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 Intercounty Baseball June 24: Barrie Baycats vs. London Majors (DH) at historic Labatt Park Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
 Author:  Betty McLarty
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Extreme heat alert extended until Sunday, July 8th for London and area

Can council members have din-din with whomever they want while discussing City business, as Swag-Boy Orser suggests?

BREAKING NEWS, JULY 6, 7:45 AM: Ontario's Ombudsman's has just stated on Twitter that he hopes to sign off on his long-awaited City of London "Harmony Report" on Monday, July 9th.

CTV-London news video from late February of 2012

  • Londoner Dave Byers is now in Milwaukee and returning to London on his motorcycle, July 5

  • Take the City of London Tree Survey (I did), July 5

  • The Guelph Royals vs. the London Majors at Labatt Park, Thursday, July 5 at 7:30 pm. Purple in the Park Day in support of the London Abused Women's Centre.

    FINAL (JULY 5): Guelph Royals 12, London Majors 7 at Labatt Park tonight

  • See IBL story HERE.

  • FINAL: Ottawa Fat Cats 2, London Majors 1 tonight (July 1) at Labatt Park before 2,500 fans.

  • See IBL story HERE.
    The Dominion of Canada is 145 years old today (July 1). There's a sugar maple tree at Labatt Park in London, Ontario, that pre-dates confederation, a towering tree estimated to be between 150 and 175 years old.

  • Click here to see it.

  • KABOOM: The best place to watch the fireworks at the Forks of the Thames today (July 1) is historic Labatt Park after the 6 pm London Majors' game against the Ottawa Fat Cats.
    The words "World's Oldest Baseball Grounds, since 1877" will soon grace the new scoreboard at Labatt Park.

    Click on the Canadian flag to hear Bobby Gimby's Canada Song from 1967

    PHOTO OF EMPTY STANDS ON JUNE 28: The London Rippers Baseball Club have been averaging less than 100 fans per game since June 10

    PSST: Dark-side marketing and baseball don't work

  • Keep your eye on this one. There's a significant amount of cash floating around, enough to attract an 'interesting group of people', LFP, June 29

  • Ottawa Fat Cats vs London Majors at historic Labatt Park

    When: Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 6 pm ~ 9:30 pm
    Where: Historic Labatt Park
    25 Wilson Avenue (at Riverside)
    London, ON

    Description: Intercounty Baseball League action. Fireworks over the Forks of the Thames River after the game. ADULTS: $8; SENIORS AND KIDS 12 AND UNDER: $6. Beer is sold during all London Majors' home games.

    An extreme heat wave avec smog rolls into southwestern Ontario on Thursday, June 28.

    Earth is orbiting a radioactive blast furnace

    THOUGHT DU JOUR #1: Go stand in the hot summer sun, feel the heat and ponder the fact the relatively small star (sun) providing the heat is 93-million-miles away.

    THOUGHT DU JOUR #2: Watermelons are nature's juice and water jugs.
    The London Majors Baseball Club host the Hamilton Cardinals tonight (June 26) at Labatt Park. Game time is 7:30 pm.

    FINAL: London Majors 8, Hamilton Cardinals 2, tonight (June 26) at Labatt Park. NEXT HOME GAME: Sunday, July 1 (Canada Day) at Labatt Park vs. Ottawa Fat Cats @ 6 pm. Fireworks over the Forks of the Thames after the game

  • IBL story HERE

  • London Rippers get it wrong ~ again, am980, June 26

  • London Rippers' owner delivers a stern message to the City of London, the London Majors and the frisky squirrels in Victoria Park, YS, June 26

  • Majors shoot Rippers down and explain why, LCN, June 25

  • London Rippers issue challenge to London Majors, LR, June 25

  • What's in it for the London Majors? They already have a beer licence and the Rippers will be leaving town anyway? The London Majors have played at Labatt Park since 1925. The London Rippers have played at Labatt Park for a month plus a day

  • 2nd-place London Majors battle the 1st-place Brantford Red Sox in Brantford tonight, live on pointstreak, PS, June 25

  • FINAL: Brantford Red Sox 8, London Majors 7, in Brantford

  • LOCAL CRIME: Knife-ripping no fun, LFP, June 25

  • London Majors pay tribute to local sports legends, LFP, June 25

  • London Majors rally to sweep Barrie Baycats Sunday afternoon, LCN, June 25

  • BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE: London Majors sweep Barrie Baycats in twin bill this afternoon at Labatt Park

    This afternoon (June 24) at Labatt Park, the London Majors won the first game of the doubleheader with the Barrie Baycats 5-4.

  • Live 2nd game here on

    BREAKING NEWS: The London Majors have swept the Barrie Baycats in a doubleheader this afternoon at historic Labatt Park, winning both games 5-4 to solidify their hold on second place in the IBL standings.

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. June 25 to Fri. June 29

  • DAILY BLOG: Londoner Dave Byers' awesome motorcycle adventure. Currently, he's in the Yukon, June 24


    THE BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE: Barrie Baycats (11-8) play a doubleheader at Labatt Park this afternoon against the London Majors (11-6)

    WHERE: Historic Labatt Park, 25 Wilson Avenue (at Riverside)

    WHEN: Sunday, June 24 at 1 pm

    ADMISSION PRICES: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and kids 12 and under

    PARKING: $2 for parking inside Labatt Park; free parking behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors Centre at 78 Riverside Drive across the street from Labatt Park; free parking on the street in the Labatt Park area along Wilson Avenue etc.

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     London Majors hammer the Burlington Twins 12-2 during Kids Day at Labatt Park Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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  • BREAKING NEWS: More nonsense from the London Rippers, LCN, June 22

  • Does ice-cold beer and baseball tickle your fancy? Head down to historic Labatt Park on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 pm to watch the London Majors take on the Hamilton Cardinals.
  • The London Rippers Baseball Club issues a statement which says they're the only tenant at Labatt Park, LR, June 22

  • Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!®

    The Ontario Ministry of Labour ~ Know your Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities

  • London Rippers having difficulty drawing flies; I wonder why? RTV, June 21

  • UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR: 'We understand the name [and logo] may not be liked by all and we were prepared that some won’t buy tickets or come to games.' ~ London Rippers

  • No beer at Rippers' home games at Labatt Park, just London Majors' games, LFP, June 21

  • The London Free Press wades into the debate regarding the City of London retooling its website without offering an open request for proposals, LFP, June 20

  • P.S. The above LFP opinion column is embarrassing, lightweight commentary. Grade-school stuff. Why doesn't it discuss such things as the huge annual licensing fees paid by the City of London to Microsoft® ($700-K), open-source software as opposed to pricey propriety software (Microsoft's SharePoint), sole-source contracts as opposed to an open request for proposals, Microsoft's practice of (and rationale for) certifying certain web developers and the merits of hiring capable tech-support staff at city hall? The above-mentioned column is a waste of space and does nothing to enlighten Londoners about the real issues surrounding this important public-interest story

  • FEAR AND LOATHING AT LONDON CITY HALL: Attack of the Killer Joe-Boys, TMR, June 19

  • Justin Bieber's impromptu performance in Stratford last Saturday, SFR, June 17

  • Heat wave heading our way, LFP, June 17

  • Environment Canada's seven-day forecast for London, Ontario, EC, June 17

  • FINAL: Ottawa Fat Cats 11, London Majors 4 at Labatt Park last night (June 16).

    IBL story HERE.

    Ottawa Fat Cats vs. London Majors tonight (Saturday, June 16) at historic Labatt Park at 7:30 pm.

    Adults: $8; Seniors and Kids 12 and under: $6; Beer is sold during all home games of the London Majors Baseball Club.

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. June 18 to Fri. June 22

  • THOUGHT DU JOUR: The best thing about baseball is you can spend six months on grass and not get busted.
    FINAL: London Majors 9, Kitchener Panthers 6 at Labatt Park (Friday, June 15) to move into a tie for 2nd spot in the IBL standings with a 10-5 regular season record.

    IBL story HERE.

  • The London Majors defeated the Kitchener Panthers last night (Thursday, June 14) in Kitchener, 10-7.

    IBL Story HERE.

    The Majors play Kitchener again tonight at Labatt Park starting at 7:30 pm and host the Ottawa Fat Cats at Labatt Park Sarturday night (June 16) at 7:30 pm.

    Tonight's game at Labatt Park is live on HERE.

    Who paid for the move of the four Storybook seals? Who was in charge of the move to the St. Louis Zoo? It was the St. Louis Zoo, not Zoocheck Canada

    It's interesting that The London Free Press continues to report Zoocheck Canada paid for the move of the four Storybook harbour seals (three of which have died) to the St. Louis Zoo when both Florine Morrison, a director with Zoocheck Canada and Vickie Van Linden of Friends of Captive Animals, say the trip was not funded by Zoocheck Canada but was handled and funded entirely by the St. Louis Zoo and that the St. Louis people didn't even want Zoocheck people involved in the actual move from Storybook Gardens.

    CTV London is reporting that a $120,000 donation from retired TV celebrity Bob Barker to Zoocheck Canada was for the move of other animals from Storybook Gardens that went to wildlife sanctuaries, but not for the move of the Storybook seals headed to the St. Louis Zoo.

    So it appears Dan Brown's Free Press story is wrong.

  • Today's London Free Press story is here.
  • Scroll down to yesterday's CJBK interviews with Vickie Van Linden and Florine Morrison here

  • 'Water-Misting System' from some hardware store

  • BREAKING NEWS: Third Storybook seal dies at Indianapolis zoo, LCN, June 13

  • THREE SEALS DEAD: Plastic spray bottle deemed a 'water-misting system,' cjbk, June 14

  • An excerpt from a City of London media release dated June 10, 2012: "All the seals were checked by vets in London and St. Louis in February and then checked again last Wednesday. A professional marine mammal carrier was contracted to handle the transport in a specially-equipped, air-conditioned trailer. Throughout the transport, a water-misting system was used to provide additional comfort for the animals."
  • THIS JUST IN: There was no "water-misting system" in the seals' transport trailer as was widely reported, according to Zoocheck Canada director and longtime London animal rights' activist Florine Morrison. St. Louis marine mammal curator apprently misted them manually with a two-litre (gallon?) plastic jug ("spray bottle") at various stops along the way. Developing ...

    John Riddell, Manager, Storybook Gardens, has confirmed the "water-misting system" in the seals' transport trailer was in fact a manually operated spray bottle that was used during intermittent stops along the journey every 90 minutes to two hours or so.

    Does a manually operated spray bottle spring to mind when you read "water-misting system"?

    "High-tech trailer" with "water-misting system" (a manually operated spray bottle) was used to transport Storybook seals to the U.S.

  • IS THIS AN UNDECLARED CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: Mayor Fontana and Loredana Onesan, CEO of Fincore Consulting (proponent of South Street development proposal), both sit on board of directors of "Show Kids You Care" and "Trinity Global Support Foundation", SKYC, June 13

  • Fontana says he doesn't believe it is a conflict of interest "in any way shape or form." (CTV London news clip video, below)

    Ontario's Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

  • The backroom plot thickens on South Street development proposal, THR, June 13

  • SMOKE AND MIRRORS: "Several weeks ago neighbours near the proposed development site were invited to a meeting with FinCore Canada’s principle, Loredana Onesan Bowler. First, though, they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement. It is understood the artist renderings neighbours were shown were considerable different than what was unveiled to the public on Saturday – shorter, squatter towers more in keeping with the medium-density zoning." ~ Journalist Phil McLeod

  • Interesting media release given that Fincore Canada doesn't even own the South Street lands, FC, June 13


    London Majors hammer the Burlington Twins 12-2 during Kids Day at Labatt Park

  • IBL Standings, June 13

  • In London at historic Labatt Park (June 12), the Majors took charge early with six runs in the second inning and held on for a 12-2 win over the visiting Burlington Twins in one of three games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Tuesday.

    Cory Hammond earned the win for the Majors (8-5), pitching five scoreless innings allowing just four hits with three walks and six strikeouts to start off the ball game.

    Adwin Springer homered and singled in the win, scoring once and driving in two, while Cleveland Brownlee also homered and drove in three while scoring twice.

    Byron Reichstein singled and doubled, driving in two and scoring once while Steve Froese singled, scored three times and drove in two. Alan Cattrysse, Paul LaMantia and Joel Gattoni each singled, scored and registered an RBI while Ronando DeLosSantos and Jason Schneider singled and scored a run.

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     Just give us the damn banner, Joe! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
     Dated:  Tuesday, May 29 2012 @ 03:14 AM EDT
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    Just give us the damn banner, Joe!

  • Baseball Canada's "favourite ballpark banner" won by the City of London's Labatt Park last September, is still rolled up in Baseball Canada's Ottawa office 8.5 months later.

  • By Barry Wells
    Founder, The Friends of Labatt Park

    Earlier today on Facebook (Sunday, May 27) I posted the following comment about the long delay in unveiling the favourite ballpark banner Labatt Park (owned by the City of London) won last September after a 45-day online contest sponsored by Baseball Canada:

    "Last September Labatt Park won Baseball Canada's Favourite Ballpark Contest (online) after a 45-day runoff. The prize is a banner to be hung at the park. [Former Intercounty Baseball League Commissioner Joe] O'Neill nominated the park in the contest but Londoners, including myself, rallied "the troops" to get the job done. So when will the banner be hung at Labatt Park? Should have been at the start of the season, right? ~ with all Londoners invited down to the park to celebrate the victory. But no, the banner is going to be hung when the season is winding down on August 8th, during Baseball Canada's "Canada Cup" tournament. FAIL. A photo-op for Baseball Canada officials. Talk about a formula to lose momentum. It's brain dead."

    Shortly thereafter, Joe O'Neill (pictured above), who nominated Labatt Park in Baseball Canada's contest last June, posted the following comment on my Facebook wall:

    "What event would you like to have the Banner Ceremony? A Majors game? Can't, there are players paid in the IBL, so we can't do that. Eliminates the Rippers of course. It's Baseball Canada's award, so they can choose to present it at their event. All Londoners are invited to the event on August 8th followed by a game in the Baseball Canada Cup between Alberta and Ontario. It will be great to see you there."

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     CANADIAN AUTHORS & BOOKS: 'India My Calling' by London author Mary Haskett Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
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    London nurse leaves amazing legacy of healing in India ~ India My Calling by London author Mary Haskett tells it all

  • NOTE: Since family members kept all letters Jean Darling wrote home, London author Mary Haskett (pictured left) has been able to write Jean's story.

  • The book entitled India My Calling will be launched at Marian Villa Nursing Home at 200 College Avenue on Tuesday May 29th from 2 pm to 4 pm. Mary Haskett will be present to sign copies of her latest book.

    JEAN DARLING was born October 26, 1918, on a farm northwest of Clandeboye, a small community north of London, Ontario.

    As a young woman of faith she knew in her heart that one day she would serve in India.

    After high school she applied to the nursing program at Victoria Hospital, in London, Ontario.

    After completing her nurse’s training she went to the Nazarene College in Red Deer, Alberta, and then applied to go overseas.

    During the interview she agreed she would go where ever they wanted while she silently prayed she would be sent to India. India it was!

     BREAKING NEWS: IBL appoints new Commissioner Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Butch McLarty
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  • Intercounty Baseball League Saturday round-up, IBL, May 13

  • Psychopath Michael Rafferty found guilty on all three counts, LFP, May 12

  • London Knights win OHL championship, now go to Memorial Cup, LFP, May 12

  • Intercounty Baseball League action today on Pointstreak, PS, May 12

  • FINAL IN GUELPH: Guelph Royals 10, London Majors 3

    The London Majors play their 2012 season opener this afternoon (Sat. May 12) at 2 pm in Guelph against the Guelph Royals

    London Majors' 2012 Home Opener vs. Burlington Twins at Labatt Park

    When: Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 01PM - 4:15PM
    Where: Historic Labatt Park
    25 Wilson Avenue
    London ON

    Description: Live Intercounty Baseball League action. $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and children 12 and under. Ice-cold beer is sold at the park during Majors' games. Delayed telecast on Rogers TV-London at 7 pm on Sun. May 13.

  • Now it looks like London's new $265-K city manager will be announced after the special council meeting on May 17 at 3 pm

  • Former city manager Jeff Fielding left because Mayor Joe chanted the 0% tax-increase mantra but also wanted to go on a wild spending spree. You can't suck and blow at the same time

  • Former London Majors' all-star short stop Dave Byers gearing up for the motorcycle journey of a lifetime, WL, May 10

  • May 27 - July 21, 2012; to Prudoe Bay, Alaska via California - 12,000 miles

  • No wonder there's no buzz in London whatsoever about the London Jack-the-Rippers

  • BREAKING NEWS: London Knights win Game 4 last night (May 9) in St. Catherines against the Niagara IceDogs 4-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the OHL championship series. Return to London for Game 5 Friday night at the JLC.
    THOUGHT DU JOUR: Government conducted in secrecy is not democracy but the slippery slope to tyranny and corruption. That's why invitation-only meetings such as the one at the Harmony Grand Buffett in London on Feb. 21 to lay the groundwork for council decision-making must be exposed and nipped in the bud.

    BREAKING NEWS: IBL appoints new Commissioner

    The Intercounty Baseball League is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Stuart L. Smith, 74, as its new Commissioner, effective immediately.

    Dr. Smith has had a long and distinguished career while holding senior positions in medicine, politics and business, but it is his love of baseball that was the determining factor in his decision to accept the position as the Commissioner of the oldest running baseball league in Canada.

    "I have a lifelong interest in baseball, and the IBL is great for the communities that have teams," Dr. Smith says. "I am fortunate that at this stage of my life I have the time required to be able to do this and I am very much looking forward to helping this league continue to prosper."

    After eight years as a professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University Medical School, Dr. Smith won the Leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 1976 and was Leader of the Opposition in the Ontario legislature from 1977 to 1982.

    From 1982 to 1987, he was the appointed Chairman of the Science Council of Canada, advising both Liberal and Conservative governments on science and technology policy.

     2012 INTERCOUNTY SEASON KICKS OFF: Barrie Baycats maul the Burlington Twins 16-3; Ottawa Fats Cats nip the Guelph Royals 5-4 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
     Author:  Betty McLarty
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  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. May 7 to Fri. May 11

  • Columnist Sheryl Rooth gives it to the Ward 4 bonehead right between the eyes, L, May 9

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

  • Mayor Joe spends a big bundle of your dough, LFP, May 8

  • VIDEO: 2012 London Majors Baseball Preview, CTV-London. May 7

  • London Jack-the-Rippers holding spring training in Michigan where those jokers belong, May 7

  • Mayor Joe's accounting, LCW, May 7

  • Excellent deal for a 2012 family pass to London Majors' games at historic Labatt Park (51% off), DF, May 7

  • FLUORIDE LOVER: London family dentist Dr. Peter Fendrick lays it on real thick in his support of water fluoridation. His comments fly in the face of Canada's leading authority on preventive dentistry and water fluoridation, Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc PhD DDS, dentistry faculty head at the University of Toronto, cjbk

  • London Majors Baseball Club vs. Michigan Jet Box at Labatt Park (DH)

    UPDATE, MAY 7: The London Majors Baseball Club won both games of their doubleheader yesterday afternoon at Labatt Park against Michigan Jet Box Baseball Club. 5-3 and 6-3. See story HERE.

    When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 @ 1PM
    Where: Historic Labatt Park
    25 Wilson Avenue (at Riverside Drive)
    London, ON

    Description: The London Majors Baseball Club will be hosting an exhibition doubleheader at Labatt Park on Sunday, May 6th at 1 pm against Michigan Jet Box. $3 admission at the front gates. The 3rd-baseline concession stand is open for business.

    Let's all sing in six-part Harmony

    THIS JUST IN (MAY 5): Ontario's Ombudsman André Marin says his report regarding the pre-budget meeting of six council members at the Harmony Grand Buffet on Feb. 21, 2012, should be ready "in a few weeks."
  • London's new $265-K-a-year city manager likely to be announced after special city council meeting on May 8th

  • Will Community Services honcho Ross Fair (pictured right) be the new city manager or will it be someone from outside London, such as Pee-Wee Herman (pictured left) or Forrest Gump?


    2012 INTERCOUNTY SEASON KICKS OFF: Barrie Baycats maul the Burlington Twins 16-3; Ottawa Fats Cats nip the Guelph Royals 5-4

    By Roger Lajoie
    Sports Triumph Communications
    On behalf of the Intercounty Baseball League

    The Intercounty Baseball League kicked off its 94th season on Saturday with a pair of games as the 2012 regular season got underway with games in Barrie and Guelph.

    In Barrie, the Baycats pounded out 16 hits to start the season with a bang, crushing the Burlington Twins 16-3.

    Matt Logan homered, had three hits and drove in three runs for the Baycats, who allowed a run in the top of the first inning before scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning to coast to the win. The Baycats also scored five runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth in the dominating win.

    Jordan Lundberg also homered and had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two more, while Ryan Spataro had three hits and scored three runs. Jon Waltenbury also drove in three runs for the winners, with Matt Proctor adding three hits and an RBI. Jeff Cowan contributed two hits and scored three runs for the winners.

     Several hawks, two Canada Geese and one gosling have made historic Labatt Park their home Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    When the moon hits your eye like a bigga pizza pie ...

    Earthquake Time? Tonight, our moon will be 26,000 km closer to the Earth than usual. As such, it will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

    NASA says the best time to see the spectacle is 11:35 pm ET tonight (May 5). It’s called a "supermoon" and they occur once every 14 months.

    Supermoons are associated with heightened earthquake activity due to the significant gravitational pull of the moon which creates our tides.

  • Ward 4's full-time buffoon takes heat, LFP, May 3

  • Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser apologizes for being a bonehead, LCN, May 3

  • ABOVE RIGHT: The Nazi-fluoride flyer distributed by Steve Orser during the city council meeting of May 1

  • Susan McElroy & Associates score $38,490.61 from mayor's office in 2011

  • BREAKING NEWS: 1290-CJBK's early morning man Steve (Dr. Love) Garrison to be awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding community work, CJBK, May 2

  • FONTANA-RAMA: London's jurassic city council votes to continue mass-medicating Londoners via fluoridation of our public drinking water and also jam a 12-storey, 165-unit apartment building into the treed slope of Reservoir Hill

    To continue mass-medicating Londoners via water fluoridation without their express consent: YES ~ Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 1 Coun. Spud Polhill, Ward 2 Coun. Bill Armstrong, Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swantana®, Ward 7 Coun. Matt Brown, Ward 8 Coun. Paul Hubert, Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen, Ward 12 Harold Usher, Ward 13 Coun. Judy Bryant and Ward 14 Coun. Sandbox Sandy White (10).

    NO ~ Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler, Ward 6 Coun. Nancy Branscombe, Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson and Ward 11 Coun. Denise Brown (5).

    To jam a giant apartment building into the treed slope of Reservoir Hill in west London: YES ~ Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 1 Coun. Spud Polhill, Ward 2 Coun. Bill Armstrong, Ward 3 Coun. Joe Swantana®, Ward 4 Coun. Steve Orser, Ward 9 Coun. Dale Henderson, Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen, Ward 11 Coun. Denise Brown, Ward 12 Coun. Harold Usher and Ward 14 Coun. Sandbox Sandy White (11)

    NO ~ Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler, Ward 6 Coun. Nancy Branscombe, Ward 7 Coun. Matt Brown and Ward 7 Coun. Paul Hubert (4).

    Nesting Birds of Prey and Canada Geese at historic Labatt Park

    World-renowned dental expert opposes water fluoridation

    FACT: Dr. Hardy Limeback, BSc PhD DDS, the head of preventive dentistry at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry and Canada's leading authority on preventive dentistry and water fluoridation, is vigorously opposed to water fluoridation.

    FACT: Dr. Graham Pollett, the Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health, supports water fluoridation but is not an expert in the field of water fluoridation nor preventive dentistry.

    * 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation (with many scientific references cited at the bottom of the article)

    If the majority of London city council can't see the light on this issue, at the very least Londoners deserve a ballot question pursuant to the Fluoridation Act since it's been 46 years since the last one in 1966 ~ when the majority of Londoners alive today were either not of voting age or not born yet.

  • More information on water fluoridation can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.

  • Canada's national anthem not played at London Majors' exhibition doubleheader, LCN, May 1

  • "The reason for the email, [Park Supervisor] Preece explained, is because of complaints from residents in the neighbourhood and 'people aren’t really ready for baseball yet.' "

    People aren't ready for baseball yet? Only in Melonville, I guess

    A new breed of politician

    What do you get when you cross a Joe Fontana with a Joe Swan?

    Joe Swantana®

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. Apr. 30 to Fri. May 4


    Several hawks, two Canada Geese and one gosling have made Labatt Park their home

    While attending a pre-season exhibition doubleheader of the London Majors Baseball Club yesterday afternoon (Apr. 29) against the Hamilton Cardinals, I noticed there's several hawks ~ believed to be Ospreys ~ building nests atop light standards at Labatt Park, as well as two Canada Geese with a gosling nesting in a flower bed near the first-baseline concession stand.

    UPDATE, MAY 1: After hatching one gosling, the mother and father goose appear to have abandoned the original nest with five remaining goose eggs in it.

    According to park staff, the goose family of three have moved to the other side of Labatt Park, in the parking lot behind the third-baseline. But the small yellow gosling was nowhere to be found on the afternoon of May 1.

    PROTECTIVE FATHER GOOSE: One of the City workers at the park was attacked by the male goose and sprained his ankle during the incident, leading to the installation of temporary metal fencing near their office-tool shed. Workplace health and safety, indeed.

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  • Another one of Mayor Joe's brain cramps ~ giving away valuable City of London assets for a song so we have to spend more dough, LFP, Apr. 27

  • Ward 4's Swag Boy gives away taxpayer-funded swag as part of his non-stop re-election campaign, now Mayor Joe wants to give away city hall, Reg Cooper Square, Centennial House and Centennial Hall. Why not toss in Victoria Park and a few dozen City-owned vehicles as well?

  • LONDON CITY HALL: Phil McLeod finally hits his stride, TMC, Apr. 27

  • “The bottom line for me is to do the best for Ward 4 even though I’m acting mayor for two years . . . ah, no, two months . . . no, no I mean two weeks.” ~ Steve Orser

  • A Hill to Die on, TPP, Apr. 26

  • The scoreboard at Labatt Park is down and a new one is going up in time for London Majors' home-opener on May 13

    The above electronic scoreboard was first installed in 1989 by the London Tigers of the AA Eastern League, replacing the old manual scoreboard. It's been hit by hundreds of balls during the past 23 years and several lightning strikes.

    Parks Director Scott Stafford says the new scoreboard will be ready for the homeopener of the London Majors Baseball Club on May 13.

  • WATER FLUORIDATION: Gina Barber wades in, LCW, Apr. 25

  • A retired manager of water distribution for the City of Hamilton is against water fluoridation

  • 'There is no dental school on this continent that teaches any dentist, in any dental discipline, the biological effects of turning the fluoride ion loose against the bones, soft tissue, organs and cells throuqhout the rest of the body. Dentists do not have the specific training or knowledge base to assure you that ingested fluoride is either safe or effective.'

  • The Battle of Hungerford Hill, aka Reservoir Hill, TMR, Apr. 25


    50 Reasons to Oppose Water Fluoridation

    From this website:

    Updated August, 2011

    By Paul Connett, PhD and other members of the Fluoride Action Network (including James Beck, MD, PhD, Michael Connett, JD, Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD, David McRae and Spedding Micklem, D.Phil.)


    Fluoridation is the practice of adding a fluoride compound to the public drinking water supply ostensibly for the purpose of fighting tooth decay.

    The levels used range from 0.6 to 1.2 milligrams of fluoride ion per liter (or parts per million, ppm).

    The practice began in the U.S. in 1945 and was endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in 1950.

    Very few countries have adopted this practice to any significant extent. Only eight countries in the world have more than 50% of their populations drinking artificially fluoridated water (Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S.).

    In Europe, only Ireland (with 73% of the population fluoridated), the U.K. (10%) and Spain (10%) fluoridate some of their water supplies.

    In the U.S., about 70% of the population is drinking fluoridated water – that is approximately 200 million people and about half the number of people drinking artificially fluoridated water worldwide.

    Some countries have areas with high natural fluoride levels in the water. These include India, China and parts of Africa. In these countries measures are being taken to remove the fluoride because of the health problems that fluoride can cause.

    Fluoridation is a bad medical practice

    1. Fluoride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medical treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies fluoride as a drug when used to prevent or mitigate disease (FDA 2000).

    As a matter of basic logic, adding fluoride to water for the sole purpose of preventing tooth decay (a non-waterborne disease) is a form of medical treatment. All other water treatment chemicals are added to improve the water's quality or safety, which fluoride does not do.

     Top 10 Reasons why the 'Harmony Six' would want to 'face their accusers' Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version  
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    Fluoride supporter to sail off into the sunset on hubba-hubba pension

    BREAKING NEWS, APR. 23: Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health Graham Pollett ($308,061-a-year) is retiring in September 2012.
    THIS JUST IN: Health Canada is our nation's last bastion of integrity. Just ask Monsanto Corp.
    Concern for the poor driving fluoride agenda ~ Bwhahahahahahahaha!®

    THOUGHT DU JOUR: If you can believe our well-heeled, soon-to-be-retiring Medical Officer of Health, Graham Pollett, one of the primary reasons we put the toxin fluoride ~ a substance which really only works by a topical application not by drinking it ~ into our public drinking water, stems from a concern the poor can't afford to buy a toothbrush and toothpaste.

    Yet we readily accept social assistance rates that were slashed by nearly 23-per-cent 17 years ago in 1995.

    Our concern for the dental health of the poor is truly outstanding.

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

  • Water fluoridation back on the agenda at London city hall, TMR, Apr. 23

  • NEW-FANGLED ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM TO WATER FLUORIDATION: Try using toothpaste and then spitting it out

  • City staff think water fluoridation is the best thing since sliced bread, LCW, Apr. 23

  • Only about 17% of people alive today were of voting age in 1966 when London's last ballot question regarding fluoride was held

  • Windsor Hum continues to attract attention, CP, Apr. 22

  • Gina Barber explains it all at city hall but doesn't name the obvious dummies, just hints, LCW, Apr. 20

  • SAD BUT TRUE: Staff report recommends the continued use of fluoride in our public drinking water based on a ballot question in 1966

  • Fluoride in our public drinking water works wonders on our bones, resulting in many thousands of pre-mature hip replacement surgeries. Have you had yours yet?

    Heritage preservation doesn't mean jack-shit in London, Ontario, Canada. Nor does fiscal accountability

    THOUGHT DU JOUR: Based on the recent news story that the City of London gave $20-M to Funshawe College ~ $10-M of which was earmarked for renovating-restoring heritage buildings in the core ~ and that the deal fell thru but Funshawe can keep the $10-M for whatever ... the message is loud and clear:

    Heritage preservation doesn't mean jack-shit in London, Ontario. As a taxpayer, I want the $10-M back.

  • A London Standing Committee that isn't working. Come to think of it, neither is this city council, TMR, Apr. 17

  • But they gave themselves a raise and now want to nearly double their expense accounts

  • BREAKING NEWS: Spectacular solar flare caught by NASA camera, DM, Apr. 17

  • BREAKING NEWS: Levon Helm dies from cancer at age 71, NYT, Apr. 19

  • BREAKING NEWS: An original docu-soap series called the Grand Benders filmed at Grand Bend premieres on May 8, Apr. 17

  • NASTY CITIZENS: Orser's worried someone might toss a rotten tomato at him or his council colleagues during a city hall meeting, LFP, Apr. 16

  • I guess when you're one of the least credible members of city council, you worry about being pelted with tomatoes during meetings

    Beware the Flying Tomato

    Be afraid, be very afraid (not)
    Has a tomato ever been tossed at politicians from the public gallery at London city hall? Not during this century or the last one

  • OINKERS GALORE: City hall committee recommends jacking up councillor expense accounts from $8.5-K to $15-K annually, cjbk, Apr. 17

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Mon. Apr. 16 to Fri. Apr. 20

  • The 'Harmony Six' replay this 'facing their accuser' crap over and over again. Do they think they're on trial for murder or robbery ~ or are they denying they were at the lunch meeting to discuss strategy for the impending meetings at city hall on Feb. 21? LFP, Apr. 16

  • What we all need is a little Harmonization

  • Time to admit it folks. There's a whack of turkeys on this particular city council of ours, TMR, Apr. 16


    Top 10 Reasons why the 'Harmony Six' would want to 'face their accusers'

    THE HARMONY SIX: Mayor Joe Fontana, Ward 1 Councillor Bud Polhill, Ward 4 Councillor Steve Orser, Ward 9 Dale Henderson, Ward 10 Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen and Ward 11 Councillor Denise Brown

    1. To deny they were at the Feb. 21 lunch meeting at the Harmony Grand Buffet. (Oops, all six have admitted they were there.)

    2. To deny city hall business was discussed at the Feb. 21 lunch meeting at the Harmony Grand Buffet. (Oops, Mayor Fontana and Councillor Henderson have already admitted city hall business was discussed at the lunch meeting whereas Councillor Denise Brown denies it.)

    3. To ask the complainants where they worked so they could try and get them fired.

    4. To tell the complainants they'll never get any help from them if they have a problem with city hall.

    5. To put the complainants on the "enemies of city hall" shit list.

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  • Ombudsman's complaint process has Ward 3 Councillor Joe Swan nervous in the service. Why dat? FASC, Apr. 13

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ontario's Ombudsman André Marin recently tweeted (Apr. 13) he'll be sending a letter to London city council saying he's willing to do a presentation at London city hall clearing up the misconceptions they have about the complaint and investigation process

  • Letter sent today (Apr. 13) to London city council by Ontario's Ombudsman

  • Looks like signs, banners, food and drink could be banned from all meetings at London city hall during review of London's Council Procedure By-Law, FASC, Apr. 13

  • VIDEO: Proposed new rules for the public during meetings at London city will likely promote greater harmony among council members as well

  • Steve Orser to be acting mayor for two weeks (Apr. 14 to Apr. 29) while Fontana's in Japan, South Korea and China in search of the ultimate Harmony Grand Buffet, LFP, Apr. 13

  • Council votes to have lawyers paid by taxpayers despite legal advice

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ward 9 Councillor Dale Henderson delivers a bizarre rant on 1290-CJBK-AM this morning when interviewed by Steve Garrison, CJBK, Apr. 12

  • The 'Harmony Six story' just sprouted big hairy legs, TMR, Apr. 13

  • WHAT, ME WORRY?: Open Local Government is a Police State. We need more Backroom Deals to get the Job Done at City Hall

  • The 'Harmony Six' ask for legal aid and eight council members vote to provide it, TMR, Apr. 12

  • The 'Harmony Six' could be lawyered up on your dime, LFP, Apr. 12

  • THIS JUST IN: Last night (Apr. 10) city council by majority vote approved paying for the lawyers hired (if any) by the "Harmony Six" to deal with the complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman, regarding the Feb. 21st lunch meeting at the Harmony Grand Buffet.

    The motion was made by Henderson and seconded by Swan. It carried by a vote of 8-6. (The eight were Henderson, Swan, Fontana, Orser, Denise Brown, Paul Van Meerbergen, Polhill and Armstrong.)

    City lawyer Jim Barber, however, had advised council that it was not appropriate for council to indemnify the Harmony Six since they were not conducting official City business and there's no legal peril associated with the Ombudsman's final report decision.

    Today (Apr. 11), investigators from the Ontario Ombudsman's office are at London city hall.

  • THE MCLEOD REPORT: Londoners have reason to be fearful, TMR, Apr. 11

  • ERIC BYRON TOWNSHEND: Union leader put others first, LFP, Apr. 8

  • VIDEO: Eric was honoured and remembered during last night's city council meeting (Apr. 10). It comes up at 16.21 into the Rogers TV-London video of the council meeting (you can move the sliding bar with your cursor)

  • June 26, 1953 (Summerside, PEI) ~ April 4, 2012 (London, ON)

    Visitation is Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Rd. N. The funeral service is Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the same location.
  • Jamming a high-rise into the side of a gravel hill, LCW, Apr. 10

  • Drama and intrigue at London city hall on council night, TMR, Apr. 10

  • BREAKING NEWS: Journalist Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes' fame dead at age 93, CBC, Apr. 8

  • Toronto Blue Jays win second game of season, beating Cleveland Indians 7-4 in 12 innings in Cleveland, NP, Apr. 7

  • Obituary of Eric Byron Townshend, 58, WFC, Apr. 6

  • June 26, 1953 ~ April 4, 2012

  • Former London Majors' all-star Dave Byers is about to take the trip of a lifetime on the back of a motorcycle, WL, Apr. 6

  • Shortstop Dave Byers was the Intercounty Baseball League's Most Valuable Player in 1975, when the London Majors last won the league title. Dave's jersey (#18) has been retired by the London Majors

  • Blue Jays win longest season opener, ever: 7-4 in 16 innings, HS, Apr. 6

  • Local man proclaims himself Canada's new monarch

    In the Wed. Apr. 4th edition of The London Free Press on page A7 (upper-right-hand corner), an 8.5-inch by 4.5-inch advertisement announced the following:

    His Majesty's First Address

    On the morning of March 30, 2012 by the official authority of church and Parliament the law of Canada, through a society for the distribution of royal and royalties, I, Lenard Douglas Hohner, was officially named: His Majesty King Lenard I of Canada.

    Any living soul may presently address His Majesty at:

    His Majesty King Lenard I of Canada,

    567 Adelaide St. N. #3,
    London, Ontario, Canada, N6B 3J7

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, Tues. Apr. 10 to Fri. Apr. 13

  • London city council's finance and administrative services committee will be meeting in-camera at Windermere Manor at 200 Collip Circle at 9 am on Friday, April 13th to recommend a new city manager.
  • Jerry Goose was a survivor who loved life, LFP, Apr. 4

  • Oh brother, now radio buffoon Charles Adler is blaming Trudeau because he doesn't smoke and won the fight

    THIS JUST IN: FROM TWITTER ~ "Charles Adler @charlesadler Since Senator Brazeau chain smokes, why is it taking @justinpjtrudeau so long to condemn Big Tobacco from having undue influence in contest?"

    Right-wing radio blowhard Charles (Marble-Mouth) Adler (pictured left) is now trying to blame winner Justin Trudeau because Senator Patrick (Baby-Cakes) Brazeau smokes cigarettes and lost the fight.

    FROM TWITTER: "Justin Trudeau, MP @justinpjtrudeau Your boy lost, @charlesadler. Get over it. In reply to Charles Adler"

    Longstanding London businessman passed away Sunday night

    THIS JUST IN, APR. 2: AltLondon has learned that Jerry Goose (pictured left), 92, husband of Fanny Goose and founder of J. Goose Family Clothing in London, Ontario, and the Jerry and Fanny Goose Judaic Library in Thornhill, Ontario, passed away last night.

    Both Jerry and Fanny survived the Holocaust. Fanny's book, Rising from the Holocaust, can be found HERE.

    Jerry is the father of Steve (Dr. Love) Garrison, host of the popular London-in-the-Morning Show on Newstalk 1290-CJBK-AM, Monday to Friday from 6 am to 9 am.

    Funeral service: Wednesday, April 4, 1:30 pm at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron Street, London. Rabbi Ammos Chorny officiating. Reception to follow at the Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street.

    THRILLA ON THE HILLA: Justin Trudeau whips Patrick Brazeau in Ottawa

    Trudeau celebrates Earth Hour by knocking Brazeau's lights out

    BREAKING NEWS, MAR. 31: Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, a 3-1 under-dog, has defeated Tory Senator Patrick Brazeau in a three-round boxing match fundraiser for cancer.

    Trudeau wins a third-round TKO after a bloodied Brazeau punched himself out in the first round.

    More than $230-K was raised for cancer research.

  • VIDEO: Watch Round 1 of the fight here

  • VIDEO: Watch Round 2 of the fight here

  • VIDEO: Watch Round 3 of the fight here

  • Stained-glass artist Ted Goodden moving to BC, LFP, Mar. 30

  • Civic Meetings in London, ON, from Mon. Apr. 2 to Fri. Apr. 6

  • Dullards on London city council? Heaven help us, TMR, Mar. 30

  • Truth is such a lonely word

  • LONDON CITY HALL: A mayoralty gone south? TMR, Mar. 29

  • Mayor Joe responds to Phil McLeod's column, JF, Mar. 29

  • A dog's breakfast of civic planning, LCW, Mar. 29


    We have Spies everywhere, including at the Harmony Grand Buffet

    E-mail with the Rope-A-Dope


    Rating the performance of London's mayor Joe Fontana

    It's been 16 months since Joseph Frank (Joe) Fontana, 62, became London's 61st mayor and chief magistrate in December 2010 ~ with the campaign slogan of "Moving London in the Right Direction" and promising a zero-per-cent tax increase during the next four years while also creating 10,000 jobs.

    With 31 months left in his four-year term, it's as good a time as any to provide an analysis of how he's doing at 300 Dufferin Avenue.

    While Mayor Joe has shown an incredible amount of energy and cheerleading ability since landing in the Big Swivel Chair in December of 2010, a disturbing pattern has emerged regarding Joe's leadership style.

    JUICE MONKEYS: It really started to go off the rails for the mayor in September of 2011, when officials from London Hydro made a case for restructuring the publicly owned utility by shifting several City (revenue-generating) departments over to Hydro.

    Enhanced operating efficiencies and productivity were cited by Hydro brass as the reason for the restructuring.

    Remember, Mayor Joe is also a member of London Hydro's board of directors.

    A month later in October of 2011, the head honchos from Edmonton-based utility giant EPCOR made a presentation at city hall, wanting the go-ahead to begin negotiations with London Hydro in order to purchase a significant chunk of the local utility.

    The idea was shot down by city council after Londoners made their feelings known on the proposed merger or sale.

    While it was never reported by London's mainstream media (not surprising, given the sad state of affairs at The London Free Press), attentive Londoners subsequently learned from the clearly frustrated former city manager Jeff Fielding during a council meeting that EPCOR had been in discussions with London Hydro officials since March 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

    Guy Lombardo's multiple-award-winning Tempo VII hydroplane, built in 1955 and powered by an Allison aircraft engine, has been owned by the City of London since 1983 when it was donated to the City by the late Colonel Tom Lawson.

    It is currently on display at London's Jet Aircraft Museum along with the Miss Supertest III hydroplane, immediately northwest of the London International Airport. It is open Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Contact London's heritage planner Don Menard ( if you or your organization are interested in displaying the Tempo VII in a public setting for a special short-term event.

    LOMBARDO TRIVIA: London-born-and-raised bandleader Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902- Nov. 5, 1977) never travelled across the bridge named in his honour in London, Ontario, since the bridge never officially opened until Nov. 16, 1978, more than a year after his death.

    Guy Lombardo (1902-1977) with his younger sister, Rosemarie Lombardo (1925-2011) in the 1940s. Guy and his brothers in the orchestra actually named their sister Rosemarie, who was born 23 years after Guy.