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Special Resolution to Amend Bylaws of Canadian Avalanche Association

Click here to read the Special Resolution to Amend Bylaws of Canadian Avalanche Association to be voted on at the AGM in Penticton on Tuesday May 6, 2014.

Members are reminded that the proposed bylaw changes described in the Special Resolution have been designed to work in conjunction with the proposed revised Code of Ethics.

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Preliminary AGM Schedule

The schedule for the AGM week of meetings is tentative and may change. Check often for updates. Please note the change in venue for some of the meetings for the May 5-8th week in Penticton. For information and to reserve your place for CPD - InfoEx: The Good, The Bad and The Future click the view details link below.

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Membership Renewal

To pay your 2014 membership dues online click on the link below. You will need your invoice which was mailed out on December 13th.

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Industry News

Important update from WSBC regarding Avalanche Mitigation Services’s Falcon GT Avalaunchers and CIL Explosives

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SAFETY BULLETIN - Suspension of Falcon GT Avalauncher and CIL Classic Rounds

Following an incident in Colorado where two workers were injured, CIL Explosives has asked operators to suspend use of snowlauncher products in any and all snow launchers until the investigation is concluded and recommendations are made. Click here to read a note from Everett Clausen.

The CAA encourages all members to follow the recommendation of CIL Explosives, irrespective of jurisdiction.

We will provide more information as we receive it from the parties involved.

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Important changes to the CAA’s Avalanche Search & Rescue Response curriculum

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Avalanche Deaths 1996 - 2014

This report from the BC Coroners Service summarizes avalanche deaths in B.C. reported between January 1, 1996 and March 17, 2014.

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Explosives Near Miss Report

The following account details a close call at Revelstoke Mountain Resort involving the use of double-fused hand charges. RMR, the CAA and WorkSafeBC have worked together to ensure this incident is communicated effectively to the avalanche community so others may avoid repeating the errors described here in other circumstances.

- Scott Aitken, Explosives Committee Chair, Canadian Avalanche Association

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GDCF's McKnight Ski Industry Award

Mike McKnight served on the CAA board and this award was created in 2009 to honour his memory as one of Golden's community builders. John Cattie is the most recent recipient of this award and is enrolled in the CAA Operations Level 1 course.

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Rescue Resource Directory

2013-14 Version available to download

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WSBC Update – Revising OHS Regulation 4.1.1

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WSBC New guideline for enforcing workplace helmet use for skiing

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Avalanche Search Apps

The CAC is strongly recommending against the use of three new smart phone apps that profess to act as an avalanche transceiver as their performance is in no way adequate for the demands of a real avalanche rescue. These European-made apps are being marketed largely to off-piste riders and the CAC is very concerned about uninformed users thinking these apps are an alternative to a transceiver. Follow the link below for the discussion paper.

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BCA Safety Alert – Float Trigger Voluntary Recall

BCA are conducting a trigger upgrade on all Float packs sold into the marketplace during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. See the link below, Safety Alert and Important Recall Notice for details.

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Pieps Vector Recall

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X World Congress on High Altitude Medicine and Physiology & Mountain Emergency Medicine

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Precautionary Recall of Older Snowpulse Cartridges

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Transport Canada Notice for Avalanche Blasting

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HCC - Acceptance of CSGA Certification

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Comparison of avalanche survival patterns in Canada and Switzerland

Pascal Haegeli, Markus Falk, Hermann Brugger, Hans-Jürg Etter and Jeff Boyd

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Field observations vs snowpack tests: Which is best when?

by Bruce Jamieson

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