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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
  • Feature

    BEST FLEETS SEMINAR SERIES IS UNDERWAY

    May 13, 2014 by James Menzies

    The Best Fleets to Drive For seminar series shares the best practices employed by carriers that drivers really like to work for. Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge, puts on the free, half-day seminars, to recognize the industry’s best driver-focused programs

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  • Feature

    IS THERE A FUTURE FOR SMALL FLEETS?

    May 13, 2014 by James Menzies

    Bill Cameron, the controversial Truck News columnist and owner of four-truck flatdeck fleet Parks Transportation, has a grim outlook on the future for small carriers. He writes in the June issue that there is little interest among big carriers in

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  • News

    Medical marijuana and trucking: A legal minefield for carriers

    May 9, 2014 by James Menzies

    COOKSTOWN, Ont. — Patti Satok wasn’t surprised when she failed her pre-employment drug test. She was more surprised when the trucking company that had offered her a driving job suddenly reconsidered the position it had proffered. Satok is one of

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  • Blog

    So, you want to haul dangerous goods?

    February 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    This cover story in the March issue of Truck News explores the transportation of dangerous goods by truck and changes that may be foisted upon that segment of the industry as a result of the terrible rail tragedy that occurred

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  • Blog

    Remote diagnostics is the real deal

    October 28, 2013 by James Menzies

    Fleets and owner/operators have had legitimate reason over the past few years to complain about a costly increase in unplanned downtime. Most of the problems can be traced back to the emissions systems installed on 2007 and later model year

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  • Blog

    Adopting a healthier lifestyle: An overdue halftime report

    September 24, 2013 by James Menzies

    So, I have written before about my participation in the pilot project for NAL Insurance’s Healthy Trucker program. I realize I’m overdue for a report on my progress. The title of this blog is misleading, since there really is no

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  • Blog

    My commitment to a healthier lifestyle

    July 11, 2013 by James Menzies

    Unless you’ve had your head in the sand over the course of the past few years, you will have noticed that the trucking industry has begun to take seriously the health and wellness of its workforce. And thank goodness for

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  • Blog

    Inside the Pickles’ new Pete

    June 21, 2013 by James Menzies

    You never know who you’ll run into at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs show. I’m always scouring the lot for Canadian trucks, and I got especially excited today when I spotted the Sharp Transportation Peterbilt with the telltale oversized bunk. It

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  • Blog

    Keys to implementing a driver health and wellness program

    June 17, 2013 by James Menzies

    The secret is out among the best run trucking companies, that a formal health and wellness plan for drivers and other staff can deliver significant benefits to a carrier’s operations. It has often been said that a healthy driver is

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  • Blog

    The risk in making safety a competitive battleground

    February 6, 2013 by James Menzies

    The advent of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program in the US has had a significant impact not only on how carriers manage their equipment and drivers, but also on how they sell their services.   Never before has the

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  • Blog

    The Top Stories of 2012

    December 27, 2012 by James Menzies

    Another year has come and gone and as always, it was an eventful one. It’s always fun to look back at the top stories of the past year, as measured by Web traffic using Google Analytics. For the second year

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  • Blog

    Too much connectivity can be deadly. Unless you’re a trophy whitetail.

    November 7, 2012 by James Menzies

    I just returned from my annual (not quite annual, but I try) pilgrimage deep into the Eastern Ontario woods, where I spent a few early November days seeking out big bucks of the four-legged variety. PETA cardholders, relax. A flick

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  • Blog

    Greed or desperation? What’s really behind Indo-Canadian truckers’ drug trade connection

    October 16, 2012 by James Menzies

    On Oct. 14, the Toronto Star published a feature article exploring the Indo-Canadian trucking community’s ties to the drug trade. The report indicated that Indo-Canadian gangs are preying on vulnerable truckers to get loads of contraband transported across the Canada/US

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  • Blog

    Is the high cost of Class 8 tractors ‘the new diesel’?

    July 4, 2012 by James Menzies

    North American Class 8 truck order activity started off 2012 great gangbusters, leading to overly optimistic projections from the OEMs and a subsequent downgrading by OEs and industry forecasters alike. There has been an unmistakable cooling of new order activity,

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  • Blog

    Riding shotgun with a paraplegic truck driver

    April 26, 2012 by James Menzies

    As I’ve written in the past, one of the things that makes the trucking industry so compelling to write about is its people. The Canadian trucking industry is comprised of hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life.

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