I’m a pretty big fan of decent (i.e. well documented and researched) investigative journalism, and for that reason I’ve been a long time fan of CTV W5.

Tonight, I happened to tune in by chance, and the episode is about car & truck dealerships in Calgary with shady and deceptive advertising practices.

So, first up, Woodridge Ford, which in their newsprint advertisement mentions 420 Ford F-150 trucks in stock (!?) as low as $399 a month. So off they go with hidden cameras… of course, the F-150 pickup shown in the ad can’t be found, but a similar model is found (after a while) in the showroom… but to keep that $399… one has to make an annual ‘contribution’ of $2250 (over 3 years!) to maintain that $399 rate … if not, up it goes to $587 a month! Obviously, given a fail notice by the APA with scathing commentary by George Iny.

Then, T&T Honda…

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So, winter hadn’t even officially started yet, and Montréal and most of Québec got a big snow storm – about 30-35cm fell in most areas of Montreal and the suburbs.

Out in the country though, in particular at our country home in Rockburn (Hinchinbrook) Quebec, there was even more – 52.5cm of snow as measured by a neighbour. It’s located just north of the US border, and at the foot of Covey Hill which is probably the northern edge of the Appalachian Mountain range and Adirondack mountains. So we get a lot of run off.

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Amanda Todd

Simply put, if you’re a parent of kids – boys or girls – you need to watch the incredible investigation (totally depressing, but essential watching) by CBC Fifth Estate on the online sextortion, harassment, and shaming to the point that Amanda Todd took her own life. All this despite several critical warning signs by both Amanda and her family to authorities including the RCMP.

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Just finished watching an excellent CBC The Fifth Estate episode on ‘The Switch from Hell’ about the GM cover-up of their faulty ignition switch which would go from the ‘run’ to ‘accessory’ position thus causing loss of all power functions including power steering, power brakes and worst… air bag deployment. The situation caused the deaths of dozens of GM drivers of Pontiac Pursuit, Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion vehicles from the early to mid-2000 model years. Several Canadian victims were involved.

All of it seems to have revealed a culture of profit over even the most basic corporate (and human) responsibility …

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Nadia Laberge - 17 disparue depuis le 9 juillet 2014

Nadia Laberge – 17 ans, disparue depuis le 9 juillet 2014


Lisa Marie Kopecny disparue le 14 juillet 2014

Lisa Marie Kopecny – 16 ans,  disparue depuis le 14 juillet 2014

La police de Montréal (SPVM) sont à la recherche de deux jeunes femmes disparues dernièrement en juillet.

Il s’agit de Nadia Laberge de 17 ans et Lisa Marie Kopecny ayant 16 ans