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Dave brings to you 38 years of valuable experience in transportation, management, business and compliance. Dave has driven in every condition across North America and overseas as military, police, company driver to owner operator to now Publisher Editor of Canadian Trucking Magazine. On the Front Cover is a few very important topics to Rachèle Champagne had cover this month! a new goal to accomplish and First I have to start from accomplish this she did! the top the members of Law EnTo establish a Truck Show forcement who once again put in our Nations Capital Winnipeg, thier best foot forward to make opps I meant to say Ottawa. Wpg this years Law Enforcement of course being the center of Torch Run Convoy for the SpeCanada. Anyways back to the Capcial Olympics a historical sucital Truck Show in Ottawa this year, cess and event in Manitoba. first time this has been tried in 18 If you have never had the years and it was a success! opportunity to take part in a ConAs with all the truck shows voy, in 2013, please make sure this year it did not have the huge you do! crowds you would have wanted, There are several truck but the industry stood tall behind convoys across NA that may be this show and was there. near a city to you or get your comWithout all the vendors pany involved and get you home to and the support and investment yours and raise some money for they put into these shows, we these great causes the truckers would not have On the heals of this comes them. the picture of Rachèle Champagne That tells you when you founder of the Convoys acrosss see these shows in 2013, please NA for a cure. Her vision to have give them your support and trucking convoys to help stamp our show up. Cancer has become a strong 3 continued on page 4 reaality each October .

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Alain Deschamps and Family takes home the BFG from the Capital Truck Show in Ottawa !


Can’t express how happy this makes me when someone like Alain wins the BFG, Moron Masher at one of the shows CTM attends! First of all a hard working family man who takes the time out of trucking to bring his family out in support of our industry truck show added a fan of our Canadian trucking Magazine Face Book page and loyal reader. Now Alain will roll down the road with a Big Front Grill on his truck with no worries about wild life or morons. It is hard to explain the feeling to anyone that has never had a moran masher, moose catcher on thier truck. It is like stress is off your plate.

On my Trucks I had a cow catcher on mine and I can tell you I never had that white knuckle feeling night driving or in fog. Not only that, if you see me in a truck stop, stop me for coffee and I can tell you stories where my moran masher saved me damage, down time and expensive towing bills. Thank-you Alain for dropping by the CTM booth in Ottawa and entering the contest to win the Big Front Grill! Thank-you too all the people who won the other great prizes we gave away from to very happy people. If you did not win one, win by using your CTM code for one!


Want a Big Front Grill like Alain to the left here won at the Capital Truck Show! Just contact BFG, give them the code CTM100 and receive $100 off the total cost (around 2,500 delivered) and you have a stainless steel moran masher that weighs less than 300 lbs, fits right in your tow hooks and is ready for action!l Don’t leave on the road without one!

Tara Sherman, Dave & Mylène Harvey

at the Alberta Convoy for a Cure Drivers, to be a part of a Convoy rolling down the black top with full Police escort for great causes like the Alberta Convoy for a Cure, you just have to be a part of this!

Below these proud members of Law Enforcement dedicated thier Saturday to be out there looking out for us, as always!

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Convoys are without a doubt fun for everyone, even the spectators and riders.

I have to put a big Plug in for the RoadKing in Sherwood Park AB. Walter has been feeding


us there at the RoadKing for over 18 years and at the Convoy again the RoadKing provided an excellent breakfast! Glen and I stayed at the RoadKing as always finding it to be a complete stop for us. Great rooms, good food and entertainment at night. I am asked all the time about food on the road, as in value and quality. The RoadKing is one I don’t hesitate to recommend. Not just because they stand behind transportation supporting and donating to great causes like the Alberta Convoy for a Cure, but because the RoadKing facilities are clean and welcoming to Drivers.

If you have not tried the breakfast brunch at the RoadKing, please do and let me know what you think. A big thank-you too for Tara and Mylène who dedicate thier time to make the Convoy happen. Least we can do is show up with our iron and pledges I will keep you posted on these Convoys and trucking events coming at us in 2013, all you have to do is participate. I hope to see you there!

A couple of the Black Jack Gals are in the Crossword this Month..

We need to give a big Thanks to BlackJacks for thier continued support to the Convoy and the excellent lunch and facilities they provided. If you have been south and headed home, to the right is the new exemptions right from the horses mouth! Which brings me to an important point about this months issue! As you are picking this up in November I have included a load of content regarding our service people. Customs officers are our homeland defence, a lot of US customs officers are men and women who have served, they and our current serving people, Police, Fire, Rescue, Military require our thanks and remembrance this month and every day! Fridays please remember to wear Red Shirts and on Nov 11th at the 11th hour, you know what to do! A Service person is someone at some point wrote a blank cheque up and including thier life to protect us! They run towards danger as others run away!

Happy Trails,,, Dave

November 11th Remembrance Day, do not forget on the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month to STOP what you are doing and GIVE that moment of Silence!



Well, here it is 2012, and it seems like it was just yesterday that I disembarked the plane in Yellowknife in January 1991. Wow, it was cold, -38 Celsius, a big temperature drop for a boy from Newfoundland. A new chapter in my journey was about to begin in the far north of Canada. Now, almost 22 years later, with a lot of snow and ice under the wheels, there have been many wrecks with fatal loss of many friends and coworkers. I have learned and experienced a lot since that cold day in January. I never thought that I would someday be the guy giving out advice and telling my story. I thought Dave was crazy for asking me to submit a story, but he convinced me when he pointed out how much ground I have covered in the past twenty plus years. Having spent 7 years in the Arctic, I owe a debt of gratitude to the north. That’s where I learned what a truck can do, and what effect cold can have on everything around us. That’s where I started recovering wrecks, pulling equipment from the ice and cleaning up diesel spills. I was lucky enough to have some hard ball old buggers teaching me the ropes. Believe me,

they showed no mercy on a lot of events, but they taught me how to work hard, drive truck, repair it, and recover equipment. I think today a lot of the mentoring is gone now, because a lot of the people like my old friends and peers of Yellowknife are no longer with us. For the past 14 years, I have resided with my family and work in the Edmonton area. I have many irons in the fire with cleaning up environmental debris and moving big iron around the province of Alberta. I am sharing some of my knowledge from experiences, with hopes that a few of these winter driving tips can assist drivers of all classes. 1. In about the month of October, ensure that the air tanks and fuel tanks are free of water, and that the air dryer is working properly. I prefer to change out the air dryer at least once annually and this is a good time to do it. Keep the fuel level topped up when parking in a shop; this will reduce condensation in the tanks, and keep you prepared to outlast the situation if you get delayed somewhere and need to idle the engine. I always keep some methyl hydrate in the truck; it works with both the fuel and air systems.

2. Store a good supply of winter clothing and footwear in the truck; if the engine fails you will only have about one hour of warmth on a cold day, and running shows don’t cut it. 3. Always have a good supply of food and water to last a 24 hour period. 4. For those of you using tire chains, make sure you inspect and test fit them before you need them. Don’t leave it until you are in a situation and then discover you don’t know how to put them on or missing hardware. If you are not sure, ask someone to show you how to do it correctly. This will give you efficiency in a biting cold situation. 5. Keep the truck warm by keeping the water temperature up. Use a weather front or if you don’t have one, you can improvise with cardboard. Again, if you don’t know how, ask someone to show you. 6. Refrain from using cruise control on icy or snow covered roads; and maintain a safe road speed. Remember, speed is a killer, when the weather turns, back off a little. 7. Always inspect your tires and replace as necessary on a regular basis, best to replace them in the fall rather than the summer months. 8. Keep the fifth wheel greased and maintained; lack of grease can cause the truck to not respond correctly with steering. These are just a few basic tips, but these little things if not followed can cost you both a lot of time and money. Most of the road side calls I respond to are because of lack of preparation and knowledge.

I hope I have been able to help some of you a little or more with these few tips. I could go on forever, but we don’t have time for a complete book on trucking, we are busy recovering and assisting drivers throughout our area. While I continue to learn and experience the trucking industry, I like helping people, which is why I am ventured into the business of big wreckers. No one ever wants to need me but they are always happy when I show up. Practice safe trucking and feel welcome to drop me a line any time.

Jamie Integra Recovery

Editors Note: Thanks Jamie for your dedication and services to the trucking industry through your service, articles and support for good causes! Dave


Steroids, Guns, Drugs, what’s next?

On October 5, 2012, CBSA seized more than $250,000 worth of steroids in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CBSA Criminal Investigations D i v i s i o n charged a Halifax resident, Greg Doucette, with possessing, smuggling, importing, trafficking and distributing steroids under the Customs Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The investigation started after the steroids were intercepted in multiple postal seizures by border services officers at the CBSA Vancouver International Mail center. The packages were all destined for Halifax, NS. CBSA in Halifax searched the individual's residence, vehicle, and a storage locker all of which were located in Halifax resulting in the seizure of $23,000 in cash and an estimated $250,000 in steroids and steroid distribution materials.


In Lethbridge, Alberta on October 5, 2012, CBSA announced that finally Dean Barret Regehr plead guilty to Customs Act charges of smuggling, undervaluation, and evading compliance.

By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services ` Regehr was at the Coutts border crossing on September 4, 2011 and had declared one shotgun, upon examination by CBSA officers, his vehicle had various firearms parts which together made three complete rifles; additional parts seized included four rifle barrels, one shotgun barrel, seven scope mounts and one bolt head for a rifle. Regehr was fined $9,000 and required to forfeit all weapons and gun parts. U.S. Border patrol agents made recent drug seizures that intercepted nearly $2 million in drugs. This past week border patrol agents in Laredo, Texas found three bundles with 213 pounds of marijuana abandoned in the brush and at the Hebbronville Station seized bundles totaling 729 pounds of marijuana in two other cases. Totalling combined street value is estimated at $754,480. Another 1,542 pounds of marijuana was found in a semitrailer Sept. 28, 2012 by agents at the Hebbronville Station, a check point on Farm-to-Market Road 1017 in Jim Hogg County. A drug-sniffing dog alerted agents towards the back of the trailer where 81 bundles of marijuana were stowed. The estimate value of these drugs was $1,234,000.The U.S. and Canada Announce Pilot to Enhance Border Security at Land Ports of Entry

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency announced that effective September 30, 2012, both agencies will begin the Phase I pilot of the Entry/Exit program as outlined in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Routine biographic information will be collected between September 30, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Beginning October 15, 2012, both agencies will begin exchanging this information to record entry into one country so that it becomes a record of exit from the other country. The pilot will not affect regular port operations in any way. “The sharing of entry and exit information will facilitate the legitimate flow of traffic between the U.S. and Canada while strengthening border security,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner, David V. Aguilar. “As outlined in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, our governments are committed to maintaining the integrity of our shared border,” said Minister Toews. “This sharing of entry and exit information will play a key part in bolstering border security.” Under the pilot, the Department of Homeland Security and Canada Border Services Agency will exchange routinely collected data of third-country nationals (those who are neither citizens of Canada nor the United States), permanent residents of Canada and lawful permanent residents of the United States at the following four ports of entry: • Pacific Highway, Blaine, Washington / Pacific Highway, British Columbia; • Peace Arch, Blaine, Washington / Douglas (Peace Arch), British Columbia;

• Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, Lewiston, New York / Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, Ontario; and • Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, New York / Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Ontario. A coordinated entry/exit system will help the U.S. and Canada identify persons who potentially overstay their lawful period of admission; better monitor the departure of persons subject to removal orders; and verify that residency requirements are being met by applicants for continued eligibility in immigration programs. The process of sharing personal information will be done in accordance with each country’s privacy laws and policies. It will also be consistent with the Beyond the Border Action Plan Joint Statement of Privacy Principles and a Letter of Intent agreed to by the Department of Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency.

For further information on aiding in the fight against smuggling, terrorism, C-TPAT, FAST, PIP please contact; Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services, at:

Note from Dave here, if you see suspicious activity, persons asking you for a ride acrosss the border in your truck, a loose lipped driver talking about smuggling loads of drugs or weapons, do us all a favour and contact authorities. Try to get as much information as possible without becoming involved and shut these bad guys down!




John’s secret weapon for on time delivery and millions of miles of safe driving is Tekas his team driver. Tekas I am sure would rather be home driving the tractor but someone needs to move the loads.

If you see John & Tekas out there, be sure to say Hi, and I bet he has a current copy of CTM if you ask him.


Loads from Hell

By Sandy Long

If you have driven any amount of time at all, you will have had a load that just seemed like it was the load from hell. It is the one that nothing you did could satisfy the broker, the dispatcher, the shipper/receiver or everything fell apart. Perhaps it was one where you were injured, or had to load or unload it in hot weather or freezing cold. Many things can happen that make a load a bad one; one thing for sure, those types of loads stick in one’s memory forever.


I ran into a driver several years ago that had stitches across a long wound surrounded by swelling and bruises on his face. Asking him what had happened, he related his load from hell story. “I picked up a loaded trailer at a shipper. I found a flat tire and wiring problems doing my pre-trip,” he said. “I spent 4 hours in the shop right at the start. Then before I left the truck stop, I scaled the load. I was over on the trailer tandems. When I tried to slide my tandems, the pins would not pull. Come to find out, one of the springs on the pin assembly was broken, so back to the shop for another hour or two. I finally got to the receiver and went to open the doors. As I opened the handle, it stuck and when I tugged on it, the whole thing flew off and hit me in the face!” A past employer used to like to take off on a run to the North West once or twice a year. He and his wife went out taking a new truck and flatbed with all new equipment, took the scenic routes and reloaded a load of orchard stakes for the return run. Now he had been pulling

flatbeds for over 30 years, but he forgot the important thing about hauling stakes; you have to put a little extra dunnage under the front of the front bundle and the rear of the rear bundle or else they will ‘walk’. (Walking is where the stakes or lumber/pipe move to the front or rear of the bundle they are in.) He pulled into the tire shop and was cussing that load. I went around looking to see what had happened. To try to stop the walking of the orchard stakes, he had put on brand new lumber tarps. It did not work. Every stake on the front and rear bundles had holed the tarps and were sticking through a foot or two. So adding injury to insult, he had to replace the tarps…of course; I did not give him a hard time about it all… much. Some loads from hell gain humor with the passage of time. About 20 or so years ago, my co-driver and I picked up a load of oranges in California going to up-state New York. On the way, we broke a transmission line and had to go to the shop. As this was before cell phones and qual-coms, I called the broker and then the receiver telling them both of the problem from a pay phone. I knew there was going to be a little bit of problem with the receiver when he called me a lying b-word about being broken down. My co-driver and I hustled after getting the line fixed and got to the receiver only an hour late. The receiver was a little short balding man who ran from his office as we got onto the dock to check in. He was waving a pistol around as he yelled at us! To say I was scared is an understatement. My co-driver got him calmed down and we proceeded to fin-

gerprint the load off the trailer and left. When we called the broker to report in empty, he told us that no one would go to that receiver’s twice and laughed. About 5 hours later, we were dispatched to go to a neighboring town to pick up a load of salvage oranges to take to the Huntspoint Market auction for delivery the next morning for the same broker that we had just hauled the load that we had just delivered. We went to the shipper’s and backed into the dock. I stayed in the truck doing paperwork as my co-driver went into the shipping office to take care of the bills of lading as we were loaded. As we had been backing in, we had noticed a truck from the earlier receiver pull in and back into the dock next to us; we did not give it much thought. We got loaded and hit the Market on time and the auctioneers were selling the oranges as they were pulled off our trailer. When we got empty and all the oranges were sold, we left and found a phone to call the broker that we were empty. He asked us what had happened the day before at the shippers. When we said nothing, and asked why, he replied, “The guy you brought the load to in that morning said you stole a load of oranges his truck had delivered to where you were loading.” The upshot of the story was that as the shipper’s forklift driver was unloading the receiver’s truck, the person loading us had grabbed the wrong oranges and loaded them on us. We had taken good oranges to the salvage auction and cost the jerk with the gun a sale! It was not our fault though we sweated it for a while, but the broker and the shipper got it straightened out. I can laugh about the whole thing now, but it was a

definite load from hell that remains fresh in my memory. Loads from hell are a part of our lives as truckers and one never knows when a load like that will show up. It just goes to show that trucking is not a job it is an adventure.

Ya’ll be safe and I wish you peace and some serenity in your busy lives

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As a retired Policeman so many times I have witnessed victims at truck stops, they are dark, populated and high traffic. Perfect for crime, please never let your guard down, think safety! Also any place close to the Mexican border lock your trailer, or you may open it up to a surprise cargo!


Next year, three Canadians will be rolling out on the road with a huge national exhibition honouring the service and sacrifice of our country’s fallen heroes from the Afghanistan War. Project Heroes artists Susan Abma, Shairl Honey and Cindy Revell are creating professional oil portraits of each of the fallen. They interview the soldiers’ families and from family photographs they create images that are expressive and reflective of their characters. From the interviews, they are writing stories and including more family photos, videos and memorabilia that will help ‘introduce’ Canadians to the people behind the uniforms. These will be shared on individual touch screens that create an interactive way to learn about the heroes. Three wall-sized paintings help complete the story of all who sacrifice as a result of war. One commemorates the wounded, one remembers our serving soldiers and veterans, and one honours the families of soldiers. Everyone involved with Project Heroes (non-profit), including the artists, is on a volunteer basis. The artists work full-time daily in a studio space the military has donated in the Philip Debney Ar-

moury in Edmonton, Alberta. They each do their own work before and after hours, which means an overly full schedule, but they believe that remembering these soldiers in such an impactful and enduring way is essential and that is what drives them. The parents and spouses of the soldiers will all receive free prints of the portraits when the project is complete. After the exhibition tours Canada, the artists will donate the originals to a Canadian collection, possibly with the Canadian War Museum or the Military. They hope it will be used for generations to come to tell ‘the whole story’ of the Afghanistan War – those who fought and died, those who suffered with physical or mental wounds, those who served in the past or are still serving, and those who waited at home for soldiers, some of whom never returned. If you want to help with Project Heroes, some of the immediate needs include: corporate sponsorship, a shipper who can accommodate a huge exhibition that will travel for several years, volunteers to perform a variety of tasks including data input, experts in digital technology, assisting with phone calls, assisting in studio, etc. ou can reach them at Visit the website at

From left to right, the artists Susan Abma, Cindy Revell and Shairl Honey

Big Thank-you to T and all thier helpers that came out for the Alberta Convoy fo

Tara and Mylène and all the people e or a Cure 2012

Thanks again to LE who dedicated thier time


to make the Convoy Safe and smooth running!



Gentleman Start Your Engines – Recruiting and Retention are Gearing Up By Kelly Anderson I’ve asked


several carriers how business is going and the standard answer I’m getting from nonflatbed carriers is, “We’ll have a couple of good weeks and we think ‘here it goes’ and then the third week is dead.” They go on to say they are receiving increased requests for rate quotes. However, substantial downward pressure remains on freight rates. A couple of people have told me they are still skeptical about the turnaround and they believe things are getting better when we have three good weeks in a row. My answer to them is: think back two months ago when you didn’t have two good weeks in a row. I believe the economy is bouncing on the bottom as evidenced by the good weeks we’re having followed by bad weeks. This is a start to steady improvement. I just received the Weekly Economic Recap from the ATA. Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist, reports that durable goods are up and the Fed held the rates steady. Capital Goods orders increased at their fastest rate since September of 2004. The Manufactured Durable Good orders increased 1.8% in May, which matched April’s gain, which is the third

gain in the last four months. Wachovia and Global Insight analysts both predict an economic turnaround by late summer or at the latest the fourth quarter of this year. Given the conservative nature of the Wachovia Analysts, this gives me quite a bit of hope. Several carriers have reported to me that driver turnover is starting to ease back up. Furthermore, although they continue to get a large number of applications, the quality has gone from very good to about 50/50 good vs. bad. Dale Reagan, Vice President at Tenstreet (in my opinion - the absolute best driver application software system in the industry), monitors the number of consumer reports being ordered as an indicator of carrier hiring activity. Dale told me last week that he has seen a substantial increase in the number of reports being ordered. I see three reasons for the increase in ordered reports: Increased Turnover; Fleet’s growing their fleets; and as Chris Anderson, Vice President of MCT, told me, they were ordering more consumer reports because they had to process more applications to find the drivers he wanted to contract due to reduced driver applicant quality. Jay Wommack, President of Vertical Alliance Group (,, and and Brian

Thomforde, President of have both had multiple unsolicited carriers’ call requesting internet advertising. Ken Schaffer of PocketCard Networks has also received several calls from carriers wanting to start their advertising in preparation for later this year. Scott Shaver of Recruiting Edge, USA, which provides 3rd party recruiting services, has received calls from 3 carriers asking him to start recruiting for their companies. Based on the conversations above and the economic reports I am very optimistic the economy is starting to improve and will continue to improve. With it we will see a significant spike in turnover as drivers search for greener pastures and carriers start filling idled equipment.

We are facing several challenges. First is the decision of when to start our advertising campaigns. Second is communicating with our driver fleets to impress on them that they are in the greenest pastures to control your turnover. Finally, to motivate our recruiters to get back to aggressively recruiting again. With regard to the last point, I believe recruiters have become complacent as they’ve had an over-abundance of high quality drivers calling and asking for a job. Moreover, you didn’t have to process the application quickly because the

driver wasn’t going anywhere. One Vice President told me he had over 100 of the highest quality drivers he’s ever seen on a waiting list. I believe that list will evaporate once carriers start hiring. I believe we are about to enter the toughest recruiting environment we’ve ever seen due to an incredible driver shortage caused by drivers that have left the industry, drivers leaving due to their age, and CSA 2010. The carriers with the drivers will win. To get the drivers they will have to get their recruiters fired up again to compete in this ever changing industry.

Kelly has worked in the transportation industry for the past 27 years. He has held many positions including Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Professional Driver, Driver Trainer, Driver Recruiter, Safety Supervisor, and Safety Manager over a recruiting department for a 1,720 truck fleet. Using these experiences, Kelly founded Impact in January 1998.

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