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CLOSE TO HOME Cystic Fibrosis Canada has presented its Future Leader award to Olivia Sottile, daughter of CARSTAR Brampton owner Frank Sottile, for her work at the shop’s Quest4CF event. The event featured a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt that saw participants scouring the nearby area in their vehicles in search of clues to a hidden chest. […]

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HALF A CENTURY SERVING Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) celebrated 50 years in business on October 29, 2021, with the corporation’s first claim on a Volkswagen Beetle that had its tires stolen. “For the past five decades, we have been committed to serving Manitobans and delivering on our mission,” said Eric Herbelin, president and CEO of […]

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BACK FROM WHENCE YOU CAME In just a matter of days, British Columbia has become an isolated enclave on Canada’s west coast due to intense rainfall and flooding, leading to many of the province’s imported products being stuck in limbo in port warehouses. Among these delayed products are in-demand auto parts that were due for […]

Changes Ahead: Ontario’s towing pilot project kicks off Dec. 13

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Ontario will implement a series of restricted towing zones along Highways 401, 400, 409 and 427 in an effort to “clear collisions or vehicle breakdowns on highways more safely and quickly,” according to the provincial government.  First announced in March 2021, the new Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) pilot program will only […]

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MEET ME IN MOOSE JAW SAAR has its sights set on Moose Jaw this year, as the repairers association gears up for its annual general meeting on March 11 and 12, 2022 at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa. “We are currently planning a fun event that will entertain and inform you while taking care […]

BRITISH COLUMBIA | REGIONAL NEWS

A FRESH START Mike Hall’s “field of dreams” is a shadow of its former self, but that’s fine by the Rust Valley Restorers host as he plans to gear down his restoration business. In early October, Hall auctioned off all but 50 vehicles in his famous collection to give his family a little bit more […]

TIME TO OWN THE MARKET

Get a fresh outlook on the world of automotive marketing Column by VENESSA DI VITO In my 18 years of automotive business coaching, I’ve had the privilege to travel across North America in my various corporate roles. I’ve set foot in well over 500 collision repair facilities in every province and (almost) every state; enough […]

THE OXYMORON OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

As my mom would say, think before you do Column by STEFANO LIESSI We have come to the close of 2021, the Christmas season soon upon us, a time for humanity to put some extra effort forth to appreciate one another. The past two years have delt some definite challenges to many in the industry, […]