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Federal work/rest rules to be updated for railway workers

More clarifications coming, Teamsters say

A perennial sticking point in work stoppages and labour disputes at Canada’s two major railways is expected to be at least somewhat addressed within the next two and a half years. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Nov. 25 announced what’s billed as the first updates to the Duty/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees since […] Read more

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This harvest, take a bit of time to do things differently

Instead of the usual go-go-go approach, think about how we can all learn to use time more wisely

Reading Time: 3 minutes I watched in horror a video on social media in which a farmer wrapped his preteen son in bale wrap. The child was in the machine! Later that week I coaxed an elderly man holding his electric saw down off a 25-foot extension ladder. At a lavender farm, I encouraged the owner to stop giving […] Read more


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CN kicks off recovery after eight-day strike

Reuters –– Canadian National Railway on Thursday said it was putting a recovery plan in place while ramping up operations after the country’s biggest rail strike in a decade. The eight-day-long work stoppage at Canada’s largest railroad sent shocks through the country’s economy with grain and propane shipments scuttled. The strike by about 3,200 conductors […] Read more



With 67,000 acres to harvest, as well as a feedlot, time is always in short supply at Serfas Farms. But “unless we’re really, really, really late in the season, we won’t go two straight weekends in a row,” said Kevin Serfas. “It just doesn’t make any sense (to) burn the guys out.”

You’re only human — but are you willing to admit it?

The odds of an accident during the gruelling harvest season go up sharply if you don’t take these safety precautions

Reading Time: 4 minutes Are you getting worn down by the harvest grind? If you didn’t answer ‘yes’ to that question, then you’re either not being honest or you’re missing the signs of fatigue. “It’s not a badge of honour to say how long and how hard and how many days it’s been since you’ve taken a holiday,” said […] Read more

Have you got a plan to stay safe during Plant 2016?

Have you got a plan to stay safe during Plant 2016?

Do you know the symptoms of fatigue?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Fatigue is your enemy at this time of year. “Too many farmers push themselves, especially during the really busy times,” said Kenda Lubeck, farm safety co-ordinator for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Fatigue often creeps up on a person. In addition to feeling sleepy and tired, some common symptoms of fatigue include: Headaches, dizziness, and blurry […] Read more