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Newsletter March 29

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the JUNOS in Vancouver. It was an incredible experience to be apart of the recognition of Canada’s musical talent.

Next year, London will be the host city for the 2019 JUNOS and I couldn’t be more excited. It will be an amazing showcase of both local and national talent. Leading up to the 2019 JUNOS, our city will host countless events celebrating music, art, and culture. London is a music city. London is on.

Follow the London JUNOS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for the latest updates, concerts and events as we get ready for #JUNOSLdn2019

April is just around the corner which means Easter is here. There are many family friendly events happening right across our city.

This week, City of London Thames Valley golf course opened for the season.

Storybook Gardens will also re-open for weekends beginning March 30th and will open daily beginning May 19th. Attractions will be running, weather permitting, and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all ages between 10AM and 1PM on Friday and Saturday.

Also, the 37th London Spring Arts and Craft Show will be at the Western Fair District Metroland Media Agriplex March 29th between 5 to 9PM and March 30th between 10 to 5PM.

Wishing you the best for this holiday weekend. Happy Easter!




Matt Brown


With Gregor Robertson the Mayor of Vancouver and Allan Reid CEO of the JUNO awards

With London's own Texas Kings at the JUNO awards


Events and Occasions:

·         JUNO Chairman’s Reception

·         JUNO Welcome Reception

·         JUNOS Gala Dinner & Awards

·         JUNO Awards Broadcast

·         CBC Playlist Live! Event

·         Meeting with Elias Puurunnen

·         Meeting with Nan Finlayson

·         Grand Opening of Provincial Glass

·         Middlesex-London Health Unit Cannabis Municipal Knowledge Exchange Forum

·         Faculty of Engineering’s First Year Student Design Showcase

·         Opening Doors for Accessibility Conference


Council Briefs:

Karen Kayembe, a 17-year-old student from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary High School, opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem.


Mayor Matt Brown requested a moment of silence in remembrance of former Councillor Ted Wernham, who passed away last week.


Mayor Matt Brown recognized London Musician Joe Borowsky, who is the recipient of news publication OurLondon’s Top Music School Award and whose music was recently featured during the Olympics that aired on CBC.


Mayor Matt Brown also recognized the work that the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) and London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) have done to create a welcoming community for newcomers, and in particular, for their work on the All Are Welcome Here: United in Diversity Event that celebrated the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

In other Council business:

Council approved a request from ANOVA to undertake a mapping tool in support the United Nations Safe Cities Initiative.

Council directed staff to amend the Fees and Charges By-law and any other pertinent by-law to provide public civic spaces free of charge to Indigenous Bands and Indigenous Organizations for cultural celebrations.

Council directed administration to conduct a review of policies and practices related to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Council directed staff to report back with a proposal and the associated costs required to become a Sanctuary City/Access to Service Without Fear City.

Council approved an amendment to the zoning by-law that would allow for the plan to build the Westminster Ponds Centre, an environmental centre that will be open to the public.

Council approved the Hamilton Road Community Improvement Plan.




Banner from DIAAC for Hands Against Racism


·         What’s Open, Closed on Easter Weekend

·         UN Safe Cities Effort gets $31K from Council for Mapping System

· Wins National Employee-Choice Award

·         London's Slice in 2018 Budget Includes High Speed Rail

·         It's Official! Cardiac Fitness Institute Patients to move to Western University

·         Leaving Family and Culture Behind for an Education Unavailable at Home

·         Bike Shop Coffee Bar Celebrates Grand Opening

·         London City Buses Detoured by Upcoming Construction Projects

·         Two Waste Management Workers are Being Hailed as Heroes

·         Growing Demand for Medical Cannabis has Local Facilities Harvesting Benefits

·         Get a Head Start on Spring with Locally Grown Indoor Plants



Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Provincial Glass expansion

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