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  • Measured Optimism: Despite challenges those involved with construction and oil and gas fleets like the future of those industries

    November 26, 2014 1:27PM by Carolyn Gruske

    Temporary foreign workers, pipeline development, and Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission are all topics that have led national newscasts and have formed the basis for countless headlines in newspapers and magazines. But they are also topics of key importance to fleet managers

  • DETROIT ASSURANCE: ITS CAPABILITIES ARE NOT NEW, BUT IS IT BETTER?

    November 24, 2014 9:13PM by James Menzies

    From Daimler Trucks North America comes Detroit Assurance, a suite of active safety systems that are Daimler-designed and fully integrated into Freightliner trucks with Detroit engines. This system was demonstrated in Miami in mid-November and I was there to see

  • Feature Health & Safety

    WINTER SURVIVAL KITS: WHAT’S IN YOURS? TELL US AND WIN

    November 24, 2014 8:49PM by James Menzies

    From assistant editor Sonia Straface comes this interesting first-hand account of a J.G. Drapeau Transport driver who found himself stranded in upstate New York this week after a record snowfall hit the region. Sonia tells the story of Brian Foster,

  • Feature Equipment

    MACK MP8 505C+: ALL TORQUE, ALL THE TIME

    November 24, 2014 8:32PM by James Menzies

    Last week I drove a Mack Pinnacle with the company’s newest engine rating, the MP8 505C+, which delivers 1,860 lb.-ft. of torque in every gear. You could call it the little engine that could. This 13-litre performs like a 15-litre

  • WATCH OUT FOR THIS SCAM

    November 24, 2014 8:14PM by James Menzies

    There’s a scam going around that could catch unsuspecting carriers off-guard. It goes like this: The carrier gets a call from an individual seeking T-Chek authorization codes over the phone during evenings, weekends and in the early hours, when staff

  • Feature Health & Safety

    TRAILER WIZARDS WANTS TO MAKE HUNGER DISAPPEAR

    November 24, 2014 8:06PM by James Menzies

    If you live or work near a Trailer Wizards branch, you can help the company drive out hunger through its Haul Away Hunger food drive. The organization will be collecting donated food items until Friday, Nov. 28. This is the

  • Feature Transportation

    The 2015 IFTA agenda

    November 24, 2014 2:25PM by Sandy Johnson

    When you Google “IFTA” in your ongoing quest for fuel tax wisdom, it’s a little weird to see “IFTA Inc.” at the top of the search results. I mean, what is that? A company that processes tax returns? Nope. IFTA

  • Feature Transportation

    Is B.C. on the brink of prosperity?

    November 24, 2014 2:13PM by Jim Bray

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The state of British Columbia is strong and full of opportunity, though not without its share of challenges. That’s according to Todd Stone, the province’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure who, addressing delegates at the 2014 Truxpo

  • Feature Transportation

    Joanne Mackenzie is pretty in pink

    November 21, 2014 4:34PM by Sonia Straface

    Pink – the colour of bubble gum, (most) little girls’ bedrooms, and flamingos. Of course, for those who have been or are affected by breast cancer this colour takes on a whole new significance and meaning the second the diagnosis has

  • Weighing in on MELT

    November 21, 2014 4:32PM by Joanne Ritchie

    There was much fist-pumping and high-fiving when Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, announced last month that the province will be moving forward with mandatory entry-level training for Class A truck drivers. For the pro-mandatory training lobby, this long

  • Feature Transportation

    Puttin’ on the blitz: Part 3

    November 21, 2014 4:30PM by Edo Van Belkom

    THE STORY SO FAR Mark gets a nice gig shuttling the contents of a factory and warehouse from Montreal to Toronto. Among the trucks making the runs with Mark is a green rig with an off-colour door and fender that

  • Mandatory training is finally here

    November 21, 2014 4:27PM by Bruce Richards

    In my last column I expressed concerns with the manner in which the Toronto Star newspaper had covered a criminal trial, describing the individual charged as a ‘truck driver’, when in fact his occupation had absolutely nothing to do with

  • An idea whose time has come

    November 21, 2014 4:25PM by David Bradley

    In early October, Ontario’s new transportation minister, Steven Del Duca, announced his commitment to introduce mandatory entry-level training for truck drivers seeking to become licensed in his province. This makes Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada, indeed in all of

  • When the shoe doesn’t fit

    November 21, 2014 4:22PM by James Menzies

    When the initial lining wears off your truck’s brake shoes, to maximize their life you’ll want to have them relined or remanufactured. Just don’t think those two terms are interchangeable. Many fleets choose to have their brake shoes relined, which

  • Feature Transportation

    Seven tech toys I want on my trucks

    November 21, 2014 4:17PM by Bill Cameron

    We smaller operators have a considerably different wish list than the big trucking companies. Rates, roads, ambitions, etc. are the obvious, but the one that really comes to mind lately, for me, is the available technological improvements and changes to