11/09/2015 11:29 EST | Updated 11/09/2015 11:59 EST

Alberta To Recognize Military Credentials For Commercial Drivers Licences

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I dedicate this series of photos to Will S, who would have loved to be in Toronto to see the parade, and to Greg's Southern Ontario, who reminded me to come out and enjoy a good parade on a fine day. Between 1812 and 1814, British North America and the United States waged an on-and-off war between what is now Canada the U.S. The war was actually part of the larger Anglo-French conflict fought thousands of miles away, but geo-political events brought the conflict to North America. Ironically, one cannot even say decisively who won the War of 1812. In the end, both the British Forces in North America (along with the pro-British Native Indians) and the Americans pretty much got tired of killing each other... they signed a treaty and peace returned. But the fact that British North America didn't lose to the United States was important to Canada in the sense that Canada was not annexed by the U.S., and today remains an independent country. <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> This Battle of York (Toronto used to be known as York) Parade is part of the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.

EDMONTON — Alberta has announced it has joined several other provinces in accepting military credentials for commercial driving licences.

The province says in a news release that the agreement will allow current and retired Canadian Forces members to operate commercial vehicles without additional testing.

It says that previously, military veterans were unable to transfer their credentials when they left the military.

Specifically, the agreement allows conversion from the DND 404 licence to Alberta drivers licence classes 1 through 5.

That would allow applicants to drive semi-tractors, large trucks, buses and limousines.

The province says the move will address labour shortages in the commercial trucking industry.

"I am proud that we are helping those who have sacrificed so much for Albertans make an easier transition to new, well-paying jobs,'' Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said in the release.

The province says it signed the agreement in June. Since then, two retired and 47 active members of the Canadian Forces have applied. Of those, it says more than two-thirds have transitioned to Alberta drivers licences.

Other provinces, including Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador already recognize Department of National Defence 404 equivalencies.

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