Jessica Biel Joins Anti-Vaxx Crowd in Sacramento, Says She’s Not Anti-Vaxx

first_imgCelebrityHealthWell-BeingJessica Biel Joins Anti-Vaxx Crowd in Sacramento, Says She’s Not Anti-VaxxThe actress’s argument against a new California bill sure sounds familiarBy Ian Spiegelman – June 13, 20192357ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItJessica Biel is trying to smack down accusations that she’s another celebrity anti-vaccination nut after she joined anti-vaxx crusader Robert Kennedy Jr. at the California State Assembly Tuesday to lobby against Senate Bill 276. Unfortunately for the Seventh Heaven actress, her defense sounds familiar, if not downright tired.California already has some of the toughest vaccination laws in the country, requiring immunizations for children to attend public or private schools, but doctors can currently exempt kids from these requirements with little government oversight. As the L.A. Times reports,  “The bill’s author, Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), has claimed that unscrupulous doctors are granting exemptions for profit and under pressure from influential individuals.”Under SB 276, which has already passed the Senate, “the California Department of Public Health would decide whether the underlying condition cited by a doctor in a medical exemption meets criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”After suffering media backlash, Biel tweeted that she’s not anti-vaxx per se, rather just a strong supporter of parents’ rights. “That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill,” she wrote. “Not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment.”What Biel and her allies are loathe to discuss is that the country is suffering the biggest measles outbreak since 1992. According to CDC stats, there were just 63 cases of measles in the U.S. in 2010; just halfway through 2019, there have already been 1,022 cases—10 of them in Los Angeles County.And though it’s hard to say exactly when the modern U.S. anti-vaccination movement began, the Measles & Rubella Initiative is looking at Jenny McCarthy, who first said in 2007 that vaccinations had caused her son’s autism.Meanwhile, if Biel’s defense rings familiar, this handy list from Jezebel illustrates why. At a 2015 anti-vaccination rally, Jenna Elfman told the crowd: “You open up the door of taking away parents’ rights, you open the door to a Constitutional slippery slope.”And as McCarthy herself once explained to PBS, “We’re not anti-vaccine. We’re pro-safe vaccine schedule.”RELATED: Can Lawmakers and Social Media Sites Stop Anti-Vaxxers from Going ViralStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSAnti-vaxxersJenna ElfmanJenny McCarthymeaslesThe CDCPrevious articleThe Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekendNext article10 Years. Nearly 3,000 Shows. Countless “Fringeships”: A Decade of Hollywood FringeGwynedd Stuart RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Dodger Stadium Anti-Vaxxers Vow to Continue Being a NuisanceDodger Stadium Will Now Have a Protest Zone So Anti-Vaxxers Can’t Disrupt TrafficA Measles-Infected Teen Visited Disneyland and LAX Earlier This Monthlast_img read more

Greek economy in limbo after failed election bid

first_img Share Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Greek economy in limbo after failed election bid Greece’s economic stability was put in serious doubt last night as the ruling New Democracy party failed in its first attempt to have its presidential candidate elected.A failure to eventually do so will put at risk Greece’s negotiations with the IMF over an extension of its bailout loan.The ruling party’s candidate Stavros Dimas won 160 votes out of 300 – significantly below the 200 majority needed.Greek officials will now vote again on the 23 December when the majority required will be 200. Should a majority fail to be gained, a third vote will be held on 29 December in which the needed majority will be reduced to 180.If the presidential candidate cannot win the necessary majority on the third vote, the government will have to call a snap election.Syriza – an anti-austerity party – is currently leading polls but not by a huge amount. The gap has also been closing recently.Greek yields have risen substantially in recent weeks and have surpassed eight per cent while stocks in Athens have also plummeted.“Given its plans to cut taxes and reverse some of the recent cuts in government spending, it seems likely that markets will remain nervous about the threat of another debt restructuring and perhaps even the possibility of a Greek euro exit at some point in the future,” said Sarah Pemberton, economist at Capital Economics. Despite leading the polls, some analysts are optimistic the leading party will retain its place should a snap election occur next year.“Given the state of the most recent polls, a significant number of independents and Dimar MPs are at risk of not being re-elected, which could push them to support the government so that they can stay in the parliament until 2017 (when the next general elections occur),” said Francois Cabau, an economist at Barclays Wednesday 17 December 2014 8:50 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comlast_img read more

Pound jumps as UK economy grows 0.7 per cent in the second quarter

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Share Pound jumps as UK economy grows 0.7 per cent in the second quarter Wednesday 29 July 2015 9:48 am The pound jumped against the dollar as data showed Britain’s economic recovery picked up pace in the second quarter of this year.Read more: These charts show just how dependent UK growth is on London The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy grew by 0.7 per cent between April and June, from 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter, and in line with economists’ expectations.It means that the annual rate of growth rose to 2.6 per cent, compared to 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2015.It also marks the UK economy’s 10th successive quarter of expansion – meaning it is experiencing its best run of growth since 2008.Services output, which accounts for around 75 per cent of gross domestic product, increased by 0.7 per cent. Industrial production rose by one per cent, construction growth was flat, and agriculture fell by 0.7 per cent.This is a preliminary estimate using around 44 per cent of the available data used to calculate the final figure, and so it can be subject to subsequent revisions.Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, pointed out that exports continued to be a weak spot. “Net trade acted as a 0.6 per cent dampener on GDP in the first quarter. The current account deficit also remained worryingly high, at 5.8 per cent of GDP in the opening quarter of 2015. The deficit hit 5.9 per cent of GDP over 2014 as a whole, the highest since records began in 1948.” “Clearly the economy remains worryingly imbalanced, with domestic consumers providing the main driver of growth and exports once again acting as a drag.” Although Bank of England governor Mark Carney has hinted that a hike in interest rates could come by the end of the year, the figures could dampen his decisiveness. “Policymakers will be worried about the poor export performance, and also concerned that the economy may be slowing in the summer as sterling’s strength continues to hit competitiveness,” Williamson continued. PMI data for May showed one of the weakest expansions in business activity seen over the past two years, with the slowdown spreading from manufacturing and construction to services. June data are updated later this week and will be closely watched for clues as to the economy’s momentum heading into the second half of the year. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her:‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale center_img whatsapp whatsapp Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ Tags: UK interest rateslast_img read more

News / Maersk accepting bookings once more in the wake of devastating cyber attack as ports also reopen

first_img Maersk’s container operations appear to be recovering following the debilitating cyber attack on its systems earlier this week.Maersk Line yesterday sent out a customer advisory in which it said that its handling of cargo in transit was “now close to normal”.For new bookings, it reiterated its pervious communique that they could be accepted via INTTRA.However, that was disputed by one freight forwarder in Hong Kong who claimed to be unable to make bookings through INTTRA, adding that “we all failed – checked with other NVOCCs, who were also unable through INTRRA make booking”.But they did say that bookings were becoming easier, and Maersk had this morning been able to accept “bookings in their system, or through traditional way in filling out the Excel booking form and sending to their mail”.And INTTRA president and chief operating officer Inna Kuznetsova told The Loadstar that “our system is fully operational around the world”, and said those experiencing difficulties should contact the organisation’s customer service team which would “help check the details of registration and technical setup”.Meanwhile, Maersk said that new bookings could also be made via EDI, but would “take longer than normal to confirm”.It has also set up a “simplified” online booking form through a new link that had been “authenticated and cleared by security and the tool is isolated from our network to avoid any risk to you. These bookings will be processed once our systems are restored”.It added that for bookings made before the attack began on the 27 June, the data has been secured and saved in its systems, and that “equipment will be released as normal” for bookings that were confirmed.Ports under the control of APM Terminals also began to resume the recovery towards full operation, a company advisory noted.Algeciras, Tangier, Callao, Mumbai, Itajai and Buenos Aires all resumed full operational capacity yesterday, while it was continuing restore full services at its vast Los Angeles Pier 400 terminal, as well as New Jersey’s Port Elizabeth and the state-of-the-art Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam.Of those three, Rotterdam is in the worst state, and has yet to reopen, and Maersk vessels have been diverted to other terminal in the port.In Los Angeles, it has been able to utilise MSC’s TTI terminal, with the MSC Laurence, which operates the “M’s TP2 schedule, diverted. Meanwhile, Pier 400 has begun delivering imports out of the facility.Port Elizabeth has also begun releasing import containers, while both receiving and delivering empty boxes.In the fall-out from the attack, industry experts have called on the various supply chain actors to come together to develop a coordinated response to the threat of cyber crime.Philip Damas, director of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, afrgued that a “cross-functional working group backed by experts with expertise in IT, organisation and knowledge of the digital shipping ecosystem” could evaluate the digital resilience of the supply chain.“Cooperation between carriers, port operators, port community systems, governments as well as B2B platforms will be decisive to face and overcome such cyber threats in the years to come,” he added. By Gavin van Marle 30/06/2017last_img read more

News / CMA CGM reports $50m cut in Q1 losses as liftings increase

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 30/05/2019 CMA CGM saw revenue increase by 5.5% in the first quarter, compared with the same period of 2018, to $5.7bn.And this figure excludes the contribution from the CEVA Logistics acquisition.Due to “strong development in intra-regional routes”, the carrier’s liftings rose 4.4%, to 5.16m teu, which is in contrast to its larger rival, Maersk Line, which reported a 2.2% decline in carryings in the same period, which it blamed on a dip in north-south volumes.Excluding the $21m loss attributed to CEVA, the carrier’s net loss for the quarter came in at $22m, which is an improvement on the $77m loss posted in Q1 last year.Rival Hapag-Lloyd, which significantly decided not to follow the trend of its peers and acquire logistics businesses, posted a Q1 profit of $109m.CMA CGM said: “To adapt to the changing market, the group is now taking a new step in its transformation by consolidating its development and implementing and ambitious cost reduction programme.”Specifically, it said, it was rationalising its deepsea liner brands by withdrawing APL from the Asia-Europe, transatlantic and Latin America tradelanes, instead servicing the routes with its global CMA CGM brand – more details on The Loadstar report here.Meanwhile, CMA CGM said it was “resolutely committed to CEVA’s recovery” and had “already taken major structural decisions paving the way for CEVA’s rapid return to profitability”.This includes the appointment of company veteran Nicolas Sartini as CEO from 1 June, tasked with implementing CEVA’s turnaround plan.Furthermore a new CEVA operations centre has been established in Marseilles, near the group headquarters, to accommodate the forwarder’s management teams and support functions. This will house CEVA’s restructured personnel of 200 employees, which includes relocated staff and some new recruits.There were no details provided on staff reductions resulting from the consolidation of CMA CGM’s liner services.The French carrier increased its fleet capacity by 6.6%, compared with the same quarter of a year ago, to 2.69m teu, consolidating its ranking as the fourth-largest ocean carrier, behind the 2.9m teu of the Cosco group.However, CMA CGM has more ships on charter, 60% compared with 48% for Cosco, and some of these could be returned to owners as a consequence of the liner rationalisation and, not least due, to recent hikes in daily charter rates.Moreover, the carrier has the largest orderbook by teu capacity, at 450,000 teu for 32 newbuilds, including nine 22,000 teu ULCVs, designed to be powered by LNG, and due to be delivered next year.last_img read more

Kaesong Complex Measures on Cards

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter By Kim Tae Hong – 2012.02.13 9:01am Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News SHARE The South Korean government is expected to announce a suite of new measures to help increase activity at the Kaeseong Industrial Complex in the coming days, after receiving a number of recommendations from a bipartisan group of lawmakers which visited the complex on Friday last week.On Sunday, an official from the Ministry of Unification said that the government is currently conducting a general review of requests made to the group by business leaders at the complex, and suggested that the adoption of some could be announced as early as this week.The eight lawmakers from the Special Committee on Improving Inter-Korean Relations and the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee used a press conference upon their return from the day-long trip to call for new building permissions and provision of machinery required for factory operations; finding a solution to an estimated 23,000 shortfall of workers from North Korea; and financial backing from the government for businesses currently in the complex.The group also called for products from the complex to be recognised as South Korean-made under free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States, as well as more leisure facilities for workers at the complex.During the visit the group toured facilities including a wastewater processing and water purification plant, and met with representatives from local businesses over lunch to hear their observations and requests.Last year the government adopted measures to construct a new fire station as well as to improve roads used by North Korean workers to travel to the complex, following a similar visit by then-Grand National Party floor leader Hong Joon Pyo. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarKim Tae Hong Kaesong Complex Measures on Cardslast_img read more

Barclays appoints Antony Jenkins as CEO

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Diamond stepped down in July as the scandal surrounding the firm’s alleged manipulation of the key benchmark interest rate, known as LIBOR, grew. Commenting on his appointment, Jenkins praised the bank and its staff, but acknowledged the recent scandal, saying, “We have made serious mistakes in recent years and clearly failed to keep pace with our stakeholders’ expectations. We have an obligation to all of those stakeholders – customers, clients, shareholders, colleagues and broader society – and a unique opportunity to restore Barclays reputation by making it the “go to” bank in all of our chosen markets. That journey will take time, we have much to do, and I look forward to getting started immediately.” The firm’s chairman, Marcus Agius, also resigned amid the LIBOR scandal. Earlier this month, it was announced that David Walker will take over for him on Nov. 1. Upon his appointment, Walker indicated that finding a new CEO for the bank was his top priority. “The field of short-listed candidates that I met was very strong, and it was clear that Antony was the outstanding choice. His track record, familiarity with the group and vision for the future are all highly compelling,” said Walker. British banking giant, Barclays plc, has appointed the head of its retail banking business to lead the firm, replacing Bob Diamond, who resigned in the wake of the LIBOR scandal. Barclays announced that the current head of it retail and business banking business, Antony Jenkins, will take over as chief executive. Jenkins has been a member of the firm’s group executive committee since 2009. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

TMX completes Trayport acquisition

first_img Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Cidel Asset Management to acquire fixed income manager Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Related news CI acquires US$5.1B San Diego-based RIAcenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Mergers and acquisitions,  Stock exchanges Toronto-based TMX Group Ltd. announced Thursday it has completed an asset swap with Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) by which TMX acquires London, U.K.-based Trayport Holdings Ltd. in exchange for TMX subsidiaries Natural Gas Exchange Inc. (NGX), Shorcan Energy Brokers Inc. The transaction was first announced in October 2017. The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority approved the sale of Trayport, which provides technology solutions for energy traders, brokers and exchanges, TMX says in its announcement, and the U.K. Commissioner of Competition issued a “no action” letter regarding the sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE. “The addition of NGX’s products and clearing services offers our customers an expanded range of energy products and risk management solutions across physical and financially-settled markets,” says Ben Jackson, president of ICE, in a statement. “Shorcan’s brokerage business complements our global oil complex, which includes deep liquidity on the leading trading platform for oil markets.” TMX paid a total consideration of $931 million for Trayport Holdings and Trayport Inc., its U.S.-based affiliate. The payment included $592 million in cash as well as the sale NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE. The cash portion of the deal is being funded through a debt offering by TMX, which closed on Dec. 11, along with cash on hand, and borrowing under the firm’s commercial paper program.last_img read more

Canadian Automotive Museum preserves our unique heritage

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Ever heard of a McKay? How about a Tudhope, a Gray-Dort or a Brooks? Virtually unknown today, they were all Canadian cars, and all are represented in the Canadian Automotive Museum.Located in downtown Oshawa, Ontario, in a former 1920s car dealership, the museum owns what executive director Alexander Gates says is the country’s most significant collection of Canadian cars.“We look at important Canadian stories,” Gates says. “We’re not just an automotive museum, but a Canadian museum.” See More Videos Cars were still “horseless carriages” at the turn of the 20th century, basically high-wheeled buggies with engines attached. Some would evolve into more modernized machines, rolling out by the hundreds of thousands from large factories.But for every Henry Ford or David Buick, there were dozens of inventors making a handful of cars in a tiny garage, or whose small companies lasted only a few years. This was happening all across the continent, and almost every province and state had at least one auto company at some time. Because designing a car from scratch was so difficult and expensive, many Canadian manufacturers bought components from American automakers, or in some cases, obtained a license to build a version of the American car for Canadian consumers. The museum’s Tudhope, for example, was a version of the Indiana-based McIntyre, but built in Orillia, Ontario. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21912 McLaughlin BuickClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21912 McLaughlin BuickClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21908 KennedyClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford Model TClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21908 KennedyClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21912 McLaughlin BuickClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21908 KennedyClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford Model TClayton Seams, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21955 Buick sedanClayton Seams, Driving RELATED TAGSNewsAlexander GatesAutomobile ManufacturingCanadaCanadian Automotive MuseumCanadianAutomotiveMuseum.comCars and Car DesignChevrolet VoltClassic and Antique CarsConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesCulture and LifestyleDavid BuickFord Model TGaltGeneral Motors CorporationGeneral Motors of Canada Ltd.Henry FordIndianaIndustriesLos AngelesManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle ManufacturingOntarioOshawaOshawa Public LibraryPetersen MuseumPrestonQuebecRenault SAStratford (Ontario)United StatesWindsor (Ontario)center_img The business failure rates were high, and most early automakers were on precarious foundations, but the Canadian companies were especially vulnerable. If their American suppliers closed, they usually did as well.Of the 90 vehicles in the museum’s collection, about two-thirds were built in Canada, and two of them are the last of their kind. A Kennedy, made in Preston, Ontario, and initially advertised as “The Farmer’s Car” with a price of $840, is the lone survivor of about 75 the company made in 1909 and 1910.And a 1914 Galt, one of two hybrid prototypes built and the only one left, contained a two-cylinder gasoline engine that was used to generate power for the car’s electric motor — in effect, a century-old version of the backup system on today’s Chevrolet Volt. The Galt is currently in Los Angeles on loan to the renowned Petersen Museum, part of a cooperative program that Gates is trying to establish with other museums.The museum was founded in 1963, but after receiving a major donation of cars from the estate of Canadian business magnate John “Bud” McDougald in 1995, it stagnated. Gates, who was brought on in 2014, is on a mission to turn it into an important attraction. There are Canada 150 sesquicentennial grants and private donations — General Motors in Oshawa has contributed but is not affiliated with the museum — that are being used to install air conditioning and better lighting, improve the displays and spruce up some of the more tired vehicles. In conjunction with the Oshawa Public Library, Gates is also organizing the museum’s massive collection of auto-related books, magazines, service manuals and advertising brochures, with the goal of making them more accessible to researchers and restorers.None of it comes cheap. A 1911 De Dion-Bouton, a small French car from McDougald’s collection, sits in the lobby on a tire that finally deteriorated enough to split. It’s intended to show visitors how difficult it is to keep a car in good condition, even when it isn’t being driven.RELATED Improper classic car storage can be an expensive lessonBut Gates is also careful to balance appearance with authenticity. A 1909 Ford Model T on display will not have its cracked leather upholstery or threadbare top replaced. It may be the oldest Canadian-built Model T in existence, produced at Ford’s plant in what is now Windsor, Ontario. “The upholstery is original, and the top may be,” Gates says. “We won’t change that. But it’s also very difficult to restore a car like this, because it’s very hard to find parts for it.” Fords weren’t built rapidly on a moving assembly line until 1913, and the Canadian plant only made 458 copies for 1909, versus more than 100,000 in 1926.In addition to its rarer models, like a 1925 Brooks steam-powered car made in Stratford, Ontario, the museum also owns several McLaughlin models. The company started as a local carriage maker but turned to cars in 1908, using Buick as its engineering base. Ten years later, it became General Motors of Canada.There are cars built by American-based automakers specifically for the Canadian market to get around government tariffs, such as a 1957 Dodge Regent and 1949 Meteor. And there’s even a 1971 Manic GT, one of 160 Renault-powered fiberglass sports cars built by a short-lived company in Quebec.The building renovations are moving as quickly as possible, but Gates has longer-term plans for the museum’s focus. Right now he’s asking Canadians to send photos and stories of their vehicles through the website ( for an exhibit launching this year. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS “There aren’t that many really old Canadian cars left, and that’s a challenge,” Gates says. “But we’re still making cars in Canada, and we’re still defining what they are. We’re focusing on cars that tell the Canadian story, and getting people engaged in that.” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

Grad student professional development workshops, write-ins continue online

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: March 25, 2020 For graduate students looking for structure and community, join the Graduate School for online seminars, continually welcoming newcomers. Be sure to register on Canvas.Check the professional development calendar for details on online events.Graduate student write-ins will be held online via the Academic Writing and Publishing page of Scribophile every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.Book your one-on-one appointments with Sarah Tynen to discuss writing projects and time management.Categories:Workshops & SeminarsEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more