1972 - Errors &
President Ross Tate
reported to the membership at the 1972 Annual General Meeting that the long
hoped for university course in higher survey education has been dropped as a
result of all budgets at the University of Alberta being severely cut.
Tate said that the Association would regroup its forces and set a new plan of
In 1972, the Alberta Society of Survey Technicians and Technologists held their
first meeting and a committee was established to study the feasibility of
setting up a national council of survey associations. This national council
became the Canadian Council of Land Surveyors in
President Tate reported that, in his visit to the BCLS Annual General Meeting, a
commerce student had undertaken a socio-economic study of the surveying
profession in British Columbia. The student intimated that he would be reluctant
to take the responsibilities of a land surveyor unless the monetary rewards were
in excess of $20,000 per year. With that in mind, the ALSA membership debated
amendments to the recommended Tariff of Fees.
Information was presented
to Council on the progress made thus far with regard to errors and omissions
insurance for survey firms and later Council gave approval to circulate a letter
and questionnaire on coverage to the membership but the number of responses was
quite poor. However, by the end of the year, 30 plus firms had indicated that
they would be interested in the E&O insurance program that would be initiated by
a Calgary-based firm. It was then suggested that the other western provinces may
be interested in obtaining insurance coverage through the same group plan.
At the same time, Council reviewed draft regulations to govern all surveys in
unsurveyed territory, as well as Ontario's proposal for an expanded profession,
the Code of Ethics and the Association's by-laws.
There was considerable concern that consideration should be given to define
branch and field offices and whether they should be manned by qualified
personnel, with the possibility of having new by-laws introduced. It was also
mentioned that some consideration be given to bringing limited companies under
the scope of the Association. This situation must have prompted Council to adopt
policy statements that survey firms listing their name in the telephone
directory yellow pages under the ALS block be required to show the names of the
Alberta Land Surveyor resident at those locations.
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