Posts Tagged ‘free’

Check Us Out!

March 18, 2010

Our backgammon club hosts a *FREE* program 5-9 pm every Thursday on the 3rd floor at the Central library. New players always welcome!

Weekend Events

September 17, 2008

For those of you who are looking for something to do this coming weekend in London, Ontario I have a couple of suggestions that I think you will like.

LOLA Fest.

London Ontario Live Arts Festival (LOLA) is taking place this weekend from Thursday the 18th until Saturday the 21st. LOLA has been happening for a number of years now and it provides a stage (many stages in fact) for both musical and visual art acts to get exposure in London, Ontario.

Attending some of last years events gave me the opportunity to be introduced to a number of new independent and Canadian acts that I would never have heard of otherwise, and this year I hope to have the same experience.

Using Victoria Park as the main stage there are a number of different venues throughout the downtown core where both the musical and visual art performances/displays can b seen. For a full listing of the events and locations please check out the LOLA-fest website where there is a map outlining the details.

Personally I hope to check out some of the visual arts exhibits as I did not have the opportunity to do so last year and of course I will be checking out some of the live music as well.

Doors Open London

Have you ever wanted to check out the inside of one of the memorable buildings in London, to see what’s inside and to learn its history but have never had the opportunity to do so? If so that feeling of longing can be fulfilled this weekend with the annual Doors Open London event.

Part of a much larger Provincial program, Doors Open London offers those that live in the city (and visitors alike) to visit many historically significant buildings, museums and other locations in London completely free of charge.

Locations stretch all across the city and include places such as: One London Place, London Transit, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, The Secrets of Radar Museum, just to name a few. As I mentioned all of these “venues” are offering free admission (which many do throughout the year as well) and the LTC even has a discounted bus rate for this weekend.

Lost Soul Stroll

This event, held in conjunction with the above mentioned Doors Open offers a combination of physical exercise (walking), theatre and local history. Running Thursday-Saturday nights in October, this walking theatre show offers those who attend a delightful opportunity to experience the city, learn of some local history and have a laugh or two while in the process.

I have been on this Stroll the past couple of years and I already have my tickets for this year. With an affordable price tag ($20) this offers people of all ages good entertainment in a non-formal setting.

I urge those of you who have never experienced it before, or those of you (like myself) who denounce the theatre to check this out; I have no doubt that you will enjoy it.

Tickets for the Lost Soul Stroll are available at London Fringe (the website states that they are being sold at The Grand Theatre but this has been changed)

Free Public Transit Is Gaining Credibility

May 23, 2008

Even though local politicians and media have mostly ignored my efforts to raise this topic so far, you know that it’s only a matter of time once the Toronto heavyweights start to latch on to it.

Have a gander at Is free transit the better way? in today’s Toronto Star. Then you might like to have a look at this recent post.

Increasing Credibility of Free Transit

April 20, 2008

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It’s sometimes lonely being out ahead of the pack. That’s been the case since I first started warning about the probability of increased Toronto-like crime & safety problems here in London and the need for more police, and which has all since come to pass. It’s been the case with my call for prohibitions against the use of plastic bags. It’s been the case with my continued call for a Pedestrian Committee here in London, such as they have in more progressive cities. And it’s the case with my contention that public transit out to be free in the sense that it’s totally funded from tax dollars and no additional cost to those citizens who use it.

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Today’s Tidbits from Free Dictionary

April 15, 2008

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CUPE’s Poverty Reduction Proposal

January 28, 2008

CUPE Ontario will make a deputation this afternoon that will propose three policy shifts that the government must make in order to achieve a reduction of poverty in the province…

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W3 Review – Last.fm

January 24, 2008

I’ve been using the Last.fm audio-streaming site ever since I read about it over on Lifehacker. It serves you up new tunes based on a marriage of your unique preferences and the rest of the huge Last.fm community. That last part makes it a music recommendation community.

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Ted Kheel’s Fight for Free Public Transit

January 9, 2008

Ted Kheel is a labor attorney/environmentalist who founded the Nurture Nature Foundation and has been lobbying for free transit in New York City for a lot of years. In Feb. 2007 he commissioned a $100,000 study which is expected to be released shortly. Some of the preliminary materials are available online now:

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Free Solar-Powered Public Transit

December 20, 2007

bus imageJust like Hamilton Councillor Sam Merulla’s proposal for a free public transit system, Adelaide Australia’s world’s-first solar-powered electric bus, is an example of visionary thinking.

Would you like to see London’s LTC purchase one of these to put it through it’s paces and calculate the economics of having a whole fleet of them?

Links:
2007/12/19 – TreeHugger: When the sun shines down under…
2007/12/13 – DesignLine: media release
2007/12/13 – AutoBlogGreen: Tindo solar-powered bus makes its debut
2007/12/18 – Inhabitat: Tindo, the solar-powered bus!
CityAdelaide: Tindo solar bus
Electric hybrid promo video

Shooting for Free Transit

December 19, 2007

“If the bus to work or play was free, would you leave your car at home? Would it be worth paying $150 more in property taxes?”

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The LTC Response to a Cashless Public Transit System

February 24, 2005

This just received from Joanna Kurowski, LTC Manager of Service Quality.

“Thank you for your comments regarding a cashless transit system. London Transit is subsidized by the City of London. Your suggestion for free public transit services would require more subsidy and would have a huge impact on city taxes at a time when the City is attempting to reduce property tax increases.”

Geez, and all this time I thought that LTC underfunding was because of City Hall. But I guess that the politicians down there don’t have to pinch public transit dollars, because the LTC is apparently doing it for them!

Makes you wonder who the people are who are driving the bus down at LTC, doesn’t it?