The blog of Canucklehead.
Slightly more fun than a barrel of well-armed and recently provoked monkeys ...
March 25, 2015
Let me preface the correspondence that follows by stating that this is no way affects me personally, I am not an expert on this matter and do not claim to be. I am not specifically making a proposal, only hoping to spark further dialogue. Lastly, while this email appears to be only sent to the City of London Taxi Licensing Office with the London Taxi Association cc’d – there are in fact a number of others that were bcc’d simply because I felt they should also be included. With that out of the way...
I have just recently returned from a trip to Chicago and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only that my cab driver from the train station to the hotel had recently moved there from our very own London, but that he was in fact driving a hybrid cab. “They are all hybrid or electric,” he replied flatly. I have since discovered that this is not exactly the case – but far too late as it has been on my mind ever since. In fact, of the 6,951 taxis in Chicago – at last count 40 percent of the city's fleet is already "green", made up of hybrid and natural gas vehicles, and the city is aiming for a 75-80 percent green fleet in the near future. Which got to me to thinking: if they can do it – why not us?
As I suspect some of you are already aware (I'm working on the assumption that someone is reading this), I am the community producer and host of a show called #LdnOnt. If you know this, then you certainly know that it is the twitter hashtag for where I live: London, Ontario. As a result, I spend a LOT of time reading the tweets associated with said hashtag.
Anyway, I decided today to start listing some "#LdnOnt movies" where I would slightly change the name of an existing movie to include a local person or place - a unique London (Ontario) spin … it started innocently enough …
I was delighted when others starting playing along and wanted to share some of my favourites. In no particular order. Without comment. And yes, I'm aware I'm including some of own - I was coming up with most of them after all. (And I think I'm hilarious.) If you'd like to see them all, you can certainly do that HERE. Anyway, enjoy - and feel free to add some of your own below and/or on twitter. (Yes, I will see them.)
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.