REGIONAL NEWS | ATLANTIC

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CROWNING THE KEMBERS CARSTAR recognized its top franchise partners during its annual conference in July, where the title of 2022 Franchisee of the Year was given to CARSTAR Centennial Auto Group, led by Ezra, David and Robert Kember. “The Kembers are a proud CARSTAR family with deep roots in their community,” wrote CARSTAR in its […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

UNIBAN BOOSTS IT Uniban Canada held its annual Boost Convention in June, hosting its franchise partners and attendees in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. “We embarked on a strategic growth plan with our franchise partners to snap back from pandemic constraints, and we have worked together in lockstep to deliver the highest-quality service to be valuable members of […]

ONTARIO | REGIONAL NEWS

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NO MORE 90210 Ontario Premier Doug Ford has suggested that the practice of dictating insurance premiums based on postal codes may soon end. The insurance industry’s practice of pricing based on location represents unfair gouging of consumers, according to Ford. “I know we’re working on a plan for insurance companies, as far as I’m concerned, […]

MANITOBA | REGIONAL NEWS

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ROCKY ROADS They say bigger is better, but that’s not the case when it comes to potholes. Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) says it processed 871 pothole claims this April— a 1,200 percent increase, compared to the public insurer’s monthly average of 64. This beats the previous 479 percent increase in March 2022, compared to 2021. […]

ALBERTA | REGIONAL NEWS

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ATTACK AT ALBERT’S AUTO BODY The owner of an Edmonton, Alberta collision centre is devastated following the fatal attack of a longtime employee. On May 18, Anthony Hai, the owner of Albert’s Auto Body in Edmonton’s Chinatown neighbourhood, found his employee Hung Trang injured in a corner of the building following reports a stranger had […]

SASKATCHEWAN | REGIONAL NEWS

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YOU’RE GONNAGO PARR, KID The year 1952 brought a lot of exciting new things into the world: Hudson Motor Car Company followed up the iconic Hornet with the Wasp, John Steinbeck released his magnum opus, East of Eden, Jeff Goldblum was born—and Parr Auto Body opened its doors in Saskatoon. Helmed by some of Saskatchewan’s […]

BRITISH COLUMBIA | REGIONAL NEWS

MAKING IT A WHOLE THING The public spectacle caused by a flaming Tesla in downtown Vancouver raised some red flags with Transport Canada, as the federal regulator’s collision and defect investigation team made an appearance on-scene as part of a newly launched probe into the vehicle. Transport Canada dispatched its team alongside local fire services […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

CARROSIER CASH Québec is giving a boost to its bodyshop sector, as the province’s labour minister announced a $2,109,160 investment into training for technicians and estimators. Minister Jean Boulet announced the investment in his home riding of Trois- Rivières where he stipulated that $1,672,985 of the total investment will be used to develop specific training […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ONTARIO

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SKILLS ON THE GO Skills Ontario, alongside Fix Network at its Milton, Ont. training centre, officially cut the ribbon on the Trades and Tech Truck before it sets off to schools across the province. The main focus of the event was on a group of seven students from Milton District High School who were given […]

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EASTERN HOSPITALITY Car sharing platform Turo is now available in Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I., the car-sharing company announced in late April. The company, which operates services like Airbnb but for vehicle owners, launched in Nova Scotia in 2019. Soon after, the company began exploring ways to expand its services to the rest of Canada, […]