1995 - Unauthorized Practice and Federal Competition
President Lyall Pratt reported on the current status of the five-year strategic planning
process. However, new issues were coming to the forefront that would go to the
core of the Association and the practice of land surveying - most notably the Hunka
case, in which a non-land surveyor was convicted of unauthorized practice of
land surveying. While the ALSA Council was dealing with this case, several Edmonton area land surveyors were subject to a federal
competition bureau investigation for fixing prices for Real Property Reports. In
the end, those charges were stayed although several hearings were held. Then, by 1995,
American-style title insurance had come to Alberta and an Association task group
was charged with the responsibility of investigating the implications of title
insurance on the use of Real Property Reports in real estate transactions.
A discussion on mandatory professional development was presented to the 1995
Annual General Meeting which addressed such issues as where are we now, what is
the province of Alberta’s position, mandatory or voluntary alternatives to
mandatory professional development and member feedback. Under new business, the
membership approved a motion to pursue a mandatory continuing education program.
President Lyall Pratt also expressed concern about the decline in membership
numbers and the need to investigate additional revenue sources if the
Association is truly moving towards a coordinate based cadastre.
1994, Alberta Environmental Protection sponsored a database
maintenance workshop. The Association investigated the role of the land surveyor
and the Association in cadastral database maintenance and recommended that the
Association should play a role. However, when the Association looked at the
cost, it was decided not to pursue the matter any further.
- Back - 1994 -
The Establishment of Systematic Practice Review
- Forward - 1996 -