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South Winds’ Guilty Plea

December 17, 2007

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The Corporation of The City of London
December 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A London company has committed to a long term 
reforestation program as a result of charges under 
City of London tree conservation bylaw.

In Provincial Court in London this morning, 
South Winds Development Inc. pleaded guilty to 
charges related to an incident earlier this year. 
The firm was fined $2,500.00 with an additional 
$7,500.00 being earmarked to Reforest London. 
In addition to those funds the company 
voluntarily committed to a five year, 
$5,000.00 a year donation to Reforest London 
for thousands of seedlings and trees to be planted 
in areas determined by the volunteer group.

(more…)

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Skewed Priorities?

December 3, 2007

$265,000?

That’s how much some senior members of City Hall staff and some members of Council appear to be willing to pay to “beautify” the pollution plant/ waste depot that’s on Oxford Street West.

I’m not opposed to visually enhancing our community. In fact, I’ve advocated for graffitti removal, public art, regulation re abandoned grocery shopping carts, etc. But is this a good deal for the money? Could it be done as well for less? Should it be done as long as other more important things are being underfunded or ignored altogether?

What ticks me off is the way that the City appears to decide upon the propriety of spending tax dollars, sometimes large amounts of it, without attempting to weigh the comparative importance of one initiative against another.

This “beautification” project is a perfect example, because the amount of money being proposed is almost as much as the City spends over the course of an entire year on Walkway Lighting. And let’s not forget to inadequate way that City Hall attends to landscaping along sidewalks and pathways. And let’s certainly not forget the pedestrian safety concerns that I’ve raised with respect to Commissioners Road East, particularly the design of the Commissioners/Pond Mills intersection (which a police report confirms is dangerous to pedestrians and which City Hall has ignored for this entire year).

But there’s little cause for City Hall to worry about such trivial concerns as pedestrian safety, having secretly “swept” my proposal for a Pedestrian Committee “under the rug” instead of dealing with it in public. Until pedestrians have a seat at the table, we’ll continue to be attacked and injured and killed needlessly.

Links:
2005/05/17 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2005/07/22 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2005/08/10 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2005/08/29 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2005/11/15 – FMBS: Walkway Lighting Budget
2005/12/10 – FMBS: Public Letter to City Council
2005/12/14 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2005/12/21 – FMBS: City Refuses to Reveal…Salary
2006/02/13 – FMBS: Unlit Walkways
2007/04/20 – FMBS: Eagle Crescent Walkway
2007/05/14 – FMBS: Walkway Fences
2007/05/14 – FMBS: Waiting Patiently
2007/07/14 – FMBS: Still Waiting Patiently
2007/08/18 – FMBS: Anybody Seen This Missing Councillor?
2007/11/14 – FMBS: Letter to ETC re Obstructive Landscaping

Obstructive Landscaping

November 14, 2007

I still say that London deserves to have a Pedestrian Committee. Can you imagine if a tree fell across Commissioners Road, obstructing the automobile traffic, and wasn’t removed within an hour? Our City Council purports to appreciate other modes of transportation, but continues to treat them as poor cousins to the automobile.

From: Gregory Fowler
To: Heather Lysynski; Harold Usher
Cc: Roger Caranci
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 AM
Subject: Regulation of Obstructive Landscaping
Chair and Members
Environment & Transportation Committee

November 14, 2007

Overgrown trees, shrubs, and other plants do effectively reduce the width of the sidewalk and impede/obstruct pedestrian traffic and may cause physical injury (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/waiting-patiently/, see also: http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713012.jpg, http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713016.jpg).

In the past, I have attempted to resolve observed problems of this kind by seeking the assistance of the ward Councillor. However, given the reduction of the number of ward Councillors from 2 to 1, and the increased incidence of non-response to communications, I no longer believe that this informal approach is workable (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/anybody-seen-this-missing-councillor/).

Might I be informed about what regulation, if any, exists with respect to maintenance of landscaping along the pedestrian right-of-way (sidewalks, walkways, etc), the specific staff member to whom reports of pedestrian obstructions should be addressed, and any background or other information you may feel is appropriate in this regard?

Respectfully,

Mr. Greg Fowler
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7

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