Moving On…

Month: November, 2012

More Questions Than Answers

I’m now at the point that the whole Joe Fontana “scandal” is starting to wear on me.

In a vacuum of information from the Mayor himself, rumours and speculation run wild. I completely understand that in light of the serous charges he is faced with, he needs to follow his attorney’s guidance, he needs to protect himself from making matters worse. At least at his press conference he clearly said “I am not guilty”. Four words which would have knocked the wind out of this scandal at its beginning.

In an interview with AM980, Gord Cudmore said (or at least strongly implied) they have an ace up their sleeve. For Joe’s sake, the “Fontana 8”, and the city as a whole, I hope he’s right.

Although he may not be able to disclose what his evidence is, even privately. What worries me most is with this smoking gun to prove his innocence, the Mayor has failed to rally some of his supporters…

…or is that what we are seeing with Denise Brown’s flip-flop decision today at council’s finance committee.

If the Mayor has definitive evidence that he would be found innocent, he should be speaking to his base privately declaring his innocence with our without being able to provide proof. Assuring councillors they wont be left with egg on their face for backing him.

Councillors who have moved for Joe to step aside while he either repairs his good name, or sees it permanently destroyed, are doing so with the backing (or demands) of their constituents. I see no problem with this, they are doing as the constituents they were elected to represent have overwhelmingly endorsed.

Councillors who oppose this motion appear to have gone “all in” in favour of Fontana and his way of conducting business.

Our entire council will be putting their chips on the table during the next council meeting.

Losing even one of his supporters may indicate trouble.

An Open Letter to Steve Polhill

Dear Mr. Steve Polhill

I would like to express my regrets for the way I behaved on November 22, 2012. During a disagreement of opinions I retaliated with a personal attack, for this I apologize unreservedly.

A rich community relies on the expression of diverse opinions. While opposing viewpoints should be presented and encouraged, insults should not.

I will aim to act more appropriately in the future and I hope that we can put this matter behind us.



Jason Fredin

130 Kent Street, London, Ontario [FOR SALE]

Built in 1863 and an example of the Georgian Revival style, you could own this piece of history, for the low sum of $599,900!

130 Kent Street

Even after checking my couch cushions, I fell a few hundred-thousand dollars short of that price.

130 Kent Street was also identified by the 2007 edition of Buildings on the Brink by Heritage London Foundation.

The building was home to two prominent Londoners. It was first occupied by George Mackenzie Gunn, the owner of G.M. Gunn & Son, a local insurance company. Gunn was on City Council, a director of several loan societies and contributed to the formation of First Saint Andrew’s Church. A later owner was Talbot Macbeth, the son of George Macbeth who was part heir of Colonel Talbot’s estate. During the 1970’s to the mid 1990’s the building was Maria Reilly Ltd clothing store.

Hopefully the property will be bought by an individual that respects the heritage value of the building as it is designated as a priority 1 by the city. I’m not sure of any provincial designation yet, but I have inquired.

This property would possibly make for a good office renovation being downtown and possibly a lawyers office due to it’s proximity to the courthouse.

Currently it is home to the Western University chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha.

For more information:

Shine the Light on Woman Abuse – Union Gas

I know you probably expected a photograph, it’s coming. I just thought this display of support also required a bit of animation.

Shine the Light on Woman Abuse – City Hall

Grabbed a few shots of London’s city hall last night. It is lit up purple for LAWC’s Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign for the month of November.

My post on Twitter was mangled by yfrog’s photo compression so I thought I would post a higher quality version here. Click on the picture for an even bigger version.

Small Version

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P.S. If you are a photo-enthusiast and want some good shots of the lights, make sure you understand your camera’s exposure compensation settings to turn your exposure down to get the best shots. It is very easy to lose detail when shooting these lights.