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

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


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: elections@london.ca


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

Aaron Broughm

Matt Brown * currently Ward 7's councillor

Roger Caranci

Paul Cheng

Steve Gardner

Tae Khun Ha

Arnon Kaplansky

Donna Kelley

Jim Kogelheide

Dan Lenart

Alexander Main

Marie Miszczak

Dennis Perry

Joe Swan * currently Ward 3's councillor


Ward 1

James Beynen

Judith Carter

Michael Van Holst

Daniel O’Neail

Christopher Perry

Bud Polhill *

Nate Youskow WITHDREW ON JULY 14


Ward 2

Bill Armstrong *

Tammy Lee Marche WITHDREW ON JULY 7

Nancy McSloy

Steve Polhill


Ward 3

Claudette Jeanne Drouin

Bill Harris

Bernie MacDonald, WITHDREW ON MAY 13, REFILED ON AUG. 5; WITHDREW ON AUG. 11

Nick Masciotra

Mohamed Salih

Garth Williams


Ward 4

Paul Pesach Gray

Jesse Helmer

Stephen Orser *

Sheryl Rooth, WITHDREW ON AUG. 26

George van der Schel

Nethaniel Youskow
WITHDREW ON FEB. 4 THEN RE-FILED ON FEB. 28, 2014, THEN WITHDREW AGAIN ON MAY 5; RE-FILED ON JULY 14, THEN WITHDREW ON JULY 18


Ward 5

Maureen Cassidy

Steve Hogg

Mike Fornelos

William Gordon

Kevin Labonte

Randy Warden

Michael Wickett


Ward 6

Alasdair Beaton

Marie Blosh

Mike Bloxam

Shiv Chokhani

Cynthia Etheridge

Amir Farahi

Flavio Iannialice

Greg Munro

Phil Squire


Ward 7

Osam Ali

Luis Dominguez WITHDREW ON APRIL 14

Michael Esposito

Josh Morgan

Donna Szpakowski


Ward 8

Paul Hubert *

Moon Inthavong

Thomas Risley


Ward 9

Ed Corrigan

Doreen Gysbers

Eric A. Haidar

Anna Hopkins

Jeffrey Schiller


Ward 10

Paul Van Meerbergen *

Virginia Ridley

Bradley Robichaud


Ward 11

Denise Brown *

Patrick Copps

Luis Dominquez WITHDREW APR. 14

Clive Jenkins

Menno Meijer

Stephen Turner


Ward 12

Peter Ferguson

Jesse Haidar

Harold Usher


Ward 13

Karim Bardai

Chris Edgar

Paul Krohn

John Fyfe-Millar

Fiona Graham

Tanya Park

Gordon Saylor

Nethaniel Youskow WITHDREW ON MAY 12


Ward 14

David Collier

Ali Hamadi

Steve Hillier

Sean M. O’Connell

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 *

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

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

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

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

Shawn Lewis, Wds 1,11,12,14

Chris Loblaw

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

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

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

Sandra Cruz, LDCSB Wds 2,3,4

Roy D Mantle, LDCSB Wds 2,3, 4

Paul Digby, 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

George Le Mac, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence


* denotes an incumbent

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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.

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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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     LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill    
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 10:53 AM EST
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    BREAKING NEWS: Hospitals to revert back to a CEO for each hospital after Cliff Nordal retires at the end of this year

    LONDON, Ontario ~ The Chairs of the Boards of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) announced today that both organizations will return to a model in which each hospital is led by its own CEO.

    This separate CEO model will be implemented, effective January 1, 2011, after current CEO Cliff Nordal’s retirement.


  • Scans reveal awareness in some vegetative brains, AP, F.4


  • Feb. 4, 2010 is the 130th anniversary of the infamous Donnelly massacre near Lucan, Ontario in 1880, DW, F.4


  • Two teams left cold by Ottawa's IBL pitch, OS, F.4


  • UWO students tackle criminal cold cases, WN, F.4

  • Harper's appointment to CIHR is a registered lobbyist to CIHR, TC, F.4

  • Michael Jackson's doctor negotiating surrender, CBC, F.4

  • Magnitude 6 earthquake hits northern coast of California, NBC, F.4

  • Obama's aunt facing deportation, UKT, F.4

  • Google teams up with National Security Agency to ward off cyber-attacks, WP, F.4

  • LONDON, ONTARIO, POLICE BEAT

    BREAKING NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill

    View video surveillance tapes here, LFP, F.4

    LONDON POLICE SERVICE is currently investigating a number of occurrences where elderly citizens have had their purses stolen in Cherryhill Village Mall at 301 Oxford Street West.

    Video surveillance within the mall shows that two women have been stalking and deliberating targeting the elderly.

    The public’s assistance is being sought to identify these two women.

    The suspects are described as:

  • Female, white, 25-30 years old, 5’5”-5’6”, medium build, brown frizzy hair tied in a bun, wearing a red baseball hat, yellow scarf, black coat with white-hooded sweater underneath and jeans.
    INSIDE: 1. Two London men busted for drugs after traffic stop. 2. Cyclist suffers serious injuriesin collision at Adelaide and King. 3. 80 credit card applications stolen from vehicle at Cherryhill Village Mall. 4. Gary Snake and Rhonda Sturgeon busted on three theft-related charges.


  • Female, white, 20-25 years old, 5’6”-5’8”, slim build, long light brown hair, brown eyes, wearing a black tuque, plaid-style scarf, grey pea coat and black faded jeans.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

    You can also provide your tips online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

    Two London men busted for drugs after traffic stop

    On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 10:39 pm an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Trafalgar Street at Egerton Street in southeast London.

    After speaking with the driver a strong odour of marijuana emanated from the vehicle.

    The officer observed a substance in the vehicle which he ascertained were drugs. The driver and passenger were arrested.

    Police seized 232 grams of marijuana ($2,340) and $5,400 in currency.

    Subsequently, the London Police Service Guns-and-Drugs Section executed a search warrant at an address on Nelson Street and seized 2,771 grams of marijuana ($25,370), 116 grams of cannabis resin ($1,740), a small quantity of cocaine and $10,780 in Canadian currency.

    Shane Palmer Carew , 20 years old of London, is charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

    Michael Case-McIntosh, 20 years old of London, is charged with two counts of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

    Cyclist suffers serious injuries in collision at Adelaide and King

    London Police continue to investigate the serious collision last night involving a cyclist and a motorist at Adelaide Street North and King Street.

    Last night (Feb 3) at approximately 6:05 pm a northbound vehicle on Adelaide Street North struck a cyclist who was either making a left turn from southbound Adelaide Street or he was eastbound on King Street.

    The 44-year-old male cyclist suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

    Police are asking for any witnesses to this collision who haven’t already spoken to police to contact police at 519-661-5670 or the Traffic Management Unit at 519-661-5680.

    80 credit card applications stolen from vehicle at Cherryhill Village Mall

    The London Police Service, in cooperation with the Bank of Montreal (BMO), is investigating the theft of personal effects and 80 completed BMO MasterCard credit card applications from a motor vehicle parked at the Cherryhill Village Mall at 301 Oxford Street West on January 18, 2010.

    The applications were collected at the following three London events:

    • BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships held at the John Labatt Centre on January 14, 15 and 16.

    • Commissioners Road East and Highbury Ave BMO Branch (BMO MasterCard KIOSK) on January 12 and 13.

    • CPT Racing held at the Western Fair Agriplex on January 16 and 17.

    If you applied for a BMO MasterCard credit card at one of the above three London area events held in January and have not yet received your new credit card, please call the Bank of Montreal at 1-888- 494-2046, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 11 pm (EST).

    Anyone with any information on this theft is asked to contact the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

    You can also provide your tips online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

    Gary Snake and Rhonda Sturgeon busted on three theft-related charges

    On Wednesday, February 4, 2010, at 5:30 am a citizen noticed that their van was stolen from their residence on Glanworth Drive in the south end of London.

    The citizen checked the area and located the van nearby with two men around it. The citizen jumped into the driver’s seat of the van and found a woman sitting in the rear seat.

    The woman fled on foot along with the other two men.

    The owner of the van located several items of stolen property inside the vehicle belonging to a neighbour’s garage.

    Police attended and a lengthy search by K9 units located a man and a woman.

    Gary Snake, 23 years old of Melborne and Rhonda Sturgeon, 24 years old of Muncey, are charged with break and enter, possession of stolen property and theft under $5,000.




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  • LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill | 30 comments | Create New Account
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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 12:47 PM EST
    I read a story in the Free press today by Jonathan Sher regarding London Police salaries. Listed below is the opening paragraph of the story:

    "Three years after they're sworn in on the force, in some cases with little more than the minimum high school diploma and 12 weeks' training, London police officers get a base salary that tops $80,000."

    There were a lot of comments about this, as you can well imagine. There were some comments about how dangerous the job is and that when a police officer leaves home to go to work, he might not return were mentioned as a justification for such a high salary.

    Now, I ask you, when was the last time a police officer in this city was injured or killed on the job? I did hear about two officers who were killed while off duty, but it was a suicide/murder situation between two officers. Not exactly an on the job situation.

    So, you can imagine why I'm ticked off about the 8 year vetern on the police force in London who shot up an eastend neighbourhood 19 times trying to arrest an unarmed robber who makes this kind of money every year at the taxpayer's expense.

    To add insult to injury, I watched the London news on TV last night and heard that Murray Faulkner now want to stockpile new police cruisers because the 'Crown Royale' won't be made anymore. I believe he was asking for 120 new vehicles.

    It begs the question, where does this guy get off asking for even more money from this year's budget than the police department has already asked for so far?

    I, for one am VERY glad Faulkner's retiring this year. It isn't coming fast enough for my concern as a taxpayer of London.

    By the way, where is that report that's three months overdue regarding the trigger happy cop? How many lawsuits is the police department currently dealing with over this fiasco and the incident at the UWO? I'd really like to know how much these lawsuits are going to cost taxpayers of this city too.

    It's time to say NO to Mr. Faulkner, when it comes to handing out more taxpayer money. Do a better job first, and work to earn it a little harder instead, and I don't mean by ticketing people who are drinking coffee while they're behind the wheel either.

    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 01:18 PM EST

    Police are injured on the job fairly often, but, naturally, are killed far less
    often. But it does happen.

    To operate those spaceships they call police cruisers you practically have to be a
    Vulcan.

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 04:12 PM EST
    I can't remember when an officer in London has been killed on the job. And as far as injuries go, I'll bet most of the injuries happened when they were chasing some other vehicle, while driving their 'state of the art' vulcan police cruisers.

    Before they get any more money from taxpayers, they should clean up the core and move on outward. They should also TRY catching those responsible for stealing automobiles for joy rides and hack jobs too. I've heard that more cars are stolen in London than anywhere else in Canada.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 05:01 PM EST
    From the London Police Service's website (history)
    http://www.police.london.ca

    1898
    Constable Toohey murdered on duty


    1892
    Detective Phair mortally wounded in shooting on duty

    1891
    Constable William Pope fatally injured on duty in runaway accident

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 05:31 PM EST


    http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/About_Us/Our_History/default.htm

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 05:38 PM EST
    So, the last officer to die in the 'line of duty' in London was waaaay back in 1891, according to Butch. ( and he's hardly ever wrong about anything)

    Well, I guess if I was playing the odds game, I'd have to say the odds are defintely stacked in favour of police officers living to a ripe old age in the city of London today. They'll all be able to have a life long career in the force and live to a ripe old age and collect a police pension on top of their other pensions they have coming to them. Not bad, and a fairly safe way to earn a living in this city as well, if you ask me.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 05:44 PM EST

    It's not a job I'd relish doing, with many people calling you "a pig."

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 06:21 PM EST
    For $80,000 a year, benefits, a great pension, and the opportunity to fire my gun off as many times as I wanted, while on duty, I'd gladly turn the other 'cheek' when called a 'Pig' or any other insulting name, for that matter.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 06:52 PM EST

    Come to think of it, I really really really like pigs.

    After all, I have four barns full of them.

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: mindtwister on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 08:38 PM EST
    Sorry Sapphire. I hate to correct you on something trivial, but in your comment above you stated "So, the last officer to die in the 'line of duty' in London was waaaay back in 1891"

    It was in 1898 as Butch stated. Perhaps it was a typo error yes?

    Still, I must agree that for the past 112 years, no police officer has died in the line of duty in the city of London.
    An excellent point to take note of.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: mindtwister on Thursday, February 04 2010 @ 09:02 PM EST
    One final note. It was the Crown Vic not the Crown Royale police cruisers requested and I think it was 50 more cars that Chief Faulkner wanted, not 120. Just trying to keep the record straight Sapphire.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Friday, February 05 2010 @ 06:59 AM EST
    There's a perceived danger that adds stress to the job of policing, not just for the officer, but their entire family...always ready to be involved in a lifethreatening situation, or get that phone call that their loved one has been injured or killed.
    Most people rarely ever feel their life is endangered...because we've got good police officers that are doing their job keeping us feeling safe.
    80 g isn't base pay, that's with bonuses.
    Alot of officers never get promoted, or assigned to special task forces.
    As for the Crown Vic's, that was a fiscally responsible purchase that will save the taxpayers alot of money a few years down the road.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Friday, February 05 2010 @ 07:36 AM EST
    I'm wondering if this announcement about St. Joseph's hospital wanting to have it's own CEO, inorder to protect it's Catholic philosophy, is related to this prorogued govenment, the stacking of the senate, and a bill that was before the govenement to legalize euthanasia.
    Is Stephen Harper Catholic?
    Whatever it takes, we need avoid legalizing the killing of disabled and terminally ill.
    The criminal code has a provision in it for clemancy if someone breaks the law out of necessity. It doesn't need to changed.
    We have a fabulous health care system with rehab, pallitive care, hospices and pain control that can elivate suffering and add quality to life until natural death.
    If your hopeless ask for help!
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Betty McLarty on Friday, February 05 2010 @ 03:59 PM EST

    No, it has nothing to do with the federal government. It was a local decision
    by the St. Joseph's Health Care (London) board of directors.

    I also happen to think it is the right decision.

    Having one CEO for the two huge hospital organizations was a bad idea when
    Tony Dagnone retired from the LHSC. It may have even contributed to the
    Diane Beattie tendering fiasco of last year.

    IMO, it's better to have one CEO for each hospital. I also support each hospital
    having its own board of directors.

    Bigger is not always better.

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    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Ch
    Authored by: Protestant on Friday, February 05 2010 @ 05:10 PM EST
    We agree on this one Betty.
    Each hospital should have it's own CEO.
    I heard a news snippet yesterday, don't recall the name, but it was a member of St. Joe's board, who said they wanted to protect their Catholic philosophy...in otherwords, there'll be no euthansia done at St. Joe's....no doubt the beancounters will busy gathering data and making comparisons.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Friday, February 05 2010 @ 07:48 PM EST
    Thanks for setting things straight, mindtwister. Your correction is appreciated. That said, I would like to quote Protestant's first comment in part:

    "Most people rarely ever feel their life is endangered...because we've got good police officers that are doing their job keeping us feeling safe"

    I guess Protestant has never been in the middle of a crosswalk at an intersection like some people I've seen, when a cop cruiser comes barreling through it at 90 clicks and hour on a red light, barely missing them. Yes the cops do try to do their best to protect us. That's why I had to laugh when I read a letter in the LFP about a fellow who had his car stolen. He phoned the police about it and waited for hours for them to come to make out a report, but they did nothing except to tell him they would call him if it turned up anywhere. When the cops finally found it a week later with damage to it, they didn't even bother to get any fingerprints from it. Why bother, they said, the culprits were long gone.

    Now, a few days after this, that same fellow who had his car slolen received an unwanted visit to his door by an animal control officer who accused him of not having a license for his cat that had been spotted in his window. The homeowner asked to see some identification from the animal control officer, and when he refused to show any, the homeowner told him to get off his property. Well, that same animal control officer come back less than an hour later with a policeman who slapped the homeowner with a hefty fine for treating the animal control officer so unkindly.

    The moral of the story is this, the homeowner said. If his car was ever stolen again, and he wanted swift action by police to find it, he won't bother to call the police at all, he said, he would just phone animal control instead, he'd get a much quicker response.

    I think he was ticked off that the police were tardy in the case of his stolen car but quick to jump to the defence of the animal control officer who was told to leave the homeowner's property over such a trival thing as cat licensing. Can't say I blame the guy for being angry at the police at all, given the circumstances.

    Enough said. I think I've gotten everything out of my system, finally.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Saturday, February 06 2010 @ 07:03 AM EST
    Sapphire, Being hyped up and mentally and physically prepared, every single time you walk out the door of your own home, to deal with lifethreatening situations is stressful.
    Your overall attitude toward police officers in general is a good example of job related harrassment. Keep it up and they'll be asking for another raise.

    If you have a legitimate complaint about a bad police officer go down to the station and file a CAD (complaint against department) or maybe you'd just like to get rid of the police entirely and let the military serve and protect us.



    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: mindtwister on Saturday, February 06 2010 @ 12:35 PM EST
    I think you are overreacting to Sapphires comment Protestant. Sapphire was merely pointing out the humourous and satiric side of life we all go through.

    I got a good laugh out of Sapphires comments. Perhaps you should lighten up a little more Protestant. Life is short no matter how you look at it. Live each day as if it were your last, you'll get more out of it that way.

    See you all in a week or two, I'm off to the Bahamas for some long overdue rest and relaxation. Cherrio!
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 06:51 AM EST
    not so easy when you've been told it will be your last unless...
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 08:30 AM EST
    sorry I blasted you with full barrels Sapphire.
    You hit a raw nerve.
    It only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole barrel, and there are some loosey cops. Focusing on the bad ones just undermines their authority and we end up with a bunch students rioting and tossing beer bottles at them.
    I've had few encounters with bad cops myself.

    of note: ... I once had a man in uniform, impersonating a police officer, said he was a police officer, with a gun, in my house, telling me he had orders to take my dog, a border collie that never bite, rarely barked, and always guarded my children. I called 911. another officer attended, said he was from animal control and just doing his job, and handed me a whack of tickets that were all tossed out, except for one "failing to prohibit a dog from running a large" apparently dogs are supposed to be leashed even if they are in their own yard or house!!!
    There's no doubt in my mind it was related to the fact that I was a welfare recipient at the time, and the guy was in league with The city of London OW bully department, the same people that were responsible for giving Glenn Howlett a heart attack.

    I believe the vaste majority of police officers really do care and try hard everyday to keep us safe and enable us to enjoy a quality of life where we can just walk out the door and meander around without fear of being raped, mugged, kidnapped or solicited by gansters.
    We need our police to believe we are worth their effort.
    Your critisms went overboard. They weren't constructive.
    I agree we need to keep a tight reign on the police budget but lets keep the focus on the actual expenses.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 09:05 AM EST
    oh, one other thing I recall about that episode with an animal control agent that impersonated a police officer, entered my home and said he had orders to take my dog....the officer that came after I called 911 told me that if I couldn't protect my dog from them (animal care and control)then they'd have to take her from me. Obviously he knew there was problem with animal care and control...and agreed that my dog wasn't a threat or danger to anyone.

    I recall an eldly couple being pulled over and assulted by someone impersonating a police officer.

    I wonder if there's a way to correlate these Animal Care and control complaints and catch the culprit(s)that are undermining the LPS, terrorizing innocent pet owners and children and causing good citizens such as yourself Sapphire, to feel that police in general are unworthy of the pay they earn.

    As for your witessing that cruiser that almost hit someone in an intersection..."almost" is the operative word Sapphire. They are highly trained drivers and my guess is the officer judged his speed and distance extremely well and either caught a bad guy or prevented a serious crime in progress.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Sunday, February 07 2010 @ 12:35 PM EST
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that police cuisers are supposed to slow down when coming to an intersection if the light is RED in the direction they are going when travelling to some emergency. Chasing and catching a bad guy is important, but more so are the lives of innocent pedestrians and oncoming cars who may be travelling through the same intersection with a Green light in their direction. If a cop car is barreling through the intersection at 80 ot 90 clicks, there isn't much time for the police officer, or other drivers and pedestrians to act quickly enough to avoid a SERIOUS accident.

    Secondly, the comment I made about the fellow who had his car stolen and was subsequently fined for badmouthing an animal control officer was HIS story, not mine. I simply felt it was worth mentioning again. After all, his letter did appear in the London Free Press originally a mnoth or two ago, and the LFP is read daily by thousands of people out there.

    Sorry to hear it touched a raw nerve, Protestant. But alas, such is life in Melonville these days.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 06:39 AM EST
    I believe the police are supposed to follow the same rules of the road as anyone else unless they have their lights flashing and the siren going.
    If I witnessed that I'd get the licence plate number, I think there's usually a car number too, time of day, location, and report it.
    ...maybe it wasn't even a cop driving that car, maybe it was stolen or being taken out for a test drive by a mechanic, sticky excelerator pedal perhaps?

    Just because we don't hear about something from the media doesn't mean it didn't happen. That sounds like wreckless driving to me, but it doesn't justify your implication that all police are overpaid.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 03:41 PM EST
    I don't think all officers are overpaid, the good ones that have been on the force and worked their way up over 20 years or so most likely do deserve the pay they receive. What I was complaining about is that a cop with just a grade 12 education, 12 weeks training and three years on the job may well be overpaid for what they do, or don't do, in my humble opinion.

    Just for the record, does anyone know what a 3 year vetern of the Firefighter's Department makes a year? And, how many of them have been killed on the job here in London over the past 20 years or so? It would be interesting to know, as I am rather curious. Perhaps I'll eat crow after all, Protestant.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 05:25 PM EST
    take it from me Sapphire, crow gets stuck in your throat...wash it down with beer, after you take your foot out of your mouth.

    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Monday, February 08 2010 @ 06:01 PM EST
    I think grade 12 educated police and figherfighters deserve more pay then university educated lawyers and dentists because they are willing to see and smell murder scenes and hear the screams of children caught in housefires...and then go right back work.

    I'm glad our public funds are being used to employ more constables.
    There are very few opportunities to have a middle-class lifestyle anymore. There aren't many choices.
    The more police we hire the fewer desperate soldiers we end up with.


    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Tuesday, February 09 2010 @ 12:02 PM EST
    Amen to that. Its much better to have overpaid police officers working for the public good than desperate men signing up as soldiers for roughly the same money to defend some other country just because we have vested interests there.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Tuesday, February 09 2010 @ 06:04 PM EST
    yep, and another good reason for silly hall to hire excessive numbers of excessively paid constables is somebodies gotta have enough money to mortgage all these luxurious mansions in our annexed gated communities or else we'll be overrun with foreigners...some of whom will have relatives overseas who are being hunted down by our soldiers.

    There's really only one war...the war on drugs.
    We might as well keep our kids at home fighting it in their own backyard.
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Sapphire on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 08:08 AM EST
    I'm going to have to do a little sleuthing on this, but as far as I know now our soldiers get approximately 90,000 a year if they are on active duty in Afganistan. I would stongly suggest a young man try to get on a police force here in Canada somewhere rather than be shipped overseas to Afganistan. Their chance of survival is much, much greater here, wouldn't you agree?
    LONDON, ONTARIO, NEWS: Thieves stalking and targeting the elderly in purse-stealing scams at Cherryhill
    Authored by: Protestant on Thursday, February 11 2010 @ 06:02 AM EST
    who wouldn't thunk it Sapphire, we started this thread with oppositional points of view and have come to not just agree but promote a unified vision.