Transport Canada's policy on impairment

Legalization of marijuana and its impact on the operation of commercial vehicles remains the focus of many national business and trade associations including the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the Railway Association of Canada and the Canadian Urban Transit Association. The three national associations have been jointly raising concerns about the impact of this legislation on their members.

Recently, the three associations received joint correspondence from Transport Minister Marc Garneau outlining how Transport Canada is proactively engaging in policy work on impairment in multiple modes.
The letter stated:

“…policy analysis will consider prevalence and impact of impairment while on duty, approaches employed by other nations, privacy issues, human rights issues under the Canadian Charter of Human Rights (and associated legislation), employer-employee occupational health and safety standards for impairment under the purview of ESDC and the capacity of sectors of the transportation system to bear the costs of new obligations. As this work and analysis progresses, discussions will include the need, design, and depth of a comprehensive substance abuse program, taking into consideration the various issues identified during this policy review, as well as the overarching safety of the Canadian transportation system.”

The goal of ensuring that commercial drivers remain the safest operators on public roads remains of paramount importance to the CTA.

“This is a complicated issue involving multiple departments and legal matters. The policy direction outlined by the minister is sound and CTA looks forward to working with Transport Canada to ensure that our industry’s concerns are taken into consideration,” said CTA President Stephen Laskowski. “CTA’s goal is to see the eventual introduction of mandatory drug and alcohol testing for commercial truck drivers in Canada.”

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Manitoulin Global Forwarding grows
Manitoulin Global Forwarding has acquired IPE Logistics (Canada) Ltd., of Toronto. The purchase strengthens Manitoulin’s overall global capabilities, especially from Asia to North America in the less-than-container-load (LCL) space, and provides enhanced access to Asian markets. This is the eighth acquisition Manitoulin has made in the last year to extend its offerings and global reach.

“Asia continues to be a major engine of global growth and our customers must be able to readily leverage business opportunities in the region,” said Dwayne Hihn, President, Manitoulin Global Forwarding. “Combining IPE Logistics’ expertise with Manitoulin’s capabilities enables us to satisfy the most complex freight forwarding situations. Through this deal, businesses in Canada and across North America now have improved access to Asia’s markets via an array of robust and reliable offerings.”  
Tony Leung and Paul Xian founded IPE Logistics in 2002 by. It has established itself as a national enterprise with offices in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. IPE Logistics provides freight forwarding, project consulting, e-commerce supply chain management, and warehousing and distribution, as well as customs brokerage consulting.  

IPE Logistics customers can expect a business-as-usual experience with the continued leadership of Leung and Xian.

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