11.2 per cent and rising

It’s Thanksgiving, but Londoners have no reason to be thankful for the latest job numbers.

Unemployment in the London-St. Thomas area edged up in September for the tenth straight month — to 11.2% from 11.1% — despite a surprising drop in both the national and provincial rates.

“London is threatening to become the land that recovery forgot,” said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist for BMO Capital Markets and a London native and University of Western Ontario graduate.
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Do it right or remove all non-compliant crosswalks

The brain trust at city hall has opted to wait until they receive a police report before examining the crosswalk where Harold Leslie Hill was killed last month.
A wise move at first glance. Except our municipal officials, and those who sat on the previous council, are well aware of the dangerous situation created by the questionable status of these crosswalks.
In fact, this corner clearly remembers a council meeting several years ago when the mayor and alderman were apprised of the fact a similar crossing on Fairview Avenue, between Wellington and Talbot streets, was not properly signed as per provincial regulation.
The addition of a yellow “stick man” sign at the hospital crossing merely indicates pedestrians are in the area. Continue reading