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Newsletter: October 16, 2015

This week, London is celebrating 25 years of curbside recycling. Currently, Londoners divert 45 per cent of all waste from landfill to our recycling facility. This creates jobs, is good for the environment, reduces greenhouse gas generation and extends the life of our landfill. You can learn more and participate in contests by visiting .

It was my pleasure to meet with Al Day from the N’Amerind Friendship Centre and welcome Sydney Blum and Matthew Dewar from WoodGreen Community Services to learn how they are working together and exploring opportunities to provide programs to Urban Native people living in London.

On Thursday evening, Reforest London celebrated its 10th anniversary and hosted A Toast to Trees event celebrating all partners involved in the Million Tree Challenge. Thank you to the many businesses, organizations and groups that have partnered with Reforest London and the City of London over the years to help keep our city a healthy and green place to live, learn, work and play. If you have planted a tree as part of the challenge, but have not registered it, you can do so at

Also, this week, many of my council colleagues and I teamed up to participate in Habitat For Humanity’s Heroes for Humanity build. Thank you Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillors Van Holst, Salih, Squire, Morgan, Park and Zaifman for helping to build a home for a London family.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. You can connect with me via email:  and/or follow me on Twitter @MayorMattBrown and on Facebook at


Mayor Matt Brown


Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Mayor Cassidy, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Van Holst, Councillor Zaifman, Councillor Squire and Councillor Park at the Heroes for Humanity build in support of Habitat for Humanity on October 15, 2015.

Mayor Matt Brown at Reforest London’s A Toast to Trees on October 15, 2015. The event celebrated Reforest London’s 10th anniversary and the Million Tree Challenge partners.

Celebrating Londoners


Mayor Matt Brown with Board Treasurer: Jeff Van Hoeve, VP Support Services, Great-West Life, Board Member:  Peter Kryworuk, Partner, Lerners and Lissa Foster, Executive Director representing the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Wilda Thomas of Pillar Nonprofit Network on a city council meeting on October 13, 2015. Canadian Medical Hall of Fame was recognized as Mayor’s Featured Community Organization that day.


Mayor Matt Brown with Jeremy Grace and Deana Ruston who were recognized for their work in support of World Mental Health Day and #LightUpPurple campaign at a council meeting on October 13, 2015.

Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Electricity Distributors Association Niagara Grand & Western Districts Metering
  • Waste Reduction Week Kick-off
  • Meeting with N’Amerind Friendship Centre and the WoodGreen Homeward Bound initiative
  • Heroes for Humanity build in support of Habitat for Humanity
  • Reforest London’s A Toast to Trees
  • Inspiring Possibilities Build in support of Habitat for Humanity attended by Deputy Mayor Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Westervelt College’s 2015 Fall Convocation Ceremony


Mayor Matt Brown with City staff member Jay Stanford at the launch of Waste Reduction Week in London on October 14, 2015. The recycling program in London is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 


Mayor Matt Brown with Westervelt College students Alex Wilson and Deondra Zwicker (former students of Mayor Brown’s) at the college’s Fall Convocation Ceremony on October 15, 2015.

London in the Headlines

Council Briefs

Council approved an agreement with Western University for the Thames River Experimental Stream Science Facility at the Adelaide Pollution Control Plant.

Council directed staff to report back by Dec. 1, 2015 regarding a work plan to deal with flooding matters within the City.

Council accepted a report on the Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North widening environmental study. The study will be placed on the public record for a 30-day review period.

Council approved the appointment of a survey consultant for the Veterans Memorial Parkway pavement rehabilitation project.

Council also approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Wonderland Road South two-lane upgrade between Hwys. 401 and 402.

Council received for information the Downtown Parking Utilization Study.

Council approved in principle and requested staff to work with interested parties regarding the installation of “kindness” parking meters.

Council approved a revision to the Standard Subdivision Agreement to provide the option for developers, at their expense, to provide winter road maintenance of un-assumed roads.

Council directed staff to proceed with an environmental assessment to develop long-term solid waste resource recovery and disposal plans for the City.

Council also directed staff to work with the Agricultural Advisory Committee with respect to the feasibility of an overarching urban agriculture policy.

Council directed staff to work with the Trees and Forests Advisory Committee to educate the public with respect to planting trees on boulevards and encourage community tree plantings on boulevards.

Council voted to support the site plan application for a proposed commercial shopping plaza on Wonderland Road South and Wharncliffe Road South and raised the following issues: the applicant and the City work with the London Transit Commission regarding transit infrastructure; tree coverage on the site be enhanced; the highest standards of design be incorporated into the site plan and ensure there are sidewalks at major entry points so pedestrians are not competing with traffic. Council also directed staff to report back on how the development affects other commercial nodes in the City.

Council approved development of a 13-story residential tower at the intersection of Springbank and Wonderland Roads, subject to site plan approval.

Council approved amendments to Council Members’ Expense Accounts regarding vehicle expense claims.

Council received for information the Federal Election candidate questionnaire

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