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Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

April 4, 2020 by Tara Deschamps The Canadian Press

Toronto, ON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing criticism after he announced Friday that the country is teaming up with U.S. tech giant Amazon.com Inc. to distribute personal protective equipment like masks and gloves across the country. Public Services…

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Survey reveals supply chain planning actions taken since pandemic declared

April 3, 2020 by Emily Atkins, Editor, Inside Logistics

Caversham, U.K. — The U.K.-based Business Continuity Institute has published the second in a series of survey reports on how businesses around the world are reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the supply chain side, 68.9 percent of organizations have…

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3M, Trudeau fire back at Trump over order to produce more face masks

April 3, 2020 by David Koenig And Zeke Miller The Associated Press

Manufacturing giant 3M pushed back Friday against criticism from President Donald Trump over production of face masks that are badly needed by American health care workers. The company said it has been producing as many masks as possible for the U.S.…

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B.C. marine industry to boost level of thanks to front line COVID-19 workers

April 3, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

  Vancouver, BC – This Friday (April 3) at 7:00 pm, ships all along the coast of British Columbia will sound their horns in solidarity with the movement to thank health care workers in the province who are on the…

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Port of Halifax cargo operations remain fluid

April 3, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Halifax, NS – The movement of containerized cargo vessels through the Port of Halifax has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. “Right now, all marine partners in the Port of Halifax are together working very hard to maintain…

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Is government involvement in the supply chain a good idea?

April 3, 2020 by John Tenpenny

Clearly, there are some jobs governments do better than the private sector, such as healthcare, but should they be adding running the supply chain to their duties during the COVID-19 crisis? Empty shelves, lineups outside stores and long queues when…

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3M pushes back on Trump administration order to stop sending N95 masks to Canada

April 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

Washington, DC — One of the world’s largest U.S.-based makers of consumer products says it has been told by the White House to stop exporting medical-grade face masks to the Canadian market. Minnesota-based 3M says the Trump administration has asked…

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Man charged with derailing train near hospital ship in LA port

April 3, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

  Los Angeles, CA — A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles was arrested on federal charges for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy, which is stationed in the…

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Trade deficit narrows; COVID-19 impact still to come

April 2, 2020 by The Canadian Press

Ottawa, ON — Canada’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed to $983 million in February compared with $1.7 billion in January, Statistics Canada said Thursday. In reporting the results, the agency said it did not appear that COVID-19 had a major impact…

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Boeing offers Dreamlifter plane to help transport critical supplies

April 2, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Boeing Assists with COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Efforts Chicago, IL — In efforts to COVID-19 recovery and relief, Boeing has offered the use of its Dreamlifter, one of the largest cargo carriers in the world, to help transport critical and…

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Ontario officials, unions call on business support to keep goods moving

April 2, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Toronto, ON – The government of Ontario has called on businesses to support truck drivers as they travel on provincial roads delivering essential goods. “[Truck drivers] are working long hours, day and night delivering food and equipment and other essential…

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Rail volumes continue to slide: AAR

April 2, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Washington, DC — Canadian railroads continue to be affected by COVID-19, with rail traffic volume declining last week. According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), for the week ending March 28, 2020, Canadian railroads reported 79,775 carloads for the…