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One-boat ferry frustration gearing up for PEI truckers 0

One-boat ferry frustration gearing up for PEI truckers

Following a press conference hosted by Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton on Tuesday at the ferry terminal to highlight the issue, The Guardian talked to some truck drivers who weren t lucky enough to catch the 9:30 crossing to Caribou, N.S. The second boat, the MV Holiday Island, is in dry dock getting repairs and is expected to be out most of the summer. We shouldn t have to pay $138 to sit on the Trans-Canada Highway, said Danny Wilson, who drives a heavy haul rig for Kings County Construction, referring to his ferry toll. There is no such thing as priority for trucks and trucking is what keeps the economy going. If it wasn t for trucks everyone would starve. RELATED: By The Numbers – What the MV Confederation took on one crossing, and what it left behind [1] FROM TC MEDIA: Ferry waits costing trucking businesses dearly [2] LETTER: Exhaust fumes a concern for Marine Atlantic ferry user [3] P.E.I. ferry issue ‘enough to turn your stomach’, says MacAulay [4] Wilson was one of five heavy haul trucks that got left behind when the MV Confederation departed with a full load on Tuesday. He and the others were forced to sit and wait for the next departure at 1 p.m. The truck drivers The Guardian talked to said it isn t worth their while to leave the terminal and use Confederation Bridge. They say it doesn t save time and no one is paying them extra for gas. We re trying to save on fuel with the price of fuel what it is today, said Perry Smith, who drives for Far East Transport in Nova Scotia. Wilson said he often hauls loads from Montague to New Glasgow, N.S. When Northumberland Ferries Ltd. (NFL) has its usual two boats running that trip will take him seven hours. Now, it s taking him 15 hours, which means rather than two runs a day, he s only able to make one and it hurts business. It s quite frustrating. Somebody has to pay the cost (to sit in the terminal waiting). The company doesn t get paid. It s a long day sitting here. John Van Ouwerkerk, a trucker from Stratford, says what really bugs him is seeing cars late for the scheduled crossing get on the ferry while trucks that were there early get left behind. Every time I come down here I am getting left behind, said Van Ouwerkerk. I d be better off pushing a shopping cart at Sobeys. We are here filling these boats from May to June and from September to October yet these campers from the United States that won t be back to contribute to the economy are gone and won t be seen again. Gordon Graham of Montague, another trucker waiting for the 1 p.m. crossing, said he agrees completely with Van Ouwerkerk. They take this traffic arriving late and leave us just sitting there and we re here every single day. If they don t want (our business) just tell us, Graham said. Don Cormier, vice-president of operations for NFL, said there is a simple explanation for why late-arriving cars get on while heavy haul trucks sometimes get left behind. The explanation is simply that the space that those vehicles would be occupying has restricted head room capacity. We have decks that you can only put vehicles on that are (no more than seven feet high), Cormier said. Those trucks would not actually be competing for the same space. [email protected] [5] Twitter.com/DveStewart [6] References ^ RELATED: By The Numbers – What the MV Confederation took on one crossing, and what it left behind (www.theguardian.pe.ca) ^ Ferry waits costing trucking businesses dearly (www.ngnews.ca) ^ LETTER: Exhaust fumes a concern for Marine Atlantic ferry user (www.gulfnews.ca) ^ P.E.I. ferry issue ‘enough to turn your stomach’, says MacAulay (www.theguardian.pe.ca) ^ [email protected] (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ Twitter.com/DveStewart (admin.unis.transcontinentalmedia.com)

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ADOT, Jared Veldheer partner to promote "Seat belts. For life." campaign

Written by ADOT on Sat, Jul 30. View Comments [1] Consider that the safety gear worn by football players has the same purpose as a seat belt help the wearer survive a violent collision. So, it’s no surprise that the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Cardinals left tackle and Captain Jared Veldheer have partnered to promote the importance of wearing a seat belt with the Seat belts. For life. campaign. On Arizona roadways in 2015, there were 258 unrestrained occupant fatalities, which accounts for 29 percent of the people killed in traffic crashes that year. Lack of seat belt use is annually one of the leading factors in traffic deaths. “I wouldn’t play football without wearing a helmet and shoulder pads, and I won’t drive my truck without wearing a seat belt,” Veldheer said. “Being safe is being smart.” For the Seat belts. For life. campaign, two public service announcements were produced “Strong Man” and “Safety Gear” and each has a 30- and 15-second version. The PSAs can be viewed at azdot.gov, ADOT’s social media channels Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and will also appear on television during the fall, thanks to ADOT’s relationship with the Arizona Broadcasters Association. ADOT is excited to partner with Veldheer and thanks him for volunteering his time for the Seat belts. For life. campaign. Working with the seven-year NFL pro on the subject of seat belts is a natural fit. His left tackle position protects the quarterback’s blind side the same way a seat belt provides security against the unknown for vehicle occupants. In the past five years on Arizona roadways, there have been 1,205 unrestrained occupant fatalities. “Buckling a seat belt is the easiest thing to do when you get in a car,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Its sole purpose is to help you survive a crash. Let the seat belt do its job buckle up.” “More than one in 10 Arizonans don’t wear a seat belt,” added Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor s Office of Highway Safety. “Needless tragedies continue because people aren’t wearing a seat belt and parents need to make sure their children are properly restrained, too.” [embedded content] Author: SanTanValley.com Print Email [2] [3] References ^ View Comments (www.santanvalley.com) ^ Print article (www.santanvalley.com) ^ Email this link to a friend (www.santanvalley.com)

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Cumberland-Westmorland: things to start your day

Cat Rescue Maritimes kittens looking for a home [1] Three little kittens are looking for a home in the Tantramar area. CARMA Cat Rescue Maritimes has recently rescued the kittens through its Trap-Neuter-Rescue program, CARMA Sackville Chapter president Tanya Tower said Monday. Hello, Will and Kate! Canadian tour for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [2] LONDON, U.K. – Polish off the protocol – a pair of popular royals are returning to Canada. Syrian family welcomed to Sackville [3] SACKVILLE, N.B. They re here! For members of the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition, months of anticipation came to an end the evening of Monday, July 18, when Nezar Hussein and his wife Aisha Ibrahim stepped off their Air Canada Flight at Moncton Airport carrying their infant son Kassem. New Brunswick Day offers plenty of family fun [4] New Brunswick Day in Tantramar will be celebrated with cake, castles and clowns. A wide range of activities are planned for Monday, Aug. 1 that will keep people of all ages entertained. Otters in the tub, moose in the porch: family living on the wild side [5] HUNTINGTON, N.S. One might say this Cape Breton family lives a bit on the wild side. Sappyfest fans ready to descend upon Sackville [6] SACKVILLE, N.B. Sackville is getting set once again to welcome an influx of music lovers to town this coming New Brunswick Day weekend. References ^ Cat Rescue Maritimes kittens looking for a home (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ Hello, Will and Kate! Canadian tour for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ Syrian family welcomed to Sackville (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ New Brunswick Day offers plenty of family fun (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ Otters in the tub, moose in the porch: family living on the wild side (www.sackvilletribunepost.com) ^ Sappyfest fans ready to descend upon Sackville (www.sackvilletribunepost.com)