As blockades along the Canada-U.S. border protesting COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates have come to an end over the last few days, the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with governors from 16 U.S. states are urging their national leaders to drop vaccination mandates for cross-border truck drivers. “We are writing to request that you immediately… Read More

The RCMP has issued a travel advisory in regards to the Coutts, Alta., border crossing. Protesters, demonstrating against federal vaccine mandates, began a blockade at the crossing on January 29, 2022. The RCMP says it is looking to get the border crossing up and running as soon as possible. The crossing is a busy one… Read More

Canadian National Railway (CN) has entered into a resolution agreement with CIFF Capital and TCI (collectively known as TCI), and has named its new president and CEO. Tracy Robinson will serve as president, CEO,  and as a member of its board of directors, effective February 28, 2022. This appointment follows the previously announced retirement of… Read More

Viterra has announced a multi-billion dollar deal that would significantly expand the grain company’s presence in the U.S. and other parts of the world. The company says it has reached a stock purchase agreement with Japan-based Marubeni Corporation to acquire Gavilon for US$1.125 billion plus working capital. Gavilon is based in Omaha, Nebraska, and has… Read More

The Ministers of Transport, Labour, Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion, and the president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance have released a joint statement regarding the vaccine mandate for all entering Canada at border crossings which took effect January 15, 2022: “The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on all Canadians. Within the… Read More

Regina is on its way to becoming the canola crush hub of the country. The most recent canola crush announcement, made last week, includes a 1.1 million metric ton capacity plant, funded by AGT Foods and Federated Co-operatives Limited. While announcements have been fast and furious the last few years, Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodities… Read More

Corn imports into Western Canada from the U.S. have risen dramatically following the 2021 drought, but cattle feeders in Alberta say unpredictable shipments are not keeping up with demand. In some cases, feedlots say they are scraping together the last of their feed supplies, and are banking on delayed trains still arriving in time to… Read More

A convoy of truck drivers and their supporters assembled early Monday morning at the Emerson, Man. border crossing to protest the Canadian government’s cross-border vaccine requirement that began Saturday, January 15. The rolling convoy continued through the day on Monday north of the Emerson, Man.-Pembina, ND crossing. All truckers entering Canada as of January 15… Read More

Have you ever tried to solve a problem and the solution you come up with is actually worse than the original problem? Sometimes, in our quest to solve an issue, we fail to realize the full ramifications of the potential solutions we come up with. It’s this kind of chain reaction that makes decision making… Read More

With the Government of Canada planning to implement its vaccine mandate for cross-border truck drivers on Saturday, January 15, and a looming domestic mandate still at play, the agricultural industry is trying to adjust and cope with the impact. Under the more pressing mandate of January 15, unvaccinated Canadian drivers will be allowed back to… Read More

This story, including the headline, has undergone a major update as of late January 13. The Canadian government says news reports that it had backed off its plan to require cross-border truck drivers be vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Saturday, January 15 are incorrect. Several media outlets published stories late Wednesday and early Thursday quoting… Read More

Several of Canada’s key economic sectors are bracing for the impending cross-border vaccine mandate for truck drivers, scheduled to take effect on Saturday, January 15, 2022. On its heels is a second Canadian government mandate that would impact all federally-regulated employees, the implementation date of which has not been confirmed but is said to be… Read More

CN Rail is currently looking for a new CEO. Normally, an executive search wouldn’t draw that much attention; however, when the position is potentially filled by someone from a shareholding hedge fund, it could impact the direction and mission of the company. That’s according to the federal Conservatives, and Andrew Scheer, shadow minister for infrastructure… Read More

A CP Rail train carrying potash derailed near Craven, Saskatchewan, last night (Dec. 28). The cause of the derailment is not yet determined, says a CP spokesperson. The train is blocking highway 20, about 40 km north of Regina. CP Rail says there were no injuries, and there are no public safety concerns. CP immediately dispatched… Read More

 

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