Delivering on a previous promise, the Harper government passed the Fair Rail Freight Service Act Bill by the House of Commons on May 30. Once adopted, the Act will encourage shippers and railways to negotiate service agreements. If these negotiations are not successful, shippers will be able to trigger a fast and efficient arbitration process to establish terms of service through the Canadian Transportation Agency. The goal of the legislation is to encourage railways and shippers to work together. Through enhanced collaboration, shippers and railways can increase the efficiency of the supply chain. Further details about Fair Rail Freight Service can be found at: www.tc.gc.ca/eng/policy/acg-acgb-menu.htm.
Quebec Port Authority (QPA) has entrusted the development of a sustainable development strategy to Johanne Gélinas of the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Gélinas has previously held the position of Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development at the federal government and was a commissioner at the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) in Quebec. “Making Port of Quebec a leader in sustainable development was a commitment I made when I took the helm two years ago,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO. “We have already taken steps in this direction, such as the establishment of a community relations committee, but now we want to build a structured framework that will be a foundation for our activities. This is the natural evolution of our vision.”
Prince Rupert and Region Music Society is the latest beneficiary of Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund. Following a nautical anthem performed by 40 band students, Don Krusel, President and CEO of Prince Rupert Port Authority announced the donation of $250,000. The funds will be used to construct a new music studio at Prince Rupert’s Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS). The studio will be housed in a freestanding building on the northeast side of the school, fronting Prince Rupert Boulevard.
Fednav Limited, the largest international maritime bulk carrier in Canada, announced the addition of six new vessels to its fleet. Ordered with Sumitomo Corporation and Oshima Shipyard, the environmentally advanced vessels will be built in Japan and will add substantial capacity to its Great Lakes-capable fleet of ships.
Exports edge down after three months of solid gains – Exports edged down in April, falling 0.2 per cent mainly because of declining prices, while export volumes actually rose by 0.7 per cent a helpful boost that leaves Canada well-positioned for growth. Overall, Canada’s exports are up 3.9 per cent compared to April 2012, and Canada is tracking towards a healthy gain for 2013.