Livestock trucks are one of the areas where new technology is becoming available.

Trucks roll forward into the digital age

New regulations, but also drive for data create new options for trucks

Reading Time: 2 minutes As new federal driving-log policies for commercial vehicles are poised to take effect in June, some say there is an opportunity for digital monitoring tools to be expanded to the rest of the truck. Why it matters: Rigorous, readily accessible digital records can be more efficient and reliable than paper records. They can also be […] Read more

Garneau re-adjusts train speed limits

New limits in place for 'key trains' with dangerous goods

Reading Time: 2 minutes Having cut speed limits for trains hauling dangerous goods following a fiery derailment earlier this month, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau is adjusting those limits for a “more targeted” approach. Garneau announced Sunday he has pulled his Feb. 6 ministerial order on speed limits and replaced it with a new one affecting so-called “key trains” […] Read more

CP mainline through Rockies reopened after crash

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian Pacific Railway’s mainline through the Rocky Mountains has reopened to traffic following a grain train derailment that killed three railroaders Monday. Calgary-based CP announced late Friday its mainline through Field, B.C. was reopened at midday Wednesday “in close collaboration with Transport Canada, and upon completion of all necessary safety checks.” Meanwhile, CP said Friday, […] Read more

Transport Canada regulations are not always specific, including how low a drone needs to be before it's considered trespassing.

What to do with a peeping drone

If someone’s invading your airspace it can be trespassing, so call police – but don’t shoot it down

Reading Time: 4 minutes Drones have many practical uses in agriculture, but anecdotes of unknown – and potentially nefarious – unmanned aircraft surveying Ontario farms have prompted questions about the privacy and safety of rural residents and their property. Why it matters: Drones allow farmers to monitor crops, but there are concerns about the autonomous flying machines observing farms […] Read more

CP to chart weekly grain handling performance online

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian Pacific Railway plans to launch a new weekly “supply chain scorecard” next week, to chart its own performance handling Prairie grain. The Calgary company announced the new program Friday for an online launch Wednesday (Oct. 19), noting the scorecard “will include, when necessary, detailed information on any internal or external factors affecting grain movement” as […] Read more

CP, Teamsters dispute railway’s staffing obligations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian Pacific Railway is refuting claims from one of its employees’ unions that the company is in “violation of the law” over layoffs of track maintenance staff. Calgary-based CP last month announced temporary layoffs effective June 30 affecting about 500 maintenance-of-way crew positions. On Tuesday it cited “business ebbs and flows associated with global markets […] Read more

Transport review urges scrapping railway grain revenue cap

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg | Reuters — Ottawa should phase out over seven years its cap on the amount of revenue railways can earn transporting grain, a study for the Canadian government recommended Thursday, a move long urged by railways and opposed by farmers and grain handlers. A review of Canadian transportation laws, aimed at modernizing the system, […] Read more

Owen Sound, Baie-Comeau in revamped port sale program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two ports hosting grain terminals are up for sale and possibly divestiture under a new federal program to get out of the port business. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt on Friday announced a new Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP) to “facilitate the transfer” of port facilities to other owners or levels of government, naming 50 ports […] Read more