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Newsletter: March 11, 2016

This week, City Council took an important step by approving London’s first multi-year budget.

After almost three months of reviewing the budget, in some cases  line-by-line, council delivered a budget that is responsible and sustainable over the long term. We focused on areas identified in Council’s Strategic Plan and on making investments to support our most vulnerable populations. We worked hard to protect existing services that Londoners rely upon each and every day.

I would like to thank every Londoner who participated in the budget process – at Build-A-Budget workshops, through the interactive budget simulator, via emails, on social media and by attending public participation meetings.

After an informative Public Participation Meeting on Tuesday, the Civic Works Committee voted 4 to 2 in favour of recommending that the Springbank Dam be included in the One River Master Plan. With that recommendation complete, it will be brought forward at the March 22 Council meeting for final decision.

The Environmental Assessment process is required by the province, and ensures that council makes evidence-based decisions. The process starts with a thorough review of our goals, visions, challenges, and opportunities when it comes to our river- without any preconceptions. Many other city initiatives require an Environmental Assessment like our Transportation Master Plan.

As always I look forward to hearing from you. You can connect with me via email:  and/or follow me on Twitter @MayorMattBrown and on Facebook at



Mayor Matt Brown

Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to the United Way of London and Middlesex on reaching their 2015 campaign goal of $9.1 million. Thank you to all volunteers, donors and staff.
  • London’s TD SunFest, Home County Music and Arts Festival, Western Fair and Wine and Food Show were named among Top 100 Ontario festivals in 2016 by Festivals and Events Ontario. Congratulations to volunteers and organizers
  • Stone Soup, a half-day conference designed to promote entrepreneurship among youth, was organized at Fanshawe College on March 9

Around London

  • London Lightning basketball game with United Way of London and Middlesex for the announcement of the completion of their 2015 fundraising goal
  • Meeting with London Hydro Board President Mohan Mathur and Councillor van Holst
  • London Hydro Mentoring and Networking Night
  • Annual General Meeting of the Old Masonville Ratepayers Association with Councillor Morgan
  • Welcome Fund Announcement with London Community Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, CN, General Motors, London Chamber of Commerce at the Cross Cultural Learners Centre. It was announced that London will be receiving $250,000 through the fund to support housing needs of Syrian refugees.
  • Welcome video shoot for the Stories of Syria project undertaken by students of the Leadership and Mentorship First Year Committee at Western University
  • Meeting with Adam Caplan of


Mayor Matt Brown with MP Peter Fragiskatos, MPP Deb Matthews, Andrew Lockie, CEO, United Way of London and Middlesex, Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, CN, John Hope, Financial Planner, Manulife, Andrew Chunilal, Community Foundations of Canada, Martha Powell, Executive Director, London Community Foundation, Carol Stephenson, member of the Board of Directors, GM, Valerian Marochko, Executive Director, London Cross Cultural Learners Centre and Gerry Macartney, CEO, London Chamber of Commerce at the Welcome Fund announcement on March 11, 2016. London will receive $250,000 to support housing needs of Syrian refugees. 


Members of London group Shades of Harmony sang O Canada at the council meeting on March 10, 2016.


 Mayor Matt Brown with first year Western University students Betty Wang and Jocelyn Murray on March 11, 2016. The students filmed a short video with Mayor Brown that day to welcome Syrian families to London as part of the Stories of Syria project.


 Mayor Matt Brown with Adam Caplan of local digital company on March 11, 2016.

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