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Newsletter: July 29

Some big news this week for London’s Tragically Hip fans, the City of London will be live streaming The CBC and The Tragically Hip Present: The Tragically Hip – A National Celebration.

The band plays August 20th in Kingston and the concert will be shown live in Victoria Park.

Join us in the park to honour one of Canada’s most iconic acts and frontman Gord Downie.

This is a free, family friendly event in our downtown core.  It will start at 8:30 pm when the band takes the stage in Kingston.

Thank you to CBC for making the feed available for people across Canada to take part in a piece of history.

London’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes are now on their way to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I was pleased to join fans downtown this week to send off our track stars Lanni, Damian and Alysha. Our city is well represented at both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Congratulations to our athletes for making it this far and good luck in Rio. We will be watching closely and cheering for you at home. Bring home the gold!

In other exciting sports news, London is moving forward with an official bid for the 2019 IIHF World Jr. Hockey Tournament.

This is a joint bid with the City of Windsor and, if successful, would see the best of the best in hockey showcased in both our communities.

Both London and Windsor are sports cities through and through. We are thrilled to be putting forward this bid for what is sure to be a landmark event for hockey fans across Ontario.

Sincerely,

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Mayor Matt Brown

 

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Canoeing with Chief Leslie White-Eye

 

Events and Occasions:

 

  • Participated in Pride Parade with City of London

  • City of Mdoukha, Lebanon Summer BBQ with newly elected Mayor Ab Chahbar at Springbank Park

  • Visited Civics Class at Central Secondary School

  • Met with Londoner Tony Dagnone & Aubrey Eveleigh of Thunder Bay

  • Interview with Free FM about Tragically Hip Concert streaming in Victoria Park on August 20

  • Announcement of $180 Million for Southwestern Ontario Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) to extend high-speed access to rural areas with the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

  • Phone call with Zander Bonorris & City Staff about Zagster: A Bike Share opportunity for the City of London

  • Upper Thames “Big Canoe” Launch with Chippewas of Thames First Nation at Sharon’s Creek Conservation Area

  • Olympic Send off at Victoria Park with Olympic Athletes: Damian Warner, Lanni Marchant & Alysha Newman

 

 

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 Sending off Olympians Damian and Lanni


 

Outstanding Londoners:

 

 


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Joining the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP Ottawa West-Nepean and  the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and MP for Mississauga-Malton to announce Broadband For Everyone.

 


 

Newsmakers:

 

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With Stax and Blair at Classic Rock FREE 98.1 announcing the Tragically Hip stream in Victoria Park




 

Council Briefs:

  • It’s game on for a world juniors bid for London. Council approved the recommendation to pursue the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in partnership with the city of Windsor. Canada will host the event in 2019 and the process has started to select a host community. The event would run December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

  • New, lower speed limits will be introduced in London school zones, where the speed will be reduced to 40km/hour.

  • Council approved a by-law amendment that will allow amplified music and dancing on restaurant patios for a temporary period in August and September 2016 in the Downtown London and Old East Business Improvement Areas. The testing will coincide with a major Canadian event - Country Music Week which will be celebrated here in London September 8-11. It will be monitored for future consideration in the Music, Entertainment and Culture District Background Study.

  • Council directed staff to retain a qualified consultant to prepare a “Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest” in support of Council’s intent to have the property known as 129 Langarth Street East designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

  • Council approved proposed regulations for a vehicle for hire by-law which will be taken forward to a public participation meeting in October 2016.  The proposed regulations allow for Transportation Network Companies (i.e. Uber) to be considered as a form of a vehicle for hire brokerage with conditions that rides be sourced only via an app. There will be no requirement for cameras in private vehicles and surge pricing will be permitted.  

  • Council approved that a draft by-law and regulations to apply municipal standards, licensing, and enforcement to unregulated facilities that operate as stand-alone as Informal Residential Care Facilities proceed to a public participation meeting in August.  This by-law will address residential care standards for London’s most vulnerable citizens.

 

 

 


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