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Newsletter September 28

Look.Listen.Live. its National Railway Safety Week.

In 2017 there were more than 142 incidents involving collisions at railway crossings in Canada. Railway safety is especially important in London as there is a constant flow of trains coming in and out of the city every given day and more than 60 crossings in the area.

On Tuesday this week the City of London unveiled the first decals on sideways just before the rail crossing on Richmond Street. The decals are yellow diamonds that feature a black silhouette of a train, as well as the words “Look.Listen.Live” and will be installed at other crossing in the downtown core.

We are proud to be one of the first municipalities in Canada to take part in this new initiative. We are working closely with our friends at Operation Lifesaver and have been able to enhance the presence of rail safety reminders in our community as we strive to make our local rail network and its surroundings even safer.

Education is the most important part of this initiative. If you would like more information on the railway crossing safety-awareness program click here.

Again this weekend will be participating in Anova’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The event raises awareness on gender relations and sexual violence as well as raises money for women’s shelters and women’s emergency services.

Men sign up to walk one mile in women’s heels in an attempt to help them understand what women experience on a regular basis. If you would like more information on this event click here.



Matt Brown


Unveiling London's first Look.Listen.Live. decal



Events and Occasions:

  • Meeting with Society for Learning and Retirement
  • Franco-Ontario Day
  • Railway Safety Week
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting
  • London Chamber of Commerce AGM
  • Middlesex- Elgin Paramedic Service Grand Opening



Unveiling London's first Look.Listen.Live. decal



Council Briefs:

Council recognized Londoner Justine Taylor for her efforts to lead activities for Emancipation Day, scheduled for September 23. Justine is the great granddaughter of the originators of the Emancipation Day Celebration in London.

Council recognized staff member Jane Ellyatt for her role in coordinating Toastmasters for City employees.

Council recognized City of London employees celebrating 25 years of service.

In other Council business:

Council directed staff to report back on potential revisions to the Vehicle for Hire By-law which may include: reducing fees for taxi drivers and vehicle for hire owners; deregulating taxi fares; allowing vehicles for hire that are up to 10 years old; increasing the number of accessible taxi licenses available in the city; removing the requirement for cameras in taxis; and reduction of the cap on taxi licenses.

Council approved an overnight parking permit for health care workers.

Council approved the heritage designation for two barns located at 660 Sunningdale Rd. East.

Council approved the annual Council meeting calendar for 2019, with evening meetings for Council.


Discussing Day in a Chair with Alicia to the Accessibility Advisory Committee




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