|Six consecutive IBL championships for the Brantford Red Sox
FINAL, SEPT. 9: Brantford Red Sox 9, Barrie Baycats 7, in Brantford. Brantford wins the 2013 IBL championship four games to three, winning their sixth consecutive IBL championship. Brantford also won the 2013 IBL pennant.
Sept. 9 IBL Game Report HERE.
Are floodplain lands prone to flooding? Let's pay $200K to find out. Bwahahahahahahahaha!
THOUGHT DU JOUR, SEPT. SEPT. 9: Steve Orser wants the City to pay nearly $200K to see if the London Hydro floodplain lands are prone to flooding. Another indication the entire proposal to redevelop the London Hydro lands is ill-advised.
Here's the LFP article.
Hey, here's an idea: Why doesn't the City of London commission a $75K study to see if Orser's non-stop giveaway of taxpayer-funded swag is a ploy to help him get re-elected at our expense?
Unpaid Aboutown drivers draw attention from city hall, LFP, Sept. 8
GAME 6: Brantford evens series at three games each
FINAL, SEPT. 8: Brantford 7, Barrie Baycats 4, in Barrie. The IBL championship, best-of-seven-game series is now tied 3-3. The next and final game is in Brantford on Mon. Sept. 9 at 8 pm. Sept. 8 IBL Game Report HERE. Now, both teams have the champagne on ice.
FINAL, SEPT. 5: Brantford Red Sox stay alive (again) with a 2-1, win over the Barrie Baycats in Brantford.
Barrie leads the best-of-seven-game championship series 3-2. Sept. 5 IBL Game Report HERE.
Game 6 is Sun. Sept. 8 at 7 pm in Barrie. The Baycats have the champagne on ice.
CAB WARS 2013: Aboutown Taxi's losses have been Yellow London Taxi's gain
ALTLONDON has learned "Blue and White Taxi" (Aboutown's successor taxi brokerage with the same phone number and same dispatch office) has 112 taxicabs as of Sept. 4 ~ down considerably from the 165 taxicabs cited on Aboutown's website.
There's an associated fee to transfer cabs between taxi brokerages and according to City Manager Art Zuidema, the City of London collected $23,520 in fees paid on Sept. 4 to transfer 112 taxicabs from Aboutown to Blue and White Taxi.
But the big winner in the numbers game is (Yellow) London Taxi, which currently has 110 cabs after starting with just 12 cabs in October 2009.
It's believed U-Need-A Cab in London has about 118 cabs. Watch for Yellow London Taxi to increase its fleet size even more in the days and weeks ahead.
Ontario Ministry of Labour investigating complaint(s) from Aboutown drivers, LFP, Sept. 4
BREAKING NEWS, SEPT. 4: On 1290-CJBK-AM this morning with Steve Garrison, Aboutown's Jim Donnelly tells Steve Garrison that he finds the LFP stories re: Aboutown "defamatory" and has sent the matter over to his lawyers.
Listen to Steve Garrison's interview with Aboutown's Jim Donnelly this morning HERE.
The former fugitive slave chapel at 275 Thames Street as it appeared in the 1920s
OBSERVATION: On Mar. 1, 2013, the Business Development Bank of Canada gives written notice of its intention to seek seizure of Aboutown's properties at 277 and 281 Thames Street. Days later, Aboutown applies to demolish the buildings on both properties, along with the former fugitive slave chapel at 275 Thames Street.
FINAL, SEPT. 3: Brantford Red Sox stay alive with a 4-2, extra-innings' win over the Barrie Baycats in Barrie.
Barrie leads the best-of-seven-game championship series 3-1. Sept. 3 IBL Game Report HERE.
Jim Donnelly's Aboutown faces lawsuit, tax bill, LFP, Sept. 3
The Aboutown group of companies, owner James T. Donnelly (pictured left) and several numbered Ontario companies are being sued for $1.6 million in outstanding loans by the Business Development Bank of Canada.
Aboutown Transportation Inc. also owed Revenue Canada $627,531 as of January, according to a document obtained by The London Free Press.
It's new but not improved
MEDIA CONVERGENCE: Since BCE Inc. (Bell) purchased Astral Media Inc. for $3.2B last July, several longtime radio folks have been let go without cause at 1290-CJBK-AM and its local sister stations, including Ed Wilmott, John Biggs, Shannon Wise, Rick Sinclair, Sheryl Rooth and "Vickie the Ever-Friendly Receptionist." Not good news. The staff complement at the Wellington Road South broadcaster was bare-bones as it was.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
PenEquity woodland issue: writer questions knothead Steve Orser's grasp of reality
In The London Free Press article of Aug. 28, 2013, PenEquity fight not over, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser is quoted as saying, "It's very unfortunate we could end up losing 1,200 jobs and a $300-million development over what? Scrub brush."
The Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee (EEPAC) of the City of London is a volunteer group appointed by the City, and one of their many tasks is to review reports related to some of the developments proposed within the City.
Last winter, EEPAC was asked to review a Subject Lands Status Report (SLSR) for Patch 10102. This SLSR was prepared by the consultant, AECOM Canada, Inc. for their client PenEquity Realty Corporation and Goal Ventures, Inc.
This SLSR describes the existing conditions of Patch 10102 and provides an evaluation of it, in accordance with the City of London's Woodland Evaluation Guidelines. These Guidelines contain 8 criteria that must be ranked as Low, Medium or High for the lands in question.
If a woodland scores High for just one out of the eight criteria it is deemed a Significant Woodland. The evaluation of Patch 10102 resulted in not just one but FIVE HIGH SCORES, thus identifying it as a Significant Woodland.
The High scores were based on the presence of a diversity of wetland communities with an area greater than 2 hectares, the presence of greater than 10% woodland cover, the presence of one confirmed breeding Priority Level 1 bird species, greater than 6 plant community types as well as abundant breeding amphibians, and the presence of a Provincially rare plant community type.
Furthermore, Reforest London's website reports that a staggering 10,000 trees will likely be lost if the subject lands are developed.
Tell me, Councillor Orser, where is the scrub brush? (BTW, if you need a scrub brush to, say, clean your toilet, you can buy one at any of the many retail malls in the city.)
Councillor Orser's grasp of reality aside, a disturbing fact about this issue that should concern each and every Londoner is the arrogant misuse of power as expressed in the vote that took place on 27 August.
Thank you to Cllrs. Baechler, Branscombe, D. Brown, Bryant and Usher for doing the right thing for the people of London and the Province.
As for the remaining nine councillors ~ and especially Mayor Fontana ~ you can no longer be trusted.
Nina M. Zitani
September 3, 2013