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SLH Transport Celebrates 30 Years as a For-Hire Carrier
EMTERRA GROUP OPENS LARGEST CNG FUELLING STATION IN CANADA... 10
CONVOY FOR A CURE SCORES SUCCESS...
ONTARIO FIRST TO TEST AUTOMATED VEHICLES ON ROADS IN CANADA...
DRIVERS WITH WINTER TIRES ELIGIBLE FOR INSURANCE DISCOUNT... 37
TIPS FOR ACCIDENT-FREE WINTER DRIVING..
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W THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD CRASH VICTIMS IN CANADA IS A DAY SET ASIDE TO REMEMBER PEOPLE KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED ON CANADIAN ROADS, OFTEN IN AVOIDABLE COLLISIONS, AND THOSE LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED LOSS OF THOSE THEY LOVE.
Welcome to the November 2015 edition of Road Today and thanks for your continued interest in the award-winning 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. Heartiest congratulations to the entire management and workforce at SLH Transport, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sears Canada for celebrating 30th anniversary as a for-hire carrier recently. From its roots as an in-house transportation solution, SLH has since grown and transitioned to one of Canada’s top 10 transportation providers with innovative freight management solutions through a high performance culture that emphasizes collaboration, accountability, safety and exceptional service. We wish the organization continued success. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Ontario is launching a new pilot to allow for the testing of automated vehicles on Ontario roads. Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles that are capable of detecting the surrounding environment using artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates. We welcome this initiative considering the fact that automated and connected vehicle technologies have the potential to help improve fuel efficiency as well as reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and driver distraction. As these technologies becomes widespread, we hope the consumers, government and manufacturers will also work together to ensure drivers have control over their privacy and personal information, which is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. Canada’s National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims will be held on November 18th. Since 2007, the third Wednesday of November has been set aside for Canadians to pause and remember those individuals who have lost their lives on one of our nation’s roads, while also remembering friends, family and colleagues who have been affected by these tragedies. The objective of the day is to raise awareness in Canada and specifically among those with high-risk driving behaviours as to the impact of road crashes on their communities. Avoiding the four high risk driving behaviours can save lives. When it comes to road crashes, the following are key to avoid: distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and non-use of seat belts. Ontario is moving forward with its plan to help lower auto insurance rates by requiring all insurance companies in the province to provide a discount for drivers who buy and install winter tires, starting from January 1st. Winter tires enhance safety and reduce the likelihood of collisions by improving traction, braking and handling in frost, snow, slush and under cold and icy conditions. Winter driving in Canada means braving conditions that are sometimes less than ideal. Are you and your vehicles fully prepared for the deep-freeze challenges? If not, please go through the tips appearing on Page 30 which will help to keep you accident-free as well as confident in the driver’s seat. Please accept best wishes on a joyous holiday season about to begin. Do conduct yourselves safely and shall see you next month! Manan Gupta Editor
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ntario is launching a new pilot to allow for the testing of automated vehicles on Ontario roads. Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles that are capable of detecting the surrounding environment using artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates. Automated and connected vehicle technologies have the potential to help improve fuel efficiency as well as reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and driver distraction. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Ontario will lead Canada as the first province to test automated vehicles and related technology on-road. Currently there are nearly 100 companies and institutions involved in the connected vehicle and automated vehicle industry in the province. The pilot will enable those companies to conduct research and development in Ontario rather than in competing jurisdictions, as well as support opportunities to bring automated vehicles to market. The province is also pledging an additional $500,000 in funding to the Ontario Centres of Excellence Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle Program, in addition to the $2.45 million in funding recently provided. The program brings academic institutions and business together to promote and encourage innovative transportation technology. Ensuring Ontario’s place as a world leader in the auto, transportation, information and communications technology sectors are part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement RT savings plan.
In the world of transportation, Ontario has the opportunity to show leadership on automated technology. The automated vehicle pilot will ensure that the province’s roads remain safe without creating burdens that stifle investment and innovation in Ontario’s dynamic business environment.”
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eneral Motors Co. and Navistar have reached a long-term agreement to develop and assemble future medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4/5 commercial vehicles, allowing Navistar to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its Chevrolet commercial truck portfolio. “Bringing medium-duty conventional cab trucks back into the portfolio strengthens Chevrolet’s commitment to providing commercial customers with more choices and one-stop shopping for a versatile lineup of trucks, vans and crossovers,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial sales. The future trucks will be jointly developed using Navistar’s expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities, and GM’s commercial components and engines. The vehicles are slated for production in 2018 and will be manufactured at Navistar’s facility in Springfield, Ohio. According to Navistar, it plans to add 300 jobs and invest more than $12 million in facility upgrades and state-of-the-art equipment to produce the new vehicles. “Our collaboration with GM is another example of our customercentric, open integration approach – providing our customers with “We Care About Our Customers”
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olvo Trucks will begin introducing Volvo Certified Uptime Centers within its dealer network in 2016 as part of its ongoing commitment to maximizing customer uptime. Dealer locations will receive the certification after adopting a standardized process designed to provide more transparent information to the customer and complete repairs more quickly. Customers arriving at a Volvo Certified Uptime Center will experience more than just a quick diagnosis of a truck’s service issue. The centers will enhance the service experience for any repair, and will utilize improved service workflows supported by Remote Diagnostics, Volvo’s telematics-based proactive diagnostic and repair planning system. In addition, Certified Uptime Centers will be supported by the recently announced integration between
Truck Diagnostics System (TDS) and Volvo ASIST; Volvo’s service management platform. Volvo Certified Uptime Centers feature dedicated uptime bays, where trucks requiring repair time of four hours or less are serviced immediately, eliminating the “first come, first served” practice that is common in vehicle repair today. Currently, Volvo is piloting the certification at 13 dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pilot locations have seen an immediate increase in the number of trucks being fully repaired during a 24-hour period, as well as an increase in positive customer feedback. The Volvo Certified Uptime Centers pilot will continue through 2015, with the start of the rollout of the certification to the Volvo Trucks dealer network targeted for 2016. RT
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases 2015 International Roadcheck Results Driver and Vehicle Out-of-Service Rates for Level I Inspections Lowest on Record
n June 2-4, 2015, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 69,472 truck and bus inspections during International Roadcheck 2015, the annual 72-hour enforcement and safety outreach event carried out by members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Of the 69,472 total inspections, 44,989 were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Of Level I Inspections, inspectors found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, historically the lowest rates for which CVSA has data, back to 1991. Of all inspections, 777 seatbelt violations were issued. Level I Inspections include a 37-step procedure that involves an examination of both the driverâ€™s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, cargo securement, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments, and loose
or temporary seating on buses. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections. Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for International Roadcheck 2015 was cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe loading regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA highlighted cargo safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers. The proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety. For many types of loads, particularly those that are not sealed or otherwise inaccessible to the driver, regulations require the driver to stop within the first several miles of a trip and recheck
the tie downs and other load-securing equipment. During International Roadcheck 2015 a special emphasis was placed on reminding carriers about and enforcing regulations on proper load securement. During the event, inspectors issued 2,439 violations for load securement. The leading load securement violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires); (3) damaged tie downs (typically unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps); (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs. Load securement enforcement is a normal part of Level I Inspections, but securing cargo and equipment are vital to safe operations. RT
Preparing for Winter
ne of the most important rules for safe driving through the winter is to be prepared.Even when you are well prepared, you may still spin out or get stuck in the snow. It can really help to take supplies on the road in case of an emergency, including the following: • Charged cell phone • Ice scraper, snow brush, flashlight, extra blankets • Hat, gloves/mitts and extra clothing • Canned food (and a can opener), energy bars • Safety flares or warning lights, waterproof matches • Medication (if you need it) and a first aid kit • Paper towels or cloth, reflective vest • Extra windshield washer fluid and lock de-icer Some things you may not have thought of include... Candles, Matches and a Tin Can Candles not only give you light, but they also raise the temperature inside the cab a few degrees. You can use a tin can as a holder for the candle. Old, Heavy Socks Socks can be used as mitts, window cleaners, draft blockers, and of course, extra socks for your chilly feet. if you need them. Throw a few heavy ones in a box and keep them around. Kitty Litter Kitty litter is a great traction aid. Throw a few handfuls under the drive wheels on an icy road to help you get moving. Collapsible Shovel Many collapsible shovels feature graphite blades and folding or telescoping handles. Some are quite sturdy, as well as being light. Shovels like these aren’t going to move icebergs, but they’ll clear snow from your wheels, so you can get going a little more easily. Lip Balm Chapped lips are annoying and distracting. Having some lip balm on hand during the winter makes a big difference if you’ve been out in the wind.
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inancial advisors, portfolio managers and financial planners are financial professionals trained to invest and manage money. Financial planning is a discipline designed around budgeting to meet financial goals. For comprehensive financial planning, seek the advice of a Certified Financial Planner with the CFP designation. CFP professionals look at your financial life and review your insurance, real estate and retirement planning. The Financial Planning Standard’s Council (FPSC) is a non-profit organization that enforces the standards for CFP professionals. To encourage Canadians to plan for their future, the FPSC recently launched a new consumer website called www. financialplanningforcanadians.ca. A common misconception they address is that individuals from higher incomes or those closer to retirement are the only ones who benefit from financial planning. In fact, financial planning works for all people of all ages and varying income levels. If you have not completed a financial planning exercise, I recommend Canada’s top financial planning software, it is free and available at www.canada. esplanner.com. On average, CFP’s advise to save enough money at retirement to replace 75% to 85% of your preretirement income. As a family man, husband and father of two, financial planning is important to me and outlines our financial well-being and areas requiring improvement. When I provide financing for truck drivers, our conversations revolve around mileage and income generated, weighed against the expenses that arise from fuel, insurance, maintenance and truck loan payments. These expenses need to be covered each and every month. With this in mind, one aspect of financial planning often overlooked is what steps to take regarding the expenses and income if the trucker is injured or sick or an unforeseen accident results in a loss of the truck. Financial planning isn’t always about calculating revenue and expenses. Truck drivers need to consider questions such as, how will I make my truck payment if I am injured or sick? How will I cover any shortfall from an insurance payout that does not cover all expenses owing on the truck after it has been written off? Where will I obtain the money to buy a new truck? These questions are not always addressed until a critical moment, and in many instances, the lack of planning for such situations can leave the truck driver in a financial crisis. Today, coverages such as gap coverage, down payment protection, and life and disability insurance are available to help protect the trucker’s loan obligations and ultimately protect his or her credit. Credit protection is paramount to a trucker’s ability to continue buying and replacing vehicles. Every trucker knows that a better credit profile means lower truck monthly payments and, ultimately more left over in their pocket. Gap coverage helps the trucker with shortfalls /roadtoday
from the insurance company when a payout is not enough to cover the full amount owing on the truck. Down payment protection will often help the trucker recover some of the deposit used to purchase the truck. Recouping these funds provides a more seamless transition when purchasing a replacement truck. These solutions address a write-off situation, if the trucker becomes ill or injured. How will fixed costs such as truck insurance be covered? How will the truck payment be covered? Today, disability insurance coverage protects the truck monthly payment and is affordable. Such coverage allows the trucker to ensure that the truck payments are made. Truckers that fall ill or become disabled have the resources to find a replacement driver for their truck. The peace of mind that disability insurance will cover the monthly payments on their truck, ensures that their income is protected. The fundamental question is, how much do these coverages cost? This is the crucial time when value received for the premium costs are weighed against each other. Such costs can amount to an additional $100-$200 per month. Financing companies today can provide extended terms to help make the additional costs affordable. The most important question is not whether the coverages are affordable but rather can the trucker afford to be without them? Ultimately, this is another instance in our lives where the balancing act of value versus cost arises. We are often faced with these types of decisions in everyday life, but when families and their financial well-being are a part of the equation, the awareness of financial security is heightened. The time is always right to review such questions before issues arise. RT Safe driving !
Helping to cut the grand opening ribbon (left to right) Patrick Van Dehy, GAIN Clean Fuel; Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish; Peel Region Chairman Frank Dale; Emterra Group Founder and CEO, Emmie Leung; Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray; GAIN Business Development Manager, Marc-Andre Paquin; C.A.T. President, Daniel Goyette; Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO, David Bradley; VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Paulina Leung; and Emterra General Manager Peel Division, Mike Rende.
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he Emterra Group officially opened its fourth state-ofthe-art compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station in Canada on October 26th. This is the largest CNG fuelling station in Canada open to the public. Located at 1611 Britannia Road in Mississauga, the CNG fuelling station is a key part of Emterra’s new capability to provide recycling and waste collection services to a significant portion of the Region of Peel’s residents and businesses, with cleaner-burning, quieter-running, CNG-fuelled trucks. Together, over 100 new CNG trucks to serve Peel Region, the fast fill CNG fuelling station, along with the purchase and upgrade of a heavy truck maintenance facility certified to CNG requirements represent a $50 million investment in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). “The ‘fast-fill’ station will be open to other fleets and operators of CNG vehicles, expanding opportunities for the transportation sector in and around the GTA to ‘go greener’ using a lower cost fuel, helping to make Ontario trucking
businesses more competitive and sustainable,” said Emterra’s Founder and CEO Emmie Leung. Emterra’s partners in the venture are GAIN Clean Fuel, a division of U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada of Appleton, Wisconsin and C.A.T. Inc. (formerly Canadian American Transportation, Inc.) of Quebec. Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray applauded Emterra Group for doing their part to support a low carbon economy in Mississauga, one of Canada’s busiest transportation hubs. CNG-fuelled trucks reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20% and they run as much as 90% quieter compared to diesel-fuelled engines, substantially cutting noise pollution. “The Region is dedicated to providing valuable service to the Peel community, in an environmentally-sound manner,” said Peel Region Chair Frank Dale, who also spoke at the event. RT
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oad securement is one of the top issues with Carriers and Drivers across the country. Let’s start with an example like below: “It is not uncommon that we see a ladder fall off a truck traveling on the highway. The driver following behind the truck has to take evasive action that result in a collision” This scenario brings to mind many important issues, including hazard avoidance, responsibility for your load, and responsibility for others on the road. An object of any sort falling off the vehicle in front of you is definitely a surprise and a distraction that calls for quick thinking and luck. A load that may shift while taking a curve can cause a roll-over, which can result in death of a driver or others, travelling beside the truck. The driver in the example above was directly responsible for this collision, as he may not have paid attention to how the load was secured, or if it was properly fastened down. During our meetings with the carriers, they often asked about load securement. We always underline the importance of the driver walk around check to ensure that the load is safe and secure. If there are any doubts, you should not drive the vehicle until you are satisfied that it is safe. Unsafe loads are a risk to all drivers on the road. You should always make sure to tell drivers to make time for the walk around check, this is a very important part of their pre-trip planning and inspection, and should not be over looked. Even MTO and DOT want carriers and
drivers to go safely about their business without interruption, but if you are stopped by enforcement officers and there are concerns about load securement, then they will take robust action. Make sure your load is safe..!! All drivers of commercial vehicles have a legal responsibility to ensure the load they are hauling is secure, for the protection of themselves and other drivers in and around their vehicle. As part of the driver daily walk round checks the load security should be a matter of their routine pre-trip inspection. Even when a driver collects a preloaded vehicle they are responsible for making sure the load is secure. And never forget to ensure that your drivers carry extra securement devices, based on different load types at all time. Ask yourself : • Can the load slide or topple forward or back? • Can the load slide or topple off the side? • Is the load unstable? • Is the load securing equipment in good condition? • Are there any loose straps or loose cargo that might fall off the load or vehicle? • Does the load security or stability present an immediate risk of injury? If the answer to any of these questions is yes or you have any doubt, then reconsider securing the load to the vehicle. These are the type of questions enforcement officers will ask themselves when assessing the load securement of your vehicle. RT
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LH Transport, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Sears Canada celebrated its 30th anniversary as a for-hire carrier on October 6th. From its roots as an in-house transportation solution, SLH has since grown and transitioned to one of Canada’s top 10 transportation providers. “Our approach is to keep it personal and use our strong foundation to build and grow our business,” said Paul Cooper, President, SLH Transport Inc. “We continue to expand our service offering and provide a more integrated service package to our customers. Celebrating our 30th year is a proud moment at SLH, and we sincerely thank the loyal customers, employees and drivers that made this milestone possible.” Sears Canada continues to be one of SLH’s largest customers within a SLH customer base which has grown to more than 400 clients, utilizing multiple service offerings through its diversified asset operations and growing logistics group. “Sears Canada would like to congratulate SLH on 30 years of success in the Canadian transportation industry,” said Pat Craddock, Vice-President Supply Chain and Logistics, Sears Canada Inc. “Like Sears Canada, SLH places great emphasis and focus on its customers and community. SLH plays a key role in our ability to provide quality goods to our customers across Canada.” SLH has been recognized as an employer of choice in the trucking industry, winning the Top Fleet Employer’s award from Trucking Human Resources Canada for two years
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second Women with Drive Summit Registration for Trucking HR Canada’s 2016 Women with Drive summit has officially opened, promising new insights into strategies that can help attract, recruit and retain more women in the trucking industry.
he second annual event will be held March 3, 2016 and hosted at the Crowne Plaza – Toronto Airport Hotel. “This summit offers all delegates the chance to explore one of the trucking industry’s biggest Human Resources challenges,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Women account for 48% of the workers in Canada’s labour force, but just 3% of drivers, mechanics, technicians and cargo workers. Fleets can’t afford to overlook such an underrepresented group if they hope to address future personnel needs.” The summit has emerged as part of the broader Women with Drive initiative, which has developed a series of strategies to equip employers with tools that will enhance the effectiveness of employment practices and ultimately support more women in the trucking industry. The day’s agenda kicks off with a high-profile panel of senior managers discussing the rising focus of diversity and workplace inclusion. Panelists will include Kelley Platt, Western Star Trucks president and Daimler Trucks North America chief diversity officer;
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inter driving in Canada means braving conditions that are sometimes less than ideal. Be prepared for snowy road conditions and freezing temperatures with these tips from the experts at UPS Canada for accident-free driving: • Winterize your vehicle. Check your fluids and make sure your vehicle has winter tires. • Minimize distractions. Leave your phone out of reach and map your route in advance. • Stay on main roads. Snow is often cleared off main routes first. • Leave plenty of space. It’s ideal to leave at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead. • Adjust your speed for road conditions. Icy or snowy roads call for slower speeds. • Check the weather. Keep cool and plan your trip around changing weather patterns and
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Trucking for a Cure Convoy held successfully
he 6th Annual Trucking for a Cure convoy took place successfully on Saturday, October 3rd at the TA Travel Centre, (Hwy 401 Exit 230) in Woodstock. The overwhelming support of sponsors, fleets, drivers, volunteers and organisers helped raise awareness and generous funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). The day was packed with fun filled festivities including live music, BBQ and lot of prizes. The driving force battling breast cancer traveled along Hwy 401 in a rainbow of pink ribbons, supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken, and never ever giving up hope!
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istracted driving has been a problem for many years and certainly since the invention of the cell phone and other communication devices. In fact distracted driving has now become the largest factor in accidents today overtaking alcohol and speeding. How you use your electronic devices is up to you and certainly something that should be taken seriously by everyone and certainly put away in the vehicle. But this article isn’t about driving or electronic gadgets but distractions in general and maybe it offers the real solution to becoming distracted. As a driver I do my best to be attentive to the road and follow the rules like I think most of you do as well. I believe in safety on the road and because I know fines are also involved when using electronics in the car so I am good
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ntario is moving forward with its plan to help lower auto insurance rates by requiring all insurance companies in the province to provide a discount for drivers who buy and install winter tires, starting January 1, 2016. Winter tires enhance safety and reduce the likelihood of collisions by improving traction, braking and handling in frost, snow, slush and under cold and icy conditions. When buying winter tires, Ontario is also reminding drivers to: • Look for tires marked with a logo of a peaked mountain with a snowflake • Install winter tires in sets of four • Do not mix tires with different tread
patterns or size Change tires that are worn close to the tread-wear indicators • Check the tires’ air pressure at least once a month Over the last two years, the government has introduced a number of important and necessary reforms to Ontario’s auto insurance system to reduce costs and lower the premiums of Ontario’s more than 9.5 million drivers. In order to continue achieving rate reductions, the government outlined a series of further initiatives in the 2015 Budget, including bringing costs more in line with other provinces and providing Ontario consumers with more choice in purchasing auto insurance to suit their needs. RT •
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Our government is committed to reducing insurance costs and lowering premiums after recently introducing important and necessary reforms to the auto insurance system. Auto insurance is dependent on individual drivers’ behaviour, and this winter season, drivers across Ontario will be able to save more on their auto insurance by installing winter tires. Consumers are also encouraged, as with any insurance product, to shop around for the best possible rate and package that meet their needs.”
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imilar to other forms of arthritis, reactive arthritis causes painful and inflamed joints. What makes reactive arthritis unique is that it is triggered by an infection in another part of the body. In most cases, urinary, intestinal or genital infections are the culprit. Reactive arthritis most often occurs in people between the ages of 20 to 40 years old. Both men and women can develop this condition. Some studies have shown a genetic link with reactive arthritis however, further research is necessary to confirm this finding. There are several bacteria that can cause reactive arthritis but the most common are chlamydia, salmonella, shigella and campylobacter. This form of arthritis is not contagious however, the bacteria that causes it can be transferred from person to person through sexual contact or contaminated food. The most common joints affected by this form of arthritis are the knees, ankles and feet. The symptoms associated with reactive arthritis usually start a few weeks after the triggering infection. The most widely reported symptom is painful stiff joints of the lower leg. In some cases, patients report swollen toes and fingers. Interestingly, many people who have reactive arthritis also develop eye inflammation or conjunctivitis. Urinary problems may also occur. It is important to seek medical attention if you have new or worsening severe joint pain. At your visit, you doctor will take a detailed history and perform a physical examination. During the physical examination your doctor will examine the affected joints for
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Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is excited to announce their ﬁrst-ever Annual Conference at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Mississauga! The 2016 Conference will kick-oﬀ with Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on February 23, 2016 starting at 6:00pm. On February 24th, the day will be packed with informative discussions you won't want to miss out on! “The Stan and Dan Show” A candid conversation about trucking with one of the best. Dan Einwechter, Chairman and CEO of Challenger (shown left), is one of the most successful and respected trucking Professionals in North America. His rise to the top of the industry is a story not to be missed! Learn from one of the best in the business as Stan Campbell, Host of Trucker Radio, chats with Dan to ﬁnd out how he and his team triumphed over trials and tribulations. John G. Smith, Publisher and Editor of Private Motor Magazine, will be Master of Ceremonies, and the Conference will also include the following panel discussions: “The Future of Recruitment in the Private Fleet Industry” Private Fleets are just starting to feel the pinch of the Driver Shortage. Why weren’t these companies aﬀected before? What direction are they moving in now to recruit quality drivers? How does this aﬀect our industry? Join us for the conversation and get insight on the Private Fleet strategy moving forward! “Recruiting Strategies from Trade Publication Experts” The Driver Shortage is something our industry battles every day. To help successfully recruit the much-needed drivers we need, companies can strategically utilize a variety of media including print, social media or radio. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen in and ask questions to our panel of publishing experts! “How to Attract and Retain Professional Drivers: Advice from Award-Winning Carriers” Are you interested in hearing how Award-Winning Carriers deal with the Driver Shortage? What are their secrets for success? Sit back and ﬁnd out how some of the best Carriers continue to excel through this diﬃcult time – listen to their stories and ask questions that can help your company be its best!
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