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Newsletter June 30

Canada Day weekend is finally here and there is so much happening in London to celebrate our sesquicentennial.

Historically, more than 100,000 people take part in Canada Day festivities in our city. We want 2017 to be the biggest celebration yet.

This year, the City of London provided more than $130,000 while the London Heritage Council obtained more than $60,000 to help great organizations host fantastic events that everyone should see.

Londoners can explore the city’s 10 programs and events through the Passport to London program. Residents can pick up a passport at any of the participating locations and get their passport stamped at all of the locations to receive a memorable Canada 150 souvenir.

Participating locations are Museum London, Byron Optimist Club, Harris Park, Eldon House, East London, London Children’s Museum, South London, Hyde Park, Summerside and Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

To learn more about Passport to London, click here.

Our downtown core will be the backdrop for SesquiFest. There will be live music featuring local and national bands, food trucks and other vendors, summer ice skating and the SESQUI dome.

You can find a day by day schedule with all of the information about SesquiFest by clicking here.

I hope to see you out this weekend.



Matt Brown

With students at Sir GE Cartier Public School celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Donating blood at Canadian Blood Services.


Events and Occasions:

  • Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Project
  • Oakridge Optimists 60th Anniversary
  • Dearness Canada 150 BBQ
  • Cherryhill Village Summer Garden Party
  • London Muslim Mosque Annual Dinner
  • In London For London church service
  • London Bike Expo
  • London Community Hebrew Day School 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Children’s Health and Environment Workshop & Symposium
  • Sir G.E. Cartier Public School Canada 150 Assembly
  • Meeting with Marcus Ploughman
  • Meeting with Shmuel Farhi
  • Meeting with John Rook, Homes for Heroes Foundation
  • Age Friendly London Conference
  • Meeting with Charlotte Dingwall and Nancy Powers, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope
  • Donate blood at Canadian Blood Donor Clinic
  • Social Services London East Project Completion Celebration
  • Meeting with Michael Annett, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope
  • Meeting with Harry Joosten
  • Strawberry Sweetheart Appreciation Tea at My Sisters’ Place
  • SesquiFest Formal Opening

Council Briefs:

  • The Mayor recognized several City of London staff members who were recipients of the 2016 Awards of Excellence.
  • Council acknowledged former Controlled Gina Barber’s recent recognition from the Province of Ontario as London’s Senior of the Year.
  • Council approved improvements to the public engagement process for planning matters, including plain language mail notices, improved on-site signage, an enhanced online presence, and direct notification to tenants as well as property owners.
  • The Neighbourhood Decision Making program, a part of the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy (LSNS), was approved by Council to be expanded to apply city-wide.
  • Council approved the 2017-2020 Age Friendly London Action Plan.
  • The City of London’s 2016 Financial Report was approved by Council, marking 40 years of a AAA credit rating and reflecting a reduction in debt and continued improvement in the City of London’s financial position.
  • Council approved the Industrial Land Development Strategy Annual Monitoring and Pricing Report, with no change to adjust the pricing of City-owned industrial lands.
  • Council approved moving forward with an application related to a proposed retirement community on Baseline Road. 

Speaking with Londoners at My Sisters’ Place during its Strawberry Sweetheart Appreciation Tea.

Celebrating Oakridge Optimist’s 60th anniversary at Optimist Park along with Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert.

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