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elcome to the June 2013 edition of Road Today and thanks for your continued interest in the awardwinning magazine for Canada’s multicultural trucking industry. Inside you will find the latest updates related to the trucking industry plus all regular features like Trucking Quotient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, Entertainment, Health Column, Kids Corner, and much more. At the very outset, a big THANK YOU to all sponsors, exhibitors, dignitaries, industry friends, volunteers, visitors and attendees for making the 5th Annual Road Today Truck Show held at the Soccer Centre in Brampton an event to remember. It was a delightful sight to see attendees from varied age groups visiting the show and embracing the insights of the industry at our new and better location. We have now started working on the 2014 edition of the Show. Please forward your suggestions and creative ideas to us via email at truckshow@roadtoday.com The Metrolinx Board of Directors has presented its much awaited report to the Province of Ontario and municipalities recommending an Investment Strategy to support over 400 km of new and enhanced transit, along with improvements to roads and highways. Based upon the principles of dedication of funding, fairness, equity and accountability, and informed by broad and deep consultation throughout the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), the investment tools as recommended by Metrolinx deserve a serious and timely

look by our political decision makers. We support the proposed creation of a dedicated Transportation Trust Fund to ensure that the projects are delivered and also to provide the accountability and transparency GTHA residents demand and deserve. Now is the time to get moving towards some tangible results in reducing traffic gridlock and achieving long-term economic growth and benefits for the region. Congratulations to Bramalea Secondary School for the official launch of the unique Truck and Coach program complementing the school’s existing Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in transportation. The program offered in partnership with Centennial College and other advanced training institutions prepares students for entry into post-secondary programs, or a career in the transportation industry upon graduation. As we enter the busy summer season, drivers are reminded to help keep our roads safe by not drinking and driving, and obeying the rules of the road. By driving defensively and being on the lookout for impaired, speeding and other dangerous drivers, everyone can help keep Ontario’s roads and waterways safe. Let’s do our part to make our lives safer by driving sensibly. We request all readers to keep the traditional and modern channels of communication open for an engaged conversation. Drive safe and enjoy the weather! Manan Gupta

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Road Today ISSN:1712-7602 Vol.10, Issue 6 JUNE 2013 AWARD WINNING MAGAZINE

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF BRAMALEA SECONDARY SCHOOL’S TRUCK & COACH PROGRAM

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MAXIM TRUCK & TRAILER CHARITY BBQ BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD

CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER BINATIONAL BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PLAN (BIIP) The BIIP is an interagency and binational planning mechanism developed to establish a mutual understanding of recent, ongoing and potential border infrastructure investments. It outlines the approach that Canada and the United States will take to coordinate plans for physical infrastructure upgrades at small and remote ports of entry.

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JOHN HAINES OF CANADA CARTAGE NAMED VOLVO CANADIAN FLEET MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

C&R TRANSMISSION SERVICE IN STOUFFVILLE CELEBRATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY

TST OVERLAND EXPRESS GETS TOP HONORS FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE

MACK mRIDE DEBUTS AT WASTE EXPO 2013 Mack Trucks has introduced the MACK mRIDE spring suspension for the MACK TerraPro refuse model during Waste Expo 2013.Now available with proprietary MACK axles, it delivers increased stability and a smoother ride. The mRIDE is a sixrod spring suspension with Mack ductile iron axle housings and Mack C150/151 series axle carriers.

METROLINX OUTLINES DETAILED PLAN TO FUND BIG MOVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN The Metrolinx Board of Directors has presented its report to the Province of Ontario and municipalities recommending an Investment Strategy to support over 400 km of new and enhanced transit, along with improvements to roads and highways.

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TRANSIT ALONE IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE CONGESTION PROBLEM, SAYS OTA 22ND ANNUAL FLEET SAFETY COUNCIL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE WAKEFIELD CANADA SPONSORS ATSSA MEETING

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ROAD TODAY SHOW - A GREAT SUCCESS!

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The 5th Annual Road Today Truck Show held at the Soccer Centre in Brampton was a very successful and well received Show. The show featured many activities of interest for attendees’ young and old, including kids clown, live entertainment, rock wall, bouncy castle, rollover display, driving simulator, seminars, giveaways and lots more. Have a look at the Photo Gallery starting on Page 21. Readers can also visit us on www.facebook.com/roadtoday for extensive photo galleries.

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Events Update

5th Annual Road Today Show A Great Success!

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he 5th Annual Road Today Truck Show held at the new location Soccer Centre in Brampton was a very successful and well received Show. About 100 exhibitors from a variety of sectors of the trucking and transportation industry took part in the trade show, including companies focused on trucks (used and new), trailers, heavy-duty parts and accessories, s e r v i c i n g equipment and supplies, engines and power train components, fuels and fuel additives, media outlets and financial services. The Job Fair to hire drivers and owner-operators was a huge success. The staff from MTO commercial vehicle enforcement was there to answer queries of truckers. The show featured many activities of interest for attendees’ young and old, including kids clown, live entertainment, rock wall, bouncy castle, rollover display, driving simulator, seminars, giveaways and lots more. Nearly 7000 enthusiasts came by to visit the Show during the weekend. The mood of exhibitors and visitors was upbeat. The show was inaugurated by Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell

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and John Sanderson, Regional Councillor. Prominent dignitaries including Jim Karygiannis, Member Parliament for Scarborough Agincourt, Linda Jeffrey, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Vicky Dhillon, City Councillor also visited the Show. S p e c i a l Greetings and Congratulatory Messages were sent in by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bal Gosal, Federal Minister of Sport, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation, David Bradley, CEO of Canadian Trucking Alliance. The Road Today Trucking Excellence Awards were presented to Aman Thakral of ITS Transport (Owner Operator of the Year), Dr Peter Gibson of Bramalea Secondary School (Trucking Educationist of the Year) and Hans Janzen of Mississauga (Trucking Ambassador of the Year). The Road Today Truck Show management is thankful for the continued patronage received from the trucking industry and community. We now look forward to the 6th year celebrations in May 2014. RT


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he Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has once again thrown its support behind proposed changes to the International Registration Plan. Known as the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP), the proposal will reduce administrative burdens and, by extension, the associated costs faced by carriers who are registered under IRP, says CTA. It would also eliminate the requirement for carriers to guess their miles travelled in the upcoming year by granting full registration reciprocity in all jurisdictions, as is done already under the International Fuel Tax Agreement. CTA, which backed a similar ballot on the FRP two years ago, has encouraged each of the provincial trucking associations to voice their unanimous approval for the new reciprocity plan to their IRP representatives. It’s expected the proposal will be put to a vote at IRP’s annual meeting in June. RT

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Border Update

Canada and the United States announce first-ever binational border infrastructure investment plan

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he Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, along with Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security have released the first-ever joint Canada-United States Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP). The development and release of this initiative fulfills a commitment made under the 2011 CanadaUnited States Beyond the Border Action Plan. The BIIP is an interagency and binational planning mechanism developed to establish a mutual understanding of recent, ongoing and potential border infrastructure investments. It outlines the approach that Canada and the United States will take to coordinate plans for physical infrastructure upgrades at small and remote ports of entry. This initiative will be updated and disseminated annually. The BIIP, along with other initiatives under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, is designed to benefit the integrated economies of Canada and the United States, which depend on the fluid movement of commercial and non-commercial traffic across our shared border. Its release follows recent announcements by the Government of Canada of significant investments at four initial priority land ports of entry identified by Canada in the Action Plan: Lacolle, Quebec; Lansdowne, Ontario (Thousand Islands Bridge); Emerson, Manitoba; and North Portal, Saskatchewan. The modernization of major border crossings will reduce wait times, increase reliability of just-in-time shipments, and decrease fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Canada and the United States enjoy the world’s largest trading partnership, with two-way merchandise trade totalling $570 billion in 2012. In addition, the Government of Canada announced, in July 2012, the installation of technology to measure and report border wait times at the Peace and QueenstonLewiston Bridges. The $1.7-million project was completed in partnership with United States Customs and Border Protection, the United RT


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C & R Transmission Service in Stouffville Celebrates 45th Anniversary

stablished in 1968, C & R Transmission Service Ltd. is proud to be celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year. Located on the border of Stouffville and Uxbridge, just 14 km East from Highway 404 on Bloomington Road, the 20,600 square foot building is easily accessible. The professionally trained technicians at C & R have attended and gotten certificates from Centennial College, Funk/John Deere University, Allison and Eaton Training schools as well as on-line training and in house schooling. They have an up to date and intense inventory including over 350 remanufactured units and provide a full line of Funk Pump Drives and Power Shift Transmissions for loaders, skidders, railroad, mining and aviation equipment. C & R Transmission Service Ltd. has been an authorized Service Centre for Funk Manufacturing, a John Deere Company, since 1976. The Rebuilding Department can repair, remanufacture or supply exchange units for transmissions and differentials. For transmissions, the exchange procedure takes approximately 2 hours to remove, wash and reinstall the accessory parts such as bell housing, yoke etc. from the core to the exchange unit. For differential exchanges it takes approximately 15 minutes to change over parts. In some cases it’s in the customer’s best interest or preferred by the customer to repair their own unit. In most cases the replacement parts will be in their inventory or easily accessible for a quick turn around on the repair. March 2013 marked the 10th year as an Authorized Allison Transmission maintenance and overhaul dealer. The Allison

Department is fully equipped with Diagnostic equipment and its own Transmission Dynamometer. Their Allison Trained Technicians are able to cover diagnostics, troubleshoot problems, repair wiring and electrical issues, Transmission failures and much more. Once transmissions are rebuilt with OEM Allison parts and specifications they are then tested on the dynamometer for quality assurance before shipping or reinstalling. Their inventory includes popular remanufactured Allison units for quick turn around and less down time. C & R Transmission has 9 service bays where the technicians trouble shoot, perform Clutch adjustments, Clutch replacements, U-joints, Hanger Bearings, Motor and/ or Transmission Mounts, Oil changes for transmissions and/or differentials and in many cases offer same day service. The Parts department carries a large inventory of components including clutches, transmissions, front and rear differentials and parts for Allison, Eaton, Fuller, Funk, GM, IHC, Mack, Rockwell, Spicer and Twin Disc. C&R takes pride in using Original Equipment Material for all repair needs. C & R has worked hard over the past 45 years and continues to build strong relationships with their clientele. The entire team is committed to excellence. C & R is located at 13 Anderson Boulevard, that’s Uxbridge on the GPS. For further information or to see how you can get free clutch adjustments and mud flaps visit their web site at www. crtransmission.com or call Toll Free 1-888-297-0682. RT

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TST Overland Express has once again been honored with the Lowe’s Gold Service Award for their top-level LTL service of their Canadian shipments. The 2012 award marks the fourth consecutive year that TST Overland has received recognition for their outstanding service from Lowe’s Canada. TST has been a Lowe’s core carrier since their arrival in Canada in fall 2007. They handle both domestic Canadian and all cross-border shipments. “This award is a true reflection of our team’s dedication to our customers’ requirements,” said Rob O’Reilly, President, TST Overland Express. “We work hard to maintain our industry leadership position in the ways that matter most to our customers.” As Lowe’s continues with its growth plans in Canada, TST Overland is working closely with them to ensure the transportation section of their supply chain continues to run smoothly. TST Overland Express (tstoverland.com) is one of Canada’s leading less-than-truckload provider with service across North America including Hawaii, Alaska and the Puerto Rico. Based in Mississauga, Ontario the company has grown since its inception in 1928 to an industry leader with over 1000 employees and over 1500 power and trailer units. TST Overland Express is a division of TransForce Inc., (TSX-TFI) Canada’s leading transportation and logistics organization. RT


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OTA Helps Launch Bramalea Secondary School’s Unique Truck & Coach Program

epresentatives of the Ontario Trucking Association were joined by politicians and education officials at Bramalea Secondary School in Brampton on May 16th to mark the official launch of the high school’s Truck and Coach program and technical facility. The OTA helped make the event possible with a one-time donation of $20,000 towards the program and new state-ofthe-art facility. Federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt, Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal, Ontario Minister of Education Liz Sandals and many other dignitaries were among those in attendance. “I offer a special thanks to the Ontario Trucking Association and its member carriers for this generous contribution,” said Peter Gibson, vice-principal of Bramalea. “The donation helped ensure the creation of this unique program and facility, which alone sets us apart from any Truck and Coach program in Ontario, and possibly Canada.” The Truck and Coach program offered at Bramalea complements the school’s existing Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in transportation. It prepares students for entry into post-secondary programs, or a career in the transportation industry upon graduation. Students in the program will complete all requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, while taking courses focused on various aspects of the transportation industry. The program is offered in

partnership with Centennial College and other advanced training institutions. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art facility with drivethrough tractor-trailer bays, classroom labs and an open lab work area. Hands-on learning at the facility is strengthened through coop programs, job shadowing, field trips and excursions, all under the guidance of Gibson, who once operated a trucking company. “OTA is proud to be part of the creation of such a worthwhile program,” said Stephen Laskowski, OTA senior vice-president. “We’re hopeful this one-time contribution and support from Ontario carriers will encourage local transportation companies to sponsor similar programs in their communities that also promote trucking careers to young people.” RT

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Metrolinx Outlines Detailed Plan to fund Big Move Transportation Plan

he Metrolinx Board of Directors has presented its report to the Province of Ontario and municipalities recommending an Investment Strategy to support over 400 km of new and enhanced transit, along with improvements to roads and highways. “Congestion is getting worse every day. It’s having an increasingly negative impact on both our quality of life and our region’s economy,” said Robert Prichard, Chair of the Metrolinx Board. The Big Move’s Next Wave of projects will transform the region by building new light rapid transit in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton; new bus rapid transit in Halton, Peel, Toronto and Durham; subway expansion with the Relief Line and the Yonge Subway Extension into York Region; major enhancements to GO Transit as well as improvements to municipal transit projects, roads and highways, and active transportation options. This Investment Strategy is designed to support a set of transit and transportation projects that comprise the Next Wave of The Big Move. The Investment Strategy is made up

of four parts, with 24 accompanying recommendations: 1. Integrating Transportation, Growth, and Land Use Planning. 2. Maximizing the Value of Public Infrastructure Investment. 3. Optimizing System and Network Efficiency. 4. Dedicating New Revenue Sources for Transit and Transportation. Based upon the principles of dedication of funding, fairness, equity and accountability, and informed by broad and deep consultation throughout the GTHA, Metrolinx is recommending the following investment tools: • One Percentage Point Increase to the Harmonized Sales Tax • Regional Fuel and Gasoline Tax - 5 cents per litre • Business Parking Levy • Development Charges Amendments • High Occupancy Toll Lanes • Pay for Parking at transit stations • Land Value Capture

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t Maxim’s Charity BBQ held on May 29, 2013 in Winnipeg, over 600 participants helped raise of $16,500 for Charity. The record attendance also resulted in a record for funds raised in a single event. “This year’s large selection of raffle prizes really helped us attract more people and raise more funds for charity,” says Steve Young, VP of Parts at Maxim Truck & Trailer and chief organizer of this year’s event. “We owe a great deal of thanks to our vendors and suppliers for their generous support,” he goes on to say. All funds raised during this year’s event will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation through their “Challenge for Life” campaign. Maxim’s seven Challenge for Life team

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Congratulations! Aman Thakral has been working with International Truckload Services (ITS) as an Owner-Operator for over 7 years. He is a perfect example of a safe, punctual and reliable role model owner-operator with a clean CVOR/ abstract. For his dedication, commitment, professionalism, safe driving skills and community work, Aman Thakral was presented the OWNEROPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD. Congratulations! Dr Peter Gibson is popularly and very rightfully called the mastermind of the unique Truck & Coach program launched at Bramalea Secondary School. For his untiring efforts in creating new and greater opportunities for success and the industry to gain a skilled work force for the future, Dr Peter Gibson was presented the TRUCKING EDUCATIONIST OF THE YEAR AWARD. Congratulations!

Hans Janzen has been committed to the transport industry for the better part of his life in the forms of photography and writing to help educate people on the industry and breaking the myths that are commonly associated with it. For all his efforts in improving the image and proďŹ le of the industry, Hans Janzen was presented the TRUCKING AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD. Congratulations!

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Guest Column

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oe had been running a small trucking operation for a few years. He had started as an Owner Operator running his own truck and over the years had graduated to owning four units. He had been able to get good drivers to work for him however, times were getting tough and it was getting harder and harder to keep up with repairs and the cost of doing business. The maintenance had been starting to drag a little and inspections were getting farther and farther apart. Fred was a relief driver for Joe and helped out on various runs when required. He didn’t have the experience of the other drivers but was good with directions and maps and able to get around. On this particular trip Fred didn’t have to go far however, he had one obstacle in his way, a mountain grade known as “The Butcher.” It was known as “The Butcher” because it seemed to chop down vehicles that attempted to go down its slopes. There had been a number of accidents

on this mountain in the past. Fred approached the top of the mountain and pulled into the brake check area at the top of the mountain. He did a quick check, found the brakes a little spongy, but not too bad and decided he was good to go down. He put the rig in gear and continued down the mountain at a slow pace. He began to pick up speed however and because he had chosen a higher gear than he should have he was starting to rely on the truck brakes to slow him down even more. At first he started with the trailer brakes alone and then started using the pedal even more. The truck picked up even more speed causing Fred to go into panic mode. As he rolled into the lower portion of the turns he realized he was out of control, he could smell the smoke from the brakes and a grey cloud was now following the truck. The speedometer was creeping up faster and faster and Fred was now looking for places to bail if he had to. The signs

for a runaway ramp were now becoming more frequent as he rolled down the side of the mountain and his biggest problem was getting up the nerve to take the ramp. Realizing he had no choice he prepared for the exit, clinging the steering wheel as tightly as he could, he grabbed the radio handset and announced he was in trouble and would be taking the runaway ramp. As he came down the side his face was as red as the summer sun, signs were more frequent outlining the ramp and he tried to focus and stay in control, he was scared, would this be it, would he make it through, would he make it out alive? Thoughts of family went through his mind, in the corner of his eye he caught the flashing lights for the ramp, here we go he thought, bracing for the impact Fred focused on steering the truck into the ramp. As he drove into the gravel pit of the ramp it was as though the truck had drove into a pool, sinking as it went forward, Fred was holding on

for dear life at this point, his eyes were closed, the rest was out of his control. The truck sat idle in the gravel, a blanket of silence covered the area. Was Fred alive? As the rescue crews began to dig him out Fred did make it with a few broken bones. The truck inspected and found to have brakes that were out of adjustment. The charges to the company put Joe out of business. Brakes out of adjustment are the leading cause of out of service violations and fines. Proper adjustment is critical and starts with the pre-trip inspection. RT

Bruce Outridge is a business and leadership consultant for the transportation industry. He is the author of the book ‘Running by The Mile’. To order the book or for more information please visit his website at www.outridge.ca

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Association News

Transit alone is not going to solve the congestion problem, says OTA President Bradley

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etrolinx has unveiled its proposed investment strategy to raise the money needed to pay for its regional transportation plan, called The Big Move. The plan, almost entirely focussed on transit, will require $20 billion over the next 10 years. In coming up with its recommended “revenue tools,” Metrolinx – the Government of Ontario’s agency created in 2006 to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) – examined a number of potential new or increased taxes and fees, including such things as employer payroll taxes, tolls, distance taxes etc., before settling on the following short-list of proposed measures: • Establishment of a legal, dedicated transportation trust fund. All funds raised through the Metrolinx investment strategy would go into the fund; • A 1-per cent increase in the HST on either a regional or province-wide basis; • A 5-cent per litre regional diesel fuel and gasoline tax; • A variable regional business parking levy; • An increase in regional development charges. The ball is now in the Government of Ontario’s court to decide on which of the measures to implement and how. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has said she plans to embark on a series of “conversations” over the course of the summer. She has indicated the need to alleviate congestion in the GTHA is such a priority that she is prepared to fight an election on the issue. OTA president David Bradley says the association will be a constructive voice in the consultations, saying “gridlock is a real and growing problem in the region and the Premier is to be commended for making it a priority.” However, he cautions that transit alone is not going to solve the problem. “Goods movement received only a passing, over-simplified glance in the Big Move,” he said. “An efficient system of roads, highways and bridges in the region and throughout the province is needed and all the monies raised from the industry by fuel taxes and commercial vehicle registration fees – which are in the process of being raised by 70 per cent incidentally – should be dedicated to that purpose through a specific highway trust fund on a provincial basis.” The proposed 5-cent per litre diesel fuel tax proposed by Metrolinx raises a number of issues in terms of the impact on the competitiveness of carriers located in the region, added Bradley. “There is a question whether it is fair that truckers are asked to pay for transit,” he said. “Unlike motorists, who have a choice in terms of whether to take transit or continue to drive, truckers have no such choice. RT

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Events Update

22nd Annual Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference

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he Fleet Safety Council’s Annual Educational Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kitchener Ontario October 24-26, 2013. This event brings together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus and courier industries as well as insurance and many other related businesses to discuss the latest in driver training, staff development and risk management techniques. The theme this year is “Predictive Behaviour Analysis Seminar: Preventing Incidents Before they Happen”. Supporting the theme this year, the organizers are assembling a powerful group of people to host a series of seminars and workshops including: Incident Analysis, Profiling Behaviour Causes with Linkage, Influence of Monitoring on Attitudes and Behaviour with a special focus on Management and Enforcement and Recognition and Risk Indicators. Our final session will be a Panel discussion on the future of Behaviour Analysis including experts from Insurance, Enforcement and Telematics. The Council’s goal is to achieve knowledge through training. In today’s uncertain business environment, the Fleet Safety Council’s mission is certainly a necessity for all companies. For more information on attending or sponsoring this event, please visit the website at www.fleetsafetycouncil. com RT z

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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” “The grass is greener where you water it.”

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“The past has no power over the present moment.”

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” John E. Southard “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” “There is nothing permanent except change.”

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DADDY QUEUE A group of expectant fathers sat nervously in the hall. A nurse beckoned to one of them and said, “Congratulations, you have a son!” Another man dropped his magazine, jumped up and said, “Hey, what’s the idea? I got here two hours before he did!”

CLUELESS CANINE A woman went to the counter to purchase a drinking bowl for her dog. The clerk asked, “Would you like it inscribed ‘for the dog’?” “It doesn’t really matter,” she replied. “My husband doesn’t drink water and the dog can’t read.”

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Events Update

Wakefield Canada sponsors ATSSA Meeting

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J.P. Soucie (2nd from R) from Wakefield Canada gave a detailed presentation on PC -11.

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he monthly meeting of Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATSSA) Toronto Chapter was held on May 9th. The evening was graciously hosted and sponsored by Wakefield Canada, the Canadian Distributor of Castrol branded products. With the new engine specifications being mandated by the EPA for 2016, the engine oil manufacturers will need to meet the engine specs as well. A new service category will be issued in 2016,

PC-11. This new rating will be centred on fuel economy. Wakefield Canada had their Heavy Duty Team presenting the parameters of the new oil service category. J.P. Soucie, Key Account Manager – Eastern Canada gave a thorough presentation how diesel engine oil can influence fuel economy and how Castrol is well positioned to help its customers save up to 4% in fuel economy. Soucie was joined by Ken Wood and other key functionaries from Wakefield Canada. RT

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s part of their jobs, many professional truck drivers put tremendous strain on their hands. Whether it is gripping the steering wheel or securing a load, drivers are more prone to developing a hand condition called trigger finger than the average person. The medical term for trigger finger is stenosing tenosynovitis. This condition is characterized by a finger or thumb being stuck in a bent position. When straightened, the finger releases with a quick snap similar to a trigger on a gun. Trigger finger most often affects people who continuously work with their hands. Repetitive gripping motions are by far the most common cause of this condition. The repetitive movement of the hand causes irritation and inflammation in the sheath that surrounds the tendon of the affected finger. This eventually leads to narrowing of the sheath which in turn restricts the movement of the tendon. At times the tendon will catch or get stuck in a bent position before popping straight. With

prolonged inflammation, the tendon may thicken and scar which can lead to the formation of nodules. When this occurs, the movement of the finger is greatly affected. The symptoms of trigger finger range from person to person. It can be as mild as morning stiffness in the finger. Another common symptom is popping or clicking of the

tests such as MRIs or CT scans are not necessary. The type of treatment your health professional will recommended is usually based on the severity of your symptoms. For mild cases, splinting is a common form of treatment. Your health professional may require you to wear a splint that keeps your finger in an extended position

finger during movement. In the most severe cases, the finger will lock in a bent position. Trigger finger most commonly affects the thumb and first two fingers of a person’s dominant hand. However, more than one finger can be affected at a time. The diagnosis of trigger finger is usually based on a detailed medical history and physical examination by your health professional. In most cases, sophisticated imaging

for up to six weeks. The splint prevents you from moving or bending your finger which will reduce the irritation and inflammation. Another commonly used treatment is finger exercises which are aimed at maintaining movement of your finger. To add to this, avoiding repetitive gripping movements for a few weeks is a good idea. For more severe cases, your health professional may recommend anti inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. These

medications may help to reduce the swelling and pain that is associated with trigger finger. Steroid injections are also a possible treatment for severe cases. Although much less common, surgery aimed at releasing the trapped tendon may be performed. Alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture have also been shown to help relieve the symptoms of trigger finger in some cases. If you do begin to notice the symptoms of trigger finger in yourself, it is important to consult with a health care professional as soon as possible due to the fact that this condition is much easier to treat in its early stages. Until next month, take care of your hands and drive safely!

Dr Christopher H. Singh Chiropractor, runs Trans Canada Chiropractic at 230 Truck Stop in Woodstock, Ont. He can be reached at 519-4212024 E-mail: chris_singh@sympatico.ca

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