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401 westbound lanes closed at Highway 6 after tractor-trailer collision
One person taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries
A collision between this tractor-trailer and a car closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday morning
A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer just after 5 a.m. on
Wednesday morning has closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 near the
Highway 6 south exit.
The driver of the car has been taken to hospital with
life-threatening injuries. The driver of the transport truck was not
The crash crushed the car and sent it into the ditch while the cab of the tractor trailer went up in flames.
"As a result of the collision, there was a fire that consumed the
tractor portion of the tractor-trailer unit," Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.
"There's a massive diesel spill across all lanes of traffic and
that's the biggest concern right now for reopening because the diesel is
eating into the asphalt and there's a chance that we may have to
resurface the highway before reopening because it's so slippery right
The Ministry of Transportation has been called in to assess the
roadway and the Ontario Provincial Police reconstruction team is also at
There was also a passenger in the car. That person is now in custody
"for an unrelated investigation," Schmidt said, although he was unable
to give specifics on that case.
Self driving Ubers could still be many years away, says research head
MONTREAL _ The
head of Uber’s new self-driving vehicle lab says a viable, on-demand
autonomous commercial transportation service remains a long-term goal.
“Having self-driving cars at a smaller scale, on a small set of
roads, we are fairly close,” Raquel Urtasun said Tuesday after
addressing a Deep Learning Summit in Montreal
“To see at an Uber scale we are far.”
She said much work remains to ensure the technology functions in all possible conditions and locations.
Urtasun declined to predict how far away research being conducted in Toronto will generate the required results.
She said the biggest challenge is the technology itself.
Mapping also remains a very expensive challenge. The cost in the
United States alone is estimated at US$2 billion and a cheaper solution
is required, she added.
“Nobody has a solution to self-driving cars that is reliable and safe enough to work everywhere,” she said in an interview.
Automotive manufacturers and tech companies are spending considerable money to develop autonomous vehicles.
Yoshua Bengio, an expert in artificial intelligence and head of the
Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, agrees that it’s going to be
many years before vehicles are actually autonomous.
“I think people underestimate how much basic science still needs to
be done before these cars or such systems will be able to anticipate the
kinds of unusual, dangerous situations that can happen on the road,” he
said in an interview.
Urtasun told artificial intelligence colleagues that she chose to
work for Uber because she wanted to work in Toronto, not in Silicon
Valley, the epicentre of technology in California.
“The Silicon Valley should be in Canada,” she said to loud applause.
“(Also), it is transportation for everybody, not just for the rich. I like that idea.”
Uber has fleets of test cars outfitted with cameras and sensors on
the streets of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Francisco and Toronto that have
travelled more than one million miles.
Urtasun said the goal of her work is to improve transportation
safety, increase efficiency, reduce congestion and cut the amount the
space used to park vehicles.
“The goal is to get to the transportation of the future.”
Uber Freight is working on developing autonomous vehicles for
trucking, which have different requirements than cars used in cities.
Urtasun defended the potential job displacement that would be caused
by a commercial driverless Uber fleet, even one that works in concert
with a service with drivers.
She noted that disruptions in the past weren’t necessarily bad. She
pointed to the impact of ATM machines on tellers and tractors compared
to horse-drawn carriages.
“There will be a disruption but hopefully there will also be a lot of other new jobs that will be created as well.”
Bengio was more cautious, noting that the risk of job losses due to
artificial intelligence is real, and that politicians should plan
“I believe that governments should start thinking right now about how
to adapt to this in the next decade, how to change our social safety
net to deal with that.”
Surrey trucking company ordered to pay $350,000 after underpaying foreign worker
Canada Border Services Agency said 29 temporary foreign workers were underpaid at Harlens Trucking Ltd.
SURREY — A Surrey trucking company has been fined $10,000 and
ordered to pay back $350,000 for underpaying 29 temporary foreign
workers, the Canada Border Services Agency said.
On Tuesday in Surrey Provincial Court, Jatinder Kang of Harlens
Trucking received a two-year suspended sentence with probation
conditions, including the completion of 240 hours of community service
within the first 18 months of the order. Harlens Trucking Ltd. received a
two-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine, and was ordered to pay
$352,001.83 in restitution to 29 temporary foreign workers (TFWs).
Harlens Trucking, based in Surrey, was granted positive Labour
Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) by Employment and Social Development
Canada (ESDC), which permitted the company to use TFWs based on
information included in the LMIA applications. With Kang responsible for
the company’s operations and hiring, the company hired 30 TFWs through
the Temporary Foreign Worker Program between 2011 and 2014.
The CBSA investigated after the Pacific Region Criminal
Investigations Section received information two TFWs were not being paid
the amount specified in their offers of employment. The employees were
originally offered an hourly wage but the CBSA said once they began
working, the pay rate was reduced significantly.
Further investigation revealed 29 TFWs were underpaid for work at
Harlens Trucking Ltd. and the net amount of underpayment was calculated
On June 26, 2017, Kang and Harlens Trucking Ltd. pleaded guilty
to two counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in
contravention of section 127(a) – misrepresentation and section
124(1)(a) – failing to comply with a condition or obligation of the Act –
specifically, the requirement to provide TFWs with working conditions
that are the same as, but not less favourable than, those set out in the
ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is weighing in on the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) draft Green Commercial
Vehicle Program (GCVP).
The government announced it was seeking feedback on the proposal in September, with commenting closed as of Oct. 6.
The program is a part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan
introduced in 2016, and proposes rebates of 15%-50% on fuel-efficient
vehicles, or the technologies to make existing vehicles more
The expected $170 million for the program will come from Ontario’s
carbon tax policy, and be redistributed to the trucking industry to
encourage fleets to adopt greener technologies such as electric and
natural gas powered commercial vehicles, infrastructure and temperature
controlled trailer technology – as well as tractor-trailer aerodynamic
devices and anti-idling devices.
The OTA says its submission included feedback suggested by its
members that will encourage fleets to invest in greenhouse gas-reducing
(GHG) technology, including adding super single tires to the program,
rebates for installing telematics systems, and adding an additional 10%
rebate for early adopting long-haul fleets. The group also recommended
adding more model years to those eligible for alternative fuel rebates
to include those older than the currently proposed 2014 model year.
The OTA’s director of policy and industry awareness programs, Lak
Shoan, believes the group’s recommendations will offer the greatest
potential for reduction in GHG emissions by focusing on the trucks that
are on the road the most.
The GCVP is still being finalized by the government, but the OTA says
the ministry hopes to have the rebates available to fleets by the end
of 2017 or early 2018.
WINDSOR, Ont. – Titanium Transportation Group has announced its
acquisition of Xpress Group, a Windsor-based van and flatbed carrier.
The deal consisted of $3.1 million in cash, $420,000 worth of
Titanium stock, and the assumption of $5.2 million in debt. Titanium CEO
Ted Daniel said the acquisition complements its Windsor terminal.
“This is exactly the type of acquisition we have been waiting for,”
he said. “Backed by our own recent investments in the Windsor terminal
and in BlackBerry Radar, we expect to be able to achieve significant
synergies between Titanium and Xpress. In addition, Xpress’s customer
base complements the cross-border, full-truckload division that we have
focused on growing. We are excited and proud to bring the Xpress team
into the Titanium fold.”
Xpress Group was founded more than 30 years ago by Dave Tracey. Its
customers are based in southern Ontario and the U.S. midwest.
“In my view, the acquisition represents the best path forward for
Xpress, to continue to add value to what we built from the ground up. I
am very excited to now be a part of Titanium’s growth story,” said
Semi tractor-trailer unit rolls over on QEII Highway north of Calgary
Traffic was restricted on the QEII Highway north of the city after a
semi tractor-trailer unit rolled over on the route on Tuesday morning.
The crash was attributed to the icy conditions plaguing many roads in southern Alberta.
Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane north of Highway 566 while crews cleared the crash scene.
There is no word on any injuries to the driver of the truck.
The crash was one of many incidents on Alberta highways following a winter storm that blew through the province on Monday.
Officials shut down the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and
Bassano just before noon because of hazardous conditions. That closure
was partially lifted just before 6:30 p.m., but the highway remained
blocked off from Strathmore to Bassano overnight.
Highway 3, between Taber and Medicine Hat, was also closed until
further notice and travel along the highway, west of Taber to Fort
Macleod, was not advised.
Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning in connection with the
weather conditions on Monday, but that advisory has since been lifted.
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Two commercial truck drivers have been
charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act after 11
foreign nationals were found inside their truck traveling on the
The Canada Border
Services Agency announced Tuesday that Paul Ngoue-Ngameleu, 42, and
Henadez Makia Mbeh, 50, both residents of Quebec, were returning to
Canada on Sept. 21 with a load of produce and only declared the
The men were away for a week
and during the examination of the truck, border officers found 11
foreign nationals hiding behind a curtain in the sleeper area of the
The foreign nationals were refused entry to Canada and returned to the United States.
and Makia Mbeh were each charged 23 charges by the Canada Border
Services Agency, including 11 counts of counseling, 11 counts of
misrepresentation and withholding material facts and one count of
impeding an officer.
Ngoue-Ngameleu and Makia Mbeh
were both released on bail and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario
Court of Justice in Windsor on Oct. 23, according to a Canada Border
Services Agency press release.
Services Agency) officers are highly trained in interrogation,
examination and investigative techniques. This successful interception
displays their ability to determine when a secondary examination is
required and their commitment to ensuring that our borders are not used
for illegal activity," said Rick Comerford, regional director general of
the Canada Border Services Agency, in the press release.
TRURO, NS – North East Truck and Trailer Sales has officially opened a new facility in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Part of Valley Equipment, the location is an authorized dealer for
Utility Trailers, BWS, Lode King, Mac Trailers, Trail King Industries,
“We’ve moved from an old two-bay service facility on two acres of
land into a completely modern facility with eight service bays on 6.5
acres of land,” said Andy LeBlanc, general manager. “Our business has
been growing and we couldn’t deliver the kind of productive service that
we want to provide our customers.”
The new facility is handicap accessible and includes a driver’s
waiting area complete with WiFi. A high-pressure wash is also available
to clean the trailers. There's also a 5,000-square foot parts warehouse,
4,200-square-foot parts showroom, and 7,500-square foot service center
with four 129-foot drive-through service bays that will hold eight
“Our facility is in a major hub in Nova Scotia,” added LeBlanc.
“Visible in all directions, it is at the largest intersection in Nova
Scotia on the Trans-Canada Highway. All traffic traveling to and from
Newfoundland, New Brunswick and the port city of Halifax travel through
The new facility is located at 83 Hub Centre Drive, Upper Onslow. It
is near the TransCanada Highway and Nova Scotia Highway 102, just off
American Sikh drivers lining up their trucks at I-465 against ELDs
HYDERABAD: Over 300 Sikh truck drivers have returned to Indiana from
Washington DC and are forming a truck line on Interstate 465 to call
attention to a directive from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
that poses not only economic threat, but added highway safety threats.
These devices can be easily hacked into, is their contention.
This rule will take effect on December 18, 2017, and will require
Electronic Logging Devices(ELD) in almost all commercial trucks. The
devices will mean not only higher costs on the American consumers but
present new and not well-understood threats to highway safety, according
to SikhPAC founder and president Gurinder Singh Khalsa.
The Sikh truck drivers went to Washington DC as part of a broad-based national effort and a coalition to inform President Donald Trump and the American consumers of the threat from electronic logging devices.
Their concern is the same as the other members of the coalition and
groups against the ELD. The concern is that practices for this new
technology vary between manufacturers and FMCSA has not approved
They seek delay in implementation of the ELD mandate so that truckers
across the United States understand the law and can follow it
accurately, responsibly and with little trouble. As it stands now, the
confusion over the mandate and which devices will comply is unfair to
the trucking industry and individual small businessmen who own their
The impact of regulation on the consumer economy may be devastating.
Trucks deliver the goods and products just in time. Delays will be
costly to businesses, and small business will suffer the adverse impacts
Atikokan, Ont., truckers unite to support colleague with 'Load for Toad
Hundreds unite in support of Todd Zacharias, who's been diagnosed with cancer
A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.
When the friends and co-workers of Atikokan's Todd Zacharias heard
the 30-year trucking veteran had been diagnosed with cancer, they knew
they couldn't stand by and do nothing.
So they organized the Load for Toad, and fundraising and support
event for Zacharias and his family, bringing together hundreds of
Atikokan residents and truckers on Friday.
"In 15 years of driving truck, that was my proudest day," said Blake
Goodwin, an Atikokan truck driver and one of the Load for Toad
"We just wanted to show our friend, our trucker, our brother, just
some support," he said. "And that he has support. There's a trucker's
code that you don't leave anybody behind, and we felt that he needed a
little bit of our help and a little bit of love, and it turned out."
Goodwin has known Zacharias for about 25 years.
"All he wants to do is go to work and support his family, and that's
what he did until he couldn't," Goodwin said. "He's one of the strongest
guys I know."
"He's the guy that sort of picks everybody up when you're down."
Todd Zacharias and his co-workers at the Load for Toad event in Atikokan on Friday. (Devan Morden/Facebook)
At the Load for Toad, hundreds of Atikokan residents came together
for a barbecue and auction, and made donations in support of Zacharias
and his family.
There was also a truck convoy — it included truckers from as far away
as Saskatchewan and Thunder Bay — with some truckers donating the money
they made from an entire load to the cause, Goodwin said.
"It was wonderful," Goodwin said. "I can't explain it; there's no words for it."
"It was a community, and a community of truck drivers, that came together and made this happen."
VAUGHAN, ON – The FBI Group has acquired its third non-asset-based freight broker -- Consolidated Carriers of Markham, Ontario.
Consolidated employees now join FBI (Freight Brokers International)
Group at headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario, while Consolidated owner
Wayne McCord will join the team in a sales capacity.
“We’re excited to bring Wayne and his staff into the FBI
family,” said John Elisio, senior partner, The FBI Group. “As a small
freight broker, they’ve built a track record for personal attention,
strong professional connections, and innovative approaches to moving
freight by any mode, anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to
introducing their customers to our expanded portfolio of services.”
“The FBI Group understands how small freight brokers work,” McCord
said. “This is a great opportunity for our staff and customers
to benefit from the economies of scale at FBI while maintaining the
relationships we’ve worked so hard to build over the years.”
The agreement closed October 1, although terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Consolidated Fastfrate now fully Canadian owned and operated
TORONTO, Ont. – Consolidated Fastfrate is once again 100% Canadian owned and operated, the company announced today.
According to Ron Tepper, founder and CEO of Tepper Holdings and
chairman and CEO of Consolidated Fastfrate, THI has acquired the
outstanding Fastfrate shares held by the New York based private equity
firm, Fenway Partners.
Included in the shares acquired are companies Canada Drayage (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and Consolidated Fastfrate.
“We have come full circle,” Tepper said. “We sold 75% of the company
to Fenway in December 07 and have now bought back those shares in two
installments in March 2013 and September 2017…I am very proud it is back
in Canadian hands. I am grateful to the 1,500 people employed by
Fastfrate and the extreme hard work, through some very trying times to
make this purchase possible.”
CDI is the only national drayage company in Canada and serves all
ports from Vancouver to Halifax. It employs a total of 400 drayage
drivers and is currently experiencing fast paced growth at approximately
100 drivers per year.
P.E.I. daughter recounts father’s 60-plus year career as truck driver
A procession that included 17
transfer trucks turned out to honour long-time P.E.I. trucker James
Deane Johnson who died last week at the age of 80. Johnson spent more
than 60 years driving trucks all over North America.
Deana Roberts said it was only fitting that her truck-driving father’s funeral featured a procession of 17 transfer trucks.
James Deane Johnson, 80, died peacefully at home in
Cornwall last week following a lifetime of driving his truck all over
Fourteen Midland trucks, two RST trucks and one JTML
truck took part in a procession that stretched from Belvedere Funeral
Home in Charlottetown to Westmoreland Cemetery, near Crapaud.
“He drove for 60-plus years all across Canada, all
across North America,’’ Roberts said. “At the end, he was just doing
Saint John, N.B., five, possible six trips week (in his late 70s).’’
His career driving for Midland boasted three million miles accident-free over the past 23 years.
Roberts said it was the people her father encountered in his travels he loved so much.
“He loved the people, and if he didn’t know anybody
when he walked into a place he knew them when he left. He always had a
smile; always had a story and everyone knew him or knew of him.’’
How James Deane Johnson’s safety record compares to other numbers
- Three million: the number of miles Johnson drove accident-free for Midland
- 4.8 million: the number of kilometres that converts into
- 369,000-plus: the number of trips across Confederation Bridge you’d have to make to equal his safe driving record
- 515: the number of times you’d have to drive from the eastern-most
tip of Canada, Cape Spear, N.L., to the western most tip, St. Elias,
- 79,077: the number of trips from Charlottetown to Summerside you’d have to make
Roberts said she can remember plenty of times when
winter weather would delay her father’s return home to Cornwall, but she
always looked forward to spending time with him on the road in the
was a big deal to go with him in the summertime, to go with him for a
week because he went away weeks at a time. That was like summer
vacation. You got to spend one week with Dad to yourself.’’
Roberts remembers standing at the banana pier in New Jersey observing just how green bananas were coming off the boat
Roberts said her father also taught her all she knows about servicing a truck.
“I can remember Sundays growing up was our day to do
service work, so I’m a 48-year-old woman who knows how to change tires. I
know how to grease, I know how to grout tires to make them last longer
and wash a truck and wax and shine. The truck had to be spotless all the
Roberts said her father was mingling with friends up to two weeks before he died.
“He had still been going up to the coffee shop every
morning at Robin’s Donuts at 8, and a lot of people didn’t even know he
was sick. His coffee buddies were as precious to him as his family.’’
As the family mourns his passing, though, it will be the man’s smile that sticks with them forever – and the memories.
“It wasn’t as much the destination; it was the journey to get there.’’
TORONTO, Ont. — The total cost of ground transportation for
Canadian shippers went down 0.5% from June to July, according to results
published by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI).
The base rate index, which excludes the impact of accessorial charges assessed by carriers, also decreased by 0.8% in July.
Average fuel surcharges assessed by carriers decreased this month. Fuel was 12.6% of base rates in July versus 13.0% in June.
“Total freight costs are less than 1% higher than a year ago,” said
Doug Payne, president and COO, Nulogx. “Similar to the previous month,
in July, cross border LTL and domestic truckload costs increased while
domestic LTL and cross border truckload saw a decrease.”
ON – Teamsters Canada president Francois Laporte and Teamsters general
president Jim Hoffa are calling for several trucking-related issues to
be addressed in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement talks.
"Teamsters urged Canadian officials to work with the United States to
fix the mistake of including long-haul trucking in the original NAFTA,”
the pair said in a joint statement. “U.S. and Canadian negotiators were
briefed on suggested language that would provide a level-playing field,
ensure a safe trucking fleet on highways, and improve working
conditions and wages for Mexican drivers.”
the first draft of a proposed U.S. labor chapter inadequate, they are
instead backing a current Canadian proposal which they say would improve
wages and working conditions, as well as end right-to-work laws in the
laws unfairly subsidize corporations by artificially reducing wages and
working conditions. NAFTA countries should compete on the basis of
productivity, not labor costs. We must end trade deals that lead to a
race to the bottom,” they said.
report 125,000 Canadian members across several industries, while the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters has 1.4 million members in North
Lessenberry: It's been a rocky road to building two new border bridges
The Canadian and U.S. governments hope there will be two new
Windsor-Detroit bridges a decade from now. However, so far, getting
there has been anything but smooth.
The news came as a shock to those who have been waiting for years for
construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge over the
Detroit River to begin.
Suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, Canada’s government announced
Sept. 6 that Matty Moroun, the owner of the aging Ambassador Bridge, had
been granted approval to build a new one next to it, something he had
wanted for years.
“From the cheap seats, it sure looks like the fix is in,” said Gregg
Ward, the owner of a truck ferry service and a longtime opponent of
Moroun’s efforts to maintain a monopoly over both nations’ most
economically important border crossing.
High officials in both governments indicated, on and off the record that nothing had changed.
Michigan is also certain to have conditions, too.
First, a little background: the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan
and Ontario was built in 1929 with private funds, and is currently owned
by Moroun, a billionaire trucking magnate. More than $2 billion in
heavy manufacturing components move across the bridge every week.
Construction on a new publicly owned Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to begin next year.
Moroun’s Detroit International Bridge Company argued for years first
that a new one was not needed, before saying he should be allowed to
build one instead.
Canadian officials felt this made little sense, since the Ambassador
ends in residential neighbourhoods on both sides of the border, and
trucks have to go through many before reaching Highway 401.
Finally, Canada made an agreement with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for a
new bridge a mile south, which will have access roads directly designed
to swoop traffic from one freeway to another. There have been many
delays – and many unsuccessful Moroun lawsuits aiming to stop the
Officials on both sides of the border say, however, shovels will be in the ground before the end of next year.
But does granting Moroun permission to build a second span threaten to delay or cancel the new bridge?
Officials familiar with the project in both countries say no. “The
thing we are trying to convey is that nothing has changed about this
project from our point of view,” said Andrew Doctoroff, Snyder’s point
man on bridge issues.
Officials familiar with the project in both countries say reporters
who automatically assumed this gives Moroun a green light may not have
carefully read the detailed schedule of 28 “terms and conditions” Canada
attached to their approval.
They include a requirement that the Ambassador Bridge owners get
demolition permits for the old bridge from both nations before any
Getting such permits for a major structure is an extremely difficult process in both countries.
The Ambassador Bridge owners, who are chartered as the Canadian
Transit Company in that country, have many other hurdles to jump
through. They have to somehow buy a portion of Huron Church Road and
relocate it at their expense.
They will have to consult with a Native American tribe, the Walpole
Island First Nation, about any archeological or other concerns they may
have about a new bridge.
Moroun will also have to repair and improve a number of other roads,
pay for public utility relocations and easements, and “implement and
comply with,” exacting Canadian environmental assessment rules.
Plus, his Canadian Transit Company “shall, at its own cost and prior
to commencement of that work, cause Fire Hall No. 4, located at 2600
College Avenue, to be relocated to a location in Windsor,” within
certain precise boundaries.
Suffice it to say that construction on any new Ambassador Bridge
isn’t going to start any time soon. Echoing Canada, Snyder said
construction wouldn’t begin “unless and until further governmental
approvals in the U.S. are obtained.”
You can bet his administration, which has been continually sued by
Moroun in an effort to stop the new bridge, isn’t going to be in a hurry
to help expedite that process.
Both governments hope there will be two new bridges a decade from
now, with the vast majority of heavy transport moving on the much more
efficient Howe bridge.
However, so far, getting there has been anything but smooth. Ward,
who has been sort of a one-man clearing house for bridge information,
thinks there are “more cards to be played.” Past experience indicates he
may well be right.