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London Knights eager to ‘show what we’re capable of as a team’

Did the win in Saginaw fix everything?

The Knights will provide that answer over the next week or so against Windsor.

They were clearly elated in the moments after clinching top seed in the OHL’s Western Conference at the last possible moment against the Spirit last Saturday. It was either that or stumble into the playoffs on a four-game losing skid.

“First place was on the line, so it wasn’t one of those games that didn’t mean anything,” London coach Dale Hunter said. “It was like a playoff game and we were trying to play for something.”

Letters: March 22

Vote for city future, not political future

Regarding the article The public weighs in (March 21).

At Wednesday night’s public meeting to discuss transit options, more than one person reminded their ward councillor of their stand on bus rapid transit in the last municipal election. They also threatened those councillors with what would happen to them in the next election should they change their stand.

Del Duca: Real plan for progress starts with listening

When I travelled our province as the Ontario minister of economic development, I heard a very compelling message from business owners and families in rural, remote and small-town communities. They told me that they understood that larger cities like London and Toronto have real needs and deserve significant support from the provincial government.

But just as emphatically, they made it clear that they feel left behind by governments of all partisan stripes. They also have an expectation that Ontario’s premier step up and lead everyone when the bell sounds.

Ford rails against high-speed rail plan

WOODSTOCK – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is leaving little doubt his government will scrap plans for a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor.

Speaking Thursday in Oxford County, where opposition to the proposed line that would carve up prime farmland and disrupt local traffic has been fierce, Ford said he stands with rural residents who’ve urged the province to look at other options to improve rail service.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with you,” Ford said during a visit to Veldale Farms near Woodstock.

Local agencies scrambling as United Way forced to cut funding by 10%

Dozens of local agencies are eyeing cuts to programs and services as they brace for a 10 per cut in funding from United Way Elgin Middlesex.

“We continuously have more and more people come to use our services,” said Nancy Needham, executive director of South London Neighbourhood and Northwest London resource centres, adding the funding cut will hit their community development programs and youth services by reducing hours of service and what’s being offered.

Western pulls out of research group, so can London get its money back?

City hall should consider clawing back what is left of the $10 million it gave the London Medical Network, after Western University announced it is withdrawing from the network, says one city politician.

Western announced Thursday its involvement in the five-year-old network has caused “confusion” and detracted from work the university is doing.

“The continued confusion regarding the nature of the university’s participation in LMN detracts from existing projects, as well as the development of future partnerships with the private sector,” the school stated in a release.

Police forces look into links among jewelry store robberies

London police are probing possible links between an armed robbery at a west-end London jewelry store this week and a pair of smash-and-grab heists in 2016 at a nearby jeweller.

Two masked men entered Gordons Gold at 760 Hyde Park Rd. shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and used sledgehammers to break bulletproof display cases and steal jewelry. The men then fled the store in a getaway vehicle to Oneida Nation of the Thames, where they were arrested, police said.

Maple syrup season slow to start, but just as sweet

London’s cool spring weather has proven to be a boon for local maple syrup producers.

Adam Robson, of Rolling Ridge Maple Products, said, “so far, the quality (of the syrup) has been exceptional. The harvest is coming in a little slower, and later than other years due to the cooler weather, but that’s OK.”

The cool weather likely is responsible for light colour of this year’s syrup. Warm days bring on darker syrup, and end the season, while this year there haven’t been many warm days, said Robson’s uncle Jay Robson.

Medway girls advance to final, looking for third straight OFSAA title

The Medway Cowboys vanquished one longtime nemesis Thursday morning, but they’ll have to get past another Friday in their quest for their third-straight AAA girls OFSAA hockey championship.

The top-ranked Cowboys beat perennial powerhouse and frequent OFSAA foe Toronto Lawrence Park 3-1 in their final round-robin game before trampling Stittsville Sacred Heart 6-1 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals in Midland.

Medway moves on to face No. 3 Aurora St. Maximilian Kolbe at 9 a.m. Friday at Midland Centennial arena in the semifinals.

London police hire search firm to find replacement chief

The job posting is up for London’s next top cop.

London’s police board hired Odgers Berndtson, an executive search firm with offices in 29 countries, to spearhead the search for Chief John Pare’s successor.

The job advertisement for the chief position was posted to the networking website LinkedIn, a handful of other sites and will be published in Blue Line, a national law-enforcement magazine.

Bringing in Odgers Berndtson will ensure London gets the best candidate, says police board vice-chair Susan Toth, who is heading the hiring committee.

Politicians: What good is a bike lane if a car can be parked on it?

What good is a dedicated bike lane if a driver has parked their car in it?

A pair of city politicians wants to ensure that practice — which obviously stops cyclists in their tracks and may even put them in danger — isn’t allowed to continue in London, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

“For five minutes or for an hour, it’s not a parking spot,” Coun. Elizabeth Peloza said.