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The Road is not your trash can

What causes people to throw trash and cigarette butts out their car window? Do they really want our neighbourhood to look like a dirty land fill?

I can’t think of any logical explanation as to why drivers toss garbage on roads, highway exits, and parking lots other then sheer laziness. Perhaps it was the beating I got as a kid when my father caught me throwing a Hubba Hubba wrapper out the window that knocked some sense into me.

But what’s with people these days? Can’t you wait till you get home to throw that big mac wrapper in the trash?

It’s like they don’t care about keeping the streets and city they live in clean. Well, maybe it’s about damn time I come to your house and dump all my garbage on your front lawn. Heck, maybe I’ll bring my dog and let him do his business too (okay i’m kidding…kind of).

Fact is garbage is all over the cities we live in and there’s no reason it needs to be. It’s on the side of our highways and roads. It’s in our lakes and rivers. It’s in our parks and soccer fields. It’s scattered across fast food parking lots. It’s probably even in your garden too.

Litter is everywhere we look, and it’s about time something is done about it.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I used to throw my apple cores out the car when nobody was looking. Sometimes I’d even have competitions with friends to see how far we could spit our gum out the window.

But I’m an adult now. And I try to act like one.

I was getting off the 403 at the Winston Churchill exit the other day. While waiting at the traffic lights a man in his mid 40’s rolled down his window and emptied out every single piece of garbage in his car onto the grass (already filled with glass bottles and cigarette packages). I’m talking coffee cups, pop cans, french fries containers and even an empty bag of Oreos. The light turned green and the man drove off as if his trash was some sort of fertilizer for the grass.

So I followed him.

At the next lights I pulled up beside him and rolled down my window.

Me: “Umm, excuse me Sir. I think you dropped something back there”.

The man looked at me like I was a three headed alien from Prometheus.

Him: “The fuck your problem man? This is Canada. I can do whatever I want to”

Me: “Well, actually you can’t. Littering is against the law here, sir. Can’t you wait to throw it out at home?”

Him: “What are you the litter police or something?”

The light turned green and the thought of throwing my half eaten frosty across the man’s windshield crossed my mind.

“Have a nice day sir” I yelled out the window as the grumpy old man chirped his tires speeding away from the intersection.

The point I am trying to make is that throwing any type of trash out of the window is simply inexcusable.

You’re getting out of the car sooner or later anyways, so why not dispose of it properly instead of tossing it on the road for someone else to clean up?

People who do this, with the “somebody else will take care of it” mentality, have no respect for themselves, other people’s property, and the environment.

And apparently in the year of 2017, people still need a reminder not to throw their junk out of a moving vehicle. Flying food at 80 kilometers per hour is surprisingly dangerous. Paper cups, fast food bags, and big mac containers flying out of car windows are like missiles sure to leave a bruise on cars behind you.

This includes smokers.

They’ll either flick the butts out the window of a moving car or come to an intersection and dump the ashtray right onto the ground.

Just look at left hand side of any intersection with a stoplight. You’ll find hundreds of cigarette butts left by smokers waiting to make a left turn.

In fact, you usually don’t have to walk far to find a cigarette butt on the road. A lot of people who do smoke toss the butt out the window when they are done. Not only is this an extreme fire hazard (the still lit orange guys that bounce off your windshield) and a filthy habit, it also contributes to the toxic chemicals that lead into our waterways.

Cigarette butts are the most abundant type of litter found in our roadways and are one of the deadliest forms of waste littered.

In fact, cigarette butts make up nearly 15 percent of all small litter items in Ontario.

For all the smokers reading this, enjoy your cigarette but think of others and respect the environment. Fires caused by discarded cigarettes results in millions of damages as well as the destruction of human life, wildlife, and ecosystems.

So please use your goddam ash tray.

The fact is we all suffer from these disgusting actions whenever we drive through the city. Throwing trash and cigarette butts out of the window of your car is about the stupidest thing you can do.

A city of Toronto bylaw already exists to punish those who choose to litter, fining offenders $365 who decide to “take out the trash” during their commute.

But bylaws like this are rarely enforced so until they are these pigs will continue to pollute our city, our air, and our neighbourhoods.

So the next time you see someone chucking trash or cigarette butts out the window, I have one simple suggestion.


Make them feel guilty, call them out on it, and let them know that this is NOT acceptable. There’s a tiny chance you’ll knock some sense into them and make them change their filthy ways.

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How to change the oil in a 2010-2014 VW GTI (TSI)


Changing the engine oil in a sixth generation Volkswagen GTI is a quick and simple process. Doing it yourself can save you both time and money and requires only basic tools available at your local auto parts store. The following is a guide on how to change the oil and filter on a 2010-2014 GTI.

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Decontaminating your vehicle: Clay Bars vs Clay Alternatives


Detailing clay is traditionally used to remove bonded contamination from a vehicle, however with the increase in synthetic clay substitutes, there are now many more options that perform the same type of function. Such products include the SM Arnold Speedy Surface Prep Towel, Optimum Opti-Eraser, Cobra Clay Mitt and the NanoSkin AutoScrub Wash Mitt.

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Installed: Neuspeed Rse52 wheels


Wheels and tires are one of the most popular upgrades people do to their cars. Not only can they dramatically improve the appearance of any vehicle, in some cases they can also enhance braking, acceleration, steering feel and overall grip.

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Tesla Model 3 orders approaching 400,000 units


If you thought that Tesla Model 3 momentum had slowed down, you’re wrong. During a recent speech in Amsterdam, Tesla VP of Business Development Diarmuid O’Connell revealed that the number of Model 3 reservations is now approaching 400,000 for the $35,000 all electric vehicle.

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Fast and Furious 8 to blow things up in Iceland


You’ve probably already heard about the eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise taking place in New York City, but now we also know that some of the filming is taking place in Iceland.

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How to add Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to a 2012 – 2015 Passat TDI


Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is composed of urea and de-ionised water and is injected into the exhaust gasses of many modern diesel engines.  DEF significantly reduces the amount of exhaust gas emissions and pollution by converting harmful nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and steam.

Most vehicles equipped with DEF will have a dedicated tank that requires to be refilled at normal service intervals. The size of the tank is usually designed so that you should not have to refill the fluid in between services, however individual vehicle’s consumption may be higher depending on operating conditions. The vehicle will not operate unless there is sufficient fluid in the vehicle’s tank.

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How to replace the cabin filter in a 2010-2014 VW Golf/GTI


The cabin filter in your car cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. If it’s dirty, dust, pollen and other airborne material can make riding in your car unpleasant, especially if you have allergies or other respiratory problems.

Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — Volkswagen recommends replacing it every 20,000 miles or 2 years — however it may need to be changed earlier depending on how much you drive and where.

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Toronto Cab driver attacks Uber car, dragged 20 metres in protest


In a shocking scene caught on video, a disgruntled Toronto taxi driver decided to beat on the window of a white Honda civic he suspected to be working for Uber before being dragged more than 20 metres in downtown traffic.

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It’s time to start thinking about winter tires


It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and snow is either here or on its way depending on where you live. And that means you should think about putting a set of winter tires on your car.

While some of us may think we can get around fine with “all season” tires, it’s like the equivalent of wearing Air Force 1’s in the winter – it might work for a while, but you’re bound to fall flat on your ass sooner or later.

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35K Tesla model 3 production to start in two years


Interested in a Tesla but can’t afford the model s? You’ll have to wait at least a couple years before parking one in your driveway then. Company founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed via Twitter there was going to be a two-year wait for the $35,000 model 3 sedan, but pre-orders begin when it’s finally unveiled in March.

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Electric car maker Fisker plans to return in 2016


When Fisker first released the Karma in 2011, few people would have guessed the plug-in luxury sedan with curvy body lines and sports-car-like performance would lead the company into bankruptcy less than two years into production.

Fewer still, would have predicted its comeback. Yet that’s exactly what is happening for Fisker Automotive & Technology Group, which is scheduled to resume production in mid-2016 according to the company.

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Men more likely to die driving than women


Men are more likely to be killed while driving than women, a new U.S study shows.

The study, done by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), shows that twice as many men than women were killed while driving in 2012 in the U.S. (23,808 men compared to 9,733 women). The study reveals that this disparity is mostly due in part to the fact that they cover more miles each year.

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My thoughts on Optimum Gloss-Coat


Paint coatings are a relatively new concept to the automotive detailing market. Unlike traditional waxes and sealants which offer relatively short durability, paint coatings are designed to provide semi-permanent protection that can often last a year or longer. Much like a second clear coat, paint coatings function like an invisible barrier that shields your paint from the harsh elements your vehicle is constantly being exposed to. Additionally, automotive surfaces treated with these paint coatings are considerably easier to clean and maintain due to their self cleaning properties.

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Driving Impressions: Michelin Pilot Super Sport


With spring now in full effect across southern Ontario, I decided to take my 2010 Volkswagen GTI to the tire shop and replace the factory all-season Pirelli rubber with a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport max performance summer tires.

If you’re not familiar with the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, they come as original equipment on several sports cars and high performance vehicles such as the BMW M3 and Tesla Model S P85D.

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Truck driver charged with careless driving after Highway 401 rollover


Police have charged a 21-year-old truck driver with careless driving after dangerously rolling his tractor-trailer off a ramp and onto the Highway 401.

The crash, captured by a nearby vehicles dash-cam, shows the tractor-trailer moving southbound on the 404 towards the on-ramp to the westbound 401 before plunging onto the westbound lanes of the 401. The rig miraculously lands in an unoccupied space of the busy highway, ultimately striking two other vehicles before coming to a halt.

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Dealership donates minivan to couple scammed in craigslist deal


Meet the Rakowskis, a couple from Michigan who recently purchased a minivan from a man they met on Craigslist.

The coupled needed the vehicle so that Mark Rakowiski could travel to Tennessee with his wife to visit his dying brother. Having health issues of his own, Mark Rakowski needed the extra space from the van to accommodate his bulky breathing equipment.

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Drivers know risks, but continue to drive dangerously


By now we all recognize the risks of dangerous and distracted driving, but a recent study from AAA suggests we still do it anyway.

The research reveals we don’t believe bad things can happen to us, despite the fact that one in three has a loved one who has been hurt or killed in a crash.

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Should you enroll in pay-as-you-drive auto insurance?

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Most large auto insurers now offer customers an interesting way to save on car insurance: pay-as-you-drive auto insurance. Basically how it works is companies collect data via onboard infotainment units or from devices that plug into OBD ports of your car’s on-board computer.  The data is then transmitted back to your insurance company through a secure server.

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Tesla Model X: The most awaited electric vehicle of 2015


It still may be a while before the Model X, Tesla’s first SUV, goes on sale in North America, but we already know that this zero emission, super-high-performance family hauler is going to be something special.

The Model X will share the same platform as the award winning Model S, but will come standard with all-wheel drive and child-friendly second and third-row seating.

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Calgary woman earns ticket after butchered backing up video goes viral


A Calgary woman has been tracked down and issued a ticket after a video labelled “Calgary’s worst driver” went viral over the weekend.

The five minute video, which has over 2 million views, shows the driver of a BMW X3 hitting a parked vehicle while attempting to back out of a parking spot. The woman then spends the next four minutes driving back and forth, trying to get the car turned around – a task that would take the average driver no more than 5 seconds.

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Michelin puts airless tires into production


For over a 100 years, vehicles have relied on rubber tires filled with air to roll them down the road.

And while these tires have continuously improved in performance, efficiency and tread life, the basic design of a pneumatic tire and the way it’s mounted onto a wheel has remained relatively unchanged, until now.

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Protecting your cars finish in the winter


With the brutality of last winter still fresh in our minds, it comes at no surprise that winter is the most damaging season for your car. During the cold winter months, your cars finish is constantly exposed to the harsh elements, including rain, sleet, snow and salt. And while modern paint systems are much better able to withstand environmental stresses and the damaging effects of road salt, there are still a few things you can do to help protect your paint during the winter months.

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Rhode Island man gets 4 DUIs in 30 hours


We all know by now that driving drunk is stupid. But a Rhode Island man with an apparently indefinite supply of vehicles has reached new levels of idiocy by earning himself not one, but four DUIs in just 30 hours.

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Google unveils self-driving prototype car


Go ahead and give your head a good shake.

This isn’t a dream, and I assure you, this car is real.

Last week, at a technology conference in California, Google unveiled it’s very own self-driving car. Built from scratch, the first thing you will notice when you enter the funky two seater is that there are no manual controls – no brake pedal, gas pedal, gear shift or steering wheel. It’s completely and totally autonomous, and the only thing you need to do is tell it where you want to go.

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Toronto teen caught stunt driving Nissan GT-R at 240km/h


A Toronto teen is in trouble after being caught flexing the muscles of a black Nissan GT-R last Monday night.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, the teenager was travelling 140km/h over the speed limit on highway 407 near Weston road around 10:30 pm. The driver of the speeding vehicle,Vince Lisi, 18, of Kleinburg is facing rather serious charges that include stunt driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to surrender a driver’s licence.

The stunt driving teenage driver has since had his Nissan GT-R impounded immediately and his licence suspended for seven days.

Just a few weeks before the incident Lisi posted a photo of his vehicle on Twitter followed by the comment “here come the speeding tickets”.


In Ontario, someone caught going 50 km/h or more over the limit by police faces an automatic six demerit points, road-side vehicle seizure and an immediate seven day licence suspension with additional suspension (of up to two years) upon conviction.

The 18-year-old driver can also face a fine between $2,000 to $10,000 – but something tells me it won’t be long before the reckless driver is back behind the wheel of the $100,000 supercar.

News Source: Global News


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How to sell your car online, the right way


If you’ve ever searched for a used car online, you probably already know that the majority of people put very little thought into the ads they create.

The process for most typically consists of a five-minute photoshoot with a 1.3 megapixel camera phone, followed by a twenty-five word description in the form of one long run-on sentence.

But if you actually want to sell your car quickly and for the highest possible price, it’s going to take a little bit of planning and effort. Think of it this way though: that extra couple hours you spend taking good pictures and writing a detailed description will help your ad stand out from all the others.

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All fuels are not created equally

Driver Filling Fuel Tank

Owning a vehicle ain’t cheap.

Car payments, insurance, gas, and regular maintenance all add up to thousands of dollars a year, whether you drive a fifteen-year-old Toyota or a brand new Mercedes Benz. So naturally, when your tank is empty, you search for the cheapest gas you can find – even if it means filling up at the same place you buy your eggs and toilet paper, or the no-name shack with a giant inflatable gorilla on the roof.

But do you ever worry that the cheap gas you put in your vehicle might someday mess up your engine?

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Man who plowed into crowd at SXSW could face death penalty


Austin Police have charged a suspected drunk driver with capital murder after plowing into a crowded street at a popular music festival in Austin, Texas last Thursday, killing three people and injuring at least twenty three others.

According to reports, Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, was spotted by police around 12:30am, driving the wrong way down a one-way street. As the authorities attempted to stop him, he sped off, ultimately accelerating through a group of pedestrians, striking a taxi and a moped, and crashing into a parked van.

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Ontario to boost distracted driving fines


Getting caught using your phone while driving will soon cost you a lot more.

As of March 18, motorists caught using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving in the province of Ontario will face a hefty $280 fine (up from $155). This is the first time the fine amount has increased since the ban on handheld devices came into effect in October 2009.

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Toyota named world’s top selling automaker for second year in a row


Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, outselling American rival General Motors by roughly 270,000 vehicles in 2013.

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Study reveals 1 in 5 drivers name their car, majority women


We all know someone who’s named their car. And chances are – let’s be honest – that if you’re reading this, you probably have too. Apparently though, chances are even higher that you’ve named your car if you’re a girl.

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Enterprise customer billed $47K for stolen Mustang


Spending a weekend cruising in a Ford Mustang convertible rental car sounds like a nice way to enjoy a weekend, but for one Nova Scotia woman, her two-day rental is turning into one big financial nightmare.

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Vin Diesel announces Fast and Furious 7 to debut April 2015


Less than a month since the shocking death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, Vin Diesel announced that FF7 would hit theatres on April 10, 2015.

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Washington state wife oblivously tweets about husbands deadly crash

Vancouver, Washington

After hearing news of a crash on I-205 southbound in Vancouver, Washington Wednesday afternoon, Caran Johnson, who goes by the Twitter handle @ScanCouver, tweeted about how she “hates that section” of the highway.

“Too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes,” she wrote.

It was only after 10 tweets about the crash that Johnson realized her husband would have used the roadway to get home from work.

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Ford Canada disapproves logo on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford T-shirts

Rob Ford

The Rob Ford scandal has already received tremendous attention around the world. The loudmouthed, drunk driving, crack-smoking mayor of Toronto has managed to reach celebrity status in a matter of months and Rob Ford merchandise including bobbleheads, hot dogs, hamburgers, and most recently, t-shirts, has become a big business.

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Another Tesla Model S Catches Fire in Mexico


When a Tesla Model S caught fire after crashing into road debris in Washington earlier this month, company officials stressed that it was the first and only known Model S fire on public roads.

Less than a month later, they’ll have to add another tally to that list.

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Toyota wins unintended acceleration Lawsuit


Toyota has already paid billions of dollars in settlements surrounding unintended acceleration claims in 2009 and 2010, but a courtroom victory Thursday in California certainly provided some momentum for the Japanese automaker.

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Tesla Share prices drop after Model S catches fire


Shares of Tesla Motors dropped more than 6 percent yesterday after images and YouTube videos of a Model S in flames were posted on popular automotive blogs and news sites.

The incident happened Tuesday after 8 a.m. in Seattle, Washington as the driver was traveling southbound on state Route 167. The fire began in the cars battery after the driver reportedly struck debris on the highway.

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Top 10 Best and Worst Cars For Rust


For most of us, selecting a new or used vehicle is no easy task. The process usually involves spending countless hours online and in showrooms comparing specs, features, and pricing of different brands and models.

Long after a decision is finally made, the majority of car owners devote large amounts of time and money to their vehicles – ensuring they look and perform the same way they did the day they bought them.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 sets record with US $800M first-day sales


It didn’t take long for the fifth installment of the popular video game series “Grand Theft Auto” to become a hit.

First-day sales of “Grand Theft Auto V” rolled in US $800 million worldwide, topping the record set by “Call of Duty: Black Ops II last November at US $500 million.

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Drunk Driver Confesses to Manslaughter on YouTube

It’s fairly easy to commit a hit-and-run. You make a mistake, drive away before anyone notices, and go on with your day.

But when your screw up happens to cause the death of another person, the guilt and remorse that builds up inside of you can be overwhelming.

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Hundreds hurt after 130-car pile up in South East England

A horrific crash in southeast England involving 130 vehicles has injured 200 people, 35 of which required hospital treatment.

The incident occurred on the A249 London-bound bridge at approximately 7:15 AM local time, as a line of cars reportedly crashed and piled into each other.

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Public Transit: Smarter, but not faster


In Canada, using public transportation helps you save money, reduce pollution, and lessen congestion.  But while it may be the most sensible way to travel, it’s certainly not the fastest.

According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, commuters who traveled using public transit took longer to get to work on average compared to those who drove in a car.

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Richie Parker: A story of perseverance


Richie Parker grew up surrounded by doubters.

People said he’d never be able to do the most basic things in life like ride a bike, drive a car, and get a college degree.

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Bad driving habits linked to luxury cars


Are all BMW drivers assholes?

Probably not.

But a study published by Paul K. Piff, a researcher from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that there is a link between expensive luxury cars and poor driving habits.

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Canadian Goverment Ready to Unload GM Stake


According to a report from Bloomberg, the Canadian Government is planning to sell its stake in General Motors and has already begun to search for investment banks who may be interested. The news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, since Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced back in December that Canada wanted to eventually sell its shares of GM stock.

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Driverless cars to hit UK roads by end of year

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The BBC reports that the British government has approved testing of driverless cars on public roads by the end of 2013. The green light came from the Department of Transport, which included the testing as part of a 28 billion pound investment to combat the notorious congestion on British roads.

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Toronto Officer Bakes Cookies In Back Of Car


Police Officers may love doughnuts, but Jeff Bangild, a Toronto Police Officer, is crazy about cookies too.

So crazy, that he decided to make a batch in the back of his car during the recent Ontario heatwave.

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Ontario driver clocked at 225 km/h by OPP


The driver of a Mazda vehicle was pulled over Saturday morning by Ontario Provincial Police after an officer caught the vehicle speeding at 225 km/h – more than double the posted speed limit on Highway 401.

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