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Cause for Alarm

Recently BBC television news featured a brief documentary about the hacking of protective passwords for Pandora and Viper car alarm systems.  It should be said at the outset that the manufacturers of these products say that any shortcomings have now been remedied.  The story, however, is still important in that the digital world we have …

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No More Collisions

According to the European Union’s official website, between 1992 and 2010, the number of fatalities annually on Europe’s roads fell from 70,000 to 31,000; between 2010 and 2013 a further 17%. This means, says the site, that “the EU is on track to achieve its strategic goal of halving road deaths [emphasis added] again by …

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Exciting Times for Developers of Entry Level Electric Vehicles

Despite the recent trade talks in Oshawa, Ontario, don’t count Canada out of the car-business-of-the-future yet. If Jerry Kroll and Henry Reisner, the founders and chief officers of Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation [EMVC] headquartered here in Vancouver, BC realize their vision, we may soon be fully ‘back in the game’. For the nearly 90 percent …

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Drug Use and Public Safety

Phil Verster, the CEO of Ontario’s Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency which operates GO Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, recently captured headlines by announcing changes to the agency’s fitness-for-duty policies which came into effect on February 1st, 2019.  The changes focus on workers’ use of recreational cannabis.  They are clear and to …

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Speeding on the Autobahn

That was (almost) a close call!  But, according to Germany’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, “common sense” has prevailed, and leaked proposals by a government-appointed committee on the future of mobility to impose a 130 kph (80 mph) speed limit on the country’s autobahn network have been rejected. Postponing the proposals The heated debate is over … …

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Big Changes for ICBC

Despite the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries macro-trending in the right direction—downward, despite significant advances in injury treatment and post-accident therapies, despite sturdier, more crashworthy vehicles, most drivers will have noticed that the macro-trend for their car insurance premiums has gone the opposite direction. And yet, says the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), …

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