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Can ‘right to disconnect’ laws actually work?
October 29, 2021 by Adam Malik

As many remote employees have discovered over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lines between work time and home life have been blurred. In what is said to be an effort to protect workers and ensure bosses can’t make

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Quebec regulator to look at connected, autonomous vehicles
October 29, 2021 by Adam Malik

The oversight body for Quebec’s financial sector wants to better familiarize itself with connected and autonomous vehicles. The Autorité des marchés financiers, responsible for the regulation of the financial industry in Quebec, released an issues paper recently, saying that the

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New ‘right to repair’ campaign launches
October 15, 2021 by Adam Malik

A new group has emerged to help in the fight for ‘right to repair’ in the automotive aftermarket. The CAR Coalition is made up of automotive parts companies, repair shops, associations and insurers that are “committed to preserving consumer choice

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R2R: Microsoft moving forward for 3rd party repairs
October 12, 2021 by Adam Malik

A recent decision from Microsoft could have far-reaching implications in the fight for ‘right to repair,’ including the automotive aftermarket. According to a report from Grist, Microsoft has bowed to shareholder pressure and agreed to move forward with plans to

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Ontario not enforcing rules on techs: Report
July 21, 2021 by Adam Malik

Ontario tradespeople, including automotive technicians, have not been under scrutiny from the provincial government for the last three years despite fees being collected, according to a CBC report. There has been no enforcement of the province’s compulsory certification of licensed

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CAF launches national strategy for women in trades
October 6, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) has published a first-of-its-kind national strategy for Supporting Women in Trades (SWiT). Built on action items identified by a 2019 task force, it establishes a national target to increase participation and retention of women in

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Quaker State GF-6 compliant motor oils now available
October 6, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Quaker State has announced that a number of motor oils within its product portfolio now meet the new ILSAC GF-6 specifications. ILSAC GF-6 is the name of the next-generation of standards set by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee

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California to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2035
September 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

California will phase out gasoline-powered cars over the next decade and a half, with the stated goal of allowing only the sale of zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035. The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order last week,

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North American legislators lagging on vehicle data: AIA president
September 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The president of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) says international governments are moving faster toward securing aftermarket access to vehicle data and OE service information. Jean-Francois Champagne told a webinar audience yesterday that Europeans and Pacific rim governments

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Commentary: Should techs HAVE to be certified?
September 3, 2020 by Allan Haberman

The auto service trade is constantly evolving. Certification should be the price of entry.

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Federal government extends CERB, revises E.I. program
August 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

As the economy begins to re-open, the federal government has announced new financial supports for workers affected by COVID-19. The $2,000/month Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended to Sept. 27. To date, the CERB has paid out more

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AIA optimistic about mandatory shop certification in Ontario
August 4, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Association sees ‘promising signs’ for certification of Ontario collision shops on horizon.