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Canadian manufacturers positive about global economic outlook
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Almost half of Canadian manufacturers are more optimistic than their international counterparts about the global economy in the next two years but also believe the sector has some obstacles to overcome to remain competitive, according to a KPMG survey. Canadian Manufacturing Outlook 2013 — Driving Growth Through Innovation: Solving the "Canadian Dilemma" reveals 46 percent of respondents anticipate the global economy will experience low growth (between 0.1 percent and 1.9 percent) compared to 20 percent for their international counterparts. Sales growth also remains the overwhelming priority for 74 percent of Canadian manufacturers, who are smaller- to medium-sized niche market businesses, while reducing the cost structure comes in second at 56 percent.
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Can the growth in shipping crude by rail be derailed by safety concerns?
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The fatal train derailment in this small town about 250 km east of Montreal will undoubtedly spark debate about the risks involved in transporting oil by rail. In North America crude oil has traditionally been transported to markets by pipeline. In recent years, however, a combination of factors have made rail a viable alternative, as was explained in research recently published by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum.
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Government continues progress on new St. Lawrence bridge
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, announced that the Government of Canada has issued a request for proposals for 3D terrain modelling and land surveying services on request for the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence.
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Trucking


Average Canadian driver age older than 1st thought
Truckinginfo
New data from the National Household Survey (NHS) has found that the average age of a Canadian truck driver is 46, higher than the previous age of 44, and significantly higher than the national average of 41.5. The NHS, which is conducted by Statistics Canada, used data from a 2011 survey that replaced the previous information from the 2006 long-form census. The Conference Board of Canada analyzed the results of this new survey and found a drop in truck drivers ages 20 to 29, 11.6 percent in 2006 versus 8.8 percent in 2011.
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FTR Associates: New US regulations could leave industry short a million drivers by 2016
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
An incoming regulatory tsunami could leave the American trucking industry in need of a million drivers by 2016, if all the new regulations currently being considered are implemented. That startling assessment was made by Noel Perry, senior consultant with FTR Associates, during the industry forecaster's State of Freight webinar. The webinar focused predominantly on the impact of the new hours-of-service rules.
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Overweight log trucks an issue at Red Rock scales
Truck News
Overweight log trucks are becoming an issue at the Red Rock scales in British Columbia, according to the Central Interior Logging Association. The association has been told by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement branch, that truckers are often exceeding the 63,500-kg limit and in some cases are pushing 70,000 kgs. Some have traveled to nearby Carrier Lumber and requested for part of their load to be removed.
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Rail


Rail lines up for grabs in Ontario
Peterborough This Week
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) is planning to sell or discontinue roughly five-and-a-half kilometres of its rail lines in Peterborough, Ontario. The track sections, along the Peterborough Industrial Spur and Industrial Lead, aren't busy enough for CP to continue long-term operations, says Kevin Hrysak, media relations manager for CP. The two spurs were put on a three-year plan for discontinuance. If there are no takers for the lines, CP plans to take apart the tracks, salvaging what it can, before selling the land.
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Boosting rail safety a better answer than adding pipelines
24 Hrs Vancouver
The incident in Quebec does nothing to bolster the increased movement [by pipeline] of crude oil or bitumen across the country at all. The oil on the train in this tragedy wasn't Canadian, it was a type of shale oil from North Dakota that doesn't normally get transported by pipelines. Oil transport will continue regardless of new pipelines, so to use it as an argument for building more is redundant. Both pipelines and rail transport hold their own environmental concerns and impact the health and safety of the communities they travel through when something goes wrong.
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Canadian Pacific agrees potash freight deal
Global Rail News
Canadian Pacific has signed a deal with a mineral mining company to transport potash out of a new site in western Canada to the coast. More than $4 billion is being invested in the initial phases of K+S Potash Canada's Legacy Site near Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan. Production of potash — a mineral commonly found in plant fertiliser products — is set to begin in 2016.
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Air


Chinese business about to fly farther
The Vancouver Sun
In Beijing, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada has agreed to expand an existing air transport agreement with China. The new agreement calls for air freight and passenger capacity between Canada and China to be boosted through both an increase of the number of flights and an expansion of allowed destinations. The new deal also allows Canadian companies to use China (through Chinese air passenger and freight services) to launch into other markets in Asia.
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Canada, US calling for review of empty trailer repositioning rules
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
A progress report on facilitating cross-border business travel is signaling a willingness to change the way Canada and the U.S. deal with the repositioning of foreign empty trailers, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The report was released by Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney and others.

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Canadian government enacts Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Progressive Railroading
Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act was enacted after receiving Royal Assent. The law requires railroads to offer a service agreement to companies shipping goods by rail, if requested by a shipper.

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Phase 1 of Canada-US truck cargo pre-inspection pilot now underway
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun Phase I of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot. The project, which got underway at the Pacific Highway crossing is a collaborative effort by CBP, Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety Canada under the U.S./Canadian Beyond the Border initiative.

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Marine


Nunavut-bound cargo, tanker vessels due to arrive at Iqaluit
Nunatsiaq News
As sealift season gets underway in the eastern Arctic, the first ships were expected to arrive in Iqaluit, at the earliest, Coast Guard officials said. The cargo vessel Umiavut, operated by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping, and the tanker Travestern, operated by the Woodward Group of Companies, will make their way up Frobisher Bay to Iqaluit with the help of Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Henry Larsen, said officials with the Canadian Coast Guard's Arctic office in Iqaluit.
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Canadian delegation visits Alaska to promote port
KRBD-FM
A delegation from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, attended a recent Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Alaska. They came for the Fourth of July festivities, and to speak about expansion projects taking place at their home port. Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem was accompanied by a group of officials from his town, as well as from the neighboring community of Port Edward. "We've got a lot in common, and we never forget that Ketchikan is our sister community," said Mussallem.
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