London has an $11.2M budget surplus. Here’s how it will likely be used

The lion’s share of a $11.2-million budget surplus projected in London could go to the fight against one of the city’s most vexing issues, its shortage of affordable housing. Though COVID-19 uncertainties still are casting doubt on city hall revenue and costs, finance staff recommend funneling the bulk of the extra cash into a reserve […]

London politicians praise arrival of GO, critics pan four-hour trip to Toronto

London’s finally getting plugged in to the commuter rail network that laces Southern Ontario to mega-city Toronto, the hottest economy in the country. The big catch? A round trip will take you eight hours. The GO service promised by the Progressive Conservative government at Queen’s Park – now less than a year from a provincial […]

Sarnia city council defers conversion to electric buses in light of high costs

Sarnia city council is taking a pass on buying the city’s first electric buses, citing the high price of the vehicles and the cost of building charging stations to support them. In a close 5-4 vote, councillors opted to wait at least a year with the hope prices will come down. Amid several uncertainties and […]

Thames Valley board trustee pulls motion to move singing, sports outside

A London trustee is walking back a motion calling for students in the Thames Valley District school board to do activities such as singing and contact sports outside and for the province to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all eligible students. “It’s (because) the advocacy and the guidelines are just changing so quickly,” Corrine Rahman […]

Sensing opportunity, Jagmeet Singh rallies NDP faithful in London

The Sweet Onion Bistro patio was packed with NDP supporters during a campaign rally Wednesday with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, but Lyndsay Williams hung back, helping a friend with an infant in tow. “Child care is a big, big issue for me,” said Williams, who lives in London West riding where the rally was held. […]