Movers' Edge, October, 2000


CAM’s Annual Conference titled redefining the moving industry, is scheduled for November 20–21, 2000, at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Toronto.


The material for the November issue of The Canadian Mover, CAM’s magazine and membership directory, is currently being assembled. Delivery is scheduled for mid-November, in advance of the Annual Conference.

The publication will include articles on leasing, e-commerce and consumer relations as well as the membership directory with listings of all members, suppliers, international affiliates and van lines. Please check your listing on the Website or in the May 2000 issue of The Canadian Mover and let us know if you would like to make any changes. The deadline is October 10.


CAM’s major education program, the Canadian Professional Mover’s Course, has received high marks from those who have and are taking it. It has been significantly improved by feedback from participants. The course is running well, providing movers with the training that they need to meet and serve the consumer. Recent upgrades to Dalhousie University’s Web server increase the usability and reliability of the course.

The course has become the standard in Canada for the education of movers. The certification process provides customers and consumers with the assurance that the individual and their company offer services of the highest professional and ethical standards. The course is made up of nine elements:

  • Chapter 1 – Estimating procedures
  • Chapter 2 – Long Distance Moving: Canada
  • Chapter 3 – Long Distance Moving: Canada
  • Chapter 4 – Long Distance Moving: Canada/USA/Mexico
  • Chapter 5 – Local Moving
  • Chapter 6 – The Household Goods Warehouse
  • Chapter 7 – Permanent Storage: Part two
  • Chapter 8 – Permanent Storage: Part three
  • Chapter 9 – Office Moving

The course is offered on-line in partnership with Dalhousie University and is only available to CAM members. Develop your professional moving consulting team and update their Internet and computer skills.


Ninety-six golfers attended CAM’s Fourth Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at Cardinal Golf Club in a scramble format. Three foursomes tied for best score at 10 under par and two tied for most honest at 6 over. The weather was perfect, the course was in excellent condition and everyone had a great time.

The course and the weather have been booked for 2001. It’s scheduled for September 18, 2001, in a scramble format with a shotgun start. It’s not too early to mark it on your calendar.


Manitoba introduced legislation that will withhold drivers’ licenses from Manitobans with overdue fines and outstanding payments. This has begun in the 2000-licensing year. It marks an ongoing trend among the provinces to collect fines through their driver and vehicle licensing systems.

Bill C-18, a federal Act with tough new provisions targeting impaired drivers, received Royal Assent. Bill C-18 will amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum penalty for impaired driving causing death from 14 years to life imprisonment. It will allow police to seek a warrant to obtain a blood sample from an unconscious driver they believe to be impaired.

The U.S. Federal Highway administration reports that 20 percent of all fatal crashes involve at least one improperly licensed driver according to a new study just released by the American Automobile Association. The study, commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Safety, reviewed the license status of drivers involved in fatal crashes from 1993 to 1997.

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