Need Truck Parking? Try Teamwork

By Joanne Ritchie So the province of Ontario has hired a consultant to do a bunch of research and produce a report with recommendations for improving southern Ontario rest areas, a companion piece to another project that includes a rest area demand assessment in the northern part...
Posted On 09 Oct 2017
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2017 Federal Budget Should Focus on Shift to Low Carbon Trucking

By: David Bradley The 2017 budget will likely be tabled sometime in February or March. The focus of CTA’s submission this year is on GHG-reduction. The industry wants to transition to lower carbon heavy trucks, trailers and fuel. Why wouldn’t it? Diesel is the second largest...

Carbon Pricing Will Be a Key to Fighting Climate Change

By: David Bradley Recently, Canada became a signatory to the Paris agreement on climate change. Signing the agreement is not the same as ratification, but that is expected to occur this fall after the federal and provincial governments reach their own accord on how to move...
Posted On 06 Oct 2016
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Board or Bolt? The 90-Day Dilemma

By Joanne Ritchie It never ceases to amaze me how long we’ve been talking about some of trucking’s most pressing issues. As far back as the 1920s, for example, there were concerns about the lack of competent, quality truck drivers, as I discovered in a 1928 magazine...
Posted On 06 Oct 2016
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On The Road or On the Job, It’s All Safety

By David Bradley When it comes to safety, most of the attention as it relates to the trucking industry is focused on the industry’s performance on the roads and highways. But, there is another facet of safety that also requires ongoing attention – that is safety in the workplace....

GHG Phase 2: Why?

By Joanne Ritchie I’m an avid reader, but this tome just about did me in. I’m talking about the 1,329-page notice of proposed rulemaking called, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2,...

Trucking In for Busy Fall Season

By David Bradley Although we’re all trying to soak up the last days of summer and fall is still a bit a ways off, we already know it promises to be a busy and extremely important one for the Canadian trucking industry. On Oct. 19, a federal election will take place. I have...
Posted On 08 Oct 2015
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Technology: Scourge or Saviour?

By Joanne Ritchie We don’t need to look too hard to find someone whose ability to earn a living has been temporarily suspended by a faulty sensor. Trucks, it seems, are regularly humbled by even the most innocuous parts, sometimes not even directly related to the operation...
Posted On 26 Sep 2014
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Some Practical Ideas for the Next Border/Trade Agreement

By David Bradley With 2014 marking the 20th anniversary of NAFTA and talk of perhaps opening the agreement up, or at least a new border agreement, now’s the time to take stock of where we’re at and where we might go from here. NAFTA has been good for the economies of...
Posted On 09 Sep 2014
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Working Overtime on Overtime

Working Overtime on Overtime Joanne Ritchie Overtime pay – the lack of it – is one of the most hotly-debated and ultimately misunderstood topics in the complex regulation we call Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code (CLC), which sets out minimum standards that...
Posted On 04 Mar 2014
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