HEAD ON A SWIVEL The province of Alberta is taking steps to better protect tow truck drivers while on the job, with the launch of a one-year pilot project to assess the efficacy of blue emergency lights on tow trucks. Industry advocates from the Towing and Recovery Association of Alberta and the Alberta Motor Association, […]


A MCGREGOR MOOD McGregor Auto Parts in St. Thomas, Ontario celebrated its sixtieth year in business a couple of weeks ago; not with a trip to Value Village to take advantage of the 30 percent off seniors discount, but with a huge community barbecue packed with food, classic cars and prizes. St. Thomas locals were […]


FOLLOW THE MONEY An interactive map published by British Columbia’s provincial insurer delves deep into the specific intersections on Vancouver Island where the most auto collisions occur—incidentally, also giving shop owners a good idea of where to invest in advertising. According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s data, which is as recent as April […]


AXES UP Members of southern Ontario’s aftermarket community unleashed their inner viking on a hot Saturday afternoon in July, as Treschak Enterprises raised $11,500 at its third annual Axes Up for the Fonthill Legion fundraiser. The afternoon of axe throwing, taken part in by a record 50 throwers this year, has become an annual tradition […]


BOOTS ON THE GROUND July 15 marked World Youth Skills Day, and this year the federal government put particular stress on addressing the labour gap soon to be left by Canada’s rapidly retiring workforce. In observance of the day, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Ginette Petitpas […]


DOE-N’T DO THIS The occupants of a Fort St. John, B.C. vehicle have been arrested by the RCMP for several charges including possession of live wildlife, a one-month-old deer fawn, according to the RCMP—and naturally, some drugs. Reportedly, the fawn enjoyed some time with RCMP members before being handed over to Conservation. It has since […]


SPRAYING WITH SEWAGE BMW is partnering with BASF to develop the next generation of paints using an innovative new material—sewage waste. Euphemistically dubbed “sustainable paints made from bio-waste,” these matte paints are part of the company’s focus on sustainability and reduced CO2 emissions. Most importantly, these new paints are chemically identical to previously manufactured body […]


A WELD TO THE WISE Toyota announced it is icing the use of heat to straighten body and frame components on OEM repairs, as well as reinforcing pre-existing welding techniques, in a Collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) issued in June. The automaker says that, due to the high-strength sheet steel used for structural body and […]