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 2014 London Majors' Home Games (Regular Season)  ?


2014 Regular Season Home Games of the IBL's London Majors Baseball Club

Intercounty Baseball League

www.londonmajors.com

All home games of the London Majors are played at historic Labatt Park:


April 2014

* Sat. Apr. 26, Michigan Jet Box at London, 1pm (exhibition game #1) Loss: 10-4
* Sun. Apr. 27, Michigan Jet Box at London, 1pm (exhibition game #2) Win: 9-2

May 2014

* Fri. May 16, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm (2014 IBL Homeopener) Win: 6-1
* Fri. May 23, Brantford at London, 7:35pm Win: 12-5
* Sun. May 25, Barrie at London, 1:05pm Loss: 9-5
* Fri. May 30, Burlington at London, 7:35pm Win: 6-5

June 2014

* Sat. June 7, Hamilton at London, 7:35pm Win: 10-2
* Fri. June 13, Toronto at London, 7:45pm Loss: 8-7
* Sun. June 15, Brantford at London, 1:05pm (Sifton's Pack the Park) Win: 12-5
* Fri. June 20, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm Win: 10-2
* Sat. June 21, Brantford at London, 7:35pm Win: 10-7
* Sun. June 22, Guelph at London, 1:05pm Win: 16-6
* Fri. June 27, Burlington at London, 7:35pm Win: 5-2

July 2014

* Tues. July 1, Toronto at London, 6:05pm (Fireworks) Win: 9-3
* Fri. July 4, Guelph at London, 7:35pm Win: 8-7
* Sun. July 6, Barrie at London, 1:05pm (DH) Losses: 13-7 and 4-2
* Fri. July 11, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm Win: 7-3
* Fri. July 18, Toronto at London, 7:45pm Win: 3-2 (12 innings)
* Sat. July 26, Hamilton at London, 7:35pm

Playoffs begin

Labatt Park in August 2008 during Game 7 of the IBL Championship Series against the Brantford Red Sox



 Guy Lombardo's Tempo VII Hydroplane  ?


Guy Lombardo's multiple-award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, built in 1955 and powered by an Allison aircraft engine, has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Colonel Tom Lawson.

It is currently on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum along with the Miss Supertest III hydroplane, immediately northwest of the London International Airport. It is open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Contact London's heritage planner Don Menard (dmenardATlondon.ca) if you or your organization are interested in displaying the Tempo VII in a public setting for a special short-term event.


LOMBARDO TRIVIA: London-born-and-raised bandleader Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902- Nov. 5, 1977) never travelled across the bridge named in his honour in London, Ontario, since the bridge never officially opened until Nov. 16, 1978, more than a year after his death.

Guy Lombardo (1902-1977) with his younger sister, Rosemarie Lombardo (1925-2011) in the 1940s. Guy and his brothers in the orchestra actually named their sister Rosemarie, who was born 23 years after Guy.


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 Title:  Canada's Prince of Pot is coming home after 53 months in The Joint, by Barry Wells
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  • Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Wed. July 23 ===>

    A city gripped with anticipation


    Wednesday, July 30th is the day we're all waiting for ... ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JULY 22: Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swantana says he will announce on Wed. July 30 whether or not he will be running for mayor. The entire city of London is seized with anticipation of this seismic historic moment in time. Then everyone can go back to sleep.
    Looking for solutions where problems don't exist

    EUREKA: At the Civic Works Committee on July 21, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser wanted to know how to keep scavengers from stealing beer and LCBO bottles from his blue box at the curb and the blue boxes of others.

    ANSWER: Return them to The Beer Store for the deposit refund. It's called "recycling."


    The London Yodeller, archives-Barry Wells, TLY, July 19

  • Fun and games at London city hall, TMR, July 21

  • BREAKING NEWS: Legendary actor James Garner dead at age 86, TMZ, July 20

  • Barrie Baycats win 2014 IBL pennant

    The first-place Barrie Baycats have won the 2014 Intercounty Baseball League pennant and the John Coppes Memorial Trophy for having the league’s best regular-season record (25-5 to date) by defeating the Hamilton Cardinals this afternoon (Sat. July 19), 5-2, in Barrie.

  • IBL Standings.

  • The Baycats' record to date is an impressive .833 winning percentage. The IBL playoffs begin in about two weeks.
    London Majors solidify hold on 2nd-place with four straight wins

    FINAL, JULY 18: London Majors 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2, in 12 innings at Labatt Park; With four straight wins, the Majors solidify their hold on 2nd-place in the IBL Standings with a 20-12 win-loss record.

    Their next game is in Guelph against the Royals on Sat. July 19 at 7:30 pm, play the Red Sox in Brantford on Fri. July 25 at 8 pm, then back home on Sat. July 26 at 7:35 pm against the Hamilton Cardinals for their final home game of the regular season before the IBL playoffs.


  • Did an attention-seeking Orser orchestrate the two new citizen complaints to the Ombudsman? LFP, July 18

  • GAMES GALORE: Remember this suspicious complaint to the Ombudsman earlier this year (later dismissed)? LFP, July 18

  • BREAKING: Blues Legend Johnny Winter dies at age 70, ABC, July 17

  • Granstanding Buffoon at war with community association in Ward 4, am980, July 16

  • Erratic Ward 4 Coun. Orser says he refuses "to be a puppet" of his Old East Village constituents during a bizarre radio rant.

    Why are Orser's comprehension skills close to non-existent? Because his lips are always flapping. He's yet to understand you have to listen to learn.


    Orser's always pointing the finger at someone else, when it's obvious he's the problem

    The Old East Village Community Association (OEVCA) has several hundred members and is one of the most, if not the most, active, positive and vibrant community associations in the city of London. The fact that Orser is at war with this committed community group speaks volumes about Orser's embarrassing mindset of creating needless chaos and insulting constituents. It was also members of the OEVCA who got busy to get the Embassy site ordered cleaned up by the City of London before Orser even showed up at the site when the media did.
    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. July 17, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Print copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. July 31.


    Canada's Prince of Pot is coming home (eventually) after 53 months in The Joint


    PHOTOS: Joseph Kamon, Free Marc Emery Campaign

    YODELLING IN THE CANYON, JULY 17, 2014
    Barry Wells

    Eligible for early release on July 10th after 1,590 days in an American hoosegow for selling pot seeds through his BC-based mail-order business, London, Ontario-born-and-raised Marc Scott Emery, 56, will be returning to Canada, his Home-and-Native Land.

    But it could be sometime in August or even September before Emery's "deportation processing" is finalized at the private, for-profit way-station, LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana.

    UPDATE, JULY 17: Jodie Emery, Marc's wife, has advised on twitter that, since July 12th, Marc has been in Tensas Parish Detention Center in Waterproof, Louisiana and that Marc's immigration officer is either on vacation or unavailable.

    Why the delay in setting Emery free after wrapping up his five-year sentence (minus 235 days off for good behaviour) at Yazoo City Medium in Mississippi?

    According to Emery's prison blog of June 30, 2014: "You'd think that would be a straightforward process, taking a few days at most, but LaSalle is a for-profit GEO Group detention center, and thus, they are making money for every day I am there."

    MONEY-GO-ROUND: Like most intelligent folks, Emery's a quick study. He knows the way the Great American Kleptocracy works. Paid lobbyists funnel fat envelopes of cash (for election campaigns or otherwise) to legislators, who in turn line the pockets of friendly corporate interests behind the lobbyists, including those for privately run "correctional facilities." A lucrative money-go-round for all involved.

    According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave incarcerates the highest percentage of its citizens in the world ~ 716 per 100,000 people, warehousing approximately 25 per cent of the world's prisoners. Most Americans behind bars are young black voters who would vote Democrat given their druthers, a reality not lost on stiff-necked Republican strategists.


     From Fontana to Swantana™ to Mayor Baechler, all within five days, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Juvenile behaviour from Ward 4's Finest, am980, July 16

  • Bully-Boy Orser shows he's still at war with constituents in Ward 4's Old East Village, LFP, July 15

  • Radio blowback after council's certified buffoon steps on another landmine, am980, July 15

  • Orser is clearly London's worst ward councillor in memory and a strong candidate for the worst in London's long history.
    JoFo catches a break, escapes spending time in Elgin-Middlesex Hell-Hole

    BREAKING, JULY 15: Former mayor Joe Fontana is not going to jail. He has been given a conditional 4-month sentence (house arrest ~ no alcohol or drugs), followed by 18 months' probation, 150 hours of community service, ordered to repay the $1,700 and pay into the victims' surcharge fund $1,000 ($500 for two of his three convictions).
    CONFUSION: Candidate Nethaniel (Nate) Youskow, the human jumping bean

    * Filed in Ward 4 on Jan. 3 then withdrew on Feb. 4, then re-filed in Ward 4 on Feb. 28 then withdrew on May 5.

    * Filed in Ward 13 on May 5 and then withdrew on May 12.

    * Filed in Ward 1 on June 5 but his Facebook page says he's running in Ward 2.

    * Withdrew from Ward 1 and re-filed in Ward 4 on July 14.


  • Gondola Joe is back in court this Tuesday for his sentencing hearing, LFP, July 13

  • FINAL, JULY 13: London Majors 11, Hamilton Cardinals 0, in Hamilton. London remains in second-place with a win-loss record of 18-12. IBL Standings.
    FINAL, JULY 11: London Majors 7, Kitchener Panthers 3, at Labatt Park.
    FINAL, JULY 10: Kitchener Panthers 9, London Majors 6, in Kitchener. The Majors play the Panthers again Friday night (July 11) at Labatt Park at 7:35 pm.
    Grandstanding Goofball is was Acting Mayor for Two Days

  • I don't think using your girlfriend's facebook account (as Orser did on July 11 and 12) to try and spy on or harass constituents you've previously blocked with your own account, is part of our acting mayor's official duties.

  • THIS JUST IN, JULY 10: Since Mayor Joni Baechler is out of town, Ward 4's Full-Time Goofball Steve Orser is London's acting mayor for two days, effective 12 noon today.

    London's "rotational system" for the acting mayor's position, enacted in early 2011, should be jettisoned in favour of a permanent deputy-mayor based on the ward councillor who received the most votes in the preceding election.

    Such a system would likely preclude council dullards such as Steve Orser, Dale Henderson and Sandy White from becoming deputy-mayor, since their electoral wins are usually by relatively narrow margins.


    BREAKING NEWS, JULY 10: Metro newspapers in London, Regina and Saskatoon are ending their print editions after Friday, July 11. An online edition will still be produced for London.
    The Cheeseburger Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight


    LEFT TO RIGHT: Former Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson, Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen, Ward 14 Coun. Sandy White, Ward 1 Coun. Bud Polhill, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser and Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swan.

    WED. JULY 9: On 1290-CJBK this morning, One-Trick Pony Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen, a marginal council member at best (who's seeking re-election), accuses The London Free Press of creating the fictional headline "Worst. Council. Ever" of Sat. Nov. 3, 2012.

    The moniker stuck because it's accurate. Reason: The Fontana Ate Gang pictured above.

    Mr. Van Meerbergen thinks the current council is one of the best ever. Translation? He appears out of touch with reality, just like the outgoing Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson.


  • Yard Ape Rob Ford was disruptive in rehab, sources say, TS, July 8

  • Hands up if you like Gondola Joe's character, TMR, July 8

  • Frank Colman Day at Labatt Park next Saturday, July 12th

  • FINAL, JULY 6: The 1st-place Barrie Baycats swept both games of a doubleheader this afternoon at Labatt Park with the 2nd-place London Majors: 13-7 and 4-2. IBL Standings.
    London Majors defeat Guelph to move into second place

    FINAL, JULY 4: London Majors 8, Guelph Royals 7, London (16-9) slides into second place over Guelph. IBL Standings.

    NEXT HOME GAME: A doubleheader (Oldtimer's Day) against the Barrie Baycats at Labatt Park on Sunday, July 6 at 1:05 pm.


    FINAL, JULY 3: Kitchener Panthers 5, London Majors 4, in Kitchener. London drops to third place in the IBL Standings with a 15-9 record.
    London Majors now tied for 2nd-place with Guelph Royals

    FINAL: London Majors 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, at Labatt Park. London is now tied with the Guelph Royals for 2nd place in the IBL Standings with a 15-8 win-loss record.

    NEXT HOME GAME: Friday, July 4 at 7:35 pm vs. Guelph Royals.


    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. July 3, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Print copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. July 17.


    From Fontana to Swantana™ to Mayor Baechler, all within five days


    YODELLING IN THE CANYON, July 3, 2014
    Barry Wells

    All in all, the month of June 2014 was a good one for London. We got rid of Mayor Joe Fontana and replaced him with my favourite politician, Joni Baechler. If she ever ran for mayor, she'd win by a landslide.

    About 13 years ago in another publication, I gave Ms. Baechler the nickname The Velvet Hammer™ because she's a formidable council opponent to lock horns with, yet civil with a graceful woman's touch. If you tangle with her, you're well-advised to have done your homework beforehand.

    The irony of recent events at city hall is hard to miss. Baechler's arch-rival, Gondola Joe Fontana, resigned on June 19th in the wake of his three criminal convictions on Friday, June 13th (a full moon) and Joe Swantana™, Fontana's loyal butler and dutiful wingman, automatically became "acting mayor" the same day, by luck of the draw. Swantana handled his five-day term as acting mayor with graceful charm, but the odds of me voting for him if he runs for mayor are non-existent. He was far too cozy with former Mayor Fontana for my liking.

    London's goofy "rotational system" for the acting mayor's position, enacted in early 2011, should be jettisoned in favour of a permanent deputy-mayor based on the ward councillor who received the most votes in the preceding election. Such a system would likely preclude council dullards such as Steve Orser, Dale Henderson and Sandy White from becoming deputy-mayor, since their electoral wins are usually by relatively narrow margins.

    On June 24th, Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler ~ often referred to by her supporters as "the best mayor we never had" ~ was appointed "interim mayor" until December 1st by an 8-6 council vote. Interim-Mayor Baechler is not seeking re-election for any council seat, so she's the perfect choice.

    Baechler's sharp as a tack, honest, hard-working and contrary to the mantra of some misinformed right-wingers, is a fiscal conservative. Wrapping up her stellar, 14-year council career as mayor is the perfect antidote to the shenanigans of Fontana's 44-month mayoralty and his gang of incompetent stooges.

    After Baechler's brief tenure as council's top banana, the new council takes over on December 1st, following the October 27th municipal election. With any luck, we'll see Matt Brown in the mayor's swivel chair, not Joe Swantana nor land developer favourite, Roger Caranci.


     IS FLOURIDE IN OUR WATER SAFE? by Jon D. Clarke Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    The Place to be on July 1st, Canada Day

    CANADA DAY, JULY 1: The London Majors host the Toronto Maple Leafs at historic Labatt Park, 6 pm, followed by fireworks over the Forks of Thames River.

    Ice-cold beer is sold at all home games of the London Majors Baseball Club.

    Adults: $8; Seniors, Students and Children 12 and under: $6.


    Click othe Canadian flag to hear Bobby Gimby's Canada Song from 1967


    FINAL SCORES, JUNE 29: The London Majors split a doubleheader this afternoon with the Hamilton Cardinals in Hamilton, ending their winning streak at seven games.

    London won the first game 10-3 but lost the second one 11-10, for a 14-8 record, good enough for third place in the IBL Standings.


    London Majors notch sixth win in a row

    FINAL, JUNE 28: London Majors 4, Burlington Bandits 2, in Burlington. London (13-7) extends its win streak to six games.

    London's still a half-game back from second-place Guelph Royals, who also won this afternoon, defeating the Brantford Red Sox, 4-3.

    NEXT GAME: The London Majors play the Hamilton Cardinals in Hamilton (a doubleheader) at 2 pm on Sunday, June 29.


    FINAL, JUNE 27: London Majors 5, Burlington Bandits 2 at Labatt Park. Five wins in a row for the London Majors.

    London improves to 12-7 on the season, half-game back from second-place (Guelph Royals). IBL Standings.


    Baseball tonight at Labatt Park (Fri. June 27)

    The London Majors (11-7) host the Burlington Bandits (3-14) at 7:35 pm at historic Labatt Park.

    TIX: Adults: $8; Seniors, students and children 12 and under: $6.

    * Ice-cold beer is sold during all home games of the London Majors Baseball Club.

    * $2 parking inside the ballpark; Free parking across Riverside Drive behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors' Centre.


    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 25: Lawyer Russ Monteith, 80, a former Board of Control member from 1997 to 2006, has been appointed as the replacement councillor for Ward 5 until Nov. 30, 2014. The vote was 11-2 with Coun. Branscombe absent.
    Joni Baechler is London's Interim Mayor until Nov. 30, 2014


    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 24: Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler has been appointed Interim Mayor until Nov. 30, 2014 by a vote of 8-6 (what's left of the nefarious "Fontana Ate" supported Bud Polhill) on the 3rd vote after a tie vote of 7-7 on the 2nd vote.

    Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher switched his vote to Baechler on the 3rd vote after supporting Bud Polhill on the 2nd vote. On the first vote, Usher voted for himself, the only vote he received.

    Round 3 Voting:

    Polhill 6: himself, Orser, Swantana, Van Meerbergen, White and Henderson (The Fontana Gang)

    Baechler 8: herself, Armstrong, Branscombe, Matt Brown, Hubert, Denise Brown, Bryant and Usher

    WARD VACANCY: Now that Joni Baechler has been appointed Interim Mayor until Nov. 30, 2014, Joni's Ward 5 councillor's seat has been declared vacant.

    City council will meet again this afternoon (June 25) at 1 pm to select a "qualified citizen" to assume the Ward 5 councillor duties until the end of November.

    All in all, it's been a good June for London and Londoners.


    Former councillor Roger Caranci has announced his candidacy for mayor in the 2014 municipal election.
    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JUNE 24: The Fontana Gang is nothing if not persistent. You knock one rodent out of the box and another pops up. Just like Whack-a-Mole.
    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 23: Late tomorrow afternoon (June 24), former councillor Roger Caranci will likely be announcing his candidacy for mayor. With Gondola Joe gone, the local developers need their boy in the race.

    There is an outside chance, however, he will be running in Ward 3 since Joe Swantana has indicated plans to run for mayor.


    THIS JUST IN, JUNE 23: Council members who've ruled themselves out as interim-mayor contender: Joe Swantana (might run for mayor), Paul Hubert (running in Ward 8), Branscombe (not seeking re-election), Matt Brown (running for mayor) and Judy Bryant (not seeking re-election).
    WATER FLUORIDATION

    IS FLOURIDE IN OUR WATER SAFE?


    By Jon D. Clarke

    Citizen’s Inquest, a small activist group with a home base in London, Ontario, tries to bring attention to issues that are not being covered in the mainstream media to the broader community.

    The issue tackled on May 24, 2014 was the fluoridation of London’s water supply, a practice that has been in decline throughout the world since mass implementation in the ‘60s. Nowadays, less than 40% of Canada population uses fluoridated water, but London remains stuck in what some believe is a dated and dangerous method of water treatment.

    In attendance was guest speaker Dr. James Beck, via Skype, co-author of The Case Against Fluoride and an expert in medical biophysics.

    Fluoridation is the process of treating water with fluoride and according to Dr. Beck, who supported his stand against the practice with charts, graphs and other studies, it can have devastating effects on the body.

    Dr. Beck was instrumental in getting Calgary to stop adding fluoride to its water.


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     THE ROLLING STONES: Off the Hook, Unplugged and Disconnected, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    FINAL, JUNE 22: London Majors 16, Guelph Royals 6 at Labatt Park. In their last four games (all wins at home), the London Majors have scored 48 runs.

    NEXT HOME GAME: Friday, June 27 at 7:35 pm vs. Burlington Bandits. LondonMajors.com.


    FINAL, JUNE 21: London Majors 10, Brantford Red Sox 7. London nearly blew a nine-run lead by walking seven batters late in the game. IBL Standings.

    NEXT HOME GAME: London hosts the Guelph Royals at Labatt Park on Sunday, June 22 at 1:05 pm.


    LFP POLL: Who would you pick for interim mayor?
    Friday, June 20, 2014 (Results as of Sat. June 21 at 11:10 pm)

    61% 1139 votes Joni Baechler

    15% 273 votes Bud Pohill

    12% 220 votes Harold Usher

    12% 238 votes Judy Bryant


    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JUNE 21: Choosing between Joni Baechler and Spud Polhill for Interim Mayor is like a choice between a $200K Rolls Royce and a $50 shitbox.

    What's left of the Fontana Ate Clowns will choose the shitbox because everything they do is fourth-rate and substandard. 100% junk. Good thing they don't constitute a majority on council. Londoners would be SOL.


    FINAL, JUNE 20: London Majors 10, Kitchener Panthers 2, at Labatt Park. Next home game is tomorrow night (Sat. June 21) at 7:35 pm against the Brantford Red Sox. IBL Standings.
    LONDON MAJORS' BASEBALL THIS WEEKEND: * Fri. June 20, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm; * Sat. June 21, Brantford at London, 7:35pm; * Sun. June 22, Guelph at London, 1:05pm.
    GOOD NEWS: Gondola Joe is gone as of 10 am this morning

    BAD NEWS: Joe Swantana is now Acting Mayor

    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 19: Joe Fontana's media conference scheduled for today to announce his resignation has been cancelled. He has, however, had his written resignation delivered to the city clerk's office, effective as of 10 am today.

    Fontana also says he "will not return to public life."

    After 10 this morning, Joe Swantana will be "Acting Mayor" (due to the City's goofy rotational by-law enacted in early 2011) with an "Interim Mayor" to be selected by city council.

    In this regard, a special meeting of London city council has been called for Monday, June 23 at 8 pm. It promises to be a real circus.


    Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson says the Christian community is praying for Gondola Joe Fontana.
    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. June 19, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. July 3.


    THE ROLLING STONES: Off the Hook, Unplugged and Disconnected


    YODELLING IN THE CANYON
    By Barry Wells

    Forty-nine years ago on April 26, 1965, the Rolling Stones headlined a now-infamous show at Treasure Island Gardens (today's "Forest City Velodrome") south of the 401.

    It was the first time the Stones rolled into Canada on an American tour, with four dates on Canadian soil: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and little ol' London, Ontario ~ population 180,000.

    Opening the concert were The Nottingham Three from St. Thomas, local band The Fortune Tellers and JB & The Playboys from Montréal. Approximately 3,000 excited fans had paid $2.50 (advance) or $3.50 (at the door), expecting the Stones to play for an hour or two; but 15 minutes into the Stones' set during their 6th song, Off the Hook, some party pooper pulled the power chord to the amplifiers. Chairs were tossed and some spectators got caught in the crush of the crowd. It was lucky no one was trampled to death.

    Capturing the night's chaos with her camera was trailblazing London still-photographer Jeanne Graham, one of Canada's first female news photographers.


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  • Picking the Interim Mayor ~ the 'Fontana Ate' never learn, LFP, June 17


  • Fontana (resigning), Henderson (not seeking re-election), Van Meerbergen, White, Polhill, Orser and Swantana.

    THE TOXIC FONTANA ATE: Bad to the Bone; Like a festering tumour on this city council from the get-go. Their 'reward' will come on Voting Day ~ October 27, 2014. Otherwise, London will never move forward as a city.
    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 16: Mayor Joe Fontana has issued a public statement saying that he will be resigning on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
  • Orser's at war with his own constituents once again, CTV-London, June 15

  • JUNE 16: Orser opts to be a good little hillbilly tonight at committee as opposed to the wild, blustering buffoon in the media prior to the meeting.

    In other words, he realized he'd look real bad if he acted like he normally does at city hall, opposing the OEV Safety Plan. The October 27th election is inching closer each day and he dreads buying himself another junk truck to pick up scrap metal and empties.


    FINAL, JUNE 15: London Majors 12, Brantford Red Sox 5, this afternoon at Labatt Park. Excellent crowd for Sifton's Pack-the-Park. IBL Standings
    FINAL, JUNE 14: Guelph Royals 15, London Majors 8, in Guelph.
    FINAL, JUNE 13: Toronto Maple Leafs 8, London Majors 7 at Labatt Park. NEXT HOME GAME: Sunday, June 15th at 1:05 pm at Labatt Park, when the London Majors host the Brantford Red Sox.
  • WARD FOUR'S DRAMA BOY: Orser throws his buddy Fontana under the bus trying to score brownie points with voters (not long ago he did the same thing to his longtime webmaster, Mark Hartwell, after it was revealed Hartwell is a male prostitute-pornographer), LCN, June 14

  • "While Baechler has been critical of the mayor since the fraud case first came to light, she said Orser has been a long-time friend and ally of Fontana and to say what he did was done for 'the most opportunistic reasons' and it essentially amounts to 'kicking someone when they are down.'"
    Gondola Joe Busted! Day 4 Testimony did the Trick

    THIS JUST IN: London Mayor Joe Fontana has been found guilty on all 3 charges including fraud under $5K, breach of trust of a public official and uttering forged documents. Sentencing on July 15.

  • 19-page decision of Superior Court Justice Bruce G. Thomas regarding Gondola Joe Fontana

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 13: Judgment Day for Gondola Joe




    Liberal: 59; PC: 27; NDP: 21

    Ontario Liberals win a surprise majority government, Liberal Deb Matthews re-elected in London North-Centre, NDP's Teresa Armstrong re-elected in London-Fanshawe, NDP's Peggy Sattler re-elected in London West, Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat expected to take the Tory turnip truck outta town by summer's end


    Is Ontario Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat?® related to Bugs Bunny?


    TIMMY WHO-DAT: "I guess I should have promised two or three-million jobs, a cure for rickets and a succulent Honey-Bee Ham every month for Ontarians."
  • Veteran arms arrive for the London Majors, LFP, June 12

  • Teaser for an upcoming Labatt Park documentary


    London Majors' Baseball under a Full-Moon Friday the 13th


    On Friday, June 13th ~ a Full Moon ~ the London Majors (7-5) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-7) at 7:45 pm at historic Labatt Park, the World's Oldest Baseball Grounds in continuous use since 1877.

    This will be a good game to attend with the full moon rising above right field during the game once the sun goes down. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

    * Adults: $8; Seniors, Students and Children 12 and under: $6.

    * $2 Parking for about 150 cars inside the park. Other parking for about 200 cars is available across Riverside Drive behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors' Centre (I hear they may be charging $5 now).

    * Free street parking is available in the Blackfriars neighbourhood adjacent to the ballpark.


    JUNE 12TH PROVINCIAL ELECTION

    ONTARIO ELECTION JUNE 12, 2014: HOW TO BEAT TIM HUDAK AND DEFEAT THE RIGHT-WING AGENDA

    By Edward C. Corrigan
    SPECIAL TO ALTLONDON.ORG

    Most Ontarians are only now getting interested in the Thursday June 12, 2014 vote in Ontario and the ballot which will determine who will govern Canada’s largest province.

    The polls indicate that the current governing Ontario Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne are in a neck-and-neck race with Tim Hudak’s Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

    This news is troubling because the Conservatives are very strong in the rural ridings which generally have a lower number of voters and will elect Members of the Provincial with a lower vote total than the more populous urban ridings.

    Hudak appears to be leading in the rural ridings of Southwestern Ontario and in Eastern Ontario. The Liberals and NDP are battling it out in Northern Ontario. The Liberals seem to have retained much of their base in urban Ontario and especially the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    However, the NDP have made inroads in the urban centres notably winning two by-elections in Kitchener and in London, Ontario.

    According to the Nanos Poll taken on May 26, 2014, Ontario voters when asked to identify their preferred choice for premier, Wynne was first at 34 percent followed by Hudak at 24 percent and Horwath at 13 percent respectively.

    Of note, over the past month of May there has been a noticeable drop for Horwath from 18 to 13 percent. Horwath also registered a noticeable drop when Ontarians asked if she had the qualities of a good leader. On this measure she dropped from 53 percent to 44 percent over the past month.

    The Green Party leader Mike Schreiner trailed the three main Ontario political parties with only 2.7% support.

    Only time will tell if these trends will hold until the June 12, 2014 election.


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     Water fluoridation is unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary and unethical (no informed consent) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    FINAL, JUNE 9: London Majors 10, Brantford Red Sox 7, in Brantford. London is now 7-5 on the season, good enough for third place in the IBL standings.

    The Majors host the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-7) at Labatt Park on Friday June 13 at 7:45 pm. A full moon.


    FINAL, JUNE 7: London Majors 10, Hamilton Cardinals 2, at Labatt Park. The Majors are now 6-5 on the season, in third place in the IBL Standings.

    The London Majors travel to Kitchener on Sunday to play the fifth-place Panthers (4-7) at 2 pm. UPDATE: The June 8th Kitchener game was postponed in the bottom of the 4th inning due to rain with the Panthers leading 10-6. The remainder of the game will be played at a later date.

    Monday, June 9: • London Majors (6-5) at Brantford Red Sox (2-5) at 8 pm.


    WATER FLUORIDATION

    Water fluoridation is unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary and unethical (no informed consent)


    CRITICAL THINKING 101: Fluoride only helps to prevent dental caries by TOPICAL APPLICATION. Think about it. TOPICAL APPLICATION ~ as in brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and then spitting it out. Swallowing fluoridated toothpaste is harmful to your health. That's why we spit it out and rinse our mouths.

    Drinking fluoridated water is of no benefit whatsoever to your bones, tissue and internal organs. In fact, it's harmful, particularly to young babies. While the concentration of fluoride in our pubic drinking water is relatively low, OVER TIME it accumulates in our bones, tissue and organs causing a myriad of documented health problems.

    Water fluoridation is unsafe, ineffective, unnecessary and unethical (no informed consent).


    The decision to add fluoride ~ an industrial waste from industrial scrubbers ~ to London's public drinking water was made after a ballot question in 1966 ~ 48 years ago.

    It's time to get this toxin out of our public drinking water. For those who foolishly want to ingest this toxin, they can purchase fluoride pills and ingest them all they want. The general public should not be victimized by this outdated, bizarre public policy.


     JUNE: It's Alive, Green and Growing ~ There's Fungus Among Us, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JUNE 6: June 6, 2014 is the 70 anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944 when the largest seaborne invasion in history landed on the shores of Normandy to battle the Nazis occupying France during World War 2.
    CONFUSION: Candidate Nethaniel (Nate) Youskow, human jumping bean

    * Filed in Ward 4 on Jan. 3 then withdrew on Feb. 4, then re-filed in Ward 4 on Feb. 28 then withdrew on May 5.

    * Filed in Ward 13 on May 5 and then withdrew on May 12.

    * Filed in Ward 1 on June 5 but his Facebook page says he's running in Ward 2.


    FINAL, JUNE 4: Brantford Red Sox 8, London Majors 2, in Brantford. NEXT HOME GAME ~ Sat. June 7 at Labatt Park, Hamilton Cardinals vs. London Majors at 7:30 pm.
    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. June 5, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. June 19.


    JUNE: It's Alive, Green and Growing ~ There's Fungus Among Us


    Yodelling in the Canyon
    By Barry Wells

    O come sweet June, my lovely June
    The month when first the roses bloom,
    A wondrous, colourful display
    By sunlight kissed throughout the day,
    So chasing all my cares away.

    ~ 1st stanza from "My Lovely June" by Valerie Dohren

    After seven months of crappy bone-chilling weather, we've finally segued into the glorious month of June, my favourite since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. June is invariably teeming with organic life, the sweetness of Spring personified. June 2014 promises to be vibrant and unusual; a unique constellation of events unfolding smack-dab in the middle of the Dreaded Great Lakes Triangle™.

    1. First up on June's hit parade is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2014), aka the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, which set the stage for The Fall of the Third Reich in 1945 when Hitler's goons bit the dust. This Allied military operation remains the largest seaborne invasion in history. Its ultimate success proves once again that evil must bend to the will of more positive life forces.

    2. On the morning after D-Day's anniversary on Saturday, June 7 is Old East Village's 9th Annual Sidewalk Sale on Dundas from Adelaide to Charlotte, 10 am to 5 pm. The good news is East London merchants say they have treasures and bargains galore. The bad news is you'll need more than a federal permit to buy medical marijuana from the now-closed pot clinic near Dundas and English streets.

    3. The same day (June 7) in Old South London is the 32nd Annual Gathering on the Green behind the historic Normal School at Wortley and Elmwood, also from 10 am to 5 pm. As usual, birdhouse builder-extraordinaire Gord Harrison will be there in his tight-fitting lederhosen flogging his wares. If you whistle at Gord, he's known to give a discount. See oscolondon.ca

    4. FULL MOON: For the hairy head-scratchers among us, the long-awaited provincial election is set for Thursday, June 12, with a full moon appearing in all its splendour at precisely 12:11 am EDT early the next morning, just as final tallies roll in. Not a good sign.


     Redevelopment of London Hydro Land a Lousy Idea from the Get-Go, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JUNE 4: 176 years ago on June 4, 1838, was the first documented game of baseball in Beachville, Ontario, Canada, as recounted by Dr. Adam Ford in Sporting Life magazine.
    FINAL, JUNE 3: London Majors 7, Guelph Royals 4, in Guelph. London is now 5-4 on the season. The Majors play the Brantford Red Sox Wednesday night (June 4) in Brantford.
    DOUBLEHEADER in Barrie this afternoon (June 1):

    Game 1: Barrie Baycats 7, London Majors 5
    Game 2: London Majors 12, Barrie Baycats 1.

    Intercounty Baseball League Standings


    London Majors (2-3) host the Burlington Bandits (2-3) tonight (May 30) at Labatt Park at 7:35 pm.

    FINAL: London Majors 6, Burlington Bandits 5, tonight at Labatt Park.


    ORSER SAGA: Is it newsworthy a London city council member used a male prostitute-pornographer as webmaster for 4 years? You bet it is

  • Orser in another online mess, involvement with male-prostitute smut webmaster questioned, LFP, May 28


  • Ward 4's Buffoon-Bully-Boy Councillor Stevie Orser

    London male prostitute Mark Hartwell, 55, aka "Austin" on The London Free Press comment pages, was (until days ago) Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser's registered webmaster and videographer for years. He is also Orser's neighbour and buddy.

    Their favourite local watering hole is Marino's Restaurant and Bar at 1066 Adelaide Street North.

    Orser tossed Hartwell under the bus once Hartwell's graphic porn site activities hit the local media, insinuating on CJBK radio (May 28, 9:55 am) that Hartwell has some mental health issues.

    GRAPHIC SMUT: Mark Hartwell operates the disturbing male prostitute-male sex provider website, HERE. WARNING: Sickening and Very Graphic featuring Hartwell himself in action. Not recommended for the young, nauseous or queasy.

  • You can see Mark Hartwell is the site registrant for stephenorser.com HERE.

  • You can see Mark Hartwell is the registrant for his male prostitute website HERE.

  • Like a shameless flunkie and stooge, Mark Hartwell aka "Austin" has been promoting Bully-Boy Orser while ridiculing Orser's critics on The London Free Press comment pages for more than a year.

  • Online porn distorting the attitudes of boys, LFP, May 30

  • ALTLONDON.ORG ~ FIGHTING FOR GOOD LOCAL GOVERNMENT SINCE 2001

    We have Spies everywhere inside the Corridors of Power

    E-mail barrywells7ATyahoo.ca with your Hot News Tips


  • JOFO TRIAL, DAY FOUR SHOCKER: Fontana criminal trial ends with new testimony which puts defense on the ropes, LFP, May 20

  • More buffoonery from Steve Orser; London deserves far better, WI, May 29

  • Legendary London lawyer Bill Poole has died, LFP, May 28

  • The Last Man Hung in London, June 5, 1951, DD, May 29

  • Decision Day for Fontana is Friday, June 13, 2014 (a full moon)

    BREAKING NEWS, MAY 27: The Fontana criminal trial is expected to wrap up this Thursday, May 29 with a decision expected on Friday, June 13th (a full moon).
  • JOFO TRIAL, DAY THREE: Fontana roughed up on cross-examination, LFP, May 28

  • JOFO TRIAL, DAY TWO: The Devil's always in the Details, LCN, May 27

  • JOFO TRIAL, DAY ONE: Fontana altered Marconi Club contract before submitting it to federal government to be reimbursed personally, LFP, May 27

  • The league-leading Barrie Baycats play the London Majors at Labatt Park on Sun. May 25 at 1:05 pm.

    FINAL SCORE: Barrie Baycats 9, London Majors 5.


  • 60 jobs lost as Webco Publications announces closure, CJBK, May 24

  • Old South London's annual "Gathering on the Green" is set for Saturday, June 7th at the old Normal School grounds at Elmwood Avenue and Wortley Road. 10 am to 5 pm.
    London Majors Baseball tonight (May 23) at Labatt Park

    FINAL SCORE (MAY 23): London Majors 12, Brantford Red Sox 5.

    FINAL SCORE (MAY 24): Burlington Bandits 3, London Majors 1.

    The hometown London Majors take on the six-time defending champion Brantford Red Sox tonight at historic Labatt Park at 7:30 pm.

    The Majors are 1-1 on the season so far. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and children 12 and under. Free parking is available across the road from the park behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors' Centre and along the streets near the park. $2 parking for about 135 cars is available inside the park itself.


    TRIAL BEGINS: Fontana in court next Monday, May 26


    ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH: Mayor Joe Fontana professing his innocence during a media conference at his lawyer's office (Gord Cudmore) on November 22, 2012.

    Joe Fontana, London's beleaguered mayor for the past 43 months, heads to court on Monday, May 26 to face three criminal charges of fraud under 5K, breach of trust of a public official and uttering forged documents, related to the $1.7K down payment of a son's wedding at the Marconi Club in 2005, when he was the Liberal MP for London North-Centre.

    The trial by judge only is expected to take about three days and a decision is expected within a week or two after the completion of the trial.

    At this point in time, Mayor Fontana is not facing any charges related to his former sham charity, Trinity Global Support Foundation, which had its charitable status revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency in 2013.


    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. May 22, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. June 5.


    ANOTHER CITY HALL PIPE DREAM: Redevelopment of London Hydro Land a Lousy Idea from the Get-Go

    Yodelling in the Canyon, May 22, 2014
    By Barry Wells

    If one thing's been the hallmark of London's current mayor and council majority, it's been poor judgment.

    Whenever you hear Gondola Joe Fontana championing an iffy mega-project with "We need to go to the next step. We are the city of opportunity," it's time to hide your wallet. With a civic election in five months, this dud council should not be making any major decisions.

    Remember Mayor Fontana's brain cramp in 2011 to give city hall, Reg Cooper Square, Centennial Hall and the underground parking garage to Western University for the nominal fee of $2? Fortunately, Western rejected the idea without a whack of cash tossed in for asbestos removal at city hall. Game over.

    The latest make-work project by Fontana, his dutiful sidekick Joe Swantana™ and the rest of our slumbering council saw them endorsing in principle a complex, unnecessary proposal that messes with our profitable public utility, London Hydro.

    Supporters of this hare-brained project are forgetting a fundamental rule: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    In Dec. 2012, I sounded the alarm about the "potential redevelopment of contaminated London Hydro floodplain land at 111 Horton Street for residential and commercial use."

    At the time, the recommendation to council was for "The City of London to enter into more formal discussions with Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund LP and London Hydro regarding the potential sale and redevelopment of the land at 111 Horton Street East."


     The Beating Drums of Opposition to Water Fluoridation Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Parliamentary silver service sold off for a song by federal Tories, IP, May 20

  • Impact of water fluoridation on the neurological development in children, H, May 21

  • Harvard study confirms fluoride reduces IQ in children, HP, May 20

  • WATER FLUORIDATION: A 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION ISSUE

  • Dr. James Beck, physician, biophysicist and co-author of a 2010 book about water fluoridation (The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There), will be speaking (by satellite video) in the Vitali Lounge of King's College at 4 pm on Saturday, May 24th. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING.

  • The Beating Drums of Opposition to Water Fluoridation

    By Josh Hill

    Here in London, Ontario, my local government adds a fluoride-containing chemical to our water supply to purportedly protect us from unnecessary tooth decay.

    If this action is overwhelmingly supported by science as being safe, why for 30 years have I been rhythmically nodding my head to the beating drums of opposition to water fluoridation?

    Members of this opposition are found locally and abroad. They also span the gamut of measurable demographics. A practice so safe and effective should not garner criticism from diverse people everywhere.

    Type the word "Fluoride" into an internet search engine and focus on the scientific literature. There is enough material to preoccupy you for weeks.

    However, you won't need weeks to determine that the science is far from settled on fluoride. From how it works to reward versus risk, there is controversy surrounding all aspects of fluoride's interaction with our bodies. A public hearing on water-fluoridation took place here in London two years ago. The then Associate Medical Officer of Health informed us that fluoride predominantly benefits the teeth through topical application. Her short answer and the phrasing of it, left me wondering about the benefit of swallowing fluoride.


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     City Clerk blasts 13 pages of electioneering drivel off City's website, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    MAY 16: London Majors win their 2014 IBL homeopener 6-1, crushing the Kitchener Panthers at Labatt Park. Story Here. Then lose 5-3 in Toronto to the Maple Leafs on May 18. IBL Standings HERE.
    MAY 16: The London Knights fall to Val d'Or, 1-0 in the opening game of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at the Budweiser Gardens. Then lose again 5-2 on Sunday, May 18 to the Edmonton Oil Kings.
    2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION: Former Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDonald, 71, withdrew from the Ward 3 race on May 13.
  • Gondola Joe's latest make-work project: redeveloping the land of our profitable public utility, London Hydro, LFP, May 15

  • RULE #1: "If it ain't broke, Don't fix it."

    The underground contaminants appear to be stable, at least at 111 Horton. Disturb them at your own peril. If London city council wants to redevelop a brownfield property, redevelop the vacant McCormick's land; London Hydro lands are in productive use. Where's the Ward 4 councillor on this one? London Mayor Joe Fontana wants city council to be "on the team" to redevelop Hydro lands. I guess that means checking your brain at the door.
    Chipper has left the building

    BREAKING NEWS, MAY 12: Veteran London Free Press reporter Brian (Chip) Martin has retired after more than 40 years of service. His final story is about, what else? ... the plight of the Canadian Beaver: Beavers may get reprieve, LFP, May 12.

    Hold it! Chip Martin files another story: Water under the bridge, LFP, May 13.


  • Register to receive free tickets to Sifton's Pack-the-Park London Majors' game on Father's Day, Sun. June 15 at 1pm against the IBL defending champions, the Brantford Red Sox, SP, May 10

  • City of London hotshot Harvey Filger leaves in a huff, TMR, May 11

  • Yard Ape Rob Ford: A Wild Night in March, TS, May 10

  • Mayor Gondola Joe tries to distance himself from his buddy and former business partner-fraudster Vince Ciccone, LFP, May 10

  • Does the City of London and the London Hotel Association really want to go down this road?

  • This is the kind of crap that goes on with the so-called voluntary tourism marketing fees the City of London is currently pushing, CS, May 8

  • Tourist fees collected with little oversight, CBC, May 8

  • BREAKING NEWS: Fontana's buddy and former business partner, Vince Ciccone, has been busted by the RCMP for fraud, LFP, May 7

  • Joe Fontana's criminal trial for fraud under $5K, breach of trust of a public official and uttering forged documents starts on Mon. May 26 at the Middlesex County Courthouse

    THE LONDON YODELLER

    The Thurs. May 8, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this independently owned, local bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library and the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition online at londonyodeller.ca

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. May 22.


    City Clerk blasts 13 pages of electioneering drivel off the City of London's website


    By Barry Wells
    Yodelling in the Canyon©, May 8, 2014

    On Apr. 22 after my (second) written complaint on Apr. 17, city clerk Cathy Saunders removed the largely self-serving profiles of 13 ward councillors from the City of London's website; electioneering drivel that had been on our taxpayer-funded site since Sept. 24, 2013, when this "new and improved" website was unveiled at london.ca.

    Admittedly, some councillor profiles were more self-aggrandizing than others. To their credit, not all portrayed themselves as the Second Coming of Christ.

    But the only profile left as is by the city clerk, was that of Ward 6 Coun. Nancy Branscombe, since it contained no spin whatsoever (she announced last year she wasn't seeking re-election); merely listing the ward she represented, the committees she serves on and her contact information. In fact, Branscombe's bare bones set-up was used as the "gold standard" after which all other councillor information pages were subsequently modelled by the clerk.

    Good move.

    Why? It's a municipal election year and according to London's City Council Policy Manual, chapter 5, section 28, no city resources can be used to profile any council member or registered candidate. Instead, all candidates and potential candidates for city council are expected to tell constituents and voters how great they are on their own dime, on their personal or campaign websites, not the City of London's.

    Why? Under the provincial Municipal Elections Act, the job and role of the City of London during municipal election campaigns is to ensure fair and proper elections, not promote council incumbents as is done in some third-world banana republics.


     London, Ontario's 2014 Municipal Election  ?

    83
    Registered Candidates for London's 2014 Municipal Election
    (updated daily as required):

    Nominations close on Sept. 12, 2014 at 4:30pm


    Voting Day is Monday, October 27, 2014


    City of London Electoral Ward Map

    City of London Elections Office: Phone: 519-661-4535; E-mail: elections@london.ca


    Click on the name of the individual candidates to see their contact information ~ * denotes an incumbent
    Mayor

    Aaron Broughm

    Matt Brown * Currently Ward 7's Councillor

    Roger Caranci

    Tae Khun Ha

    Paul Cheng

    Steve Gardner

    Arnon Kaplansky

    Donna Kelley

    Jim Kogelheide

    Dan Lenart

    Alexander Main

    Dennis Perry


    Ward 1

    James Beynen

    Judith Carter

    Michael Van Holst

    Daniel O’Neail

    Christopher Perry

    Bud Polhill *

    Nate Youskow WITHDREW ON JULY 14


    Ward 2

    Bill Armstrong *

    Tammy Lee Marche WITHDREW ON JULY 7

    Nancy McSloy

    Steve Polhill


    Ward 3

    Claudette Jeanne Drouin

    Bill Harris

    Bernie MacDonald WITHDREW ON MAY 13

    Mohamed Salih


    Ward 4

    Paul Pesach Gray

    Jesse Helmer

    Stephen Orser *

    Sheryl Rooth

    George van der Schel

    Nethaniel Youskow
    WITHDREW ON FEB. 4 THEN RE-FILED ON FEB. 28, 2014, THEN WITHDREW AGAIN ON MAY 5; RE-FILED ON JULY 14


    Ward 5

    Maureen Cassidy

    Steve Hogg

    William Gordon

    Kevin Labonte

    Randy Warden

    Michael Wickett


    Ward 6

    Mike Bloxam

    Amir Farahi

    Shiv Chokhani

    Flavio Iannialice

    Greg Munro

    Phil Squire


    Ward 7

    Osam Ali

    Luis Dominguez WITHDREW ON APRIL 14

    Josh Morgan

    Donna Szpakowski


    Ward 8

    Paul Hubert *

    Moon Inthavong


    Ward 9

    Doreen Gysbers

    Eric A. Haidar

    Anna Hopkins

    Jeffrey Schiller


    Ward 10

    Paul Van Meerbergen *

    Virginia Ridley

    Bradley Robichaud


    Ward 11

    Denise Brown *

    Luis Dominquez WITHDREW APR. 14

    Clive Jenkins

    Menno Meijer

    Stephen Turner


    Ward 12

    Peter Ferguson

    Jesse Haidar

    Harold Usher


    Ward 13

    Karim Bardai

    Chris Edgar

    John Fyfe-Millar

    Fiona Graham

    Tanya Park

    Gordon Saylor

    Nethaniel Youskow WITHDREW ON MAY 12


    Ward 14

    David Collier

    Ali Hamadi

    Steve Hillier

    Sean M. O’Connell

    Sandy White *

    Jared Zaifman


    School Board Trustee Nominations

    Matthew Reid, TVDSB, Wds 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 *

    Joyce Bennett, TVDSB, Wds 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 *

    Sandra Cruz, LDCSB, Wds 2,3,4

    Brenda Ryan, TVDSB, Wds 7, 8, 9, 10, 13

    Christine Morgan, TVDSB, Wds 1, 11, 12, 14

    Paul Digby, LDCSB, 5, 6, 7

    Linda Steel, LDCSB, Wds 8, 9, 10 *

    John Jevnikar, LDCSB, Wds 11, 12, 13

    Pedro Almeida, LDCSB, Wds 1, 14

    George Le Mac, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence


    * denotes an incumbent

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    New four-plex birdhouse at Labatt Park, designed and constructed by London's Master Birdhouse Builder Gordon A. Harrison. Another project of the Friends of Labatt Park. PHOTO: Gord Harrison, June 6, 2013

    Stormin' Norm Aldridge (pictured above in 1998 at The Rumble at the Riverforks) has provided spiritual inspiration to Butch (the Beast) McLarty since Butch was knee-high to a grasshopper. PHOTO: Herb (The Shooter) Walsh, May 31, 1998

    The Famous Chicken® checks in with Butchie-boy from Southern California


    In response to an e-mail I'd sent him earlier in the day, I received the following e-mailed response from Ted Giannoulas, aka The Famous Chicken®, on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

    Hi Butch,

    Thank you for your interest and consideration.

    Yes, indeed, I did operate the scoreboard in right field at Labatt Park during the years 1965, 1966 & 1967 during my Empress School days. It paid 25 cents a game and it was great fun, let alone free baseball from 325 feet away!

    My operation wasn't for each game because management hired on a first come, first serve, volunteer basis back then. As such, kids would rush to the park on game nights and many times, management had to pick from many candidates. Still, I recall they favored me several times because they said I hardly missed a pitch and was timely and accurate on the run postings.

    Hope this info helps and thanks for your enthusiasm on the statue idea. If it happens, the pigeons may continue to reek their hazard on me in spirit, just as they did during my Labatt years when they'd perch on the top ledge of the scoreboard!

    Best regards,
    Ted Giannoulas
    The Famous Chicken