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Derek Clouthier

Derek Clouthier
A university graduate with a degree in English, I have worked in the media industry as an editor, reporter and now as editor of Truck West. I have several years of management experience in journalism, as well as hospitality, but am first and foremost a writer, both professionally and in my personal life, having completed two fiction novels. derek@newcom.ca @DerekClouthier
  • News

    MELT’s impact on Saskatchewan trucking industry being felt

    October 30, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    REGINA, Sask. – The influence of Saskatchewan’s mandatory entry-level training (MELT) program has been far-reaching in both a positive and negative way on the province’s trucking industry. That was the opinion of a diverse panel discussion at the Saskatchewan Trucking

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    Women considering career in trucking need to ‘just do it’

    October 25, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    REGINA, Sask. – Hitting the road across country, the overwhelming theme of Women with Drive’s first stop in Western Canada was to “just do it.” Offering advice to women looking to get into the industry, a panel made up of

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  • Feature

    Ron Boyd’s tireless work ethic a perfect fit in Alberta

    October 23, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. — In Ron Boyd’s world, there’s no such thing as being too busy. For a man who loves his work, being busy is a blessing, and since the age of 17, when Boyd bought his first truck, the

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  • Feature

    MELTing things down

    October 23, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. – A recent report in the Globe and Mail indicated that Alberta has eased its testing standards when it comes to mandatory entry level training (MELT) for some farming and bus driving professions. But as Alberta Motor Transport

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  • Feature

    Winter conditions already a reality in Western Canada

    October 23, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    RICHMOND, B.C. – Drivers will again be “Shifting into Winter” in B.C. and across Canada in the coming weeks, and for the 11th year, WorkSafeBC wants to remind truckers to be prepared before hitting the road. Trina Pollard, manager of

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    Mental health issues impacting trucking industry

    October 23, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Mental health, bullying, harassment, diversity. These are issues the trucking industry have historically tossed to the wayside, but can do so no longer. An employees’ well-being encompasses more than their physical health, and how employers can

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  • Product

    New technology allows Magnum to lower product costs

    October 21, 2019 by Truck News-West

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Thanks to a new toy, Magnum Trailer and Equipment have been able to reduce the price of several of its products. Servicing the heavy-duty truck and trailer industry, Magnum’s new aluminum-cutting router has lessened production time, resulting

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  • Blog

    Uniform marijuana laws needed to make life easier for carriers

    October 21, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    For the sake of Canadian and American truck drivers, carriers across North America, and law enforcement, the U.S. federal government really needs to step up and make a decision on whether to legalize recreational marijuana use. Say what you will

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  • News

    No MELT exemptions for Alberta farm or bus drivers

    October 20, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Following public criticism, including from some family members of those killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, the Alberta government will no longer consider exempting some commercial drivers from mandatory entry-level training (MELT) or re-testing. A September

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    Traction to open first corporate location in B.C.

    October 18, 2019 by Truck News-West

    LANGLEY, B.C. – Traction will open its first corporate store and a new distribution center in B.C. Currently serving Canada’s west coast with 12 associated Traction stores and other business partners, the company said the opening of a corporate store

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    Edmonton woman first female to achieve Kenworth master technician status

    October 18, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Edmonton’s Jennifer Lesnik is the first woman to earn Kenworth’s certified master technician status. Now in her 12th year as a service technician and having worked for Edmonton Kenworth Group since 2007, Lesnik’s achievement spans all of

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  • News

    Volvo looks to bring its success in Canada to Mexican market

    October 18, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    PUEBLA, Mexico – Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) president Peter Voorhoeve could not be happier with the continued progress his company has made in the Canadian market. While looking to expand its footprint in Mexico with the GHG17 engine and

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  • News

    Sutco names new president

    October 16, 2019 by Truck News-West

    KELOWNA, B.C. – After more than a decade with the company, Doug Sutherland has been named president of Sutco Transportation Specialists. Sutherland was previously Sutco’s vice-president and general manager for a period of just over eight years. Prior to joining

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    Munden Ventures makes key acquisition

    October 9, 2019 by Truck News-West

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Munden Ventures has acquired the transport division of B.C.-based company Rapid Cool, taking over its reefer, truck heating and cooling, and auxiliary power unit business servicing the province’s Interior. “Rapid Cool has been the leader in providing

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    Dealing with conflicting marijuana rules in the U.S. tricky for carriers

    October 7, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Unlike Canada, which has federally legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the U.S. is all over the map when it comes to the drug’s use. During a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Management

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