Putin signs documents to unlawfully annex Ukrainian regions as Russian garrison surrounded

Putin signs documents to unlawfully annex Ukrainian regions as Russian garrison surrounded

A bird flies above a banner on a screen, set up ahead of an expected ceremony to declare four of Ukraine’s self-proclaimed regions part of Russia following recent referendums, near St. Basil’s Cathedral in central Moscow, on Sept. 29.EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA/Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties on Friday to annex four Ukrainian regions partly occupied … Read more

Barrie mourns after six young people killed in weekend car crash

Barrie mourns after six young people killed in weekend car crash

The city of Barrie, Ont. is grappling with grief and shock in the wake of a fatal car crash that killed six young people Sunday morning. “It doesn’t even feel real,” said Jordyn Gobin, a friend of Curtis King since the age of six. King, 22, was one of the six individuals who died. King … Read more

Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

Is it safe to use an extension cord for charging an EV?

My neighbor has an electric vehicle. He parks it in his driveway and uses a 50-foot [15-metre] extension cord to charge it from a plug on the outside of the house. Is that safe? I know from using power tools that too long a cord can lead to a drop in voltage. So could it … Read more

My insurance company wants to write off my car. With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

My insurance company wants to write off my car.  With used car prices soaring, can I make them repair it?

Our 2007 Buick was hit by a flatbed truck while parked in a shopping plaza. I did all the right things: I filed a police report, I called Intact, our insurance company, and I even found video footage showing the accident. The car was assessed at Intact’s preferred body shop as needing approximately $3,800 in … Read more

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

Is it illegal for a driver to speed up while you’re trying to pass them?

We just drove from Victoria to Calgary and back with a dog and two kids. When we got to Alberta, there were a few times where drivers sped up when we tried to pass. They’d be going just at the speed limit and then floored it to 120 kilometers an hour as we passed. This … Read more

Why do EV fast chargers slow once the charge hits 80 per cent?

Why do EV fast chargers slow once the charge hits 80 per cent?

On the first long trip we took in our Nissan Leaf, we charged to 100 per cent at every DC fast charger because we wanted the extra charge as a backup. But we noticed that the fast charging was only fast until the battery reached 80 per cent – ​​that took about 40 minutes, but … Read more

‘We need much more infrastructure’: David Suzuki on the challenges faced during his cross-country EV road trip

‘We need much more infrastructure’: David Suzuki on the challenges faced during his cross-country EV road trip

David Suzuki and his wife, Tara Cullis, stand next to a fully electric Volvo C40 Recharge that they drove from Vancouver to Toronto.Handout Vancouver-based environmentalist David Suzuki was faced with a problem. He and his wife, Tara Cullis, recently had to be in Toronto for the June 9 world premiere of What You Won’t Do … Read more

As e-bike demand surges, here’s what you need to know before buying one

As e-bike demand surges, here’s what you need to know before buying one

The compact folding Gocycle G4i+ is an exotic-looking $9,000 machine with ultralight carbon fiber wheels and a handlebar that has a built-in display.Matt Bubbers/The Globe and Mail Amid soaring gas prices and a return to sloth-speed traffic, electric bicycle industry insiders say demand and interest is booming – and it’s easy to see why after … Read more

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

How long will I have to wait to get an EV?

We’re ready to trade in our gas-powered car for an EV, but what’s the wait like right now? I’ve heard a year, but I don’t know if we can wait that long. – Carolina, Toronto With interest in electric vehicles surging, expect to wait but for how long, it’s hard to say. Much depends on … Read more

German investigators question driver after ‘dark day’ for Berlin

German investigators question driver after ‘dark day’ for Berlin

A man wearing a police vest walks near a car that crashed into a group of pedestrians in Berlin, on June 8.MICHELE TANTUSSI/Reuters Authorities had yet to establish a motive on Thursday for a 29-year-old German-Armenian man who rammed his car into a group of schoolchildren in Berlin, killing a teacher and leaving another fighting … Read more