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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:  Justice may be blind, but under The Charter you don't have to be, by Barry Wells
     Author:  Butch McLarty
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    PHOTO: Herb (The Shooter) Walsh on May 31, 1998 at Labatt Park

    A Big Happy Birthday to London Sports Hall-of-Famer Norman J. Aldridge who turns 90 on Jan. 25, 2015! Link to LFP mention of Norm's birthday.
    Lombardo's London Music Hall of Fame plaque withdrawn from online auction, LFP, Jan. 23

    The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells


    CONFIRMED: Actor-comedian-art collector Steve Martin was at Museum London in London, Ontario yesterday (Jan. 21). A statement released Thursday by Museum London said Martin was there to view the museum’s Group-of-Seven collection.

    Martin will be co-curating an upcoming Canadian artist and Group-of-Seven founder Lawren Harris exhibition at the Hammer Museum in LA.


    Is Bill Cosby a somnophiliac?

    Doctor says Bill Cosby may be a somnophiliac, I, Jan. 22

    Jay Leno wonders why it's so hard for some people to believe so many women in the Cosby case, CBC, Jan. 22

    THE LONDON YODELLER

    Justice may be blind, but under The Charter you don't have to be


    Yodelling in the Canyon, January 22, 2015
    Barry Wells

    In the wake of actor-comedian Bill Cosby's three-city swing through southwestern Ontario two weeks ago, there's been heated debate between two distinct camps: folks who argue Cosby's "innocent until proven guilty" of drug-assisted rape or sexually assault and those who believe the allegations made by his 30-or-so female accusers, while supporting a boycott-protest of his shows, calling for their cancellation.

    I side with the latter group and here's why.

    Let's deal with the often-misunderstood, legal presumption of innocence, after some background information: all alleged sexual assaults to date have occurred stateside between the mid-to-late 1960s and 2008.

    Across the U.S., there's a patchwork quilt of statutes of limitation of varying years up to a decade for sexual assault, putting prosecution of all but one of his alleged crimes out of reach (no such limitations exist in Canada for rape or sexual assault).


    At deadline, Cosby is reportedly facing at least two defamation lawsuits stateside (Cosby's attorney ridiculed some women and their rape allegations, prompting the suits) and a criminal investigation in Los Angeles regarding model Chloe Goins' claim of sexual assault at Hugh Hefner's LA Playboy Mansion in 2008 – putting the accusation within California's 10-year statute of limitations.

    Of Cosby's 30 co-accusers, however, Ms. Goins (pictured left) may be the easiest for Cosby's lawyers to discredit since, unlike the other women, she's reportedly worked as an exotic dancer in Las Vegas.

    In this regard, a Dec. 28, 2014 article in the New York Post reports Cosby has hired a team of investigators to "dig up dirt" on his female accusers.

    NOT ABSOLUTE: But Cosby supporters who think the presumption of innocence is an absolute right before a criminal trial starts should remember there's scores of individuals awaiting trial at London's Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre on Exeter Road.

    If everyone's innocent until proven guilty, why are these suspects behind bars at the county bucket? After arrest but prior to trial, bail is not always granted because they're deemed too dangerous or a flight risk.


     Brian Meehan, Museum London's executive director responds Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    LOMBARDO MUSEUM COLLECTION

    Museum London could have had whatever they wanted from the City-owned collection back in 2008 when the City closed the museum, now they're looking at buying some items back (it's believed the three red jackets up for auction were part of the City-owned collection all along, first donated in the mid-1980s by sister Elaine Lombardo-Gardner), LFP, Jan. 19


    LEFT TO RIGHT: Brothers Lebert Lombardo, Guy Lombardo (middle, back), Carmen Lombardo and Victor Lombardo.

    THIS JUST IN (JAN. 19): Sent to Mayor Matt Brown and all Members of London City Council

    January 19, 2015

    Good Afternoon,

    I am writing on behalf of the Lombardo family to state our concern and objection to Mr. Flood being allowed to sell items at auction that belong to the Guy Lombardo Museum for his own personal gain. We believe that the only entity that has lawful rights to these items is the City of London. We are requesting that the City of London postpone Mr. Flood’s auction, at the very least, until the rightful ownership of these items is confirmed. My father, Lebert Lombardo, along with his siblings and many other relatives and dear family friends donated private personal artifacts to the Guy Lombardo Museum to honor Guy and his significant contributions to the music industry. To allow Mr. Flood to treat these items as his own personal property is a crime.

    Please contact me directly with any comments or concerns.

    Respectfully yours,
    Gina Lombardo
    Secretary/Treasurer
    Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Inc.


    Sent to the mayor and all councillors (Jan. 18):

    In 1997, John Lutman of Archives Western et al assessed the collection at the Guy Lombardo Music Centre. The resultant report subsequently went to the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) of the day.

    In fact, I was a member of the LACH at that time, from 1995-1998.

    As a result, Mr. Lutman photocopied the original collections' catalogue, which included the names-dates of the donors of individual items.

    It's highly likely this book, which predates Doug Flood's involvement at the music centre, remains at Archives Western.

    Whether Bill Coxhead at Parks and Recreation and Brian Meehan at Museum London know this copy exists, is up for grabs.


    Lombardo Museum collection dispute, LFP, Jan. 17

    James Reaney wades into the Lombardo collection controversy, LFP, Jan 16

    Doug Flood is selling the 2003 London Music Hall of Fame plaque that was presented to Flood for safekeeping until it could be given to the remaining family of the London-born-and-raised Lombardo musicians in March of 2004. The plaque rightfully belongs to the Lombardo family, not Doug Flood. The online auction details are HERE.
    Brian Meehan, Museum London's executive director, responds on Fri. Jan. 16 at 3:46 pm by e-mail


    Someone sent me a link to the AltLondon website and your Guy Lombardo story. To provide you with some clarification, please see the following:

    [ALTLONDON]: Did Museum's London board of directors ever itemize and formally approve the dispersal of the Lombardo Museum collection in 2008 (as required)? Where are the board minutes and the itemized list?

    [BRIAN MEEHAN]: The Museum did not own the collection so it wasn’t in a position to disperse the collection. It wasn’t ours in the first place.

    [ALTLONDON]: Publicly funded museums must follow proper procedures & protocols before dispersing donated collection items or risk losing public funding.

    [BRIAN MEEHAN]: Museum London follows the CAMDO, CMA and AAMD guidelines for any deaccessioning from our collections.

    [ATLONDON]: Before a publicly funded museum can disperse a donated collection, it must first offer the items to the original donor(s). Didn't happen.

    [BRIAN MEEHAN]: This is irrelevant to these circumstances as we didn’t own the collection but is also incorrect as it relates to the CAMDO, CMA and AAMD guidelines for any deaccessioning.

    [ALTLONDON]: Does this sound like Mr. Flood had permission from Museum London and the City of London to remove items from the Lombardo Museum that didn't belong to him in a helter-skelter fashion? [see below the verbatim excerpt from the Community & Protective Services Committee report, Agenda Item #5, page 23 from Monday, January 26, 2009.]

    [BRIAN MEEHAN]: Once again, Museum London did not own anything in the Music Centre so we would not be in a position either give or refuse permission for anything related to the collection.

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     Top 15 Predictions for 2015, The Year of the Sheepish Goat™, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    Did Museum's London board of directors ever itemize and formally approve the dispersal of the Lombardo Museum collection in 2008 (as required)? Where are the board minutes and the itemized list?

    Publicly funded museums must follow proper procedures & protocols before dispersing donated collection items or risk losing public funding.

    Before a publicly funded museum can disperse a donated collection, it must first offer the items to the original donor(s). Didn't happen.


    This framed painting of the Lombardo brothers (LINK HERE) which at one time hung in Elaine Lombardo-Gardner's bedroom, was donated to the Guy Lombardo Museum-PUC-City of London in the mid-1980s by Elaine Lombardo-Gardner and her husband Kenny Gardner and and now is being auctioned off by Doug Flood, a private collector and former part-time "curator" of the Guy Lombardo Museum.

    Here's a verbatim excerpt from the Community & Protective Services Committee report, Agenda Item #5, page 23 from Monday, January 26, 2009:

    "THE COLLECTIONS AT THE MUSIC CENTRE: A significant amount of the collection at the Music Centre was privately owned. In an effort to consolidate all of the memorabilia and artefacts at the Music Centre, representatives of the London Legacy Project [Joe Swan and Johann Kinting] attempted to negotiate with the private collector [Doug Flood] the donation of their collection to the City. The private collector [Doug Flood] decided not to donate any part of their collection and the collection was subsequently removed from the Music Centre by the owner. In addition, some of the City-owned memorabilia was also removed by the private collector [Doug Flood]. The City is in the process of understanding the significance and value of these items prior to continuing to seek their return."


    Is Bill Cosby a somnophiliac?

    Doctor says Bill Cosby may be a somnophiliac, I, Jan. 15

    Bill Cosby and Drugging: My 34-year-old secret, S, Jan. 15

    Bill Cosby cancels one of three Boston shows

    "Late Tuesday afternoon [Jan. 13], in an indication of the mounting pressure on the comedian, Cosby canceled a scheduled Feb. 6 performance at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. But the comedian’s appearance at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston was still on, said Bill Blumenreich, promoter for Cosby at both venues. He declined to comment further." ~ Boston Globe, Jan. 14.

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JAN. 14: Re: Food in the Public Gallery and Food Trucks

    We're going from the "Fontana Ate" to "The Citizens Can Eat."

    Progress is being made.

    We're going from Orser thinking he can have din-din with WHOMEVER he wants, to citizens being able to have din-din WHEREVER they want.

    Power to the People!


    Lisa Brandt of FREE-FM believes Cosby's female accusers and explains why, BN, Jan 13

    Refunds offered for Bill Cosby's two Denver shows on Sat. Jan. 17, 9News, Jan. 14

    Bill Cosy should change the name of his "Far-From-Finished Tour" to the "End-of-the-Road Tour."

    When someone asks me if I think I'm the "judge and jury" of the Bill Cosby case, I say I'm the judge and jury for all my thoughts and beliefs and I happen to believe the 30 women who say Cosby raped or molested them in the past. That's why I was given a mind ~ to think for myself.


    Chip Martin's book on the 1877 London Tecumsehs is now out, A, Jan. 13

    The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

    Antique dealer Doug Flood auctioning off a whack of antiques, including some Lombardo memorabilia that belonged to the City of London from the Guy Lombardo Music Centre collection, GG, Jan. 12

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 20TH AUCTION FEATURING an extraordinary selection of antique gramophones (Edison, Pathe, Academy, Heintzman, Sonora, etc.) and other music related items. These were on loan and displayed at the Guy Lombardo Museum, Wonderland Road, London, Ontario before it closed in 2007, and have been in storage the last seven years. An online auction of the remaining personal belongings and others contents from the museum including Lombardo's overcoat, trophies, 1978 Juno Award, The Royal Canadians red jackets, Victor Lombardo's clarinet, prints, cut-outs, letters, ephemera and more will begin January 23rd, ending February 20th.
    Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story? WP, Jan. 10

    Bill Cosby and the End of Innocence, ISMF, Jan. 9

    Ex-NBC employee who brought women to Cosby says he felt like a pimp, TW, Jan. 10

    Protesters chant 'We believe the women' during Cosby's Hamilton show, CBC, Jan. 10

    Half the seats empty for London's Cosby show


    The Manipulative Sexual Predator and Jekyll and Hyde of Show Business

    BILL COSBY SHOW TONIGHT (JAN. 8): The RBC Theatre at Budweiser Gardens seats about 3,000. Only half the seats were full, but nearly 70% of the tickets were sold (2,100).

    Just like Cosby's Kitchener show on Jan. 7, there was a large photograph of Nelson Mandela on a backdrop screen for the London show (can we say "megalomaniac," ladies and gentlemen?).

    Cosby had about 12 security guards in front of the stage.

    Halfway through the show, a woman in the audience stood up and left saying she needed a drink (out loud) and Cosby responded "You have to be careful about drinking around me."

    One fan yelled: "We love you, Bill!" Another audience member yelled: "We don't love you, Bill!"

    An audience member yelled at Cosby: "You are a rapist!" Cosby asked the crowd not to acknowledge him and the male heckler and his male friend were removed by security. Then London Free Press reporter Dale Carruthers was removed from Budweiser Gardens for filming the removal of the heckler.

    LFP reporter Dale Carruthers was pushed outside by Budweiser Gardens staff and London Police without his winter coat.


    "Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
    Three New Women (Now 30) Allege They Were Sexually Assaulted by Bill Cosby, PM, Jan. 7


    THE LONDON YODELLER

    Top 15 Predictions for 2015, The Year of the Sheepish Goat™


    Yodellng in the Canyon, Jan. 8, 2015
    Barry Wells

    In the Dec. 19, 2013 edition of The London Yodeller, I unveiled my Top 10 Predictions for 2014. Looking back at the prophetic prose, I see I scored 9 out of 10, only missing the mark on my prediction the London Knights would reign supreme at the MasterCard Memorial Cup last May 25 at Budweiser Gardens. As we all know, the Knights flamed out, losing every darn game in the tournament.

    Since I'm clearly on a roll, I've decided to gaze into my trusty crystal ball again for 2015, the Chinese Year of the Sheepish Goat™. As usual, my predictions have a decidedly political bent ~ but hey ~ I can only report what The Great Oracle reveals to me when I'm in a deep trance induced by the mystical magic mushrooms. Onward, Upward!

    1. Former Ward 3 councillor, failed mayoral candidate and Orchestra London's former executive director, Joe (Tundra) Swan™, will land a regional sales manager's position in Nukyukatuk, Nunavut, selling energy-efficient refrigerators to upwardly mobile Eskimos.

    2. Labatt's 50 Ale, once Canada's most popular brew, will make an incredible comeback to become the beer of choice for the under-30 crowd and old geezers alike. The catchy marketing slogan, "Take Five for 50 Ale!" will once again be heard coast to coast in high-rotation on TV and radio ads.

    3. Former Ward 4 Councillor Stevie Orser will launch a beer, booze and pizza delivery business with the clever slogan, "We're so Fast, We Make Greyhounds Shiver!" Every new customer will receive a free umbrella and a large fridge magnet. Unfortunately, his fledgling delivery business will struggle and Orser will reluctantly return to junk-hauling.

    4. AM980's afternoon talk-show host, Andrew Lawton (pictured right), will move to Wyoming to become former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney's research assistant, studying the latest torture techniques at Gitmo Detention Centre in Cuba. In Wyoming, Lawton will also raise livestock to shed the criticism he's "all hat and no cattle."

    5. Former Ward 9 Councillor Dale Henderson will move his successful telecommunications empire to Salt Lake City, Utah, to televise the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on his new and improved Dale-TV Broadcasting Network. In Utah, Henderson will be abducted by aliens from the distant galaxy Zebron, then return to his hometown of London to become the full-time drummer for the Tomato Soup Band.

    6. Former mayoral candidate Paul Cheng will hook up with comedian Cheech Marin to form the comedy duo, Cheech and Cheng. They will release a CD called, Run It Like a Business, Baby! and then go on tour throughout North America. The hilarious CD will go platinum stateside and land them a lucrative movie deal.

    7. Former Ward 10 Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen will create a neo-conservative think tank with political guru, Kimble Ainslie, called The Taser Institute. Paul will also take another run at federal politics at the first available opportunity but he won't win the Tory nomination.


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     The purported secrecy regarding conditions attached to $1M donation to Orchestra London sounds like total baloney Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    ACCORDING TO VARIOUS REPORTERS at the Kitchener show tonight (Jan. 7), which is about 3/4 full, Cosby has two large screens as a backdrop, one of Nelson Mandela smiling and one of himself smiling.

    Oh, brother. Now Cosby fancies himself as Nelson Mandela. The man is a megalomaniac.

    Here's a link to the 2010 book Bill Cosby is riffing off with the pretentious backdrop images: Starring Mandela and Cosby. Media and the End of Apartheid by Ron Krabill.



    Team Canada has defeated Team Russia 5-4 to win the gold medal in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship Monday night at the ACC in Toronto.
    London Sports Hall-of-Famer Gil Robertson dies at age 91, LFP, Jan. 3

    Catcher Jack Fairs is the sole remaining player from the legendary 1948 London Majors still alive. Team trainer Norm Aldridge is also still kicking. 1948 junior call-up Stan (Gabby) Anderson (OF) to the London Majors is also still alive.
    Good article from 2010 about London Sports Hall-of-Famer Norm Aldridge

    Donna Douglas, who starred as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, has died at age 81, CNN, Jan. 2

    Music London's Murray Faulkner says he was unaware Joe Swan's son was hired as a consultant, LFP, Jan. 3

    Landlord Shmuel Farhi evicts Orchestra London for non-payment of rent (6 months), LFP, Jan. 2

    Joe Swan's teenaged son paid for consulting work at Orchestra London, LFP, Jan. 2


    JOE SWAN: Former Ward 3 councillor, failed mayoral candidate and former executive director of Orchestra London.

    2015 Mayor's New Year's Honours List

    My thoughts on Bill Cosby and the 'presumption of innocence'

    JAN. 1, 2015: This may seem like too fine of a distinction for some, but the presumption of innocence only applies in a court of law, as outlined in section 11 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in the U.S. criminal justice system (Coffin v. United States, 156 U.S. 432, 1895).

    But Cosby's not before a court of law, he's squarely in the court of public opinion.

    In the court of public opinion, where all entertainers or actors such as Bill Cosby, 77, live on a day-to-day basis, the legal presumption of innocence doesn't really apply, noting his numerous accusers, the media and critics generally have the right of free speech and freedom of thought.

    If Bill Cosby believes the numerous public allegations against him are untrue and defamatory, he has the option of suing for defamation. He doesn't appear interested in doing that.

    In a nutshell, his long career in show business is over ~ unless he wants to face the numerous allegations head-on.

    Bill Cosby a toe licker? ~ this accusation could sink Cosby's boat because it involves an alleged incident only six years ago in 2008.

    FROM WIKIPEDIA: On December 1, 2014, Cosby resigned from Temple University's board of trustees.[62] On December 3, Judy Huth filed a lawsuit against Cosby in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.[63] The honorary title and status of Chief Petty Officer given to Cosby by the United States Navy in 2011 was revoked on December 4 as a result of the sexual assault allegations against him. In a press release, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens stated, "allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment."[64][65][66] On December 11, Vanity Fair ran an article written by model Beverly Johnson, wherein she alleges that Cosby drugged her during an audition in 1986, and that other women she has spoken to since then have claimed Cosby drugged and/or fondled them, as well.[67] On December 12, Cosby spoke to the New York Post but did not speak of the rape and sex abuse allegations.


    I'll have din-din wherever I want, including in the public gallery of council chambers, LFP, Dec. 31


    BREAKING NEWS: American Art Garfunkel (left) and Canadian Rex Murphy (right) have both confirmed they wanted to strut their stuff on the TV show, Soul Train, in the 1970s. Unfortunately, neither Art nor Rex appeared on the popular Saturday morning TV show.




    London, Ontario, Canada, is strategically located at the forks of the Thames River, smack-dab in the middle of The Great Lakes Triangle and close to four border crossings into the United States of America at Sarnia-Port Huron, Windsor-Detroit, Fort Erie-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada-Niagara Falls, New York.

    London is home to the World's Oldest Baseball Grounds, Labatt Memorial Park, which has been continuously used for the game of baseball since 1877 to the present day.



    The Art of Government

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, DEC. 28: "How does our society organize itself to keep friction to a minimum and keep personal freedom at the highest level? You know, that's sort of the art of the thing." ~ Former Ontario Premier John P. Robarts (1917-1982) in 1980 on The Art of Government.
    The London Yodeller online

    Canadian lawyer Eddie Greenspan dies in Arizona at age 70, CBC, Dec. 24

    ORCHESTRA LONDON ~ OPINION

    The purported secrecy regarding conditions attached to the $1M donation to Orchestra London sounds like total baloney

    I just watched the archived City of London video of Orchestra London's president Joe O'Neill answering questions from the Strategic Priorities and Policies Committee about the impending demise of Orchestra London.

    One thing, regarding the purported $1M anonymous donation to OL ~ three installments of $350K (2013), $350K (2014) and $300K (2015) respectively ~ makes no sense whatsoever.

    Apparently "certain conditions" had to be met for the 2nd and 3rd instalments, but O'Neill says he has no idea what the certain conditions were, since the anonymous donation "was negotiated between two lawyers" and OL's former executive director Joe Swan who "resigned" on December 16, 2014.

    I find it completely and utterly unbelievable that executive director Joe Swan would not have revealed what those certain conditions were to O'Neill and the rest of OL's board, given that the donation was essential to OL's very survival.

    Worth noting is the following statement from Orchestra London's "financial overview" from its 2012-2013 Annual Report, available online:

    "The first piece of that solution is an anonymous donation of $1,000,000 received in June of 2013. Of that, $350,000 was used to balance our operations in fiscal 2013. The balance of $650,000, has certain conditions placed on it, however, we are working diligently towards meeting those conditions and having access to the funds."

  • LFP article from Sept. 9, 2013 indicate the $1M donation was tied to OL's performing arts centre proposal

  •  We all get by with a little help from our friends, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    The London Yodeller online

    Singer Joe Cocker dead at age 70 from lung cancer, CBC, Dec. 22

    Orchestra London's poor management gets nothing but a lump of coal for Christmas, TMR, Dec. 19

    City council votes 15-0 against giving a nickel to the mismanaged orchestra now heading into bankruptcy thanks to Joe Swan and his board of directors. The "Anonymous donor" who failed to deliver big bucks (the 2nd $350K instalment), remains a mystery as does their reason for not donating.

    No shows, no refunds, no paycheques ~ and no remittances to the CRA despite making the payroll source deductions.

    Orchestra London's management hasn't paid the musicians nor IATSE technical staff in December, hasn't paid for their Centennial Hall rentals for months, hasn't remitted for months the payroll source deductions (income tax, EI and CPP) nor union dues deducted, yet they've sold a few-hundred thousand-dollars-worth of single-event tickets and 2015 subscriptions for cancelled performances.

    What did they do with the money they did have?


    Joni (The Velvet Hammer) Baechler™

    Last night (Dec. 17) there was a going-away bash for former mayor Joni Baechler at Museum London.

    She served on council for 14 years, 13.5 years as the Ward 5 councillor and about five months as mayor.

    Back in about 2001, I gave her the nickname, "The Velvet Hammer" in a column I wrote in SCENE magazine.

    Last night, Mayor Matt Brown gave her a Velvet Hammer as a parting gift. I wasn't in attendance, but Pat Maloney from the LFP just told me about it.

    Joni held down the fort when London needed it most. She's my favourite council member, ever.


    THE LONDON YODELLER

    We all get by with a little help from our friends


    Yodelling in the Canyon, December 18, 2014
    Barry Wells

    As I was preparing to write this column about redemption, second chances and hope involving two Canadian hockey legends and best friends ~ Bobby Orr and Derek (Turk) Sanderson of the Boston Bruins ~ I received a phone call from a friend who shared an interesting story about Derek Sanderson when the Big Bad Bruins trained at the London Gardens 45 years ago.

    Turns out my pal and his childhood buddy had bicycled out to the Holiday Inn on Wellington Road South one Saturday morning in 1970, hoping to see Bobby Orr and the Bruins.

    Sanderson, decked out in his flamboyant clothes popular with groovy playboys at the time, befriended the two 10-year-old London boys and introduced them to each member of the famous hockey team. He even bought them a meal in the motel's restaurant when he learned they had no money and hadn't eaten lunch. Then he told them to call their parents to let them know where they were, even speaking with their parents to confirm their whereabouts.

    It's safe to say Sanderson the cocky hockey star not only had charisma, but also the personal touch with people, so when he bottomed out in the late 1970s due to his severe alcohol-drug addictions and poor money management, many of his friends cared enough to repeatedly help him until he finally got squared away and off the booze for good in November 1980.

    TWO BOOKS: Earlier this week I finished reading the 2013 autobiography of Bobby Orr, Orr, My Story and Derek Sanderson's gritty 2012 autobiography, Crossing The Line, The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original.

    The lives of these two hockey icons are forever intertwined, winning two Stanley Cups together with the Bruins in 1970 and 1972. Both won the Calder Memorial Trophy (NHL rookie of the year) with the Bruins in the 1960s. Orr, in 1966-67, Sanderson in 1967-68.

    In fact, Sanderson passed the puck to Bobby Orr when Orr scored "The Goal" to defeat the St. Louis Blues and capture the Stanley Cup in 1970.


     'Tis the Season for Giving at City Hall, Round 2, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    Archived Orchestra London stories from its financial crisis of 1999-2000 (scroll down to "Orchestra London Media")

    Joe's Swan Song

    BREAKING NEWS, DEC. 16, 5:10 PM: Orchestra London's embattled executive director Joe Swan has resigned, effectively immediately, says Steve Garrison of 1290-CJBK-AM.

    Swan says he couldn't get any "traction" at Orchestra London.


    BREAKING NEWS: Orchestra London needs $375K from the City of London to pay its staff, musicians and CRA, including $50K to declare bankruptcy, CoL, Dec. 16

    The Musicians of Orchestra London (new) website

    Council on the horns of a dilemma, LFP, Dec. 13


    CJBK's Andy Oudman interviews Orchestra London's former bookkeeper this afternoon, CJBK, Dec. 12

    Orchestra London's former bookkeeper says she saw no documents re: the reported $1M anonymous donation in 2013. Also says OL's books were in the worst shape she's seen in 27 years as a bookkeeper. As first reported in the LFP on June 7, 2014.
    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Orchestra London's board of directors rehearse its Corporate Services Committee presentation prior to next Tuesday

    No cash, no shows, no refunds, LFP, Dec. 12

    Robbing-Peter-to-Pay-Paul management at Orchestra London. No refunds for tickets to cancelled shows. Where were executive director Joe Swan and the board of directors?
    SWAN SONG: Cash-strapped Orchestra London could face bankruptcy, LFP, Dec. 10

    * It looks like the first big decision London's new city council will have to make is whether or not to bail out Orchestra London.

    * The longstanding bad blood between Orchestra London's executive director Joe Swan and Don and Brad Jones of Jones Entertainment Group, contractual managers of Centennial Hall, is ratcheting up into a war of words during the orchestra's latest financial crisis.


    Former Mayor Tom Gosnell dies at age 63

    BREAKING NEWS, DEC. 9: Tom Gosnell, 63, mayor of London from November 1985 until November 1994, passed away Monday night (Dec. 8) from kidney cancer.

    Gosnell was first elected as a Ward 6 alderman in November 1978, serving until November 1985 when he unseated Mayor Al Gleeson. He returned to London city council as deputy-mayor and controller from 2003-2010.

    In total, Tom Gosnell served 23 years on London city council, seven as Ward 6 alderman, nine as mayor and seven as controller-deputy-mayor.

    His father, Fred, was a former London police officer and mayor in 1972 before he resigned on March 6 due to poor health. Mr. Gosnell is survived by his three children, Craig, Jenn and Beth.

    Visitation will be at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo & Colborne St) Friday, Dec. 12 from 2–4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at 2 p.m.


    After an eight-hour Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting (Dec. 8), the committee has recommended the appointment of councillors to standing committees, as well as the appointment of two deputy mayors and councillors and citizens to agencies, boards and commissions. A partial run-down of some of those recommendations which go to full city council later today (Dec. 9):

    Deputy Mayors: Paul Hubert (appointed by Matt Brown) and Maureen Cassidy (appointed by council).

    Investment & Economic Prosperity: no appointments made, pending review. This committee is likely to be folded into the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee.

    Civic Works: Usher (Chair), van Holst, Park, Ridley, Helmer

    Community & Protective Services: Morgan (Chair), Armstrong, Park, Ridley, Salih

    Corporate Services: Cassidy (Chair), Hopkins, Morgan, Zaifman, Usher

    Planning & Environment: Hubert (Chair), Cassidy, Helmer, Squire, Turner

    London Police Services Board: Matt Brown (ex officio), Councillor Turner and Paul Paolatto (citizen re-appointment)

    Middlesex-London Health Unit: Helmer and Turner, with one citizen appointment pending public notice, advertisement and selection

    London Hydro: Michael van Holst

    Old East Village BIA: Helmer

    London Transit: Helmer and Squire, plus citizens Eric Southern (a current commissioner), Sheryl Rooth and Dean Sheppard

    London Public Library: Councillors Anna Hopkins and Virginia Ridley, plus citizens Vasiliki Douvalis, Stuart Clark, Scott Courtice, Mariam Hamou, Bassam Lazar, Gloria Leckie and Hannah Rasmussen.


    When I first heard of Lennon's death on the news (Dec. 8, 1980), I was actually playing a Lennon LP on my turntable (the song "Remember") and the turntable permanently quit working at that same instant.

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    'Tis the Season for Giving at City Hall, Round 2


    Yodelling in the Canyon, December 4, 2014
    Barry Wells

    A year ago in this fine upstanding organ, I penned an uplifting column to get everyone in the Christmas swing of things. Since that literary gem resulted in me getting cards and letters from people I don't even know, I've reprised it for our new city council, which was officially sworn-in on Mon. Dec. 1 at the London Convention Centre.

    Once again, I'm suggesting a variety of Christmas gifts for each of our 15 members of London city council, even though ~ and I'm sure my London Yodeller colleague Mary Lou Ambrogio will agree with me ~ the majority of them are bicycle-riding commie pinkos secretly devoted to destroying London's longstanding Triple-A credit rating.

    MAYOR MATT BROWN Since Matt is still raising dough to pay the bills incurred by his successful mayoral campaign where he crushed The Great Confused Paul Cheng™ like a bug, money would be the logical gift. But, according to Hoyle, cash for Christmas is only cool if it comes from elderly relatives. I'm older than Matt, but we're not related, even though we both hail from Woodstock, Ontario.

    SUGGESTED GIFT: To deprogram Matt and keep him on the straight and narrow, two novels written by the Freedom Party of Ontario's Goddess of Wisdom, Ayn Rand. Namely, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). The perfect antidote for a progressive mayor who's giddy on the Liberal Kool-Aid and wants to be prime minister of Canada.

    WARD 1 COUN. MICHAEL VAN HOLST Michael, as some of you may be aware, has dabbled in stand-up comedy in the past, with some success. A talent that will come in handy at city hall to relieve the tension.

    SUGGESTED GIFT: Comedian Henny Youngman's Book of Hilarious One-Liners. SAMPLE: "I lost my virginity at 14. I was at an orgy with Mrs. Thumb and her four daughters."

    WARD 2 COUN. BILL ARMSTRONG: For the past four years Bill's been looking a tad pasty, like he's down a few pints; no doubt because he was often caught in the crossfire between the Swantana-Polhill Gang and the Baechler Crew. Hopefully, this new council will give Bill a new lease on life. A shot in the arm to give him staying power as we enter the new year.

    SUGGESTED GIFT: Four large jars of Vitamins A, B, C and D.

    WARD 3. COUN. MO SALIH: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is the best way to describe Eager-Beaver Mo. Known as The Selfie King™ on the campaign trail, Mo has that Million-Dollar Smile which captured the imagination of Ward 3 voters.

    SUGGESTED GIFT: A set of gold-plated toothpicks to clean his pearly whites after dining at city hall's 12th-floor cafeteria.


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    Outgoing Coun. Dale Henderson wants severance pay

    At last night's final committee meeting (Nov. 24), Dale Henderson tried unsuccessfully to secure one month of severance pay for every term of consecutive service put in by outgoing councillors.

    In Polhill's case, that would mean 8 months of severance pay or about $25,000.

    “Let’s unanimously have a group hug,” Henderson urged his colleagues in seeking support for his brain-wave.

    Unfortunately for Henderson, like many of his proposals over the past four years, it failed to get a seconder to make it a formal motion.

    On 1290-CJBK with Steve Garrison this morning (Nov. 25), Henderson says his Dale TV will be broadcasting tonight's final council meeting, PLUS, he'll be donating one of his cameras paid for by taxpayers to Rob Paynter in corporate communications and another camera to a Christian broadcasting network. He wrapped it up by saying he came within seven votes of being elected mayor (he received one vote ~ he voted for himself).


    Former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies at age 78, BBC, Nov. 23

    Coincidentally, for the past few days I've been reading Marion Barry's 2014 autobiography, "Mayor for Life, the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." 324 pages.

    I've learned many things about him that I never knew before. For example, the FBI sting in 1990 whereby he was caught on videotape smoking cocaine was a multi-million-dollar surveillance case over several years clearly bordering on entrapment. He was set-up from the get-go.

    I think it's the first time in my life where I've been reading a living person's autobiography and they've died before I finished the book.


    The final city council meeting of the 2010-2014 crew is set for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 4 pm.

    It's when the Swantana Crew will say their goodbyes and flatter themselves about what a great four years they've had leading London onward and upward. It will be livestreamed on the City of London's website. Not to be missed. Much hilarity is expected.


    THE BONEHEAD GANG FROM MARS: So long! It's been a slice!


    As of Monday, December 1, 2014 at about 7 pm, each and every one of the above boneheads will be gone from London city council. Good work, London voters! Outstanding job at the polls on Oct. 27. I guess those 23,000 fridge magnets Orser distributed on the taxpayers' dime just didn't do the trick. Pity. At least now, he can have din-din with whomever he wants.
    Happy 1st Birthday to The London Yodeller, TLY, Nov. 20

    "When Jim Chapman started up his online weekly Voice of London which ran for most of 2010 with the goal of raising awareness and shaping the conversation around that year’s civic election, I came on as what Barry Wells snidely dubbed on his altlondon website, “Happy Chappy’s Factotum and Fart-Catcher”. (And still, I asked Barry to be a contributor to The Yodeller. See how that works, Paul Cheng? They’re just words, and rather funny ones at that. You don’t have to get all wounded and weird about it.)" ~ Herman Goodden
    Your intrepid, on-the-scene reporter, Barry (Scoop) Wells on 1290-CJBK-AM with Steve (Dr. Love) Garrison at about 9 am on Nov. 12, reporting live as the former fugitive slave chapel was set to roll from 275 Thames Street to 432 Grey Street, CJBK, Nov. 12

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    Due to the widespread media coverage, many Londoners are undoubtedly aware our city's former fugitive slave chapel was successfully moved on November 12 from 275 Thames Street to 432 Grey Street ~ the once-empty lot to the immediate east of historic Beth Emanuel Church, the successor British Methodist Episcopal Church to the pioneer slave chapel (1848-1869).

    This important stage of the "Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project" was about 20 months in the works (March 2013-November 2014), following a time-consuming archeological dig at the Thames Street site and plenty of construction preparation at the new one. Toss in the fundraising, paperwork and required engineering approvals for good measure.

    While "The Big Move" is far from the end of this ongoing community project, as the building needs extensive renovations before being put to use as a Black history museum and for meeting space, but here's how it all began. Bear with me while I set this up.

    On March 13, 2013, I'd finished chairing the monthly meeting of the Guy Lombardo Hydroplane Sub-Committee at London city hall. As was my practice for two years, I wandered into the same-day meeting of the London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH) in an adjoining room to pick up its meeting agenda and any "added communications."

    You'll often find newsworthy stories on advisory committee agendas at city hall because it's an early stage where new developments first unfold before moving up the chain to standing committees and city council thereafter ~ where the juicer agenda items typically attract mainstream media attention, two weeks to a month or more down the road.


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    BREAKING NEWS, NOV. 17: The "Eagle has Landed." We now have touchdown of the former fugitive slave chapel on its new foundation at 432 Grey Street.
    Joe Fontana's four-month house arrest now up, CTV London, Nov. 15

    No more house arrest for Joe Fontana. It's been four months. Now 150 hours of community service and 18 months' probation.
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    Bitter nutjobs chomping on the bit

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, NOV. 15: For those unhappy with London's 2014 municipal election results, you're well-advised to at least wait until the rookies are sworn in on Monday, December 1 and start making decisions before you start attacking them with two-bit cheap shots and other assorted nutjob observations of no relevance whatsoever.

    That is, if you want to have any credibility. Then again, the nutters never seem to worry about their lack of credibility anyway, do they?


    Your intrepid, on-the-scene reporter, Barry (Scoop) Wells on 1290-CJBK-AM with Steve (Dr. Love) Garrison at about 9 am on Nov. 12, reporting live as the former fugitive slave chapel is set to roll from 275 Thames Street to 432 Grey Street, CJBK, Nov. 12

    So far so good. The former slave chapel arrived at 432 Grey Street this morning about 11 am but will be set on its new foundation within the next few days as a few repairs will first be completed to the bottom of the wood frame building which is 166 years old.

    One of the humblest buildings in London is treated like a King because it represents the aspirations of men and women wanting freedom from slavery. Funny how that works.


    Remembrance Day is a good time to remember that serving your community as an elected official is a sacred trust.

    Some excel at it but some squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by serving themselves instead.

    If you want to discern someone's character, watch how they handle themselves in elected office over time. When self-aggrandizement and arrogance become the recurring theme, they've failed the character test, miserably, and must be removed from office.


    A Toronto pest control company warns Union Station construction has displaced 'a large rat colony,' TS, Nov. 10

    The October 27th municipal election did the same thing in London, Ontario.
    After 20 months of work, The Big Move is set to occur Wednesday morning


    Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project

    The former fugitive slave chapel at 275 Thames Street in London will be moved to an empty lot beside Beth Emanuel Church at 430 Grey Street in London on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, starting at about 9am.

    ITINERARY: Come and Celebrate With Us, Prayer: 275 Thames Street at 7:30am; The Fugitive Slave Chapel leaves 275 Thames Street at 9am; Expected arrival at 432 Grey Street: 11am; Open House / Reception at Beth Emanuel Church, 430 Grey Street: 12 noon until 7:30pm; Official ceremony to welcome the Chapel to its new site: 6:30pm; GUEST SPEAKERS: Irene Mathyssen, MP for London-Fanshawe, Harold Usher, Councillor for City of London Ward 12, Tanya Park, Councillor-elect for City of London Ward 13, Rev. Maurice Hicks, Assistant to General Superintendent of the BME of Canada, Rev. Delta McNeish, Pastor of Beth Emanuel Church in London; Come and join us in celebration and song, Musical performances to be announced. Refreshments served.

    AltLondon.org first broke the story about Aboutown's demolition application for the former fugitive slave chapel at 275 Thames Street, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. It was subsequently picked up by every media outlet in London.


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    'Release the hounds. I'm ready' ~ Orser, January 2014

    LONDON FREE PRESS JAN. 5, 2014: An excerpt from the article "Tainted" by Chip Martin

    Ward 4 Coun. Stephen Orser, who attracts significant campaign contributions by developers, whom he says help the city by paying taxes and creating jobs.

    He scoffed at criticism council has been dysfunctional and predictions that incumbents like him should worry.

    “A small group of failed candidates and elitist thinkers, does not an election make.”

    “People, especially in Ward 4, like a full-time councillor who shows up and gives them help when they need help. That’s the true baromoter of who is going to win and who is going to sit on the couch and just talk.”

    “I am looking forward to the election. It’s the best job I have ever had. I have one thing to say to my opponents: Release the hounds. I’m ready."

    Ward 4:
    ELECTED ~ Jesse Helmer, 3,734 (59.18%)
    DEFEATED ~ Stephen Orser, 1,424 (22.57%)


    Gina Barber reflects on the 2014 municipal election, LCW, Nov. 6

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    Nostalgic trip to Woodstock; The Halloween Massacre at London City Hall

    Yodelling in the Canyon, Nov. 6, 2014
    Barry Wells

    The day before London's extraordinary municipal election on October 27th, my older brother Darrell and I returned to our hometown of Woodstock, Ontario, to visit some old haunts and re-live a few memories. It was the first time we'd returned to Woodstock together since we left with our late mother in 1965 and moved to the big city of London.

    A long story made short, 49 years ago we were fleeing an abusive, alcoholic father and timed our departure for the end of the school year in late June of 1965. I was approaching age 10, about to enter grade 6 and Darrell was turning 12, about to enter grade 8 ~ at Wortley Road Public School in old south London, as it turned out.

    Our day trip to Woodstock was Darrell's idea to help commemorate my 60th birthday, which occurred the day after London's civic election, so the Sunday trip on the 26th, the Monday election on the 27th and my Tuesday birthday on the 28th unfolded in sequential order. One, two, yucca-ducca-do. Three days I'll fondly remember.

    Our first stop was our childhood home at 590 Grant Street in old north Woodstock, where we'd lived from 1954 to 1960. It's an older brick home built about 1880, with a winding wooden staircase to the second floor and a large Masonic symbol carved into the staircase's fancy newel post. Interior features young children tend to remember. We have no idea who the home's original owner was. A research project for another day.

    I do, however, remember the clip-clop of horse-drawn wagons delivering Silverwood's milk up and down Grant Street 56 years ago. I also remember the first time I saw a motorized milk truck about 1958, with the neighbourhood kids chasing it to jump on the running boards for a ride. It wasn't long before "No Riders" appeared on the sides of the milk trucks.


    Grant Street is where I experienced my first Christmas and also watched television for the first time ~ a popular 1950s game show called "Queen for a Day" hosted by the late Jack Bailey, a former vaudevillian and carnival barker.

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    Former Fugitive Slave Chapel to be moved to Beth Emanuel Church on Nov. 12, LFP, Nov. 3

    Western journalism students were warned about internships with Ghomeshi's Q show, TS, Nov. 3

    London Voters give the hook to the five Fontana Ate remnants


    Despite the five remaining members of the so-called "Fontana Ate" being systematically and surgically removed by voters on Oct. 27, it's clear from subsequent media interviews they still refuse to acknowledge their February 2013 pre-budget meeting at Billy T's Tap & Grill was a supremely arrogant and stupid thing to do ~ noting the provincial ombudsman had warned them the previous year for their pre-budget meeting at the Harmony Grand Buffet.

    Toss in their subsequent $97K in legal fees charged to taxpayers to add insult to injury ~ another Orser-inspired brain cramp. Orser first raised the question of legal jeopardy from the Ombudsman's investigation but then voted against hiring the Bay Street lawyers. Duplicity at its "finest."

    Then there's the matter of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medals several members of council awarded themselves, thereby depriving a few outstanding citizens of receiving them, due to the limited supply of medals.

    These characters are the reason this council was deemed the "Worst Council Majority Ever" and the "Worst Council Ever." Finally, they have reaped what they sowed during the past four years. Arrogance and incompetence is a nasty combo in elected officials.


    Here's a funny London memory:

    "Since last Tuesday, I've been subject to an extortion attempt and I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" ~ Steve Orser on CJBK on March 25, 2014, complaining about some unknown harasser he called "Elmer Fudd."


    Matt Brown is the new mayor-elect, the Fontana Ate Bozos get the ol' heave-ho!

    Mayor-elect Matt Brown has crushed his main rival Paul ("Run it like a business") Cheng, 63,843 to 37,939 and the Fontana Ate clowns all get turfed.

    The elections results are here in all the local races: Excellent election results.

    London's voter turnout was 43.24%, up from 39.91% in October of 2010.

    The new city council, including the mayor, won't officially be sworn in until Monday, December 1, 2014.


    Two boneheads down, five to go


    A vote for any of the above clowns seeking re-election is a vote against London's future.
    LEADING FROM THE REAR: Stephen Harper hid in a closet

    The National Post and Globe and Mail are both reporting that while shots were going off in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill on Wednesday morning (Oct. 22), Tory caucus MPs were fashioning spears to defend themselves while Prime Minister Stephen Harper hid in a closet.
    BREAKING NEWS: Chaos on parliament hill in Ottawa as many shots fired, one soldier dead, one security guard wounded, one deranged shooter dead, more shooters being sought, CBC, Oct. 22

    CTV News has confirmed the mother of the suspected Ottawa shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, is Susan Bibeau, Deputy Chairperson of an Immigration and Refugee Canada division.

    Meet the hero who shot and killed Parliament Hill gunman, LFP, Oct. 22

    ALTLONDON'S SLATE OF ENDORSEMENTS FOR CIVIC ELECTION 2014

    Many are called, but few are chosen to wear the Viking Horns®


    FOR MAYOR: Matt Brown. WARD 1: Michael Van Holst. WARD 2: Nancy McSloy. WARD 3: Mohamed Salih. WARD 4: Jesse Helmer. WARD 5: Randy Warden. WARD 6: Marie Blosh. WARD 7: Josh Morgan. WARD 8: Paul Hubert. WARD 9: Ed Corrigan. WARD 10: Virginia Ridley. WARD 11: Stephen Turner. WARD 12: Peter Chambers. WARD 13: Tanya Park. WARD 14: Jared Zaifman.
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    Wild ride in mayoral race as Roger Caranci folds like an accordion

    Yodelling in the Canyon, Oct. 23, 2014
    Barry Wells

    If pre-election day polling is accurate, it's down to just two contenders in London's hotly contested mayoral race ~ front-runners Ward 7 Councillor Matt Brown (39% and 35% support) and The Great Confused Paul Cheng™ (27%) ~ despite 15 names on the actual ballot.

    On Tuesday, October 14 at 6 pm, mayoral candidate Roundabout Roger Caranci™ officially folded like an accordion and threw his support to rival Paul Cheng for mayor, after three professional surveys conducted during the past month indicated just single-digit support for Caranci and Ward 3 Councillor Joe Swan leading up to the October 27 election.

    Both Caranci and Swan, with 30 years of experience at city hall between them, were expected to do far better, while newbie Cheng's strong showing comes as a surprise, since he has no city hall experience whatsoever, just lots of personal cash for his campaign.

    All votes for Caranci will be counted as usual, despite closing his Horton Street campaign office and bizarre endorsement of oil-and-gas industry consultant Paul Cheng. After a heavy turnout at the first advance polls on October 11, Caranci's name will also remain on the election day ballot since no candidate changes are permitted after nominations closed on September 12 at 2 pm.

    Not surprisingly, some Caranci supporters are perplexed, even angry. Caranci's career in municipal politics could be finished.

    How this late-in-the-game development plays out with London voters remains to be seen, but a October 16 online article in Metro London ~ "London mayoral race: Matt Brown benefits from Paul Cheng effect" ~ suggests Caranci's support for Cheng has actually helped Matt Brown, not hurt his electoral chances.


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    Mayoral candidate Paul Cheng shuns local rental property by-law, LFP, Oct. 22

    Mayoral candidate Paul Cheng doesn't seem to understand once you're a viable mayoral candidate you'll get intense media scrutiny. He's pleading a breach of privacy as a "private citizen." He's no longer a private citizen. That ended with his registration as a candidate in the city clerk's office.

    Maybe mayoral candidate Paul Cheng should run his rental properties "like a business" and pay the licencing fees.


    Mayoral candidate Matt Brown heading toward victory: LCN Poll, Oct. 21

    A four-year blind date with Paul Cheng? PH, Oct. 19

    I don't gamble with London's future

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, OCT. 19: Regarding mayoral candidate Paul Cheng, I don't gamble with London's future. No local track record I can examine, no vote. I never buy a used car without a test drive and a safety inspection. If I want to gamble, I'll bet on the ponies with my own money, not London's future for the next four years.
    THOUGHT DU JOUR, OCT. 18: If we don't hold lousy council members accountable at election time, we might as well give up and endorse arrogance and incompetence. The trick is to know the charlatans, separating the wheat from the chaff.
    Once was an oiler named Cheng
    He liked to do his own thing;
    He swooped in from Peru
    To be the new guru,
    The self-anointed king.

    Mayoral candidate Paul Cheng says he wants to be London's mayor for three terms ~ 12 years. Without getting elected to a first term or having any city hall experience; the sense of entitlement is already oozing out his pores.

    Maybe by his third term he'd know what he was talking about when he discussed city hall. A bad choice for mayor. He should have ran for school board trustee to get his feet wet.


    Numbers, it's all about the numbers

    In London, Ontario's Oct. 25, 2010 municipal election, there were 262,028 eligible voters. 104,593 voted for a 39.91% turnout.

    • In 2010, Joe Fontana won with 48,626 votes; Anne Marie DeCicco-Best was runner-up with 46,089 votes.

    • There were 13 other candidates in addition to the 2010 winner and runner-up, who received about 8,000 votes.

    In 2014, with 15 candidates (one high-profile candidate (Caranci) has endorsed another high-profile candidate (Paul Cheng); plus Joe Swan, another high-profile candidate), 45,000 to 50,000 votes should win the mayoral race.


    I'm supporting Matt Brown for mayor

    Matt Brown is honest, hard-working, intelligent, a problem-solver, focussed on the issues and as chair of the audit committee at city hall, has worked to save the City of London many thousands of dollars.

    I give this endorsement unequivocally because I actually watch the standing committee and council meetings and have for years. I am a fiscal conservative and am not a member of any political party, nor have I ever been. I always vote my conscience and always will. ~ Barry Wells

    Message for Paul Cheng and his supporters:

    I'm from Missouri (the "Show Me State"). I don't buy a "pig in a poke" nor do I buy a used car without a test-drive and safety inspection.

    Don't tell me what you've done overseas, show me what you've done locally.

    You're running for mayor of this city with no city hall experience or any local evidence of how you'd handle yourself. Establish your local bona fides, then run for mayor or a council seat.


    Mayoral candidate Roger Caranci folds like an accordion, endorses Paul Cheng


    BREAKING, OCT. 14: Mayoral candidate Roger Caranci has just announced he's shutting down his campaign and throwing his support to fellow candidate Paul Cheng (but remains on the ballot)!

    Unbelievable!

    Cheng endorsed bonehead Orser twice, now Caranci endorses Cheng. What next?


    New Poll Reveals Mayoral Standings, Matt Brown still leading by 12 percentage points, BN, Oct. 11

    LATEST POLL: Brown 39% Cheng 27% Caranci 7% Swantana 4% ~ I guess being Joe Fontana's fartcatcher for four long years isn't what it was cracked up to be, eh Joe?



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    Swan lays it on thick at mayoral debate

    During the mayoral debate at King's College on Wednesday night (Oct. 8), candidate Joe Swan said that he's against "party politics" at London city hall.

    Why then did Swan join the exclusive council cabal for the pre-budget meeting at Billy T's Tap & Grill in February 2013? ~ the meeting that was deemed to be illegal under section 238 of the Municipal Act by the provincial ombudsman and which cost taxpayers $97,000 for legal representation for Swan et al from a Bay Street law firm.

    And why did Swan e-mail "talking points" to his less eloquent but dutiful council stooges during the debate about the Fanshawe College-Kingsmill's proposal?


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    London's New Political Messiah, The Great Confused Paul Cheng™

    Yodelling in the Canyon, Oct. 9, 2014
    Barry Wells

    QUESTION: What's the difference between Ivan Kasiurak and mayoral candidate Paul Cheng?

    ANSWER: Paul Cheng has money but Ivan looks better in a tuxedo.

    CHENG'S LAW: When you don't know what you're talking about, just say you're going to "run it like a business."

    A defining moment for wannabe-mayor Paul Cheng, 58, occurred during a mayoral debate on local radio station am980 last month when Cheng said, "I've worked in 18 countries and signed cheques for more money than all the other candidates combined."

    In other words, The Great Confused Cheng™ thinks his purported globetrotting work as an oil-and-gas industry consultant more than qualifies him as London's next mayor, despite zero city hall or community organizing experience (it's a different group dynamic altogether than private business) and that his frontrunning mayoral race competitors Coun. Matt Brown, Roger Caranci and Coun. Joe Swan (with a combined total of 34 years on London city council) are mere pipsqueaks compared to him.

    ORSER ENDORSEMENT: Another revealing moment came during a mayoral debate at the Aeolian Hall in Old East Village on Sept. 24 when Mr. Cheng stated that Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser ~ who refused to face voters at a Ward 4 all-candidates' meeting at the education centre on Sept. 10 ~ is his kind of politician at London city hall and someone worth emulating. Cheng repeated this bizarre endorsement on am-1290-cjbk with Steve Garrison on Sept. 30.

    Say what?

    It's no secret locally that Coun. Orser has repeatedly embarrassed himself and the City of London during the past four years with his ongoing poor judgment and buffoonish behaviour.


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    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