Grain movement good, but behind last year’s pace

Western Canadian farmers have been delivering grain at a brisk pace over the past few weeks. And so far, grain companies and railway operators have been handling those deliveries without any hiccups, according to the company that monitors the performance of the grain handling system. “What we’re seeing are some really good volumes going through […] Read more


Transportation act appears balanced, says CP

Canadian Pacific Railway says it is cautiously optimistic that Bill C-49  will lead to future development of the Canadian transportation system. In a May 18 news release, CP said it continues to review Bill C49, also known as the Transportation Modernization Act, but believes the proposed legislation will reduce uncertainty. “Like any piece of legislation, […] Read more


Pulse Canada assessing contents of new transportation bill

Canada’s pulse and special crops industries said Wednesday they are assessing the potential impact of Bill C-49, proposed federal legislation that’s aimed at improving Canada’s grain transportation system for shippers. There’s room for optimism in the bill, officials from Pulse Canada said. But it’s too early to unfurl the “mission accomplished” banner just yet. “There’s […] Read more



Transload facility set for Man.

Agricultural shippers in southern Manitoba will soon have access to a new transload terminal that offers direct rail access to markets in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Mid Canada Transload Services Ltd. is building a new inland port and rail siding near Letellier, Man., 11 kilometres north of the Canada–U.S. border. The facility will […] Read more


Transload facility planned for Manitoba

Agricultural shippers in southern Manitoba will soon have access to a new transload terminal that offers direct rail access to markets in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Mid Canada Transload Services Ltd. is building a new inland port and rail siding near Letellier, Man., 11 kilometres north of the Canada–U.S. border. The new facility […] Read more



Grain movement legislation delayed until fall

Federal legislation aimed at addressing grain transportation problems in Western Canada is not likely to be passed until the fall, several months later than previously expected. In a May 5 news release, the Alberta Wheat Commission says legislation — originally expected this spring — is unlikely to be passed before the House of Commons breaks […] Read more


Court dismisses CN appeal over MRE ruling

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Canadian National Railway stemming from a two-year-old railway revenue cap ruling that forced CN to pay $5.23 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation. In December 2014, the Canada Transportation Agency concluded that CN had exceeded its maximum revenue entitlement (MRE) for moving western Canadian […] Read more


Farm groups stand united on keeping revenue cap

Prairie farm groups delivered a unified message to federal transport minister Marc Garneau last week, telling him that maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for railways must be retained in order to keep grain shipping costs in check. “It’s hugely important,” said Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. “We need to get it right.” […] Read more



Farmers unite on MREs at Garneau meeting

Prairie farm groups delivered a unified message to federal transport minister Marc Garneau earlier this week, telling him that maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for railways must be retained in order to keep grain shipping costs in check. “It’s hugely important,” said Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture. “We need to get it […] Read more


Grain car fleet requiring more maintenance

The amount of maintenance needed to keep Canada’s aging fleet of grain hopper cars in service is increasing. According to a recently released federal report, the number of hopper cars requiring repair rose dramatically between December 2014 and December 2015. In December 2015, the number of so-called “bad order” cars requiring heavy maintenance was listed […] Read more