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Newsletter August 25

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the newly-elected chief of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, Chief Myeengun Henry.

Our relationship building meeting was productive and I am looking forward to working with Chief Henry on initiatives that benefit both of our communities. Thank you to Leslee White-Eye for her leadership during her term.

As summer winds to a close and students return to the city, a reminder to drivers that parking rules will soon be changing.

Starting Monday, September 4th, overnight parking will be prohibited on certain streets. The overnight parking pass system comes back into effect and will be required if you want to leave your car on the road. Last year, City Council approved the system, allowing 15 passes per licence plate during the fall and winter months. This was done in an effort to serve Londoners better by giving you more options.

You can read more about the overnight parking pass system, and apply for passes, here:

Finally, the Forest City Film Festival returns to London October 26-29 and will feature films that all have a tie to the region. Here, you will be able to see some of southwest Ontario’s great contributions to film.

Organizers are hoping to double their attendance from last year, so I encourage everyone to attend and watch some of the films that will be coming to London during the festival. For more information, click here.



Matt Brown

Packing backpacks for the United Way’s GenNext Backpack Drive, helping to give kids the school supplies they need to be successful.

Meeting with newly-elected Chief Myeengun Henry of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.


Events and Occasions:

  • ReForest London – Forest Festival
  • Mayoral Monday on AM980
  • Meeting with Qi Hui
  • Meeting with Christine Stowe and Heather Cabral, The Social Beehive
  • Meeting with Richard Pincombe, Optimist Club
  • Meeting with Adam Caplan,
  • Meeting with Ami Patel and Saniya Mansuri, Smart Steps
  • Meeting with Shikha Singh, student
  • Meeting with Kourtni Bain, opioid working group
  • GenNext Backpack Drive
  • Meeting with Brenda Ryan, Adaptive Cooking Program
  • Meeting with Wanfeng Aviation Team
  • Build in Canada Innovation Program announcement
  • High Commission of Malaysia Delegation at Fanshawe College
  • Meeting with Landon Tulk and Tobi Solebo, Western USC
  • Meeting with Chief Myeengun Henry
  • Burgers to Beat MS
  • Meeting with Downtown London
  • Culture Days 2017 announcement
  • Backpack distribution at LifeSpin
  • Federal Gas Tax announcement
  • Visit to Grand Wood Park

Council Briefs:

  • The Mayor recognized Randy Warden and London Celebrates Canada for their leadership in organizing Canada Day festivities for many years, including this year for Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations.
  • The Mayor presented the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Brian Edward Yu and Matthew Van Oirschot, two London secondary students, for top academic achievements.
  • The Mayor and Councillor Salih welcomed Nazem Kadri, a Londoner who plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs, to speak about the work of the Nazem Kadri Foundation.
  • Council approved an emergent motion from the Mayor to stand against all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred, including white supremacy/nationalist groups, and to develop a policy to prohibit the use of civic spaces and city-owned facilities and spaces by such groups.
  • Council passed a motion to have First Nations flags flown at City Hall on September 7 each year, with support from each Nation, in recognition of the anniversary of the signing of the London Township Treaty.
  • The Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, as developed by a group of nearly 200 Londoners over the past seven months, was unanimously approved by Council.
  • Demolition of buildings located at 150 Dundas Street and 153 Carling Streets were approved, to enable future infill development.
  • The results of the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey were received by Council.
  • Council approved the recommendations of the Council Compensation Task Force, including to increase the annual salary of Ward Councillors to the median full time income of Londoners.

Pleased to welcome the High Commission of Malaysia, Her Excellency Data’ Aminahtun Karim Shaharudin, to Fanshawe College’s Aviation Centre.

A delegation from the Wanfeng Aviation Team recently visited London to talk about future investments in the city.

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