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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 (dmenardATlondon.ca) 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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     BREAKING: Meeting of six council members at Harmony Grand Buffet last Tuesday at noon raises questions Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
     Dated:  Thursday, March 01 2012 @ 04:04 AM EST
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    THIS JUST IN, MAR. 1: A Transportation Safety Board official says a VIA Rail train was travelling at four times the speed limit when it derailed near Burlington, Ontario.
  • Mayor Fontana says City business was discussed at Harmony Grand Buffet lunch meeting, LFP, Feb. 29

  • VIDEO: Mayor Fontana says he has nothing to hide, CTV-London, Feb. 29

  • VIDEO: Mayor Joe and The 5 Neat Guys go GOLD!, YT, Mar. 1


  • CTV-LONDON NEWS VIDEO: Orser's performance is priceless, YT, Feb. 28

  • WORTH NOTING: ‎"I'll have din-din with whoever I want." ~ Ward 4 Councillor Steve Orser (from CTV-London news at 11 pm on Feb. 28).

  • AltLondon.org/ is now an honourary member of the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team ~ OMLET

  • FROM TWITTER: Ontario Ombudsman ‏ @Ont_Ombudsman Just finished drafting #occupy #LondonON city council closed meeting report.
  • The Old Boys' Land Development Club is officially back at London City Hall, LCW, Feb. 29

  • The meeting started with a complaint from Mayor Joe Fontana about why there was a public participation meeting to deal with a site plan review of two properties on which single family residences had been replaced with duplexes catering to a student population. “This should be a slam dunk,” he argued. “Why are we doing this?”

    "It’s a requirement of the Official Plan," he was told.


  • Phil McLeod revisits the City Hall Swag issue, TMR, Feb. 29

  • Just a good ol' fashioned Wing-Ding at the Harmony Grand Buffet, LCN, Feb. 28

  • Hey Mr. Mayor, can you pass the gravy? 981freefm, Feb. 28


  • GET HARMONIZED AT THE GRAND BUFFET, am980, Feb. 28

  • THIS JUST IN (FEB. 27): Today, the London Rippers Baseball Club of the Frontier League moved into the office space (to sell Rippers tix and gear) of Money Plus X-Press ~ a payday loan and cheque-cashing business ~ in the Market Tower at Dundas and Richmond streets, a business operated by Tim Best, the former mayor's husband.

    FOR CLARITY: AltLondon has recently learned that Tim Best's pay-day-loan-and-cheque-cashing business moved out of the Market Tower several months ago. It was independent of the London Rippers moving into Mr. Best's former office space at the Market Tower.


  • BREAKING NEWS: Missing woman last seen in London, Ontario, LPS. Feb. 27

  • BREAKING NEWS: Liberal staffer Adam Carroll responsible for 'Vikileaks' campaign against Vic Toews, CBC, Feb. 27

  • Not including police officers, London Hydro, the LTC, LEDC, Museum London and the London Public Library, here's the $100-K Club on the civic public payroll in London, Ontario, CoL, Feb. 27

  • BREAKING NEWS: Finance and Administrative Services Committee voted this afternoon to spend a maximum of $450-K on sound and light show during the 10-day, World Skating Championships at the JLC. Fontana, Baechler and Hubert (3) supported the expenditure. Branscombe and Denise Brown (2) opposed it. Recommendation must be approved by full council, CoL, Feb. 27

  • Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swan and Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler in a post-mortem interview regarding the 2012 City Budget on Rogers TV-London

  • BREAKING NEWS VIDEO: Eastbound VIA-passenger-train derails in Burlington around 3:30 pm Sunday, three VIA staff dead, 42 passengers injured, three seriously, HS, Feb. 26

  • VIA Rail Media Release, Feb. 26

  • Gina Barber writes about City Hall Swag, LCW, Feb. 27

  • Alice Gibb receives Lifetime Achievement Award from ACO

    THIS JUST IN: London author-historian-and-heritage-supporter Alice Gibb received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)-London Branch's Fifth Annual Heritage Awards Gala at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate on Tues. Feb. 21, 2012. Congratulations, Alice! Well-deserved!
  • The King of City Hall Swag Rides Again, am980, Feb. 24

  • Orser keeps a trunk-full of City of London swag in his vehicle, LFP, Feb. 25

  • 'Orser said his spending is higher than that of other councillors because of extra time he devotes to the job. Part of his tab was for souvenirs promoting London, said Orser, who keeps his car trunk full of umbrellas, coffee mugs and T-shirts bearing London's name and logo.'

  • Civic Meetings in London, Ontario, Mon. Feb. 27 to Fri. Mar. 2

  • Majority of City Council acting like arrogance personified, TMR, Feb. 25

  • At one time, you were simply taken out to the woodshed, nowadays you just eat until full, LCW, Feb. 24

  • Guy Lombardo's Tempo VII and the Miss Supertest III hydroplanes will be on display at the Western Fair's Boat Show this weekend, WF, Feb. 24

  • LONDON CITY HALL

    BREAKING NEWS: Meeting of six council members at Harmony Grand Buffet last Tuesday at noon raises questions about possible Municipal Act breach

  • This exclusive story was originally posted on AltLondon during the afternoon of Thurs. Feb. 23, 2012

  • UPDATE, FEB. 25: AltLondon has learned that two written complaints have been filed with Ontario's Ombudsman regarding the strategy session at the Harmony Grand Buffet on Feb. 21

  • VIDEO: London's new city hall for 'sensitive meetings'

  • AltLondon has learned from an extended family-member-eye-witness that six (6) members of London city council met last Tues. Feb. 21, shortly before 12 noon at the Harmony Grand Buffet at 304 Talbot Street (at York) in London, immediately prior to a meeting of the Investment and Economic Prosperity Committee at 1 pm at city hall, a meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee at 1:15 pm and a key meeting of City Council at 3 pm, where the controversial 2012 budget was finalized later that evening.

    At the offsite lunch-strategy meeting were: Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 1 Councillor Bud Polhill, Ward 4 Councillor Steve Orser, Ward 9 Councillor Dale Henderson, Ward 10 Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen and Ward 11 Councillor Denise Brown (6).

    The only two members of the so-called "Fontana Eight" voting block absent from the strategy session were: Ward 3 Councillor Joe Swan and Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White.


    Worth noting is that Councillor Henderson supported the $1-million reduction to the new affordable housing reserve fund at council after the meeting at the Harmony Grand Buffet ~ when he'd previously told the local media the day before he was going to oppose the reduction. As a result, the $1-million reduction to the new affordable housing reserve fund lost on a 8-7 vote at city council on Feb. 21.

    The question remains, 'Who picked up the restaurant tab?' Surely, not on City of London plastic! That would be just too rich.

    The problem with the offsite lunch-strategy meeting by council members can be found in section 239 of Ontario's Municipal Act, 2001 and London's Council Procedure By-Law, which regulate "meetings" of committees and municipal council members and when such meetings must be held in public session wilth all council members, relevant City staff and the media invited and when they can legitimately be held behind closed doors away from public scrutiny when City business or strategy is discussed.


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    Most Recent Post: 02/28 08:07PM by mindtwister

     It's time to bring the 'city hall experience' into the 21st Century Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Thursday, February 23 2012 @ 01:25 AM EST
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    THIS JUST IN: The scuttlebutt is that Mayor Fontana will be seeking re-election in 2014.
  • VIDEO: Complete GOP presidential debate from last night in Arizona, YT, Feb. 123

  • When our elected officials turn on us, PP, Feb. 23

  • Councillors Orser and White continue with their embarrassing antics at London city council, LCW, Feb. 23


  • Phil McLeod wants to know what they're smoking at London city hall, TMR, Feb. 22

  • LONDON CITY HALL

    It's time to bring the 'city hall experience' into the 21st Century


    Last night at city hall during the council meeting which finalized the City's 2012 budget, the third-floor public gallery of council chambers was jam-packed.

    In fact, there was a lineup of folks waiting to get in. Most of the time, however, there's only a few people attending council meetings.

    If the City of London is serious about "citizen engagement," it needs to enhance the "city hall experience" by making the public gallery more fan-friendly.

    Here's my suggestions to guarantee a full house during each and every meeting of city council:


     Copy of letter sent to Mayor Joe Fontana about London Firefighters Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Mr_Ambassador
     Dated:  Tuesday, February 21 2012 @ 12:07 AM EST
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  • BREAKING NEWS: Sparks fly as City's 2012 budget approved (tax freeze 2nd-year in a row), LFP, Feb. 21

  • Phil McLeod wades into last night's final budget debate at London city hall, TMR, Feb. 21

  • WORTH NOTING: 'And Stephen Orser, who contributed not a discernible nickel’s worth of ideas to realistically cut the budget, nevertheless blamed council’s lack of initiative on the fact most members don’t work full-time at the job.' ~ London, Ontario, Journalist Philip McLeod

  • Watch last night's city council meeting (Feb. 21), RTVL, Feb. 22

  • Rogers TV-London now live streams all city council meetings (as of Jan. 2012) and then archives them

  • VIDEO: St. Thomas hosers take Quiznos Sub-Shop to task for rubbery substance in submarine sandwich, YT, Feb. 20


  • City of London tender for the design and construction of office space under the main grandstand at Labatt Park

  • New office for the London Rippers? Historical exhibit space when they're gone? I like it. I like it a lot

  • Ontario methadone treatment doctor accused of unprofessional conduct, CNEWS, Feb. 20

  • Aljazeera report about 'Windsor Hum' hits YouTube, WS, Feb. 20

  • Click-Monkeys of London Unite!

  • Vote for London, Ontario's "Woodfield" neighbourhood in the "Great Places in Canada" online contest. Currently, historic Woodfield is leading the nation. Voting continues until the end of February. You can vote several times a day from the same computer

    WOODFIELD: 'Residential to the Core'

    The boundaries of historic Woodfield are east to Adelaide, south to Queens Avenue, west to Richmond and north to the CP tracks.
  • Meetings at London city hall, Tue. Feb. 21 to Fri. Feb. 24

  • The city council meeting on Tues. Feb. 21 starts at 3 pm. The budget portion of Tuesday's council meeting will not be heard before 6 pm

    Uh-oh. Keith Horwood's mea culpa for hacking the USC vote at UWO


  • The Gazette interviews UWO hacker Keith Horwood, TG, Feb. 18

  • Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White denies on am980 this morning she's called the employer of a critic before calling the employer of local activist Sean Quigley, am980, Feb. 17

  • Civil-rights group fears chilling effect by Sandy White's phone calls to past and current employers of local activist, LPF, Feb. 16

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR: I, Butch McLarty, solemnly swear, that no one from city hall has attempted to muzzle me during the past 14 days (that I can remember).
    Three surefire signs you're about to be fired

    1. Your boss of many years asks who you are and what you're doing in the workplace.

    2. You boss starts twitching every time s/he sees you.

    3. Your after-hours security access card to the office suddenly quits working.


  • BREAKING NEWS: Councillor White pulls away from social media, LFP, Feb. 15

  • Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White's most recent update on Facebook, FB, Feb. 15

  • LFP editorial regarding free speech in London, LFP, Feb. 15

  • Chill of silence surrounds City-funded agencies, LFP, Feb. 15

  • THE 'SANDBOX' PLOT THICKENS: Free Press reporter asked to leave city hall last Monday (the LFP thinks this is a non-story. P.S. It's always newsworthy when a council member wants a member of the media removed from city hall ~ for legitimate or bogus reasons)

    According to Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White (pictured below right) during an interview on Steve Garrison's London-in-the-Morning Show on 1290-CJBK-AM today (Wed. Feb. 15), London Free Press reporter Norm De Bono (pictured left) ~ normally a business writer for the newspaper ~ was asked to leave city hall last Monday (Feb. 13) by city hall security staff.

    De Bono eventually left the building on his own, however, insisting he had every right to be at city hall doing his job as a reporter. He left when he had completed his assignment.

    De Bono's story, White in deep in blog snipe, appeared the next day (Feb. 14) in the newspaper on the front page, but never mentioned the incident at city hall.

    De Bono was covering the story regarding the reported "dust-up" between Councillor Sandy White and Sean Quigley, the recently hired executive director of the non-profit organization, Emerging Leaders, which received City of London funding to the tune of $53,000 in 2011 and is slated to receive $50,000 in 2012.

    According to its website, "Emerging Leaders (EL) is an incorporated nonprofit focused on the retention, development and engagement of emerging talent as a means to a more vibrant, inclusive and dynamic London community for the future."

    White had called Scott Courtice, the chairperson of Emerging Leaders' board of directors, to inquire whether or not Quigley's innocuous comments on his personal blog (White wasn't the focus of the blog post), Cagertlr (critical of last Friday's recommended budget cutbacks affecting the city's most vulnerable), were the same views of the group, Emerging Leaders.

    Then last Monday, things apparently became somewhat heated when De Bono was trying to get comments from Councillor White regarding her phone call(s) ~ White didn't want to talk to De Bono ~ resulting in White calling for city hall security staff.

    De Bono was then asked to leave city hall and subject to some sort of internal review at city hall, De Bono could be banned from covering further stories at city hall for a one-year period ~ according to Councillor White.

    Can you see the lawyer$ $tarting to circle?

    Pat Maloney is the regular city hall reporter for The London Free Press.

    Ironically, Sandy White produced a play about her first three-year term on city council from 2003 to 2006 called "Sandbox" that was staged at the Grand's McManus Theatre in 2009.


    OBSERVATION: There appears to be a bit of a pattern developing here, with Councillor White calling the "authorities" (city hall security and Sean Quigley's past and current employer) for perceived slights. Stay tuned, amigos.

    Aditionally, there's an interesting blog post from 2011 HERE.


    By the way, the Freep has not reported the above story. Apparently it's not newsworthy enough, noting that it's likely the first time in history a Free Press reporter has been asked to leave city hall, not to mention the possible ban for a year.

    City council will finalize its 2012 budget on Tuesday, February 21.


    THIS JUST IN: Joe Ruscitti, editor-in-chief of The London Free Press has denied the reporter was "removed" from city hall ~ on twitter:

    joe ruscitti @JoeRatLFPress
    NO. RT @zb_armstrong: RT @Stew_Blair: @LFPress was one of your reporters removed from city hall by security? #ldnont


  • Glen Pearson wades into the White-Orser debacle, PP, Feb. 15

  • CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT: La crème de la crème always rises to the top, rarely the bottom of the swish barrel

  • ANGLICAN PRIEST: Orser tried to muzzle me, LFP, Feb. 14

  • Here's the social media exchange between Marty Levesque, an Anglican priest, and the self-described "hillbilly" from Ward 4, Steve Orser, LFP, Feb. 14

  • "I saw Sandy chasing squirrels in Victoria Park, can Councillor White ever move fast when she’s mad. One squirrel was holding a city council agenda in its little paws yelling 'you dropped it, it’s finders keepers.' ” ~ Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser


  • Councillor Sandy White in deep with online banter, LFP, Feb. 14

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR, FEB. 14: Some members of London city council have very creative ways to discourage criticism.

    Some shower their constituents with City-funded trinkets. Others call the employers of their critics, particularly if the organization receives some City funding.

    Some even read their meeting agendas and try to formulate an intelligent position on issues of the day.


    THOUGHT DU JOUR, FEB. 12: ‎"Years ago, I saved up a million dollars from acting, a lot of money in those days, and I spent it all on a horse farm in Tucson. Now when I go down there, I look at that place and I realize my whole acting career adds up to a million dollars worth of horse shit." ~ American actor Robert Mitchum
  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. Feb. 13 to Fri. Feb. 17

  • VIDEO: Monsanto, Health Canada and the FDA say GMOs and toxic fluoride are good for us. Oh, what to do?

  • ‎2012 Home-and-Away Schedule of the London Majors Baseball Club, LM, Feb. 10

  • HOMEOPENER: Burlington Twins vs. London Majors on Sun. May 13 at 1 pm at historic Labatt Park ~ Canada's Favourite Ballpark; May 13, 2012, is Mother's Day

  • Son says Gordie Howe affected by concussions, TS, Feb. 10

  • BREAKING NEWS: Aboutown cab involved in collision with London Police SUV at Dundas and Talbot streets early this morning, DO, Feb. 10

  • Toddler wading pools recommended to be closed: University Heights, Murray, Byron, Smith and Silverwoods. Evening closure of adult pools at Northridge, Byron and Southcrest. Recommendations only. The final budget vote will be on February 21st.
  • VIDEO: Magnetic poles of Earth are shifting, YT, Feb. 9

  • BREAKING NEWS: LHSC executive to receive $465-K severance package, LFP, Feb. 9

  • Caterpillar Inc.-CAW severance talks 'stressful', WS, Feb. 9

  • BREAKING NEWS: Canada's Supreme Court rules ISPs not subject to broadcast regulations, G&M, Feb. 9

  • BREAKING NEWS: Three suspects arrested for passing American funny money, LPS, Feb. 9

  • Suspicious death in west London at 560 Proudfoot Lane, LPS, Feb. 9

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    Copy of Letter sent to Mayor Joe Fontana about London Firefighters

    Dear Mayor Fontana, I am a member of the London Fire Department and have achieved the rank of Captain. I would like to express my extreme disappointment with your most recent comments regarding the London Fire Department. Specifically, that Police should be paid more than Firefighters.

    In your quest to keep an unrealistic 0% tax for your term as Mayor of London, you have belittled and insulted a group of people whose job is every bit as important and dangerous as our emergency services brethren on the LPD.

    You are correct in stating that the jobs are different, but the risks undertaken by me and my firefighter brothers and sisters are every bit as unpredictable and dangerous as a police officer.

    A popular argument is that due to the lack of firefighter deaths the job is not as dangerous as stated by the firefighters. I would like dispel this argument and say that the firefighters of today are more educated and from their training are more able to recognize dangerous situations, thus minimizing injuries and deaths.


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    Most Recent Post: 02/17 12:43PM by Butch McLarty

     LONDON MAJORS SIGN PITCHER MIKE HENRY, A FORMER CINCINNATI REDS' FARMHAND Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
     Dated:  Wednesday, February 08 2012 @ 12:53 PM EST
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    INTERCOUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE ~ LONDON MAJORS

    LONDON MAJORS SIGN FORMER CINCINNATI REDS' FARMHAND

    ROOP CHANDERDAT, Co-owner, general manager and field manager of the London Majors Baseball Club is pleased to announce the signing of right-handed pitcher Mike Henry from Sarnia, Ontario.

    Mike is 22 years old and is 6'4" and weighs 225 lbs.

    Mike was drafted in 2007 by the Cincinnati Reds in the 48th round. He spent 4 years in the Reds farm system, including stops in the Golf Coast and Arizona leagues. His minor-pro teams were as follows:

  • 2008 Gulf Coast League Reds

  • 2009 Gulf Coast League Reds, Billings Mustangs

  • 2010 Arizona League Reds, Billings Mustangs

  • 2011 Arizona League Reds

  •  Happy 87th Birthday Norm! May you have many, many more of them! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Wednesday, February 08 2012 @ 02:57 AM EST
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  • Rare Canadian artwork by Selwyn Dewdney (reportedly) at Electro-Motive Diesel in London: TMR, Feb. 6

  • "London may well be Canada’s largest city without a list of important and historic archives – one reason why few seemed to realize that behind the fence at the Electro-Motive plant are five large paintings by an artist of national importance with deep London roots."

  • SHOCKER: JFK's former teen mistress writes tell-all book, NYP, Feb. 5

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Feb. 6 to Fri. Feb. 10

  • Caterpillar Inc. stripped Canada clean of its locomotive technology in London, Ontario, TS, Feb. 5

  • BREAKING NEWS, 10 AM, FEB. 3: The Electro-Motive Diesel plant on Oxford Street East in London is being closed by its U.S. parent companies Progress Rail and Caterpillar Inc. About 765 (465 unionized and 300 management) jobs will be lost locally, plus many more jobs with local suppliers, CNW, Feb. 3

  • Never trust a politician with a snap-on hairdo


  • Correlation between low IQ and conservative views, V, Feb. 2

  • Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee dead at age 90, BBC, Feb. 2


  • THOUGHT DU JOUR: Water fluoridation is the only case in modern civilization's history (to my knowledge) where industry has managed to avoid the costs of taking its toxic waste to toxic waste disposal dumps and somehow managed to be paid for its toxic waste products and have them dumped into the public drinking water ~ for many decades.

    Give it some thought.


  • Watch London City Council live right now (meeting started at 5 pm., Tues. Jan. 31), RTVL, Jan. 31

  • The 'Windsor Hum' and the call for federal intervention, CTV, Jan. 31

  • Monitoring the Planned Poisoning of Humanity, ACO, Jan. 31

  • Gina Barber on water fluoridation, LCW, Jan. 31

  • WATER FLUORIDATION: Bureaucratic inertia is alive and well at the Middlesex-London Health Unit

    THOUGHT DU JOUR: ‎"When are we going to stop denying that the energy policy of the United States is run by the oil cartel? Oil is behind the war in Iraq. Oil is the reason we give the fundamentalist, terrorist-breeding theocracy of Saudi Arabia a pass. Oil is the reason we can't get a goddamn energy policy in this country. Almost every important administration official has a connection to the oil industry." ~ Lee Iacocca, from his book "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" (2007).
  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. Jan. 30 to Fri. Feb. 3

  • VIDEO: Mayor Joe Fontana hits a zero-per-cent tax increase for the second year in a row!


  • The Death of Slippery the Seal on January 10, 1967. It's Part 7 of 7 of the Slippery the Seal documentary by the late Chris Doty. I've posted all 7 videos on my Facebook page.

    Next Tuesday, Jan. 31st, London City Council will probably decide to close the seal pool and ship all 4 of the harbour seals in Storybook Gardens to St. Louis, Missouri, since they don't want to spend the dough to bring the seal pool up to modern-day standards, thereby ending a 54-year-tradition of having seals at Storybook Gardens. London is the City of Opportunity, indeed.


  • Caterpillar Inc.'s profits surge, LFP. Jan. 26

  • Caterpillar Inc.'s media release, CAT, Jan. 26

  • Electro-Motive Lock-Out in London, Ontario, HP, Jan. 24

  • Unions must adapt to survive, TS, Jan. 24

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR: Oh great, after the public participation meeting last night (Wed. Jan. 25) regarding water fluoridation, we'll get a report back from City staff and the Middlesex-London Health Unit in 6-8 weeks, once things cool off.

    These two groups are the same jokers who think water fluoridation is hunky-dory. You can imagine what their report will say: Steady as she goes, stay the course!

    Get that toxic crap out of our public drinking water!

    Even if you support local water fluoridation, you should also support the right of Londoners to vote on the matter via a ballot question during the 2014 municipal election ~ noting the last ballot question regarding water fluoridation was 45 years ago in 1967 when the vast majority of Londoners alive today were either not born yet or not of legal voting age.

    As Dr. William Hirzy, Senior Vice-President of the EPA's Professionals Headquarters Union, put it, "if this stuff [hydrofluosilicic acid] gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!"


  • MR. ZERO-PERCENT: Mayor Joe wants us to pay for his own website, separate from the City's, LFP, Jan. 25

  • Mayor Joe has really done it now. Setting up his own website away from the City's and expecting us to pick up the tab. Joe ... Joe ... say it isn't so.

    Let the boycott begin ...

    THIS JUST IN: All three TSC Stores in London have taken Caterpillar Inc. products off their shelves in support of the approximately 470 locked-out (unionized) workers at Electro-Motive Diesel Canada on Oxford Street East in London.

    Caterpillar has its own line of work clothing and work boots.


    The irrepressible Art Cartier dies at age 97

    BREAKING NEWS: Art Cartier (pictured left), a former long-time member of London City Council, former Thames Valley Public School Board trustee, former Public Utilities Commissioner, former London Free Press employee and author, has died at the age of 97.

    Art started out many moons ago as a sports editor-reporter for the Chatham Daily News.

    I remember volunteering with Art to man the London-Middlesex Historical Society booth in the Confederation Building at the Western Fair approximately 16 years ago and he had more energy at 81 than the Energizer Bunny.

    Visitation is at A. Millard George Funeral Home on Ridout Street South (near Bruce) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 27.

    Art's funeral is set for Saturday, January 28 at 10:30 am at Calvary United Church at 290 Ridout Street South at Cavalry United Church on the southeast corner of Ridout and Garfield Avenue.

    Art's obituary can be read HERE (NOW WORKING: Millard George's site is currently not working for some reason but the LFP obituary can be found HERE).


    The Civic Works Committee of London City Council is holding a public participation meeting regarding water fluoridation on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7 pm at Centennial Hall. Londoners have been drinking fluoridated water since 1967 after a plebiscite. At the very least it's time for another ballot question since the vast majority of Londoners alive today were either not born by 1967 or not of legal voting age.
  • Cliff Nordal and his astounding pay package on the taxpayers' dime, LFP, Jan. 25


  • HAPPY*BIRTHDAY*NORM*HAPPY*BIRTHDAY*NORM

    AltLondon remembers that, not only is January 25 Robbie Burns Day, but it is also Norman James Aldridge's birthday!


    Norm Aldridge roaming the field at Labatt Park during the fundraising ballgame, The Rumble at the Riverforks, between the London Majors Oldtimers, members of city council and the media, on May 31, 1998. The game was organized by The Friends of Labatt Park and SCENE magazine to raise money for a new cedar-shingle roof on the Roy McKay Clubhouse which was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1996. The park itself was designated in 1994. PHOTO: Herb (The Shooter) Walsh

    Norm-baby, who is AltLondon's ongoing inspiration, is 87 years young!

    Norm's been inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame (twice) as a member (trainer) of the Can-Am/ Canadian/ Ontario/ Intercounty champs, the 1948 London Majors Baseball Club and also the trainer of the Canadian Champion 1970 London TV-Cable Fastball Team. Norm also has the premier baseball diamond at Stronach Park in northeast London named after him ~ Norm Aldridge Field!

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    Most Recent Post: 01/25 05:15PM by Honey Slop®

     There's considerable scientific evidence demonstrating that water fluoridation is dangerous, unnecessary and unethical Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    Storybook seals likely leaving the can-do City of Opportunity

    TUESDAY, JAN. 24: Last night at city hall, the Community Services Standing Committee voted 4-1 to recommend relocating all the wildlife, including the harbour seals, at Storybook Gardens to out-of-town facilities in Canada and the U.S.

    Only committee member Coun. Dale Henderson (pictured left) voted against the recommendation. The matter goes to City Council next Tuesday night (Jan. 31).


  • 2008 Business Plan proposed improving popular wildlife enclosures at Storybook Gardens

  • The following sentence is from the 2008 council-approved Business Plan for Storybook Gardens:

    "Although the reduction to only farm animals is quite attractive from a financial perspective, it would have a drastic impact on the marketability of Storybook Gardens and we recommend maintaining a 'Modified Zoo and Farm.'”

    TRANSLATION: City staff are now wanting to implement what they once said would "have a drastic impact on the marketability of Storybook Gardens" in 2008, noting the "modified zoo and farm" concept meant keeping the popular seals and a few other wildlife exhibits.

    No wonder some council members are confused.


  • Regarding the remaining wildlife at Storybook Gardens, this "added" report is going before the Community Services Committee tonight at 7 pm, Jan. 23

  • FROM THE REPORT: "The modified zoo option was presented and endorsed in 2008 recognized that the Storybook Gardens zoo enclosures are aging and do not meet cunent best practices and public expectations for the housing of captive wildlife. The 'modified zoo' approach anticipated maintaining the seal pool and possibly as many as 2-3 other main [wildlife] exhibits, the remaining exhibits were to be enhanced and improved as funding allowed. Subsequent investigation into renovation of the existing enclosures to bring them up to current standards is estimated to be in the millions of dollars and far exceeds available funding."

    TRANSLATION: City staff's original plan was to keep and improve the sea pool and a few other wildlife exhibits at Storybook but City staff changed their minds.


  • Proposed seal move from Storybook Gardens making waves, LFP, Jan. 23

  • I just put in an order for a hundred T-shirts with "Save the Seals!" emblazoned on the front. Figure it works for animal rights activists and me

  • Time to leave the City of Opportunity behind, LCW, Jan. 23

  • Slippery the Sea Lion had the right idea back in 1958. Ditto for the Lombardo orchestra in 1924. Let's blow this pop stand! Senior City managers Jeff Fielding, Pat McNally and Ron Standish are leaving at the end of January 2012!


    If one actually reads the 2008 Business Plan, getting rid of all the wildlife was not proposed. Improving the most popular wildlife exhibits was proposed.

    What happened?

    Perhaps there's been a coup at London city hall, with community services staff successfully executing the takeover.


  • VIDEO: Thousands Rally in London, Ontario, CTV-London, Jan. 22

  • Mayor calls out PM at labour rally, LFP, Jan. 22

  • Civic Works Committee agenda regarding water fluoridation ~ public participation meeting on Jan. 25

  • It's time for another ballot question. 45 years is too long

  • Tax-and-spend levy-slush fund dead ~ for now; first they have to figure out what they'd do with OUR money, LFP, Jan. 21


  • CIVIC SNAKEOIL: First Mayor Joe et al. tried to sell us a bill of goods regarding restructuring London Hydro in order to make it more attractive to sell to Edmonton-based utility giant EPCOR and that idea crashed-and-burned; then they wanted to whack us all with a "1%-economic-development levy" and that slush-fund scheme swirled down the toilet. But rest assured they'll try again on both fronts in the not-to-distant future. After all, London is the City of Opportunity. P.S. Which way to the urban beach?

    Baseball Canada's favourite ballpark banner to be unveiled at Labatt Park on July 14

    BREAKING NEWS, JAN. 21: Another AltLondon news exclusive ~ AltLondon has learned the City of London will be unveiling "Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark banner" ~ won last summer by historic Labatt Memorial Park after a two-month online contest conducted by Baseball Canada ~ during London's Eager Beaver Baseball Association (EBBA)'s annual Frank Colman Day at the park on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
    BREAKING NEWS: End of an era at London's Storybook Gardens


  • ARCHIVAL VIDEO: The legend of Slippery the Seal, Channel 10, 1958

  • Slippery the Seal was a superstar in 1958, CDN, Jan. 21

  • The Saga of Slippery the Sea Lion, DD, Jan. 21

  • THIS JUST IN, 12 PM, JAN. 20: An AltLondon scoop ... Bowing to pressure from organizations such as Zoocheck Canada et al., the City of London/ Storybook Gardens will be re-locating their non-domesticated animals later this year, including the harbour seals, beavers, otter, lynx and birds of prey to better wildlife facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

    The City of London was close to spending $600-K on a 10-day light show in the downtown but it seems it never occurred to our civic brain-trust to upgrade the facilities for the animals at Storybook Gardens. The most recent public input regarding Storybook Gardens was in 2008 ~ with a previous city council.

    And yet community services department staff have announced this wildlife relocation from Storybook is a done deal with only a "verbal" report by City staff mentioned online. NEW: A written report, apparently, will be available on the City's website on Monday morning, according to a Friday afternoon media release from the City.

    City staff's recent decision to unload ALL wildlife at Storybook Gardens is not proposed in the Business Plan from 2008

    In the 2008 Business Plan (on which public participation and council action were based), there were no plans to unload ALL wildlife. In fact, improvements were proposed to the respective enclosures (seal sea pool, otter, beaver etc.) and staff reported "The sea pool [housing the seals] is the most popular animal exhibit in the park."

    ALTERNATE POINT OF VIEW RECEIVED BY E-MAIL: "This process has been very open and transparent ~ it just has not been of great public interest and has occurred over time.

    "There was a Public Participation process in April of 2008 to discuss a new future for Storybook. This was openly advertised and there was a PPM.

    "The PPM was covered in The London Free Press in advance of the actual meeting, and there was still only a very small list of delegates, so this was not a burning issue for Londoners.

    "Later, a Citizen Task Force was created ~ again, openly advertised and open to any Londoner to apply for.

    "There were various work groups as part of this Task Force, Environmental Initiatives, Inter-active Play, Literacy, Storybook Themes, and Animals. About 30 people participated in this.

    "These work groups met for about 8 weeks and filed recommendations to Storybook management.

    "The recommendation from the Animals sub-committee was that the wild animal portion of the zoo be phased out and improvements made for the remaining domestic animals.

    "City Council later passed a motion that the zoo would be modified over time, which would include transferring animals out. It was noted that this is a lengthy process that may take several years, as indeed it has.

    "This was in an open Council meeting.

    "So ~ there has been a lot of civic engagement and open discussion, and this has not been done in secret."

    Storybook Gardens first opened in 1958 amid much fanfare. To read a comprehensive history of Storybook Gardens by historian Carling Marshall-Luymes, CLICK HERE.


  • 1290-CJBK-AM is holding a London Theme Song contest ($1,000 cash prize), CJBK, Jan. 20

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Jan. 23 to Fri. Jan. 27

  • Another Londoner questions council's commitment to 'citizen engagement' Jan. 20

  • STATUTORY BALLOT QUESTION: "Are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?"

    THOUGHT DU JOUR: Even if you support local water fluoridation, you should also support the right of Londoners to vote on the matter via a ballot question during the 2014 municipal election ~ noting the last ballot question regarding water fluoridation was 45 years ago in 1967 when the vast majority of Londoners alive today were either not born yet or not of legal voting age.

    As Dr. William Hirzy, Senior Vice President of the EPA's Professionals Headquarters Union, put it, "if this stuff [hydrofluosilicic acid] gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing!"


  • VIDEO: Peanut butter falls in love with Jam

  • VIDEO: Snooze you lose 'cause I've got news for you, YT, Jan. 19

  • VIDEO: An interview with Dr. Hardy Limeback regarding water fluoridation, Part 1 of 3, YT, Jan. 17

  • Water fluoridation: Benefits and risks, FC, Jan. 17

  • Ontario's Fluoridation Act sets out the process to put fluoride into Ontario's public drinking water and also for its removal

  • CITY HALL

    Added Communication regarding water fluoridation public participation meeting on Jan. 25, 2012, at Centennial Hall

    Chair and Members
    Civic Works Committee
    The Corporation of the City of London
    c/o the City Clerk's office

    Re: There's considerable scientific evidence demonstrating that water fluoridation is dangerous, unnecessary and unethical

    Incredibly, Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), publicly stated on the radio a few months ago that there's NO scientific evidence to cause us concern about water fluoridation.

    In this regard, please note the scores of scientific studies cited below from an article by Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc, PhD, DDS ("Why I am now officially opposed to adding fluoride to drinking water"), one of Canada's leading authorities on preventive dentistry and water fluoridation, to judge for yourself whether or not there's any scientific evidence that water fluoridation is harmful to human health.

    You can read many of the individual scientific studies and reports cited below, online by Googling them.

    The MLHU's fall-back position is, as I understand it, due to the relatively low levels of fluoride in London's drinking water, there is no cause for concern. But scientific studies also indicate that fluoride and its associated toxins accumulates in our tissue and organs.

    One of the tenets of modern medicine is that it's unethical to medicate an adult (with all of their mental faculties) against their will. Water fluoridation of our drinking water is clearly "mass medication" based on the local authority of a ballot question from 45 years ago (1967).

    At the very least, Londoners deserve a new ballot question regarding water fluoridation during London's 2014 civic election ~ noting the majority of Londoners alive today were not of voting age in 1967.

    At first, positive change seems impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Barry Wells



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     Cuts to developmental services to hit London's most vulnerable Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • A leading Canadian authority on preventative dentistry vigorously opposes water fluoridation (scroll down to the end of the article to see scores of scientific studies and reports cited), FA, Jan. 17

  • It's interesting that many Londoners are reluctant to get the flu shot but drink fluoridated water without questioning the wisdom of water fluoridation despite mounds of evidence that it is both dangerous and unnecessary

    FROM TWITTER: SteveYoung CTV
    CTV News has learned Michael Rafferty, facing murder charges in death of #ToriStafford also faces sexual assault charge as well. @CTVLondon pm, Jan. 16?
  • Civic Meetings in London, Ontario, Mon. Jan. 16 to Fri. Jan. 20

  • VIDEO: London's new theme song "London is the City of Opportunity" rockets to Number One in Care-Bear Land, YT, Jan. 12

  • VIDEO: Hitler reacts to London's new theme song, YT, Jan. 12

  • Phil McLeod comments on the mayor's state-of-the-city address yesterday morning, TMR, Jan. 12

  • London, Ontario, Canada ~ Boom Town, YT, Jan. 12

  • Shortly after Mayor Joe proclaimed "London is the City of Opportunity," robber knocks off FOUR banks in 136 minutes

    BREAKING NEWS, JAN. 11: Three banks in London have been robbed this morning, all within 30 minutes: TD-Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal at Wellington Road South and Baseline, ScotiaBank at Richmond and Oxford.

    Police now say there was a fourth bank robbery, linked to the other three. See STORY HERE. ~ and now a fifth by another robber. Holy Mackeral. Has to be a record for London, Ontario.

    The suspected get-away vehicle is a grey Jeep with license plates: BRM C851. Developing.

    CITIZEN REPORTER SARAH WATKIN ~ 2:30 pm ~ Police chase has just terminated at Waterloo and Oxford. Swat team. Guns drawn. Canine unit on-scene. A Jeep collided with a van driven by a woman who was taken away by ambulance. The driver of the Jeep has escaped on foot. Police in pursuit. One suspect in custody. Busy corner of late involving money and petroleum jelly.


    'Joe the Robot' a dud this morning before 1,200

    BREAKING NEWS: At the Mayor's Annual State-of-the-City Address at the London Convention Centre this morning, Mayor Joe Fontana attempted to unveil "Joe the Robot" (reportedly made in Russia) to promote London's high-tech sector but the robot was a complete dud due to a malfunctioning power supply.

    Last I saw of the robot, it was in the back of a Zubick's Scrap Metal pick-up truck heading east.

    Mayor Fontana also unveiled London's new syrupy sweet theme song "London is the City of Opportunity" written and sang by Jim (The Voice of London) Chapman and the Incontinentals. But no live performance, just a recording. That's when some people started heading out the door ~ likely due to the line in the song: "Imagine a factory where none was before" which really cuts close to the bone.

    Jimmy Chapman's song is not exactly a big hit with the poll respondents at the LFP online.

    Incredibly, Mayor Fontana emphatically slammed Guy Lombardo ~ the best ambassador London, Ontario, Canada, has ever had ~ when he was talking about London's downtown being the "beat" of the city and how Guy Lombardo can't cut it anymore (Lombardo died in 1977).

    Mayor Fontana was extremely upbeat about London's future, as usual, with London in the throes of an unemployment rate of 9.6%, an unfolding biker war and impending plant closures such as Electro-Motive Diesel and Accuride.


  • Play in the works to honour Lombardo brothers, LFP, Jan. 11

  • Finally, a spark of creativity returns to Melonville after years of cultural amnesia

  • City Council kills previously approved $600-K light show, LFP, Jan. 11

  • Finally, some fiscal responsibility returns to Melonville

  • The London Fress Press reports cleanup of contaminated properties is nearly complete when 24-7 remediation plan has yet to be approved by the MoE, LFP, Jan. 9

  • Shell Canada's yet-to-be-approved remediation plan, MoE

  • AltLondon has learned that on December 16, 2011, Shell Canada purchased the commercial property at 775 Waterloo Street for $600,000 and the heritage home at 777 Waterloo Street (now boarded up) for $290,000 from David Murphy of Murphy & Murphy Architects.

    Both properties are in the Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District in old north London.


    Someone must have been rubbed the wrong way

    BREAKING NEWS, UPDATED JAN. 9: London Police have now revealed a possible motive for the three fires last Sunday, Jan. 8 during the early-morning hours.

    A fire occurred about 3:45 a.m. last Sat. Jan. 7, causing $5,000 damage to a business at Hamilton Road and Little Hill Street. This is the location of tattoo parlour, La Tinta Latina, owned by an Outlaws Motorcycle Club member.

    Blue Lagoon Massage at Oxford Street East and Empire Street was subsequently torched the next day (Sun. Jan. 8) at approximately 4:40 am, Famous Flesh Gordon's at Oxford Street East and Industrial Road at 5:04 am and Empire Street and Virginia's Adult Massage and Spa at Clarke Road and Charterhouse Crescent at 5:15 am.

    All three businesses have ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

    Geez, I wonder if all four torch jobs are related? Inspector Clouseau will ferret out the truth, no doubt.


    OPSEU MEDIA RELEASE

    Cuts to developmental services to hit London's most vulnerable


    An announcement this week by Community Living London that seven staff will receive layoff notices will be a severe blow to services for persons with developmental disabilities, says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

    Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU, says the government's refusal to provide adequate funding for developmental services is a shameful act, hurting the most vulnerable people in the London area.

    "The Ministry of Community and Social Services has continued to ignore the chronic under-funding crisis in this sector," Thomas said. "Waiting lists across the province continue to rise with no relief in sight."


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     Mayor's 2012 New Year's Honour List Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THOUGHT DU JOUR: All property owners in the area of the Shell Canada station at the northwest corner of Oxford and Waterloo streets in London should be examining the fat file at the Ministry of Environment's office on Exeter Road about the hydrocarbon contamination from that gas station. It's not just soil contamination but also groundwater contamination (think aquifer).
    BREAKING NEWS: The London Transit Commission has ordered all their drivers to start wearing bibs while driving a bus.

    BREAKING NEWS: The Village of Grand Bend, Ontario, has put its well-known sunset up for sale. Asking price: $25-million. Several members of London city council think it would fit nicely with the proposed beach at the Forks of the Thames River.
    OVERHEARD IN THE NEWSROOM: London Free Press Editor-in-Chief Joe Ruscitti ordering a pizza at work: "I want a large deluxe pizza with double cheese, but hold the anchovies and the Dan MacLellan story."
    BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Joe Fontana urges the CAW and Electro-Motive management to "get back to the bargaining table, roll up the sleeves and have a cuppa coffee. We're not making tweezers here, we're making locomotives."
  • CTV-London news video regarding contaminated soil and groundwater in old north London, Jan. 6

  • HERITAGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Another potential heritage battle looms on London's horizon, this time in old north in the Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District. Shell says not to worry

  • An AltLondon Exclusive, Thurs. Jan. 5
  • AltLondon has learned that 775 and 777 Waterloo Street (just north of Oxford Street, west side) in London have recently been sold to Shell Canada, since the soil and groundwater below the two properties is contaminated with petroleum products which leaked from the Shell station's corroded underground gas tanks (removed and replaced in 2005) at 316 Oxford Street East.

    Here's a related government document about the environmental contamination and proposed soil remediation.

    TEST BORE HOLES: According to Jason Lehouillier at the Ministry of the Environment, Southwest Regional Office in London, "Shell became aware of the problem in 2005 when they renovated the gas station and installed new pumps and [underground] gas tanks. Several bore holes in the two adjoining properties were dug down to the aquifer after that" to test the level of contamination.

    He also says approval is pending for Shell's application but that it's not common to demolish buildings to remediate contaminated soil and water.

    Noah Eade, a former Londoner who works for JB Water and Vacuum Services in Kelowna, British Columbia, says the Ministry of Environment document reveals that Shell Canada is "applying to start flushing the water in the ground via injection points in an effort to remediate the contaminated water [in the soil]," pursuant to section 34 of the Ontario Water Resources Act.

    Asked whether this will require the demolition of the two buildings, he says "it could as one would not be able to guarantee the integrity of the structures ... it's also [potentially] dangerous to have tenants in the buildings while performing underground remediation on site."

    775 Waterloo Street is the Murphy & Murphy Architects' building which was built in 1962 (designed by Ron Murphy) and has some architectural significance as a 1960s commercial structure with Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe influences (it was featured in Doors Open London one year).

    777 Waterloo Street is a residential property designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act and Part V of the Act ("Bishop Hellmuth Heritage Conservation District") ~ a building where the windows and doors were boarded up on Jan. 5 by a Toronto contractor on behalf of Shell Canada, with written guidance from building inspector Doug Carlson of the City of London's planning and building control department.

    The three commercial tenants in 775 Waterloo Street are being forced to move by the end of February 2012.

    Both buildings are in excellent condition but appear to be under threat of possible demolition since Shell Canada is not in the business of owning or maintaining heritage properties. A Shell spokeman, however, says both buildings will be sold once the two properties are cleaned up.

    David Murphy of Murphy & Murphy Architects is the previous owner of both Waterloo Street properties.

  • Today's story by the London Community News HERE

  • Read a related article from the Vancouver Sun regarding contamination from gas stations HERE.

  • And another related article from The McLeod Report regarding demolition by neglect HERE.

  • BREAKING NEWS: MP Peter MacKay announces that he is now married, PM, Jan. 4

  • Electro-Motive Diesel Canada's final offer

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, in January 2012

  • 2012 World Juniors Hockey Results & Sked

  • The Death of Collective Bargaining? CL, Jan. 3

  • 'Fracking' in Ohio causing earthquakes, USAT, Jan. 3

  • The cutting-edge, timely blog of Joe Ruscitti, editor-in-chief of The London Free Press (last updated on Nov. 16, 2010), LFP, Jan. 3


  • A committed newspaper man hard at work after cashing his pay cheque

  • BREAKING NEWS: Electro-Motive workers in London, Ontario, are now officially "locked out" by the company, EMU, Jan. 1

  • Electro-Motive Canada ~ Progress Rail ~ Caterpillar Inc.

  • Prepare for battle at Electro-Motive Diesel, LFP, Jan. 1, 2012

  • Corporate Greed in London, Ontario, Canada


    LONDON CITY HALL

    BREAKING NEWS: Mayor's 2012 New Year's Honour List

    Mayor Joe Fontana is pleased to introduce the Mayor of London’s Honouree List for 2012.

    This tradition began in 1976 and each year the names of deserving Londoners are brought forward by friends and colleagues.

    London is a diverse city and its residents are compassionate and caring. The Mayor’s Honouree award provides recognition to those who go above and beyond and make a significant difference in our community.

    The names and details of the individual’s service to the city is listed on the Mayor’s pages on the City of London website.

    The Honourees are also invited to Council to accept their award and this year the Mayor will hold a special reception for the Honourees, just prior to his First Annual New Year’s Levee. The reception is set for January 1, 2012 ~ 1 pm to 1:45 pm at The Arts Project at 203 Dundas Street.

    The Mayor’s New Year’s Levee will be held from 2 pm – 5 pm at the same location and is open to all.

    The Honourees for 2012 are:


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     GLOBALIZATION: A Sub-Human Race to the Bottom of the Corporate Swish-Barrel Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    THIS JUST IN (Dec. 30, 1 pm): The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario, have voted 98% in favour of a strike ~ if necessary.

    The actual vote was 404 to 9 (with 60-70 no shows).

    The current collective agreement expires on Saturday, December 31st at midnight.

    OPINION: There are many times in life when you have to stand on principle and this obscene contract offer is clearly made in bad faith.

    Principles do matter, even if they put you out of work.

    Otherwise we're all sheep and indentured slaves.


  • Does it matter if our laws are passed illegally? G&M, Dec. 30

  • The 2012 Mayor's New Year's Honour List will appear on AltLondon on Dec. 31 at precisely 12:01 am

  • Past honourees, 1976-2011

  • LOCAL ECONOMY

    GLOBALIZATION: A Sub-Human Race to the Bottom of the Corporate Swish-Barrel


  • Another story on the labour dispute at Electro-Motive Diesel, DJ, Dec. 30

  • Harper government gave Electro-Motive plant significant tax breaks, LFP, Dec. 30

  • On December 20, 2011, The London Free Press ran the story, General Dynamics lands $126M order, at the same time Londoners were reading stories that Electro-Motive Diesel, an adjoining heavy-equipment manufacturer with a backlog of lucrative locomotive orders, was demanding its approximately 500 unionized workers in London, accept a 60-per-cent reduction in wages and benefits.

    Subsequently on Dec. 27, Electro-Motive's final offer was a reduction in wages and benefits of 55-per-cent ~ from $35 an hour to about $16.50 an hour.

    Today, Electro-Motive's workers are facing a lock-out/ strike vote as the U.S.-based company, Progress Rail Services Corporation ~ a subsidiary of conglomerate Caterpillar Inc. ~ has erected fencing around its manufacturing plant at 2021 Oxford Street East in London (Fencing goes up, fears grow, LFP, Dec. 28, 2011), with its collective agreement set to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.

    It's also been reported that the company has already moved machinery out of the plant while a strike vote is scheduled for 10 am on Dec. 30 at the Marconi Club.

    So, what's wrong with this picture?


     Bernie Hammond resigns as coordinator of the Social Justice and Peace Studies program at King's University College Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • BREAKING NEWS: London TV-news anchor released from jail, facing assault charges, am980, Dec. 28

  • BREAKING NEWS: Lockout or strike looming at Electro-Motive as company erects fencing, LFP, Dec. 28

  • ACADEMIC NEWS

    Bernie Hammond resigns as coordinator of the Social Justice and Peace Studies program at King's University College

    By Bernie Hammond, Ph.D., Sociology

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    Dear Friends:

    I have been receiving many enquiries concerning my changed status at King’s University College. While I appreciate the concern being expressed, I feel the need to correct certain inaccuracies:

    I have not for the time being resigned from the Centre for Social Concern, my contract to teach in the Social Justice and Peace Studies program remains in place and I have not and do not have any intention of retiring in the near future.

    What I have done is resign as coordinator of the Social Justice and Peace Studies program.

    As many of you know, this program is the culmination of 36 years of work at King’s during which, in keeping with my service to a Catholic college, I used every opportunity to promote social justice work within the institution and in the community generally.