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Newsletter: December 11, 2015

Within our first 100 days in office, Council approved our four-year Strategic Plan and this week we received an update on progress to date. In just 12 months, four per cent of our goals have already been achieved and 84 per cent our goals are in progress. Further, 12 per cent of the Plan goals are scheduled to commence in the weeks and months to come. Together, our community is working to make London a leader in commerce, culture and innovation — our region’s connection to the world.

On December 8, Deputy Mayor Hubert, Councillor van Holst, Councillor Park and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Tricar Group’s “Azure”, a 29-storey residential building in the heart of our city, our downtown. The London Plan, our official plan, calls for our city to grow more inward and upward and this is an example of how we will achieve exactly that. Our downtown core is an economic engine. It represents only 0.2 per cent of the total land area of the city and generates almost five per cent of the property taxes collected across the city. A strong downtown means more things like better parks, better roads and affordable taxes across the city.

Also this week, I was so happy to speak to a class of engaged Londoners at Catholic Central High School. Thank you for a great discussion about local government and about how we are building the London of the future, together.

In the spirit of the holidays, I invite you to join me on December 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on the 12th Floor at City Hall for a very special evening of festivities at my Holiday Open House. I hope you can join us. RSVP to with the number of guests in your party.

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


Mayor Matt Brown

P.S: In our community’s ongoing effort to help support Syrian refugee families resettle in London, I am pleased to announce the launch of London United for Refugees. With collaboration from Cross Cultural Learner Centre,United Way of London & Middlesex, Londoners now have a new opportunity to assist with the process. You can read the speech I delivered at the event here.

Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to AutoData on being recognized with the City of London and London Economic Development Corporation’s Economic Leadership Award
  • Congratulations to Ability First Coalition, South West Local Health Integration Network and Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, London Committee for Cross Cultural Arts, Muslim Resource  Centre for Social Support and Integration and Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services on being recognized with the City of London’s Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards


Mayor Matt Brown with Kapil Lakhotia, president and CEO, London Economic Development Corporation, Greg Perrier, President and CEO, Auto Data, Mary Holbrook, Director HR, Autodata and Craig Jennings, Managing Partner, Autodata. The company was recognized as the recipient of the Economic Leadership Award at Council on December 8, 2015.



Mayor Matt Brown and members of Council with recipients of the London Diversity, Race Relations & Inclusivity Awards on December 8, 2015.


Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Healthy Kids Community Challenge Engagement Forum
  • Campus to City meeting at Kings University College
  • Lighting of the Menorah at City Hall with City Council, City Staff and members of the public
  • Meeting with Michelle Palmer and Cheryl Massa from Community Living London
  • Groundbreaking for Tricar Group’s new building, Azure, on Talbot Street with Deputy Mayor Hubert, Councillor van Holst and Councillor Park
  • London Diversity, Race Relations & Inclusivity Award & Recognition at City Hall
  • Meeting with Jeff Schlemmer
  • Meeting with Marv DeVries from Trojan Technologies
  • Meeting with students from Grade 12 politics class at Catholic Central High School
  • Farewell Reception for Shaun Elliott, outgoing CEO, YMCA of Western Ontario
  • 2015 Urban Design Awards
  • Holiday Event at the London Economic Development Corporation
  • Hockey Helps the Homeless 2016 Launch Party attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Salvation Army Kettle at South London Costco with Deputy Mayor Cassidy
  • London United for Refugees Launch with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Zaifman and Councillor Park
  • Meeting with Raymond Deleary and Chief Whiteye


Mayor Matt Brown and members of Council with recipients of the London Diversity, Race Relations & Inclusivity Awards on December 8, 2015.


Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy at the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle at the South London Costco on December 11, 2015.


London in the Headlines


  • Council received the 8th Report of the Advisory Committee on the Environment that requests staff consider offsetting additional waste to the landfill by introducing waste diversion projects such as a Green Bin, community and backyard composting and consider taking advantage of a portion of waste revenue received from new customers to offset such programs.
  • Council approved a new Records Management Program to retain and preserve City records in a secure and accessible manner
  • Council directed the Audit Committee to consider incorporating into its work plan, a review of the City’s contract and tendering processes related to the Normal School renovations and other facilities design and construction projects
  • Council also directed staff to report back with suggestions on how to improve access to the City’s website through mobile devices and for enhancing the user experience through a variety of platforms
  • Council voted to receive a verbal overview from the City Clerk regarding a Request for Proposal for the appointment of an Integrity Commissioner
  • Council approved the establishment of a second Ontario Works site at Westmount Shopping Centre
  • Council accepted a tender submitted by the Commissioners Great Lakes for a five year contract for municipal parking enforcement services
  • Council voted to purchase new radio systems for emergency services at a cost of approximately $1.5 million and directed staff to review communications requirements for each of the services to develop ongoing management of the systems and budget development

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