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David Giles is now at NSCC

The Nova Scotia Community College (Akerley Campus – Transportation Department) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Giles to the position of Automotive Service Training Facilitator, a vital member of the NSCC team.

Long recognized as the most accomplished and proficient automotive systems trainer in Eastern Canada, Dave will play a vital role in the development and delivery of industry-specific training courses for the automotive service industry.

Ongoing advancements in vehicle technology, especially with respect to Hybrids, has caused NSCC to clearly recognize the need for a unique training program focused on Hybrid technology. NSCC, a nationally recognized training provider, will establish one of Eastern Canada’s first dedicated Hybrid training labs offering hands-on experience with various aspects of Hybrid technology including high voltage, electric drive and alternative fuels.

Dave has extensive background experience with these vehicles which will enable him to promote rapid development of this bold new program.The plan is to create an environment at NSCC which facilitates training on Hybrid systems along with continued proficiency with regard to all other vehicle systems which are often, unchanged from conventional vehicles. Auto Atlantic is very pleased to add our congratulations to Dave Giles for a well-deserved appointment. He will be a huge asset to the College.


Gas Regulations to Stay in Nova Scotia

The Government of Nova Scotia has made the decision to retain petroleum product pricing regulations.


The Gardner Pinfold two year study prepared for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations indicated clearly that regulations were meeting their intended objectives. Retail prices have stabilized, retailer closeouts have dramatically reduced, and the motoring public now has the opportunity to predict price changes and make their purchasing decisions accordingly. The report to Government makes thirteen recommendations and can be obtained in its entirety by visiting Those recommendations tat have a significant impact upon retailers include:

  • Zones and Differentials
  • Promotions
  • Margin Review
  • Opting in/out of regulations
  • Full Service Price Cap

The report points out that the regulations have lead to an average of 0.5 cents per litre additional costs as compared to prices before regulations. Based upon the annual provincial volume of gasoline sold, this amounts to some six million dollars and is essentially retailer margin.

The report also supports the fact that according to the weekly survey by M.J. Erwin & Associates, average gasoline price differences, excluding taxes, between Halifax and 60 Canadian cities have reversed directions. Instead of Halifax prices being consistently higher than the Canadian average since regulations they are consistently lower. This has proven to be extremely beneficial to the motoring public in Nova Scotia.

In other words, retail prices in most major centres in Canada have risen higher and faster relative to those in Halifax since regulations were introduced. RGDA Executive Director Graham Conrad (photo above) stated the 0.5 cents per litre additional cost to Nova Scotia motorists has helped shield against far greater price increases that occurred elsewhere in Canada and has therefore really paid off. Conrad further stated that “it was four years ago that the Association first approached the NS Provincial Government to review the serious challenges hundreds of retailers throughout Nova Scotia were facing to remain financially viable. Retailers throughout the province, especially in rural areas, can now focus more on managing their businesses in a much improved economic and stable environment.”


Uni-Select Hosts Hockey Tournament in support of Cancer Research

Uni-Select continued its proud tradition of donating to a good cause recently, hosting a cheque presentation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Moncton NB. The Fred S. Armour Memorial Annual Hockey Tournament held in October raised close to $5000. More than $17,000 has been raised over the past five years, helping the Canadian Cancer Society and its important programs of cancer research, information, prevention and support, and advocacy for healthy public policies.

Shown in photo (left to right): Kelly Thompson (Uni-Select), organizer, Chantal Saucier, Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick, and Andy Benner (Benner Sales), organizer.

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