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Newsletter April 7

This year, Airshow London returns bigger and better than ever.

Last year, more than 20,000 local and international aircraft enthusiasts attended the first airshow in London in over a decade. I am truly looking forward to what this year’s show will include.

Airshow London 2017 will be Canada’s largest military demonstration of the year, making it a premier event for London residents and tourists alike.

This event will also include jets from the Australian, Turkish and American Air Forces, including the F-35A Lightning II and the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Strike Fighter. These two aircraft are rarely ever seen together, but they will be in London this September.

We will also welcome back the RCAF-CF-18 Hornet and the Snowbirds for the program.

You can get your tickets now at

I would like to thank the board for making this event possible and already such a great success in just two years. The board and incredible team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this a world class event.

With events like this, London continues to be a top destination for tourists to visit. We are focused on being a community that is rich in culture.

The schedule of events for Canada 150 continues to grow. I am looking forward to more announcements and the events that will be happening in our community as we celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. You can find the list of local events by clicking here.



Matt Brown

Breaking ground on an expansion at the BMO Centre.

Running in the CEO Challenge in support of the London Abused Women's Centre.


Events and Occasions:

  • CEO Challenge Run in support of London Abused Women’s Centre
  • Expansion of BMO Centre
  • Freedom of the City March
  • Vimy Ridge Commemorative Gala Dinner
  • 2017 First Robotics District Competition
  • Meeting with Jo-Anne Bishop
  • Meeting with John Rodgers
  • Meeting with Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan
  • Jack Richardson London Music Week Kick-Off Concert
  • Summit event
  • Meeting with Geoff Pulford and Roger D’Hollander
  • Meeting with Andrew Schiestel
  • Meeting with Jasmine Darvasi
  • Jack Richardson London Music Week Tribute Showcase
  • Meeting with Carol-Ann Smith and Jens Stickling
  • “London Crawling” Jack Richardson London Music Week event
  • Air Show 2017 announcement
  • Music in a Digital Creative World event
  • Jack Richardson London Music Awards Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement reception

Council Briefs:

Council approved further review and public consultation for rapid transit including a review of two different route options, and a public participation meeting about the routing options.

Council approved to extend the contract with the London Majors baseball team to continue to provide their use of the historic Labatt’s Park through to the 2018 season.

Council approved in principle to commence work to phase out the current vacancy rebate program and eliminate the subclass tax reductions on vacant commercial land beginning in 2018.

Council approved the contract award tender for the Sarnia Road Improvements between Hyde Park and Oakcrossing Gate. The construction will complete the corridor improvements (road widening) between Wonderland and Hyde Park roads, expanding traffic lanes from two to four upon completion.

Council approved the staff recommendation to refuse the application for 581 Ross Street to allow for a change of zoning to Residential R2 Special Provision because the proposed four-unit dwelling represents and over-intensification of the site and is contrary to the Near Campus Neighbourhood policies of the Official Plan.

Council approved the brownfield incentive application and business case submission from Rygar Properties Inc. (“Rygar”) relating to the property located at 100 Fullarton St., 475-501 Talbot St., and 93-95 Dufferin Ave. for a total expenditure of up to $2,735,007 in municipal brownfield financial incentives.

Council approved the appointment of Martin Hayward, Acting City Manager, to the position of City Manager effective March 21, 2017.

Catching a London Knights game with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

Speaking with students from Prince Charles Public School who were touring City Hall.

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