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3 entries from November 2019

Keeping You and Your Neighbour Safe on the Roads this Winter

Now that you've gotten your vehicle ready for winter, you're ready to hit the snow-covered streets, right? Are you sure? How about a little refresher of important things to remember when you're driving in the winter?

Cars Driving in Snow

Stay informed.
Check the weather forecast before you leave – for both your morning and evening commutes. You'll want to be prepared for any mid-day weather shifts.

Exercise patience.
Remember, everything takes longer when you drive in the winter – from scraping and clearing your car to driving to your destination. Leave yourself enough time to get where you’re going.

Leave enough space.
In the summer, the three-second rule for minimum distance between you and the car ahead is a good one. For winter, try a six-second rule. This give you more time to react in an emergency situation.

Take a practice run.
If you haven’t driven in winter conditions in a while, or feel a little tentative, take some time and practice your winter driving when you’re not under any time pressure. Find a safe locale (an empty parking lot) and practice starting, braking and turning.

Be seen.
In the limited visibility season of winter, you want to be seen. Make sure your lights are on – even if you have automatic or day-time running lights, turning on your regular headlights is a good idea as they are often brighter and will enable other drivers to see you more clearly.

What’s your favourite winter driving tip? Let us know in the comments!

~ Rose R.


Building Canada’s Electric Highway: Charging Up in Siksika First Nation

This week we opened another stop on Canada’s Electric Highway™  - at Siksika First Nation in Alberta. These are the first EV fast chargers on a First Nation in Canada. Plus, these chargers complete the Alberta section of Canada’s Electric Highway. We’re making great progress on rolling out our chargers Canada-wide.

Siksika EV Launch
L to R: Pat Lazenby, Pat Pambianco, Shane Breaker, Corey White

At the opening in Siksika, we heard from several individuals connected to this project. First, Shane Breaker – General Manager, SRDL Operations, Siksika First Nation - welcomed everyone. Shane is looking forward to great things from this partnership between Siksika First Nation and Suncor, including serving more customers as they move to EVs. Then Pat Pambianco – Petro-Canada – discussed the role these chargers play as customers look for low carbon solutions for their transportation needs. And finally Pat Lazenby – Petro-Canada – discussed the features of the chargers. There is a Level 3 DC fast charger (200KW) with universal connectors on site. And there is also a Level 2 charger which meets some electric vehicles' needs today.

Below is the video where you can view the opening ceremony and the full remarks.

 

Following the opening, I had a chance to chat with Corey White, Manager - Siksika Petro-Canada; we talked about the chargers and his customers:

Have you received any feedback from the announcement of a coast-to-coast network?
The feedback so far has been quite positive! There has been a lot of hype about the new chargers and questions about how it operates and such. Soon EV owners will be able to travel Canada coast to coast and our store is excited to welcome a new wave of visitors to Siksika Nation!

Why do you think having EV chargers is important to your customer?
I believe it is important that we continue to provide quality services to all consumers including those who are eco-friendly and those considering purchasing Electric Vehicles in the future. Having the only Fast EV Charger in the area we are able to provide even more to consumers now and in the future. As the first to have an EV Fast Charger on a First-Nation in Canada, our chargers signify the relationship our peoples have with the environment and sustainability efforts.

Siksika EV Charger

What are your initial thoughts on the charger?
The chargers are a great addition to our location, the unit itself is unique in design and the large touch screen is a nice touch to the charger. Features such as text notification updates better improve our customers’ experience.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the inauguration of the Siksika First Nation site! We’ll keep you up to date as we open more sites along Canada’s Electric Highway!

~ Braden H.


Honouring Those Who Serve

This year, as one way of honouring those who serve, we wanted to highlight the positive impact that being part of the Canadian Forces has had on members of the Petro-Canada family. We connected with Jo-Anne Doggett, a Petro-Canada station manager who has several family members who have served and who are still on active duty, and Jordan Stewart, a Canadian Armed Forces reservist and a Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) grant recipient. Jo-Anne and Jordan share their stories below.

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Jo-Anne Doggett
Jo-Anne’s family has a proud and strong connection with the military. Her grandfather was a foot soldier in WW1. Her father-in-law was an ambulance driver in WW2. Her husband was in the Infantry. And her son currently serves in the Infantry and her son-in-law is an Air Nav. She also has two brothers-in-law who served in the Infantry. She is extremely proud of her family and its military connections.

Doggett Family
L to R: Cpl. Crete, MWO (Ret’d) Doggett, Pte. Doggett, Maj. Christianson

We asked Jo-Anne why serving in the military is important to her family members and how she has been influenced by having family in the military …

My husband joined the military in February 1972 after High School. He was working a part-time job in a small town in Nova Scotia with no future job opportunities. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces to improve himself, start a career and travel the world. He signed up for 4 years and then re-signed and served for 40 years all over the world. During this service he led soldiers and lost friends. It is an honour for my family members to serve their country and help where it’s needed in the world while securing a career.

As a military spouse, it gave me an opportunity to see the world and to learn different cultures while being overseas. I developed a strong pride in our Canadian forces and support them any way I can. Being a military spouse also taught me to be independent while being on your own with your children while your spouse is away. You learn very early on to depend on your military family as they are always there when you need them.

We also asked Jo-Anne if she has a particular routine on Remembrance Day …

Having been to Remembrance Day Services here in Canada and aboard, I would just like to remind others to be very thankful for our men and women who have served or are currently serving our Country and for protecting the freedom and privileges we have as Canadians. Personally, I try to attend our local Remembrance Day Parade with my husband if I’m not working. But if I am, at 11 am, I stop and say Thank You to all those who gave up so much for our Freedom. I am very proud to be Canadian and very proud to be the wife and mother of serving members.

 

Jordan Stewart
Cpl (Corporal) Jordan Stewart is a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as a Mobile Support and Equipment Operator with the 32 Service Battalion based out of Toronto, Ontario. He provides transportation and logistical support for combat and field operations as well as domestic operations. When Jordan was searching for his first part-time job, he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself, so Jordan decided to become a reservist because it would allow him to give back to his community while still learning and developing crucial life and social skills.

JordanStewart-Taekwondo

Jordan is also a world class Taekwondo athlete, currently ranked 6th in the world in his weight class (-87kg). He hopes to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. We asked Jordan how being in the military has influenced his career as an athlete …

The military has influenced me to become a better athlete in a few ways. In my first military course, I learned several crucial life skills that are critical for soldiers to have and there are four that I feel translate directly into an athlete’s success.

    • Discipline builds an athlete’s character to help them not only set their mind to achieve great things but then doing the necessary steps to accomplish those goals.
    • Time management from balancing rigorous practice schedules, work, homework, tournaments and travel, this skill is essential in order to be highly productive and accomplish many goals simultaneously.
    • Perseverance is the ability to dig deep and find a way to win, regardless of the challenges or obstacles in your way. This is something the CAF ingrains in all of its soldiers from the beginning.
    • Teamwork is strangers coming together for the pursuit of a common goal. And there is no better demonstration of that than the Canadian Armed Forces reserve units.

We also asked Jordan about Remembrance Day …

A tradition that has been ongoing for me since I joined the forces is the first Sunday before Remembrance Day, my unit heads to the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre in North York where we execute a formal parade to commemorate all soldiers past and present local and abroad.

To those before me, thank you. To those with me, stand proud. To those after me, be strong. Lest we forget.

 

Many thanks to Jo-Anne and Jordan for taking the time to be interviewed and for being a part of the Petro-Canada family and the Canadian Armed Forces. On Remembrance Day we echo Jo-Anne’s “thank you” and Jordan’s reminder “Lest we forget.”

- Rosemary R.