Transportation Law News

January 17, 2011

Interstate 81, a troubled highway: Rigs transport more than legal goods

While I-81 has been importnat to the economies of many Pennsylvania communities, along with the legal commerce is the associated crime that saps police resources and affects the quality of life for those who live near the highway and use it.

High on the list of crimes associated with I-81 is smuggling drugs.

Among the eight principal drug corridors, I-81 is particularly vital to Drug Trafficking Organizations. I-81 is the primary route for DTOs transporting multi-ton quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine from the southwest border to eastern U.S. drug markets, many of the largest drug markets in the country.

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Transportation Law News

December 11, 2009

Top court settles pivotal freight forwarding-logistics case

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has ruled on a critical case that could change how some freight forwarders, logistics companies, and hybrid highway carriers are governed under provincial and federal law.

The Supreme Court effectively reversed a 1994 decision of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which deemed that freight forwarders fall under federal employment standards if they physically “handle” interprovincial freight, regardless of the localized structure of their networks or whether or not they transport cargo from one jurisdiction to another.

As such, national and international freight forwarders formerly regarded as subject to federal labor law may now fall under provincial law; and those that already operated under the latter standard may remain that way, including the ability to maintain local union shops without interference from larger, national unions.

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Transportation Law News

December 3, 2009

UPS opens expanded Toronto hub
Size and throughput of facility doubled in $72-million project
December 02, 2009

UPS has officially opened its expanded distribution centre in Vaughan, Ontario.

In a ceremony on December 1 attended by approximately 300 employees and customers, the company marked the completion of a two-year, $72-million project that doubled the size of the package sortation hub.

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Transportation Law News

September 10, 2009

Toronto Island Airport Tunnel Challenged

According the the Toronto Star a Toronto Port Authority regulation prohibits the construction of a “bridge or similar fixed link” between Toronto and the island airport. Could this threaten the port authority’s proposal to build an airport tunnel? The regulation, imposed by Paul Martin’s Liberal government in 2005, makes the pedestrian tunnel an “illegal project,”. But Mark McQueen, chair of the port authority, argues the regulation does not apply to tunnels, as “there’s nothing similar” between an underground passageway and a bridge.

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Transportation Law News

August 25, 2009

New Rules for Aviation Flight Safety in Canada

Reported: A controversial new regulatory system that forces the aviation industry to enforce its own safety standards has some accusing Ottawa of abdicating responsibility for ensuring the safety of Canadian passengers, citing tragic experiences in Canada’s rail industry as cautionary tales.