Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto show

Thousands crowd Toronto convention centre to see the finest in modern and vintage automotive design

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto showCanada’s love affair with the automobile is still going strong. Just ask the thousands of people who are flocking to the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Both of the centre’s large buildings are filled to the brim with 1,000 concept cars, luxury vehicles, regular automobiles and vintage models. There’s something to…

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfort

The 2019 model has great safety features, plenty of space, good performance – and it’s fun to drive

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfortHonda’s 2019 Accord Hybrid is another example of the evolving gasoline/electric power vehicles that are changing the automotive scene for the better. It was a pleasure to drive, with plenty of power and roomy comfort inside. One of the surprising features I discovered in the Accord (and a few other test vehicles recently) is the…

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engine

Practicality and low fuel consumption make this SUV a good family choice

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engineIf you’re looking for a practical vehicle that has plenty of storage capacity, ample seating for four and is cheap on gas, the four-door Ford EcoSport may be the vehicle. There are four 2018 models offered: the S base, the SE, the SES and the Titanium, which I test-drove. The EcoSport also comes in front-wheel…

The first recorded strike occurred in Egypt in 1152 BC

During the reign of Pharaoh Rameses III, a small group of Egyptian royal tomb workers did the unthinkable

The first recorded strike occurred in Egypt in 1152 BCIn the seventh month of the 29th year of the reign of Pharaoh Rameses III – a date we know as November, 1152 BC – a small group of Egyptian royal tomb workers did the unthinkable. Fed up with shortages in the food rations that were their pay, they went on strike. Their extraordinary actions…

Toyota Prius Prime leads the pack to an electric future

You could run exclusively on battery power, with long-range gasoline support

Toyota Prius Prime leads the pack to an electric futureI’m the proud owner of a 2017 Toyota Prius C, a car I love to drive. It handles well and it gets great mileage. So I was looking forward to driving the new Prius Prime for a week. Since most of my driving is on the highway from Hamilton to Toronto, I routinely average less than…

This pony has the speed and performance of a thoroughbred

The Mustang EcoBoost convertible features a 2.3-litre four-cylinder that delivers power and better mileage

This pony has the speed and performance of a thoroughbredMy friends were envious when they heard I was scheduled to review a 2018 Ford EcoBoost Turbo convertible. I was curious to see how the latest version of the pony car performed, even though at my age I prefer to drive more sedately than most younger Mustang drivers would tolerate. I was pleasantly surprised by…

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport offers high-end motoring

People who have achieved their career goals will love this trophy vehicle

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport offers high-end motoringThe 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a sporty two-door coupe that’s little changed from last year’s styling. But it features a choice of three turbo-charged engines mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. All three models feature all-wheel drive. I tested the Red Sport, which boasts a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. The base model has a 2.0-litre…

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban families

Built in Ontario, it offers comfort, versatility, plenty of storage and economy

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban familiesThe 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Canada’s only hybrid minivan, is a great choice for families whose parents commute to a job where they can recharge at their place of employment. It has plenty of seating and storage room, which makes it perfect for parents who haul around soccer or hockey players with all their equipment.…

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever made

The Concours d’Elegance returned for a sixth year and lovers of fine automobiles couldn’t have been happier

Thousands gather to see some of the finest vehicles ever madeThe Concours d’Elegance at Ontario’s Cobble Beach Inn was another success par excellence. The annual event, which so far has raised $300,000 for Toronto’s Sunnybrook Foundation and $60,000 for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation in the past five years, is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, show chair Rob McLeese and his…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a charge

The world’s best-selling EV is great as a second car or for short commuting    

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a chargeI want to be clear about this: The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great compact car with a quiet, smooth ride, attractive design and many driver conveniences. But it’s not the car for me. I live in an apartment building and I have no access to an outside plug for recharging the batteries. That’s a…

America’s plan to wage war on Canada in the 1930s

U.S. tactics included troop invasions, use of poison gas and aerial bombings of major Canadian cities 

America’s plan to wage war on Canada in the 1930sThe current U.S. president’s bullying of Canada over trade issues is causing some Canadians to question just how close our relationship is with our neighbour to the south. Peter Bailey tells the tale of a time not so long ago when hawkish voices in the U.S. were plotting the ultimate hostile act – a full-scale…

Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda IndyThe first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it went past,…

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Port Dover to celebrate the biker lifestyle and the machines they ride

Born to be mild: Bikers gather in Port Dover, Ont.On Friday the 13th, the Lake Erie town of Port Dover, Ont., (population 6,100) will welcome an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators to its annual celebration of two-wheeled freedom. The event is a tradition that started on Nov. 13, 1981, at the former Commercial Hotel, now known as Angelo’s, by Chris Simons and a few dozen…

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first muse

Sixty years ago, John Lennon’s mother Julia was killed. He never got over the loss and you can find echos of her influence in Liverpool

Visiting Liverpool in search of John Lennon’s first museThe city of Liverpool has intrigued me ever since I heard my first Beatles record and my youthful idolization of John Lennon always made me want to go there. But what tipped the scale was reading the 2007 book Imagine This by Julia Baird, his younger sister, and seeing the 2009 movie Nowhere Boy, made…