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December 2008
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Archive for December, 2008

Happy Holidays

It is Christmas day today and I just wanted to send out a reminder to respect the roads. Environment Canada predicts that the entire country will be blanketed in snow for the first time since 1971, which means we need to respect the roads. Here are some simple driving tips to make sure you arrive […]

Quebec City Knows What They Are Doing

Having recently returned from a ski camp in  Quebec I was just amazed at their snow removal and ice maintenance procedures. Snow Removal… The Quebec plows don’t mess around, if you are in the way you get hit AND it’s your fault! Out in the rural areas on the highways the plows drive at about […]

Are Changes Coming to the Rules of the Road in Ontario?

Over the last 24 hours there has been some exciting announcements on 680 news with respect to accidents and trucks. Drivers Should be Held Accountable in Bad Weather This was the statement from Police Chief Julian Fantino (here). He stated that he believes and the statistics support that 40% of accidents in poor weather conditions […]

Going 'Green' for Red and Green Season

It’s that time of the year again. You look outside and the trees are adorned with lights, there are decorations everywhere and  depending on where you live (almost anywhere in Canada right now) children are playing in the snow … really it looks magical outside.   But all of the glitz and glamour is energy […]

From Ontario to Quebec

Recently I did the drive from Toronto, Ontario to Mount Ste Anne, Quebec (about 50km east of Quebec City); it’s about 850km. Not only was I amazed by how long a drive that really is but how consistent the roads were all the way. From the signage, to the driving surface, the roadside stops and […]

Are Changes Coming?

The London Free Press is reporting this morning on an audit currently underway in Ontario. The number 1 concern … SAFETY. The article starts with the devastating propane explosion in Toronto this passed summer; that definitely was a wake up call that perhaps we aren’t that safe! What peaked my interest in the article was […]

One Million Acts of Green

Lately one of my favourite shows to watch is The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. It is entertaining, informative, makes me laugh and a great way to close my day. More recently on the show he has been promoting One Million Acts of Green; your way to make a difference to the environment. The simplest way […]

Winter Driving

Winter is officially here. I may have already gone skiing and snowshoeing  a few times, but this weekend was the first winter storm I’ve driven through. I say winter storm because it really was not snowing that hard, if at all, but the wind was blowing like crazy and some of the stretches with bare […]

The Need For Good Infrastructure: Part 2

Earlier this week I wrote about the need for good infrastructure with respect to the trucking industry. The other part of the equation, about 70% of the road users, is commuters. For all the people that commute to work everyday on the highways, having a functioning highway system is paramount. The Ministry of Transportation of […]

Trucking Enforcement Update

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the trucking industry on how it is time for reform. This morning this was posted. Although it is a start I still echo that the change needs to come from the companies and not through enforcement of the trucks. The new initiatives … commercial vehicle operators […]