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CAM News & Updates
 
 
President's Message

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Not handing out candy for Halloween was really my first reality check to where we’re at as a nation, and as a society, with the second wave of the pandemic storming all across Canada.

At the time of writing, Sarnia, where I live, is having a mini outbreak. My neighbourhood had been debating “doing” Halloween since the beginning of September. In the end, almost everyone agreed…turn off the lights and sit and eat those mini chocolate bars yourself. As someone who is responsible for all the running around for a pair of 90-year-olds, I got behind that decision wholeheartedly, as I can’t risk exposure.

I must admit, I do pretty well about making sure I have a mask or two and hand sanitizer at the ready. Always. But even so, I have been sloppy and caught myself not washing my hands as frequently or maybe standing closer to someone than is recommended without a mask on. It happens. We’ve all become a bit complacent – and honestly, quite fed up – with COVID-19.

It’s been a hard year on our movers and our front-line crews. In conversations with a few different members, they have mentioned that they have seen some loosening up on handwashing and general disinfecting and have had to recently hold staff meetings to reinforce the importance of being diligent, especially now that we are back in the thick of rising COVID cases.

It got us to thinking that it would be a great time to get an update from our membership on how they are faring right now. Each CAM member received a survey on November 2nd, which is essentially a repeat of the COVID survey from May but with a lot of new questions that have been asked of us over the last six months. We thought it would be great to get an overall picture of how we’re doing as an industry. I bet you that we’re faring pretty well, all things considered. But we’d like to hear from you.

If you did receive the survey email and haven’t had a chance to respond, we’d love it if you can take five minutes or so and check off the boxes. If you haven’t received the survey (or someone in your office hasn’t already filled it out) and would like to, contact Marian at admin@mover.net and she’ll send you the link. Since we can’t gather next week at our annual conference to hear the stories and compare notes on how we all responded to the pandemic, CAM would like to gather those stories and best practices to share with the entire membership.

As always, now more than ever as COVID cases continue to rise throughout the country and to our neighbours to the south, please adhere to safety and health protocols and be safe. Now is not the time to get sloppy.

 
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CAM Supplier: Victory Packaging 

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With more than 40 years of success in servicing the transportation industry, Victory Packaging has mastered both the science and the art of delivering complete packaging solutions. We are a market leader in the transportation/moving and storage industry with a national footprint, offering a complete selection of packaging and equipment needs.

We apply our expertise and our technology to deliver tailored, cost optimization solutions to every Victory Packaging customer. Our packaging professionals work with customers to improve and facilitate the various aspects of protective packaging and equipment for the safe movement of goods.

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Our NEWEST location is in Mississauga at 6685 Kennedy Rd. Unit#7, L5T 3A5.

You can call us from 7:30-5:00 Monday – Friday at 905-670-9520 or email Steve sstockill@victorypackaging.com or Lindsay lwebber@victorypackaging.com to place your order. Here’s our product catalogue

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Newest CPM graduate

cam-nov102020-3.pngCongratulations to Ana Mota of Quality Move Management, Inc. for obtaining her Canadian Professional Mover designation.  Well done Ana!

 
 
COVID-19 Update  

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CAM COVID Survey is on

A repeat of CAM’s May 2020 COVID survey, with a dozen questions added, has been sent out to members.  CAM is interested in hearing how your business is doing now that we have eight months of COVID under our belts.  This survey is mostly checkboxes and easy for you to complete while you have your morning coffee.

CAM members would have received the link for the survey by email on November 2nd.  It contains business-related questions so we would appreciate only one response from each individual business.  If you did not receive an email and would like to fill out the survey, please email Marian at admin@mover.net.  The results will be posted in the next newsletter.  Thank you!

How HR needs to approach COVID-19

During the American Trucking Association conference two weeks ago, this HR session was a hot topic and carried across several platforms and into a few Zoom calls between movers.  Specifically, the fifth and sixth paragraphs on the CDC’s new definition of ‘close contact’ and the eighth about filling out health questionnaires EVERY day.  Then there’s the bit on rapid testing and staying home for 14 days.  Take a look at this trucknews.com article which noted the main points from the session and consider where you are at with your plan as we careen into this second wave and flu season.

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Provincial Restrictions and updated information

Do you find yourself trying to figure out what’s happening in a province that you have to make a delivery in?  With COVID on the rise, things are changing rapidly once again.  In order to help, we now have all of the provinces and territories listed with the links to that information on the main page of our COVID-19 news section.

Stay up to Date!

We encourage you to check our COVID-19 section regularly on our website, as Nancy is still monitoring the various government briefings every day and that’s where we’re posting breaking news.

Be smart. Be vigilant. Be safe.

 
 
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7-month countdown to mandatory ELDs begins

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What is an ELD?

An ELD is a tamper-resistant device synced with a vehicle’s engine that electronically records the operation dates and times of a commercial vehicle. It allows you to know when and for how long a vehicle is travelling to ensure that drivers respect their daily limit and accurately log their working hours.

Why make the use of ELDs mandatory?

According to Transport Canada, the regulation will improve road safety for all road users. Knowing that driver fatigue is still an issue, the mandatory use of ELDs could reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions by approximately 10%. The Saskatchewan Coroners Service had also recommended the use of ELDs following the collision involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in April 2018.

In addition to improving security, ELDs will save carriers time and money due to the administrative burden of paper logs. They will help carriers comply with the Hours of Service Regulations and reduce the impacts of non-compliance.

The objective of using ELDs is also to promote and ensure fair competition for Canadian carriers. Tamper-proof devices will require everyone to follow regulations in the same way.

Who must comply?

The new rules apply to federally regulated carriers, which means nearly 157,500 commercial vehicle drivers. In Canada, a company that provides extra-provincial transportation, including its local activities, falls under federal jurisdiction, while a company operating within a province falls under provincial jurisdiction.
For the time being, no changes apply to provincially regulated carriers. Each province will need to adopt the rules based on its specific provincial reality.

Main exemptions

  • short-term rentals, i.e. less than 30 days
  • commercial vehicle or engine models built before the year 2000
  • vehicles operated within a 160 km radius from their home terminal, which are not currently required to keep logbooks

What is the effective date?

As of June 12, 2021, the use of electronic logging devices will be mandatory. In the meantime, providers must have their ELD tested and certified by an accredited certification body.

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8 benefits of ELDs

ELDs offer several driver and operational advantages, reducing Hours of Service (HoS) violations, making trip planning more efficient, and stopping renegade carriers from manipulating the paper log system. Here’s a closer look at eight benefits.

  1. Warnings before drivers violate Hours of Service rules
  2. Peace of mind for fleet operators
  3. A level competitive playing field
  4. Help reduce mental distraction and stress
  5. Realize coaching opportunities
  6. Improve operational efficiencies
  7. Answer more questions with additional data
  8. Reduce the time auditing logs

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U.S. experience with ELDs offers lessons for Canada

Canadian carriers hauling south of the border have gained valuable experience with ELDs over the last couple of years. With Canada’s ELD mandate coming into effect in 8 months (June 2021), here are a few of the key lessons that some Canadian carriers learned after introducing ELDs on both sides of the border.

  • Ensure your ELD recognizes different HoS rules
  • Confirm the device is certified for the jurisdiction
  • Leverage added ELD capabilities with experience
  • Recognize that ELDs track exact times

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Fundraiser : The Mikey Network 

CAM member TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  CANADA has been working very hard in support of The Mikey Network since 2012.  As part of the Mikey On Board program, all of their moving trucks are equipped with a MIKEY mobile defibrillator.  If you’d like to help TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  CANADA in their effort to support Mikey’s Kids 2020 Virtual Fundraising Campaign that will place these lifesaving machines with children who suffer from life-threatening heart conditions, donate here

 
CAM - TIPS for the road

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How to Stay Focused

If there’s one thing we could all probably use a lot more of it’s the ability to focus. But telling yourself to stay focused on a task, especially a mundane one, is often a lot easier said than done.

The good news? There are several techniques that can help you zone in on the task in front of you. If you need help staying focused, now that the busy season is over, why not try one — or all 10 — of these tips.

  1. Get rid of distractions
  2. Coffee in small doses
  3. Practice the Pomodoro technique
  4. Put a lock on social media
  5. Fuel your body
  6. Get enough sleep
  7. Set a SMART goal
  8. Be more mindful
  9. Make a to-do list
  10. Focus on similar task

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Product Spotlight

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Snowbirds Auto Connection Ltd.

Snowbirds Auto Connection is a family-owned and operated vehicle transport company providing reliable, door-to-door, damage-free transportation across Canada and the U.S. SAC offers a variety of services including coast-to-coast transportation, cross-border relocation and vehicle storage.

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2021 – November 14 – 16: CAM Conference, Edmonton AB 

We are very much looking forward to our first conference in Alberta!  Although it’s been postponed a year, all of our speakers have signed on for next year and it promises to be an important event as we are all missing our CAM connections!  So mark your calendars now, so you won’t forget!

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If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Nancy to discuss or check out the opportunities online.

 

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