Oh, it gets better. London's tag line has always been "The Forest City", and we like it. Sure, we could be a bit more foresty, but if you get to the top of any of downtown's tall buildings, outside the small core the city still all but dissapears under a canopy of trees. Except for "White Oaks", ironically enough. I think the developers who designed this little slice of Scarberia adjacent to the 401 are now busy developing the rain forest or something.
The Mayor, Anne Marie Di Cico, protegé of former Mayor Dianne Hasket who everyone thought was a born again radical, but was first last and always just a cynical lawyer, tried to change the tag line to "A city with Spirit" or something like that.
It got shouted down by the public. In my paranoid state, what with the only "newspaper" in town being nothing but a church circular lately, I figured it was a code word for "A city with a wierd devotion to strange religious ideas".
But that's just me.
More to brag about.
A former City Engineer was let go/fired/resigned, and he turned around and got hired by as a consultant by a firm who won a city contract for some kind of water treatment service. The former City Engineer was still collecting severance and other things from the city while he was employed by this company.
The company who lost the bid is crying foul, but has yet to launch a civil suit in the matter. It is thought that fear of the civil suit lead to the resignation of Linda Reed, the former city manager. Getting while the getting is good.
Then, of course, we have Malpass who, while stubbornly barganing to keep the garbage workers on strike, raked in over a grand a day in overtime due to the strike.
Not finished yet.
London's former Police Chief was finally fired/let go/ resigned last week after being suspended with pay for over a year. His crime: charging a couple of hotel rooms on his police expence account when he wasn't on police business.
His real crime, of course, was the fact that he came from outside, and this bothered the career London police officers who wanted the job.
Not that I care about those machinations, but it's a joke, suspended for a year, and then getting a generous severance package.
Meanwhile, back at city council, the much balleyhooed anti smoking by law for restaurants has a hole in it big enough for a truck load of smokes to pass through.
I predict the next municiple election in London will not be a good one for incumbants.
People can abide a corrupt council at times, or councillors they may not see eye to eye with, but nobody likes to think their representatives are a bunch of idiots, as council seems bent on illustrating on almost a daily basis.