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The Nanaimo Port Authority has received $6.3 million from the federal government toward a new 60,000 square-foot Vehicle Processing Centre and supporting infrastructure to repurpose its existing Nanaimo Assembly Wharf as a multi-purpose general cargo terminal with an initial focus on automobiles. The project will improve Canada’s supply chain for automobiles imported into the country by addressing the significant existing transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities and congestion while also providing sustainable economic development opportunities for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.  The project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating an estimated 200 jobs during construction and ‎eventually as many as 100 permanent jobs.

Friday, 22 June 2018 08:26

Transport Canada seeks candidates

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The World Maritime University is seeking an experienced leader with an excellent academic track record to fill the post of the Canadian Chair in Marine Environmental Protection. The Canadian Chair has the opportunity to teach, research and deliver student supervisory programmes in the fields of marine environmental protection / management and marine spatial planning, as well as lead interdisciplinary innovative research programmes across the realm of maritime and ocean sectors. Applications from Canadian citizens will be accepted by the World Maritime University until August 31, 2018. Transport Canada has also seeking applications for Marine Policy Officers (EC-04) and Marine Policy Analysts (EC-05)Marine Policy Analysts (EC-05) in eastern Canada.

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On June 14, the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, introduced legislation in the House of Commons for the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP will provide Canadian exporters and investors across a broad range of sectors with preferential access to fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. This willl set a new standard for free trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region by including robust and enforceable provisions in areas such as labour and the environment. The CPTPP Agreement will enter into force 60 days after at least six of the partner countries complete their respective ratification procedures.  Once in force the CPTPP is expected to boost Canada's GDP by 4.2 billion.
 

Friday, 08 June 2018 11:26

Fraser River Estuary receives $2.6M

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The Government of Canada has provided the Raincoast Conservation Foundation with $2.6M over five years for a project to help restore coastal habitats in the Fraser River Estuary of British Columbia. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s estuary connectivity project will improve connectivity and natural processes on the banks of the Fraser River Estuary for the benefit of juvenile chinook, pink and chum salmon, as well as other fish species, and the species which rely on them. The work will involve the collaborative efforts of many people working and living on the lower Fraser River.  The funding comes from the $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund commited to help rehabilitate some of the most vulnerable coastlines and protect marine life and ecosystems. 

Friday, 08 June 2018 11:22

Interactive map launched for NARW

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The Government of Canada has launched WhaleMap, a new interactive mapping tool that displays the recent known locations of the whales as they travel in Canadian waters. The map displays near real-time whale detection information provided by various partners who contribute airborne, vessel and acoustic glider detections of the North Atlantic right whale.  By providing this information on the web, partners will be better able to work together and ocean industries and members of the public will have rapid access to the most comprehensive information available.  Users will be able to view recent right whale detections and also customize the map to display various surveillance efforts and protection measures. The project received $57, 500 in funding support from the Oceans Protection Plan. 

Friday, 08 June 2018 11:18

Class 1 Dangerous Goods Consultation

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The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the draft of the updated safety standard CGSB-43.151, “Packaging, Handling, Offering for Transport and Transport of Explosives (Class 1)” for a 60-day consultation. The safety standard sets out the selection and use requirements for dangerous goods containers used to transport Explosives (Class 1). Once the safety standard has been finalized and published, a publication notice will be published specifying the coming into force date of the updated standard.  Comments are due by July 31, 2018.  To obtain a copy of the draft safety standard, please contact the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) directly via Robert Long at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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This week, Karen Ludwig, Liberal MP for New Brunswick Southwest, brought forward a motion for private members bill M-154, Study on the Situation of Canada's Endangered Whales. In an uncommon occurance in the Commons, M-154 was supported by a vote of 278-0. Introduced in April, the motion called on the House fisheries committee to be mandated to:

  • Identify steps that could be taken to better protect and help the recovery of right, beluga, and killer whales;
  • Identify immediate and longer term improvements limiting the impact of human activities on each of these species and, by so doing, add to recovery efforts and to recommendations for new or enhanced actions;
  • Call expert witnesses on each species, hearing from those who might be affected by any possible actions, and working to find a balance among various competing claims; and that the Committee present its final report to the House within four months of the adoption of this motion.

The global population of the North Atlantic right whales is estimated to be 450, the current population of the St. Lawrence estuary beluga at 900, and there are only 76 Southern Resident Killer Whales.

 

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On June 4 2018, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, and Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Treasury Board, joined with the Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget, and the Honorable Neomi Rao, US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator, to reaffirm this commitment by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). This MOU also establishes a foundation for the ongoing work and growth of the RCC, which is a practical and proven bilateral forum for resolving regulatory barriers and improving business investment between Canada and the United States. Businesses will continue to benefit from the removal of unnecessary costs and duplicate requirements, as well as better market access. Consumers can benefit from timely access to products with consistent quality and safety standards.

Friday, 01 June 2018 08:30

We bought a pipeline

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The Government of Canada announced, ahead of Kinder Morgan's May 31st deadline, that it is purchasing the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and related pipeline and terminal assets for $4.5 billion in an effort to secure the timely completion of the project.  Federal loan guarantees will ensure that construction continues through the 2018 season, eliminating the uncertainty for families whose financial security relies on this project going ahead this year.  As this is not intended to be a long-term investment, the Government of Canada will work with investors to transfer the project and related assets to a new owner or owners.  The Government has also extended federal indemnity to protect any prospective new owner from costs associated with politically motivated delays. The backgrounder provides further details of the investment.

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In response to the United States’ decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum shipments, Canada has announced its intention to impose tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States—representing the total value ($16.6 billion) of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the US measures. These countermeasures will take effect on July 1, 2018 and will remain in place until the US eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.  Consultation on the proposed countermeasures is open until June 15 and details can be found at: https://www.fin.gc.ca/activty/consult/cacsap-cmpcaa-eng.asp.

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As part of its Regulatory Modernization Initiative, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is launching consultations on rail-related regulations and guidance materials.  These consultations will support the implementation of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49), which amends the Canada Transportation Act to introduce new measures related to freight rail. The CTA invites affected stakeholders to share their views to ensure that the CTA's rail-related regulations and guidance materials are relevant, clear and up to date. The rail consultations which end on September 30, 2018 and a discussion paper is available to explains many of the regulations and guidance materials under review.

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (M16P0378) into the causes and contributing factors that led to the October 2016 grounding and sinking of the US-registered tug Nathan E. Stewart near the entrance to Seaforth Channel. The report underlines the need to effectively and reliably manage the risk of fatigue in the marine industry.  The investigation determined that the second mate who, contrary to Canadian regulations, was keeping watch alone on the bridge at the time of the accident, had fallen asleep and missed a planned course change. For more than two days, he had been working a 6-on, 6-off shift schedule, alternating six hours of duty and six hours of rest. This schedule presents a number of challenges which have been well documented by various studies and experts internationally, notably the difficulty in obtaining sufficient restorative rest during the off-duty periods. The Board has made two recommendations following this investigation. Firstly, it is recommending that Transport Canada require that watchkeepers receive mandatory education and awareness training to help identify and prevent the risks of fatigue. Secondly, it is recommending that vessel owners implement comprehensive fatigue-management plans, tailored specifically for their individual operations.

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