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 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 28,000+ 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 2 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 Marcel & I sitting in CJâ€™s Cafe in Milk River Alberta, what a Great Place to stop and eat. 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 Val the Truckers Pal from the front cover there with Marc Palud of Xp3 Canada placing CTM under the counter of the restaurant at the Dog in Regina, SK. By the way the new by-pass in Regina sucks for Big Trucks until they get it finished. Watch for our Live Video on Face Book and we will advise when completed and good to go.
The LIVE FaceBook Videos are built for you and your Entertainment. To the right is of course Lisa Kelly from Ice Road Truckers fooling around with me and making a Live Video. Bottom right is my fav youngest reader, of course my grandbaby who really loves to read each Edition and point out grandpa all by himself. Thank-you Mags for this great picture, I love it. Canadian Trucking Magazine,,,, 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. 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.
Dave & Hollie with the Monster Energy Gals in the NASCAR Page
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. I found if you travel with Drunk Indian Tours you are very safe, but watch my Video for tips. 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 Jim Campbell of First Class Training Center who supports your magazine and the Canadian Trucking Show. Jim has been well recognized for his great support from the industry and be awarded the Payne Transportation Ltd. Associate of the year by the Manitoba Trucking association. Great Job Jim & First Class Training Center !! A place you can recommend a new driver to learn and current drivers to upgrade. Pass the word onto your company. 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!!!!!!
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
Drug-Smuggling Trucker faces Justice By Dave MacKENZIE over 30 years LawEnforcement
In a major drug bust, two Californians, have been charged by Canadian authorities with smuggling 100 kgs of cocaine valued at about USD 6 million, according to media reports. The drugs were being transported in a semi-truck hauling produce from California and was destined for an Alberta business. Gurminder Singh Toor, 31, and Kirandeep Kaur Toor, 26, were charged on four counts under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported last Friday. According to Canadian officials quoted by CBC, this was the biggest cocaine seizure at the border between the US and Canada's Alberta Province.
The seizure took place early last week just after midnight but it was announced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Friday, CBC said. CBC said that according to officials border guards at Coutts in southern Alberta found 84 bricks of cocaine hidden in a microwave and in the living quarters of the semi-trailer truck, which was supposed to be bringing vegetables from the US. CBC said the estimated street value of the cocaine was CDN 8 million (about USD 6.3 million). "There certainly is a lot of trucks that come through Coutts and it's like looking for a needle in a haystack," said Guy Rook, CBSA director of operations in southern Alberta, according the National Post. "In this case we found that needle due to the training and dedication of our frontline officers," he added.
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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. PFMsâ€™ 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+ yearsâ€™ 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 Women In Trucking (WIT) Association announced today that it will be giving away a 2014 Volvo VNL670 at the “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” next spring. The truck is being donated to WIT by Arrow Truck Sales, Inc., a Gold Partner
supporter of the association. To qualify, a driver must complete an application form to verify eligibility, and write a short essay on why it is important to attract more women into the trucking industry. Examples of ways the driver has encouraged women to consider a career in trucking will show her or his support for the mission of Women In Trucking Association. Applications will be accepted at www.womenintrucking.org until November 15, 2017. The contestant must be at least 23 years old and hold a valid commercial driver’s license and be a member in good standing of WIT before September 30, 2017. WIT President/CEO Ellen Voie, will hand over the keys to the winner on March 24, 2018 during the 9th annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. “We are thrilled to be able to give a truck to one of our members at our annual “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel,” said Voie. “I am especially looking forward to handing over the keys to the Volvo to allow one deserving member the chance of a lifetime, thanks to Arrow Truck Sales and their very generous donation,” Voie added. Jim Stevenson, Arrow Director of National Accounts, also serves on the Women In Trucking Board of Directors. “Arrow has long been supportive of equality and diversity efforts within the trucking industry," said Stevenson, "and we look at this as an opportunity to help a WIT member by providing a late model Volvo truck to support his or her success as an owner-operator.”
In addition to the Volvo, the recipient will receive products and services from these members:
• National Truck Protection: One year/120k mile engine warranty ($2,950) • One year After Treatment system warranty ($995) • ATBS: One year “RumbleStrip Essentials” financial services ($700) • FlowBelow: Tractor AeroKit™ wheel fairings and wheel covers ($2,135) • Michelin: 10 BF Goodrich tires ($4,500) • Rand McNally: OverDryve 8 Pro ($600) & • One year Sirius/XM subscription ($260) • Velvac: Road IQ Connected Vehicle Vision Platform ($3,500) • Wired Truck: Omnitracs IVG unit ($1,900) For more information about the Women In Trucking Truck Give-away sponsored by Arrow Truck Sales or to submit an application, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org/2018-truck-giveaway Arrow Truck Sales, Inc. Founded in 1950, Arrow is North America’s leading source of used heavy and medium-duty trucks with retail stores located across the U.S. and Canada. Arrow carries a large inventory of trucks and trailers including all makes and models. Arrow provides a one-stop shopping solution for truck buyers, including financing, insurance, extended warranties and other protection plans. Their national headquarters are in Kansas City, MO. For more information, visit www.arrowtruck.com. 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 www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.
For reference only, please check your FMCSA
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 organizationâ€™s focus is on really listening and understanding the customerâ€™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! www.cloudhawk.com
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!!
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 carrierâ€™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 carrierâ€™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 donâ€™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 www.mydennys.ca 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 mydennys.ca.
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, poses with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign during NASCAR Champion's Week on November 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. during Appreci88ion, An Evening With Dale Earnhardt Jr. Presented By Nationwide at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on November 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 36
FIRST CLASS TRAINING CENTRE
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.
Published on Dec 12, 2017
Published on Dec 12, 2017
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