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Newsletter September 22

Two major steps forward this week for our community.

City Council unanimously voted to designate London as a Safe City under the United Nations Women initiative. The UN Women program is aimed at eliminating violence toward women and girls in public spaces.

ANOVA will conduct a scoping study with community leaders, sexual assault survivors and research experts then report back to Council on what we can do to make London a safe community for everyone. It’s an important step forward for City Council and every woman and child in London.

Meanwhile, we created the Opioid Crisis Working Group. We must act now to combat this issue in London. We learned this week that London had the third highest rate of opioid overdose hospitalizations in Canada this past year.

The Opioid Crisis Working Group will unite industry experts as we work toward a made in London solution and explore the possibility of Supervised Injection Sites in our community.

This is a problem we cannot ignore. We will need all frontline organizations and agencies to work with government partners to reverse the effects of opioid addiction in our community.

I’d like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Downtown London and the merchants for being recognized for the role they all played in securing the new Fanshawe College downtown campus at the former Kingsmill’s site.

The downtown community played a key role in this development. Downtown London has been presented the Pinnacle Award by the International Downtown Association. Because of this partnership there will soon be another 1,600 students in our downtown core. Thank you.

This weekend means one big thing for London, Airshow London. It’s the largest military aircraft display in Canada. Thank you to all the volunteers and board members who’ve worked year round to make this happen. With aircraft and pilots from a far away as Australia, there’s something for everyone. “Make It Your Mission” to visit Airshow London.



Matt Brown

Welcoming the Australian Crew to Airshow London 

Skydive with the SkyHawks and Reta and Kelda of CTV London 


 Events and Occasions:


    • CJBK Interview with Lisa and Ken 
    • Mayoral Monday with Craig Needles on AM980
    • Meeting with Adam Rice of LoanConnect
    • Mandarin North London Opening Lunch 
    • Audrey Cooper’s 90th Birthday 
    • Meeting with ANOVA for Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 
    • Global Business Opportunities Meeting with London Chamber of Commerce 
    • 3M Harvest Lunch 
    • Labatt 170th Anniversary 
    • Airshow London Jump With Skyhawks 
    • Airshow London VIP Reception 
    • Airshow London Twilight Show

At the London Terry Fox Run with the original organizers 

Celebrating Labatt's 170th Anniversary 

Council Briefs:

  • Council approved the property at 4402 Colonel Talbot Road be designated under the provisions of Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act as a property of cultural heritage value or interest.
  • Council approved a financial contribution of $500,000 should a bid to host the 2019 JUNO Week in London be successful. Tourism London is leading the effort and submitting the proposal at the request of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) which manages the JUNO Awards.
  • A report was received by Council with the 2018 allocations for the Innovation & Capital stream of the London Community Grants Program.
  • Council approved a consulting fee amendment of $2,282,330 for the Shift rapid transit initiative to reflect the updated the ‘Rapid Transit Corridors EA: Project Management Plan - Updated and Expanded Scope’ which summarizes all required, expanded and enhanced scope identified for completion of the Environmental Assessment. The report included a communications and consultation plan to support the initiative.
  • Council directed the Civic Administration to work with the London Economic Development Corporation and other relevant community stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of submitting a response to the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal.
  • Council approved a proposal to work towards meeting the requirements to participate in UN Women’s Safe City Initiative.
  • Council endorsed that the Opioid Crisis Working Group, comprised of the Mayor and other community stakeholders, function under the leadership of the Medical Officer of Health and, that further study and consultation regarding the use of supervised consumption sites and other harm reduction measures be conducted.


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