2 million stolen passwords for Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and others leake
More than 2 million passwords for some of the most popular spots on
the Internet — including Facebook, Twitter and Google — are now a matter
of public record, according to a fresh report from SpiderLabs, a
research arm from security firm Trustwave.
SpiderLabs says it
uncovered the bounty of potentially valuable (and often ridiculously
simple) log-ins during its latest Internet sweep for the Pony botnet controller,
a malware-spreading set of programs which the researchers say they're
increasingly encountering online. This means the passwords were not
leaked by Facebook and the like, but from thousands of infected
computers that collected the data when users logged onto their
Whether or not the passwords are current or out-dated
is unknown, but the attack appears to be "fairly global," SpiderLabs
reports. "At least some of the victims are scattered all over the
world." What's more, many of the passwords were fairly simple, with that
old chestnut "123456" topping the list as the password for 15,820
accounts. ("12346789" came in at number two with 4,875 instances.) This
could mean extra bad things the 30 to 40 percent of Internet users who use the same password on multiple accounts — say Facebook ... and their bank account.
takes people’s information security extremely seriously and we work
hard to protect it," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "While
details of this case are not yet clear, it appears that people’s
computers may have been attacked by hackers using malware to scrape
information directly from their Web browsers."
recommendation is to engage the site's two-factor authentication, which
requires a passcode from your phone as well as your standard password.
Twitter, Yahoo, Google and others also have an option like this, so it
helps to look into the settings of all of your major Internet services.
But hey, it's always a good day to change your password, too
Fleet Brake announced plans for a new parts distribution center in
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Opening in January 2014, the new facility
will be an important link in the Fleet Brake parts distribution network.
mobile customers have been asking us for our premier product and
service solutions in Saskatchewan for many years," said John Bzeta,
President of Fleet Brake. "The investment in the Global Transportation
Hub and significant activity in the Saskatchewan oil patch makes Regina
and Southern Saskatchewan an exciting place to do business.”
The Regina location has access to major air and rail complemented by a major highway network.
Fleet Brake Parts & Service locations have been
serving the Canadian market since 1978. Fleet Brake is a member of HDA
Why Canada's Oil Sands Look Like a Shaky Investment
A new study (PDF)
examining the economics of Western Canada’s oil sands finds that even
if the Keystone XL pipeline gets built, it’s unlikely that extracting
the heavy, tar-like oil around Alberta will remain commercially viable
over the next decade.
The report, written by two former Deutsche Bank (DB) analysts and titled Keystone XL Pipeline: A Potential Mirage for Oil-Sands Investors, calculates
that producers in Western Canada will need to fetch at least $65 a
barrel to attract new investments and ensure that current projects
remain profitable. During the past month a barrel of Western Canadian
Select (WCS), the main benchmark used to price Canada’s heavy oil, has
averaged just $58.
A few forces are at play. Canada’s heavy crude
is already among the most expensive to produce in the world. But it’s
also stuck. While that’s partly a function of the crude’s physical
attributes (it’s heavy and thick and hard to move), the biggest problem
is that there are simply not enough pipelines to transport it thousands
of miles out of Western Canada and down to U.S. refiners. As a result,
much of the oil is finding its way out of Alberta on trains and even
trucks, which can be two or three times more expensive than sticking it into a pipeline. Those extra transportation costs push down the price at the well.
While the Keystone XL would help raise prices, it’s no panacea.
The project plans to move about 800,000 barrels a day from Western
Canada down to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where the oil could command a higher
price. A Keystone approval would certainly spur more investment in
Western Canada and boost oil-sands production, but since there’s already
so much pent-up demand to get oil out of Alberta, the 1,700-mile
pipeline’s capacity would likely get maxed out, and things would quickly
revert back to the situation we’re in right now: producers using
expensive options such as trucking and railroads to move their crude.
course, without Keystone XL, the Western Canadian oil-sands industry
seems doomed to a long struggle. Prices will remain low, and companies
won’t have the incentive to spend money to build new projects. Unable to
reach the Gulf Coast, heavy Canadian crude would continue to pool
around the middle of the U.S., which would only further depress its
Although they’re vastly different types of crude, the price
of WCS is roughly correlated to the price of West Texas Intermediate
(WTI), the benchmark that determines the price of light, sweet crude in
the U.S. In the past three years, the U.S. shale boom has created a glut
of oil stuck in the middle of the country,
lowering the price of WTI significantly. While both Canadian and U.S.
benchmarks have rallied over the past week, their prices are well below
where they were just a few months ago. WTI is off 13 percent since
September. Since July, WCS is off almost 30 percent and is currently
trading at a $40 discount to WTI.
Overdrive, TCA announce finalists in driver contests
The Truckload Carriers Association and co-sponsor Overdrive have announced three finalists in each of two Driver of the Year contests
The six finalists will attend TCA’s annual meeting March 23-26 near
Dallas, where the winners will be announced for both the Owner-Operator
of the Year and Company Driver of the Year awards. The two winners will
be featured in subsequent issues of Overdrive.
The owner-operator finalists are:
Thomas Miller, leased to Prime Inc., based in Springfield, Mo. Miller lives in Bunker Hill, Ill.
Bryan Smith, leased to Art Pape Transfer, based in Dubuque, Iowa. Smith lives in Asbury, Iowa.
Terrance Smith, leased to SLH Transport, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Smith lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.
The company driver finalists are:
Reuben Dupsky, Fremont Contract Carriers, based in Fremont, Neb. Dupsky lives in Fremont.
Jack Fielding, Bison Transport, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Fielding lives in McKellar, Ontario, Canada.
Allan Raffay, Prime Inc. Raffay lives in Hawley, Pa.
“Overdrive always takes pride in highlighting the nation’s
successful owner-operators and drivers,” says Brad Holthaus, vice
president of sales for Trucking Media at Overdrive’s publisher,
Randall-Reilly. “These finalists are clearly six of the best. I know
whoever wins will serve the industry well as an example of safety,
professionalism and service.”
The finalists were selected based on safety, efforts to enhance the
trucking industry’s image, and contributions to their communities.
Eligibility requirements included having driven one million consecutive,
“It is always such a privilege to be able to work with professional
drivers of this caliber,” said Tom Kretsinger, Jr., president of
American Central Transport, Inc., Liberty, Missouri, and TCA’s chairman.
“I wish we could give every one of them the title of ‘Driver of the
Year.’ Quelle: Overdrive
Prince Albert threatens to ban trucking dangerous goods
Prince Albert is threatening to ban dangerous goods from being
transported through the city unless the province supplies a list of what
is being carried by trucks.
Mayor Greg Dionne said he wants to make sure first responders have
the proper equipment to deal with any incident that should arise.
"It's a far out option, but it is an option that we have," Dionne
said. "We don't want to use it, but at the same time we need to know
what is coming through our community for the safety of our community."
He added that unlike Saskatoon and
Regina, Prince Albert does not have a Circle Drive or Ring Road allowing
trucks to go around the city.
Mayor Dionne said he has been asking
for a list for nine months without much response from the province,
however since threatening to ban the trucks, the dialogue has picked up.
"I've heard from our local MLAs," Dionne said, laughing. "Of course, they don't like controversy."
"Unfortunately you sometimes have to use controversy to get the will, you know, to protect your people."
Dionne admitted banning dangerous goods would be a last resort, but said he believes the city has the authority to do so.
Police identify Canadian trucker crushed between two trailers
Authorities have identified the truck driver who was killed when his rig
rolled backward and pinned him against another tractor trailer at a
truck yard in Independence, Mo., on Tuesday.
Manjit S. Nirwal,
63, of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was taken to an area hospital where he
died shortly after the incident, according to a news release from the
Independence Police Department.
According to the report, the incident occurred at 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday at CDC Distribution Center in Independence.
Witnesses reportedly told police that Nirwal exited his vehicle when it
began slowly rolling backward toward another tractor trailer. He
attempted to physically stop the vehicle before getting pinned between
his vehicle and the other tractor trailer.
Authorities are not
releasing further details about the incident at this time, pending the
conclusion of a formal investigation.
They're called traffic information units and they're powered by the sun.
In layperson's terms, they're web
cameras, and if proven worthy under a provincial pilot project, will by
March tell you highway conditions from the comfort of your home before
you venture out.
The province is testing five of them on two highways as a way to send
out snow-clearing equipment to sections most in need of snow removal.
"I think that's a good use
of technology," Premier Greg Selinger said Wednesday after southern
Manitoba saw its first major dump of snow. "It's a technology that can
sense and get accurate information of what's going on (with) the roads
and be able to deploy equipment to the highest-need areas."
Selinger said the long-term plan will see more cameras installed on highways that have the most traffic.
Selinger said the solar-powered cameras
are being tested on sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 75
to see if they're durable enough in Manitoba weather. On the
Trans-Canada, cameras are located at Kirkella near the Saskatchewan
boundary, Oakville between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg and Deacons
Corner east of Winnipeg at the Hwy. 207 intersection. On Hwy. 75,
cameras are located at Ste. Agathe and Letellier. The cameras cost
Seven more cameras are to
be operational by March and a website launched to allow motorists to see
driving conditions rather than reading a report from the Infrastructure
and Transportation Department's road and traveller information web
page. The new cameras will be installed south of Brandon, south of The
Pas, north and south of Grand Rapids, near Austin, west of Russell and
south of Ste Rose du Lac.
Selinger said the province will look at developing a mobile app as well.
"The bottom line is that we're using
technology to let the public and the people who look after the highways
know what the traffic conditions are in real time. If you take a certain
route on a regular basis you'll get a better idea of what you're
dealing with when you head out there."
The cameras will provide,
in colour, regularly updated still images of highway conditions. Other
provinces have had road condition camera systems for a number of years,
including Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and
Labrador. The system Manitoba is installing is based on Alberta's
There are already a half-dozen private
road cameras to show drivers the conditions in Gimli, Steinbach and
Sanford and three locations in Winnipeg. The still images the cameras
provide can be seen on the CAA Manitoba website.
The province says the road condition
camera system is not to be a form of remote traffic enforcement to
capture speeders, but only show current road conditions.
Installation of the cameras
come as the province's snow-removal crews started rolling out their
equipment after Wednesday's snowfall. There are 317 pieces of equipment,
including 10 new truck plows and six loaders to replace aging or
The transportation editorial team at J. J. Keller often jokes that
we’re a bunch of regulation nerds, or “reg nerds” for short. Need to
know where to find a regulation? Just ask one of us reg nerds and we’ll
quote it for you line and verse, as if we’re quoting some of our
favorite movie lines. All joking aside, however, regulations are a very
serious matter. Regulations are always changing and always evolving, and
it can be difficult to keep track of what’s coming up or even what’s
current. The good news for you is that this reg nerd has been keeping up
on all of it. And lately there’s been a flurry of activity in Canada
and the United States, so let’s get started.
Changes to National Safety Code Standard 10, Cargo Securement, became
effective in June. The standard now requires friction mats to be marked
by the manufacturer with the maximum usable friction resistance, if the
mat is to be considered part of a cargo-securement system. Other
changes included the reimplementation of securement for transverse rows
of metal coils loaded side-by-side and intermodal container-securement
In the majority of the Canadian jurisdictions, because they’ve
adopted the most current version of the standard by reference, the
standard is effective and in force. Regardless, most jurisdictions are
observing educational enforcement periods until Jan 1, 2014. Only in
Quebec are rules being enforced. Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and
Newfoundland/Labrador need to make a regulatory change to adopt the new
standard and are expected to do so by Jan. 1, 2014.
As of Oct. 1, 2013, new Ontario-based commercial vehicle operator
registration (CVOR) applicants have an extra step to complete in the
CVOR application process. New CVOR applicants must now pass a
30-question multiple-choice exam proving their awareness of Ontario’s
commercial vehicle safety requirements. The MTO
has developed a great resource to help applicants learn the
requirements, the Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety manual, and has
posted it on their website. New applicants can review the manual and
even complete a practice test on the website.
The examination requirement must be completed within six months after
the new CVOR applicant submits the CVOR application to the MTO. Once
the applicant passes the test, the CVOR certificate will be issued and
then the carrier may operate on Ontario roads.
In January, Quebec proposed significant updates to the Regulation
respecting safety standards for road vehicles and asked for stakeholder
feedback on the proposal. Part of this proposal included new
pre-departure (pre-trip) inspection regulations, among many other
changes. However, Quebec’s Societe de l’assurance automobile du Quebec
(SAAQ) has delayed the adoption of the regulation, citing the need for
further analysis of the proposed changes and potential follow-up on
comments received. The SAAQ has indicated that the regulations will not
be adopted in 2013 and will not be in force before fall 2014. There will
be a bit of a wait ahead on this one.
Speaking of pre-trip inspection regulations, Saskatchewan recently
repealed The Security of Loads and Trip Inspection Regulations and
replaced it with two separate regulations, The Security of Loads
Regulations, 2013, and The Trip Inspection Regulations. Both regulations
underwent updates to make them more consistent with the respective
National Safety Code standards that cover both topics. Perhaps the most
notable part of the trip inspection regulations is the change in
applicability of the requirement to carry inspection schedules and
complete a pre-trip inspection report. In the previous regulations, the
definition of a “commercial vehicle” included vehicles or combinations
with a registered gross weight that exceeded 5,000 kilograms, including
buses. All commercial vehicles as defined in the regulation required
inspection and drivers were expected to carry inspection schedules and
complete a pre-trip inspection report.
In the new regulation, in the definition of a “commercial vehicle,”
the weight threshold was increased to include only vehicles exceeding a
gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight of 11,794 kilograms,
and buses. Trucks, truck tractors, and trailers still require
inspection; however, the requirement to carry inspection schedules and
complete a pre-trip inspection report only applies to commercial
vehicles as defined in the new regulation.
There’s a caveat, though. Carriers with vehicles plated in
Saskatchewan and operating into other provinces must still ensure
compliance with other Canadian jurisdictions’ pre-trip inspection
regulations and/or National Safety Code Standard 13, Trip Inspections,
which may be more stringent than Saskatchewan’s regulations. Case in
Saskatchewan’s rules do make them more in line with Alberta, where
drivers of vehicles at 11,794 kilograms registered gross weight or less
are exempt from the requirement to carry and produce an inspection
schedule and prepare, carry, and produce a pre-trip inspection report.
British Columbia’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE)
Branch has recently adopted a formalized dispute-resolution process. The
dispute resolution process enables motor carriers to challenge out-of
-service (OOS) declarations and Notice and Orders (N&O) issued in
the province. If a dispute is ultimately decided in a carrier’s favor,
the CVSE will remove carrier profile points that were associated with
the OOS (N&Os do not carry points). As far as we can tell, British
Columbia is the only province to formalize this process for carriers.
And finally, a few notes about a recent rulemaking in the United
States for those of you that operate cross-border. The long-awaited
Unified Registration System (URS) final rule was finally published by
the FMCSA in August 2013. The URS will make significant changes to the
method by which motor carriers obtain federal operating authority and
USDOT numbers, but since these changes are a couple years off, you won’t
notice much of a change to your immediate operations.
What is more immediate is that starting Nov.1, 2013, the FMCSA will
start enforcing the requirement that all motor carriers complete a
biennial update of their MCS-150. The biennial update had been required
all along, but the requirement had no teeth. The FMCSA is drastically
changing that and starting Nov.1, 2013, if a carrier has not completed
an update of its MCS-150 within the past two years, the FMCSA will send a
notification to the carrier requesting that the carrier update the
information. If the carrier ignores the request, the FMCSA will proceed
with deactivating the carrier’s USDOT number and potentially imposing
civil penalties. Without an active USDOT number, a carrier can’t
operate. If you’re not sure if you’ve updated your MCS-150 within the
past two years, now’s a great time to check it out. Visit
http://safersys.org for details. Source: Today's Trucking
HighwayStar: An Easy, Free Way to Make a Driver’s Day
TORONTO— Want to make a driver’s day? Perhaps a grand compliment and
$15, 000 in cash and prizes would do it. We can make that happen for one
outstanding truck driver, either an owner-operator or staff driver – we
If you know some experienced, safe, conscientious drivers who are
invaluable to their community, you can nominate them for the Highway
Star of the Year Award, an annual competition that’s easy and free.
The winners receive a cash prize, are flown to the Truck World show in Toronto in April and will be profiled in Today’s Trucking magazine.
Also, it’s really nice to have your hard work recognized like that.
Even if your candidate doesn’t win, you’ll be paying him or her a huge
compliment just through the nomination. And if you entered a candidate
in the past but he or she didn’t win, you can still do it again this
The folks at Newcom Business Media, the company that owns this
website, Truck World and CamExpo, organize the competition. Prizes are
courtesy of Newcom in partnership with Freightliner, Meritor, Espar,
Cummins, Chevron and the Owner-Operator’s Association of Canada (OBAC).
Here’s a brief look at past winners and hopefully your candidate will be next!
• 2013 Highway Star Award
Winner Brian Bertsch, a veteran truck driver with over 35 years’
experience and two-million-accident-free-miles under his seatbelt. Read more about him here. • 2012
Highway Star of the Year Winner Stephen McGibbon, an owner-operator
with Milltown Trucking of Oak Bay, N.B., with over 27 years’ experience
on the road. Read more about him here. • 2011
Highway Star of the Year Winner Reg Delahunt, a seasoned driver who’s
covered more than six million accident-free kilometers, coast to coast,
through 10 provinces and 44 U.S. states. Read more about him here. • 2010
Highway Star of the Year Winner Cliff Lammeren, an Edmonton-based
driver focused on giving back to his community, who has a long and very
full history of volunteering in various initiatives. Read more about him here.
Each year around
Halloween, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration minister is required by
law to present to Parliament his immigration plan for the coming year.
This is a good news event, a "treat," and on Oct. 28, Minister Chris
Alexander announced the target for 2014 would be in the range of
The "trick" side of this announcement is that it
is essentially the same number as for the previous five years of the
Harper government. There is tinkering within the total as the sub
categories are marginally adjusted, but the overall effect is about the
As is becoming apparent to many Canadians, the demand to
immigrate here far exceeds the annual spaces allowed. Yet immigration
policy within the context of Canada's future seems still to be something
that our political parties approach gingerly, if at all.
We are left with a controlled growth strategy
for now and perhaps a population maintenance strategy in the longer term
as we look down the road to a time when deaths will significantly
exceed births as the population ages.
Why doesn't Canada return to the strategy that once helped
build this nation -- allowing the sponsoring here of family members, as
permanent and not temporary, immigrants?
The pressure for more workers in an expanding
economy is also becoming apparent in the need for temporary foreign
workers. Alexander's department has reported that in the first six
months of this year more than 125,000 of these entered Canada. This
probably surpassed the number of immigrants landed in the same period
because annual figures show this has been happening since 2008.
Temporary foreign workers are usually at the
lower end of the economic scale, helping with the harvest, processing
meat, or working in service industries. At the same time, Canada's
immigration policy still emphasizes cherry-picking the planet for "the
best and the brightest." Qualifications for immigrants are set
But in the upper echelons of jobs, there may not
be the demand that plainly exists at the lower end. One of the largest
employers of "temps" in Canada, is Tim Hortons. The list of employers
now authorized to import workers in this way goes on for more than 400
Recently, I sat with two long-distance truck
drivers drinking coffee and hot chocolate at the Tim's on the arrivals
level of Winnipeg's airport. We were awaiting a plane bringing more
sponsored refugees from Africa, family-linked to these men. On arrival
these newcomers became permanent residents of Canada -- immigrants --
and in a few years, citizens.
Long-distance trucking now has a
number of drivers who are Canadians with origins in Africa. They are
well-paid and have helped to meet a big need in that industry. One of
the men confirmed that in his travels across Western Canada with the
inevitable stops at coffee shops and short-order eateries, he meets
"temps" working in many of them. These places could not operate
I know from personal experience Canadians
generally do not know it has been impossible to sponsor one's extended
family as immigrants here for more than 20 years. You cannot sponsor
your sister or your brother, your cousin or your aunt. You can only
sponsor your "nuclear" family -- parents, spouse, younger children.
This is why, in the once-refugee communities
among Canadians, like Afghans, Congolese, Eritreans and Somalis, there
is such a huge demand to use mechanisms for the private sponsoring of
refugees, to reunite families for whom there is no other way.
But as with all immigration categories there are
severe annual limits on how many will be let in. For privately
sponsored refugees, Anderson's announcement allows 6,300 for all of
Canada in 2014.
As one watches the numbers of
temporary foreign workers mount, and as one reads of abuses besetting
some of these, and as one sees the frustration of families unable to be
reunited here, one has to wonder why Canada doesn't return to the
strategy that once helped build this nation -- allowing the sponsoring
here of family members, as permanent and not temporary, immigrants.
While out recently, I stopped for the traffic
light at Portage and Main. From the passenger seat, my wife looked up at
the driver of a huge new and shiny multi-wheeled rig that has pulled up
beside us. In response to my leading question, she affirmed, "Yes, it's
Tom Denton is the executive director for refugee sponsorship at Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.
MONTREAL— Here’s a construction project that will be ready three
years sooner than expected – the St. Lawrence Bridge. It will be ready
to replace the Champlain Bridge in 2018 rather than 2021.
“Concrete actions to move the project ahead have already been
taken,” said Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure and of Economic
Development Agency for the Quebec region.
The proposed bridge will span the St. Lawrence River and connect the Island of Montreal to the South Shore.
The crossing is one of the busiest in Canada and vital to the regional and national economy, Lebel said.
About $20-billion crosses the Champlain Bridge in trade annually.
“No effort will be spared to deliver this project on time and within
budget, keeping travelers and goods moving safely and efficiently
through this important trade and transportation corridor,” Lebel said.
And the Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ) is happy to hear it.
"In recent weeks, the carriers have expressed their concerns about
the situation facing the Champlain Bridge. For us it is a crucial issue
that requires our attention, and the announcement from Minister Denis
Lebel is a token of recognition of the economic and strategic importance
of this transport corridor for the whole country," said Marc Cadieux,
the association’s CEO.
And now, only a few miles shy of his 65th birthday, Smith
has been named a finalist in a huge American competition called Driver
of the Year, Owner-Operator Division. First prize? A brand new truck.
Meanwhile, Jack Fielding, of McKellar, ON., is a finalist in the Company Driver category of the prestigious competition.
Fielding has been a driver with Winnipeg-based Bison Transport for
the past 13 years. He has over four million safe kilometers under his
buckle, and was named to the 2011-2012 Ontario Road Knights team.
Fielding is a finalist in the Company Driver of the Year Contest.
Bison Transport driver and Road Knight Jack Fielding of McKellar, Ontario.
The contests are part of a larger competition administered by the Virginia-based Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).
According to a statement from the TCA: “The annual Driver of the Year
contests identify and honor the best men and women traveling the roads
today. They drive safely, give to their communities, protect the
environment, and enhance the image of trucking - in other words, they
make us all proud to be a part of this great industry”
According to Smith’s wife Roxanne, when they heard the news, she and
Terry were “over the moon. It’s an early Christmas and Santa just gave
us the best gift ever!”
The finalists and their spouses will all be flown down to, and wined and dined at the TCA convention in Grapevine TX., in March.
The cost of gridlock: Are more toll roads the answer?
Karen Gutteridge has a love-hate relationship with Highway 407.
She loves that the tollway can get her
reliably from her Burlington home to her office in Richmond Hill, but
she knows she'll be faced with a whopping bill since her company moved
from Mississauga this fall.
"I have to take four different highways –
the QEW, the 427, 401 and 404 – to get to the office," said Gutteridge,
adding she is always tuned to the latest traffic reporter, prepared to
detour to the 407, if traffic begins to back up.
"I didn't take it the other morning, and
it took an hour and 45 minutes. That's without an accident and no
But she worries about the cost, because
it's $21.48 one-way. "The whole time on I'm on the 407, I see another
exit go by and all I can hear in my head is the cash register going
off," Gutteridge said.
"The traffic in the GTA is a nightmare.
It is unreal. I can't believe how many cars are on the road at 6 a.m,"
she said, but she consistently takes the tollway on the return trip
because the congestion is even worse in the evening.
That's partly why the 407 – which first
opened in 1997 – is steadily increasing its base of users, even though
toll prices have also risen along with the highway's popularity.
The rates vary depending on time of day,
zone and what type of vehicle. The average trip length is about 20
kilometres, with weekday rush hours between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
and 6 p.m. being the busiest periods.
For cars, minivans and sport utility
vehicles, prices range from 19.35 cents a kilometre during off-peak
times to as much as 27.20 cents a kilometre during the highest-demand
Trans-Canada College Focuses on NB Truck Driver Shortage
MONCTON, NB—GW Driver Training is planning on upgrading its services
and facilities in order to address the truck driver shortage crisis in
New Brunswick, and the first step to the initiative is a change of name,
to CollègeTrans-Canada College.
"We will be modernizing and upgrading our facilities and services in
order to meet the growing needs of New Brunswick's trucking industry,"
said Tony Reeder, president and CEO of Collège Trans-Canada College.
"There are many opportunities for long-term, well-paid trucking jobs
right here at home. We need to ramp up our efforts to ensure our very
important trucking industry has the workforce it needs to meet the needs
of the people and businesses it serves. There's no need to commute to
Western Canada and leave your family for weeks or months at a time.”
By 2020, there may be as many as 24,700 unfilled truck driver
positions across Canada if current trends are not reversed, according to
the Conference Board of Canada.
The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) recently formed a
Driver Shortage Blue Ribbon Task Force to address the driver shortage.
But jobs are out there and driving schools need to “do a better job
recruiting students, training them and matching them with employers,”
said Brian Baxter, co-chair of the University of New Brunswick's board
of governors and chair to Trans-Canada College’s new advisory board,
which will help guide Trans-Canada College in its initiatives aimed at
meeting the needs of local carriers, employers and APTA members.
"We want to ensure that the best practices of private post-secondary
education are utilized," Reeder said. "Brian Baxter's deep knowledge of
post-secondary education in a private-sector setting is an immense asset
in our commitment and determination to do just that."
Ottawa, Kingston, Ont., and Montreal could get as much as 25 cm of snow
Snowfall warnings are in effect for much of southeastern Ontario
and Quebec this morning, as the season's first notable storm moves
across Eastern Canada and the U.S.
Toronto has so far been spared the worst of the season's first notable storm.
The city saw a few centimetres of accumulation overnight, and
slightly more towards York and Durham regions. But according to
Environment Canada, there could be up to 25 centimetres of snow in
communities including Ottawa and Kingston, Ont. The nation's capital has
already seen some 18 centimetres.
Montreal is also bracing for about 25 centimetres as the storm
moves in from New York state. It will then "intensify rapidly" as it
moves toward western Labrador, according to Environment Canada. Wind and
rainfall warnings are in effect for the Maritimes.
Drivers urged to slow down
The storm has dumped more snow on the eastern U.S., disrupting some
flights as many people head south for Thanksgiving. Travellers should
check with their airline for the latest updates.
Drivers, meanwhile, are reminded to give themselves lots of travel time and go easy on the gas.
"The first snowfall of the year, nobody knows what to do with it —
everybody speeds," said transport truck driver Richard Fraser, who is on
the road Wednesday from Oshawa, Ont., to Ottawa. "There are no snow
tires that aren't able to keep you from sliding, so you have to slow
In Toronto, the temperature is expected to dip further below freezing during the day, which could lead to icy roads.
Peter Noehammer, the city’s director of transportation services, said mountains of salt and 200 trucks are standing by.
"We'll be out with our salters," he told CBC News.
The province is also prepared for winter conditions on the 400-series
highways and the QEW. Inside the highway traffic command centre,
operators watch hundreds of cameras for problems.
"If they see something happening, they will focus the camera on the
incident, and then direct first responders and maintenance workers to
divert traffic and keep it going," said Astrid Poei of the Ministry of
Semi-truck hits bridge near Brandon, shears off roof
RCMP believe driver misjudged height of Kemnay Bridge before hitting it with his semi-truck
This semi-truck was wedged under the Kemnay Bridge near Brandon
after the driver apparently misjudged the height of his vehicle on
RCMP are investigating after a bridge gave a semi-trailer a haircut near Brandon.
The driver misjudged the height of the Kemnay Bridge when he was
driving down Highway 1 around 1:30 on Thursday, and ended up shearing
the top off his truck before it became wedged underneath the bridge.
No one was injured in the crash, but traffic was interrupted in the area for hours.
Judge signs off on Pilot Flying J class-action deal
Truckstop operator to pony up $84.9 million for allegedly bilking customers via diesel rebates
Federal fraud investigation of Pilot Flying J remains ongoing
A federal judge in Little Rock yesterday approved an $84.9- million settlement of the class-action suit brought against Pilot Flying J by trucking customers that alleged the nation’s largest diesel retailer had defrauded them through a diesel-rebate scheme.
Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas signed off on the deal following a brief hearing, The Tennessean reported online.
that news story, the agreement settles most-- but not all-- of the
lawsuits that were filed against the company in the wake of an April 15th federal law-enforcement raid on Pilot Flying J’s headquarters in Knoxville.by federal agents on Pilot’s Knoxville headquarters on April 15.
details of the alleged scheme by the truckstop operator’s sales
executives to secretly cut fuel-purchase rebates that were owed to
trucking customers were laid out in a 120-pg FBI affidavit.
nearly $85-million payout to the customers in the class action
includes $56.5 million to directly reimburse customers for the fuel
rebates and discounts that Pilot shorted them on, reported The Plain Dealer,
as well as $9.75 million in interest on the money due (at 6% interest)
along with $14 million in attorney fees and $4.5 million in audit costs.
The settlement was reached with 5,500 customers of the truckstop operator. The Associated Press (AP)
quoted “lawyers on both sides” as saying that “no one among the 5,500
companies agreeing to the settlement filed an objection and that only
about 1% of affected companies opted out of the agreement so they could
file their own lawsuits.”
more, the approval of the class-action deal has no bearing on the
ongoing federal fraud investigation of Pilot Flying J-- which has
resulted thus far in seven employees having entered guilty pleas.
On the other hand, AP has reported that Aubrey Harwell, Jr., the Nashville-based attorney for Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J as well as the owner of the Cleveland Browns football club, has affirmed that Haslam had no knowledge of the scheme.
is an unfortunate time for our customers and our company, but we remain
committed to making things 100% right with our customers, to put
systems in place to help ensure this does not happen again, and to
re-earn our customers trust,” Haslam said in a statement about the class-action claims issued by his firm back in July.
The co-owner of Pilot Flying J is Haslam's brother, Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN). Gov. Haslam has stated he isn't involved with the firm’s operations.
With $31 billion in sales, per Forbes, Pilot Flying J is one of the nation's largest private companies.
Pilot, founded by Haslam’s father, James Haslam Jr. in 1958, merged with Flying J in 2010. The company operates some 600 retail locations in 43 states as well as in Canada.
The Selinger government will spend $200 million over the next five
years to "rebuild" the southwest section of the Perimeter Highway.
The plan is part of the government's strategy to help link CentrePort
with major truck routes such as the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway
As part of the plan, the Perimeter will be reconstructed from the
Trans-Canada to Brady Road and a new overpass will be built at Highway 3
(McGillivray Boulevard). Engineering work to replace remaining traffic
signals with similar diamond interchanges, including at Kenaston
Boulevard and Waverley Street, will also take place.
"Our plan will create a high-speed, free-flowing roadway with safer,
smoother traffic -- especially around southwest Winnipeg, where housing
and businesses are rapidly expanding," said Infrastructure and
Transportation Minister Steve Ashton, in a press release.
Open houses will be held next year to collect public feedback on the proposed projects, government officials said.
Trucks for Change and Shaw Tracking join forces to promote serving charities in
Ont. – A new video, Filling Trucks, Fulfilling Needs, produced by Shaw
Tracking in collaboration with Trucks For Change will highlight the need
for support at charities and communities across Canada.
Trucks For Change (T4C), a non-profit organization, matches trucks to
charities and delivers goods to communities and charities in need.
By matching available trucking capacity with charity freight
requests, T4C’s member trucking companies are able to offer donated or
reduced-rate services to charities engaged in distributing donated food
Since launching in 2011 with the help of the Ontario Trucking
Association, Trucks For Change Network members have moved over four
million pounds of donations to communities across Canada, in the process
saving tens of thousands of dollars for charity organizations including
Food Banks Canada, Habitat For Humanity Canada, and Canadian Red Cross.
Shaw helped produce the video, which highlights the significant role
that T4C’s growing network of trucking and logistics members are playing
in its communities. Shaw TV will broadcast “Filling Trucks, Fulfilling
Needs” multiple times on all systems on Wednesday, November 27.
This segment will be airing on over 43 of Shaw’s local go! shows throughout the month of November.
The video is
also hosted for viewing on YouTube, and all participating carriers and
sponsors are encouraged to embed it to their website to promote the
trucking industry’s valuable contributions.
Shaw Tracking has aligned with Trucks For Change Network’s mission to
facilitate the trucking industry’s support of the communities it
serves. Mike Ham, Vice-President of Shaw Tracking, said, “We’re
ecstatic to have this opportunity to promote Trucks For Change Network,
and to provide the resources to produce this video. We’re proud to
contribute to T4C’s work, and to support our customers and business
partners involved in this innovative project”.
Pete Dalmazzi, President and Founder of Trucks For Change Network,
added “We’re thrilled to have the support of Mike and the Shaw team.
Shaw Tracking is a leading player in the Canadian trucking industry, and
Shaw Communications’ production and distribution of our video will help
us to tell our story inside and outside the trucking industry. It’s a
dream partnership for us”.