London Free Press - July 4, 2018
The cancellation of Ontario’s cap and trade system is killing a London bid for cash to launch a green bin program.
Premier Doug Ford’s move to axe cap and trade – and the programs it funded – eliminates London’s chance to tap into a provincial fund to offset the costs of starting curbside organic collection.
London had a $2 million ask in the pipeline as part of the second phase of the province’s greenhouse gas challenge fund. But that pocket of provincial cash is no more.
“Ontario has taken swift action to cancel the cap and trade program as part of its commitment to bring gas prices down and help reduce costs for Ontario families and businesses,” a spokesperson from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks wrote in an e-mailed statement.
“All programs currently funded through cap and trade proceeds will be cancelled.”Read more
London Free Press - April 18, 2018
A generation after Londoners voted overwhelmingly against a casino, a problem gambling expert is warning that a massive new casino could spell major addiction issues for the city.
But new numbers from city hall suggest many Londoners are in favour of expanded gambling, after an informal online survey found nearly 70 per cent support for the concept.
The ratio – based on feedback received by the city in an unscientific survey – is an exact reversal of the 70 per cent of citizens who voted against building a casino in London when the question was on the ballot during the 1997 civic election.
The social impacts were a big part of the conversation then, too. Now a proposal by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment to build a $140-million casino complex has brought those worries to the surface again.Read more
London Free Press - December 1, 2017
With one of the highest riderships per capita outside of Toronto, Londoners are among the biggest users of transit in Ontario. More than 23 million trips are taken by bus in London each year.
However, London Transit Commission (LTC) receives one of the lowest municipal subsidies of transit services in the province. This has left us with a system bursting at the seams, requiring investment, and long in need of an overhaul.Read more