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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 an exciting month with hitting all the truck stops and talking to you on “TRUCKERS BUZZ”, on FaceBook and attending the Trucking for a Cure Woodstock ON and Alberta Large Car in Nisku AB this past month. On the COVER is Mike “Bad Apple” Simmons with Breanne shot in BlackJacks Roadhouse in Nisku during the Toys for Tots Convoy by Alberta Large Car, with more in the Expanded Web Edition. Of course they are sitting on the AutoSock as tis the season for Snow & Ice and AutoSock is there if you need it. I like them as they are not heavy, dirty, fast to put on or take off and legal in NA for the chain up laws. More about AutoSock on page 44 in your CTM as AutoSock supports your magazine. To the right is Amber Balcaen who you read about in last months CTM becoming NASCAR with a short write up this month in the NASCAR pages 36 & 37. Amber who has been racing since she was 10 worked hard from the Red River Co-op Speedway where she still races to the NASCAR tracks. Not bad for a Canadian!

This month you get to meet Amber on “TRUCKERS BUZZ” LIVE on FaceBook Video broadcast straight from the Oakpoint Restaurant on 90 in Winnipeg MB. Amber is there November 26th for the Santa’s Breakfast the Oakpoint puts on each year. Autographs and hats for sale will be available for fans. Santa will of course be there with 2 Santa’s helpers that will shoot for the 98th Edition of CTM. Watch for the 98th with pictures and videos from SEMA where your CTM team will cover events and entertainment to make those miles past by quicker and with laughter. I thank you for supporting CTM and please share it with your friends. See more in the digital magazine and the next few pages, digital does not limit the amount of good stuff we can provide you! Read on ,,,,,

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Trucking for a Cure was the BEST one EVER!!!! Take a look at the Expanded Web Edition for pages that show a great time and stay tuned for the 2017 Date! We gave away a pair of AutoSock at the show and explained the use for it in our industry and at home. More about AutoSock on Pages 44 & 45, please take a look. To the right at the top Joanne MacKenzie been at this for 7 years 2 Convoys a year and raising over 500,000 dollars to fight Breast Cancer. June 3rd 2017 another Convoy this time in Winnipeg, Trucking for a Cure Manitoba !!!! At the Canadian Trucking Show one day only Saturday June 3rd a Convoy of trucks will raise funds to fight Cancer, watch for more details. To the right Joanne Ritchie and Jim Park from the OBAC support from the beginning of the Convoy and rolling in Big Donations. Followed by our Brother and good friend Gary Cox, again, Gary & Darlene pour thier heart and soul into the Convoy driving in it and volunteering from the setup to last people to leave. On Page 5 is the Danny Thompson Band who played the event and what an awesome job. Below them some of our fans from the Denny’s in London ON where you can always find a copy of CTM. Followed by my friend Bernie at the Denny’s in Stoon! If you are not on our Facebook, you would not know, CTM has hit a reach of over 1.5 million viewers on FaceBook with over 258,000+ fully engaged at times. WOW Hard to wrap my mind around that and now 23,000+ LIKES to the CTM FaceBook Page, if you have not, Please do LIKE it.


For the last decade we have broadcasted live videos on the FaceBook Pages & YouTube from the events we attend, now for your entertainment on “TRUCKERS BUZZ’ on Facebook, please LIKE it if you are on FaceBook, real Truckers to Truckers building entertainment for Transport people.

Above Jim, Steph and I doing a Truckers BUZZ Radio broadcast from the Oak Point Restaurant in Wpg MB. A townhall way to have a conversation with our Brothers & Sisters of the Highway and help make you day better with a few laughs. Just like 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. This way we are up to date. Plus I have Diesel in my viens and love the road and trucking. Just like below meeting up with Bernie in Stoon at the Debby’s while I was under load. As real Truckers we sat with Barry who deliveries CTM and chatted Trucking and what is going on. Freight might be down a bit now and lot of you are spending more time sitting than turning wheels but that will change, it always does, because everything moves by truck. Co-Host Jim Campbell above may co-own First Class Training Centre but also has over 30 years in our industry OTR and much more a great resource on the show. Hoping you enjoy Truckers BUZZ on FaceBook as much as your CTM. I like to say again thanks for reading CTM and I look forward to hearing from you, than about you. See you on the road..... Be safe my friends! Keep On Trucking, All the Best!!!!!!

Happy Trails.....



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Large seizure in Montréal 3,000 litres of precursor chemical hypophosphorous acid

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered nearly 3,100 pounds of marijuana disguised in a shipment of cucumbers at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Nearly two tons of marijuana hidden in a shipment of cucumbers was seized at the United States-Mexico border. According to the Unites States Customs and Border Protection, a 2009 Kenworth Tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as cucumbers entered the Otay Mesa port of Entry at around 10:30 a.m. After the vehicle was referred for advanced inspection, agents opened the boxes and found 376 wrapped packages of marijuana hidden beneath the cucumbers. In total, the packages concealed 3,100 pounds of marijuana, carrying an estimated street value of $1.5 million.10 Lbs. of Pot Hidden in Cucumber Shipment In separate seizures at California ports of entry over the weekend, more than 500 pounds of marijuana, cocaine methamphetamine and heroine were intercepted, preventing an estimated $2.5 million worth of drugs from reaching the streets of the U.S. Seizure in Montréal of 3,000 litres of hypophosphorous acid, a precursor chemical widely used to produce methamphetamine.

The importer had declared it was a cleaning product. However, after reviewing the import documentation submitted, the border services officers submitted the goods to the CBSA’s laboratory for analysis. The analysis showed that the liquid solution seized was hypophosphorous acid, which requires a specific import permit from Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances. There were 120 25litre containers of hypophosphorous acid seized.


“The CBSA is very proud of the experience and vigilance of our border services officers and our enforcement units. This seizure shows that our officers are Canada’s first line of defence and that they are committed to the safety of our communities.” - Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General, CBSA, Quebec Region

Quick facts

• The CBSA plays an essential role in the prevention of drug smuggling and related criminal activities. Hypophosphorous acid is a precursor chemical included in Schedule VI of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. • The CBSA enforces over 90 Acts of Parliament and takes this responsibility seriously.

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.

CALL BORDER WATCH~ 1.888.502.9060





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

Women In Trucking (WIT) Association has partnered with TruckerSam to provide drivers a way to socialize with other drivers, find deals on industryspecific products and services, find jobs, get loads, search for businesses, and much more. Never since the CB radio has there been an innovation so streamlined for the trucking industry. The Beta version of the platform is now available to all drivers, whether or not they are members of the Women In Trucking Association. Any driver can take advantage of the Beta launch of TruckerSam and numerous features, such as free coupons, a secondhand bulletin board, a load or truck finder, an on-line store, and more at “This is the only platform focusing its solutions and advanced tools on the social and personal needs of the truck driver’s unique profile and his or her way of living,” said Avi Bar, TruckerSam’s CEO and founder. “With this new platform, TruckerSam is pleased to offer truck drivers fast, well-rounded help when and where they need it the most.” For truck drivers who are driving locally and long distance, the rigor of being on the road can get tiresome and lonely, and the amount of apps for truckers can seem overwhelming. TruckerSam’s team understands that truck drivers need an all-in-one platform where they can do virtually anything, from find friends on the road to find a new pair of eyeglasses, health service, road service, or cost reduction coupons.


TruckerSam makes it simple to find or get quotes on various services tailored to truckers, and it can all be done from the app. “We have been searching for a way to connect drivers on the road, and this app will allow us to provide a way for drivers to socialize with one another,” said WIT President/CEO Ellen Voie. “When a driver is within range of his or her friend, they will be able to communicate through the platform and know the person is close by, or even at the same location where they can meet and find comfort in knowing they’re not alone.” TruckerSam is tech company streamlining the trucking industry with the world’s first platform that focuses on the social and personal needs of truck drivers. The app helps truck drivers get social, save money, and increase efficiency with a wide range of exciting features. In addition to their innovative app, TruckerSam also offers TruckerSam White Label Solution (TSWLS). This platform allows trucking-related large companies, unions, associations, and more build fully customized internal communities with revenue sharing for free. For more information contact TruckerSam at or 718-701-8683.

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. , Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit




Accurate, Affordable GPS Tracking

By Dave MacKENZIE,

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

About Spark Tech Labs;

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


Trucking group helps bring rescue animals to new homes in Canada

Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes By Jeff Walters, CBC News

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. 18

Truck driver Aimee and Sunny the dog, who was reunited with his owners in Kenora, Ont., after being stolen and found in London, Ont. (Facebook)

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) Help from the community lay and sleep' and it just keeps Foster said many of the them really really calm and coldrivers have their own animals in lected. And, they enjoy it." their trucks, that they refer to as As for continuing to help 'An Ambassador.' ferry rescue animals, or those The one ambassador cat who are lost and found to their of the group, named Turtle, re- proper homes, Foster said most cently got out of a truck in drivers can't get enough of it. Granby, QC. "[One driver], he gets a Foster said she's over- hold of me all the time and says, whelmed, as it seems the whole 'Margaret, I'm getting tired of community wants to find the cat. laughing at my own jokes, you'd She said the Ambassador better give me a dog.'" animals are a key part of the program. Visit on FaceBook; "The dogs are so relaxed, Furry Hobos N Hiway Hero"s. they introduce them before they Dog gone Truckin! come into the truck." " They show them the Thank you Margaret!!! bunk, like 'this is where we can


Blackthorn Safety Solutions Inc. was created with the vision to assist carriers with their ever demanding need to be compliant and to offer solutions tailored for their specific needs. In the fast paced world of transportation, carriers are not only under extreme pressure to meet client demands and generate revenue but are held to very high regulatory standards. Many small to medium sized carriers have challenges becoming compliant let alone staying compliant. Some carriers do not have the resources necessary to achieve what they need to and in turn find themselves facing audits or even worse, sanctions from governing authorities. This is where Blackthorn Safety Solutions can help! Blackthorn Safety Solutions is a business that is scalable to each carrier’s needs and can offer such services as consulting and fleet oversight from a very high level to driver training and compliance monitoring on a daily basis. As stated, these solutions are scalable and individually crafted for each business model. If preparing for a facility audit is needed, Blackthorn has very knowledgeable and experienced staff to assist in getting prepared. If programs and policies are required, we have these solutions available as well. We can also manage your day-today compliance needs too! Do you need your logs managed and maintained? We have a solution for that! We offer driver hiring and due diligence services to assist you in making the right hire from criminal background checks, reference checks, PSP and abstract searches as well as US DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol 20 testing solutions.

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

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

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








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



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Amber Balcaen brings her need for speed back to Canada Winnipeg, MB, Canada – On the heels of becoming the first Canadian female to ever win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the USA, 24-year-old Winnipegger Amber Balcaen was driving the #0 sprint car owned by Glenn Styres for the 360 Sprint Car Canadian Nationals at Oshweken Speedway September 15th and 16th.This is Balcaen’s first time back in a sprint car in two years since racing a 410 sprint car in the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA). Balcaen’s racing career has been nothing short of phenomenal. A third generation racer, Balcaen, who started racing at the age of ten, has also reached success as the 2014 NOSA Rookie of the year. And now, she is gunning to be in a sprint car more regularly in between her asphalt races. Balcaen loves racing more than anything, and is most happy when she puts on her racing suit and gets behind the wheel.“I am super excited to be back on the dirt track and in a sprint car.“The amount of support Canadians have given me this past year has been amazing, and I feel extremely thankful to not only be back in a sprint car again, but to be racing in my home country.” I can’t think of a better way to come off of a big win then to hop back in a dirt sprint car.” For more information about Amber Balcaen and to find out how to sponsor her incredible racing journey, visit



Multicultural and Female Drivers to Compete for a Spot in NASCAR Drive for Diversity Developmental Program CTM Spot Light on Amber Balcaen Canada!

Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12. The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017. "This year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine will feature some incredible talent and we’re excited to watch these young drivers compete," said Dawn Harris, NASCAR director, multicultural development. "NASCAR’s first-class development program has produced the likes of Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Darrell Wallace Jr., so it will be fun to see who rises to the top at New Smyrna." In partnership with Rev Racing, NASCAR Drive for Diversity offers racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season, providing drivers with equipment, mentoring, and competition experience. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for these up-and-coming drivers; something I am very proud to be a part of for the sixth-consecutive year," said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing director of competition. "To see past Drive for Diversity participants compete across all three NASCAR national series speaks volumes for the solid foundation Rev Racing provides these drivers in their budding careers." This year, there are 13 female drivers competing for spots with Rev Racing. Returning this fall is Macy Causey, who at 14 years old was the youngest combine participant in NASCAR Drive for Diversity history in 2015.

Also participating are Hailie Deegan, daughter of Brian Deegan, the most decorated athlete in freestyle motocross history, and Hope Hornish, the niece of 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Sam Hornish Jr. Drivers under consideration to return to the team in 2017, but who will not compete at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, include current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers: Jairo Avila, Enrique Baca, Collin Cabre, Madeline Crane, Ruben Garcia Jr, and Ali Kern. Collin’s brother, Chase Cabre, is also among the drivers selected to compete in this year’s combine. Driver combine participants will be evaluated on their driving skills, take part in a physical fitness assessment and receive additional training at BethuneCookman University. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine has proven successful in identifying and developing future stars of the sport. Current NASCAR Drive for Diversity members have garnered four top fives and 13 top 10s combined in the NASCAR K&N East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season and are looking to repeat last year’s season-ending victory by Cabre at Dover International Speedway. Program graduate, Kyle Larson, earned his first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year at Michigan International Speedway. Also this season, fellow graduate and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Suárez became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race. Suárez and fellow NASCAR XFINITY driver Darrell Wallace Jr., another NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus, are currently competing in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Fans can follow the Combine live on Twitter at

@NASCARDiversity and @RevRacing.

Below are the invitees to the 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine: First Last Age City State/Country Ali Kern* 23 Fremont Ohio Amber Balcaen 24 Winnipeg Canada Ariel Biggs 22 Castaic California Armani Williams 16 Grosse Point Michigan Chase Cabre 19 Tampa Florida Collin Cabre* 23 Tampa Florida Enrique Baca 25 Monterrey Mexico Hailie Deegan 15 Temecula California Hannah Newhouse 19 Twin Falls Idaho Hope Hornish 19 Defiance Ohio Jairo Avila 21 Alhambra California Jay Beasley 24 Las Vegas Nevada Kayli Barker 19 Las Vegas Nevada Luis Rodriguez 22 Miami Florida Macy Causey 15 Yorktown Virginia Madeline Crane 18 Meansville Georgia McKenna Haase 19 Carlisle Iowa Nicole Behar 18 Otis OrchardsWashington Reegan May 22 De Pere Wisconsin Ruben Garcia Jr. 20 Mexico City Mexico Santiago Tovar 23 Mexico City Mexico Taylor Jorgensen 20 Stockbridge Georgia Walter Thomas III 18 Indianapolis Indiana

NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more inforFor more information visit and, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Rev Racing Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members.

For more information about Rev Racing visit or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin

Canada’s Amber Balcaen Balcaen’s racing career has been nothing short of phenomenal. A third generation racer, Balcaen, who started racing at the age of ten, has also reached success as the 2014 NOSA Rookie of the year. And now, she is gunning to be in a sprint car more regularly in between her asphalt races.See Amber at the Oakpoint Restaurant in Winnipeg SatCurrent NASCAR Drive for Di- urday Nov 26th for breakfast and watch on Faceversity drivers eligible for 2017 pro- Book LIKE Trcukers BUZZ page! gram; will attend but not compete in combine About NASCAR The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America,


Winnipeg native becomes first Canadian female to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race in U.S. By JW Martin Motor Mile Speedway

For Amber Balcaen, victory lane at Motor Mile Speedway was foreign territory. A 24-year-old dirt racer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Balcaen was pursuing an unprecedented feat in her first season of NASCAR-sanctioned competition: to become the first Canadian-born female racer to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race in the United States. Saturday night, Balcaen was in the winner’s circle…and in the record books. “I’m going to be smiling all week,” Balcaen exclaimed. “I’ve dreamed of this all season. Last [race], I thought it was going to happen. But sometimes you have to lose before you can win.” Balcaen had been compiling an impressive resume in her rookie season in the Collision Plus Limited Sportsman division at Motor Mile Speedway, boasting ten top-five finishes in 11 starts. Although the checkered flag remained elusive, a career-best runner-up effort in the division’s most recent contest on August 13th placed Balcaen on the brink of an historic breakthrough. Balcaen started the 50-lap dash third in the seven-car Limited Sportsman field, and after maneuvering past Richard Caldwell’s no. 13 on lap 7, she was tasked with reeling in pole-sitter Karl Budzevski. A five-time winner in 2016, Budzevski was aiming to capitalize on an opportunity to regain ground in the division points race with championship counterpart Scott Lancaster starting sixth per the “Two-Wins-in-a-Row” policy. Separated by 18 points in the track standings, a victory was critical to Budzevski’s diminishing title hopes. After pacing the race uncontested through the opening 27 circuits, Budzevski became embroiled in a spirited duel with Balcaen for the top spot.

From the bottom groove of the .416mile oval, Balcaen methodically edged alongside Budzevski, sparking a two-lap, side-by-side battle for first. Balcaen eclipsed Budzevski as the duo sprinted out of turn two on lap 32, completing the move down the backstretch. It proved to be the pass for the win. “I knew I had to pass him as soon as I could. When I saw the opportunity to make the pass, I did,” Balcaen said. “The no. 26 is a hard competitor, but I was so hungry.” Balcaen constructed a comfortable advantage in the waning circuits, capturing the checkered flag by .508 seconds over Budzevski. Lancaster placed third. “I really wanted the win. If I’d had another five laps, it would have been interesting,” Budzevski stated. “But hey, congratulations to [Amber].” Balcaen is the second female to make history in Motor Mile Speedway’s Limited Sportsman division. In 2015, Julia Landauer became the first female to win a Limited Sportsman track championship at the New River Valley speedplant. Balcaen has been piloting Landauer’s Lee Pulliam Performance entry during her 2016 campaign. And like Landauer, who currently competes in the K&N Pro Series West, Balcaen has unbridled aspirations. “I’ve wanted this win so bad, and I knew that I needed it to be able to make the next step in my career,” explained Balcaen. “I gave up everything back home to come here to try and be a NASCAR driver. Not having the financial backing, being female and Canadian… to be able to put the pieces together and have an awesome crew and to get the sponsorship I needed to come here— it really is a dream come true.”


Since opening our doors in January 2012, First Class Training Centre Inc. has been providing the highest standard of training to our clients in a personal relaxed learning environment. From the beginning we recognized there was a need for a high quality Class 1 driver training program preparing the students for a promising career ahead of them. Becoming a professional truck driver takes years of experience. Any truck driving school can teach you how to drive a truck, but at First Class Training Centre we are interested in teaching you how to get industry ready. All aspects of the job are covered in the training. We don’t limit our instruction to the things that will help you get your licence; we want to help individuals to go out and get a job. We’ll do this by sharing the kind of insight that can only be earned by spending years doing the job, and helping you prepare for a career in the industry, not just a road test.


All of our instructors at First Class are career veteran truck drivers. These instructors have combined on-the-road trucking experience that exceeds two centuries! That’s a lot of experience teaching the students. Our instructors will give you the training you will need to take on the challenges of the transportation industry. Demand for our high standard of training and unique perspective on the trucking industry has been fuelling our growth, and we now have eight instructors on staff in Winnipeg and one in our new Brandon location. As well as training locally, we have also done out of town projects as far north as Thompson, Manitoba, but the down fall to out of town training was to find a suitable location for a classroom and transporting our air-board to do proper air-brake training. That’s when my partner, Jeff Esslinger and I, decided to custom build a mobile classroom for training that we can bring almost anywhere in Manitoba.

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.





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. 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 the cover & Centerfold 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 like on page 44 showing 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.


Dawn Truell Cross Border Services Wooly Mammoth Tusk Found

A Woolly Mammoth Tusk was discovered in a vehicle crossing the Ambassador Bridge. The woman driver was pulled over for a secondary screening, where the CBSA Officers located a bunch of empty jewellery boxes, a large purse with a vast amount of gold jewellery in it and get this, yes a Woolly Mammoth Tusk! The value of the gold jewellery was $100,000.00 and the mammoth tooth, well that is priceless. She was charged with failure to report under the Customs Act, making false statements and evading payment of taxes. An arrest warrant was issued, she managed to escape custody is yet to be found.

Duck Tolling Retriever discovers more than a duck On October 5, 2016, a CBSA Border Guard Dog who was on duty at the time, was found to have a very keen nose; sniffing out 100 kilograms of cocaine that was found hidden in a tractor trailer. This dog was no ordinary dog, he was a beautiful Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, only this time he didn’t find a duck, he found cocaine! It was at the Thousand Islands Bridge where a tractor-trailer truck was

pulled over for a secondary screening. Whilst searching the trailer, this shaggy canine officer located four packages that contained 98.8 kilograms of cocaine. The RCMP arrested the driver and the truck was seized. Manifested was a load of paper, what was found was an alarming amount of cocaine. The driver, 49-year-old Zbiigniew Czuprynski who was from Laval, Quebec, was charged with possession of an illegal substance cocaine and smuggling against the Customs Act.

October 21, 2016 at the Pacific Highway Commercial port of entry, a driver headed northbound from the USA to Canada was pulled over for a secondary examination. During this examination, the CBSA officers found a bunch of bricks of cocaine equaling 107.5 kilograms, were piled in with a manifested shipment of rice. The RCMP arrested the driver and seized the truck and drugs.


For information regarding Safety & Compliance programs such as FAST, C-TPAT, PIP & CSA and to aid in the fight against terrorism and smuggling please contact Cross Border Services at

Bloomfield port of entry will be closed Sundays from November 6, 2016 to June 4, 2017. The port will be open Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:00. During these closures, please use Woodstock or Centreville instead. Woodstock is 41 km south of BloomSee Something Call: field on Route 95 and Centreville is loBORDER WATCH~ cated 22km north of Bloomfield on Route 110.




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