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Newsletter January 15, 2016

Our downtown is our calling card to the world. This week we imagined what the future could be.

On Wednesday, together with six of my council colleagues, I joined over 100  Londoners at the My Dundas event. Attendees had an opportunity to provide their feedback on how to turn Dundas Street into Dundas Place. We’re going to revamp Dundas from Wellington Street to the Thames River into a place that can easily transition from a traffic route during the day to a curb-free, pedestrian-first place on evenings and weekends. This will allow pedestrians, restaurants and shops to spill out onto the street creating a festival-like environment.

This project is linked to  the London Plan and many other city-building plans like our Rapid Transit Plan, Shift,  our Downtown Plan and Back to the River. You can learn more about the My Dundas initiative at www.mydundas.ca.

Also this week, Fanshawe College celebrated the launch of the second phase of their expansion into the downtown. There are already hundreds of students in the core at the Centre for Digital and Performing Arts. This next project will represent Fanshawe’s largest single investment ever in our community and when complete, there will be more than 2000 students, faculty and staff downtown. More people in the heart of our city means thriving businesses and a vibrant arts and culture scene. A special thank you to the Spriet family for their support of this expansion and for announcing the donation of $500,000 towards the project.

Thank you to Mike Mulligan of Moving Forward Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre for touring Deputy Mayor Cassidy and I through your unique facility. Mike is an inspiration to so many and he has demonstrated that no challenge is insurmountable with determination, hard work and a positive outlook.  

On January 26, I’m looking forward to delivering the second State of the City Address. Please join me at the London Convention Centre or watch the livestream (details to follow)  to learn how we are moving our city forward, together.

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 

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Mayor Matt Brown

P.S.: Deputy Premier Deb Matthews is organizing her annual Children’s Book Drive and Londoners are invited to donate new or gently-used children’s books that will be donated to organizations across our community. Books  can be dropped off at Deputy Premier Matthews’ office at 242 Piccadilly Street from January 18 until February 12.  

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 Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Squire, Councillor Usher, Councillor Hopkins, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman at the launch of Phase II of Fanshawe College’s downtown campus on January 15, 2016. This is Fanshawe College’s largest single investment ever.

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Squire, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Usher, Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman at the My Dundas: From Fix to Flex event on January 13, 2016 at the London Music Hall. The event was an opportunity for Londoners to review feedback received by the City at the My Dundas launch event in September and continue to share their thoughts and opinions on how to reshape Dundas Street.

Celebrating Londoners

 

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Mayor Brown and students from King’s University College with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Park, Councillor Ridley, Councillor Hopkins and Kate Graham, Director, Community & Economic Innovation at City of London - ‎City of London, Canada on January 11, 2016. The students are part of a mentorship program with councillors and city staff.

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Mayor Matt Brown with George Kotsifas, chair of the City of London’s 2015 United Way Campaign, Andrew Lockie, CEO, United Way of London and Middlesex and Luis Domingues, Vice Chair of the United Way Cabinet at the Council meeting on January 12, 2016. City of London employees raised $89,471.88 for the campaign this year. 

 

Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Meet and greet with mentees from King’s University College with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Park, Councillor Ridley and Councillor Hopkins
  • Kickoff Breakfast for Royal Lepage at London Roundhouse with Deputy Mayor Hubert
  • Tour of MicroCad Computers with Councillor Usher
  • Techalliance Breakfast event to discuss The London Plan and Rapid Transit
  • Tour of Moving Forward Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre with owner Mike Mulligan and Deputy Mayor Cassidy
  • My Dundas: From Fix to Flex event with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Park, Councillor Usher, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Squire and Councillor Zaifman
  • Meeting with Denis Stelatos regarding high speed telecommunications opportunities
  • Coffee with Randy Brewe Oakridge Optimist
  • Tour of Innovation Works with Michelle Baldwin, executive director, Pillar Nonprofit Network
  • Meeting with Brian Thompson of Participation House with Councillor Park
  • Fanshawe College’s Downtown Phase II development launch event at the Centre of Digital and Performing Arts with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Hopkins, Councillor Usher, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Park, Councillor Squire and Councillor Zaifman
  • Meeting with Juan Cardona, who presented Mayor Matt Brown with a letter of greetings from Mayor Rual Cardona of Envigado, Colombia
  • Harry Joosten’s retirement Open House
  • List.jpgMayor Brown and students from King’s University College with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Park, Councillor Ridley, Councillor Hopkins and Kate Graham, Director, Community & Economic Innovation at City of London - ‎City of London, Canada on January 11, 2016. The students are part of a mentorship program with councillors and city staff.

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Mayor Matt Brown and Councillor Usher with Pam Bains of Microcad Computers on January 13, 2016.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Park and Brian from Participation House Support Services on January 15, 2016. Participation House is a non profit group that  provides support to people with significant complex needs.

London in the Headlines

Council Briefs

  • Council approved a five-year, $3.8 million project that would rotate 10 red light cameras at 22 city intersections in an effort to reduce dangerous driving behaviours. Tickets for running a red light would cost $325.
  • Council also endorsed a four-year $2.8 million plan to protect City-owned water lines from freezing. There were more than 500 frozen water pipes in the City last year.
  • Council approved an environmental assessment for an underpass or overpass on Adelaide Street at the CP rail lines.
  • Council directed staff to report back regarding overnight parking permit options.
  • Council also approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North widening project.
  • Council approved rezoning of lands bounded by Oxford Street West and Westdel Bourne, Shore Road and Kains Road to allow a neighbourhood development that would include residential and commercial development.
  • Council received, and referred to the multi-year budget process, the 2016 – 2019 proposed operating, capital water and wastewater budgets and directed staff to make the necessary arrangements for effective public engagement.
  • Council referred an overview report regarding a number of Environmental Assessments to a Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting Jan. 28