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There are no clean getaways…

In Canada, Cars, Film, Toronto, YouTube on September 13, 2011 at 14:27

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TIFF Movies you should see later …with Canadian in them!!


…It’s Friday and You need to smile. TGIF

In Cars, Have to Laugh, Media, The Social, Them Kids, YouTube on May 14, 2010 at 21:35

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I got this email from my best friend telling me to watch this YouTube video.  If you’re a parent or even if you’re not, you will enjoy the following videos from good folks at Toyota.  TGIF


Sorry I just had to add this one..because Vader Kicks Ass

Why you shouldn’t park like Tripta Kaushal

In Cars, Have to Laugh, Law & Order, Toronto, YouTube on April 20, 2010 at 21:15

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There really isn’t much more to say about this AMAZING parking job. 62-year old Tripta Kaushal was fined $500, ordered to pay damages to owners of their cars and sentenced to six months probation and is restricted from driving between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Honestly I don’t think that will save anyone from Ms. Kaushal’s road rage!! Alright this isn’t a case of that, but come on now…wouldn’t you be raging afterwards if some drove over you car in a parking lot…and then took off without letting you know?


Well I can’t just pick on Ms. Tripta…so here’s some other Parking Lot Failures

The TTC doesn’t seem to care

In Cars, Me Myself & I, Money, The Junction, Toronto, Transportation on November 18, 2009 at 10:25

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So it looks like they voted to increase the cost of a ride on the Red Rocket!  This is going to hurt a lot of people, but for some reason the TTC would rather loose almost 11 million rides than try to increase ridership buy keeping the cost of a token/metreopass at the same level or lowering the cost all together.  Last week I decided to write to Councillor Giambrone and ask him to explain the TTC’s thought process.

This is what I wrote

TTC Fare Increase..are you joking?

LBJ <> Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM
Dear Councillor Giambrone, Please give me a proper breakdown of why the TTC feels my Metropass should be jacked up from $109.00 to $126.00?  Shouldn’t the TTC consider dropping the price so that more people start using the system.  Honestly the TTC is great and I use at least 2 of the 3 services.  Subway and Streetcar 6 times a week.  I don’t complain when the Streetcars are running late or when the Subways are jammed packed.  It’s so much better than driving..BUT at $126 x 2 (for my wife and I), it makes more sense to drive.  With parking and gas, we’ll probably save almost $40 a month.  Thats a lot of money that we just can’t give up to the TTC.  Please reconsider bumping up the prices across the board.  Honestly you’ll have so many more people taking “The Better Way” if prices drop.  Heck drop them for a month just to allow people to see how good the system really is and then see if the added ridership makes up for the lower cost.  I’m not a betting man but I think you would be very surprised of the results. Thanks for you time, Lanrick — This digital correspondence is from Lanrick Bennett Jr. C: 416.569.4899 Please consider the environment before printing the email

This was his response was

TTC Fare Increase..are you joking?

Councillor Giambrone <> Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM
To: LBJ <>
Thank you for your email regarding the proposed 2010 TTC fare increase. The TTC’s Operating Budget, which includes costs such as fuel, receives only 29% of its funding from all levels of government, advertising, commuter parking lots fees and other sources of revenue.  71% of this budget comes entirely from fares.  The TTC receives the smallest proportion of government funding of any transit system in North America.  Most major city transit systems receive government subsidies at about the 70% mark. Also, TTC managed to avoid a fare increase in 2009, when usually fares increase annually. As a result of these factors, staff have recommended to the Commission that the TTC raise fares in 2010.  The proposed change would see adult fares increase by $.25 cents, students and seniors would increase by $.15 cents, and children’s fares would go up by $.05 cents.  Passes would also be affected by the fare increase. Staff are proposing to increase Weekly passes from $32.25 to $36.00; Metropasses from $109 to $126. Please also note that these proposed increases will prevent the TTC from reducing services, but help to ensure that service levels will continue at the same rate for 2010. The Commission will vote on whether to adopt staff’s recommendations at its November 17 meeting. Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  If you have any additional comments or questions regarding this or other matters, please feel free to contact me again. Yours truly, Adam Giambrone Toronto City Councillor Ward 18 Davenport Chair, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Toronto City Hall, SuiteC42 100 Queen Street West Toronto ON  M5H 2N2 (416) 392-7012

What are your thoughts?  Why don’t you put finger to keyboard and blast of a quick email and see what Mr. Giambrone says to you. OCC

The Vroom is back!

In Business, Canada, Cars, Sports on September 15, 2009 at 08:13

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Final a good sports story.  It’s back!  The Canadian Grand Prix, a staple of FIA circuit since 1967 is back after a few concessions, some one and a lot of public support.  Back in October of 2008, the Grand Prix was officially taken off the 2009 calendar by Formula One.  The Turkish Grand Prix was held in it’s place to a lack luster turnout.  Bring back the Grand Prix to Montreal not only puts money back into the cities economy but brings Formula One racing back to North America.  This is real street racing (sorry Indy Toronto and Edmonton)  In 2005 the Canadian Grand Prix was the third most watched sporting event in the world.  It will get it’s groove back.


F1 Back in Montreal in 2010

Auto Racing Blog by Norris McDonal

Sept 14 2009

It appears that the Grand Prix of Canada will soon be officially back on the Formula One schedule for 2010.

In a statement released just after noon today, long-time F1 Montreal promoter Normand Legault announced the settlement of a lawsuit between his company, Grand Prix F1 du Canada, Inc., and the Formula 1 administration that had stood in the way of the race’s return.

(Hmmm. Who knew about this? All the stories I’m aware of suggested the reason Canada lost the race was because there wasn’t enough money offered to make Bernie Ecclestone happy.)

In any event, with this legal roadblock now gone, you can expect a formal announcement of the race’s return at just about any time.

Here is the full statement released today by M. Legault:

Settlement of commercial dispute between Grand Prix F1 du Canada Inc. and Formula One Administration

Grand Prix F1 du Canada Inc. today announced that the commercial dispute between it and Formula One Administration (FOA), which had been ongoing since last fall and led to the cancellation of the 2009 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix, has now been settled.

Normand Legault, president and CEO of Grand Prix F1 du Canada Inc., said:

“I am very happy, and fully satisfied, with this outcome. I have always been confident of being able to resolve the dispute, given the in-depth understanding I have had to develop of the Formula One racing situation in Canada. And I am especially pleased that an announcement is forthcoming to the effect that the Canadian Grand Prix will be back on the FIA calendar as of 2010.

“ I never doubted that the Canadian race would regain its rightful place on the FIA schedule, and my discussions with F1 management led me to believe that the event would return soon. The race is important not only for Formula One, but also for the teams, manufacturers and sponsors.

“I am also happy for the Canadian Grand Prix’s many fans, because they are true F1 enthusiasts who appreciate the real value of the spectacle and the competition.”

Public support

“I am very proud of how far the Canadian Grand Prix has come since it was first run on the Île Notre-Dame circuit more than 30 years ago, when I initially became involved in organizing it,” Legault added.

“Our efforts in the early 1990s to take the Grand Prix beyond the boundaries of Île Notre-Dame have transformed it from a mere auto race into a mass-appeal event that is an indispensable part of Montreal’s summer festivities, with spinoffs that benefit the entire downtown area and other neighbourhoods, such as Little Italy.

“One need only look at some races held abroad to see that it takes more than an automobile race to create a bona fide event, with an international reputation that can attract tourists from the four corners of the globe. I am especially proud of the fact that, over the past 12 years with Grand Prix F1 du Canada Inc. as race promoter, our team has managed to run the show single-handedly, through thick and thin.

“We owe our success in large part to the sponsors who never stopped believing in us and backing us, to our loyal fans, whom I thank most heartily for their steadfast support, and, lastly, to our many volunteers, who have devoted so much time and effort to organizing the race.”

End of Normand Legault’s involvement as local promoter

Legault concluded:

“As to the question of whether I will remain involved as local promoter, I had already announced last fall that I no longer wished to fill that role, in view of the economic model currently prevailing in Formula One, which has now made it impossible to put on an event like this strictly with private investors, and no government assistance.

“I explained last fall that I did not wish to ask the governments for support in order to meet FOA’s financial requirements, and so it became unthinkable for me to continue to act as promoter. I believe, however, that considering its value for our local economy, it is important that the event return, and I wish every success to those who decide to take over the work that I have done over the years.”

We need to all step back a little

In Bikes, Cars, Law & Order, Loss of Life, Politico, Toronto on September 3, 2009 at 09:09

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It’s a sad situation that brings Michael Bryant to court and the family and friends of Darcy Allan Sheppard to grieve.  It of course isn’t a surprise that the media and non-witnesses to the accident jump to conclusions as to what happened and why it happened.  You have to wonder, if Mr. Bryant wasn’t a former attorney general, would this case get the profile it has right now.  So sad to think that Mr. Sheppard would be just another statistic


No good reason for the Michael Bryant case — and no deeper meaning

September 03, 2009
Father Raymond J. De Souza

Ontario’s former attorney-general was charged with criminal negligence causing death after a tragic and bizarre encounter with Darcy Allan Sheppard on Bloor Street Monday night. Mr. Sheppard, a bike courier, apparently had an altercation with Michael Bryant, which somehow led to the latter driving down Bloor Street in the wrong lane with the former clinging to the car. Mr. Sheppard apparently slammed into a mailbox and fell from the car, the rear wheels of which then ran over him. Within a few minutes, Mr. Sheppard was taken to the hospital without vital signs, soon to be declared dead, and Mr. Bryant was calling the police.

What is the deeper meaning of the Michael Bryant case? With such a high-profile defendant, commentators of all kinds rushed to find some deeper lessons.

For me, the news on Tuesday morning explained the irritation of Monday night. I had been at Varsity Stadium for a late summer exhibition game on a perfect night for football. Who knew that a man was being dragged to his death just a block away? After the game our egress was frustrated as Bloor Street was blocked by a police cruiser. Such is urban life that a man’s death is experienced principally as a traffic annoyance. The next morning’s news made me feel guilty about that trivial irritation, now juxtaposed against the horror of what happened.

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Giving the Right of Way

In Bikes, Cars, Loss of Life, The Junction, Them Kids, Toronto on August 8, 2009 at 11:49

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Both of these incidents have one thing in common, lack of common sense.  Walk around the Junction with Zoe, it is amazing how many cyclists I see riding on both the sidewalk and streets without a care in the world.  Add to that the lack of a helmet makes me scratch my head and ask what gives?  The city pushes for the rights of cyclist going as far as carving bike lanes and educating drives to the fact that they need to share the roads with people on bikes.  But who is educating the cyclist.  In no way am I saying a 15 year old should have to be on a busy road way, but there needs to be a balanced approached to what cyclists should do when they have to share the sidewalk with pedestrian.  I’ve nearly been run down by mountain biker at Keele and Annette, on the sidewalk waiting for the bus.  On the flip side speeding is just dumb.  I was once 28, and yes racing from Mississauga, where I grew up to Toronto on the QEW had it’s thrills (topped 120km/h in a 83 Oldsmobile) but at 210km/h, shouldn’t this guy be heading off to a race track?  High Park Ave has become a nice little drag strip.  I’m not sure you could hit that speed between Dundas West and Bloor Street because of the three stop signs but I figure 100km/h has easily been done.  Should the city or Ontario government invest in large paved tracks through out the GTA for lead foot drivers in the same way they’ve created skate parks?  Many if not all of them are use and your own risk.  Maybe place a telephone that dials direct to 911 if a car flips but that’s about it.  Maybe pay $50 a drive fee for unlimited use and away you go.  Create a mock 2km highway with cloverleaf off ramp for the ultra cool 80 click turns when it posts 40.  It could work..who’s in?


Woman, 56, dies after sidewalk crash with cyclist

August 08, 2009


The pedestrian-cyclist collision that claimed a woman’s life on Thursday is a “stark reminder” that bicycles should not be used on sidewalks, police say.

At about 3:30 p.m., the 56-year-old woman was walking south on the west sidewalk of Kennedy Rd. near Sheppard Ave. E. while a 15-year-old boy was cycling north on the same sidewalk, police said. The cyclist may have made a move to avoid the pedestrian, while the pedestrian made a move to avoid the cyclist. The two collided head on.

The Toronto woman, whose name police have not released, was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital with life-threatening head trauma and succumbed to her injuries in hospital yesterday evening.

“This is a stark reminder that although (fatal cyclist collisions) are a rarity, this is exactly why we don’t want bikes on the sidewalks,” Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto police traffic services said.

“They really are made for pedestrians.”

The teen cyclist was not injured and did not commit a criminal offence, Staff Sgt. Brian Bowman said, though the investigating officer will be sitting down with a prosecutor to see if there is any interest in laying charges under city bylaws.

“It’s not a good idea to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk but not strictly illegal,” Bowman said, adding that the tire size (less than 61 cm) of the teen’s bike would allow him to ride on the sidewalk.

Q&A: The fastest car in Caledon

Posted: August 07, 2009, 5:56 PM by Rob Roberts

A 28-year-old Brampton man was caught allegedly driving his black Mitsubishi Lancer 210 km/h in an 80 km/h zone in Caledon early today. Harjinde Sekhon was charged with dangerous driving, stunt driving and possessing an expired insurance card. The Post’s Giuseppe Valiante spoke to Caledon OPP Const. Jonathan Beckett about the 3 a.m. events that cost Mr. Sekhon his car for a week:

Q: Won’t police decide not to chase after someone if they think the hot pursuit will endanger the public?
A: This particular case was not a pursuit. When you’re talking about a pursuit, there are rules that we abide by. By the time the officer got caught up to the motor vehicle, he was forced to stop at a red light and an arrest was made at that point. So this was not a pursuit.

Q: Was the driver polite or aggressive when he was stopped? Did he give you guys any trouble?
A: From my understanding, the arrest was made without any problems.

Q: Was there alcohol involved?
A: No

Q: Stunt driving makes me thinks of tricks and flips. Why is driving extremely fast considered stunt driving?
A: Well, 210 km/h is extremely dangerous in the sense that when you’re closing in on other vehicles or objects your time to react to situations in front of you is greatly diminished. At that speed, it’s extremely dangerous to the public and extremely dangerous to other drivers.

Q: Do you see this often? Are people flying down the road every night?
A: It’s rare that people go this fast, absolutely. But the Caledon detachment of the OPP has laid almost 500 stunt driving charge since the legislation came in two years ago September. That’s just the Caledon detachment.

Q: How many points do you lose when you’re driving 210 km/h?
A: That’s decided by the Ministry of Transportation. But the fine for stunt driving can be up at $10,000 and an additional license suspension if deemed appropriate.

Q: People need to be slowing down, then, is what you’re saying?
A: If you’re speeding through Caledon, watch out. Because we will get you.