Thursday, April 28, 2005

On the subject of charity?

The London Plea Press, as Mapmaster so affectionately termed it the other day, continues to back the city in its crusade for the Shiners children's hospital:

Individuals across Canada are contacting London Health Sciences Centre in hopes of pursuing a medical career at the proposed $100-million Shriners children's hospital, hospital president Tony Dagnone said yesterday. "We are getting many, many calls," said Dagnone, who is head of London's bid committee for the project.

"I think that really speaks well of the Shriners name and of the London community."
I thought the benefit of having the hospital in London was all about the children - not careers and gaining influence and such. In their quest for fresh blood, the vampires need to tempt fresh taxable units to this diverse mixed up city. And the pickin' is Grade A too, these medical professionals, typically enjoying an above average income as they do, will be better able to afford their property taxes, thereby funding the vast array of planned capital projects in London's future.
Members of Montreal's bid committee have suggested top researchers would never want to locate in London and that there aren't enough qualified medical staff to take care of thousands of patients.

Dagnone labelled the Montreal comments as "fiction" and said he hopes they aren't used by Montreal Shriners who are launching a telephone campaign to stop London from getting the hospital.

"I don't mind people lobbying for their vote, but it should be based on facts, not fiction. I do worry about the amount of fiction that is going to be incorporated in those telephone calls." [. . .]

Dagnone declined to disclose how the city plans to get its message out to the 1,440 delegates who will be making a final decision on where to build a new Canadian hospital at a convention in Baltimore in early July.

"We are not going to tip our hand, but we are spending some time thinking about this."
The pot is sweet enough no doubt. Dagnone and Anne-Marie have done their share of lobbying.

Speaking of Tony, he was recently spotted, looking very happy, at a splendid gala celebrating London's 150th year of corruption and stench. Several London social activists and leaches were in attendance for this 'black tie' affair, including PR man for the London Public Library, Bill Irwin, Coun. Cheryl Miller and many more beneficiaries of 'public' money. The elite of London discuss attire. It's all about image, even if that means common sense, honesty and substance is tossed into the Thames:
When asked, Bill Irwin from the London Public Library gave a reasonable estimate -- about 15 per cent of the men donned tuxes and 50 per cent of the women looked radiant in evening gowns.

Shelly Siskind wore a one-of-a- kind, full-length cream leather dress designed by Angela De Montigny.

Some others turning heads in their evening wear included Kathy Longo, Longo Food Supplies, Joanne Baines, Landmarketer Inc.; Andrea Halwa, London Arts Council; Michelle Campbell, the New St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, and Amira Moussa.

City Coun. Cheryl Miller stole the show with her female tux complete with sparkles and a bow tie. Like Cheryl said, "They told me to wear black tie."

The idea for the formal gala to celebrate London's 150 years grew out of a conversation between Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco and Rankin Nash. All Erin needed was the mayor's go-ahead. Tickets sold like hotcakes, exceeding the original goal of 600 by nearly 100. Sponsors eagerly donated, contributing to an estimated $55,000 in net proceeds to be donated to the United Way of London and Middlesex and the London Community Foundation.
If any of our readers were in attendance, The London Fog editors would like to hear from you.