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  • SFI - Maple Syrup From Certified Forests Hits The Shelves

    By Supply Post

    Sweet celebration for Canada’s 150th year — Maple Syrup From Certified Forests Hits The Shelves

    Canadians are celebrating their heritage all year long during a 150th birthday party with tributes to all things quintessentially Canadian. Maple syrup has been part of Canadian cuisine since before Canada was born in 1867. It was valued by Indigenous peoples who taught the first Europeans to tap trees.

    In 2017, maple syrup is still helping to define Canada’s deep connection to its forests and the generations of families who have relied on them. Stone Maple Farms syrup is the first forest product not made of timber to be certified to the chain-of-custody standard of the independent, non-profit Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

    For a product to be certified to the SFI Chain of Custody Standard, it must be sourced from a forest that is managed responsibly, meeting strict requirements for water and air quality, biodiversity, preservation of wildlife habitat, and more.

    © Stone Maple Farms - Sugary where Stone Maple Farms Syrup is born.

    Stone Maple Farms includes a family woodlot in Nackawic, New Brunswick that has had family ties for nearly 80 years. The location is well known in the local community and is currently part of Freehold Land owned by A.V Group NB Ltd. As a result of a partnership between Carter Stone and A.V. Group NB Ltd, Stone began operations of the family-owned business in 2013.

    SFI certification in sustainable forestry has been another way Stone has looked to the future. This year, Stone Maple Farms expects to double the number of trees tapped for the sap that goes into maple syrup production. In addition to syrup, Stone Maple Farms also makes maple butter, candy, taffy, maple sugar, and even supplies another local company – The Big Axe Brewery – with pure maple sap that goes into its award-winning maple ale craft beer.

    Earning third-party SFI chain-of-custody certification means Stone Maple Farms will be able to use the SFI Chain of Custody label on its syrup, so you can identify it as a responsible choice on grocery store shelves.

    Sustainable forestry means practicing a land stewardship ethic that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, too.

    “When people see the label and ask ‘what’s SFI?,’ it leads to a good conversation about how we source our syrup from a forest that is being well managed so future generations will be able to continue enjoying its benefits,” Stone says.

    To find out more about SFI and the SFI label as a symbol of responsible forestry, visit sfiprogram.org.

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    Jul 13, 2017 - 7 days ago

  • Canada150 at Canada Place drew over 1.5 million to the festivities

    By Supply Post

    Canada150 at Canada Place drew over 1.5 million to the festivities

    More than 1.5 million people took part in the various events at Canada150 at Canada Place across two days, including five performance stages, a citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, Canada150 Parade, pancake breakfast and a two-barge fireworks display.

    “This year was a landmark year in Canada’s history, having marked 150 years as a nation,” said Gillian Behnke, Manager of Community Relations & Communications at Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We were thrilled to see so many people join us to celebrate our incredible country, its diversity, culture and spirit.”

    The free family-friendly festivities were more comprehensive than ever before with performances including Sam Roberts Band, FEFE, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Emerson Drive, Madeline Merlo and The Matinee. Highlights from this year’s celebration included a Canada150 exhibit highlighting Canadian sport, culture and innovation achievements, a performance by Hong Kong Airlines Ambassador Jackie Chan, a site-wide singing of O Canada and a spectacular fireworks show off of barges in both West Vancouver and Coal Harbour.

    “We are still getting confirmed numbers from the City of Vancouver, but we are estimating over 750,000 people visited the grounds over the two days and 500,000 watched the fireworks across three municipalities. We estimate over 250,000 people came down for the parade on July 2. This incredible success was all only possible due to our production team, volunteers and sponsors,” said Behnke. “With their support, we were able to make this a safe, family-friendly Canada Day event larger than any that Vancouver’s seen to-date.”

    The annual Canada Day at Canada Place celebrations are presented by Port of Vancouver and funded in part by the Government of Canada. The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including National Partner CIBC, the Canadian Forces, Coast Capital Savings, Safeway, Air North Yukon’s Airline, Hong Kong Airlines, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, City of Vancouver, Parks Canada, Seaspan, Steam Whistle Brewing, West Park, District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Via Rail Canada, Subway. Media partners include, Global BC, Rock 101, CKNW, CFOX, CTV, Virgin Radio, QMFM, Vancouver Sun, 24HRS Vancouver, CBC, CBC Radio-Canada, JRfm, 102.7 THE PEAK, Virgin Radio, CHMB, and OMNI.

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    Jul 7, 2017 - 13 days ago

  • BCTA Announces Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2017-18

    By Supply Post

    BC Trucking Association Announces Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2017-18

    The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) elected a Board of Directors for 2017 – 2018 at BCTA’s Annual General Meeting and Management Conference in Kelowna, BC.

    Members of the Board of Directors for this term:

    Phil Bandstra, Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd., Smithers
    Mike Bissell, Langley Freight Lines ('90) Ltd., Vernon
    Ben Boon, Chevron Canada Limited, Vancouver
    John Bourbonniere, Harbour Link Container Services Inc., Delta
    Kevin Clark, Valley West Transport Ltd., Port Coquitlam
    Clinton Connell, Eagle West Crane & Rigging, Abbotsford
    John Cormier, Clark Freightways, Kamloops
    Rex D'Souza, Prudential Transportation Ltd., Surrey
    Doug Elliot, Apex Specialized Rigging & Moving, Delta
    Stephanie Gagnon, XTL Transport Inc., Surrey
    Jerry Gallant, First Truck Centre Vancouver Inc., Surrey
    Ed Genberg, Ocean Trailer, Delta
    Daman Grewal, Centurion Trucking Inc., Surrey
    Ken Johnson, Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd., Langley
    Kevin Johnson, Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc., Surrey
    Jim Leidl, Pacific Coach Lines (1984) Ltd., Vancouver
    Rick McArthur, Macal Bulk Transport Ltd., Mission
    Gary McLeod, Northern BC Truckers Association, Dawson Creek
    Greg Munden, Munden Ventures Ltd., Kamloops
    Derek Norman, DSN Transport Ltd., Kelowna
    Darren Racine, Protrux Systems, Inc., Pitt Meadows
    Deep Rai, HTL Transport Ltd., Surrey
    Byron Sample, Valley Roadways Ltd., Kamloops
    Trevor Sawkins, ColdStar Solutions Inc., Victoria
    Murray Scadeng, Triton Transport Ltd., Chilliwack
    Paul Schroeder, Bison Transport Inc., Rocky View, AB
    Doug Sutherland, Sutco Transportation Specialists, West Kelowna
    Stephen Szalkai, Concrete BC, Vancouver
    Roy Taki, Arrow Transportation Systems Inc., Kamloops
    Gary Vos, Tri-R Transport Ltd., Richmond
    Dan Watson, Direct LP o/a Canada Cartage, Richmond
    Jason Wheeler, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby
    Jordan Wilson, Hawkeye Holdings Ltd., Kelowna

    The new Board elected the following director to serve by special appointment:

    Patrick Yearwood, Yearwood Dyson – Lawyers, Surrey

    The Board also elected these directors to serve on BCTA’s Executive Committee:

    Trevor Sawkins, Chairperson, ColdStar Solutions Inc.
    Ken Johnson, 1st Vice Chairperson, Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd.
    Phil Bandstra, 2nd Vice Chairperson, Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.
    Dan Watson, Secretary/Treasurer, Direct LP o/a Canada Cartage
    Kevin Johnson, Immediate Past Chairperson, Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc.
    Jason Wheeler, Associate Members' Representative, Inland Kenworth
    Doug Elliot, Director-at-Large, Apex Specialized Rigging & Moving

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    Jul 6, 2017 - 14 days ago

  • PLAYING BY THE RULES: ETHICS AT WORK

    By Supply Post

    WNET's Business Ethics Series Examines the Corporate Culture Behind One of America's Deadliest Mining Disasters


    “The Run Coal Memos”
     


    Twenty-nine men perished on April 5, 2010 in a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. It remains the deadliest mining disaster in America of the last 45 years. Government investigators blamed the tragedy on bad management and a culture fostered by the company’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, who they say placed production over safety. Blankenship would eventually be convicted of conspiring to evade mine safety regulations; just days ago he was released following a year in federal prison.

    “The Run Coal Memos,” the third episode of the three-part WNET series Playing By the Rules: Ethics at Work, gives viewers an inside look at the tragedy, speaking with key players – including some who were there the day of the disaster. The film also uncovers key company documents which government investigators say led employees to violate basic safety measures which could have prevented the catastrophe.

    “The Run Coal Memos” premieres on Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. on WLIW21, and Thursday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN. The film can be viewed online on each station’s site beginning June 7 at 8 p.m., at wliw.org/ethics and thirteen.org/ethics. Additional options for viewing Playing By the Rules: Ethics at Work can be found at Thirteen.org/anywhere and WLIW.org/anywhere.

    What led to the massive explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine? In a report nearly 1,000 pages long, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration found that if basic safety measures had been in place, the disaster would not have happened. “The Run Coal Memos” looks at the evidence uncovered by federal and state investigators surrounding allegations of safety violations and hazardous working conditions. Key to the government’s case -- the infamous “run coal memos,” internal company documents which investigators say demonstrated a disregard for safety and a corporate attitude which put profits over people.

    The documentary features powerful interviews with those who were close to the events, including Stanley “Goose” Stewart, who worked at Upper Big Branch for 15 years and was heading into the mine to start his shift at the time of the explosion, and who long had concerns about the mine’s safety; Harley Taylor, a safety officer at Upper Big Branch; Booth Goodwin, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, who oversaw the prosecution of Don Blankenship; and Tim Bailey, an attorney who represented the families of some of those killed.

    Goodwin calls Massey Energy, the company which owned Upper Big Branch, “a rogue coal company” when it was run by Blankenship. Massey is no longer in business; after the tragedy, it was sold to a competitor. Under Blankenship, Massey became one of the largest coal producers in the U.S., but it was also cited for more safety violations than any mining company in America, with more than 50 people dying in Massey mines during his 10 years as CEO. The documentary also interviews Morgan Massey, the patriarch of the Massey family. Mr. Massey was no longer with the company at the time of the tragedy but remained close with Blankenship and says the popular image of the embattled CEO is a false one. Blankenship, he says, always put safety first because “it’s good business.” Blankenship himself did not respond to interview requests.

    Playing By the Rules: Ethics at Work looks at how ethics play a major role in contemporary business practices and challenges viewers to think about what they would do if they found their values challenged at work. Comprised of three 30-minute films--“The Whistleblower,” “Ask Why,” and “The Run Coal Memos”-- the series focuses on real cases of corruption, fraud, or management failures in corporate America and implicitly asks viewers, “What would you do?” Each documentary draws on real-life examples, combining original reporting and interviews with experts and key players to provide an inside view of crises which have engulfed some of America’s largest and most well-known corporations.

    “As a PBS station, WNET is uniquely placed to look closely at key events and examine them in greater depth,” says WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro. “Throughout this series, WNET has strived to bring these contemporary ethics stories to life and to challenge viewers to consider the broad impact of even ordinary business decisions. Business ethics are vital to a healthy economy and to communities in myriad real ways, which this series underscores.”

    WNET is the parent company of New York’s public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV. Bryan Myers is producer/writer. Sasha Schecter is associate producer. Evelyn Maturana is field producer. Sheelah Kolhatkar is host. Diane Masciale is vice president and general manager of WLIW21 and executive producer of local production. Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge of production for WNET.

    Major funding for Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work was provided by Ronnie and Lawrence D. Ackman. Additional funding was provided by Betty and John Levin, Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly, Patricia and Philip Laskawy, and Graves and Colleen Tompkins. 

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    Jul 6, 2017 - 14 days ago

  • Tigercat Silver Anniversary

    By Supply Post

    Tigercat Silver Anniversary

    2017 marks the silver anniversary of Tigercat. Design and manufacturing excellence, dedication to the customer, vision, perseverance and teamwork

    have advanced Tigercat from a single prototype to a broad range of forestry equipment and specialized off road machinery.

    Producing 19,000 machines and counting, Tigercat has grown into a global success story — by helping its customers to succeed. With an employee count of 1,400 and over 150 independent dealer locations worldwide, Tigercat has accomplished what many thought to be unimaginable in just 25 years.

    To commemorate this 25-year milestone the first Tigercat machine ever built was purchased back from our first customers, Williston Timber of Williston, Florida. The machine was brought back to the factory in Canada and fully rebuilt. The photos above show the 25-year-old original 726 when it was picked up from Florida and the rebuilt 726 feller buncher beside it on the right. 

    ARCHIVED ARTICLES

    Have a look at the articles below to learn more about the early days of Tigercat and some of our first customers, individuals who took a leap of faith because they liked what they saw back in 1992.

    http://www.tigercat.com/25years/

    Official Tigercat 25 merchandise is coming to the online store later this summer.
    25, a film by Tigercat, is also coming soon. Stay tuned for more details.
    The special 25 year edition of Between the Branches is coming out this July.
    For full resolution photos, please contact Samantha Paul, marketing specialist at spaul@tigercat.com.

    By Tigercat

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    Jun 28, 2017 - 22 days ago

  • BC Ferries' Salish Eagle Now In Service

    By Supply Post

    BC Ferries Salish Eagle
    Salish Eagle alongside a berth at Tsawwassen Terminal, preparing for inaugural day of service. 

    VICTORIA – BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service today with a small public event on board the 9:10 and 10:50 a.m. inaugural sailings from Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands.    
    President & CEO Mark Collins cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the first official car on board the new vessel. Salish Eagle is the second of three new Salish Class vessels that are dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low sulphur marine diesel. BC Ferries’ use of natural gas for these vessels will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, the same as taking approximately 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually. 
    Passenger amenities on board Salish Eagle include: a Coastal Café; Passages Gift Shop; comfortable lounge seating with panoramic views; children’s play area; spacious outdoor seating on an open sundeck; pet area and elevators.   
    BC Ferries looks forward to welcoming its customers on board Salish Eagle. 
    Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia. 

    BC Ferries Salish Eagle
    Ribbon cutting ceremony - from left to right : Senior Master Captain Derek Sweet, Senior Chief Steward Kittie Byron, President & CEO Mark Collins, Senior Chief Engineer Iain Williamson and Coast Salish Artist John Marston. 

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    Jun 21, 2017 - one month ago

  • Supply Post @ Canada's Farm Progress Show June 21-23

    By Supply Post

    Come out and visit Shantal from the Supply Post in Booth # 93025, receive the latest copy of The Supply Post newspaper -  Canada's Farm Progress Show on June 21-23 in Regina Saskatchewan, Celebrating 40 Years of Success.

    Have a great 40th show Regina.

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    Jun 12, 2017 - one month ago

  • APNA TRUCK SHOW - June 10-11

    By Supply Post

    Please visit the Supply Post Team, Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th, booth #110 @ The Largest and Most Anticipated Truck Show in Western Canada. , we have Candy and Tattoos for the kids!

    Door Prizes & Children's Wish Foundations Tickets. http://www.childrenswish.ca/apnaraffle.

    VIP Lounge 12-4pm both days & Cocktail Party 4:30-6pm - Saturday only for Exhibitors & and their Guest

    SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC will be hosting the Speaker Series on Health & Safety.  This FREE event will be held ONE DAY ONLY on the first day of the APNA Truck Show on June 10th from 12:30 – 4:30.  There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions!

    Here’s this year’s lineup:

    12:30 – 1:30 Shea Emry
    CFL Linebacker – Retired
    Founder, Wellman, and Axewood, both of Vancouver, BC

    Title: An Adventure Within: How to Become More (Hu)manly”
    After 8 years with the CFL, Shea suffered a career ending injury during the first game of the 2015 season. Come hear how he overcame his personal battles with happiness and health.

    2:00 – 3:00 Jag Dhatt, Facilitator
    Senior Vice President, Marketing
    JGK Media Inc.

    Title: COR. What is it, and What Can It Do For You?
    Come listen to your fellow industry professionals and learn why they chose to go for COR.

    3:30 – 4:30 Diana Steele
    Owner, Eating for Energy
    Media Personality (Global Television)

    Title: Eating Well on the Road
    Food can be the problem, but it can also be the solution. Join Diana for some practical and do-able tips on how you can make small changes to your diet with big results.

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    Jun 8, 2017 - one month ago

  • Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association

    By Supply Post

    Head out to the Atlantic Truck Show June 9-10 at the Moncton Coliseum Complex, visit with Jeff and Jake in booth #609 - hit them up for some candy and the latest copy of the Supply Post newspapers Eastern/Central edition, find out  what else Supply Post has to offer for you.

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    Jun 7, 2017 - one month ago

  • 2017 Granfondo - call for sponsors!

    By Supply Post

    Copyright © 2017 | BC ROAD BUILDERS & HEAVY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION, All rights reserved.
    The BC Road Builders' are ready to once again compete with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) at the upcoming 7th Annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) in Penticton.

    We have assembled an excellent team and this year's BC Road Riders will hopefully avenge last summer's loss to the MOTI and bring the 'trophy' back home.

    We are looking for any companies who are interested in sponsoring this year's BC Road Riders team. We are looking for up to nine companies who will provide $500 sponsorships. Sponsor companies' logos will appear on the BC Road Riders' sponsored team shirts.

    If you are interested in sponsoring, please confirm by emailing info@roadbuilders.bc.ca.  Deadline to confirm your sponsorship is this Monday, June 12 at 10 am.

    Copyright © 2017 | BC ROAD BUILDERS & HEAVY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION, All rights reserved.

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    Jun 7, 2017 - one month ago

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