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The allegory of the rail.

By Steve Geary | 02/21/2020 | 8:21 AM

In February, subzero temperatures in Canada can cause logistics disruptions.  This year, in addition to the weather, there is a massive rail blockage triggered by the Wet'suwet'en, an indigenous nation in British Columbia.

“Rail lines across Canada have been paralysed for almost two weeks after being blockaded by indigenous protesters and their supporters,” reported the BBC on February 20.

Though the specific issue triggering the response across Canada is specific to British Columbia, the blockade actions have spread to other locations across Canada.

According to the Los Angeles times, “protesters created a rail roadblock in Ontario, and sympathy protests popped up as far away as the Maritime Provinces, more than 2,800 miles from the site where Coastal GasLink plans a $5-billion project.”

Is the Canadian situation a government challenge?  A private sector challenge?  Or is it just another example of the risks associated with the government and private sector interface?

Think about rail choke points in the United States, and consider your risk profile with the Canadian situation in mind.  Supply Chain Risk Management matters 



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About Steve Geary

Steve Geary

Steve Geary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration, and is on the faculty at The Gordon Institute at Tufts University, where he teaches supply chain management. He is the President of the Supply Chain Visions family of companies, and Chief Operating Officer at ROSE Solutions, consultancies that work across the government sector. Steve is a contributing editor at DC Velocity, and editor-at-large for CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. In November of 2007, Steve was recognized for "Selfless Service to Our Nation and the People of Iraq" by the Deputy Secretary of Defense.


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