Posts Tagged: "Election"

I am not a Joiner: What I Learned as a Deputy Returning Officer

Vanessa Brown - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

VANESSA stooges WEBHow do these people manage to vote when they cannot follow simple instructions? I’m surprised they are capable of making spaghetti, driving a car or brushing their teeth.

I knew that the day would be long. Monotonously long. They warned us in training. My darling partner agreed to deliver lunch and supper, as I was fortunate enough to be working at my own voting poll right near our house. I brought two books, a journal and a smart phone. I was ready for anything. I braced myself for an annoying compatriot – because with my track record, I would end up paired with some chatty bugger who could only be rivaled by that idiot you always manage to sit next to on an airplane. 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

Mayoral Contender Matt Brown

Vince Cherniak - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

Bjn2eJfA“London, geographically, is two-thirds the size of Toronto, with a fraction of the population. So it’s no wonder that it’s difficult to cover the costs of the infrastructure renewal.”

Matt Brown swirls through the door of his campaign office, a war room with some 500 volunteers behind it, ten minutes late for a scheduled interview, but he’s got the poise of a busy-busy guy and you can’t help get caught up in his sense of mission. “Hey, Vince, good to see you, it’s been awhile,” he says, “I’ll be right with you.” Yeah, I’m thinking, it has been a while since we first requested an interview six months earlier — if that’s what he means — but otherwise, I don’t believe we’ve met before.

No matter, Brown, with his burgeoning team of supporters (who aren’t quite sure if he’s at a candidate’s debate or out knocking on doors), fits you in, and he  delivers astute and savvy thoughts about what holding the top civic job entails: he’s all about the future of our city, and its blueprint, currently being drafted in the London Plan. He’s focused on public transit and investing in core infrastructure.  You also glean that he and his wife are avid canoeists. They met on the French River, and they did a stint as wilderness canoe trip guides— they used to live on the Coves which offered them easy access to paddle the Thames. He’s also a big fan of Tulip trees (thumbs up, I say). Continue Reading

Jesse Helmer Plays Dodgeball

Vanessa Brown - - Everything Else
The London Yodeller

Jesse Helmer

Ward 4 is one of the most interesting council races in the upcoming municipal election. Incumbent Stephen Orser has been a rather, ahem, controversial member of our local government, often making it into the press for issues that most politicians would try to avoid—like Nazis and sexual harassment. There are several candidates running against him, but none as promising as Jesse Helmer. A small business owner, Helmer is married to a hometown London gal and brings youthful promise and a new perspective to the challenges faced by our city. I chatted with him about his favourite weird sport, his campaign and what he would bring to the job. Continue Reading

London’s New Political Messiah, The Great Confused Paul Cheng™

Barry Wells - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

politics-for-dummies-imgQUESTION: What’s the difference between Ivan Kasiurak and mayoral candidate Paul Cheng?

ANSWER: Paul Cheng has money but Ivan looks better in a tuxedo.

CHENG’S LAW: When you don’t know what you’re talking about, just say you’re going to “run it like a business.”

A defining moment for wannabe-mayor Paul Cheng, 57, occurred during a mayoral debate on local radio station AM980 last month when Cheng said, “I’ve worked in 18 countries and signed cheques for more money than all the other candidates combined.”

In other words, The Great Confused Cheng™ thinks his purported globetrotting work as an oil-and-gas industry consultant more than qualifies him as London’s next mayor, despite zero city hall or community organizing experience (it’s a different group dynamic altogether than private business) and that his front-running mayoral race competitors Coun. Matt Brown, Roger Caranci and Coun. Joe Swan (with a combined total of 34 years on London city council) are mere pipsqueaks compared to him. Continue Reading

Is It ‘Evil’ to Understand and Affirm the Concept of Profitability?

Mary Lou Ambrogio - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

Mary LouMen do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusableG. K. Chesterton

I enjoy getting fan mail from the peace, love, tolerance and diversity crowd who it seems aren’t very loving or tolerant towards those who differ with them politically. They preach peace, love, tolerance and diversity for all manner of differences as long as we’re not talking about political opinions. When it comes to those, anyone who doesn’t march in lock-step with their soft totalitarian mind-set, is obviously an evil kitten eater, or worse yet, probably someone who’d suggest feeding kittens to the poor as a solution to ending hunger and ridding our city of homeless pets all at the same time. Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor

You, The People - - Everything Else
The London Yodeller

LettersEditorwebTwo Letters from Kevin Bice about Painting Blackfriars

Painting Blackfriars: Celebrating One of London’s Sweetest Neighbourhoods [Look at This, Sept. 11, Vince Cherniak]

We in the Blackfriars community were very encouraged by Vince Cherniak’s detailed and enthusiastic article on our neighbourhood and on our September 20th celebration, Painting Blackfriars.  Thank you for the support for one of London’s most richly historic communities.  Our only wish is that such enthusiasm had not included the reference to the “media whores” of another equally interesting community, Wortley Village.  At a time when London is rediscovering its identity, we need to encourage all and everything that is unique about London.

-Kevin Bice

Vince responds: Kevin: No slander intended on all that is divine in Canada’s Finest Neighbourhood. We at the Yodeller are simply happy to be your very own private media whore touting the message that there is more to London than Wortley Village, and you in the Blackfriars community should be proud of it. Continue Reading

Interview with Roger Caranci

Vince Cherniak - - Interviews, News & Politics
The London Yodeller


“You’re there for the people who have elected you and you have to make life better for them”

Roger Caranci might be one of the more humble, pragmatic personalities asking for your vote later this month, but a look at his track record suggests he’s certainly focused on getting stuff done. He was a leader on the $150-million overhaul project of London’s water supply and reservoirs. He’s the guy who addressed the need for a major intersection fix at Hale and Trafalgar – complicated with the CN tracks running through it. As councillor, he brought all the parties (including CN) together to make it happen. No small feat. Also at Caranci’s behest the newly redesigned roundabout was dedicated to Charley Fox, the local WW2 fighter plane ace credited with strafing Rommel’s car in Normandy, putting the Desert Fox out of action. Caranci initiated the dedication to vets on Airport Road, getting it renamed Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. If elected mayor, Caranci isn’t overpromising: he intends to keep a rein on spending and pay down city debt; he believes London’s small business community is the way forward economically, and nagging traffic issues like the Adelaide and Richmond CP rail crossings will be in his crosshairs.  And he has a history of bringing politicos together to make such projects happen. Caranci explains why he may just be the most practical candidate on the slate. Continue Reading

The Yodeller Interview with Mayoral Contender Joe Swan

Vince Cherniak - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

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“So I think the creative aesthetic – we’re ready for that in London”

With several terms as councilor, and one on Board of Control, Joe Swan is the most seasoned contender in this year’s mayoral race. His career at city hall began with his push for blue box recycling, and later, as chair of the Millennium committee, he went on to help champion downtown projects such as Budweiser Gardens and Covent Garden Market. Swan has been vocal about heritage projects (he voted for saving the Talbot Block) but recently voted against the city’s investment in the Kingsmill’s-Fanshawe deal in his belief it will end in failed façade-ism, a la the Beck mansion or the Talbot Inn. Now, with a month to go before the election, his campaign puts focus on restraining spending, maintenance of essential services while holding the line on taxes, and investing in entrepreneurship as the way forward for business. We sit down with Swan and discuss his vision for the city. Continue Reading

Kingsmill’s – Still a Symbol of London’s Past and Future

Bob Pegg - - News & Politics
The London Yodeller

KingsmillsBannerNow that all the dust has settled over the purchase of the Kingsmill’s building for a new Fanshawe College downtown campus, did anyone else out there notice that there was next to nothing said about ‘heritage’ in that entire long-running brouhaha debate?

Typically in this town, whenever the possibility comes up of a historic building being radically altered, you can count on the usual authorities to sound off. With the final ultimatum proposal put forward to City Council by Fanshawe in early August, it plainly stated that only the façade of the building would be kept – if possible. Everything behind it would become rubble and be replaced with a bigger building three storeys higher. But still there was no public outrage from architectural conservation groups. Continue Reading