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Newsletter: April 22, 2016

Spring has finally arrived in London!  

 It was a meaningful Council meeting this week. Our meeting began with O’Canada sung by the Antler River Elementary School Choir and was followed by the unveiling of a Two Row Wampum Belt, gifted by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in the presence of the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation. The Belt is a replica of "the grandfather of all treaties" and will serve as a reminder to all of the deep and abiding friendship and of the mutual duty to respect the lasting principles of the pledge made long ago.

The Belt is prominently displayed in my office as a gesture or our commitment to continue to strengthen and enrich our relationship with our First Nations partners. Thank you to Chief Leslee White-Eye of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Chief Sheri Doxtator of the Oneida Nation of the Thames and Councillor Meyeengun Henry of the Chippewas of the Thames for sharing the story of the Two row wampum belt with Council and our community.

This week Council also voted to implement the recommendations in the London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty Report. The report was the result of more than seven months of research, study and community consultation undertaken by the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty.The report’s 112 recommendations address a variety of areas: income and employment; changing mindsets; health; homeless prevention and housing; transportation; early learning and education; food security and system change. The report also contains implementation strategies and effective measurements to gauge progress.

April 10-16 was National Volunteer Week in Canada. In London, we are so fortunate to have people who serve the community by volunteering their time, resources and talents to make our city a better place for all. To recognize these everyday heroes, my office has been preparing and sending special congratulatory certificates to hundreds of volunteers. This is our way of saying thank you for doing all that you do for London.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. You can connect with me via email: mayor@london.ca  and/or follow me on Twitter@MayorMattBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon.

Sincerely,

Mayor Matt Brown

PS: Brescia University College will be hosting three free entrepreneurship camps for high school students from across Ontario. The Just Own It! Boot Camps are part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. Find out more information at http://brescia.uwo.ca/justownit/joi-bc/


Also, the 21st annual London Clean and Green Community Cleanup Day takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 23. You can register here, come together with friends and neighbours and show your pride in your neighbourhood by tidying up! 

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Chief Leslee White-Eye, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Chief Sheri Doxtator, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Councillor Myeengun Henry, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, students from the Antler River Elementary School choir and London City Councillors on April 19, 2016. The Mayor unveiled a Two Row Wampum Belt at council that day. The Belt was gifted by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in the presence of the Oneida Nation of the Thames on February 26, 2016 at a workshop of the First Nation – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP), organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).


Outstanding Londoners

  • City Council recognized the incoming and outgoing student leaders from Western University and Fanshawe College on April 19, 2016. Congratulations!
  • Local London poets Peggy Roffey and Jayme Archibald performed at the meeting of City Council on April 19, 2016 as part of the national Mayors’ Poetry Challenge
  • Clean and Green was recognized as the Featured Community Organization.
  • London’s May Court Club is organizing the annual Take the Trail for Nutrition run/walk on May 14. Here’s more information about the event: http://www.bolermountain.com/wp-content/uploads/Take-to-the-Trail-flyer.pdf
  • Know a deserving Londoner who is helping to make our community an even better place for all? Let us know! Email us at mayor@london.ca with “Outstanding Londoner” in the subject line

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Mayor Matt Brown with  Wilda Thomas of Pillar Nonprofit Network and Carmela Ianni, Ron Scarfone, Mike Smith, and Charlie Smith representing Clean and Green, which was recognized as a Featured Community Organization on April 19, 2016.

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Mayor Matt Brown and Councillor Squire with Alan Bushell, President and Carlie Forsythe, President-Elect,Fanshawe Student Union, Deanna Vezina, President-Elect, Brescia University College Students' Council, Nate Sussman, President and Curtis Jenken, President-Elect,  Huron University College Students’ Council and Sophie Helpard, President and Eddy Avila, President-Elect, University Students' Council, Western University on April 19, 2016.

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with London poets Peggy Roffey and Jayme Archibald at a meeting of London City Council on April 19, 2016. The poets were invited to council as part of the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge.


Events and occasions

  • London and St. Thomas Area Realtors Association Annual General Meeting
  • Future Building 2016: Construction Career Expo for youth
  • Visit with students from the Antler River Elementary School Choir
  • Meeting with Londoners Francesca Petrova, Nika Maklakova and Maria Maklakova
  • Water-Sewer Construction Kick Off
  • London and Area Scotiabank event at the Cross Cultural Learners Centre
  • McCormick Park clean up as part of the 20 Minute London Makeover
  • 20-minute makeover at Masonville Public School

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Mayor Matt Brown with CEO of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, Sean Strickland and participating students at the Future Building 2016 expo at the Western Fair District on April 19, 2016. With many interactive displays, the expo provided students an opportunity to explore careers in construction. 

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Mayor Matt Brown with with Londoners Francesca Petrova, Nika Maklakova and Maria Maklakova on April 20, 2016. 

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Mayor Matt Brown with students from Blessed Sacrament Catholic School at McCormick Park on April 22, 2016 during the 22-Minute London Makeover. 


Newsmakers


London City Council Briefs

  • Council received for information a presentation from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp
  • Council approved improvements to aid pedestrians and bicyclists on the Field marshal Wolseley Bridge(Quebec Street).
  • Council approved a zoning application to allow construction of an elementary school in the Cedarhollow subdivision
  • Council asked staff to report back how the City can assist with helping community groups establish urban agriculture opportunities
  • Council directed staff to improve collaboration and strategic plan alignment with local boards and commissions and host a civic leaders roundtable.
  • Council unanimously acknowledged the final report of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty and directed staff to support various implementation measures including consulting with the London Transit Commission about providing free transit to children under 13 years of age

The London Lens 

Here’s your opportunity to showcase your city and your talent! Have a great photo of your favourite spot in the Forest City? Took a spectacular shot that captures life in London? Caught a beautiful moment while out and about? Share it with us! Email photos to mayor@london.ca with “The London Lens” in the subject line.