- by Don Stewart
An agreement has been struck between the province and CentrePort Canada that has cleared the way for the inland port to finally get started on the development of a unique industrial rail park.
CentrePort has released a request for proposals seeking private-sector partnership for the $100 million-plus development designed to attract rail-intensive industrial tenants who will be able to access Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s main line.
The expectation is the facility will be built in phases — that could take as long as 15 years to complete — on a 665-acre parcel of land just west of Sturgeon Road on the north side of CentrePort Canada Way that the province has agreed to sell to CentrePort.
The development will include switching and spur lines connecting to the CP main line that runs through the north part of CentrePort’s 20,000-acre footprint.
The rail park concept has been in the works for years. An anchor tenant was announced more than two years ago, but the company, BroadGrain Commodities, has since gone on to do a development in Saskatchewan.
In the course of its review of provincial business commitments, the province has recently signed off on CentrePort’s business plan, including guaranteeing an additional $1.5 million to CentrePort’s line of credit.
CentrePort CEO Diane Gray said she's confident about the potential for this development. She said in pre-marketing discussions with potential development partners from Canada and the U.S. there has already been interest.
"This is the transformational piece of the inland port," she said.
The provincial government decision to give the go-ahead sets the stage for CentrePort’s future self-sufficiency. Negotiations with potential partners will include ongoing revenue for CentrePort Canada Inc. and a share in the profits of the operation of the rail park.
"What this does is confirm the government support for what is the key priority of our business that then sustains the vision of CentrePort going forward," Gray said.
"The government has put all major economic projects under review. They were entitled to do so. If I was a new government, I would have done the same thing."
- by Don Stewart
Simply put, Truck Drivers should be concerned about health and fitness. While taking weeks or even month long trips, there are lifestyle changes that truck drivers need to follow in order to stay fit. It’s important for truck drivers to ask themselves “How do I stay healthy on the road?” For some, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging because they may not have the resources that people in other professions have, but that’s not to say that living a healthy life as a truck driver isn’t possible.
Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Healthy
- Eat breakfast everyday
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for anyone whether you’re a professional truck driver or not. According to a study done by consumer reports, people who eat breakfast regularly tend to have better diets overall, consuming more fruit, vegetables, milk and whole grains. Eating breakfast increases your blood sugar which gives you energy to start your day. It also prolongs your need to eat lunch and keeps you moving throughout the day, which is important for truck drivers taking long trips.
Some healthy and simple breakfast ideas for truck drivers include oatmeal, fresh fruit, protein bars, or a mixture of different breakfast foods. Some drivers suggest eating a larger breakfast, and then smaller portions (healthier snacks) throughout the rest of the day to stay healthy, while avoiding hunger.
- Snack on healthy foods to reduce meal portions
Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day will help you cut down on meal portions. Healthier snack foods that truckers can take on the road with them include:
- Hummus and veggies
- Hard boiled eggs
- Dried fruits
- Mixed nuts
- Cheese-Not Processed
- Dark chocolate
- Eat more salad and leafy greens
Eating leafy greens two times per day will increase your focus on the road. Leafy greens are a good source of Vitamin K which prevents certain age related conditions. They also help lower cholesterol and preserve your vision.
- Drink lots of water
Not drinking enough water can affect a driver’s alertness on the road. Drivers should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day to ensure their bodies are functioning to their full potential.
- Don’t consume more than 2 cups of coffee per day
Coffee may help drivers stay awake, but consuming too much caffeine isn’t good for anyone. Following all of these other steps while getting an adequate amount of sleep should reduce the need for a lot of coffee. However, two cups of coffee per day is acceptable for drivers to take in.
- Cut pop out of your diet
Soda dehydrates the body and is abundant in sugar. There are so many healthier beverage options including water, juice and tea.
- Get enough sleep
Truck drivers should sleep for at least 7 hours per day in a dark and quiet place. Canadian research, 1 in 5 deaths on the roadway are caused by drivers who fell asleep while driving. Sleep is the key to health and safety, especially if you’re working long hours as a truck driver.
- Take time to rest
To avoid restlessness while driving, take a short break when necessary and safe to do so. Pull to a rest stop and grab a snack or just stretch your legs and do some simple exercises. Small breaks can revamp your drive and give you more energy. You can take a few minutes to just touch your toes, roll out your neck or even do some jumping jacks to get your blood flow circulating properly.
- Avoid fast food
Truck drivers are often temped with fast food because of its convenience. Try to avoid this unhealthy option at all costs. If you must go through a drive-thru, make a healthier food choice such as a salad or simply avoid the salty condiments and sides.
Drivers should exercise at least three times per week to avoid being unhealthy. 52 percent of drivers have an issue with weight which is more than double the 21 percent of the general population. There are a myriad of workouts that truck drivers can participate in while on the road. While stopping for rest, drivers can take a short, 15-minute jog or fast pace walk. These exercises do not require any equipment and can be done anywhere. If you need some direction, there are numerous workout routines on YouTube. Some more exercises drivers can do include:
- 5 minute sprints
- 4 sets of 10 squats
- 4 sets of 10 heel rises
- 2 sets of 12 pushups
- 4 sets of 15 crunches
- 2 planks for 30 seconds each
- 4 sets of 12 abs—touch your knees to your chest
- 15-minute walk to cool down
No matter how important a load, truck drivers shouldn’t neglect their health and fitness. Following these tips and health guidelines should be an easy way for truck drivers to commit to healthy living.
If you would like to more information concerning truck drivers health, Please contact:
- by Don Stewart
The provincial government has made it clear it is not utilizing the revenues generated from a carbon tax for efficiency programming.
This decision is counter to the government’s original direction, as laid out in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. This reversal has the government using the carbon tax to underwrite other financial commitments opposed to funding a carbon reduction strategy.
MTA staff worked in partnership with the government to develop a meaningful emissions reduction plan. A plan that would allow Manitoba to better understand the importance of fuel efficiency to our industry. This information was shared with the government in the form of our GrEEEner Trucking Fuel Efficiency Initiative, with the goal of industry approved short, medium and longer-term tools for reducing trucking GHG's.
It has always been the intention of the MTA to have the GrEEEner program self-funded by the trucking industry. Manitoba’s decision on the carbon tax has been made, however a meaningful fuel efficiency plan for trucking has not.
So where do we go from here?
The MTA has organised a Carbon Strategy Committee, which has been diligently working towards an industry approved carbon reduction strategy that will encourage and incentivise, meaningful efficiency activity which is good environmentally and economically.
The committee recently met with both the Minister of Sustainable Development and the Minister of Finance. At that meeting all agreed, that some interim measures for the trucking industry made sense and a commitment was made to meet with the MTA, to discuss what this might look like. MTA staff are currently working on scheduling this discussion.
Members with specific questions or comments are encouraged to contact MTA staff for details.
- by Don Stewart
Diversity and Inclusion: A Roadmap for Canada's Trucking and Logistics Industry
For many years, leaders have been discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but why now? Why in 2018?
In essence, the world is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Because of changes in the workforce, marketplace and workplace, successful companies have recognised they require a different approach to management, in order to stay ahead of the wave.
To address the changing nature of demographics, the workplace, and the marketplace, Canadian organisations are taking a proactive approach. Some organisations are reconfiguring the demographic composition of their workforces to more closely match their consumer market-base. Other organisations are hiring people who bring new perspectives and solutions to an increasingly complex business environment.
Organisations are increasingly compelled to publicly report diversity and inclusion practices and policies. For example, Canadian publicly listed companies must report on their practices through Corporate Responsibility Statements. Other organisations are sharing their diversity policies and practices with their customers, as some customers are only doing business with diversity and inclusion leaders, within their industries.
Clearly, external forces are pushing Canadian organisations to get in front of the diversity and inclusion wave. To better understand the current state, corporate drivers, and leading practices of diversity and inclusion,Trucking HR has developed a new roadmap to help employers establish a diversity and inclusion framework for their company. The roadmap is an easy guide with step-by-step information, starting with the business case and how to get buy in from decision makers, all the way through to implementing and evaluating a solid framework.
For more information about Diversity and Inclusion or to download the Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap: https://truckinghr.com/content/employers/recruitme...
- by Don Stewart
GOVERNMENT CONSULTING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDIZED SYSTEM OF TRAINING FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS:
The Manitoba Trucking Association has been advocating for Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new drivers in Manitoba for many years. The MTA remains committed, that the educational requirement be in line with the National Occupational Standards (NOS)
Although there is still lots of work to be done, the MTA is encouraged by the below announcement and look forward to working with the province, while moving towards MELT.
government of Manitoba is consulting on the implementation of a standardized
system of training and certification for commercial truck drivers,
Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.
“Our first priority is public safety on roadways and that is why we are announcing that we have started work across government to consider how a standardized system could work for the trucking industry,” Schuler said. “This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in Manitoba.”
Work will be done across government through Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Education and Training, and Manitoba Public Insurance. A standardized system of training would allow for a uniform standard for all truck drivers across the province and would allow road safety to be the number one priority in issuing licenses. Educators in the province already provide training, approved by the province and Manitoba Public Insurance, to the current National Occupational Standard. However, there is no current requirement for new drivers to access this training.
Other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have either already changed their standard or are in process of working and engaging with stakeholders on upgrading to this standard.
“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that all provinces are moving together on a standardized system of training,” Schuler added. “This work is beginning immediately and we hope to move forward with a plan of action as soon as possible.”
For More Information regarding MELT: Please Contact Terry Shaw 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
After many years of advocating for publicly funded commercial driver training, the MTA is pleased to be partnering with the Province of Manitoba.Tuition funding for Manitobans wanting to train and work as Transport Truck Drivers, is in full swing and proving to be an incredible opportunity for our entire Industry in Manitoba.
Manitoba Education and Training through the Skills and Employment Partnerships branch has implemented a revised policy approach for supporting Class 1 truck driver training, under the Skills Development Program. This policy has been implemented as a one-year demonstration project with renewal dependent on an internal evaluation.
Under this revised policy, individuals who obtain a conditional offer of employment from an employer and a letter of acceptance from an accredited Class 1 truck driver training school will be eligible to receive 100% full tuition funding for truck driver training.There are also opportunities to leave existing employment in order to participate in this funded program. Other financial supports, including living allowances and other incidental costs, will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on individual need.
Since our member seminar back in February with Manitoba Education and Training, The program has funded over 60 drivers, which equates to $488,000 in funding for industry prospects. This is exciting news for our industry in Manitoba and will help address driver shortage.
The MTA staff is strongly encouraging our members to sponsor drivers and participate with the Driver Training Funding Program. If you're unsure how to fully take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the staff at the Manitoba Trucking Association.
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
Friday, April-6-18- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 86th Annual General Meeting at the RBC Convention Center. This year’s President's report focused on carbon tax concerns, association policy work and community engagement. The AGM also saw the election of the new Board of Directors, they are as follows:
- John Erik Albrechtsen Paul's Hauling Limited
- Jeannie Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
- Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
- Jasvir Singh Brar 4Tracks Ltd.
- PJ Singh 4Tracks Ltd.
- John Curcio Manitoulin Transport Inc.
- Bruce Danylchuk E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
- Ed Dillon Kleysen Group LP
- Bernie Driedger Portage Transport
- Jason Dubois Len Dubois Trucking
- Darrin Fiske Kleysen Group LP
- Kyle Harris Harris Transport Ltd.
- Scott Kinley Gladstone Transfer
- Derek Lachaine TransX Group
- Darren Lane Fast Lane Freight Services
- Peter McDonald TransX Group
- Thomas McKee Payne Transportation
- Marc Meyer Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd.
- Ryan Mitchell Wildwood Transport Inc.
- Jeff Odway Prairie International
- Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.
- Kevin Small Agri-Fresh Transport
- Dave Tyrchniewicz Turk Enterprises Ltd.
- Pauline Wiebe-Peters Payne Transportation
- Steve Zokvic Bison Transport Inc.
- Ray Samaroo Gardewine
- Howard Hildebrand Searcy Trucking Ltd.
- Jim Devlin Bridgestone Commercial
- Chris Fredrickson Peterbilt Manitoba
- Gilles Durand Du-Vall Transport Inc.
- Michael Mourant Agrifoods Group
Following the formal portion of the AGM there was a presentation from Stephen Laskowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Pete Dalmazzi, President of Trucks for Change Network provided some insight into that charity and how Manitoba companies can get involved. Lou Smyrlis and Derek Clouthier of Newcom Media Inc. also moderated two panel discussions. The first a discussion on the image of the trucking industry included:
- Bruce Duggan Buller Centre for Business Providence University College
- Reg Wightman Manitoba Motor Carrier Division
- Richard Cloutier CJOB Global News
- Ward Keith Manitoba Public Insurance
- Terry Shaw Manitoba Trucking Association
The second panel discussion was with Manitoba’s Top Fleet Employers and included:
- Bill Friesen Keystone Western
- Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
- Thomas McKee Payne Transportation Ltd.
- Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.
For more information, please contact:
- by Terry Shaw
Good day MTA members
Our office will be closed Friday, April 6, 2018 for our 86th Annual General Meeting. We will resume normal hours Monday, April 9, 2018.
Thank you and have a great day.
- by Don Stewart
2018 Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) Program
The purpose of Spring Road Restrictions is to protect Manitoba's surfaced pavements from undue damage by reducing allowable axle weights during the spring thawing season. In consultation with those affected by these weight reductions, Manitoba Infrastructure periodically revises its policies and procedures to reflect the current transportation trends, industry needs and weather patterns. Up to date policies and procedures help industry improve trip planning while minimizing the impact of loads to the weak pavement structures when they are at their most vulnerable conditions.
General guidelines to Spring Road Restrictions are provided in the highway traffic act.
- 2018 Spring road restrictions are in effect starting on March 20th, 2018 in Zone 1.
- 2018 Spring road restrictions will not commence prior to April 7th, 2018 in Zone 2.
- 2018 Spring road restriction will not commence prior to April 9th, 2018 in Zone 3.
For more detailed information:
Please ensure you check the web site and Highway Information line (511) regularly for changes throughout the restriction period!
Notification of Affected Highways:
Spring road restrictions are determined through collection and analysis of data from the previous year, resulting in the evaluation and determination of which roads will be subject to restriction in the upcoming spring season. To assist motor carriers, farmers, businesses and other interested parties in preparation in identifying affected roadways, is made available at the MI website in the fall with subsequent update(s) as required. Advertisements announcing that the upcoming spring road restrictions order is available, and information on how to obtain the Order, are published in the fall and in February prior to the restrictions start date in the following publications:
- La Liberte
- Winnipeg Free Press
- Winnipeg Sun
- Brandon Sun
Need More Information?
For further information, please contact any of the following:
1. Permit Services: 1-204-945-3961 or toll-free at 1-877-812-0009
2.Motor Carrier Enforcement: 1-204-945-3890
- by Don Stewart
The Manitoba Trucking Association was front and centre, when Finance Minister Cameron Friesen unveiled Manitoba’s 2018 Budget. On the heels of the unveiling, the MTA attended an event headlined by Minister Friesen, with hopes of better understanding the carbon tax revenue dispersement model. At both events, MTA staff made it clear to our government representatives that the current course isn’t acceptable to our industry.
Starting September 1, 2018, the fuel pumps in Manitoba will see an increase of 6.7 cents a litre for diesel, which equates to an additional $50 million in fuel tax paid by Heavy Diesel Vehicles in Manitoba, over and above the $318 million Manitoba collects in fuel tax from our industry at present.
The MTA has been working tirelessly alongside the provincial government for some time, with the expectation of collaborating on a commercial vehicle GHG reduction strategy. The MTA and others were advised to expect that the revenues collected from the carbon tax would be revenue neutral and invested into environmental programming, which for our industry would come in the form of the GrEEEner Trucking Efficiency Initiative. This is not the case as the government has clearly stated that carbon tax revenues will be directed towards income tax and other cuts. As well, in 2018 and forecasted for 2019, the provincial government has stated they will be collecting more in carbon taxes than they will be returning to Manitobans.
The MTA is diligently working with government to right this. MTA staff have been told that some programming for the trucking industry is coming. We will continue working in good faith in that regard but need our members to know that until specific commitments have been made public, we will not cease to speak out on this issue.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the staff at the MTA.