News: City, YMCA join forces to makes showers available for homeless


LONDON, ONT. — The City of London and the Downtown YMCA have teamed up to help give people living on the streets a place to shower during the COVID-19 restrictions. The showers are by appointment only and are being coordinated with the help of outreach agencies. They were first made available Tuesday, and there’s capacity […]

News: Petition to rename Sarnia Arena after Pat Stapleton gaining momentum


SARNIA, ONT. — Brian Keelan was big fan of the late Pat Stapleton. “When I was a kid, ‘Whitey’ was two leagues ahead of me, and I used to go watch him play because we knew he was going to go all the way.” After Stapleton’s passing last month, Keelan wrote a column in a […]

News: ‘It’s a phenomenal gift’: $2.5M estate to fund St. Thomas and Elgin County plans


AYLMER, ONT. — A new sustainable stage at Springwater Conservation Area is the first of a number of local projects that will benefit from a large estate donation. Members of the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) and representatives of the Donna Vera Evans Bushell Estate were at Springwater Day Use Area near Aylmer, Ont. Tuesday […]

Johnson’s counselor denies violating containment


He neither proposed nor thought of resigning: after three days of political storm, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings, denied on Monday that he had breached the confinement established to fight the coronavirus. • Read also: Boris Johnson Continues Advisor Charged With Breaching Containment • Read also: [EN DIRECT LUNDI 25 MAI […]

News: Reprieve in nature welcome in our times


LONDON, ONT — Many people are now doing some of the things most of us took for granted until the arrival of COVID-19. With most natural areas, including Westminster Ponds, in London open for day use it’s clear a little solace outdoors is helping to ease the minds and bodies of Londoners. Phil Leblanc among […]

News: Political tug of war brewing over equipment abandoned by health unit


LONDON, ONT. — Did London taxpayers get shortchanged when the region’s health unit abandoned office equipment inside a building controlled by Middlesex County? In a letter to the City Hall’s Community and Protective Services (CAPS) Committee, Councillor Shawn Lewis asks if city administration was provided an inventory of items for possible repurposing. “What I’m hearing […]

News: Surveillance cameras coming to downtown St. Thomas


ST. THOMAS, ONT. — Eyes in the sky are coming to the downtown core in St. Thomas, Ont. City council has authorized phase one of the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera project.  “Talbot Street is a gathering place and this is where business centers around,” says Earl Taylor, chair of the Downtown Development Board (DDB). […]

News: St. Thomas’ Talbot Street could see pop-up patios this summer


ST. THOMAS, ONT. — If the province gives the go-ahead for sit-down restaurant service this summer, there will be a couple new street patios in St. Thomas, Ont. “It will encompass the area around our door, to the edge of where our building would be,” says Sam Aboumorad, owner of the St. Thomas Roadhouse. His […]

News: Londoners with ties to Snowbirds crash mourn loss


LONDON, ONT. — On the cusp of the airport runway, Michael and Andrea Powers recall the brief moments their family had with the flight crews of the The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Demonstration Team, including the late Capt. Jennifer Casey. Casey was killed in this weekend’s Snowbird tragedy in Kamloops, B.C. It was Mother’s […]

News: Crashes, drowning underscore deadly long weekend in southwestern Ontario


LONDON, ONT — Even during lock down, the long weekend was a chance to get outside or enjoy some backyard fireworks but for some families it was marked by tragedy. Some even call the Victoria Day weekend the official start of trauma season due to the fact that healthcare workers see an uptick in road […]