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Toronto to Michigan trash hauler wants out of contract

Wilson Truck Lines Ltd. -- whose driver was charged with causing a crash that shut the 401 for 12 hours recently --...


Wilson Truck Lines Ltd. — whose driver was charged with causing a crash that shut the 401 for 12 hours recently — is heading to arbitration with the City of Toronto.

The company claims it’s losing $3 million every quarter shipping the city’s refuse to a landfill in Michigan. New U.S. laws restrict the hours truckers can drive, forcing Wilson to establish a driver switching station in London.

The company seeks to use a contract clause for "uncontrollable circumstances" to get out of the contract, which was lucrative until early 2004 when the new regulations came into effect.

Councilor Jane Pitfield, chair of the city’s Works Committee, says the city had to make a fast decision after the Keele landfill site was closed and Wilson’s bid was the cheapest.

Angelos Bacopoulos, the city’s head of solid waste management, has said the deal was negotiated in good faith and must be honored.


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