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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

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 Title:  Time to Decommission the Springbank Dam in London, Ontario, Canada
 Author:  Butch McLarty
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Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Mon. May 25 ===>

First strike in 36 years for city's non-management office staff

BREAKING NEWS, MAY 23: The City of London's 750 "inside workers" with CUPE Local 101 are now officially on strike for the first time since 1979.

“Once again, this employer has shown that they have no intention to bargain, but to push our members on the picket line,” said Shelley Navarroli, president of CUPE 101. “We had given them an extension because it was clear that the City’s decision makers were not listening to our message of ‘No Concessions’ told to the City representatives at the bargaining table. We wanted them to have a chance to review their own unreasonable position and be prepared to bargain, but yet again it was the same pattern of no decision makers at the table but plenty of concession demands.”

London Majors stretch winning streak to five, remain undefeated on season

FINAL, MAY 23: London Majors 5, Guelph Royals 1 in Guelph. London remains undefeated on THE season with A 5-0 record. Play Burlington Bandits on Sunday (May 24) at 1:05pm at home (Labatt Park).
London Majors put the wood to the Guelph Royals

FINAL, MAY 22: London Majors 19, Guelph Royals 2 at Labatt Park. London had 19 hits and one error, Guelph had seven hits and seven errors. London is now 4-0 on the season and in first place in the IBL Standings.

NEXT HOME GAME: Sunday, May 24 at 1:05 pm at Labatt Park against the Burlington Bandits.

Uber says US disability laws don't apply to them because they think they're above the law, DB, May 22

Decomission Springbank Dam Petition | GoPetition

NO SPRINGBANK DAM, HEALTHIER RIVER: A pair of Osprey have been nesting atop a light standard at Labatt Park for the past four consecutive years. PHOTO: The London Free Press

Thames River much healthier without Springbank Dam, PRP, May 11

Since the Springbank Dam has been inoperational, the Thames River water quality has improved dramatically and the riparian vegetation has recovered to its natural state not seen in more than 80 years. A healthy Thames River and ecosystem attract Ospreys and Eagles while helping at-risk turtles to flourish.
Friday Night Baseball at Labatt Park

HOME GAME #2 AT LABATT PARK: The London Majors Baseball Club host the Guelph Royals on Friday, May 22 at 7:35 pm. The Majors are 3-0 on the season and in 1st place in the IBL Standings.

TICKETS AT THE GATE: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, seniors and children 12 and under.


Time to Decommission the Springbank Dam in London, Ontario, Canada

Here is an important letter to city council from Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) I found online from the City of London meeting agendas, dated May 2, 2007.

Also online is a technical report TUC commissioned regarding the water quality at the Springbank Dam. In a nutshell, the position of TUC and its technical report supports my position regarding decommissioning the Springbank Dam to improve the health of the Thames River ecosystem.

Trout Unlimited Canada
Position Statement on Springbank Dam
Thames River, London, Ontario


Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) is a not-for-profit conservation organization. Our mission is “to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for current and future generations." Our core principles include the protection and restoration of water quality and water quantity in addition to aquatic habitats and fish populations.

Trout Unlimited Canada became involved with the rehabilitation of Springban Dam in 2004 as a member of the Science and Engineering Technical Committee. The dam maintains a recreational reservoir during the summer season and is operated by the Upper Thames Conservation Authority. Due to its scheduled rehabilitation, a Class EA was completed and was considered by many including TUC as inadequate for the project proposed. The committee was formed to address some of the issues missed by the EA including enhancement for fish movement around the dam. During this time on the committee TUC recognized the value of this feature to the local residents and we remained optimistic that the aquatic requirements of fish populations would not require the removal of the dam.

As talks progressed it became evident that the potential poor water quality within the headpond could be a limiting factor in fish movement and survival. In addition, redds (nests) created in the area of the headpond while the river was free flowing could be threatened by deteriorating water quality as the reservoir filled.

In the Spring of 2006, TUC and the Forks of the Thames Chapter of TUC contracted a firm to test surface water samples from the area. A technical report entitled “Preliminary Water Quality Monitoring for Springbank Dam” was completed in 2007. The results showed that both phosphorus and E. coli levels were consistently above provincial water quality objectives. E. coli levels recorded in this study are a human health hazard for body contact. The results suggest that though the dam may not directly cause poor water quality conditions, by creating ideal conditions for bacteria survival the dam may be augmenting already poor water quality.

 UberX fudging facts with its customers, its drivers and the general public, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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TOY VEY: Israeli Rabbi sells Kosher Vibrators, BB, May 21

An Israeli set out to create a sex toy store God would approve of

UberX driver charged with sexual assault of passenger north of Toronto, CBC, May 20

STEVE GARRISON: The Hardest-Working Man in Show-Business

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BREAKING NEWS, MAY 19: Andrew Bruce Hill, 38, the father of the female five-year-old stabbing victim in London on Applegreen Grove in southwest London is charged with attempted murder. The child is in stable condition after today's early-morning stabbing.
Talks with CUPE Local 101 to resume Thursday to avoid a strike or lockout, CTV, May 19

FAQs about the potential CUPE Local 101 strike or lockout, CUPE, May 19

UberX bumps its commission from 20% to 30% for new drivers in some cities, F, May 19

Decomission Springbank Dam Petition | GoPetition

Thames River much healthier without Springbank Dam, PRP, May 11

Since the Springbank Dam has been inoperational, the water quality has improved dramatically and the riparian shoreline has recovered to its natural state not seen in more than 80 years.
London Majors now 3-0 on the 2015 season

FINAL: London Majors 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 7 in Toronto. London remains undefeated on the season at 3-0.

Next home game is Friday, May 22 at 7:35 pm against the Guelph Royals at Labatt Park. Intercounty Baseball League Standings.

Live video cam of an Osprey nest at Belwood Lake near Guelph, CBC, May 16

The male and female Osprey take turns sitting on the eggs when their mate needs food and drink. They call to each other when they want to be spelled off the nest.
VIDEO: Grand Theft Uber, YT, May 16

THRILLS, CHILLS & LEGAL BILLS: Uber facing another lawsuit, this time from a man who says he developed the software app used by Uber, UF, May 15

FINAL, MAY 15: London Major 8, Hamilton Cardinals 2 at Labatt Park. See Story HERE.

London is now 2-0 on the season. Next home game: Friday, May 22 at 7:35 pm at Labatt Park.

The Thrill is Gone

BREAKING NEWS, MAY 15: "King of the Blues" B.B. King has died in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 89, according to the musician's attorney. New York Times story HERE.
2015 IBL SEASON: London Majors' home-opener is Friday, May 15 at 7:45pm, LFP, May 14

Everything else being equal, it always comes down to pitching in the August playoffs. And you can't lose your stars who return to college as the finals begin.
BREAKING NEWS, MAY 14: The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the federal government's appeal in the Omar Khadr case. Harper's feds wanted Khadr designated as an adult offender.
VIDEO: The opening of Eldon House, circa 1960, YT, May 14

BREAKING NEWS, MAY 14: Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

Revenu ‎Quebec‬ team executing search warrants at ‎Uber‬ Canada offices in ‎Montreal‬. Say they have reason to believe tax laws are being broken. CBC Story HERE.

Eye-witness accounts of what caused the steamboat Victoria to capsize in London on May 24, 1881, killing at least 182 people, MHGL, May 14

I smell a strike or a lock-out at city hall, CUPE101, May 13

Strike looms for City's 750 'inside workers' with CUPE Local 107, LFP, May 12

Intercounty Baseball League Standings, IBL, May 12

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UberX fudging facts with its customers, its drivers and the general public

Yodelling in the Canyon, May 14, 2015
Barry Wells

One thing I've learned in life is that if someone or some company lies to you from the get-go, the lies will likely continue until the relationship crashes and burns since brazen snake-oil salesmen and other assorted pirates are shameless.

It's best to avoid these type of self-serving people and sketchy companies because honesty is not part of their repertoire, nor will it ever be. When the misrepresentation involves illegal taxicabs – intermittently carrying paying customers – being dispatched 24-7 throughout busy cities, the problems can be serious and devastating. Think thrills, chills and lawyer's bills.

INSURANCE LIABILITY: In this regard, see these linked news stories:

* Uber sued by family of six-year-old killed in San Francisco crash, The Guardian, Jan. 27, 2014;

* Another Nightmare for Uber: Driver Kills Pedestrian in New York, Yahoo News, Jan. 7, 2015;

* When a Uber driver kills someone, who is responsible? The Verge, Jan. 28, 2014;

* Uber denies fault in S.F. crash that killed girl, SFGate, May 7, 2014;

* Crash leaves Toronto UberX driver confused about insurance, Toronto Star, Mar, 22, 2015;

* Insurance bureau raises concerns about extent of Uber coverage, Toronto Star, Feb. 4, 2015;

* Uber driver arrested for Delhi (India) rape was career criminal, Reuters, Dec. 10, 2014;

* The Comprehensive List of Uber Incidents, Assaults and Accusations, Who'sDrivingYou?

So let's put this hairy mess into perspective with San-Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. and its UberX subsidiary masquerading as legitimate taxicabs across the planet – even after being fined and banned by authorities in numerous cities and countries. For example, in Europe, UberX is banned in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Worth remembering at this point is billionaire Travis Kalanick (pictured right), the 39-year-old co-founder of Uber Technologies Inc. who calls the taxi industry "corrupt," was a co-founder of the defunct Scour Inc. and Scour Exchange, a search engine and multimedia file-sharing application which was put under bankruptcy protection in 2000 to avoid the fallout from a massive lawsuit launched against Scour for alleged copyright infringement.

Most are aware what "ride-sharing" is. It's a carpool where several people, often commuters, share the costs of a trip in a motor vehicle to a particular common destination. It's not a commercial venture. It's a non-profit, co-operative one.

 1975 London Majors to be inducted into London Sports Hall of Fame Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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1975 London Majors to be inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in November

1975 London Majors a class act, LFP, May 11

VIDEO: 1975 London Majors voted into the London Sports Hall of Fame, LFP, May 11

Arden Eddie. PHOTO: Jeffrey Reed

This morning (May 11) at Budweiser Gardens, the London Sports Hall of Fame induction committee announced its 2015 inductees, which include the 1975 London Majors Baseball Club (IBL Pennant Winners and IBL Champions).

THE 1975 LONDON MAJORS 40 YEARS LATER ~ From left to right: Dave Byers, Alex McKay, Rick Lindquist, Barry Boughner, Phil Schmidt, Dave (Whitey) Lapthorne, Barry James Fuller, Wayne (Dog) Fenlon, John Marks, Mike Fess, Arden Eddie and Mike Kilkenny. May 11, 2015 at Budweiser Gardens. LONDON FREE PRESS PHOTO

The six other 2015 individual inductees are:

Jude St. John, athlete modern (Western Mustangs Football, CFL football)
Ryan Thelwell, athlete modern (NFL, CFL football)
Brian Peaker, athlete modern (Olympic rower, nephew to Norm Aldridge)
Jackie Sheppard, builder/founder legend (slo-pitch softball pioneer)
Glynn Leyshon, builder/founder legend (international wrestling)
Sammy Foxworthy, athlete legend (pro hockey, golf).

All inductees will be honoured during the official induction ceremony-banquet on November 5, 2015 in the Carousel Room at the Western Fair District.

 The London Majors: the tradition continues in 2015, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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Decomission Springbank Dam Petition | GoPetition

Thames River much healthier without Springbank Dam, PRP, May 11

Since the Springbank Dam has been inoperational, the water quality has improved dramatically and the riparian shoreline has recovered to its natural state not seen in more than 80 years.
VIDEO: The damage water fluoridation does from an environmental perspective, YT, May 10

BURLINGTON, MAY 9 – The London Majors pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of five Burlington errors in a season-opening 10-1 win over the Bandits Saturday afternoon.

In Barrie, the defending IBL champion Barrie Baycats defeated the Guelph Royals 6-2.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON SCORES (MAY 10): Hamilton Cardinals 7, Brantford Red Sox 6; Kitchener Panthers 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 4.

The 2015 home-opener of the London Majors Baseball Club is on Friday, May 15 at 7:35 pm at Labatt Park when they host the Hamilton Cardinals.

The London Majors: the tradition continues in 2015

By Barry Wells

While many Londoners are aware the City of London-owned Labatt Park ~ the world's oldest baseball grounds, since 1877 ~ is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, few people know how it came about. Here's the story:

Back in the early 1990s when the AA London Tigers were still in town (1989-1993), former London Mayor Tom Gosnell made the suggestion to the local heritage advisory committee that Labatt Park qualified as a heritage property and to consider pursuing it. Unfortunately, the idea died on the vine, for two reasons:

1. At the time in London, appreciation for "sports and cultural heritage" hadn't reached full bloom. London still had the mindset that only the bricks and mortar of "built heritage" were worthy of heritage protection.

2. The London Tigers had no idea what heritage designation would entail, so it scared them. They wanted nothing to do with it.

After the Tigers left London for New Jersey in 1993, then-Coun. Gary Williams stood up during a council meeting and made a suggestion regarding selling Labatt Park for a condo development ~ even though the park's in the floodplain and exempt from any new development except in rare circumstances.

That's when the volunteer group The Friends of Labatt Park formed, successfully lobbying city council to designate the ballpark under the Ontario Heritage Act twenty-one years ago in 1994, with a well-attended plaque unveiling at the park on Canada Day prior to a London Majors' doubleheader against the IBL's Toronto Maple Leafs.

 Cindy Hartman: a passion for sharing Old East London's cultural history, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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BREAKING NEWS, MAY 7: US Appeal Court says NSA's phone spying program exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden is illegal, ACLU, May 7

NEW YORK – In a landmark decision, a US federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful. You know, the spying NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed and had to flee the country over.
How Canada made the Koch brothers very very rich, NO, May 7

City's inside workers poised to strike on May 23

750 members of London's Civic Employees ~ CUPE Local 101, aka the City's "inside workers," have set the date of Sat. May 23 at 12:01 am to walk off the job if they don't have a signed collective agreement at that time.

CUPE Local 101 members (non-managerial staff) perform a wide variety of duties for the City of London, including parks and recreation office staff, planning staff, social services staff and all office staff at city hall. The union local's membership voted 91 percent in support of strike action last March 20, 2015.

UberX vehicle rollover in South Florida; UberX still refuses to conform with the law, SFSS, May 7

"Uber has threatened to pull its business from Broward County if a new set of laws that were passed in April are enforced. The new laws require insurance, background checks with fingerprinting and licensing for drivers.

"The company's website says it carries $1-million commercial liability insurance for drivers for the duration of a fare. [if a Uber driver hits another vehicle or a pedestrian without a fare, there's no commercial coverage.]

"County officials say Uber is currently operating illegally at the airport, avoiding fees that drivers-for-hire are required to pay to the county. Most also do not have proper licenses and permits to operate in Broward, according to the county, which said it has issued 250 fines to Uber drivers that add up to $35,000 from August 1 through January 23.

"Otaran [Uber driver] does not have a chauffeur registration, which county law requires for such drivers."

ORANGE CRUSH: The PC era in Alberta is over after nearly 44 years
The Communist Hordes have seized power in the Free Province of Alberta!

BREAKING NEWS, MAY 6: Hell has frozen over. The NDP has won a majority government in Alberta. Rachel Notley (pictured left) has been elected premier of Alberta. Jim Prentice, the PC Leader, has resigned and is leaving politics.

NDP 53, Wildrose 21, PC 10, Liberal 1, Alberta Party 1 (One riding is officially tied; 44 seats is a majority government in Alberta's 87-seat legislature).

The NDP went from 4 to 53 or 54 seats and the PCs lost 48 or 49.

There's a tie vote in Calgary-Glenmore: PC Linda Johnson and NDP Kazim Anam both at 7,015.

The right-wing nutters at the Moan & Groan Simpleton Club® aren't going to like this.

On May 30, 2015, Labatt Park will have been designated an historic site 21 years under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Melting Arctic ice affecting weather patterns, scientists say, CBC, May 5

VIDEO: A protesting UberX driver discusses UberX and its insurance problems, YT, May 5

The Town of Kingsville wisely decides to end the insane practice of water fluoridation, BN, May 5

WAR OF 1812: Battle of Longwoods Re-enactment on Sun. May 3, 2015; drone video by Joe O'Neil, YT, May 4

London Majors split doubleheader with Michigan JetBox

Yesterday afternoon (Sun. May 3) at Labatt Park, the London Majors split an exhibition doubleheader with the Michigan JetBox.

Game 1: Michigan JetBox 10, London Majors 8 (nine innings)
Game 2: London Majors 11, Michigan JetBox 6. (nine innings)

The Majors' home-opener at Labatt Park is Friday, May 15 at 7:45 pm against the Hamilton Cardinals.

Burying nuclear waste under Lake Huron; report expected this week, CBC, May 3

Uber founder Travis Kalanick shut down his former business venture after getting hit with $250-billion-worth of copyright infringement lawsuits, TA, May 1

Uber PR's latest trick: impersonating its drivers to try and scam journalists, P, May 2

INSURANCE WOES: Uber denies liability after one of its drivers kills six-year-old in Frisco, G, May 1

INSURANCE WOES REDUX: Uber driver kills pedestrian in New York City, YN, May 1

VICARIOUS LIABILITY: UberX says their insurance only covers drivers when they actually have a passenger inside the vehicle. Not when they're waiting for a call, on the way to a call or driving away from dropping off a passenger. You can imagine what a judge will think about that dodgy BS. Namely, "whether or not you have insurance coverage is irrelevant. You're on the hook for damages, regardless. You can fight it out with your insurance company later."
Ford will demolish its Ford Talbotville plant, STWN, ay 1

Author Michael Coren leaves RC Church over gay issue, NP, May 1

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Cindy Hartman: a passion for sharing Old East London's cultural history

The first Supertest gas station opened in London, Ontario on May 23, 1923 at 362 Dundas Street, between Waterloo and Colborne streets (north side, where the London Executive Suites building is today).

Yodelling in the Canyon, Apr. 30, 2015
Barry Wells

Local history enthusiast and facebook friend Cindy Hartman recently sent me a 90-year-old business advertorial from the November 21, 1925 edition of The London Free Press, about the long-gone Davis Taxi Service opening its new cab headquarters at 742 Richmond Street, south of Oxford Street (the building is still there, north of the Campus Hi-Fi Restaurant).

Cindy's aware I'd written an unpublished, 103-page history about London's vehicle-for-hire industry from 1855 to 2005, a decade ago (Murder, Madness and Mayhem, London's Cab Industry Has It All) and rightly figured I'd be interested in the article.

Cindy is co-administrator, along with Londoner Colin Duck, of the Vintage London facebook group page, which, in my opinion, has the best collection of historical London photos on the Internet. Her photographs of former gas stations and repair garages in London recall an often-ignored part of London's business and cultural history.

For example, the Imperial Oil Company was founded in London in 1880, as was Supertest Petroleum in 1923 by John Gordon Thompson (1894-1982) and the Red Star gas station chain, Sterling Fuels and Arrow Petroleum, founded by Joe McManus (1907-1976).

Cindy and her husband, Jim (who's an automotive "hot rodder"), have operated Hartman's Auto Repair since 1988 at 1120 Dundas Street East, across from the former Kellogg's factory, with the help of their sons.

 Daredevil Robert Overacker, 39, flew over Niagara Falls on a jetski Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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Civic Meetings-Events in London, ON, from Thur. Apr. 30 ===>

BREAKING NEWS, APR. 28: Here's a first in Major League Baseball history ~ Baltimore Oriole's home game tomorrow afternoon against the Chicago White Sox will be closed to the public due to civil unrest after the Baltimore cops may have snapped a Black man's neck (Freddie Gray, 25), BC, Apr. 28

BREAKING: Tickets for the White Sox-Orioles' Game tomorrow at Camden Yards are the hottest item in Baltimore. Even scalpers can't get 'em!

Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 when running from officers. He was transported to the police station in a van, with no seat restraint and suffered the spinal injury that led to his death a week later. A lawyer for Gray's family says his spine was 80% severed at the neck while in custody. Six officers have been suspended and the US Justice Department is investigating for possible civil rights violations.
Via Rail to make London its Southwestern Ontario hub, LCN, Apr. 28

Tax deadline extended to May 5 due to government error, LFP, Apr. 28

Exhibition Doubleheader at Labatt Park on Sunday, May 3

Michigan JetBox Manager Jim Corte and London Majors' Manager Roop Chanderdat

The London Majors Baseball Club host the Michigan JetBox at Labatt Park on Sunday, May 3 at 1 pm for a pre-season exhibition doubleheader.

The 3rd-baseline concession stand will be open. Dogs cooped up all winter are welcome at the park on a leash.

Parking is available behind the 3rd-baseline stands (drive in, turn left).

WEATHER FORECAST: Mainly sunny, some cloudy periods, with a high of 22C.

Labatt Park is the World's Oldest Baseball Grounds, 1877-2015 (138 years).

VIDEO: What would happen if government did the right thing and stopped water fluoridation?

Fluoride is a highly volatile neurotoxin and governments have been dumping it into the public drinking water for more than a half-century. Truly mind-boggling. Now they don't want to admit it was a Huge Mistake, so on it goes.
BREAKING NEWS: The US lowers acceptable levels of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in 50 years, TG, Apr. 27

Various cancers and water fluoridation, PubMed, Apr. 27

Get rid of it altogether. Water fluoridation is unnecessary (brush and spit instead), unethical (no informed consent by Londoners), unsafe (it accumulates in our bodies) and ineffective (only works by topical application, not by drinking it).
Montreal Taxi Bureau has seized 40 UBER vehicles since mid-February, CBC, Apr. 27

Six Ottawa UBER drivers plead guilty to taxi licensing by-law charges. OC, Apr. 27

BREAKING NEWS: Baseball Legend Jim Fanning, 87, has died, Apr. 25

Gentleman Jim Fanning has died in London, LFP, Apr. 25

RETROSPECTIVE: The Rolling Stones, Off the Hook, Unplugged & Disconnected, by Barry Wells, LY, Apr. 25

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: The Rolling Stones in London, Ontario on April 26, 1965, CTV-London, Apr. 23

You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to realize every effort should be made to protect the integrity of our public drinking water. Or do you? LY, Apr. 23

The federal Competition Bureau likes UBER-style cab services, CB, Apr. 21

Donald Trump's misogynist tweet about Hillary Clinton before he removed it, T, Apr. 20

Music legend Willie Nelson, 81, to roll out his own brand of marijuana called 'Willie's Reserve', G&M, Apr. 20

FORCED MEDICINE: The insane philosophy behind water fluoridation

The Ballad of Mike Puffy, NP, Apr. 19

Secret documents reveal structure of Islamic terror group ISIS, SO, Apr. 19

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What a Way to Go!

THE OL' COLLEGE TRY: A number of people have tried to ride over the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, but nobody had a crazier plan than Robert Overacker, 39 (married, no children).

On October 1, 1995, shortly before 12:35 pm this Camarillo, California daredevil entered the Niagara River on his jetski near the Canadian Niagara Power Plant and started speeding toward the falls.

His plan was to ride a rocket-boosted jetski over the falls and parachute to safety.

The problem was that water tends to make things wet. Not only did the rocket fail to fire, but his parachute failed to open as he plummeted over the edge. He never stood a chance.

When you hit water from that height (180 feet) it's like hitting cement ~ not to mention the jagged rocks at the bottom of the falls.

Click on "read more" to watch a short YouTube video of Robert Overacker's ride into oblivion on October 1, 1995.

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 Water Fluoridation is Unnecessary, Unethical, Unsafe and Ineffective, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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Turmoil in the Sacred Groves of Academe (Alumni Fundraising)

BREAKING NEWS, APR. 17: Western University president Amit Chakma (pictured left) has survived a non-confidence vote by Western's Senate during an open, roll-call vote (not a secret ballot) of 49 against the motion of non-confidence, 30 in support. 5 abstained.

A second non-confidence motion against the chairperson of Western University's Board of Governors, Chirag Shah, was defeated by Western's Senate, 46-20. 21 abstained.

The non-confidence votes are a first for Western University and likely a first for any major Ontario university.

Shortly thereafter the various factions of senators retired to private chambers to hoist a few glasses of vintage grog from the well-stocked wine cellar of Gibbons Lodge. Onward, Upward!

Mike Duffy's makeup, fitness sessions paid for from office research budget, trial hears, TS, Apr. 16

EXCLUSIVE: A photograph (no photo-shopping whatsoever) of suspended Senator Mike (The Ol' Duff) Duffy sans makeup. Looking good, Duff!

London can't get no Satisfaction, LFP, Apr. 16

The Rolling Stones promised in 1965 they'd return to London to finish their concert which was halted by a so-called "riot." In fact, the real reason the concert was stopped was the concert promoter, Pat Quinn (manager at Sayvette's), was unable to pay the balance of the band's fee because Gardens' management seized the box office receipts (to cover the damage at the front doors), which resulted in the Stones' manager cutting the power to the amps. That's when it really hit the fan.
Nearly 98% of Europe has banned water fluoridation, TFP, Apr. 15

Why? Because the fluoride used is a toxic industrial waste that has no business being added to our drinking water at any level of concentration

COMING UP THIS FRIDAY: Western's Senate will consider a motion of non-confidence in President Amit Chakma on Friday, April 17 at 1:30pm in the New Ivey building, Room 1100.
New SOHO Market opens on Fri. Apr. 24 at 4 pm at the Goodwill Centre on Horton

FREE TICKETS to the London Majors-Brantford Red Sox game at Labatt Park on Sunday, June 21st (Father's Day)

Just noticed (Apr. 13) that local publication SCENE magazine is no longer published every two weeks. It's now a monthly. Down to 13 issues from 25 annually.
Today (Apr. 13), Post Media took over The London Free Press. LFP staff received "Welcome" e-mails from Post Media.

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Water Fluoridation is Unnecessary, Unethical, Unsafe and Ineffective

Canada's leading authority on water fluoridation and preventive dentistry is Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc PhD (Biochemistry) DDS, Former Head, Preventive Dentistry, University of Toronto

Yodelling in the Canyon, April 16, 2015
Barry Wells

It wasn't until five years ago I became interested in London's 48-year-long practice of water fluoridation, after I discovered I needed hip-replacement surgery in my left hip due to severe osteo-arthritis at age 55.

During discussions with hospital staff leading up to my surgery, several I spoke with said hip and knee replacements were on the rise in younger men and woman – and not just among those with sports-related injuries. While it's only anecdotal evidence, "fluoride in our drinking water" as a likely cause came up several times during these conversations, sparking my interest in the subject.

Prior to that, like most people, I never gave water fluoridation much thought. I'd scanned documents on city hall agendas over the years from anti-fluoridation activist Chris Gupta, a professional engineer, as far back as the early 1990s, but didn't pay much attention to them, figuring the Middlesex-London Heath Unit was on top of the issue.

But as I researched the subject over the next few years, several facts became apparent:

1. Water fluoridation's supporters and opponents alike agree that fluoride (more accurately "Hydrofluorosilicic Acid" or HFS) only helps to prevent dental decay by topical application, not by ingesting or drinking it. This agreed-upon fact alone should end the Great Fluoride Debate since we're able to brush our teeth with fluoridated toothpaste and spit it out as recommended to avoid ingesting fluoride, a proven neurotoxin.

Given their admission fluoride only works by topical application, it's surprising fluoridation supporters don't drink shampoo to wash their hair or drink sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. If brushing with toothpaste and spitting it out isn't good enough for their teeth, why just wash their hair with shampoo? Better to drink it as well to get the full body effect, right?

The nonsensical argument from some fluoride supporters, however, is the poor among us can't afford to purchase a toothbrush nor paste or be bothered to brush their teeth, so everyone in town has to drink fluoridated tap water whether they want to or not – unless they install a costly reverse-osmosis filter system to remove about 90% of the fluoride from their tap water.

The kicker is that by adding Hydrofluorosilicic Acid to our water, fluoride accumulates over time in our bones, tissue and organs, which, according to a growing body of scientific evidence, can cause a variety of serious health problems, particularly in the very young and the elderly. This ongoing accumulation makes London's purported safe concentration of HFA in our drinking water of 0.7 mg/L a bit of a joke. Not only does everyone drink varying amounts of tap water daily, it builds up in our bodies to boot – something most fluoride proponents refuse to talk about.

2. Water fluoridation is unnecessary (brush and spit instead), unethical (no informed consent by Londoners), unsafe (it accumulates in our bodies) and ineffective (only works by topical application, not by drinking it).

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Tonight (Apr. 13) at the Strategic Priorities & Policy Committee:

The Musicians of Orchestra London plan passes 11-3, subject to the London Arts Council (Andrea Halwa, executive director) providing a report detailing how the (up to) $300K will be spent.

All money will be withheld until the report is delivered and approved.

Councillors Mo Salih, Bill Armstrong and Jesse Helmer were opposed.

Toronto Maple Leafs say they'll win the Stanley Cup next year for sure, TS, Apr. 12

The Snake (Burmese Python) that's eating Florida, NYT, Apr. 11

A Misguided Carry-Over Project from the Last Council ~ nearly $300K Down the Rabbit Hole

REMEMBER THIS ONE?: Is there anything going on with the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund and London Hydro regarding the potential sale and redevelopment of the publicly owned land at 111 Horton St. East (adjacent to Labatt's Brewery) or is this ill-advised project finally dead in the water?

Inquiring minds want to know. Background Story by Barry Wells HERE.

LFP story from May 15, 2014 HERE.

Western's fundraising call centre ceases operations temporarily after Chakma scandal, WG, Mar. 10

Harper hailed Mike Duffy as a great Senator in the past, TS, Apr. 10

REBIRTH: City funding for a new Orchestra? LFP, Apr. 8

DAY TWO: Puffy McDuffy on trial for slurping too hard at the Senate trough, NP, Mar. 8

IVORY TOWER GOVERNANCE ISSUES: Amit Chakma's contract was approved by a board committee, not the full board of governors, LFP, Apr. 3

50 YEARS LATER: Push on to have The Stones return to London

BREAKING NEWS, APR. 2: John Winston, executive director of Tourism London, is trying to get the Rolling Stones to play the Western Fair District in early-to-mid July 2015 during their 15-city North American ("Zip Code") tour when they'll be near Southwestern Ontario.

The Western Fair District is now aggressively pursuing concerts for its new concert setup inside the outdoor oval racetrack (15K to 20K people) for the summer months, prior to the annual fair in September, with entertainment company Live Nation. For example, Van Halen is scheduled to perform at the Western Fair on August 5th.

The problem, likely insurmountable, is the Stones' upcoming Zip Code Tour is being handled by AEGLive-Concerts West, not Live Nation.

Watch for a segment about this story on CTV-London tonight at 6 pm (Thur. Apr. 2) by Bryan Bicknell. Watch the CTV-News video HERE about the Rolling Stones and London.

BACKGROUND STORY BY BARRY WELLS HERE: The Rolling Stones promised in 1965 they'd return to London to finish their concert which was halted by a so-called "riot." In fact, the real reason the concert was stopped was the concert promoter, Pat Quinn (manager at Sayvette's), was unable to pay the balance of the band's fee because Gardens management seized the box office receipts (to cover the damage at the front doors), which resulted in the Stones' manager cutting the power to the amps.

Paul Cheng, off the mark as usual, making excuses, TMR, Apr. 2

BREAKING NEWS: Western's president Amit Chakma says he will be returning $440K to Western; Western says a retired judge will review the university's compensation practices, WG, Apr. 1

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The McLarty Party of Canada's 15-Point Plan for Downtown Revitalization

During the past 50 years, Londoners have paid more than $225-million for a variety of public projects to rejuvenate the downtown, with limited success. Well, folks, the cavalry has finally arrived, courtesy of the McLarty Party of Canada®, a registered political party and non-profit think tank founded in London three years ago by a public-spirited consortium of award-winning corn growers, hog farmers and agricultural economists.

At no cost to the City of London, here's the executive summary of the McLarty Party's 15-Point Plan for Downtown Revitalization, a 319-page document soon-to-land with a thump on the mayor's desk at 300 Dufferin Avenue:

PRIMO LOCATION: London's downtown is strategically located at the forks of the Thames River, smack-dab in the middle of The Great Lakes Triangle and the pork-producing heartland of Southwestern Ontario. Nearby are four border crossings into the USA at Sarnia-Port Huron, Windsor-Detroit, Fort Erie-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York.

Bisecting the city's southernmost acreage is the 401 NAFTA Superhighway, stretching 508.2 miles from the Quebec border in the east to Windsor, Ontario in the west. With 75,000 vehicles per day travelling through London on the 401, we need to devise strategies to redirect some of this traffic to the city centre. Shedding our image as The Sleepy Town that Fun Forgot™ is essential.

1. Remove all metal tree sculptures in downtown London by sawing them off flush with the sidewalk. Replant the metal trees in Reg Cooper Square, thereby creating a "mini-forest."

2. Direct Ivan Listar, London's urban forester, to collaborate with ReForest London and Andrew Macpherson in parks planning at city hall to plant 500 indigenous trees and shrubs in the core in specially designed, raised planters on sidewalks, parking lots and road allowances wherever possible. We need more songbirds, shrubbery and shade downtown.

3. Waive annual food truck licensing fees for five years so Stobies Pizza and the Honey-Bee Ham Company® can put at least two food trucks each on the road. If we're going to eat pizza and ham sandwiches on the go, it might as well be Stobies and succulent Honey-Bee Ham on a Bun.

4. Erect bronze statues of the iconic Labatt's Blue and 50 Ale stubby bottles in the Covent Garden Market's public square, to celebrate London's 180-year-old brewing heritage. A city focused on beer is a happy city, noting craft breweries are popping up like the flowers in May.

5. Organize an annual Melon Festival for the Covent Garden Market's public square in August. Since London is the Intellectual Hub of Southwestern Ontario™ thanks to our institutions of higher learning, Big Melons are a good fit for showcasing nature's bounty.

6. Erect a bronze statue to The Famous San Diego Chicken, professional sports' most famous mascot created by London-born-and-raised Ted Giannoulas. Ted began his unique sports-related career changing the old manual scoreboard at Labatt Park in the mid-1960s for 25-cents a game. He's been contacted and endorses the idea.

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AMIT CHAKMA: Western University's Thuper-Duper Thuperman. London's Million-Dollar Man of the Month. Go to the Head of the Class. See the latest LFP story HERE. This fiasco is the talk of the Ontario legislature. There's a private members' bill in the works which stands a reasonable chance of being enacted into law. The NDP MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler, is introducing it to prevent a repeat. The Chakma Bill.
Joni Mitchell in intensive care after being found unconscious at her home, BN, Apr. 1

Cheng spent a big chunk of cash

MAR. 31, 2015: Runner-up mayoral candidate Paul Cheng says (from Saudia Arabia) he spent more than $126K of his own cash for his 2014 mayoral campaign and that he tried to file his 2014 campaign financial statements electronically with the city clerk's office but that they were rejected. He was told he had to file them in person.

Under the Municipal Elections Act, campaign financial statements must be signed by the candidate in front of the city clerk or by a notary public-commissioner of oaths. Cheng did neither.

Cheng is now barred from running in the 2018 municipal election in London. AM980's interview with Paul Cheng HERE.

* LFP story HERE.

The campaign financial statements are in and the Fontana-Swantana Crew were crushed like bugs despite spending big bucks, LFP, Mar. 30

Mayor Matt Brown spent $203K on his campaign (a record for London) and Sandy White claims $12K for fundraising (say what?) while Orser donated $500 to his pseudo-rival's campaign (Fiona Graham), CTV-London, Mar. 28

"Ousted councillor Sandy White claimed a $12,000 expense for fundraising, detailing a barbeque in August which lost money. The result helped keep her under the spending limit.

"Stephen Orser donated $500 to Fiona Graham, a candidate who was challenging him but also lost in Ward 4." ~ From CTV-London story

Loreta Ferrer, Steve Orser's girlfriend of a few years, is listed on Fiona Graham's campaign financial statements as donating $300 to her campaign ~ for a total of $800 (the vast majority of Fiona Graham's $1,071.89 campaign).

Too bad it didn't work out for White, Orser or Graham.

MORE TREES PLEASE: London's Million Tree Challenge ramping up to Canada's 150th Birthday in 2017, LFP, Mar. 24

Toboggan craft beer coming soon to Jim Bob Ray's on Richmond Row, LFP, Mar. 24

Fibre-optic grant plan for London's downtown, LFP, Mar. 24

Despite a comprehensive survey in 2008 which identified animals as the most popular attraction at Storybook Gardens, kiss them all goodbye, LFP, Mar. 24

When City staff made the following statement in its original 2008 Storybook Gardens Business Plan: "Although the reduction to only farm animals is quite attractive from a financial perspective, it would have a drastic impact on the marketability of Storybook Gardens and we recommend maintaining a 'Modified Zoo and Farm,'” it speaks volumes no matter what they say or do later.
91% strike mandate for City of London's CUPE Local 101 workers

* 91% of approx. 760 "inside workers" for the City of London have voted in favour of going on strike if a new collective agreement cannot be reached.

* membership voted on Thurs. Mar. 19.

* current three-year contract expired on December 31st, 2014.

* reached an impasse 18 days ago on March 5th.

* negotiation process ongoing, union has requested a conciliator from the Ministry of Labour.

* most recent general membership meeting of CUPE Local 101 was on Tuesday, Mar 24 at St. Peter's Auditorium at 533 Clarence Street.

OPEN HOUSE: Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project

MOVING DAY: November 12, 2014

WHERE: Beth Emanuel Church, 430 Grey Street, London, Ontario.
WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2015 from 12 noon to 6:30pm and Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9am to 6:30pm.
PROGRAM: To celebrate the moving of the Fugitive Slave Chapel last November 12th. Drop in and see what we’ve done. Talk to those who have been involved. Let us know your ideas. View displays and learn the history. Meet and greet those who brought the Chapel home. Coffee, tea and light snacks all day. Free Dinner at 5pm each day.

MORE INFO: 519-433-4311
Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project website

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My Name is Barry and I'm an Internet-aholic in Need of Therapy

Yodelling in the Canyon, Mar. 19, 2015
Barry Wells

On a recent Friday night, I was happily surfing the Internet while gorging myself on the golden goodness of a box of Twinkies™ when my desktop computer suddenly froze, forcing me to reboot to get back online.

After the reboot, it was impossible to reconnect to the Internet – something that's never happened since I purchased this Hewlett-Packard computer after my beloved Apple desktop died last October in a puff of smoke.

I figured my connectivity problem may have had something to do with me accidentally downloading an AVG anti-virus program when I was busy on the phone earlier in the day, thinking I was clicking "close" when I mistakenly hit "download." But, who knows? I'm not the best at multi-tasking and have the scars, burns and abrasions to prove it.

In any event, several hours of exploring various troubleshooting programs, plus an early morning call to my Internet Service Provider's tech-support line were futile, since I was unable to access my Windows® control panel for some diabolical reason known only to Satan and his devious disciple Bill Gates.

Truth be known, going from an Apple computer to a PC with Microsoft-Windows' software is like driving a $250 Bondo Buggy after owning a fully-loaded Lincoln Continental.

CARPET CHEWING: In the past when my computer pooched, my reaction has been to frantically chew the carpet, chain-smoke funny, hand-rolled cigarettes and pound back a dozen or so bottles of warm Labatt's 50 Ale. Not good for the blood pressure nor the kanooter valves in the ol' ticker.

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Non-existent children's remedy invented by CBC Marketplace approved by Health Canada, SBP, Mar. 17

Corrupt to the Core, Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, SC, Mar. 17

BREAKING NEWS: Health Canada says it has finally found a peer-reviewed toxicological study by two top North American scientists employed by the aluminum and fertilizer industries (pictured above) who say water fluoridation is a good thing for humans, including infants, seniors and those suffering from thyroid and kidney disease.

VIDEO: I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover (classic song)

Water fluoridation linked to higher ADHD rates, Newsweek, Mar. 14

TIME TO END WATER FLUORIDATION: 'Canada's leading authority on water fluoridation and preventive dentistry, Dr. Hardy Limeback (BSc, PhD, DDS), vigorously opposes water fluoridation after being a strong proponent of it earlier in his career in dentistry.'

* Excellent article about water fluoridation from Dr. Hardy Limeback's blog.

Water fluoridation is unnecessary (brush and spit instead), unethical (no informed consent), unsafe (fluoride accumulates in bones, tissue and organs over time) and ineffective (only works by topical application not by drinking it).

Water fluoridation has been discontinued or banned by several countries, including Germany, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel ~ not exactly countries known to be anti-science.

Why? Because the best scientific evidence shows that fluoride accumulates over time in our bones, tissue and organs, causing a variety of health problems. Health Canada, however, supports water fluoridation, despite the fact it has no toxicological studies on file to support its safe use.

FYI: Fluoride in our water is gleaned from industrial scrubbers (a hazardous waste), so instead of the factory having to take the toxin to a hazardous waste dump, it's sold to municipalities to put into our public drinking water.

Currently, about 372 million people (about 5.7% of the world's population) are forced to drink artificially-fluoridated water via their respective public water supply systems, including those living in London, Ontario, Canada.

London, Ontario, conducted a ballot question in 1966 (nearly half a century ago), before most Londoners alive today were either of voting age or born. Water fluoridation has been in place ever since.

Even supporters of water fluoridation admit fluoride only helps to prevent dental caries by topical application. So why are we drinking it?

Do you drink hair shampoo to wash your hair? Do you drink sunblock to prevent sunburn? Why drink fluoridated water?

Canada's leading authority on water fluoridation and preventive dentistry, Dr. Hardy Limeback (BSc, PhD, DDS), vigorously opposes water fluoridation after being a strong proponent of it earlier in his career in dentistry.

London Police change their tune regarding abused woman charged with child abandonment, issue warrant for boyfriend, LFP, Mar. 14

Abandoned baby case investigation raises several concerns, LFP, Mar. 13

BREAKING NEWS, MAR. 12: The Goderich-Huron YMCA at the Maitland Recreation Centre at 190 Suncoast Drive East in Goderich has been evacuated due to a chemical spill (heat pump leak). Two or three staff members are in the hospital for observation. Fumes got into the building's ventilation system. Developing ...

The London Yodeller ~ Current edition: Thur. Mar. 5, 2015; Next edition: Thur. Mar. 19, 2015 ~ Arts. News. Attitude.

According to Western University's Medical School, regular yodelling increases your life expectancy by 7.5 years.

MAR. 10: City council voted 14-0 to save three of the seven remaining buildings in the former Victoria Hospital complex on South and Hill streets ~ for now. If the City of London finds no takers to help develop the properties, the preservation of these three buildings can always be revisited.

Namely, the Colborne Building, the older part of the War Memorial Children's Hospital and the Heath Services Building. Demolition of the other four buildings will not likely occur until next year.

The first 100 days of London's new city council, LFP, Mar. 6

Major demolition decision looms for seven remaining buildings on old Victoria Hospital lands, TMR, Mar. 4

UP ON THE ROOF: Student nurses enjoy the rooftop patio at the Gartshore Nurses' Residence on South Street in the late 1920s. PHOTO: From the London Health Sciences Centre Archives

City staff are recommending the demolition of five remaining buildings (two on South Street and three on Hill Street), while preserving two (Colborne Building and War Memorial Children's Building).

The matter goes before a special meeting of the planning and environment committee at city hall on Mon. Mar. 9 at 2 pm, then on to full city council the following day on Tues. Mar. 10.

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Hubba Hubba, Goodyear Rubba! A Goodbye Kiss to Londoners

Yodelling in the Canyon, Mar. 5, 20015
Barry Wells

Excerpt from current Council Members' Expense Policy: “expenses relating to normal ‘wear and tear’ of the primary vehicle used for City business such as gas receipts, oil changes, tires, brakes, parking and other fluid changes/ fills” are eligible for reimbursement.

Late last month, ace city hall blogger Gina Barber published a column called, A tired council expense policy (Feb. 21, London Civic Watch), revealing that four of the six councillors defeated in last October's civic election – Bud Polhill, Joe Swan, Steve Orser and Sandy White – had each expensed a new set of tires for their personal vehicles in November, shortly before the new council was sworn-in on December 1, 2014.

A goodbye kiss to London taxpayers, so to speak, as they left the building.

Two days later on Feb. 23, The London Free Press picked up Barber's scoop (gleaned from recently-released information on the City's website) and fleshed it out further. Turns out all four defeated councillors had purchased their new tires and had them installed at Bud Polhill Automotive on 561 Admiral Court in London's east end – including Bud Polhill.

Just like the slogan from the 1974 Richard Lester film, The Four Muskateers, it was a case of All for One and Fun for All. Hubba Hubba, Bud Polhill's got the Rubba!

Polhill, the only muskateer to speak to the media (initially), says he purchased the new tires from himself, installed them and then billed the City of London via his city hall expense account. The other three reportedly paid Buddy Boy by credit card, then sought and received reimbursement from their respective expense accounts, with an annual limit of $15,000.

Under the Council Members' Expense Policy cited above – one put in place by our often-controversial 2010-2014 city council dubbed the "Worst Council Ever" – the tire purchase expense is clearly permitted, but to say the optics and timing are sketchy is an understatement. Prior to 2010, only fuel costs for personal vehicles could be expensed on a documented per-kilometre basis, when travelling on City business.

Hilariously, Polhill says he had no idea his three "Fontana Ate" council pals were going to expense the City as he did. As far as good ol' Bud knew, his council confederates were merely paying customers who wandered into his automotive garage looking for new rubber before the snow flies and what they did after the purchase and tire installation was none of his concern.

In other words it was no biggie, just another coincidence, similar to the time the Fontana Ate bumped into each other in the pre-booked backroom of Billy T's Tap & Grill at 1600 Highbury Avenue North on a Saturday in February 2013, immediately before council was to finalize its annual, billion-dollar City budget. At the time, Mr. Polhill said the impromptu backroom meeting was to help plan his 50th wedding anniversary. Few bought it, including the provincial ombudsman.

 1. ABBEY ROAD LIVE, 24-7 WEB CAMERA ~ 2. Guy Lombardo's Tempo VII Hydroplane  ?

A 24-7 live video camera in London, England at the world-famous Beatles' zebra crossing on Abbey Road near Abbey Road Studios, a streetscape made famous by the cover of their 1969 LP, Abbey Road.

All kinds of funny stuff happens here around the clock. A tourist attraction.

Best to watch the Live Camera link while listening to the Abbey Road LP (Full Album, Click on Album Cover)

Click on the Lombardo images immediately below to hear The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven

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.