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Newsletter February 17

Martin Hayward is now the City of London’s Acting City Manager.

Mr. Hayward has been an employee of the Corporation of the City of London for over three decades. He brings invaluable experience and a wealth of knowledge to his new role.

Mr. Hayward started with the city in 1984. Since 2010, he has served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, leading Council through countless hours of budget deliberations and guiding us towards our current multi-year budget system.

I am confident that in moving forward with Mr. Hayward as Acting City Manager we are in the best position possible. He is dedicated, capable and intelligent.

We will stay focused on our priorities for London; such as rapid transit, building a sustainable city, growing our economy, A London For All and others outlined in our Strategic Plan. Click here to read it.

Meanwhile, we announced that the 2018 Continental Cup of Curling will be coming to London. This will draw some of the world's top curlers, and thousands of the sport's fans, to London. This will be a great showcase both for curlers and London, and will continue our reputation as being a sports and entertainment city. Thank you everybody at Tourism London for the hard work to make this happen.

Finally, the 10th Annual Heritage Awards were held and hosted by ACO London and the Heritage London Foundation. I was pleased to see so many great Londoners who believe in preserving and revitalizing our city's historic buildings. Awards were handed out for buildings like the Somerville Building on Dundas Street as it was transformed into the Old East Village Grocer, as well as The Cube which now hosts companies like Arcane and Race Roster who are thriving in our blossoming digital creative sector.

These dynamic and vibrant buildings make London unique, and keep us connected to the past while looking towards the future.



Matt Brown

Speaking with Grade 5 students at Mountsfield Public School.

Attending Dragon Gala 2017 hosted by the Chinese Canadian National Council London Chapter.


Events and Occasions:

  • Lunar New Year reception
  • Mayoral Monday on AM980
  • Canada Talks on Sirius XM
  • Meeting with Dana Zilic
  • Meeting with Brian Lester
  • Continental Cup of Curling announcement
  • GBOC meeting
  • Meeting with Ali Soufan
  • Visit to Mountsfield Public School to speak with Grade 5 class
  • Press Conference with Acting City Manager Martin Hayward
  • Diverse Voices for Change Focus Group
  • 10th Annual Heritage Awards Gala
  • Meeting with Dan Shekhar
  • Fanshawe Chorus London Concert
  • Chinese Canadian National Council London Chapter Dragon Gala
  • Ontario Winter ParaSport Games Medal presentation
  • Lewis Coray Trailblazer Awards for Youth
  • Meeting with Jason Timlick and Tom Nicholson
  • Call with London Police Chief John Pare
  • Call with CUPE Local 101 President Steve Holland

Council Briefs:

The Mayor presented a cheque for $77,273 to United Way Middlesex London for the 2016 United Way City employee campaign.

The Mayor presented a cheque for $18,886 to Glen Pearson and Jane Roy of the London Food Bank and to Wayne Dunn, Chair of Business Cares Food Drive, on behalf of the Corporation’s Business Cares Food Drive 2016.

The Mayor accepted the London Home Builders' Association “Best Booth Feature Award” in recognition for the City of London booth at the recent Home Show.

In other Council business:

Council approved a new vehicle-for-hire by-law that allows Uber to operate in the City without in-car cameras.

Council approved hiring a consultant to study the future of London Hydro.

Council approved the hiring of a consulting engineer for the detailed design and tendering of the Dundas Place project.

Council received for information the 2016 Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change inspection report for the City's water distribution system as well as a staff report regarding the 2016 annual drinking water report.

Council endorsed the Resource Recovery Strategy and Residual Waste Disposal Strategy as part of the environmental assessment process.

Council endorsed a proposal by the Cycling Advisory Committee to host a Canada 150 Bike tour in the City.

Council directed staff to report back re the Pollution Prevention Control Plan and also provide data re sewage overflows into the Thames River and improvements made in the last 20 years.

Council received an update on the progress of initiatives contained in its Strategic Plan.

Council directed staff to hold a public participation meeting re Provincial modifications to The London Plan affecting secondary dwelling units.

Council received for information a report re live streaming offsite Council and Standing Committee meetings.

Council directed the City Clerk to report back with the new proposed Election Sign By-law that would ensure that election sign placement at intersections and adjacent roadways be as permissive as possible without jeopardizing traffic or pedestrian safety. 

Announcing that the 2018 Continental Cup of Curling will be coming to London.

Celebrating the work of the London Food Bank and Wayne Dunn's efforts (pictured at front) through the Business Cares Food Drive.

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