GoFundMe freezes $3.7M until organizers of Canada trucker convoy detail spending plan

Protesters gather on overpasses on Highway 1 to protest the coronavirus vaccine mandate for commercial transportation truck drivers

GoFundMe is holding off on distributing more than CA$4.7 million ($3.7 million) raised for a trucker convoy in Canada protesting COVID-19 mandates until it receives more information about how funds will be distributed.

“Our goal is to protect the generosity of donors and ensure that every dollar donated on our platform reaches the right place,” a GoFundMe spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday. “We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how...


El puerto de Saint John está en marcha, gracias a la potasa y a los servicios ferroviarios reforzados

La potasa ha sido un tremendo combustible para el crecimiento del puerto canadiense de Saint John; el puerto de Nuevo Brunswick registró el año pasado un 11% más de tonelaje que en 2020.

Esta entrada El puerto de Saint John está en marcha, gracias a la potasa y a los servicios ferroviarios reforzados


Port of Saint John on a roll, thanks to potash and beefed-up rail services

Potash has been a tremendous fuel for growth at the Canadian port of Saint John; the New Brunswick port clocked up 11% higher tonnage last year than in 2020.
But its dry bulk traffic was on fire, surging a whopping 123%, with potash the main driver for this, more than doubling, from 619,203 tonnes in 2020 to 1,653,750 tonnes.
Dry bulk may have been the star performer, but most eyes have been …

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Truckers angry over vaccine mandates roll toward Canada’s capital in protest

Trucks lined up at the US canada border

Truck drivers in Canada are slow-rolling in convoys across the country to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate at the U.S. border, with plans to converge at the capital, Ottawa, on Saturday.

Among them will be Ontario owner-operator Brigitte Belton, who until recently regularly moved freight between the U.S. and Canada. Since Saturday, she and other drivers who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 have been barred from crossing the border

“I’m literally going to lose my truck, my house, my...


Canadian trucking greets US border vaccine mandate with trepidation — and shrugs

A semi-truck with a Canadian and US flag on the trailer travels on a higheway.

Like many cross-border trucking companies in Canada, Ontario-based Star Van Systems feared it would lose a chunk of its drivers — up to 15% — to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate taking effect at the U.S. border on Saturday.

But something happened as the deadline approached: Drivers started getting vaccinated, said General Manager Brenden Smith. Some even went to the U.S. to get a single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which isn’t widely available in Canada.

“A lot of guys have made the choice to...


US to close borders to unvaccinated Canadian, Mexican truckers on Saturday

a truck driver handing documents to a US border officer.

The U.S. will close its borders to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Canadian and Mexican truck drivers on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday.

“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. 

NEW: Beginning Saturday, January 22, DHS will require non-U.S....


Analysis: Vaccine mandate or not, US-Canada cross-border freight rates poised to rise

Trucks moving freight across the Canada-US border. With the Sir Adam Beck Power Generating Station in the foreground, and, Lake Ontario on the horizon.

Since Saturday, U.S. truckers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated against COVID-19 have been barred from crossing into Canada. A similar mandate is expected to hit Canadian drivers at the U.S. border next Saturday. Already, the mandates are being blamed for a jump in rates.

But cross-border freight pricing was already poised to increase significantly by necessity. Increasing demand for consumer goods and tight capacity have collided with higher costs and a scarce supply of drivers and...


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