Cars, Culture, and Etc.

Ethics policy

Hi, reader.

You may be aware of how automotive journalism is sometimes a less-than-ethical profession. There is a bit of debate here in Canada regarding the issue, and suffice to say I thought I’d put down on paper some very quick guidelines for how I choose to conduct myself as a journalist.

1) I do not accept any gifts or graft.

2) From August 1, 2008 forward, I will not accept any air travel on executive or business class.

3) I will donate all of the Air Miles and frequent flyer points incurred from press events to charity.

4) I return all vehicles to manufacturers washed, with a full tank of gas.

This is a skeleton list, which will be refined and added to in the future. Readers: do you trust judgement on a vehicle, possibly the second-biggest purchase of your life, while knowing most auto writers have little or no ethical mettle?

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