Andrew Lupton

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Andrew Lupton is a B.C.-born journalist, father of two and a north London resident with a passion for politics, photography and baseball.

Latest from Andrew Lupton

London Airbnbs may soon require a city licence, if staff recommendations go through

In a move to balance the surging demand for short-term rental accommodations with negative impacts on London neighbourhoods, city staff are recommending licences for property owners.

Saugeen Shores approves 50-year lease for controversial beach development

The Town of Saugeen Shores has voted in favour of a 50-year lease that will allow a developer to build a 300-seat banquet hall on publicly owned beachfront in Port Elgin.

City looks to scale back rule that requires heat for vacant heritage buildings

Coun. Stephen Turner says he's apprehensive about a move by city staff to soften rules that require owners of vacant heritage building to keep them heated.

St. Joe's move to demolish 2 houses raises concerns about hospital's long-term plans

St. Joseph's Health Care is holding a public meeting to inform residents about plans to take down two vacant houses on Alma Street.

TVDSB reading, writing skills well below Ontario average

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) is tweaking its early literacy skills testing schedule in a move to raise assessment scores for reading and writing that continue to lag well below the provincial average.

To save childcare spaces, London reluctantly picks up where province cut

London city councillors from across the political spectrum reluctantly agreed to pick up a portion of a child care subsidy left underfunded by provincial cuts.

City moves to expropriate 3 businesses on Wharncliffe Road

The city of London plans to move ahead with expropriating a number of properties on Wharncliffe Avenue near the CN rail bridge, including a row of three businesses.

London street preachers arrested at Queen's campus in Kingston

Matthew Carapella and Steven Ravbar, who've been charged for their actions while street preaching in London, were arrested and charged with causing a disturbance on Thursday near Queen's University campus in Kingston.

Holder announces plans for zero-emission buses, but it's far from a sure thing

Mayor Ed Holder announced plans Wednesday to make London the first major city in Canada to have a zero-emissions public transit bus fleet but admitted it will be a long-term project that doesn't yet have a dedicated funding source.
In Depth

Across SW Ontario, small hospitals struggle with overcapacity

Province-wide hospital capacity data obtained by CBC News shows hallway medicine isn't just a reality at big-city hospitals, with communities like Seaforth, Woodstock and St Marys often dealing with more patients than they have beds for.

This red barn in Byron is headed for heritage status, and not everyone is happy about it

A city committee has approved a staff recommendation to grant heritage designation to a barn in Byron that dates from the 1840s, but the owner's family says the structure is too dilapidated to have any heritage value.

'Like a gift': after 70 years, Ontario woman discovers half-sister in England

For more than 70 years Mary Brand didn't know she had a half sister living in England, then online research uncovered a hidden family connection to her late father.

'Quite controversial': Farhi plans 40-storey tower along Banker's Row

Farhi Holdings Corporation is planning to build a 40-storey tower on Ridout Street North at Queens Avenue, a proposal that is already raising concerns from a local heritage advocate.
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Councillor says Blackridge attack ad invoice is fake. Here's one to compare it to

The London city councillor at the centre of the Blackridge Strategy controversy spoke to reporters on Wednesday, repeating that an invoice from the company that appears to show he paid for fake websites is a 'fabricated document.'

Blackridge Strategy, city councillors respond to Van Meerbergen controversy

The release of documents that appear to show Ward 10 Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen paid $1,320 for an anonymous website and "attack ads" against his municipal election opponent Virginia Ridley have his council colleagues asking for answers.