers have found. | READ MORE
Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Labour is asking for feedback through a survey on pilot testing of its new Health and Safety Checklist by Sept. 6, 2015.
Ottawa – The federal government has helped secure new, separate and voluntary commitments from three payment card networks that will lead to lower costs for small and medium-sized businesses.
Quiet. That word describes, perfectly, the new 3.0L Power Stroke diesel just introduced by Ford.  I’ve driven it, stood beside it while idling and floored it uphill while towing – it is eerily quiet.
Many people think of customer service as a department. My belief is that customer service is a philosophy, not a department. It should be embraced by every employee, regardless of their job and how long they’ve been there.
If you sell products and services that people buy because they have to, then read on. After over 25 years of advising companies that deal primarily with reluctant customers, I’ve developed these four strategies for helping customers feel better about spending money on grudge purchases.
Marketing your water-well business has never been easier with free online tools and platforms literally at your fingertips. The trick is knowing which social media and website platforms are right for you.
Marketing your water-well business has never been easier with free online tools and platforms literally at your fingertips. The trick is knowing which social media and website platforms are right for you. Chris O’Shea, business advisor with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services, shared his best tips and practices on how well-drilling businesses can effectively use these tools to turn your target market into repeat customers.
Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on April 18 on the appropriate role of states and the federal government in regulating ground water. The hearing comes on the heels of several significant court cases, as well as action by the U.S. EPA to seek public comment on discharges of pollutants via “hydrologically connected” sources. The NGWA reports. | READ MORE
Sonoma Valley, CA – The new order of ground water regulation is just starting to come into shape and will take several years to implement, with still-undefined costs, monitoring and limits that may fall primarily on rural well owners, including residents and farmers. The Sonoma Index-Tribune reports. | READ MORE
California – With a June 30 deadline approaching, agencies, farmers and others in affected California groundwater basins are working to finalize the formation of locally controlled ground water sustainability agencies, which are required under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Ag Alert reports. | READ MORE
This year, the British Columbia Ground Water Association, in partnership with GeoExchange BC, is endeavouring to update the BC Ground Water Protection Regulation Handbook to reflect the changes to the Groundwater Protection Regulation.
Simcoe, Ont. – The public works department of Norfolk County in Ontario will work with affected property owners now that the county has a source-water protection plan in place. The first order of business is examining active and abandoned water, gas and oil wells in the Delhi, Ont., area. The Simcoe Reformer reports. | READ MORE
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island will hold water act public consultations in seven communities beginning in October, says Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
It’s hard not to feel good about the future of the ground water industry after talking with 10 young people who work hard and love what they do.
Not many people can say they have drilled in every province in Canada over more than 70 years, yet that was the case with Lewis Hopper.
Edmonton – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's online publication, Techlifetoday, examines how the skilled trades sector can topple barriers and create respectful and welcoming workplaces for women. | READ MORE
Toronto – Being “human” will ensure resiliency in an era of technological disruption, and skills mobility will become a new competitive advantage, says a new research paper from RBC.
Edmonton – With the retirement of thousands of tradespeople looming through the middle of the next decade, Alberta's oil and gas sector could soon face new shortages for skilled labour, reigniting calls for more people to enlist in the trades to help fill the future gap. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
In part 2 of her look at apprenticeship programs, Carolyn Camilleri explores where they exist, where they don’t and the value they hold for the ground water industry.
John Larson started in the well drilling industry in 1973, when he was 18 years old. Once he had his apprenticeship ticket and had worked for a while, he started Larson’s Water Well Drilling and Servicing out of Lougheed, Alta.
Ottawa – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will host a two-day workshop on apprenticeship technical training in Ottawa in October.
The Ontario Ground Water Association held their annual golf tournament and fundraiser on Sept. 21 at the Conestoga Golf and Conference Centre in Conestogo, Ont.
This column was conceived while sitting in view of the lake at our cottage association’s annual meeting, amid a relaxing, warm June breeze.
Calgary – CIPHEx West will feature a program of seminars led by experts from across North America.
Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water Association is seeking proposals for conference presentations, workshops, technical sessions, poster presentations and field trips at Groundwater Week Dec. 3-6, 2018.
Calgary – CIPHEx West and BuildEx will co-locate in Calgary in November 2018.
Victoria – GeoExchange BC recently welcomed Maria Nguyen to the Aquifer & Watershed Science team in Victoria.

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