The Season of Skills: Skills Alberta youth virtual competition kicks off this week

Edmonton, Alberta — The 2022 Skills Canada Alberta youth virtual competition is in full swing this week, putting nearly 800 Albertan students to the test in skilled trades from welding, to carving, to baking. On from Monday until Thursday, this year’s event has students from across the province competing virtually for medals and the chance […]

Electric Expenses: How the 2022 federal budget will affect the EV industry

Toronto, Ontario — As the nation begins a new fiscal year, Ottawa unveiled the 2022 Federal Budget last week, with a number of noteworthy highlights relating to the electric vehicle industry. This year’s budget came with the hopeful subtitle, “A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable,” and promises to do just […]

Canadian Connection: GMC Hummer EV undergoes cold-weather testing in northern Ontario

Kapuskasing, Ontario — The GMC Hummer EV will come with a tiny piece of Canada, as the vehicle’s cold-weather performance is being tested in northern Ontario. General Motors released a video of the upcoming electric Hummer in late March, wherein a white version of the pickup traversing snow-covered grounds in negative 32-degree weather. Approximately 800 […]


SAFER SHOULDERS A new amendment to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act will require drivers to slow down to at least 60 kilometres an hour when passing stopped roadside worker vehicles with flashing lights. The updated Bill 5 aims to cover roadside maintenance workers and snowplow operators with protection under the Traffic Safety Act; similar to coverage […]


CARI-ING ON Get your boots on because the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries is back in the saddle with the 81st edition of the association’s annual convention, as early registration opened in late March. Featuring several industry-relevant presentations, including a keynote address from former minister of foreign affairs John Baird, this year’s CARI Annual Convention […]


Opportunities—and challenges— for Canada’s auto recycling industry Column by STEVE FLETCHER As I approach my thirtieth year in the auto recycling industry, I join many of my industry colleagues in observing that I have seen more industry changes in the past five years than in the previous 30. The last two years, driven by the […]



IN THE RIGHT HANDS New legislation in Nova Scotia will prohibit the sale of marked police vehicles and restrict the possession of police vehicle decals and police vehicle equipment to authorized individuals. The Police Identity Management Act will come into effect May 12, 2022. The legislation will restrict possession of police items to only those […]


SEEING CLEARLY Seniors in Québec might find it easier to hang onto their licenses longer as the province no longer requires mandatory medical examination reports and eye examination reports previously required by drivers aged 75 and older. The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) announced the change March 29. Instead, the provincial agency will […]


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PARTNERS IN PROGRESS Recognizing that it will take all of us to fill the demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada’s automotive industry, General Motors has announced that it will be sponsoring this year’s Young Women’s Initiatives program from Skills Ontario. The Young Women’s Initiatives program provides direct access to various hands-on skilled trades experiences through […]