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Dave brings 42 years of valuable and interesting experience in transportation, management, safety, business and compliance. Dave has driven in every condition across North America and overseas as Military, Police, Company Driver to an Owner Operator to transportation management. Now our Celebrity Editor Publisher of Canadian Trucking Magazine bringing you articles and entertainment in print and on the web. Join Dave on Face Book for real time updates and meet at your favorite stop or truck show! Be Happy to say Hi and maybe get a picture or two. See you down the road.

Let’s talk dirty, I mean truck porn, thanks to BEAR “Barry LaFrance” front cover and centerfold! Let’s talk about “Big Mama” Bear’s mistress, his Baby Girl, the love of Bear’s Life a 1998 Cab Over Freightliner FL, a 5 1/4 Cummins, 13 double over, 373 rear end, 246 custom wheelbase and a lotta customizing. Bear Drives “Big Mama” OTR with Keystone Western the flagship truck! Big Mama is a family commitment as Tracy and all the kids have worked and polished her as well. Bear & Big Mama have supported the Canadian Trucking Show every year as well as shows across Canada and the USA. Big thank you to David Benjatschek of WOW TRUCKS , for the great pictures of Bear & Big Mama in this magazine and the famous WOW TRUCKS CALENDER!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on that calendar each year. Magazine has been a lil late getting out to you this winter as I have been slacking in Texas but on track again now, Hammer Down!

I LOVE Texas, LOL. Trucking, I can also report on Truck Stops, Alerts, Road & weather Conditions were I am at. I am a real Trucker out there delivering real loads, I walk the Talk. See more in the digital magazine and the next few pages, digital does not limit the amount of good stuff we can provide you! So every month we print you a 48 page hold in your hand glossy magazine and then add to it on the Web Edition up to 100+ pages of entertainment and detail, built for you, by you! If you have any ideas, this being your magazine, please let us know. Watch for LIVE VIDEO notifications and set your FaceBook up so you see Canadian Trucking Magazine first. Look forward to meeting up with you Over the Road, looking forward to hear from you, than about you.

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TRUCK SHOWS coming our way now!!! Read all the posted shows in this Edition and the Canadian Trucking Magazine Crew will be at all of them with special guest!! Please join us in fighting CANCER again at the Canadian Trucking Show in Winnipeg MB as we roll in a Cancer Fighting Convoy. To the right the Monster Energy Gals who did many LIVE interviews with me, just click on the picture in the Web Edition to see one. To the right is my friend BEAR “Barry LaFrance” front Cover & Centerfold and a great billboard in a CTM Shirt. LOL Thanks Bear for the great picture and all your support. So awesome to have you on the Cover with Big Mama and the great shots inside by David Benjatschek of WOW TRUCKS , with extras in the Web Edition. To the right here four proud Canadian veterans standing tall with R. Lee Ermey R.I.P. “GUNNY”,doing a Red Shirt Friday Video. Going to miss Gunny, a Great Veteran, Actor and “SEMPER FI” GUNNY!  Please remember to wear Red on Fridays to thank those who run towards Danger as others run away! To the right thumbs up at Texas Road house with another Barry. Peggy & Barry Gudmundson met me at Texas Roadhouse for a great night out!! Barry a retired driver living the good life down in the vally and had a great present for me fresh fruit!


Jim Campbell of First Class Training Center with Steph Hammer Down Custance IRT Above is Jim Campbell of First Although we are a trucking magaClass Training Center with Steph Hammer zine we are an entertainment magazine for Down Custance Ice Road Trucking at World trucking. We have been called the readers diof Wheels taking a whirl on the FCTC simu- gest for Trucking with our jokes, puzzles, stolator with a photo bomb by Marcel from ries and of course valuable information and CTM/PFM at the Canadian Trucking Maga- advertisers. zine Booth! When I started CTM it was because I Great times as Jim can toss anything got tired of Job Posting Magazines at Truck Stops at you till you crash. or writing that seemed better than us. Can’t wait till he sets up at the CanaI wanted something that after a long dian trucking Show where you too can give the day on the road put a smile on your face and yet simulator a whirl. gave you information, events and GREAT adverI really enjoy these shows, meeting tisers. friends and sharing out Videos for your enterI say that because there is nothing adtainment. vertised in CTM that I haven’t tried myself. Quality Below is Boss Hogg sitting at the tested or not in our magazine! Below is one of our good friends Oakpoint Restaurant in Winnipeg enjoy a from the chapel in Calgary AB, never be great meal and great read of CTM. Boss Hogg will give us road updates afraid to drop in and say hello! I like to say again thanks for reading OTR on FB Live and reports on XP3 he tests in CTM and I look forward to hearing from you, his truck. Thanks Boss Hogg than about you. See you Over the Road..... Be safe my friends! Keep On Trucking, All the Best!!!!!!

Happy Trails.....





Look what Bruce Querel & Richard Wiebe has at Querel Trailers! Trailers for work or home of all sizes. We had this one at the Canadian Trucking Show and it worked great! Thanks Querel



Wanted by the CBSA

By Dave MacKENZIE over 30 years LawEnforcement By publicizing the identities of Wanted by the CBSA The following individu- these individuals, the CBSA is enlisting the als are the subject of help of the public in locating these individuan active Canada-wide als and reporting any relevant information to arrest warrant, issued the CBSA. Do not attempt to contact, approach or pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee apprehend these individuals yourself. Report any Protection Act (IRPA). information to the Border Watch Line at 1-888Inadmissibility under 502-9060. If you have information about the IRPA is a determination made by an admin- • istrative decision-maker that the individual is not suspicious cross-border activity, authorized to enter or remain in Canada. A crim- please contact the CBSA toll-free inal conviction may lead to a finding of inadmis- Border Watch Line at 1-888-502sibility under the IRPA, but the two processes 9060. are distinct. Wanted by the CBSA

To date, as a result of the "Wanted by the CBSA" program, 69 individuals have been located in Canada. The CBSA has removed 62 of these individuals from Canada. Additionally, 18 individuals were located abroad.

CALL BORDER WATCH~ 1.888.502.9060

Note from Dave!

If you see suspicious activity, persons asking you for a ride across the border in your vehicle, a loose lipped driver talking about smuggling loads of weapons or drugs, do us all a big favour and contact authorities. Try to get as much information as possible without becoming involved and shut these bad guys down. They are bad for our business. 10


Wanted by the CBSA The following individuals ar Canada-wide arrest warrant, i gration and Refugee Protectio

re the subject of an active issued pursuant to the Immi on Act (IRPA)

To date, as a result of the "Wanted by the CBSA" program, 69 individuals have been located in Canada. The CBSA has removed 62 of these individuals from Canada. Additionally, 18 individuals were located abroad. Do not attempt to contact, approach or apprehend these individuals yourself. Report any information to the Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.




PFM Profession Freight Management By Dave MacKENZIE

PFM 3909973 Manitoba Inc. or Professional Freight Management was formed in 1998 by Sheldon Koslovsky. Sheldon recognized that the Winnipeg area was lacking in a specialized premium Refrigerated Linehaul Service company. By the year 2000 Mark Koslovsky joined his brother Sheldon in the business. They then formed their linehaul operation, currently known as PFM International. Over the next 17 years they grew from the 1 truck and 2 trailers to 32 trucks and 35 trailers, including 6 team units. PFMs’ success in the industry is as a result of staffing with long time experienced people; currently we have 3 dispatch and 1 administration person. Each of our staff members come with a minimum of 20+ years’ experience. PFM strives for results for our customers, providing unique solutions where necessary. Our operations are fully automated, with satellites and scanning within our trucks, to ensure that the documents needed by our customers are available at the earliest possible time.

Being able to provide our customers with live information on the status of their load is our standard. Our professional drivers all carry with them many years of reefer experience; they know the shippers and consignees very well and work with each group to keep the freight on-time. PFM is able to provide linehaul services for fresh, frozen, heated and dry products. Over the years we have gained synergies for our customers utilizing our warehouse facilities to move goods and provide a full service sortation and local p&d for the product in Winnipeg. I PFM Freight and Distribution and PFM International customers appreciate working with a well-established solution provider managed by very experienced people. There is no logistics problem that we at PFM cannot solve. Just like any new advertiser we at CTM like to check them out by me (Dave) taking a ride in thier truck and doing a full tour on the road. PFM passed in spades,, as one of the Best Trucking Companies I have had the pleasure to turn a wheel with. Come check them out!


By; Ellen Voie CAE, President/CEO Women in Trucking

The #MeToo movement has elevated the discussion concerning sexual harassment, and for women in maledominated professions, the concern is even more prominent. Clearly, it’s time to re-think self-defense, focusing on only what works, mentally (for courage-on-command), verbally (for prevention), and physically (for surviving the unpreventable.) The mission of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) includes addressing obstacles that might keep women from succeeding in the trucking industry. One of those obstacles is the matter of sexual harassment and de-fueling crime escalation. In order to empower its members, the nonprofit organization has partnered with Debbie and Mike Gardner of the Survive Institute ( to offer a free 90-minute course in updated self-defense. The session will be open to anyone interested in learning fast, legal, moral and explicit self-defense—rooted in Courage, L-ove and Laughter. Clever and unforgettable explanations of the Power of L-ove will change your life! Both women and men (and mature adolescents age 13 & up) are invited to attend this feel-empowered-immediately event.


The Re-think Self-Defense seminar will be held just prior to the annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” which celebrates female professional drivers. The doors will open at 8:45 am in rooms C201204 in the upper level of the Kentucky Exposition Center at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, March 24th. For 36 years, the Survive Institute has conducted personalized self-defense seminars for organizations around the world. This rare public event will be open to individuals and families interested in learning a new, healthier formula to outsmart today’s aggressive behavior. Experience the Gardner’s unique “Less is more, when less is right!” safety strategies— because worry is NOT a safety plan! Debbie founded the Survive Institute in 1981 and she and Mike have conducted their realist crime survival workshops for corporations, conventions and colleges across the United States, Canada, Central and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. “We are excited to offer the Survive Institute program for anyone who has a concern about personal safety and how to become more aware of potential negative encounters,” said WIT President and CEO, Ellen Voie. “This aligns with our mission to empower women (and men) and to minimize obstacles, such as harassment.” There is no cost to attend the event, however, identifications will be checked at the door. Everyone is invited to attend the Survive Institute workshop. In addition to this program, the Women In Trucking Association has resources for its members that include an anti-harassment employment guide, webinars on harassment issues and a professional development course that provides training on these issues and more.

About Women in Trucking: Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit



Keystone Western Now Hiring

Keystone Western Inc is expand ing into the Kitchener - Waterloo Ontario region!

Keystone is looking for 10 Owner Operators for van freight movements from Ontario to the Eastern Seaboard in the U.S., and to the Maritime region of Canada.

Keystone is a well established, transport company who cares about customer service, and you, the driver! At Keystone, we know you by name, not by num ber!

We offer a competitive pay pack age, benefits, paid picks/drops, and practical route miles.

We require you to pass a drivers’ road test and pre-employment drug test., have a truck no older than model year 2007, a mini mum of 1 year verifiable over the road experience as a class 1.0 (AZ) professional driver, valid passport and/or Fast Card, clear criminal record check, and no more than 2 moving violations on your drivers abstract.

If you meet that criteria, then we want to talk to you!

Call Keystone Western Driver Services - 1-800-256-6460 ext. 264 for more information! We want to be your partner in suc cess!

Norm Curtis, Keystone Western Message

We are very enthusiastic about the outlook for 2018 regarding our com pany's role with our new and existing clients. The success of Keystone Western over the years has directed us away from being a basic provider of trucks and rates, to becoming a logistics consultant and business partner, bringing new ideas to the table and operating as an extension of our customers supply-chain management group. Our Third Party Logistics Division utilizes the "Blue-Ocean" logistics philos ophy and goes deeper into our client's supply chain. Our "Blue-Ocean" logistics philosophy creates out-of-the-box strate gies allowing your business to sail into markets with less competition and greater profitability. Our mandate for 2018 is to elelevate our exposure to the marketplace re garding our consultative "Blue-Ocean" logistics solutions. I would like to thank Keystone Western's current customers for their loy alty over the years and also invite any new customers to contact us to learn more about our services and to see if there is a fit for your future success. Regards,

Norm Curtis, CEO/Owner





Rescue dogs and lost pets who need a ride home have a new group of allies in Canada: truck drivers. A group based in Thunder Bay, Ont., will help coordinate rides for animals who are heading from one part of the country to another. Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes is the creation of Margaret Foster. A former truck driver, she took it upon herself to help coordinate rides for those with four legs. "It actually gives them something they feel good about. I mean, you go up and down the road here, you see the accidents and everything else that happens," said Foster. She said nearly 300 dogs have been transported through the group to their new homes, anywhere in Canada. She said some trucks in the United States are also now part of her 'network', allowing


for international movement of the animals in need. Foster said drivers are not compensated, but she asks for a donation of home baking, or a gift card for coffee. Help from the community Foster said many of the drivers have their own animals in their trucks, that they refer to as 'An Ambassador.' The one ambassador cat of the group, named Turtle, recently got out of a truck in Granby, QC. Foster said she's overwhelmed, as it seems the whole community wants to find the cat. She said the Ambassador animals are a key part of the program. "The dogs are so relaxed, they introduce them before they come into the truck." " They show them the bunk, like 'this is where we can lay and

Margaret Foster, the founder of Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes, along with her Ambassador Dog, Pickles pose outside of Thunder Bay, Ont. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

sleep' and it just keeps them really really calm and collected. And, they enjoy it." As for continuing to help ferry rescue animals, or those who are lost and found to their proper homes, Foster said most drivers can't get enough of it. "[One driver], he gets a hold of me all the time and says, 'Margaret, I'm getting tired of laughing at my own jokes, you'd better give me a dog.'" Visit on FaceBook; Furry Hobos N Hiway Hero"s. Dog gone Truckin! Thanks Margaret!!



Down Home Cooking by the Kewley Team By Dave MacKenzie

Down Home Cooking is a family team with Rob Kewley ( who is a long haul truck driver), his wife, and 14 year old daughter; who is the youngest sous chef on Team Canada. Kewley’s are part of Team Canada for the last 3 years. Currently hold 2nd of Canada for the last 2 years and this year are 17 th in the World for Chili. They compete in Canada and the USA and just finished competing in Alabama at the World Food Championships in November. They do events and fundraisers across Canada, so be on the lookout for them and their award winning chili. Big Thank-you to the sponsors and everyone who has supported them for getting the Kewley’s to where they are: John Russell Honey, Earl’s Meats,

PBX,TTI, Source for Sports, The Oyster Bed and many more that has helped.

Follow them at Down Home Cooking@kewleycanada on Facebook. If you would like more info or bookings contact

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“Big Mama” Bear’s mistress, his Baby Girl, the lov 5 1/4 Cummins, 13 double over, 373 rear end, 246 c Bear Drives “Big Mama” OTR with Keystone W Big Mama is a family commitment as Tracy and Big thank you to David Benjatschek of WOW TRUC

ve of Bear’s Life a 1998 Cab Over Freightliner FL, a custom wheelbase and a lotta customizing. Western the flagship truck! d all the kids have worked and polished her as well. CKS , for the great pictures









GUNNY R.I.P. ~ Seen here below with Proud Veterans fro tion is “GUNNY” R. Lee Ermey who supported the milita to Canadian Trucking Magazine. It’s hard to think of many actors

time. From the moment he first strolled through the milky gray barracks of “Fu his recruits, popping off taunts like firecrackers, you knew in your bones — yo seen. This is what those guys were really like. Everything about Ermey seeme n’t a Southerner (Ermey was born and raised in Kansas), but his voice had the thrilling feat of domination. Every word he spoke would be more than just hea Semper Fi Gunny and God Speed. "Semper Fidelis" ("Always Faithful") is the

om the Tri-Service Military Veterans of Canada Associaary & Veterans everyday of his life and was a great fiend

who became as legendary as R. Lee Ermey did for just 40 minutes of screen ull Metal Jacket” as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, screaming into the faces of ou just knew — that you could forget every movie drill sergeant you’d ever ed to be made of leather: his face, his neck, his vocal cords, his soul. He wase sinewy contours of a mean drawl, and he turned the act of raising it into a ard. It would be etched onto your f—king brainpan. Died at the age of 74 , RIP e motto of the Corps

RED SHIRT FRIDAY on Fridays Please

Wear Red

to thanks those who run to -

wards Danger as others run away

MyDenny’s App Adds Value for Frequent Diners

It's all about you. Your preferences, your tastes, your cravings. It's your Denny's, so why not have it all? Make Denny's yours with MyDenny's, the only app that earns you perks with every bite you take. Denny’s Restaurants has been a staple of Canadian dining for the last 45 years, providing classic diner fare, an inviting atmosphere, and great value for all their guests. With 59 locations across the country, many located along major transit routes, Denny’s is a dining staple for drivers, providing a bit of comfort and familiarity when away from home. Denny’s has always placed a high importance on being a good value, but with their recently relaunched Loyalty Program they have found a way to make dining an even better deal, especially for their loyal customers. With a simple download from Google Play or the App store, the free MyDenny’s mobile app allows guests to earn points for every purchase at participating stores. Every purchase also earns a stamp on their digital loyalty card. Once the card has been filled in, members earn a special $5 reward coupon and a new card is started automatically. One of the big questions about the app, has been how hard is it to get enough points to get the rewards? Well the answer is it’s easy, and there are lots of added incentives to sign up! New members automatically get 50 points for registering and there are opportunities to earn bonus points by completing polls on the app and entering promo codes that are posted on social media or emailed to their members. It doesn’t take long to earn enough points to redeem for rewards such discounts on purchases or free food and beverages. Every week Denny’s is giving away one thousand points to a new member, so there is an added incentive to sign up. With over 45,000 members and growing quickly, the app is proving to be highly successful for both Denny’s and their customers. One of the cool new upgrades to the app is the ability to scan a QR code on the bottom of each receipt, making it quick and easy to add the points to your account. Members can also use the app to send invitations to meet up with friends and share points back and forth with other members. For the non-smartphone users, there is a desktop version of the loyalty program available at providing all the perks, promotions, and contests available through the app. If you are a Blackberry user, you can use the mobile web version on your phone’s Internet browser, also at



Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, poses in Victory Lane with his son Brexton and wife Samantha after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Want more NASCAR Action !

Canadian Trucking Magazine has it, on the Expanded Web Edition now enjoyed by over 570,000 readers a month and up to date events on the Canadian Trucking Magazine Face Book Page ~ LIKE US !

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. 36


Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteri winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seri

ies Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after ies O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor

Monster Girls in South Africa as Gymkhana Grid were there to meet the fans, as the support the at Nicole, Nokwazi, Wandile, Amber and our UK Mons Monster Energy Rig! The racing as ever was fast pa inating the Monster Energy Podium! The Monster Gi so stay tuned for more teasers on what is to come

takes Johannesburg by storm! The Monster Girls thletes as they dominate the GG Podium! Danelle, ster Energy Girl Dominique partied with fans at the asted with Kristoffersson and Luke Woodham dom irls and Gymkhana Grid took Carnival City by storm, in 2018!

Our own Dave MacKenzie Celebrity Pub always enjoys the company of the Mons interviews for our entertainment at even

blisher of Canadian Trucking Magazine ster Energy Girls helping him conduct nts and NASCAR!

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's for Pro start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series P Motor Speedway on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Ne

os Chevrolet, goes through inspection prior to the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas evada.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's F ergy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 present on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ford, celebrates after winning the Monster En ted by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford For Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 40 Speedway on March 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada

d, celebrates in victory lane after winning the 0 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor 00 a.

The Monster Energy Girls have thier SOCKS on ,, do you!

Do you have your Socks On! Autosock By; Dave MacKENZIE

Hey Folks I have been talking about the AutoSock since last winter! I believe in them so much I have been taking a sock out to shows with me all year and giving a pair away and making it so you can see them and touch them. Okay, 2 things straight off the bat! AutoSocks are “LEGAL� in all of North America! AutoSocks work! Now after saying that, how many of you OTR Drivers really chain up?

As far as I am concerned if the chain up lights are on you should be parking, chains are for decoration. But to run the rocks during the winter you need to have to be legal carrying socks or chains. AutoSock weight about 6 pounds and chains around 400 pounds plus to be legal. Now put those chains on hangers, add snow and ice and a driver weight showed 1,200 pounds extra. When people actually got to see the AutoSock up close and realize the value, it was a hit.






They stow away taking little space and very little weight. You can’t use these in the bush or oil patch as there are jobs chains are made for and should be used. But to be legal and to use if caught in a chain up, and you must go. On and off in minutes without breaking your back and they work. Your Canadian Trucking Magazine tested these and promoted them long before AutoSock gave us an Ad ,AutoSock supports your magazine here! Find AutoSock in Winnipeg at Sift Products, Edmonton at Lesco, Canada wide Fleet Brake and USA at McGee Company.

Get your Socks on.

Your trusted Autosock dealers!


STARTING OR ON THE JOB FCTC HAS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU By Jim Campbell Since opening our All of our instructors at doors in January 2012, First First Class are career veteran Class Training Centre Inc. has truck drivers. been providing the highest These instructors have standard of training to our combined on-the-road trucking clients in a personal relaxed experience that exceeds two learning environment. centuries! From the beginning we That’s a lot of experience recognized there was a need for teaching the students. a high quality Class 1 driver Our instructors will give training program preparing the you the training you will need to students for a promising career take on the challenges of the ahead of them. transportation industry. Becoming a profesDemand for our high stansional truck driver takes dard of training and unique peryears of experience. spective on the trucking industry Any truck driving school has been fuelling our growth, and can teach you how to drive a we now have eight instructors on truck, but at First Class Training staff in Winnipeg and one in our Centre we are interested in new Brandon location. teaching you how to get industry As well as training locally, ready. we have also done out of town All aspects of the job projects as far north as Thompare covered in the training. son, Manitoba, but the down fall We don’t limit our instruc- to out of town training was to find tion to the things that will help a suitable location for a classroom you get your licence; we want to and transporting our air-board to help individuals to go out and do proper air-brake training. get a job. That’s when my partner, We’ll do this by sharing Jeff Esslinger and I, decided to the kind of insight that can only custom build a mobile classbe earned by spending years room for training that we can doing the job, and helping you bring almost anywhere in Manprepare for a career in the in- itoba. dustry, not just a road test.


This 48 foot trailer has a classroom with 8 air-ride truck seat for the students, a fully functional tractor trailer air board system and a state of the art driving simulator. Our passion at First Class is not just developing new drivers for the industry but we have a passion for the trucking industry as a whole. We invite trucking firms to take advantage of our mobile training unit to refresh or enhance their drivers with the use of the driving simulator. We will book and bring the trailer and instructor right to your work place almost anywhere in Manitoba for as many days as needed so you are able to assess your drivers. With the driving simulator, First Class can develop a company specific curriculum to suit the organizations particular needs, including complete orientation programs for newly hired drivers.

For more information on First Class Training Centre and all that we offer, be sure to check out our website at

Click above for a video!!



It seems like yesterday but 40 years ago Jack Shields and his 3 sons (Clarence, Jim & John) started their first restaurant an A&W, in a small northern town called Fort McMurray. At that time there were less then 5,000 people living in that community. From there they expanded to include the Fort’s first Smitty’s Pancake House & Diary Queen franchises, the Garden Cafe, Willies and Oriellys & the Stags Head Inn. As Fort McMuuray continued to grow so did the Shields family business. In 1986 after the introduction of the Liberal National Energy Program the family lost all their business and were forced to start all over again. Some 25 years ago Jack and Clarence started all over again by operating a restaurant located the Nisku Truck Stop. From there they continued to grow acquiring the Airways Country Inn and numerous other business interests. Brother Jim and his wife Jody ventured off to start a successful greenhouse operation, while John continued on with an award winning career in radio. Blackjacks Roadhouse and Games Room is a brand new building been created to host Clarence’s latest vision, this outstanding and beautiful building features amazing truss work and a 2nd floor grand stage over- looking our room. They boast the best buffet in the area, as well as a great Canadian & Chinese cuisine menu. Our games room is furnished with 25 V.L.T.s, 5 Minute Keno, Sports Select. Watch and play all the sports from our comfortable lounge. Trucker Friendly Please come by anytime and enjoy our menu and great service. Open 24 hours a day featuring specials daily. Spend some time wandering around looking at one of the largest collection of oilfield, trucking and car racing memorabilia dating back some 100 + years. BLACKJACKS always look forward to the opportunity to be of service.







Accurate, Affordable GPS Tracking

By Dave MacKENZIE,

If your business has vehicles and other assets to manage, you know that having visibility into where they are, utilization, and overall efficient operations is hard to get right. But yet it is a critical aspect of an efficient, profitable business. Developed by Spark Tech Labs, CloudHawk is an innovative and trusted GPS tracking solution for monitoring vehicles, fleets, trailers, cargo and equipment. With the ability to maintain a constant GPS signal on vehicles and assets while well concealed, CloudHawk provides valuable operational information, real-time visibility, and peace of mind. It is accessible anytime, on any browser or any mobile device. CloudHawk trackers are compatible with cellular networks globally. For customers in North America, standard subscription plans include coverage throughout Canada and US without roaming charges.

About Spark Tech Labs;

Spark Tech Labs is Waterloo, Ontario based technology company that got started in 2011 and is expanding thier product CloudHawk. They make a high performance GPS tracking solution that provides the flexibility of adding various sensors for any fleet vehicle or asset, including transportation and logistics based businesses, or construction equipment that is intuitive to use and super-fast to deploy. They help your business maximize productivity, and help increase efficiencies. Spark Tech Labs leadership team is an experienced group of thought leaders in wireless technologies, software development, and antenna design. The organization’s focus is on really listening and understanding the customer’s environment and business goals, and bringing together innovation and a differentiated in-house designed product than brings significant business value. Check out CloudHawk today and protect your investments!

Blackthorn Safety Solutions Inc. was created with the vision to assist carriers with their ever demanding need to be compliant and to offer solutions tailored for their specific needs. In the fast paced world of transportation, carriers are not only under extreme pressure to meet client demands and generate revenue but are held to very high regulatory standards. Many small to medium sized carriers have challenges becoming compliant let alone staying compliant. Some carriers do not have the resources necessary to achieve what they need to and in turn find themselves facing audits or even worse, sanctions from governing authorities. This is where Blackthorn Safety Solutions can help! Blackthorn Safety Solutions is a business that is scalable to each carrier’s needs and can offer such services as consulting and fleet oversight from a very high level to driver training and compliance monitoring on a daily basis. As stated, these solutions are scalable and individually crafted for each business model. If preparing for a facility audit is needed, Blackthorn has very knowledgeable and experienced staff to assist in getting prepared. If programs and policies are required, we have these solutions available as well. We can also manage your day-today compliance needs too! Do you need your logs managed and maintained? We have a solution for that! We offer driver hiring and due diligence services to assist you in making the right hire from criminal background checks, reference checks, PSP and abstract searches as well as US DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol testing solutions.

Maybe you need assistance with or an outright outsourced solution for fuel tax filings? Blackthorn has very experienced fuel tax specialists that can relieve this burden, not to mention the ability to monitor and manage your permits and authorities. Collisions and claims are one of the largest issues faced by all carriers in the industry. Blackthorn can help with offering services to assist in managing your losses, recognizing the true costs to your organization and put in place measurables to effectively manage the risks and effectively train your fleet. Effective collision monitoring and management directly translates into lower risk with insurance providers which in turn, can translate into better insurance premiums and lower deductibles. This can be as little as consulting and recommending corrective measures to completely outsourcing the solution and have us manage the process for you! Blackthorn Safety Solutions is serious about safety and we can be a valuable resource for your existing safety program. If safety programs are an area that needs attention we can analyze your current program, identify gaps and assist in closing those gaps or can create a totally customizable solution for you. The choice is yours but whatever solution you choose, Blackthorn will work with you to make it happen!

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Safety Solutions not just a good idea, a requirement! By Jeff Boyle ~ Blackthorn Outsoucing, cost effective, best way to do business. Within the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Operational Model, the Safety Measurement System (SMS) quantifies the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers to identify candidates for interventions, determine the specific safety problems that a carrier or driver exhibits, and to monitor whether safety problems are improving or worsening. The large companies have extensive safety departments that handle all aspects of training and enforcement to ensure they meet the requirements of SMS. A great deal of skill and training is needed in order to maintain levels acceptable should an audit come in play. Blackthorn on the following page offer services to those companies that seek to be compliant in a cost effective way with experience Blackthorn members to run programs that meet and exceed CSA requirement from the skills that have manifested in these Blackthorn members from years of being compliant. SMS keeps you the driver safe on the road turning wheels making a living while not putting your health and safety at risk.

SMS has replaced SafeStat in the new Operational Model. SMS uses a motor carrier’s data from roadside inspections, including all safety-based violations, State-reported crashes, and the Federal motor carrier census to quantify performance in the following Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). After a measurement is determined, the carrier is then placed in a peer group (e.g., other carriers with similar numbers of inspections). Percentiles from 0 to 100 are then determined by comparing the BASIC measurements of the carrier to the measurements of other carriers in the peer group. A percentile 100 indicates the worst performance. Now that we have covered the SMS in these short pages if you don’t have a dedicated safety department to meet or exceed these requirements have your company contact Blackthorn and get those ducks in a row. Blackthorn a CTM top rated Safety provider, talk to ownership today about outsourcing to Blackthorn a win win for everyone. .


Born into a military family and living all over the United States and spending my life around a variety of musicians, singers and incredibly strong musical influences from many family friends, it was only natural that music and travel would be in my blood and in my heart. I remember as a very small child writing poems, songs and words and have always had a passion for singing and writing and an insatiable passion for others who do the same. Around the age of five years my Dad and Grandpa bought me a second hand guitar at a yard sale and from that moment on I was hooked on learning to play the guitar and keep time while singing. This experience would grow while spending hours in front of the television playing along with Buck Owens, Roy Clark and all the Hee Haw musicians, as well as the Johnny Cash show, the Glen Campbell show and all of the popular music shows of the 1970s and 1980s. Picking and choosing from all of the sounds that fascinated me, including the sounds

of the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, the Allman Brothers, and many other southern rock and alternative rock and country groups, I learned to frame words and put them to my own style of music, which is a mix of every sound that is pleasing to me. My experiences on stage and driving a truck giving me long periods away from home, paired with loneliness and emptiness, give me a perfect canvas on which to paint a picture that all of us can relate to and derive a sense of pride in what we do and where we are going in life. I write all kinds of songs, including love songs, and most are primarily trucking songs, which is what the "Every Mile I Drive" album consists of. All of these songs are true to life and truly amazing musically, being crafted by the finest musicians to grace any stage. My goal is to bring some pride back to the working man and woman, because we are what keeps the world turning, and great music makes it better. I pray my songs touch your heart because they were written from mine, God Bless!



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