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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

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Saskatchewan presses for rail interswitching, revenue cap

Farm stakeholder groups and Prairie provincial agriculture ministers got their chance Thursday to bring their concerns about grain transportation by rail to the federal minister responsible. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay held a roundtable meeting with grain sector representatives Thursday in Saskatoon, and met also with the Prairies’ agriculture ministers. […] Read more


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Railways urge Ottawa to loosen grain hauling rules

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canada’s big railways are pressing Ottawa to loosen rules around hauling the country’s crops — changes they say would improve efficiency but that farmers fear would weaken their bargaining power. A February report recommended that Ottawa institutes transportation system changes, including phasing out a 16-year-old cap on revenue that Canadian National […] Read more

A record amount of grain was moved through West Coast terminals in the last crop year, but Alberta crop commissions say 
the system still isn’t working properly.

Grain transport problems solved? Not quite

Mandated minimums for grain movement are set to expire this summer — 
but Alberta crop industry leaders say they’re still needed

Reading Time: 5 minutes Canada’s railways moved a record amount of grain for the 2014-15 crop year — but any improvements were mostly thanks to luck, not fixes to the system, say users. “A lot of the same issues that were evident in 2013 and 2014 are still there, but we’ve had a good run based on excellent weather, […] Read more


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Ottawa moves to extend expanded rail interswitching

Prairie crop growers hoping that changes in federal rail freight rules will continue past their expiration date are about to get their wish. Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Friday announced they would bring forward a resolution in Parliament to extend provisions of the previous government’s Bill C-30, the Fair Rail […] Read more

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Rail interswitching rule seen already paying dividends

A 2014 federal rule that expanded rail options for some Prairie grain shippers has already made for more competitive freight rates and service and should be renewed this summer, commodity groups say. Pulse Canada, Grain Growers of Canada and Alberta’s crop commissions on Tuesday called on the federal government to extend provisions from the previous […] Read more