1998 - No to Mandatory Continuing Education
Mr. Longson reported
that Brian Munday was hired as the Associationís new Executive Director while
Lyall Pratt accepted the position of Director of Practice Review. Furthermore,
former Cabinet Minister Ernie Isley was appointed the pubic member on Council.
- With the membership directing Council to initiate
a process leading to a mandatory continuing education program in
1996, the Association had formed a
development sub-committee. Now that a specific
motion was on the floor at the 1998 Annual General Meeting, the membership reviewed the mandatory continuing
education proposal much more carefully and there was much more discussion at
this Annual Meeting than had taken place on the subject in any recent previous
annual meetings. The greatest concern of the members seem to be being able to
correlate acquiring points for certain activities with becoming better Alberta
Land Surveyors. A number of members expressed concern that not having the
requisite number of points would result in the loss of their commission. As a
result, the membership defeated this motion.
- At the same annual general meeting, the membership was told that the Provincial
Government started an initiative in 1993 to review existing legislation with the
goal of creating a simpler, more streamlined and efficient regulatory process.
This meant that the regulations under the Surveys Act had to be reviewed by
December 31, 1998. As a result, the membership approved asking the government to
rescind the regulations and to agree to place them in the Manual of Standard
Practice. Once this motion was passed at the Annual Meeting, the membership then
set about to amend the wording as to what had been in the regulation in order to
bring it up to date.
- Mr. Longson
announced that the first round of Systematic Practice Review had been completed. While the
Practice Review Board expressed
concern at the statistics revealed in the phase one evaluation report, they as a whole felt that the report was positive.
Most issues raised in a practitioner's individual review were dealt with by
practitioner in a positive and professional manner.
Mr. Longson also reported that Council formed the Historical and Biographical
Committee and that retired Alberta Land Surveyor,
Doug Barnett, had agreed to
chair the Committee. Mr. Barnett chaired two meetings of the Committee before
health concerns prompted him to step down and
Bob Baker took over.
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