Controller Gord Hume has requested $1200 from City Hall to spend a few days next summer in London's sister city in China, Nanjing. The benefits to local taxpayers of paying for the trip must be left to the imagination… rather much more, one would have to say, than required to imagine the benefits to Mr. Hume. In the meantime, London might consider why it has a sister so far away. If it's a matter of picking municipal siblings, couldn't we pick one a little closer? Arva, perhaps?