This year’s Tolpuddle Award was presented to Labour activist Edith Johnston of London Ontario. The annual award named in honour of the historic Tolpuddle Martyrs is awarded to a retired worker whose Union is affiliated to the London and District Labour Council and who has made a significant contribution beyond the expectations of their job with respect to promoting or improving conditions in the workplace and the community and has demonstrated a long time commitment to the advancement of social activism. Edith was awarded the Order of Canada in January 2000 for her volunteering and outstanding service to Canada. Among her achievements she has served as Director of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario and Executive Secretary of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Foundation. She also served as trustee, financial secretary to UAW Local 27 when she began working at 3M Canada in 1953.
Originally recorded for a multimedia project, the audio recorded that day is a treasure to me.
Students from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School take part in the Terry Fox School Run in London Ontario.
The Wolf Hall was a-jingle with David Hoy’s Good Time Music Hall cast performing their “Holly Jolly Christmas” show to sold out crowds Wednesday and Thursday. Randy Dawdy, leader David Hoy, Gayle Johnston, Reno Belusic, and Kenny Miller entertained the audience with their unique and often comedic twist on popular holiday songs.
Aged, but to perfection, April Wine rocked and rolled Saturday night south on Wellington at Hot Stix.
Featuring soloist Naomi Hibbert on the violoncello the London Youth Symphony opened their 44th season Sunday afternoon in the Aeolian Hall. Under the direction of Len Ingrao, selections of Rossini, Haydn and Beethoven were performed flawlessly for an appreciative capacity crowd in the LYS’s new concert venue. The next LYS concert will be February 13th at 3:00pm. For more information please visit http://www.lysymphony.org.
“Protecting the hands that feed you” is the motto of the Marzo Glove Company Limited, one of the over 100 Canadian artisans exhibiting wares at The 7th Signatures Christmas Craft Show that was held at the London Convention Centre this past Friday through Sunday. “Uncle Timmy” and his furry dog Tilly modelled some of the cozy leather goods Marzo Glove sells, and keeping to an environmentally conservative attitude, all the leather used by Marzo comes from hides discarded by hunters.
During this year’s 9th annual St. Julien Park Multicultural Festival,
presented by the Hamilton Road Community Association, 6 year-old
local, Kyle Cuthbert was given expert assistance in how to drum
Korean-style by Jung Hyun Kim, one of the members of the Korean
Cultural Review, a drumming group that meets at the Cross Culture
Learning Center, and offers free lessons on Saturdays.
Comedian Howie Mandel was one of the internationally acclaimed stars
that graced the stage of the Grandstand during the 10 days of this
year’s Western Fair.