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Pink Shirt Day 2017In schools, homes, workplaces and all across the Internet, bullying is a major issue. Throughout the month of February, CKNW strives to raise awareness of the issues with help from the Pink Shirt Day campaign.

On February 22nd, people across the globe are encouraged to practice kindness, wear a pink shirt, especially the CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt to symbolize that they do not tolerate bullying.

Our team has continuously got involved and helped raise awareness to put an end to bullying. We all come from different walks of life, from all across Canada but this is one thing we are all very passionate about putting an end to.

This year we asked our team this question:

Why is Pink Shirt Day Important to Us?

cppinkChristina Pronger

Supporting Pink Shirt Day is my pledge to be self-aware of my actions and how the things I do affect other people. Not all bullies call names, sometimes the actions of a bully are more subtle and may include isolating someone. It’s important to recognize our own actions, and speak up for others who are being bullied.

I am proud to support this cause to raise awareness that bullying can happen anywhere and I pledge to speak up for anyone I witness being bullied.

jcpinkJessica Callaghan

The effects of bullying ripple out to so many facets of people’s lives. Bullies deal in fear and intimidation. A problem further spotlighted in a time when so much of our lives are out there for people to see. We should all be able to be whoever we want to be. We should be able to bring to the world what we can without fear of cruel jokes and humiliation.

I wear my pink shirt today for those who feel they cannot be who they are out of fear. People have your back and will fight for you.

cwpinkCameron Wallace

I wear my Pink Shirt today because bullying undoubtedly exists everywhere in the world and can most certainly can be stopped. Bullying has many forms, some are overt and extreme while others are subtle and less noticeable. Creating awareness of bullying and understanding how to stop it is the most important thing anyone and everyone can do to help resolve this problem that affects people of all ages and in all parts of life. I am proud be a part of the n49 Team who are wearing Pink Shirts today to raise awareness of bullying and to promote kindness!

ccpinkChristine Culley

When I look at my children and the many struggles they go through, dealing with bullying at a very young age. Bullying began in kindergarten and it never ended no matter how much I spoke up, and we in the end had to move to an entirely new city to escape. It shocked me that this was something they were already dealing with. Bullying is something I wish no child ever had to encounter. Seeing your child ache because of words and actions of others, it ripped me apart.

Putting an end to bullying will not only make a difference in their lives, but for the many generations to come. Bullying happens everywhere. It can happen to anyone, at any age. Helping raise awareness to the effect of bullying is important for everyone and especially important for me. Today, I wear my pink shirt for my children and every child out there.

dkpinkDerek Kubik

Pink shirt day is important to me because it shows that those being bullied aren’t alone and that there are people who care.

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Lamborghini Urus

Photo Credit: Audi AG | Lamborghini

Back in 2012, Lamborghini made the announcement that they would be producing a high-end SUV in addition to their sports car lineup. Now, a production date has been set and the new SUV will be available to purchase in 2018, will cost approximately $200,000, and can clock a top speed of 330 km/h. The final name has not been confirmed yet, but the concept name of the SUV is the Lamborghini Urus. Lamborghini also plans to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the Urus by 2020 and is considering producing a zero-emission version of the SUV as well.

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An upcoming decision looms large for General Motors Company on whether it will be forced to recall up to 4.3 million vehicles due to Takata airbag inflators deemed unsafe in May 2016 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA recalled all frontal Takata airbags that do not use a drying agent after studies linked the lack of such desiccant to propellant degradation which over time can eventually cause ruptures during normal deployment which could cause serious injury or death.

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Mark Fields the President and CEO of Ford recently announced plans to not only have fully autonomous vehicles within five years but that these vehicles will also be in mass production. During the press conference, it was said that “a driver is not going to be required”, in reality, Ford doesn’t plan to include a steering wheel, gas pedals and brake pedals.

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Ram 1500 ExteriorPhoto Credit: RamTrucks.ca

The Ram 1500 is slotted for a redesign – the only uncertainty is when it will be released. Whether it is released in 2017 or 2018 the crew or quad cab truck will retain the characteristics die-hard owners know and look for but with updated technology inside the cab and under the hood.

While not a complete overhaul, rumours indicate that the new Ram 1500 models will have a hybrid drivetrain which will save fuel while braking, coasting or idling. The internal combustion engine will run the same otherwise but the switch can result in a significant fuel savings for owners. In combination with the existing EcoDiesel technology, this design change will establish the Ram 1500 as a green truck that has adopted modern technology. [click to continue…]

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Tesla Master Plans

by Derek Kubik on July 27, 2016

In a previous post about the Tesla Model III I touched on Telsa’s Master Plan, now known as the first master plan:

  1. Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive
  2. Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price
  3. Use that money to create an affordable high volume car
  4. Provide solar power

models_powerwallTesla Powerwall Image From: Tesla.com

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PorschePhoto Credit: Autoweek.com

Porsche has officially pulled out of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. While in past years they have set up a large exhibit in the Motor City every January, the manufacturer has decided to put their efforts into the New York and Los Angeles shows. [click to continue…]

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CARPROOF’s Vehicle Valuation Report (VVR) gained some significant momentum in July with ADESA Canada integrating the new appraisal platform into their auction system. Subscribers of ADESA Market Guide may now access a vehicle’s True Retail Sold™ seamlessly through the Google Chrome extension VVR QuickView.

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Auto ISAC

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced recently that they will be offering rewards up to $1,500 to ethical hackers who can find data security weaknesses in their vehicles and report them to the company. This news comes exactly one year after a Jeep Cherokee was turned off remotely by two hackers in conjunction with a reporter from Wired.com. You can read that full story here. That hack led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles by FCA. Since then, automakers across the board have increased efforts to fix potential hacking issues with vehicles equipped with high-speed Internet connections.

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Summer has officially arrived and with it comes the delightful season of road trips. Road trips are an excellent way for you to get out and see your landscape from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. As you embark, it is important to ensure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey ahead. Following are 9 areas of vehicle maintenance that should be checked before the beginning of any long trips, ensuing peace-of-mind on the road.

  1. Check Your Fluids

Before any lengthy journey it is important to make sure you have checked your fluid levels, such as wiper fluid, coolant, brake fluid and oil. Open up the hood, examine your levels and top up any that are looking low.

  1. Get an Oil Change

As long trips can often increase the level of stress experienced by your motor, it is important to make sure that your oil is in good condition. If you are due for an oil change in the near future, you might want to consider getting your oil change done before your trip, to make the journey a little easier on your engine. [click to continue…]

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