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  • Mike McCarron
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    Opinion: Bad ink shouldn’t be a permanent stain

    October 8, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    The first weekend in October started like every other weekend: my chair, an espresso, and TSN SportsCenter. Then I picked up the Saturday Globe and Mail.

  • John G Smith
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    Opinion: Fleet safety begins at home

    October 7, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Fleet yards are designed to be safe spaces. It’s where trucking activities can be segregated from the outside world. There are still dangers, though.

  • Angela Splinter
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    Big HR tips for small fleets

    October 1, 2019 7:09AM by Angela Splinter

    No matter the size of the company, a business cannot thrive without a team of reliable, competent, well-managed people. And smaller companies face more challenges in this regard. Small business owners often have a strong understanding of their industry but

  • Heather Ness
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    Opinion: Answers about drug clearinghouse queries

    October 1, 2019 12:00AM by Heather Ness

    Cross-border carriers with drivers who are subject to U.S. drug and alcohol testing requirements are also subject to the FMCSA’s new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program.

  • Alan S. Cofman
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    Opinion: The pitfalls of double logs in an ELD world

    September 30, 2019 12:00AM by Alan S. Cofman

    Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are not yet mandatory in Canada, but many operators have attempted to stay ahead of the curve by implementing them. One issue that may arise in the conversion process, however, is the problem of “double logs”.

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    Opinion: Skepticism about Ontario’s 110 km/h pilot

    September 26, 2019 12:00AM by George Smagala

    I read — with skepticism — the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announcement of a pilot project that will test 110 km/h speed limits along highways 402, 417, and a portion of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW).

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Testing electric trucks today so we’re ready for tomorrow

    September 25, 2019 7:45AM by Derek Clouthier

    By the end of this year, there are expected to be 20 fast-charging (DCFC) and Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations installed across Southern Alberta. The project, called Peaks to Prairies, is aimed at increasing what is being called “electric

  • Doug Marcello
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    Crash preventability update: changes and lessons

    September 23, 2019 12:32PM by Doug Marcello

    As previously noted, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is continuing the crash preventability demonstration program in which certain types of accidents can be designated “nonpreventable”. However, in announcing the move, the FMCSA expanded the program. It also changed

  • Ray Haight
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    Measuring driver turnover in detail

    September 19, 2019 10:50AM by Ray Haight

    The following is an edited excerpt from Truckload Carriers Associations Driver Retention Project Plan Manual, Chapter 30. OBJECTIVE: Get much more granular in measuring driver turnover by focusing on sub-categories such as dispatch board, company driver vs. owner-operators, and entry-level

  • John G Smith
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    Opinion: Fleets need to change for truck driver search

    September 18, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    There isn’t a shortage of truck drivers. There’s a growing shortage of people willing to do the jobs as they exist.

  • Rolf Lockwood
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    Opinion: Truck driver shortage involves more than ‘churn’

    September 18, 2019 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Drivers, drivers, drivers. Is any subject more talked about in our industry? Nope. Of the seven issues recently cited as the biggest concerns of Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) members, six of them concerned drivers in one way or another, and the only other issue identified was carbon pricing. No mention of freight rates or aggressive enforcement or lousy roads or a zillion other possibilities. Just drivers.

  • James Menzies
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    Costs of driver detention can no longer be ignored

    September 16, 2019 2:03PM by James Menzies

    The trucking industry has harvested every low-hanging fruit when it comes to improving efficiency and eliminating waste from the supply chain. With one glaring exception. Driver detention remains a costly issue that is too often ignored. Many fleets are too

  • Mike McCarron
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    Opinion: What’s behind the U.S. trucking bankruptcies?

    September 9, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    In the first half of this year, 640 U.S. trucking companies shut their doors. Just 175 companies did that in the same period last year. Do you wonder why?

  • Carole McAfee Wallace
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    Opinion: Are you in an ‘exclusive’ business relationship?

    September 9, 2019 12:00AM by Carole McAfee Wallace

    Many companies engage independent contractors to perform services. And when the relationship turns sour, the parties often fight over whether the independent contractor is actually an employee who’s entitled to notice of termination and other benefits.

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Calling changemakers this National Trucking Week

    September 2, 2019 10:35AM by Derek Clouthier

    The trucking industry has been grappling with a shortage of workers over many years. Right now, unemployment is low, many millennials remain uninterested in trades, and heavy-duty diesel trucks are viewed as significant contributors to climate change. These are trends