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Newsletter January 19

It’s been a phenomenal week for London.

On Monday, the province announced a $170-million investment in our bus rapid transit system. This funding means we will starting rolling out the quick start program within a year.

This means better transit and transportation for every Londoner. We will begin with an intelligent transportation system, synching traffic lights and improving travel times across the city for all.

It’s time to upgrade London’s transit system and I thank the Government of Ontario for this transformational investment.

I delivered the 2018 State of the City Address on Tuesday. It makes me so proud to highlight London’s success stories every year. As a community, we unveiled 1,000 new jobs, several new developments and new supports for London’s business owners.

There is so much momentum in London. In 2018, the London Economic Development Corporation is forecasting $1-billion in investment and 3,000 new jobs in our city.

For a full recap click here.

Finally, on Friday, the Middlesex London Health Unit announced that 186 King St. will be the site of Ontario’s first Temporary Overdose Prevention Site. This will save lives as we work to battle the opioid crisis here in London.

Just this week, London Police announced three deaths and two hospitalizations from suspected drug overdoses. The TOPS will open in February and be paired with other harm reduction services.

This is about saving lives. I’d like to extend my most sincere thanks to everyone who has worked tirelessly to get to this point. This is a temporary solution as we work on establishing supervised consumption sites in London.

One life lost is one too many.



Matt Brown



LGBT+ Apology 

Council Briefs:

  • The Mayor and Council recognized the contributions made to London by the following citizens who were named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List: Karen Schuessler (Arts), Dharshi Lacey (Diversity and Race Relations), George Sinclair (Environment), Susan Bentley (Heritage), Sister Delores Brisson (Housing), Lina Bowden (Humanitarianism), Todd Sargeant and Sigmund Bernat (Persons with a Disability), Emilie Crakondji (Safety and Crime Prevention) and Tom Partalas (Sports).
  • In other Council business:
  • Council authorized the Mayor and the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer to execute a Letter of Agreement between the Province of Ontario and the City of London with respect to the Dedicated Gas Tax Fundsfor the Public Transportation Program.
  • Council approved acknowledging the anniversary of the Quebec Mosque shooting on January 29, 2018 by lowering the Canadian flag on the Community Flag pole to half-mast that day. As well, the Mayor will write to the Federal and Provincial Governments requesting that January 29 be designated as a Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia at the federal and provincial levels.
  • Council approved the One River Environmental Assessment Update: Phase II Stage I Report, which recommends the decommission of the Springbank Dam.


Announcement of Temporary Overdose Prevention Site

Events and Occasions:

  • Bus rapid transit funding announcement with Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca
  • 2018 State of the City Address
  • Mayoral Monday with Craig Needles
  • Opioid Crisis Working Group meeting
  • Meeting with Dzifa Dei
  • Meeting with Amanda Stratton
  • Meeting with Kent Deshane
  • London Police Services Board meeting
  • Meeting with Justin Wolfe
  • Waste Management Working Group meeting
  • Temporary Overdose Prevention Site announcement
  • Pride Understanding video launch
  • London Chinese Entrepreneur Alliance New Year Gala


Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Minister Del Duca announcing $170-million for Rapid Transit


State of the City 2018

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