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CITA and OTA develop advice on best practices in shipper-carrier relationship
Ontario Trucking Association
A group made up of shippers from the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) and motor carriers from the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) met in Toronto, ON, recently with the goal of opening a mutually beneficial dialogue on working together to identify opportunities for efficiencies in the goods distribution system.
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Canada's Transport Minister encourages industry to 'stay involved'
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Transportation Media's Julia Kuzeljevich, attending the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's International Transport Forum summit in Germany, had the opportunity to interview the Honourable Denis Lebel, minister, transport, infrastructure and communities, Canada. Minister Lebel will speak on several panels at the summit, including a Ministerial Session on attracting private finance and ensuring predictable funding, and a Ministers Roundable on attracting new sources of private finance to transport infrastructure.
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Canada, U.S. announce bi-national border infrastructure investment plan
Truck News
Canada and the U.S. have announced they will partner on a joint Canada-United States Border Infrastructure Investment Plan. The Honourable Denis Lebel, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, and the Honourable Vic Toews, minister of public safety, along with Ray LaHood, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Janet Napolitano, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, released the "first-ever" joint Canada-United States Border Infrastructure Investment Plan.
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Canadian relief for Moore tornado victims denied at border
CBC.ca
A Canadian shipment of relief goods bound for storm-ravaged Oklahoma has been stopped at the Canada-U.S. border in Windsor, ON. American officials will not allow the 20,000 kilograms of food, blankets and diapers into the country until every item on board is itemized in alphabetical order and has the country of origin of every product noted.
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Feds New Building Canada Plan targets roads, bridges and municipal projects
Truck News
The federal government has committed more funding towards infrastructure under the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on ongoing federal investments and aims to contribute to the building of roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories and municipalities over 10 years.
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Trucking


Trucks transported 60 per cent of US-NAFTA Trade
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Trucks carried 60 per cent of the $95.6 billion of freight moved between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, followed by rail at 16.5 per cent, vessels at 8.1 per cent, pipelines at 7.0 per cent and air at 3.7 per cent, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
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Celadon to acquire Canadian carrier Hyndman Transport
Transport Topics
Celadon Trucking Services has said that it will acquire Canadian carrier Hyndman Transport. Terms were not disclosed. Hyndman Transport, Wroxeter, ON, operates about 175 tractors and generated about $48 million in revenue in 2012.
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3-day commercial road safety blitz launches throughout North America
Canadian Underwriter
A major commercial road safety blitz event is underway with 10,000 federal, state, provincial and local inspectors participating across North America.  The 72-hour blitz, Roadcheck 2013, is spearheaded by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), and is taking place across 1,500 locations, where inspectors will conduct comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections. The inspectors will look at trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and motorcoaches, and submit inspection records to their state, provincial and federal jurisdiction systems for analyses.
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Patchwork policies limiting transport efficiencies
Financial Post
One would think that driving a transport truck full of goods across Canada would be a relatively simple exercise. Not so, when one considers the myriad of legislative beasts at work. Ask David Bradley, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance in Toronto, ON, about regulatory stumbling blocks and he'll tell you that trucking is the poster boy for a "patchwork quilt of Canadian regulations."
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Rail


AAR fires at NITL over forced switching proposal
RailwayAge
Like a U.S. Navy destroyer unleashing all of its weapons simultaneously, the Association of American Railroads has launched a strongly worded attack on the National Industrial Transportation League's proposal to the Surface Transportation Board for "forced switching," also known as "mandated access," "mandatory switching," and "forced competition."
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Feds pass Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The federal government has passed the Fair Rail Freight Service Act Bill in the House of Commons. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the passage of the Bill, commenting, "Our government is pleased to see that another significant step has been reached regarding this important legislation. Once adopted, this new Act will contribute positively to relations between shippers and railway companies, and enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of the entire rail freight supply."
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Air


International Civil Aviation Organization headquarters to remain in Montreal
CNW
The member airlines of the National Airlines Council of Canada welcome the announcement that the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization will remain in Montreal. "Montreal is an international civil aviation hub, and benefits from world-class aviation expertise and facilities," said George Petsikas, President of the NACC, adding: "Maintaining ICAO's headquarters in the city is excellent news not only for the organization and its staff, but also for the greater Montreal region, Canada and international civil aviation as a whole."
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Canada's aging Artic airports reducing service to northerners
CTV News
Pilots say Canada's Arctic airports are getting so old they are forcing air carriers to downgrade what are often the only links northern communities have to the outside world. At a conference in Ottawa, ON, of the world's largest pilots union, the Air Line Pilots Association, delegates heard that proposed new federal regulations could make that situation even worse.
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Patchwork policies limiting transport efficiencies
Financial Post
One would think that driving a transport truck full of goods across Canada would be a relatively simple exercise. Not so, when one considers the myriad of legislative beasts at work.

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ACL builds on Canadian North air freight deal
Nunatsiaq Online
Through a new arrangement with Canadian North, Arctic Cooperatives has made big changes to the way it ships food and other cargo to member co-ops in the Baffin region as well as to the ACL-owned Arctic Ventures Marketplace in Iqaluit.

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Polar Air Cargo adds Asian destinations
Air Cargo World
Polar Air Cargo Worldwide announced plans to enhance its 767 Intra-Asia services and 747 Trans-Pacific services. One Boeing 767-300 freighter will operate between Tokyo, Sydney and Incheon, South Korea while a second 767-300F will operate between Taipei, Taiwan.

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Marine


Marine use of liquified natural gas being examined
Materials Management & Distribution
A major project is being undertaken on the West Coast to determine the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel in Canada. The West Coast Marine LNG Supply Chain Project is described as a multi-stakeholder effort with the goal of understanding the "barriers to the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel on the West Coast of Canada."
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