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 London, Ontario's 2014 Municipal Election  ?

Leroy Osbourne

Thames Valley Public School Board Trustee

Wards 7, 8, 9, 10 & 13

Our children, Our city's future.

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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     THE ROLLING STONES: Off the Hook, Unplugged and Disconnected, by Barry Wells    
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Monday, June 23 2014 @ 12:01 AM EDT
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    FINAL, JUNE 22: London Majors 16, Guelph Royals 6 at Labatt Park. In their last four games (all wins at home), the London Majors have scored 48 runs.

    NEXT HOME GAME: Friday, June 27 at 7:35 pm vs. Burlington Bandits.

    FINAL, JUNE 21: London Majors 10, Brantford Red Sox 7. London nearly blew a nine-run lead by walking seven batters late in the game. IBL Standings.

    NEXT HOME GAME: London hosts the Guelph Royals at Labatt Park on Sunday, June 22 at 1:05 pm.

    LFP POLL: Who would you pick for interim mayor?
    Friday, June 20, 2014 (Results as of Sat. June 21 at 11:10 pm)

    61% 1139 votes Joni Baechler

    15% 273 votes Bud Pohill

    12% 220 votes Harold Usher

    12% 238 votes Judy Bryant

    THOUGHT DU JOUR, JUNE 21: Choosing between Joni Baechler and Spud Polhill for Interim Mayor is like a choice between a $200K Rolls Royce and a $50 shitbox.

    What's left of the Fontana Ate Clowns will choose the shitbox because everything they do is fourth-rate and substandard. 100% junk. Good thing they don't constitute a majority on council. Londoners would be SOL.

    FINAL, JUNE 20: London Majors 10, Kitchener Panthers 2, at Labatt Park. Next home game is tomorrow night (Sat. June 21) at 7:35 pm against the Brantford Red Sox. IBL Standings.
    LONDON MAJORS' BASEBALL THIS WEEKEND: * Fri. June 20, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm; * Sat. June 21, Brantford at London, 7:35pm; * Sun. June 22, Guelph at London, 1:05pm.
    GOOD NEWS: Gondola Joe is gone as of 10 am this morning

    BAD NEWS: Joe Swantana is now Acting Mayor

    BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 19: Joe Fontana's media conference scheduled for today to announce his resignation has been cancelled. He has, however, had his written resignation delivered to the city clerk's office, effective as of 10 am today.

    Fontana also says he "will not return to public life."

    After 10 this morning, Joe Swantana will be "Acting Mayor" (due to the City's goofy rotational by-law enacted in early 2011) with an "Interim Mayor" to be selected by city council.

    In this regard, a special meeting of London city council has been called for Monday, June 23 at 8 pm. It promises to be a real circus.

    Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson says the Christian community is praying for Gondola Joe Fontana.

    The Thurs. June 19, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard 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 3.

    THE ROLLING STONES: Off the Hook, Unplugged and Disconnected

    By Barry Wells

    Forty-nine years ago on April 26, 1965, the Rolling Stones headlined a now-infamous show at Treasure Island Gardens (today's "Forest City Velodrome") south of the 401.

    It was the first time the Stones rolled into Canada on an American tour, with four dates on Canadian soil: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and little ol' London, Ontario ~ population 180,000.

    Opening the concert were The Nottingham Three from St. Thomas, local band The Fortune Tellers and JB & The Playboys from Montréal. Approximately 3,000 excited fans had paid $2.50 (advance) or $3.50 (at the door), expecting the Stones to play for an hour or two; but 15 minutes into the Stones' set during their 6th song, Off the Hook, some party pooper pulled the power chord to the amplifiers. Chairs were tossed and some spectators got caught in the crush of the crowd. It was lucky no one was trampled to death.

    Capturing the night's chaos with her camera was trailblazing London still-photographer Jeanne Graham, one of Canada's first female news photographers.


    (1) Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
    (2) Pain in my Heart
    (3) Around and Around
    (4) Time Is on My Side
    (5) It's All Over Now
    (6) Off the Hook.

    Then whammo. Game over.

    Most say it was the antsy OPP who pulled the plug due to the unruly crowd, but Graham Beattie, bass player for The Fortune Tellers, posted the following account on October 31, 2011, to the "Yorkville Village 1960s" facebook group page:

    "There was a big riot when the promoter absconded with the money and the Stones' manager cut the power to the amps but the PA was still working. Mick [Jagger] thought it was a replay of the riot in Toronto two nights before and announced 'The police have turned off the e-lec-tric-ity.' Keith [Richards] was urging the crowd to break through the police barriers. The crowd started throwing metal folding chairs. The cops couldn't control them. The Stones took off. All our amps were still onstage and got trashed. The Stones never got paid [their $10,000 fee]."

    JERRY MOODY: Working security near the stage at the Gardens that historic night was Corps-of-Imperial-Frontiersman guard, Jerry Moody, 23, a lifelong Londoner who grew up near Governor Simcoe Public School in SoHo.

    "I was working full-time at Webster Air Equipment and part-time for the Frontiersman. We had the contract at the Gardens and worked a lot of the concerts. I was young and liked excitement, but that night was wild. Originally, I signed up with the Frontiersman to watch the hockey games for free ... There were about 30 security guards on duty for the Stones' show and a few OPP before they called in reinforcements after all hell broke loose," says Moody, now 72.

    "The Stones played a few songs but something was happening in the crowd and people started pushing on the snow fence. Then the music stopped and everyone started hollering and screaming, surging toward the fence. One girl flew over the fence. We were trying to push her back over but the people behind her were pushing her our way. One of the OPP grabbed her, took her away and charged her. I wasn't injured that night but I lost my hat and so did another guard ... It took nearly an hour to disperse the crowd with an OPP officer on a bullhorn ordering everyone to leave or be charged with trespassing," remembers Moody. "It was a long time ago but I've never forgotten that night."

    London Yodeller editor Herman Goodden also attended the concert (at age 12) with two pals from Mountsfield Public School, but was injured in the mêlée: "I had just helped release one of my friends who was caught underneath a trampled section of snow fence ~ a hideously dangerous predicament that I shudder to recall ~ when I felt a sharp sensation as the metal leg of a hurled chair dug into the crown of my head ... Spilling that much blood at a Stones' concert, I felt like I'd earned my rock-and-roll spurs."

    Here's the Rolling Stones' version of events:

    "The police just created an antagonistic atmosphere," Stones' bassist Bill Wyman told The London Free Press on April 27, 1965. "These kids were just enjoying themselves, the police acted in a typical small-town way. They just panicked."

    Frontman and full-lipped pretty boy Mick Jagger said "Our instruments wouldn't work and the place was dark, there was a riot, but it wasn't our fault. We're always the ones to get the blame."

    Jerry Moody says he may have worked at the Gardens as a guard on another historic night in London: "It might have been the show when Johnny Cash asked June Carter to marry him on stage. But I was stationed out back near Johnny's tour bus and didn't see the actual stage show."

    If so, that would have been February 22, 1968, nearly three years after the Stones made their only appearance in The Forest City. One of the greatest bands in rock-and-roll history has never returned and at their respective ages (Mick will be 71 on July 26), likely never will.

    To watch a short archival video of the Stones in London, Google "Mirror, Mirror, CFPL-TV video archives 1965" or by clicking HERE.

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    THE ROLLING STONES: Off the Hook, Unplugged and Disconnected, by Barry Wells
    Authored by: Butch (The Beast) McLarty on Thursday, June 19 2014 @ 09:50 AM EDT

    The Fontana Media Conference scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014 has
    been CANCELLED.

    Please see Media Release below.

    Media Release

    London Mayor Joe Fontana Resigns

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    For Immediate Release:

    London: Joe Fontana has resigned as mayor of London, Ontario. The
    resignation was delivered to the City Clerk and is effective as of 10:00 a.m.

    The mayor had announced his intention to step down on Monday. He took
    several days to meet and speak with members of Council and City staff. He
    also contacted a number of community and business leaders and expressed
    his thanks for their support and assistance during his time in office.

    Mayor Fontana has always been committed to the city of London and to its
    residents. He is proud to have served the people for over 30 years, first on
    council, then in Ottawa and finally returning to be mayor. He says, “It has
    been an honour and privilege to work on behalf of Londoners and I remain
    committed to the wellbeing of our city and citizens. The steps I take today are
    difficult ones but I do so knowing it is the best thing I can do for Londoners
    and my family.”

    The mayor said this is not as he had envisioned his finals days in office but he
    accepts the challenges before him. “I understand I am required to walk this
    path alone and I have learned that we will be measured not only by what we
    do but by how we choose to carry our burdens.

    I want to thank the citizens of London for their engagement in the city, for
    their vision and energy, for believing there is always a way to progress. Since
    becoming mayor I have seen the results of their collective and individual drive
    time and time again. It is Londoners who move the city in the right direction
    and Londoners who will keep it focussed on what is critical.”

    The mayor distributed a letter to City staff thanking them and recognizing
    their diligence under all situations from mega snowstorms to welcoming
    visitors from around the world. He reiterated his belief that their choice to
    work for the benefit of family, friends and neighbours shows them to be
    caring and compassionate people.

    In correspondence to fellow Council members the mayor thanked each of
    them for their hard work and wished them all the best in the future.

    Mayor Fontana indicated he will focus his time on his family. He
    acknowledged, “They have sacrificed for me for 32 years. I will not return to
    public life.”

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