Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 2017

Highrise fire fuels arson charge

April 28th, 2017|

London police have charged a man with arson following a fire last month at an apartment building that injured four people.

Firefighters responded to a blaze at 85 Walnut St., a building run by London and Middlesex Housing Corp., on March 12 at 3:25 a.m.

The fire started in a 14th-floor unit where an ailing woman […]

Chief avoids probe query

April 28th, 2017|

London’s fire chief isn’t answering burning questions about the mysterious absence of one of his deputies.

Chief John Kobarda on Friday declined to clarify Brian McLaughlin’s status.

McLaughlin, who’s in charge of fire prevention, hasn’t been at work since April 11 when he was seen leaving the fire hall with a duffel bag.

His absence comes amid […]

Charges pending after car strikes home on Culver Drive in London

April 25th, 2017|

London police have laid impaired driving charges after a man drove into a home on Culver Drive and fled the scene.

Officers were first called out to the townhouse around 4 a.m. last Wednesday, and found a car on the front lawn of the property, wedged between the townhouse and a large tree.

No one inside […]

Drunk driving charges laid after car strikes home on Culver Drive

April 25th, 2017|

London police have laid impaired driving charges after a man drove into a home on Culver Drive and fled the scene.

Officers were first called out to the townhouse around 4 a.m. last Wednesday, and found a car on the front lawn of the property, wedged between the townhouse and a large tree.

No one inside […]

Charles jailed for fire-safety infractions

April 24th, 2017|

Keith Charles: Not a question of if, but when, a tragedy would happen on London group home operator’s watch, justice of the peace says

When Keith Charles was sentenced to 20 days in jail, the memory of David MacPherson was on the mind of London’s chief fire-prevention officer.

Wendy Cowdrey was in court Monday when Charles, […]

City deal with firefighters could happen Friday

April 20th, 2017|

London’s long-running labour fire could be snuffed out by Friday evening.

City firefighters, pitched for years with city hall in the longest contract fight in Canadian firefighting history, will complete on Friday the mandatory three days of ratification voting on the tentative deal reached between the two sides.

The matter will then go to city council, […]

‘I heard a big boom. I thought it was thunder’

April 19th, 2017|

Pauline Morello wanted to sleep downstairs, but her husband urged her to come up to bed.

Joseph Morello’s simple act of love may have saved his wife of 57 years from being seriously injured Wednesday morning when a car slammed into the couple’s east-end house.

“I heard a big boom. I thought it was thunder,” said […]

New boss sets new tone with city labour

April 17th, 2017|

The timing is definitely not a ­coincidence.

Just two months after the exit of Art Zuidema — and not quite two weeks after Martin Hayward took over permanently as London’s top bureaucrat — the long-running, oft-bitter contract battle between city hall and its firefighters could be over.

There’s a new boss. And he’s not the same […]

Food collected at Firehalls

April 17th, 2017|

Food drive tracking higher, as demand rises
The London Food Bank’s spring food drive is poised for a strong finish, co-director Jane Roy said Monday.

As of Monday at 2 p.m., Londoners had donated 26,147 kilograms of food, compared to 25,049 kilos at this point in last year’s drive.

“It was a good drive,” Roy said. “It’s up […]

Where’s the (deputy) chief?

April 16th, 2017|

One of London’s three deputy fire chiefs who had been under the microscope for an alleged workplace harassment charge, has inexplicably left the department for “an extended period of time.”

Sources, who did not want to be identified, have said Brian McLaughlin, the deputy fire chief in charge of fire prevention, was last at work […]

Firefighters, city reach tentative deal

April 13th, 2017|

A tentative deal has been reached between city hall and London’s firefighters, potentially ending the longest contract dispute in Canadian firefighting history.

Having worked under an expired deal since 2010, the London Professional Fire Fighters Association (LPFFA) was deep into arbitration – expected to last until next year – until talks with city hall recently […]

Safety Precautions

April 11th, 2017|

UPDATE: Device has been detonated by Explosive Disposal Unit. #ldnont https://t.co/BUESi6Airp— London Police ON (@lpsmediaoffice) April 11, 2017

‘The need is still there’

April 7th, 2017|

There’s no excuse not to give, city firefighters say as they help kick off 30th London Food Bank spring drive

London’s fire department cemented a 30-year relationship with the city’s food bank Friday through a gentle reminder to city residents.

“There should be no excuse for anybody not to be able to give,” deputy Chief Dave […]

Thanks Maria & Lindsay

April 6th, 2017|

Thank you so much to @LPFFA Firefighters Maria (my amazing soccer teammate) and Lindsay for visiting @SacramentFDK yesterday! pic.twitter.com/CcF8vaBbKR
— Sarah Irvine (@sirvine4) April 6, 2017

 

The food bank’s 30? Really?

April 6th, 2017|

London Food Bank: When it began 30 years ago, the food drive was seen as a temporary answer to hunger
Thirty years ago, a group of volunteers starting a food bank in London figured it’d likely be a temporary collection and distribution depot to tide people over the recession.

“Back then, the belief was you have […]

Fire Fighters at Trauma Conference

April 5th, 2017|

London Health Science Centre kicks off trauma conference with ‘jaws of life’ demo

Onlookers gathered at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn Wednesday morning as heavy-duty shears cut into the side of a Buick to remove people stuck inside the car.

No one was hurt, though; the “jaws of life” simulation kicked off London Health Sciences Centre’s 2017 […]

On this day in history… April 3rd

April 3rd, 2017|

Smoke billows from grates in front of the CN tower on York Street at 4p.m. Wednesday, shortly after an underground blast shook the building. Employees were safely evacuated from the structure. - April 3, 1974