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CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into transport truck in B.C.
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Activist who filmed video says pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down comfortably

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will conduct inspections to gather more information about the shipment of pigs shown in a video posted online by an animal-rights group in Kamloops, B.C.

The video published by Kamloops Animal Rights Movement and Advocacy shows pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on what the group says was a "sweltering" hot day last week.

Kira Blaise shot the video and says the pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down comfortably, and were forced to push into and climb on top of one another.

She adds that one pig's face was being stepped on by another and it was breathing shallowly.

Anna Pippus of the animal advocacy group Animal Justice says federal law prohibits crowding animals in transport, and guidelines indicate that animals must be given more space on hot days.

But she says the law doesn't make clear what constitutes crowding, and pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without a break for rest, food or water.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Missing man's truck found badly burned near Stead, Man.
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Was only a short distance from his home; disappearance is suspicious, say RCMP

A month after he disappeared, police have found a Manitoba man's truck — badly burned — a short distance from his home. 

Vernon Karl Otto, 66, was seen driving his truck on May 29. Later that day,  he was spotted out working in a field by his home near Stead, Man. 

He hasn't been seen since. RCMP say his disappearance is suspicious, and are renewing calls for the public to come forward with any information about his whereabouts.

 

Otto is described as 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds. He has blue eyes and grey hair that is balding. Police say he was last seen wearing black jeans, a gold watch and black casual shoes.

He drove a 2005 White Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab with grey decals on the box.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP in Selkirk at (204) 482-1222, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Stead is located about 78 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

 

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Canadian Trucking Alliance Unveils 10-Point Plan to Improve Compliance, Safety
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Traffic crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Canada.


In an effort to help trucking groups and government agencies work together on improving safety, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has created a 10-point action plan.

The action plan, released July 10, presents ways in which CTA and provincial trucking associations aim to work with Transport Canada and local government agencies on strengthening compliance with issues such as hours of service and distracted driving.

Headquartered in Toronto, CTA represents 4,500 carriers and maintains provincial outposts in Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal and Moncton, New Brunswick.

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“Our board took the position that there were multiple opportunities to improve truck safety strategically,” CTA President Stephen Laskowski told Transport Topics. “The fact of the matter is there are opportunities to raise the bar with truck safety, in particular if we emphasize those small percentages of carriers and drivers that don’t embrace the culture of safety or compliance.”

First among CTA’s points is the intention to introduce regulations mandating that all carriers install electronic logging devices by the end of 2019. Canada published the first draft of its ELD rule in December, about the same time that the United States’ ELD mandate was taking effect. The proposed rule still is in the review process.

Canada’s proposed ELD rule applies only to federally regulated carriers, which are defined as those that operate across provincial boundaries and into the United States. Provincial governments will have to adopt their own laws for the mandate to apply to carriers that operate only within individual provinces.

“From an industry perspective, we would like to see that rule enforced by the end of 2019 or early 2020,” Laskowski said.

The plan also includes goals to work with government agencies and vehicle manufacturers to explore the feasibility of certain technologies, such as forward-facing cameras, in-cab devices that monitor distracted driving behavior and advanced driver assist systems. Additionally, the plan mentions assisting provincial law enforcement officers with on-road safety pre-screening technology to identify errant vehicle operators and training such officers to recognize human factors that contribute to wrecks.

According to the plan, other goals include working with government agencies to develop a better system to identify trucking companies and drivers who pose safety risks as well as creating a “best practices” guide to help those who purchase transportation systems identify unsafe operators.

CTA’s plan also aims to encourage provinces to introduce mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for truck drivers. The alliance plans to work with government agencies and industry representatives to develop a distracted driving awareness module to be incorporated into training programs for commercial vehicle drivers.

The unveiling of CTA’s plan coincides with Alberta government officials announcing an initiative that will explore establishing a MELT program for commercial drivers.

“Safety on Alberta roads is a top priority and a commitment of our government,” Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said in a statement. “We have laid the groundwork for changes that will enhance safety and improve services for Albertans. Now we need to hear from Albertans and stakeholders about the best approach.”

Laskowski acknowledged that the April collision between a semi-trailer and the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, which killed 16 and injured 13, was a catalyst for developing this action plan.

A court date for the truck operator involved in the crash is scheduled for late August. The carrier for which the driver worked was suspended shortly after the incident, and Laskowski said the Alberta government’s forthcoming audit of the carrier will be “of great interest to the trucking industry.”

“The actions in our action plan are in some ways a reflection on what may have happened and what we know needs to happen,” Laskowski said. “Just like in the United States, the vast majority of owners and truck drivers are professionals and they know what needs to be done. Unfortunately, there is a small segment of our industries that requires attention.”

Source of article click here : Transport Topics

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Brake blitz grounds 12.4% in Canada
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GREEBELT, Md. – A surprise Brake Safety Day inspection blitz in Canada and the U.S. put 1,595 trucks out of service for brake violations on April 25, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports.

There were 11,531 inspections conducted overall, 1,457 of which were in Canada. While 12.4% of inspected trucks were grounded in Canada, 14% were placed out of service in the U.S.

The blitz included 41 states along with 11 Canadian provinces and territories.

Several jurisdictions also focused on antilock braking systems (ABS). Of the 8,128 air-braked trucks and tractors that needed ABS, 10.2% recorded violations.

Trailers didn’t fare quite as well. Of the 5,331 that were inspected, 14.3% had ABS-related violations.

Of the 1,299 inspected hydraulic-braked trucks that required ABS, 3.5% recorded ABS violations.

“Inspecting, identifying and removing commercial motor vehicles with brake violations from our roadways is critical to the safety of the traveling public,” said CVSA president Capt. Christopher Turner with the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Brake systems that are improperly installed, neglected or poorly maintained reduce braking efficiency and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, posing a serious transportation safety risk.”

Researchers found that 45.5% of trucks involved in brake-critical crashes had brake violations, compared to 29.9% of the trucks in crashes of the same type where braking was not a relevant factor, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports in its Large Truck Crash Causation Study.

Brake Safety Week blitzes are scheduled for Sept. 16-22.

Source of article click here :  Truck News

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Alberta company acquires Three Star Trucking
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SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – Vertex Resources Group has acquired Three Star Trucking, an environmental services company that provides fluid hauling, pressure truck, hot oilers, and combo vac services in Western Canada.

The purchase adds more than 270 pieces of equipment to Vertex’s fleet, including high-pressure fluid hauling trailers, which enable the company to offer propane, butane, and NGL fluid hauling services.

“Through acquiring Three Star, we are adding an experienced management team and operators to Vertex in addition to strengthening our service lines in Saskatchewan and the United States,” said Terry Stephenson, CEO and president of Vertex. “Three Star’s proven customer base, experienced management team, and safety program allows us to confidently expand this service line. With the completion of this acquisition, Vertex will be the leading provider of fluid hauling services in Western Canada and will have the capacity and experience to continue serving these clients while growing Three Star’s United States operations.”

Three Star was established in 1962 and is licensed to haul condensate, NGL, butane, and propane between Canada and the U.S., with a federal transportation licence in five states.

Headquartered in Sherwood Park, Alta., Vertex, which completed the acquisition for $8.9 million, launched in 1976 and is a provider of environmental services, employing approximately 750 people.

Source of article click here : Truck News
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Tractor trip for Ontario couple promoting Canadian dairy ends in tragedy
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A woman has been killed and her husband injured in Saskatchewan after the tractor they were driving collided with a semi-truck.

The Ontario couple had been travelling across Canada in the tractor to promote the country’s dairy industry.

On Monday morning, Bettina and Henk Schuurmans, both 55 years old, were driving on Highway 16, just north of Saskatoon, when the crash occurred.

Bettina died in the collision and Henk was transported to hospital with critical injuries. He has since been stabilized, according to a spokesperson from Medavie Health Services.

SaskMilk said the couple’s family and friends have been notified. The organization said the couple, from Elmira, Ont., was travelling across the country in the John Deere tractor to raise awareness about the dairy industry.

“SaskMilk and Saskatchewan dairy farmers were devastated to hear about the accident,” Joy Smith, from SaskMilk said in a statement. “Henk and Bettina are not just fellow farmers, but friends, and the loss of Bettina and the injuries to Henk are very painful.”

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash.

Source of article click here : CTV News

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Big Freight Systems to Merge With Kelsey Trail Trucking
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Big Freight Systems
Big Freight Systems

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Big Freight Systems, a division of Daseke Inc., on July 5 announced it is merging with Kelsey Trail Trucking, which has locations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Innisfil, Ontario.

Kelsey Trail will become a division of Big Freight and keep operations intact. The operations combined have nearly 750 tractors and trailers.

“While we will operate somewhat autonomously, we will share many resources — there is a lot of synergy between the two companies,” Big Freight President Gary Coleman said. “Big Freight hauls single flatbed trailers throughout the United States and Canada, while Kelsey Trail is the largest dedicated B-train operator in Canada, with coast-to-coast truckload and LTL service.

“Kelsey Trail also has a regional B-train operation in Ontario and Quebec. We’ve never competed for freight, but now we’ll be able to work together in some creative ways. That’s exciting for both companies, and it will be a benefit for our customers. It will give us a competitive edge and more freight opportunities.”

Kelsey Trail Trucking President Jim Clunie said, “We’re in our 38th year, while Big Freight is celebrating its 70th year. Our values, passion for the industry and our penchant for customer service is very much alike. I’ve had others knock on our doors but have never been inclined to sell or merge. We’ve been very successful.

“But, the opportunity with Big Freight was different, and what our two companies can do together is very exciting. What’s more, Big Freight is a part of Daseke, which represents the largest asset-based flatbed operation in North America. This combination led us to the merger.”

Big Freight also will have access to Kelsey Trail’s new 42,000-square-foot facility north of Toronto.

Source of article click here: Transport Topics

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Truck driver charged in deadly hockey bus crash released on $1,000 bail
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A Canadian truck driver charged in connection to a horrific bus crash that left 16 people dead was allowed to walk free Tuesday — on $1,000 bail.

“I’d prefer he be kept in jail, but we don’t have a choice in that,” said Russell Herold, whose son Adam died in the crash. “The process is what it is.”

Speaking to CBC News on Tuesday after the bail hearing, Herold was joined by other grief-stricken parents and family members who also lost loved ones in the April 6 bus accident in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Many of the deceased were members of the local Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, whose players range in age from 16 to 21.

In spite of this, a judge released Jaskirat Singh Sidhu — the 29-year-old truck driver — on bail thanks to an agreement between his defense lawyers and prosecutors. The young man is accused of causing the fatal bus crash by failing to stop at a flashing stop sign.

“This prevents unnecessary delays in court proceedings,” explained defense attorney and legal expert Brian Pfefferle.

While defendants are typically granted bail in Canada, a judge can deny their release depending on the circumstances surrounding their case.

“At least they put some conditions on it,” Herold said, in reference to Sidhu’s release. “The bail seems low, but I guess if you go by the law — he doesn’t have a prior record and hasn’t tried to flee so I guess this is common.”

Sidhu may be a free man at the moment, but he must abide by a number of rules while his case is being heard. His bail conditions require that he stay at his home in Calgary and follow a curfew. He must also surrender his passport — and his banned from driving.

The victims’ families believe Sidhu was not properly trained to drive, and they’re now suing both him and the trucking company he worked for. He is due back in court on Aug. 21.

Source of article click here : New York Post

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PIC awarded for use of smart transponders to expand bypass opportunities
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EDMONTON, Alta. – Partners in Compliance (PIC) has been awarded for its use of smart transponders to expand weigh station bypass opportunities for the Alberta trucking industry.

PIC, an Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) initiative, received the award from the Intelligence Transportation Systems Society (ITS) of Canada with its top award for projects on three levels – larger metropolitan, provincial, and federal levels.

“This award honors the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch (CVEB), Alberta Transportation, and the Alberta Motor Transport Association for their forethought in adopting a smart transponder-based system, which allows them to sustainably grow the Alberta PIC program bypass,” said Janneke van der Zee, general manager of ITS Canada. “It’s clear from the results that provincial officials made a good decision in choosing this technology for providing weigh station bypasses. It fulfills ITS Canada’s objective in achieving the highest and best possible use of the latest technology to improve efficiency of the Canadian highway transportation system and the safety of the motoring public.”

Drivewyze has been a big reason for the expansion of the bypass program in Alberta. As Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze, pointed out, the number of weigh stations with bypass have nearly tripled in the province from 23 to 56, with nearly 56,000 participating PIC member trucks taking advantage.

“Our technology can stand on its own or as an addition to the existing technology commercial vehicle enforcement agencies use in offering weigh station bypass,” Heath said. “By utilizing the cellular network and the GPS-based geo-fencing capabilities Drivewyze offers, the Alberta PIC program not only delivers more bypass opportunities at more locations for members, but also opens the door to other future freight mobility and safety initiatives.”

Drivewyze is also working toward providing PIC members access to driver safety notifications and electronic inspections in the near future, something PIC director Andrew Barnes is looking forward to.

“I think this award confirms and reinforces the belief we held 18 months ago that partnering with Drivewyze would provide our members a great opportunity to leverage the work they do in meeting the program requirements,” said Barnes. “With all of the additional technology truck fleets have had to install with recent changes in HOS compliance, it’s good to see how Drivewyze can help PIC members and their drivers further leverage that technology as they work to maintain Alberta’s highest roadway safety ranking.”

The bypass program also helps those on the enforcement side.

“The addition of Drivewyze will help our commercial vehicle inspection officers automate the processing of PIC members, so they can conduct inspections while still lowering the volume of trucks entering and exiting weigh stations,” said Jacquie Daumont, acting chief of the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch. “As a result, they’ll be better able to deal with ever-increasing truck traffic in the province.”


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Cyclist struck by tractor-trailer driver suffers life-threatening injuries
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The cyclist, a man in his 20s, was taken to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook Hospital


The truck driver remained at the scene of the collision.

A male cyclist was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries overnight Wednesday after being struck by the driver of a tractor-trailer, Peel paramedics say.

The cyclist, in his 20s, was southbound on Dixie Road near Derry Road in Mississauga when he was hit shortly before 3:20 a.m. 

Paramedics rushed the cyclist to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook Hospital with significant injuries. 

The truck driver remained at the scene and is co-operating with investigators, according to Peel police. The force's Major Collision Bureau has taken over the investigation. 

Dixie Road is closed to traffic between Director Gate and Mid-Way Boulevard.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Kitchener truck driver charged in drug smuggling case
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A Kitchener man was found guilty of importing a substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Drago Knezevic was crossing the border from the United States to Canada driving a transport truck in 2011.

During a secondary inspection at the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Windsor, Canadian border officers found two suitcases containing 39 bricks of cocaine

The estimated street value of the drug was $3.9 million.

Knezevic was shipping raspberries from California to Etobicoke.

He was found not guilty during his first trial, when he denied knowing about the drugs.

The Crown appealed, and on July 16, he was found guilty.

He has not yet been sentenced.

Source of article click here : CTV NEWS

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Pedestrian dead after being hit by truck in LaSalle
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The 50-year-old man was struck late Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Newman Blvd. and Terrasse Newman

The man died in hospital, hours after suffering very serious injuries to his upper and lower body.

A 50-year-old pedestrian has died of his injuries after being struck by a truck in LaSalle.

The collision happened late Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Newman Boulevard and Terrasse Newman.

According to police, the truck was travelling south on Terrasse Newman and was turning right at the intersection. The driver did not see the man crossing the street.

He was rushed to hospital in critical condition with injuries to his upper and lower body. He died a few hours later.

The 69-year-old truck driver was treated for shock.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Will in-cab cameras survive privacy challenges?
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Systems usually consist of one or two cameras, one facing forward the other toward the driver. Some systems can accommodate as many as nine camera at various locations around the truck.

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada has a lot of workplace privacy legislation on the books, some of which can be applied to driver-facing cameras. Some jurisdictions seem favorably disposed to the video monitoring of operators (drivers) in safety-sensitive positions, while others suggest cameras might be OK, as long as no other reasonable mechanism exists to achieve the same results.

Tobi Cohen, senior communications advisor for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, told Today’s Trucking that “video surveillance should only be deployed to address a real, pressing and substantial problem, and it should be viewed as an exceptional step, only to be taken in the absence of a less privacy-invasive alternative.”

For example, the Commissioner’s Office made submissions to Parliament regarding Bill C-49, which mandates voice and video recorders in trains and became law in May.

“In the context of C-49 we acknowledged the impact of audio/video recordings on employee privacy but based on the evidence put forward by the Transportation Safety Board, we generally accepted that their use for safety reasons was reasonable, provided appropriate controls are in place to prevent use for inconsistent purposes,” Cohen said.

Policy and guidelines coming from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) apply only to federally regulated business, including inter-provincial and international trucking.

According to Lyndsay Wasser, a partner the McMillan law firm, several provinces also have legislation in place regarding employee privacy that would apply to intra-provincial operators. In Ontario, for example, there is no legislation in the private sector that applies to employee personal information.

“That doesn’t mean there are no laws,” she says. “There are tort laws relating to privacy, such as ‘intrusion upon seclusion’, which is invading someone’s privacy in a manner that would seem highly offensive to a reasonable person.”

Typically, monitoring for safety reasons, to track stolen vehicles, or to improve client service efficiency is more likely to meet the test for being reasonable than monitoring for employee performance for management purposes, she says. Usually, but there are no guarantees.

The Quebec division of an international food service company recently lost a court challenge to its use of driver-facing cameras as a safety tool. The action followed a grievance filed by the Teamsters Union. In its decision the Quebec Superior Court ruled — we paraphrase here — that installing driver-facing cameras was a “preemptive” measure rather than a response to a specific risk, such as a pattern of repeated driver errors, which did not warrant such an invasive solution. Less-invasive measures were available, such as cameras that face forward only.

“We are on record as opposing driver-facing cameras as they infringe upon a driver’s right to a reasonable expectation of privacy in the vehicle,” says John McCann national freight director, Teamsters Canada. “We are satisfied with the Quebec Superior Court ruling that found there are less invasive ways of monitoring drivers and improving fleet safety.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Breaking down blockchain
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TORONTO, Ont. – If trucking wants to take advantage of blockchain, it needs to come together and work as one unified team.

That was the message from panelists at this year’s TransCore Link Logistics’ 20th annual conference at the Markland Wood Golf Club in Toronto.

Panelists, that included Dave Brajkovich, CTO of Polaris, Jacoline Loewen, director of business development at UBS Wealth Management, Mark Southey, executive v.p. of business development at Traffix, and Moe Sabry, director of IT at TransCore all agreed that the best way for trucking to be successful with blockchain technology is to work together.

The trucking industry is just dipping its toes into the water, so to speak when it comes to blockchain, because many don’t know much about it, or, don’t know how to get started.

Blockchain is, in simple terms, a digital ledger where transactions are made and recorded permanently. It is decentralized, in that information isn’t going to and stored in one place (like a centralized system), rather, several places.

The greatest advantage blockchain will bring to the industry that it desperately needs, is trust, panelists said.

“Blockchain will eliminate paperwork because there’s trust,” explained Southey. “Because we have all these nodes feeding information into a shared ledger…it means that when a warehouse puts 1000 boxes on truck, there is no question there are 1000 boxes on the truck. There is no proof required…and then we have trust between the shipper and the transporter. This negates the bill of lading. Because of that, we can automate payment. We can automate transfer responsibility. Half of our industry (with blockchain) can be automated. That’s where blockchain will have a fundamental shift.”

He added that the trust between driver and employer will also improve.

“Driver behavior won’t be questioned because it will all be recorded,” he said. “There is no dispute whether an action occurred or not.”
Brajkovich agreed, calling blockchain an API manager on steroids. He said the greatest advantage blockchain will offer transportation is quality, speed, and efficiency.

And while many may be panicking saying blockchain could eminate jobs like dispatchers or other administration roles within trucking, Barjkovich says this is not the case.

“Those people that handle paperwork today in trucking, they can be repurposed to do more efficient things,” he said.

He said that banks are the leaders in blockchain right now because they “are leaders together and understand that these paradigm shifts happen quickly.”

Right now only 1% of the supply chain industry is using blockchain.

“The industry needs to come together. If we can’t come up with a singular composed strategy, it’s going to be difficult to implement blockchain,” Southey said.

Loewen said to those in trucking who don’t know where to get started when it comes to trucking, should research groups you can join that are looking into blockchain now.

“There are all these business incubators,” she added. “There are lots of tiny companies looking for problems to solve. As individuals, go meet with these people. Give them problems to solve. They will likely solve them for you, for free. There’s some out of Ryerson University and some from Waterloo University. Canada is leading-edge with this stuff..you could go from a five truck trucking company to the next Walmart of trucking if you wanted to dream that big.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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1 dead after truck crashes into parked transport truck on Hwy. 403 in Mississaug
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A person has died following a collision between two large trucks in Mississauga on Monday afternoon, police said.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash occurred on the eastbound side of Highway 403 near Mavis Road.

He said a septic truck crashed into the back of a disabled transport, which was parked on the shoulder and being serviced by a maintenance worker.

A 27-year-old old Milton man was pronounced dead in hospital, police said. Another man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 403 were closed for several hours for an investigation. Police said the highway reopened at 7 p.m.

Source of article click here : Global News

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Greyhound to discontinue service in Western Canada
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Greyhound Canada has announced they will discontinue service in almost all of Western Canada by October 31, 2018.

The only route still operating in Northeast B.C. is the Edmonton to Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down. The only route that will continue to run in B.C. is from Seattle to Vancouver.  After the routes in Western Canada are shut down, Greyhound will only operate in Ontario and Quebec.

Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President of Greyhound Canada, said in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service impacts for the end of October. We understand that these route changes are difficult for our customers. Despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped nearly 41% across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.”

Last year Greyhound Canada applied to discontinue routes in much of Northern B.C. including the routes serving Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.  That route ceased operation as of June 1.  The B.C. Government is now operating the B.C. Bus North with service between Prince George and Fort St. John. Local shipping company, Willy’s Trucking, is now handling Greyhound freight.

Source of article click here : Energetic City

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Construction to begin on Gordie Howe bridge
Trucking News

WINDSOR, Ont.. – Bridging North America has secured the rights to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.

Construction on the 853-meter cable-stayed bridge is to begin this year. It will be the longest such bridge of its kind when completed, featuring six lanes and a 2.5-km trip to cross.

“With over 2.6 million trucks a year crossing between Windsor and Detroit, carrying $1.6 million in trade per minute, today’s announcement is critical to the future success of the Canadian trucking industry as well as to the economies of both Canada and the United States,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski.

“During these current trade tensions, let’s not lose sight of the fact that without the Government of Canada assuming all financial responsibility for the construction of this bridge, we may not have had today’s announcement,” he added. “Ottawa’s leadership is benefiting citizens and businesses on both sides of the border, especially those who reside in the 30 US states whose largest trading partner is Canada. The Gordie Howe Bridge is a symbol of the strength of the Canada-US relationship.”

Bridging North America includes multiple construction, engineering, architecture, finance, law, and bridge operation businesses.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Michelin applauds B.C. for increasing weight limits on super singles
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VICTORIA, B.C. –Michelin North America is lauding the B.C. government for increasing the load limits on “super singles.”

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure increased the load limits for new-generation wide-base single tires (also known as super singles) that are size 455/55R22.5 from 7,700 kilograms to 8,500 kilograms last month – making them equivalent to those trucks using dual tires.

The move brings B.C. in line with other provinces allowing the more eco-friendly choice in tires. The tires leave less of a carbon footprint through greater fuel efficiency.

Michelin and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) made submissions to B.C.’s Climate Leadership Consultation ahead of the Paris Agreement highlighting the tires among other technologies as tools for creating sustainable mobility.

The submission said heavy trucks expend an estimated one in every three tanks of fuel to overcome the rolling resistance of the tires alone, which is improved with wide-base, single tires.

“B.C.’s openness to well-founded arguments from knowledgeable stakeholders, such as the British Columbia Trucking Association, on how to reduce the carbon footprint of the commercial transport sector benefits the majority of Canadians. Heavy trucks now have the option to run competitive loads in an uninterrupted and eco-friendly fashion from coast to coast,” said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Trailer Wizards buys Montreal’s CSP
Trucking News

MONTREAL, Que. – Trailer Wizards is expanding.

The Canadian company specializing in all things trailers announced its acquisition of Canadian Service Plus (CSP), an independent trailer maintenance repair shop.

The purchase will add seven employees and five mobile service vehicles to Trailer Wizards’ Montreal location, with the aim of enhancing their ability to service the Greater Montreal Area.

The company said buying CSP was an easy choice because of their customer service relationships and ability to complete mobile service repairs.

“When the opportunity presented itself to acquire Canadian Service Plus (CSP) it did not take long to see that this would be a great benefit for Trailer Wizards and our Montreal location,” said Stephane Morin, Branch Manager.

Trailer Wizards specializes in commercial trailer rentals, leasing, sales, service, parts, and storage.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Businesses already feeling the change from tariffs
Trucking News


Retaliatory tariffs are in full effect against the United States, as Canada strikes back amid rising trade tensions.

Truck drivers who make a living transporting goods across the border say they’re beginning to feel the pressure of a trade dispute.

As Canadians celebrated the country’s birthday yesterday, $16.6 billion worth of retaliatory tariffs against the US came into effect.

It comes as Donald Trump, who’s already put tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, threatens auto tariffs.

Chuck Burns, a truck driver for steel distributor Samuel Son & Co., says he’s already noticed a significant slow down in business due to the tariffs, and he’s not alone in his concerns.

Other truck drivers making multiple trips across the Canada/US border each week say they’re beginning to worry about the future of their jobs.

An uncertainty that’s heightened by the ongoing NAFTA re-negotiations, which Trump says he will delay signing until after midterm elections.

This as Canadians online threaten to stop buying American goods and boycott travel plans to the country.

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