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Sometimes Out Of Adversity….
We have often heard it said that “sometimes out of adversity the greatest successes are born”. A close check of the facts surrounding the history and success of Rollo Ceccon and Ceccon Trucking of Princeton, British Columbia may bear serious credence to this theory.
The Early Years
In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, following the First Great War - WW I, life in certain parts of Europe was challenging. Fascism, especially in Italy where the rise of Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini to the position of the youngest prime minister in Italian history, was a reality. Fascist squads and militias, inspired by Mussolini, swept through the countryside terrorizing the local population. Difficulties and public oppression abounded. Opportunities for individuals and families who did not support Mussolini’s style of government were being severely challenged.
So in 1930 Emileo Ceccon and his young family left their ancestral home in the north-eastern Italian town of Paese, boarded a boat and headed for Canada. Their ocean transport landed them in Montreal alone and with little money and even less direction. They did have a sponsor, a necessity for immigrating to this ‘new’ land of opportunity. Upon arrival the Ceccon family then got on a train and headed for British Columbia. Several days later and thousands of kilometres from Paese they arrived in Coalmont. A booming coal mining town on the banks of the Tulameen River, eighteen kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton… a town that remains the anchor for the Ceccon family to this day.
Work opportunities in the coal mine and on the Canadian Pacific Railway, Kettle Valley line, was easy to get at this time and the young family settled down to their new life in Canada. Papa Ceccon taught himself and his family English and was hired on as a section-man by the CPR. Shortly after beginning work Emileo and family were moved to the small rail community of Kirton, east of Osprey Lake and just to the west of Summerland, BC. In the years that followed there were several moves for the family to other communities along the Kettle Valley railway. Then in 1944 the railway re-located the Ceccon family to the copper mining town of Allenby, headquarters for the giant Copper Mountain mine. The handsome young Rollo Ceccon had just reached his sixteenth birthday.
This new life in Canada was not always easy for the Ceccon family. Harsh winters, hot summers, small two or three room houses, without running water, indoor plumbing or electricity, but as Papa Ceccon always reminded his family…”Il Canada è un paese meraviglioso… il meglio." “Canada is a wonderful country… the very best”.
However, just like the oppression of the African Americans in the United States, immigrants to Canada were often discriminated against and impacted by racial slurs and hazing. The Ceccon boys were no exception to this type of community behaviour when they attended school in Penticton. Although there was plenty of opportunity… adversity was commonplace as well.
Ceccon Trucking is Born
After studying auto and diesel mechanics in Edmonton and spending some time working casual jobs in the mining operations of Copper Mountain, Rollo Ceccon was able to purchase his first car… a 1950 Ford. Shortly thereafter he and a friend, Ray Johnson, were approached with an offer to truck lumber from British Columbia to Alberta… the rate $1,000 per trip… more money than was averaged in several months at most jobs of the time. So it was off to the dealership and an even trade, the Ford car for a used 1944 Ford truck and Ceccon Trucking had started. But like most things that are too good to be true, Ray Johnson left and the Alberta lumber trucking business went sideways.
An interesting side bar to this story is Rollo Ceccon’s brand loyalty. His first car was a Ford, his first truck was a Ford, many of the trucks in his business over the years were Fords and today he is driving a brand new Ford sedan. “I have not always been dealer loyal but I have been brand loyal, “ stated Rollo.
Next came the offer to purchase a 1939 Mercury convertible… and what dashing young man wouldn’t want to be the first in town to own a convertible. So Rollo made the deal, and then realized that the fancy convertible would just cost him money and not make him any. So he traded the convertible for a three ton Ford truck… much to the dismay of many of the young ladies in the area… no doubt.
But a three ton truck with no box was not of much use. So when a solid job offer came from the management of the Copper Mountain mine, Rollo drove the truck to Vancouver and had a dump box and hydraulic hoist installed.
Although everything seemed to be going just right for Rollo Ceccon and his newly formed company, adversity was just around the corner. Early on the morning of November 10, 1954 while working at the Copper Mountain open pit mine and trucking mine waste to the ‘glory hole’ (a surface depression as a result of mining operations) Rollo experienced what many believed should have been a life ending accident. He was backing the loaded truck up to the hole when the bank gave way and the truck crashed and smashed down over two-hundred feet of rock and debris. Now remember, this is before seat belts and roll protected truck cabs… the truck, with Rollo in it, was flattened.
A fellow trucker happened upon the accident scene and reported it to the mining crews, but there were no ‘jaws-of-life’ or high angle extraction teams… it took hours to get Rollo out of the truck and back up to the surface and then to hospital in Vancouver, over 285 kilometres away. The result, hundreds of stitches, crushed vertebrae, broken bones, unconscious for ten days in Vancouver’s General Hospital… but the worst was… just over two years in a full body cast. Not able to move his upper body, how could Rollo and the fledgling Ceccon Trucking Company survive? Adversity may have taken it’s best shot!
But Pappa Ceccon understood what was necessary and encouraged his oldest son to keep going and that is just what Rollo did… denying adversity its goal. When the cast came off around Christmas 1956 and he had regained some of his strength he took the insurance money from the accident and made a down payment on another truck. Ceccon Trucking was back in business with Copper Mountain Mining.
Had The Worst Passed?
Just when it seemed that the worst may have passed happiness showed up. On March 1st of 1957 Rollo Ceccon married Blanche, an attractive young lady he had met at the local Traveler’s Cafe. Then on March 2nd… the mine shut down. Ceccon Trucking was on the ropes again.
But that raw gut determination to succeed that took the family out of Italy years earlier still prevailed. With the shutting down of Copper Mountain, materials had to be moved to other mine sites, and Ceccon Trucking did the work. The Bethlehem Copper mine (now Highland Valley Copper) east of Ashcroft, British Columbia was growing and the Ceccon boys worked there as well.
The company also purchased a small backhoe and worked around Princeton and area on sewer systems, septic tanks, basements… anything that had to be dug out or moved by truck… the Ceccon boys were all over it.
Adversity Turns to Opportunity
Then Mother Nature’s adversity struck in the area… this time, just to the east of the community of Hope, BC. In the dark, early morning hours of January 9, 1965, the Hope Slide came down. It is the largest landslide ever recorded in Canada and it completely covered Highway #3 killing four people and displaced all the water and mud in Outram Lake. Ceccon Trucking was the first restoration group on the eastern flank of the slide, arriving about 8:00 p.m. the same day. (Hope based, Emil Anderson Construction was was called to the western flank.) According to Rollo, “It was a pretty rough site. It was difficult to think where to begin. There was no food or accommodation on the eastern approaches but we stuck it out. It was a huge job. We had to bring everything in… gas and diesel… food, a cook house, a trailer to sleep in, everything… and we were there for over two months.”
In the ensuing years, Ceccon Trucking added a gravel pit and crushing equipment to their fleet and the company could be found working on mine sites around southern BC, including Brenda Mine west of Peachland and Sparwood, at the BC/Alberta border. They crushed and hauled the gravel for the runway extension at Kelowna’s airport and worked in Harrison Hot Springs. As well, they continued their work on logging roads and highway construction projects.
It certainly was not all smooth roads for Rollo and his family and Ceccon Trucking. But that same raw determination that got both the family and the business around life’s potholes of adversity endured. Success followed.
From Pauper to Prince?
Could Rollo Ceccon be called the Trucking Prince of Princeton? After all he has been named Citizen of the Year and honoured by the local Lions Club… We’re not sure, but there does not appear to be any other contenders for that title.
All the ignition keys have been turned off, the equipment sold and Ceccon Trucking shut down. Rollo is retired and still enjoys life with his wife Blanche, their two children and grandchildren… where? In Princeton, BC of course, where he seems to know everyone and everyone knows Rollo.
Story by Ronald Mullins
Sep 21, 2017 - 4 days ago
TRANS MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES CONTRACTORS FOR EXPANSION PROJECT
Kinder Morgan Canada Limited is pleased to announce that Trans Mountain has selected or signed memorandums of understanding with six contractors with experience delivering pipeline and major infrastructure projects in British Columbia and Alberta, in anticipation of planned construction activities in September 2017. The pipeline construction and associated terminal expansions are expected to take approximately 28 months to complete, with the work distributed among several spreads, or sections, along the route between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, BC.
The contractors will directly hire the individuals and sub-contractors needed for each contract and scope of work. This will include union, non-union and Aboriginal workers and will be in accordance with Trans Mountain's commitment to maximize employment opportunities for Aboriginal, local and regional communities.
The following is a list of contractors that have been selected or signed MOUs, in anticipation of executing final definitive agreements with each contractor:
Spreads 1 & 2: Edmonton/Yellowhead
Contractor: Midwest Pipelines Inc.
Spreads 3 & 4: North Thompson
Contractor: Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership
Spread 5A: BC Interior
Contractor: Surerus Murphy Joint Venture
Spread 5B: Coquihalla - Hope
Contractor: Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture
Spread 6: Fraser Valley
Contractor: Somerville-Aecon Energy Group
Contractor: Kiewit Ledcor TMEP Partnership
Lower Mainland scope includes Spread 7, Burnaby Mountain tunnel and three terminals: Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and Sumas Terminal.
To learn more, including the contact information of the contractors, click here.
Sep 12, 2017 - 13 days ago
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 10-16
What are you doing the other 51 weeks of the year to let your drivers know you appreciate and respect their hard work and commitment?
Companies that demonstrate their around-the-calendar appreciation to their drivers find it easier to recruit and retain them, said Jane Jazrawy, co-founder and chief executive of CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online training to the trucking industry. Drivers who feel appreciated tend to be safer and more diligent.
“Most successful fleets do little things all the time to show their appreciation, rather than waiting for one designated week in the fall,” Jazrawy said. “Grand gestures that happen once a year can be undermined by daily frustrations and actions perceived as slights or insults.”
Jazrawy and CarriersEdge have special insight into what motivates – or discourages – drivers. CarriersEdge created the annual Best Fleets to Drive For awards, produced in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association. Through interviews with nominated carriers and surveys from drivers, CarriersEdge has gleaned the best practices that the best fleets use.
Those best practices aren’t state secrets, and in many cases they’re neither difficult nor expensive to deploy. But the payback in terms of low turnover and safe, engaged drivers can be huge. Jazrawy offered six tips on making driver appreciation a year-round habit:
Tip No. 1 - Start them early.
“If your company has taken the time to build a safe and productive culture, you want new hires to feel as though they’re a part of that from the first day,” Jazrawy said. Successful fleets are using orientation, training, mentoring and coaching programs to get new employees up to speed. One fleet places new hires in a dedicated lane for up to four weeks with one dispatcher overseeing them, eliminating the stress over trip planning. Another includes spouses and/or significant others in part of orientation to give them an understanding of life on the road and company programs and benefits.
Tip No. 2 - Give them a voice.
Lots of companies talk about open-door policies and keeping the lines of communication open with employees. The old-fashioned suggestion box doesn’t cut it. Fleets are using driver councils, surveys to determine driver opinions and concerns, and Facebook and Twitter accounts to create online communities in which drivers can submit photos and stories about their experiences on the road. One carrier enlists experienced drivers to build training materials to ensure best practices are captured and shared across the entire fleet. “Drivers are smart, they’re dealing with customers, operational issues and equipment every day,” Jazrawy said. “They’re a great resource for continuous improvement ideas. Seeing their ideas and feedback welcomed goes a long way toward boosting drivers’ sense that they’re appreciated.”
Tip No. 3 - Keep them informed.
Rumors fueled by incomplete or inaccurate information are one of the great underminers of morale and a driver’s sense that he or she is valued and respected. “Smart fleets make sure drivers get accurate and timely information about company operations, road and industry conditions and what’s going on in the lives of their fellow employees,” Jazrawy said. Weekly roundtable meetings with drivers keep information flowing in both directions. Since drivers are usually on the road and unavailable to attend meetings, social media is a useful tool for reaching them; one company posts meeting notes on an internal net to allow drivers not in attendance to stay informed and weigh in with thoughts.
Tip No. 4 - Keep them healthy.
Life on the road, with its physical demands and stress, can be tough on health. “Drivers appreciate it when companies demonstrate their concern about employee health with wellness programs that go far beyond providing healthy recipes in their newsletters,” Jazrawy said. Companies are providing formal weight-loss and fitness programs, access to gyms (either on-site or at a fitness club), on-staff health and wellness coordinators to work with drivers, on-site health and dental clinics at terminals and equipment for in-cab cardio and strength training.
Tip No. 5 - Welcome them back.
The very nature of trucking has drivers away from the office or terminal for weeks at a time. “Drivers can sometimes get the feeling that no one remembers they’re out there,” Jazrawy said. So why not let them know they’re valued contributors to the company? Some fleets are using electronic signboards to display customized greetings to drivers returning to the yard; a few integrate that with internal notifications so office staff can go out to greet them directly.
Tip No. 6 - Give them what they really need.
Does a driver really need one more gimme cap or t-shirt? Fleets are focusing on things that actually make a difference to drivers’ lives and job performance, whether it’s technology (providing up-to-date devices), concierge services at terminals to help drivers with personal and professional services while they’re on the road; and discounted or free work gear such as complete uniform sets, raincoats and jackets, as well as annual vouchers for safety shoes and jeans. “Those are perks that can noticeably decrease the cost of doing the job for drivers at those fleets,” Jazrawy said.
“Remember, the point is show that they’re appreciated, which means showing that you think about them regularly and care about what they like and want,” Jazrawy added.
CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training and the first to offer a dedicated mobile driver training app for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.
Sep 7, 2017 - 18 days ago
Hearing set for proposed route realignment in Chilliwack section of Trans Mountain Expansion
The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold a route realignment hearing in Chilliwack, BC in early 2018, to review a proposal by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC to relocate nearly two kilometres of the previously approved general pipeline corridor within the city.
If approved, the Chilliwack BC Hydro Route Realignment (Chilliwack Realignment) would vary the approved general pipeline corridor of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project by relocating it to be within the existing Trans Mountain pipeline right of way.
When the Federal Government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in late November, 2016, the resulting certificate included a general pipeline corridor from Edmonton through to Burnaby, B.C. Under section 21 of the National Energy Board Act, the company may apply to the NEB for a variation to the previously-approved general pipeline corridor.
In total, the company submitted seven proposed route variances along the entire general pipeline corridor. Following a comment period, the NEB determined that the Chilliwack Realignment will be granted a public hearing. More details of the proposed variances can be found on the NEB website.
The Chilliwack Realignment hearing will examine the proposed alternative route, including the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of the realignment.
Applications to participate are available now on the NEB’s website. The deadline to apply to participate is September 21, 2017.
Funding is available to hearing participants to reduce potential financial impediments to public participation. More information on the Participant Funding Program and how to access it can be found on the NEB’s website.
The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit www.neb-one.gc.ca
“After hearing from the public that there were concerns about the proposed Chilliwack Realignment, the NEB has decided to hold an oral hearing to hear those concerns and receive evidence. This will ensure the NEB has all the information it needs to make a decision in the public interest.”
- Peter Watson, Chair & CEO, National Energy Board.
The Federal Government approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project last November, following a NEB recommendation in May 2016 that the project be approved subject to 157 conditions.
The company’s seven proposed route variances affect approximately four km of the 1,147 km pipeline corridor. The Chilliwack Realignment impacts 1.8 km of pipeline corridor.
During the comment period, the NEB received letters from two groups – the City of Chilliwack and The WaterWealth Project – stating concerns with the proposed Chilliwack Realignment.
The approved general corridor is located within a BC Hydro corridor between 500 kV overhead transmission lines. The variance being requested is 500 metres shorter than the approved general corridor and is to be located in the existing pipeline right-of-way.
Sep 7, 2017 - 18 days ago
Collectors Jim and Bill Ewert will sell vintage cars from 1915 – 1933 with Ritchie Bros. on August 19
Selling their prized collection of antique cars comes with mixed emotions for brothers Jim and Bill Ewert. The semi-retired farmers from Drake, SK have poured their hearts and souls into their vintage automobile collection, which includes an impressive lineup of Ford Model Ts, a 1918 McLaughlin, and a Model A Roadster pickup. Now they are putting their trust in Ritchie Bros. to sell the coveted cars in what surely will be a bittersweet moment on auction day.
Jim, who is 76, and his brother Bill, who is 74, bought their first Ford Model T when they were teenagers (15 and 13 respectively), sparking a lifelong passion. The collection, along with a wide selection of rare Model T, Model A, McLaughlin and four-cylinder Chev parts, will sell on the Ewert's farm Saturday, August 19.
"When we were boys the Model T fascinated us and we never quite outgrew it," said Jim Ewert. "It goes from a hobby to maybe an obsession and incurable disease. These antique cars are so much fun to drive; if you want to get looks, just take your Model T for a drive."
The Ewerts have decided the time has come to disperse their collection.
"It's going to be like cutting your hand off," said Ewert. "We've done this for 60 years; our families have been a vital part of it, but eventually, the day had to come."
For more information about the cars, parts and other items being sold in the Drake auction, visit rbauction.com.
Aug 17, 2017 - one month ago
Exhibit space is selling fast for the 2018 Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show. Even though the event isn’t until April 5th and 6th, the show floor is now over 80 per cent sold out! Elbow-room only crowds are expected on both days of the region’s most comprehensive heavy equipment show at the Moncton Coliseum Complex, so don’t miss a chance to be part of this huge industry event.
Held every two years, the 2016 edition of the show attracted a record-breaking 14,700 visitors! Exhibit space was sold out, with the big iron covering some 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Visitors walking the show floor were able to connect with hundreds of exhibitors who reported strong sales and solid leads. The 2018 show promises to be even bigger as countless customers look to source machinery and equipment for the many infrastructure projects taking place across Atlantic Canada.
Celebrating its 32nd year in 2018, exhibiting at the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show puts your brand in front of appreciative and eager audiences. This is where industry leaders go to determine what they need to get the job done – on time and on budget. “The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show has evolved into THE must-attend event for the heavy equipment, roadbuilding, forestry, landscaping and municipality sectors,” said National Show Manager Mark Cusack. “It boasts a vast indoor and outdoor showcase of the latest products and services.”
The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show is owned and sponsored by the Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA). “We’re thrilled to have been the driving force behind this event since the show’s inception in 1986,” said ALICA President Mike Shea. “The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show has become a gathering place for road building, construction and forestry professionals who look to this show to keep themselves apprised of the trends in their respective industries and to help them make purchasing decisions.”
The hugely successful show has a humble history, having begun as an idea of a member of the ALICA Board of Directors. The first edition was held at the Moncton Coliseum in the winter of 1986, occupying Agrena A and just half of Agrena B with live demos in the annex. Today, the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show has grown to the point where it fills the entire Coliseum-Agrena complex, while an additional 80,000 square feet of outdoor exhibits has been added. The mammoth event is recognized as one of the premier shows in the country, with a loyal exhibitor base and a consistently strong attendance over both days.
Hours: Thursday, April 5th, 2018, 9am-5pm / Friday, April 6th, 2018, 9am-4pm
Venue: Moncton Coliseum Complex
For complete details on the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show, visit www.AHES.ca.
Mark Cusack, National Show Manager
Master Promotions Ltd.
Scott Briggs, Marketing Coordinator
Master Promotions Ltd.
The Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA) supports the construction and forestry industries by way of training, education and relevant industry discussion. ALICA is proud to give back to these thriving industries by sponsoring bursaries, scholarships and other initiatives, thus supporting the future of these trades.
Master Promotions Ltd. has been producing trade shows, consumer shows and conferences in Canada since 1973. Managing in excess of twenty-five events annually, Master Promotions Ltd. is Canada’s largest independent trade and consumer event management company. For complete company information and event schedule, visit www.masterpromotions.ca.
Aug 15, 2017 - one month ago
FLO Components Ltd. 40th Anniversary Giveaway Contest!
2017 is Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd.’s 40th Anniversary, and to celebrate, they’re holding a Giveaway Contest. According to FLO’s Marketing Specialist Gabriel Lopez; “We’re giving away three Lubrication Product Packages to lucky LinkedIn users over 3 Draw Periods. Participants who enter in the earlier Draw Periods are automatically entered in the following Draw Periods from September to November. To enter, people simply have to fill out the Contest Entry Form on our website and follow FLO’s LinkedIn page using a valid LinkedIn account. No purchase is required.”
“The first two giveaway prizes are for a Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber & Lincoln 5900 PowerLock Coupler Pack. The Lincoln PowerLuber is the most advanced grease gun in its class, featuring a multi-function LCD that displays: quantity of grease dispensed, quantity of grease remaining in the cartridge, battery charge level, operation signal and stall indicator. Its 18-volt, high-amperage, lithium-ion battery provides superior run time, and its two-speed design delivers outstanding flow and pressure. The grease gun comes in a heavy-duty carrying case and includes two rechargeable batteries, a 110v one-hour charger and the new and easy-to-use Lincoln 5900 PowerLock grease coupler.”
“The third prize is a choice of either the same PowerLuber & PowerLock Pack from the first two giveaways or a FLO Components ‘18-point Automatic Lubrication System in a box’. This FLO Components ‘System in a box’ is packaged as a complete kit capable of servicing up to 18 points and includes a 24VDC electric QLS301 Lincoln pump, 200 feet of ¼ OD nylon tubing, progressive block-type metering valves (18 valve outlets) and 18 ninety degree bearing inlet fittings. The QLS System is a relatively simple method of centralizing or automating the lubrication process in many applications, from highway trailers to any variety of industrial machinery. It offers all the advantages of automated lubrication, including reduced downtime and improved safety, to machinery large and small.”
The three Prize Winners will be selected in random draws in Mississauga, ON as follows:
On October 1, 2017, one entrant will be selected for a Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate value CDN $1,100) from all eligible entries received during the first Draw Period (August 11 – September 30).
On November 1, 2017, one entrant will be selected for a Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate value CDN $1,100) from all eligible entries received during the first and second Draw Periods (August 11 – September 30 and October 1 – 31).
On December 1, 2017, one entrant will be selected from all eligible entries received during the first, second and third Draw Periods (August 11 – September 30, October 1 – 31 and November 1 – 30), for a choice of one of either: i) a Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate value CDN $1,100); or ii) a FLO Components “18-point Automatic Lubrication System in a box” (approximate value CDN $3,025 – *System Installation is not included).
For details and to enter the contest visit: www.flocomponents.com/40th/
GIVEAWAY CONTEST SHORT RULES
No purchase required. Entries must be received by contest end: November 30, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. There are a total of 3 prizes available to be won over 3 Draw Periods: (Prize 1) one Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate retail value $1,100, Oct. 1, 2017 draw date); (Prize 2) one Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate retail value $1,100, Nov. 1, 2017 draw date; and (Prize 3) a choice of one of either: i) a Lincoln 1864 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate value CDN $1,100); or ii) a FLO Components “18-point Automatic Lubrication System in a box” (includes: 24VDC QLS301 pump, 200 feet ¼ OD tubing, 18 valve outlet and 18 qty. 90degree bearing inlet fittings, approximate retail value $3,025 - *System Installation is not included, Dec. 1, 2017 draw date). Participants who enter in the earlier Draw Periods automatically entered in the following Draw Periods. Skill testing question required. Open to Canadian residents who are the age of majority in the province or territory of residence at time of entry excluding Quebec. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limit one entry per person. For full rules and entry details visit: https://www.flocomponents.com/40th/.
Aug 11, 2017 - one month ago
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Opens Request For Proposals: Seeks New Partners For Conservation And Community Projects In The U.S. And Canada
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Opens Request For Proposals: Seeks New
Partners For Conservation And Community Projects In The U.S. And Canada
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced that the opening of its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The grants program supports SFI’s work to promote sustainable forest management through partnerships with conservation groups that are contributing to the understanding of critical links between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and community groups working at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.
"SFI is proud to stand with so many partners that lead the way on positively impacting the future of our forests. This new grant cycle allows us to reassert our role as a sustainability leader that is working beyond supply chain assurances to elevate conservation value and foster community engagement,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “We look forward to this round of proposals and how they will contribute to our scientific understanding, long-standing commitment to forest research, and shared quality of life.”
Since 2010, SFI has awarded more than 100 grants to foster conservation and community-building
projects across North America. When leveraged with project partner contributions, the combined
investment exceeds $13.2 million. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST, Tuesday,
October 10, 2017. SFI grants are available to academic institutions, non-profit organizations and
Download this year's RFP instructions and criteria.
For SFI Conservation Grant applications, SFI Inc. is placing a priority on projects that measure,
demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands, or values promoted by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. Particular attention will be paid to applications focused on conservation values in the areas of water, climate change (including both carbon attributes and forest resiliency), and biodiversity.
SFI’s Community Partnerships Grant Program is focused on elevating and enriching the links
between people and forests. SFI awards grants to collaborative community-based projects, activities or events that support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests. Applications that feature creative partnerships or high degrees of leverage (e.g., matching funds, scale of impact, etc.) are preferred.
In 2016 and 2017, SFI provided 13 conservation grants to academic and non-profit institutions, including the American Bird Conservancy, Foothills Research Institute, Laval University Faculty of Forestry - Geography and Geomatics, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan Research Council, The Nature Conservancy - Georgia Chapter, University of Georgia, University of Northern British Columbia, The Boreal Avian Modelling Project, GreenBlue, Manomet, NatureServe, and Saskatchewan Research Council.
And, in 2016 and 2017, SFI provided 16 community grants to partners including Cornell University, Earth Rangers, Muckleshoot Tribe, National Wild Turkey Federation, San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program, Black Family Land Trust, Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, Forests Ontario, Fraser Basin Council Society, Maine SFI Implementation Committee, Scouts Canada, South Carolina Forestry Foundation, South Dakota Project Learning Tree, The Greening of Detroit, Trees for Tomorrow, and Whitefish
Montana School District.
Several highlights of these grants include:
• The Canadian Forest Carbon Assessment, led by the Saskatchewan Research Council,
is building a roadmap to conduct a comprehensive carbon-stock assessment for well-managed
forests, including those certified to SFI. This project will quantify carbon storage in different
forest ecosystems using national and regional data and examine forest management practices
that influence carbon stocks.
• The Conservation Values of Forests Project, led by NatureServe, will help consolidate and
illustrate the biodiversity-related conservation value of forests certified to SFI, ultimately helping
stakeholders to understand and communicate conservation outcomes. Findings will also help
forest managers improve wildlife habitat across large landscapes.
• A Tree, Is A Tree, Is A Tree 101, led by the Black Family Land Trust, is engaging African
Americans in Southside Virginia to turn family forest assets into performing assets for today,
tomorrow and for generations to come.
• Marten Monitoring and Youth Knowledge Transfer Program, is an effort led by the
Cree First Nation of Waswanipi in Quebec to evaluate the impact of wildlife management
guidelines on marten populations and transfer knowledge to Cree youth in the community by
combining science and traditional knowledge.
• A Guide to Harvesting Family Woodlands, being developed by the Maine SFI
Implementation Committee, will be a key tool to conserve forests, educate forest owners and
build partnerships among family woodland owners and forest managers.
Learn more about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, read about current and past grant projects, and review the RFP process on our website. For additional questions, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager of Conservation Partnerships.
Aug 9, 2017 - one month ago
George Massey, Avoiding Another Sad Chapter in our ‘Do Nothing Novel’
BY Chris Gardner, President, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)
Bureaucrats aren’t known for their horror writing skills. But Delta’s report on what would happen to the Massey Tunnel if there was an earthquake should send chills down the spine of every driver in the Lower Mainland.
Imagine an ordinary weekday morning, with traffic on Highway 99 backed up, as usual, in both directions. Hundreds of vehicles are slowly trickling through the tunnel when the ground begins to shake – a 6.7 earthquake.
The tunnel, described in the report as, “a brittle structure in highly unstable/liquefiable soils,” buckles. The ground under it turns to mush. Power is lost almost immediately, plunging the structure into darkness.
Cars and trucks slam on their brakes, causing major accidents in every lane. The tunnel rocks upward, breaks free and starts moving downstream, pushed by the Fraser River.
Muddy river water gushes into the dark tunnel, trapping motorists. At this moment, an emergency pump is supposed to whir into action and “should” keep the water level low enough for people to escape during the following hour. “Should” isn’t a great bet.
One can only imagine the terror in what would likely be the final moments for many of these people. It’s a risk that motorists using the Massey Tunnel take every day.
If this was not scary enough, where is the other place you wouldn’t want to be in a car when the “big one” hits? The 80-year-old Pattullo Bridge, already on the verge of falling into the Fraser.
How did one of the largest cities in a G7 economy, a city considered one of the most desirable places to live in the world, end up with two major pieces of failing infrastructure? Two reasons: old-fashioned government neglect, and a relatively new, but increasingly fashionable, movement finding favor among activists: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.
To their credit, the previous BC Liberal government tried to address Massey. The tunnel is not safe, it’s not effective at moving people and it’s become one of the biggest traffic chokepoints in the country. Yet the Metro Vancouver mayors are fighting its replacement tooth and nail.
All the mayors have voted against Massey – except for Delta’s Lois Jackson, who has spent the most time studying and considering it. Jackson knows that, after 145 technical and scientific reports examining all of the options, a new bridge is the safest and most cost-effective. The environmental assessments are complete, more than 3,000 people attended 110 public meetings, and construction is about to start. So, what’s the problem?
The provincial government has changed hands, and the NDP-Green alliance is looking to kill the project under the guise of “working with” the Metro Vancouver mayors.
Yes, they want to work with those same Metro Vancouver mayors who can’t even manage their own TransLink infrastructure properly. The mayors have responsibility for two major bridges: the new Golden Ears and the old Pattullo. It’s failing at half its portfolio, yet the NDP give their opinion precedence.
In the mayors’ world, failure at TransLink is always someone else’s fault: ‘out-of-touch’ Ottawa, ‘anti-urban’ Victoria, chintzy taxpayers for not excitedly handing over more money to wasteful TransLink, or ‘selfish’ drivers who should just get out of their cars and take transit.
We need to build more infrastructure – not less. Metro Vancouver is growing. We need to invest in transit, in new roads and new bridges to ensure that we can move people and goods in, around, and through the region. It’s not about choosing one project over another, it’s about revitalizing our aging infrastructure and building a strategic mix of new assets so that businesses located in the region can compete and families living in the region can get around safely and efficiently.
As the NDP prepares to cancel the Massey Tunnel replacement, keep in mind two facts: the Geological Survey of Canada records more than 2,500 earthquakes in western Canada and off the B.C. coast every year. Metro Vancouver has at least a 30% chance of a major earthquake in the next 50 years.
Let’s pray our elected officials are not really prepared to roll the dice with people’s lives.
Aug 9, 2017 - one month ago
Share a photo of you out enjoying your summer without using electricity with #PowerDownBC, and you could win.
Win a GoPro, a Bose Bluetooth speaker, and more
Submit a photo that shows us how you're saving energy by powering down your home and enjoying summer in B.C.
Show us your favourite way to enjoy B.C. summers, and you could win
How do you power down your home and enjoy the outdoors during the summer? Do you like going on long hikes to enjoy our beautiful province, enjoy taking a refreshing dip in a lake, or do you enjoy curling up beneath a shady tree with a good book?
There are lots of ways to enjoy the beautiful summer weather outdoors in B.C., and if you power down at home, you can save energy too. Show us your favourite way on Instagram or Twitter between July 17 and August 31, and you could win a grand prize package: a GoPro camera, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Sony wireless earphones.
Plus, if you snap a photo at one of our recreation areas or visitor centres, enter our contest, and you could also win a Kobo eReader.
How to enter the contest
Start by following us on Instagram (@bchydro) or Twitter (@bchydro).
Choose your favourite photo that shows how you're getting outside this summer, and powering down to save electricity in your home. This can be cooling down by the lake, going on a hike, or taking your furry friend on a road trip. Use the hashtag #PowerDownBC on your Twitter or Instagram photo and include our handle @bchydro in your caption between July 15, 2017 and August 31, 2017 to instantly enter. Only one photo per person is eligible, so choose the best one that you've got, and ensure that the photo has been posted to your Instagram or Twitter within the contest period (i.e photos from previous months or years won't work unless you repost them). For privacy reasons, no selfies or photos that show faces can be submitted. If you're at one of our recreation areas or visitor centres, don't forget to tell us which one you're at.
At the end of the contest period, a judging panel will select the grand prize winner from all the eligible entries. The grand prize consists of a GoPro camera and grip, Bose Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker, and Sony Wireless Headphones (approximate retail value $630).
You also have the chance to win a Kobo eReader if you submit a photo from one of our recreation areas – we'll do an additional random draw just for those photos.
Ideas to help you submit a winning photo
Here are some tips to help you choose which photo to submit as your entry:
Photos should be of an activity that doesn't require a lot of electricity. Unplug and get outside to enjoy beautiful B.C., without cranking up the A/C and turning on the TV.
A road trip, outdoor activities with your pets, swimming or hiking are all fun ideas for outdoor photos. We also encourage you to visit one of our recreation areas or visitor centres, and are even offering a chance to win an additional prize for those to make it out to one of our sites across the province.
To protect personal privacy, photos featuring identifiable people are not eligible. Silhouetted figures or shots of people at angles that don't clearly show their faces (like the example above) are fine to submit. Stick to a photo that shows people from the back or side and avoid showing faces to ensure your photo will be eligible.
Aug 3, 2017 - one month ago