Anybody Seen This Missing Councillor?

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poster; Roger Caranci, missing in London, OntarioI have oodles of sympathy for Roger Caranci. After all, it’s easy for me to see what’s going on in this ward. I live here. I walk several miles every week, which gives me lots of opportunity to observe things. Roger, on the other hand, lives in London’s north end.

But, it’s not as if he hasn’t been informed about certain things. And he seems to have time to promote cultural events, and to lobby about proposed developments in other wards. So, why does he appear to take so little interest in the ward that he was elected to represent?

Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 13:20:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: “Gregory Fowler”
To: “Roger Caranci”
Subject: Graffiti Removal, Walkway Maintanance, Pedestrian Safety

Roger,

With respect to today’s LFP article (“Graffiti-busters leave real mark on London“) and the previous article (“Power washers join war on ‘tags’“; Glynnis Mapp; London Free Press; 2007/07/26).

Rochelle Sorzano (Graffiti Program Coordinator, Neighbourhood Watch London ) tells me that our area isn’t one of the ones that are being targetted. Why not? It’s not as if we don’t have the same problem! Please be advised that I have identified many locations and photographed them: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk /fowgre/Graffiti. Could it be simply that Bernie makes some attempt to represent his ward, and you don’t?

I note again, as I have twice previously, that portions of the sidewalks along both sides of Commissioners Road East between Eagle Crescent and Pond Mills Road are obstructed by foliage that the City habitually fails to properly maintain. And I ask you… if drivers were similarly treated on one of London’s roadways, how long would it be before the City dispatched a crew to fix the situation?

Also for the record. As a result of my FOI investigation, I’ve now determined that NO ACTION resulted after police (and I) notified the City about the danger to pedestrians which the Commissioners/Pond Mills intersection design (and others like it) represents. You may recall that I first notified you and every other member of Council about this via email last January! In the words of Shane Maguire. “No changes to the intersection are planned.” Tell me something Roger… as part of the review of the Master Plan which I understand is currently underway, will that document be amended to accurately reflect the fact that it’s OPEN SEASON ON PEDESTRIANS in London, Ontario?

Speaking of which. I presume that as part of said review, some attention is being given to the Transportation Master Plan which makes an attempt to pretend that alternate modes of transportation are valued in our community. Can you tell me what opportunities there are for citizens to participate in that review? Considering my history of activism with respect to these issues (including my proposal for a Pedestrian Committee), I’m quite astounded that I haven’t already received a formal invitation from the City to be involved.

Greg Fowler
FromMyBottomStep… a London, Ont. perspective.
BookCrossing… books just want to be free!

Links:

…/2007/07/14/still-waiting-patiently/
…/2007/06/24/waiting-patiently/
…/2007/06/20/obstructing-pedestrians/
…/2007/05/29/crossing-commissioners-road/
…/2007/05/14/walkway-fences/
…/2007/04/20/eagle-crescent-walkway-5/
…/2007/04/02/drive-thrus/
…/2007/02/12/commissioners-king-edward-intersection/
…/2007/01/09/driver-behaviour-requires-reduced-speed-limits/
…/2007/01/05/commissioners-pond-mills-intersection/
…/2006/11/28/commissioners-pond-mills-intersection-2/
…/2006/03/18/dangerous-drivers-penalize-pedestrians/
…/2006/02/23/closed-to-pedestrians/
…/2006/02/16/commissioners-king-edward-intersection-3/
…/2006/01/23/enforcement-not-posturing/

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