Long weekend brings tragedy, questions

It was a busy weekend in the CTV newsroom.

Saturday we were getting word of a gunfire exchange between OPP and a man on the Oneida of the Thames First Nation south of London.

A reporter went to the scene but there were very few answers there. OPP and SIU would only say they would be sending out a release.  The release had many holes in it, including no mention of the condition of the man who was shot multiple times. It also did not have the age of the man.

Joel Abram, the Chief at Oneida, told me he believed the man involved was young.

Here’s a story on the interview I did with Abram.


There was death on the roads as two people driving motorcycles died after collisions.

A London man, 62, died in Eastern  Ontario shortly after performing with his Celtic pipe band at the Glengarry Highland Games.

I talked to his son-in-law about what happened.


Any thoughts on the news of the day?



7 thoughts on “Long weekend brings tragedy, questions

  1. By the time I’ve heard of all the nasty things that happened to strangers somwhere and been asked again for money for a disease agency not relevant to our family situation, I yearn for information that is useful to us and helps us to understand this community better.
    There was a little behind-the-scenes feature on LPL internal books Return system which was really interesting.
    Low key, no institutional propagands just following the staffer on his rounds.
    Are there no ideas there about what the citizen needs to know, or might want to know, about how the many facets of how a municipality operates ?. My favourite backgrounders going back to pre-Internet era, was highlighting local artifacts like the 3 levels of historical plaquings as individual series, with their distinctive shapes/colours, and a brief Celebrity feature using the Mayor portraits gallery at City Hall. Neither would take much staff or air time and they too might learn something new , if just from interested viewer input.
    There is the obvious as WW1 Centenary approaches, of rounding up images of monuments and memorials in public and private places and the CWGC war graves in a local cemetery – sadly labelled insensitively as ‘Veterans’ war survivors, which is the exact opposite of dying in uniform…

  2. Well I think a constant dose of emotional news of tragedy and illness of others from media is not good for people, who have their own problems to deal with.
    What in the city do you yourself see as a series, a pattern not necessarily obvious to those who don’t get around as much as media people do in their working hours?
    What about visiting City Hall to see other than just Council chambers – there is more than politics to managing a city.
    There is even a room I think where significant furniture from early times is stored, some years ago a council member stumbled on it and mentioned it. What about the old records, such as the archives are. Remember them digging
    out the London East seal image on a document for an anniversary. Why not ask viewers to name or even photograph their most interesting ongoing “artifact” feature of our city that others might not be aware of. Ask the staff for ideas.
    Well. watch a broadcast with the eyes of the consumer for bit and see if there is space for a bit of general knowledge in the midst of the often depressing emotionally draining litany of current events.

  3. re series of local artifacts – just looking up Group of 7 A J Casson as designer of the WW2 honour roll blank form iused by many institutions which I was trying to explain to a neighbour and her son – and look what is going on online in another city! Several listings re alphabet groups once you google this sample. Her grade school has a remarkable Great War one few stop to study and see if school archives have more on who made it and when…
    ‘ Elementary Schools: G to J « For King and Country
    Includes the honour rolls for both World Wars for the Town of Mimico, pp. … War I memorial, and the use of an
    A.J. Casson document, indicates World War II.’
    = It is less than a year to the centenary of the beginning of the Great War that “changed everything” and we are
    not hearing how London and Londoners plan to mark the date, surely not just having kiddies cutting out paper poppies, or images of the 1936 memorial in France or old men from the next war in costly club blazers, many sons of the survivors of the 1914-1918 one It meant more to London, much smaller in that era – and it is likely there is even a forgotten ,London connection with the appearance of the anonymous little poem published first in December 1915 in the issue of Dec.8 issue titled ‘In Flanders Fields’ .

  4. Maybe we should be asking ourselves how the 1914 war impacted our families. ust l
    ooking at the obit of a family we knew, she is was 9 when it broke out, and her late
    husband 13, his father at the time employed as prime minister of Canada.
    Wouldn’t you have loved to hear her recollections of early times… This is a common
    cry – ‘If only I had asked the older people about their experience of the troubled times
    of two world wars in less than two generations, now we so easily can look up the historical
    context in which our kin played their parts. Certainly those with school aged children should
    be checking what, if anything, they are being told at the various schools and discussing
    this too as a family.

  5. Remember this is only the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war. There will be move anniversaries
    as the years 1915, 1916, 1917 1918 unfold. Let’s hope school teachers do their homework and don’t jump
    ahead popping poppies everywhere. They weren’t used formally nationally until 3 years after the end of the
    war, in 1921. But you can see them creeping into to everyday conversation once PUNCH publishes the
    authorless little poem it titled “In Flanders Fields” in London England just before Christmas 1915.
    An obvious first step for school staff is to see if they have honour rolls naming their staff and former students
    who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), and plaques etc naming those who not return, the
    war dead, soon to be known as the Fallen thanks to Englishman Laurence Binyon.
    Maybe parents could take a look around their children’s to see if they are displayed, and if not did they ever
    But considering the implications of 1914 means looking at one’s own family line and how it affected our men of military age and those on the homefront as we geared up for the unknown future. Do any of us have family photos of that era, clippings, artifacts etc – as your family, although not connected with London yet,,has with the postcards
    you shared..
    Time to
    ask your old people what they are thinking about as this anniversary approaches…

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