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Elevator operators seek quick end to CN strike

The Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA) wants grain shipments on Canadian National Railway (CN) to resume as soon as possible. “It has a major impact for every day that we’re not moving grain on CN,” WGEA executive director Wade Sobkowich said in an interview Tuesday. “A federal mediator has been appointed and that’s a step […] Read more

Senate hands back transport bill, with changes

Federal legislation sought by farm groups wanting improvements to rail service for the grain sector is on its way back from the Senate to the House of Commons. Senators on Thursday afternoon passed Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, on third reading — but with several amendments proposed Wednesday by the standing Senate committee on […] Read more

Rail delays put Canada four million tonnes behind its grain export program targets

Producers are incurring extra costs while grain vessels sit empty in port, waiting for rail deliveries

Backlogs in the grain-handling system aren’t just hurting growers’ bottom lines — they’re also tarnishing Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier, according to the CEO of Pulse Canada. “We have to stop talking about railway statistics or country elevator statistics, and start talking about our reputation in markets around the world,” Gordon Bacon said at […] Read more