A dump truck in Calgary’s west end was caught on video slamming a tree into a creek in March, killing two ducks and a geese.
The video was posted on Facebook by a woman who said she was out working in the area on March 12, 2017.
“I noticed it was raining.
It was just a big dump truck that had been on a tree and was just hitting the tree.
And then I noticed that a deer was in the creek,” the woman told CBC News in a phone interview.
“So, I got up to go look for a deer, but I had my camera on, so I just walked out and I saw it was a tree that was going to hit the tree.”
The video quickly went viral and led to more than $100,000 in fines being handed out to motorists who violated Alberta’s bylaw prohibiting dumping hazardous materials into rivers and lakes.
But the video also spurred a national debate about how much truckers should be allowed to dump into waterways and the risk they pose to wildlife.
“We’re looking at a lot of new legislation and we’re also looking at how to make sure the trucks don’t go into rivers in a way that they don’t cause any harm to the animals,” said John Macdonald, the director of the Environment and Climate Change Program at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“It’s a very different approach from what we’ve been used to.”
The issue is complicated by the fact that truckers often have no training or expertise when it comes to handling toxic materials like paint, grease, chemicals or metals, said Mike Wysocki, a spokesperson for the Alberta Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Wysicki said truck drivers are trained to use a hand tool to scrape paint off of their vehicle.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re qualified to handle the hazardous materials they’re transporting, and sometimes that can lead to the situation in the video.
“What we have seen is that people don’t really have the expertise to handle it,” said Wysicks.
“People are getting into a position where they think they’re capable, but they’re not.
They’re not equipped to handle that kind of thing.”
A spokeswoman for Alberta Environment and Parks said trucking companies must have a licence to transport hazardous materials, which requires a certificate from the provincial or federal government.
The province also said it would be working with the truckers to ensure that they’re complying with the regulations.
But it’s not clear if Alberta has done anything in the past to prevent these kinds of incidents.
“In the last three years, the number of collisions that have occurred at these locations has been minimal,” said a spokesperson with the Alberta Trucking Association.
“There has not been any significant increase in the number or frequency of collisions, nor have any injuries been reported to the Alberta Environment Department or the Alberta Safety Commission.”
Some of the trucking industry’s concerns have to do with how much it pays drivers.
“If they’re making money on the truck, they can probably make up for it with other work,” said Brian Poulin, a trucker and spokesperson for Alberta Truckers Association.
He said there are some drivers who make too much money and the industry should be paying them a little more.
“A lot of them, when they get into the truck business, they don.
They don’t have a lot, so they’re doing it as an alternative.
But if they can get some kind of compensation from the company or the government, then it’s worth it,” he said.
But he said truckers need to be vigilant when they’re on the road, as they can’t be sure that everything is safe.
“The thing is that the industry is working with us,” said Pouins.
“They’re working with police.
We’re working closely with them.
We’ve got our own safety protocols.
We know how to handle things, we know what’s safe, we don’t want to see anything happen.
We want to keep our truckers safe.”
But the industry has come under fire in recent years for how it treats drivers, and how much money it takes in to cover drivers’ expenses.
According to a 2015 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, truck drivers in Alberta make between $10 and $12 an hour.
But in Alberta, the average hourly wage is just over $19 an hour, which means drivers have to take home more than twice that amount, which they often do not.
The report found that drivers are also often paid for their time on the job by the companies that lease trucks to them, and often make less money than the average worker, which is why the industry’s own industry-sponsored reports have also criticized the industry.
The federal government also recently introduced a new bylaw that would limit the amount of money drivers could make on the industry-owned