The Transportation Modernization Act received third reading in the House of Commons and moved to the Senate Nov. 2. Since then, it has been stalled at the second reading stage. Both houses rise for the holiday break Dec. 15 and don't return until the end of January. That would push passage of the bill to February at the earliest. | File photo

Transportation bill in peril as it stalls in Senate

Western grain shippers are getting nervous as Bill C-49 sits in the Senate with diminishing chances it will receive royal assent before Christmas. The Transportation Modernization Act received third reading in the House of Commons and moved to the Senate Nov. 2. Since then, it has been stalled at the second reading stage. Both houses […] Read more

If passed, the Transportation Modernization Act will provide greater certainty for western Canadian grain shippers that depend on Canadian railway companies to transport grain to export terminals or North American destinations. | File photo

Transportation bill heads to the Senate

A federal bill aimed at improving Canada’s transportation systems and ensuring better rail service for shippers passed third reading in the House of Commons Wednesday and is off to the Senate. If passed, the Transportation Modernization Act will provide greater certainty for western Canadian grain shippers that depend on Canadian railway companies to transport grain […] Read more

Logistics park planned for Oyen, Alta.

The town of Oyen, in east central Alberta, will be home to a proposed new transload and rail logistics facility. Sources say construction on the Oyen Rail Yard & Logistics Park will begin this fall. The 155-acre facility is billed as a multi-phase economic development project, to be managed by Alberta’s Special Areas Board, the […] Read more


Canadian agricultural organizations have proposed amendments to the federal transportation modernization act even as they urge swift passage and royal assent. | File photo

Amendments proposed to transportation legislation

Canadian agricultural organizations have proposed amendments to the federal transportation modernization act even as they urge swift passage and royal assent. The amendments, developed through the Crop Logistics Working Group, were presented to the House standing committee on transportation last week. The committee reconvened a week before Parliament’s regular sitting to hold hearings on Bill […] Read more

Canadian National Railway shipped 21.8 million tonnes of western Canadian grain and oilseeds in 2016-17, roughly two percent more than the company’s previous shipping record set in 2014-15, company officials said last week.
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Canadian National Railway sets new grain hauling record

The company exceeded its previous record by two percent, handling 21.8 million tonnes of grain and oilseeds in 2016-17

Canada’s largest railway company moved record volumes of western Canadian grain in the 2016-17 crop year, despite a slow start to the shipping season caused by wet weather that delayed prairie harvesting operations last fall. Canadian National Railway shipped 21.8 million tonnes of western Canadian grain and oilseeds in 2016-17, roughly two percent more than […] Read more


A court decision says Canadian National Railway can appeal the CTA’s ruling claiming it failed to meet service obligations.  |  File photo

Winter-from-hell rail service disputes still linger

Federal Court of Appeal says Canadian Transportation Agency exceeded its legal jurisdiction in car rationing ruling

Prairie farmers are probably all too happy to forget about the transportation crisis that slowed grain shipments to a crawl in the winter of 2013-14. But for lawyers, judges and regulators, the fallout of the great grain derailment of 2013-14 is still being discussed and debated nearly three years later. In a decision dated Jan. […] Read more

Grain trains: New models are bigger, haul more

1. They’re lighter


The new generation of grain train is not your daddy’s grain train. There are many differences, but two of the biggest changes are: Railways are running longer trains. New hopper cars can carry more grain. Eventually Canada’s government owned fleet of grain hopper cars will be replaced, and when they are, crop movement will become […] Read more

Transport minister Marc Garneau will introduce legislation next spring that he says will create a more transparent rail system. | File photo

Feds unveil new grain transportation strategy

OTTAWA — Transport minister Marc Garneau will introduce legislation next spring that he says will create a more transparent rail system. It will include reciprocal penalties between shippers and the railways in service level agreements and address concerns raised during consultations about the maximum revenue entitlement for grain (revenue cap) and extended interswitching. The minister […] Read more


Canadian Pacific Railway’s decision to start posting a score card of the entire grain supply chain in this difficult harvest season isn’t sitting well with all farmers.  |  Michael Raine photo

CP starts keeping score on grain supply chain

A top executive with Canadian Pacific Railway says his company’s decision to publish a weekly report card on grain supply chain performance is not about finger pointing. Instead, it is aimed at providing a greater level of transparency to the grain handling and transportation system. “I think it’s important that we all collaborate and co-ordinate […] Read more

Rail company officials say even with a harvest setback, the system is prepared to handle a record or near-record crop, as long as winter conditions don’t cause system-wide disruptions. | File photo

Slow harvest hampers shippers

Grain shipments by rail are off to a slow start so far in the 2016-17 crop year, hampered by poor harvest across much of western Canada. But the pace of shipments is likely to pick up soon and the grain handling and transportation system will probably be running at full capacity by mid-September, according to […] Read more