Among the amendments of interest to grain shippers is one to give the Canadian Transportation Agency more authority to initiate its own investigations. | File photo

Two grain amendments made to transport bill

The Senate transport committee has reported Bill C-49 with amendments, including several related to grain movement. The bill now goes to the Senate for third reading, where further amendments could be made before it moves back to the House of Commons. Among the amendments of interest to grain shippers is one to give the Canadian […] Read more

An east-bound Canadian Pacific Railway train hauls oil east of Sheho, Sask., last week. Crude-by-rail shipments in Canada are to more than double by 2019, according to the International Energy Agency. The agency forecasts that crude-by-rail will grow from 150,000 barrels a day in late 2017 to 390,000 barrels a day in 2019 and will add to the pressure on grain movement from Western Canada.  |  Robin Booker photo

Railways miss their own delivery targets

There are many factors that can affect how quickly harvested grain moves from a remote farm location in Western Canada to an outbound ocean vessel on Canada’s West Coast. According to sources in the grain industry, the main factors behind this year’s shipment delays aren’t much different than usual — bad weather and bad industry […] Read more

The National Farmers Union argues that without the Canadian Wheat Board, the grain companies are in a “no lose” game with prairie farmers captive to their delivery points.  They use their local monopolies to maximize their own profits while blaming the railways and charging farmers basis for any extra costs they might incur.  |  File photo

Bill C-49 helps railways farm farmers

Here we go again. Some prairie farmers cannot ship their grain while grain companies and their friends blame the railways for not getting the grain to port. After months of railway lobbying, the federal government is pushing new transportation legislation, claiming that Bill C-49 will punish the railways for neglecting grain shipments. Yet this legislation […] Read more