Here's what has been happening in London.

March 2018

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 […]

Garage fire uncovers drug lab on Ontario Street

March 20th, 2018|

London fire crews discovered a drug lab following a garage fire earlier this month.

On March 11, emergency crews were called to the blaze on Ontario Street and found signs of a clandestine drug lab inside.

The next day, police executed a search warrant and discovered roughly $2000 worth of marijuana products.

Three London residents all in […]

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 […]

London Fire Chief Retires

March 19th, 2018|

The City of London announced today that Fire Chief John Kobarda will be retiring from his position, effective immediately.

Chief Kobarda has been a member of the London Fire Department for 27 years. He joined the service as a firefighter, progressed through the ranks, served as President of the London Professional Fire Fighters Association, and […]

Thank You Chapters & Indigo Kids

March 16th, 2018|

Thankyou Chapters & Indigo Kids. Had a great time teaching all those kids about fire safety. 🚒@chaptersindigo @LPFFA @LdnOntTV
— Jason Poole (@FPOPoole) March 16, 2018

Provincial Trucks of London

March 15th, 2018|

In 1979 London purchased these two rigs from KingSeagrave for the total price of $65,000 …. for both. These 1979 International/KingSeagrave rigs were built as demonstrators for the Ontario Government . Equipped with AWD, a 625 IGPM front mounted pump and a 700 gallon tank , they were rejected by the Province. In an […]

Firefighters help at the scene of a collision on Wellington

March 13th, 2018|

Firefighters help make a minor repair at the scene of a collision on Wellington north of Dufferin yesterday in #ldnont
— Ross Howey (@RossHoweyPhoto) March 13, 2018

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 […]

Accused man was at London townhouse prior to explosion, say witnesses

March 13th, 2018|

People who witnessed the spectacular explosion of a south London townhouse in 2014 testified Tuesday that a man resembling Reuben Garcia was at the scene shortly before the incident.

Garcia, 29, has pleaded not guilty to arson and drug trafficking charges in relation to the blast and fire that was blamed on butane used for marijuana […]

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 […]

Garage Fire

March 13th, 2018|

Source: CTV London | Garage Fire

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.

Crews battle garage fire in west London

March 12th, 2018|

London fire crews were kept busy Sunday as an early morning blaze engulfed a garage in the west end.

Officials say they were called to a home on Britannia Avenue around 9:30 a.m.

Flames and smoke could be seen from a distance around the property, and crews say the garage was fully involved when they arrived.

There […]

Friday Gems

March 11th, 2018|

Some more additions to the Loiselle Collection this Friday. Enjoy

2000 Posts!

March 10th, 2018|

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