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 London, Ontario's 2014 Municipal Election  ?


129 (FINAL)
Registered Candidates for London's 2014 Municipal Election

Nominations closed on Sept. 12, 2014 at 2 pm

Advance Poll Locations and Dates

Voting Day is Monday, October 27, 2014

City of London Electoral Ward Map

City of London Elections Office: Phone: 519-661-4535; E-mail:

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

Aaron Broughm WITHDREW AUG. 22

Matt Brown * currently Ward 7's councillor

Roger Caranci

Paul Cheng

Steve Gardner

Tae Khun Ha

Arnon Kaplansky

Donna Kelley

Jim Kogelheide

Dan Lenart

Alexander Main

Marie Miszczak

Carlos Murray

Dennis Perry

Ma'in Sinan

Joe Swan * currently Ward 3's councillor

Ward 1

James Beynen

Judith Carter

Michael Van Holst

Daniel O’Neail WITHDREW SEPT. 5

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 WITHDREW SEPT. 10

Bill Harris


Nick Masciotra

Mohamed Salih

Garth Williams

Henry Zupanc

Ward 4

Paul Pesach Gray

Fiona Graham

Jesse Helmer

Christina MacRae

Stephen Orser *

Sheryl Rooth, WITHDREW ON AUG. 26

George van der Schel

Nethaniel Youskow

Ward 5

Maureen Cassidy

Steve Hogg

Mike Fornelos

William Gordon

Stanley Koza

Kevin Labonte

Prashanth Thambipillai

Randy Warden

Michael Wickett WITHDREW AUG. 22

Ward 6

Alasdair Beaton

Marie Blosh

Mike Bloxam

Shiv Chokhani WITHDREW SEPT. 10

Cynthia Etheridge

Amir Farahi

Flavio Iannialice

Greg Munro WITHDREW AUG. 22

Phil Squire

Ward 7

Osam Ali

Luis Dominguez WITHDREW ON APRIL 14

Michael Esposito

Matthew Kennedy

Josh Morgan

Donna Szpakowski

Ward 8

Paul Hubert *

Moon Inthavong WITHDREW SEPT. 10

Thomas Risley

Ward 9

Ali Chahbar

Ed Corrigan

Doreen Gysbers

Eric A. Haidar

Anna Hopkins

Frank Minifie

Jeffrey Schiller

Ward 10

Paul Van Meerbergen *

Virginia Ridley

Bradley Robichaud

Ward 11

Denise Brown *

Patrick Copps

Luis Dominquez WITHDREW APR. 14

Clive Jenkins

Joan Martin

Menno Meijer

Stephen Turner

Ward 12

Peter Ferguson

Jesse Haidar

Harold Usher

Ward 13

Karim Bardai

Chris Edgar

Elizabeth Efthymiadis

Paul Krohn

John Fyfe-Millar

Fiona Graham WITHDREW SEPT. 5

Tanya Park

Gordon Saylor

David Winninger

Nethaniel Youskow WITHDREW ON MAY 12

Ward 14

David Collier WITHDREW SEPT. 4

Ali Hamadi

Steve Hillier

Sean M. O’Connell

Allan Tipping

Sandy White *

Jared Zaifman

School Board Trustee Nominations


Michael Dawthorne, TVDSB, Wds 2,3,4,5,6

Peter Jaffe, TVDSB, Wds 2,3,4,5,6 *

Shiv Chokhari, TVDSB Wds 2,3,4,5,6

Eric Southern, TVDSB, Wds 2,3,4,5,6

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

Darlene Snyders. TVDSB, Wds 2,3,4,5,6

Chris Barton, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,110,13

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

Kyle Case, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,10,13

Jerry Cripps, TVDSB Wds 7,6,9,10,13

Dan Judson, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,10,13

Kathy Kaill, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,10,13

Linda Ludwar TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,10,13

Leroy Osbourne, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,10,13

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

Jake Skinner, TVDSB, Wds 7,8,9,1013

Knute Dohnberg, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14

Frank Gerrits, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14

Shawn Lewis, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14

Chris Loblaw, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14

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

Sheri Polhill, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14 *

Ruth Tisdale, TVDSB, Wds 1,11,12,14 *


Sandra Cruz, LDCSB Wds 2,3,4

Paul Gonzales, LDCSB, Wds 2,3,4

Roy D Mantle, LDCSB Wds 2,3,4

Betty J. Wright, LDCSB, Wds 2,3,4

Paul Digby, LDCSB Wds 5,6,7 WITHDREW SEPT. 11

Chris Bray, LDCSB, Wds 5,6,7

Nando Favaro, LDCSB, Wds 5,6,7

Arthur Macleod, LDCSB, Wds 5,6,7

Stephen Paul, LDCSB Wds 5,6,7

Linda Steel, LDCSB, Wds 8,9,10 *
John Jevnikar, LDCSB, Wds 11,12,13 *
Pedro Almeida, LDCSB, Wds 1,14

Kevin Barry, LDCSB, Wds 1,14

George Le Mac, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
Denise Alice Carter, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

Johanne R. Gray, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

Denis Trudel, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

* denotes an incumbent

 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 ( 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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    THIS JUST IN, SEPT. 30: Ward 6 candidate Cynthia Etheridge (Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser's former common-law spouse) wants drug and IQ testing for candidates for city council to help separate the wheat from the chaff. I wonder if the Ward 4 bonehead agrees.
  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • Premiere of Labatt Park documentary

    The documentary about historic Labatt Park was premiered on Saturday, September 27 at 8:30 pm at Labatt Park, during Doors Open London weekend.

    Approximately 250 people were in attendance for the premiere of the documentary.

    Historical trivia: The first motion picture was shown in London after a bicycle race at Tecumseh Park (today's Labatt Park) in 1895.


    T-Minus 26 Days and Counting to Election-Day Liftoff

    With any luck, London voters will take what's left of the Fontana Ate monkeys out to the curb for trash pickup on Monday, October 27, 2014.

    Yodelling in the Canyon, September 25, 2014
    By Barry Wells

    Nominations closed on Friday, September 12 at 2 pm for London's October municipal election. It's a lengthy list of 129 candidates ~ 90 for 15 city council seats and 39 candidates for 13 trustee seats on two district school boards.

    Unfortunately, the bizarre electoral system for the two district school boards is a convoluted dog's breakfast, thanks to changes rammed through by the PC government of Premier Mike Harris in the mid-to-late 1990s. I'll restrict this column to the higher-profile council races except to say the school board set-up needs a complete overhaul by the province to make it more comprehensible and relevant. As it is, it's a disgrace to meaningful democracy.

    On Monday, October 27th, civic-minded Londoners will elect one full-time mayor by a city-wide vote and 14 part-time councillors on a ward basis ~ one per ward ~ so the trick is to know the ward you reside in. If you don't know your ward, call 519.661.4535 or e-mail

    MAYOR: There's a whopping 15 candidates with no incumbent mayor, four of which have a realistic chance of landing in The Big Swivel Chair. The frontrunners are Ward 7 Coun. Matt Brown, real estate agent Roger Caranci, oil-and-gas consultant Paul Cheng and Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swan, although local builder Arnon Kaplansky could pull a few thousand votes, enough to affect the final outcome. A four-way mayoral race is extremely unusual for London and exciting since it's less predicable due to more variables.

    There's just two women in this race ~ retired administrative assistant Donna Kelley and former Sun Media employee Marie Miszczak, neither of whom has a high-enough profile to have much impact. PREDICTED WINNER: Matt Brown.

    WARD 1 (Far East London): There's five candidates but only one ~ math and sciences teacher Michael Van Holst ~ has a high-enough profile to challenge incumbent Bud Polhill, who's been on council since The Stone Age (1988). PREDICTED WINNER: Bud Polhill. I hope I'm wrong.

    WARD 2 (Hale-Trafalgar): A close race with just three candidates. Five-term incumbent Bill Armstrong, veteran community activist Nancy McSloy and auto mechanic Steve Polhill, son of Bud Polhill and sister of school board trustee Sheri Polhill. PREDICTED WINNER: Too close to call.

    WARD 3 (Northeast): With no incumbent (Coun. Joe Swan is running for mayor) and five candidates, it's a three-way race between retired realtor Bill Harris, Canadian Border Services Agency Officer Mohamed (Mo) Salih and late-filing candidate, auditor-entrepreneur Henry Zupanc. PREDICTED WINNER: Mo Salih, with his million-dollar smile.

    WARD 4 (Old East): There's six candidates on paper but in reality it's a hotly contested three-way race between buffoonish, two-term incumbent Steve Orser, electronics engineer Paul Pesach Gray and digital entrepreneur Jesse Helmer. Orser has name recognition but for all the wrong reasons. PREDICTED WINNER: Jesse Helmer.

    WARD 5 (Masonville-Stoneybrook): Eight candidates but there's only three players in this close contest with no incumbent. Community activist Maureen Cassidy (who has the retiring Joni Baechler's endorsement), law clerk Kevin Labonte and security consultant-Canada Day event organizer Randy Warden. PREDICTED WINNER: Randy Warden.

    WARD 6 (Old North-Cherryhill): Another tight race with no incumbent (Coun. Nancy Branscombe is not seeking re-election). There's seven candidates but only four players. Veteran community activist Marie Blosh, entrepreneur Mike Bloxam, small business owner Cynthia Etheridge and lawyer Phil Squire. PREDICTED WINNER: Too close to call.

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  • Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Wed. Sept. 24 ===>

    HOMECOMING BASEBALL: On Sun. Sept. 21 at Labatt Park, the Western Mustangs Baseball Club play the York Yeomen in a doubleheader starting at 12 noon; 2nd game starts at 3:30 pm.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Steve (Mr. Chaos) Orser et al. strike out again with politically motivated complaint to the Ombudsman, LFP, Sept. 19

  • The London Community News reports on the boneheaded bogus complaint to the Ombudsman, LCN, Sept. 20

  • CTV's news story from last August about the bogus complaint, CTV

  • Here's the Ombudsman's 19-page report, OO, Sept. 19

  • Municipal election platform-promises all pie in the sky

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  • Gold-plated endorsement

    "Check out for all the news that's not fit to report." ~ Gina Barber, Sept. 16, 2014
    Election campaign turns nasty in Ward 3

    BREAKING NEWS, SEPT. 16: Ward 3 candidate Mohamed Salih says he has experienced racism regarding his candidacy and the placement of his campaign signs from at least one other candidate, due to the fact he is a Black Muslim.

    Salih alleges another Ward 3 candidate has harassed his supporters and someone has also dumped fried chicken and watermelon on his election signs.

    Mayor Joni Baechler's written endorsement of Ward 14 candidate Jared Zaifman (from last April) irks Ward 14 Coun. Sandy White and Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, then Orser endorses Ward 2 candidate Steve Polhill.

    ATTENTION-SEEKING BONEHEAD MOVE #415: Ward 4's Buffoon Boy files complaint against Mayor Baechler, then does the very thing he's filed the complaint about

    ILLUSTRATION: Doug Rogers

    BREAKING NEWS, SEPT. 16: Ward 4 Coun. Steve (Buffoon Boy) Orser says he's filed a 5.2(a) Code of Conduct complaint with the city clerk against Mayor Joni Baechler over her written endorsement of Jared Zaifman in Ward 14 (from last April), calling her actions "toxic in nature."

  • CTV-London news story here.
  • Rule 5 - Incompatible Activity
    5.1 A Member [of City Council] shall not engage in any activity, financial or otherwise, which is incompatible or inconsistent with the ethical discharge of his or her official duties in the public interest.

    5.2 Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a Member shall not:
    (a) use the influence of his or her office for any purpose other than for the exercise of his or her official duties;

    One of the mayor's official duties is to work for the betterment of the city of London. Ward 14 Coun. Sandy White is a dullard who often whines during council meetings.

    'Let the Chaos begin!'

    Ward 4's Grandstanding Clown Steve Orser announced on CJBK this afternoon (Sept. 16) that he is endorsing candidate Steve Polhill in the Ward 2 race, contrary to the City of London's Code of Conduct policy section 5.2 (a).

    Orser then said "Let the chaos begin!"

  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • So-called satire of sexual harassment rarely works, JS, Sept. 13



    By Ed Corrigan

    I was reading my fluoride-enhanced tube of toothpaste recently and was surprised to see the following warning. “Caution: Do not swallow. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE. If more than used for brushing is accidently swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Centre right away.”

    I am aware that nearly 30 Canadian cities have either stopped adding fluoride to their drinking water or rejected adding it to their public drinking water. These cities include Vancouver, Quebec City, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Waterloo and Windsor. What prompted them to reject using fluoride?

    According to one source, “city councils were pressured to ban the substance by small and vocal anti-fluoridation groups” who the writer called “crazies.”

    In 2012, the City of London briefly considered having a referendum on fluoride being added to our water supply.

    According to a London Free Press report, “City staff recommended continued treatment of city water with fluoride because it prevents cavities and because the practice is recommended by bodies such as the World Health Organization, Health Canada, Ontario's chief medical officer of health and the Middlesex-London Health Unit.”

    Only Councillors Joni Baechler, Dale Henderson and Stephen Orser supported the motion to have a referendum on adding fluoride to London’s drinking water.

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     Swantana Seven™ lose election-year game of political football, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    BIZARRO WHIRLD: Ford family scrambles clan in Hogtown

    In the wake of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumour diagnosis, Rob Ford dropped out of the mayoral race to be replaced by older brother Doug Ford; Michael Ford dropped out of the Ward 2 race to be replaced by ailing Rob Ford (his uncle) and Michael Ford registered to run for school trustee of Ward 1.
  • Orser chickens out from attending Ward 4 all-candidates meeting; can't face voters who know he's a conniving weasel, LFP, Sept. 11

  • HE'S FULL-TIME: AltLondon has also learned that Orser has backed out of am980's upcoming debate for Ward 4 candidates on Sept. 23 because Fiona Graham and Christina MacRea (two of Orser's stooge candidates to clutter up the ballot) aren't allowed to participate in the live radio debate.

    Swantana Seven™ lose election-year game of political football

    Yodelling in the Canyon, September 11, 2014
    Barry Wells

    It was a steep and rocky road but in the end, Phase 2 of Fanshawe's $66.4-million expansion plans for 1600 hospitality-sector students to move into the Kingsmill's building at 130 Dundas Street, was approved by an 8-7 vote at city council on Sept. 2nd.

    It was the second council vote of the hotly debated project within 34 days, after the London Downtown Business Association (LDBA) offered to kick in $1-million over 10 years on Aug. 15th to help defray the $20-million costs of the City's investment in Phase 2, thereby amending the original proposal.

    The first vote on July 29th was knotted at seven (a tie vote defeats the motion), with the Mayor Baechler-Matt Brown Camp supporting the project and the Swantana Seven™ voting against it, citing cost as their primary concern.

    Hilariously, in mid-August, mayoral candidate Joe Swantana™ (pictured left) e-mailed identical "talking points" to his six less-eloquent followers on council, for them to use when asked to comment on the amended proposal by the local media.

    Complicating matters for the two Fanshawe proposals was the timing ~ during the final months of a municipal election campaign when skittish candidates traditionally pander to the lowest common denominator of voter's fears (higher property taxes) and stake out populist election platforms.

    So it came as no surprise when the debate became more an election-year game of political football and less a discussion of the proposal's merits, since the complex project was an easy target for misinformation designed to score brownie points with often-gullible voters.

    In this regard, Swan held a Fanshawe-focused media conference (with dutiful stooge Steve Orser standing behind him) on Aug. 28th and also ran Fanshawe-related radio ads on local stations prior to the final council vote. It didn't appear to do him any good.

    DOWNTOWN BROWNS: Once Ward 11 Coun. Denise Brown (no relation to Matt) indicated her support for the amended Fanshawe deal on Sept. 2nd (switching sides from her No vote of July 29), clearing the way for an 8-7 council approval, mayoral candidate Downtown Matt Brown delivered this inspirational closer to London's divided council:

    “We’re here on this council to work together to get things done, seizing the opportunity, not deferring, referring or delaying vote after vote in favour of politics over prosperity.”

    It was a clear dig at mayoral opponent Joe Swantana and his disciples, who wanted the project deferred to explore buying "buildings less expensive to renovate," properties suggested late in the game by Shmuel Farhi, CEO of Farhi Holdings Corp. Namely, the Farhi-owned Market Tower (already rejected by Fanshawe) and the former central library on Queen's Avenue, a property sitting vacant for the past 13 years since Farhi purchased it from the City for a song.

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  • London's 2014 Municipal Election ~ recent column by Barry Wells in The London Yodeller

  • Early LFP mayoral race poll shows Matt Brown in 1st, former Reform Party candidate Paul Cheng in 2nd, LFP, Sept. 6

  • FANSHAWE-KINGSMILL'S PROPOSAL: 8-7 vote in favour, the Swantana Seven finally go down in a ball of flames (nobody said squashing the cabal of clowns is easy)

    London city council votes 8-7 to support the Fanshawe-Kingsmill's proposal, with a few minor amendments brought forward by Coun. Matt Brown which save the taxpayers' some extra dollars.

    Ward 11 Coun. Denise Brown switched her vote after doing her "due diligence."

    Joe Swantana and Bluster Boy Orser go down in a ball of flames. Henderson's microphone turned off as he jabbered on about mystery donors and Museum London's collection.

    Former Orser stooge, 'Austin,' alleges Orser threatened him

    Looks like the "worm has turned" between Mark Hartwell, aka "Austin" and his old Marino's drinking buddy, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser (pictured above trying to play the "Big Wheel").

    In today's LFP Fanshawe-Kingsmill's story comments (since deleted, but screenshot taken):

    "Austin => Jonathon Bancroft-Snell • 27 minutes ago Personally, I can tell you publicly that Orser does give threats. There is no slander there, I have received threats. He has given them to me in person. He is now a true Politician."

    Mark Hartwell ("Austin") is Orser's former campaign webmaster-videographer and also a self-described "male prostitute" and "male sex provider" who Orser threw overboard once AltLondon and The London Free Press spilled the beans last May that Hartwell also operates a sordid sex site online.

    London's Annual Labour Day Picnic

    London's annual Labour Day Picnic is Monday, September 1 at Thames Park from 12 noon until 4 pm. It's sponsored by the London and District Labour Council.

    Everyone is welcome to this free event. Free hot dogs, pop and ice cream. Games for the kids.

    Inquiring minds need to know

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, AUG. 31: Orchestra London leases its office at 609 Wellington Street (north of Central Avenue, west side) from Shmuel Farhi. Joe Swantana is the executive director of Orchestra London ~ on leave or otherwise.

    Should Swantana be trying to steer the Fanshawe downtown campus proposal to a Farhi-owned building (Market Tower, old Central Library on Queens), given the obvious conflict of interest?

  • Another award-winning Yodelling-in-the-Canyon column, TLY, Aug. 28

  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • 2014 Barry Baycats: Winners of the IBL pennant and Championship Series

    FINAL, AUG. 29: Barrie Baycats 5, London Majors 3. Barrie sweeps the Majors 4-0 in the IBL Championship Series.

  • IBL Story Here.

  • The Misleading Mr. Joe Swantana, TMR, Aug. 29

  • 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION: Coun. Joe Swantana is about to be bounced from London city council ~ permanently. Joe, your shenanigans will not be missed.

    Support municipal candidates with demonstrated integrity and intelligence

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    Yodelling in the Canyon, Aug. 28, 2014
    Barry Wells

    As we enter the final two months of London's 2014 municipal election campaign period, it's helpful to remember a few truisms about elections, campaign platforms and voters in general.

    Elections are blatant sales jobs, so accepting at face value what candidates are selling is not recommended. It's better to examine the record of the candidate in question to see what they've done in the past if they're an incumbent seeking re-election or even a private citizen.

    What have they done when they've had the chance to contribute? ~ noting "talk is cheap but it takes money to buy whiskey." This includes activities as a volunteer.

    For example, during the run-up to the October 25, 2010 municipal election, successful mayoral candidate Joe Fontana pitched a platform of (1) four consecutive years of a zero-percent tax increase and (2) creating 10,000 jobs.

    He even tossed in the elitist claim that he knew "how to talk to kings and queens," since he was a former federal Liberal cabinet minister in Ottawa.

    Unfortunately, Gondola Joe™ neglected to mention the sham charity he was milking and his involvement with his boyhood pal, fraudster Vince Ciccone.

     2014 Intercounty Baseball League Championship Series Schedule Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Thur. Aug. 28 ===>

    Barrie Baycats one game away from sweeping London Majors in IBL Finals

    FINAL, AUG. 26: Barrie Baycats 12, London Majors 2. Barrie now leads the IBL Championship Series 3-0.

    Next game: Labatt Park, Fri. Aug. 29 at 7:45 pm.

  • Mayoral candidate Joe Swantana registered his campaign website on June 17, 2014 but didn't file his nomination papers until July 31, 2014 ~ contrary to section 76 of the Municipal Elections Act

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ward 4 candidate Sheryl Rooth withdraws to prevent vote-splitting; wants to see Buffoon Orser gone from city hall, LFP, Aug. 26

  • In the story comments, Orser announces he's seeking re-election on a "pedophile-proofing London" platform ~ an idea shot down by committee and council a few years ago after the chief of police said it was counterproductive and unworkable. What sort of council member announces a policy platform for re-election online in the LFP story comments? That's right, a complete idiot.

    This is the same clown who used a self-described male prostitute-male sex provider as his campaign webmaster-videographer (his drinking buddy at Marino's, Mark Hartwell aka "Austin").

  • Joe Swantana's fancy footwork on the Fanshawe-Kingsmill proposal, TMR, Aug. 25

  • The 2014 Mayoral Race: Explaining it All at City Hall, TLY

  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • GAME 2: Barrie defeats London 3-2 in extra innings at Labatt Park

    FINAL, AUG. 24: Barrie Baycats 3, London Majors 2, in 10 innings at Labatt Park. Barrie now leads the best-of-seven-game series two games to none.

    The next two games are Tuesday night in Barrie and Friday night in London.

    Baycats take Game 1 of IBL Championship Series

    THIS JUST IN, AUG. 23: Today's scheduled 2 pm game in Barrie has been switched to 7pm for some reason. London Majors v. Barrie Baycats.

    GAME 1 FINAL IN BARRIE, AUG. 23: Barrie Baycats 5, London Majors 2, in Barrie.

    Game 2 is tomorrow afternoon (Sun. Aug. 24) at Labatt Park at 1 pm.

    A 21-second video clip that clearly shows you how to spot a good-for-nothing politician


    Intercounty Baseball League Championship Series Schedule

    PHOTO: Labatt Memorial Park, by Lori and Wayne Brown's Photos

    For Immediate Release ~ The dates for the 2014 IBL championship series for the Dominico Trophy between the pennant-winning Barrie Baycats and second-place finishing London Majors have been finalized.

    The series will open Saturday afternoon in Barrie followed by game two on Sunday afternoon in London at 1 pm at historic Labatt Park.

    Barrie Baycats vs. London Majors

    Game 1 - Saturday August 23, at Barrie, 2:00pm 7pm, Barrie 5, London 2

    Game 2 - Sunday August 24, at London, 1:00pm, Barrie 3, London 2 (10 innings)

    Game 3 - Tuesday August 26, at Barrie, 7:45pm, Barrie 12, London 2

    Game 4 - Friday August 29, at London, 7:45pm, Barrie 5, London 3

     The 2014 Mayor's Race: Explaining it All at City Hall, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THIS JUST IN, AUG. 21: 2010 mayoral candidate Cynthia Etheridge says she will be filing her nomination papers for Ward 6 this afternoon around 2:30 pm.

    In the 2010 municipal election, Ms. Etheridge placed third, with 4,402 votes. She also came in third in the 2006 municipal election, with 2,561 votes.

    Swantana talks a good game, but doesn't deliver the goods

    Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swantana (pictured left) says Ward 7 Coun. Matt Brown is "very young and very naive" but it is Swantana who's violated section 238 of the Municipal Act in 2013 and more recently, section 76 of the Municipal Elections Act at his campaign launch on July 30th.

    Making matters worse, Swantana even needed the services of a Bay Street law firm on the taxpayers' dime to the tune of $97,000, along with the rest of the Fontana Gang after they violated section 238 of the Municipal Act.

    Further, on Swantana's watch, Information London, Ambassador London, Legacy London and the Guy Lombardo Music Centre all folded due to poor management or lack of follow-through.

    Recently, Don Jones, longstanding manager of Centennial Hall, publicly called Swantana "the worst executive director" of Orchestra London he's ever dealt with, in an e-mail sent to CJBK's Andy Oudman, which he wanted read on-air.

    London defeats Kitchener 9-6 to advance to IBL championship series against the Barrie Baycats

    FINAL, AUG. 18: London Majors 9, Kitchener Panthers 6 at Labatt Park. London takes the semi-final series four games to three. Now on to the IBL championship series.

    The Barrie Baycats defeated the Brantford Red Sox tonight in Brantford 14-4 to tie that series at three games each. London will play the winner for the 2014 IBL crown.

    UPDATE, AUG. 19: The London Majors and the 2014 pennant-winning Barrie Baycats will be squaring off for the 2014 the IBL crown as Sox lose 5-3 in Barrie.

    London Majors tie series with 12-4 win in Kitchener

    FINAL, AUG. 17: London Majors 12, Kitchener Panthers 4, in Kitchener. The best-of-seven-game, semi-final series is now tied at three games each.

    The next and final Game 7 will be at Labatt Park on Monday, Aug. 18 at 7:35 pm. Brett Sabourin is scheduled to be the starting pitcher for London. The winner moves on to the IBL championship series.

    Kitchener takes 3-2 series lead with 4-3 win at Labatt Park

    FINAL, AUG. 15: Kitchener Panthers 4, London Majors 3, at Labatt Park in 10 innings. Kitchener now leads the best-of-seven-game series 3-2.

    GAME 6: Saturday, August 16 at 4 pm in Kitchener. UPDATE, GAME 6: The London Majors-Kitchener Panthers semi-final playoff game scheduled for this afternoon in Kitchener has been postponed until tomorrow (Sun. Aug. 17) at 7 pm due to the weather. Kitchener leads the series 3-2.

  • GAME 6 PITCHING: The London Majors have lost one of their ace import pitchers, Wander Perez, who's reportedly signed a pro contract to play in Japan. It explains why he hasn't pitched in the Kitchener playoff series. Perez's last game pitched for London was July 25.

  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • 2014 CIVIC ELECTION NOTES: Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser's stated reason for seeking re-election: "It's the best job I've ever had." Good to know it's all about him (self-perceived entitlement).
    London Majors tie semi-final series at two with comeback win

    FINAL, AUG. 14: London Majors 11, Kitchener Panthers 8, in Kitchener. London scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th to go from a 7-4 deficit to an 11-7 lead. Former Majors' pitcher Adam Eichlin came in for Kitchener and couldn't get a single batter out as he repeatedly loaded the bases.

    The best-of-seven-game playoff series is now tied at 2 games each.

    NEXT GAME 5: Tonight (Fri. Aug. 15) at Labatt Park at 7:35 pm. Ice-cold beer is sold at all home games of the London Majors Baseball Club.


    The 2014 Mayor's Race: Explaining it All at City Hall

    YODELLING IN THE CANYON, August 14, 2014
    By Barry Wells

    The Dog Days of Summer may seem early to turn your mind to the 2014 municipal election (Voting Day is Oct. 27), but this vacation month you may have time to bone up on who's seeking The Big Chair to become The Top Banana, The Big Cheese.

    While nominations don't officially close until Fri. Sept. 12, it's likely all serious mayoral candidates have already surfaced, although it's possible Mr. or Ms. Wonderful could materialize out of thin air to file their papers and lead us to The Promised Land of Dripping Milk and Oozing Honey.

    Another thing: London's mayor only has one vote during committee and council meetings. Ditto for ward councillors. Without majority support on our council of 15 members, the mayor et al. can't accomplish anything. Remember that when you hear lofty promises on the campaign trail from those candidates blowing smoke.

    For a sitting mayor, the power of persuasion and building consensus are vital, while extreme views alienate council colleagues.

    There's 14 registered candidates for mayor (to date), in alphabetical order:

    1. Aaron BROUGHM: A self-described "Investigator-CEO at Search International 5, Missing Person Network," this is Broughm's second stab at the mayor's swivel chair. In the 2010 municipal election, he attracted 427 votes for a seventh-place finish. Broughm's campaign slogan is "Why not play it smart and choose a man of law?" Clearly a fringe candidate cluttering up the ballot. On facebook (fb). RATING: Pseudo lawman.

    2. Matt BROWN: Currently the Ward 7 councillor and a full-time educator, Brown had an excellent first term on council, demonstrating good judgment, an even hand, intelligence, competence and problem-solving abilities. Criticized by some for not being aggressive or bombastic enough. But we've seen enough bluster and bombast at city hall to last 100 lifetimes. Campaign slogan: "Our community can do better, together.", fb, twitter and YouTube. RATING: Solid choice. Outstanding.

    3. Roger CARANCI: Currently a sales representative with Royal LePage Triland Realty and an independent consultant, Caranci served on city council from 2000 to 2010 as an east-end ward councillor. Caranci has a well-deserved reputation as being unabashedly pro-development, even publicly admitting during a council meeting he has "cement running through his veins." Lawyer Fred Tranquilli, a former broadcaster and ward councillor (1997-2006) is Caranci's campaign manager. Campaign slogan: "Let's get working.", fb and twitter. RATING: No thanks.

    4. Paul CHENG: A well-to-do oil-and-gas, energy consultant, Cheng was a Reform Party of Canada candidate in the former federal riding of London East in 1993, coming in third. Cheng's website tries to impress voters with photos of far-away oil rigs and a blog about his important job in distant lands. Unusual to say the least. Campaign slogan: "Expect more. Demand better.", fb, twitter and YouTube. RATING: Thanks for coming out. Next time focus on London not the Sahara Desert.

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  • Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Wed. Aug. 13 ===>

    IBL PLAYOFFS: Majors win clutch game at Labatt Park

    GAME 3 FINAL, AUG. 13: London Majors 6, Kitchener Panthers 0 at Labatt Park. Kitchener leads the best-of-seven-game series 2-1. LFP story HERE.

    Game 4 - Thursday, August 14th at Kitchener 7:30 pm.

    Game 5 - The next home game at Labatt Park is Friday, August 15th at 7:35 pm.

    COITUS INTERRUPTUS: In and out, in and out ...

    BREAKING, AUG. 11: Former Ward 3 Coun. Bernie MacDonald who announced he was running again for Ward 3, is pulling out of the race, again.
    Ed Corrigan has filed in Ward 9 race

    THIS JUST IN, AUG. 12: It's been confirmed that former council member Ed Corrigan (2000-2003), a London lawyer, has filed his nomination papers for the Ward 9 race, a race without an incumbent running since Coun. Dale Henderson will not be seeking re-election, after what most city hall observers consider to be Henderson's disastrous foray into local politics.
    Why is Premier Wynne sticking her nose into local politics in London?

    BREAKING NEWS: Ward 4 candidate Jesse Helmer is advertising Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne as a "special guest" at his campaign fundraiser on Tuesday, August 19th at the Aeolian Hall.

    See here: Helmer Fundraiser.

    Premier Wynne is in London the same day to address delegates at the four-day Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference at the London Convention Centre (August 17-20).

    See here: LFP story about AMO conference in London.

    Is this an unwarranted excursion into municipal politics by Ontario's premier? Clearly, it's a significant news story.

    UPDATE: NOSE-STRETCHER OF THE WEEK ~ "Jesse Helmer @jesse_helmer · 2h It's not about partisan politics & folks from different parties support our campaign. I'm glad we can put our partisan differences aside." (from twitter)

    COMMENT: It's 100% partisan politics and all about the fundraising money, honey. Defend it for what it is, not for what it is not.

    Ward 4 Candidates (to date):

    Paul Pesach Gray
    Jesse Helmer
    Stephen Orser
    Sheryl Rooth
    George van der Schel

    Some action in Old East Village on the horizon

    BREAKING NEWS, AUG. 11: Peter Whatmore, Senior Vice President and Executive Managing Director, Broker of CBRE Southwestern Ontario, says the former Embassy property on Dundas Street East in Old East Village is the subject of a "conditional offer to purchase" and that you could see some housing on the property "within 18 months." (CJBK-AM this morning with Steve Garrison)
    London Majors now in a playoff jam

    FINAL, AUG. 10: Kitchener Panthers 7, London Majors 4. Kitchener leads the best-of-seven game semi-final series 2-0.

    You can't walk 10 batters in a ball game (as London did tonight) and expect to win. You've got to throw strikes.

    NEXT GAME: Labatt Park on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:35 pm.

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, AUG. 10: A politician whose priority is self-aggrandizement can never truly serve the people because they're too busy serving themselves or their real masters. Voting Day in the upcoming municipal election is Oct. 27, 2014. Don't be fooled by charlatans.
  • The London Yodeller online

  • VIDEO: The Labatt Park documentary nearing completion will be premiered at Labatt Park itself sometime in September, time and date to be announced.


    Marie Blosh Declares Candidacy for City Council in Ward 6

    August 8, 2014

    Long-time neighbourhood activist Marie Blosh filed to run for the Ward 6 seat on London City Council today. The first woman to file for the seat being vacated by two-term councillor Nancy Branscombe, Blosh says that it is her experience working on behalf of the neighbourhood and other local issues that makes her stand out from the other candidates.

    "I will be a new face at the city council table but not a new face at city hall. As president of the Broughdale Community Association and a member of two advisory committees I understand how municipal government works. My experience as a railroad locomotive operator, as a lawyer and as a librarian has prepared me to take on this leadership role."

    Marie Blosh has made London her home for 13 years and says she was honoured to receive a Queen’s Jubilee medal in recognition of her commitment to civic affairs. In addition to her work on behalf of her neighbourhood, Marie has served on London’s advisory committees on heritage (LACH) and animal welfare (AWAC). It is her combined experience in all these issues that made her decide to run for city council.

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    GAME 1: Majors blow an 8-0 lead, lose 16-11

    FINAL, AUG. 8:: Kitchener Panthers 16, London Majors 11. At the end of five innings, London was leading 8-0. Kitchener scored 8 runs in the top of the eighth inning. Kitchener leads the best-of-seven-game series 1-0. GAME 2: Sunday, August 10th at Kitchener, 7pm.
    OUT OF THE JOINT: Marc Emery should be back in Canada on Tuesday

    BREAKING NEWS, AUG. 8: According to wife Jodie Emery, Marc Emery was told by an Immigrations & Customs Enforcement officer today that he'll be returning to Canada next week, likely on Tuesday, August 12.

    That's when Canadian deportees are flown out of Louisiana to Detroit (on Tuesdays), where he would be escorted by US Marshals to the Canadian border at Windsor. Developing ...

    Mayor Baechler fed up with the juvenile games

    Maybe Orser didn't get the memo that his buddy Joe Fontana is no longer mayor but resigned in disgrace on June 19

    Exasperated with the ongoing juvenile games at city hall, most recently with Coun. Orser's dubious implication of the "Baechler Bunch" regarding the latest orchestrated complaint to the provincial Ombudsman, Mayor Joni Baechler said on 1290-CJBK this morning she's considering endorsing candidates in various wards to try and help ensure her successor has an adult, competent council to work with during the next four-year term.
    Mayor Baechler is not seeking re-election after serving 14 years on London city council as a ward councillor and four months as mayor.

  • Remember this complaint earlier this year (later dismissed)?, LFP

  • Playoff Baseball Friday Night at Labatt Park

    Intercounty Baseball League Semi-Final Playoff Series Game 1

    The London Majors host the Kitchener Panthers at Labatt Park on Friday, August 8 at 7:35 pm in a best-of-seven-game playoff series with the winner advancing to the IBL championship series.

    $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors and still $2 for parking in the stadium (limited - so come early) - Gates open at 6:30pm. Parking also available behind the Kiwanis Seniors' Centre on Riverside Drive.

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

    Semi-Final Series:
    Game 1- Friday August 8th at London 7:35pm, KIT: 16-11
    Game 2 - Sunday August 10th at Kitchener 7pm, KIT: 7-4
    Game 3 - Tuesday August 12th at London 7:35pm, Postponed to Aug. 13
    Game 4 - Thursday August 14th at Kitchener 7:30pm
    Game 5 - Friday August 15th at London 7:35pm (if necessary)
    Game 6 - Saturday August 16th at Kitchener 4 pm (if necessary)
    Game 7 - Sunday August 17th at London 1:05pm (if necessary)

    THIS JUST IN, AUG. 5: Former veteran councillor Bernie MacDonald, 71, has refiled for the Ward 3 race after previously withdrawing on May 13 for family reasons.
  • The London Yodeller Archives ~ Barry Wells

  • Sloppy Joe Swantana™ incurs election expenses before filing his nomination papers

    'We need to set a gold star standard for public office.' ~ Joe Swantana

    A seamless campaign launch. The stuff dreams are made of

    As of 4 pm today (July 31), Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swan has yet to file his nomination papers for mayor at the city clerk's office. It would appear he's in violation of the Municipal Elections Act by incurring expenses prior to filing, noting that he's had election signs made up and even erected some.

    UPDATE: Now he's filed so he must have done it between 4 and 4:30 pm (July 31) because I called the elections office at 4 pm and he still hadn't registered yet.

    Swan held a media conference yesterday afternoon (July 30) at 4 pm at the London Music Hall announcing his candidacy for mayor, with election materials (signs, pamphlets and a website) on display during the media conference.

    Municipal Elections Act: "Expenses ~ 76.(1) An expense shall not be incurred by or on behalf of a person unless he or she is a candidate. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 76 (1)."

    Any elector can file a complaint and request a post-election compliance audit by contacting the City of London elections office: Phone: 519-661-4535; E-mail:

    This was the top story on the CTV-London 6 News. Story HERE.

  • Prince of Pot Marc Emery gives his first interview since his lengthy incarceration, CBC, July 31


    Councillor's innovative re-election campaign includes harassing constituents

    Barry Wells

    Since there's no vetting process for candidates as there is by federal and provincial political parties, municipal election campaigns can be entertaining affairs. Lay your money down ~ $200 for the mayoral race and $100 for the ward races ~ and you're off and running like a hound dog on a bone hunt.

    As a result, there's always a whack of "fringe candidates" entering the fray with next-to-no chance of electoral success. These all-stars with no public profile invariably emerge from obscurity to file their nomination papers and return to obscurity after the election, landing a few hundred votes in the process.

    The upside is, these whimsical characters often provide comic relief from the stage during all-candidate meetings ~ if they even bother attending them.

    What fringe candidates never seem to realize is, the time to make a name for yourself is between elections, serving as a volunteer with a community organization or two, a local board or a city hall advisory committee.

    If they were serious about public life, they'd get involved, establish their bona fides and then seek elected office with a record of public service to point to.

    To date, of the 84 registered candidates for London's municipal election this October, about 27 are fringe candidates, eight of which are seeking the mayor's chair from the obscurity of "left field." (At press time, there's 12 candidates in total registered for the mayor's race with Joe Swantana™ scheduled to finally make a decision about seeking the Big Chair on July 30. See for the complete list of candidates. Eyes right. ========>)

    Then there's the council incumbents, who traditionally run serious campaigns, without Twilight Zone overtones.

    BUFFOONERY: Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, however, is an exception to this rule. Considered by many to be the clown prince of London city council after two, four-year terms in the hot seat (2006-2014), he's pioneered an innovative way to seek re-election. Namely, utilizing full-time buffoonery and by harassing constituents on social media, constituents who've criticized his antics as a member of the "Fontana Ate."

    * The most recent examples unfolded on facebook late on Friday, July 11, just before the "super full moon" of Saturday, July 12. Using his girlfriend's facebook account, Orser tried to "friend" individuals he'd previously blocked or been blocked by (presumably to monitor their comments), even messaging one Ward 4 critic with: "This is Councillor Stephen Orser, I just looked at your crap on the internet about me."

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    Election Year Heebie-Jeebies kick in

    BREAKING, JULY 29: 1. Proposal to give Fanshawe another $10M for larger downtown campus in Kingsmill's building loses on a 7-7 tie vote at city council.

    2. Performing Arts Centre proposal likely punted to the next council after the Oct. 27th election.

    Male prostitute-pornographer-Orser's former webmaster and campaign videographer, Mark Hartwell, aka "Austin," supports Joe Swantana™ and his buddy Steve Orser:

    Austin • 7 hours ago (LFP online comments, July 29-30)

    "London needs experience and leadership. Swan has both which will provide a unified council. Little known fact, the group of 8 was Counsillor Orser's original election idea years back. Yes, Orser gets full credit for the concept and building the group of 8 during elections. First hand knowledge. It will be interesting if Swan will allow party politics to continue in a democratic Council Chamber or follow Orser's Group of 8 party system for votes. Swan has the experience to carry out the leadership role." ~ Mark Hartwell aka "Austin" blowing smoke in support of the Fontana Ate Clowns.

  • Mayor-wannabe Joe Swantana leads charge against Fanshawe-Kingsmill's proposal; Polhill, as usual, is the flip-flopping dog in the manger #2, TMR, July 30

  • NO SURPRISES HERE: Study shows conservatives tend to be negative, Stone Age thinkers, A, July 26

  • Israel's right to self-defence does not extend to killing civilians helter-skelter, NYT, July 26

  • "Israeli self-defense does not include the right to (again) kill hundreds of Gazan civilians, to bomb hospitals or even to warn people to evacuate buildings when there is nowhere for them to go. The Israeli government’s attempt to a priori blame Hamas for all losses and thereby absolve itself of responsibility for casualties cannot be accepted." ~ David Levy was a negotiator in Palestinian talks under Prime Ministers Rabin and Barak and the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative.
    FINAL, JULY 28: London Majors 12, Guelph Royals 4. London finishes the 2014 regular season with a 23-13 win-loss record, in second place in the IBL standings. Now the playoffs.
    FINAL, JULY 27: London Majors 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 3, in extra innings (10) in Toronto.

    The Majors (22-13) play the Guelph Royals (17-17) tonight (July 28) in Guelph to finish the regular season. Then play an exhibition game against the Detroit Jet Box on Fri. August 1 and start the playoffs on Fri. August 8th at Labatt Park. Opponent TBA.

    FINAL, JULY 26: London Majors 8, Hamilton Cardinals 3, at Labatt Park.
  • London Majors finish IBL regular season in 2nd place, get bye into playoff semis-finals, LFP, July 23

  • Final home game of the 2014 regular season before the IBL playoffs: Sat. July 26, Hamilton Cardinals vs. London Majors at Labatt Park at 7:35 pm.
    FINAL, JULY 25: Brantford Red Sox 8, London Majors 1, in Brantford.
    A city gripped with anticipation

    PHOTO: Derek Ruttan

    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 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

    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

    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.

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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 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

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

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

    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.

      Stunning Birdhouse, Stormin' Norm Aldridge and The Famous (San Diego) Chicken®  
    Ontario Ministry of the Environment Hot-Line
    (odours, spills, pesticides)
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    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

     2014 London Majors' Home Games (Regular Season)  ?

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

    Intercounty Baseball League

    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 Win: 8-3

    Playoffs begin

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