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 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
Churchill Worth Saving
Most of us take for granted that the majority of our roads and highways are publicly funded and built at cost in order to serve the overall public good. Read more
NFU Submission to CGC re Licensing Producer Railway Car Loading Facilities
PDF Version <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNFU Submission to the </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanadian Grain Commission </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanregarding proposals to license producer railway car loading facilities, agents, and feed mills</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanAugust 31, 2016</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanThe </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanCanadian Grain Commission is seeking input on </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanwhat licensing requirements should be applicable to agents, <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanproducer railway car loading facilities</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span or feed mills, how its regulatory proposal would affect the interests of our members, and whether Read more
Letter: Public Safety at Canadian Railway Crossings
We, as the National Farmers Union, call upon this government to review and update rail regulations to restore a higher level of manicured property along rail crossings. Read more
Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni. Read more
NFU Recommendations for Solving Canada’s Grain Transportation Problems
PDF Version The following was sent to Transport Minister Marc Garneau on March 23, 2016: The transportation of prairie grain by rail is a critical element in Canada’s economy. The consequences of its success or failure are measured in the billions of dollars annually. The costs of dysfunction are inordinately borne by farmers who are Read more