TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) released its trade infrastructure priority list today, providing it to Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The CTA says the list comes after consultations with its provincial associations to gather input on building stronger, more efficient trade corridors.
The CTA created the list after Garneau announced more than $2 billion for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI), in early July. The fund is designed to strengthen Canada’s trade infrastructure, including ports, waterways, airports, roads, bridges, border crossings, rail networks and the interconnectivity between them. The CTA’s wish list meets the criteria of the program, and is being used to lobby for funds for these projects.
CTA president Stephen Laskowski, says the list isn’t exhaustive, but covers both specific projects, and general areas for consideration.
OTTAWA, ON. – The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, says the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has made improvements to facilitate the movement of commercial vehicles its top priority.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The association’s submission covers 11 related areas of interest including: in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of entry, harmonization of security programs, the trend in rising cross-border fees, the movement of food products and related inspections, and e-commerce, among other topics.
“Many of the comments by the carrier community contained in our submission are longstanding issues that have been impeding cross-border trade,” said president Stephen Laskowski. “CTA is eager to work with Ottawa, Washington, and the business communities on both sides of the border to try and resolve these issues for the betterment of the economies in the U.S. and Canada.”
PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Shane Reynolds, ops manager of Landtran Logistics’ Prince George facility, is becoming an old hand at helping people in distress. He was working in the southern U.S. after Hurricane Katrina hit and was part of a team that salvaged and reclaimed warehouses and set up distribution centres for relief supplies. Also, growing up in B.C., and then working around Fort Mac gave him ample exposure to the ravages of forest fires.
Now, he’s putting all that experience to good use again as Landtran and other trucking folks do what they can for victims of the British Columbia forest fire disaster.
Almost 200 burns have destroyed almost 80,000 hectares of central British Columbia already and as of Friday, experts were warning that strong winds predicted for the weekend will only make matters worse. Entire towns are have been evacuated.
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association was the top fundraiser among workplaces participating in Prostate Cancer Canada’s 2016 Wear Plaid for Dad campaign, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance is looking to build on that success — and help fight a cancer that will affect one in eight men in their lifetime.
TORONTO, ON – The federal government has officially unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018, and promises as well to introduce some of the toughest impaired driving laws in the world – complete with roadside saliva tests.
Under the proposal, police would be able to demand oral fluid samples if they believe drivers have drugs in their body, and with reasonable grounds would be able to demand a blood sample.
Punishments for those found driving under the influence of drugs including cannabis will become more severe, said Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety, during a press briefing on Friday. There are also plans for a “wide-ranging” campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired.
OTTAWA, ON – The federal 2017 budget includes new transportation initiatives including a National Trade Corridors Fund that is meant to address capacity constraints and freight bottlenecks at major ports of entry, in addition to improving connections between rail and highway infrastructure.
The National Trade Corridors Fund is set to receive $2 billion over 11 years from the federal government to support its activities. In addition, the budget mentions an additional $5 billion will be supplied through the Canada Infrastructure Bank to focus on trade and transportation priorities.
Also revealed in the budget was an allocation of $50 million over 11 years to launch a trade and Transportation Information System to support a new Canadian Centre on Transportation Data. According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), there isn’t a lot of national data regarding the movement of goods, and an investment in something like a Trade and Transportation Information System should improve the current situation.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) along with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) have been working together to put Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) requirements in place, and most recently they’ve been looking at ways to better administer the enforcement of Advanced Monetary Penalties (AMPS). Your feedback could help.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is applauding the federal government’s decision to reinforce Canada’s vehicle recall process, governed under Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act (Bill S-2).
“Bill S-2 will grant the federal transport minister new powers to order manufacturers and importers of the majority of power units and trailers sold in Canada to issue recall notices and order the correction of any issues of non-compliance, which the minister believes is in the interest of safety,” said Stephen Laskowski, senior vice president of the CTA, which made several related recommendations in a recent white paper. “While that suggests the scope of the policy may be somewhat limited to matters of safety, this is a positive development for purchasers of heavy-duty trucking equipment.”
EDMONTON — Hope for several Edmonton farmers arrived last week in the form of a turquoise Kenworth piloted by Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) board member Carl Rosenau, president of Rosenau Transport.
Rosenau was busy hauling flatbeds full of donated hay to Edmonton-area farmers suffering from drought conditions, according to CTA.
For many western farmers, this has been one of the hardest summers in 50 years, marked by weeks of drought that have decimated hay crops and left farmers struggling to feed their livestock.
OTTAWA – Federal Transportation Minister Denis Lebel comes out in support of EOBRs, says Trucking Alliance.
FORT ERIE, ON – Canadian and U.S. border officials announced changes to the Trusted Traveller and Trusted Trader programs, to strengthen commerce between Canada and the U.S.
Canadian carriers are getting different requirements from one shipper to another for exactly the same food products because there’s no uniformity in preventive control plans for transportation.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance and federal government are asking themselves what to do about liability in incidents regarding the transport of dangerous goods.
OTTAWA – CTA says industry leaders need to show current and future drivers their commitment to solving labor issues.