Informational

Driving with Dogs

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Dog sitting in red convertable. Blog post written by Lori Straus.

In researching this blog post for the Used Car Dealers’ Association, I learned that only 5% of pet owners who drive with their dogs have a built-in pet safety system installed. This blog post aims to help people find safer ways to drive with their dogs.

How Much of Your Income Should You Spend on Your Vehicle?

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I enjoy writing blog posts that help people figure things out. In this one, I review the basics of deciding how much money you have available to purchase a car. As nice as it can be to buy a new, shiny one, sometimes the numbers don’t add up, and the last thing you need is to be stuck with a depreciating asset you can’t afford.

Are Heavy-Duty Trucks the Key to Solving Air Pollution?

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I wrote this blog post for Geotab, a telematics company that specializes in fleet management. Its impetus was a recent study that showed that heavy-duty truck emissions were far more dangerous than car emissions. I really enjoyed writing this one, because it forced me to examine my own opinions on this environmental issue and opened my mind to other data and therefore a different solution than...

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: Building Trust in Your Customer Part by Part

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Car parts hanging on a wall. For article on OEM vs. aftermarket parts.

(This magazine article appeared in The Ontario Dealer, in the November 2013 issue.) The used car industry is on the rise in Canada. IBIS World’s February 2013 report titled Used Car Dealers in Canada: Market Research Report stated that the used car business is a $7 billion industry in Canada. Yet car dealerships, both new and used, still have a bad media reputation. Aside from the stereotypical...

Buddy Guy and Steve Strongman: Another Part of Blues History in Kitchener

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Blues musician Steve Strongman

(This post appeared on a blog for a 2,000-seat live theatre, where blues legend Buddy Guy was playing, with Steve Strongman opening. Published March 2016.) It all started with a man named Smith. Glenn Smith, to be exact. You may know him as the owner of Ethel’s Lounge in Uptown Waterloo, but if you’ve been following the blues in Kitchener over the past few decades, you also know him...

Local German Author Visiting University of Waterloo

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(This bulletin piece announced the visit of a local author who writes and publishes in German. Published February 2015. To see the published version, click on the link and scroll down to the third story.) A murder, a mysterious beating, a suspicious arrest: all happen at the world-famous Hannover fairgrounds during a computer exhibition in this local author’s first novel, published in German...

Books in vending machines and God’s Busted Knee

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SuKuLTuR book in a vending machine

(This bulletin notice announced an author visit. Published February 2016. To see the published version, click on the link and scroll down to the third story.) Even though you don’t know him, you may already feel a type of familiarity with author Marc Degens: he writes with a self-deprecating humour common in Canada, and he would also fit right in with our local startup culture. An accomplished...

Postcards in a Closet

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Katharina Wolf was born in a small town in Hungary in 1901. In 1914, the Great War broke out. In 1919, her hometown became part of Romania. In 1921, she became pregnant with her first child. What did she worry about? What did she want for her child? Using postcards Katharina wrote years later, discussions with one of her surviving grandchildren, and historical research about the times, writer...

A Selection of Companies I Have Written and/or Edited For

Lori Straus has written for FleetCarma.
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Masthead for Globe & Mail