Some great news today as we learned that London will be the back-to-back host city for the Ontario Summer Games.
We are getting set to welcome the best in sport for 2018, and London has now been awarded the 2020 Summer Games as well. This will attract approximately 3,500 people to our city including athletes, coaches, family members and officials. This announcement is great news for London, as we continue to prove to the world that London is on. Congratulations to the team at Tourism London.
The high speed rail discussion continued this week at Queen’s Park. Provincial, federal and municipal leaders met to consult on the preliminary work on this project, a system that will connect all of southwest Ontario, from Windsor to Toronto. The first phase of the project will begin with service from Toronto to London and we are very much looking forward to this. It will be a game changer for our city.
I’d like to say thank you to the many, many Londoners who showed their support for the Humboldt Broncos Saskatchewan Junior A hockey team. So many of you wore your jerseys on Thursday, it has been incredible to see the community come together following such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with all of those involved.
This weekend we are bracing for some extreme weather, please plan accordingly and stay safe.
London City Council supporting Humboldt Broncos
Events and Occasions:
· Western Engineering’s Annual FIRST Robotics Competition
· Meeting with Chief Henry
· City of London Launch of Clean & Green
· High Speed Rail Consultations at Queens Park
· CTRL V London VIP Grand Opening Event
· Meeting with David Johnston & Leger Xavier
· Meeting with Jim McCormick
- Mayor explained the significance of the 15 hockey sticks in Chambers to show support for those affected by the recent Humboldt Broncos tragedy.
- Mayor recognized April 10, 2018 marked 20 years to the day since Londoner John Davidson began his 286 day walk across Canada to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
- Mayor thanked two City sanitation operators Chris Lynch and Jonathan Sweitzer for their extraordinary efforts in saving the life of resident Doug Cairns while on duty.
- Mayor and Council formally recognized and thanked students from the Students’ Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King’s University College, the Society of Graduate Students and Fanshawe College for their advocacy and hard work and wished in the newly elected Presidents the best of luck in their new roles.
In other Council business:
- Council approved the dates for advance voting and the hours during which voting places shall be open for the 2018 Municipal Election.
- Council received the report outlining the restricted acts of Council after nominations and voting day.
- Council authorized the submission of proposal for London to host the Association of Municipalities Ontario’s (AMO) annual conferences for 2021 and 2023.
- Council received the neighbourhood school strategy– evaluation and acquisition of surplus school sites report for information and the report will be circulated to the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, the Urban League and the Child and Youth Network for their review and comment.
London Clean and Green Launch
London Knights and many others showing their support for the Humboldt Broncos