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Grain elevators applaud the Parliamentary Committee’s rail recommendations

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) has added its voice to grain industry organizations praising a report from the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities on rail transportation affecting grain shippers. Recommendations in the report broadly encompass the adjustments required to the Canada Transportation Act to ensure the Canadian economy prospers in the long […] Read more



Gerry Ritz says he’s ready to use regulations to ensure railways — which charge for rail cars not loaded on time — have to pay when cars aren’t delivered on time.

Group calls for sweeping changes to curb railways’ ‘monopolistic behaviour’

Crops Logistics Working Group wants penalties for not delivering rail cars and meaningful sharing of data

Ongoing assessment and better protection for small shippers are two ways to fix the grain transportation system. Those are two of eight recommendations made by the Crop Logistics Working Group as part of a review of the Canada Transportation Act. More on the Alberta Farmer: Eight fixes for an ailing grain shipping system The working group […] Read more


CLWG Submission to the CTA

On February 19, 2015, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced a renewed mandate for the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG). The CLWG brings together agriculture sector experts to provide advice on how to improve the grain handling and transportation system. The CLWG is chaired by Mr. Murdoch MacKay, and includes representation […] Read more

Latest rail bill highlights the need for change, says farm leader

The $1.3-billion tab for moving last year’s crop shows 
‘there will never be an open market,’ says Alberta Wheat chair

The final tally is in and Prairie farmers spent more than $1.3 billion on rail transportation in the last crop year. The average bill was $33.69 a tonne for the 2013-14 crop year (a drop of 30 cents per tonne from the previous year) and the total cost was almost exactly what’s allowed under federal […] Read more