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animal. As a result, I always tried to ensure that the time they spent with me was informational, yet entertaining at the same time. I am sure that all of the people that sat through my TDG classes were eager to return for their three year renewal!

Carl Sveinson Editor Hello ladies and gentlemen of the highway! Welcome to the first edition of the Canadian Trucking Magazine. As my co-driver, Dave MacKenzie, is more long-winded than I am, I will let him tell you about the reason we decided to create this magazine. I am going to give you a little bit of my history, and perhaps give you some insight as to why we built this. In my lifetime I have had a variety of careers in the trucking industry. I have been a mechanic, a driver, an owner-operator, a driver trainer, and a training and compliance manager. I am not going to blow smoke up you your keester and say “I have 30 years experience and know everything there is to know about trucking!� In fact, I will be the first to admit that I made a mediocre compliance manager, and a reasonable mechanic. Driving and training were definitely my strengths. I fully understood that forcing a driver to spend several days in a classroom was like caging a wild 4

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In my time in the office I have had many occasion to sit with a driver and listen while he or she discussed a problem they were having. Sometimes I could resolve the problem, other times I couldn’t. The main thing to them was that someone was there to at least listen, and occasionally provide some feedback. My main goal was to provide information to the folks on the road, and be available to help them when they needed it. So now, in this magazine, I have the ability to spend time with you. During this time I plan to share some laughs with you, provide some useful information, and, most of all, develop some new friendships. If you spot Dave and I in a truck stop, feel free to stop by and chat. Dave will be the one talking, I will be the one listening and nodding. So sit back, ask the waitress to pour you another cup of coffee, and let us help you unwind. Enjoy!

Oh, and drive safely.

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Dave brings over 32 years of transport experience to Canadian Trucking Magazine. From company driver to owner operator, from recruiting and retention officer to executive. I am pleased to be able to write to you from a magazine I am proud to be a part of. For years, as I travelled down that long ribbon of blacktop, I, like you, would pick up the Trucker Magazines on those free racks. I would read in the shower room, or pass time in the restaurant, but I found very few that I would actually bring back to the truck with me. As I was diving home from the Abbotsford Truck Show, I was discussing this with Carl Sveinson, a friend, and respected person in our industry. We talked for a bit, then he asked, “Why not start a trucking magazine?”. The idea was to create one that wasn’t filled with just advertisements, but geared to the driver and transportation industry. It would include stories, articles, as well as driver resources. It should be a magazine that drivers enjoy read Canadian Trucking Magazine

ing, and feel has value to them. This is when the Canadian Trucking Magazine began to come to life. What a great concept! I continued heading home from the truck show, travelling through truck stops, and shouting to my friends from the CB in my van. I have been hooked on trucking since I was 17, when I was green sheeted by the Canadian Armed Forces for trucks. Now was my chance to give back to this industry. So here in your hands is the very first issue of CTM, and my hopes are that this is a magazine you will take to your truck, to your home, as well as tell your friends about. Nothing would be sweeter than travelling across Western Canada delivering CTM in person, and hearing drivers passing time on the CB talking about December 2008


Canadian Trucking Magazine. And there is a lot to talk about. You will notice that there are very few actual advertisements in this magazine, and that is by design. Over the years you will see more, as that is how we pay our bills, but it will never overcome the resources and entertainment material. Your input is especially important to us. Emails sent to us will be picked at random for prizes. Watch for our January issue with our CTM store, and ways to earn valuable gifts. If you have ideas, or suggestions for the CTM Girl of the Month, contact us at Each month will feature a CTM Girl of the Month, and at the end of the year a CTM Girl of the Year will be selected by you, the drivers. Also, we are looking for pictures of your favorite traveling companion. If you have a trucking related picture of your favorite ride along pet, send it to Each month we will print these pictures. Prizes will be awarded for the best pictures, and will be voted on by you. There might be unusual signs or events, take a picture and send it to us. The authors of the stories printed, as well as photographers of weird or unusual pictures will receive a Down the Road with Canadian Trucking Magazine shirt or hat. At CTM we deliver the magazines across Western Canada ourselves to ensure they are there, where you can find them. During these deliveries different promotions will be running. Give aways and contests will be announced. As well, don’t be surprised to find the CTM Girl of the Month handing out copies, and signing autographs. When you see the CTM Van on the road or at your favorite stop, shout at us on the CB, or come over and say hello. You never know if we have some CTM gear to hand out. Happy trails to all my fellow drivers out there, and I look forward to seeing you, and yakking at you down the road. Contact me at

Another interest to the industry is stories from the road. As transport specialists, you see and hear a lot of different things that occur out there. CTM would like to print some of these stories, so send them to down6

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Members can “Share” by participating in the on-line forums and answering questions posed to all members. They can also contribute to the White Papers and Templates.

In January, of 2008, Kelly Anderson of Impact Transportation Solutions founded the Society of Recruiting and Retention Professionals. The SRRP provides a forum for Recruiting and Retention Professionals to come together to Learn, Share, and Network. Anderson says “Most Managers and Recruiters are totally busy just trying to keep up with their day to day responsibilities. They don’t have time to sift through all the industry publications and regulatory sites to stay informed of changes, trends and forecasts.” Members of the SRRP will benefit from Anderson’s ongoing research and analysis. Members have the opportunity to “Learn” from the bi-monthly newsletter, impact alerts, on-line forums, and the ability to ask the expert or all the members’ industry questions. There are also White Papers and Templates available for downloading to help with program implementation and measurements. Canadian Trucking Magazine

Members can Network by attending SRRP functions conducted around major truck shows and independent events like the Over the Road and Impact Recruiting and Retention Conference held annually in Toronto and Calgary. “My goal is that members of the SRRP will be the most informed, educated and productive recruiting and retention professionals in the industry. Moreover, they will have the most up to date information with which to make proactive recruiting and retention decisions rather than living in the reactive mode that most companies are stuck in due to a lack of foresight perpetuated by heavy work loads” Anderson says. For more information about the Society of Recruiting and Retention Professionals, go to or call 888-4293445. December 2008


Earl Coleman President - MTA

Bud Rush Canadian Driver of the Year

Manitoba Man Named Canada’s Truck Driver of the Year Driver has driven 6.6 million collision free kilometres 40 years on the road (Winnipeg, MB: October 24, 2008) – Burton “Bud” Rush (Oakbank, MB) a transport driver with Armstrong Moving and Storage Ltd. (a division of United Van Lines Canada Ltd.), has been named the 2008 CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year. Mr. Rush has driven 6.6 million collision free kilometres in 40 years of commercial truck driving. Rush was awarded today the honourary title ‘CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the 8

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Year’, and presented with a keepsake plaque and a cash prize at an awards dinner held by the Manitoba Trucking Association (The Gates on Roblin, Headingly, MB) and attended by industry leaders. “Bud Rush exemplifies the outstanding truck drivers with whom Canadians share the road,” says David Bradley, CEO of Canadian Trucking Alliance. “It is a great honour to recognize him with this highly coveted award.” Each year the award goes to a professional transport driver who has a collision-free driving record and is an exemplary truck driver both on and off the road. The recipient is selected by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the: Royal CanaCanadian Trucking Magazine

dian Mounted Police, Canada Safety the road, Rush has been the first to Council, the Traffic Injury Research arrive at many accident-scenes and Foundation of Canada and the has more than once saved a life or Canadian Trucking Alliance. The provided comfort to an accident vicwinner is selected from drivers of the tim. Rush’s road stories include a year who have been named provin- time he saved the life of a man cial drivers of the year in their own thrown from a vehicle and a time province. when he provided comfort to a The good-natured, friendly man trapped accident victim who did not who lives by the motto: “you get out survive the wreck. Rush credits his of life what you put into it”, had an training as a volunteer firefighter for interesting start knowing how to be to his career. “The good-natured, effective in roadside Rush played emergencies. friendly man who lives hockey throughHe has also proout his school by the motto: “you get vided assistance years and both to the motorstarted driving out of life what you put ing public and to feltruck for a local into it” low transport company when drivers when mehe was old enough. While playing for chanical problems have stranded the St. James Canadians, he was them on the roadside. named ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the When not on the road, Bud is active Turnbull Cup championship and in his community, where he serves as was subsequently drafted by the Los a volunteer firefighter. Previously he Angeles Kings in 1969. He played coached boys’ hockey for many one season before team doctors diag- years, where he was awarded the honosed a heart condition which side- nour of “Coach of the Year” and lined his dream and saw him return served on the Arena Board, where he to Winnipeg. After a stint at Univer- was awarded “Volunteer of the sity of Winnipeg Rush decided he Year.” liked truck driving so much he would Bud is as enthusiastic about the pursue it as a fulltime career. He truckling industry today as he was bought a tractor-trailer and con- when he started in the business 40 tracted his services to United Van years ago. “The industry has treated Lines. me very well,” he said. “It has proRush transports household goods to vided me with knowledge and expedestinations all over Canada. In his rience that I have been able to give own words: “wherever there are back to my family, and the commuroads, I go.” During his 40 years on nity.” Canadian Trucking Magazine

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Stephen Atnikov Shaw Tracking Sponsor

Jan Murray Canadian Dispatcher of the Year

Manitoba Woman Named National Dispatcher of the Year Janet Murray of Payne Transportation L.P. selected from dispatchers across the country (Winnipeg, MB: Oct. 24, 2008) – Janet Murray of Warren, MB, a dispatcher with Payne Transportation L.P. (Rosser, MB) has been named Canada’s 2008 dispatcher of the year by Shaw Tracking and the Canadian Trucking Alliance for her commitment to dispatch excellence. Murray’s nomination was supported by Payne’s drivers, customers and managers and selected by a panel of industry judges. Murray was presented today with the prestigious title ‘CTA/Shaw Tracking National Dispatcher of the 10

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Year’, a keepsake plaque and a cash prize, at an awards banquet held by the Manitoba Trucking Association (The Gates on Roblin, Headingly, MB) and attended by industry leaders. Dispatchers play an instrumental role in the overall process of transporting highway freight,” says Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley. “This award program is an excellent vehicle for spotlighting outstanding dispatchers and is made even more relevant because it is drivers and customers that play a vital role in their nomination.” The Shaw Tracking/Canadian Trucking Alliance National Dispatcher of the Year award is bestowed annually to a dispatcher who Canadian Trucking Magazine

has demonstrated an outstanding the dry van market where typically commitment to customer service, margins are very low and considersafety, driver well being, courtesy, ably tougher in our current econteam work, problem solving and omy.” community service/volunteer work. The winner is selected from dis- Murray credits her job satisfaction to patchers who have won the award at the people she works with and to the the provincial level in each of time she spent on the road as a truck Canada’s provinces. To be consid- driver. “I’m glad I drove for a while ered for the because I award, a disknow what “I am glad I drove for a while patcher must the drivers be nominated because I know what the driv- are going by his emthrough,” ers are going through.” ployer and says the have at least n e w l y two letters of recommendation from minted dispatcher of the year. “I undrivers and the company’s cus- derstand where they are coming tomers. from. I like the challenge in making things work, making the drivers and Murray got her start in the road customers happy.” transportation industry 13 years ago when she obtained her truck driving An avid dog lover, gardener and license so she could join her hus- stitching enthusiast, Murray shares band, a long-distance truck driver, on her home with husband Robert and the road as a team driver. After a pe- two Bichon Frise dogs. She is active riod of time as a truck driver, the in her community in numerous ways, one-time nurses’ aide and adminis- including being a supporter of the trative assistant moved into the oper- Prairie Dog Central Railway, one of ations side of the trucking industry the oldest regularly scheduled vinwhen she became a dispatcher. tage operating trains in North America. She is also the kind of neighbour “Janet has successfully grown rev- everyone would love to have. Murray enues per mile five consecutive years provides transportation and general in her division, yielding higher mar- assistance to a wheelchair bound gins each of those years,” says Tom neighbour. Payne Jr., President, Payne Transportation L.P. “Janet has a complete understanding of what it takes to survive in our industry especially in Canadian Trucking Magazine

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“Just last month I was reading articles about the fund raising efforts by you for the Special Olympics by staging a convoy. You raised $103 000. Great Job” Chris Harris Hallmark Insurance Brokers My Gift This Christmas If you are in the trucking industry you already work for the best industry in the world. We are important! We move the freight, get the items to the stores, and to the retailers. We also move the manufacturing parts to the suppliers. We basically keep Canada moving. Without us Canada would come to a complete stop. We all know it, and it has been said many times before. So why am I repeating it now? It is Christmas time, and we all deserve a present. So this is my gift to you. An article of praise. The professional trucking community is fantastic. Just last month I was reading articles about the fund raising efforts by you for the Special 12

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Olympics by staging a convoy. You raised $103 000. Great Job! About the same time that I’m writing this article, a good friend of mine, Rick Munroe, is in Ottawa to receive recognition. Rick put his own life at riskto save the life of another motorist after a collision. Well deserved praise let me say. Larry Josie’s “Poppy Truck” is another creative way of showing support for our troops, as well as promoting the positive side of our industry. This happens everyday. Truckers, yes professional truckers save lives, and do things that are extraordinary each and every day. Most never let it be known. You do it, but it never makes the headlines. You do it because it is the right thing to do. You do it beCanadian Trucking Magazine

cause you instinctively act, not thinking of the consequences for yourself.

I’m always proud of the professionals in trucking industry. Let’s not forget that the industry is made up of many more people then just the professionals behind the wheel. We have dispatchers, safety personnel, sales people, dockworkers, tow motor operators mechanics, and so many more. The list of those who make our industry great is long, but


It is Christmas a great time of year. So let me take this opportunity to wish each professional driver and trucking industry worker, all the very best of the season.

The New Year will have some challenges, I’m sure. The prognosticators are predicting a very interesting first 6 months of the year. Lets all remember that together we will get through what is coming, and we not only survive, but with the proper attitude and we can’t forget the owners of the skills, we will all prosper in 2009. companies. So let me add to my Christmas Believe me, I know that safety starts at the top. If the owner believes in wish, a Very Happy New Year. safety they demonstrate it every day in their actions, and this permeates throughout their company, Suggestions, I am looking for suggestions! How can we make our inand the industry. dustry better? If you have an idea, So I just wanted to say thank you, to please send it to charris@hallall of you who make our Canadian I know that this is the roads safe. Thank you for getting the very best industry, and as we all products and goods to their destina- know, the best can get better. Give tion in perfect condition, and on me your suggestions. time. Thanks you for making our industry what it is, the very best industry to work in, have friends in, and support a family with.

“Thank you for making our industry what it is, the very best industry to work in, have friends in, and support family with”

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Save Time & Money With E.R.S. Canada By Alvis Violo Emergency Road Services Of Canada Inc. In these very difficult economic times, finding ways to control costs can make or break a trucking company. It is not very often you come across a company that can truly save your company money. Emergency Road Services Of Canada 14

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Inc. (E.R.S. Canada) was founded on the principle that when they receive a service call from a customer, their number one goal is to save that customer time and money. Although breakdowns are the most unwelcome part of the trucking business, you now have someone to call who can help you control your breakdown costs across Canada. Canadian Trucking Magazine

In September of 2006, the owners of E.R.S. Canada, Alvis and Dawn Violo, realized that no one in Canada provided coast to coast 24 hour emergency breakdown services for the trucking industry. It did not seem right to the Violo’s that trucking companies did not have a reliable source to call for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Two years later, E.R.S. Canada has become Canada’s leading emergency road service provider. During those first two years, E.R.S. Canada has already gone through three expansions and is currently located in a brand new office building in Mississauga, Ontario. They have put together a state-of –the-art contact center with bilingual (French and English) Emergency Service Representatives who are dedicated to providing the fastest and most cost effective emergency road services 24 hours a day. The concept behind E.R.S. Canada is simple. In the event of a breakdown, customers only have to make one call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to a toll free number, 1877-377-2262, and E.R.S. Canada does all the rest. Their network of service providers includes mobile truck/trailer repair companies, tire repair companies, towing companies and reefer/heater repair comCanadian Trucking Magazine

panies. They also handle lock-outs, battery boosts and fuel delivery. Customers pay a small coordination fee only when they breakdown which is between $38.00 and $48.00 per incident. There are no membership fees and E.R.S. Canada does not mark up the service provider’s invoices. You’re probably wondering how a company who charges a coordination fee to help you find someone to get your equipment back on the road can actually save you money. That is a very good question which has some very interesting answers. The first thing you have to do in order to understand how E.R.S. Canada can save your company money is to not think like an accountant. Accountants look at an invoice and see a coordination fee of $38.00 and argue that it cost you an extra $38.00 for the service call. What the accountant fails to see is the cost savings that a company has achieved by calling E.R.S. Canada because those cost savings do not appear on the invoice. December 2008


One of the cost savings you will never see on an invoice is the cost savings achieved by reducing your equipment downtime. In an average of one hour, E.R.S. Canada will have a service provider on site and your equipment will be back on the road in an average of less than two hours. As trucking companies

agree that equipment downtime costs on average of $50.00 per hour, every hour that E.R.S. Canada saves you in down time is money in your pocket. If E.R.S. Canada reduces your equipment downtime by an average of one hour per service call, the cost savings to your company will more than cover the coordination fee. Another cost savings that will never appear on an invoice is the reduction in administration down16

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time your company achieves by using E.R.S. Canada. Instead of having to drop whatever you are doing when a breakdown occurs in order to find a service provider, you can now make one call to E.R.S. Canada for any type of breakdown, and they will do all the work for you. You can then go back to doing what you are supposed to be doing, like dispatching or running your business. The reality is that if you do the service call yourself, it will probably cost you more in administration costs (i.e. wages, benefits, overhead and long distance charges) than if you would have called E.R.S. Canada to do it for you. If you factor into the service call, the lost productivity of the individual doing the service call, the costs of doing it yourself surely add up to more than E.R.S. Canada’s coordination fee. Customers also save money by controlling their overall service call costs. By obtaining rates from all of their service providers, excessive charges are virtually eliminated by E.R.S. Canada. Customers take advantage of pre-determined rates and volume discounts granted to E.R.S. Canada by their service providers. Imagine never having to give out your credit card number again to a stranger in the middle of the night only to be taken advantCanadian Trucking Magazine

age of. If the true cost of the service call is $200.00, E.R.S. Canada will make sure it is $200.00 and not $400.00. Just in case a service provider does try to overcharge, Alvis Violo, through his experience as the owner of a truck and trailer repair facility, audits all service providers’ invoices to ensure accuracy and obtains credits if warranted. Alvis says, “Most of the time the service provider admits to making a mistake on his invoice and issues a credit. They want our business and they want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible”. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you see, but what you don’t see that counts”. In the case of emergency breakdowns, this couldn’t be truer. Not only does E.R.S. Canada do all the work for you, which reduces your administration downtime, they also get you equipment back on the road as quickly as possible, which reduces your equipment downtime. Throw in the fact that E.R.S. Canada gets you the best possible price at the time of the service call, and your company also controls their overall service call costs. The main reason that E.R.S. Canada has been able to achieve great results is the fact that they have put together Canada’s most up-todate and accurate service provider network. In almost two years, their service provider network has grown to over 7,000 vendors and continues to grow on a daily basis. By having at their finger tips all of the vendors’ Canadian Trucking Magazine

rates, hours of operation and in many cases, personal cell numbers, E.R.S. Canada is able to quickly find the best service provider to get the job done. Dawn Violo says “Our providers love doing work for us because we pay them fast and we treat them with respect”. All that E.R.S. Canada wants in return is good service at a fair price. The good thing about E.R.S. Canada is that you do not have to call them for all of your emergency

service calls if you don’t want to. You always have control over who you want to call only now you have a back-up plan for times when you are too busy, short staffed or just don’t have a service provider you know in a certain part of the country. Lloyd Rawlings, the Fleet Maintenance Manager for Vitran Express says, “They are the perfect back-up system for Vitran”. Boysie Dindyal, the Manager of Contact Relations for FedEx Freight Canada says, “One call gets the wheels rolling. Their response time and superb follow-up is an indispensible part of their service.” Other notable customers include Day & Ross, Maritime-Ontario, Kingsway Cabano, Bruce R Smith, December 2008


TST Truckload Express, TST Overland Express and CN Rail. What E.R.S. Canada would like to become is a key part of your “emergency road services solutions team”. You can be sure that they will work hard for you and get you the best price at the same time. You can’t go wrong when their mission statement is, “To provide the fastest, most cost effective emergency road services in order to reduce our customer’s equipment downtime and administrative downtime”. Thanks Dawn and Alvis for helping trucking companies save time and money in these difficult economic times. You just may be that little edge that companies need to stay afloat this year. E.R.S. Canada would like to invite all potential customers and service providers to call 1866-693-7724 or visit in order to obtain more information. Use the online forms to instantly relay your information to them and remember, becoming a customer or vendor is absolutely free.


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“Quotables” Have you ever noticed that everyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? - George Carlin When you become senile, you won’t know it. - Bill Cosby If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. - Winston Churchill Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed. - George Burns I haven’t spoken to my wife in years......I didn’t want to interupt her! - Rodney Dangerfield A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick-boxing. - Emo Philips A government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw Honesty is the best policy - if there’s money in it! - Mark Twain Canadian Trucking Magazine

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many occupations. First, the author suggests that married women are more responsible than unmarried women and they are “less likely to be flirtatious.” The assumption that responsibility and marriage are complementary is doubtful, as women who are single are the ones who don’t have the security of a second income.

Ellen Voie CAE President/CEO Women In Trucking, Inc How to hire women

An excerpt from a 1943 transportation magazine has been recently circulated through out the industry. It has been verified as a true reprint by Snopes, which claims that the author is L.H. Sanders, who wrote the article for Mass Transportation Magazine’s July issue. The intent was to assist (male) managers in choosing the right women to work in jobs formerly held by men who vacated their positions for military service during WWII. Although the author seems to be patronizing women, he (or she) was probably not intending to portray females as unmotivated, incapable and fragile as the text appears. However, the eleven “helpful tips” show us how far we have come in proving our ability to work alongside men in 22

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Many of the tips concern a woman’s physical needs. “Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day,” the author writes. The extra breaks allow her to wash her hands more often and apply fresh lipstick and tidy her hair so she can have more confidence and be more efficient. By allowing women to rotate to different jobs during the day, they will be happier and less nervous than staying in one position all the time. Physical exams that focus on “female conditions” is suggested in order to avoid lawsuits, and to uncover any mental or physical weaknesses. “Husky” girls are better employees because they are more efficient and even tempered than their thinner counterparts. Keeping women happy by ensuring that their uniforms fit well is a point made by Sanders, who writes, “this point can’t be stressed too much.” One tip for employers suggested that Canadian Trucking Magazine

“older women” are inclined to be “cantankerous and fussy,” and they must be reminded to be “friendly and courteous” because of their difficulty in dealing with the public. The author suggests that only women who have worked outside the home previously would be acceptable, since they often have a hard time “adapting themselves.” The definition of “old” isn’t included, but today this tip could be the basis for a discrimination lawsuit! In addition to concerns about age and physical limitations, women apparently had mental and emotional issues that should be addressed! One tip was to never criticize women, as they are more sensitive than men and it would adversely affect her efficiency. Also, strong language should be avoided or it may cause female workers to “grow to dislike a place of business.” Probably the most demeaning tips implied that women were not capable of managing themselves. The author states that the male supervisors must ensure that female workers understand the importance of time and that, “a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules.” Sanders writes that women need to have their schedule filled and outlined in advance so that they don’t “bother the

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Although the article was written for “transit companies” and appeared in a transportation magazine, the tips appear to be for women who were working in a factory setting. Apparently it wasn’t even an option to put women behind the wheel or under the hood! Since the assumption was that women needed close supervision and lots of time for rest and to make themselves presentable, operating a big rig or working on an engine would be out of the question. This article was written 65 years ago and it shows how far women have advanced in the workplace. However, we still have reasons to further progress women in the transportation industry. Despite a more even ratio of women in the workforce as a whole, there are twenty male drivers for every woman behind the wheel. We no longer have to prove that we can manage ourselves, or that we can forgo breaks to apply our lipstick, but we do need to find our footing in this industry. Women are capable, available and needed in trucking. We’ve come a long way, but Women In Trucking Association’s goal is to advance us even further in the next 65 years! (continued on page 26) December 2008



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How can YOU support Women In Trucking? Most of us recognize the need to support women in the trucking industry. We want to encourage more women to consider a career as a driver, mechanic, safety director, dispatcher, broker or more. How can you, as an individual, make the trucking industry more “female friendly?� First, if you are not already a member of the Women In Trucking (WIT) Association, please consider joining now ( The larger our organization, the more influence we can have in both industry and legislative areas. The non-profit organization was formed to represent all of us who want to see more women involved in all aspects of trucking. Membership is not limited to women only, as WIT is not just FOR women, it is ABOUT women! If you are already a member, then your help in encouraging others to join as individual or corporate members is needed. Call our office (888464-9482) or download the membership application and give it to your co-workers, friends and anyone who might wish to support our mission. Become familiar with the 26

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goals of WIT so you can confidently discuss them with someone who may be interested in becoming a member. There are other ways to increase your involvement in WIT. If you have an area of expertise or interest, we invite you to visit our message forum and help respond to questions from current or potential members. You will find that there are many women (and men) who are considering a career in trucking, but they have many concerns about the industry or the lifestyle. You can help educate and inform and encourage them with your involvement in this forum. There is also a great deal of wisdom from our current members who are willing to share their knowledge and offer advice to others. If you have an interest in speaking on behalf of Women In Trucking, we can assist you by providing a power point presentation that you can give to local organizations. There are many work support and educational groups that might be interested in bringing more women into the industry. Check your local newspaper listing of public meetings and offer to give a short talk. You might have the opportunity to share your involvement with your employer if they are not already a corporate member of WIT. Ask for your human resource department or Canadian Trucking Magazine

diversity coordinator to join you and the recruiting staff for a presentation or question and answer session.

determine whether there is a need for involvement and how we can influence change.

If you would be willing to volunteer at an event such as a career fair or trade show, we would provide the materials and support for the event. We would also publish the details in our newsletter an on our website to encourage attendance and promote the show. Contact Char in our office for more information and to offer your assistance in this area.

Finally, if you wish to become a member of the board of directors, please let us know. Currently, nominations are not being considered for immediate appointment, but you can send your letter of interest to and I will pass it along to the nominating committee for future consideration. The time to become involved is now, and your visibility to the board will be an important part of their determination for a board position.

Many of our members have backgrounds or education in areas that can help our members become more successful. If you can help by providing articles for the website or our newsletter on ways to encourage, support or educate our readers, we welcome your input. You could be a great resource by sharing your knowledge with others so that they can learn from your expertise. As a non-profit organization, we are a dues based, member driven group. Some of our goals involve helping to influence legislation that might affect the success of our members. Although we represent all areas of the trucking industry, some of our concerns reach from owner-operators to large corporations. If you have any legislative concerns, please let us know and the board of directors will Canadian Trucking Magazine

Every member (and potential member) of Women In Trucking is important to us. You can help us further our mission by becoming more involved. Help us increase the number of women and to encourage, support and promote the accomplishments of our members. You can make a difference!

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CTM Girl Jen uses her crayolas to give us a tongue-in-cheek logbook tutorial. Hopefully she remembers to do a proper pre-trip! Canadian Trucking Magazine

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Stupid Canadian laws: In Nova Scotia a person is not allowed to water their grass when it’s raining. Not like someone would do this, but it’s against the law in Nova Scotia! In Cobourg, Ontario if you have a water trough in your front yard, it must be filled by 5:00am! In Toronto, Ontario, it’s illegal to drag a dead horse down Younge St on a Sunday! In Ottawa, Ontario you are not allowed to eat ice cream on Bank St on a Sunday! In Uxbridge, Ontario it’s illegal to have an internet connection faster than 56k! In Oshawa, Ontario it’s illegal to climb trees! It is unlawful to throw snowballs or set off firecrackers within the city, without the authorization of the mayor or City Council. (Calgary) All bicycle riders must signal with the arm before making a turn, and a bicycle rider must keep both hands on the handlebars at all times” ( Edmonton. )… It is illegal to try and catch fish with your hands (Saskatoon. ) You are not allowed to play a musical instrument in a park in Windsor, Ontario A by-law forbids anyone from striking the sidewalk with a metal object (Winnipeg) It is against the law to go naked in your own home if you leave the blinds up. (Winnipeg)


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In Georgia If an organization non registered as “non-profit” fails to register their raffle with the local sheriff, that group risks paying up to $10,000 in fines and spending five years in jail. - Let me get this straight, if my non-profit agency doesn’t make money, and doesn’t register a raffle, I get a fine? But I didn’t make money...oh never mind. Hey Warden! This pen leaks! In Mississippi A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her. - Well, I guess I will be cancelling my trip to Mississippi this weekend!

Wacky State Laws

In the State of Kansas, one may not shoot rabbits from a motorboat! - You never know when a rabbit might go water skiing past you! Clever lile buggers!

In Alaska it is legal to shoot a bear, but waking one to take it’s picture is illegal! Still in Kansas, If two trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed In the state of New Jersey it is illegal until the other has passed. - I didn’t to wear a bullet proof vest while com- take a whole lot of physics in school, but miing a murder - I think that would be I did once try to run out the door while my angry mother-in-law to be was the least of his worries! blocking it. Same sort of physics! In Harper Woods, Michigan, it is illegal to paint sparrows to sell them as para- Finally, in Texas It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while keets! - Hmmmmm, nothing in the rules about standing. - American beer? Seriously? swallows! 36

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Trivial Pursuits your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns. D. Don't take more than five bites to finish a hot dog. For foot-long wieners, seven bites are acceptable. E. All are correct! 3. What was the first professional football league in America?

A. Longest highway in the world B. Most expensive highway in the world C. Most plowed highway in the world D. Newest highway in the world 2. Is one of these rules NOT listed in the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council's rules of Hot Dog Etiquette? A. Don't put the hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always "dress the dog," not the bun. B. Don't use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hot dog. Paper is always preferable. C. Do eat a hot dog on a bun with Canadian Trucking Magazine

A. American Professional Football Association B. National Football League C. American Football League D. National Professional Football Association 4. Which two states have the most miles of running water? A. Alaska and Kentucky. B. Louisiana and Florida C. Alaska and Arizona D. Alaska and Louisiana

1. A - Longest Highway 2. E - All are correct 3. A - American Professional Football Association 4 A - Alaska and Kentucky

1. Canada's TransCanada highway bears what distinction?

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Ten Ways to Cut Fuel CostsAsk The Fuel Expert By: Jack Lee Remember the good old days… about a year and a half ago?  Prices at the pumps were hovering below one dollar per litre and they stayed the same for weeks.  Well the good old days are gone forever and today we live in a world where fuel prices seem to go up by the hour.  Now pundits speculate on living with 38

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oil prices running up to $200 US per barrel. As consumers many of us have adjusted our lifestyles. We try to drive less. Some have chosen to car pool, while others get rid of their gas-guzzlers and opt for more fuel-efficient vehicles including hybrids. Canadian Trucking Magazine

For companies, the good old days meant fuel up and go. Little attention was paid to managing fuel. But in the past year the price of oil has doubled cutting deeper than ever into profits causing owners and managers to adopt a new fuel consciousness. Fuel Management is a necessity. You can’t control the price of fuel, but you can control your fuel consumption.  The answer is Fuel Management. Any company can improve their fuel efficiencies.  It takes work and commitment from the head office to your people on the road and at the job sites.  More and more companies are making changes in their operating practices to cut costs now and to be prepared for even higher costs in the future.  To help you adjust, here are Ten Ways to Cut Fuel Costs: 1. Train and educate your drivers: It starts with the people who have their foot on the gas pedal. Your drivers can control fuel consumption each time they fire up their engines, and proper training can improve fuel efficiency, economy and emissions. Hard acceleration, speeding and Canadian Trucking Magazine

idling are the biggest causes of fuel waste. Initiate a training course for drivers and reward participation. 2. Decrease Idling: Be aware of the time engines idle.  No longer can we leave machinery and equipment running all day long. Stop your engines! Excessive idling adds to your fuel costs by as much as 50% and can shorten the life of engine oil by 75%, adding more costs. Initiate a campaign to reduce idling time and reward participants. Allowing an engine to idle more than 3 minutes causes expensive damage which harms efficiency, shortens engine life and increases maintenance costs. It all adds up. 3. Start off slower: This is another lesson your drivers must be taught. Jackrabbit starts waste fuel and save less than 3 minutes per hour driving, but can result in using 40% more fuel and increase toxic emissions by 400%! What’s the rush? Ease up on the gas pedal and your efficiencies will improve. 4. Slow down: Speeding is dangerous, it wastes fuel and creates higher levels of toxic emissions.  Speeds over 100 km/hour drastically impact fuel efficiencies – cars travelling at 120 km/hour use 20% more fuel.  Trucks December 2008


travelling at 120 km/hour use 50% more fuel and they also emit 100% more carbon monoxide, 50% more hydrocarbons and 31% more nitrogen oxides.

7. Upgrade your Fleet: Whenever possible, invest in modern, fuel-efficient vehicles. Modern diesel engines are far more fuel-efficient and

5. Lose Weight: Excess weight places unnecessary strain on your vehicle’s engine and greatly affects its fuel efficiency. By removing as little as 100 pounds you can significantly improve your gas mileage. Check each vehicle and pitch out that unnecessary weight! 6. Use a Fuel Management System: This is the most powerful way to lower fuel costs and increase productivity.  Available systems range from basic onsite refuelling (which saves up to 20 minutes in wasted time and fuel each day, per vehicle) to automated fuel tracking (which details every litre pumped into every vehicle by date, time, quantity and fuel type) to telematics (which measures overall fuel efficiency,  vehicle performance, tracks fuel waste due to idling, speeding, etc. and identifies critical areas to improve efficiency and reduce fuel costs and emissions.) The technology exists so you can become a Fuel Manager and stay on top of your fuel consumption, one vehicle at a time.  It can work for you. 40

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perform better with modern diesel fuels such as ultra low sulphur diesel and biodiesel. Though it may seem expensive, new diesel vehicles can save thousands of dollars in maintenance, fuel and productivity per vehicle. Measure each piece of equipment for fuel efficiency and get rid of the bad ones! Replace and upgrade your equipment regularly.  It may hurt now but it will pay you back.


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you have a stringent, well-managed maintenance policy? Many companies “fix it when it breaks.” This attitude costs too much in wasted fuel. A well maintained vehicle performs better, improves fuel efficiency, reduces toxic emissions and, in the long run, will cost less to maintain. 9. Pump it up: Proper tire inflation improves gas mileage.  At 4Refuel our statistics show improperly inflated tires can cost up to 2 weeks worth of fuel per year! How big is your fleet?  Two weeks per year per vehicle adds up to thousands of dollars in lost profits! In addition proper inflation results in improved vehicle and braking performance, and increases tire life.

sumed, less wear on vehicles, decreased expenditures and overall increased productivity, plus lower toxic emissions! Once you have made a total commitment to managing your fuel better and changing some of your bad fuel habits, results will follow. Stick with it.  Fuel prices are only going up.

Jack Lee is the President and CEO of 4Refuel Inc, The Leader in Fuel Management. If you have any questions or comments about this article Jack can be reached at (604) 5130386 or on line:

10. Implement Advanced Mobile Asset Management Technology: Wow, that’s a mouth full! You can measure and manage your fleet better when you have the right information. Tracking  miles traveled, average speed and engine efficiency is critical to cutting fuel costs.  This information will help your drivers and managers optimize routes with better planning.  Mapping software and GPS will eliminate thousands of unnecessary miles per week.  Less time on the road means less fuel conCanadian Trucking Magazine

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Dawn Truell President Cross Border Services Priority Trade Issues Over half of the merchandise for sale in the Canadian and U.S. markets come from abroad, over $2 trillion worth of trade crosses in/out of our borders across North America. Unfortunately illegal trade, human trafficking and drug smuggling have become a giant problem for our trade and for any of us to cross any of the borders. On Sept 5, 2008, CBSA reported seizing 39 kilograms of cocaine hidden under the bunk of a tractor-trailer in Surrey, British Columbia. August 18, 2008, CBSA reported a Scarborough company fined for improperly declaring shipment, upon investigation, they had failed to report large amounts of 42

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clothing, purses, accessories and 250 kg of pork, this resulted in $15,000 fine as well as criminal offences charged. Bad Brew – 7,000 lbs. of Marijuana found hidden in coffee shipment, the driver, claiming to be hauling a shipment of coffee, the tractortrailer was referred for an x-ray examination, upon search 3,943 marijuana-filled packages were discovered. San Juan, Puerto Rico – 157 Dominicans were found aboard a very small overloaded boat on Tuesday afternoon, 11 were turned over to border patrol, rest were returned to the Dominican Republic. In the last 15 days 317 migrants were discovered transiting through Mona Passage. Border Air operations spotted and interdicted an ultra-light aircraft Tuesday carrying 223 lbs of marijuana, approximate street value of $180,000. When one opens a can of cool, refreshing Coca-Cola, one would expect to discover the popular beverage inside. When U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers opened two Coca-Cola cans that arrived aboard a flight from Jamaica recently they found another sort of “Coke” the white powdery kind, 16 ounces tested positive for cocaine. Animal tranquilizers are another form of drugs being smuggled, Ketamine, 100 vials found taped to a man’s leg. Canadian Trucking Magazine

Human trafficking and Kidnapping is unfortunately rampant in our North America as well. Keep informed, check out the RCMP’s website, there are currently 4 people wanted for child abduction and many more wanted for drug trafficking and murder. Travel reminder: All travelers, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, are now asked to present proof of citizenship and identity when entering the United States at land and sea ports of entry. This requirement can be met with a passport, NEXUS frequent crosser card, enhanced British Columbia driver’s license, birth certificate with a driver’s license. Travelers ages 18 and under may present just a birth certificate. The requirement for Passports is effective June 1, 2009. Canadian Trucking Magazine

How To Protect yourself ! Keep informed! Join the programs of compliancy for your personal and companies’ sake. At Cross Border Services we have the knowledge, expertise and are professionally certified by both the Canadian and U.S. governments to help you gain your C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, ACE and CSA approvals. We also can assist you in gaining your Bonded Carrier Status. We provide you full informative information on all steps necessary and complete all the work for you, from start to finish, all documentation, presentations, security inspections, road trips, and more. We work very closely with both the governments and your organization to ensure all of the “t’s” December 2008


are crossed and the “i’s” are dotted. Be careful during this process to protect yourself, be aware that there are a umber of people out thre claiming that they can assist you in your application ad approval process at a very high fee. These people are not certified, licensed nor work in conjunction with the governments on your behalf. As such you are taking a great chance that

your approval process will not be don properly. This will lead to your being rejected and not certified. For further information regarding securing our borders and our companies’ please contact us at or (905) 973 9136.

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- A driver cannot drive after being on duty for 14 hours in a day, unless the driver is deferring off-duty time to the next day. - The driver also must not drive exceed 13 hours of drive time in a day. - The driver cannot drive after the 16 hour window has ex pired. - The driver may not start a new work shift unless 8 con secutive hours off-duty have been completed.

Off-Duty Time

- Drivers are required to take at least 10 hours off-duty time each day. - At least 8 consecutive hours of off-duty must be taken be fore commencing the driver’s work shift. The 2 additional hours of off-duty time can be taken in minimum 30 minute increments. A period of off-duty that is 15 minutes or less must be logged as on-duty.

Splitting the Sleeper Time - A single driver is allowed to split the sleeper berth time into two breaks, providing that the two breaks equal 10 hours, and that neither split is less than two hours in length. - Team drivers are allowed to split sleeper time into 2 breaks as well, but the total time taken must be at least 8 hours, The 2 breaks must each be 4 hours in length, and the additional 2 hours must be taken during the day in minimum 30 minute breaks. It is acceptable for the driv ers to take the breaks in the sleeper berth. 16 Hour window

- A driver may not drive after 16 hours after the work shift began. If the driver started a shift at 6:00 a.m., all driving, and other on-duty activities must be completed by 10:00 p.m.

Off-duty deferral

- Providing the driver has taken 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time, the 2 hour time remaining can be delayed until the next day. Total driving time for the 2 days must not exceed 26 hours, and total off-duty time must equal at least 20 hours.


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- A driver may drive a maximum of 11 hours after taking 10 consecutive hours off duty

- The driver cannot drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on duty, follow ing 10 consecutive hours off duty

- The driver may not drive after 70 hours in 8 days.

Off-Duty Time

- A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more con secutive hours off duty.

- CMV drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecu tive hours in the sleeper berth, plus 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

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