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Newsletter May 19

This week, the provincial government made a significant commitment to bring high speed rail to our region.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca visited London to announce the preliminary design work and investment in a comprehensive environmental assessment.

Former federal Minister of Transport, the Honourable David Collenette wrote a feasibility report, concluding that a business case exists for high speed rail in our region. You can read the full report here.

Trains will travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h, cutting down travel times along the corridor between Windsor and Toronto. Right now it could take three hours to get from London to Toronto with traffic. With high speed rail, it could take half that time.

High speed rail connecting London to the rest of the region will be an enormous economic boost for our community. It will encourage new business to launch in our city and attract top talent to either live or work here. It is crucial that our rapid transit system and high speed rail work seamlessly together.

Meanwhile, this weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in London. Spray pads will open around the city and I am hopeful that you will take advantage. Click here for a list of London’s 14 spray pad locations. Overnight parking restrictions will also be lifted starting this weekend, meaning you will no longer need to register for an overnight parking pass to leave your vehicle on the street. Click here for more information.

Sincerely,

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Matt Brown


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Meeting with officials from College Boreal.

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With Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews at a high speed rail announcement in London.


Newsmakers: 

Events and Occasions:

  • London Run for Ovarian Cancer
  • 50th Biennial Convention of the Royal Canadian Legion
  • Meeting with Martin and Linda Pratt, winners of Lunch with the Mayor at Oakridge Trivia Night
  • Meeting with Kara Gunnarson, Stu Saunders and Ian Tyson
  • Meeting with Saab Medical, Dr. Amin Saab, Norman Tiffin and Don Bilyea
  • London Beatles Festival announcement
  • Meeting with David Johnston and Leger Xavier
  • Free 98.1 Morning Show interview
  • OneRun at St. Andre Bessette
  • Meeting with Chief John Pare, Brian Lester, Gayane Hovhannisyan
  • Meeting with Philippe Morin and College Boreal President Daniel Giroux
  • Meeting with Elisabete Rodrigues, Gabriele Schotter and Emily Low
  • Transportation announcement with Premier Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca
  • Meeting with Jamie Cleary
  • #LiveLikeAlex Water Walk, St. Catherine Siena Catholic Elementary School

Council Briefs:

  • Council welcomed representatives from local Lions Clubs to mark the international service club’s 100th anniversary.
  • Council recognized local student representatives attending the Science and Engineering Fair in Regina.
  • Council approved the recommended Bus Rapid Transit routes through the city but voted not to proceed with a rapid transit tunnel along Richmond Street.
  • Council appointed Anna Lisa Barbon as the Managing Director, Corporate Services, City Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer.
  • Council received for information a report regarding corporate training and initiatives for human rights and code of conduct inquiries.
  • Council also received reports regarding employee absenteeism during 2016 and workplace diversity and inclusion activities.
  • Council approved $151,000 in funding to assist community celebrations around Canada 150 events.
  • Council voted to adopt principals in the London Road Strategy regarding the Vision Zero project.
  • Council voted to proceed with a Business improvement Area designation for the Hyde Park neighbourhood.
  • Council approved zoning to permit a residential tower development at the northwest corner of Dufferin and Richmond Streets.
  • Council referred back to staff a proposal for a residential tower development at the northeast corner of Wellington and Wolfe Streets.
  • Council received a report re the Growth Management Implementation Strategy (2018 annual review and update).
  • Council received for information a presentation from the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation regarding the state of housing stock in its portfolio.
  • Council referred for further consideration a proposal to invite local First Nation’s communities to fly their flags at City Hall.
  • Council agreed to permit Canadian flags be hung from telephone poles to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with the approval of Ontario Hydro and/or Bell Canada.
  • Council voted to send a $2,000 donation to the community of Minden in Haliburton which has been affected by flooding.

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Participating in OneRun at St. Andre Bessette Secondary School.


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