2014/15 OSSGA Training Brochure now available! The new 2014/2015 OSSGA Training brochure is now available. There are training programs, tours, seminars and events for everyone in the aggregates industry. Check it out today!
My Job R-O-C-K-S-! Video Contest Time! For the second year running, OSSGA is calling on all aggregate aficionados to take part in the association’s annual video competition. Whether you’re a pit or quarry operator or team member, gravel hauler, equipment supplier, engineer, land manager or consultant – we’d like to hear from you. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT! Click hereto view last year’s videos.
Engineering Success Through Investment in Education A half-century of civil engineering experience has taught Steed and Evans Limited that the wisest investment is a knowledgeable and skilled workforce: One that understands technology and real-world problem-solving application. That’s why the company has chosen to invest in the new Construction Materials Testing Laboratory (CMT) in Conestoga’s School of Engineering and Information Technology. For more information, please contact Steed and Evans by clicking here.
Blast From the Past! Photo of Gibson Quarry, Niagara Region, circa 1891. The blocks from this quarry were used to build the original train tunnel under the St . Clair River in Sarnia! Please follow the link below to learn more interesting facts about aggregates. Photo courtesy of GENIVAR Consultants LP.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 OSSGA Training Day
OSSGA invites you and your staff to participate in one of three outstanding courses being offered on January 20, 2015 at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel.
OSSGA members work to save turtles October 15, 2014
GRAVENHURST – Seventeen snapping turtle hatchlings will be given a second chance at life thanks to the efforts of the Town of Gravenhurst, C.C. Tatham and Associates Limited, Fowler Construction and Species at Risk consultant Michalski Nielsen Associates Limited. When the town was looking at road improvements, the effect on turtle nesting activities was incorporated into the project with a simple mitigation plan, onsite training and education that prepared the team when the nest was encountered. Since June, the turtles have been in the care of Scales Nature Park near Orillia and on the Friday of the Thanksgiving Weekend, the hatched turtles were released back into the wild. Snapping turtles have recently been added to the Species at Risk in Ontario list as Special Concern.
Bank swallows seem to be in trouble, and many people blame aggregate companies’ destruction of nests during excavation. Turns out, the industry could be the burrowing birds’ most important ally.
OSSGA AWARDS BRONZE PLAQUE TO WILDWOOD PIT September 23, 2014
The Wildwood Pit within the Wildwood Conservation Area joins an exclusive group of rehabilitated former gravel pits awarded with the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (OSSGA) Bronze Plaque. The association’s highest honour, only 20 sites in Ontario have earned this distinction since it was established in 1975. "This represents the best of the best among the thousands of rehabilitated former aggregate extraction sites in the province," said Ted Wigdor, Chief Executive Officer of OSSGA. "The diverse ecosystem created here, with rare plant species and habitat for snakes and turtles is why this site is so exceptional." Thanks to OSSGA Board Members Anne Guiot, Tony Iacocca, Bill Marquardt and John Moroz who also attended the ceremony -- along with the OSSGA Rehabilitation Committee.