Welcome to the first edition of ‘Federated Fast Five’ – a weekly blog article that rounds up five news stories from the week we feel are worth sharing. Every Friday, you can look forward to a new article that briefly outlines stories important to Canadian business owners.  

This week we have news stories on energy efficient homes, winter tire shortages, business interruption insurance, a cyber crime and the future of driverless car regulations:

1. The Wilden Living Lab project ‘Home of Tomorrow’ demonstrates how energy efficient building materials and sustainable technologies will change the future of homes. New home owners will able to reduce and monitor their energy consumption. Via Kelowna Capital News.

2. Drivers in B.C are purchasing winter tires at increasing rates causing some garages and tire dealerships to face a shortage. This is especially true for larger vehicles, where drivers may have to wait 7-10 days for their winter tires to come in. Via News Talk CKNW.

3. According a recent survey by Allianz, Canadian business owners feel business interruption is now their most prevalent risk, even surpassing cyber threats. Via Canadian Underwriter.

4. A University of Alberta student was charged this week with cybercrimes after compromising the passwords of over 3,000 students and staff in late 2016. Via CBC News.

5. With the future of driverless cars becoming a reality, Transport Canada is working to develop regulations by studying the safety of these cars. Via The Toronto Star.

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