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6 people you never hear about at Toronto's Honda Indy

Posted by Rick McGinnis / July 19, 2016

honda indy torontoThe Honda Indy took over the Exhibition grounds and Lakeshore Road again last weekend, with a full card of support races that included the return of NASCAR to Toronto after five years. Australia's Will Power was the winner at the end of the weekend, while last year's winner, Josef Newgarden, crashed on lap 58, right in front of where I was taking pictures.

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Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died

Posted by Rick McGinnis / March 22, 2016

rob fordHe may never be commemorated with a statue or have a park named after him, but Rob Ford, who died today, left as much of a mark on Toronto as Allan Lamport, Nathan Phillips or Mel Lastman.

His death after a long bout with cancer is a sad end to a troubled public career that began sixteen years ago with his election to council from Etobicoke, where his family loomed large.

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Auto Show brings the cars of the future to Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / February 12, 2016

Canadian Auto Show TorontoIf you believe the keynote speeches given on media day at the Canadian International Auto Show, the whole industry is lurching from crisis to crisis. This might be true - it sure hasn't been a good year for Volkswagen - but according to outgoing Audi keynote speaker Martin Sander, it's a good thing.

He contends that revolutionary new technologies are transforming the industry's products into what will be, in his words, better ones.

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Toronto bakery captures the soul of its neighbourhood

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 19, 2015

souls of st clairGrowing up in and around his grandparents' bakery and deli on St. Clair West, Franco Deleo was surrounded by Italian-speaking adults on both sides of the counter. Part of the great wave of immigration to Canada after the Second World War, they'd made the family bakery and the streets outside a community - a place where they felt comfortable as they shopped and socialized.

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Honda Indy a wet treat for Toronto race car fans

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 16, 2015

Honda Indy TorontoThe Honda Indy returned to Toronto a month early this year, running a single race in June instead of a double header in July, thanks to the Pan Am Games. While it was fortunate that the schedule could be changed to let the race happen - it was thanks to the Games that Toronto didn't get a taste of the Women's World Cup of Soccer - it meant that the cars raced in the cool air and occasional rain of late spring instead of the usual summer sun.

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What you'll see at the 2015 Toronto Auto Show

Posted by Rick McGinnis / February 14, 2015

Toronto auto showThe 2015 Toronto Auto Show kicked off with a keynote address from Ford that touched on every possible theme in the auto industry's repertoire. Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford in the Americas, talked about congestion, pollution, urbanization, social media, China, millennials and autonomous cars in a speech that was equal parts economics and sociology.

I patiently endured the speech, knowing that the new Ford GT was sitting under a big blue sheet just behind him.

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