The 18-page document asks for “automation of import, export, and
transit processes” as well as “reduced import, export, and transit
forms, documents, and formalities [and] enhanced harmonization of
customs data requirements” for goods crossing the border.
The U.S. was widely expected to ask for restrictions on both Canadian
softwood lumber and dairy exports. While neither are mentioned
specifically in the summary, there are provisions surrounding food
safety and plant and animal health, and a call for solving “unwarranted
barriers that block the export of U.S. food and agricultural products.”
The document also contains broad language surrounding the
transparency of laws and border regulations, along with autonomy for
each NAFTA member in determining and enforcing its own laws and
The U.S. is also seeking to change the way disputes are resolved.
NAFTA renegotiations are set to begin as early as August 17.
Clay County, Ind. - Some of the names have officially been released concerning the double fatal crash on Interstate 70.
That tragic crash took the life of five-year-old and a one-year-old.
Leaving the mother and a three-year-old air lifted to an Indianapolis hospital.
Indiana State Police have released the names of the semi-truck drivers.
The truck driver, who failed to yield to slow traffic in a construction zone is 62-year-old Amritpal Singh of Quebec, Canada.
The other semi driver is 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis.
This accident occurred at the 16 mile marker of I-70 in the westbound lane, just before the Vigo County Line.
Two children, a five-year-old male and a 1-year-old female died at the scene of the accident.
The mother was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with traumatic injuries.
The three-year-old male child airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital with was is believed to be life-threatening injuries.
It has been released that the family was from the state of Ohio.
Sergeant Joe Watts, with the Indiana State Police, was on the scene.
"The children were pulled from the van. Bystanders were performing CPR,
medical first aid when troopers arrived on the scene," says SGT. Joe
Watts. "Troopers were on scene within one minute of this crash. That's
important to note as well. So all the efforts, area fire departments,
area EMFS were deployed, air ambulance was on the scene so all the stops
were pulled out for this crash."
Reportedly, one of the semi drivers was also transported to the hospital, with unknown injuries.
We have gotten word that the west bound lanes have re-opened.
Traffic should return to normal very soon.
The names of the children and mother will be released at another time.
The motorists in montreal are losing each year, 26.3 million
hours in the circulation, which ranks second among canadian drivers.
According to a study of CAA was conducted at the beginning of the year,
the traffic in montreal is the worst in the country after Toronto,
which generates each year 51.6 million hours of slowing down.
These figures are of concern
to the Chamber of commerce of Canada, which denounces the environmental
cost and economic congestion in a report made public today.
Billions of dollars
“If we take the example of a driver stuck on the Champlain bridge, this
implies several costs : the wear and tear of the truck, the fuel, the
wage of the driver and a well delivered late, which always has negative
consequences,” said Guillaum Dubreuil, the spokesperson of the Chamber
of commerce of Canada.
The exact cost of congestion to the
canadian companies is difficult to quantify precisely, ” said Guillaum
Dubreuil. He believes, however, in billions of dollars.
companies and transport are the first to be affected, but these are not
the only ones, he says. A lot of manufacturing companies work on the
model just-in-time, that involves receiving parts immediately in case of
need. For them, a delay in delivery can have serious consequences. “
In its report, the Canadian Chamber of commerce indicates that the
decrease of the traffic in montreal is going through a regular
maintenance of the infrastructure. This would avoid the disturbance
caused by major construction work.
The institution notes in this
regard the efforts of the City which, in its maintenance plan, current
plans to work on the maintenance of 676 km of road per year, compared to
295 km by 2015.
“It remains to ensure that the work does not
relate only to the sectors the most visible, but all are beautiful and
well into an overall plan consistent “, grade Guillaum Dubreuil.
Mr. Dubreuil adds that the City of Montreal could also take inspiration from what is done elsewhere in terms of communication.
He cited the example of the closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles
in 2012, which the citizens had been warned weeks in advance.
BSD Linehaul operations manager Carl Gatt, left, dispatcher Sima Chandi
and co-owner Sam Chandi, right, go over plans for a huge 150,000 square
foot warehouse scheduled to start construction in September of this
year. The group were at their Division Road trucking facility Tuesday
July 18, 2017
A rapidly growing trucking firm started out of a Brampton basement in
2012 is building a 150,000-square-foot warehouse to take advantage of
Windsor’s strategic location at the U.S. border.
BSD Linehaul intends to start construction this fall at its 18-acre
site on Division Road west of the CN Rail tracks. It plans on building a
$23-million cross-dock facility to take advantage of the fact the U.S.
is expected to require trucks be equipped with electronic logging
devices by the end of this year. These costly (about $5,500 per truck)
ELDs keep track of the hours a driver’s been on the road and start
flashing and continue flashing until the driver pulls over and goes to
Though not required yet in Canada, Canadian trucks going to the U.S.
have to have them and the device starts recording the trip as soon as
you start. The new warehouse will enable a Canadian truck without an ELD
to stop and transfer its load at in Windsor and have another
ELD-equipped truck take it over to the U.S., or a Canadian truck that’s
equipped with ELD and nearing its time limit can drop off its load in
Windsor so another truck can finish the job.
Baldev Singh Dhot had been a trucker for 12 years in 2012 when he
decided to start his own business and purchased a second truck and hired
another driver. Today BSD has more than 100 trucks on the road, all
ELD-equipped, said operations manager Carl Gatt.
“We opened up a Windsor hub, we opened up a Michigan hub and we have
the Brampton hub,” said Gatt, who said the company will move its
headquarters to Windsor from Brampton once the warehouse facility is
finished. At 150,000 square feet, the warehouse will be about the size
of three large grocery stores.
“BSD is investing over $20 million in the Windsor economy. There will be
jobs — crane operators, warehouse people, probably at least 20 people
by 2018 once it’s complete.”
He also said many truckers employed by BSD are deciding to move to
Windsor, spurred by the ELD rules that will make it advantageous for
Canadian-based truckers to start their journeys as close to the border
“We’re bringing in a lot of work,” said Gatt. “Not bad for a small trucking company that started in 2012.”
He said the company already has two or three major players in the
industry interested in using the warehouse. The project will include
10,000 square feet of space BSD will rent to other trucking companies
that want to create a Windsor hub.
“They can park a couple of trucks, hire some people, hire some more
drivers to do their shunting across the border to get their loads
delivered on time.”
He said the firm located on Division Road, on the former Hanson Pipe
property, well aware of former Mayor Eddie Francis’s vision to transform
Windsor airport into an international air cargo hub. The BSD warehouse
will be a stone’s throw away from freight arriving or departing by air,
and it also has arranged to use the adjacent rail line.
Canada is expected to eventually require ELDs, but that will make the
Windsor warehouse an even more lucrative venture, according to Gatt.
With manufacturers married to the just-in-time delivery of materials,
the warehouse will serve as a place for long-haul truckers arriving
early to drop their materials and then have them delivered by a local
truck at the correct time.
“That’s the idea of putting up this warehouse and everything else,”
Gatt said. “It’s trying to get a leg up on the industry so we can offer
more services and be one of the big trucking companies here in the
OSHAWA, Ont. — The fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event is set to take
place on August 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. outside Oshawa’s Tribue
The event is presented by Midway Nissan in support of Big Brothers
Big Sisters of South-West Durham. Entrance to the hands-on,
family-friendly event is free. Touch-a-Truck allows children of all ages
to get up close and personal with more than 40 vehicles of all shapes
and sizes. Vehicle partners include the Oshawa Fire Services, Durham
Regional Police, Hard-Co Construction Ltd., Ontario Regiment Museum, and
“We are thrilled to announce the fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event,”
stated William Balfour, director of marketing and group sales for
Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Tribute Communities Centre.
“Over the past four years, we as a community have raised more than
$6,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham through this
event and the level of support we receive from the vehicle and community
partners year after year is incredible. Without the support from
community partners, this event would not be possible.”
Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s event will start an hour
earlier to help make it possible for families to visit more vehicles
during the event.
“The crowds continue to grow each year and it is an amazing feeling
to see children having so much fun turning on the sirens and honking the
horns while they sit in the driver’s seat of so many different
vehicles. It’s also great to see the parents participating as well after
their children’s turn,” Balfour added. “This year’s event will utilize a
portion of Bruce Street and Charles Street as the south suite holder’s
parking lot will be under construction and unavailable for the event.
The City of Oshawa and Spectra know how much our community enjoy this
event so we worked to ensure it could proceed despite the loss of the
south parking lot to construction.”
The 2016 event was the largest Touch-a-Truck Spectra had organized at
the Tribute Communities Centre with almost
50 participating vehicles and attendance nearing 4,000. The Spectra team
aims to surpass last year’s $2,027 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters
of South-West Durham and encourages all attendees to donate what they
can afford to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the event at their booth.
There will also be a charity barbecue for those who attend.
TransCore Link Logistics launches application to simplify quoting process
TORONTO, Ont. — TransCore Link Logistics announced the release of
Rate Index Multi-Lanes, an application designed to ease the process
retrieving truckload spot rates from multiple lanes today.
“We launched Multi-Lanes to simplify the time-consuming processes
trucking companies and freight brokers must currently undergo to provide
their customers with rate quotes on multiple lanes,” said Claudia
Milicevic, senior director and general manager at TransCore Link
According to TransCore, the process is easy and efficient. Users can
drop their requests into a spreadsheet that is delivered through secure
communications to produce key data, such as:
Variable truckload rates for previous 90 and 365
days to compare user industry knowledge with real-time and historical
fluctuations, as well as number of contributors on each lane,
City-to-city and market-to-market per mile high, average and low rates to better rate analytics, and
Truck-to-load ratio for the previous 7 and 30 days to monitor and identify more recent capacity variances.
DUBLIN, VA – Volvo revealed more than a new long-haul truck with the official launch of its VNL on Tuesday.
The event was set against the backdrop of a new customer center as
part of the company’s New River Valley plant, and about 3,000 customers
and dealers are expected to visit in coming weeks.
About 3,000 people are scheduled to visit the new customer center in coming weeks.
of a broader US $38.1-million manufacturing investment in Dublin,
Virginia, the facility covers 36,000 square feet, and features a product
showroom, two exhibit rooms, a pair of pilot review rooms, and a
central theater with an 82-foot turntable. Much of it is currently
staged to showcase features of the new VNL and VNR trucks, complete with
cutaways of cabs, and kiosks to demonstrate smart steering wheel
controls and a new display that has been added to the gauge cluster.
Customers can take trucks on a related 1.1-mile track with banked
corners, numerous surfaces and grades – or view the activities from an
Look at it from above, and the structure even takes the shape of a Volvo logo, officially known as the iron mark.
“Now, our trucks, engines and transmissions are all spotlighted in
one location, in a one-of-a-kind facility designed to offer a unique
brand experience that only Volvo can offer,” said Göran Nyberg,
president of Volvo Trucks North America.
Officials broke ground on the new facility in September 2015.
GREENBELT, MD – About 12% of the 9,500 vehicles inspected during a
surprise Brake Safety Day on May 3 were placed out of service because of
brake defects, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says.
The event was part of the alliance’s Operation Airbrake Program,
focusing enforcement teams on out-of-adjustment brakes and other points
in the brake system.
Of the 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors that required antilock
braking systems, 8% had related violations. Violations were more likely
on 3,222 trailers that required antilock brakes, with 15% of those cited
for violations. Of the 723 trucks with hydraulic brakes, 6% had
antilock braking violations.
Buses didn’t do much better. Of the 57 that required antilock brakes, 11% had related violations.
Canadian enforcement personnel conducted 1,384 of the inspections, while their U.S. counterparts accounted for the rest.
Violations other than brake-related issues were hardly ignored. They placed 21% of the vehicles out of service.
The next brake safety day is scheduled for September 7.
401 WB in Ingersoll reopens following crash involving Blood Services truck
The driver of a Canadian Blood Services truck was taken to hospital Tuesday morning following a crash on the 401 in Ingersoll.
Oxford County OPP say a Canadian Blood Services box truck collided with a transport truck at around 7:30 a.m.
say the box truck was travelling in the middle lane of the 401
westbound between Foldens Line and highway 19 when it struck the back of
the transport truck, lost control, and struck the centre median.
Canadian Blood Services told AM980 the driver of the box truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
OPP say it’s lucky no one was seriously injured.
in the case we’ve had minor injuries,” said OPP Constable Stacey
Culbert. “The driver of the Canadian Blood Services box truck was
transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. At this time we
have no injuries for the other transport truck driver,” she said.
collision cause significant traffic delays on the 401 westbound, as the
highway was closed between Foldens Line and highway 19 for several
hours. All lanes were reopened shortly before 11 a.m.
Blood Services confirmed the truck, which was seriously damaged in the
collision, was carrying blood and plasma platelet products but noted the
products were contained and no spillage occurred.
Officials said the contents are being disposed of, and replacement orders are currently en route to replenish the loss.
organization added that with a national inventory, it is “capable of
withstanding unfortunate incidents such as these, but the need for blood
Police say the driver of the box truck, a 45-year-old London man, has been charged with careless driving.
A quick response in Nova Scotia will keep the oversize loads rolling
TRURO, N.S. — After some oversize load drivers found that they
could not get through a nearly-finished roundabout just off the
Trans-Canada’s Exit 12 between Truro and Amherst this June, a productive
meeting with representatives from the Department of Transportation and
Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) resulted in a simple solution.
“It is excellent that they came forward and that we could react. In
this case, we were not made aware of these vehicles. We had the
solution, we just had to know where to apply it,” says Keith Boddy,
senior highway design engineer with TIR.
The roundabout, the province’s 32nd, is at the junction of the old
Trunk 4 and a connector crossing the Trans-Canada. It was installed to
slow Trunk 4 traffic to safer speeds and reduce the risk of high-speed
collisions. The intersection is near the Double C Truck Stop, a favorite
haunt for truckers, and a safe haven for drivers of oversize loads
looking for a place to park.
The 60-meter inscribed circle diameter of this roundabout was
designed to accommodate a 53-ft. trailer hauled by a tractor with a
“We allow for it to be on asphalt all the time,” Boddy says.
While even longer trailers could go ’round and ’round the roundabout
all day long, some drivers found that their super long trailers, like
those hauling wind turbine blades, could not negotiate the exit that
would let them reach the Double C.
While trucks operating with special permits are responsible for
scoping out drivable routes, in this case, the Double C got involved,
and elevated the problem beyond being just a one-off pain, to a design
issue that had to be fixed. Following a meeting this June at the Double C
with TIR representatives, TIR staffers went back to their computers and
tweaked the exits.
With some truck configuration information in hand from the trucking
representatives at that meeting, TIR quickly figured out what to do.
“I think we used a 110-ft. trailer (in the modeling software) as the
maximum length usually going through there. They gave us a couple of
configurations, and my co-workers built it into the modeling software,”
The solution was to add what is sometimes called grass stone on parts
of the exits’ shoulders. These are honeycombed blocks with the strength
to handle a lot of weight, but with holes through which grass can grow.
It is standard to put grass stone in the center of roundabouts as an
override surface for long trucks. Not many were needed, as the computer
simulation showed just where the long trailers’ wheels would drop off
After examining how trucks passed through the roundabout, TIR crews
applied the grass stone treatment to a number of locations, including
two exits and three entrances.
Peter Ross, dimensional load manager for TDR Transport in Dartmouth,
N.S., was skeptical that the improvements would do the trick, and sure
enough, the rumor mill lurched into gear when, a few days later, an
oversize load being delivered by Transport Bellemare International from
the Ceres Terminal in Halifax to Ottawa was not allowed in the
A quick call to Serge Turcotte, chief dispatch, oversize transport,
Transport Bellemare International put the rumor out of its misery. On
that day, contractors were diverting all traffic away from the
roundabout because they were paving.
“When we arrived at the place, it was in construction,” Turcotte
says. The asphalt was really fresh. Every car was routed through the
Masstown Market. “For us it went very well.”
Turcotte also noted, “Our guy told us that the roundabout is small…(but)
all roundabouts are complicated for us. You can take every roundabout
from Halifax to Thunder Bay, and you will have difficulties. We used to
pass through Mattawa, in Ontario, without difficulty. Then they built a
roundabout and now we have difficulties.”
Truckers in Nova Scotia should not be shy about getting in touch with TIR when they spot issues of concern.
“The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal works
closely with industry,” Boddy says. “We welcome the interaction, as a
design group and as a department. For us to effectively communicate with
(the trucking industry) before a design is very difficult. We are a
small shop and can deal with these things quickly, because we do the
work in-house. We can take a query, and within a day there are 10 sets
of eyes on it, and have a solution out the door.”
Carriers of Choice winners – those that have placed among the winners
for five consecutive years or more – included: All Connect Logistical
Services; Armour Transportation; Cardinal Couriers; Cargojet; Cavalier
Transportation Services; FedEx; Guilbault Transport; GX Transportation;
Hercules Forwarding; MacKinnon Transport; Midland Courier; Penner
International; Polaris Transportation; Tiger Courier; TransPro Freight
Systems; and XTL Transport.
ON – Don Anderson loved trucks, and almost 100 trucks representing
friends -- and even some of his competitors -- took a trip down Highway
404 on Saturday morning in a fitting tribute to his legacy.
The founder of Don Anderson
Haulage, and a longtime member of the Ontario Trucking Association, died
on Canada Day at the age of 80.
The successful entrepreneur began his career with a single gravel
truck in 1960, later expanding to specialized industries such as
infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy. The business grew to about 100
trucks overall. He earned the Ontario Trucking Association’s Service to
Industry Award about a decade ago.
"Don Anderson was the embodiment of everything that is good about the
trucking industry -- dedication, hard work, honesty, a loving husband
and family man, a sense of humour. Donnie, as he was affectionately
known, had the respect of his industry peers and they had his," said
David Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Trucking
Alliance, in a statement issued after Anderson’s death. "He and [his
wife] Maris, and you couldn't think of one without the other, were a
wonderful couple and an incredible team until the very end. Donnie was
larger than life -- I wouldn't have wanted to be skating down his side
of the ice -- with that huge smile and even bigger presence.”
In recent years, Anderson faced bouts of prostate cancer, an
abdominal aortic aneurysm, and small cell lung cancer. But even when
being treated with chemotherapy and radiation, he was often seen
conducting business from his bedside.
Cut off: wildfire road closures prompt 'panic buying' in some B.C. tow
Supply trucks can't get food shipments into some communities
Roger Brandt, owner of Hagensborg Mercantile, says
perishables are going fast as the community panics over a food shortage.
Some smaller communities in B.C. are claiming they are the
"forgotten towns" of the wildfires because road closures are cutting off
According to the latest highway closures, supply trucks aren't able to access cities like Horsefly, B.C., northeast of Williams Lake.
Local rancher Santino Marazzo says a number of evacuees are visiting
from other communities such as 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and
Santino Marazzo, a rancher from Horsefly, B.C., is concerned for his community as supplies dwindle. (Andrea Parker)
"We have very little food left in our store," said Marazzo. "The
other thing that we were in dire need of was medication for those that
are suffering from various ailments ... however that arrived [Tuesday]."
The community also had to ration gas supplies until a fuel truck arrived Monday with $50 of fuel per person.
Marazzo says there has been no communication with the regional or
provincial district and the community is relying on each other and the
local fire station.
"We've been resilient and we've been pulling together. The people of
Horsefly have been just unbelievable just helping each other," said
It's a similar situation 500 kilometres west in Hagensborg, B.C.,
where the city is also feeling the effects of closures on Highway 20.
Since Sunday afternoon, the shelves have been bare at the Hagensborg Mercantile.
The Hagensborg Mercantile is one of two stores in the area. (Jen Sima)
"We're not able to get the trucks through all the roads shut down,"
said owner Roger Brandt. "There's been some panic buying so the shelves
kind of are cleaned off."
"We're very low on perishables. All the dairy products are gone. Many of the produce and meat items are gone," Brandt added.
Around 2,000 people rely on Brandt's store and the Bella Coola Co-op, the other store in the community facing similar concerns.
Although the city does have a local airport, perishables usually arrive on trucks from Vancouver twice a week.
With no word of when roads will be cleared, Brandt is working to get trucks from Vancouver to his store as soon as possible.
In response to the lack of supplies, Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.'s chief
fire information officer, says the B.C. Wildfire Service is
just ensuring communication continues for the time being.
"Because they are currently cut off in terms of communications, our
ministry has provided them with satellite phones so they can stay in
contact. But that is the extent that I know of from the Wildfire
Service," said Skrepnek.
Those in need of food, shelter and prescriptions are encouraged to
seek support at local emergency social services reception centres, but
some residents in Horsefly and Hagensborg say that's not enough.
Express Mondor raises $27K in breast cancer battle
LANORAIE, QC Express Mondor gathered almost 200 golfers and guests at
the Berhier Golf Club on June 15 for its annual golf tournament and
gala evening in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. For the
last four years, Express Mondor has helped fund the Quebec Breast Cancer
Foundation’s research and support initiatives for people with breast
The event raised $27,000 this year, for a total of more than $107,000
donated to the Foundation since the inception of the event.
“My sister Marie-Claude [one of the event organizers] has been
working at Express Mondor for several years. I suffered from breast
cancer three years ago, and I’m facing this tough challenge once again,”
says Martine Leduc.
“With advances in research, more and more women have seen their life
extended. I sincerely thank all those who participated in this Express
Mondor Tournament and helped support the Quebec Breast Cancer
“The Foundation is delighted to be able to count on Express Mondor’s
support. The amount raised this year once again testifies to its senior
management’s commitment to our cause. This gesture, as well as the
messages conveyed during the event, contribute to advancing breast
cancer research, raising awareness and changing attitudes about this
disease,” says Karine Iseult Ippersiel, vice-president, development,
partnerships and strategic alliances at the Quebec Breast Cancer
“We’re extremely proud to help raise funds for the Quebec Breast
Cancer Foundation,” says Billy Mondor, vice president of business
development at Express Mondor.
“Every year, we are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response
from our employees, our partners and many of our clients who are willing
to get involved in our fundraising event. The tournament offers a
unique opportunity to rally together to help beat this disease.”
Express Mondor was established in 1995 in Lanoraie by brothers Éric, Dany et Billy Mondor.