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Blackfriars span plan OK’d

An $8.6-million plan to repair Blackfriars Bridge, giving it 75 more years of life, won unanimous approval from city council Tuesday. The bridge will be removed in coming weeks and moved indoors for rehabilitation work during the winter. Coun. Tanya Park noted there’s still a divide in her ward over whether the bridge should carry vehicles or just pedestrians and cyclists. The current plan includes eastbound vehicles.

Wilsons ecstatic over LAV

The family of a London soldier killed in Afghanistan is “ecstatic” the city will move ahead with a public art installation of a London-made light armoured vehicle at Wolseley Barracks. Some had argued the $17,700 monument would glorify war machines. “To me . . . it’s about remembrance,” said Carl Wilson, father of fallen Trooper Mark Wilson. “It means he helped. This symbolizes the work that he did.”

Odour sees ‘real action’

Council wanted to demonstrate “real action” to hundreds of south-end residents complaining of ongoing odour issues from compost and waste facilities. Council unanimously approved staff proposals, including using a new sniffer device called the Nasal Ranger and forking over $180,000 to the Environment Ministry for its odour complaint system. Council also directed staff to report on including odour in the city’s nuisance bylaw.


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