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TransCanada adjusts Energy East route

TransCanada adjusts Energy East route It’s all about compromise.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has filed an amended application and cost estimate for the Energy East pipeline project.The document includes more than 700 route changes to the massive oil pipeline that would ship crude from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the east coast.While the re-design will add additional costs to the project, the company believes the new route addresses the concerns raised by politicians, First Nations groups and environmentalists.TransCanada spokesperson Tim Duboyce says the new proposed route for the pipeline follows months of public consultation.“We’re here to ensure the public that we’re listening to the questions and concerns that they’re raising about the project, in some cases, and addressing those concerns,” he told 660 NEWS. Duboyce adds the company is confident the changes meet the expectations of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to develop natural resources in a responsible manner.“That’s exactly what pipelines do,” he said “Pipelines represent the safest, most environmentally friendly way of moving natural resources, including crude oil, from the point of production to the market place.”Duboyce estimated the pipeline would displace the equivalent of close to 1600 rail cars of crude oil bound for eastern Canada per day and that the pipeline would reduce the need to import oil from other countries like Venezuela, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.Among the many changes is the elimination of a terminal in Quebec. The National Energy Board will review the revised application, which will bump the cost of the project up nearly $4-billion. (Revised numbers total $15.7-billion, the previous proposal came in at $12-billion.)A decision is expected in 2017, and if approved shovels could be in the ground in 2018, with oil flowing to Saint John, New Brunswick by 2020. by Posted Dec 17, 2015 7:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 9:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage

DETROIT – It’s the moment every car owner dreads. The mechanic comes out of the garage to say your ride needs repairs costing hundreds of dollars.Then two big questions pop into your brain: Are the fixes really needed? Am I being overcharged?There might not be a way around getting the car fixed, but there are ways to stay in control of the situation. But it takes some work and planning both before and after the big repairs come:GET TO KNOW A MECHANICEstablish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust — or risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. Ask like-minded friends and neighbours where they go. With or without a recommendation, check online and find shops in your area that have mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Also look for AAA certified garages and other training for technicians. Check online reviews. Shops that rely heavily on a particular neighbourhood for their customers will take extra care to make sure people are happy.When you find a garage, take your car in for an oil change and inspection. See if the people seem honest and are willing to take time to explain a problem. “It’s like a dating relationship,” says Jill Trotta, director of the automotive group at RepairPal.com, an online service that provides price estimates for auto repairs. The oil change is like having coffee with someone. Getting a small repair done is like going to dinner. A major repair can establish a long-term relationship. “If you do your due diligence up front, when something bad goes wrong, you can feel more comfortable,” Trotta says.GETTING TO THE TRUTHSay the mechanic says that grinding noise in your front end signals your brake pads need to be replaced. How do you know he’s telling the truth? Brake pad replacement is almost always accompanied by resurfacing or replacing the rotors, the round things that brake pads grab onto. That can drive the price up more. A good mechanic will take you into the garage, show you worn-out parts and explain the problems if you ask. If you’re not there, ask the shop to send you cellphone pictures of the worn pads and other parts. Make note of exactly what parts are being replaced. If it’s an expensive repair and you’re still a little skeptical, tell the mechanic you need to wait for your next paycheque to get the repair done, or you’re just not ready to do it now. Then get a second opinion, even if the next shop charges you for it, says Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor for the Edmunds.com automotive website. A simple Google search also will tell you if the problem the garage pointed out is common for your car, Geropoulos says.THE PRICE IS RIGHTOnce you’ve determined that the repair is needed, there are ways to make sure the price is right. There are several websites such as RepairPal that have data on what prices you should be charged. Costs can vary widely across the country, so in addition to make, model and model year, the sites ask for your ZIP Code. RepairPal even has a mobile app for smartphones, so you could do the price check right inside the shop. Some sites give you estimates from several nearby shops.RepairPal uses the same database garages use to figure out how long a repair should take. The site shows you the hourly labour rate and part cost data that comes from repair garages. It’ll give you a price range for what the repair should cost. You can also call another shop or two and ask what they’d normally charge for the same repair on your model. Trotta, whose service makes money by certifying garages and charging them $199 per month to be a recommended shop on the RepairPal site, says the site calculates a fair price for quality repairs done with quality parts.The lowest price may not be the best deal. Trotta says some garages will sell inferior, less-expensive parts that won’t last as long. “The cheapest thing to do when getting your car repaired is to fix it right the first time,” she says. How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage Mechanic Chris Geropoulos works on car, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Ted’s Auto Clinic in Chicago. In looking for a mechanic, experts say it’s a good idea to establish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust, or you may risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 8:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more