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TRANSCAER® members and partners ensure the Safety Train makes it home

On January 22, Joe Caponio of ERCO Worldwide put a call out to the Ontario Regional TRANSCAER® Committee for help in getting the beloved Safety Train, the CCPX 911, to its new home at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario.

While the CCPX 911 can no longer tour across the country each year as a premier training tool at TRANSCAER outreach events, the car’s one-of-a-kind design will continue to be leveraged to instruct first responders at FESTI on how to prepare for and respond to transportation incidents involving dangerous goods.

Due to an irreparable crack on the body of the car, it was retired in early 2018 and is no longer able to travel on the rails. After many months of problem-solving, planning and organizing, Mr. Caponio and FESTI Fire Chief and Instructor David Clarke worked together to come up with an alternate transportation solution to move the CCPX 911 from Windsor to Mississauga. The CCPX 911 will make the journey secured to a semi-trailer truck and transported to FESTI by road.

Only four days after of Mr. Caponio’s announcement, several CIAC members and TRANSCAER partners pitched in more than enough funds to relocate the Safety Train. Phil Bott, Division Chief at FESTI, was grateful for CIAC’s members’ immediate action and their willingness to support the Safety Train’s new life, stating: “Your work is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.”

This is another great example of Responsible Care® in action. A big thank you to all those that helped make it happen!

  • National Silicates
  • Blachford
  • GFL
  • Seaboard Transport
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • BASF
  • Harold Marcus Ltd
  • ERAC
  • CIAC

Regulation in serious need of modernization, CIAC tells INDU

Canada’s regulatory system often results in inefficiency, delays, administrative burdens and unnecessary costs to both government and business, CIAC President and CEO, Bob Masterson, told the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) February 7.

The comments were provided as part of a study on regulatory modernization in response to the Federal Fall Economic Statement in November.

Mr. Masterson targeted regulatory overlap and duplication, rushed regulation that does not take industry’s perspectives for achieving goals, uncertainty and timeliness in his speech to the Committee.

“Obtaining an approval in Canada takes an average of 249 days, about double the OECD average and triple the time required in the United States. Make no mistake, this reality is well-known globally and is a strong influencer on Canada’s foreign direct investment gap,” he said. “The study being undertaken by this committee is welcome and urgently overdue.”

He pointed to the implementation of the Chemicals Management Plan and Transport Canada’s multi-faceted approach to better managing risks associated with the transportation of dangerous goods as great examples of regulatory initiatives working well in Canada. He also noted that the Ontario government had started important efforts in this area with its comprehensive Red Tape Challenge recommendations beginning to be implemented by the current government.

AIHA sets record attendance with annual Stakeholder Event

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) hosted its annual Stakeholder Event on Thursday, January 17 in Edmonton. CIAC was in attendance and was one of many event sponsors. Attendees heard industry updates from several companies building and operating in the region including CIAC’s newest member – Inter Pipeline and their Heartland Petrochemical Complex currently under construction. The event was attended by the Premier, Members of her Cabinet and Caucus, as well as members of the Official Opposition. The Premier reaffirmed the Alberta government’s focus on diversifying province’s economy through resource value add manufacturing and upgrading.

Mark Eramo, Vice President of Global Business Development for Oil, Midstream, Downstream & Chemical at IHS Markit was the feature speaker and focused his remarks on the state of the global chemical industry. Points of interest to the chemistry industry in Canada include:

  • High crude prices and low-cost natural gas attracting North American chemical investments;
  • China and US investment continues at rapid pace, with modest growth in other regions;
  • Chemical Industry in a prolonged peak earnings cycle with potential risks for the mid-2020s as current strong margins in gas-based chemistry drive new investment with the potential for global economic slowdown and reduced demand;
  • Decline in demand for refined products will see a shift in crude to chemicals with new refinery configurations and technology producing larger quantities of chemicals in greater scale;
  • Sustainability issues for sector remain focused on carbon, however water and plastic will continue to be priority issues for the industry.

This year’s Stakeholder Event was the largest yet for AIHA with over 1,000 people in attendance. CIAC congratulates AIHA on once again raising the bar on stakeholder engagement.

Chemistry sector commits to combatting plastic waste with US$1B investment

Canadian resource sector coalition encourages federal government to make changes to Bill C-69

A coalition of Canadian resource sector groups are voicing their concerns about a new bill, now with the Senate, that they say will add red tape, increase costs, and increase delays to natural resource project approvals, which could drive investment and jobs out of Canada.

In 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-69 to impose new environmental assessment measures on Canada’s resource sector (mining, oil and natural gas), transportation, manufacturing, chemistry and petrochemicals, trades and labour, electricity and a host of other sectors.

The bill proposes to replace the National Energy Board with a new agency that is tasked with assessing energy projects with no hard timelines at important stages of a project’s review and introduces more red tape, which could hold up project approvals.

“This will have a debilitating impact on Canada’s economy and deterring Canada’s ability to provide product to global markets,” said Diana Arajs, spokesperson for the Save Canadian Jobs coalition. “Bill C-69 has now been passed by the House of Commons and is before the Senate. The Senate is the last chance to make the significant changes that are needed.”

Interested and affected parties are encouraged to sign up to the campaign at www.savecanadianjobs.com. The site offers a host of tips for taking action such as contacting Members of Parliament and Senators with customizable emails and other resources.

CIAC members meet with three key federal ministers to discuss rail transport issues

On December 6 in Ottawa, several CIAC members, CIAC Director of Transportation, Kara Edwards, and three federal ministers met through Transport Canada’s Commodity Supply Chain Table to discuss the chemistry sector’s experience and views related to the national transportation network.

In attendance were Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi and Minister of Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay.

Representatives stressed to the ministers the importance of maintaining a commodity-neutral perspective while working to find solutions to rail service issues. They also pointed out that with an increase in investment in the sector expected thanks to the positive support in the federal government’s fall economic statement, additional rail network capacity will be needed to move these new goods to market. Other areas of importance included continued support for the National Trade Corridor Fund and support for the new data becoming available from the Transportation Modernization Act. The first weekly reporting of metrics through the Act began on December 10 and can be accesses here.

Additionally, recent CIAC survey results were shared at the forum, highlighting how members in Western Canada are currently experiencing very challenging shipping conditions. Our industry noted the need to work collaboratively with all stakeholders throughout the commodity supply chain to best use resources to get products to market in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner.

The CIAC Rail Committee will continue to be the main venue to engage key stakeholders in this area and CIAC will be working with Transport Canada to better track our industry’s performance within the Canadian system going forward. For more information please reach out to Kara Edwards.

Finance Committee report on pre-budget consultations a win for chemistry industry

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s report on the pre-budget consultations was released December 10, and includes a number of recommendations directly responsive to CIAC’s requests. Of note is Recommendation 9 (page 40) to, “Work with all other levels of government to align and coordinate efforts to create a competitive investment climate across Canada to attract world-class value-added petrochemical facilities.”

This success is a result of eight months of CIAC engagement with Finance Committee members, which included CIAC’s 2019 Federal Pre-budget Consultation submission and testifying at the pre-budget consultation hearings in October.

Read the full report here.