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Coronavirus: Resources and Information for Members of the ALSA

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommendations from Alberta Health Services.

 

Updated April 2, 2020

 

Professional Services Included in Government's Essential Services List

On March 27, the government announced new restrictions for close contact businesses. The government also published its list of essential services. These businesses can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers.The list of essential businesses includes "professional services including lawyers and paralegals, engineers, accountants, translators." Although land surveying is not specifically mentioned, it is our interpretation that land surveying is a professional service and consistent with other listed essential services including "land registration services."
 

Response Needed: Governments asks ALSA for Emergency Response Plan

The Government of Alberta has asked the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association to develop an emergency response plan to address their concerns about potential shortages of professionals in certain locations with specific types of expertise.
 
As part of this plan, the government would like to know where professionals are located throughout the province and what expertise they may be able to offer. The intent is that professionals could be contacted on short notice to assist in a crisis situation.
 
For example, it could have been beneficial to know during the Fort McMurray wildfire which practitioners had expertise in surveying and mapping using drones.
 
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association website already contains publicly available information about where practitioners are located and the specialities they offer. However, the specialties are currently limited to the most common types of surveys undertaken by Alberta Land Surveyors.
 
We would now like to enlarge that list of services offered by practitioners so that the government (or anyone, for that matter) could have a list available to them at a moment’s notice
 
The ALSA has sent an email to those practitioners who are responsible for the supervision, direction and control of a survey office to get information about the additional services they offer (besides RPRs, lot grading, fenceline surveys, wellsite surveys, pipeline surveys, subdivision surveys) by Friday April 3rd.
 
We will try, where possible, to group these additional services or specialties into some categories
 
Thank you for your help.
 

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association office is closed at this time. All staff are working from home.
 

The wetland delineation seminar is cancelled.
 

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association will be automatically issuing refunds to anyone who had already registered for the annual general meeting, regional meetings and the wetland delineation seminar.

 

The ALSA will continue to process post orders.

 

Dues, fees and levies are still due by April 30th.

 

The ALSA Executive Committee had already approved a staff contingency plan in case a staff member was going to be away for an extended period of time.

 

Decisions on meetings scheduled after the AGM (ie: Council orientation, strategic planning, committee meetings, discipline hearing) will be made closer to the time.

 

The Annual General Meeting

The Council of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association has changed the date, time and venue of the 111th annual general meeting.

 

If you had already booked a hotel room at the River Cree Resort for the AGM, your reservation is automatically cancelled.

 

The AGM will now be an online meeting and held on Thursday April 16th at 9:00 a.m. The online AGM is scheduled for one hour. Click here to register for the AGM: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5016384768395822595. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Council has decided that the discussion and debate on the amendments to the Manual of Standard Practice and other activities that normally take place at the AGM will be conducted at a special general meeting at a later date.

 

Election of Council

The election of Council will be conducted via an online vote. All members will receive a username and password and a link to cast their ballot. In accordance with the bylaws, the election will open at 9:00 on Friday April 17th. The polls will close 24 hours later and announced to the membership immediately afterwards.

 

For Articling Pupils

PPLS #1 is postponed until October 2020. 

  • Both PPLS #1 and PPLS #2 will be scheduled the same week but on different days to allow pupils to attempt both.
  • All payments and registrations will automatically be transferred to the October 2020 sitting for the pupils who are currently registered for the PPLS #1 exam.

 

Oral exams are postponed until June 2020.

  • Two dates in June will be set in Edmonton and Calgary.  
  • Pupils that were scheduled in April will have first choice of June dates. After that, pupils that have already applied for their qualifying exam can sign up for a June sitting.
  • The Registration Committee will continue to monitor COVID-19 and may revisit this decision in May.

 

All articles will be extended by six months.

  • NO fee or application is required. 
  • Any principal who is opposed to extending their pupil’s articles must contact Rosalind Broderick (broderick@alsa.ab.ca) within 30 days from the date of this notice.
  • As every articling pupil is being accommodated for COVID-19, this will not considered an extenuating circumstance in the future.

 

Initial/transfer/unemployment interviews will continue to be done.

  • All interviews will be done by GotoMeeting. 
  • Michelle Woywitka will be setting up new times.

 

Temporary Land Titles Public Counter Closure

In order to reduce exposure risk resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and protection of our clients and colleagues, the Land Titles Offices in Calgary and Edmonton have closed in-person counter services. Land Titles business in all other respects, including SPIN2, continues to operate as usual.
 
LAND TITLES DOCUMENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE CHANGE
In order to reduce exposure risk resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and protection of our clients and colleagues, Land Titles and Surveys Branch has modified document drop off and pick up processes. These measures only impact physical delivery of packages. Normal services for examination, SPIN2 and phone support continue to operate as usual. 
 
Changes to delivering documents to Land Titles Offices Effective Immediately:

  • Documents submitted to Land Titles Offices are to be placed in the after-hours drop box.  Land Titles staff will retrieve documents regularly throughout the day and will handle all time dependent documents as per usual procedures.
Changes to document pick-up call boxes at Land Titles Office Effective Immediately:
  • There is no change in process for clients who currently have a call box. Access is available as usual during office hours (8:15am – 4:00pm). 
  • There are limited call boxes available in Edmonton and Calgary for those who wish to obtain one. Account holders who wish to obtain a call box must contact 780-422-4612.  Requests will be fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis.
  • In Edmonton, all requests where the return instruction selected is ‘pick-up’, packages will be mailed out to the address provided on the Document Registration Request (DRR)
  • In Calgary, all requests where the return instruction selected is ‘pick-up’, packages will be mailed out to the address provided on the Document Registration Request (DRR) and can still be picked up in a new self-serve location in the building. Signage will be posted to direct couriers or firms to the new location.
  • All documents currently in the pick-up location in Edmonton will be mailed out to the address provided.

Please be assured that we will do everything possible to maintain an acceptable level of service for our clients. Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions can be directed to Land Titles Offices at Calgary Phone: 403-297-6511 or Edmonton Phone: 780-427-2742 or by email at LTO@gov.ab.ca


City of Airdrie Accepting Digital Copies of RPRs

The City of Airdrie will be accepting  digital copies of RPRs.  As the City of Airdrie continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for ways to expedite service to our customers.  Digital RPS’s will be accepted through our main Planning & Development email: planning@airdrie.ca.  The digital RPR must be in high quality PDF and bear a color stamp signed by the Surveyor.
 
Upon receipt of application and accompanying documents, Planning & Development will contact the applicants to arrange payment as we currently do not have an online system for payment of this service line.  Following the processing of these applications, we will arrange pick up or mailing of the package depending on your preference. 
 
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
 
Geoff Rice
Planning and Development Technician
City of Airdrie
PH: (403) 948.8800 ext 8465
FAX: (403) 948.6567
www.airdrie.ca
 

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.