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  • Cap on taxi licences in London will stay — at least for no...
    Council sidestepped a loaded decision about ending city hall regulation of the number of taxi licences in London, punting the controversial proposal back to staff on Tuesday night. The direction to city staff? Talk to the taxi industry. Again. It’s the latest chapter in the never-ending saga over London’s bylaw… ... more
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  • Area mayors lash out at Ford’s use of notwithstanding ...
    At least one Southwestern Ontario mayor says while he may agree with the idea of chopping the size of Toronto city council, he objects to how Ontario Premier Doug Ford is going about it in the middle of a municipal election campaign. “Downsizing Toronto council doesn’t pass the smell test,… ... more
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  • Letters: Sept. 19
    Remorse not believable Regarding the article Disgraced police officer Robert Mugridge sentenced to jail, must pay back $113,000 (Sept. 18) What this man took amounts to much more than the $247,635 he stole from the victims. He also took close to $400,000 from the taxpayers during the years between his suspension and… ... more
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  • Ex-Knights stir excitement at Lucan Hockeyville
    LUCAN — When the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup next June, remember where it all started. This Toronto-Ottawa tilt wasn’t just a well-organized — and loud — 12th edition of the Kraft Hockeyville NHL pre-season grassroots fundraiser. The Lucan Community Memorial Centre Tuesday served as the stage for John Tavares’s blue-and-white debut.… ... more
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  • Council rejects voting blocs, blogger’s analysis sugge...
    This city council has largely rejected voting blocs in favour of more individuality in the council chambers, a London engineer and blogger showed in an analysis of voting records during the last four years. Michael Ross, a structural engineer who recently moved to London and blogs at Extreme Enginerding, scraped… ... more
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  • News Analysis: Farm belt gives provocative Ford rock star tr...
    PAIN COURT — Forget walking softly and carrying a big stick. Think loud steps and the big stick. Hauling out the Constitution’s nuclear bomb in a bid to chop Toronto’s civic government in half,  scrapping a modern sex education program for Ontario school kids and cancelling hundreds of green energy… ... more
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  • London drug overdose triples, deaths spike, wannabee mayors ...
    London saw a massive spike in drug overdoses this summer, with its overdose-prevention site saving the lives of three times as many people last month as in the six months previous, says the executive director of the organization that hosts the site. With only two of the four front-running London… ... more
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  • ‘A few seconds’ — Pain, anguish in wake of tra...
    CHATHAM — The horrific consequences to family and community of just a few seconds of inattentiveness behind the wheel while on Highway 401 were detailed Tuesday in a courtroom filled with tears and sadness. “This is just an awful, horrible dream … the pain is so unbearable,” Marlene Bastien said… ... more
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  • Jury almost set to deliberate on murder case
    The jury at the Jeremy Reddick second-degree murder trial is expected to begin deciding the case Wednesday. Superior Court Justice Helen Rady completed the first half of her instructions to the jury of eight men and four women Tuesday and will finish her charge Wednesday morning, signaling the beginning of… ... more
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  • Nigerian accused of online scams committed for extradition
    Benard Okorhi still has some hope of staying in Canada, but it’s slim. Given the low legal test to commit someone for extradition to face charges in the United States, the Nigerian man who came to London as a refugee last fall is more than likely to be sent south… ... more
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  • Prom Queen waves off controversy for Grand Theatre debut
    The event that sparked a court challenge, made headlines across the country and spawned a musical that reignited the same controversy in London is now being presented on stage. Prom Queen, the Grand Theatre’s annual High School Project musical, about the story of Marc Hall’s 2002 battle with the Durham… ... more
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  • Second teen in coffee shop shooting held in custody
    A teenager charged in connection with a deadly shooting at an east London Tim Hortons will remain in custody at least until his bail hearing. Abel Tesfalem, 19, was arrested Monday and has been charged with being an occupant in a motor vehicle with a firearm during the brazen afternoon… ... more
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  • Hockeyville: Knights veteran Formenton back in town, but for...
    Alex Formenton left two tickets for his Knights billets Tuesday and texted his friends that he was back in the London area for a short visit. But the way the Senators think of him, the Ottawa-Toronto Kraft Hockeyville game in Lucan might have been the last chance to see him play around… ... more
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  • The Leafs have arrived in Lucan! The Leafs have arrived in L...
    LUCAN – The town’s shamrock symbol, eclipsed by a sea of blue and red: blue for the Toronto Maple Leafs, red for the Ottawa Senators. It’s an intense NHL rivalry, but you’d never know by looking around — Lucan has enough love for both. Overcast skies and lingering fog didn’t… ... more
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  • Man, 31, charged with mischief after scaling massive downtow...
    A 31-year-old man is charged with mischief after scaling a massive crane at a downtown London construction site Monday night. Police were alerted at 7:15 p.m. Monday to a man believed to be in distress near King and Ridout streets, where emergency crews arrived to find a man climbing the… ... more
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  • Watchdog: OPP officer cleared of wrongdoing in nursing home ...
    Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared an OPP officer of any wrongdoing in the case of a St. Thomas nursing home patient injured during a confrontation with police. Elgin County OPP officers attended a St. Thomas nursing home where an 86-year-old resident had become aggressive with staff on June 22, 2017,… ... more
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  • Area man, teen among those charged in OPP child pornography ...
    Two Southwestern Ontario residents have been swept up in an OPP crackdown on child pornography across the province. Three men and a male teenager are charged with a combined 18 offences after the OPP carried out search warrants between Sept. 11 and 13, police said Tuesday. An Exeter man, 61,… ... more
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  • Hockeyville homecoming special for London-raised Senators de...
    Dylan DeMelo is trying to make himself at home in his new home. He’ll make his debut on the Ottawa Senators defence in familiar surroundings on Tuesday. As the Senators prepare to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game as part of Kraft Hockeyville in Lucan, DeMelo… ... more
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  • Brews News: Tennessee boasts triad of craft brews
    The Stars and Stripes gets a prominent place near the fermenters at Black Oak Brewery in Johnson City, Tenn. Peddling craft beer in a neighbourhood of stills in the hills moonshiners and Budweiser-sponsored NASCAR might seem like an uphill battle. But craft brewers along the Tennessee-Virginia border are making progress… ... more
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  • Dense morning fog prompts weather warning across London regi...
    The morning commute is a hazy one in some parts of Southwestern Ontario Tuesday. Environment Canada has issued a sweeping fog advisory for London, Sarnia and Chatham-Kent along with Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Huron and Perth counties, warning of near-zero visibility in some places. Patches of dense fog will linger for… ... more
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  • Man climbs to top of construction crane in downtown London
    A male “in distress” had climbed to the top of a construction crane Monday at about 7:15 p.m. in London’s core. By 9 p.m., he was still at the top of the boom. Witnesses on the ground say he had walked the length of the boom and at one point,… ... more
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  • Drug dealer’s 10-year sentence in fentanyl death ups p...
    BRANTFORD — In what’s believed to be one of the harshest penalties in Canada involving fentanyl, a Brantford drug dealer is facing 10 years in prison in the overdose death of a man who thought he was buying cocaine but was sold the powerful opioid instead. Monday’s sentencing of… ... more
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  • Holder breaks from mayoral pack, backs safe downtown injecti...
    Ed Holder came out Monday night in support of safe injection sites downtown, saying drug use in the city is a crisis that needs to be addressed. In a wide-ranging debate at Western Fair’s Carousel Room, only three of the candidates fielded questions on the theme of small business and… ... more
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  • Comedian Russell Peters adding London date to world tour
    Canadian comedy icon Russell Peters is returning to London, one of several new shows added to his latest tour. The award-winning comedian will be taking the stage at Budweiser Gardens Nov. 20, one of several new Canadian dates in his Deported World Tour. Peters kicked off the string of shows… ... more
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  • Taxi leaders condemn death threat over licence cap
    No one deserves to go through what London Coun. Virginia Ridley is going through — an anonymous death threat amid controversy over the future of the local taxi business — an industry spokesperson says. “We respect (Ridley’s) positions. Although we may not always agree with them, we respect the fact of… ... more
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  • Asylum seekers arrive in Chatham-Kent
    CHATHAM-KENT – While larger cities turned them way, a small southwestern Ontario centre was happy to lay out the welcome mat for five refugee families seeking asylum. Chatham-Kent, after voicing an interest in helping earlier this summer as part of a federal government pilot project, announced Monday the refugee families… ... more
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  • Letters: Sept. 18
    Look for risk-free option Regarding the column Are you a builder, or downshifter (Sept. 15). Dave Billson feels we should be risk-takers and run with the bus rapid transit plan. Does he realize U.S. statistics show bus ridership has dropped in the past six years? That makes the project a… ... more
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  • Disgraced cop gets weekend sentence for fraud
    CHATHAM – A family, an excellent, stable profession in his hometown and a reliable future pension should have been enough for Robert Mugridge. But it wasn’t. Not nearly. Instead, the disgraced Chatham-Kent police sergeant will be spending 90 weekend days in jail, completing three years of probation for fraud of… ... more
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  • London blues acts headed to Memphis in late January
    The Road to Memphis will carry two local blues acts to the International Blues Challenge. The Robbie Antone Band and the duo No Bones, featuring singer and harmonica player Dan Braatz and guitarist, bassist and percussionist Warren Cinquina, won the annual competition hosted by the Great Lakes Blues Society Sunday… ... more
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  • Two painters capture summer in Wortley Village gallery show
    Summer lives on in the works of two artists in a new joint exhibition at a Wortley Village gallery. A Chromatic Life, featuring new works by Erica Dornbusch and Anna Clarey, opens Tuesday at Westland Gallery and continues until Oct. 13 The title of the new show, A Chromatic Life,… ... more
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  • Motorcycle journey inspired artist’s London show
    An exhibition of new works by an internationally acclaimed Canadian artist was inspired by a motorcycle trek across North America. Erik Olson’s Hold the Line, opening Thursday at Michael Gibson Gallery, was painted this summer in a second-floor studio built for the artist above the London gallery. Olson began painting… ... more
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  • LHSC celebrates two cardiac surgery firsts
    Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital is celebrating not one but two first-of-their-kind surgeries to replace damaged heart valves – both of which happened just a week apart in the spring. The hospital allowed both patients to heal from their surgeries fully before making the big announcement Monday. Dr. Bob Kiaii and… ... more
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  • Teen charged after pellet gun fired at St. Thomas police off...
    A teenager is charged after St. Thomas police say a pellet gun was fired at an officer in a skateboarding park. Police say it was about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when the police officer was investigating an unrelated matter at the Railway City Skate Park. The officer heard a shot, police… ... more
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  • Two charged after London police seize $16K of drugs, $10K ca...
    A man and a woman face a string of drug charges after a bust at a home in the city’s east end Friday. London police seized more than $16,000 worth of drugs, including 157 grams of cocaine and about $10,000 in cash, after officers searched a home on Hamilton Road… ... more
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  • Comedian Russell Peters adding London date to world tour
    Canadian comedy icon Russell Peters is returning to London, one of several new shows added to his latest tour. The award-winning comedian will be taking the stage at Budweiser Gardens Nov. 20, one of several new Canadian dates in his Deported World Tour. Peters kicked off the string of shows… ... more
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  • Man, 39, charged after slot-machine winner robbed at gunpoin...
    Police have arrested a 39-year-old London man after a slot-machine winner was robbed of his winnings at gunpoint last month. London police searched a home on Platt’s Lane Friday as part of an investigation into an Aug. 25 robbery. Police say a man won a large sum of money at… ... more
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  • Funeral set for London man, 21, killed in Dundas Street shoo...
    A funeral will be held Wednesday for the 21-year-old London man killed in a targeted shooting at an east-end Tim Hortons as police continue to search for three suspects in connection with the brazen midday homicide. Christopher Clements-Card was targeted in the attack at about 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday at… ... more
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  • Justin Bieber wants to be an American before his wedding: Re...
    Justin Bieber has reportedly applied for U.S. citizenship ahead of his wedding to Hailey Baldwin. The Canadian star is busy preparing for his impending nuptials to the 21-year-old American model and, according to editors at TMZ.com, the Sorry hitmaker has applied for dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada. The singer… ... more
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  • Closing arguments begin in Victoria Park homicide trial
    Closing arguments began Monday morning in the second-degree murder trial of Jeremy Reddick, who is charged in the 2016 Victoria Park stabbing death of Dakoda Martin. The defence continued their argument that Reddick felt he was under attack from others in the group that had congregated in the downtown park… ... more
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  • U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks are poised to come to a head this we...
    U.S.-Canada trade talks are poised to come to a head this week, as negotiators bear down on their next deadline amid President Donald Trump’s threats to cut his largest export market out of the deal. High-level negotiations are expected to resume this week in a bid to reach a deal… ... more
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  • Hockeyville host Lucan gearing up for star-studded NHL game
    A newly renovated arena, NHL stars en route, a nationally televised preseason game and a visit from the Stanley Cup? Safe to say Lucan is feeling the Kraft Hockeyville hype. The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs will be hitting the ice Tuesday evening for an NHL preseason game at… ... more
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  • Suspect sought after woman sexually assaulted in city park
    London police are searching for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in a park east of downtown early Sunday. Police say the woman was in McMahen Park, near Adelaide and Pall Mall streets, at about 1:30 a.m. when she was approached from behind. She was sexually assaulted by… ... more
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  • Watson wins at Delaware, but Fitzpatrick wears APC tour crow...
    Brandon Watson won five of nine stops on the APC United Late Models racing series this season, but it wasn’t enough to claim a second straight points title. Frontrunner and fastest qualifier JR Fitzpatrick became the tour’s fourth consecutive different champion even though Watson celebrated the victory in the 100-lap… ... more
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  • City councillor faces death threat over taxi debate
    “If you decide to go ahead and ruin our lives, you may as well prepare your grave, too. I swear to God I will make sure the bullet goes between your eyes.” Virginia Ridley read those words in a letter mailed to her home in May, after she waded into… ... more
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  • Walker saved his best for last to earn first pro victory at ...
    Rookie nerves? Not Danny Walker. The 22-year-old first-year pro from Bradenton, Fla., birdied five of his first nine holes to finish with a bogey-free six-under 64 final round to close out his first PGA Tour Canada victory in the Mackenzie Tour’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship Sunday at Highland Country Club.… ... more
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  • International plowing match puts Chatham-Kent in spotlight
    CHATHAM — From all corners of the province – not to mention the rest of Canada and parts of the U.S. – farmers will soon be rolling into the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo. Despite the distance – some will be travelling thousands of kilometres – it’s not surprising… ... more
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  • Defending the title: Sept. 17
    A weekly look at the Vanier Cup champion Western Mustangs: Weekend recap: The Western Mustangs went into Saturday’s Ontario university matchup with the York Lions expecting to be tested by the Hunchak brothers – quarterback Brett and wide receiver Colton. Turns out, Colton didn’t play Saturday and Brett left the game… ... more
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  • Western Fair wraps 10-day run
    For Londoners like Mackenzie Fulton, the annual Western Fair is a tradition. Fulton, 22, remembers venturing to the fair every year when she was a child living around the corner from the fairgrounds. This year, she returned with her two-year-old nephew Noah Hardy to pet the cows and goats in… ... more
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  • Mamma Warriors look for leave from cancer battlefront
    They share the fear of the unknown caller. They talk about scan-xiety. They laugh about the agony of sleeping on pullout chairs in hospital rooms, and the idea of using their fever cards to bypass waiting in ER for ordinary medical emergencies. Many little things bond the mothers who meet… ... more
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  • $1.5 million savings unearthed in city budgets
    Tasked with unearthing $4 million in savings by combing through city hall budgets, staff are reporting finding more cash than expected. City council built in annual savings goals as part of a multi-year budget system adopted in 2016, asking bureaucrats to carefully review the workings of city departments to find efficiencies over the… ... more
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  • Letters: Sept. 17
    Better use for food Regarding the article International Plowing Match will try to crack egg-and-spoon race world record (Sept. 14). What a waste to get a meaningless title. I would offer an award to the International Plowing Match that donates more than 42 dozen eggs to feed the homeless. Or better still,… ... more
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  • Terry Fox Run draws runners, rollerskaters – and an Olympi...
    There’s more than one way to do the Terry Fox Run. Londoners proved that Sunday morning as they came out to walk, bike, rollerskate and even haul canoes along the route through Springbank Gardens. Fundraising was expected to top $100,000, and organizers reported Terry Fox runs in London have raised… ... more
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  • Rookies dazzle even as London Knights drop pre-season finale...
    The kids sure look ready. Second-round rookie Antonio Stranges scored twice to finish the OHL pre-season with four goals and five points in three games, but the Knights dropped their exhibition finale 5-4 to Erie before 815 Saturday at Komoka Community Centre. London finished its season preview with a 3-1… ... more
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  • Block Party rocks Harris Park
    Tie dye, glitter, and thumping bass. A whole lot of bass. Thousands of young people flocked to Harris Park for the annual Block Party music festival, a celebration of techno and electronic dance music (EDM) that caters to a young crowd. They turned out in droves, cramming the park with… ... more
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  • A Mustangs mauling: Western 76, York 3
    Western Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall knew the biggest challenge from the York Lions Saturday would come from the Hunchak brothers – quarterback Brett and wide receiver Colton. Brett is ranked second all-time in passing yards for the Lions, second in completions and fourth in touchdown passes and his favourite… ... more
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  • Power outage leaves 700 customers in the dark
    More than 700 London homes were without power in the Southcrest area Saturday afternoon. A London Hydro official confirmed that customers in south London were affected, but couldn’t provide details about what caused the outage. 763 customers impacted in the Southcrest area. Estimated Restoration: Sep 15 at 6:00… ... more
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  • Two vehicle crash at Waterloo and Grey streets
    A two-vehicle crash at Grey and Waterloo streets on Saturday morning left a fruit delivery truck and a car strewn across the sidewalk and a front yard on Grey Street. Though one driver was taken to hospital, London police Const. Michelle Romano confirmed that no one was seriously injured in… ... more
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  • Front door lit on fire in St. Thomas
    It was something of a warm welcome – but not the kind you’d expect. St. Thomas police are investigating after the front door of an Alma Street home was set on fire Friday morning. The resident saw smoke inside around 9 a.m. Friday after arriving home, police said. No one… ... more
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  • VOTE WATCH: Ward 10 debate a window to essence of city hall ...
    It was just one question out of several, at one debate out of dozens, in one London ward out of 14. But it captured the essence of the Oct. 22 civic election: Do London voters want a city hall focused on the next four years, or one planning for the… ... more
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  • Growing Concerns: Moving plants indoors takes some preparati...
    There is a lot still to be done in the garden this season, including getting ready to bring some plants indoors. Many of us moved our tropical plants outdoors for the summer. Or we may have purchased palms, hibiscus or similar plants and would like to keep them alive over… ... more
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  • Brown: Girl super heroes novel has multiple powers
    I recommend DC SuperHero Girls: A Graphic Novel for four reasons. For starters, it will help young readers make the transition to longer comic narratives. If your kids aren’t used to the idea of a story that’s made up of several sustained subplots, this book will be a bridge that… ... more
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  • Bang On: Permeable pavers protect natural resources
    Have you ever stopped to think of what happens to the water running off your house and onto your driveway when it rains? If your home is like most, the water probably travels down gutters, through downspouts and onto an asphalt driveway, picking up traces of pollutants such as petroleum… ... more
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  • London comic creator remains open to suggestions about his a...
    There are comic creators who want to do everything their way. These artists crave, at the end of the day, the freedom to say every panel on the page reflects their own creative process, that every pencil stroke and inked line and snippet of dialogue is exactly how they imagined… ... more
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  • One-Tank Trips: Festivals celebrating harvest abound
    Foodland Ontario says “good things grow in Ontario,” and here’s an opportunity to check out that claim. Upcoming festivals will highlight Niagara grapes, Wellesley apples and cheese and Bala’s cranberry crops. Savour the best of the Niagara grape-growing region’s fall harvest and tour the wineries with the discovery pass program.… ... more
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  • The World Outdoors: Local warblers eclipsed by Rondeau kiska...
    Fall migration can get especially exciting when rare species show up. Some avid birders drop everything for a chance to see a reddish egret on the Bruce Peninsula, and hundreds of avid birders visited Rondeau this past week for the first ever Canadian record of a great kiskadee. Big weather… ... more
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  • Springer nets shutout in Knights preseason win over Erie
    The Knights needed a little help in net this weekend. Zach Springer delivered. The Nationals goaltender kicked aside 16 shots for the shutout in London’s third straight pre-season victory, 5-0 over Erie before an announced 7,234 Friday at Budweiser Gardens. The Knights close out their exhibition schedule against the Otters… ... more
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  • Every day at volleyball worlds like Christmas for Londoner
    When Canada finds itself in a tough spot at the men’s volleyball world championships — co-hosted this month by Italy and Bulgaria — TJ Sanders can help. He has built up considerable experience with on-the-fly problem solving. “Last season in Poland (with pro team Trefl Gdansk), our main sponsorship dropped a… ... more
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  • Platforms, sure, but where’s the beef?
    Big talk and grand ideas, scant on substance. The platforms of London’s four main mayoral candidates – predictably focused on economic development, transit and supporting the city’s most vulnerable – are heavy on promises but light on detail for voters, a veteran political scientist and an ex-politician say. “It’s aspirational… ... more
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  • Local woman tends to corpse flower’s big stink at Toro...
    The Toronto Zoo made history Thursday by having its first corpse flower bloom — and a Chatham-Kent native played a big role. Anna-Marie Burrows, manager of horticulture and grounds at the zoo, contacted the Chatham Daily News on Friday to share that the rare corpse flower she helped bring there reached… ... more
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  • Corey Pereira, Jonathan Garrick share Freedom 55 lead at Hig...
    Americans Corey Pereira and Jonathan Garrick finished with back-to-back birdies to break through a logjam at the top of the leaderboard at the $225,000 Freedom 55 Financial Championship Friday at Highland Country Club. Both players birdied their final two holes to take a share of the second-round lead at 10-under 130… ... more
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