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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 […]

RECYCLING NEWS

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 […]

WHAT’S CHANGED, WHAT’S COMING

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 […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ATLANTIC

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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 […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

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 […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ONTARIO

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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 […]

TERRITORIES | REGIONAL NEWS

DRIVING ON THIN ICE A team blindly embarking on a wintry mission in Nunavut says it’s working to recover a Ford F-150 it lost while traversing the unknown terrain. The TransGlobal Car Expedition embarked on a 1,110-kilometre journey from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, driving “into the unknown” for about 700 kilometres. In […]

MANITOBA | REGIONAL NEWS

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FIRE AND ICE An early February housing complex fire left about 30 Winnipeg drivers out in the cold after their vehicles fell victim to a war between the elements. The fire broke out at a housing complex behind the Kirkwood Block on Portage Avenue at Langside Street in Winnipeg, melting onslaughts of snow that rained […]

ALBERTA | REGIONAL NEWS

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CELEBRATING CECILE Cecile Bukmeier, instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Bodyworx Professional columnist was recently named a recipient of the “Sturdy 30” award from Skills Alberta. Bukmeier is no stranger to blazing trails in the Canadian automotive industry, becoming the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s first female autobody instructor and winning the […]

SASKATCHEWAN | REGIONAL NEWS

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REMEMBERING RANDY Randall “Randy” Sarchuk, automotive painter and former paint rep for Reineking Paint and Color Compass, died March 12, 2022. He was 61 years old. Randy was a longtime member of the automotive aftermarket and a familiar face to collision repairers in Saskatchewan. He first stepped into the industry after completing grade 10, working […]