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MEMA encouraged by news of new China deal
January 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) says it is encouraged by the recent announcement that U.S. President DonaldTrump plans to sign Phase-One of a new trade deal with China next week. MEMA says it looks forward to seeing more

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Tariffs have hurt manufacturing: U.S. report
January 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. Federal Reserve has released a study that found the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 led to higher prices and fewer manufacturing jobs. The study, written by Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce was released in December,

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Lobbying efforts top AIA list of 2019 achievements
December 31, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Automotive Industries Association of Canada held more than 70 one-on-one meetings with elected officials across the country in its advocacy efforts for fair and equal access to vehicle data and the upskilling and retraining of the workforce. At the end

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House passes USMCA hours after impeaching Trump
December 19, 2019 by Allan Janssen

WASHINGTON – A day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that

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Despite objections, FCC divides 5.9 GHz band
December 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The frequency known as “the vehicle safety spectrum” will soon be used for non-automotive applications. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 12 to share the 5.9 GHz band with other uses, such as Wi-Fi. The ruling was

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MEMA congratulates signatories to new USMCA deal
December 13, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has congratulated signatories to an updated North American trade deal. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was formally announced by Canadian trade representative Chrystia Freelanda, and her American and Mexican counterparts in Mexico City. It replaces

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Long process of updating NAFTA ends in signing ceremony
December 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Lee Berthiaume, CP OTTAWA — Canada joined the United States and Mexico in heralding a new era of North American prosperity on Tuesday as they formally agreed to changes to the new continental free trade deal. The amended pact

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FCC to vote on expanding use of 5.9GHz spectrum
December 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it will vote on Dec. 12 on a proposal to split the 5.9 GHz spectrum between automotive safety use and Wi-Fi use. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said a lot of people are wondering

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Study highlights Canada as ripe for autonomous vehicles
November 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

By Adam Malik Between industry partner participation and research and development hubs, Canada is in good shape for being among the first countries to see automated vehicles become reality. And chances are those in Southern Ontario are going to see

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COMMENTARY: How should OCOT money be spent?
November 4, 2019 by Allan Janssen

For the repair sector in Ontario, the closing of the college of trades is a huge opportunity!

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SEMA sues U.S. government over Replica Car Law
October 21, 2019 by Allan Janssen

  The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has filed a petition in federal appellate court to require the government to allow replica car manufacturers to immediately begin production. Under a 2015 law—the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)—low volume

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MEMA joins call for speedy passage of USMCA
October 17, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) joined over 400 other organizations and businesses in signing a letter to the U.S. Congress urging an autumn passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Manufacturers delivered the letter