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Nova Scotia introduces tough environmental act

Nova Scotia’s Minister of Environment and Labour Mark Parent (photo at left), has introduced an act with more than twenty objectives to help the province become cleaner and more sustainable.

The Act Respecting Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity includes the province adopting emissions standards for greenhouse gases and air pollutants from new motor vehicles; while the standards were not specified, it states “such as the standard adopted by the State of California by the year 2010.” “This act builds on some of the best work government and the private sector have done on the environment and the economy in the past few years,” says Parent.

“This act recognizes that our environmental assets are the foundation of our long-term prosperity.” The objectives include adopting emissions standards for new motor vehicles by 2010; reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per cent less than 1990 levels, which is 35 per cent lower than projected 2020 levels; implementing a policy preventing new loss of wetlands by 2009; developing and adopting a sustainable procurement policy for government by 2009; ensuring 18.5 per cent of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2013; and legally protecting 12 per cent of the province’s land mass by 2015.

The act commits to raising Nova Scotia’s economic performance to the Canadian average or better by 2010.


St. John's, NL bowlers take city title!

Congratulation to the NAPA team recently won the St. John's, NL, Commercial League Bowling Championship.

Chris (Bones) Power; Mike Barrett; Mildred Byrne; Paul Sweeney


Nova Scotia Michelin plant produces first X One tire!

Michelin North America’s facility in Waterville, Nova Scotia has produced its first X One wide single tire ahead of schedule, a little more than a year after the company invested $92 million to install production. The tires replace dual wheels on a tractor-trailer, turning an 18-wheeler into a 10-wheeler, which reduces fuel consumption due to the reduction in weight and rolling resistance.

The expansion project at Waterville was made possible with support from the NS government and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and included the addition of a new building and equipment, an R&D component and the employment of more technical and manufacturing employees. The project will expand Michelin’s X One capacity by more than 50 per cent, and will make Waterville the second-largest truck tire manufacturing plant in the company’s global network.


Moncton Place to be this July!

The 7th Annual Atlantic Nationals takes over Metro Moncton again from July 12th to the 15th in what has become one of the largest Antique & Classic Vehicle outdoor shows in the Country. The 2006 Nationals featured a record number of registered vehicles and record crowds- both in downtown Moncton and Centennial Park- the main venue for the weekend Nationals.

Downtown Moncton during the Nationals

Here’s a short list of some of this year’s outstanding prizes . . .

n1934 Ramrod 3 window coupe
nNAPA-CASTROL F1 2008 Montreal Grand Prix
nGM Canada Performance Parts crate engine
nChevy Transmission
n75th Anniversary 1932 FORD pedal car

The Centennial park venue attracts weekend crowds of 30-40 thousand people- all enjoying the atmosphere, food, fun & games and of course the splendid collection of Antique vehicles from all North America.

The Atlantic Nationals are also happy to announce some very special guests this year: Dennis Gage  from “MY CLASSIC CAR”  (Friday, July 13th only) and ‘Miss Canada International 2007” Rachel Jaillet.  To regsiter and for details, go to Atlantic Nationals online.


NAPA tech training on the Rock!

NAPA’s Technical Trainer, Dexter Draper, returns to Newfoundland & Labrador in June with 2 evenings featuring GM’s most popular domestic- GM Cobalts Operations & Diagnostics and the second night covers “GM Cobalts-Pursuits Advanced Electrical & Ignition”.

Interested Service Centers and technicians, please contact your local NAPA Automotive store to attend. All clinics begin at 6.30 p.m. and feature course manual, diploma and nutrition break. The courses also contribute to apprenticeship hours. Here’s the June schedule . . .

GM Cobalts - operations & diagnostics

Monday, June 18th - CORNER BROOK- Glynmill Inn
Tuesday, June 19th - GANDER- Hotel Gander
Wednesday, June 20th - ST. JOHN’S - Comfort Inn
Thursday, June 21st - ST. JOHN’S - Comfort Inn


GM Cobalts - pursuits advanced electrical & ignition

Monday, June 25th - ST. JOHN’S - Comfort Inn
Tuesday, June 26th - ST. JOHN’S - Comfort Inn
Wednesday, June 27th - GANDER - Hotel Gander
Thursday, June 28th - CORNER BROOK - Glynmill Inn



‘Extreme Makeover’ national Winner!

Roy Hinbest of Roy’s Service Center in Orangeville, Ontario, was recently drawn as the big winner in the NAPA Brake & Chassis national promotion - ‘Extreme Makeover’ contest. Hinbest won the Grand Prize of a  “$40,000 Makeover” which will go to improving or enhancing the operation of his facility (photo below).

Roy says he plans to renovate the showroom and offices, as well as the parking area. Roy’s Service Center also recently became a new member of the prestigious NAPA Autopro program.

There were also Maritime NAPA Brake & Chassis prize winners during the promotion: Mike Kennedy - (photo at left with Cob Saunders, NAPA Brake and Chassis) Kennedy's PetroCan Certi-Gard,Halifax, NS


Brian Pellerin- Moncton Rust Check, Moncton NB.
Brian Myshrall- Little B's in Nackawic, NB. 

NAPA Auto Parts congratulates all the winners!


NAPA Valley Stores host mini-trade show

NAPA Auto Parts stores in Annapolis Valley hosted a very successful 1-day Tools & Equipment Show this spring (photo below). A number of NAPA manufacturers had product displays at the Berwick Fire Hall, situated directly across from the NAPA store.

Greg MacDonald-manager, NAPA Berwick; Winner-Andy McPhee; Scott McLeod-NAPA Berwick

The event was organized by the Dupuis group of NAPA stores in the Valley, ie., Windsor, New Minas, Kentville, Berwick, Middleton and Digby. The trade show was well-attended with attendance estimated at 1,000 visitors throughout the day-long event.

A number of customer prizes were handed out, including the ‘Grand Prize’ of a NAPA Cabinet- full of NAPA clothing items & collectibles. The NAPA Cabinet was won by Andy McPhee of Waterville, NS.


Memorial Cup contest winners!

Canada’s 650 NAPA Auto Parts Stores promoted a nation-wide Memorial Cup contest, in conjunction with the March NAPA sales flyer. The trip involved a ‘NAPA Dream Weekend’ for two at Vancouver’s Memorial Cup national junior hockey championship. The all-inclusive ‘dream weekend’  included both the semi-final and championship games. Heading west to Vancouver was Chris Cole of Summerside, PEI.  Mr. Cole turned in his winning ballot at the NAPA Summerside location, owned by Neil MacLean.

NAPA Summerside’s Neil MacLean; National contest winner- Chris Cole

At the other end of PEI - Kevin King of Montague, owner of King Enterprises, also won MEMORIAL CUP weekends in Vancouver. The prizes were awarded as part of the NAPA Heating & Cooling Group’s ‘PowerPlay’ national installer promotion.

Lee MacDougall- NAPA Montague; Trip winner- Kevin King, King Enterprises

Other  NAPA ‘PowerPlay’ promotion Memorial Cup trips went to Mike Fraser of Fredericton and Craig Chafe - NAPA Sales in St. John’s, NL. Special thanks to Don Parsons and Rolland Caissie from NAPA Heating & Cooling group for their support!


NAPA Autopro honours its members!

The NAPA AUTOPRO Regional Conference was held recently in Moncton. The Conference was very informative with a number of keynote speakers from the automotive industry.  The group also found time to relax by attending a dinner theatre in the evening.   A number of top Maritime NAPA AUTOPRO Service Centers celebrated milestones and were honoured.

The 5-year Club: (L to R- Brian & Terry Lynn Pellerin-Moncton RustCheck; Fulton & Jean Mackenzie-Mackenzie’s Truro; Mike Dandurand-Mike’s Service Center,Shediac; Ben Graham-Bridgefront Autopro, Florenceville)

The 10-year NAPA AUTOPROS: (L to R- Mike & Bobby Jo Duffy- Duffy’s, Hazelbrook, PEI; Celenois Levesque-Dalhousie Muffler; Rob Ward- Yuille’s Auto Works, Dartmouth NS; Derrick Munro- Todd’s South End Car Care-Halifax)

The prestigious 20-year club to some deserving & well-liked members: (L to R- Guy Surette- Tusket Ultramart, Tusket NS; Fred Schofield- Schofield’s Autopro-Windsor NS)