London’s Mayor Joe Fontana has said he will not take a leave of absence in light of have 3 criminal charges against him by the Crown/RCMP. The charges are as follows.
Breach of Trust by Public Officer, contrary to section 122 CC
Fraud Under $5000 contrary to section 380 (1)(b) CC
Uttering Forged Documents contrary to section 368 CC
These are serious allegations for anyone but for someone in public life and at the helm of an organization with a budget of 1 billion dollars it does give pause whether the Mayor still has the public’s trust in guiding the organization.
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The Quebec election results were marred tonight by someone who shot two people (killing one) and setting a smoke bomb at the club where the leader of the PQ was speaking.
In the days and weeks ahead we will hear from many people talking about gun control, mental health and Anglo / French relations in Quebec. Let’s not forget someone died on a night when we should be celebrating the democratic process.
Seeing this story in the Free Press tonight does not surprise me. The London Rippers have lost their merchandise store in downtown due to non payment of rent. I’m sure the team will blame everyone but themselves for this latest chapter in this saga. Local site AltLondon.org broke the story earlier in the evening, with a link to a photo of the store with the legal notice on.
Starting with the wrong branding from the start, then ignoring your community. Then expecting support from the same people you thumbed your nose at when you realize you didn’t check the fine print on the contract about the LCBO license.
As much as I’d love something like this to work, (and we have seen it work with the London Lightning) making your customers angry from the start is not a good strategy for long tem growth. Even the local media is starting to mention that as well.
22 years… wow time flies. Some days it seems like only yesterday that I started working at Anglo Gibraltar Insurance. Several mergers and acquisitions later I’m leaving AXA and starting a new stage in life.
I’ll spare the fine details but in a nutshell after our company was recently purchased it was decided to close the IT operation in London by the end of 2012. My last day with the company is Oct 31st, and then I’ll be enjoying the first break from school or work since I was about 15. The offer the company has given me is very generous and will enable myself to enjoy this period ahead.
Despite Alicia’s horror that I may be underfoot at home I plan to be busy both in and out of the house. During this time I’m going to continue some of the projects I am involved with including the unLondon/unLab and the Downtown London WiFi project. In the new year I plan to step back a bit and decide what I want to do next career wise and in life. 20+ years is a long time to do anything and it may be time for a change. Now that I’ve made the decision I’m so calm with the idea and looking forward to it.