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ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE OF CANADA CARTAGE?

READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. IT MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS The Ontario Superior Court has certified a class action regarding unpaid overtime against Canada Cartage Diversified GP Inc., Direct General Partner Corporation and Canada Cartage System, Limited (“Canada Cartage”). What is the Case About? The representative Plain tiff Marc-Oliver Baroch is a former Canada Cartage shunter. Mr. Baroch has sued Canada Cartage on his own behalf and on behalf of the “class members” described below for breach of contract, negligence and unjust enrichment. The core of Mr. Baroch’s claim is an allegation that Canada Cartage had a policy or practice of avoiding or disregarding its obligations to pay overtime to class members in accordance with their contractual entitlements. The claim seeks $100 million in general and punitive damages. The court has not taken any position as to the truth or merits of the claims or defences asserted by Mr. Baroch or by Canada Cartage, which will be determined at a trial of the common issues. In the event that the claim is successful, class members could be entitled to receive financial compensation from Canada Cartage. The lawyers for Mr. Baroch have entered into an agreement that provides they will only be paid in the event of success in the case and will receive a percentage of any recovery, subject to approval of the Court. Who is Included in the Class Action? If you were employed by Canada Cartage at any time between March 1, 2006 and January 30, 2015 and were entitled to receive overtime compensation under Canadian laws and regulations, then you are included in this class action as a “class member” unless you choose to take steps to “opt-out” of the class action by following the procedures set out below. What Do I Need to Do? If you are a class member and you want to continue to participate in this class action, no further action is required from you at this time.Depending on the outcome of the action, you may be bound by a judgment of the Court, whether favourable or not.However, if you do not opt-out of the class action, you may not be able to start a lawsuit against Canada Cartage in respect of the same issues and the same claims raised in this lawsuit. If you want to “opt-out” of the proceeding,you will not be eligible to participate in the class action, including any settlement or court award in the event of success.To opt-out from this lawsuit, you must do so by December 31, 2015 by sending a note with your name, address, signature, date and a statement that you want to opt-out to: Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP, 145 King St. W., Suite 2750, Toronto, ON M5H 1J8. What if I Have Questions? Visit www.canadacartageclassaction.com or email info@canadacartageclassaction.com THIS NOTICE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE @roadtoday

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W DURING OPERATION SAFE DRIVER WEEK (OCTOBER 18-24), ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND MEXICO WITH THE GOAL OF INCREASING COMMERCIAL VEHICLE AND NON-COMMERCIAL VEHICLE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT, SAFETY BELT ENFORCEMENT, DRIVER ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS AND DRIVER REGULATORY COMPLIANCE. LET’S DO OUR PART TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CRASHES, DEATHS AND INJURIES RESULTING FROM CRASHES INVOLVING LARGE TRUCKS, BUSES AND CARS.

Welcome to the October 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. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in partnership with State Farm Canada has developed a new online resource to increase knowledge and awareness to help prevent the estimated 45,000 collisions that occur with wildlife every year. Vehicle collisions with animals on and near roadways often result in death and serious injuries for road users and wildlife alike. The Wildlife Roadsharing Resource Centre (WRRC) is a hub of sound information that contains a mix of research, information and tools designed to increase knowledge and bridge gaps in the field, and create a common understanding of the problem to strengthen efforts to reduce it. Whether drivers are looking for ways to stay safe on the road and avoid wildlife collisions, or researchers are looking for data sources, or governments are seeking information about ways to reduce these collisions, the WRRC has something for everyone. We thank both the organizations for creating first of its kind national resource centre and encourage our readers to check out www.wildliferoadsharing.tirf.org. Ontario was the first province to require all drivers and passengers to wear a seatbelt in 1976. Since then the law has been bolstered with increased fines for seatbelt, child car seat, and booster seat violations; a requirement that every vehicle occupant be buckled up - one person, one seatbelt; and the use of an appropriate booster or child car seat became mandatory for anyone transporting children in a motor vehicle. Recent statistics by Transport Canada show that 96 per cent of all Ontarians buckle up on a regular basis — but about half a million still don’t. The 2015 Fall Seatbelt Campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is currently underway and Road Today is pleased to be one of the outreach partners in raising public awareness. We encourage all drivers and passengers to buckle up in order to improve road safety as well as precious lives. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has announced significant cocaine seizures in the Southern Ontario Region. It is unfortunate to note that some unscrupulous truckers have been charged and arrested as well. This is an alarming trend and needs to be fully reversed. We encourage our readers and industry stakeholders to contact local police, the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS) for any information on suspicious or criminal activities. We always welcome your feedback and input. Feel free to connect through our social media platforms on Twitter and Facebook. Stay in touch and shall see you next month! 

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INDUSTRYNEWS

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Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) Ends Strike after Unprecedented Labour Deal

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he Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) ended the strike after finalizing a historic agreement on September 16th signed by CTAO and Transport Industry CEO’s. The settlement, after 9 days of tense and difficult negotiations, includes a fair percentage increase in rates for the first time in over a decade and is unprecedented in the North American Container Trucking industry.Although, the deal does not address all CTAO’s concerns, it does dramatically improve the situation by increasing rates, which have not been raised in 10 years. Thousands of containers and commodities sat idle with an economic impact in the millions while CTAO members protested united, defiantly and peacefully against low rates, increases in inflation, high operating costs, extensive wait-times at rail yards, and unsafe and unhealthy long working hours, which contributed to an untenable situation for drivers, who are an integral part of the industry and our national economy. The CTAO members were involved in a labour dispute since giving advance notice

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After 6 months of tense and very difficult negations and 9 days of labour dispute we are elated that we have an unprecedented and historical agreement for the members of the CTAO. We applaud the CEO’s, who signed our CTAO proposal and agreement. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”



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unpac Auto Collision in Mississauga organised a well attended Appreciation BBQ on September 5th to kick-off the Canadian National Trucking Week 2015 celebrating the contributions of everyone involved in trucking industry. Owners Resham Waraich and Malkit Waraich treated all guests to an afternoon of great food and networking. The annual BBQ was attended by more than 200 people drawn from all sectors of the industry. Sunpac located at 1102 Westport Crescent is a trusted name for all types of collision repair and body work for cars, trucks and other vehicles. To enquire about their professional services, please call 905 565 5996.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

TALLMAN GROUP ACQUIRES ASSETS OF PEEL TRUCK AND TRAILER

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allman Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of certain assets of Peel Truck and Trailer, effective September 1st, 2015. Peel Truck and Trailer has been servicing the transportation industry since 1971 and offers complete truck and trailer repairs, and a full Collision Center with onsite sandblasting, frame straightening capability, and two 65’ downdraft paint booths, at their 50,000 sq. ft. facility located on Britannia Rd E. in Mississauga. “This acquisition gives us the people and infrastructure we require to rapidly expand our Trailer Division, and to provide full Collision Centre services to our customers, throughout the GTA. This deal is consistent with our strategy of becoming a one-stop shop for our customers. I would like to welcome all the employees of Peel Truck & Trailer to the Tallman Family, and we look forward to continuing to provide great service to the many customers of Peel Truck & Trailer”, says Kevin G. Tallman, President of Tallman Group. Tallman Group is also pleased to announce the promotion of Ray

Veeneman to Vice President, Trailer Division. Ray will be responsible for the leading the team at Peel Truck & Trailer.In addition to Peel Truck & Trailer’s current service offerings, Tallman Group will also sell new and used trailers & shunt trucks. Trailer lines being offered include Trout River Live Bottom Trailers, Fontaine Platform Trailers, Fontaine Heavy Haul Trailers, Cobra Aluminum Dump Trailers, and Kalmar Ottawa Shunt Tractors. Founded in 1973, Tallman Group sells and services the complete line of International trucks, Isuzu trucks, Autocar refuse trucks, Kalmar Ottawa Shunt tractors, Cobra Dump Trailers, Fontaine Flatbed and Heavy Haul Float Trailers, Trout River Live Bottom trailers, Bobcat construction equipment, and emergency power generation systems. Tallman Group offers a wide range of rental and leasing options through its Tallman Idealease Division. Tallman Group has 10 full service dealerships and 7 associate locations throughout Ontario, making it one of the largest commercial truck dealers in Canada. For more information, visit RT www.tallmangroup.ca.

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PRIDE GROUP CELEBRATES NATIONAL TRUCKING WEEK

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he National Trucking Week 2015 was celebrated in great style by the staff and management of Pride Group Enterprises based in Mississauga. During the week, prizes and raffle draws were held to thank the customers for their continued patronage. Staff members were treated to a scrumptious lunch and presented with Tim Horton’s gift cards to mark the occasion. Group management thanked the employees for the hard work and appreciated their contribution in the growth of the company. Pride Group Enterprises is a rapidly growing company involved in logistics, transportation, sales, rental and leasing of new and used truck and trailers. For any trade queries, call 1-888-558-3745.

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ENFORCEMENT & EDUCATION

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During the week of Oct. 18-24, 2015, law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle drivers and car drivers as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week.

very year, thousands of people are killed and injured in crashes involving at least one large truck or bus. More than 70 percent of the deaths and injuries from these crashes were from multi-vehicle crashes with cars. Many of those accidents are the direct result of the drivers – both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars. During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance. In addition to enforcement, education is an important component of Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public. Last year, during the week-long campaign, law enforcement officers pulled over 59,080 commercial

vehicle drivers and car drivers for unsafe driving behaviors. Data was collected by 4,337 law enforcement officials at 1,549 locations across the United States and Canada. There also were outreach events throughout the week at high schools, state capitals, state fairs, truck rodeos, sporting events and other locations. The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were: (1) speeding, (2) failure to use a safety belt, (3) failure to obey traffic control devices, (4) improper lane change, and (5) following too closely. The top five warnings and citations issued to passenger car drivers were: (1) speeding, (2) failure to use a safety belt, (3) failure to obey a traffic control device, (4) possession/use/under the influence of alcohol, and (5) improper lane change. Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either by or around commercial vehicles – and to initiate educational and enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high-risk behaviors. RT  @roadtoday

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ENFORCEMENT

OPP REPORT THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM PEOPLE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS IS ON THE RISE

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he OPP are reminding motorists that wearing a seat belt while in a motor vehicle is the law and officers intend to actively enforce that law during the Fall Seat Belt Campaign which runs from September 30 – October 9, 2015. So far this year 42 people have been killed

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on OPPpatrolled roads who were not wearing a seat belt in comparison to 34 people last year for the same time period. The most recent OPP statistics are even more alarming; during the week of September 7 – 13, 2015, seven people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in Ontario – six of those people were not wearing a seat belt. “Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Yet thousands of adults still do not wear their seat belts on every trip. Not wearing a seat belt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. We know that enforcement of seat belt laws does make a difference in getting more people to buckle up, so OPP officers

will be diligent during this campaign,” says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Traffic Safety and Operational Support A driver can be charged and face a fine totalling $240 and two demerit points for seat belt infractions. Under the Highway Traffic Act, any person travelling in a motor vehicle who is at least 16 years of age must occupy a seat with a seatbelt. Parents are reminded that passengers under 16 years of age must be properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. The Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) website has comprehensive information about properly restraining your child, including proper car seat installation. This information can be found on their ‘Road Safety’ page at RT www.mto.gov.on.ca .


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CARRIERS SPOT

Navigating Intersections Safely Intersections account for about 40% of all collisions, mainly due to people running red lights. There are some defensive driving practices you can use when you approach an intersection. 1. If you’re going to turn, get in the correct lane before you enter the intersection. If you’re turning, slow down gradually and signal well in advance. 2. Take your foot off the accelerator and lightly cover the brake pedal to reduce your reaction time. 3. Look ahead and around before entering - expect someone to run the sign or lights.Don’t depend on other drivers to signal or make their turns correctly. 4. Scan ahead for stale green lights. Expect the lights to change and be prepared to stop. 5. Give the right-of-way; don’t try to take it - move only when you are certain other road users have given you the right-of-way. 6. Don’t change lanes, pass or overtake other vehicles as you are approaching or going through an intersection. Beware of Stale Greens It’s sometimes difficult to decide whether or not to move through an intersection when a light is about to turn or has already turned amber. There are a number of factors to consider: Is someone behind you who might not be able to stop? If someone is close behind you, making a sudden stop might result in a collision. Is there anyone turning into the intersection? Anyone making a left turn in your path might not realize your intentions of moving through and a collision can occur. To help make the decision, you can pick a point of “no return” using a landmark to help you. If the light turns amber before you pass the point, you must stop. If the light turns amber after you pass the point, move through the intersection as long as it’s safe to do so. Scan the intersection and check your mirrors to make sure that there is no chance of a collision.

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AN ACCEPTED OBSTACLE? H igh driver turnover rates, retention and driver shortages are key issues affecting the trucking industry and these issues are not new. This trio is often referred to as “the perfect storm” and it affects the Canadian economy, trucking customers and consumers.

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rates occur when a driveris hired and leaves the carrier within 90 days. When a driver stays with a carrier for longer than 90 days, the turnover rate decreases and this is good. If a carrier has a 90% turnover rate and 10 drivers, that does not mean they only have 1driver left. Instead, a common scenario could be that 7 drivers remain and the 3 new hires are continuously leaving for other opportunities. High driver turnover is becoming an industry norm and it costs everyone money. The average cost of turnover per driver is estimated between $5,000 – $8,000 dollars and this hurts


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any size business. Other studies show turnover can cost up to 6 months’ salary. With high turnover, trucking customers find it difficult to do business and consumers pay higher prices for their products in the form of higher shipping costs.

TWO TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE HIGH TURNOVER AND RETENTION 1. Create a better recruitment program by looking for competent drivers with the required technical skills and a fit with the business 2. Create a retention program to keep the talent in the form of bonuses, recognition and awards High turnover is directly linked to finding, recruiting and retaining qualified drivers and is critical for operating a successful trucking business. Truck drivers are vital to the health of the economy, it is estimated that 90% of consumer and food products consumed in North America arrive by truck.According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, truckers are the third most difficult job to fill. Forbes ranks drivers as the fifth hardest job to fill in 2015. To put this into perspective, data collected from the American Trucking Association shows turnover for small truckload fleets with

revenues less than $30 million was at 94% in 2013. For fleets with revenue greater than $30 million, turnover is 103%. In Canada, the guesstimate is closer to 80% and expected to increase dramatically due to driver shortages. The Conference Board of Canada report in 2013 highlightsa 25,000 driver supply and demand gap in 2020 with a businessas-usual scenario.

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Leadership Support: show support for personal needs and lives of drivers Open-Door Policy: Provide the driver with access to departments without locking them out or having them stand behind a glass door Ownership and Cooperation: Retention is a company responsibility Incentives: Hiring bonus, safety bonus and monthly giveaways Recognition: Recognize driver for safety performance, years of service, holidays Respect: Take the time to listen to drivers’individual needs. Mutual respect from associates, dispatchers and management Honesty: Be inclusive with drivers, treat them as you do your customers and other associates Troubleshooting: Monitor turnover, why drivers are leaving Involvement: Encourage employee engagement @roadtoday

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INDUSTRYNEWS

AUTOBAHN FREIGHT LINES HOSTS SUCCESSFUL BBQ

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utobahn Freight Lines based in Brampton, Ontario held a staff and customer appreciation BBQ on September 18th. The event saw a steady flow of visitors and was an excellent way to celebrate the ongoing growth of the company. The sales and parts team from Metro Freightliner also extended its full support and presence by preparing BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, in addition to the variety of Indian cuisine procured by event organizers. Autobahn is currently looking to hire owner-operators and drivers to accelerate the growth chart of the company. For various career opportunities, contact the Autobahn HR team at 416-741-5454.

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LABOUR COUNCIL MEETING ON OCTOBER 13

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he Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, October 13, from 10:00am to 2:00 pm at its office located at 555 Dixon Road in Toronto to brief interested carrier members on recent trends involving labour policy and issues at both the federal and provincial levels. Both member and non-member carriers are invited to attend the meeting, free of charge. Issues to be covered include: current federal labour

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priorities (blitzes, independent contractors, GST and HST audits), Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), federal over-time surveys, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, update on mandatory entry level training in Ontario, and an overview of the WSIB’s Rate Framework Review. Carrier staff – especially those whose day-to-day functions are related to these are other similar issues – are likely to benefit from the meeting. To confirm your attendance or ask any questions please email to jonathan.blackham@ontruck.org


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INDUSTRY FEATURE

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iscovery’s most-watched program for the 2014/15 broadcast year HIGHWAY THRU HELL returns for the fourth season with airing at 10 p.m. ET/PT every Tuesday beginning September 8th. With the third highest-rated season of any series ever on Discovery last year with an average audience of 723,000 viewers, the original Canadian hit series follows Jamie Davis and his crew as they travel the highways and byways of B.C. to the mountains of Alberta. The stakes are high as Season 4 picks up where the story left off – with Davis looking to expand his Heavy Recovery Operation while facing new challenges and bigger wrecks. The Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue crew faces significant change, as Davis’ brothers pitch in to help with both operations between the two provinces. The 2012 debut of HIGHWAY THRU HELL remains the #1 series premiere in Discovery Channel history. Toyota returns as the exclusive series sponsor featuring the full-size Tundra pickup, with 13 new episodes focusing on the team of drivers who work for Davis – along with several other heavy recovery operations – all working to keep the roads

open in dangerous working conditions. In the Season 4 premiere, John, Jamie’s newest recruit, must save a snowplow stuck in the grip of an icy river. While Jamie pushes further into new territory, changes rock the company, forcing Colin to take on a new role. His first wreck of the season tests his skill on the rotator plus his skills as a leader. And the entire community says farewell to a Heavy

Rescue crew legend. “We’re very proud that our #1 show is a Canadian production and plays such a prominent role in our primetime schedule,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery. “HIGHWAY THRU HELL is a series unique to Canadian audiences offering a blend of real life characters that resonate with our viewers.”

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HIGHWAY THRU HELL IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TOUGH GUYS MEET TOUGH CONDITIONS. STEEP HILLS, 400-FOOT DROP OFFS, KILLER ROCKSLIDES AND WICKED WEATHER ALL COMBINE TO MAKE THIS ROUTE A TRUCKER’S WORST NIGHTMARE. THEY CALL IT THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE OF TRUCKING – 100 KILOMETRES OF FOUR LANE HARDTOP THAT CUTS THROUGH THE HEART OF CANADA’S CASCADE MOUNTAINS.

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ENFORCEMENT

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he Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has announced significant cocaine seizure in the Southern Ontario

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he Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to announce its partnership with State Farm Canada in the development of a new online resource: www.wildliferoadsharing.tirf.org. This first of its kind national resource centre in Canada is

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The number of collisions with wildlife has been estimated at more than 45,000 collisions per year.

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hy is it the industry and people that seem to have the most negative brand are the ones that continually step up to the plate when called upon by the cause? Every year whether it is to help children overcome a particular disease or gearing up to help in the fight against breast cancer, truckers are there! Is it the big shiny rigs, the causes that touch each and every person, or just good hearts, no one knows. Year after year truckers show up to answer the bell helping causes that are dear to their hearts. This year is no different. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and truck drivers across Canada will be showing up in droves or should I say trucks to support events for The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. One of the largest supporters for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is Trucking for a Cure which is now holding its sixth annual convoy. Last year the group raised over $75,000 for CBCF through sales, donations, and sponsors. This year they are on track to improve on that number through the two convoys being held this year. By the time you are reading this the convoy in Prescott will already have passed, but the western convoy in Woodstock is set to go on October 3, 2015. Well done Trucking for a Cure! I have been working with this group since it began just a few years ago helping them with their website and other promotional material and it has been exciting to see them grow. Just like the negativity of our industry when the convoy started many didn’t feel that a few truckers had what it took to be much of anything in the way of support. Well truckers have a way of changing people’s minds by showing up when the hard work has to start

and they continue to do that. In fact the transportation industry has done such a good job that the last few years Trucking for a Cure has been awarded the Community Award by the CBCF for the being the top donation support only behind the Run for a Cure. When representatives of the CBCF come out to the events they are always amazed at the level of support and dedication that is shown by participants and truckers alike. So if you were part of the convoy in Prescott Ontario over the last couple of years or the six annual convoys in Western Ontario then Trucking for a Cure would like to thank you

for your continued support and dedication. We would love to see you out to the events this year and if your travels take you in another direction know that you can donate online at your convenience. Whether you participate, donate, or sponsor the convoy and the CBCF we appreciate it. At the time of this reading the next event will be held in Woodstock Ontario on October 3, 2015 at the Truck Stop of America location. For a full schedule of events, to donate, or get more information visit www.truckingforacure. com. Thank you for stepping up to help cure cancer.

BRUCE OUTRIDGE is a transportation consultant and author of the books Running By The Mile, Driven to Drive, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. He assists the Trucking for a Cure team through his writing and website program. To learn more about Trucking for a Cure visit www.truckingforacure.com . You can learn more about Bruce and his work at www.theleadpedalpodcast.com or www.outridgeenterprises.ca

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olvo Trucks North America has announced it will make several plant upgrades and open a new Customer Experience Center as part of a $38.1 million investment in the New River Valley (NRV) truck assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia, where all Volvo truck models for North America are assembled. “This unique Customer Experience Center will showcase our innovation leadership, our brand, and our products in a dynamic and engaging way,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Together with the NRV plant and our Customer Experience Test Track, the new Center will give customers – and prospective customers – an unforgettable Volvo Trucks brand experience.” The custom-designed, one-story circular building will feature a product showroom spotlighting the complete lineup of Volvo heavyduty truck, engine and transmission models. It will house four

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training rooms, two of which will be multipurpose and serve as pilot review rooms. A theater-in-the-round at the center of the building will seat 200 people, and an observation area will allow customers to watch trucks in action on the 1.1-mile Customer Experience Track that opened at NRV in 2014. The paved course’s banked corners enable highway speeds, while an off-highway area features various surfaces and grades simulating the most demanding work environments. In addition to the Customer Experience Center, the new investment will also fund several plant upgrades to further improve the safety, quality and efficiency of NRV’s manufacturing processes. “This investment is another recognition of the important role our employees and the NRV community play in delivering not only industry-leading products, but an industry-leading brand experience for Volvo Trucks customers,” said FrankyMarchand, vice RT president and general manager of the plant.


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SKILL TESTING TIME

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ith plenty of hard work and scraped knuckles, Scarborough’s Hume Media racing team enjoyed a very successful campaign at Targa Newfoundland this September – thanks, in part, to the technical skills of Centennial College professor Garrett Nalepka and student Alex Walsh, who toiled to keep the team’s BMWs and Minis running during the grueling five-day race. When the dust settled and the 14th annual auto rally around the island concluded, Hume’s team cars finished second, second and third in their respective divisions. Team honcho John Hume Sr. and co-driver Ron Bartleet managed a fifth-place finish in the Modern class with the fourth car. The three podium finishes earned Hume Media the Jerry Churchill Team Trophy for the best outcome by a team. Punctuated by driving rain, wind, cold and just aglimpse of sun, the rally began and finished in the capital city of St. John’s, involving 1,600 km of paved and gravel roads and 40 high-speed stages.History dictates that one-third of the vehicles that start the race do not finish due to mechanical failure. Having skilled technicians on hand is key to completing the race – and that’s where Centennial College played a vital role. “We had more than a few technical and mechanical items with all four vehicles to keep them well occupied all week,” says Hume Sr. of the professor and student who put in long hours to maintain the cars. “They kept us in the race to be sure. And they assisted other teams, as well,” Hume adds.

Garrett is an automotive tech professor in Centennial’s Chrysler Co-op program, and has experience supporting a Dodge Viper racing team in the World Challenge B Series. This is his second time wrenching at Targa Newfoundland – he assisted Hume Media during their best podium finish ever last year.Garrett was joined this year by Chrysler Co-op automotive tech student Alex Walsh, who was keen to get some rally experience. “There are some very challenging competitors this year and our team had to push the two Targa division cars much harder than we would like to,”says Garrett, who admits the early morning starts and latenight repairs made for an exhausting routine. “The vehicles have four to six rallies a day and must travel the week’s required 1,500-km transit from rally to rally. We cannot use a trailer.” Typical fixes involved suspension adjustments and repairs. The team’s Minis had to be raised on their suspensions to minimize damage on Newfoundland’s rough roads. A lot of repairs were done at night in hockey arenas set up as makeshift garages. Garrett and Alex had to fabricate parts,often with hand tools, relying on some creativity as well as expert technical knowledge. In the end, skill and perseverance prevailed and the Hume Team cars – which all wore Centennial College logos – crossed the finish line with excellent scores. The team also managed to raise $19,000 towards multiple sclerosis (MS) research from generous donors – a great outcome that amounts to a win for everyone. RT  @roadtoday

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“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.”  —Indira Gandhi

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Laugh

out loud!

WAY TO PARTY

Husband: “Darling, my sweet heart I will be enjoying this Sunday.” Wife: “How?” Husband: “I bought three tickets for the movie”. Wife: “That’s great, but we are two, why you bought three tickets? Husband: “One for you, one for your mother and one for your brother.”

THANK GOD

A teenager who had just received her learner’s permit for driving offered to drive her parents to temple. After a hair-raising ride, they finally reach their destination. “Thank you!” said the mother as she got out of the car and breathed a sigh of relief. “Anytime,” her daughter replied. As the mother closed the door she said, “I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to God.”

DOCTOR’S WORD

“Doctor, you were right when you said you’d have me on my feet and walking in no time”. “That’s good John; when did you start walking”? “When I got your bill doctor, I had to sell my car to pay it”.

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A man came back to the dealer from whom he bought a new car. “I believe you gave me a guarantee with my car,” he said. “That’s right, sir,” the salesman answered. “We will replace anything that breaks.” “Fine, I need a new garage door.”

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PUBLICSAFETY

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to stay safe on your ride to work

here are several dangers that drivers need to look out for on the road. From pedestrians, to distracted drivers, to construction there is an array of factors that can lead to accidents. While the daily commute to school or work may seem routine, CN reminds motorists to take special care at grade crossings, where serious rail incidents can occur. There were 180 crossing accidents in Canada in 2014, with 21 of these resulting in fatalities and 25 resulting in serious injuries. “These tragedies can be prevented simply by obeying the crossing signals,” says Stephen Covey, the chief of police for CN. “Trains cannot stop quickly and they cannot swerve to avoid a collision. Safety is very much a shared responsibility if we are to reduce accidents. The public must do their part in observing the rules at all times. It is important to remember that when you see tracks, think trains.” Some basic rail safety rules to remember: • Never walk or play on train tracks. It’s dangerous and illegal. • Never play or stay near a stopped train.

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• Cross train tracks at designated highway/railroad crossings. • Look for signals and respect them. • Be prepared to stop at crossings. • Cross the tracks in low gear; do not change gears while crossing. • Stalled vehicle? Get out quickly and move away from the vehicle and tracks. • Listen for warning bells and whistles when approaching a crossing. • Remember one train can hide another. • Keep the CN police number handy: 1-800-465-9239. CN police work year-round to reduce trespassing incidents, fatalities and injuries, by conducting safety initiatives at commuter stations, intermodal terminals and railway crossings in Canada and the United States. Rail commuter stations are also visited to target a larger audience of rail users, particularly parents who are urged to pass on safety information to their children. More information on rail safety initiatives is available at www.operationlifesaver.ca.  (NC)


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ROAD SAFETY

YOUNG DRIVERS

ADMIT TO HAVING HOT HEADS

 ON ONTARIO ROADS YOUNG DRIVERS IN ONTARIO HAVE PLENTY OF GRIPES ABOUT OTHER DRIVERS ON THE ROAD, AND TEMPERS COULD FLARE THIS FALL AS CONSTRUCTION RELATED DELAYS ADD TO DRIVER FRUSTRATION.

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ccording to the ingenie Road Rage Report, young drivers name the top three annoying behaviours by other drivers as being rude on the road, using their phones, and tailgating. “Nobody likes traffic delays and cranky drivers can lead to conflict. But, as a driver, your top priority needs to be safety. It’s important not to let emotions get the best of you,” says Lorie Phair, CEO of ingenie Canada, a telematics based auto insurance provider for Ontario drivers aged 16 to 24. “Keep a cool head, and don’t let outside influences take over. Instead, concentrate on what you can control, which is your own driving.” The following tips can help young drivers focus on their driving and arrive at their destination safely:

1. Show consideration to other drivers: You can be the change you would like to see on the road. Let someone merge ahead of you. Getting a smile as thanks may restore your faith in other drivers. 2. Plan your route in advance: If you have one or two alternative routes up your sleeve, you can change course if you hit bad traffic. Leverage your plan B and avoid frustration. 3. Don’t drive if you’re in a bad mood: A stressful day can contribute to road rage, so make sure you’re in a good head space before you take the wheel. Try putting on some relaxing music if you feel yourself becoming frustrated. More information is available at www.ingenie.ca. (NC) @roadtoday

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AUTOMOTIVE

CAR EMERGENCY KITS CAN BE A LIFE SAVER

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o matter where you drive, something could go wrong. It could be a flat tire, getting stuck in traffic, an accident, a car break down, or sliding into a ditch on a less travelled road. This is why it is important to always be prepared and part of being prepared involves having an emergency kit. Having an emergency kit in your car can be very helpful when you are in a bind. “Even if you have road side assistance coverage you may have to wait a while for help to arrive, especially in poor weather conditions,” says Wayne Ross, an insurance and claims expert for Aviva Canada “An emergency kit can help make things more comfortable while you are waiting for assistance.” While there is no limit to what items you can include in your emergency kit, here are a number of things that Ross suggests you need: • A cell phone (if you don’t carry one with you); • A first aid kit; • Bottled water and snacks; • A blanket, gloves, and additional warm clothing for the winter months; • Flashlight and batteries; • Tire gauge and jumper cables; • A small tool kit. This is a minimum. Depending on your specific situation, you may include other items based on your driving frequency and the climate where you drive. Regardless of how often and where you drive, having an emergency kit is common sense. If you don’t have one already, investing in one could be a lifesaver. More detailed information is available from your insurance broker or at AvivaCanada.com. (NC) 

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TECHNOLOGY

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS READY FOR A SMARTPHONE

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ids grow up so fast. One day they’re in diapers then you blink and they’re off to school and scheduling sleepovers. Eventually, they will want their own smartphone. To make sure they’re ready, follow these four steps: Test the waters Children are no strangers to the Internet. How have they behaved when using tablets, laptops, or your phone? “Set up a test period and ask them to keep their data usage at home under a certain level,” suggests Shelly Smith, director of Telus Wise, established to educate Canadians on wise Internet and smartphone habits. “This will give them a

sense of how much they use and will help them manage their activities when they do get a phone.” Have the talk Once you’ve decided that your child is ready for a phone, sit down and have a discussion about the responsibilities it will entail. Points to cover include not interacting with strangers or bullying, properly managing data usage, setting strong passwords, disabling geo-targeting and never using the phone while driving. Set up a regular check-in schedule Watching your children’s world expand from a crib, to a schoolyard, to a whole town or city is exciting, though it can also be worrisome. If they’re already widening

their boundaries, giving them a phone will allow them to contact you in case of emergency and will provide you with piece of mind wherever they roam. Set them on the right path by instituting a regular or semi-regular check-in policy. Find the right phone and plan for your child’s needs Once you’ve decided that your son or daughter is ready to go mobile, work together to find the right phone and plan. “Consider data limits, device restrictions and durability,” says Smith. Additional information about purchasing a smartphone for children is available online at telus.com/wise.  (NC) @roadtoday

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HEALTHCOLUMN

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he medical term for age spots is solar lentigines. In most cases, age spots appear as small flat spots that are usually brown or black in colour. They range in size from very small to more than half inch in diameter. They may occur as a solitary spot or in groups. Some age spots may resemble cancerous growths however, the vast majority of them are harmless and do not require any form of treatment. Age spots are caused by years of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. Artificial forms of ultraviolet light such as tanning beds may also contribute to the development of age spots. The pigment in the surface layers of skin that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. Ultraviolet light speeds up the body’s production of melanin. On areas of your skin that have many years of exposure to sunlight, age spots may develop due to increase of melanin concentrations. Although anyone can develop age spots, people who have light skin and have a history of frequent or intense sunburns are at higher risk. In addition, people over the age of fifty are more likely to have age spots. It is always good practice to consult with your doctor if you notice any new skin changes. Spots or lesions that are darkly coloured, rapidly increasing in size, have irregular borders or have an unusual combination of colors should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can usually diagnose age spots by visually inspecting your skin. If your family doctor thinks the spots looks suspicious, they will most likely perform a skin biopsy in which a small sample of your skin will be sent to microscopic analysis. Depending on the

AGE SPOTS results of the skin biopsy your doctor may or may not refer you to a dermatologist which is a doctor that specializes in skin conditions. Many people do not like the appearance of age spots. As such, there are several treatment options available. Prescription bleaching creams and chemical peels may help to reduce the appearance of age spots. Laser and light therapy are another option. This type of treatment consists of pulsing intense light over the age spot which destroys the cells that produce melanin. Finally, dermabrasion is another popular treatment in which the surface of the skin is sanded down with rotating brush. It is important to consider the fact age spot treatments are often considered to be cosmetic in nature. Thus, many insurance companies will not cover the cost.

Here are a few prevention tips to keep in mind. Try to avoid exposure to the sun’s rays during the early afternoon when they are most intense. Schedule outdoor activities during the early morning and later in the evening. Use a sunscreen with and SPF factor of at least 30. It is important to apply sunscreen liberally, and reapply every two hours. Finally, try and cover up exposed skin as much as possible. RT Until next month, drive safely! 

Dr Christopher H. Singh Chiropractor,

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Announcing the FIRST-EVER

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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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