WINNIPEG – Dashboard camera videos are popping up online more and more, showing their growing popularity.
A recent dash cam video posted to YouTube by an Ontario couple heading from Winnipeg to their home in Sioux Lookout shows a frightening crash that happened Saturday.
Another vehicle cuts in front of their truck in the video shot just outside Kenora, Ont., causing a terrible crash.
“I hit the brakes as hard as I could,” said Ralph Ireland, 62. “My wife and I are pretty shaken up.”
Watch: Dashboard cameras are growing in popularity. Sean Mallen reports.
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Ireland, his wife and the other driver walked away, but it could have been much worse.
“If I hit his door, he would have died for sure, and us probably,” said Ireland.
Ireland’s dash cam captured the whole incident, giving police an unbiased witness.
The other driver was initially charged with failure to yield. After viewing the dash cam video, which shows the driver holding his hand to his ear as if talking on a cellphone, police started considering distracted driving charges.
“We’d be speaking to the two drivers that were involved and now, with that video recording, we’ll be dealing with that as well,” said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Shelley Garr.
As dash cams become more common, insurers are taking note.
“They are becoming more popular and as they become more popular, then our customers and people who were in crashes will then bring that footage forward and show our adjusters,” said Manitoba Public Insurance spokesman Brian Smiley.
An electronics store in Winnipeg is almost completely sold out of dash cams, with just one left.
“We’ve had lots of people come in and they’re interested. They’ve got lots of questions about it,” said Colin Vernon, car audio manager at Visions Electronics.
CALGARY – Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton says whatever the decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it’s important that Canada and the United States retain a good working relationship.
“I think it’s important not to let whatever that decision is on one pipeline colour the potential for co-operation … between the United States and Canada on energy production and climate change,” Clinton told about 2,500 business leaders at a private event in Calgary on Thursday.
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She offered little assurance to the oil and natural gas sector about approval for the proposed pipeline.
“I have nothing more to add to that or on what will happen.”
The $5.4-billion pipeline would carry bitumen from the oilsands in northern Alberta to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The project has been in limbo for more than five years and has become a symbol of the political debate over climate change.
“What pipeline?” Clinton joked during a question-and-answer period with former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna following the speech.
“This is a pipeline that crosses our international border and so falls under the perview of the State Department,” she said.
“During the four years I was the secretary, there was a very comprehensive process that took into account many different factors, including some of the concerns … (such as) pipeline capacity as well as jobs. I can’t comment any further than that.
“It’s still an ongoing process and ultimately Secretary (John) Kerry will have to make a decision.”
Kerry is leading a regulatory review of Calgary-based TransCanada Corp.’s pipeline proposal and is accepting public comments, including a letter of support from the Canadian government.
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Watch the video above: a new program will help keep seniors safe behind the wheel
SASKATOON – It’s a sense of freedom, pride and privilege, having a drivers license. Being an older, mature driver and having that license taken away can be devastating.
Lee Carlson has been a part of the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s ’55 Alive Program’ for over 12 years. He travels all around the province instructing safe driving.
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“I’ve physically worked with drivers one-on-one in their late 70’s early 80’s quite capable, I’ve also worked with drivers in their 60’s that are struggling because now as we get older we start to have health concerns,” Carlson said.
It’s around the mid 50’s when people start experiencing changes to their vision, hearing, thinking skills, and physical mobility. all of which are important to operating a vehicle safely.
CAA is a strong advocate for traffic safety for all ages. Next week, the Saskatchewan branch will be joining forces with the Safety Council and SGI to launch a new seniors multimedia web tool and mature drivers course.
“It’s an opportunity for seniors, mature drivers and baby boomers to look at and check out the website and assess your skills as a driver and say where can I improve what areas out there that I might not be comfortable with driving,” said Christine Niemczyk with CAA Saskatchewan.
It’s a refresher some mature drivers are for, others not so much.
Carlson urges mature drivers to assess their skills so they can stay in the drivers seat for as long as possible.
“The whole idea is to encourage good driving habits out there, work on the bad habits and improve those,” Carlson said.
Seniors and their loved ones can assess driving skills from CAA and learn more about changing abilities, and, if needed, how to modify driving habits.
WATCH: What’s believed to be the world’s oldest hockey stick, hand carved from a sugar maple tree in 1835, is up for sale. Ross Lord has the story.
BERWICK, N.S. – The owner of a sports artifact purported to be the world’s oldest hockey stick is putting the item up for sale.
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Mark Presley of Berwick, N.S., bought the nearly 180-year-old stick in 2008 from a retired barber in North Sydney, who had displayed it in his shop for over 30 years. Presley paid $1,000 for it but will be looking for much more than that when the 10-day selling window closes next week.
The monetary value of the stick is unknown as Presley has not had it formally appraised. The bidding opened Wednesday on eBay and there was already an early bid of US$10,000.
The amount was short of the reserve price, which is the minimum amount a seller will accept. Presley wouldn’t reveal what he thinks the stick might be worth or the reserve amount.
“I actually think that the value I have affixed to it — in other words the number that I need to get it to feel comfortable about letting it go — is actually quite fair given the significance of the object,” Presley said Thursday in a phone interview.
A few years ago, researchers from Mount Allison University used tree-ring aging to help determine the stick’s approximate age. It’s believed the stick was made in the mid-to-late 1830s and originally owned by W.M. Moffatt of North Sydney.
Presley posted the university project results on his website (杭州夜生活themoffattstick杭州夜网) along with pictures of the artifact and details about its history.
The stick, which is made of sugar maple and has the initials W.M. dug into the blade, is currently being stored in a vault, Presley said.
OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the idea of balancing budgets with leprechauns in the House of Commons on Thursday.
When the NDP’s Glenn Thibeault asked about banks putting consumers on the hook for fraudulent online transactions, Flaherty responded that the government takes fraud seriously and is consulting with Canadians to update the consumer protection code. He added that he’s meeting with bank executives in Toronto on Monday.
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Decision on income splitting lies with PM: Flaherty
Jim Flaherty explains Budget 2014
Then Flaherty introduced this nugget – an apparent reference to comments Liberal leader Justin Trudeau made in media interviews that the Conservatives are balancing the budget artificially and without a vision for growth in infrastructure, education, training and trade.
If you grow the economy, Trudeau said, “the budget will balance itself.”
“I am more concerned, actually, with the Liberal leader’s idea of being able to balance the budget automatically,” Flaherty told the House. “I know that we are taking a break and that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so I hope that he catches that little person, that little leprechaun.”
After question period Flaherty clarified his comments. Sort of.
“Just the Liberal leader’s idea that the budget will balance itself, and being of Irish heritage, I know that what he must be thinking is that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and over St. Patrick’s Day I’m sure he’ll search out a leprechaun to lead him to that pot of gold so that he can balance the budget. So I’m just trying to aim him in the right direction.”
No one followed up.
(Here is the audio, courtesy of Paul McLeod, Ottawa bureau chief for the Halifax Chronicle Herald).
AUDIO: Flaherty explains “leprechaun” jab at Trudeau