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Six firms join forces

Smith Carter Architects and Engineers has a new name -- Architecture49.

Five other architecture firms across the country are also part of the newly branded national entity. The six members are all part of WSP Global Inc. (Last year, Genivar Inc. changed its name to WSP Global.)

The six legacy firms -- Smith Carter, Arcop, AE Consultants, North 46, PBK and WHW Architects -- all officially became Architecture49 on Monday at their 13 offices from St. John's to Vancouver. The 135-person Winnipeg office -- which also includes some of WSP's engineering-division employees -- will headquarter the 300-person architectural practice.

"It was very difficult to market with disparate brands," said Heather Smith, the national director of business development. "We took a couple of years to work through it together."

Smith said the name, which alludes to the 49th parallel, is intended to underline the Canadian-ness of the firm.

Smith Carter's offices in Atlanta and Washington had previously been rebranded as WSP Lab Planning.

Smith Carter was acquired by WSP (then called Genivar) in 2012.

Growers file rail complaint

The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) has filed a level of service complaint against the country's two national railways over the backlog in grain shipments this year in Western Canada.

The association said Monday the complaint to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) was filed under Sections 113 to 116 of the Canada Transport Act, which states the railways shall provide "adequate and suitable" accommodation for all traffic presented to it for carriage.

"The breakdown of the Western Canadian rail transportation system this year is completely unacceptable for grain producers," said CCGA president Brett Halstead, who is a farmer from Nokomis, Sask.

"Ultimately, it is farmers who are bearing the cost of this supply chain failure."

The complaint is against Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway. The association said the CTA will investigate and issue a determination within 120 days of receiving the complaint.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 27, 2014 B6

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