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Transport Canada takes action in response to TSB's initial Lac-Mégantic recommendations
Government of Canada
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced decisive actions to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's initial recommendations regarding the ongoing investigation into the Lac-Mégantic train derailment. Following the tragic accident last summer, Transport Canada took immediate steps to protect Canadians and the communities along our country's railway lines. The Government of Canada is building upon this work by introducing concrete measures to further strengthen Canada's regulation and oversight of rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods.
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Next 5 years will be better for tanker, refrigerated trucking
Truck News
Volatile gas prices and a slow recovery from the recent recession are just some of the factors that have caused the tank and refrigerated trucking industry to experience a decline in revenues. A new report authored by Nick Petrillo and published by IBISWorld, entitled Tank and Refrigeration Trucking in Canada, finds the industry at the tail end of a recovery cycle. According to the research company, since 2009, "total industry revenue declined at an average rate of 3.8 percent to $9.5 billion over the five-year period, with some industry firms consolidating operations to regain a portion of the industry’s slim profit margins."
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How fleet tracking can help solve fleet management challenges
By Regan Billie
Small business owners have a seemingly endless list of things to manage. From inventory and orders to employees and customers, a manager's attention can be spread thin, and important things can be overlooked. Many different types of businesses rely on fleets to get their products or services to their customers. For businesses that are dependent on their fleet, managing these vehicles can become one of the most costly challenges. The most simple and cost-effective solution to fleet management is to utilize fleet-tracking software.
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In 3 years, Canada phasing out old rail tank cars
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
To retrofit the type of rail tankers involved in the massive explosion in Canada last summer will require a three year phase out period, said a Canadian government official. In response to recommendations by Canada's Transportation Safety Board in the aftermath of the tragedy, Canada's transport minister will soon announce new rules.
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Canada's railways face increased risk from regulations
The Globe and Mail
The harsh winter that slowed freight trains and laid bare the tensions between the rail companies and their customers has spawned a new risk for Canada's two major railways — more regulations. The federal government has ordered the railways to meet minimum weekly grain targets, and followed that with legislation intended to help farmers and grain companies move last year's record crop. For the railways, the most controversial of these measures is the expansion of a prairie rail customer's right to ship with another railway, known in the industry as interswitching.
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Rail


CN President: Commercial incentives and supply chain collaboration are key to helping move more grain
Canadian Shipper
Claude Mongeau, CEO of CN, said Canada's grain handling and transportation system can only succeed in efficiently moving more grain to market if commercial incentives align the supply chain and if all supply chain participants are held accountable for their performance. Mongeau, addressing the grain sector in a speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce this afternoon, said: "The challenges the grain supply is facing stem from extreme circumstances — a huge, 100-year crop and the winter of a lifetime."
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Mary-Jane Bennett: Don't re-regulate the rails
National Post
In March of 2014, Ottawa pledged more than $14 billion over 10 years to infrastructure upgrades. A half billion alone will be ploughed into fixes to Montreal's crumbling Champlain Bridge. Over the next year, Canada's two biggest railways — CN and CP — will also get roughly $3 billion in infrastructure upgrades. But in this case, taxpayers won't pay a cent for them. That's because Canada's railways, unlike most transportation providers, build and maintain their own infrastructure, like track, bridges and tunnels.
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Ontario officials reveal $29 billion plan for transportation investment
Progressive Railroading
The Ontario government announced a plan to invest $29 billion — in Canadian dollars — in public transit and transportation infrastructure over the next 10 years as part of the Moving Ontario Forward initiative. The plan would create two dedicated funds — one for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area with up to $15 billion available for investment in transit, and one for the rest of the province with nearly $14 billion available for investment in roads, bridges, transit and other critical infrastructure, said Premier Kathleen Wynne.
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Trucking


BJ Bear bought by American refuse company
Truck News
B.J. Bear Grain Co. has been purchased by Custom Ecology, a U.S.-based waste hauler that was looking to expand its Canadian presence. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mableton, Ga.-based Custom Ecology is owned by private equity firm Kinderhook Industries. Prior to the recent purchase of B.J. Bear, Custom Ecology served the Greater Toronto Area with a 44-truck fleet based in Southeast Michigan.
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Registration open for BC Professional Truck Driving Championships
Truck News
Dozens of British Columbia drivers will be putting pen to paper, inspecting their rigs with a fine tooth comb and then jumping behind the wheel to demonstrate their skills at maneuvering their trucks, all in the name of competition. The drivers will all be contestants in the 2014 British Columbia Professional Truck Driving Championships, which is are behind held in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
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Air


Competition Bureau to review First Air, Canadian North merger
CBC News
The federal Competition Bureau says it will undertake a review of the proposed merger between First Air and Canadian North to determine whether it is likely to substantially lessen or prevent competition. But even with that reassurance, northerners are wondering how a single airline could affect passenger and cargo rates, and ultimately, the cost of living in the North. Peter McCart, Canadian North's vice president of marketing and communications, has said the goal of the merger is "to take two very good airlines and really combine them into sort of a one plus one equals three scenario."
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INTTRA: APL, MOL and UASC provided highest quality carrier data in March
Cargo Business News
Shipping e-commerce network INTTRA announced the March results of its Ocean Shipping Information Quality program, which examines carrier data provided by its shipping industry customers. The company said the program, which began earlier this year, lets carriers easily identify where data problems exist in order to improve their shipment information quality. The company statement said the lines that provided the highest quality data in March were APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and United Arab Shipping Company.
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4th guilty plea in Competition Bureau's ocean freight industry investigation
Canadian Shipper
Following a Competition Bureau investigation in the ocean freight industry in Canada, Overseas Container Forwarding Inc. pleaded guilty to two counts under the criminal conspiracy provision of the Competition Act for its participation in a price-fixing cartel related to various surcharges, including surcharges for currency exchange rate fluctuations and fuel. OCF was fined $675,000 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa and is required to set-up a corporate compliance program under the terms of a prohibition order.
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