Posts Tagged ‘Photo’

Walkway Work Update

October 13, 2008

photoThe work on the walkway which connects Eagle Crescent and King Edward Avenue is proceeding, but I’ve a bit of angst about what I’m seeing here. Hopefully there’s no intention to replace the stairs which were removed, since they represent an unnecessary physical barrier to wheelchairs, buggies and strollers, etc.

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Xmas Comes Early

September 29, 2008

I understand that retailers are in competition with each other. But when you put out seasonal merchandise this early, are consumers overcome with a sudden conviction that it’s time to start getting ready for the big event? Or do they resent it?

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I mean, we haven’t even had Thanksgiving or Halloween yet. Give me a break!

P.S. – Can you guess the location?

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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Pedestrian Canopy

May 16, 2008


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I can’t say that I’m very fond of the vines that the city has planted on some sections of this noise-attenuating barrier along Commissioners Road East. They capture all kinds of litter that drivers toss out of their car windows as they drive by, and they often fall over and obstruct the sidewalk. But this tree canopy over top of the sidewalk is altogether different. Shade on a sunny day, protection from the rain, colorful when in bloom… what’s not to like?

Not Today?

May 16, 2008


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It seems that these guys may have to wait another day for their ride.

Sort of reminds you of the accessible taxi situation in London, doesn’t it?

Undermining the Cause

May 11, 2008

As much as it hurts to post this photo…

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W3 Review – Written Inc.

March 1, 2008

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So, here’s another of my favorites that I’ve meant to blog about for too long.

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Without Merit

February 11, 2008

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I don’t agree with Robert McClelland’s characterization of Kate McMillan as the “most vile right whinger of all time” but I certainly do think that her recent behaviour was in very bad taste.

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Mmmm… Take the Tour

December 6, 2007

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mystery meat

click on the image to take the tour

Khalil Ramal’s PR BS

September 4, 2007
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Notwithstanding the fact that the election writ hasn’t been dropped and this is therefore legal, I find it distasteful that London-Fanshawe Liberal MPP Khalil Ramal’s office just sent out a full-colour glossy 5.5″ x 8.5″ PR postcard.

The justification from politicians for these things (and politicians of EVERY political stripe do it) is that it’s to keep their constituents updated about what’s going on. But, come on… how informative are they, ever? Truth is, these things are mainly taxpayer-funded PR pieces. The intent is to raise the politician’s name recognition, the biggest single factor in electoral success.

What I find most objectionable about this mailout, is the attempt to portray Ramal as somebody who is responsive to his constituents because he was “moved” by a purportedly oxycontin-influenced double-suicide and thereafter “introduced a private member’s bill to monitor the prescription of drugs like this one.”

Tugs at your heart strings, doesn’t it? I’m sure that it’s meant to.

Well, I’m another one of Ramal’s constituents. How responsive has he been to me?

To begin with, he didn’t demonstrate any respect for my democratic rights when I tried to contest the last municipal election and ran into a roadblock by ODSP and asked him for assistance. Apparently, that didn’t bother him at all.

Ask yourself this question… If Mr. Ramal doesn’t have any respect for the democratic rights of other citizens (and the right to participate in the democratic process is about as fundamental as it gets), then does Mr. Ramal have any moral right to hold public office himself?

Another example. I’ve been very active trying to promote pedestrian rights and speaking out about pedestrian safety issues. I was instrumental in having London police do a study about the intersection at Commissioners/Pond Mills, which is in the riding that Mr. Ramal represents. It’s one of those “channelized” intersections which are becoming increasingly popular with city engineers, and they’re characterized by rounded corners and pedestrian “islands.” In the study, London police confirm that this design is dangerous to pedestrians. Has Mr. Ramal shown any concern about this? Has he discussed the situation with the city? According to my recent Freedom of Information appeal, the answer is NO. Has he responded to me? The answer is NO.

I’ll give him credit for this though… he doesn’t seem to miss very many photo op’s.

Links:

http://www.londontopic.ca/article.php?artid=4798
http://www.altlondon.org/article.php?story=20070904084207978