Posts Tagged ‘report’

Paul Berton’s Belated April Fool’s Joke

April 6, 2008

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According to Paul Berton’s latest advertorial, “We’re redesigning the print version of The London Free Press…with a focus on local news.” *cough*

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Alt-Journalism, London Style

March 24, 2008

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Paul Berton over at the London Free Press likes to harp about the professionalism of his industry and to make aspersions about citizen journalism, but I think the fact is he’s scared. Scared that his shrunken workforce is no longer capable of turning out a quality NEWSpaper, and scared that the local online community is rapidly evolving into a force that can.

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City Hall Committees – 2008/02/25

February 25, 2008

Here’s my blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall…

3:00 p.m. Planning (11) Closing the Gap: New Partnerships for Great Neighbourhoods Surrounding Our University and Colleges
(post Cte. decision here)
3:00 p.m. Planning (12) Rental Residential Business Licensing Program
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (1) Recommendation for Public Site Plan Approval re Possible Development of Lands Bounded by St. James Street, St. George Street, Grosvenor Street and the Thames River (Grosvenor Gate Site)
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. ETC (8) Dog Muzzling
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (2) Compliance of the Development Agreement – property located at 236 Oxford Street West
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (3) Notice of Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board re property located at 535
Crestwood Drive
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (4) property located at 1128 Fanshawe Park Road West
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (5) Various Amendments re Sign and Canopy By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (6) property located at 3 Stanton Place
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (7) properties located at 6946,6954,6960,6968,6976,6982,6998,7006 and 7012 Clayton Walk
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (8) Annual Report on Building Permit Fees
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (9) Building Activity for the Month of January 2008
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (10) Urban Design Program – actions taken by 2008/01/29 Committee of the Whole
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. Planning (13) properties located at 587, 585 and 589 Clarke Road
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (1) 2nd Report of the Advisory Committee on the Environment
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (2) 3rd Report of the Transportation Advisory Committee
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (3) Proposed Date to Hold a Public Participation Meeting to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Taxicab Licensing By-law L-126-256 re Issuance of Additional Accessible Cab Owner Licences
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (4) Amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (5) Environmental and Engineering Services Department Organization – 2008/02/04 Council resolution
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (6) Smart Growth and Renewable Energy Solutions
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. Planning (14) property located at 6224 Colonel Talbot Road
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (15) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (16) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (17) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. Planning (18) Street Renaming – Medway Park Court to Medway Park Drive
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. ETC (7) Drainage By-law Amendments
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (1) 2nd Report of the Community Advisory Committee on Dearness Services
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. ETC (9) Plastic Bag Free Day
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (2) Social Assistance Trends Quarterly Report
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (3) Klpps Lane Hub at Northbrae Public School – Construction Agreement and By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (4) London’s Community Addictions Response Strategy (CAReS)
(post Cte. decision here)
5:25 p.m. CAPS (7) Reinstating London’s Child Care Fee Subsidy Wait List
(post Cte. decision here)
5:30 p.m? CAPS (5) City Golf Courses – Fees and Charges for Pro Shop Services
(post Cte. decision here)
5:30 p.m? CAPS (6) 3rd Report of the Council Housing Leadership Committee
(post Cte. decision here)
7:00 p.m. Planning (19a) Official Plan Review
(post Cte. decision here)

City Hall Committees – 2008/02/11

February 11, 2008

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Here’s my blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall…

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Is Our Water Unsafe?

February 9, 2008

According to an International Joint Commission 400-page study, communities in areas around the Great Lakes have low birth weights, elevated rates of infant mortality and premature births, and elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.

Haven’t heard about it before now? Reportedly, that’s because the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has been delaying release of the report due to the potentially alarming information contained in it.

When Christopher De Rosa (ATSDR’s 15-years director of toxicology and environmental medicine who oversaw the study) blew the whistle and pressed for it’s release, the agency retaliated by demoting him.

Links:
Great Lakes Danger Zones?
Great Lakes Environment and Sustainability Chronology
2008/02/15 – Montreal Gazette: Government buries climate science

Will London Get Local CBC Coverage?

February 8, 2008

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The CBC wants to spend $50M to create 15 new radio stations across the country.

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Patrick Maloney’s Jumbo-tron Half-Truth

February 4, 2008

Another example of selective reporting by the London Free Press, and it’s penchant for ignoring my initiatives (even when public safety is concerned). This time it’s about the proposed Jumbo-tron on Richmond Street which I opposed. Read my original post HERE.

According to the article (‘City says big no to big screen ‘; London Free Press; 2008/02/04), “it would damage the core’s atmosphere.”

No mention at all of my written submission to the Planning Committee, or the danger to pedestrians from increased driver inattentiveness that this would cause.

Why does the London Free Press continue to ignore issues which pertain to pedestrian rights and pedestrian safety? Visit the London Free Press ‘Editors Blog’ and read my recent exchange with Editor-in-Chief Paul Berton, and witness his continued reluctance to publicly discuss this with me. Remember the last municipal election campaign, in which I wasn’t allowed a fair opportunity to compete and the LFP refusal to cover what was going on?

After a while you really do have to ask yourself, how much truth are you really getting? Or are you just being spun like so much salad prior to being served up to be devoured?

City Hall Committees – 2008/01/28

January 28, 2008

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Do you like the way that all of the agenda items are laid out here? Do you think that committees should meet at separate times to facilitate attendance? Do you have your own suggestions for City Hall?    Visit HERE and let the Governance Task Force know what you think.

Unlike the way that they make it so difficult on the city’s website, here’s a concise blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall. Given the way that I’ve laid this out for you, and the fact that the posted times are only approximations (some delegations take a lot longer than indicated), it’s easy to understand how citizens can’t possibly be present for everything that may interest them. Which apparently is just dandy with our elected representatives…

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Another NHL Rival?

December 15, 2007

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hockey graphicFormer Russian NHL star Igor Larionov and former NHL Players’ Association head Bob Goodenow are reported to be members of a “working group” put together by Russian tycoon Alex Medvedev in order to start “a new pro league in Europe…as soon as September 2008″ because “hockey federations in Russia and elsewhere in Europe have grown disenchanted with the NHL over its recruitment of their best players.”

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Academic McMotivation

December 9, 2007

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ad jacketResponding to criticism about it’s report-card promo in Florida’s Seminole County, fast-food giant McDonalds insists that it’s motives are entirely honourable. As opposed to a crass marketing campaign?

The campaign consists of a Happy Meal coupon, a cartoon of the chain’s Ronald McDonald brand mascot, the golden arches logo, and photos of Happy Meal menu items – all printed on the cover of a report-card jacket at the corporation’s expense ($1,600 for the 2007-2008 school year). Children who present their report cards to the local restaurant are entitled to receive a free Happy Meal, provided that they’ve scored As and Bs, have exhibited good behaviour or have had two or fewer absences.

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London Parking Authority?

December 7, 2007

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City administration presented a written submission and showed a presentation at the 2007/11/26 ETC meeting with respect to the 2008 Parking Strategy Business Plan. ETC directed administration to assess “the merits of establishing a parking authority in London” and to report back.

What is a Parking Authority?

In Toronto, the mandate of it’s PA is “to provide safe, attractive, conveniently located and competitively prices off and on-street public parking, which is required by commercial strips and neighbouring residential areas to survive. ”

Is this an attempt by those who believe that the culture of cars is indispensible to aid them in achieving a proliferation of cheap parking in the city core? (see: ‘Transportation Choices & Their True Cost‘)

Is this the way that London tries to get more people out of cars and tries to influence them to adopt alternate modes of transportation? (see: City of London’s Transportation Master Plan)

Where did the impetus for this come from?

Although it was signed by Mr’s Leckie & Steblin, the parking report contains an acknowledgement that it was “prepared based on the extensive work of Shane Maguire.” Readers of this blog will recall that (according to the City’s forced response to my Freedom of Information request) NO ACTION was taken after Mr. Maguire received the police report which identifies that the design of the Commissioners/Pond Mills signalized intersection is dangerous to pedestrians.

Links:
2007/12/11 – TheGuardian: McParking row as slow eaters are fined

Placemaking Design Issues

December 7, 2007

I note with considerable interest, the direction given to city administration by Planning Committee at it’s 2007/11/26 meeting, with respect to the “integration” of certain “design issues into the planning process in the future.”

Administration was directed to “prepare a report which describes how new forms of parks, such as parkettes, commons areas, and urban parks may be incorporated into new communities in London. At a minimum, this report should consider the costs of such park spaces (both capital and operating) and describe how such parks could impact municipal budgets relating to parks operations.”

Administration was also directed to “prepare a report which investigates opportunities and costs of enhancing the public realm in new communities – including widened boulevards, planted medians, enhanced landscaping, decorative street lighting, community entry features, gazebos, hard surface plazas, decorative street crossings, street furniture and other amenities.”

This is all very well and good, and I’m keen to see what the reports have to say when they come back to committee. But where is the pedestrian community in all this investigation and planning? Isn’t this just one more good reason why it’s important that London have a Pedestrian Committee?

Literacy Report

December 5, 2007

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In London, “at least one in three children aged eight to 14 is not meeting the standards established by the province in reading, writing and mathematics. And one in five adults is functioning at the lowest level of literacy, often unable to read basic signs and medicine instructions.”

Click HERE to get the ‘Literacy in London & Middlesex’ report.

Links:
2007/12/05 – City of London: media release
2007/12/06 – LFP: Reading an obstacle for 1 in 5 Londoners

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