Thursday October 09, 2014

On The Move with Truckers

REUTERS/Andy Clark

REUTERS/Andy Clark

Listen to Full Episode 54:00

By definition, travel is part of every trucker's job description. They foreshadow a world where jobs are far from stable, and workers are increasingly expected to be mobile, as part of their employment. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy continues to report on a coast-to-coast study about how travelling affects almost everything else in our lives, with a look at the lives of several truckers from Prince Edward Island.

Trucking affects every person, in every aspect of their life. You couldn't go to Tim Horton's and get your coffee, if the truck didn't come in that day. Actually, they say that if trucking were to stop for two weeks in North America, it would put the economy into total devastation."

Jason Ling

People now are constantly in motion. Very few of us live where we were born. And movement has become the norm of everyday life. Truckers perform work that demands movement. Being mobile is, quite literally, part of their job description.

It can be lonely out there too. I know a lot of the guys that are gone a long time away from home, and stuff. But it's a job that, once you get into it, I don't know whether I should say it's in your blood, but it's something in your soul anyway."

Margo Griffin

Participants in the program:

Scott Annear, CEO Morley Annear Trucking. 

Natasha Hanson, a post-doctoral social anthropologist from the Maritimes.

Jason Ling, Owner of J&C Ventures.

Margo Griffin, short-haul trucker.

Paul Bernard, long-haul trucker.

Related Websites:

  • On the Move Partnership - 7-year-study concerning employment-related mobility issues, in Canada, and around the world.