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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

New Sarnia transit link
Aboutown announced the creation of an inter-city bus route that will connect Sarnia, Mount Brydges and Strathroy to London. Services to St. Thomas will also be offered more frequently.

The new route planned will operate four times daily, as outlined in an Aboutown media release.

“Sarnia was the largest community in this end of Ontario that didn’t have an inter-city bus service,” James Donnelly, chief executive officer of Aboutown said, noting the need for public transit to connect these communities. “There was a need not being fulfilled.”

“It now allows people to connect via public transit from Sarnia, Mount Brydges and Strathroy to virtually anywhere in North America,” Donnelly added, stating it could be used in conjunction with either the Greyhound network or the Airbus service offered in London.

A student fare from London to Sarnia is $27 one-way and $53 for return.

Additionally, the schedule for the service to St. Thomas has been updated from operating twice every other day to four times daily, twice on Saturdays, and once on Sundays.

Along with these changes, a parcel service will also be offered.

“The response since we’ve first released this to the community has been very strong,” Donnelly said. “People seem to be quite interested and there seems to be a real need for this service. We’ve received very positive feedback.”
" Liz Wilson

London switches off for Earth Hour
In only the second year as a global event, Earth Hour has been deemed a success in the London area.

According to London Hydro, the electricity demand decreased by 10.6 per cent Saturday night or 39.2 megawatts collectively.

Jay Stanford, director of environmental programs and solid waste for the City of London, said in a press release that the impact was the equivalent of 38,000 homes powering down or 2.6 million fluorescent bulbs being turned off.

Earth Hour originally started in 2007 when residents in Sydney, Australia decided to turn off power for one hour in an effort to combat climate change.

Since then, Earth Hour has become a global phenomenon with over 4,000 cities in 88 countries taking part in the 2009 event, London being one of them.

Restaurants, businesses, homes and even City Hall all powered down for the event, which ran from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

“Right after 8:30 you could see lights being turned off in apartment buildings downtown while reports of neighbourhoods being between 40 and 50 per cent without lights were evident,” Stanford noted.

London’s involvement improved from 2008 which saw only a six per cent decrease in power use.

Stanford added he hopes Londoners continue to use power saving techniques in their every day lives and will keep the symbolic meaning of Earth Hour with them all year.
" Jaclyn Haggarty

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