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  • Bridgestone appoints new v.p. of marketing for commercial tire business
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eric Higgs has been named the new vice-president of marketing for Bridgestone Americas’s commercial tire business. Going forward, Higgs will be responsible for leading the marketing strategy and efforts for the commercial group, and will have direct marketing leadership…
  • Total costs continue to increase: CGFI
    TORONTO, Ont. — Total Cost of ground transportation for Canadian Shippers increased by 1.5% in March when compared to February according to results published today by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI).  The Base Rate Index also increased by 2…
  • Superior Propane lives up to its name
    With a name like Superior Propane it’s almost necessary to deliver the best in the business. Superior means better than the rest. Better service, better drivers, better product – and that’s what the company strives for – and feels it has achieved,…
  • Dalton undercover: Part 5
    THE STORY SO FAR Bud convinces Mark to go undercover at a trucking firm to see if he can help stop cargo thefts from the company. Mark is hired by Chenai Trucking and shows up to take on his first…
  • Cool runnings
    What to consider when buying a refrigerated trailer
  • A new engine oil era
    As new engine oil category draws near, uncertainty remains about backwards compatibility
  • Three things to include in your tax plan
    With personal income tax-filing season over, it’s time to talk to your accountant or financial advisor about tax planning. This is where your accountant earns his keep. There’s no shortage of people who can prepare a tax return, but a…
  • Make sure you don’t skip a beet
    As we enjoy the warmer temperatures of spring, we also enjoy the fresh vegetables that come along with the season. One spring vegetable, the beet, offers colour, flavour and health benefits in every bite, whether you are enjoying a serving…
  • PMTC’s initial thoughts on MELT
    Those of us who call this great country our home, always look forward to the arrival of spring and summer, for obvious weather-related reasons. We at the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) look forward to this time of…
  • Carbon pricing key to fighting climate change
    Recently, Canada became a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Signing the agreement is not the same as ratification, but that is expected to occur this fall after the federal and provincial governments reach their own accord on…
  • Some tips for the lobby groups
    I can be critical of certain groups. No kidding. Most of my criticism is usually aimed at either large carriers, or the provincial, state or national trucking associations. Arguably, this is the same group, since large carriers and the prominent…
  • Board or bolt? The 90-day dilemma
    It never ceases to amaze me how long we’ve been talking about some of trucking’s most pressing issues. As far back as the 1920s, for example, there were concerns about the lack of competent, quality truck drivers, as I discovered…
  • Expect real returns on training investments
    Training programs can accurately be described as an investment that can deliver real, measurable financial returns when those who crunch numbers for a living might see training as a “cost” of doing business. Fleet managers are often surprised by the…
  • Is trucking really a lifestyle?
    Although I have used the description myself, I’m tiring of truck driving being promoted as a “lifestyle.” Trucking is a field of specialized training (profession) not a set of attitudes (lifestyle), in my opinion. Or is it both? For every…
  • An elephant invasion
    Truckers are avoiding tolls on Montreal’s A30 ring road, but at what cost?
  • Not in the budget
    Newfoundland fleet scramble to adapt as provincial budget cuts trucking industry deep
  • Step up and break the stereotype
    You know the stereotype: Truckers eat too much, don’t exercise enough and die too young. A quick look around your business and you likely see how the stereotype came about. Nearly 40% of the people on this continent do no…
  • The evolution of the maintenance manager
    There was a new addition this year, to what was already one of the busiest weeks in the Canadian trucking industry. I’m referring, of course, to Truck World, and for the first time ever the addition of the Canadian Fleet…
  • JBT Transport launches campaign to help Fort Mac victims
    AYR, Ont. —  JBT Transport is the latest transportation company to join relief efforts to help Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees. The company has recently launched the Stuff-A-JBT Truck Campaign where it is asking Waterloo Region residents and businesses to help…
  • Under siege
    Trucking industry from coast to coast rallies to help Ft. Mac victims

Vista Update…

I’ve been using Windows Vista Premium on this Gateway MX-6455 laptop for a couple of weeks at this point. I must say, Vista is easily the best-ever version of Windows.

One thing that struck me from the start is the overall smoothness of multitasking in Vista. Even when I push the processor and hard drive […]

Sprint PCS Connection Manager Vista Problem Fix…

I was having a problem with the Sprint PCS “Connection Manager” software in Windows Vista Premium disconnecting from the Internet after about two minutes. I called the Sprint PCS air card tech support, and the guy there gave me a great work-around that will work for anyone using a Sprint PCS air card.

Simply create […]

“Full English Breakfast” Head Tattoo…

A British teenager volunteered to get a “Full English Breakfast” design tattooed on the top of his head. Here are a couple of links to some videos of it. The first link is a video of the tattoo in progress:

http://videos.icnetwork.co.uk/icnorthwales/headLg_Prog001.wmv

The second link is of the final completed tattoo:

http://videos.icnetwork.co.uk/icnorthwales/tattoo.wmv

Here’s a link to […]

Windows Vista Myths…

I just read an interesting article that debunks 10 myths that have been making the rounds about Windows Vista:

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877-6156413.html

By reading the article I found out that I can upgrade my machine at home by adding the appropriate PCI graphics card along with boosting the memory and adding a USB memory key to utilize […]

Windows Vista Premium…

I’ve upgraded to the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Premium here on my Gateway MX-6455 laptop that originally came with Windows XP Media Center. I’ve gotten all the device drivers to work, and I’ve been using Vista exclusively for the past couple of days. I must say I really like Windows Vista. This is the […]

Pretty Funny…

To my darling husband,

Before you return from your overseas trip I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately not too bad and I really didn’t get hurt, so please don’t worry too much about me.

I was […]

Vista Working 100% on Gateway MX-6455 Laptop…

I spent a bit more time with Windows Vista Premium this evening and I was able to get the built-in Conexant sound card working under Vista in my Gateway MX-6455 Media Center laptop. I was also able to get my M-Audio Fast Track USB sound card to work with Vista as well using the Fast […]

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John Edwards Fixing His Hair…

John Edwards has been dubbed the “Brek Girl” for a reason!!!!

Hillary Sings Off Key…

Check out this YouTube video of Hillary Clinton singing off key: