2014 OSSGA Progressive Rehabilitation Award Winner Sunderland Pit was originally licensed in 1958. Extraction in Area 4, shown here before and after, was rehabilitated in 2013 by Earthworx and CBM Aggregates, a Division of St. Mary's Cement Inc. Employees and contractors began at the top of the hill and worked their way down spreading the overburden, and dressing it with topsoil. A CBM employee applied a mixture of buckwheat, perennial and annual rye, tall fescue, alfalfa, crown vetch, and white clover -- all by hand! Learn more about OSSGA awards...
2015 OSSGA Rehabilitation Tour Attendees at the OSSGA Rehabilitation Tour learned that organic material truly is the crucial ingredient when rehabilitating aggregate sites into successful agricultural after-use. Throw in the appropriate amount of potassium, magnesium, and time – and you have the recipe for successful crop yields! See photo gallery here.
2015 My Job R-O-C-K-S! Video Contest -- Get your entries ready! Golder and Associates were last year's winners -- Will You Be Next! In 2014 Golder's team put together a great video that gave some insight into why their employees love their jobs. We thank all of the entrants for their submissions and their hard work, and look forward to even more great entries in the 2015 video contest. Have a look at their video and find out what you need to do to win.
Want to take a tour? Many of our member companies offer public tours of their aggregate production facilities. Click on the link below to find out how to contact them.
OSSGA Offers Outstanding Educational Programs The 2015/2016 OSSGA training brochure will be available soon. But it's never too early to start planning. Check out the events that were held this past year, and look for these and new and exciting events in the year ahead. OSSGA offers a full range of training programs, tours, seminars and events for everyone in the aggregates industry.
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.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 OSSGA Operations Tour
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM OSSGA Sales and Marketing Workshop and Golf
Resources, Rocks and Roads
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM OSSGA British Columbia Technical Tour
Spaces still available! But hurry!
Monday, November 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM OSSGA Generic First Line Supervisor Training
Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre comes complete with 3,000 tonnes of sand July 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM
Hunstville's Hutcheson Sand & Mixes creates the special sand for purpose-built Pan Am Games venue. The centre itself will have five sand courts in total at the venue; one main competition court, two warm up courts and two training courts. It took approximately 3,000 metric tonnes of specially made sand from Hutcheson Sand & Mixes to fill all five courts.
Baby peregrines steal new Vinemount sanctuary's show June 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM
They came to celebrate the opening of the Vinemount Meadows Sanctuary, but the real treat came when area bird watchers took a bus tour of the neighbouring quarry and spotted three baby peregrine falcons nesting there. Hamilton Naturalists' Club director Bruce McKenzie said the young birds were perched on the Vinemount Quarry's west wall in "basically the same place" where three baby falcons nested last year.
Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act – Coming into Force June 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 at 3:55 PM
The Government of Canada announced today, that the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, that it passed last year, comes into force as of June 1, 2015. This Act delivers on Canada's commitment at the G8 summit of 2013 to develop reporting standards in the extractive sector, and is similar to the reporting requirements in the United States and the European Union.