january 8, 2004  
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London MP gets a Martin nod
London North Centre member of Parliament, Joe Fontana, was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister on Dec. 12, said Chantal Gobeil, executive assistant to Fontana. He will be giving special focus to science technology and small business nationwide, she explained.

Fontana has personal experience with small business and was previously involved in the insurance field as well as property management in London, Gobeil said. “His background in small business was a great asset in securing his recent appointment to the Privy Council of Canada,” she said.

“The emphasis of his position will be focused on tackling key issues concerning small businesses and promoting an increase in the use of science technology.” Although the two are not directly related, Gobeil said that science technology is often important in providing research for small businesses.

When asked what changes one could expect to see in London in the new year as a result of Fontana’s new position, Gobeil said it was still too soon to say for sure, adding she is certain he is right for the job. Western is located within Fontana’s riding.

Western’s French Knight honoured, again
Western President Paul Davenport has earned himself a very exciting honorary title, not only for himself, but also for Western as London’s Newsmaker of the year.

Last year The New PL and The Londoner joined forces to begin annually recognizing locals for their newsworthy contributions, said New PL spokesperson Kate Young.

“A lot of names were discussed when trying to decide the appropriate person for the award, but everyone kept coming back to Paul Davenport,” Young noted.

“It has been more than just the past year for Paul; his achievements have been building over time as a good role model and an incredible leader,” she explained.

Davenport was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2003 and a French Knight in 2001.

Young pointed out that Western’s 125th anniversary was a suitable time to recognize its leader.

She added she hopes upcoming years will provide Londoners with other positive newsmakers such as Davenport.

—Angela Marie Denstedt



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