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Newsletter: November 28, 2015

City Council is changing the way we do budgets so we can plan for the long term. In the coming months we will be developing a multi-year budget that will align direction with our 4 year strategic plan. As chairperson of the full council committee, I have asked Councillor Josh Morgan to serve as my special advisor. A multi-year budget will help London align our priorities with the resources to pay for them.

City Council is changing the way we do budgets so we can plan for the long term. In the coming months we will be developing a multi-year budget that will align direction with our 4 year strategic plan. As chairperson of the full council committee, I have asked Councillor Josh Morgan to serve as my special advisor. A multi-year budget will help London align our priorities with the resources to pay for them. We’ve worked on budgets together in the past when he was chair of the Library Board and I was chair of the audit committee and I look forward to working with him again. Josh has extensive background and experience with budget processes - he holds a combined honours degree in Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Western University.  He has worked closely on budget processes in both current and previous roles, including as board chair of the London Public Library and a Member of the Western University Pension Board which has assets totaling over $1.3 billion.

Also this week I was so pleased to join more than 800 people at the London Convention Centre to celebrate exceptional Londoners who are making a positive impact on our community at the 9th annual Pillar Community Innovation Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for continuing to make London a better place to live, work, play, learn and invest.

Last night, Friday, November 27th, my council colleagues and I joined thousands of Londoners at the Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park tonight. Sophie (a six-year-old who fought a courageous battle with cancer and won) flipped the switch and turned on over 75,000 lights. Sophie, your zest for life and your determination are an inspiration for all of us.

Santa has officially moved into Victoria Park for the Holiday season!  For a donation, Londoners can get their photo taken with Santa and support the remarkable work of the Teresina Larizza Charities Foundation, also known as TLC.  

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,

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Mayor Matt Brown

PS: The Presbytery of London needs your help to bring a refugee family of 6 to our community.  There is a child in the family who requires medical treatment. The Presbytery has raised $13,000 and needs your help to reach its goal of raising $32,500. Donations can be made to Oakridge Presbyterian Church at 970 Oxford St W. London, ON N6H 1V4.

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Deputy Mayor Cassidy and Mayor Brown with Sophie and her family members Rebecca and Chloe. Sophie led the Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park on Friday, November 27.

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Councillor Usher and Mayor Brown with Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal from the London Muslim Mosque on November 27.

 

Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to Theresa Carriere (Leadership), Pride London  Festival (Impact), Dr. Felicia Otchet (Innovation) and The Naloxone Program (Community Collaboration)  - winners of the 2015 Pillar Community Innovation Award

  • City Councillor Mo Mohamed Salih and London Police Service Chief of Police John Pare will co-facilitate a Working Group that will draw from expertise and experiences of members of the community with the goal of strengthening police relationships with the London Community

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City Councillors awaiting the Lighting of the Lights at Victoria Park on November 27. (From left to right: Councillor Park, Councillor Helmer, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Salih, Councillor Zaifman, Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Turner, Mayor Brown, Councillor Squire and Councillor Van Holst.

Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Ward 7 Annual Fall Community Meeting with Councillor Morgan

  • Leading the Region event at London Club with Mayor Dan Mathieson, City of Stratford and Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden, Municipality of Strathroy-Carodoc

  • In Motion Challenge Thank you breakfast reception with Dr. Chris Mackie and Warden Blackmore

  • Tour of Militex

  • Meeting with representatives of the London Muslim Mosque

  • Grand Opening of Fanshawe College’s Access Studies and Community Employment Services with Deputy Mayor Cassidy

  • 2015 Pillar Community Innovation Awards with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Deputy Mayor Hubert, Councillor Usher, Councillor Turner, Councillor Van Holst and Councillor Hopkins

  • 46th Annual Convention of National Farmers Union attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown

  • Board of Governors Meeting at Western University

  • Friday prayers at the London Muslim Mosque

  • Unity Project tour

  • Winter Wonderland – Lighting of the Lights at Victoria Park

  • At^lohsa Truth & Reconciliation with Deputy Mayor Cassidy

London in the Headlines

City Council Briefs

The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s Featured Community Organization to The London Community Players.

Council received the 8th Report of the Advisory Committee on the Environment that requests staff consider offsetting additional waste to the landfill by introducing waste diversion projects such as a Green Bin, community and backyard composting and consider taking advantage of a portion of waste revenue received from new customers to offset such programs.

Council approved a new Records Management Program to retain and preserve City records in a secure and accessible manner.

Council directed the Audit Committee to consider incorporating into its work plan, a review of the City’s contract and tendering processes related to the Normal School renovations and other facilities design and construction projects.

Council also directed staff to report back with suggestions on how to improve access to the City’s website through mobile devices and for enhancing the user experience through a variety of platforms.

Council voted to receive a verbal overview from the City Clerk regarding a Request for Proposal for the appointment of an Integrity Commissioner.

Council approved the establishment of a second Ontario Works site at Westmount Shopping Centre.

Council accepted a tender submitted by the Commissioners Great Lakes for a five year contract for municipal parking enforcement services.

Council voted to purchase new radio systems for emergency services at a cost of approximately $1.5 million and directed staff to review communications requirements for each of the services to develop ongoing management of the systems and budget development.

 


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