This week, I had the privilege of traveling to Ottawa to attend the Governor General’s Forum on Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada. The forum brought together mayors, community leaders and panelists from across Canada to highlight diversity, inclusion and volunteerism efforts happening in communities across the country.
London is a caring and compassionate city. To date, we have raised almost $400,000 to assist privately sponsored refugee families and our efforts were highlighted by Halifax Mayor Mike Savage at the event.
On December 2, Londoners had an opportunity to learn more about our Rapid Transit initiative — SHIFT at the third Public Information Centre at the Central branch of the London Public Library. London is Canada’s largest city without a Rapid Transit program and we are going to change that. Public consultations like this one, as well as those that happen online every day atwww.shiftlondon.ca ,will play an important role as we move towards finalizing this ambitious and forward looking plan that will change the way we move across the city for generations to come.
Later in the week, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy. Five years ago, both Andrea and I participated in this strategy as a way to get more involved in our community. In fact, it was my volunteer work with LSNS that made me interested in running for council.
Mayor Matt Brown
PS: The Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty is hosting its second community conversation at Goodwill Industries on December 10 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. We look forward to your input to help us make recommendations for real change.
- Congratulations to London West MP Kate Young on being named the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
- Happy Hanukkah to London’s Jewish community. The City will host a Menorah lighting on December 7 outside of City Hall
- Furniture giant IKEA opened its first Pick-Up-And-Order-Point in Ontario in London on December 2. Another first for London!
Mayor Matt Brown with IKEA Canada President Stefan Sjöstrand and employees of London’s IKEA Pick Up Point at the store’s grand opening on December 2, 2015. The location is the first of its kind in Ontario.
The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events:
- Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade
- Re-opening of Hyde Park road with Deputy Mayor Hubert and Councillor Morgan
- Governor General's Forum on Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Canada in Ottawa
- Meeting with French Consul General Marc Trouyet attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of IKEA Pick-Up-Point, the first in Ontario, with Councillor Hopkins
- Emily Carr Public School Human Library Event with Councillor Usher
- Meeting with World War II veteran Angus Leroy McLennan
- Shift Panel Discussion at Wolfe Performance Hall with Councillor Squire, Councillor Park, Councillor Usher and Councillor Helmer
- United Way of London Middlesex Board Meeting
- Poverty Panel Engagement Session at Siloam United Church
- Meeting with members of the ROMEO Club with Councillor Zaifman
- Middlesex County’s Inaugural Meeting
- Community Celebration of London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy with Deputy Mayor Hubert, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Van Holst and Councillor Hopkins
- West Oaks French Immersion Public School Re-dedication ceremony with Deputy Mayor Hubert and Deputy Mayor Cassidy
Mayor Matt Brown with World War II veteran Angus Leroy McLennan on December 2, 2015
Mayor Matt Brown addressing the gathering at the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy on December 3, 2015. LSNS celebrated its fifth anniversary that evening.
Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Zaifman and members of the ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club at Palasad on December 3, 2015.
Mayor Matt Brown with his family – wife Andrea and sons John and Braden – at the Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade on November 28, 2015.
London in the Headlines
- Business Cares Food Drive underway
- Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty continues community discussions
- London Public Library’s Central Branch ready for $3.4 million makeover
- Slowly but surely, and with help from donors and volunteers, LifeSpin has transformed a heritage building in Old East Village into a neighbourhood hub
- Useful to the oil and gas industry, London-developed app also a safety net for caregivers
- Mock battle kicks off food drive
- Building Boats, Learning Skills
- CP Holiday Train Comes to London
- Finding places with vacant spaces a need now
- London Ikea pickup store greeted with shopper enthusiasm
- London Training Centre expanding pre-apprenticeship program