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Advisory committee established to promote skilled trades
August 19, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The federal government has created an advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada. Founding members of the committee are Mandy Rennehan, founder and CEO of Freshco; Jamie McMillan, an ironworker and the founder of KickAss Careers;

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May GDP numbers show Canadian economy catching up after weak start
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canada‘s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in May, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. It is the third increase in as many months, thanks to a rebound in manufacturing. The Conference Board of Canada say the news

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Automakers concerned about Canadian support for CaIifornia emissions policy
June 28, 2019 by Renee Montague

The Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) say siding with California’s vehicle emissions plan could be putting the cart before the horse. The GAC expressed their concern over the recent announcement that Canada has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with California

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KYB meets with senator to discuss industry concerns
June 27, 2019 by Renee Montague

KYB Americas recently hosted U.S. Senator Todd Young at the company’s Franklin, Ind., manufacturing facility. The Senator’s visit included a plant tour, as well as a meeting with KYB executives, in which several issues threatening the industry such as the

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Ontario dealership fined after workers injured under faulty hoist
June 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A car dealership in Kirkland Lake, Ont. has been fined $45,000 for failing to protect the health and safety of its workers, after a vehicle fell off a lift, injuring two service technicians. Lake Shore Motors must also pay a

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Transport Canada to review GM brake issues
June 25, 2019 by Renee Montague

Following the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s probe in November, Transport Canada has opened a probe into braking issues in nearly 250,000 General Motors full-size pickups and SUVs. Transport Canada’s probe covers 249,700 2015 through 2017 model year

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Trade confidence at lowest point in seven years: EDC
June 14, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Export Development Canada says trade confidence among Canadian exporters has hit its lowest level in seven years. According to an annual survey, all five components of EDC’s index were down, continuing the decline seen in the 2018 year-end survey. The

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MEMA applauds suspension of threatened Mexico tariffs
June 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has heralded U.S President Donald Trump’s decision not to impose tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico into the United States. “We are pleased that he heard the motor vehicle parts supplier industry, which

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Trade uncertainty is hurting business: MEMA VP
June 7, 2019 by Renee Montague

U.S. president Donald Trump’s repeated threats of new and increasing tariffs are hurting industry, a leading aftermarket executive says. Ann Wilson, senior vice president of government affairs for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association (MEMA) told attendees at a Council

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AASA to open dialogue on intellectual property
June 5, 2019 by Renee Montague

Automotive aftermarket brand leaders are invited to attend what is being billed as the industry’s first intellectual property forum on Aug. 15. Organized by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), it will be held in Dearborn, Mich., at the Ford

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Canada Training Benefit could be boon or a bust
June 3, 2019 by Renee Montague

Providing employees with leave and job protection so they can take training could be a disaster for small businesses, warns the president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Dan Kelly said the federal government’s recently announced Canada Training

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MEMA opposes tariffs on Mexico imports, urges implementation of USMCA
May 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association says imposing tariffs on all goods crossing the Mexican border will not provide a more secure border for the U.S. In a statement released today (May 31) the association said tariffs would only serve as