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Newsletter May 5

This week, the City of London took a historic leap forward by passing a motion to implement ranked ballots for the 2018 municipal election, the first Canadian city to ever do so.

Voters rank their top three choices on their ballot. If one candidate gets more than 50 per cent of the votes, they win. If no candidates have 50 per cent of the votes, the candidate with the least amount of votes is eliminated. The second choice votes are then counted and added to the remaining candidates’ totals. This continues until there is a candidate with 50 per cent of the vote. You can see a video explaining the process by clicking here.

Ranked ballots provide voters with more choice, reduces negative campaigning and encourages candidates to stay in the race longer. The winning candidate is a better representation of their constituents than the first-past-the-post system that we currently use. This is a significant achievement for the City of London that shows true leadership.

Premier Kathleen Wynne also stopped in London a week after unveiling the provincial budget which announced pharmacare for students and youth under 25. The new plan ensures that our youth are covered for medicine that treats depression, cancer and acute ailments as they transition from secondary and post-secondary school to their careers.

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews also attended the event, echoing the $6-million announcement in Budget 2017 for mental health supports on our college and university campuses. Studying for exams, finishing assignments and ultimately, preparing for a career can be stressful. It is important that we give students the proper supports they need on campus in order for them to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

Sincerely,

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Matt Brown


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Running the drive-thru on McHappy Day.

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Speaking with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews at an announcement at Western University.


Newsmakers: 

Events and Occasions:

  • Battle of the Atlantic Memorial dedication
  • Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op grand opening
  • Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Gala dinner
  • Forest City Road Races
  • Intergenerational Gala
  • Mayoral Monday on AM980
  • London Chamber of Commerce: Economic Update for 2017
  • Meeting with Joel Jacobs
  • Meeting with Jeff Schlemmer
  • Interview with CBC’s Here and Now
  • McHappy Day
  • Meeting with Shmuel Farhi
  • Meeting with Michelle Campbell
  • Honk Mobile media launch
  • #LiveLikeAlex Water Walk
  • Fanshawe College Remarkable Campaign celebration
  • Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews announcement
  • Meeting with Wayne Dunn
  • Go Open Data conference
  • Wine, Dine & Showtime event by Anova
  • Community Safety Week Student Awards ceremony

Council Briefs:

Council approved heritage designation for Fire Hall No. 4 on Colborne Street.

Council requested a Public Participation Meeting be held regarding odours from industrial sources on properties south of Hwy. 401 and potential municipal actions to mitigate.

Council approved a new by-law regarding low-rise infill residential development in existing neighbourhoods to protect streetscapes and character.

Council approved changes to the Community Improvement Plan incentives and Industrial Development Charge Program.

Council approved a $2.5 million municipal brownfield incentive for the property at 1156 Dundas Street (the old McCormick lands) as well as a $2.7 million brownfield incentive for properties at Fullarton, Talbot and Dufferin Streets.

Council voted to approve the United Way of London Middlesex as the lead agency to oversee implementation of London for All; A Roadmap to end Poverty.

Council received for information an update on the community response and supports regarding Syrian refugees.

Council also received for information a report regarding short-term accommodation rentals in the city and noted staff are preparing a report to address the issue and provide a range of options re zoning, licencing and taxation.

Council approved a contract for the railway grade separation of the Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North.

Council received for information a report re patio design safety guidelines for on-street municipal parking spaces.

Council received an update re the timeline to relocate buses from Dundas Street.


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Participating in the #LiveLikeAlex Water Walk at Jean Vanier Catholic School.


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