Grain Transportation

transportation of grain by rail

NFU Newsletter: April 2018
Seed Synergy or Seed Sovereignty?, Global agribusiness consolidation, Reconciliation must include rural communities (Max Fineday), An NFU innovation to improve grain handling and transportation for farmers (Terry Boehm), Are Influence Elites setting Canada’s Agriculture Agenda?, and a new award-winning Canadian documentary on GM food. Read more
NFU promotes positive ideas to improve grain handling and transportation for farmers
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is announcing ideas for positive change in the grain handling and transportation sector that, if enacted, will benefit farmers. Read more
NFU Brief to Senate Transport Committee on Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act
The NFU brief focuses on the need for Bill C-49 to be amended to remove its changes to the Common Carrier obligation in the Canada Transportation Act; retain the definition of government hopper cars in the Canada Transportation Act, and other measures. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2018
OP Ed: Looking a Gift Card in the Mouth: What Loblaws’ price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers Op Ed: Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision Op Ed: OmniTRAX not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill More ways to be involved with the ! Read more
Omnitrax not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill
Despite the strategic importance of Churchill, North America’s only Arctic deep water port, the rail line from La Pas was never easy to operate. However, the severe problems of today are predictable results stemming from two catastrophic blunders made by the Canadian government. Read more
Union Farmer Newsletter: October 2017
Our National Food Policy Includes Farmers! • What impact has Free Trade had on Canadian farmers? (tear-out fact sheet) • Private Corporation Tax Reform — Implications for Canada’s family farms • Bill C‐49 Will Amend Canada’s Transportation Laws Read more
NFU Brief on Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act
The NFU brief focuses on the need for Bill C-49 to be amended to remove its changes to the Common Carrier obligation in the Canada Transportation Act; retain the definition of government hopper cars in the Canada Transportation Act; add the obligation for a full costing review under the Maximum Revenue Entitlement in the Canada Transportation Act; retain the 15% maximum for any individual’s share ownership of CN Rail under the CN Commercialization Act; amend the Canada Transportation Act to reinstate the ability of a group of farmers to petition to have new producer car loading sites established; and amend Section 5 of the Canada Transportation Act to update Canada’s national transportation policy. It also notes that the reciprocal penalties provisions Bill C-49 introduces are unlikely to benefit farmers. We also call for the establishment of an independent Producer Car Reciever, which would provide a check on the power of the grain companies and the railways Read more
Mémoire présenté au le projet de loi C-49
Loi apportant des modifications à la Loi sur les transports au Canada
Le mémoire du UNF met l'accent sur la nécessité de modifier le projet de loi C-49 afin de supprimer ses modifications à l'obligation du transporteur public dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; conserver la définition des wagons-trémies du gouvernement dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; ajouter l'obligation de procéder à un examen complet des coûts en vertu du droit aux revenus maximaux prévu dans la Loi sur les transports au Canada; retenir le maximum de 15% pour l'actionnariat de CN Rail en vertu de la Loi sur la commercialisation du CN; modifier la Loi sur les transports au Canada afin de rétablir la capacité d'un groupe d'agriculteurs de demander l'établissement de nouveaux sites de chargement de wagons de producteurs; et modifier l'article 5 de la Loi sur les transports au Canada pour mettre à jour la politique nationale du transport du Canada. Il note également que les dispositions sur les sanctions réciproques prévues dans le projet de loi C-49 ne profiteront probablement pas aux agriculteurs. Nous demandons également la création d'un receveur des wagons du producteur indépendant, qui permettrait de vérifier le pouvoir des compagnies céréalières et des chemins de fer. Read more
OmniTRAX Inaction Cuts Off Churchill Indefinitely
Saskatoon, SK—The Hudson Bay rail line to Churchill has been shut since late May due to flooding that damaged the tracks. It has been over two weeks since the photos were released and caused Churchill mayor Mike Spence to call for "immediate action to repair the railway." What is OmniTRAX doing? Read more
Submission on the Future of Transportation in Canada and the CTA Review Report
PDF Version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNational Farmers Union Submission to Transport Canada consultation on </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanthe Future of Transportation in Canada </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanand the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanada Transportation Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Review Report</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSeptember 14, 2016</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The National Farmers Union (NFU) would like to thank Minister Garneau and Transport Canada for the opportunity to provide input on the future of transportation in Canada. Read more