What an exciting week this was for our city!
On February 25, we received a very encouraging sign when the Government of Ontario mentioned Shift, London’s Rapid Transit initiative, as a significant provincial infrastructure project worthy of provincial support.
In the 2016 Ontario Budget, the government specifically committed to “cost-sharing the capital costs of municipal transit projects such as London rapid transit.”
It is very promising that Ontario continues to see Shift Rapid Transit as a project worthy of support. Over the past several weeks and months, we have had many productive discussions with our provincial and federal partners about Shift, which will be transformative not only for London, but also for the entire Southwestern Ontario region.
Earlier this week, Councillors Helmer, Ridley, Salih, Park, Zaifman and I represented London at the Ontario Good Roads Association/ Rural Ontario Municipal Association Combined Conference in Toronto, where we discussed opportunities and challenges related to regional development. We met with the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, along with members of the Ontario PC caucus, including leader Patrick Brown, as well as members of the NDP Caucus. This conference was another great opportunity to share our Rapid Transit plans with our municipal and provincial colleagues.
On Thursday, my colleagues and I welcomed Londoners to a meeting of Council’s Strategic Priorites and Policy Committee where they were invited to share their opinion on the 2016-2019 budget. Thank you to everyone who participated in this process. Over the next few days, we will continue to work on the budget with the final document expected to receive Council endorsement on March 10.
On Friday, Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillors van Holst, Hopkins, Usher, Zaifman and I attended a First Nation – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) workshop organized by The Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The one-day workshop, with Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and Oneida Nation of the Thames, was an excellent opportunity to continue to strengthen our relations with our First Nations neighbours.
Mayor Matt Brown
PS: Soups On and everyone is invited! Empty Bowls London, an annual event organized by London Potters Guild to end hunger in our community is taking place on March 4. This year, the event is supporting My Sisters’ Place. Click here for more information. See you there!
Chief Leslee White-Eye of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation together with Chief Sheri Doxtater of Oneida Nation of the Thames welcomed Mayor Matt Brown along with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillors van Holst, Hopkins, Usher and Zaifman and City of London staff to the Antler River Senior Centre in Munsee on February 26, 2016. The group, together with councillors and staff of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the Oneida Nation of the Thames, attended a First Nation – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) workshop organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
- Congratulations Councillor Ridley on her successful election to the board of the Ontario Good Roads Association
- The community is invited to a meeting hosted by the Social Justice Club at Central Secondary School and to share experiences in supporting and welcoming Syrian newcomers to London. The meeting takes place on February 29 at 6:00 p.m.
- The Salam Community Donation Centre is looking for volunteers to help out with various tasks. Here’s how you can support them.
- Meeting with the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, at the 2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference in Toronto
- Meeting with the Hon. Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, at the 2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference in Toronto attended by Councillor Zaifman on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Meeting with the Ontario NDP Caucus at the 2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference with Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman
- Meeting with the Ontario Provincial Conservative Party leader Patrick Brown and members of the Ontario PC caucus at the 2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference with Councillors Helmer, Park and Zaifman
- Coldest Night of the Year attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Syrian Refugee Welcome event at the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario attended by Councillor Zaifman on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Kosovo Independence Day attended by Councillor Usher on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- White Oaks Basketball Court Public Engagement Session attended by Councillor Usher on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Talk with students at Aberdeen Public School with Councillor Park
- Meeting with actor E.B. Smith, who is starring as Dr. King in the Mountaintop at the Grand Theatre until February 27
- Meeting with International Justice Mission Canada Executive Director Ed Wilson and VP of Operations Kevin Dixon
- London Police Service Board meeting
- Meeting with Ed Holder
- First Nation- Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program workshop organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Councillors van Holst, Hopkins, Usher and Zaifman
Mayor Matt Brown, Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman with members of the Ontario NDP Caucus - MPP Teresa Armstrong, MPP Peggy Sattler and MPP Percy Hatfield at the Ontario Good Roads Association/ Rural Ontario Municipalities Association Combined Conference in Toronto on February 23, 2016.
Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Park and students at Aberdeen Public School on February 22, 2016.
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