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Newsletter: January 8, 2016

I want to start the first newsletter of the New Year by congratulating those who were named to the 2016 Mayor’s Honour List. Thank you all for your continued commitment to our community and for helping to make London a better city for all.

In 2016, City Council will pivot towards our first ever multi-year budget. This process will help us to better plan for the short, medium and long term and it will allow us to align our priorities with the resources required to execute them. It’s one more step towards creating a more open and forward-looking local government.  The 2016-2019 budget will be tabled on January 11 at 4:00 p.m. It’s an initiative that will help us build our city for generations and I encourage you to get involved.

There are many ways you can participate, including:

  • Watch the budget being tabled online atwww.london.ca/livestreaming

  • Attend aBuild-A-Budget workshop

  • Attend a public participation meeting on January 21

  • Join the conversation on Twitter using @CityofLdnOnt or #LdnBudget

Our community is continuing to welcome Syrian refugees to London. On Thursday, I was pleased to attend a meeting at the London Muslim Mosque to discuss the London United for Refugees campaign which launched in December. This co-ordinated, community-wide effort, led by United Way of London and Middlesex and the Cross Cultural Learner Centre supports Syrian families arriving in our city. (add link)

This week, I also met with 10 mayors from across Southwestern Ontario to discuss our many shared priorities and the ways in which we can work together more effectively. We are committed to working collaboratively so that we can ensure that the voice of Southwestern Ontario is heard clearly on the issues that affect us most. Some of these issues include regional transportation linkages, economic development opportunities and building healthy communities.

 

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

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 Mayor Matt Brown with Mayor Drew Dilkins, City of Windsor, City Councillor Mike Mann, City of Cambridge, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener, Mayor Trevor Birtch, City of Woodstock, Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo, Mayor Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph, Mayor Dan Mathieson, City of Stratford, Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia, and Mayor Chris Friel, City of Brantfordat a meeting of regional mayors in Stratford on January 7, 2016. The meeting gave Mayors the opportunity to discuss important regional issues. The primary focus was exploring options for strengthening the region’s voice at the provincial and national levels.

Celebrating Londoners

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Councillors, Mike Bloxam and Maegan Izawa from the London Food Bank. The London Food Bank was recognized as a featured community organization at the Council meeting on January 4, 2016.

 Around London

  • Meeting with Councillor Greg Belz, Rickhampton Regional Council, Queensland, Australia
  • Meeting with Twee Brown from High Point Development
  • Meeting with a group from the London Affordable Housing Foundation and Sister Joan from the Sisters of St. Joseph to discuss affordable housing in London
  • Meeting with Jaime Martinez from Latino Canadian Community
  • Meeting with a group of Mayors from the Southwest region in Stratford to discuss how to collaboratively build a stronger region and strengthen the region’s voice at the provincial and national levels
  • Meeting with Sean Wilson, a passionate advocate for veterans
  • Meeting at the London Muslim Mosque concerning the London United For Refugees campaign
  • Meeting with Mark McLean’s class from A.B. Lucas Secondary School with Deputy Mayor Cassidy

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Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Greg Belz, Rockhampton Regional Council, Queensland, Australia and his son Simon Belz on January 4, 2016.

 

London in the Headlines

Council Briefs

  • Council directed staff to report back on the licence fee structure regarding food trucks. Council approved the removal of limits for the number of licences permitted, the distribution of food products and revisions to the separation distances from eating establishments

  • Council approved the closure and demolition of the Glen Cairn Arena after the 2018 arena season

  • Council approved donation of end-of-life-cycle firefighter equipment to GlobalFire, a registered Canadian charity that operates programs in developing countries to improve emergency services

  • Council requested staff and London Police Services to report back on the number of noise bylaw complaints investigated in 2014 and 2015

  • Council requested staff report back with an update with respect to the Taxicab and Limousine Licencing by-law

  • Council received for information the annual update on Budweiser Gardens

  • Council voted to not implement a monthly change in the seating positions of Council Members at both the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee and Council meetings

  • Council approved a rezoning for property at 50 King Street that could permit development of a mixed-use apartment building with a maximum height of 28 storeys

  • Council approved the appointment of Coun. Jared Zaifman as Vice-Chair of the Community and Protective Services committee for the term ending November 30, 2016

  • Council approved the appointment of Coun. Tanya Park as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee for the term ending November 30, 2016

  • Council received for information an update on the Great Near-Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy Review

  • Council endorsed the winning design from the Back to the River competition and directed staff to report back on the scope of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames

  • Council approved a mixed use development on property at 89 York Street

  • Council voted to not increase the amount of land brought into the Urban Growth Boundary

  • Council voted to increase the intensification target in The London Plan to 45 per cent and endorsed a staff recommendation to make 75 per cent of the intensification near the City’s proposed rapid transit routes


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