Yearly Archives: 1982

December 1982

Settlement possible with retired firemen, Mayor Gleeson hints

December 15th, 1982|

Mayor Al Gleeson hinted Tuesday there’s a chance of negotiating a settlement with two London fire department employees forced to retire at age 60, but he is still committed to the principle of not paying back wages.

A “reasonable” financial settlement could be the subject of negotiations, Gleeson said, but the city’s position is not […]

November 1982

Firms rushing to open again after huge fire

November 22nd, 1982|


Owners of a handful of downtown London businesses are scrambling to bounce back after a $1-million fire which scarred a west-end section of Dundas Street early Saturday.  Most of them expect to reopen today.

But some will be in temporary quarters because the blaze, which spewed dense smoke over the downtown are for most of […]

August 1982

Crash injures three

August 18th, 1982|

One of three men injured with two cars and a light truck collided Tuesday at Elmwood Avenue and Wharncliffe Road was listed in critical condition in Victoria Hospital.   A second unidentified man also was detained in hospital.  Police said two of the vehicles were southbound on Wharncliffe and one vehicle was westbound on Elmwood […]

June 1982

Compensation delays firemen’s return

June 19th, 1982|

Abandoning forced retirement at age 60 within the London fire department and reinstating two retirees may not end the local dispute.

London district human rights officer Walter Burns said Friday further conciliation talks with the city may be necessary in light of board of control’s action earlier this week.

The board has recommended city council, which […]

Platoon Chief wins new life at 63

June 17th, 1982|

Forced retirement battle finally over

The news clippings tell the story.

“Retirement at 70 advocated as option” says a headline on an article taped to the window of the credit union office.  “Pressure beginning to mount for change in retirement age,” says the other.

For Fred Holmes, a retired 63-year-old fireman and part-time manager of the London […]

March 1982

Apartment fire forces evacuation

March 30th, 1982|

Firemen drop soggy chunks of insulation from the third-storey window of an apartment building at 1586 Ernest Ave., Monday afternoon, after a fire was extinguished.

February 1982

Firemen near police parity

February 16th, 1982|

London’s first-class firefighters will earn almost $30,000 this year, slightly less than the coveted parity with their city police counterparts.

City council Monday night approved a one-year contract for 1982, which will boost a first-class firefighter’s salary 10.31 per cent to $29,621 from $26,852.  A first class police constable earns $29,800.

Firefighter association president Gord Sturdy […]