February 6, 2019
Le 6 février 2019

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Nouvelles de PSC-GPC News
P.Surv - Signing of the Co-Existence Agreement
Professional Surveyors Canada (PSC) would like to take the opportunity to announce the signing of the P.Surv. Co-existence Agreement with the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors' Association (SLSA). Professional Surveyors Canada applauds the members and council of the SLSA for all the hard work that was done getting the Co-existence Agreement completed. Read more

Signature de l’accord de coexistence de la marque P.Surv
Les Géomètres professionnels du Canada (GPC) profitent de cette occasion pour vous annoncer la signature de l’accord de coexistence de la marque P.Surv. avec la Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association (SLSA). Les Géomètres professionnels du Canada applaudissent les membres et le conseil de la SLSA pour tout le travail acharné qu’ils ont fait pour achever l’accord de coexistence. Lire plus
Report to Membership - January 2019
2018 was a very busy and productive year. We have made significant progress on several fronts, for our members and the public. Our activities are important first steps toward broadening the public’s understanding of the professional surveyor’s role as an agent and advisor, and furthering our professional responsibility to advocate in the public’s interest on issues and policies of national scope. 

Public Awareness Campaign 
We ran a fall advertising campaign on digital media platforms and targeted the population most likely to purchase a home or undertake renovation projects. The campaign exceeded the goal that was initially set and reached over 400,000 users and attracted 23,643 website sessions. The goal is of course to attract the public to our website to learn more about surveying and how professional surveyors can help them. Our plan is to run the ad campaign again this coming spring during the busy home buying season.
National Surveyors Conference 2019
The National Surveyors Conference is being held in Halifax from May 1st to 3rd, 2019 and we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with ACLS for this event. Our focus during the conference will the facilitation of a full day summit on the status and future of cadastral systems in Canada, titled Managing the Cadastre 2019.  Read more

Rapport aux membres - Janvier 2019
L’année 2018 a été très chargée et productive. Nous avons fait des progrès importants sur plusieurs fronts, pour nos membres et pour le public. Nos activités constituent une première étape importante pour faire mieux comprendre au public le rôle du géomètre professionnel en tant que mandataire et conseiller, et pour renforcer notre responsabilité professionnelle de défense des intérêts du public sur des questions et des politiques d’envergure nationale. 

Campagnes de sensibilisation du public 
Nous avons mené une campagne de publicité à l’automne sur les plateformes numériques et ciblé la population la plus susceptible d’acheter une maison ou d’entreprendre des projets de rénovation. La campagne a dépassé l’objectif initialement fixé et a atteint plus de 400 000 utilisateurs et a suscité 23 643 visites de notre site Web. L’objectif est, bien sûr, d’attirer le public sur notre site Web pour en apprendre davantage sur notre travail et la façon dont les géomètres professionnels peuvent l’aider. Nous prévoyons mener la campagne de publicité de nouveau au printemps prochain pendant la haute saison de l’achat de maisons.
Conférence nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres de 2019
La Conférence nationale des arpenteurs-géomètres se tiendra à Halifax du 1er au 3 mai 2019, et nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que nous avons établi un partenariat avec l’AATC pour cet événement. Au cours de la conférence, nous mettrons l’accent sur la facilitation d’un sommet d’une journée sur l’état et l’avenir des systèmes cadastraux au Canada intitulé Gestion du cadastre 2019. Lire plus
Association News / Nouvelles des associations
Modernization Considerations for the Canadian Spatial Reference System
Alberta Land Surveyors' Association
The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association is hosting a webinar on "Modernization Considerations for the Canadian Spatial Reference System", and everyone is invited to attend!

Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm (please connect at 11:45 am as the webinar will start at noon) - Mountain Standard Time, 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST
Cost: No Charge

Please click here for the webinar synopsis, information on the presenter and the link to register.

To register, click here .
In the Media / Dans les médias
The man who marks the edge of Canada
Joe Harrietha has faced off against wildfires, mosquitoes and melting permafrost as he and his team maintain thousands of Canada-U.S. boundary markers
As Ottawa politicians squabble about asylum backlogs at the border and expend whole Hansard volumes on the difference between an irregular crossing and an illegal one, a scrappy band of bi-national border builders has been preoccupied lately with a far more existential issue: Alaska and Yukon are sinking slowly into the Arctic Ocean.
The 141st meridian draws a stark line dividing two vast northern territories—a clear-cut “vista,” 10 feet on either side of the border, slashed as far as the eye can see, same as most of the expanse of forest that separates Americans and Canadians. Where that line meets the Beaufort Sea lies the ?rst of thousands of obelisk monuments, bronze landmarks almost no one ever sees.  Read more
Homeowners told their backyards are owned by canal company
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (KUTV) — Marcell Bobo has owned her home, and the land around it, for nearly 20 years — or so she thought. The company which owns the canal behind her home says, actually, much of her backyard belongs to them.
“When I got home one day, I had someone marking ‘right of way’ all the way through my driveway,” she said.
Next door, Sheryl Flanary says the canal company is seizing several hundred square feet that she purchased.  Read more
Land surveyors were boots on the ground and eyes in the sky during Kilauea eruption
Hawaii News Now
Last May, as lava erupted from Kilauea, land surveyors from Stantec put personnel on the ground to stay ahead of the lava flowing from Fissure no. 8.
We were trying to figure out where it might eventually go,” said Victor Rasgado, Stantec’s senior land surveyor.
Protected by gas detectors and gas masks, he and his team did the grunt work, marking spots and establishing what surveyors call control points. Read and view more
New map of Beringia 'opens your imagination' to what landscape looked like 18,000 years ago
CBC News
Thousands of years ago, a stretch of land connected the continents of Asia and North America, in the place the Bering Strait now occupies.
The Bering land bridge was exposed at various times over an almost three million year period, when wide scale glaciation lowered sea levels by as much as 150 metres. The land bridge was part of "Beringia," which refers to the stretch of land between present day Siberia and Yukon Territory. It's been home to woolly mammoths, steppe bison and humans.
Now, researchers have a better idea of what this region looked like and how our ancient relatives used the landscape.  Read more
Meet your neighbor: Charles Novak shares survey experience in new book
Editor’s Note: Charles Novak, of Scottsdale, is the author of “Home is Everywhere: The Unbelievably True Story of One Man’s Journey to Map America.” The book is set for a Feb. 26 release.
Scottsdale Independent
Occupation: Retired in 1985 from the U.S Coast and Geodetic Survey (NOAA). I was a Chief of the Network Maintenance Branch. This position was responsible for the maintenance of the national network of geodetic control markers. Basically, markers were placed throughout the United States for the use of map making. When I started out in 1947, my job was to survey land and establish these geodetic markers in unmapped areas of over 20 states.
Why you chose to work in your field: Read more
Canadians flying larger drones must pass exam, get pilot’s certificate: new rules
Global News
Canadians flying drones of a certain size will have to pass an online exam and get a pilot’s certificate under new rules announced Wednesday by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The new regulations, which come into effect June 1, apply to all drone operators, whether they fly for fun, work or research.  Read and view more
As It Was: Early Surveyor Butler Ives Dies in Fall from Train
Jefferson Public Radio
In 1871, authorities found the body of a man floating in shallow water near a railroad bridge in Vallejo, Calif. He was dressed like a gentleman, with a diamond ring on his finger and money in his pockets. He was later identified as Butler Ives, a surveyor of the Oregon Territory during its rough-and-tumble, early days.
Ives began surveying with his older brother, William. After passage of the Donation Land Claim Act of 1850, they worked on federal contracts surveying the Oregon Territory. Ives later surveyed Southwest Oregon, including the Table Rocks, and other landmarks of the Rogue Valley. Read more
FEMA studying flood zone areas across Virginia
Surveyors will work seven days a week in Lynchburg, other areas
WSLS 10 News
Lynchburg city officials said the disaster relief organization have people out along the James River for the next few months and studying flood zones.
Lynchburg’s current flood zone map goes back to the 1970s and is outdated.  Read more
International News / Informations internationales
On The Border Line
Amandala "Belize's Leading Newspaper"
Young Jim Waight was full of excitement and anticipation. The year was 1933. Work was about to commence on the actual opening of the border line between British Honduras (now Belize) and Guatemala. The young surveyor was a member of the team charged with this job. He saw this as an opportunity to further prove himself. Waight was the first British Honduran (Belizean) to be admitted to the Surveyor Apprenticeship Programme. Up to that point he had received all his training in-country. Theory was taught at St. John’s College, then located at Loyola Park in the Yarborough area of Belize City. Practical training was done by attachments to qualified surveyors in the field. Read more
Surveying the Baltic Sea for Nord Stream 2
Offshore Technology
Offshore surveyors iSurvey recently completed a 40km seabed study in the German Baltic Sea as part of the international Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Heidi Vella spoke to the company’s business development manager, Grant Aitchison, to discuss the logistics of the job, as well as the new challenges and opportunities it presented. 
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is an ambitious project to transport natural gas from the world’s largest reserves in Russia to the European Union (EU) internal market.  Read more

Tech News / Nouvelles techno
Fraude: gare aux pirates de cartes SIM
Après avoir fait des ravages très médiatisés l'été passé aux États-Unis, la fraude par carte SIM a officiellement débarqué au Québec. Une première poursuite a été déposée le 31 janvier dernier contre Fido par une agence montréalaise de « marketing numérique » qui a vu ses comptes de réseaux sociaux piratés. Lire plus
Cryptomonnaies: Quadriga obtient un délai pour trouver 250 millions perdus
Le Devoir
Un juge de la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse a accordé mardi trente jours à Quadriga pour retrouver les quelque 250 millions de dollars en cryptomonnaies et en espèces qui sont inaccessibles depuis l’annonce de la mort de son fondateur. Ce délai permet au plus important site canadien d’échange de cryptomonnaies de se mettre pour l’instant à l’abri d’actions en justice, mais il ne calme pas la grogne des utilisateurs floués qui cherchent toujours des réponses.
Quadriga est sous les projecteurs depuis le 14 janvier, lorsqu’elle a annoncé le décès de son fondateur Gerald Cotten. Selon le site d’échange de cryptomonnaies, M. Cotten est mort en décembre lors d’un voyage en Inde. Le hic, c’est qu’il était le seul à posséder les codes d’accès des portefeuilles de cryptomonnaies se trouvant sur son ordinateur portable, indiquent les documents judiciaires déposés par l’entreprise. Read more

'It's a mess': Quadriga CEO's death a wake-up call for cryptocurrency industry, says tech writer
CBC News
The death of a Canadian cryptocurrency company's CEO — which has left investors wondering if they've lost an estimated $250 million — has all the aspects of a fictional movie, according to a technology writer.
"He died overseas, [and] he was the only individual who had the passwords to actually access the cold wallet, which is where this large sum of money is," said Takara Small, host of the Globe and Mail tech podcast I'll Go First. Read more

'It's a mess': Quadriga CEO's death a wake-up call for cryptocurrency industry, says tech writer
CBC News - The Current

Analyse | Le risque réel des cryptomonnaies
En soi, sur papier, les cryptomonnaies ont leurs forces et leurs faiblesses. Dans la réalité et dans les faits, elles demeurent risquées. Et l'affaire Quadriga, quoi qu'en disent les acteurs de l'industrie, en est une nouvelle preuve et nous rappelle combien il faut être prudent avec ce type d'investissements, spéculatifs et mal encadrés.
L’enjeu ici n’est pas de faire ou refaire le procès des cryptomonnaies, du Bitcoin et de la technologie Blockchain. Simplement, si cet instrument financier et les technologies qui y sont associées sont si formidables aux yeux de certains, il n’en demeure pas moins que les cryptomonnaies sont encore à classer dans la catégorie danger. Read more
Upcoming Events / Prochaines activités
AGM and Winter Workshop
Manitoba GIS User Group MGUG
February 19, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
No cost for the workshop or AGM
Park Theatre
Winnipeg, MB

Register here
Historical Tour to France for Surveyors
AOLS In Sight January 4, 2018
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

Adventure, travel and history opportunity!

Doug Culbert, OLS and Vicky Culbert from the Archival and Historical Committee of the AOLS are planning to walk through history in Normandy this fall. A tour has been planned with Elison Tours and you are invited to join on this two-week adventure!

Please find below the links to the information about this trip. It is open to people working in the Land Surveying business and their families. The travel insurance is not mandatory, but highly recommended - not necessarily from Carlson, many plans are available.

If you have any questions regarding this tour or to make arrangements, please contact Ellison Tours directly:

Rick Wendler
(519) 235-2000 x.278

If you have any further questions after talking to Ellison Tours, Vicky Culbert is there to answer them - please contact her at vickymarieculbert@yahoo.ca

LandPRO 2019
March 5, 2019
Paramount Centre, Vaughan, ON
In-Person Attendance or Live Webcast

BeSpatial '19 Conference
BeSpatial/Urisa Ontario
May 1-2, 2019
The Bayview Golf and Country Club
25 Fairway Heights Drive, Thornhill, ON

Geolgnite Conference 2019
Geolgnite Conference 2019
June 18-19, 2019
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
Ottawa, ON

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