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Newsletter: March 4, 2016

On Tuesday, March 8, our community will participate in a very important conversation. 

This conversation was sparked by two major events: The Back to the River project, and the Springbank Dam settlement. We are now presented with the opportunity create a renewed connection between Downtown and the Thames, and How the Back to the River project unfolds is directly related to the future of the Dam.  

Tuesday represents an opportunity to launch a community-wide conversation with an Environmental Assessment. On the surface, our community appears divided. But as we dive deeper, it is clear we all want the same thing; a healthy, active, river that can be enjoyed and cared for by all. As an elected official, I believe I need to be fully aware of the facts in order to make sound decisions for our community. I care deeply about our environment and water quality, and I am determined to strike the right balance between social, economic and environmental priorities.

An Environmental Assessment would allow us to do just that. It will let us collect all the information necessary to make this important decision and provide an opportunity for every perspective to be heard. It represents a holistic study of the options available allow us to consider all the options and make decisions based on evidence, rather than conclusions.


I hope you can join the conversation. Please join us on March 8 at 6:30pm at City Council Chambers (300 Dufferin Avenue) to be part of this conversation. I look forward to seeing you there.

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

PS:  Looking for ideas for March Break checkout these events and activities at London Public Library and London Children’s Museum!


Celebrating Londoners

  • London is continuing to welcome hundreds of Syrian refugee families as new friends and neighbours. Many of these families are arriving with small children and are in need of strollers. If you or someone you know would like to donate new or gently used strollers, please contact Ban Abood at the  babood@lcclc.org
  • Friends of the Civic Garden Complex were recognized with the Elsa Bethal-Haydon Award from the Ontario Parks Association. Congratulations.
  • London Youth Advisory Council is looking for candidates to run for their next Council term. You can apply by clicking here. Deadline to apply is March 13.
  • Council welcomed representatives of the London Food Bank and Wayne Dunn, chair of the Business Cares Food Drive on March 1, 2016. Thank you to all City of London employees who donated to the 2015 campaign.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Jane Roy and Glen Pearson, co-directors, London Food Bank, Wayne Dunn, chair, Business Cares Food Drive and City staff Tina Tewkesbury, Ashley Rameloo, Michelle Vivinetto and Olivia Gualtieri at a Council meeting on March 1, 2016.

Around London

  • Moonlight in India in support of ChildCan attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Dinner at the London Muslim Mosque to welcome Syrian newcomers attended by Councillor Squire on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • National Engineering Month Kickoff attended by Councillor Usher on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee
  • Meeting of London City Council
  • Student 2 Business Career Networking Conference with Councillors
  • Meeting with a team led by Deb Harvey, Executive Director, the Grand Theatre
  • Meeting with Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler, Temple Israel of London, The Rev. Dr. Kate Crawford, United Church of Canada, Mahmoud Haddra London Muslim Mosque, Deacon Len Hughes, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica, Maurice Lacertre, St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Sr Sue Wilson - members of the Multi-Faith Social Action Coalition of London
  • Southwest Ontario Urban Mayors Caucus meeting discussing regional transportation, Provincial and Federal budget and other issues of importance to the region
  • Meeting with Harry Joosten and exchange students Su Jeong Kim (from South Korea) and Iva Jajcinovic (from Croatia)
  • Empty Bowls event with the London Potters’ Guild in support of My Sisters’ Place

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Mayor Matt Brown with Harry Joosten and exchange students Su Jeong Kim and Iva Jajcinovic on March 4, 2016.

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Mayor Matt Brown chairing a meeting of the Southwest Ontario Urban Mayors Caucus at Ivey School of Business at Western University on March 3, 2016. The meeting was attended by Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia, Mayor Trevor Birtch, City of Woodstock, Mayor Trevor Birtch, City of Woodstock, Mayor Chris Friel, City of Brantford,  Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo, Mayor Heather Jackson, City of St. Thomas, Councillor Mike Mann, City of Cambridge and  Gary Dyke, City Manager, City of Cambridge.  Mayor Dan Mathieson, City of Stratford attended via teleconference.

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Council Briefs

  • The Mayor presented a cheque to The London Food Bank and to Wayne Dunn, Chair of the Business Cares Food Drive, on behalf of the Corporation’s Business Cares Food Drive 2015.
  • In other Council business:
  • Council approved hiring a specialist in diversity, inclusion and engagement to assist the corporation with addressing integration of all Londoners and to establish strategies to create a City of London workforce more reflective of the community.
  • Council approved the 4th report of the Planning and Environment Committee.
  • Council approved a funding arrangement with the Province and Thames Valley District School Board to create new Family Centres at a northwest London new public school and a northeast London new public school.
  • Council received a report regarding noise by-law complaints and referred costing options for enhanced enforcement services to the multi-year budget process.
  • Council directed staff to establish a “good neighbour” campaign for students and residents in near campus neighbourhoods.
  • Council approved construction of new off-leash area for dogs at 941 Commissioners Rd. E, a pilot urban dog park at 280 Dundas St. and a timed off-leash park at Harris Park.
  • Council received for information a summary of internal audits from 2011 to 2015 and directed staff to report back on actual savings as a result of the audits.

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