April 2018

Cigarette taxes blamed for soaring demand of black market butts

April 27th, 2018|

Repeated tax hikes slapped on smokes are fuelling booming demand for contraband tobacco, a scourge that’s the No. 1 killer in recent London fires and one that’s wreaking havoc on the convenience store industry.

The Ontario Liberals keep adding taxes to cigarettes in a bid to get smokers to butt out — a $4 per carton […]

Careless Smoking and Contraband Cigarettes Critically Injure

April 26th, 2018|

April 26, 2018

News Release

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For Immediate Release

Careless Smoking and Contraband Cigarettes
Combine to Critically Injure a London Man
Early Monday morning, firefighters responded to a multi-unit dwelling at 360 Princess Avenue with a blaze consuming the upper floor. The tenant of the upper floor apartment was outside, but […]

London hopes to have new fire chief hired by summer

April 24th, 2018|

With the job posting for London’s new fire chief now closed, the city says it hopes to have the high-profile position filled by the summer.
The city brought in a Toronto-based head hunting firm to help find a replacement for longtime fire chief John Kobarda, whose surprise departure last month came amid an eruption of […]

March 2018

Retiree details harassment in London Fire Dept.

March 26th, 2018|

Retired firefighter details harassment allegations at London Fire Department – London

A retired district chief with the London Fire Department remembers contacting the Ontario Human Rights Commission after he said a female colleague was reduced to tears for trying to address her workplace concerns with officials.

It’s the latest development in the ongoing story of alleged workplace […]

More Updates

March 24th, 2018|

Thanks again to some recent transcribing the following articles are updated and searchable:

Talbot block damaged but expected to survive
Car locked in garage burst into flames
Woman rescued
Sign fault suspected in $100,000 blaze
Fatal Fire

Transcribing articles is essential to unlock details from these historical collections.  Thanks and enjoy!


Have you searched for […]

New Photo and Transcribed Articles

March 23rd, 2018|

Some new additions to the website this morning.
Newly transcribed articles…
Thanks to volunteer B. Hossack for transcribing the following articles:

Volunteers fail to show for potential emergency
Volunteer force a fine example
Volunteers cause for alarm
Elderly man found in burning home
Family flees safely from fire
Tired of ‘cry-wolf’ behavior
Mayor sees ‘turf war’ […]

Firefighters vote no confidence in deputy chief

March 21st, 2018|

Firefighters union votes no confidence in London’s assistant deputy fire chief

The fallout from a tidal wave of harassment allegations within the City of London continues, with a high-ranking member of the London Fire Department drawing heat from the union.

Sources within the London Fire Department told 980 CFPL that assistant deputy fire chief Jack Burt […]

Firefighters want deputy gone

March 21st, 2018|

Firefighters want deputy chief Jack Burt gone, sources say

Two days after London’s fire chief abruptly retired amid allegations of widespread bullying in the department, members of the firefighters’ union say they have no confidence in acting deputy fire chief Jack Burt, either.

Sources say Tuesday night’s vote happened during a routine union meeting.

There were other items […]

Platoon chief speaks out on problems

March 19th, 2018|

Platoon chief speaks out on problems within London Fire Department, chief's early retirement

London fire chief retires ‘effective immediately’

March 19th, 2018|

UPDATED | John Kobarda retires as London fire chief ‘effective immediately’
27-year veteran leaves with department facing complaints about workplace harassment

A week after it hired a third-party investigator to examine workplace harassment at city hall, the City of London announced the retirement of Fire Chief John Kobarda with no warning, no fanfare and no glowing […]

Workplace Harassment Allegations

March 13th, 2018|

Following a tumultuous couple of days at city hall, facing numerous harassment allegations involving several departments, London’s mayor is speaking out.

On Monday, council held a special in-camera meeting to discuss “personal matters.”

After the meeting, London city manager Martin Hayward issued a news release stating the city has numerous policies in place to ensure “a […]

One department source of most harassment 

March 13th, 2018|

One London city hall department source of most harassment complaints: Activist
Allegations of more than two dozen workplace harassment complaints at city hall erupted Monday night, just hours after London city council went behind closed doors at a hastily called special meeting, prompting the city’s top bureaucrat to speak out.

Megan Walker, executive director of the […]

‘Culture of fear’ firefighter says

March 13th, 2018|

‘Culture of fear’ in fire department, firefighter says
A London firefighter said he’s been raising the alarm about a “culture of fear” within the city’s fire department for years, even taking complaints about workplace harassment to top city managers in recent months, according to emails obtained by The Free Press.

“Here we are, people that will […]

Chief accused of harassment still has his job

March 13th, 2018|

Deputy fire chief accused of harassment still has his job, being paid $168K
A year and a half after an investigation was launched into the conduct of a deputy fire chief, he remains off the job while collecting his $160,000 annual salary.

City hall launched an investigation into the conduct of Deputy Fire Chief Brian McLaughlin […]

Manager says city takes discrimination seriously

March 13th, 2018|

Manager says city takes discrimination seriously; women’s advocate calls that a lie

The City of London says it’s committed to creating a harassment-free workplace, but the executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) says this is a lie.

Megan Walker, LAWC executive director, says that discrimination and harassment were on the table at yesterday’s closed-door […]

Harassment at City Hall?

March 13th, 2018|

Former London Professional Fire Fighters Association President John Hassan discusses harassment of City staff and fire fighters along with other interviews.

Friday Gems

March 11th, 2018|

Some more additions to the Loiselle Collection this Friday. Enjoy

2000 Posts!

March 10th, 2018|

We just posted our 2000th article on LondonFireFighters.ca! 
This would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers and the many unnamed contributors who have shared their collections and heirlooms.

Do you have something to share about the London Fire Fighters?
Send it along to be included in our archives or volunteer to improve the […]

New photos

March 7th, 2018|

Thanks again to Rick Loiselle for sharing a few more photos from his collection.

February 2018

February 3rd in London Fire Fighters history…

February 3rd, 2018|

Despite the cold and snow London Fire Fighters always respond when called. Check out some of the documented events that occurred today in history.