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Old February 17th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #101
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Old February 17th, 2007, 04:47 AM   #102
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Shriners Hospital May Yet Come to London

One year after choosing Montreal over London, the Shriners may be reconsidering the location of their new children's hospital.
The Shriners' leadership says the Quebec government is not living up to its promise to decontaminate the land where the hospital was to be built. Instead, published reports indicate the land will be covered with a membrane and a layer of grass.

Construction was to have begun last year, but has already been delayed until 2008.

That's not good enough for the Shriners according to Treasurer Gene Bracewell, who is raising the possibility of moving the hospital to London. In fact, a report in the Montreal Gazette suggests the Shriners are going to revive and reconsider the London bid.

Tourism London's John Winston, and London West MPP Chris Bentley says the door here never closed to the Shriners, and they are still more than welcome.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 04:48 AM   #103
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Shriners Reconsider London for Kids' Hospital

Hold the phone on London not getting the new Shriners Hospital for Children.

The Montreal Gazette is reporting high level Shriners are again threatening to pull out of Montreal and build the new hospital in London.

The paper says the Shiners feel the Quebec government and the McGill Health Centre did not follow through on promises the centre made.

A major problem is apparently McGill's announcement it won't clean up a portion of a contaminated site where the a new hospital is to be built in Montreal.

As a result senior Shriner Gene Bracewell says the London proposal -dead since 2005 - will likely be reconsidered.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #104
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Old February 19th, 2007, 07:01 PM   #105
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I have been many cities in Canada but none London's size compare to London's restarant variety and quality.
London is a true food lovers dream from mom & pop to the cafes and high quality digs of Richmond, Downtown, and Wortley Village.
Actually, I think you'd be surprised what dining nearby Stratford has to offer for a city of only 32,000. Many of Stratford's cafes/restaurants are near downtown and some scattered in other areas of the city. In fact, the London Free Press even suggested Stratford has better quality restaurants than London does at one time a few years ago.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 03:15 AM   #106
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McCormick Home to be replaced

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Old North just got a little older.

London's aging population has lured an Alberta-based retirement home builder to construct a $20-million residence on the site of the McCormick Home, at Richmond and Victoria streets.

"The demographics tell us there are enough seniors to support our community in London," said Nicolle Blais, vice-president of operations for Manor Village Life.

"We were impressed by London and thought there was a need for a retirement residence there."

The 120,000-square-foot building, to be called the Manor Village Life centre, will feature about 140 rooms with full kitchens. The centre also will offer dining room service and some medical support on site, said Blais.

Although Blais declined to reveal the cost of its one-and two-bedroom London suites, but in Calgary one-bedroom units start at about $180,000, with $1,500 monthly fees, and a straight lease starts at about $3,000 a month, she added.

"We think we will attract people from that area who want to stay in their neighbourhood. They don't want to give up their local churches or stores. They will be familiar with where they lived for 40 or 50 years," Blais said.

The McCormick House will be torn down this summer and the centre open about 16 months later, Blais added.

Manor Village Life is owned by the Calgary-based Statesman Group, which has five homes in Calgary and two in Scottsdale, Az.

The centre will operate with more than 20 staff.

Norman De Bono is a Free Press business reporter.


PLANNING STAGES: This artist's rendering shows the new Manor Village Life centre planned to replace the McCormick Home at Richmond and Victoria streets in London's Old North.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #107
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Didn't the McCormick home move a year or so ago anyways to the west end in the Byron/Oakridge/Riverbend area? Its right on the corner of Oxford St. W & Commissioners Rd.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 08:14 AM   #108
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does anyone have any pics of that seniors complex built at southdale and wellington? i used to work in the area when it was under construction, but i never saw it finished
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Old February 25th, 2007, 08:38 AM   #109
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I can't remember where Victoria is.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 04:22 PM   #110
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Old North between Regent and Cheapside, perpendicular to Richmond.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #111
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London's aging population has lured an Alberta-based retirement home builder to construct a $20-million residence on the site of the McCormick Home, at Richmond and Victoria streets.

"The demographics tell us there are enough seniors to support our community in London," said Nicolle Blais, vice-president of operations for Manor Village Life.

"We were impressed by London and thought there was a need for a retirement residence there."
That's not really a good thing when you think about it. When it says London's AGING population, that tells you the problems the city has attracting young, skilled workers to stay and hopefully land a job in the city and how most of the residents are older than 44 or are semi-retired. That's a scary statistic as a matter of fact. Most of the ones who move into the city move out when they graduate from either Fanshawe or UWO. Although as the case can be, I may be overreacting to this, which I have been known to do several times.
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Old February 25th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #112
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I appreciate what you are saying but society is aging and housing is simply reflecting that.
What I think is odder is nearly all new housing developments have very large homes. The average sq footage of a home today is higher than ever yet family sizes are smaller than ever.
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Old February 26th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #113
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Yes, but thats true all over North America. In the future it will change though as people realize that the car-dependent lifestyle isn't affordable anymore.
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Old February 26th, 2007, 04:49 PM   #115
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^ It shows how much I know, LOL! I kept hearing a couple of years ago in the London Free Press how the city was having trouble keeping school students in the city having jobs after they graduate, I guess maybe I misread all those articles. The large influx of immigrants certainly helps the city as well.
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Old February 26th, 2007, 07:11 PM   #116
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Lombardo museum may broaden its scope

Lombardo museum may broaden its scope

Mon, February 26, 2007

By KELLY PEDRO, SUN MEDIA



Guy Lombardo would share the spotlight with other musicians at the museum that bears his name as part of a proposed redevelopment of Wonderland Gardens.

City staff are recommending the community and protective services committee approve a plan that would recreate the Guy Lombardo Music Centre to focus on the musical heritage of the former Wonderland Gardens.

The recommendation goes before the committee today.

"Attendance in the current form (at the museum) has been quite low," said Ross Fair, the city's general manager of community services who oversees the museum's operation.

"Council is looking for a way to better organize and market the centre."

Last year, 1,401 people visited the Wonderland Road museum and attendance figures have never dropped below 1,000, said Douglas Flood, president of Friends of Lombardo, a not-for-profit volunteer-run operation.

Part of the city's plan is to include the Lombardo centre in redevelopment plans for Wonderland Gardens, razed by fire in 2005, Fair said.

The recreated centre would showcase the history of all performers during Wonderland Gardens' 80-year history, including Lombardo, a London native, in an effort to attract more visitors.

Using storyboards, audio and photographs, the centre could become an interpretative centre with self-guided audio tours, city staff said in a report. It would cost about $25,000.

Flood, whose personal collection represents about half the items on display, said he doesn't think visitors will like the new set-up.

"I don't really care for that type of an operation," he said. "To me, it's boring."

If approved, the new centre would be phased in over two years and reopen in the summer of 2008 -- without one key piece of Lombardo's collection.

The city plans to put Lombardo's speedboat, the Tempo VII, into storage -- a move Flood disagrees with.

Lombardo was a top speed- boat racer in the 1940s and '50s. He was U.S. national speedboat champion from 1946 to 1949 and scored his two biggest victories in the 1946 Gold Cup and 1948 Ford Memorial competitions in Detroit.

Lombardo was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2003.

Until the centre reopens in 2008, city staff said it will be business as usual at the museum until September 2007, when it will close while changes are made.

Part of the recommendation also gives the Friends of Lombardo a chance to submit a business plan within 90 days for the long-term management of the museum.

Flood said yesterday the Friends of Lombardo won't be submitting a business plan.

Lombardo and his band remain Canada's biggest-selling recording artists, with more than 300 million albums sold.

Lombardo died in 1977
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Old February 27th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #118
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Old February 28th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #119
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I hate to say it but it looks like we're living in Soviet Russia...
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theres got to be at least 50 of that exact same slab between there and wharncliffe rd
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