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Ken Wightman

Digital Journalist based in London, ON, Canada. Joined on Sep 7, 2009

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Photo Essay: Corrigan School of Irish Dance Special

London - This photo essay is going to be a number of things: A partially told photo story, a little instruction on how to shoot and present a photo story and lastly it's going to be NOT being an entry in the Photo Essay Contest. I'm bowing out.

'I'm innocent,' says Joe Fontana, Mayor of London, ON

London - "I'm innocent." Joe Fontana, the mayor of London, Ontario, is vigorously defending himself after being charged Wednesday by the RCMP with three Criminal Code offences: breach of trust, fraud and uttering forged documents.

RCMP charge Joe Fontana, London mayor and former federal minister

London - The RCMP announced today Joe Fontana, the Mayor of London, Ontario, has been charged with three Criminal Code offences. All charges spring from an investigation of a federal cheque used to pay the deposit on his son Michael's wedding reception in 2005.

Op-Ed: Host of Romney fundraiser left unemployed 'victims' in his wake

London - I don't know if out-of-work Americans believe they are victims but I do know there are out-of-work Canadians who believe they are victims: Victims of an economic system supported by Mitt Romney and some of his business cronies.

Death of two seals casts pall over London, Ont., children's park

London - Friday, four seals left London, Ontario, for a new state-of-the-art marine exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo. Nunavut and Atlantis never made it. The two seals died en route in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they had been taken for medical care.

Op-Ed: Race to the bottom? No, a forced march, double-time to the bottom Special

London - If you think the closure Friday of the decades old Electro-Motive locomotive plant in London, Ontario is not your concern, you are either wrong or rich.

Progress Rail closing London locomotive plant

London - “It is regrettable that it has become necessary to close production operations at the London facility,” Electro-Motive Canada said in a prepared statement Friday.

Mayor of London: 'Get your ass down here, Prime Minister Harper!' Special

London - "Get your ass down here, Prime Minister Harper!" bellowed Joe Fontana, mayor of London. In 2008 Harper visited the city's EMD plant, announcing corporate tax cuts to increase job security for Canadians. Now, EMD workers are locked out by their U.S. owner.

Two studies on effect of wind turbines on health released in Jan.

An independent panel of experts in Massachusetts has released a report on the health hazards posed by wind turbines. Although the panel found no conclusive evidence of serious health problems, their findings left the door open for further research.

Op-Ed: Canadian health care makes me feel lucky Special

London - Americans are very down on government involvement in health care. Many, especially Republicans, worry the government will tell them what health care they can or cannot have. Instead, they willingly give that control to insurance companies.

OFL calls for a massive rally supporting locked-out workers

London - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is asking workers throughout the province to gather in London, Ontario, Saturday, January 21 for a massive rally supporting the unionized workers locked out by Electro-Motive Canada.

Electro-Motive lockout in Ontario continues Special

London - Ross Seeley has worked at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario for almost three decades under three separate owners: General Motors, Greenbriar Equity Group, et al., and Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. He was to retire in a few months.

Electro-Motive lockout: Morning quiet as battle lines drawn Special

London - Daybreak brought the sun, a little warmth and a van carrying outside contractors to the men and women picketing in front of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario.

Op-Ed: No happy new year for locked-out workers at Ontario company Special

London - The lockout at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario comes as no surprise. Contract talks seemed to be off the rails way back in May when both the union and company agreed to a six month extension of the contract.

Electro-Motive Workers Locked Out

London - The workers at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario have been locked out. Earlier in the day the company claimed that the CAW represented employees were refusing to report for their first scheduled work shift and were therefore on strike.

Electro-Motive workers give union a strike mandate Special

London - With a vote of 404 to nine, Electro-Motive workers gave their union a solid strike mandate should the company attempt unilateral changes to the existing terms of employment.

Ontario company demands wage cuts greater than 50 percent Special

London - The fence is up and the question now being asked is: "What next?" Despite the Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) plant having a long history in London, Ontario, there are fears in this Southwestern Ontario community of losing the large, successful plant.

Potential HIV vaccine developed at Canadian University

London - A vaccine offering protection from the HIV virus, the cause of AIDS, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical trials in humans.

Op-Ed: Summers and Krugman debate in Toronto

Toronto - I watched the live feed of the Munk Debates last night. It was a brilliant pairing: Paul Krugman vs. Larry Summers. Krugman was assisted by David Rosenberg and Summers found back-up in Ian Bremmer.

Identifying patients wrongly diagnosed vegetative

London - These patients are trapped in the limbo of the permanent vegetative state (PVS). Unresponsive to everything around them, they appear totally oblivious to the world. But are they?
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