This year, Transport Canada will provide more than $9.2 million for improvements at over 600 railway crossings across the country through its Grade Crossing Improvement Program (GCIP). Eligible railway crossings are upgraded based on factors such as traffic volume and accident history. Improvements may include installing flashing lights and bells, installing gate barriers, linking crossing signals to traffic signals, upgrading light bulbs to brighter LED lights, or adding new circuits or timing devices. Transport Canada finances up to 50 per cent of the total eligible costs of grade crossing improvements (to a maximum of $550,000 per project), with the balance provided by the railways and/or road authorities.
Through the Grade Crossing Closure Program (GCCP), funding is available to encourage the closure of certain grade crossings that are under federal jurisdiction. The program provides a $20,000 grant for a public grade crossing and a $5,000 grant for a private grade crossing in exchange for the beneficiary (generally a road authority or private property owner) relinquishing their rights to the crossing and closing it. In 2013-14, Transport Canada approved $100,000 in GCCP funding to close 11 crossings in the interest of public safety.
Oshawa Port Authority kicked off this year’s shipping season by officially welcoming the first international vessel, M/V Heloise, at a special Top Hat ceremony. This tradition traces its roots to 1829, when the first ship entered the newly created Welland Canal, and the prestigious Top Hat was presented to the captain as a symbol of good luck.
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been awarded the contract to provide logistics services at the prestigious Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) events in 2015 and 2017 in London.
DSEI is one of the world’s leading defence and security supply chain exhibitions. In 2013, DSEI attracted 1,489 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. Clarion Defence and Security Events awarded Agility the contract to provide international freight and on-site handling services at the event. Agility was also the official freight contractor at the DSEI events in 2011 and 2013.
Port of Montreal is pleased that the Samajam School Retention project has been introduced at Irénée-Lussier school in the Mercier-
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, a neighbouring community of the port.
Some 130 intellectually challenged students aged 12 to 21 attend the school. The Samajam program allows students to develop their self-esteem, their sense of belonging to their school and community, and their zest for learning through the use of music. Students participate in weekly percussion, singing and dance sessions, and then stage a show at the end of the year.
Fednav Limited was among the winners of the Montreal’s Top Employer award earlier this year and announced on April 28 that it has also been recognized by Mediacorp as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for 2014. Fednav is the first Canadian shipping company to have received this distinction.