CAM Newsletter, December 22, 1998

In the interest of getting the news to you in a timely fashion, this newsletter replaces the one that would normally be published on January 1, 1999.

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

CAM's Executive and Board of Directors

The previous list of CAM's executive and board of directors as published in Movers' Edge was incomplete. The executive and directors for 1999 are as follows:

Executive:

Chairman: Paul Van Remortel
Vice Chairman: Randy Hoyt
Treasurer: Howard Bigham
Secretary: Darrell Powell
Past Chairman: Denis Frappier

Directors:

Graham Acreman
Talal Agha
Scott Hickling
Brad Krulicki
Martin LeDrew
Jacques Leroux
Richard Lortie
John Muise
Larry Rosenberg

CAM Meets with the Competition Bureau

Chairman Paul Van Remortel and Executive Director David Long met with Reid Lally and Nadia Brault of the Competition Bureau in Ottawa on December 14. CAM was pleased to learn that it is on the right track with its emphasis on professional and skill development on behalf of the moving industry.

DND Warehouse Inspections

A change has been made in the DND certification policy for warehouses. The requirement for a certificate from your local fire department applies only for new warehouses, temporary warehouses, or after extensive renovations. Provided there has been a continuity of use as an approved warehouse, a warehouse approved by DND fire authorities before the change in policy is "grandfathered" and does not require a certificate.

Ontario's Vehicle Impoundment Program

The two-month education and warning period for the Vehicle Impoundment Program began on November 30, 1998 and will end on February 2, 1999. During that period, a person found driving while under suspension for a Criminal Code offense may be charged and a warning issued about the upcoming Vehicle Impoundment Program. After the education and warning period ends on February 2, any vehicle operated by someone under a Criminal Code suspension will be impounded for a minimum of 45 days.

North American Load Securement Standard

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has been Canada's representative on the North American Cargo Securement Standard Harmonization Committee which through a process of research and consultation is developing cargo securement standards that would be applied consistently through all jurisdictions in North America. The final draft of the standard is now being developed for publication and review.

Canada's Highway Infrastructure

Recent news reports indicate that it would take $17 billion to bring Canada's highway system up to standard. The results of the improvement would be felt in economic benefits and reductions in accidents, death and injury on the highways. The trucking industry as a whole would receive an unknown reduction in maintenance costs and fuel economy.