|THOUGHT DU JOUR, JULY 23: Why didn't Orser talk to the police chief BEFORE he cooked up his goofy brain wave (cellphone seizures) for media attention? Why is he so intent on wasting everyone's valuable time? Worst. Councillor. Ever.
SORE FINGER: Orser's in full grandstanding mode 15 months prior to the 2014 civic election; He's the biggest time-waster on London city council; Imagine if he was full-time, M, July 22
Gina Barber explains it all at city hall, LCW, July 22
THOUGHT DU JOUR, JULY 22: Orser can't competently deal with issues within the municipality's jurisdiction. Now he wants to meddle in provincial jurisdiction (Highway Traffic Act).
FINAL: London Majors 6, Brantford Red Sox 5 in 10 innings at Labatt Park this afternoon (July 21). 3,300 in attendance. July 21st IBL Game Reports.
TODAY AT LABATT PARK, JULY 21: The London Majors Baseball Club (17-14) host the five-time defending champion/ 2013 pennant-winning Brantford Red Sox (30-4) at Labatt Park at 1 pm.
Last night in Guelph (July 20), the last-place Guelph Royals clobbered the Majors 12-5, dropping the Majors to fourth-place. IBL Standings. July 20th IBL Game Reports.
London man dies after being pulled from the water at Port Stanley beach, LFP, July 21
Late-starting game suspended after six innings due to park curfew (Bush League)
FRIDAY NIGHT AT LABATT PARK, JULY 19: The game was suspended after 6 complete innings due to the park curfew with the scored tied at 4 between the London Majors and the Kitchener Panthers ~ with both teams tied for 3rd-place in the IBL standings.
The remaining three innings will have to be played at a later date, to be announced. IBL Standings. The July 19 IBL Game Report is HERE.
NEXT HOME GAME: The London Majors host the defending champion and 2013 pennant-winning Brantford Red Sox on Sunday, July 21st at 1 pm at Labatt Park.
Orser's a grandstanding clown who wastes everyone's valuable time, L, July 19
'I don’t want a Councillor who takes the easy route. You get your bit of press, a little heart string tug of a select few and then what? I’ll tell you what, you get nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. It’s a gigantic waste of council time, yet it makes it Councillor Orser look like he’s actively doing something.'
Drew Doughty's 3rd Annual Grand Slam for Cancer, SS, July 17
The Rolling Stone article all the censorship busybodies are whining about (but haven't read), RS, July 19
All-Candidates' Meeting ~ London West Provincial By-Election
Al Gretzky a no-show at candidates' meeting
UPDATE, JULY 19: Al Gretzky (pictured left), the Freedom Party of Ontario's candidate for the London West by-election on August 1st, didn't even show up for the only public all-candidates' meeting tonight (July 18) at Oakridge Presbyterian Church on Oxford West.
He supposedly had a prior family commitment. So Robert Metz, president of the Freedom Party, stood-in for Gretzky and participated in the so-called debate. Strange. If a candidate can't make the meeting, no one should be allowed to sit in for them, other than to read a prepared statement as to why the candidate couldn't attend.
Nor did he attend the taping of the Rogers TV-London debate the previous day, on July 17th.
London Free Press story HERE.
WHEN: Thursday, July 18 at 730 pm
WHERE: Oakridge Presbyterian Church at 970 Oxford Street West (east of Hyde Park Road/ east of Oakridge Secondary School, south side of Oxford).
A question to ask London West's Freedom Party candidate Al Gretzky is whether the FP or he support a minimum wage in Ontario.
With playoffs looming, London Majors continue to struggle
FINAL AT LABATT PARK (JULY 16): Kitchener Panthers 7, London Majors 2. The London Majors (17-13) have slid down the pole to third place and are in danger of landing in fourth place, losing six of their last 10 games. IBL Standings. IBL Game Reports for July 16.
The Majors face the Kitchener Panthers again at Labatt Park on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. Ice-cold beer is sold at all home games of the London Majors.
The Majors last won the IBL championship in 1975 and the IBL pennant in 2008. The first-place Brantford Red Sox are the current five-time defending IBL champions and 2013 IBL regular-season pennant winners.
DUE DILIGENCE: Left Hand, meet Right Hand
WHERE'S THE SANDBOX? THIS CAT'S GOTTA GO: Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson, a professional engineer, can't figure out what the heck is going on. “It takes two years to learn where the washroom is in this place [city hall],” says Henderson.
CITY HALL'S LATEST MIX-UP: The Western Fair Board has received demolition permits from the City of London for a few of its buildings, including the now-shuttered old IMAX Theatre-London City Music Theatre, which opened to much fanfare in 1996.
Apparently, demolition has started, courtesy of the London Police Service, which began practising with some tactical explosives on the IMAX's exterior yesterday (July 14).
But Cllrs. Joe Swan (pictured left), Dale Henderson and Spud Polhill (pictured right) say the Western Fair was to meet with members of city council later this month to discuss other options before proceeding with the demolition.
Western Fair board member Coun. Harold Usher and the Western Fair's GM Hugh Mitchell say they don't need to discuss the matter further since they received the demo permits from the City on July 2nd.
London legend Donnie Habel, 80, passes away after years of selling newspapers at St. Joseph's Hospital, LFP, July 15
IBL's Barrie Baycats slide into second-place in standings, London Majors drop to third-place; First-place Brantford Red Sox have the 2013 IBL pennant locked up, IBL, July 15
INCOMPETENCE AND SELF-PROMOTION: Dale Henderson's Dale TV and Steve Orser's fridge magnets, LFP, July 15
Councillor Stephen Orser said he’s spent $7,000 in fridge magnets and “people love ’em.” He will be spending more this year for more, hoping to blanket his Ward 4.
“They have paid off multiple times,” the Ward 4 councillor says.
While he expressed early interest in an offer from Henderson to appear on Dale TV, Orser says now “I will embrace his offer when he wears antlers or a viking helmet.”
FINAL: Barrie Baycats 12, London Majors 4, in Barrie (July 13). Barrie is now tied for second-place with London. IBL Standings. IBL Game Reports, July 13.
Former rail engineer speaks out regarding tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, MG, July 13
London's Ward 4 saddled with a time-wasting buffoon
SELF-PROMOTION: Before Orser goes on local radio he's been known to send group emails to friends and supporters asking them to call in to support his grandstanding ideas cooked up primarily for publicity purposes
Pandering Orser the Self-Appointed Enforcer. Worst. Councillor. Ever
Pandering is the act of expressing one's views in accordance with the likes of a group to which one is attempting to appeal. The term is most notably associated with politics. In pandering, the views one is verbally expressing are merely for the purpose of drawing support up to and including votes and do not necessarily reflect one's personal values.
Pandering is essentially a reaction of panic in elected officials who must either tailor their views to public opinion or risk losing their existing or potential seat.
Politicians running for office are known to pander because their winning depends on the voters. When an election is upcoming, many straw polls are taken and the results may change by the day or even by the hour. By pandering, a politician attempts to tilt the results in his or her favor.
BREAKING NEWS: Charter of Rights and Freedoms advocate Stevie (Din-Din Boy) Orser says cops should be able to seize cell phones and Blackberrys ~ but not your taxpayer-funded umbrellas and fridge magnets.
BREAKING NEWS: Media hound Orser declares war on earthquakes, mud slides and tornados; says he can fix Springbank Dam with duct tape!
Do you really feel comfortable with the Fontana 8 making any significant decisions about the future of London Hydro? LFP, July 13
BAD BUNCH: Londoners are well advised to remove the Fontana 8 from office before any significant decisions are made re: London Hydro
FINAL: London Majors 11, Burlington Bandits 3, tonight (July 12) at Labatt Park. IBL Standings. IBL Game Reports, July 12.
Harper's bodyguard named ambassador to Jordan, CTV, July 12
Federal Tory policy convention rescheduled for Halloween, CTV, July 12
GRANDSTANDING: As usual, Hillbilly Orser's nonsense about cellphone seizures hits airtight roadblock (no legal authority), LFP, July 12
Steve (The Brain) Orser is at it again, LFP, July 11
EMBARRASSING BUFFOON FROM WARD 4: Shameless pandering and media grandstanding by London's Worst. Councillor. Ever. Thinks city council might be able to amend Highway Traffic Act, Municipal Act, Provincial Offences Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Swag Boy likes to waste everyone's time just to get his name in the paper. The local media is his enabler.
BREAKING NEWS, JULY 11: According to Ward 1 Coun. Bud Polhill, work has stopped on an Old Oak Properies' high-rise apartment building under construction on Southdale Road West near Colonel Talbot Road due to a reported problem with the concrete mix.
U.S. approves transfer of Marc Emery to a Canadian prison, CTV, July 11
VANCOUVER SUN: Death by a thousand buyouts, DC, July 11
FUGITIVE SLAVE CHAPEL PRESERVATION PROJECT
Community support needed to continue with the next phases of the move and preservation of London's former slave chapel
Here's a brief update to keep everyone in the loop about what has been going on with the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project.
1) Archeological Dig
This was the last weekend for the dig, we found many artifacts and have already started cleaning them. There's still a lot of cleaning to do, so if you want to help with this, please contact John Sweeney (email@example.com). No experience required.
2) Volunteer Hours
We recognize that volunteer hours are very important for secondary school students and job applicants. If you're a volunteer and are interested in tracking your hours, please let us (Joe and Shamara) know. We have a template that can help with tracking hours.
Our work depends almost entirely on volunteers, and we are always looking for new additions to our team. If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering, please encourage him/ her to complete our volunteer form at http://www.fscpp.ca/volunteer.html
The recent quilt raffle and concert were both successful in that we made money and gained publicity. We are now more than halfway toward our fundraising goal for the first phase of the project (building the new foundation and moving the building). We are now brainstorming ideas for other fundraisers, and we welcome your ideas/ suggestions. Some of the ideas on the table are:
a) Cookbook featuring pioneer and heritage recipes;
b) Quilt & art raffles;
c) Music events (we are currently working on a few concert, including one on February 8th with the Karen Schuessler Singers);
d) Approaching the provincial and federal governments for funding;
e) Writing grants to organizations (e.g. the Home Depot Foundation, the London Community Foundation (CHIP funding); and
f) Seeking donations from local community groups.
We currently lack grant-writing skills on our team, so if you have these skills and can help out, please do.
4) Moving the Chapel
With the money we currently have, we can cover the cost of moving the building, but not the cost of the foundation for the new building. We are therefore seeking in-kind donations from concrete and construction companies. If you know a concrete or construction company that might be able to help by building the foundation for free or at a discounted price, please let us know.
That's all for now.
Joe and Shamara
Co-Chairs, Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project
Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project
Your donation will help to save a piece of our heritage. Go to
http://www.fscpp.ca/ or www.facebook.com/fscpp for information