Posts Tagged: "City Hall"

CouchGate

Mary Lou Ambrogio - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

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The Fontana 8 may be gone, but they’re not forgotten.  Tire Gate has reinvigorated the passions of those infected with Fontana 8 Derangement Syndrome. The latest scandal has given us an economy size version of the Fontana 8 meme, reduced to the ‘Free Wheeling Four’, showing that there’s still considerable mileage in running down the gang that tried to bring down spending. Time will tell if it has the kind of traction of its predecessor meme. Continue Reading

‘Tis the Season for Giving at City Hall, Round 2

Barry Wells - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

Barry WellsWhat can you buy for a bicycle-riding commie pinko who’s secretly devoted to destroying London’s longstanding Triple A credit rating?

A year ago in this fine upstanding organ, I penned an uplifting column to put everyone in the Christmas swing of things. Since that literary gem resulted in me getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know, I’ve reprised it for our new city council, which was officially sworn-in on Mon. Dec. 1 at the London Convention Centre.

Once again, I’m suggesting a variety of Christmas gifts for each of our 15 members of London city council, even though – and I’m sure my London Yodeller colleague Mary Lou Ambrogio will agree with me - the majority of them are bicycle-riding commie pinkos secretly devoted to destroying London’s longstanding Triple A credit rating. Continue Reading

What’s in a word? Plenty, if it’s ‘progressive’

Rick Young - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller
Mayor Matt Brown (left)

Mayor Matt Brown (left)

I suspect that the clichéd phrases that sounded so stirring during the campaign will quickly ring hollow if they are not turned into discernible action, and quickly

“Progressive” is a loaded term that was thrown around quite a bit in the recent London municipal election by several candidates and their small but well organized army of community engagement groups like Emerging Leaders, Citizen Corps and their Twitter followers and supporters.

During the campaign, it was used interchangeably as both an adjective and noun.

More often than not, it was used in conjunction with feel-good clichéd phrases like community engagement, collaboration, working together, new politics, and my personal favourite, going forward. Continue Reading

Independent Local Media Helps Cover All the News Bases

Barry Wells - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

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You’ll often find newsworthy stories on advisory committee agendas at city hall because it’s an early stage where new developments first unfold before moving up the chain to standing committees and city.

Due to the widespread media coverage, many Londoners are undoubtedly aware our city’s former fugitive slave chapel was successfully moved on November 12 from 275 Thames Street to 432 Grey Street – the once-empty lot to the immediate east of historic Beth Emanuel Church, the successor British Methodist Episcopal Church to the pioneer slave chapel (1848-1869). Continue Reading

A Return to my old Hometown; The Halloween Massacre at London City Hall

Barry Wells - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

Along with my nostalgic trip to Woodstock, the 2014 election results are among the finest birthday presents I’ve ever received. Well done, London.

BARRY barryThe day before London’s extraordinary municipal election on October 27th, my older brother Darrell and I returned to our hometown of Woodstock, Ontario, to visit some old haunts and re-live a few memories. It was the first time we’d returned to Woodstock together since we left with our late mother in 1965 and moved to the big city of London.  Continue Reading

Do We Really Want to Encourage Low-Information Voters to Vote?

Mary Lou Ambrogio - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

Mary Lou“If you’re looking for someone who will respect your tax dollars, don’t vote for anyone on the LDLC’s list”

As George W. Bush famously said, “a low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls”. I can’t argue with that.

As an avid politics watcher, I can’t relate to people who don’t care about this fascinating sport. Why don’t they get engaged and participate? I have at times tried to come to some meaningful conclusion about what a low voter turnout tells us but, like Dubbya, I fail.

Is it a sign of the times? Does it point to a general malaise?  A lack of faith in the institution? Continue Reading

Jeff Schiller Loves Dogs

Vanessa Brown - - Interviews, News & Politics
The London Yodeller

photo 2Yodeller readers in Lambeth and Byron take note: small town boy Jeff Schiller is running for the Ward 9 seat and he’s taking no prisoners. An entrepreneur and active businessman, Schiller is all about good causes, working as a Big Brother and volunteering with Y.O.U. in London’s downtown. He might seem big city these days, but growing up in Belle River, his parents taught him that communities only work when everyone gives back. Now is his chance. I sat down with this municipal candidate hopeful at Williams on Richmond Street to talk about dogs, duty and determination. Continue Reading

Wild Ride in Mayoral Race as Roger Caranci Folds Like an Accordion

Barry Wells - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

BARRY take london back“The ‘average voter’ appears to be getting less sophisticated with the passage of time and more tolerant of behaviour by elected officials that would have been deemed unacceptable in the past.”

If pre-election day polling is accurate, it’s down to just two contenders in London’s hotly contested mayoral race - front-runners Ward 7 Councillor Matt Brown (39% and 35% support) and The Great Confused Paul Cheng™ (27%) - despite 15 names on the actual ballot. Continue Reading

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