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Cannabis represents growing business for carriers willing to move it

November 27, 2019 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Matthew Sly remembers the day when his boss came through his door with a challenge: “I need you to figure out how to ship weed.”

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Fleet marijuana limits vary widely on anniversary of legalization

September 27, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Positive drug tests are on the rise and fleets continue to debate the acceptable thresholds for truck drivers as Canada approaches the first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana.

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Discrete marijuana consumption will present challenges for employers

April 30, 2019 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – More discrete methods of consuming legal marijuana are coming soon, and the number of people using medical marijuana is likely to climb sharply. That will present new challenges for employers, a speaker says.

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Trucking’s Newsmakers of 2018

December 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A new year is on the horizon. Given that, we thought it was a good time to choose the trucking industry’s Top 10 Newsmakers of 2018.

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North American fleets head into the weed(s)

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – North America’s trucking industry finds itself in the midst of a growing drug problem. The same marijuana being legalized across Canada and select U.S. states is still banned by the federal government in the U.S. What remains is a legal quagmire, and carriers are still trying to determine what the details all mean.

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Drivers face tougher tests with legal marijuana

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Cross-border truck drivers who already face drug screening are not the only ones who face restrictions under Canada’s new framework for legalized recreational marijuana. Impaired driving rules have been refined at federal and provincial levels, said Alex Bugeya of Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions, during a presentation hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

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It’s not going to be 4:20 everywhere

October 2, 2018 Heather Ness

Weed, pot, Mary Jane, marijuana, cannabis, grass, herb, bud. Whatever you want to call it, it’s legal in Canada on Oct. 17.  And that’s sure to cause issues for motor carriers.

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Group unveils cannabis course

August 7, 2018 by John Smith

The Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association (NSTSA) has unveiled a new online course covering cannabis and workplace safety, as employers prepare for the legalization of recreational marijuana. The content covers issues including impairment, duty to accommodate, employer obligations, employee rights […]

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Border, marijuana, employment law among 2018 challenges: Devine

June 14, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — You know the trucking industry faces a challenging landscape when a lawyer presents a business update against a framework of lessons learned through Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

“It’s not really a friendly environment for us this year,” said Heather Devine of Isaacs and Co., as she stood at the podium to open the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s annual meeting.

She offered the potential demise of NAFTA and the thickening of the border as proof of the challenges to come.

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Legal marijuana can still present legal headaches

April 20, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – On a day that has become known as 4/20, celebrating the use of marijuana, lawyers from Fernandes Hearn are explaining the many challenges of cannabis in the workplace. Medical marijuana is already approved under regulations in force […]

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Trucking companies should be worried about marijuana: Boisvenu

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — The federal government has promised to legalize marijuana this year, as early as July 1, but more likely this fall. No matter when it comes, there will be challenges for the trucking industry – particularly when it comes to testing regimes.

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Prepare to go green in 2018

January 9, 2018 Mike McCarron

The only thing to like about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is that he’s proving to be a man of his word and keeping his campaign promises. Like most, I wasn’t surprised (or disappointed) when he announced that recreational pot will […]

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DUI will mean stricter penalties in Ontario

September 20, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Stricter penalties for young, novice, and commercial divers caught operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol are coming to Ontario.
Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced the new measures Sept. 18 ahead of the legalization of marijuana nation-wide next July.
The government says it will have zero tolerance for those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for those drivers under the age of 21, those without a full “G” or “M” class license under Ontario’s graduated licensing system, and commercial drivers.

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OTA supports zero-tolerance for drivers on weed

August 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – As it engages in consultations with the provincial government, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is supporting the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) position that the trucking industry should be held to a zero-tolerance policy on for being under the influence of marijuana.

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ELD’s, “jobs for life” among legal concerns for fleets

June 19, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Canadian fleets face several new legal challenges this year in the face of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that could offer federally regulated drivers a job for life, an industry lawyer says.
Heather Devine, a partner with Isaacs and Company, points to the pending U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices as an example. That applies to cross-border drivers as of December 18. But during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada she said the devices could become one of the bargaining chips in trade negotiations. “I’ve heard that there are those discussions,” she warned, referring to talk of a future Canadian mandate that mirrors rules in the U.S. “It’s coming.”

The recent Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada ruling by the Supreme Court, meanwhile, …