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Newsletter: February 12, 2016

Representing London at the 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa.

This week, many of my council colleagues and I represented our Forest City at the 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa.  At the conference we discussed, shared and learned how municipalities from across Canada are working to build sustainable communities. It was my pleasure to meet with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and to discuss our plans for Rapid Transit here in London.

Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillors Park, van Holst, Ridley, Helmer and I got a closer look at the Rapid Transit system in Ottawa. We learned best practises on how Ottawa’s RT is addressing issues around ridership, operations and development. This was a great opportunity to see a successful RT system in operation as London prepares to make the largest infrastructure investment in our city’s history with a RT system of our own. 

Before heading to Ottawa, several of my council colleagues and I joined MP Peter Fragiskatos and MP Kate Young as they announced FedDev Ontario funding for 10 local London projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program including three City of London initiatives:

  • Improvement of the main trail at Westminster Ponds
  • Renovation of pavilion in Harris Park
  • Repair of Victoria Park Cenotaph

2017 is an important year in our history and we are all looking forward to celebrating the occasion together. As the big year approaches, I encourage all of you to consider the many ways we can celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Finally, the next Public Participation Meeting on the Budget is coming up on February 24. You can attend the meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall starting at 4:00 p.m. or watch it live at www.london.ca/livestreaming. You can learn more about the budget at www.london.ca/budget, email: budget@london.ca, follow along and get involved through social media using #LdnBudget and @CityofLdnOnt on Twitter or by calling the Financial Planning and Policy office at 519-661-4638

As always I look forward to hearing from you. You can connect with me via email: mayor@london.ca  and/or follow me on Twitter@MayorMattBrown and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon

Sincerely,

Matt Brown


Mayor Matt Brown

PS: My Advisory Panel on Poverty has released its draft recommendations and is looking for feedback from Londoners. Your help will ensure we get this right and can address poverty in our community in the most effective way : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MAPOP


Celebrating Londoners

Canada 150 Announcement

Mayor Matt Brown with MP Peter Fragiskatos, MP Kate Young and representatives of the 10 projects that will receive FedDev Ontario funding as part of the Canada 150 Infrastructure initiative. FedDev Ontario is investing up to $1.8 million for the 10 London projects. The announcement was made at the London Convention Centre on February 8, 2016. 


Global Vision students

Mayor Matt Brown with Dale Inverarity, Anisha Khanna and Linta Mustafa at the Mayor’s Office on February 8, 2016. The London students are representing Canada in Peru with Global Vision. 

 

Around London

  • Trivia night in support of the Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres
  • Black History Month Opening Ceremony attended by Councillor Usher on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown along with Councillor Salih and Councillor Zaifman
  • Federal Economic Development Agency of for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program with MP Kate Young, MP Peter Fragiskatos, MP Irene Mathyssen, Deputy Mayor Hubert, Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor van Holst, Councillor Squire, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Hopkins and Councillor Park
  • Meeting with Caspar Koevoets, Royal Canadian Legion Zone A-6 regarding restoration of the Victoria Park Cenotaph
  • Meeting with London students Dale Inverarity, Anisha Khanna and Linta Mustafa who will be representing Canada in Peru with Global Vision (check out their project at https://www.gofundme.com/dalesperumission)
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor van Holst, Councillor Salih, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Ridley, Councillor Usher, Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman
  • Meeting with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change at the FCM 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa
  • Consultation session on high speed rail in Southwestern Ontario with Special Advisor David Collenette, attended by Councillor Hopkins
  • College Boreal Graduation attended by Councillor Squire on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • FCM Study Tour of the Ottawa Rapid Transit
  • Opening Night performance of The Mountain Top at the Grand Theatre (later tonight!)


SCC

Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Ridley, Councillor Helmer, Kate Graham, Director, Community & Economic Innovation, City Manager's Office, Councillor Park, Evelina Skalski, Executive Assistant, Councillors' Office, Councillor Salih and Councillor Zaifman at the 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa on February 10, 2016. 


Min. McKenna

Mayor Matt Brown and  Deputy Mayor Cassidy with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Directeur Général of Plessisville, Quebec, Alain Desjardins, North Vancouver Section Manager, Environmental Sustinability, Caroline Jackson, Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck, CAO of Gibsons, BC, Emanuel Machado, Edmonton City Councillor Ben Henderson, and Federation of Canadian Municipalities CEO Brock Carlton at a meeting on February 10 during the 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa. 

Presentation

Mayor Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy presenting at the 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa


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