Archive - 2016
The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many cargo thieves. The extended winter holiday season presents plenty of opportunity for thieves to nab goods from both truck drivers and warehouses. Trucks and warehouses are more likely to be left unattended, and facilities that sit full of merchandise awaiting the empty shelves that follow holiday sales provide rich targets for cargo thieves. Moreover, these facilities tend to have fewer personnel over the extended holiday.
In 2004, Seawind Catamarans launched the 38ft Seawind 1160… a ground breaking and innovative design that gained worldwide acclaim for its clever layout and use of space, ergonomic design and efficient short-handed sailing performance. Well over 100 Seawinds have been launched since then and many are crossing the world’s largest oceans.
Under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, the $51.1 million Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver is now the world’s tallest wood framed building.
The UBC student housing tower, a design collaboration by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects and Structural Engineer Fast + Epp, rises 18 stories high and reaches a stunning 178.8 (53 meters) tall.
ICBC has confirmed that jurisdictions allowing carriers to register prorate vehicles by gross weight under the International Registration Plan are within their rights to request supporting documentation for any licensing requests based on weight variances that exceed 10% between the base jurisdiction and others.
September 29th, 2016 – The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that casino-gaming company International Game Technology (IGT) has agreed to pay a half million-dollar penalty for firing an employee with several years of positive performance reviews because he reported to senior management and the SEC that the company’s financial statements might be distorted.
Though there are many benefits to working at home, such as shorter commute times and work/life balance, as an employer you also need to recognize the legal issues which arise as a result of allowing employees to work from home.
Some things to consider:
Members operating under the International Fuel Tax Agreement are reminded to apply for 2017 IFTA licenses and decals no later than November 24th, 2016, in order to receive new versions by January 1, 2017.
IFTA licenses and decals for 2016 expire on December 31, 2016. The renewal fee is $100.
Carriers may apply online or by mail. Please see the Ministry of Finance Tax Notice 2016-004 for additional information and details on how to apply.
In 2013, there were a total of 3,602 deaths as a result of large truck crashes.
- 16% were truck occupants
- 67% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles
Many of these accidents were the direct results of drivers – both truck and bus drivers, as well as passenger vehicle drivers operating unsafely around them.
While the Canadian government has announced its intention to legalize the substance in the near future for non-medical recreational use, the possession of marijuana today still remains unlawful under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Its use for medical purposes however, is permitted under the Regulations to the Act.
So what does this mean for Canadian employers?
A fire can be a catastrophic event, leading to destruction of property, injury, or even death. To ensure that your staff and employees are protected in the event of a fire, it is essential that every business have a fire safety plan in place. This fire safety plan should include a detailed evacuation plan that all employees are made aware of so they can exit the building quickly in the event of a fire.
General Fire-Safety Tips: