Transportation Law News

August 31, 2010

Back- to-School Safety Reminder

Ensure children make it home safe every night with a few simple safety tips for riding the bus:

• Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.

• Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.

• When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.

• Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.

• Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s OK to approach.

• Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

The US National Safety Council has additional helpful safety information available on the World Wide Web and the law enforcement officers in Oneida County urge people to explore the various safety areas of this web site at


This is a spoof (as posted to YouTube) about Transport Canada. Copyrights to Transport Canada™ , The Rick Mercer Report™ , and CBC™

Here is an interview with Marvin Huberman, August 20, 2010, where he offers his insights on this news story (clink for the audio interview).

Please note the following interview questions:

In a recent interview, Stephen Harper commented on the last week’s arrival of the MV Sun Sea–a Thai cargo ship that carried hundreds of Tamil men, women and children seeking refugee status from Sri Lanka, where a civil war ended last year.  “Let me be clear: We are a land of refuge, but at the same time I think Canadians are pretty concerned when a whole boat of people comes — not through any normal application process, not through any normal arrival channel — and just simply lands. We will not hesitate to strengthen the laws if we have to because ultimately, as a government and as a fundamental exercise of our sovereignty, we are responsible for the security of our borders.”  


1. Can you comment on Steven Harper’s statement from the perspective of transportation law in general?

2. Does the Canadian government have recourse in dealing with the company that owns the Thai cargo ship and others that might follow?

 3. The Canadian government has to balance humanitarianism with issues of sovereignty and national security. From your work in alternate dispute resolution can you provide insight as to how to balance two strong and conflicting issues in a case in a dispute?

 4. How should a company that has a dispute with another firm balance its own conflicting issues or internally competing views to come to a fair resolution with that other company?

Tranportation Law News

August 12, 2010

Migrant ship nears Vancouver Island

VICTORIA August 10, 2010- There are signs a ship containing Tamil migrants is edging closer to the coast of Vancouver Island expected to land in BC.

Officials are putting the final touches on preparations for the ship’s arrival and /A\ News has learned Canada Border Service Agents across the country are travelling to BC to help process the migrants.

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Port of Vancouver

August 12, 2010

Transportation Law News

August 12, 2010

U.S. Study Points to Driver Error in Many Toyota Crashes

Five months into an investigation of safety issues involving Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, U.S. safety officials have yet to identify any new defects beyond those reported by the car maker itself.

More than half of the cases of sudden acceleration analyzed with data from the vehicles’ “black boxes” show the driver was not stepping on the brake at the time of the crash—indicating that driver error may have been at fault.

Officials stressed that their investigation continues and may take months to complete. But the data, at least for now, support Toyota’s assertion that electronic defects in its cars aren’t behind the incidents.


Calgary Airport

August 9, 2010

Leaving Calgary Airport……