Howdy Dereck, what part of this yahoo province are you in?
If you are interested in seeing a huge Judo tournament there will be one this Sat. April 8 at the West Edmonton Mall. Juniors will likely fight in the moring and IJF and Seniors start a bit later. Great public forum for a tournament to get people interested. I have to work so I won't be able to go but many good judoka will be there. It should be fun to watch, especially the team tournament at the end.
Also about this groundwork thing, I have also found lately that working on constantly changing techniques while practising or during ne-waza randori is helping a lot. If you just try to force one or two moves all the time you quickly lock into a stalemate with your opponent, or he/she just starts countering you and then beating you. If you always keep changing, going for what seems most obvious to you until you finally get something locked in really good then it does a few things, it keeps you constantly thinking about your moves, keeps you moving at at steady pace (instead of locking up really hard on one technique) and it keeps your opponent working too, less time for them to think. I am just throwing this out as a training method right now, but I have had some success with it in competition too except that in shia you are fighting so much harder it is often dangerous to work through techniques you are not so good at.