Senate Committee endorses Northern Corridor concept

In June, the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce issued a report on Canada’s infrastructure future called National Corridor: Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Internal Trade.  The report calls for the construction of an east-west corridor through Canada’s northern regions. According to a Senate news release, “The idea is to establish a right-of-way that would accommodate highways, railways, pipelines as well as electrical transmission and communications networks. The new national corridor would tie into existing infrastructure in southern Canada like the Trans-Canada Highway and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.”

The Senate Committee described the Northern Corridor concept, which was authored by The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and Montreal-based CIRANO, thusly: “a 7,000-kilometre transportation corridor across Canada’s North will have as revolutionary an impact on today’s Canadian economy as the coast-to-coast railway did in the 1800s.”

Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Director and James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair at The School of Public Policy called the Senate report, “a major endorsement of a new way to envision the future of infrastructure in Canada. The Northern Corridor is a multi-modal right of way built in the north that would link three oceans and create access to international markets. Northern Corridor would also facilitate domestic transportation and the enrichment of northern and Indigenous communities. It’s new thinking on infrastructure and wealth creation in Canada. We look forward to working with levels of government to bring a critical mass of experts to drive this concept from idea, to execution.”

Canada’s prosperity largely depends on our 19th and 20th century accomplishments. Visionaries, who overcame geographic/topographic challenges with infrastructure projects like the trans-continental railways, highways and the St. Lawrence Seaway, built our country. But on the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada faces serious challenges to its continued growth and prosperity as a trading country; challenges that are political and economic as well as geographic: Improving access for our goods to diversified international markets, improving interprovincial trade and, most importantly, including the north in the prosperity of the south. The Northern Corridor is a way to unite Canada economically east, west, north and south, to bring badly needed trade diversification, and to encourage private investment in national infrastructure projects. 

The Northern Corridor feasibility study can be accessed at http://www.policyschool.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/northern-corridor-sulzenko-fellows.pdf. The Senate Committee report is at https://sencanada.ca/content/sen/committee/421/BANC/reports/CorridorStudy(Final-Printing)_e.pdf
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CVSA Level VIII inspection concept opens doors for pilot programs
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) believes whenever a commercial vehicle is required to enter a truck inspection station, is stopped by mobile enforcement where a cursory review of compliance is completed, or is given an electronic inspection (e.g. weigh station by-pass), it should be recognized as having undergone an inspection.

Accounting for such inspections gives a better indication of truck safety and the level of enforcement government allocates to commercial vehicles. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced its intention to capture a record of such inspections by revealing the criteria for the development of a new level (Level VIII) of CVSA roadside inspection.

“The outcome for reporting the status of truck safety (e.g. out-of-service rate), as well as accurately reflecting the scope of enforcement activities (for both government and industry) is important,” said Geoff Wood, CTA VP, Operations & Safety. “We believe the Level VIII initiative is the key to resolving this longstanding issue.

“From day one, we have been encouraged by the receptiveness of CVSA Region V (on road enforcement from Canadian jurisdictions) and the Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). Now that we have a placeholder within the CVSA inspection framework, we expect many positives to come from it,” added Wood.

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Heavy Duty Tire Market Survey
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently proposed a second phase of regulations to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from heavy-duty vehicles, and one of the technology options available for complying with GHG emission requirements is low rolling resistance (LRR) tires. After working with CTA, Transport Canada understands that Canadian stakeholders may have different preferences for LRR tires than in other jurisdictions, and the department has retained Cheminfo Services Inc. and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) to conduct a Heavy-Duty Vehicle Tire Market Study.

Carriers are strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to share tire requirements with the Government
of Canada. Fifty responses are required, and only 15 companies have participated at the time of writing. Contact John Cameron at Cheminfo Services Inc. to participate in the study, jcameron@cheminfoservices.com.

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Atlantic Truck Show attract huge convoy
A huge convoy of visitors and exhibitors converged on the Moncton Coliseum Complex recently for Atlantic Canada’s largest trucking show. Presented by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association,
the 2017 edition of the Atlantic Truck Show welcomed 12,125 visitors, June 9-10.

“The show floor was filled with qualified buyers and exhibitors reported strong sales,” said National Show Manager Mark Cusack. “The show is an ideal environment for networking that allows customers to form valuable connections with industry leaders. And on top of all the business activity, there was also the usual high volume of truck enthusiasts of all ages and their families.”

The next edition of the Atlantic Truck Show will take place in 2019. Visit www.AtlanticTruckShow.com for more information.

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