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Old Posted Aug 27, 2006, 6:41 PM
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Bad Boy Coming To Town

Bad Boy Coming To Town

The site of the former Home Depot on Wharncliffe Road will become the new home for a Bad Boy Furniture outlet.
It will be the first one of them outside Toronto.


Bad Boy Furniture, which is owned by former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, will be opening its London store by the end of the year.

It's not clear yet if it will be renovating the existing property or will be part of a number of new developments on the site.
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^ There's a Bad Boy in Barrie, and i remember North Bay had one many years ago, although it's long gone now.
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LTC to add three new bus routes

LTC to add three new bus routes

Mon, August 28, 2006

By RYAN CUREATZ, FREE PRESS REPORTER



London Transit is adding three new routes to its fall schedule in a bid to attract more riders.

"The target is for us to hit 10 per cent of all trips that are taken" in London by 2024 under the city's master transportation plan, said Larry Ducharme, London Transit Commission's general manager.

To reach that goal, London Transit will have to have about 10 million more paid fares annually than it now does to boost ridership to 28 million, he said.

"We will be . . . strategically expanding the service and strategically enhancing the service."

Starting Sept. 3, two of the three new routes will offer added transportation to London malls.

Route 38 will link bus stops in the Stoney Creek area with Masonville Place, while Route 37 will connect Argyle Mall with stops in east London.

"We're also going into the airport for the first time," Ducharme said, referring to Route 36 that connects the London International Airport with Fanshawe College on Oxford Street.

Two routes also will be extended Sept. 3 to make retail areas more accessible, he said.

Route 12 (Wharncliffe) will extend to Southdale and Wonderland roads and Route 31 (Orchard Park) will extend to Hyde Park and Fanshawe Park roads.

To accommodate the extra students who'll soon be heading to classes, London Transit is adding about 30 buses to its peak-hour service,
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More Downtown Parking Coming

If you circle for blocks looking for a parking space in downtown London, this is good news for you.

But if you're a booster of public transit, you may not be impressed.

London city hall has come up with a plan to increase the amount of parking in the city.

Council voted to put $2.5 million a year into a reserve fund, with the aim of creating or building more parking for downtown London.

Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell says the city needs to get more involved in the parking game, saying in the end it will attract more business and companies to the downtown.

But others at city hall have concerns.

Councillor Fred Tranquilli saying making more affordable parking spaces may lead to reduced ridership for London Transit.
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Province, Ford Canada pitch new plant in St. Thomas

Province, Ford Canada pitch new plant in St. Thomas

Tue, August 29, 2006

By HANK DANISZEWSKI, LONDON FREE PRESS REPORTER



The provincial government and Ford Canada are backing a Canadian Auto Workers pitch to build a new auto assembly plant in St. Thomas.

All three parties will make a joint pitch to Ford headquarters in Detroit shortly after Labour Day.

Ontario economic development minister Joe Cordiano said the province will consider financially backing the plant estimated to cost $790 million.

“I'm hopeful that our proposal will be well-received,” he said.

Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove said his union is offering a new agreement to Ford that would see Magna International construct a new building beside the existing plant to turn out small vehicles.

The existing 40-year-old assembly plant produces full-sized Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria sedans but sales have been in decline. The plant is facing prolonged shutdowns and the threat of closure as Ford tries to reduce capacity by cutting 30,000 jobs from across North American.

The CAW plan would include wage concessions for the first six years and fewer days off for workers.

It’s the second time this month that the CAW has taken the initiative to try to save assembly plants slated to close or with an uncertain future. The first move paid off last week when General Motors chose facilities in Oshawa as the site for the reborn Chevrolet Camaro.

Since the January announcement, Ford’s position has deteriorated and an accelerated and enhanced program of job-cutting and plant-closing plans is scheduled to be unveiled next month.
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$760-million plant

New Talbotville Plan Gaining Support

Buzz Hargrove's vision of a new car plant popping up next to Ford Talbotville is starting to pick up some steam.

The Ontario government and Ford of Canada are both backing the C-A-W plan.

All three parties will make a joint pitch to Ford in Detroit as early as next week.

It calls for Magna International to build and operate a new $760-million plant right beside Ford Talbotville.

The nearly 40-year old plant's produces Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria sedans.

Sales of those vehicles have been dropping and Ford is planning to eliminate a full shift next year.

With that in mind, Hargrove expects the new plant will be a tough sell.
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They're back! Students here

They're back! Students here

Mon, September 4, 2006

Students descend on the city this weekend.

By JANE SIMS, FREE PRESS REPORTER




Danielle Buonaiuto, a fourth-year student at the University of Western Ontario, helps carry a new student's belongings as Western opens its student residences yesterday. Buonaiuto joined other second-, third- and fourth-year students who volunteered to be orientation week helpers. (Susan Bradnam, LFP)
It's an annual rite of September in London -- the arrival of about one-tenth of the city's population.

University and college students poured into the city this weekend, marking the new school year with the enthusiasm needed to energize the waning days of summer.

The University of Western Ontario put out the welcome mat for 32,000 students -- 4,350 in their first year -- who began moving into residences and off-campus housing.

Some upper-year students will be moving into the new $31-million London Hall on Western Road.

Almost 100 new faculty members are starting at Western too -- some from as far away as Japan and Switzerland.



About half of the first- year contingent moved into residences yesterday. With more than 4,000 residence beds, the move-in is staggered over two days with the rest of the frosh arriving today.

It's a big moment for many, marking their first time away from home.

Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president for housing and ancillary services, said the arrivals went "really smoothly."

With an army of volunteers welcoming families and moving students to their room, the newbies can register and relax.

"All they have to do is go and enjoy the moment," she said.

Orientation lasts all week with classes beginning Thursday.

New students will hear a lot about safety, faculty programs and student events to get acquainted.

"Coming away by yourself, that's one of the most important things "is to feel part of a community," Grindrod said.

"They want to get to know somebody, they want to feel like their part of something."
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That was nearly a month ago.

So, has anyone noticed any hoarding going up at this site (or any activity at all)?

Or is it still a parking lot?





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They're back! Students here

Mon, September 4, 2006

Students descend on the city this weekend.

By JANE SIMS, FREE PRESS REPORTER




Danielle Buonaiuto, a fourth-year student at the University of Western Ontario, helps carry a new student's belongings as Western opens its student residences yesterday. Buonaiuto joined other second-, third- and fourth-year students who volunteered to be orientation week helpers. (Susan Bradnam, LFP)
It's an annual rite of September in London -- the arrival of about one-tenth of the city's population.

University and college students poured into the city this weekend, marking the new school year with the enthusiasm needed to energize the waning days of summer.

The University of Western Ontario put out the welcome mat for 32,000 students -- 4,350 in their first year -- who began moving into residences and off-campus housing.

Some upper-year students will be moving into the new $31-million London Hall on Western Road.

Almost 100 new faculty members are starting at Western too -- some from as far away as Japan and Switzerland.



About half of the first- year contingent moved into residences yesterday. With more than 4,000 residence beds, the move-in is staggered over two days with the rest of the frosh arriving today.

It's a big moment for many, marking their first time away from home.

Susan Grindrod, associate vice-president for housing and ancillary services, said the arrivals went "really smoothly."

With an army of volunteers welcoming families and moving students to their room, the newbies can register and relax.

"All they have to do is go and enjoy the moment," she said.

Orientation lasts all week with classes beginning Thursday.

New students will hear a lot about safety, faculty programs and student events to get acquainted.

"Coming away by yourself, that's one of the most important things "is to feel part of a community," Grindrod said.

"They want to get to know somebody, they want to feel like their part of something."
Why isn't Fanshawe mentioned in this?? it's bigger then most universities, and actually has 2 degrees now, one of which I am in (integrated Land Planning), i don't really care i just find it strange it's always left out even though about 17,000 students go there
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^^ which complex is this? I haven't been to downtown London in about a month. thats not the twin tower apartment complex is it?
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thats not the twin tower apartment complex is it?

Yes! it is the $100-million, twin-tower project on the Ridout block, each 28 storeys. ....
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^Hearing that ground has been broken is fantastic news.
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London has a 100 metre limit??? i didn't know that, how did One London Place get built?
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^^ That is such great news, I had no idea they were breaking ground on that project already! Im really eating my words about the building slump in London now...
And wasn't the height limit decided after 1 London Place was completed? At least that was my understanding. Further more I still don't understand why we need a height limit at all.
I know the whole concept that downtown is built on sand, but as far as I know so is Dubai and Im pretty sure they dont have a 100m height limit *cough* Burj Dubai 150+ floors*cough*. Could someone explain this to me?
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