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Ottawa and Queen’s Park are coming together to give over $100 million to an auto parts giant in Guelph. This is to help create over 1,000 jobs in the area. With the allotted amount of money that both the governments have given, It should come as no surprise that Ottawa is matching that of which the Premier is giving. With this partnership, they are looking to grow the automotive industry and the economy in Guelph, ON.

By partnering with companies like Linamar, we are positioning the province for growth now, and for years to come,” Wynne said Monday in Guelph.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, whose Conservatives are headed to the polls later this year, said Ottawa was happy to lend Linamar a hand — and money.

“Canada has much to offer automakers and parts manufacturers: our automotive innovation fund, the new Windsor-Detroit bridge, support for automotive R&D, a stable economy, a low corporate income tax rate, a highly skilled and productive workforce, well-developed infrastructure and access to markets,” said Raitt.

Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive officer of Linamar, which employs 19,000 workers at 45 locations around the world, said the firm’s Ontario’s factories are its “most productive globally.” It has 6,870 workers in Ontario.

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What do you do when your battery dies on the highway and your stuck? Here’s how to properly boost your car, safely and effectively. The first step is you want your helper car to be close, but not so close that you’re touching the car that needs the boost. Then you’ll want to open the hood of both cars to start the entire process. Once you’ve made all the connections, at this time it is safe to start the car. Here’s the thing, most of the time you’ll see people leave the car on when they connect the cars, but it’s best not to, even if you want to avoid the cold weather. The process isn’t long, and at the end of it all, you’ll know how jump-start a car.

Take one booster cable connector in each hand and have your assistant do the same. Hold each end clamp by the insulated portion, don’t let these touch each other and don’t let your body touch either vehicle when making connections.

Connections are made in a circular order. Just remember the following rhyme. (It’s a mnemonic, not poetry.)

“Red from the dead, to red on the good. Black from the good, to under the hood.”

Red from the dead. First, connect the red booster cable clamp to the dead battery’s positive (+) lead. On vehicles with a trunk or under-seat battery, or side battery terminals, you may find a bright red plastic cover labelled “+” in the engine compartment. This is provided for you to make the positive booster connection. Flip open the cover to reveal the positive terminal.

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Auto recalls have been rampant this year. It seems like every other day, news breaks about yet another major recall on millions of cars that, if left unaddressed, could prove deadly. Here’s what consumers can do to ensure their safety.

There are two months left in the year, but 2014 has already broken the record for most auto recalls ever. As of October, automakers had issued recalls for an estimated all-time-high of 56 million vehicles in the U.S. “To put that in perspective, automakers have now recalled more than three times the number of new cars and trucks Americans will buy this year,” the Detroit Free Press noted.
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The flurry of recalls has come fast and furiously in 2014. This week, Toyota issued a recall on roughly 250,000 vehicles in the U.S. related to faulty airbags, on top of a global recall of 1.7 million Toyotas for a wide range of safety defects that circulated last week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists 29 separate auto manufacturer recalls thus far in the month of October, and the agency released a special consumer advisory this week, alerting the owners of 7.8 million vehicles that they should take “immediate action” to replace dangerously defective airbags.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. General Motors recalled 2.7 million vehicles last May, less than one month after the automaker announced it had spent $1.3 billion to recall 7 million vehicles worldwide, including 2.6 million for faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Ford recalled 700,000 vehicles last spring because of concerns the airbags wouldn’t deploy quickly enough, while some 16 million vehicles from 10 automakers have been recalled because the airbags, made by the Japanese company Takata, could inflate with explosive force strong enough to hurt or even kill the riders the devices are designed to save in the case of an accident. And on and on.

The numbers are so big, and the recalls pop up with such frequency, that you might be inclined to tune them out—not unlike the hacks and data breaches that occur with astonishing regularity at major retailers. But then, you know … there’s death and catastrophic injury. The potential of anything so dire affecting you and your loved ones should make you snap to attention and take action.

Read the full story for steps to take to stay safe.

What’s worse than having to dig your car out from under the white stuff? Being caught unprepared driving on slippery streets or worse, not being able to use your car because it is frozen solid.

This year when the snow starts and the temperatures plummet you can be prepared.

Have your winter tires on, the right oil in your engine, your fluids topped up and your gas tank half-full or better. Whether you do it yourself, or take your vehicle to an auto shop for winterizing, you’ll feel more confident as you hit the snow-covered roads.

Get Plugged In

Most new vehicles sold through an Alberta car dealership will have a block heater. However, if you are unsure, any auto repair shop can assist you in locating the block heater or installing one for you.

A block heater does not need to be plugging in all night; ideally it will perform its warming magic two hours prior to you driving it. A timer will allow you to automate this process and save you on energy costs.

See Clearly

Winter wiper blades are more expensive but are designed specifically to handle snow on the windshield. Get the most out of yours by removing snow and ice manually before turning on the wipers. Ensure your windshield washer reservoir has extreme cold winter-grade washer fluid in it. In chinook country like Calgary, it is not a bad idea to keep an extra jug in the garage, but out of reach of children and pets as it’s toxic. For this same reason, don’t fill up with fluid and leave a puddle on the garage floor.

Read on for more tips.