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A number of key rail safety concerns have not been dealt with, according to Canada’s auditor general.

Transport Canada’s rail safety oversight under fire

The federal watchdog says key safety concerns remain unaddressed

Canada’s auditor general is criticizing Transport Canada for lack of safety oversight on railroads. A recent report from the office says the federal institution tasked with regulating transport has made important improvements to safety and inspections, but “it did not assess whether its oversight activities improved rail safety.” More than $328 billion worth of goods

Smoke rises from the site of burning railcars at a CP derailment near Guernsey, Sask., on Feb. 6, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Nayan Sthankiya)

Garneau re-adjusts train speed limits

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

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”

(File photo by Dave Bedard)

CP mainline through Rockies reopened after crash

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,

A 2018-model Ford F-150. (

Ford recalls two million trucks over seat-belt fire concerns

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said on Thursday it would recall two million F-150 pickup trucks in North America to address fire concerns relating to seat belts that have been linked to three serious incidents but no injuries. The second-largest U.S. automaker said it was aware of 17 reports of smoke or fire

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said he will accept Senate amendments to the transport modernization bill.

Garneau agrees to Bill C-49 amendments

The federal transport minister will put forward a motion to accept Senate alterations to the bill

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he will accept several amendments to his transport modernization bill proposed by the Senate and supported by farm and resource sector groups. A letter to shippers’ groups dated April 27 said the minister would present a motion in the Commons to amend Bill C-49 “to reflect changes the Senate has

Clock is ticking on electronic monitoring for transport trucks

Clock is ticking on electronic monitoring for transport trucks

Trucks carrying agricultural shipments into the U.S. will have a tighter leash on hours-of-service rules this year, and Canada isn’t far behind

Old-fashioned transport truck log books are becoming a thing of the past, and agricultural haulers are getting ready for the change. Both the U.S. and Canada hope to tighten compliance on how long drivers are on the road by switching out paper logs for mandatory electronic logging devices. “Driver fatigue is recognized in Canada and


CP to chart weekly grain handling performance online

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

Prairie farmer groups want a meeting with federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, shown here speaking in May at an international transportation summit in Leipzig, Germany.

KAP, APAS seek meeting with Garneau

Consultations on amending the transportation act end Sept. 16 and farm leaders say the minister needs to hear directly from farmers

When the then newly elected Liberal government promised further consultation on changes to the Canada Transportation Act, farm groups reacted with relief. Now that relief is turning to frustration and worry. Neither the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), Manitoba’s general farm organization, nor the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, have met with Transport Minister Marc Garneau,

Scott Streiner

CTA president says regulatory agency open for business

The agency is beefing up its informal mediation service that’s less costly and time-consuming 
than the quasi-judicial adjudication process

Scott Streiner is a name railway executives instantly recognize, but not most farmers… yet. That will change as the relatively new president and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) continues to reach out to Canada’s agricultural sector, as he did on July 7 at the Pulse and Special Crops Convention. “The agency is here to