This week, I travelled to Ottawa to meet with my Big City Mayor colleagues and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Big City Mayors’ Caucus serves as a chance to bring forward important local initiatives to our partners from across Canada.
Our discussions focused on securing safe and affordable housing, rapid transit funding, refugee supports and tackling the fentanyl crisis.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the Big City Mayors to discuss the development of a National Housing Strategy to ensure each Londoner and Canadian has a safe, secure home. Canada is facing a national housing crisis. 1.5-million Canadians cannot find suitable, affordable housing. In London, we know there are 2,550 households wait listed for affordable housing. People spend an average of 1.5 years on a wait list for social housing. That is simply too many and too long searching for a place to call home.
We also had the opportunity to sit down with senior Infrastructure Canada officials to go over Budget 2017 recommendations, including rapid transit funding here in London. We have seen positive signs from our provincial and federal counterparts regarding investments in our SHIFT rapid transit plan, a system that will truly transform our city and change the way Londoners get around.
Back at home, close to 200 Londoners came together and began to develop the Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy last weekend. This is set out in our Strategic Plan as a way to strengthen our community. This is a made in London plan that will make our city safe and welcoming for all. I was so pleased to see the turnout for the first community consultation, developing a draft vision and statement of commitment. I am hoping you can attend the upcoming sessions on Saturday, February 4 and Wednesday, March 8. The final strategy will be presented to council in April. Click here for more information on the Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.
Mayor Matt Brown
Discussing local initiatives like housing, transit funding, refugees and the fentanyl crisis with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Big City Mayors' Caucus meetings in Ottawa.
Officials from King's University College visited my office to discuss SHIFT rapid transit plans.
- Londoners picking up on new trash rules
- Scotiabank donates $1-million for families struggling to pay for hospital stays in London
Events and Occasions:
- Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy community consultation
Mayoral Monday on The Craig Needles Show on AM980
- 2017 Israeli Brunch
Meeting with Peter McMahon and Michael Dale
Meeting with Shmuel Farhi
- Meeting with Chris Campbell, Kapil Lakhotia and Andrea Halwa
Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List
Meeting with Rosa Barbin
Meeting with Chris Campbell
Voices.com Grand Opening
- Big City Mayors’ Caucus in Ottawa and Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The Mayor and Council recognized the contributions made to London by people who were named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List: Dale Yoshida (The Arts), Mojdeh Cox (Diversity and Race Relations), Dr. Joseph Cummins (The Environment), Sandra Miller (Heritage), Susan Grindrod (Housing), Andrew Rosser (Humanitarianism), Brenda Ryan (Persons with Disabilities), Danielle Mooder (Safety and Crime Prevention), and Therese Quigley (Sports).
In other Council business:
Council referred to a future public participation meeting proposed changes to the City’s Election Sign By-law.
Council approved funding for continued implementation of the Customer Relationship Management software project.
Council approved an agreement with the Province regarding dedicated Gas Tax funds for the public transportation program.
Council referred the report on proposed changes to City Ward boundaries back to staff for further review.
Council approved additional funding to complete leasehold renovations to Citi Plaza to accommodate staff relocation from Market Tower.
Council approved a request from Ward 14 Coun. Jared Zaifman to display banners acknowledging International Holocaust Remembrance Day during the week of January 23.
Council received an update regarding the City’s lead mitigation program.
Council approved design of dedicated bicycle lanes along Queens Avenue and Colborne Street.
Council approved a funding arrangement with the province to complete the Kiwanis Park Pathway connection project.
Council received updates regarding the City’s garbage and recycling programs and directed staff to report back on the feasibility of converting the City’s garbage packers from diesel to compressed natural gas.
Council voted to designate Fire Hall No. 4 on Colborne Street under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Council endorsed the creation of heritage conservation districts along Talbot Street and in the Gibbons Park neighbourhood.
Close to 200 Londoners attended the first community consultation for the Community Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.
Voices.com held a grand opening for their new space at 100 Dundas St. this week.