Scooters Galore

The assertion that the humble scooter was invented in Germany in 1817 is plausible, but invention dates and details of often controversial.  It just makes for a too-neat history: 200 years from a simple toy-like vehicle of small wheels on a piece of wood with a handlebar to the founding of ‘Bird’, the Santa Monica-based …

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New Impaired Driving Legislation

The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol.  Yet impaired driving remains the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada.  The latest available Department of Justice statistics indicate that, in 2016, there were more than 70,000 impaired driving incidents “including almost 3,000 drug-impaired driving incidents.” Having provided for …

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Seatbelts in All Public Transport Vehicles?

A year before the Humboldt Broncos team bus— not equipped with seat-belts for the passengers— collided with a tractor-trailer on a rural Saskatchewan highway on April 6, 2018 killing 16 and injuring 13, the federal government had proposed a rule making seatbelts mandatory on all newly built ‘highway’ buses. The final regulation for bus seatbelts …

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The Devastation of a Junior Hockey Team

On April 6th, 2018, the horror story broke worldwide that a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan collided with a tractor-trailer truck north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan just after 5 p.m.  Sixteen people were killed—including the bus driver—and another 13 were injured. The truck driver was not …

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Driving Equality

A few weeks have elapsed since Saudi Arabia’s royal decree lifting the long-standing ban against women driving came into effect on Sunday June 24, 2018.  While there have been other recent significant reforms of the male guardianship system in the country—a system under which women outside the home are in some respects treated as minors …

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Pollution and Prosecution: The Ongoing VW Diesel Saga

No sooner had German prosecutors obtained Volkswagen’s agreement to pay a one-billion-euro (US$1.2 billion) fine in connection with its diesel emissions cheating, that they took their first action against VW group’s management board by arresting Rupert Stadler, Audi’s CEO, early Monday June 18th at his home in Ingolstadt, Germany. Munich prosecutors said they had arrested …

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Petroleum Still Fuels the Canadian Economy

Motor vehicles are still for the most part running on gasoline, and Canada is from its oil reserves a gasoline “energy superpower.”  It has the world’s third largest proven petroleum reserves and it is the fourth largest exporter of petroleum and the fourth largest exporter of natural gas.  The overwhelming importance of the petroleum industry …

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The Gasoline Powered Vehicle and the Canadian Economy

The last vehicle on display in Lisbon’s National Coach Museum — a ‘must-see’ museum amongst the many wonderful museums in Lisbon — is the first automobile to appear in Portugal, a “4-seater vehicle of French origin” acquired by the fourth Count of Avilez, in 1895.  Suddenly then, in a matter of steps, the museum-visitor crosses …

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