Movers' Edge, June, 2000

CAM REFERENCED IN THE TORONTO SUN

As part of an article in last Sunday’s Toronto Sun on tips for "making a smart move," CAM was highlighted as the organization to call in order to find a reputable mover. Our phone number and Website address were both noted in the article. Since the article, the office has been inundated with calls from consumers who have had less than desirable experiences. Once again, the complaints do not reference CAM members.

Further, the consumers are inquiring as to what mover the CAM office would recommend to perform a move for them. The CAM office then offers the names and phone numbers of several CAM members in their area.

CAM RECEIVES RESPONSE ON LABOUR ISSUES

Human Resources Development Canada has responded to a February letter sent by Executive Director David Long that outlined some concerns that were creating unfair business practices. The federal government indicated in their letter that it is "pleased to note the initiatives which CAM has undertaken" and that CAM’s actions "will go a long way in reducing the imbalances within the industry and help members develop sounder management practices."

Of particular note was their comment on jurisdiction. The letter notes that "the Canada Labour Code applies to, among other industrial sectors, all employers involved in inter-provincial and international trucking." Members of CAM who fall within this definition "are under federal jurisdiction and are required to comply with the provisions of the Code." As part of the response, CAM was provided with a Labour Program contact for each region as well as a list of Labour Standards Technical Advisors who could provide individual counseling and guidance.

Please call the CAM office if you would like to refer problems or issues to a regional advisor.

CAM MEETS ON OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS

Chairman Paul Van Remortel, David Long and member Betty Shields met with John Keating of Human Resources Development Canada on May 17 in Ottawa to discuss aspects of CAM’s sectional partnership agreement in principle with Human Resources Development Canada. Mr. Keating provided CAM with further insights on constituting an appropriate working group and administrative aspects anticipated throughout the program.

CAM’S CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL MOVERS COURSE

Effective May 30, the restructuring of the Canadian Professional Movers Course was completed. The project, in cooperation with Dalhousie University, took longer than anticipated but we wanted to ensure that a quality product was delivered. CAM Board members Paul Van Remortel, Graham Acreman, Randy Hoyt and Darrell Powell were instrumental in ensuring that the course was consistent with the high standards that CAM is setting.

All course takers should now proceed with their assignments and feel confident about the quality of the course.

CAM’S 2000 DIRECTORY

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