Posts Tagged ‘community’

BookCrossing Release – 2008/09/07

September 7, 2008



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  Title: Law of Gravity
  Location: Tim Horton’s
Commissioners/Adelaide;
London, Ontario
  Time: 4:00 p.m.
 
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“Phillip Barkley, the disillusioned protagonist of this nifty political thriller, has been sidelined as an investigator at the Justice Department since he blew the whistle on a fundraising scandal on Capitol Hill. About to chuck his pretense of a job and head to the West Coast to restart his life, he’s still grieving the death of his daughter when Martin Green, the aide to a presidential hopeful, goes missing in what might be the kind of breach of national security that could destroy Warren Young’s hopes for higher office. When Green’s body is found, Phillip is assigned to work with an ambitious young FBI agent who’s too politically naive to understand that she and Barkley are supposed to close the case before it can taint Young’s campaign, not find out who framed Green and why. But whoever it is that doesn’t think they’ve gotten the message will do whatever’s necessary to keep Phillip from stumbling on the same truth that got Green killed–including killing again. Double-dealing abounds in this well-written, fast-paced story, which has as many twists and turns as the road to the White House.”

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The Homosexual Agenda.

July 20, 2008

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Gay Pride FlagGay pride is invading London this week, and not everyone is happy about it.

The ten day event celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered diversity kicked off Thursday and will run its course filled with events such as the Miss Pride Pageant Friday, live theater and various concerts throughout the week, and a variety of family and kids oriented activities all topped off with the annual pride parade downtown where organizers expect 15,000 people to show up in support of the community.

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The Cheerleading is Inappropriate

June 27, 2008

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fowgre avatarIt sure baffles me the way that the only time you see some politicians is when they’re shilling for some business interest. Cheryl Miller was on CJBK this morning, proclaiming how wonderful the Tim Horton coffee chain is.

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Should London Be Sued?

June 22, 2008

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fowgre avatarAre you a woman who’s ever been raped? Are you somebody who has ever been otherwise physically assaulted? Are you elderly and afraid to walk the streets past dusk? Are you a parent who worries about the safety of your children after they leave your house? If so, this post is for you…

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Public Art Inspiration #7

June 7, 2008

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BookCrossing Leader Board – 2008/05

May 30, 2008


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fowgre avatarAs of 6:30 p.m., the leading BookCrossing cities
in Ontario, ranked according to membership:

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Amending London’s Fence By-law

May 25, 2008

According to the ETC agenda (which as usual wasn’t available on the city website until yesterday), senior city administrators are proposing changes to London’s existing fence by-law.

As London’s most prominent pedestrian rights/safety advocate, it bothers me considerably that I have to find out about something like this at the last minute, and only because of my own personal due diligence. For the moment, I’ll simply remind you that the subject of timely notification to interested citizens is something that I’ve addressed with many local politicians and staff, and did speak about in at least one of my verbal submissions to the Governance Task Force.

To Heather Lysynski
Cc Cheryl Miller ; Gord Hume ; Steve Orser ; Walter Lonc ; Paul Hubert ; Joni Baechler ; Roger Caranci
From Greg Fowler
Date Sat, 24 May 2008 06:39:44 PM
Subject Request for ETC Delegate Status
 
Chair & Members
Environment and Transportation Committee

May 24, 2008

Please accept this request to be granted delegate status during the 2008/05/26 ETC public meeting with respect to agenda item #18 (revised Fence By-law).

Be advised that I wish to express a particular concern which has so far been ignored by city staff and my ward Councillor, from the perspective of my role as a pedestrian rights/safety advocate in this community.

Respectfully,

Mr. Gregory Fowler

Since I only just became aware of this staff recommendation, I’m still working on the submission. You’ll have to check back here again later in order to read it. Stay tuned…

Other Links:
Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 (Bill 130)
Municipal Act, 2001 Review

They’ve Got It Backwards

May 20, 2008

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Typically London. Some people and points of view get media attention, others get ignored. And the democratic process gets subverted.

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Paul Berton’s ‘Road Sharing’ Half-Truths

May 18, 2008

With respect to Paul Berton’s recent Point Of View column…

The LFP editor asks “how disturbing…to hear about hit-and-runs involving cars and cyclists like one over the weekend on Exeter Road”? He asks some questions about interaction between motorists/biyclists/pedestrians and he cites some stats (presumably obtained from the police, although he doesn’t say so).

Since Mr. Berton generally just ignores my posts to the LFP website, I’ll put it here as well, and you can comment about it if you like:

It’s About Time
Greg Fowler (https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com

How long have I been trying to interest you in pedestrian rights/safety issues? Nice of you to finally get around to writing something. Too bad though that you didn’t think to pick up the phone and talk to me. Are pedestrians using crosswalks? Who’s determined to be at fault, numbers of tickets issued, etc? Did you think to ask any questions about those stats, Paul? Did you think to ask Tom O’Brien why only 30% of auto operators are being ticketed for striking pedestrians? When you want to give this serious issue the attention that it deserves, you let me know.

The Impersonal Voice of the LTC

May 17, 2008

So. The bus that I transferred to at Dundas/Adelaide this afternoon (after it finally arrived) had the much-anticipated “automatic in vehicle voice announcements” 01 in operation.

I’m hoping that the LTC listens to the feedback from it’s users for a change. Because, even though I fully support the concept of calling out stops, the implementation that I witnessed today could stand some improvement.

In the first place, why did they choose this particular voice? The woman sounds as if she’s totally bored, and I’m quite sure that having to listen to her drone on stop after stop on an extended trip will soon become extremely annoying. Surely there must be announcers with some personality in their voice?

More importantly, it was my impression that the approaching stops weren’t being announced soon enough. That’s certain to be problematic at the busiest (most crowded) times of the day for those vision-impaired individuals who would like to be able to to rely on the technology.

Time will tell.

Sources:
01. 2008/05/17 – LTC

My Evening’s Excitement

May 14, 2008

fire truck

These guys showed up after somebody spotted smoke coming from our dryer vent. A false alarm, but nice to have it confirmed that when you live in a Neighbourhood Watch community, somebody’s always looking out for you.

Berton’s Pedestrian Pronouncement

May 14, 2008

If you haven’t done so yet, click HERE to read Paul Berton’s latest pretentious POV newspaper column.

You probably won’t ever see it printed in the LFP, and it’ll likely be about 4 days before they post it on their website (so fewer people will read it), but you don’t have to worry about that. Because here’s a copy of the response that I submitted to Mr. Berton just moments ago:

It’s About Time

How long have I been trying to interest you in pedestrian rights/safety issues? Nice of you to finally get around to writing something. Too bad though that you didn’t think to pick up the phone and talk to me. Are pedestrians using crosswalks? Who’s determined to be at fault, numbers of tickets issued, etc? Did you think to ask any questions about those stats, Paul? Did you think to ask Tom O’Brien why only 30% of auto operators are being ticketed for striking pedestrians? When you want to give this serious issue the attention that it deserves, you let me know.

Timmie Rates a ‘Thumbs Down’

May 14, 2008

closed to community valuesIn this post about the Tim Horton’s employee who was fired for giving a Timbit to a baby, I questioned if the company truly cares about the communities in which it’s privileged to make it’s profits, or if everything it does is simply PR-motivated. And I referred to having had some personal experience in that regard.

Over on Dan Brown’s LFP blog (sorry, but you’ll have to search; they don’t provide permalinks) he suggests that “in the collective imagination, the typical Tim Hortons outlet has become the equivalent of a community centre. Their stores now serve the same purpose.” And he asks, “what do you think of my theory?”

Well, truth be told, he directed the question at another regular blogger. So, being as shy as I am about expressing my opinion, I agonized about answering it here. For about 1 second! 😉

I’ve got two different examples to share, which help to explain why I don’t think that the hugely successful coffee franchisor values the communities in which it does business.

The first example involves my experience as a local BookCrosser. I suggest that you read this media article to begin with. And then read the letter that I hand-delivered and never got a reply to.

The second example involves my experience as an active member of my local community association. Specifically, my repeated attempts to acquire permission to post notices of upcoming association meetings and community events in the two local TH franchises. Simply put, the reaction has always been the same… “It’s company policy that we aren’t allowed to put up notices.”

Bah, humbug. Go Scrooge yourselves! 😡

Added 2008/05/18:

Surprise! I received a telephone call on Friday from somebody at the TH head office. After she confirmed that it is company policy that franchises not post notices of community events, she tried to suggest that putting notices in the store windows would obstruct visibility and create an unsafe condition. When I countered that a simple notice could be allowed someplace else (eg. on a wall just inside the entrance) she simply repeated that the chain’s policy was to not allow any 3rd-party ads. Countering that spin, I pointed out that a community association cannot fairly be placed into the same category as a commercial advertiser and that assisting the promotion of a CA would be an excellent way for the chain to demonstrate it’s appreciation for the fact that it is privileged to be able to profit in our community. No dice. The spokesperson simply repeated the “it’s our company policy…” mantra and thanked me for my communication.

What do you think?

Added 2008/05/21:

self-promoThe Timmie’s spokesperson at it’s head office who telephoned me tried to suggest that allowing community-related notices to be posted on it’s premises would ‘junk up’ the environment, but witness what the chain is willing to do itself in order to solicit financial donations from it’s customers.
Kettle = Black?

What do you think?

Other Links:
2008/05/23 – NowPublic: Tiff at Tim Hortons

2008/05/28 – WinExtra: Make sure you count your Timmie change

Tweetup Bound

May 13, 2008


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I bet you forgot that there’s a Tweetup tonight, didn’t you? Aren’t you glad that I’m here to remind you?

(Actually, I’m on my way there. But that’s only a technicality.)

What does the Tim Horton company value?

May 8, 2008

What does the Tim Horton company value? Besides corporate profit, and positive PR? Anything?

closed to community valuesAfter the local paper hit the stands this morning with the story of a Tim Horton employee who had been fired for giving a Timbit to a baby, I included a link to it in my daily index which I titled ‘Cold-hearted Tim Hortons PR blunder’ 01.

The story was picked up by CP and quickly went national 02. And international 03. And as I had anticipated, the reaction was not favourable for the most successful coffee franchisor in Canadian history.

The coffee chain’s head office did top-notch PR damage control after the story gained wide-spread exposure and “reinstated” the 27 y.o. single mother of four, throwing “an overzealous manager” into the jaws of public opinion in order to protect it’s corporate reputation. But can Tim Hortons head office be excused for what happened? Does Tim Hortons corporate head office actually have a positive outlook on such things as community values, or is it’s intervention simply a case of self-serving deception? Would Tim Hortons corporate head office intervened if the story had remained local? if the incident had been reported to them but not reported in the media at all?

Stay tuned for my follow-up post which will detail my own personal experience with Tim Hortons.

Sources:
01. 2008/05/08 – LFP: Timbit for baby costs job
02. 2008/05/08 – TorStar: Tim Hortons fires single mom…
03. 2008/05/08 – Digg: Woman fired at Tim Hortons…