Trucking HR names chairman, acting CEO

OTTAWA, ON - Trucking HR Canada has named Mike McCarron of Left Lane Associates as its new chairman, while David Bradley of the Canadian Trucking Alliance will serve as acting Chief Executive Officer. Both moves come as Chief Executive Officer Angela Splinter takes a temporary medical leave of absence. Isabelle Hétu is promoted from her role as program manager to director - programs and services, and will be responsible for day-to-day operations.

Feds to toughen impaired driving rules under pot laws

TORONTO, ON - The federal government has officially unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018, and promises as well to introduce some of the toughest impaired driving laws in the world - complete with roadside saliva tests. Under the proposal, police would be able to demand oral fluid samples if they believe drivers have drugs in their body, and with reasonable grounds would be able to demand a blood sample. Punishments for those found driving under the influence of drugs including cannabis will become more severe, said Ralph Goodale, minister of public safety, during a press briefing on Friday. There are also plans for a "wide-ranging" campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while impaired.

Trump, Trudeau commit to pre-clearance, Gordie Howe Bridge

TORONTO, ON - The inaugural meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resulted in a joint statement by the two leaders. And while the statement didn't mention NAFTA, it did mention the importance of deepening the relationship between Canada and the U.S. The statement touches on some issues pertaining to the trucking industry, namely the quick completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit, which is cited as a vital economic link between the two countries. In addition, it commits to implementing pre-clearance operations for cargo.

Bradley, drivers honored during OTA gala

TORONTO, ON - The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) honored leading drivers and its Chief Executive Officer during emotional presentations at the group's annual convention on Thursday night. A tearful Bradley, who retires from his executive role at the end of 2017, was clearly shocked when presented the annual OTA/Shaw Tracking Service to Industry Award. "I picked this year's winner and it wasn't supposed to be me," Bradley said with a laugh, after an emotional video retrospective. Family members and past chairmen representing several decades of association work joined him on stage in the surprise tribute.