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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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     A few thoughts on the recent Tasering incident and The Banana Toss at the JLC Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
     Dated:  Friday, October 07 2011 @ 02:05 AM EDT
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    Watch tonight's hockey game (Fri. Oct. 7) live at UWO's Thompson Arena when the 'Stangs host Kingston's Royal Military College at 7:30 pm: WATCH HERE
    'Don's brain is not that big'

    BREAKING NEWS: The Hockey Hall of Fame has confirmed that Don Cherry's brain will be pickled and donated to the Hall post-mortem. "We certainly have the room," says Hall spokesperson Harold McNulty. "Don's brain is not that big."
    Tim Who-Dat?® stepping down to work for 7-Eleven®

    BREAKING NEWS: Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Who-Dat?® has issued a media release saying that he will be stepping down from politics on January 1, 2012, to become the manager of a new 7-Eleven® store in his hometown of Fort Erie, Ontario.

    Who-Dat?® says "I always loved Slurpees® from 7-Eleven® as a kid and now I'll be able to enjoy all the Slurpees® I can handle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I simply can't turn down."

    Who-Dat?®, who has a BA in economics from UWO and a MA in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle, says "I'm really at my best around a cash register and doing inventory. Stopping leakage is really the name of the game in retail."

  • Ontario elects minority Liberal government, CTV, Oct. 7

  • ONTARIO VOTES 2011: McGuinty's Liberals 53 seats; Hudak's Tories 37 and Horwath's NDP 17 (you do the math on how the Liberals can be controlled by a whipped, two-party vote); Will there be a floor-crossing in the works? You betcha ... with a plum cabinet posting

  • Liberal Chris Bentley re-elected in London West
  • Liberal Deb Matthews re-elected in London-North Centre

    NDP Teresa Armstrong elected in London-Fanshawe.
    Voter turnout in this provincial election was an all-time low of 49.2 per cent.

  • Detroit Tigers oust New York Yankees in Game 5 with 3-2 win, NP, Oct. 7

  • BREAKING NEWS: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at age 56, CNET, Oct. 5

  • PC candidate Cheryl Miller tries to 'suck and blow'® at the same time by throwing Tim-Who Dat?® under the campaign bus, LFP, Oct. 5

  • For several days leading up to the Oct. 6th provincial election, London-Fanshawe PC candidate Cheryl Miller has had a campaign advertisement on am980 that included a line about how much she disliked politicians who try to "suck and blow" at the same time. It's also an expression she regularly uses on a daily basis it seems.

  • You can listen to the Steve Garrison interview with Cheryl Miller here, CJBK, Oct. 5

  • Post-CJBK-interview statement from Cheryl Miller, Oct. 5

  • Is Tim Who-Dat? done like a friggin' dinner? NP, Oct. 5

  • 67 World Heritage Sites threatened, AFP, Oct. 5

  • ReForest London's Amazing Tree Quest winners for 2011, RFL, Oct. 5

  • Melting Arctic ice clears way for supertanker voyages, UKG, Oct. 5

  • Canada-U.S. reach agreement on billion-dollar perimeter security pact, WFP, Oct. 5

  • CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Time for Hurricane Hazel McCallion to step down at age 90, TS, Oct. 4

  • BASEBALL AT LABATT PARK: Should we build a wall around London or embrace new opportunities?

    I've been a supporter of the London Majors Baseball Club since about 1965 ~ at the front gate, concession booth and in countless other ways.

    But I'll also be attending several home games of the new Frontier League team at Labatt Park in 2012. Above all else, I'm a baseball fan.

    But to ensure the survival of the London Majors of the Intercounty Baseball League, I urge everyone to give serious consideration to purchasing season's tickets or a package of tickets from the London Majors for the 2012 season. You can do so at It's excellent baseball, if you don't know that already.

    May both teams flourish at Canada's Favourite Ballpark.

  • Michael J. Fox to speak in London in November, WN, Oct. 3

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Oct. 3 to Fri. Oct. 7

  • London Police Association has rejected 10-per-cent wage increase over four years, LFP, Oct. 2


    A few thoughts on the recent Tasering incident and The Banana Toss at the JLC

    People can debate until the cows come home whether or not the London Policer Officer was justified in using a Taser® on a 17-year-old London youth who was scrapping with at least one other teenager on Dundas Street near Maitland just before noon on September 22nd.

    But there's one aspect of this incident that is indisputable.

    1. The fact that London’s Police Chief Brad Duncan pre-empted his own department's “use-of-force review” less than 24 hours after the Tasering incident constitutes an end-run around due process ~ something totally overlooked or ignored by London’s media.

    Obviously, in view of the fact that the Chief has publically endorsed the actions of his subordinate officer, just when the so-called internal investigation was reportedly getting underway and before all the information was in, any subsequent report's conclusion is pre-ordained, lacking objective, investigative rigour.

    Not a good sign.

    It actually lends credence to the view held by some that the officer in question “jumped the gun,” just as the Chief subsequently did by saying his officer acted appropriately ~ when (as shown by the YouTube video) the two combatants were clearly separated by many feet and in retreat when the police officer arrived on-scene.

    Such behaviour by the Police Chief could impact both the civil suit reportedly in the works from the youth’s mother and even the youth’s criminal trial. It also calls into question the credibility of the Chief and his department generally.

    2. Regarding the now-infamous banana toss at the JLC, no one in their right mind condones it or should think it wasn't a pre-meditated attempt to distract, insult and humiliate Wayne Simmonds, a Black hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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     Ed Corrigan wades in on the October 6th Ontario election Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
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    Is Ontario Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat?® related to Bugs Bunny?

    Would you trust the above guy to make significant decisions about the Ontario economy?

    Is Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty related to Norman Bates of Psycho fame?

    Would you turn your back on the above guy with a set of hedge clippers in his hands?

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Oct. 3 to Fri. Oct. 7

  • Gordon McBean to head world science council, WN, Oct. 1

  • Watch this afternoon's UWO Homecoming football game HERE at 1 pm, WM, Oct. 1

  • FINAL: Western tames York Lions 48-23. Western improves record to 5-0, but status of Mustangs QB Donnie Marshall uncertain after 1st-half ankle injury

  • World heading for 'Great Stagnation' DT, Oct. 1

  • Monsanto buys bee biotech firm, P, Oct. 1

  • Serial killer Clifford Olson dies in hospital, CBC, Sept. 30

  • HISTORY IS THE FUTURE REPEATING ITSELF: There's nothing like a change of underwear (boxers or briefs?)

    BREAKING NEWS: London City Council is poised to change the title of the City's Chief Administrative Officer back to "City Manager."

    During the past 20 years, the title has gone from "City Administrator" to "City Manager" to "Chief Administrative Officer." Now it's going back to "City Manager."

    Don't believe me? Check THIS OUT.

    Thank God progress is being made.


    Ed Corrigan wades in on the October 6th Ontario election

    By Edward C. Corrigan

    The Ontario Provincial Election is being held on Thursday, October 6, 2011. This date was set by legislation as Ontario switched to the American method of scheduled elections.

    It has now become almost a tradition that I write an article on the election. In keeping with upfront disclosure, I have usually supported the Liberal Party in the past but recently have had serious problems with the policies of the Federal Liberal Party.

    In the last federal election I supported three Liberals and one New Democrat in the London area. I based my judgment on the merits of the individual candidates and my opinion on the policies of the political party.

    Ontario has been governed by the Ontario Liberals led by Dalton McGuinty for the last eight years. There has been a suggestion of a need for electoral change but with the election of Conservative Stephen Harper to a majority government in Ottawa and the election of Conservative Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto, it reduces the chance that a Conservative government will be elected in Ontario.

    Historically, there has been a pattern of keeping a different political party in power in Ottawa and Toronto.

     Frontier League pro ball team licence agreement for Labatt Park goes to committee Tuesday Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    BANANA-RAMA®: London Police have charged Londoner Christopher Moorhouse, 26, in banana toss

    BREAKING NEWS: London Police Chief Brad Duncan held a media conference this morning (Sept. 28) at 11:45 am at London Police HQ at 601 Dundas Street. He announced that Londoner Christopher Moorhouse (PHOTO), 26, has been charged with "engaging in a prohibited activity" under the Trespass to Property Act (a provincial offence) at the JLC in the much-talked-about "banana toss" last Thursday, September 22, when a banana was tossed at a Black hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers during an exhibition game with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Police Chief Duncan said Moorhouse has expressed remorse for tossing the banana and has also retained Lerner's & Associates lawyer Faisal Joseph to represent him. If convicted, the maximum fine is $2,000.

    Mr. Moorhouse's first court date is November 14, 2011.

    London's Community and Neighbourhoods Committee have recommended to City Council that a one-year, 48-regular-season-home-game licence agreement be approved in order to move a Michigan Frontier League pro baseball team to historic Labatt Park, an agreement which could be renewed at the end of the 2012 season.
  • Banana Bullshit spreading around the world, YT, Sept. 27

  • London Police investigate banana toss at JLC, LFP, Sept. 26

  • Reward offered for banana thrower at Black NHL player at JLC, LFP. Sept. 25

  • Silence can be racism, LFP, Sept. 24

  • LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA: The true story of how an entire city was laid low by a single banana, an intolerant market operator and a police officer with a trigger Taser® finger

    New comprehensive book about London, Ontario's history

    The London & Middlesex Historical Society presents historian Dan Brock's "Fragments from the Forks, London, Ontario's Legacy" book launch at Attic Books, 240 Dundas Street on Saturday, October 15, 1- 4 pm. $40 for softcover, $50 for hardcover.
  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Sept. 26 to Fri. Sept. 30

  • Pro baseball set to return to Labatt Park, LFP, Sept. 24

  • London Majors upset with pro team proposal for historic Labatt Park, LCN, Sept. 24

  • London police officer Tasers® a London youth in the head today (Sept. 22) near Dundas and Maitland streets

    SOME 'INVESTIGATION': Today's London Free Press article, Tasered teen sparks furor (Sept. 23; curiously, this LFP online story by reporter Dale Carruthers has since been removed from the LFP website), reports "Our investigation is unfolding," Const. Dennis Rivest said. "There's a number of people that need to be interviewed right now and we still have a lot of work that we have to do to complete this investigation. And we're going to wait before any further comment on the situation."

    London Police Chief Brad Duncan, however, was interviewed by Devon Peacock on am980 this morning (Sept. 23; curiously, this podcast is not on am980's website) and unequivocally backed the actions of his officer who Tasered the youth, saying he acted appropriately and followed protocol ~ shortly after describing the investigation process currently underway.

    So much for an objective, internal investigation. Think pre-determined outcome.


    BREAKING NEWS: Frontier League pro ball team licence agreement for Labatt Park goes to committee Tuesday

  • Excerpted from the Community and Neighbourhoods Committee agenda for Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    David Martin, President and General Manager of Summit Professional Baseball, contacted the City of London Parks and Recreation, Community Services Department to request the development of a licence agreement for the use of Labatt Park by September 15, 2011 to meet Frontier Professional Baseball requirements. The late request was the result of a failed negotiation with a U.S. location and a search for a new home for the team. The positive publicity surrounding Labatt Park [recently winning Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest] prompted the interest in London.

    Summit Professional Baseball is represented by David Martin who has over 20 years of experience in the baseball industry on and off the field. He founded and owns three successful baseball industry companies and he purports to be an accomplished marketer and promoter of baseball. He has consulted and created fan experience environments and themed marketing campaigns for fourteen major league teams.

    This is Mr. Martin’s first foray into baseball team ownership and he is confident that he can bring his baseball experience and marketing skills to London to create a successful franchise in this community.

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     Brantford Red Sox win fourth straight IBL championship Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • The "Extending London Hydro Model" document making the news today, Sept. 21


    Thank you for your inquiry. In answer to your questions:

    1. Yes, as a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the Corporation of the City of London, London Hydro is subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

    2. We are only in the process of looking at a proposal for the extended model and therefore, no formal decisions have been made about the extended London Hydro model, however, if it did exist, the subsidiary companies and/or holding company would also be subject to the MFIPPA.

    3. a) London Hydro's board of directors is listed on its website at the following link: HERE

    b) London Hydro's board meetings are announced in the news section of the website's home page four days in advance of a board meeting along with a downloadable board agenda document. The next board meeting for example, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9 a.m. and an announcement and agenda for that meeting will be posted on Friday, September 23. Meeting announcements are removed after the board meeting has concluded.

    Best Regards,
    S. Kalas, Corporate Communications
    London Hydro Inc.

    Is Rob Panzer still commander of the Planning Division?

    THIS JUST IN: ‎'Retired' City of London GM of planning and development Rob Panzer (pictured left) is now a consultant to CAO Jeff Fielding ~ a consultant regarding "Industrial Land Strategy."

    See here.

    It seems Mr. Panzer, who retired earlier this year, may have stepped down too early for someone's tastes. How and why dat happen? A split in the ranks under the mayor? What's the story behind the story? Developing ...

  • Western Mustangs Football Club defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 41-13 this afternoon at TD Waterhouse Stadium, WMF, Sept. 17

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Sept. 19 to Fri. Sept. 23

  • Big changes coming to The London Free Press newsroom as Quebecor continues to ruin a once-proud regional newspaper, TMR, Sept. 16

  • LABATT PARK WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Fri. Sept. 16, Ilderton 7.30 pm; Sun. Sept. 18, UWO Mustangs DH, 1 pm; Sun. Sept. 18, Men's Baseball, 2 games, 1st game 6 pm.

  • The Western Mustangs Football Club host the Ottawa Gee-Gees at TD Waterhouse Stadium this Saturday, September 17th at 1 pm.
  • The City of London, London and District Labour Council and London Arts Council invite you to attend a dedication service for the unveiling of the public art sculpture, “Good Hands." This sculpture is in remembrance of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
  • Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 5 p.m.

    Location: London Peace Gardens (Ivey Park) located at the corner of York and Thames streets near the Forks of the Thames.

  • On 1290-CJBK-AM this morning (Sept. 12), Pete (The Godfather of Sports) James (pictured left) shared his memories and involvement with London's historic Labatt Park, dating back to the mid-to-late 1950s.

    Now Pete's's a sports guy who knows his onions about Labatt Park and local sports history.

  • Explaining it all down at city hall, LCW, Sept. 11

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Sept. 12 to Fri. Sept. 16


    CANADIAN RADIO HALL OF FAME MOMENTS: My name is Joe O'Neil, the funeral home operator. My name is Joe O'Neill, the IBL commissioner and president of the London and District Baseball Association

    My name is Joe O'Neil. My name is Joe O"Neill too. Which one is the IBL commissioner?

    Last Friday on am980's one-hour talk show, The Pulse (12-noon-1pm), host Devon Peacock did a 15-20-minute segment about the significance of London's historic Labatt Park recently winning Baseball Canada Favourite Ballpark Contest by 5,000 votes ~ after it was widely reported that Labatt Park "narrowly edged-out" Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay.

    Sixty-three-per-cent of the online vote went to Labatt Park, 37-per-cent went to Port Arthur Stadium with 19,000 votes cast. Not close at all. Think 12,000 votes to 7,000. More like an ass-whuppin'. But I digress.

    During the radio segment, Peacock re-played a portion of the station's canned interview with Joe O'Neill (post-contest victory), purportedly the commissioner of the Intercounty Baseball League who submitted the nomination package for Labatt Park to Baseball Canada last June.

    But there was just one problem. Turns out it was an interview with Joe O'Neil, a local funeral home operator (pictured above left), not Joe O'Neill the IBL commissioner and president of the London and District Baseball Association (pictured above right).

    It's great to know that journalistic rigour is alive and well in London, while Devon Peacock is a self-described sports guy, huge baseball fan and local media pundit with an interest in Canadian history.

    The truth is that Devon Peacock isn't up to speed about Labatt Park or local baseball, based on his comments during the above-mentioned radio segment. To wit, Mr. Peacock thinks Labatt Park sits empty and closed to the public when the London Majors aren't playing, when the park's gates are open to the public from April to October. Further, there's four ball games at Labatt Park this Saturday, September 10th and three games tomorrow (LMBL playoffs), with the first game starting at 10 am this morning. And it's not the London Majors.

    Labatt Memorial Park is a true community ballpark and London is extremely fortunate to have such a facility to use and explore. It's in use all summer long. There's even a treed picnic area just inside the front gates ~ under a 150-year-old maple tree ~ that anyone can use when the gates are open, which is most of the time during the summer months.

  • Massive blackout hits American southwest and Mexico, BBC, Sept. 9


    Brantford Red Sox win fourth straight IBL championship

    By Roger Lajoie
    On behalf of the Intercounty Baseball League

    It wasn’t easy, but the Brantford Red Sox are once again the champions of the Intercounty Baseball League.

    Terrell Alliman scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a wild pitch by reliever Danny Desclouds to give the Red Sox a thrilling 1-0 win over the Ottawa Fat Cats to claim their fourth straight IBL championship and fifth in six years on Thursday night in Brantford.

    Brantford wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 over a determined Fat Cats team that were the Cinderella story of the playoffs. Sixth-place Ottawa upset London in the first round and followed that up with a win over the Barrie Baycats before finally falling in five tense games against the Red Sox in a series that featured some classic pitching duels.

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     Brantford Red Sox one game away from fourth straight IBL championship Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • YOUTUBE VIDEO: Labatt Park is Canada's Favourite Ballpark, CTV-London, Sept. 8

  • Towering maple tree at Labatt Park wins award


    BANNER DAY FOR LABATT PARK: Was just notified by ReForest London that the towering maple tree @ Labatt Park which I nominated (months ago) won first prize in their contest's heritage tree category!

    The tree is estimated to be 150-200 years old, which pre-dates the park itself (1877-2011)!

  • BREAKING NEWS: London, Ontario's historic Labatt Park is officially "Canada's Favourite Ballpark" BC, Sept. 7

  • Geez, something tells me that our bids to hold more national, provincial and regional baseball tournaments at historic Labatt have been made considerably stronger. Baseball Canada's tournaments are big business tourism-wise! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    More than 19,000 online votes were cast in the final round when the previous record in a round in this contest was 5,000 votes

    London's Labatt Park won with 63 per cent of the vote of more than 19,000 online votes cast. TRANSLATION: Roughly 12,000 votes for London's Labatt Park and roughly 7,000 votes for Thunder Bay's Port Arthur Stadium. A 5,000-vote spread. Some 'photo-finish!' More like a serious whuppin'!

    Voting has ended in the final round of Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest. The winner will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7th) @ 10 am:

    Thanks to all who voted for London, Ontario's historic Labatt Park (1877-2011) in the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds. And thanks to IBL Commissioner Joe O'Neil for nominating Labatt Park last June.

    Here's an outstanding music video created by London resident Mike Tompkins, with London, Ontario, landmarks (including Labatt Park at 2:08 etc.) in the background. Mike is a graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology on Newbold Street in London.

    Labatt Park increases its lead over Port Arthur Stadium

    At 2 pm ET on Labour Day, Baseball Canada tweeted that London's historic Labatt Park had increased its lead over Thunder Bay's Port Arthur Stadium in the final round of its favourite ballpark contest.

    Final round voting wraps up on Tuesday, September 6th at 10 am ET and Canada's Favourite Ballpark will be announced on September 7th at 10 am ET at Baseball Canada's website.


  • BREAKING NEWS: Nazi Martin Weiche dead at age 90, LFP, Sept. 4

  • The longest council meeting in years, Part 1, LCW, Sept. 4

  • The longest council meeting in years, Part 2, LCW, Sept. 5

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Tues. Sept. 6 to Fri. Sept. 9

  • Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest's finalists neck-and-neck, LFP, Sept. 3

  • More than 10,000 online votes cast in the final round, breaking the previous record of 5,000 votes!

  • BREAKING NEWS: Baseball Canada is talking 'photo-finish' in its Favourite Ballpark Contest, BC, Sept. 2

  • Intravenous virus eyed as possible cancer treatment, CBC, Aug. 31

  • Labatt Park still has a slim lead after 10 days of voting

    THIS JUST IN, FRI. SEPT. 2 @ 4:30 PM: Baseball Canada has just posted on facebook and twitter that London's historic Labatt Park still holds a slim lead over Thunder Bay's Port Arthur Stadium in "Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest" after seven days of voting.

    Keep pounding the vote Labatt Park supporters! Voting continues until Tuesday, September 6th at 10 am. VOTE HERE:


    Brantford Red Sox one game away from fourth straight IBL championship

    By Roger Lajoie
    On behalf of the Intercounty Baseball League

    The Brantford Red Sox are one win away from yet another IBL championship.

    The reigning three-time IBL Champions sent the Ottawa Fat Cats to the brink with a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 5,962 fans at Ottawa Stadium to take a 3-1 series lead.

    With a win in game five on Thursday, the Red Sox would lay claim to their fifth IBL title in the last six years.

    Terrell Alliman’s two-run single in the fifth inning topped off a three-run inning and broke open a 1-1 tie to give the Red Sox a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

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     Ottawa Fat Cats get back in IBL finals with 1-0 shutout of Brantford Red Sox Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Aug. 29 to Fri. Sept 2

  • Gina Barber explains the various issues on tap for tonight's city council meeting, LCW, Aug. 29


    Ottawa Fat Cats get back in IBL finals with 1-0 shutout of Brantford Red Sox

    By Roger Lajoie
    On behalf of the Intercounty Baseball League

    The Ottawa Fat Cats got right back into the Intercounty Baseball League Championship Series on Saturday night with a tense 1-0 win over the Brantford Red Sox in Game 3 of the IBL Finals in Ottawa.

    Matt McGovern tossed a shutout for the Fat Cats and Ottawa scored a seventh inning run without getting a hit before an all-time record IBL crowd of 7,355 at Ottawa Stadium.

    Brantford still leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 but Ottawa can tie the series with a win in Game 4 Sunday at 2 p.m., once again at Ottawa Stadium.

     Brantford Red Sox win game two of final series 8-6; series now heads to Ottawa Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
     Dated:  Sunday, September 04 2011 @ 03:42 AM EDT
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    BREAKING NEWS: Keep pounding the vote Labatt Park supporters!

    According to a recent tweet by Baseball Canada at 10 am on Fri. Aug. 26, London's historic Labatt Park holds "a slight lead" over Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay in Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest (final round).

    Keep pounding the vote Labatt Park supporters at from computers at work and at home! Let's win this thing!

    * STOP THE PRESSES! SHOCKING MISFEASANCE IN MELONILLE: Hilariously, local gadfly-armchair-quarterback-blogger Leila Paul (she shut down her blog on Sept. 15) calls the advice to vote from multiple computers, "cheating," when Baseball Canada's contest rules clearly permit it and ballpark supporters across Canada have done so and continue to do so. That's the way online popularity contests work ~ based on individual computer IP addresses.

    The contest rule is one vote per computer IP address. If you have access to three computers or communication devices, you have three votes. Simple as that. This is meant to be a fun summer contest. A diversion of sorts, while also helping people to learn about prominent community ballparks in Canada. It's not an electronic election of public officials with a registry of eligible votes. Leave it to Ms. Paul to try and transform a positive into a negative and make a mountain out of a molehill. Think killjoy.

    Final round voting started on Tuesday, August 23 at 12 noon and continues until Tuesday, September 6 at 10 am.

    The winner will be announced online by Baseball Canada on September 7 at 12 noon.


    Brantford Red Sox win game two of final series 8-6; series now heads to Ottawa

    By Roger Lajoie
    On behalf of the Intercounty Baseball League

    The Brantford Red Sox broke open a tie game in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off a ninth inning surge from the Ottawa Fat Cats to take game two of the Intercounty Baseball League Final 8-6.

    The Red Sox now lead the best-of-seven final 2-0 with game three set to go Saturday, September 3rd in Ottawa.

    With the teams tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox scored three runs then added another two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-2 lead.

    The Fat Cats scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to cut Brantford’s lead to 8-6, but it was as close as they would come as Ottawa heads home for the next two games of the series still looking for their first win of the final.

     London, Ontario's historic Labatt Park kicks ass once again ~ but now we must do it once more in the final round Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mr_Ambassador
     Dated:  Friday, August 26 2011 @ 02:43 AM EDT
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  • Live stream of Jack Layton's state funeral in Toronto, CP24, Aug. 27

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Aug. 29 to Fri. Sept 2

  • Lawsuits filed against the City of London, April 1, 2011 to July 15, 2011

  • Astronomers discover planet made of diamond, R, Aug. 26

  • Gina Barber remembers Jack Layton, BM, August 24

  • Washington Monument damaged by 5.8 earthquake today, RCP, Aug. 23

  • Labatt Park makes it to the final round, LFP, Aug. 23


    London, Ontario's historic Labatt Park kicks ass once again ~ but now we must do it once more in the final round

    VOTE FOR LABATT PARK HERE: (if you voted before August 23rd at 10 am, it doesn't count as this is the final round, so you need to vote again)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    OTTAWA ~ Historic Labatt Park in London, Ontario, is the second finalist in Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest.

    Labatt Park recorded 74% of the online votes this past week to defeat Stade Fernand-Bédard in Trois-Rivières, Québec to earn a trip to the finals.

    Labatt Park will now take on Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario in the finals where the winner will be declared, ‘Canada’s Favourite Ballpark!’

    Voting will start today (Tuesday, August 23) at 12pm ET and last until September 6th at 10am ET.

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     Jack Layton's last communication to Canadians Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Monday, August 22 2011 @ 12:51 PM EDT
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  • BREAKING NEWS: NDP leader Jack Layton dies at age 61, CBC, Aug. 22

  • Killer twister hits Goderich, one dead, at least 37 injured, LFP, Aug. 22

  • Photo of killer tornado approaching Goderich yesterday afternoon, YF, Aug. 22


    Jack Layton's last communication to Canadians

    August 20, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario

    Dear Friends,

    Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

    Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped. So I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.

    I recommend that Hull-Aylmer MP Nycole Turmel continue her work as our interim leader until a permanent successor is elected.

    I recommend the party hold a leadership vote as early as possible in the New Year, on approximately the same timelines as in 2003, so that our new leader has ample time to reconsolidate our team, renew our party and our program, and move forward towards the next election.

    A few additional thoughts:

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    Most Recent Post: 08/23 12:08PM by Sapphire

     Negligence: Regarding the potential collapse of the bridge with clear evidence of corrosion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Leila Paul
     Dated:  Monday, August 22 2011 @ 01:32 AM EDT
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  • Civic meetings in London, ON, Mon. Aug. 22 to Fri. Aug. 26

  • PANHANDLER ALERT: Two-thousand-five-hundred municipal and priovincial leaders from across Ontario will be at London, Ontario's downtown convention centre on York Street and Hilton hotel on King Street during the next four days ~ starting this afternoon at 2 pm ~ as part of the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference.

    Infrastructure, economic development, social assistance and backyard laying hens will be some of the topics under discussion.

    Liberal Party Premier Dalton (Bates) McGuinty (pictured left), Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim (I Smoked Grass) Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath will be addressing the AMO delegates.

    Chuck (XXX) Lazenby, a resident of the Men's Mission, says the conference is expected to inject more than $3-million into the local economy, including such things as "hotel rooms, booze, food, cabs and hookers."

    "I've been looking forward to this bun-fest for several months," says Lazenby. "Me and the boys should be able to panhandle an extra five bucks during each day of the conference. We'll be eating thick sandwiches this week for sure."

    Keep pouring it on London!

    FROM TWITTER: @baseballcanada
    London is out to a big lead over Trois-Riviéres, QC in Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest. Vote at until Aug.23 at 10am ET.
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  • Orchestra London's principal cellist in Paul McCarnety's art contest, TL, Aug. 19

  • LONDON CITY COUNCIL SELLING LONDON DOWN THE RIVER ~ Liberal spindoctor John Matsui hired to convince London council to pay for Arva's expansion AND convince council to permit CN Rail's corrosion cover-up plan, LFP, Aug. 19

  • SOLD DOWN THE RIVER REDUX ~ Another John Mastui plan: CN Rail-RCC Media's corrosion coverup, LFP, Aug. 19

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR: ‎"One thing I remember enjoying particularly as a young boy was going into the chicken coop to collect the eggs with my mother ..." ~ Dalai Lama
  • NDP confirms that Jack Layton to miss September caucus, CBC, Aug. 17


  • Labatt Park's history on Wikipedia


    Semi-final round voting continues at Baseball Canada's website until Monday, August 23rd at 10 am. Let's get it done London!

  • London's historic Labatt Park up to bat in semi-finals of national contest, LFP, Aug. 16

  • Virtual trip down memory lane, LFP, Aug. 15

  • Thunder Bay earns trip to final in Baseball Canada's Favorite Ballpark Contest

  • Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest: Voting period changed

    OTTAWA ~ Due to being inaccessible over a significant period of time, the voting period for semi-final #1, between Okotoks, AB and Thunder Bay, ON, in Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest has been extended until Tuesday August 16th at 10am ET.

    Semi-final #2 which sees Trois-Riviéres, QC taking on London, ON's Labatt Park will begin voting on Tuesday August 16th at 12pm ET and conclude on Tuesday August 23rd at 10am ET.

    The final round of voting to determine Canada’s Favourite Ballpark will start on Tuesday August 23rd at 12pm ET and run until Tuesday September 6th at 10am ET. Canada’s Favourite Ballpark will be announced on Wednesday September 7th at 12pm ET. Baseball Canada apologizes for this untimely inconvenience.

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. Aug. 15 to Fri. Aug. 19

  • Hey, I've got a real bright idea.

    Instead of demanding that CN Rail sands, primes, caulks and paints its rusty old steel bridges, let them cover-up the corrosion by selling third-party advertising banners on them!

    It'll beautify the city by creating more visual pollution!

    This goofy proposal returns to committee on Monday, August 15th and city council on Monday, Aug. 29th for a second try after 4-5 years.

    One of those mid-August agenda items when everyone's up at the cottage.

    Rest assured this city council will approve this so-called "two-year pilot project" because it can't say no to business, business, business.

    And there's no public participation meeting scheduled because it's a multi-year variance of the Sign and Canopy By-law not a by-law amendment at this time.

    But rest assured once London goes down this path, there's no turning back. ~ Barry Wells

    ANYBODY GOT ANY DUCT TAPE TO PATCH THIS RUSTY OLD CN BRIDGE?: The above photograph is of the CN Rail bridge over Wharncliffe Road South between Horton and Stanley streets. Maybe the decaying steel can be covered up with an advertising banner. Yeah, that's it, the solution to urban blight and transportation safety is a big banner with advertising. Bright lights. A city logo. Yeah, then no one will notice the rotten condition of the bridge. PHOTO: STEPHEN HARDING.

  • Local bridge engineer Graydon Knights backs AltLondon's longstanding opposition to covering up corroded CN bridges with advertising banners, The Londoner, Oct. 15, 2008 ~ the issue is returning to London city hall on Monday, August 15, 2011, before the Built and Natural Environment Committee
  • Item #36, Built and Natural Environment Committee, Aug. 15, 2011

  • Covering up bridge corrosion with advertising banners is a bad idea and lousy public policy as it rewards negligence while adding to visual pollution in our city

  • More background information can be found here

    Regarding the potential collapse of the bridge with clear evidence of corrosion

    By Leila Paul

    I wonder if public officials such as councillors who continually ignore potential dangers to people or if they ignore potential damage to property when taxpayers have repeatedly brought that to their attention, and they continually defer repairs - I wonder does that constitute negligence of duty?

    If so, are councillors immune from prosecution when it can be demonstrated they intentionally ignored evidence of risk to public safety?

    It seems to me if someone asks for a job which entails securing the safety and property of people, then tosses that aside to blatantly serve a pressure group from whom they have already benefited in campaign support, or if they benefit in future with future donations or jobs if they fail re-election, and it can be demonstrated - are there any laws violated here?

    If a disaster occurs, when the potential dangers have been repeatedly demonstrated to those entrusted to make the decisions on repairs of a potentially deadly failure, then individuals who voted against repairs, where their public statements demonstrate they're allocating money to friendly campaign donors and supporters - then they should be held liable.

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  •  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