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 2014 London Majors' Home Games (Regular Season)  ?

2014 Regular Season Home Games of the IBL's London Majors Baseball Club

Intercounty Baseball League

All home games of the London Majors are played at historic Labatt Park:

April 2014

* Sat. Apr. 26, Michigan Jet Box at London, 1pm (exhibition game #1)
* Sun. Apr. 27, Michigan Jet Box at London, 1pm (exhibition game #2)

May 2014

* Fri. May 16, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm (2014 IBL Homeopener)
* Fri. May 23, Brantford at London, 7:35pm
* Sun. May 25, Barrie at London, 1:05pm
* Fri. May 30, Burlington at London, 7:35pm

June 2014

* Sat. June 7, Hamilton at London, 7:35pm
* Fri. June 13, Toronto at London, 7:45pm
* Sun. June 15, Brantford at London, 1:05pm
* Fri. June 20, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm
* Sat. June 21, Brantford at London, 7:35pm
* Sun. June 22, Guelph at London, 1:05pm
* Fri. June 27, Burlington at London, 7:35pm

July 2014

* Tues. July 1, Toronto at London, 6:05pm (Fireworks)
* Fri. July 4, Guelph at London, 7:35pm
* Sun. July 6, Barrie at London, 1:05pm (DH)
* Fri. July 11, Kitchener at London, 7:35pm
* Fri. July 18, Toronto at London, 7:45pm
* Sat. July 26, Hamilton at London, 7:35pm

Playoffs begin

Labatt Park in August 2008 during Game 7 of the IBL Championship Series against the Brantford Red Sox

 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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  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Thurs. Apr. 24 ===>

  • The London Yodeller ~ Barry Wells Archive, TLY, Apr. 24


    The Thurs. Apr. 24, 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, the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street and Phantastica Oddities and Curiosities Shop at 232 Dundas Street ~ or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition at

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. May. 8.

    Baseball's Back at the World's Oldest Baseball Grounds

    Michigan Jet Box vs. the London Majors at Labatt Park last Apr. 27, 2013. PHOTO: Stephen Harding

    Barry Wells
    Yodelling in the Canyon©

    On Sat. Apr. 26 and Sun. Apr. 27 at 1 pm, the London Majors Baseball Club host the Michigan Jet Box Baseball Club at historic Labatt Park for their two annual exhibition games, kicking off the 2014 baseball season for both teams. Spring training weekend, if you will.

    Admission is only $5 per adult and $2 for seniors, students and children 12 and under, for each game at the riverforks. Bill Ross's third-baseline concession stand will be open for business as usual.

    Jet Box Baseball was established 45 years ago in 1969 in Detroit, Michigan and has been managed by Jim Corte ever since. While the London Majors have competed in the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) since 1925 and the Jet Box play in the Canadian-American Senior League, the two teams established a friendly cross-border rivalry about seven years ago, with Jet Box making the annual trip to Labatt Park each April.

    Corte, 62, managed the Jet Box to the Can-Am Senior League Championship in 2012 and a runner-up finish in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division World Series in Louisville, Kentucky, the same year.

    The London Majors last won the IBL regular-season pennant in 2008 (losing to the Brantford Red Sox in the championship series four games to three) and the IBL championship in 1975 with former Detroit Tigers' pitcher, Mike (Killer) Kilkenny.

    The Majors' IBL home-opener is set for Fri. May 16 at 7:35 pm at Labatt Park against the Kitchener Panthers. The complete, regular-season home schedule for the Majors can be found in the left-hand galley of Tickets are best purchased at the gate just prior to game time or online at

    Ice-cold beer is sold at all IBL home games of the Majors ~ in a ballpark with the Best Grass in Southwestern Ontario. Who can argue with baseball, cold beer and good grass?

     Blatant electioneering on the City of London's website, Part II, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    Heritage building in the core slated for immediate demolition

    According to Peter Kokkoros, the City of London's Deputy-Chief Building Official, the vacant designated heritage building in downtown London (via a heritage conservation district) at 95 King Street (across from Budweiser Gardens) is slated for immediate demolition due to structural problems. The building is owned by one of York Developments' numbered companies.
    City Clerk Cathy Saunders removes 13 pages of electioneering profiles of incumbent councillors from City's website after second written complaint

    THIS JUST IN: The City of London has finally removed the electioneering profiles of the incumbents from its website (Apr. 22):

    Good Morning Mr. Wells:

    I can advise that the biographical information regarding the Councillors has been removed from the City's website.


    Cathy Saunders, MPA, RPP
    City Clerk
    City of London
    300 Dufferin Avenue
    London, Ontario N6A 4L9
    519-661-2500 x 4937

  • PLEASE NOTE: you can read four of the juiciest electioneering profiles in the COMMENTS BELOW (Usher, White, Swan and Orser). They were saved for "posterity" and future reference before they were removed from the City of London's website this morning (Apr. 22).

  • Let's maintain the fairness and integrity of the municipal election

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    THOUGHT DU JOUR, APR. 18: The job and role of the City of London during municipal election campaigns is to ensure fair and proper elections, not promote council incumbents via the City's taxpayer's funded website, by profiling them contrary to London's City Council Policy Manual and the Municipal Elections Act.

    It was a lousy idea to put those spindoctored profiles (some are more spindoctored than others) on the City's website even before the current election period. It cheapens the City ~ just as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal fiasco did last year.

    Profiles that attempt to make the worst of the "Worst. Council. Ever." look like Nobel Peace Prize laureates induce a gag reflex. Such self-accolades belong on the privately funded campaign websites of the individual council members, not the taxpayer-funded City of London site.

    Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher even promoted his public speaking business and book sales on the City of London's website. Also inappropriate.

  • Hello, Gondola Joe. Criminal investigations underway for 12 charitable tax shelters, TS, Apr. 17


    Blatant Electioneering on the City of London's website, Part II

    Chapter 5, Section 28 of London's City Council Policy Manual and the Municipal Elections Act prohibit the use of City of London corporate resources for any form of electioneering during a municipal election year

    London's Council Policy Manual Ch.5. S.28 says, among other things, using City resources to "profile" any municipal election candidate is prohibited

    By Barry Wells
    Another AltLondon Exclusive©

    LAST OCTOBER, I e-mailed a written complaint to the City of London regarding the blatant electioneering (SINCE REMOVED AND CLEANED UP) by several councillors on the City of London's new website.

    I received a timely response from Rob Paynter, the City's relatively new director of corporate communications (he replaced Elaine Gamble in 2013), saying that I misunderstood the situation. i.e., it was OK because it was his idea, not the 14 councillors. A strange response since it was clearly him who misunderstood the situation by allowing such skewed, self-serving profiling to occur in the first place.

    Remember, these type of propaganda-style profiles weren't on the old City of London website.

    I replied to Mr. Paynter, a former editor-in-chief at The London Free Press, to inform him that, in my opinion, it was a lousy idea to have such election-style propaganda on the City's taxpayer-funded, new website (unveiled on Sept. 24, 2014), regardless of who cooked it up.

    So, on the morning of Thurs. Apr. 17, 2014, I sent the following e-mail to Cathy Saunders, London's city clerk (we're now into a municipal election campaign period, as of Jan. 2, 2014). An hour or two later, I also sent the same e-mail to Jim Barber, the City of London's corporate counsel, aka city solicitor:

    Dear Ms. Saunders,

    Why does the City of London permit blatant electioneering by several of the current councillors (seeking re-election) on the City of London website during a municipal election campaign period?

    As I understand it, it was Mr. Robert Paynter's idea in Communications, but it's apparent during an election campaign period in particular, such blatant electioneering should not be permitted as it gives council incumbents an advantage on a taxpayer-funded website (the City of London's).

    The only information that should be listed on places such as here:

    Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser's bio (this is far from the only electioneering-style profile)

    is strictly factual information such as contact information and committees, boards and commissions etc. the council member sits on.

    Several descriptions of online text supplied by the respective council members clearly goes way way beyond that to the point of blatant electioneering during a campaign period. The costs of this sort of positive "spin" should be borne by the incumbent candidates in election brochures and on campaign websites etc.

    A response would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Barry Wells

    A few hours later on Apr. 17, I received the following e-mail from the city clerk (CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE).

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     CARTOON CAPER: Has 'Elmer Fudd' been harassing Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser? By Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    UPCOMING EVENT: Daisy Blue Groff, former singer-guitarist of the band, Painting Daisies, CBC’s Great Canadian Music Dream winners in 2003, is embarking on her first solo tour across Canada and the US to promote her latest album, Sparrow in a Cyclone. She will play at East Village Coffeehouse at 754 Dundas Street East (northeast corner of Dundas and English streets) in London on May 9th, 2014 at 8 pm. Call 226.271.6141 for more information.
  • Paul Cheng registers for mayoral race ~ a former Reform Party candidate (1993) in London North-Centre, PC, Aor. 14

  • Welcome to my office ... in Saudia Arabia?

  • Jeff Fielding named new city manager for Calgary, CBC, Apr. 14

  • Ward 4 Candidate Sheryl Rooth launches campaign website, SR, Apr. 14

  • 'Don't kill the carrot' says council's whackjob, LCW, Apr. 14

  • Former federal Tory finance minister Jim Flaherty, 64, dies suddenly, heart attack suspected, CBC, Apr. 10


    The Thurs. Apr. 10, 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, the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street and Phantastica Oddities and Curiosities Shop at 232 Dundas Street ~ or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition at

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. Apr. 24.

    CARTOON CAPER: Has 'Elmer Fudd' been harassing Ward 4 Coun. Steve (The Beave) Orser?

    Barry Wells
    Yodelling in the Canyon©

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I've known Steve (The Beave) Orser since 1987, but other than occasional group e-mails to all council members on issues of the day, I ended all contact with him nearly four years ago during the late summer of 2010. I am, however, a regular critic of his city hall shenanigans on my news-and-views website,

    Regarding public officials, I believe in giving credit where credit is due and criticism where warranted. On the credit side, I share Orser's opposition to water fluoridation and publicly supported his unsuccessful quest for a ballot question regarding fluoride in our public drinking water.

    STEVE ORSER: A purveyor of thousands and thousands of taxpayer-funded fridge magnets

    "Oh, you dubbuh-cwossing wabbit! You tweachewous miscweant!" ~ Elmer Fudd, one of the fictional Warner Bros. cartoon characters who's the arch-enemy of Bugs Bunny.

    Faithful readers may remember my Mar. 13th column, The Ides of March herald the future for Gondola Joe Fontana, where I wrote about "silly season" at city hall with our 2014 municipal election just seven months away. The following story confirms we've entered the Twilight Zone™.

    On Tues. Mar. 25 on 1290-CJBK-AM with Steve Garrison (plus a follow-up discussion with CJBK's Andy Oudman), Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser gave the most bizarre radio interview in memory and I've been following city hall like hair on a gorilla since 1990. Orser's mind-bending interview with Garrison is seven minutes long and is archived as a podcast on CJBK's website,

    Orser opened the interview on CJBK with "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" ~ a regurgitated line from the 1976, Academy-Award-winning movie, Network, starring Peter Finch as the fed-up television broadcaster, Howard Beale.

    Orser then laid out a convoluted tale of woe, apparently prompted by multiple e-mails, where he alleges he was subject to an "extortion attempt" and an act of "political terrorism" from Tues. Mar. 18 to Sun. Mar. 22, by some evildoer purporting to be a handicapped mute demanding some of Orser's taxpayer-funded fridge magnets.

    You read that right, folks. An evildoer wanting Orser fridge magnets.

     Time to end the embarrassing, hillbilly shenanigans in Ward 4. Junk Removal Day is Oct. 27th, 2014 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, aka Mr. Full-Time, playing run-and-hide from a Western journalism student, W, Apr. 8

  • BILLY T'S FIASCO: Flip-flopping Spud Polhill offers goodwill cash gesture to taxpayers then retracts offer, CTV, Apr. 7


    Time to end the embarrassing, hillbilly shenanigans in Ward 4. Junk Removal Day is Oct. 27th, 2014

    "This company [Medallion Properties, Aaron Bleeman, Vice-President] has backed me in the election!" ~ Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, Apr. 1, 2014 at city council

    Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser 'goes into the ditch' at city council on Apr. 1, 2014, discussing exemptions to development fees. Fontana has to call a five-minute recess while Orser cools off and collects himself after his bully-boy outburst.

  • Orser loses it at council during debate about development charges, LFP, Apr. 1

  • "Coun. Orser’s antics may make fun radio filler and easy op-ed fodder, but he is still the person that is supposed to be representing my ward to the best of his ability. And if this is his best, it’s not good enough. And there aren’t enough umbrellas and winter coats he can hand out on the taxpayers’ dime to cover up the errors in judgement and his ridiculous comments and actions." ~ Sheryl Rooth in the Londoner, May 9, 2012.

    Sheryl Rooth has filed her nomination papers for Ward 4 in the upcoming 2014 Municipal Election.

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     An Abnormal Trip to the London Normal School to meet McTavish, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Fincore's proposed development in SOHO likely a bust, LFP, Apr. 5

    WHY IS NO ONE SURPRISED? Mayor Gondola Joe Fontana’s dream of reaping political bang from a $300-million mega-project he touted as a huge boost for London’s core may be going bust. (The project had 'pipe dream' written all over it from the get-go.)

    It must be the stress of the upcoming municipal election

    Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser recently contacted two of my facebook friends from Old East Village wanting my personal contact info ... when Orser's posted my personal information (address and phone number) online in the LFP comments section of various stories, YouTube and on facebook about 14 times during the past 18 months or so (all saved for future reference).

    Reason? Orser says he wants me to appear with him in a Bobnoxious music video of some sort about EOA.

    "We are doing video in EOA in about a week, would you be able to get Barry Wells/ Butch to appear in it on Lorne Ave ?" ~ Councillor Stephen (Bullshit Man) Orser

    Din-Din-Swag Boy appears to be losing it. Adults don't play such empty-headed high-school games, let alone competent council members.

  • Bully-Boy Orser looking to change provincial bullying law following alleged Elmer Fudd incident, CTV-L, Mar. 26

  • Mayoral candidate Matt Brown rips Gondola Joe for tearing up letter from Police Chief, LFP, Apr. 4

  • If the National Basketball League of Canada has such a problem with Morris Dalla Costa's reporting, why does it carry his stories on its website? NBLC, Apr. 4

  • From the Suck-and-Blow Department

  • Matt Brown launches his mayoral campaign with class and style, LFP, Apr. 3

  • Matt Brown's speech here (text), Apr. 3

  • TODAY, APR. 3: Matt-Brown-for-Mayor Campaign Launch, MB, Mar. 27

  • 'It's time for a leader that you and your family can trust to move our city forward. It's time to restore pride in our community.'

  • London Police ask for more cash after 2014 budget finalized, LFP, Apr. 3

  • The National Basketball League of Canada needs a new commissioner to survive, LFP, Apr. 3

  • Orser goes apeshit during development charges debate, LFP, Apr. 1

  • "This company [Medallion Properties, Aaron Bleeman, Vice-President] has backed me in the election!" ~ Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, fighting for continued development charge exemptions in Old East Village last night at city council (Apr. 1).

    According to the 2010 election financial statements available online at the City's website, Mr. A. Bleeman, vice-president of Medallion Properties, donated $500 to Steve Orser's re-election campaign.

  • Council nixes 1% pay hike due to election optics, LFP, Apr. 1

  • PYRRHIC VICTORY: Windsor Express defeat London Lightning 110-95 in Game 7 of NBL semi-finals

    Oh well, Morris likes soccer better anyway!

  • BREAKING NEWS, APR. 1: LFP sportswriter Morris Dalla Costa ejected prior to playoff basketball game between Windsor Express and London Lightning in Windsor because Windsor suckholes didn't like his tweets/ coverage, LFP, Apr. 1

  • Dalla Costa ejection story goes national, international, YS, Apr. 1

  • Even Windsor Star columnist says it's Bush League, WS, Apr. 1

  • Morris Dalla Costa now knows what 'minor league' means, LFP, Apr. 1

  • Ward 11 candidate Stephen Turner to give talk about accountability at Billy T's on Tuesday at 5:30pm, M, Mar. 31

  • After the back-room meeting, everyone will be scattering like insects

    GONDOLA JOE'S GOOFY GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT: They scattered like insects from Billy T's Tap & Grill at 1600 Highbury Avenue North in London when they heard a reporter was on the way to restaurant. Later they stated the pre-budget meeting in February 2013 was pure happenstance, giving a variety of conflicting reasons for the private back-room meeting.

    The Ombusman's Investigative Report, In the Back Room, can be found here

    FOUND IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF SECTION 238 OF THE MUNICIPAL ACT, OCT. 2013 ~ Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 1 Coun. Bud Polhill, Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swantana®, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson, Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen and Ward 14 Coun. Sandy White.
    RETROSPECTIVE: Labatt Park

    Bruce Huff in the Roy McKay Clubhouse at Labatt Park, May 2009.
  • April Baseball at Historic Labatt Park =================>

  • Ward 2 Coun. Bill Armstrong's barking up the wrong tree, LFP, Mar. 28


    The Thurs. Mar. 27, 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, the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street and Phantastica Oddities and Curiosities Shop at 232 Dundas Street ~ or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition at

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. Apr. 10.

    An Abnormal Trip to the London Normal School to meet McTavish

    The London Normal School at 165 Elmwood Avenue East in old south London was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1986. The property was recently purchased by the City of London from the Province of Ontario for $1.7-million.

    Barry Wells

    "A normal school is a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers. Its purpose is to establish teaching standards or 'norms,' hence its name. Most such schools are now called teachers' colleges." (Wikipedia)

    Two of London's most influential and frugal educators, Dr. John Dearness (1852-1954, pictured left at age 50 in 1902) and Ernie C. McTavish (1922-1973), are forever connected to the Normal School's history in old south London.

    Dearness, aka "Mr. Normal School," was its vice-principal (1900-1918) and principal (1918-1922) before retiring at age 70; McTavish, aka "Mr. Integrity," was a respected London school board superintendent when he died prematurely at age 50. Both were of Scottish ancestry.

    From 1918 to Dec. 6, 1954, when Dr. Dearness cashed in his chips, he lived at 30 Marley Place, immediately east of the Normal School in a home of the same vintage (1900), one built with the same reddish-brown brick as the Normal School.

    Since 102-year-old John Dearness left this mortal coil 39 days after I was born, I never met him; but my encounter with Ernie McTavish circa the spring of 1971, is memorable.

    SPRING FEVER: I was a grade 11 student at South Secondary School when, along with two friends, I skipped classes one spring afternoon after smoking a joint of potent grass. The birds were chirping and the streets of south London were calling us: "Come hither young lads, leave that stuffy high school behind. Take an unauthorized field trip to learn something new."

    "I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

    First we strolled over to the Shute Institute at 10 Grand Avenue and enjoyed a guided tour of the historic Waverley mansion, courtesy of Dr. Evan Shute (1905-1978), a world-renowned pioneer of Vitamin E research and treatment for burns and cardiovascular diseases.

    According to Dr. Shute's staff, Waverley was haunted, although we saw no evidence of a poltergeist. Today, it's the site of the Waverley Retirement Residence; the original building is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

     Ark Aid's Street Mission's 30th Anniversary Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THOUGHT DU JOUR, MAR. 26: Will former east-end Liberal councillor Roger Caranci make another run for city council? He recently got a haircut. About two months ago he said he wasn't going to run for city council this year because he wasn't interested in cutting his hair.
  • As the Stomach Churns at London City Hall, TMR, Mar. 26

  • More toxic shenanigans from Gondola Joe

    It's called a "cheap shot" when Gondola Joe opens the meeting with a five-minute tirade against another council member not at the meeting.
    The Corporate Services Committee voted 3-2 in favour of the proposed 1% council pay hike this afternoon (Mar. 25), with Fontana, Bryant and Usher voting in favour and Polhill and Swan voting against it (Orser is not a voting member of the committee).

    It now goes to full city council next Tuesday (April 1) for final deliberation.

    Grandstanding Orser flip-flops on council pay hike

    ILLUSTRATION: Doug Rogers

    THIS JUST IN, MAR. 25: Now Ward 4 Chump Steve Orser says he will be voting against the proposed 1% pay hike for council members after stating unequivocally last week to The London Free Press that he would be supporting it:

    “Absolutely [I’ll vote for the raise] and I won’t try and duck and weave and hide it from the public,” Coun. Stephen Orser said Friday (Mar. 21).

    “The backbone of Ward 4, the average, regular person like me, I don’t think has a problem with me getting a cost-of-living increase,” he said (on Mar. 21).

    Orser even accused mayoral candidate and Ward 7 Coun. Matt Brown of pandering to the electorate because Brown opposed the pay hike:

    Orser, a long-time ally of Brown’s presumed opponent this fall, Joe Fontana, accused him of grandstanding (on Mar. 21).

    “The peacock’s got all his feathers out, trying to get every vote he can,” Orser said (on Mar. 21). “He’s a guy running for mayor.”

    Can we say embarrassing "flip-flop" ladies and gentlemen? First Orser belittles a council colleague, then switches his vote to that of the colleague he just ridiculed. Where's Orser's apology?

    It seems that Coun. Orser craves all and any media attention, regardless of the light it casts on his increasingly bizarre political postering and career as a full-time buffoon.

    TWILIGHT ZONE: Orser says he was harassed by 'Elmer Fudd'

    THIS JUST IN, MAR. 25: Ward 4 Chump Steve Orser says "Elmer Fudd" has been harassing him since last Tuesday (Mar. 18) in some weird, convoluted "extortion" attempt involving fridge magnets for a purported disabled mute.

    Orser also says he's going to raise the "extortion" attempt by Mr. Fudd with the Corporate Services Committee meeting this afternoon, to try and get a provincial law passed against cyber-bullying-harassing e-mails, similar to one in Nova Scotia.

  • You can listen to the bizarre interview with Orser here on CJBK.

  • UPDATE: Orser made no mention whatsoever of Mr. Fudd's alleged "extortion" attempt at the Corporate Services Committee this afternoon.

    The story broke on 1290-CJBK-AM with Steve Garrison this morning. Developing ...

    LONDON CITY HALL: Your Entertainment Headquarters

    THIS JUST IN, MAR. 24: A discombobulated Ward 4 Chump Steve Orser attempted to raise the matter of "cyber-bullying" (surely not by him where he's repeatedly posted a citizen's private home address and phone number online, as well as reposted personal ID!) late this afternoon at the end of the Civic Works Committee meeting, but was directed to take it to the Corporate Services Committee which meets today (Tues. Mar. 25) starting at 12 noon.

    The Corporate Services Committee meeting will be live-streamed on the City of London's website.

    This one should be good so have your drinks and snacks ready to go. This is also the meeting where pay hikes for council members will be discussed.


    London's Ark Aid Street Mission celebrates a significant milestone

    Ark Aid Street Mission Inc. is a Canadian charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
    ADDRESS: 696 Dundas Street East, London, ON N5W 2Z4

    VIDEO: Ark Aid Street Mission in London, Ontario, Canada

    30th Anniversary (1984-2014)

    To mark 30 years of service to the community, the following events are planned:

  • On Saturday, June 14, The London Free Press will have an insert profiling the story and present activities of the Ark Aid Street Mission (the Ark).

  • This is an opportunity for our suppliers and supporting businesses to help inform the wider community of what the Ark is about.

  • On Saturday, June 21 at Dorchester Community Church, 3912 Catherine St., Dorchester, there will be a dinner, silent auction and live music, Cruisin' Larry McGill ~ 60s, 70s and 80s music. TIME: 6 pm—11 pm

  • Tickets in the form of 'Support the Ark' wristbands for the dinner and evening are $30; wristbands for the evening without dinner are $20 and can be purchased from the website, or by calling the office, 519-667-0322.

  • On Sunday, June 22, 10 am, there will be a service of thanksgiving at Dorchester Community Church, 3912 Catherine St., Dorchester. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • More information is available by calling the office, 519-667-0322.

    How People Can Help

    As this anniversary honours the achievement of so many volunteers, we trust that many will join in this weekend of celebration.

    Ways to participate include purchasing tickets for the dinner/silent auction/music evening provide items for the silent auction become a sponsor, assisting with the costs of the celebration purchase advertisement in The London Free Press insert for June 14, 2014.


    In 1984, Tom Reade, along with some supportive friends from his church began what would become the Ark Aid Street Mission by creating a social space for teens to gather in a pinball arcade on Dundas St.

     The Ides of March herald the future for Gondola Joe Fontana, by Barry Wells Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Notable Londoner Ross Woodman has died at age 91 (Nov. 28, 1922-March 20, 2014), LFP, Mar. 22

  • Harris Funeral Home notice, HFH, Mar. 24

  • The One remains, the many change and pass;
    Heaven’s light forever shines, Earth’s shadows fly;
    Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
    Stains the white radiance of Eternity.

    Adonais, Percy Bysshe Shelley, on the death of Keats

  • BEER MONEY: Goofball Orser's all-in for another pay hike, LFP, Mar. 21

  • Orser's comments in the above story criticizing Matt Brown are the height of arrogance, incompetence and irony. It's almost like, deep down, Orser doesn't really want to get re-elected because he knows he's not council material. A Kamikaze mission of sorts. Just the other day Orser was quoted in the media as saying all the criticism wears him down, yet he repeatedly makes bizarre, boneheaded statements that outrage people. He's his own worst enemy.

    The sooner he's off city council, the better for London.

  • Swag Boy's forever playing school-yard games on the Internet and social media, LFP, Mar. 20

  • Online letter to the editor of The London Free Press:

    Lack of Understanding

    I am severely dissapointed about the story of Councillor Orser re-posting someone's private identification information on a Facebook group page; such action defies not only common sense, but public trust. Orser seems lost to the rules of being a politician. Forcing all city hall councillors to 'sensitivity training' due to obscene material posted on his facebook page previously. Yes, he has been warned and trained not to do this before. It reminds me of his $97,000 'din-din' fiasco. Not only is he consistantly reminded about his role as councillor, he was given sensitivity training, which he obviously intends to completely ignore. What other disgusting antics must we stomach from him before October 27th? Will he ever learn/care?

    Posted By: William Sorton, London; Posted On: March 20, 2014

  • WORST. COUNCILLOR. EVER #1: Orser still wants full-time pay for being a full-time buffoon, L, Mar. 19

  • WORST. COUNCILLOR. EVER #2: Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson wants to keep the taxpayer-funded video equipment so he can make more useless videos when he's off council; Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, M, Mar. 19

  • Grandstanding Orser cooks up another goofy brain wave, M, Mar. 19

  • Young and old alike gathering used needles for cash? What possibly could go wrong?

  • THE CLOWN CHRONICLES: Ward 4 Buffoon in the online soup again, LFP, Mar. 18

  • Junk Removal Day for the next municipal election is Mon. Oct. 27, 2014

    buf·foon n. 1. A clown; a jester: a court buffoon. 2. A person given to clowning and joking. 3. A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.
  • Council supports red-light cameras, 11-2, LFP, Mar. 18

  • Tory finance minister Jim Flaherty stepping down, LFP, Mar. 18

  • Obituary of Ellen Mary McKim, LFP, Mar. 17

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford hammered again in public, TS, Mar. 16

  • Is Ontario Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat?® related to Bugs Bunny?

    "Those damn union bosses are pushing up the price of carrots." ~ Tim Who-Dat? a Tory Deep Thinker


    The Thurs. Mar. 13, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this relatively new bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library, the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street and Phantastica Oddities and Curiosities Shop at 232 Dundas Street ~ or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition at

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. Mar. 27.

    The Ides of March herald the future for Gondola Joe Fontana

    Barry Wells

    As we approach the third full moon of 2014, the ominous Ides of March and ancient Roman festival of Mamuralia ~ when a scapegoat in the form of an old man dressed in animal skins was ritually beaten like a rented mule and driven from the city ~ it's an apt time to consider London's unfolding municipal election, Gondola Joe Fontana's May 26th criminal trial and his iffy chances of re-election.

    Voting Day is Mon. Oct. 27th, when 2014's autumn frost will be on the soon-to-be-carved pumpkin.

    Municipal election years are always a fun-filled time; some even call it "silly season," when our "lame duck" city council and its members are prone to proclaiming wacky things as they face their Day of Reckoning in the finicky court of public opinion. In Fontana's case, there's also the Middlesex County Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street.

    In the silly season department, you may remember Mayor Joe floated the unusual idea last January of a system of cable cars strung high above the scenic Thames River.

    “It came to me that one of the most beautiful things we could do is to put a gondola overhead of our river as it connects SoHo and the Forks of the Thames, especially when we’re going to have cafés, walkways, cycleways along our river,” says Mayor Joe.

    This nifty idea went over like a lead balloon amid much hilarity from London's plebes.

    Was Gondola Joe into the vino when he concocted this vision of alpine urban splendour? Unfortunately, we may never know.

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     London Majors sign former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand, Chris Dennis Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • The Famous Irish Nine Baseball Club purportedly (could be a different George Gibson) starring George (Mooney) Gibson, TC, Mar. 9

  • Memories of Labatt Park in the 1960s, LFP, Mar. 8


    London Majors sign former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand, Chris Dennis

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    LONDON, ONT ~ The London Majors are proud to announce the signing of former Milwaukee Brewers prospect, outfielder Chris Dennis for the 2014 season.

    The 6’ 1”, 205-pound Windsor-area native was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the 38th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft. The following year he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round.

    The 25-year-old played a total of 342 games of professional baseball with a pro-career batting average of .233. He amassed 49 home-runs, 311 hits and 203 RBI in five seasons.

     Winter is nature's way of telling baseball fans 'Up yours!' Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Police obtain new warrant in Rob Ford investigation, 680, Mar. 8

  • RETROSPECTIVE: Taxpayer-funded swag can't buy me love, LFP, Mar. 8

  • TWILIGHT ZONE: Orser makes a big production out of leaving Feb. 7 in-camera meeting, now three complaints filed with Ombudsman; I smell fish, LFP, Mar. 7

  • CTV-London's take on the complaints to the Ombudsman, CTV, Mar. 7

  • CITY HALL: Orser denies being the buffoon he clearly is, LFP, Mar. 8

  • A GMO scientist becomes a GMO skeptic, OC, Mar. 6

  • Ontario set to extend Ombudsman's powers, G&M, Mar. 6

  • The Running of the Reptiles 2014®
    48 registered candidates to date

    Click on the above image to listen to the many sounds of The Running of the Reptiles®

  • Study shows red-light cameras cause more accidents, not less, T, Mar. 5

  • A study by the New Jersey Department of Transportation revealed that accidents actually increased at intersections where the cameras were installed, apparently in large part because drivers had a tendency to brake hard at lights in order to avoid being captured on camera rolling through a “yellow-red” signal.
  • Toronto's taxi overhaul shits to owner-operated cabs, G&M, Mar. 5

  • Voters urged to perform ballot-box surgery on council members who abuse expense accounts (eg. electioneering on the taxpayers' dime with fridge magnets and other assorted swag giveaways), LFP, Mar. 4

  • 2014, the Year of Accountability

    Above illustration of Swag-Boy Steve Orser (arrogance and incompetence personified) by London artist Doug Rogers

    Junk Removal Day for the next municipal election is Monday, October 27, 2014. Wheelbarrows will be on hand to haul the useless and unwanted junk from city hall.

    The day to load the Fontana Ate into wheelbarrows and dump them at the curb. 1-800-GOT-JUNK can handle the rest.

    Jimmy Kimmel makes Rob Ford look like the fool he is

  • VIDEO: Part I of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Mar. 3, YT

  • Part 2 of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Mar. 3, YT

  • Part 3 of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Mar. 3, YT

  • According to the LFP article (linked below), during the past two years (2012 and 2013), Ward 4's Steve Orser, seen by many who follow city hall as council's most annoying buffoon, has spent $16,366 on (large 6" X 4") fridge magnets and their postage.

  • ANOTHER NOSESTRETCHER: Swag-Boy Orser says he's had no complaints about his regular-and-ongoing electioneering swag giveaways on the taxpayers' dime, LFP, Mar. 1

  • Residents want action from councillors, not fridge magnets, L, 2011

  • Here's another published complaint about Orser's swag giveaways on the taxpayers' dime from a Ward 4 resident/ columnist, L, 2012

  • COMMENT POSTED TO THE MCLEOD REPORT: "Orser's Magnets — Brian 2014-03-03 01:16 Mr. Orser stated that he hadn't heard any negative comments with respect to his magnets. Either he doesn't read his email or he is a liar. When I received mine I let him know not to waste my money on this initiative as this information is available at no cost via the internet. I received no response."

  • City's 2014 budget is in the bag

    FEB. 28: The City of London's 2014 final budget is a 2.8% tax increase, a hike of $66 to the average residential taxpayer with a home assessed at $208,000. Approved 11-4. Cllrs. Polhill, Orser, Henderson and Van Meerbergen opposed the budget (the usual shape-shifters).

    Council voted to use $1.7-million from a contingency reserve fund as well as a $240,000 surplus from the Middlesex-London Health Unit to bring the tax rate below a 3-per-cent increase.

  • Phil McLeod sums up last night's budget deliberations, TMR, Feb. 28

  • Local talk radio at its worst

  • "It shouldn't be easy to use the food bank." ~ Andrew Lawton on am980, Feb. 27, 2014, during a rant about food bank users and those who live in subsidized, geared-to-income public housing.

  • "Rob Ford is the best thing to happen to Toronto from a political perspective." ~ Andrew Lawton on am980, Oct. 31, 2013.

  • Mr. Lawton, a très sophisticated political commentator best ignored (shurely shome mishtake!), also admits to voting for Gondola Joe Fontana in 2010, based on JoFo's superficial campaign slogans of jobs jobs jobs and zero-percent tax increases.
  • I can remember when am980 was a credible radio station with veteran broadcasters who knew what the hell they were talking about. Today, it's like high-school amateur hour, at least in the talk-show department.

  • Performing arts centre proposal a matter of trust in Gondola Joe Fontana and Joe Swantana (no trust), LCW, Feb. 26

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR, FEB. 27: On Oct. 27, 2014, elect council members with integrity beyond reproach. Con artists, grandstanding dummies, arrogant buffoons and shady characters suck the wind out of London's sails.

    The Thurs. Feb. 27, 2014, edition of The London Yodeller is out.

    Hard copies of this relatively new bi-weekly magazine can be picked up throughout downtown and east London, including the Central Library, the Aeolian Hall at Dundas Street East and Rectory Street and Phantastica Oddities and Curiosities Shop at 232 Dundas Street ~ or you can subscribe to the bi-weekly e-edition at

    The next Yodeller hits the stands on Thurs. Mar. 13.

    Here's my column in the latest edition:

    Winter is nature's way of telling baseball fans 'Up yours!'

    Barry Wells

    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for Spring." - Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963), an American Hall-of-Fame infielder, manager and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball.

    I recently received an e-mail which lands in my in-box each February like clockwork. Namely, the upcoming regular-season schedule for the eight-team Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), which includes the London Majors Baseball Club and its home games at historic Labatt Memorial Park (pictured left).

    This winter, the coldest in decades, the IBL's annual announcement is especially enchanting. It seems hope springs eternal, even during a protracted deep freeze.

    While it's premature in February-March to recite Detroit Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell's famous spring-training radio incantation (the Song of Solomon 2:11-12; commonly known as the "The Voice of the Turtle" passage), I'll make an exception this year, hoping the Baseball Gods will have mercy on our winter-weary souls:

    For, lo, the winter is past, the rain [snow, surely] is over and gone;
    The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come,
    And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

    I've been going to Labatt Park to watch ball games at the forks of the Thames River since late-June of 1965, when my late mother, older brother and I fled to London from Woodstock, Ontario, to escape the alcohol-fueled clutches of my late father, who was a talented pitcher-manager with the Woodstock Huskies (dad had large hands for tossing baseballs and enhanced drinking pleasure).

    At the time, a child's admittance to Labatt Park cost 25 cents, a fee I usually avoided by climbing the 12-foot-high chain-link fence in the northeast corner of the stadium, adjacent to the river. In retrospect, the gang I ran with thought it knew how to stretch a buck. Only later did we discover most kids in town climbed the fence at the same spot so they'd have a quarter left over to buy a box of french fries from the park's concession stand.

     London Majors sign two import pitchers Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    London Majors sign two import pitchers

    PHOTO: Stephen Harding

    The London Majors have announced the signing of two import pitchers as they continue to bolster their roster for the 2014 baseball season.

    Roop Chanderdat, Majors' co-owner, general manager and field manager says he expects right-hand-pitcher Jhon Garcia and left-hand-pitcher Antonia Delgado to make an immediate impact in the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL).

    Eighteen-year-old Delgado, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, has played professionally for the Sultanes de Monterrey, AA equivalent baseball in Mexico.

    Delgado is a left-handed pitcher who has lots of raw talent and is coming to London to get experience and showcase his skills to get to the next level.

     London, Ontario's 2014 Municipal Election  ?

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

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

    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

    Matt Brown * Currently Ward 7's Councillor

    Tae Khun aHa

    Paul Cheng

    Arnon Kaplansky

    Donna Kelley

    Jim Kogelheide

    Dan Lenart

    Dennis Perry

    Ward 1

    James Beynen

    Michael Van Holst

    Christopher Perry

    Bud Polhill *

    Ward 2

    Bill Armstrong *

    Tammy Lee Marche

    Nancy McSloy

    Steve Polhill

    Ward 3

    Bill Harris

    Mohamed Salih

    Ward 4

    Paul Pesach Gray

    Jesse Helmer

    Stephen Orser *

    Sheryl Rooth

    Nethaniel Youskow

    Ward 5

    Steve Hogg

    William Gordon

    Randy Warden

    Michael Wickett

    Ward 6

    Mike Bloxam

    Flavio Iannialice

    Greg Munro

    Ward 7

    Luis Dominguez

    Josh Morgan

    Donna Szpakowski

    Ward 8

    Paul Hubert *

    Ward 9

    Eric A. Haidar

    Anna Hopkins

    Jeffrey Schiller

    Ward 10

    Virginia Ridley

    Bradley Robichaud

    Ward 11

    Denise Brown *

    Luis Dominquez

    Clive Jenkins

    Menno Meijer

    Stephen Turner

    Ward 12

    Peter Ferguson

    Jesse Haidar

    Ward 13

    Karim Bardai

    Chris Edgar

    John Fyfe-Millar

    Fiona Graham

    Tanya Park

    Ward 14

    David Collier

    Ali Hamadi

    Steve Hillier

    Sandy White *

    Jared Zaifman

    School Board Trustee Nominations

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

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

    George Le Mac, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence

    * denotes an incumbent

      Stunning Birdhouse, Stormin' Norm Aldridge and The Famous (San Diego) Chicken®  
    Ontario Ministry of the Environment Hot-Line
    (odours, spills, pesticides)
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    New four-plex birdhouse at Labatt Park, designed and constructed by London's Master Birdhouse Builder Gordon A. Harrison. Another project of the Friends of Labatt Park. PHOTO: Gord Harrison, June 6, 2013

    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