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Stellantis plans $US2.8 billion overhaul of two Canadian factories to build EVs


Auto giant Stellantis will invest about $2.8 billion to overhaul two Canadian factories to build fully electric and hybrid vehicles, the company said on Monday, as part of its $35 billion global commitment to electrification and related initiatives.

The revamp will allow the automaker to build such versions of several of its upcoming models using new “multi-energy” architectures. The company also will add a battery lab to its existing research and development facility in Windsor, Ontario, creating 650 new jobs.

Retooling of the company’s Windsor assembly plant is expected to begin in 2023, with a revamp and modernization of a second plant in Brampton, Ontario, to follow the next year. Both revamped factories are to be up and running by 2025, Stellantis said.

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Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, a town of 1,300 people, 800km north of Toronto, is selling lots of land for 90% off to attract new residents

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Smooth Rocks Falls, a progressive community of 1,300 in northern Ontario that generated nationwide attention in 2017 for offering bold financial incentives, including $500 serviced lots, to reverse its declining population is experiencing a resurgence. During the last four years, 60 new families have moved to the town and the average property value has increased 144 per cent.

Despite Smooth Rock Falls’ recent success, Town Council is not resting on its laurels; it continues to pursue new opportunities and explore ways to diversify its economy. Today, it opened The Near North Industrial Centre, a 9.57-hectare industrial park with 12 turn-key lots. The anchor tenant, a diesel maintenance and repair outfit, is already in place but the remaining lots are available with a range of incentives, including a potential rebate of up to 90 per cent of the purchase price, tax grants, and more.

This fall, Smooth Rock Falls will also be initiating a waterfront master study to explore ways to unlock 140 acres of waterfront land in town. “Being creative and taking risks has resulted in in increased commercial confidence in Smooth Rock Falls,” says Denault. “We’re planning to continue to come up with innovative ways to ensure Smooth Rock Falls continues to grow for years to come.”

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Ontario is removing some indoor capacity limits, just in time for the Thanksgiving weekend

Ontario is lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain outdoor settings that have a capacity below 20,000.

“As we continue to see more Ontarians roll up their sleeves with over 22 million doses administered, our government is cautiously lifting capacity limits in select settings where we know proof of vaccination requirements are providing an added layer of protection to Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The fight against COVID-19 is not over and we must all remain vigilant by continuing to follow the public health measures we know work and keep us safe, and receiving your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so.”

Effective tonight at midnight (Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.), capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in the following settings:

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New Brunswick has triggered a partial circuit break in much of the province

'It's important to react quickly,' says N.B. premier of circuit-breaker restrictions

The Premiere of New Brunswick Blaine Higgs discusses the 14-day restrictions on parts of the province ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

That the NB provincial government is acting decisively and swiftly, is in stark contrast with how the provincial governments of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia are handling this pandemic.

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