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Harry Rudolfs

Harry Rudolfs
Harry Rudolfs has worked as a dishwasher, apprentice mechanic, editor, trucker, foreign correspondent and taxi driver. He's written hundreds of articles for North American and European journals and newspapers, including features for the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Life and CBC radio. With over 30 years experience in the trucking industry he's hauled cars, steel, lumber, chemicals, auto parts and general freight as well as B-trains. He holds an honours BA in creative writing and humanities, summa cum laude.
  • Blog

    Surprise truck inspection nets unsafe vehicles

    May 1, 2018 by Harry Rudolfs

    Ever wonder if the little trucks ever get pulled over? I got my answer last Wednesday when I got an email that Halton Police’s commercial motor vehicle enforcement unit (CMV) were pulling unsafe trucks off the road at the Premium

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    Snow, snowmobiles and traffic stops: Riding-along with Halton’s finest

    March 29, 2018 by Harry Rudolfs

    I live in the small town of Acton where not too much happens. About 10,000 people, very low crime rate, pretty well a homogeneous, white toast, working class community with not too much economic stratification. This adventure occurred in February,

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    The one truck parking survey you should fill out

    March 8, 2018 by Harry Rudolfs

    The MTO wants your feedback on truck stop and rest area parking. This is important. We all know there is a dearth of truck parking spots available on the 400 series highways in southern Ontario, but the ministry wants to

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    Deleted emissions systems are trouble for the reseller

    September 26, 2017 by Harry Rudolfs

    I was talking to Ron Lynds, used truck sales manager for Nova Truck Sales in Truro, Nova Scotia. I’ve never met the man, but I can tell that he’s a real character after a few minutes on the phone. Ron

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  • Blog

    Still the best job in the world

    August 8, 2017 by Harry Rudolfs

    I spent over a month digesting a New York Times article on trucking lifestyles: “Truckers Feel like Throwaway People” The sub-heading was: “Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying, grinding, unhealthy work.” As usual, the

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    These are the good old days

    December 12, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    I was recently privileged to sit with a number of bright young women who were on their way to become truck drivers. This was part of a Trucking HR Canada event that brought together mentors and drivers. The women at

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    Where are all the trucking poets?

    October 20, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    Ran across this poem that puts a spotlight on our profession. I’ve often wondered why are there are so few good trucking poems. Anybody out there got anything to offer? This one at least hits the mark. Near Election, Missouri

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    New CEO at Purolator–and he’s a trucker!

    July 11, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    I’m reluctant to write about Purolator since I waxed poetic about the board unceremoniously dumping Tom Schmitt back in 2012. At the time I was (and still am) wearing the dual hat of journalist and company driver. My blog raised

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    Legalized pot: Let’s call the whole thing off

    July 5, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    This is the new politics of our era–say the opposite of what people expect, they will elect you because they think you are a fresh and contrary voice. Lie if you want to, obfuscate and misdirect. From Rob Ford to

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  • News

    Industry vet Ken Hellawell passes away

    May 10, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    ORILLIA, Ont. — A great man and a major figure in the Canadian trucking world has left us. Ken Hellawell, in his 85th year, passed away in Orillia on May 8, 2016. To say he will be missed would be an

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  • Feature

    Changes coming soon to DoT drug testing rules

    April 21, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    Alcohol and drug testing for truck drivers operating into the US has been a reality for Canadian carriers for about two decades. But now the US DoT is tweaking its regulations for transport workers and these changes will no doubt

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    “Music Like the Open Road has the Power to help and heal people…” Jim Ryan

    February 19, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    I’m always pleasantly surprised to re-discover how important and unifying music is to career truck drivers. After I wrote a story about B-trains and mentioned driving for Eaton’s, retired driver Bob Reimer sent me a song he’d written about the

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    The Canadian Economy, is it really that bad?

    January 11, 2016 by Harry Rudolfs

    Looking at the job numbers that just came out for December: Ontario’s manufacturing base seems to be back and has now offset some of the job losses the oil patch has been experiencing. Ontario’s net gain of 34,900 jobs accounted

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    “Go get a coffee and call me in 15 minutes”

    December 12, 2015 by Harry Rudolfs

    I noticed a story in my local community paper about a family’s problem with a Tim Horton’s outlet on Highway 7 in Halton Hills, Ont. This is one of those gas stations / convenience / coffee dispensaries, and it seems

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    Diesel Cheaters Shouldn’t Prosper

    October 23, 2015 by Harry Rudolfs

    Volkswagen has dug itself a huge hole. It’s quite clear that the European car maker used specially-designed software to fool the EPA into thinking that its diesel engines were USA-compliant. The scandal will no doubt cost VW billions, and may

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