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Andrew Clark

Road Sage columnist

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Germany's women-only parking spaces: sexism or safety?

Sometimes a story comes along that’s guaranteed to please everyone and, by please, I mean offend and, by offend, I mean cause you to rant angrily over breakfast about something that you were blissfully unaware of a few moments before.

Aug 27, 2015

In photos: Winner of Toyota Camry picks up the car

The winner of the 1999 Toyota Camry is Kim Coffin of Hamilton. An intensive behavioural intervention therapist by trade who worked with autistic kids, in 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer – two types, one in each breast. She underwent six rounds of chemo followed by bilateral mastectomies and lymph node dissections, 32 more rounds of radiation and a prophylactic hysterectomy and chest scar removal. She drove herself to treatment and, when she was incapable of making the trip, her father would drive. He passed away in December, 2014, a month before her last procedure. The cancer and its accompanying expenses had depleted her savings. She wanted the Camry “to stop using the services of the Canadian Cancer Society and start transporting myself so that someone who is currently undergoing cancer treatment can use their services.” Before Kim could receive the car it was repaired by Lou Trottier at All About Imports in Mississauga.

Jul 02, 2015

In photos: Mechanics work on Clark's Camry before he gives it away

After the original column ran, I received a call from my editor. “Hi Andrew [pause]. Uh. …” As a writer, when your editor begins a conversation with “Uh. …”, it’s never a good sign. No editor ever called up and said, “Uh. … great job.” It had occurred to him, as it was occurring to me, that we could end up giving the car to someone who could not afford to fix it. This would be bad. Kind of like a cruel prank. It would be kind of like, really, really bad. My editor informed me that Toyota Canada was going to put $500 toward repairs and that Lou Trottier, owner of All About Imports, would take care of the rest of the costs associated with getting it certified and making sure the car was in as good of shape as possible for the new owner. My misguided attempt to unload my old vehicle has inspired generosity in others. “I fix cars,” Lou says modestly when I thank him. “People are always giving me cars. It’s what I do.”

Jun 26, 2015

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Andrew Clark, an award-winning journalist, screenwriter and author, is Director of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at Humber College in Toronto. He has won a gold award and been nominated several times for his writing at the National Magazine Awards, and was nominated for a Governor-General's Aaward for Literary Non-Fiction for his most recent book, A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle. He has written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Maclean's and The New York Times.

He commutes happily around Toronto, gaining comic insights for this column, in a Toyota Camry and Dodge Grand Caravan, imagining he is Jim Rockford in a Pontiac Firebird.

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