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Opinion: In search of change-makers

August 29, 2019 Dave Earle

The trucking industry has been grappling with a shortage of workers over many years. Right now unemployment is low, many millennials remain uninterested in trades and heavy-duty diesel trucks are viewed as significant contributors climate change. These are trends we need help to address.

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Trucks bring the roar to the Honda Indy

July 12, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The Honda Indy brings a chest-rumbling roar to Toronto’s lakeshore this weekend, as IndyCar drivers like Canada’s James Hinchcliffe take to the streets in open-wheeled monsters that boast top speeds of close to 370 km/h. But the specialized equipment isn’t limited to the cars.

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Driver retention begins with the hiring process: Panel

May 24, 2019 by John Smith

GUELPH, Ont. – Ensuring prospective hires are a good fit for your company before hiring them is key to reducing costly driver turnover. That’s especially true of entry-level drivers, who may not fully grasp the realities of life on the road, a panel reports.

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The moving story of one of Canada’s top truck drivers

May 16, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Ron Pridmore has hauled household goods for the likes of prime ministers and hockey players. After 40 safe years as a truck driver, he now carries the title of Highway Star of the Year.

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Ron Pridmore named Highway Star of the Year

April 15, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Ron Pridmore has moved prime ministers, NHL players, and even an astronaut during the course of his 40-year career. Now they can brag they were moved by the 2019 Highway Star of the Year.

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Take care of truck driver health

December 10, 2018 Mike McCarron

With so much focus on attracting new truck drivers, it’s surprising we don’t pay more attention to keeping the ones we have alive longer. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), the average life expectancy of a commercial […]

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5 tips to amp up your truck driver recruiting ads

December 6, 2018 Catherine Luzena-Hall

An intensifying shortage of truck drivers continues to top the list of challenges cited by carriers. But with so many people chasing many of the same drivers, how can carriers stand apart from the competition? Here are a few tips that will help enhance your recruiting ads.

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Quebec attracting small share of immigrant truck drivers

November 22, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Quebec is not alone in its search for new truck drivers, but the province is less likely than its counterparts to attract immigrants to the driver’s seat — and it’s certainly proving itself to be a distinct […]

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Canadian truck drivers more educated than ever

October 22, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Many Canadian drivers have been known to joke that they have a PhD – standing for professional highway driver. But, as a rule, they are also more formally educated than ever before. The Changing Face of Trucking research […]

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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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Our Changing Face: Driver demographics are changing. They must.

September 24, 2018 John G. Smith

In recent years, a significant share of truck drivers include those who have crossed borders in their career paths — immigrants, Temporary Foreign Workers, and new Canadians all.

In particular, a massive share of those who turn wheels for a living now wear turbans rather than the traditional trucker cap.

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The Changing Face of Trucking: A demographic shift

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Immigrants from South Asia have accounted for a massive shift in the demographics of Canada’s truck drivers, according to an unprecedented research project conducted by Newcom Media’s editorial teams, drawing on more than 25 years of Canada Census data.

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Temporary Measures: Experienced truck drivers are available — beyond our borders

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program offers a path to recruit experienced drivers from other countries. But it’s no easy path to take.

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Are your driver drug test records secure?

April 6, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Cross-border drivers face drug tests when they’re hired, after an accident, and randomly throughout the year. But once you give a sample, what happens to the medical data? It’s a similar question to one that researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto asked in a study of five teaching hospitals, including clinics and physicians’ offices.

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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.