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    Apr 29, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • WestJet unveils its 787 Dreamliner maintenance hangar

    WestJet celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC). Member of Parliament, Kent Hehr, City of Calgary Councillor, Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Airport Authority President and CEO, Bob Sartor, 1500 WestJet employees and members of WestJet's executive team were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. WestJet also welcomed members of the Tsuut'ina Nation who led a blessing of the hangar at the end of the ceremony.

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    Apr 25, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • FortisBC partners with TransLink to move its natural gas fleet to 100 per cent RNG by 2024

    TransLink and FortisBC today announced a partnership that will source Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for TransLink's natural gas bus fleet. TransLink is now the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG, a certified carbon-neutral fuel, to help fuel its natural gas powered buses.  

    "TransLink is a model for transit authorities and fleet operators across the province for making the switch to low-carbon fuels," said Douglas Stout, vice-president, market development and external relations, FortisBC. "Compressed natural gas vehicles, which make up roughly a fifth of TransLink's bus fleet, have close to 21 per cent fewer emissions with a 50 per cent reduction in fuel costs versus diesel. RNG could offer the same savings while further reducing emissions by an additional 80 per cent versus CNG."

    FortisBC and TransLink have signed an RNG-supply contract that will provide up to 500,000 gigajoules (GJs) annually within five years. This is expected to provide enough to fuel the existing natural gas bus fleet with 100 per cent RNG. Over the five-year period, the transition to RNG will reduce TransLink's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50,000 tons – equivalent to taking 10,000 cars off the road for one year. The decision to use RNG is a positive step for TransLink towards its goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

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    Apr 24, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • John Deere Construction and Forestry Division Announces John Deere Connected Support

    Designed to improve customer service and machine monitoring, John Deere announces the new John Deere Connected Support. Enabled through the JDLink telematics connection, John Deere Connected Support leverages a suite of dealer and factory tools to deliver increased productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs.  

             “With John Deere Connected Support, dealers take a proactive approach, efficiently improving service and the customer experience,” said Jim Wagner, manager, connected support. “Dealers remotely monitor machines, leveraging two key tools - Service ADVISOR Remote and Expert Alerts – which provides them with the information needed to act quickly to avoid or reduce machine downtime. This strategy was designed to ensure John Deere machines are kept in peak operating condition, resulting in increased productivity.”

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    Apr 24, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • Northern Canada’s Resources Sectors in Focus at Expo in Prince George Next Month

    Prince George, BC – In one month, one of the region’s most popular heavy equipment trade shows is making its return to the CN Centre. Taking place May 24 and 25, the Canada North Resources Expo is a showcase of the leading companies and products that are part of Northern Canada’s resources sectors.

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    Apr 23, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • Day of Mourning BC Set For April 28

    Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. It’s a time when workers, families, employers, and others come together and remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

    When unsafe working conditions are ignored or safe practices are minimized, people can get hurt, get sick, or tragically, they can die.

    Day of Mourning is a day to reflect and honour the memory of those who lost their lives on the job, as well as an opportunity to talk to each other and renew our commitment to workplace safety.

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    Apr 22, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • Premium Truck & Trailer Inc. A Diverse History In BC

    Premium Truck & Trailer Inc., headquartered in Prince George B.C. has a long and diverse history in the truck and trailer repair business in Central BC. Premium Truck & Trailer started life back in 1967 in Prince George as Inland Diesel Ltd., a small truck repair shop specializing in diesel engine repairs. For over 50 years, the company has provided customers with an unparalleled level of customer service and continues to do so today.

    The business experienced steady growth during the 1970s and soon found that it had outgrown its original facility on Nicholson St. A new purpose built 15,000 sq. ft. building was constructed on Robertson Road in Prince George, and the business moved to this new facility in late 1979.

    By the early 1980s, Inland Diesel had grown to be one of the largest independent Cummins dealers in North America, serving customers from all parts of B.C. The 1980s saw many changes within the business, but none bigger than the acquisition of the Freightliner Truck franchise for central B.C. in 1986. This changed the whole landscape of the business, transitioning it from a Cummins engine repair shop to a full service Freightliner dealer selling and servicing the complete line of Freightliner trucks line as well as the three major engines offered in Freightliner Trucks. The late 1980s and 1990s saw several changes in the company’s shareholders and by 2004 the ownership of the company was split evenly between Tom Coffey and Glenn Latimer who are the current owners today.

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    Apr 22, 2019 - 9 months ago



    That’s right. Blue collar and social media in the same headline. Crazy, isn’t it? Not exactly...

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    Apr 18, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • Nikola Showcases Five Zero-Emission Products at Nikola World

    CEO Trevor Milton unveiled Nikola’s zero-emission vehicle future

    • CEO Trevor Milton unveiled Nikola’s zero-emission vehicle future
    • Thousands witnessed first glimpse of Nikola Tre, the hydrogen fuel cell truck for European market and Nikola WAV, a new class of electric personal watercraft
    • Nikola Two: First Purpose Built Hydrogen Fuel Cell Class 8 Truck for long range driving with an optimum powertrain layout
    • Guests saw live demonstrations of Nikola Reckless, Nikola NZT and Nikola Two on April 17

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    Apr 17, 2019 - 9 months ago

  • British Columbia Approves New Truck Configuration

    FPInnovations has led a number of initiatives to develop and promote the adoption of safe, more efficient heavy vehicles, which can provide immediate opportunities to significantly improve the industry’s competitiveness, and cut down on fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation ministries across Canada use stringent performance criteria to determine the safety and impact of vehicles before they are approved for use on their roadways. The evaluation process includes analyses of the vehicle’s dynamic performance, its road space requirements, and the impact these vehicles would have on existing roads and bridges.

    The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (TRAN) has approved 9-axle log hauling B-trains, equipped with 2.9 m-wide bunks, to operate on authorized provincial highways. This is a major achievement, and a big step forward in enhancing the competitiveness of the forest sector and sustaining the communities that rely on them. By adding an additional axle to the standard eight axles approved across Canada, a 9-axle B-train configuration realizes a payload increase of more than 15% and reduces pavement damage by over 5%. The payload increase translates to a reduction in energy intensity (the amount of fuel consumed per unit of payload) of between 5% and 10%, and leads to a similar reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Since larger trucks mean fewer trucks on the road, overall safety for the travelling public also is improved. 

    One of the keys to broader adoption will be the approval of numerous, connected routes in areas of B.C. with terrain that is well suited to the 9-axle B-trains. Currently, there are 24 public highway routes authorized for 9-axle B-train use. Many log hauling routes flow from forest roads to highways so both provincial highways and the connecting resource roads need to be considered. FPInnovations worked with TRAN and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) to create a guide for the provincial highway route approval process, and for assessing the road fit and bridge sufficiency of resource road networks.

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    Apr 17, 2019 - 9 months ago

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