I hope that you are all staying healthy … and sane.
Our physical office has been closed and my home office transformed, allowing business to continue as usual at SLSA for the most part. The exception has been professional exams. The April exams originally scheduled for next week have been postponed until travel and gathering restrictions are lifted. Four SLSITs are impacted by this delay. On behalf of Council and the Board of Examiners, I’d like to thank those SLSITs for their understanding.
The Government of Saskatchewan’s Business Response Team provided confirmation that land surveying and professional surveying qualify as allowable business services and are currently permitted to operate during the COVID-19 response. All relevant public health guidelines must be followed, including ensuring appropriate social distancing of a minimum of two meters between people.
Both A & C Blacksmith and IWL Steel Fabricators remain open and accepting orders.
Our committees have been very active throughout the pandemic, many of them working to complete tasks before the AGM, in whatever form it takes.
You should have received a survey link on March 27 from the Practice Review Standards committee. Please take the time to share your thoughts.
A few updates:
- The 2019 audit was undertaken beginning in January, with audited financial statements approved by Council and sent to members prior to the Feb. 14 deadline specified in our bylaws
- Council learned in January that the Geomatics and Survey Engineering Program at Sask Polytechnic Moose Jaw was suspended. After following up with key contacts, we learned that all programs are now reviewed against a vitality index which factors in a number of indicators. Because the program did not have enough uptake to make it viable, intake has been suspended for the 2020-2021 year. Current students are able to complete the program. If there is enough interest, they will reinstate the program. We have expressed our desire to assist in making the program viable again. The Bylaw committee will be recommending a revision to how our scholarships are awarded given the suspension
- After discussion with Minister Don Morgan about an ongoing unauthorized practice complaint, we have engaged a lawyer to advise Council on a suit for injunction
- Council has been working with the Bylaw committee to present a bylaw revision at the 2020 AGM
- With assistance from the Practice Committee, Council has been making inquiries about the selection of which Epoch and Orthometric heights are the datum used by the Province. When the Geodesist at ISC retired, Ministry of Environment took responsibility for geodesy in province
- Several form ‘R’ were received in December and January. Our 2020 membership includes 85 SLS (83 of whom are also P. Surv), 1 P. Surv., 20 SLS (Ret.), 9 SLSIT, and 1 Student
- We have received a few restitution repayments for the funds that were misappropriated in 2017-2018
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-352-8999