Posts Tagged ‘consult’

Evolution Part #2

March 24, 2008

Hard on the heels of the previous ‘toon which Clay Butler suggests is ‘proof that we didn’t evolve from apes,’ an A-Channel report and accompanying video which supports that premise. Apparently, our species is not evolved enough to deserve such intelligent anscestry.

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One of those Female Things

February 28, 2008


A nataliedee.com sketch.
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Say ‘NO’ to Jumbo-trons

January 24, 2008

eliquidMEDIA is investigating Council’s willingness to allow it to put “a large format high-definition LED display” (ie. a ‘jumbo-tron’) at 743 Richmond Street. Part of the pitch being made to Monday’s committee meeting plays to our vanity (and feelings of inadequacy?) with the suggestion that “these displays generally make a statement that a community is vibrant, high-tech and an exciting region to do business at.”

My concern is that drivers are already way too distracted, without having a huge TV pushing slick ads at them as they approach along a congested street like Richmond. Wouldn’t it be better if they were watching out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles instead of these cute ‘lil kittens?

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:06:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Gregory Fowler
To: LFisher
Cc: Joni Baechler, Sgt. Thomas O’Brien

Planning Committee
City of London
2008/01/24

Chair and Members:

With respect to the video display (ie ‘Jumbo-tron’) that’s being contemplated for 743 Richmond Street.

Part of the pitch being made to you plays to our vanity (and feelings of inadequacy?) with the suggestion that “these displays generally make a statement that a community is vibrant, high-tech and an exciting region to do business at.”

I respectfully suggest that it’s more important for our community to be seen as safe and walkable and responsible.

London’s pedestrians are increasingly at risk because of increased numbers of vehicles on the road and the deteriorating behaviour of too many drivers.

My concern is that drivers are already way too distracted, without having a huge TV pushing slick ads at them as they approach along a congested street like Richmond. Wouldn’t it be better if they were watching out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles instead of cute ‘lil kittens?
(see: http://www.eliquid.tv/images/gallery/photos/photo3.html)

Please be advised that I have already requested delegate status at the February meeting of CSCP in order to identify several other pedestrian-related concerns. You may also recall the difficulty that I’ve encountered trying to express my concerns before now because of the problem with the new City Hall spam filter.

I request that for now, the appropriatness of allowing large video displays, mobile advertising, etc. anywhere in the city, be referred to staff for a comprehensive study (including consultation with London Police Service), followed by a report back to the appropriate standing committee and the opportunity for public engagement.

Respectfully,

Mr. Gregory Fowler
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7
519-649-0500

City of London Website Redesign

January 19, 2008

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The City of London has redesigned it’s website, and my initial impression isn’t very favourable (not that I ever thought that the old layout was very good).

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Community Consultation re Waste Management

December 23, 2007

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“The broad field of waste management is a complex discipline that includes, but is not limited to, environmental protection, public education, waste reduction, recycling, composting, garbage collection, landfill construction and maintenance, data gathering and analysis, government regulation, and public relations. For municipal governments it requires staff that is continually learning new strategies, complying with government regulations and adapting and advancing techniques of waste diversion, collection and disposal. In London, the program is referred to as the Continuous Improvement System.” 01

Now, the City of London wants your opinion. You are being asked to read it’s just-released consultative ‘Road Map to Maximize Waste Diversion in London‘ report, that “outlines and explains a number of options the City has compiled and/or developed to help Londoners achieve higher diversion rates,” and to complete/submit a questionaire/comments form that it contains.

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Reviewing London’s Wastewater Strategy

December 9, 2007

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On this week’s ETC meeting agenda, a number of wastewater-related submissions…

First, we’ve got one titled “Review of Rainfall Intensity Duration Frequency Curves for City of London Under Climate Change.” I’ll give you a second to digest that. 😉 According to the agenda, there was a recent presentation made to Committee of the Whole “regarding the impacts of climate change and its potential impacts on the City’s water resources system and municipal infrastructure;” following that, Council requested more information. This appears to be the response to that request.

There’s one called “Wet Weather Overflow Strategy.”

And last but not least, there’s a sure-to-delight “Presentation to the International Solid Waste Association, September 2007” and “Waste Diversion Strategy Public Consultation Document and Recent Waste Diversion Initiatives.”

Appended:

Noah's Ark There’s a must-read article in this morning’s paper (‘City staff heeds alarm of scientist over sewers‘; Jonathan Sher; London Free Press; 2007/12/09) which provides more detail about the Rainfall Intensity submission, and UWO’s Dr. Slobodan Simonovic whose previous presentation warns that “storm sewers will be overwhelmed by torrential rains brought on by global warming” because the cost of the “much bigger drains, pipes and storm management ponds” which are required by a “worst-case scenario” is “unbearable for the city…these numbers are huge.”

Links:
2007/12/08 – FMBS: Wastewater Tax Increase
2007/12/11 – Green Daily: Driveways become grassways

Down With City Hall Secrecy!

October 29, 2007

In his report to this afternoon’s Planning Committee meeting, R. Panzer writes: “Council is currently involved in many initiatives that have a relationship to the Official Plan, including Council’s Strategic Priorities, the on-going project related to implementing the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel and proposed changes to how the City pays for growth, the London Transit Commission Long Term Strategy, and strategies around the provision of affordable housing.”

What about strategies for pedestrian safety and other transportation-related issues?

copy of 2007/11/29 email removed
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Planning Department Secrecy

October 26, 2007

Here’s another one of my inquiries which is being ignored by City Hall. It follows the recent appearance of a sign (see photos) which suggests a change of land-use designation for a property on Commissioners Road East where it’s already very difficult for pedestrians to safely cross.
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 01:05:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gregory Fowler
To: R Panzer
Subject: Possible Land Use Change
Sir,

With respect to the sign which announces a possible land use change for the property on the south side of Commissioners Road East between 931-951. Please be advised that I did follow the “Possible Land Use Changes” link from the “City Council” page and from there did check out the “Street Listing (A-F)” applications, but failed to find any pertinent information re this location. Can you assist?

Greg Fowler