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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From Roman Roads to Paving Paradise

Most tours of the main modern cities of Europe at least point out or, more commonly, start with their Roman foundations whether these be roadways, bridges, aqueducts, city walls or major buildings such as basilicas.  And even without mastery of a timeline of ancient history, this likely comes as no surprise. After all, we know …

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Penalties for Bad Behavior

This week Road Rules is following up on recent developments in a couple of important stories addressed in previous articles. In July 2017, in “Crazy Speeding,” Road Rules reported the apprehension by the West Vancouver police of a West Vancouver resident, age 22, for excessive speeding when in the early hours of July 4th at …

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Who Sets Carbon Emission Standards for a Nation?

Since the OPEC crisis in the 1970s, improving fuel efficiency has been an ongoing regulatory requirement for car companies around the world.  As supply conservation became less problematic, environmental impact issues moved to the forefront: less fuel consumed per kilometer traveled also means less particulates and other emissions created per kilometer traveled. For decades now, …

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It Never Ends

The cover of the Spring 2018 issue of the BCAA Magazine—BCCA stands for the British Columbia Automobile Association—is an eye-catching set of green keys on a fuchsia background fanned out in the shape of what appears to be a drug plant.   It makes the point.  The headline in the lower left “Riding High, Why cannabis …

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