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GM’s BrightDrop begins production at Canada’s first large-scale EV plant

The first BrightDrop electric delivery vans rolled off the Ontario assembly line Monday, December 5.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined GM at the opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric-vehicle manufacturing plant.

The GM plant in Ingersoll had been assembling gasoline-powered vehicles for more than three decades.

The plant will now build BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans. GM aims to have as many as 50,000 of them rolling off this assembly line per year by 2025.

The announcement means Canada is the BrightDrop’s first international market.

BrightDrop also announced DHL Express was its first Canadian customer. DHL plans to add its first BrightDrop Zevo electric delivery vans to its fleet early next year.

Sources » BrightDrop Press Release / GM Investor RelationsReuters / Just Auto / Detroit Free Press / Green Car Congress / Electric Autonomy Canada / Canada Auto World / TechCrunch / The Verge / AFP via Barrons

Mastodon Canada’s State of the Instance – November 2022

Chad Ohman, the sysop for writes »

I’ll start off with this: It’s been one hell of a month for Mastodon Canada.

The instance grew from less than 60 users to what is now 24 500 users in the span of just two weeks. It went from an experiment to a service demanding significant infrastructure, moderation, and governance. I want to offer a warm welcome to everyone and thanks for their patience as I bolstered Mastodon Canada with the necessary server capacity to handle the load.

Tim Hortons app violated Canada’s privacy laws in the collection of ‘vast amounts’ of sensitive location data

Privacy Commissioner of Canada »

People who downloaded the Tim Hortons app had their movements tracked and recorded every few minutes of every day, even when their app was not open, in violation of Canadian privacy laws, a joint investigation by federal and provincial privacy authorities has found.

The investigation concluded that Tim Hortons’ continual and vast collection of location information was not proportional to the benefits Tim Hortons may have hoped to gain from better targeted promotion of its coffee and other products.

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