The Federal Government released their 2016 budget this week, and there were many reasons to be optimistic.
The priorities identified appear to align well with our city-building priorities, including making investment in Rapid Transit and affordable housing. Leading up to the budget, I met with the Prime Minister and many federal ministers along with 20 of my Big City Mayor colleagues in order to ensure that London’s voice was being heard. We will continue to work closely with our federal partners to advocate for strategic investment in London.
On March 21, Londoners came together to take a stand against racism with the launch of a new social media campaign. My council colleagues - Councillors Usher, Ridley and Zaifman- and I along with Shawna Lewkowitz, chair of the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee launched the #HandsAgainstRacism campaign at Westmount Public School on the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination 1. The campaign runs until April 16 and is another way we can clearly demonstrate that there is no place for discrimination of any kind in our community.
Also this week, Councillor Zaifman and I joined Meals on Wheels on one of their many delivery routes in London. The organization does a great job at ensuring members of our community are able to live independent, healthy lives. Thank you for all that you do in London.
Friends, as we lead into the long weekend, I would wish everyone a happy, safe and relaxing time with family and friends. If you are observing Good Friday and Easter this weekend, I hope it is a time of reflection and of new beginnings. Happy Easter!
Mayor Matt Brown
Mayor Matt Brown at BMO Centre with MP Bardish Chagger (Minister of Small Business and Tourism) and MP Peter Fragiskatos
- London Abused Women’s Centre was recognized as the Featured Community Organization at Council on March 22
- iConect was recognized at Council with the City of London – London Economic Development Corporation Economic Leadership Award on March 22
- On March 22, Council welcomed London Devilettes Girls Hockey Association. The association hosts the largest all-female hockey tournament in Ontario
- London Convention Centre’s Bringing the World to London initiative resulted in the generation of more than $16 million economic impact in 2015.
- Congratulations to London's Sarah Landstreet as she completes her time at the Y Combinator in San Francisco. Sarah develops new technology to in the field of custom packaging
Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Zaifman, Sarah Campbell, executive director, Meals on Wheels London, and Sophia Heimpel, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels London, on March 22, 2016. Mayor Brown and Councillor Zaifman participated in a meal drop off with the organization that day.
Mayor Matt Brown with Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO of London Economic Development Corporation, Larry Mackinnon, Director of Business Development, London Economic Development Corporation with Ian Campbell, President and CEO, iConect and Cathy Monaghan, Chief Operating Officer, iConect. The company was presented with the Economic Leadership Award on March 22, 2016.
- Meet and Greet with newcomers from Syria at the Byron United Church with London West MP Kate Young
- Greek Independence Day ceremonies with London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos and London West MP Kate Young
- Launch of the #HandAgainstRacism campaign on the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination at Westmount Public School with Councillors Usher, Ridley and Zaifman and members of London’s Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee
- Meals on Wheels deliveries with Councillor Zaifman
- “Who’s Joe?” Event with Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Councillor Zaifman
- Launch of London-Middlesex Children’s Water Festival at Emily Carr Public School
- Lunch with Ms. Madeline Stevens – winner of a Silent Auction prize at a Salvation Army event
- Opening Ceremonies of the CCAA Curling Nationals at the Highland Golf and Country Club
- 32nd Annual Business Achievement Awards
- Age Friendly London Conference
- CCAA National Curling Championship Banquet attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
- 2016 CEO and Community Leader Challenge in support of the London Abused Women’s Centre
- Federal Budget announcement at BMO Centre with MP Peter Fragiskatos and MP Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Mayor Matt Brown with students at Emily Carr Public School at the launch of the 11th annual London Middlesex Children’s Water Festival on March 22, 2016.
Mayor Matt Brown, Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Councillor Zaifman with Michelle Quintyn, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes Terry Off, CFO, Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes and Shane Clarke, Circles Co-ordinator, Bridges Out of Poverty at the “Who’s Joe” event on March 22, 2016.
London in the Headlines
- Western researcher lending expertise to ExoMars mission
- Lockie steps down from United Way, rejoins YMCA
- London launches Children’s Water Festival to commemorate World Water Day
- A group of winning young minds has seen the future of the storied London landmark
- Move for Wheels fundraiser kicks off in London
- Paintings so delicious you’ll want to eat them
- Rowbust heads Down Under to defend its gold
- New London social media campaign to end discrimination
- Take a behind-the-scene look at London Ice Cream Company
- The Grand celebrates Canada with promising new season
- Local black history doc premieres March 26
Mayor Matt Brown with Spiro Grima, President of the London Devilettes, Mauro Facchin Vice President of Hockey Operations, London Devilettes with players Yakosani Cornelius, Shea-Lynn Dunsmore, and Haley Agius on March 22, 2016. London Devilettes were recognized at Council that day.
Mayor Matt Brown with Wilda Thomas from Pillar Non-Profit Network and Kent Guy, Stephanie Bates and Heather Wharram representing the London Abused Women’s Centre at Council on March 22, 2016. LAWC was recognized as the Featured Community Organization by Council that day.
Mayor Matt Brown with Councillors Usher, Ridley and Zaifman, and Shawna Lewkowitz, Chair of the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee at the launch of the #HandsAgainstRacism campaign at Westmount Public School on March 21, 2016, which was also the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination.
The Mayor presented a plaque for the Economic Leadership award to iConect.
The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s featured community organization to the London’s Abused Women’s Centre.
The Mayor recognized the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month fundraising event and also congratulated the London Devilettes Hockey Association on a recent successful international tournament held in the City.
In other Council business:
Council deferred a decision on the One River environmental assessment in order to receive more legal advice.
Council received for information a report about the environmental screening process at the W12A landfill.
Council directed staff to review the by-laws governing landscape materials on boulevards with options to permit rain gardens and variety of mulch materials.
Council received for information a report on remuneration and expenses for elected and appointed City officials.
Council approved municipal special levies for Downtown London Business Association, Argyle Business Improvement Area and the Old East Village Improvement Area.
Council received a report on employee absenteeism for 2015.
Council directed staff to undertake a request for proposal to seek third-party providers for child minding services for the public during public participation meetings and standing committees of Council.
Council received for information an update on Cultural Districts.
Council opted not to fund a request from Downtown London for a retail consultant firm.
Council received for information a recent Ontario Ombudsman report regarding a June 10, 2015 meeting and directed staff to review the recommendations and report back with necessary policies and procedures to address concerns raised in the report.