On Monday, I addressed the Ontario Government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in Hamilton as part of the Provincial government’s pre-budget consultation process.
I shared with them our need for a strong partnership with the provincial government on London’s Rapid Transit initiative, Shift. I also met with Mayor Eisenberger of Hamilton and we discussed infrastructure and affordable housing as we prepare to join 20 other mayors from across Canada in Ottawa at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus in February.
Mid-week, I travelled to Toronto to meet with the Honourable Minister Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Transportation Minister, to discuss our draft official plan and our need for a Rapid Transit system. We talked about London being the largest city in Canada without Rapid Transit. In the coming weeks and months, I, along with many members of Council, will continue to have this important conversation about this city building initiative with Ministers and other provincial and federal leaders as both governments prepare their 2016 budgets. .
On Wednesday, Londoners had the opportunity to again have their say and learn more about London’s new multi-year budgeting process at our second Build-A-Budget workshop. As well, the first public participation meeting was held in Council Chambers on Thursday. If you missed the public participation meeting this week, you can attend one next month on February 24. You can also follow the process and learn more at www.london.ca/budget.
Mayor Matt Brown
Mayor Matt Brown at a meeting with Minister Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Adam Thompson, Manager, Government and External Relations, City of London and Steven Ball, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Transportation on Monday, January 18, 2016. Mayor Brown and Minister Del Duca discussed London’s draft official plan and London’s Rapid Transit initiative.
Mayor Matt Brown with Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger in Hamilton on January 18, 2016. The two Mayors discussed affordable housing and infrastructure ahead of a meeting of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus in February.
The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events:
- Build-A-Budget workshop at Goodwill Industries
- 2016 Israeli Brunch with Councillor Zaifman
- Empty Bowls Bowlathon
- Presentation of provincial government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in Hamilton, Ontario.
- “Live Life to the Fullest” event with former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion at Revera Living
- Curl for Prostate Cancer Research attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- Meeting with Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Government of Ontario to discuss London’s Rapid Transit initiative
- Metropolitan Church’s Potpourri session attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- An Evening with the Dragon Slayer: Mitch Brogan with the North London Optimists
- Verge Capital’s announcement of their first loan recipients (Old East Village Grocer and For the Love of Laundry) with Deputy Mayor Hubert and Deputy Mayor Cassidy
- Meeting with George Baran of Trudell Medical International regarding a medical device initiative
- Mayor Matt Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy met with Toronto Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, Chair of their Poverty Reduction Task Force to discuss issues related to poverty
- Meeting with London Development Institute
Mayor Matt Brown and Andrea Brown at an Empty Bowls Bowlathon on January 17 in support of the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser March 4, 2016.
Mayor Matt Brown with former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on January 19, 2016 at the "Live Life to the Fullest" event organized by Revera Living.
Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Zaifman, Efrat Gurman, Jacob Peretz and Nicki Ishai at the 2016 Israeli Brunch at the Jewish Community Centre on January 17, 2016.
Mayor Matt Brown and Deputy Mayor Cassidy at Toronto City Hall with Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, Chair of their Poverty Reduction Task Force on January 22, 2016.
London in the Headlines
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- Laughs, moral dilemmas fill up Fly Me to the Moon
- Youth Opportunities Unlimited planning $10-million project to construct affordable housing for young mothers
- Child and Youth Network’s Family Centred Service System is making programs more accessible
- London-based YMCA considers risky play
- Business Buzz: January 20
- Broadway musical hit spells f - u - n
- Museum London launches Culture Club 55-plus
- Online shopping in Canada jumped 20 per cent during holiday period, according to MasterCard survey
- Social finance in London takes another step forward
- Good job growth in London
- VERGE Capital Unveils First Loan Recipients
- The Only on King restaurant has placed among the top 100 restaurants
- Quirky Big Viking keeping eyes on the gaming prize