Amarjeet Sohi is projected to be Edmonton’s next mayor. He is making history as the first person of colour to be elected as Edmonton’s mayor. “I hope with my win, and the community’s win, that we can inspire other people to run for office and also make structural changes.” Sohi said every public institution should reflect the community it serves and changes need to be made so that minorities, women and people from different backgrounds aren’t prevented from running and serving. Sohi is a familiar face, having previously served Edmonton both municipally and federally. Sohi represented southeast Edmonton on city council for eight years after being elected in 2007. In 2015, he made the move into federal politics as the MP for Edmonton Mill Woods. Sohi served as minister of Infrastructure and Communities from 2015 to 2018 and Minister of Natural Resources from 2018 to 2019. He served one term before losing his seat during the 2019 federal election. With 94 per cent of polls reporting, Sohi had won 45 per cent of the vote. The candidate with the second-highest votes was Mike Nickel, with 25 per cent, then Kim Krushell, with 17 per cent.
One of the elements that makes this so interesting is that, for the past few months, there has been much debate regarding the future of the 911, and especially whether it can or should go electric. While that question remains unanswered, the new sales figures show that a big portion of the brand’s buyers is pretty open to making the switch. The overall global sales figures released by Porsche today show that the automaker delivered 217,198 vehicles worldwide in the first three quarters of the year — a 13 percent increase over 2020. The results were driven up by the Taycan, as well as growth for the Macan, one of the brand’s undisputed stars. The results also show that Porsche has recovered from the 5 percent sales decline it experienced in the same nine-month period from 2019 to 2020. The undisputed sales leader for the brand remains the Cayenne, with 62,451 units sold between January 1 and September 30. That’s constitutes a 2.8 percent drop compared to the same period in 2020. On the other hand, the Macan saw its results grow by 12 percent to 61,944 units in the first three quarters of the year. The Taycan and 911 contributed to the overall sales volume increase at Porsche.
When midnight struck on Oct. 17, 2018, Canada became the first developed nation to allow the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, and since then the industry has had its share of ups and downs. While billions of dollars worth of legal pot has been sold across thousands of licensed stores, helping to stamp out roughly half of the illicit market, it’s also seen many cannabis companies cumulatively post billions of dollars in losses as market dynamics warped lofty expectations made in the early days of legalization. But change may be afoot as the Canadian government undertakes a lengthy 18-month-long review of the legislation that legalized cannabis, which many in the industry hope will address several shortcomings and stabilize some of the more tenuous parts of the sector, like lowering fees or amending packaging and potency requirements. “What’s at stake is that three years from now, we don’t all look back with a tragic collective sigh about the unrealized opportunity,” said George Smitherman, president of the Cannabis Council of Canada, the industry’s main lobby group. “The risk is that we’ll have run out of energy for the kind of continuous quality improvement that a brand new out-of-the-box law like this needs.”
The age of the all-electric pickup truck is upon us, and the first manufacturer to begin delivering battery-powered trucks to customers is Rivian. The first examples of the R1T pickup started rolling off the assembly line in Normal, Illinois earlier this month. On that very same day, I settled behind the wheel of a 2022 R1T Launch Edition high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to see if Rivian’s light-duty electric truck was worth the wait. The R1T’s exterior aesthetic is a minimalist take on classic pickup truck design. Both ends are dominated by strong horizontal light bars with the front fascia punctuated by vertical pill-shaped headlamp clusters that create an approachable, almost cartoonish face. One of my favorite hidden details is that the front light bar can double as a battery meter, filling up with soft green light as the pickup charges. The R1T measures 217.1 inches from the rooter to the tooter and is 81.8 inches wide. For scale, that footprint is a touch larger than the Ford Ranger, but a fair bit smaller than a Crew Cab F-150.
Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess told a supervisory board meeting in September that the company could lose 30,000 jobs if it transitioned too slowly to electric vehicles (EVs), two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. Competition from new entrants to Germany’s market, like Tesla, has pushed the company to speed up its transformation, Diess is said to have told attendees. The U.S. EV maker plans to produce 500,000 cars a year in Germany with 12,000 employees, while Volkswagen’s 25,000 produce just 700,000 cars at its Wolfsburg plant. A company spokesperson confirmed Diess’ position that Tesla and others’ presence in Germany heightened the urgency of transitioning to EVs, but denied that specific calculations had been made on how many jobs could be lost in the process. “There is no question that we have to address the competitiveness of our plant in Wolfsburg in view of new market entrants,” Volkswagen spokesperson Michael Manske said, pointing to Tesla and new Chinese automakers making inroads into Europe.
Is it any surprise that two of the main authors of the partisan election review in Arizona didn’t even show up to Thursday’s hearing by the House Oversight Committee to investigate their report? The so-called audit in Maricopa County found no evidence of election irregularities and even turned up more votes for President Joe Biden. But that hasn’t stopped the review’s leaders from suggesting Trump won in Arizona. Yet on Thursday, two leaders of the Cyber Ninjas investigation thought it better to stay home than to testify under oath that their review signaled a win for the former president. Their absence, however, made way for a refreshing moment of truth when the Senate liaison to the partisan review testified, rejecting the claims that Trump won the state. Still, Republicans on the committee attempted to paint the “audit” as necessary for exploring election “irregularities” that were never quite specified and have never been proven. Despite a brief moment of clarity, the hearing once again showed that there is literally nothing that can convince Trump’s backers in Congress and around the country that he lost the election. But convincing people of the facts is not the point.