- London Free Press Editor-In-Chief Resigns
- Overnight Parking in London
- Whale Spotting in False Creek
London Free Press Editor-In-Chief Resigns
Paul Berton has resigned as London Free Press editor-in-chief after nine years in the top editorial job at the newspaper. A 23-year Free Press staffer, Berton has been described as a stellar employee and a key contributor to the newspaper's success. Berton has accepted a position as editor-in-chief at the Hamilton Spectator. He began his career as a Free Press reporter and worked his way up the ladder, serving in a variety of editorial roles before becoming editor-in-chief. Over the past three years, he also served as Sun Media's national comment editor.
Overnight Parking in London
London City Council’s environment and transportation committee is re-visiting the issue to lift London’s ban on overnight street parking for the summer. If approved this Monday, the bylaw change wouldn’t be enforced until May 17 — leaving staff just four working days to fix signs before the parking allowance is ushered in with the holiday weekend. The costs of the changes have been budgeted at 15,000 dollars. London ran a pilot project that last summer lifted the overnight parking ban. A proposal to continue it this year was scrapped during 2010 budget talks. Critics said the change could adversely affect full-time residents in some parts of the city, particularly those with student-dominated neighbourhoods where parties are held more frequently. Staff estimates that allowing overnight street parking from Victoria Day to Labour Day will cost the city about 225,000 dollars in lost parking-ticket revenue. For this year, the money is being taken from the expected surplus of the snow-removal budget.
Whale Spotting in False Creek
A 10 meter long wild whale was spotted yesterday in Vancouver in False Creek. Onlookers had a rare opportunity to watch the grey whale for about two-and-a-half hours. The animal appears to have wandered in for a short visit, detouring from its annual migration from breeding grounds in Mexico to feeding areas in the Gulf of Alaska. Normally tour boats have to go out to Boundary Bay, near the mouth of the Fraser River, or to the Gulf Islands, a two-hour ride away to encounter whales. A young grey whale was spotted feeding off the mouth of the Squamish River last week, and it is thought to be the same animal. There are currently about 20,000 grey whales making the annual spring migration to the Gulf of Alaska, and it’s not unusual for them to come in to feed near the mouth of the Fraser River. But to see one in False Creek is extremely rare. A Vancouver Police boat and a Coast Guard vessel followed the whale as it circled False Creek, at approximately 3 pm the whale left False Creek and headed out through English Bay.