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Newsletter December 9

Snow is officially in the forecast for London, which means drivers should be cautious about moving around town and where they park their vehicles.

Starting September 5 of this year, residents have been allowed to register their vehicles for overnight parking passes on many streets throughout London, weather permitting. However, the overnight parking registry does not permit street parking when snow plows need access to the entire street to remove snow.

Up until now, there has been no snow in the forecast, and subsequently no need for plows. So, the rules have stayed the same. This weekend, however, there have been several warnings about snowfall. As a result, overnight parking passes cannot be issued this weekend, and will not be issued until further notice from the registry.

While the weather outside turns frightful, it’s important that we remember this holiday season is a time of selflessness and giving. The Salvation Army is working on its annual hamper program for less fortunate families in our community. They will hand out the hampers December 12-16, though they have said they need an additional 5,000 toys for children aged 9 to 12. Please, donate your time, money or goods for this program that helps provide for a more joyful Christmas. You can drop off toy donations at the Progress Building at the Western Fair, or make a cash donation by clicking here.

The Business Cares Food Drive also kicked off this week. This year’s goal is 316,000 pounds of food for local food banks. We know that food bank usage is up across the country, especially right here in our community. Nobody deserves to go hungry at this time of year. If you are in the area, please bring by a food item as we are collecting donations at City Hall.

The holiday season is a busy time of year throughout London. Please remember to drive carefully and consider giving to those who are wishing for a warm and plentiful Christmas.

Sincerely,  

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Mayor Matt Brown



Salvation_Army_Hamper_Program.JPGStaff at the Progress Building at Western Fair volunteering for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program.

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Putting together Christmas hampers for The Salvation Army. The organization is calling on Londoners to donate 5,000 toys for children ages 9-12.


Newsmakers:

Events and Occasions:

  • Mayoral Monday with Craig Needles on AM980
  • Meeting with Hosam Elshrek
  • Meeting with Kaila Beattie
  • Launched Union Gas CNG Station
  • Presented Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity awards
  • Regulated Interactions Training with London Police
  • Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program volunteering
  • Cherryhill Village Mall Holiday Party
  • LEDC Holiday Open House
  • MARCO LUMCO Meeting
  • CBC London - Sounds of the Season
  • Western University President’s Holiday Reception
  • Argyle BIA Santa Claus Parade
  • Nigerian Association of London and Area End of Year Dinner

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Joined by members of MARCO LUMCO to talk about Ontario Municipal Board reform.

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Speaking with students at Ivey Business School who made presentations for the Hult Prize.

Council Briefs
  • The Mayor noted that the flag at City Hall had been lowered to half-staff to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada and Council paused for a moment of silence.
  • The Mayor, Councillors and City staff welcomed representatives from the London Food Bank and donated to the annual food drive.
  • The Mayor and Council celebrated recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA), recognizing each group’s unique contribution in promoting public awareness of diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights in London: King’s University College, London Interfaith Peace Camp (Category: Youth), Northeast Community Conversations Group (Category: Social/Community Services, Small), Pride London/Pride London Festival (Category: Social/Community Services, Large)
  • Council received an information report approved establishment of a Rapid Transit Implementation Office.
  • Council endorsed staff recommendations to the Province to reduce phosphorus levels and minimize algae blooms in Lake Erie.
  • Council approved zoning to permit construction of two residential towers on Fanshawe Road West.
  • Council referred back to staff an application related to lands located in the Southwest Area Plan that would maintain a requirement for underground parking for residential and business units but allow exceptions for smaller scale developments.
  • Council directed staff to report back regarding possible solutions to mitigate industrial odors in the Shaver-Brockley neighbourhood in the City’s southeast.
  • Council directed staff to prepare a Request for Proposals regarding City-owned billboards that would increase revenue opportunities as well as provide advertising space at no charge for community groups.
  • Council received for information a report from the City Manager regarding updating Council’s Policy Manual and directed staff to update the policy manual as soon as possible.
  • Council approved an update to the multi-year budget,maintaining the tax levy at 2.8% for 2017.
  • Council approved establishment of a Waste management Working Group.
  • Council appointed Deputy Mayor Hubert as chair of the Corporate Services Committee for the term ending Nov. 30, 2017.
  • Council appointed new members to the Governance Working group.
  • Council received for information a report from London Hydro re possible mergers and consolidation of the utility.
  • Council received a submission from the Deputy Mayor re a new composition of Council with fewer full-time Councillors and new Ward boundaries.
  • Council directed staff report back on how the City can assist with the growth of a local film industry, including the possibility of creating a Film Industry Development Office.

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