From March 21, 2005:
London's downtown cameras aren't bringing down the crime rate, a new study has found. And one of the downtown's council champions says it may be time to review the system.From today's LFP:
Downtown cameras could not shed light on who vandalized a military display with anti-war slogans, London police said yesterday. A camera pointing over the square at Covent Garden Market didn't belong to the city and apparently wasn't recording at the time. Another camera wasn't angled properly. Two green tents, an engineering vehicle and a vintage Second World War vehicle, were hit early Monday. The vehicles are part of a display for Memorial Cup fansFrom yesterday's LFP:
The Memorial Cup crowd was swelling, the fans were buzzing and the Covent Garden Market was . . . closed?Councillor Ab Chabar:
"Our economy for that period is going to be incredibly booming," Coun. Ab Chahbar said. "It's going to be incredible."I unfortunately remained in the city over the long weekend and so witnessed first hand the empty restaurants and downtown stores. My bet is the hockey fans were either eating at home or at MacDonald's to compensate for the high price of beer.
But we knew it was all about the JLC in the first place, despite Anne-Marie's insistence that the tournament would be good for the community and downtown businesses. From March 27, 2005:
The committee organizing the Memorial Cup is trying to "maximize dollars" by holding a ticketed opening ceremony at the John Labatt Centre instead of a free parade, a prominent downtown business leader argues. "The Memorial Cup is supposed to be a community event. We've lost track of that," Lindsey Elwood, who chairs the downtown Business Improvement Area, said yesterday.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, May 25, 2005