Next week, eight Councillors and I will be attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Annual Conference to discuss and push a number of London’s priorities. This includes a delegation with the Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, the Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn, meetings with the Leaders of the Ontario NDP and Progressive Conservative Party, Andrea Horwath and Patrick Brown, and more.
We will be communicating to Minister Del Duca our readiness for rapid transit funding, the foundation of The London Plan. We are looking for a $370-million commitment from the provincial and federal governments, who have been making similar investments in several other municipalities.
Our conversation with Minister Milczyn will focus on our current affordable housing maintenance deficit and the need for a National Housing Strategy. Right now, there are nearly 3,000 households on the waiting list for social and affordable housing. That is simply too many people in London living in precarious situations.
Finally, the Big Bike Giveaway is collecting bikes again this weekend for a giveaway in the fall. This program accumulates and repairs bikes, then gives them away for free with the goal of getting as many Londoners cycling as possible, specifically those who need help getting a bike because of social or financial hardships.
The next community bike collection days will be held on the following dates:
- August 13 – Argyle Mall (NW parking lot) 12-4 p.m.
- August 20 – Westmount Mall (NE parking lot) 12-4 p.m.
More information about the Big Bike Giveaway can be found by clicking here.
Finally, thank you to Councillors Virginia Ridley, Michael Van Holst, Jesse Helmer and Josh Morgan for your service as Acting Mayor during the two weeks I was away from the office.
- Red light cameras having positive effect
- One River Environmental Assessment asks for Londoners’ opinions
- Voices.com growing again with acquisition
- Two upcoming developments will give a new look to downtown
- Boss Hog’s takes home Ribfest honours
- Londoner creates stop motion music video for Canadian rock band, Billy Talent
- New home construction market surging
- Local eatery cracks Canada’s Best New Restaurants list
- Wolfe brothers set to open new Talbot Street restaurant
- London cousins write ode to Port Stanley
- Mystery surrounds Woodfield building undergoing a possible zoning change
- West Nile Virus found in London mosquito traps
- Dundas Street transforms into popular outdoor movie theatre
Events and Occasions:
- Meeting with AnnaLise Trudell, Kate Wiggins and Jane McGregor of Anova
- Meeting with Marcus Plowright, Century 21 A-Team
- Meeting with MPP Teresa Armstrong