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ENTRY #001: What if the current city council is in fact the worst one ever? The citizens of London might be best served to look away from a series of scandals and missteps and focus on the fact that there are no competing interests ... only OUR interests.
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013
THE FONTANA 8: A broad impact despite being possibly narrow minded.
As I write this there are only 503 days remaining until London's next municipal election on October 27, 2014. Of course, I don’t mean to sound flippant or diminishing as it is well understood that for many here that date cannot some quick enough.
The current council were sworn into office in December, 2010 innocently enough with an eclectic group in almost every facet imaginable – experience, political leanings, background ... the list goes on. Little did we know what we were in for - the ‘Fontana 8’ really began to have a deep and lasting impact on not only our current city, but also our future, thanks to a slim, but in their minds omnipotent, council majority. Sure, it appears to have fallen apart as of late with little hopes of reforming, but let us not forget Dale Henderson’s assessment as recently as December 2012: “I’m one of the eight people who is running this city and leading it ahead. (We) are doing a great job.”
In today's Internet world, almost anyone who acts in a uniquely brave or selfless manner is labeled a "hero" and is featured on one website or another but years ago, many people who stepped out of their comfort zone to better the lives of others were barely acknowledged. New research projects are bringing some of these personalities to light including the story of Dorothy Harrison Eustis who paved the way for the disabled to enjoy a higher quality of life through the use of service animals.
Dorothy Harrison Eustis was a well-to-do gentlewoman who didn't need to work, but once her "hobby" of raising dogs to assist sight-impaired individuals was publicized, the requests for help convinced her to put all of her efforts into creating quality programs that would train leader dogs and match them with people who needed their services.
Eustis had been living in comfort in Switzerland when she became aware that her dog-training could be put to use to improve the lives of blind people. She began to put all of her efforts into the new venture, hiring dog trainers and traveling from city to city to assist sight-impaired individuals as they learned to work with their Seeing Eye dogs. She opened a school which served as a center for the program to which blind people could come for training.
I get it. You've come to check out some figure skating and found yourself in London, Ontario. A long way from home and, well - seems like there's not much to do. That's fine. I'm not going to lie - as a lifelong Londoner I have felt the same from time-to-time, but let me assure you there is a LOT more going on then my first be apparent. This is not a definitive guide by any stretch of the imagination. Still, I'll give you an idea of where to start and, energy permitting, give you a couple of better resources below.
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MORRISSEY HOUSE: Go for dinner and/or drinks here! It's a few blocks from the event - but well worth it. Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for the place - but I maintain it is not unfounded. A great selection of beers on tap, wine, scotch - and don't even get me started on the food. The fish and chips and meatloaf are both crowd favourites - but it was the short braised ribs that have made me wonder what I had been doing with my life up until trying them. I've said enough - if you're not convinced yet - chances are you never will be.
As I suspect many of you already know, I'm now an art exhibit guy. Or something. It's all rather sudden and confusing - like most things about me are I suppose. I guess it might be best if I start at the beginning - although doing so will require a bit of time on both our parts I'm afraid - so please bear with me -- I do promise it will be worth it.
It was actually November of last year when I attended an evening of talks. It's called 'Ignite London'. Actually, I was giving a talk myself that night - but that's a story for another time. Or not. (UPDATE: you can see it HERE). Anyway, all the talk were amazing (I LOVED THIS ONE!) but the one that is most relevant to tonight's story is this one …
In short, my hometown was launching a local chapter of the Awesome Foundation, aptly titled Awesome London. (Worth noting: I live in London, Ontario.) There mission is simple: Forwarding the interest of Awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Anyways, I originally considered becoming a trustee, but quickly decided I'd instead pitch ideas - that's where the real fun is. I'm a BIG fan of awesome, so last month I went ahead and proposed and idea. (You can read my full submission HERE.) To make a long story short, I ended up winning. Believe me, no one was more surprised than me. The other two pitches (three are chosen from all submissions) were both fantastic and well - I was shocked. Here's a picture of the happy moment ….