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Dave brings 40 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.

What another exciting month with hitting all the truck stops and talking to you on LIVE VIDEO Face Book on the Canadian Trucking Magazine FB Page. I send LIVE reports of restaurants and Truck Stops and where to park and where not to. Joining me is the 29,000+ family that LIKE the CTM FB page with LIVE reports of Highway conditions and Alerts. What a great network we have put together with this LIVE reporting. Please join us by LIKING the Canadian Trucking Magazine FaceBook Page and setting your notifications to Follow us and see video first in the settings. We can all share by commenting on the Live Video and letting everyone know real time what is going on. On page 5 you see Hollie from Monster Energy and NASCAR in the NASCAR page photo on Page 37, can you pick her out? In the Web Edition we have a video with her and Joe here to the right as I work hard reporting to you over the road. I have been in a PFM truck this month and it is awesome!

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 120 pages of entertainment and detail, built for you! This Edition built for you by you as CTM is family. 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 driving my PFM Truck looking forward to seeing you. Read on ,,,,,

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Here is Tamera from Pilot Sioux City with our gang. We like to always let everyone know places that have great food and great value and truck parking and they have all three. To the right of course I am at Texas Roadhouse a fav of mine for a great dinner under 20$, watch the videos.

The LIVE FaceBook Videos are built for you and your Entertainment. To the right is 5 veterans all standing tall with Gunny, R. Lee Ermey and the Video we did for Red Shirt Fridays is great! Please remember to wear Red on Fridays to thank Veterans, Military and those first responders that run towards danger as others run away. Bottom right is Rob Kewley and family who you will see on pages 20 & 21 and the great story about one of us Truckers being a chilli champion. Canadian Trucking Magazine,,,, Your Canadian Trucking Magazine Small enough to fit your pocket but big enough to entertain. I travel in a big truck pulling a load so I can feel what is happening in our industry and broadcast right from the trail. In other words I am not just an arm chair quarterback making a living off you talking about trucking,, I am Trucking and lovin It! Plus I have Diesel in my viens and love the road and trucking. The PFM Freightshaker has really treated me well with on the road. First trip out I was testing for 14 days or less and stayed out 23 Days reseting in Laredo TX, one of my Favorite spots. I even did a trip and LIVE Video to Boys town Mexico to report on how safe and why a single person would want to go there.


Dave & Hollie with the Monster Energy Gals in the NASCAR Page

I found if you travel with Drunk Indian Tours you are very safe, but watch my Video for tips I then was out more than in the last 12 years leaving December 26th and getting home February 7th and loving it. I am a sunshine kinda guy and spending winter in the Texas tropical belt while making money appeals to me.. Above the Monster Energy Gals with Hollie and I in a shoot and video and page 37, you can pick them out. Thank-you PFM Professional Freight Management for your support in our CTM with an Ad this month and sponsor of the Canadian Trucking Show! Driving your truck around the country has been a pleasure and good friends of mine have joined PFM now. Below is my good friend Slick a Cancer Fighter, who supports your mag-

azine and the Canadian Trucking Show. Slick ran the Convoy with Terra Ward + in his Lincoln. A car full of Gals and for a great cause. Slick is a Cancer survivor and still fighting. This month we have another Great Company that supports the Show & Convoy, Keystone Western. Keystone Western is hunting for some awesome drivers to join their team and expansion and our good friend Bill Friesen is there to answer your questions. I like to say again thanks for reading CTM and I look forward to hearing from you, than about you. See you Over the Road..... Be safe my friends! Keep On Trucking, All the Best!!!!!!

Happy Trails.....



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. On theCenterfold a picture taken at the Lesco ~ Pro Show & Shine in Nisku this year, an awesome show and the Alberta Large Car Convoy which is Toys for Tots. Just click on the picture for the Video.

When people actually got to see the AutoSock up close and realize the value, it was a hit. And make so much sense! 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.


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



He did not have his Socks on!

Drug-Smuggling Trucker faces Justice

By Dave MacKENZIE over 30 years LawEnforcement - Over 15,500 kilo- The investigation is ongoing. grams of contraband tobacco Quote seized at the “I am very proud of officers for their Peace Bridge port vigilance and dedication in keeping of entry / Commu- contraband tobacco out of our comniqué - Saisie de munities.” plus de 15 500 - Jeff Walters, Director, Fort Erie Diskilogrammes de trict Operations, Southern Ontario tabac de contrebande au point d’entrée Region, Canada Border Services Agency du pont Peace Over 15,500 kilograms of contraband tobacco seized at the Quick Facts Peace Bridge port of entry The Canada Border Services The Canada Border Services • Agency (CBSA) announced today the Agency’s (CBSA) role is to facilitate the seizure of over 15,500 kilograms of un- entry of legitimate travel and trade, declared loose leaf tobacco at the while ensuring that Canada's borders are not used for illegal activity. Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Undervaluation, smuggling and On January 22, 2018, a border • services officer working at Peace other Customs Act offences may lead to Bridge Commercial Operations referred seizure action and/or prosecution in a a tractor trailer with a shipment de- court of law. In 2017, the CBSA in the Southclared as cardboard boxes for a sec- • ern Ontario Region seized 25,152 kg of ondary examination. Upon examining the cardboard contraband tobacco. If you have information about boxes, border services officers discov- • ered 132 boxes of undeclared loose suspicious cross-border activity, please leaf tobacco weighing a total of 15,535 contact the CBSA toll-free Border kg with an estimated value of $1.2 mil- Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060. lion.

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





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 future’s an endless highway for girls around the U.S. playing with a brand new plush doll developed and produced by HABA for the Women In Trucking Association, Inc. Clare, a passionate and energetic plush friend, stands 13” tall and features an official Women in Trucking cap atop a wind-blown blond head of hair. This driven young lady also comes with an “I Heart Trucking” tee, red collar shirt, jeans, and boots. Her package shares the story of her journey into the driver’s seat of her very own 18-wheeler. The doll is the brainchild of Ellen Voie, founder and CEO of Women In Trucking, a nonprofit group that encourages the employment of women in the trucking industry. The release of this somewhat non-traditional new toy couldn’t be more in line with the current political climate of female empowerment. Says Voie, “The launch of this doll is a long-time dream come true for me. The world is wide open for girls today and I’m thrilled to be providing a toy that tells them that whatever they want to be is just great – whether that’s a teacher or an ad exec or a professional driver.”

A coincidental meeting helped Clare hit the road – Voie bumped into Lea Culliton, President of HABA USA, a preeminent toy manufacturer, in an airline lounge. The two talked and agreed to partner, with a sponsorship from the National Transportation Center to offset some of the production costs. This spunky trekker will also star in this summer’s “I HEART Trucking” Photo Contest, themed “Clare’s First Road Trip!”. Professional drivers across the country will be submitting photos from the road, featuring Clare, and the winner will be recognized at an “I HEART Trucking” reception at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX, in August and be featured in Redefining the Road, the Women In Trucking Association’s magazine. Clare will be available at Travel Centers including TA/Petro Stopping Centers, and others, across the country beginning in March. Parents and gift givers can also purchase the doll on Amazon and at

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


About HABA USA: Bring home Europe’s very best with HABA USA, the high-quality brand that parents have trusted for more than 75 years! HABA USA fuses time-tested play patterns with European design and modern manufacturing processes to create their award-winning line of wooden toys and games. From toy cars and trains to building blocks and pretend play props, HABA USA’s line of classic, non-electronic toys and games has something (stylish!) for everyone. Join generations of children around the world who have to have their HABA! For more information visit

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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. Don’t miss the next big event & Fundraiser in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada on March 3rd 2018. Contact Rob for tickets. Follow them at Down Home Cooking@kewleycanada on Facebook. If you would like more info or bookings contact

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Accurate, Affordable GPS Tracking About Spark Tech Labs; 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.

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!









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



Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford looks over his vehicle in the garage during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series testing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on January 31, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford during testing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on January 31, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.




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

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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.








111th Web Edition Canadian Trucking Magazine  

111th Web Edition of Canadian Trucking Magazine with Terra Ward & Dave MacKenzie on the cover and packed with Entertainment

111th Web Edition Canadian Trucking Magazine  

111th Web Edition of Canadian Trucking Magazine with Terra Ward & Dave MacKenzie on the cover and packed with Entertainment