CANADA’S INDUSTRY OFFERS POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS BY ALLISON ROGERS AND KATE NG You must be living under a rock if you’ve yet to hear the words skills shortage spoken in your shop. In Collision Repair mag’s recent chats with collision centre staff, one industry-wide challenge has been brought to the forefront: a lack of qualified talent. […]

A Citrus Situation: Rivian RT1s delivered with orange-peel paint, auto influencer says

Toronto, Ontario — The first Rivian RT1 electric pickup trucks have been appearing on the driveways of some early-adopting EV enthusiasts over the past months and some discerning owners have been quick to criticize the brand for delivering trucks with an “orange peel” finish to its paint. For those who may not know, orange peel is […]


Take a mental-health checkpoint BY ALLISON ROGERS Nearly at the year mark in this global pandemic, you are undoubtedly tired. We all are. Days drag on like cold molasses. We miss social contact. A return to ‘normal life’ seems six horizons away. What strategies are you taking to keep yourself sane? Conversations recognizing the importance […]


ABANDONMENT ANNIVERSARY A Volkswagen Golf abandoned on the street in the U.K. has been sitting for so long that frustrated neighbourhood residents decided to throw it a birthday party. George Street in Shefford, Bedfordshire, has been home to an abandoned VW Golf since December 2019. The street has also been home to a large community […]


PLAN AHEAD Sudbury-based Collège Boréal has announced a partnership with mining equipment manufacturer, Epiroc Canada, to offer students a Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance program. The 40-hour online course kicked off on February 9 and is to be followed by hands-on training provided in classroom and workshop settings. SELLING THE TRADES Ontario’s minister of labour, training […]


COVER YOUR ADAS All bodyshop staff should be aware of advanced driver assistance system calibration requirements, a team of I-CAR specialists said during a February Canadian Collision Industry Conference (CCIF) session. “The better question is who doesn’t need to know,” remarked Bud Center, I-CAR manager of technical research and development. “If the CSR answers a […]


Hard work and determination drive Hannah Kasiri’s talents BY JULIA LLOYD Sometimes in life, we think we know what we want — until it is right in front of us. Hannah Kasiri, the owner of Lucky 13 Autobody and Paint in Edmonton, Alberta, grew up anticipating a completely different life path. She nearly went to […]


There is nothing normal about the ‘new normal’ BY STEFANO LIESSI Here we are—we survived to see 2021 despite the hackneyed persona of its predecessor 2020. As many of you likely are, I am rather bitter about 2020, it was a less than pleasant experience for many of us, resemblant to that of having the […]

Creativity Contest: FinishMaster announces Hood Master painting competition

Toronto, Ontario — FinishMaster announced yesterday that that company is holding its first-ever Hood Master Challenge, a contest that will allow painters to show off their painting skills and snag some stellar prizes along the way. Painters have until March 6 to register, and each will receive a free mini hood from FinishMaster, which they […]