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Newsletter: October 23, 2015

On October 22, Londoners saw what the future of our Thames River could look like when five international design firms unveiled their visions at a public presentation at the Western Fair District.  Imagine having a cup of coffee at the river’s edge and watching the sunrise or having a glass of wine overlooking a boardwalk and watching the sunset as a rowing scull skims by or as a family is out paddling in their canoe. This is all possible. Over time we could see more than 5 kilometers of our river corridor revitalized beginning at the Forks of the Thames. This bold, creative vision could help us  enhance our city economically, environmentally, socially and culturally, in short, make the river a place for people more than ever before.  To learn about this transformative initiative, go to http://backtotheriver.ca/

This week, as part of Registry Week, our city joined the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and other municipalities across Canada to find a home for 20,000 individuals and families experiencing homelessness by July 1, 2018.

Also this week, London celebrated our growing digital creative sector with Techvibes Tech Fest London. More than 500 people — job seekers, industry professionals and employers — attended the event at London Music Hall.

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

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Mayor Matt Brown with Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO, London Economic Development Corporation and Rob Lewis, Editor-in-Chief, Techvibes at Techfest London on October 20, 2015 at London Music Hall.

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Mayor Matt Brown at the London Registry Week launch on October 20, 2015. With the launch of Registry Week, London joined cities across Canada in the 20,000 Homes Campaign that aims to support 20,000 individuals and families experiencing homelessness in finding a home by July 1, 2018.


Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to MPs-elect Peter Fragiskatos, Irene Mathyssen, Karen Vecchio and Kate Young on being elected to represent London and area in Ottawa. Thank you to Ed Holder, Joe Preston and Susan Truppe for your years of service to our community
  • Athletes, media personalities and medical professionals from our community came together to raise funds and awareness the Kidney Foundation of Canada on October 22
  • Congratulations to the 2015 Business Hall of Fame laureates Vito Frijia owner of Southside Group and London Lightning, and Colonel James G. Thompson, former CEO of Supertest Petroleum Corporation
  • Susan Ferley, artistic director of the Grand Theatre, announced she will be stepping down after the 2015-2016 season. Susan, congratulations on an accomplished career and your contribution to arts and culture in London
  • Thank you Shaun Elliott, head of YMCA of Western Ontario, for your years of service to our community. Congratulations on your new role in Philadelphia. 

Around London

The Mayor had the opportunity to attend the following events: 

  • Temple Israel of London 30th Anniversary
  • People's Forum on Eliminating Poverty
  • First Vimy Ridge Commemorative Project tree planting attended by Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • City Manager 2K /5K Run and Walk in support of United Way of London Middlesex
  • UJA 2016 Campaign Kickoff attended by Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert on behalf of Mayor Matt Brown
  • Thames River Experimental Stream Sciences Centre (TRESS) Opening
  • London's Registry Week Launch
  • Techvibes Tech Fest London with London Economic Development Corporation
  • Annual General Meeting of Western Fair Association
  • Veterans Memorial Garden Kick Off
  • Back to the River Public Presentation
  • 25th London and District Business Hall of Fame Ceremonies and Gala Dinner
  • 7th Annual Celebrity Fashion Event in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • Ontario Student Nutrition Program – Great Big Crunch
  • 2015 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Media Launch
  • Grand Opening of IO Industries’ new facility
  • London Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook for 2016
  • Veterans Memorial Garden (VMG)Kick Off with students from Hillcrest Public School

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Mayor Matt Brown with Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, Councillor Usher and Anita Gilvesy of Investing in Children at the Great Big Crunch event in support of Ontario Student Nutrition Program at Sir Arthur Carty Catholic School on October 23, 2015.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Zaifman, Councillor Usher, Andrew Sharpe, President of IO Industries and Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO, London Economic Development Corporation at the grand opening of IO Industries’ new facility on October 23, 2015. 

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Mayor Matt Brown with Vito Frijia, owner, Southside Group and London Lightning, players from London Lightning at the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign media kickoff on October 23,2015 with this year’s keynote speaker Glendene Grant, mother of Jessie Foster has been missing since 2006.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Marcie Easton, Roxanne Riddle and Michele McKenzie at the City Manger’s 2K/5K walk and run in support of the 2016 United Way of London Middlesex campaign on October 18, 2015.

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Mayor Matt Brown with Councillor Salih, Greg Murray of Hillcrest Public School, Barry Sandler, Executive Director, Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Project at the Veterans Memorial Garden kick off on October 22, 2015. As part of the Vimy Ridge Project, Hillcrest will plant trees next April on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.


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