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  • Mike McCarron
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    Supply chain faces speed bumps in 2020

    January 13, 2020 8:45AM by Mike McCarron

    My favorite quote from The Irishman is when legendary Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino, bellows to a group of truck drivers at an organizing meeting, “If you got it, a truck brought it!” Ironically, until I watched the trucking/mob flick over the holidays, I thought that iconic saying was a trucking association tagline. The quote also speaks to the realities of being a trucker.

  • John G Smith
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    How far should Ontario’s emissions crackdown go?

    January 10, 2020 4:09PM by John G Smith

    Cleaner air comes with a price tag. It’s paid every time equipment evolves in the name of controlling emissions. A tighter focus on particulate matter gave us diesel particulate filters. When regulators squeezed the allowable levels of NOx, we saw the widespread introduction of exhaust gas recirculation and diesel exhaust fluid. The current push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has led to the rollout of everything from new oil categories to aerodynamic refinements and lighter components. Even battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks are now on the horizon.

  • Truck News
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    Workplace harassment ruling

    January 2, 2020 9:30AM by Truck News

    For workplaces covered by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) — or those who are required to have such coverage — an employee may not have the right to sue the employer in a civil action for constructive dismissal. This is because workplace harassment that causes chronic mental stress is considered a workplace injury for which WSIA benefits are available.  

  • Truck News
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    What proposed HOS changes in U.S. mean to Canadian drivers

    January 2, 2020 8:42AM by Truck News

    Proposed changes to the U.S. hours of service rules have been touted as more flexible for drivers and carriers — but what about the benefits and the flexibility for cross-border drivers and carriers? Will the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed HOS provide the same benefits for cross-border drivers, or just make the hours-related differences between Canada and the United States even more confusing? Here’s what I came up with as to how FMCSA’s proposed changes might affect cross-border carriers.

  • Derek Clouthier
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    We have you and the industry covered

    December 19, 2019 7:51AM by Derek Clouthier

    It certainly is the end of an era, but the beginning of a new, more modern way of bringing trucking industry news to our readers. We may be ceasing our printed editions of our western and eastern Truck News magazines,

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    Opinion: Ontario auditor general IDs inspection, training gaps

    December 19, 2019 12:00AM by George Smagala

    It’s no surprise that Ontario’s auditor general has “sharply criticized the Ministry of Transportation” for its record regarding road safety. Governments, both provincial and federal, are negligent and firmly locked in the stone age when it comes to driver training and road safety focus.

  • Abdul Latheef
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    The fatal flaw with roundabouts

    December 18, 2019 7:00AM by Abdul Latheef

    Several years ago, I sat in a meeting that was presenting the safety advantages of using roundabouts. We talked about how they prevented T-bone collisions that occur at conventional intersections. We also discussed how if a collision does occur, it

  • Doug Marcello
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    A primer on the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

    December 16, 2019 8:53AM by Doug Marcello

    This is a is a summary of the key points of the U.S. Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. A PowerPoint presentation of the same is available here. If you have any questions, please email me at dmarcello@cdl-law.com The U.S. Drug

  • Roger McKnight
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    A lesson from Russia on energy policy

    December 16, 2019 7:24AM by Roger McKnight

    I hear some people at this time of the year begin to sift through files and discard those which meet the criteria of the “discard” grade, and ponder on those documents which may be important enough to upgrade to the

  • James Menzies
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    See you on the other side

    December 13, 2019 2:00PM by James Menzies

    As first reported last month, Truck News is transitioning to an online format with the publishing of this, its final print edition. As the magazine’s longest-serving editor, I greeted the inevitable announcement with mixed feelings. Like many of you, I

  • Angela Splinter
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    Women with Drive: The journey continues

    December 11, 2019 8:07AM by Angela Splinter

    On Dec. 3 in Ottawa, Trucking HR Canada, along with partners from across the country, wrapped up our Women with Drive Hits the Road tour. The initiative builds on the success of the national Women with Drive leadership summit that

  • Andrea Morley
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    Driver health and safety are linked

    December 10, 2019 7:29AM by Andrea Morley

    At Healthy Trucker, we’ve been repeating the phrase, “A healthier driver is a safer driver,” since we set out to improve the health of the industry over six years ago. Every driver out there wants to be among the best

  • Rolf Lockwood
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    Opinion: Proposal to axe air brake re-testing is ‘ridiculous’

    December 10, 2019 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    In Ontario, a recent private member’s bill proposes that the province do away with mandatory air-brake re-testing for drivers as they renew their AZ licences every five years. That’s ridiculous.

  • John G Smith
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    Opinion: Ontario auditor general gave trucking regulators a failing grade

    December 9, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    The impending report by a provincial auditor general must fill bureaucrats and politicians with dread. This year, Ontario’s oversight of commercial vehicles was in the crosshairs.

  • Mike McCarron
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    Opinion: Is your truck fleet ready to sell?

    December 9, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    I was 47, and like many entrepreneurs of my vintage, most of my net worth was tied up in my trucking company, MSM Transportation. I was starting to think about how to turn that equity into long-term financial security for my family. Four weeks after that chance meeting in the Air Canada lounge, an offer to buy MSM rolled off the fax machine. My head was spinning!