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TTSAO reacts to MTO’s proposed MELT standards
Trucking News

HAMILTON, Ont. — The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) said today that it believes great strides have been achieved with the recently proposed Mandatory Entry Level Training standards, but that the standard still needs work before it can fully endorse them.

The TTSAO, and other industry subject matter experts from various carriers, training institutions and insurance fields were on the task force to provide their input and feedback on the standards.

The TTSAO said for it to fully endorsed the proposed MELT standards, the following suggestions must be addressed:

  • Instructor qualifications needs to be discussed
  • Minimum requirements for training on a standard transmission should be included
  • A clear definition of online education needs to be outlines
  • Procedures for booking of road tests should be included
  • Vehicle configurations for training and testing need to be clear
  • Observation time in training yard should be included in the defined hours
  • Night time training should not be a requirement of the standard
  • Maximum training of 6 hours per day in cab is unacceptable
  • Clearly defined documentation to verify training hours are met is required

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Too-tall truck gets jammed under Shaw Street railway bridge
Trucking News

A transport truck had its roof sheared off after its driver attempted to travel beneath a railway bridge that crosses Shaw Street near Dupont Avenue. A witness who spoke to CBC News said tall trucks often make contact with this bridge. ( Petar Valkov/CBC)

A transport truck had the roof of its trailer sheared off "like a can" after it became jammed under a railway overpass on Shaw Street near Dupont Avenue on Tuesday.

The driver wasn't hurt, but a section of Shaw Street was closed to traffic while crews worked to free the truck, which was too tall to travel beneath the bridge. 

Ryan Aberin was buying tile at a nearby hardware store on Dupont when he heard a sound that reminded him of a car accident. 

"I heard a crash and I look over and there's a truck over there, opened up like a can," he told CBC News. It sounded like lots of metal hitting other metal very fast."

In a tweet, police said the bridge was being inspected for damage.

Shaw Street truck bridge collision

The roof of the truck's trailer contacted the bottom of the Canadian Pacific Railway overpass on Shaw Street, near Dupont Avenue. (Petar Valkov/CBC)

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Highway closed, traffic blocked, after crash with trucks derails train
Trucking News
Three truck drivers injured, one airlifted to hospital, in collision

Three truck drivers have been injured, one seriously, after the rigs they were operating got involved in a collision that derailed a train east of Edmonton.

RCMP say one of three fluid haulers slammed into the moving train around 6:45 a.m. Friday at a crossing on Highway 893 near the hamlet of Islay.

The truck then hit a second fluid hauler, while a third hauler hit the train and came to rest in the ditch.

The first rig also careened into the ditch, coming to rest upside down.

A provincial government report said several freight cars derailed, but police say all three trucks were empty and no hazardous goods spilled from the train.

Two of the drivers were treated at the scene for minor injuries, while the third driver was airlifted to Edmonton.

Source of article click here: OHS

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Nfld's Teddy Bear Convoy needs pledges for kids hospital
Trucking News

This year’s top fundraising individual will win a trip for two to see the Beach Boys in concert at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s on June 29.

ST. JOHN’s, NFLD — The upcoming annual Teddy Bear Convoy for Newfoundland and Labrador needs your help to raise funds for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Volunteers with The Just For Kids Transportation Group have organized the Sunday, June 5 event to take place in St. John’s, coinciding with the annual Janeway Telethon. 

In 2015, more than $40,000 was raised, and some 75 trucks drove in two convoys. 

“Our goal this year is to exceed this amount and increase the number of trucks participating,” announced event organizers. “The kids love to see the trucks in the convoy and they will be the benefactors of your participation. Please help us to help these kids.” 

This year’s top fundraising individual will win a trip for two to see the Beach Boys in concert at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s on June 29.

[Pledge sheets are available as a pdf below this article]

The Teddy Bear Convoy kicks off at City Tire’s Retread Plant on the TCH at 8:30 a.m. 

“We will depart from there, as a convoy, and circle the hospital in view of the children,” announced event organizers. “We will make a presentation of a cheque to represent the funds collected, and then return to City Tire for a barbeque social sponsored by Marine Atlantic Inc. Similar efforts are being organized in Corner Brook, with the money raised in that event to be included in our presentation to the Janeway.” 

Donations can come from individuals or companies, but must be recorded on a pledge sheet. Pledge sheets and money should be submitted by June 3 to Jocelyn Miller at 709-722-1991 or Donations and pledge sheets for those participating in the convoy can be submitted to the Just For Kids Transportation Group at City Tire on June 5 before the convoy starts.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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OTA lauds mandatory entry-level driver training for Class A drivers
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) penned a letter to the Ministry of Transportation’s Program Development and Evaluation Branch touting a draft curriculum for mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for Class A drivers.

In the letter, the OTA said the proposal to require 103.5 minimum hours of instruction, including 58 hours of hands on the wheel, one-on-one driver training, before being permitted to take a road test would establish a new bar for effective learning compared to the current situation where ‘licence mills’ are known to graduate driving students after 24 hours or less of training.

“Coupled with new road and written examinations, the MELT Standard will significantly raise the competency of Class A drivers at a very early point in their occupation,” wrote OTA president David Bradley. “This is in contrast to the historical reality of some drivers acquiring minimal to virtually no occupational competency before seeking employment in the industry. Establishment of the competency base embedded in the MELT standard will allow motor carriers to provide on-the-job experience that builds each driver’s competency to the level required for occupational success.”

The OTA said it has been the ‘driving force’ behind the introduction of MELT, with one of its member committees providing content for the standard draft.

“As employers, OTA carriers have been concerned over the lack of consistency in terms of the competencies possessed by newly-licensed Class A drivers,” said Bradley. “As customers of the training institutions, they have also been concerned over the inconsistent standards of training provided those institutions. The lack of a MELT standard also perpetuated the perception that truck driving is a low-skill occupation – something the industry must overcome if it is to resolve the long-term, chronic shortage of drivers.”

The OTA said it will continue to work with the ministry to address any remaining issues with the MELT standard, and will cover the topic during its Council Summit in Toronto June 22.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Truck World resounding success
Trucking News
Leading trucking industry trade show attracts 18,820

TORONTO, Ont. – Truck World, the leading trade show for Canada’s trucking industry, attracted 18,820 people this year – a record number of qualified buyers.

“We attracted more people on each of the first two days than we did during the opening days of any previous Truck World,” says Joe Glionna, vice-president of Newcom Business Media Inc., which produces Truck World and its companion Expocam trade show. “The crowds of buyers and exhibitors speak to the strength of Canada’s trucking industry and the event itself.”


There were 14,862 visitors who walked through the halls of Toronto’s International Centre from April 14 to 16, interacting with 3,958 exhibitor representatives in more than 400 booths. Saturday’s “family day” numbers dropped slightly, likely due to summer-like conditions in the area.

The show also saw a noticeable increase in attendees from Canada’s South Asian community, in a year when a new relationship was forged with JGK Media, Glionna said. The company’s Desi Trucking magazine was named the show’s official South Asian Media Partner.

International Truck and Engine Corporation was the event’s platinum sponsor, while Shell and Manac were the gold sponsors. Truck World is endorsed by the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). In opening remarks, David Bradley, CEO of the Ontario Trucking Association, described the ongoing relationship with Newcom Business Media Inc. and Truck World as one of the smartest business decisions his association ever made.

The show kicked off with a keynote address by Murray K. Mullen, CEO of the Mullen Group, the largest provider of specialized transportation for Western Canada’s oil and gas industry. Other highlights included the awarding of 2016 HighwayStar of the Year honours to Highland Transport’s Joanne Millen-Mackenzie. That Newcom Business Media award was sponsored by Chevron, Eberspaecher, Freightliner, and the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada.

An expanded Driver Recruitment Pavilion brought together carriers and potential recruits who showed the promise of future highway stars.

In the day prior to the event, Newcom also hosted the new Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit in conjunction with PIT Group, bringing together the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATSSA), CTEA, OTA, and the Transportation Maintenance and Technology Association (TMTA). That attracted close to 200 delegates.

Source of article click here: Truck NEWS

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Convoy in Pennsylvania on track to set world record
Trucking News

LANCASTER, Pa. — The annual Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy in Lancaster, Pa. this past Mother’s Day might have set a world record for largest convoy.

This past Sunday, 590 trucks participated in the annual  Make-A-Wish Convoy where children got to ride up front with the truckers for the event. The previous official record was 416 trucks, set in the Netherlands, and is a high for the Make-A-Wish event which has been held for 27 years. Official validation from the Guinness Book of World Records


will take a few months according to organizers.

The truck convoy saw close to 7,000 spectators who lined the 26-mile loop in central Pennsylvania cheering for the truckers, who in turn, honked their horns. More than 120 Make-A-Wish children rode in trucks for the convoy. The day also featured a carnival fair for children attending.

Organizers say the convoy raised more $350,000 for the charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Bear cub electrocuted after climbing hydro pole in Mary's Harbour
Trucking News

The cub was first discovered on the pole around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)

A black bear cub didn't survive its climb up a hydro pole in Mary's Harbour, Labrador as residents woke early Sunday morning to see the cub apparently stuck high up, and its mother on the ground below.

"There was no movement from the bear, and the mother bear was actually out right underneath the pole, just looking up," said Stacey Dyson, who was alerted to the situation playing out in her yard around 5:30 a.m.

NL Hydro removes bear cub electrocuted in Marys Harbour

Hydro workers used a boom truck to reach the cub. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)

Dyson and her parents quickly called the RCMP, environment and conservation officers and NL Hydro, while the mother bear paced the neighbourhood.

"She was just kind of walking around the pole, going up and down the road and up in other people's yards. It was kind of scary," Dyson told CBC News.

"Then she'd come down here around our house, looking at us through the window."

Recovery effort

NL Hydro confirmed the 34-kilogram cub was electrocuted after it touched the transformer. But removing the bear's body took some effort by police and wildlife officers.

"it was all pretty exciting," said Dyson.

"They were actually trying to get the mother bear away from the pole, so the boom truck could get up and try to get the bear out of the hydro pole."

The bear was eventually scared off, and NL Hydro workers cut power to five customers in the area for about 20 minutes as they removed the body of the cub.

electrocuted bear in Mary's Harbour

Residents could see burn marks on the cub's face after it was removed from the hydro pole. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)

Dyson said her mother got up close to it afterwards, to see burn marks on its face. Although Dyson didn't venture that far, it's still the closest encounter she's ever had with a bear.

"They do kind of come out into the community during the summer months, but I've only seen them from a distance, so this was probably the first time ever in my life that I've seen a bear this close."

NL Hydro said wildlife officers are still monitoring the area of southern Labrador.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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OTA to address key regulatory changes at June summit
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is providing a vital trifecta of workshops at the upcoming Council Summit June 22 to prepare fleets for impending regulatory changes.

The first will be on electronic logging devices (ELDs) and will feature Tom Cuthbertson, chairman of the ELD task force, technology and maintenance council.

Cuthbertson will focus on the new rules and enforcement for ELDs in the US and how these changes will impact Canadian companies serving American customers.

The workshop will also include OTA vice-president of operations Geoff Wood, who will explain how carriers can prepare themselves for Canada’s anticipated ELD mandate.

The next workshop will showcase the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Franca Ambrosio, Kim MacCarl and John Landolfi, as well as the OTA’s Rolf VanderZwaag talking about the announcement of mandatory entry-level training for the Class AZ licence and how fleets can manage the driver certification program.

The final workshop will address medical marijuana and possible outright legalization of the substance.

The session will focus on changes to roadside enforcement in Canada and the US, hiring practises and impacts on carriers’ ability to manage safety in the workplace.

Barb Butler, Dr. Barry Kurtzer and Ross Wells will moderate the discussion.

The OTA Council Summit will include 16 workshops in total, is $50 for members to attend and includes a luncheon featuring Truck West and Truck News publisher and editorial director Lou Smyrlis interviewing OTA CEO David Bradley.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Winnipeg trucker filling trailer with donations for Fort McMurray evacuees
Trucking News 'I didn't think people would respond the way they did,' trucker says

Winnipeg Truck Driver, Kyle Pachkowsky, has organized a donation drive collecting necessities for evacuees affected by Fort McMurray fire.

A Winnipeg truck driver hopes Manitobans will help him fill a truck trailer with supplies for Fort McMurray evacuees. Kyle Pachkowsky says if he was in the same situation he would hope for the same kind of help.

The driver from RBP Trucking asked his family to get a trailer filled up with donations before he arrives back from the road. 

"When a city's burning down and everybody's moving from one city to another city, I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people that need stuff," Pachkowsky said by phone.

Peterbilt Manitoba donated space in its parking lot for the trailer.

Pachkowsky came up with the idea after he spoke with his cousin who lives in Lac La Biche. Hundreds who have found shelter there are now lacking the bare necessities. Here are the items he is asking people to donate:

  • Water
  • Diapers, baby wipes and baby food
  • Soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene and toothpaste .
  • Socks,underwear and clothing (new only)
  • Gift cards
  • Suitcases and backpacks

Rebecca Matais is one of the people who stopped by to drop off some items.

"I couldn't imagine losing everything that I have, especially with the baby too. It's good to give whatever you can."

Winnipeg volunteers for Fort McMurray donation drive

Kyle Pachkowsky's relatives help load truck trailer with donations at Peterbilt Manitoba. (CBC Manitoba)

Lisa Paillé with Peterbilt Manitoba said the response from Winnipeggers so far has been great.

"As of 8 a.m. my phone hasn't stopped ringing with people calling wanting to know: 'is this for real? Is this truly happening?'" Paillé said.

"Honestly it seems like everyone is taking it on to donate and help out as much as they can," said Paillé.

Donations will be accepted until 9:00 p.m. and until dinner time tomorrow when Pachkowsky hopes to be on the road back to Alberta with a trailer full of donations. He said more trailers are at the ready for another shipment of donations.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Truck Carrying Wind Mill Tower Topples Over Near The Forks
Trucking News

Traffic is delayed on Route 201 near The Forks, after a truck carrying a wind tower rolled onto its side.
It happened in Johnson Mountain Township Monday morning, according to Jackman Town Manager Matt Pineo, who was at the scene.

According to Pineo, the rear steering linkage locked up as the truck was climbing uphill, causing the wheels of the truck to go sideways.

The truck took out about 400 feet of guardrail, says Pineo, as well as a utility pole.

No one was injured. The truck was out of Canada.

The wind tower is still attached to the trailer of the truck.

The northbound lane of Route 201. otherwise known as the Old Canada Road, is blocked.

Power was knocked out to folks in the area.

Source of article click here: Wabi TV

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Maritime personal care donations arrive in Edmonton, more on the way
Trucking News
Transport truck filled with sorted and boxed toothbrushes, soap, diapers

The first of four trucks from the Maritimes arrived in Edmonton with emergency supplies for those driven from their homes in Fort McMurray. (Ryan Aspinall)

A transport truck from Halifax, filled from top to bottom with boxed personal care items, has arrived in Edmonton, Alta., and three more trucks will arrive this week.

Cape Breton businesswoman Megs Farrell is one of the driving forces behind the initiative to provide some comfort to people forced to flee their homes in Fort McMurray after the wildfire two weeks ago.

Farrell says she started asking how to help almost as soon as the crisis developed.

"We contacted the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, basically as they were putting out the call for the mandatory evacuation for the entire city of Fort McMurray," she said. 

"We asked the best way that Atlantic Canadians could engage if they were unable to make cash donations."

Truck from Halifax arrives in Edmonton

The unloading begins. (Ryan Aspinall)

Farrell says after that initial conversation, she helped connect a group of like-minded people all over the Maritimes, "and we co-ordinated what became an absolutely massive effort."

Farrell says it was decided that volunteers would assemble what they called a seven-day needs box.

"So the boxes were labelled by age, gender, as well as sizing," she explained. "So, if I had, for example, an infant son who wore between six to nine months, I would go in and ask for that box."

Farrell says the contents of that particular box would include seven pairs of pajamas, 14 outfits, diapers, children's Motrin, a toothbrush, baby wipes, diaper cream, and diapers.

Boxes for adults would include toiletries, socks and underwear, among other emergency items.

The first truckload left Halifax last Thursday and arrived at the Alberta Emergency Relief sorting facility in Edmonton early this morning.

A second truck left Sydney Monday night.

Another truck will leave from Halifax and a fourth will head to Edmonton by way of Fredericton.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Quebec fleet, driver charged in wheel-off death
Trucking News

Paul Philip Koenderman

TORONTO, ON — Quebec trucking company Transport Leo Labelle Inc., and a driver with the fleet, are facing charges in relation to the wheel-off death of a 69-year-old male driver on Jan. 27.

The wheel-off occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 400, between King and Aurora roads, just after 9 a.m. A set of dual wheels from the trailer snapped off and struck an SUV belonging to Paul Philip Koenderman, of Burlington, ON, who later died in hospital.

Ontario Provincial Police has charged Bruno Bergeron, 30, of St. Rouyn-Noranda, QC, with criminal negligence causing death.

Transport Leo Labelle Inc. — already struggling with a downgraded conditional status due to a series of mechanical and safety mishaps — faces a Highway Traffic Act charge of wheel separation from a commercial motor vehicle.

The case is due in court July 22.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Driving for Profit full-day seminar only a few weeks away
Trucking News

LONDON, Ont. – Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets, a full day workshop put together by NAL Insurance and CarriersEdge is coming up in a couple of weeks on June 1, 2016.

The day’s focus will be geared towards discussing best practices uncovered during the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, along with current issues in driver wellness and owner/operator contract compliance.

“The 2016 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For uncovered a wide range of simple but effective ideas for creating great workplaces and we’re looking forward to sharing them”, said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. “Driving for Profit has always done a great job of providing relevant, actionable information for fleet owners, and we’re excited to be working together for this event.”

“Since inception, Driving For Profit has been about helping fleets improve their bottom lines”, added Glenn Caldwell, v.p.  of Sales and NAL Insurance. “By partnering with Best Fleets to Drive For we can expand that even further and showcase a great selection of proven program ideas.”

Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets is sponsored by Dalton Timmis.

“This is the 5th time that Dalton Timmis has sponsored one of our events and we are happy to have their support again this year. Dalton understands the importance of providing valuable education to their clients and the transportation industry,” added Caldwell.

The joint seminar will take place at the Mississauga Grand in Mississauga, Ont. and is set to take place from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Tickets are available at for $199, with an early bird price of $149 until April 29. Complimentary passes will be provided to NAL and CarriersEdge customers, and Best Fleets to Drive For participants.

Source of article click here:  Truck News

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Truck driver dies in Laval accident, another injured
Trucking News
Quebec provincial police investigating accident on Highway 13

The highway remained open to traffic following an accident Thursday. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

A 28-year-old man is dead after a collision between two trucks on Highway 13 in Laval early Thursday morning.

The man was pinned in the cabin of his truck after it struck the back of the second truck around 8:15 a.m. near St-Martin Boulevard on Highway 13 north. 

The driver of the other truck suffered minor injuries.

Quebec provincial police are investigating. 

The highway remains open to traffic.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Canadian truck driver charged with attempting to smuggle Polish citizens over Pe
Trucking News

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Canadian man is facing serious charges for attempting to smuggle in two illegal aliens to the U.S. over the Peace Bridge on March 1.

Leszek Budzyna, 50, a Canadian citizen, allegedly told Customs and Border Protection agents that he needed to enter the U.S. with his commercial truck to pick up a trailer to haul. Under a second inspection, authorities utilized an x-ray to reveal suspicious objects in the cab of the truck.

After telling agents he was traveling alone, officers located Monika Gondek, 47, and Mariusz Madej, 54, two citizens of Poland. All three were immediately arrested.

Budzyna faces charges of alien smuggling and making false statements. Gondek and Madej face charges of eluding examination and inspection by immigration officials.

Each faces prison time if found guilty. They’ll return to court at a later date.

Source of article click here: WIVB

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Industry vet Ken Hellawell passes away
Trucking News

ORILLIA, Ont. — A great man and a major figure in the Canadian trucking world has left us. Ken Hellawell, in his 85th year, passed away in Orillia on May 8, 2016. To say he will be missed would be an outrageous understatement. He was such a pillar in the trucking safety world, and involved in so many initiatives – a pioneer of truck safety in so many ways.

Ken Hellawell

Ken Hellawell

Back in 1964 a small group of safety managers and stakeholders met at the Seaway Hotel on Lakeshore Blvd., in Etobicoke, Ont. Ken was there representing OK Express along with Stan Bond from Smith Transport and a handful of others. This was the genesis of the Transportation Safety Association and the Fleet Safety Council that carries on to this day.

I met Ken when I started working OK Express, where he was driver-trainer-consultant, probably in the mid-1970s. But before that time he’d already enjoyed a storied career driving for Smith Transport out of Commissioners Street in Toronto, running Montreal along old Hwy. 2.

His son Darren tells me he was involved with the move to piggyback trailers via rail in the early 1960s and I do recall him showing me some pictures of Smith Transport’s pigs getting chained down beside the Lakeshore from those times.

Ken Hellawell taught me to double clutch, probably in 1976-77 or so, in an underpowered Hino diesel. Ken sat beside me showing me the ropes as we roller-coasted the hills on Hwy. 400. But the really interesting connection for me is that Ken used to write a column in Truck News, and probably inspired me to start writing about trucking and its community.

Ken had a long career as owner of ProTrans, his truck safety consulting business, and worked with many carriers. But Ewen Steele, past president of the Ontario Truck Driver Championships remembers him fondly from the yearly competitions.

“A fixture in truck driving championships from being a competitor, a sponsor, a president of the championships and an ambassador. Driver, fleet owner, sponsor – he knew them all – and they knew him. Rarely was there a new person show up on the scene that Ken didn’t engage in conversation. The world is not likely to see another like Ken, that mould was broken long ago,” Steele reminisces.

Ken Hellawell

Ken Hellawell

As a journalist, I’d run into him over the years at various safety awards dinners, but I was shocked to hear about his passing. He had been suffering from bone cancer and we’d lost touch.

He is survived by six children: Karen, Doug, Robin, Darren, Brent and Jody, and was a loving grandpa to numerous grandkids. A celebration of his life is being held June 5 2-4 p.m. at the Lindsay Legion, 12 York Street North, Lindsay, Ont

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Look out for the SNYP truck: Canada's first mobile spay-neuter clinic
Trucking News
Toronto launches a mobile clinic to help limit the spread of unwanted strays

Toronto has bought a mobile veterinary clinic that will tour the city's neighbourhoods to spay and neuter pets.

It'll be called the SNYP truck — which stands for Spay and Neuter Your Pet.

The goal of the truck is to remove barriers — both financial and geographical — that prevent people from getting cats and dogs fixed. Toronto will be the first city in Canada to employ a mobile spay and neuter clinic.

Toronto Animal Services will operate the truck. The agency says it will serve both dogs and cats owned by Torontonians of every stripe, but will focus on cats and neighbourhoods where strays are more rampant.

"We want to target those people in Toronto who otherwise do not have access to a veterinarian," said Mary Lou Leiher, the manager of partnerships and marketing at Toronto Animal Services.

Transportation and cost tend to be the biggest barriers for people to get their pets spayed and neutered. Leiher said information from Animal Services points to neighbourhoods where stray animal intake is the highest.

"If animals are not spayed or neutered, then they are multiplying," she said.

No cost to the city

The truck is more than 12-metres long and will include a stainless steel operating table, 35 cages for animals that can be partitioned off to fit as many as 70 animals.

Inside the SNYP Truck

A Toronto Animal Services veterinarian works with a feline in the SNYP Truck. (Toronto Animal Services)

Toronto Animal Services purchased the truck outright with a $250,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.

It will combine that grant and private donations to cover the ongoing operating costs.

The goal is to offer the same services veterinary clinics currently offer, only in the truck, which Toronto Animal Services describes as "state-of-the-art."

The SNYP Truck will be unveiled on Wednesday at Nathan Phillips Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a live band and food trucks. It will begin operation by appointment only at first, and then Animal Services will use an outreach coordinator to let people know when the truck will be in their neighbourhood.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Atlantic provinces buy 1,000 alcohol ignition locks
Trucking News

Volvo Trucks was the first truck maker in the world to introduce an alcohol-screening ignition lock as an aftermarket accessory in 2002.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — The governments of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces have completed a joint procurement process for 1,000 alcohol-screening ignition-interlock devices to fight impaired driving on the region’s highways. 

The deal was announced May 2 under a five-year joint-procurement initiative between each province and Alcolock Canada of Toronto, the company providing the ignition devices. 

Atlantic Canadians install the alcohol-screening devices as part of driver licence reinstatement following a conviction for impaired driving. Once installed in a vehicle, these devices prevent it from being started and driven unless the driver can provide an alcohol-free breath sample free. The use of these devices is typically imposed by courts or voluntarily assumed by a driver as part of conditions following a suspension for an impaired driving conviction. The costs of installing and monitoring will be paid by the individuals involved. 

“On Prince Edward Island, we have seen a reduction in the rate of impaired driving, but the only acceptable goal is to strive for complete elimination of the risk posed by drivers intoxicated by alcohol,” announced Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for PEI. “Interlock systems will allow people with a history of impaired driving to return to the road subject to their ability to prove they are alcohol free.”

Volvo Trucks was the first truck maker in the world to introduce an alcohol-screening ignition lock as an aftermarket accessory in 2002.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Trucking HR Canada report makes case for diversity
Trucking News

OTTAWA, ON – Trucking HR Canada, an organization that promotes the industry’s best practices in human resources, has unveiled a report that makes the business case for diverse workplaces.

Changing Workforce combines labor market data and practices already established by fleets including Bison Transport, Canada Cartage, Kriska Transportation, Northern Resource Trucking, Trimac Transportation, and Westcan Bulk Transport.

Angela Splinter


“The trucking industry needs to ensure it attracts, recruits, and retains the skilled workforce needed to support effective and efficient operations. Recruitment and retention strategies that adapt to the ever-changing and increasingly diverse pool of available talent are needed,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Our business case, and related case studies highlights best practices in this area, and show how businesses that embrace diversity profit in many ways.”

There are clearly more opportunities to attract workers from diverse backgrounds including visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, women, and people with disabilities. Women, for example, account for just 3% of the nation’s truck drivers even though they represent 48% of Canada’s workforce.

“There are opportunities to reach out to these underutilized sources of talent,” Changing Workforce concludes. The benefits for fleets are not limited to meeting labor needs. Increased diversity is shown to reduce turnover, improve productivity, lower wage and training costs, enhance health and wellness, and more.

Additional resources currently being piloted with industry employers include mentorship materials for women, ways to assess the physical demands associated with specific trucking occupations, and a guide to connect employers with organizations serving people with disabilities.

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