Trapped Gas: ICBC announces rebates to address skyrocketing gas prices

Victoria, British Columbia — Some relief is on the way for British Columbian drivers who have been shelling out big time at the pumps recently, as the province’s public insurer plans to roll out rebates in the coming months. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), in recognition of the effect that Russia’s invasion of […]

EV/AV Report: December 13, 2021

Toronto, Ontario — In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, Elon Musk teases some features on the highly-anticipated Tesla Cybertruck, the Manitoba government is building an AV testing framework based on public feedback and Victoria, B.C’s Camosun College welcomes its first EV Maintenance Training students. Features of the Future The Tesla Cybertruck is quickly […]

Green Grants: Victoria, B.C. EV company among 24 to receive Supply Chain grant

Victoria, British Columbia — The government of British Columbia is doing its part to support environmentally sustainable Canadian businesses with the announcement of investments in 24 projects across the province. On Sunday, the provincial government issued a press release announcing that “The Supply Chain Resiliency Grant Program has awarded one-time funding of up to $400,000 […]

Calling Timeout: B.C.’s Attorney General calling for a stay on ICBC tribunal ruling

Victoria, British Columbia — If the current state of auto insurance in British Columbia wasn’t confusing enough, the province’s attorney general is applying for a partial stay in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling about jurisdiction over motor vehicle injury disputes, pending its appeal of the same decision. On March 2, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled […]

The New Curriculum: B.C. government to help fund three new EV training courses

Prince George, British Columbia — In an effort to continue to turn the tide of automotive development toward the EV (electric vehicles) sector, the government of British Columbia has announced nearly half a million dollars in funding heading toward the launch of three EV-focused skills training programs in the province. The B.C. government will be […]

Fire at Victoria shop believed to be arson

A fire that caused approximately $230,000 worth of damage at Gurmail Auto Body is currently under investigation. Photo by CTV Vancouver Island.

Victoria, British Columbia — October 5, 2016 — Investigators now believe that a fire that broke out overnight at a body shop in Victoria, British Columbia, was set deliberately. Firefighters were called to Gurmail Auto Body on Dunedin St. in the very early hours of Monday after receiving a report that a number of cars […]

CARSTAR Victoria (Pre-Tech Collision) opens in British Columbia

Tina and Stan Van Basten, owners of CARSTAR Victoria (Pre-Tech Collision).

Victoria, British Columbia — January 31, 2016 — CARSTAR Canada has announced the addition of CARSTAR Victoria (Pre-Tech Collision) located at 548 Alpha Street in Victoria. CARSTAR Victoria (Pre-Tech Collision) is owned by Stan and Tina Van Basten, who have been in the auto collision repair business together for 27 years. Stan has worked directly as a bodyman for the […]

Barge full of crushed cars tips in Victoria harbour

Schnitzer Steel logo.

By Jeff Sanford Victoria, British Columbia — August 31, 2015 — A barge loaded with several hundred crushed cars tilted Friday afternoon, spilling twenty vehicles into Victoria’s inner harbour. The recycled vehicles are owned by US recycler Schnitzer Steel, which operates steel recycling and auto parts recovery operations across Canada and the United States. The […]