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Newsletter: May 20

Open and honest government has always been a priority of mine.

City Council is pleased to welcome Integrity Commissioner Gregory Stewart.

 

The appointment of the Integrity Commissioner marks an important step forward in strengthening the relationship between City Council and the Londoners we serve. Accountability is key for this Council and we look forward to working with Mr. Stewart.

 

We are confident that after a comprehensive search we have found the most suitable candidate. Mr. Stewart is with the Donnelly Murphy law firm and has been appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for several surrounding municipalities. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

 

Another initiative that has been important for Council to highlight is London’s commitment to welcoming and supporting Syrian refugees as they start their new lives.

 

Eagle Heights Public School has made 79 children from war-torn Syria feel at home and help them get back on track with their education. The caring teachers there have set up a school-within-a-school setting for the children.

 

I will be visiting Eagle Heights next month to learn what life is like for these children in our community and to thank the amazing staff for all they have done.

 

Thank you to Pride London for spreading the message of inclusivity and acceptance this week. Tuesday marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It is crucial for all Londoners to feel safe and welcome in our community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

The London Knights open their bid for the Memorial Cup tonight against Red Deer. City Hall will be lit green and gold to show our support. Go Knights Go!

 

The overnight parking ban ends today. That means as of May 20 you can park on most city streets overnight. Click here for more information.

 

Also, the city’s splash pads officially open on May 21. To find one near you click here.

 

As we look forward to the first long weekend of the summer season I hope you will take the time to get outside and enjoy many of the events London has to offer.

 

Have a fun and safe Victoria Day long weekend.

 

Sincerely,

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Mayor Matt Brown

 

PS: I’ll be “behind bars” next weekend in support of CrimeStoppers. Please help me make bail by clicking here.

 

Also, Saturday, May 21 marks the Crohns and Colitis Canada Charity Bake Sale. It’s at 1922 Callingham Court.

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 Mayor Matt Brown welcoming the Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivors Team to Council Chambers

Outstanding Londoners

  • Emily Carr Public School Teacher Steve Revington Received the Prime Minister’s Award For Education and has been named one of the Top 50 Educations in the World’s Teacher Price by Varkey Institute
  • The Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Racing team took home their second World Championship, travelling to Australia to compete.

Know a deserving Londoner who is helping to make our community an even better place for all? Let us know! Email us at mayor@london.ca with “Outstanding Londoner” in the subject line.



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Tree planting in Jorgenson Park with Councillor Anna Hopkins


Events and occasions

  • Tree planting in Jorgenson Park
  • Meeting with the women of World Tailors London
  • Vital Signs report sneak peek

  • Meeting with the Mayor of Junik, Kosovo Agron Kuqi

  • Unveiling of a new heritage interpretive sign in Carfrae Park

  • Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivors Rowing Team’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament

  • ONERUN at John Paul II

  • London Majors home opener

 

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 At the JPII ONERUN with Theresa Carriere


Newsmakers

 

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Singing group Mix N Match at London City Hall


Council Briefs

  • Council voted to hold a public participation meeting regarding options for a rapid transit system in the City.
  • Council appointed an Integrity Commissioner for a three-year term.
  • Council approved the sale of Blue Boxes at the City’s Envirodepots.
  • Council approved a one-year pilot project to pick up Christmas trees at the curb for recycling and to close the temporary, seasonal tree depots.
  • Council directed staff to engage the community and hold a public meeting regarding reducing the number of garbage containers (4) allowed per household.
  • Council directed staff to develop terms of reference for the One River Master Plan Environmental Assessment to encompass an area from the Boler Road Bridge to the Forks of the Thames noting this would not preclude a decision to decommission the Springbank Dam or unnecessarily delay the Back to The River project.
  • Council approved the licensing of a mobile parking app that will allow people to pay for parking using their smartphones or other mobile devices.

The London Lens 

Here’s your opportunity to showcase your city and your talent! Have a great photo of your favourite spot in the Forest City? Took a spectacular shot that captures life in London? Caught a beautiful moment while out and about? Share it with us! Email photos to mayor@london.ca with “The London Lens” in the subject line.

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Mayor Matt Brown with the women of World Tailors London


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