How cold does it need to be during winter before I plug in a block heater?

How cold does it need to be during winter before I plug in a block heater?

I just moved back to Alberta after 25 years in the United States. Do modern cars still have to be plugged in during the winter? If they do, then at what temperature should I do it? Does it need to be minus 40 degrees Celsius or are there any benefits to plugging in when it’s … Read more

30 Million People Were Using Steam Today, A New All-Time Record

30 Million People Were Using Steam Today, A New All-Time Record

Image: SteamDB Valve’s Steam platform launched all the way back in 2003, and for much of that time saw slow and steady growth as it grew from a place you could buy Half-Life games at the PC’s default gaming marketplace. What has happened over the last two years, though, has been incredible. In 2015, Steam … Read more

Pressure mounts on Russian military, diplomacy, as Ukraine wages counteroffensive

Pressure mounts on Russian military, diplomacy, as Ukraine wages counteroffensive

Men work next to a crater created by an explosion to fix the internet cables after a Russian attack in downtown, Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2022.Leo Correa/The Associated Press Pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin mounted on the battlefield and in the halls of global power as Ukrainian troops pushed their counteroffensive Saturday to advance … Read more

From his hospital bed, Ukrainian commander details troops’ stealthy recapture of Kharkiv region

From his hospital bed, Ukrainian commander details troops’ stealthy recapture of Kharkiv region

Captain Andriy Malakhov, commander of the Wild Steppe battalion, stands near an abandoned Russian vehicle on Sept. 8, when he and his forces took part in the liberation of Russian-held cities in the Kharkiv region.Courtesy of Captain Andriy Malakhov Captain Andriy Malakhov and his men crept forward through the forests south of the city of … Read more

Is it legal to cross a solid double line to pass a car?

Is it legal to cross a solid double line to pass a car?

In most of Canada, crossing the painted double line on a highway is breaking the law, except for Ontario where lines painted on the road are visual reminders to use extra caution when passing.Getty Images/iStockphoto I live in Ontario and I see many vehicles pass on solid double lines. Is this legal? –Denise In most … Read more

‘Substantial victory’ for Ukraine as section of Russian front line crumbles near Kharkiv

‘Substantial victory’ for Ukraine as section of Russian front line crumbles near Kharkiv

Firefighters work at the site of a residential building hit by a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, on Sept. 6.VIACHESLAV RATYNSKYI/Reuters Ukrainian forces were charging through an expanding area of ​​previously Russian-held territory in the east on Friday after bursting through the front line in a surprise breakthrough that could … Read more

US court ruling reverses block of Hydro Quebec power plan in Maine

US court ruling reverses block of Hydro Quebec power plan in Maine

Central Maine Power utility lines in Pownal, Maine on Oct. 6, 2021.Robert F. Bukaty/The Associated Press Maine’s highest court has sided with Hydro-Québec and its commercial partner, Avangrid Inc., in a high-profile dispute over a new electricity transmission line that would carry Canadian hydropower to New England, giving new spark to the utility’s ambitions to … Read more

Judge sides with Enbridge in Michigan’s latest effort to halt Line 5 pipeline

Judge sides with Enbridge in Michigan’s latest effort to halt Line 5 pipeline

The east leg of the pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., on June 8, 2017.Dale G. Young/The Associated Press Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. ENB-T has once again emerged with an incremental victory from a Michigan court, after a judge ruled that the company’s long-running dispute with the state over the Line 5 cross-border pipeline belongs in federal … 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

Are Barry and Beth saving enough to retire at 62, help their kids with down payments and take a big trip soon?

Are Barry and Beth saving enough to retire at 62, help their kids with down payments and take a big trip soon?

Barry and Beth.Tijana Martin/The Globe and Mail At age 52, Barry and Beth are enjoying their peak earning years, bringing in a combined salary of more than $450,000 a year. He works in education, she is a senior executive at an investment firm. They have two children in university. Beth and Barry have a $2-million … Read more