By Chris Klimek Opinion Emile Therien Opinion Tues., May 14, 2019 The Ontario government is looking at raising the speed limit on 400-series highways to 120 km/h. Chris Klimek, founder and director of advocacy group stop100.ca, argues this is a good idea, while Emile Therien, public health and safety advocate insists it is not. Speed limits should be apolitical and set by trained engineers. Public feedback is best solicited by observing the actual speeds drivers drive, using an engineering speed study. Engineers conduct a speed study and determine the speed not exceeded by a supermajority of drivers, known as the 85th percentile. This engineering guideline has been used around the world to set safe speed limits for about 70 years — with stellar results. More than 60 countries and states around the world post 120- and 130-km/h speed limits on their divided highways. Article Continued Below My organization, stop100.ca, obtained two sets of data showing … [Read more...] about Should Ontario raise speed limits on major highways?
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By Eliot Brown WSJ Sun., May 12, 2019 Now that both Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are trading on public markets, the ride-hailing companies are under pressure to achieve years of rapid growth. First they will have to figure out how to hang onto drivers like Carl Wagoner, a Lexington, Ky., minister and potter who last summer drove for Uber to make extra cash. The gig proved less lucrative than he thought—around $5 an hour after gas, he calculates—given that he avoided the higher-priced, late-night bar crowd. He quit within six weeks. “Just wasn’t worth it,” he said. Uber and Lyft are banking on a future where evermore riders surrender their cars and rely on ride-hailing. But that vision assumes the companies will accomplish a trickier task—finding and keeping the millions of drivers needed to whisk them around. By relying on a workforce of independent contractors, the companies are dealing with drivers who can simply turn off … [Read more...] about Uber and Lyft face tough test of finding and keeping drivers
By Jeremy Nuttall Star Vancouver Tues., April 30, 2019 VANCOUVER—Standing at the counter of a coffee shop in Vancouver’s Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, underneath a little Canadian flag, the leaders of the resistance bicker over who gets the honour of paying for their drinks. Louis Huang ends the standoff by shoving $5 into Gao Bingchen’s pocket and walking to their seats. They have bigger conflicts to discuss. Huang and Gao, both originally from Mainland China, are the founders of the 60-member Alliance Guard of Canadian Values. Since 2009, they’ve been trying to get Canadian governments to “be aware, really aware about the influence of the Chinese communist government in Canada,” Huang said. Gao doesn’t speak much English, so Huang does the talking. Gao sits quietly next to him, checking his phone and waiting for brief translations of what is being said. Huang says the Canadian political class just … [Read more...] about This is the resistance to China’s influence in Canada, and this is their moment
Business The tiny, two-person Smart cars once pitched as the next big thing in urban mobility will be discontinued in the United States and Canada at the end of the current model year, German automaker Daimler AG said on Monday. 30 Apr 2019 05:25AM Bookmark REUTERS: The tiny, two-person Smart cars once pitched as the next big thing in urban mobility will be discontinued in the United States and Canada at the end of the current model year, German automaker Daimler AG said on Monday.Smart cars, with their unique styling and ability to fit in half a parking space, found an audience in densely populated U.S. and Canadian cities. But that audience was small and rapidly declining. Smart reported just 90 cars sold in the United States during March, down 18 percent from the year before.U.S. sales of a wide range of small cars have collapsed over the past several years as relatively cheap gasoline and a strong economy have encouraged consumers to buy larger trucks and sport utility … [Read more...] about Daimler will pull Smart mini-cars out of United States, Canada
Earthquake, typhoon, and other calamities A few years ago – I think four to be exact – we had a series of earthquakes in Manila that shocked everyone into trying to be better prepared in case the “Big One” hit. People tried to understand what to do whenever an earthquake hit, learned the best safety protocols, and prepared disaster plans and “Go” bags for emergencies including basic necessities like food, medicine, and important documents. Additionally, companies and families made contingency plans. These plans included what to do in case they were separated, where to go, how to find one another. It was, quite frankly, very scary to talk about but it was necessary because it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Companies and businesses also created disaster preparedness plans which included safety contingencies for their people and business continuity strategies for their work. This also included checking into … [Read more...] about Earthquake, typhoon, and other calamities