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City Council Briefs

You can get a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions in the briefs prepared by the City's Communications Division. Please note that the information you can access from the links below does not constitute the official record or minutes of the Council meeting and does not cover all items considered by Council.

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  • September 15, 2020


    Council recognized Mohamed Goha and Lily Spoozak as the 2020 recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship, awarded annually, recognizes two high school students with the highest scholastic achievement based on the average of the student’s best six subjects in their graduating year. Mohamed Goha graduated with an average of 99.50% from Saunders Secondary School and Lily Spoozak graduated from Catholic Central High School with a 99.50% average.

    In other Council news:

    Council received the Corporate Asset Management Plan 2020 Review report outlining the funding needs to secure the service of reliable infrastructure in the future. The report notes that while City assets are generally in “Good” condition, investment needs for infrastructure exist.

    Council approved Zoning By-law Amendments that will allow for new a new development, including apartment buildings and commercial space, in the area of Hyde Park Road and Gainsborough Road.

    Council received the London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty Implementation Plan update. The community plan outlines 112 recommendations to address poverty and while work to address poverty is ongoing, 52 of the recommendations are complete.

    Council approved an agreement with York Developments for the design and construction of an outdoor pavilion in White Oaks Park, the outdoor pavilion is being donated by York Developments.

  • August 25, 2020

    Council Recognition:

    Council recognized Councillor Anna Hopkins for being unanimously elected as Chair of the Large Urban Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. This marks Councillor Hopkins second term representing London as part of this Caucus.

    Council thanked and recognized community members and staff who organized a baseball game in Labatt Memorial Park last week. The main purpose of the game was to preserve the park’s record as the world's longest continuously operating baseball grounds, a 144-year streak which is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Council also recognized Canada United, an initiative encouraging Canadians to shop local and support local businesses and restaurants August 28 – 30.

    In other Council News:

    Councillors deferred a motion to establish a London Film Office, instead asking staff to explore this and develop a business case that will come back to Council in late 2020 or early 2021.

    Council received an update on the Climate Emergency Action Plan, noting that a number of the initiatives have been delayed as a result of COVID-19.

    Council directed staff to review safety concerns expressed by the community, related to the sidewalk installation in the Silver Leaf Community and to grant a representative of the residents of Silver Leaf to appear as a delegation at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee.

  • June 29, 2020

    Council approved a motion directing staff to develop a plan for the creation of an Active Transportation Manager.

    Council received the COVID-19 City of London Services Report, an overview of the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the City of London including a summary of service level changes that have been required as a result of restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of this virus.

    Council approved measures to mitigate financial impacts on the City of London caused by COVID-19. Measures approved include deferral of capital projects, operating service adjustments including closing River Road Golf Course for the season, and deferral of additional investments for 2020 approved during the 2020- 2023 Multi-Year Budget.

    Council directed staff to waive the applicable fees associated with permits and encroachments to assist businesses with opening temporary restaurant patios, curbside pick-ups, vending stands and other business practices.

    Council approved deferring all Community Improvement Plan (CIP) loan repayments on an interest-free basis for an additional 90 days.

    Council approved extending the waiver of late payment charges for unpaid water and wastewater billings through July 2020.

  • June 16, 2020

    Council approved the expropriation of lands required for the Adelaide Street CP Rail Grade Separation Project.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council approved an emergent motion to delegate authority to the Civic Administration to amend regulations to assist businesses to reopen.

    Council approved the construction contract for the Kiwanis Park Natural Playground. The suggestion for the natural playground was a winning idea of the 2017 Neighbourhood Decision Making program.

  • April 21, 2020

    Council Recognition:

    Council paused to remember Holocaust survivor, downtown business owner and London icon Fanny Goose who passed away last week.

    Council also took a moment of silent to honour the people whose lives were lost in Nova Scotia over the weekend.  

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Josh Morgan stand for re-election to the Board of Directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Council also approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Anna Hopkins stand for election to the Board of Directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Large Urban Caucus.

    Council approved the tax policy.

    Council approved the appointment of an interim board to govern this area’s public housing provider, London Middlesex Community Housing.

    Council approved a motion to provide additional economic relief by deferring the due date for final 2020 property tax installments by 60 days.

  • April 7, 2020

    Council approved seven contracts for essential infrastructure work.

    Council approved a three-month payment deferral on licenses required for cab and limousine drivers/owners as well as restaurant operators.

  • March 24, 2020

    In response to COVID-19, Council unanimously approved measures to provide immediate economic relief to residents and businesses.

    Council approved a decision to delay consideration of tender awards until the April 7, 2020 Council meeting in order to provide the Civic Administration an opportunity to confirm with construction companies their ability to do the work considering potential impacts of COVID-19.

    Council approved sidewalk installation on Fox Mill Crescent.

    Council voted to exempt Camden Crescent from the intended sidewalk installation and any planned tree removal associated with construction of the sidewalk.

    Council approved the amendment of the overnight parking program to be in force from November 1 until April 30 annually.

  • March 2, 2020

    Tommy Solo was on hand in Council Chambers to perform the national anthem. Tommy is a rock music veteran and a staple to London’s music scene, performing at a number of local festivals. Most recently, Tommy performed at ‘Rockin' for Kids,’ a benefit show for the Children's Health Foundation of Southwestern Ontario.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved plans for the second phase of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands. This will include the disposition of 124 Colborne Street (0.80 acres), as well as the lands bounded by Waterloo Street, South Street, Colborne Street and Hill Street (5.45 acres), which includes the Health Services Building (Building 50) and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital (Building 52), excluding lands reserved for the future construction of a public square.

    Council approved an exemption from the intended sidewalk installation and any plans for the removal of trees on Runnymede Crescent.

    Council approved the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget

    Council approved the appointment of Lynne Livingstone as City Manager.

  • February 11, 2020

    Council Recognition

    London based R&B Soul Singer Tiffany Chantelle sang the national Anthem. Tiffany has been singing and performing since the age of 6, and has been recording in a studio setting since she was 16 years old.

    In Other Council News

    Council received a report on the Tree Impacts for 2020 Infrastructure Renewal Program, a report that provided information about tree removals, mitigation and communications.

    Council referred the Victoria Park Secondary Plan back to staff for further public consultation and consideration including permitted heights, housing affordability, sound mitigation, and other issues raised by the public during the formal Public Participation Meeting (PPM).

    Council received the “City of London Service Review – Review of Golf Operations” and directed staff to explore all possible options for River Road Golf Course, but directed that no further action be taken on recommendations related to other municipal golf courses.

    Council approved a motion directing staff to work with the London Transit Commission, the provincial government and the federal government to identify funding streams that could be used to purchase electric buses and the required charging infrastructure.

  • January 28, 2020

    London singer Sam Peco performed the national anthem. Sam has been singing for most of her life and has most recently has been performing around London as part of a duo with Luke Smith. They have been recording together and are close to releasing their own music this summer.

    Council recognized retiring City Manager Martin Hayward, acknowledging his close to 36 years of service with the City. The Mayor also shared letters of congratulations from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

    Council recognized the City of London employee contribution to the Business Cares Food Drive. This year’s campaign garnered more than $22,400 and hundreds of pounds of food for the London Food Bank.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved the expropriation of lands required to move forward with the Wharncliffe Road widening and improvements project.

    Council denied a request for demolition of a heritage property on Halls Mill Road.

    Council received and accepted a Memo of Understanding between the N’Amerind Friendship Centre and the City.

  • January 14, 2020

    London singer songwriter Jason Mercer sang the national anthem. Jason is a solo artist whose music spans pop and rock, with a little bit of country mixed in. He has been a member of local bands that include Metro4 and Them Dang Wranglers, who have been featured at the Trackside Music Festival.

    Council recognized London Knights players and staff for their role in bringing the gold medal home to Canada at the World Junior Championships this winter. 

    Council recognized and celebrated the work of outstanding Londoners who were named to the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a Proclamation Policy.

    Council received a report from the City Manager Search Committee.

    Council approved an approach to review e-Scooters in London.

    Council approved the appointment of AECOM Canada Ltd. as the consulting engineers for the Downtown Loop and Municipal Improvements Project.

  • December 10, 2019

    Sonja Gustafson, an award-winning London-based jazz singer was on hand to perform the national anthem. Sonja is a classically trained lyric soprano who also has her own opera company, Diva Lounge Productions, which produces fully staged chamber operas.

    Council celebrated the recipients of this year’s Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusion Awards, recognizing each group’s unique contribution in promoting public awareness of diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights in London.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a plan to rename a portion of the Thames Valley Pathway from Wellington to Adelaide Street to the Jane Bigelow Pathway.

    Council approved the Housing Stability Plan 2019 to 2024.

    Council referred the business by-law that addresses tow truck operator licenses back to administration for further consultation with stakeholders and the London Police Services, requesting a report come back to Council no later than Q2 2020.

    Council approved the Respectful Workplace Policy, which replaces the Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy.

    Council asked staff to draft a revised proclamation policy, looking to examples in other municipalities including Toronto, and to bring the draft policy back to the Corporate Services Committee meeting on January 6, 2020.

  • November 26, 2019

    The national anthem was sung by Connor Morand, an alternative pop artist from London who has been performing music for nearly a decade. He has been featured on multiple TV and radio networks across Canada, and has played shows in over 10 countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, Thailand and Malaysia.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a report from the City Manager Search Committee, identifying meeting dates and determining that interviews will take place at Windermere Manor. 

    Council approved ‘Farm Gate Sales’ on lands within the urban growth boundaries.

    Council approved the Draft Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan and Key Considerations for Program Guidelines.

    Council approved the Climate Change Emergency Action Plan.

  • November 12, 2019

    Londoner Caroline Blumer Delazaro sang the national anthem. Caroline is a Brazilian jazz singer, musician, and music educator based in the city. Besides her work as a singer and a musician, she has been teaching music for people with disabilities for the last ten years and, as a music educator and as a researcher, she hopes to bring meaningful contributions to this area as well.

     In other Council News:

    Council received a report that provided an update on the Implementation of the Free of Fear Services for All Policy.

    Council approved the London Economic Development Corporation Purchase of Services Agreement 2020-2023

    Council received a report outlining a Core Area Action Plan and approved the implementation of actions that could be taken immediately and within existing budgets.

    Council received an update on the Multi-Year Budget and directed staff to take actions to address anticipated pressures.

  • October 29, 2019

    Lexian Brown, also known as JAG opened the meeting by singing the national anthem. He is a Christian rapper and R&B singer, originally from the Bahamas. He moved to Canada in 2014 and enrolled in Fanshawe College’s music industry arts program. He graduated in 2016 with the Sony Songwriting Award and is currently getting ready for a Canadian tour.  

    In other Council news:

    Council received the draft City-Wide Urban Design Guidelines. These Guidelines will now be circulated for input and feedback, and a Public Participation Meeting will be held during a Planning and Environment Committee in the first quarter of 2020.

    Council approved the 2019-2023 Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan.

    Council approved the expropriation of land to allow for the Adelaide Street CP Rail Grade Separation Project.

    Council awarded the contract for upgrading traffic signals throughout London to Parsons Corporation. This work will be an initial step in developing a smart traffic system.

  • October 15, 2019

    Council Briefs:

    The ‘Up With Voices Singers’ sang O’Canada. This London-based group of singers is comprised of 10 residents who are seniors with developmental disabilities. This group is a joint venture between Community Living London and the Boys and Girls Club London, and is conducted by Mario Circelli.

    Councillor Josh Morgan recognized London teen Mae Jacobs who saved her siblings by helping them escape a fire in their family home in September.

    Councillor Shawn Lewis acknowledged Foster Parent Week and thanked all Londoners who have opened their homes in order to foster children.

    In other Council news: 

    Council received a report that provided an update on the work being done through the Core Area Informed Response and Resting Spaces project.

    Council approved the name ‘East Lions Community Centre’ for the new east community centre located at 1731 Churchill Avenue.

    Council asked staff to report back on regulatory options that could be put in place to address short-term rental accommodations in London.

    Council received the Masonville Transit Village Secondary Plan Update.

  • October 1, 2019

    Tara Dunphy opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem. Tara is an award winning professional singer, songwriter and musician proudly based in London.  She is also the co-founder and leader of The Rizdales and an acclaimed jazz and Celtic artist.

    In Other Council News:

    Council awarded a five-year contract for an Automated Speed Enforcement Program to Redflex Traffic Systems (Canada) Limited.

    Council asked staff to report back on the impacts of changes to parking restrictions, looking at changing the timing of the parking ban program start from September to November, increasing the number of overnight parking passes that can be purchased and extending the amount of time a car can be parked on a non-metered street from 12 to 18 hours.

    Council approved changes to speed limits on local residential roads from 50 km per hour to 40 km per hour. Council also asked staff to report back with information from the London Transit Commission on the impact of changing speed limits on collector streets in residential areas as well as arterial roads within the downtown area. Further reducing school zones to 30 km/h is also being evaluated by staff.

    Council received the 2019 Operating Budget Mid-Year Monitoring Report – Property Tax, Water, Wastewater and Treatment Budgets, noting that there is currently a surplus.

  • September 17, 2019

    The national anthem was performed by Mike Trudge, a percussive, finger-style guitarist who is proud to call London home.

    Council recognized City of London employees who celebrate 25 years of service this year, and thanked them for their commitment to the community.

    In Other Council News:

    Council asked staff to hold a public participation meeting to invite suggestions and comments on a name for the East Community Centre that is currently under construction.

    Council asked staff to review the Business Licensing By-law to include Motor Vehicle Towing, and hold a public participation meeting about any proposed amendments.

    Council directed staff to review the Special Events Policies and Procedures Manual as it relates to Harris Park, with specific focus on sound levels, hours of operations and timing.

    Council approved a motion to appoint a member of staff to act as the Board for the Housing Development Corporation and London Middlesex Community Housing

  • August 26, 2019

    London resident Saveria Dipp sang the national anthem. Saveria is a 22 year-old singer and songwriter who has been performing since she was 8 years old. Her talents have taken her all over Canada, where she has performed in festivals, charity events, radio programs and on television.

    Council recognized Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Award recipients Alex Guo of Oakridge Secondary School and Emma Cervinka from Catholic Central High School. This scholarship provides $2000 to two distinguished students to use as they embark on their next chapter in life – post secondary education.

    The City of London was awarded the E.A. Danby Certificate of Merit by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario for the 2018 Ranked Ballot Election.

    Council acknowledged and thanked first responders, City Staff and community organizations for their work in the hours and days following the explosion in Old East Village on August 15.

    In Other Council News:

    Council approved a motion to adopt the “Heritage Places 2.0: A description of Potential Heritage Conservation Districts in the City of London”.

    Council approved the donation of a permanently-roofed park pavilion for White Oaks Park, that will be donated by York Developments, pending the completion of a formal agreement between the City and York.

    Council approved the proposal submitted by Digital Echidna for the website redesign development and implementation.

    Council received a report containing background details and preliminary analysis to develop a business case for a bike share system in London and directed staff to implement an RFP process to obtain pricing and a vendor.

    Council approved a recommendation to request the London Medical Network return $7.3 million in funds that have not been invested by the Network to the City, and directed staff to report back with a strategy for investing those funds in developing permanent housing with supports for mental health and addictions.

    Council received the ‘City of London Service Review: Review of Service Delivery for Housing and directed staff to examine the development of affordable housing and report back on a recommended course of action.

  • July 30, 2019

    Canadian recording artist and Juno Award Nominee Helen Hibbert opened the meeting by singing the national anthem. Helen is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music who has earned an Associates of Arts degree from Carver College in Atlanta, Georgia.

    In Other Council News:

    Council approved a plan to develop a more comprehensive plan to reduce and manage plastics in the residential sector, and to implement the Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Project for flexible plastic packaging and hard-to-recycle plastics.

    Council approved the appointment of  AECOM Canada Ltd. as the consulting engineers for the detailed design and tendering for the Victoria Bridge Replacement Project.

    Council directed staff to include enhanced snow removal service as part of the considerations during the Multi Year Budget Process.

    Council approved the demolition of 123 Queens Avenue and have included the requirement for a commemoration plan from the owner in advance of the demolition.

    Council gave approval to allow Gateway Casinos to build a new casino on Wonderland Road.

  • June 25, 2019

    Fanshawe College music production student Olenka Bak sang the national anthem. Olenka was one of the Top 12 contestants on the reality show The Next Step and was also a participant on Supergroup.

    Council recognized the City of London Bravo Awards of Excellence winners. The Bravo Awards are presented to staff teams and individuals who make contributions to the workplace and to the community. The City Manager’s Award for Collaboration for 2018 was presented to the Urban Camps Response Team.  The Live Healthy Work Healthy Award for 2018 was presented to the Facilities Team. The Living Our Mission Award for 2018 was presented to The Break Room Crew. And the London Volunteer Award was presented to Pat Foto.

    Council also recognized Katelyn Rieger, this year’s recipient of the Tim Hickman Memorial Award.

    In Other Council News:

    Council received an update on Workplace, Diversity and Inclusion.

    Council approved a small cell 4G+/5G Pilot program.

    Council authorized staff to move forward with the expropriation process, where necessary, for land on Wharncliffe Road related to road widening and improvements.

    Council appointed Councillors Cassidy and Peloza to work with representatives from London For All and local First Nations leaders and Indigenous-led organizations to “Strengthen relationships and increase partnerships between municipal leaders, Indigenous people and community partners to create an Indigenous poverty strategy as set out in the “London for All – A Roadmap to End Poverty.”

  • June 11, 2019

    London resident and Central High School student Madeline Hodgson sang the national anthem. In 2013, Madeline was the winner of the Junior Rise 2 Fame competition for singing and regularly places among the top 3 in the Forest City Music and the Niagara City Music Competitions

    In Other Council News:

    Council received the Bill 108 - More Homes, More Choices Act 2019 Update Report and asked that a letter be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in response to the proposed regulation. As well, Council asked that staff report back to them with any further information on legislative changes related to this.

    Council voted to  refer an application to change the zoning bylaw for 307 Fanshawe Park Road East to allow for a proposed development back to the Civic Administration to work with the applicant to address the concerns raised by the public with respect to proposed tree protection, elevation, intensification and site grading and for a review to be undertaken by the Urban Design Peer Review Panel.

    Council approved the purchase of portable radios and accessories for Fire Prevention Inspectors who are working alone.

    Council received a report outlining the impacts of recent Provincial budget and proposed legislative changes and asked staff to continue advocacy efforts to inform the provincial government about those potential impacts to the City. (CSC, 5[2.1])

  • May 21, 2019

    London vocalists Renee and Noelle Coughlin, two of the members of The Pairs sang the national anthem. The Pairs are a female fronted folk pop group with deep roots in this community.

    In Other Council News:

    Council approved the ReThink Zoning Terms of Reference.

    Council referred a motion to demolish the property at 123 Queens Avenue to a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee to allow for a structural assessment of the building.

    Council approved a proposed by-law amendment to allow a change in zoning on 2096 Wonderland Road.

    Council approved a motion that directs staff to investigate lowering speed limits in residential areas.

    Council approved the 2019 Development Charges Background Study.

  • May 7, 2019

    London musician Ben Heffernan sang the national anthem. Ben has been performing for many years in London, across Canada and has recently announced a tour in Ireland. He has also been included in the lineup for the upcoming Home County Music & Arts Festival.

    Council observed a moment of silence to acknowledge the passing of Canadian Jean Vanier, a global champion for people with developmental disabilities.

    In Other Council News:

    Council defeated a motion to explore the option of moving to daytime meetings.

    Council approved the Year 2019 Tax Policy.

    Council received the Victoria Park Secondary Plan – Status Update and endorsed the Draft Principles for the Victoria Park Secondary Plan.

    Council approved the 2019-2021 Internal Audit Plan.

  • April 23, 2019

    Council Briefs

    London resident Scott Bollert sang the national anthem. Scott is a local singer-songwriter who has been the lead singer for local rock band ‘After the Lounge’ for the past 13 years. Recently, he has also formed the Jazzman Band and created the Taste of Sinatra show.

    In Other Council News:

    Council approved a motion to declare a climate emergency, asking staff to identify actions to respond to this and to help mitigate future negative impacts.


    Council approved a motion to provide funding for an archaeological assessment at Western Fair Grounds.


    Council approved a motion that allows plans for a townhouse development on Windermere Road to move forward.


    Council approved the Strategic Plan 2019-2023.