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Newsletter: May 6

London’s Rapid Transit plan will be the largest investment in our City’s history.

It is a project that began in earnest in September of 2014 with the launch of the Environmental Assessment, and it represents necessary investment in improving our transit system. Over 14,000 Londoners engaged in the consultation for a rapid transit system for London.

In my opinion, based on the evidence presented in the business case, full BRT is the right way to go.  This system will provide us the same tunnels, same infrastructure improvements, same high quality stations, dedicated lanes, great vehicles, great experience that so many Londoners indicated as a necessity for a great Rapid Transit system.  Additionally, full BRT will cost taxpayers $300 million less than the preliminary preferred option of the hybrid LRT/BRT model.  We can also implement full BRT faster and see improvements sooner.

This decision is one our Council is looking at very carefully.  Thank you to all of you, who have taken the time to write in and share your thoughts with me. I would encourage you to stay engaged with the process as it unfolds.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I would like to wish all the moms in our community a very Happy Mother’s Day. Hope you have a relaxing day with family and friends.

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 at www.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon.

Sincerely,

 

Mayor Matt Brown


PS: Tickets for Airshow London are now available. The airshow takes place September 17-18. See you there: http://www.airshowlondon.com/#intro

As the summer festival season approaches here is an excellent resource for planning accessible events: www.tinyurl.com/planning-accessible-events


Outstanding Londoners:

  • On May 3, City Council recognized Colleen Biggs as the 2016 recipient of the Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship. This annual $3,000 scholarship for students in an occupational and/or public health and safety related program was established in 2006 by the City of London and CUPE Locals 101 and 107 as a tribute to employee Tim Hickman who died in service to the community at age 21

  • The Sisters of St. Joseph, Pillar Nonprofit Network and Chris Moss are hosting a 2-day Solutions Lab to explore how we can collaborate in community to co-design solutions to some of our most challenging social questions. Find out more here: http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca/event/solutions-lab/pillar-nonprofit-network

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

 

Events and occasions:

  • Family Centre Argyle Official Grand Opening

  • London Lightning game with Mayor Dilkens of Windsor

  • Walk So Kids Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone

  • Emergency Preparedness Week attended by Deputy Mayor Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown

  • Meeting with London student Neave Wright

  • Meeting with CUPE 101 leader Steve Holland

  • McHappy Day at McDonald’s on Highbury and Hamilton with local media personalities

  • Meet and Greet with students from the the Kindergarten class from J.P. Robarts Public School

  • Celebration of Cultures at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School

  • Tour of the Salvation Army Village

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day organized by the London Jewish Federation with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Deputy Mayor Hubert, Councillor Zaifman, Councillor Hopkins, Councillor Salih, Councillor Helmer and Councillor Park

 

Newsmakers:


Council Briefs:

  • Council approved an agreement with the Federal Government regarding Canada 150 infrastructure spending to help finance improvements to the trail at Westminster Ponds, the renovation to the pavilion in Harris Park and repairs to the cenotaph in Victoria Park.

  • Council directed staff to report back regarding the City applying to the Province to increase the number of members on the London Police Services Board from five to seven.

  • Council approved a memorandum of understanding between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the City regarding the Canada Ukraine Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance.

  • Council voted to receive a presentation titled Defining and Applying Diversity: Gender Lens and referred the presentation to civic administration for consideration.

  • Council referred a potential policy on limiting school zone speeds to a public participation meeting.

  • Council approved a new pedestrian crossover program for a number of intersections in the city.

  • Council approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Blackfriars Bridge rehabilitation project.

  • Council voted to receive a report on landscape materials for boulevards as well as updates on a number of environmental programs.

  • Council approved demolition of a house at 80 Oxford St. West and removed four others adjacent houses from the inventory of heritage resources.

  • Council voted to deny a demolition application and filed a motion to designate a house at 1656 Hyde Park Rd. to be of cultural heritage value,

  • Council approved an agreement between the City and LK Promotions regarding sponsorship and naming rights for City recreational facilities.

  • Council referred back to staff a motion to ban the use of sky lanterns within City limits for further review.

  • Council approved a community engagement plan for the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy 2016 -2020.

  • Council voted to direct staff to consider broader options to improve care and supervision of vulnerable people in unlicensed group homes.

  • Council also asked staff to report back regarding potential actions to ensure that City facilities are financially accessible to all through the waving or reduction of fees for community centre rooms and gymnasiums.


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, Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Councillor Park with McDonald’s staff supporting Ronald McDonald House on McHappy Day on May 4, 4016 at the McDonald’s on Highbury and Hamilton.

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with kids at a Daycare centre at the Salvation Army Village in London on May 5, 2016.

 

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Mayor Matt Brown with students from St. Thomas Aquinas at “Celebration of Cultures” event on May 5, 2016.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Colleen Biggs, the 2016 recipient of the Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship and Edward Soldo, Representative of Engineering Services, Steve Kovachik, Representative of the London Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety, Steve Holland, Representative of CUPE Local 101, Al Bruff, Representative of the London Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety, Gary Bridge, Committee Chair and Representative of Corporate Services and Human Resources and Barbara Robinson, Representative of the Hickman Family. This annual $3,000 scholarship for students in an occupational and/or public health and safety related program was established in 2006 by the City of London and CUPE Locals 101 and 107 as a tribute to employee Tim Hickman who died in service to the community at age 21.


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