Kelly Pedro, The London Free Press

Kelly Pedro has been with the London Free Press since 2002, covering various beats in the newsroom including crime and education. She is now primarily a general assignment reporter.


The new downtown campus of Fanshawe College will soon be open in London, Ont. on Monday December 23, 2013. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

Fanshawe fans out

Years in the making, and one semester overdue, school starts next month in downtown London for one of Ontario's biggest community colleges. Kelly Pedro previews the opening of Fanshawe College's new downtown campus and the bounce it's expected to give the core.

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Shuffling the Deck: Last Exit?, Part 2

It’s a sure bet that when Ontario recasts its gambling industry there will be winners and losers. The horse-racing industry, and municipalities stripped of their casinos and slot lounges, will be the big losers. Ready to cash in their chips are the Ontario government and municipalities that would get new gaming facilities.

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Shuffling the Deck: Ontario raises its gambling stakes, Part 1

When Ontario’s first casino opened here in 1994, the provincial government was deep in the red and looking for a way out. It found its gold mine in the form of gambling-starved American tourists, who leveraged a weak Canadian dollar and open borders to test their luck here.