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Newsletter: February 5, 2016

London is putting up a strong fight for the largest infrastructure investment in the history of our city — our Rapid Transit initiative, Shift.

This week, Deputy Mayor Cassidy and I travelled to Ottawa to meet with our colleagues from Canada’s largest municipalities at a meeting of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) in Ottawa. BCMC is a part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and is made up of mayors of the 21 largest cities in Canada. With a focus on infrastructure investment, transportation and affordable housing, the group continued the discussion about how all levels of government must collaborate to move our cities and our country forward.

While in Ottawa, I had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The Prime Minister's message to the mayors was simple: we understand one key to unlocking economic potential in Canada lies with investing in infrastructure in our cities. We also met with several Ministers and MPs including the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business and Tourism, MP Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Transportation and MP Peter Fragiskatos. I shared more details about Shift and how this investment will transform the way we move across the city and in Southwest Ontario. Partnerships with all levels of government are essential to turning this vision into a reality.

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 atwww.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon

 Sincerely,

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Mayor Matt Brown

 

PM_BCMC.jpgMayor Matt Brown with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa on February 5, 2016. Prime Minister Trudeau addressed a gathering of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa that day.

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Mayor Matt Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy with colleagues from the Big City Mayors' Caucus posing for a selfie at the meeting in Ottawa on February 5, 2016. Big City Mayors' Caucus is comprised of mayors from the 21 largest cities in Canada.

Celebrating Londoners: 

  • London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association is hosting its 26th annual tournament from February 5 – February 7 at Western Fair Sports Complex. Congratulations on your continued success!

  • Congratulations to the 2016 Techalliance Techcellence Award winners

  • Londoners came together for the annual Raising the Roof to end homelessness on Toque Tuesday (February 2) in support of the Unity Project

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Hubert, Councillor van Holst, Councillor Ridley and Councillor Zaifman wearing Raising the Roof toques on Toque Tuesday in support of Unity Project on February 2, 2016.

 Around London: 

  • Launching Leaders Conference at Fanshawe College

  • Comedy and Auction Night in support at the Southdale Project with Councillor Salih and Councillor Hopkins

  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association Spring Festival

  • Chinese New Year celebrations with Chinese Freemasons with Councillor Usher

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayor’s Caucus meeting in Ottawa with Deputy Mayor Cassidy

  • Meeting with MP Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business and Tourism, MP Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Transportation and MP Peter Fragiskatos

  • Meeting with MP Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

  • Meeting with MP Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

  • LSTAR Don Smith Commercial Building Awards attended by Councillor Zaifman on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown

  • 13th Annual Cultural Festival at King’s University College  attended by Councillor Squire on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities on February 5, 2016. Mayor Matt Brown was in Ottawa for a meeting of the Big City Mayors' Caucus and discussed details about London's Rapid Transit initiative, Shift

 

 

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Mayor Matt Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy with the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business and Tourism, MP Kate Young and MP Peter Fragiskatos in Ottawa during a meeting of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa on February 5, 2016. 

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with MP Peter Fragiskatos, Councillor Salih and Councillor Hopkins at the Comedy and Auction Night in support of the Southdale Project at the London Convention Centre on January 30, 2016.

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Counsul General of the People’s Republic of China  Xue Bing and Raymond Wong , president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at the organization’s annual Spring Gala to celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 31, 2016.

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