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Newsletter: April 29, 2016

I am always reminded of what a privilege it is to serve Londoners when I have the opportunity to engage with youth in our community.

This week, I attended a “Human Library” session with Grade 1 students at Emily Carr Public School. It was a pleasure to answer questions and share some of my experiences with a great group of kids! Thank you for inviting me.

I also had the opportunity to address another enthusiastic group of school students this week. About 80 students participated in the Oakridge Model United Nations and engaged in a healthy debate and decision making process with their colleagues and friends. The Model UN event was an excellent example of how students are learning leadership skills. I was so impressed by this thoughtful group of leaders.

London has a great resource for students and young adults to be a part of local politics and continue to remain active and engaged through the London Youth Advisory Council. The youth council is composed of 15 councillors in the 15-25 year age group. The 2016 elections for LYAC are coming up and Londoners have an opportunity to meet candidates on May 1 at the London Music Club. Beginning May 1, Londoners can also vote for their LYAC representatives at .

Finally, last week our City Council welcomed and thanked incoming and outgoing student leaders from Western University, Fanshawe College, Huron University College, Brescia University College and King’s University College. The outgoing leaders have worked hand-in-hand with the City on many issues and we look forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship with the incoming student leaders.

On Friday, City staff released a business case for London’s rapid transit initiative recommending full Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the city. The business case states the project “achieves the goals of improving mobility, building strong communities and promoting economic development.” The recommendations will be presented to and discussed at a special meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on May 5.

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


Mayor Matt Brown

PS: ReForest London is looking for volunteers to help at their Neighbourhood Tree Blitzes, delivering free trees right to Londoner's doors!Click here to sign up today. ReForest London is also giving out free trees at multiple locations across the city.Find out more here.

Movie Nights in the Park event series that is enjoyed by hundreds of Londoners at Victoria Park each summer is looking to come more sustainable and is looking for your help! Click here to see how you can support this great initiative.


Outstanding Londoners

  • Western University’s entrepreneurship accelerator, Propel, announced its cohort of startups for 2016 Propel Summer Incubator (PSI). Congratulations to the 11 startups that will participate in the 16-week program
  • This Saturday, May 1, thousands of Londoners will participate in the annual MS Walk in support of the MS Society of Canada and to raise awareness about the disease. Learn more by clicking here
  • Congratulations to Ryerson Public School on celebrating 100 years in our community
  • Congratulations Shawna Lewkowitz for being recognized by the Ontario Government as part of the  Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities initiative.
  • On Tuesday, May 2 Londoner Jennifer Miller will be walking from London to Ottawa in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association. You can support Jennifer by visiting
  • Know a deserving Londoner who is helping to make our community an even better place for all? Let us know! Email us at with “Outstanding Londoner” in the subject line

Events and occasions

  • Annual Thames River Clean up with Councillor Park
  • Forest City Road Races
  • Upper Thames River Earth Day event
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner organized by the London Muslim Mosque with Councillor Squire
  • Oakridge Model United Nations
  • Universities and Cities: Partners for Prosperity event in Toronto
  • Human Library event with Grade 1 students at Emily Carr Public School
  • Pacific & Western Bank's Annual General Meeting
  • Meeting with students of London Christian Elementary School
  • Huff N’ Puff Seniors Fitness Association Annual General Meeting
  • Meeting with James McPhedran, Executive Vice President of Canadian Banking, Scotiabank, Steve Gaskin, Senior Vice President of Ontario Region, Scotia Bank, and Andrew Smith- District Vice President, Scotiabank
  • Meeting with South African Consul General Nyameko Goso
  • Canada 150 Discussion with MP Karen Vecchio
  • Keynote at the Club 2000 meeting
  • Grand opening of the new Participation House building
  • Smoke Alarm Program kick off


Mayor Matt Brown with South African Consul General Nyameko Goso on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.



Mayor Matt Brown with MP Kate Young, MP Irene Mathyssen, Town Crier Bill Paul, MP Karen Vecchio, MPP Peggy Sattler and MP Peter Fragiskatos on April 24, 2016 at the Upper Thames River Earth Day event at St. Julien Park in London.



Mayor Matt Brown with students from  London Christian Elementary School on April 27, 2016.



Mayor Matt Brown with MPP Jeff Yurek, Mayor Greg Currie of Aylmer MP Karen Vecchio, Mayor David Marr of Central Elgin and Mayor Heather Jackson of St. Thomas at a discussion around Canada 150 on April 28, 2016 in St. Thomas.




Mayor Matt Brown with Archie Brindleton, a three-year-old French Bulldog, who is the ambassador of the Fire Safety Program on April 29, 2016. May 2, fire crews will begin canvassing neighbourhoods in order to determine if every home has working smoke alarms on every storey and near all sleeping areas. 


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 with “The London Lens” in the subject line.