There’s no sugar coating it, 2009 has been a tough year. But when times are tough, it’s even more important to celebrate hard-earned victories.
I’d like to congratulate our editorial team for winning the first ever Canadian Online Publishing Awards’ Best Video category. The weekly WebTV show Transportation Matters they produce for Trucknews.com was recognized as the winner during a recent awards ceremony at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
Our Web site was also a finalist in the Best Overall Magazine Web site category. I know Adam, Brad, Julia, James and Lou (and all the IT support staff) put a lot of work into the Web site and it’s nice to see their hard work is paying off.
We’re also continuously striving to make the Web site better for you -our readers (and visitors). Just recently we removed the registration requirements, so you can browse through back issues and archives without registering. I, for one, am very happy about this since I often forgot my own password -and I work here!
We’re also working behind the scenes to improve the site layout to make it more user-friendly. Stay tuned for details on that project!
Like many of you, I’ve been reading all the economic reports in search of good news. Finally, it looks like some rays of light are beginning to appear.
The OTA’s fourth quarter Business Pulse e-Survey suggested 41% of Ontario fleets are now ‘optimistic’ about business prospects. While it may not seem like much, it’s much better than the 17% who were optimistic at the start of the year. Again, it may be a small victory, but it’s worth celebrating nonetheless.
Now if we could only do something about the US economy and the soaring Canadian loonie.
As the curtain draws on 2009, I’m sure it was a year to forget for many of you. (As a Leafs and Argos fan, I can definitely say it was a year to forget for me in more ways than one).
But let’s not forget to acknowledge the positives that occurred as well. If you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find some cause for celebration within your own business.
Meanwhile, here’s hoping for a better year in 2010. •
-Rob Wilkins is the publisher of Truck News and he can be reached at 416-510-5123.