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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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  • October 3, 2017

    A moment of silence was observed to remember the victims of the recent violent events in Las Vegas and Edmonton.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who have achieved 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council requested staff report back to the Civics Works Committee with respect to additional sidewalk installation options on the east side of Regal Drive in the Hillcrest Public School area.

    Council acknowledged the City’s achievement of 41 years of consecutive Aaa credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service. 

    Council referred the revised Council Policy: Use of Corporate Resources during an Election Period back to the Corporate Services Committee for additional discussion.

    Council received the employee absenteeism 2017 mid-year report for information. 

    Council received an update report on pay equity

    Council received a staff report with respect to the planned rerouting of transit buses off Dundas Street in downtown core.

    Council received the One River Environment Assessment Agency Advisory Committee Report and Public Consultation Report.

    Council referred the approval for draft plan subdivision official plan and zoning by-law amendments for properties located at 1635 Commissioners Road East and 2624 Jackson Road to staff for further discussions with the applicant on how the subdivision could be modified to improve views onto natural heritage areas. 

    Council directed staff to report back with a draft agreement between the City of London and the Municipality of Middlesex Centre with respect to sanitary and water servicing provision for the settlement area of Arva that would reflect the current settlement boundary of Arva and new billing terms with respect to the costs of providing these services.

  • September 19, 2017

    Council recognized City of London employees who have provided 25 years or more of service to the organization and the people of London.

    The Mayor recognized Justine Turner for her work to promote the Emancipation Day Celebration on September 30.

    In other Council business:

    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.

  • September 5, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized Peter Devlin, President of Fanshawe College on Fanshawe celebrating its 50th anniversary.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who had achieved 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the detailed design, tendering and appointment of Dillion Consulting as the engineers for the Thames Valley Parkway North Branch connection.

    Council approved the contract awarded for the Blackfriars Bridge rehabilitation.

    Council received the One River Environmental Assessment Update technical memorandum stage one work plan and community consultation plan.

    Staff will be reporting back on new methods for addressing traffic calming.

    Council approved zoning changes to the property located at 2426 Wickerson Road.

    Council approved various municipal actions be taken with regards to the current and potential odour challenges from waste management facilities near the communities of Brockley, Shaver and Glanworth.

    Council approved postponing the demolition of a property located at 440 Grey Street to permit the London Advisory Committee on Heritage an opportunity to provide further comment.

    Council approved re-zoning for a downtown development located at 32, 36 and 40 York Street and part of 330 Thames Street.

    Council approved the agreements related to the purchased and location of a LAV III public art monument.

    Council approved the displaying of First Nations flags annually at City Hall on September 7 to recognize the anniversary of the London Township Treaty.

    Council approved the appointment of Guy Holburn to the London Hydro Board of Directors.

  • August 22, 2017

    The Mayor recognized Randy Warden and London Celebrates Canada for their leadership in organizing Canada Day festivities for many years, including this year for Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations.

    The Mayor presented the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Brian Edward Yu and Matthew Van Oirschot, two London secondary students, for top academic achievements.

    The Mayor and Councillor Salih welcomed Nazem Kadri, a Londoner who plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs, to speak about the work of the Nazem Kadri Foundation.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved an emergent motion from the Mayor to stand against all forms of racism, bigotry and hatred, including white supremacy/nationalist groups, and to develop a policy to prohibit the use of civic spaces and city-owned facilities and spaces by such groups.

    Council passed a motion to have First Nations flags flown at City Hall on September 7 each year, with support from each Nation, in recognition of the anniversary of the signing of the London Township Treaty.

    The Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, as developed by a group of nearly 200 Londoners over the past seven months, was unanimously approved by Council.

    Demolition of buildings located at 150 Dundas Street and 153 Carling Streets were approved, to enable future infill development.

    The results of the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey were received by Council.

    Council approved the recommendations of the Council Compensation Task Force, including to increase the annual salary of Ward Councillors to the median full time income of Londoners.

     

     

  • July 25, 2017

    The Mayor recognized Thomas McClenaghan with the Governor General of Canada's Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers for his many volunteer contributions, particularly on a number of environmental initiatives, in London.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the $500 million Bus Rapid Transit Master Plan, a major milestone towards implementing a 22 kilometer city-wide rapid transit system for London. The next step is a 45-day review period, beginning on August 3.

    Council approved moving forward on the planning application at 8076 Longwoods Road, enabling the continued operations of a Halal a livestock facility and abattoir in addition to their existing dwelling on a farm at this location.

    A report on the Province of Ontario's High Speed Rail business case was received by Council for information.

    The draft London Urban Agriculture Strategy was received by Council, with direction to engage partner organizations in reviewing the draft Strategy.

    Council approved the architect for the Byron Pool and Bathhouse Lifecycle renewal project, with a note that this and other new projects will include universal design change room and washrooms.

    Council decided not to move forward with releasing fire conviction information on the City's property information system at this time.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Mayor recognized several City of London staff members who were recipients of the 2016 Awards of Excellence.

    Council acknowledged former Controlled Gina Barber’s recent recognition from the Province of Ontario as London’s Senior of the Year.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved improvements to the public engagement process for planning matters, including plain language mail notices, improved on-site signage, an enhanced online presence, and direct notification to tenants as well as property owners.

    The Neighbourhood Decision Making program, a part of the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy (LSNS), was approved by Council to be expanded to apply city-wide.

    Council approved the 2017-2020 Age Friendly London Action Plan.

    The City of London’s 2016 Financial Report was approved by Council, marking 40 years of a AAA credit rating and reflecting a reduction in debt and continued improvement in the City of London’s financial position.

    Council approved the Industrial Land Development Strategy Annual Monitoring and Pricing Report, with no change to adjust the pricing of City-owned industrial lands.

    Council approved moving forward with an application related to a proposed retirement community on Baseline Road. 

  • June 13, 2017

    The Mayor recognized Archie Brindleton for being the first dog known to visit and review 458 official park spaces in London, Ontario. Archie is also the Official Fire Safety Dog for the London Fire Department. He was thanked for his contributions to the community.

    Council approved the amendment of by-laws to permit amplified music and dancing to occur legally on bar patios in London.  The Noise By-law was amended to establish a temporary permitting process that allows for amplified music on patios, with the potential for revocation or non-renewal if substantive and ongoing issues occur.  The zoning by-law amendment is subject to an appeal period before it comes into effect.

    Council approved amendments to the Southwest Area Plan policies for the Wonderland Road Community Enterprise Corridor to implement the policy direction of the London Plan. Council elected to maintain the current cap on commercial space, with direction for staff to evaluate the potential impacts of raising or eliminating the cap.

    Council approved the development of 1800 Cedarhollow Boulevard for 9 residential units.

    Council approved the amendment of Sections 2 and 4 of the Z-1 Zoning By-law to regulate the use of shipping containers and trailers for permanent and temporary uses.

    Council approved a zoning change for property located at 3350 and 3460 Morgan Avenue to permit a Continuum-of-Care Facility to be developed on the site.

    Council approved a zoning amendment for the property at 905 Adelaide Street North from a residential zone to one that will permit conversion to office space for use as a medical/dental office.

    The Traffic and Parking By-law was amended by Council to improve traffic flow, pedestrian mobility and safety in many parts of London. The changes include the addition of a pedestrian crossover, lower speed limits in some school zones, and changes in parking to support new bike lanes.

    The City’s overnight parking program will continue in its current form. Between September 1, 2016 and the Victoria Day weekend in 2017 over 48,100 overnight parking passes were issued by the City.

    Council approved that the 2018 Annual Budget Update will be tabled on October 30. It will focus on budget amendments that cannot be accommodated within the approved multi-year budget that meet the criteria of new or changed regulation, new council direction or cost drivers causing service areas to be significantly over target. 

  • May 30, 2017

    The Mayor recognized Kids Kicking Cancer which teaches the mind-body techniques of Martial Arts, breath work and meditation which helps to empower children beyond the pain and discomfort of disease. The participants did a demonstration of breathing techniques with members of City Council.

    Council approved the expropriation of lands for road widening as part of Western Road Widening and Improvement Project.

    Council approved an agreement to sell the Phase 1 lands of the former Victoria Hospital lands in the city core for redevelopment. The heritage Colbourne building is to be rehabilitated, repurposed and conserved.

    Council approved recommendations that the ward boundaries in London be adjusted based on population projections. The new ward boundaries will be in place for the 2018 Municipal Election.

    An update was provided to Council about the Canada 150 celebrations in London and in particular SesquiFest, the free five-day festival to be held in the city June 29 to July 3. It will feature musical acts, children’s activities, and the SESQUI Dome which will play the video Horizon, a cinematic journey that takes viewers across Canada.

    Council approved an agreement to provide in kind and related supports to the University of Waterloo and Southern Ontario Water Consortium as they execute a federally funded program, the Advancing Water Technologies program here in London.

    Council approved a proposed multi-unit residential complex for 420 Fanshawe Road East.

    Council supported the IWS and CWWA position statements recommending the development of a standard for flushable wipes to help ensure wastewater utilities have strong representation in the development of federal testing and labelling standards for “flushable” wipes.

    Council received a report for information about vehicle collisions with the Talbot Street Bridge and plans to add more warning signage at earlier travel points to help prevent oversized vehicles from attempting to pass under it.

    Council received a report for information that the Byron Baseline construction project uncovered an abandoned utility pipeline. The pipeline and impacted adjacent soil will be removed and the utility will provide appropriate cost coverage.

    Council endorsed London’s Child and Youth Agenda for 2017-2021 and approved its implementation, developed by Child and Youth Network of which the City is a member.

    Council endorsed the London Strengthening Neighbourhood Strategy for 2017-2021 and approved its implementation.

    Council approved policy criteria to permit outdoor patios in association with craft brewery and artisan workshop establishments within Industrial, Industrial-Commercial, and Mixed-Use areas.

    Council referred an application to rezone the property at 8076 Longwoods Road Agriculture Commercial Special Provision back to staff for further review.

    Council approved a new Sign By-Law and amended the Sign and Canopy By-Law to provide a balance between regulation, public safety and industry demands.

  • May 16, 2017

    Council welcomed representatives from local Lions Clubs to mark the international service club’s 100th anniversary.

    Council recognized local student representatives attending the Science and Engineering Fair in Regina.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the recommended Bus Rapid Transit routes through the city but voted not to proceed with a rapid transit tunnel along Richmond Street.

    Council appointed Anna Lisa Barbon as the Managing Director, Corporate Services, City Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer.

    Council received for information a report regarding corporate training and initiatives for human rights and code of conduct inquiries.

    Council also received reports regarding employee absenteeism during 2016 and workplace diversity and inclusion activities.

    Council approved $151,000 in funding to assist community celebrations around Canada 150 events.

    Council voted to adopt principals in the London Road Strategy regarding the Vision Zero project.

    Council voted to proceed with a Business improvement Area designation for the Hyde Park neighbourhood.

    Council approved zoning to permit a residential tower development at the northwest corner of Dufferin and Richmond Streets.

    Council referred back to staff a proposal for a residential tower development at the northeast corner of Wellington and Wolfe Streets.

    Council received a report re the Growth Management Implementation Strategy (2018 annual review and update).

    Council received for information a presentation from the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation regarding the state of housing stock in its portfolio.

    Council referred for further consideration a proposal to invite local First Nation’s communities to fly their flags at City Hall.

    Council agreed to permit Canadian flags be hung from telephone poles to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with the approval of Ontario Hydro and/or Bell Canada.

    Council voted to send a $2,000 donation to the community of Minden in Haliburton which has been affected by flooding.

  • May 2, 2017

    Council approved heritage designation for Fire Hall No. 4 on Colborne Street.

    Council requested a Public Participation Meeting be held regarding odours from industrial sources on properties south of Hwy. 401 and potential municipal actions to mitigate.

    Council approved a new by-law regarding low-rise infill residential development in existing neighbourhoods to protect streetscapes and character.

    Council approved changes to the Community Improvement Plan incentives and Industrial Development Charge Program.

    Council approved a $2.5 million municipal brownfield incentive for the property at 1156 Dundas Street (the old McCormick lands) as well as a $2.7 million brownfield incentive for properties at Fullarton, Talbot and Dufferin Streets.

    Council voted to approve the United Way of London Middlesex as the lead agency to oversee implementation of London for All; A Roadmap to end Poverty.

    Council received for information an update on the community response and supports regarding Syrian refugees.

    Council also received for information a report regarding short-term accommodation rentals in the city and noted staff are preparing a report to address the issue and provide a range of options re zoning, licencing and taxation.

    Council approved a contract for the railway grade separation of the Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North.

    Council received for information a report re patio design safety guidelines for on-street municipal parking spaces.

    Council received an update re the timeline to relocate buses from Dundas Street.

  • April 18, 2017

    Council held a moment's silence to mark the death of Coun. Anna Hopkins' husband Bill.

    In recognition of the community contributions made by students attending London's post-secondary educational institutions, the Mayor and Council recognized representatives of the Students' Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King's University College and Fanshawe College:

    • University Students' Council, Western University: Eddy Avila, President and Tobi Solebo, President-Elect
    • Huron University College Students' Council: Curtis Jenken, President and Dylan Matthews, President-Elect
    • Brescia University College Students' Council: Deanna Vezina, President and Rachel Ogilvie, President-Elect
    • King's University College Students' Council: Nathan Little, President and Violette Khammad, President-Elect
    • Society of Graduate Students, Western University: Tamara Hinan, President and Mary Blake Bonn, President-Elect
    • Fanshawe Student Union: Carlie Forsythe, President and Morganna Sampson, President-Elect

     

    In other Council business:

    Council directed staff to report back regarding the potential to downsize water meters at no cost to homeowners where the property owner has been paying for an oversized meter since 2013.

    Council approved ending the fibre-optic grant program for downtown businesses noting that a private company has assumed the work.

    Council approved a contract price increase for the McCormick area reconstruction works.

    Council received for information a report re the threat posed to the City’s trees by the Asian Long Horned Beetle.

    Council received for information and referred to a public meeting proposed changes to the Sign and Canopy By-law.

    Council approved changes to the Southwest Area Secondary Plan parking regulations.

    Council approved a site plan application for two residential towers at 545 Fanshawe Rd. W.

    Council received for information the 2016 operating budget year-end monitoring report showing a $4.6 million tax supported budget surplus and a $2.1 million water rate budget surplus and directed the funds be directed to the costs of the demolition of the former Lorne Avenue Public school and affordable housing initiatives and that the water budget surplus be directed to the water capital reserve fund.

    Council approved funding from the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program Contribution Agreement for improvements to the Covent Garden Market outdoor skating rink, a new spray pad and field house for Constitution Park, expansion of the Kiwanis Park pathway and a splash pad at Queen’s Park.

     

  • April 4, 2017

    Council approved further review and public consultation for rapid transit including a review of two different route options, and a public participation meeting about the routing options.

    Council approved to extend the contract with the London Majors baseball team to continue to provide their use of the historic Labatt’s Park through to the 2018 season.

    Council approved in principle to commence work to phase out the current vacancy rebate program and eliminate the subclass tax reductions on vacant commercial land beginning in 2018.

    Council approved the contract award tender for the Sarnia Road Improvements between Hyde Park and Oakcrossing Gate. The construction will complete the corridor improvements (road widening) between Wonderland and Hyde Park roads, expanding traffic lanes from two to four upon completion.

    Council approved the staff recommendation to refuse the application for 581 Ross Street to allow for a change of zoning to Residential R2 Special Provision because the proposed four-unit dwelling represents and over-intensification of the site and is contrary to the Near Campus Neighbourhood policies of the Official Plan.

    Council approved the brownfield incentive application and business case submission from Rygar Properties Inc. (“Rygar”) relating to the property located at 100 Fullarton St., 475-501 Talbot St., and 93-95 Dufferin Ave.  for a total expenditure of up to $2,735,007 in municipal brownfield financial incentives.

    Council approved the appointment of Martin Hayward, Acting City Manager, to the position of City Manager effective March 21, 2017.

     

  • March 21, 2017

    The Mayor and Council noted this day as The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    The Mayor and Coun. Usher presented a plaque to Christe Cogghe for her contribution to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities international programs.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved municipal levies for the Old East Village BIA, the London Downtown Business Association and the Argyle Business Improvement Area.

    Council received for information the 2016 statement of remuneration and expenses for elected and appointed officials.

    Council also received for information a letter from the Ombudsman of Ontario regarding his decision not to investigate a complaint about an in-camera Council meeting regarding moving City services from Market Tower to Citi Plaza.

    Council approved audio recordings of in-camera Council sessions.

    Council agreed to move the start time of the Corporate Services Committee Tuesday meetings from noon to 12:30 p.m.

    Council approved curbside pickup of Christmas trees.

    Council approved protected bike lanes along Colborne Street and Queens Ave. pending council approval of rapid transit bus routes.

    Council approved a request to create a Business Improvement Area along Hamilton Road.

    Council approved adding an additional 5th day day to the Rock the Park festival.

    Council adopted adding new entertainment and culture districts throughout the City but referred noise complaint issues back to staff.

  • March 2, 2017

    Council directed staff to develop the London immigration Strategy to attract and retain newcomers to the City including international students, foreign trained professionals and multigenerational immigrants to strengthen London’s workforce.

    Council also directed staff to report back on potential survey questions or other means of gathering information relating to the impacts of refugee settlement.

    Council received for information reports detailing variances in initiatives in the Strategic Plan.

    Council directed staff to include categories in a draft updated Business Licensing By-law, including donation bins, personal service establishments and tobacco and electronic cigarette retailers for presentation at a further Public Participation Meetings will be held before the By-law is adopted.

    Council voted to include under the Public Nuisance By-law the use of rooftops for social gatherings.

    Council asked staff to report back with ways to support community organizations in the distribution of food to individuals in need which could include providing access to a refrigerated truck to collect donations from local grocery suppliers.

    Council voted to establish a temporary park honouring Canada’s contribution at the battle of Vimy Ridge on lands adjacent to the Charlie Fox overpass at Hale and Trafalgar Streets until a more permanent location can be determined.

    Council approved the formation of a new group of City department heads to jointly oversee downtown projects and planning. The new group will bring a number of departments together, including planning and housing.

    Council endorsed a plan to update and modernize the Council Policy Manual.

    Council received for information a report regarding the London community grants program.

    Council received for information a report regarding the 2017 assessment growth funding allocation.

    Council deferred a decision on plans for the former Sherwood Forest Public School site to undertake additional consultations with area residents.

    Council also directed staff to make plans for the demolition of the former Lorne Avenue Public School and to hold a community meeting to update residents on the proposed plan for parkland space and residential infill. Further, Council also directed staff to bring forward any viable plan that might exist for retention of the building.

    Council voted to award contracts for the reconstruction of Dundas Street from Quebec Street to McCormick Boulevard.

    Council endorsed the annual sidewalk construction plan for the Oakridge area and other areas identified in the 2017 Annual Warranted Sidewalk Program, with the exception of sidewalks on Wayne Road, Regis Avenue and Regis Place which were pulled pending further consultations with residents.

    Council approved the hiring of a consulting engineer for the One River Master Plan environmental assessment.

    Council approved a contract price increase for work on the Southeast reservoir.

  • February 14, 2017

    The Mayor presented a cheque for $77,273 to United Way Middlesex London for the 2016 United Way City employee campaign.

    The Mayor presented a cheque for $18,886 to Glen Pearson and Jane Roy of the London Food Bank and to Wayne Dunn, Chair of Business Cares Food Drive, on behalf of the Corporation’s Business Cares Food Drive 2016.

    The Mayor accepted the London Home Builders' Association “Best Booth Feature Award” in recognition for the City of London booth at the recent Home Show.

     

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a new vehicle-for-hire by-law that allows Uber to operate in the City without in-car cameras.

    Council approved hiring a consultant to study the future of London Hydro.

    Council approved the hiring of a consulting engineer for the detailed design and tendering of the Dundas Place project.

    Council received for information the 2016 Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change inspection report for the City's water distribution system as well as a staff report regarding the 2016 annual drinking water report.

    Council endorsed the Resource Recovery Strategy and Residual Waste Disposal Strategy as part of the environmental assessment process.

    Council endorsed a proposal by the Cycling Advisory Committee to host a Canada 150 Bike tour in the City.

    Council directed staff to report back re the Pollution Prevention Control Plan and also provide data re sewage overflows into the Thames River and improvements made in the last 20 years.

    Council received an update on the progress of initiatives contained in its Strategic Plan.

    Council directed staff to hold a public participation meeting re Provincial modifications to The London Plan affecting secondary dwelling units.

    Council received for information a report re live streaming offsite Council and Standing Committee meetings.

    Council directed the City Clerk to report back with the new proposed Election Sign By-law that would ensure that election sign placement at intersections and adjacent roadways be as permissive as possible without jeopardizing traffic or pedestrian safety.

     

  • January 31, 2017

    The Mayor recognized Mario Circelli for his work with the Jack Richardson Music Awards.

    The Mayor and Council recognized the 2015 Bravo Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are designed to showcase and share the stories of our employees and the contribution they make to the community and the workplace.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the contract award to Youth Opportunities Unlimited to build and operate London Housing’s first emergency shelter for youth.

    Council approved the award of the contract for the implementation of a homeless management information system. The proposed information system can provide immediate information in a number of areas including: emergency shelter bed availability by location and overall occupancy, and can assist with rapid response to emergency situations.

    Council made amendments to a proposed vehicle for hire bylaw. Final reading of that bylaw will be read at the Feb. 14 Council meeting.

    Council received information that staff held a public participation meeting on new categories recommended for licensing and will proceed with a comprehensive public participation meeting to receive further public comments about potential by-law changes for pay day loan companies and door-to-door sales persons.

    Council decided against the removal of cold beverage vending machines in City recreation facilities and City Hall, but approved the removal of candy machines from recreational facilities at the end of the existing vendor contract in 2017.

    Council directed the City Clerk to begin a public consultation process on implementing ranked ballots for the 2018 municipal election, which would include a draft bylaw to be presented at a future public meeting.

    Council authorized that Councillor Harold Usher be allowed to pursue a seat that became vacant on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors for the remainder of 2016/17 year.

    A public participation meeting will be held related to a property at 1509 Ed Ervasti Lane.

    Council approved a change in zoning for the property located at 1245 Michael Street to a Holding Residential R4 Special Provision to permit townhouse dwellings.

    Council approved an intensification project for a 2 storey, 12-unit apartment at 169 Foster Ave.

    Council approved by-law changes that will permit a mushroom farm at 6188 Colonel Talbot Rd.

    Council directed that the recommendations of the London Advisory Committee on Heritage report about the structure at 100 Stanley St. be considered as part of the Environmental Assessment Study for Wharncliffe Rd. S from Becher St. Commissioners Rd W.

  • January 17, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized the contributions made to London by people who were named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List: Dale Yoshida (The Arts), Mojdeh Cox (Diversity and Race Relations), Dr. Joseph Cummins (The Environment), Sandra Miller (Heritage), Susan Grindrod (Housing), Andrew Rosser (Humanitarianism), Brenda Ryan (Persons with Disabilities), Danielle Mooder (Safety and Crime Prevention), and Therese Quigley (Sports).

    In other Council business:

    Council referred to a future public participation meeting proposed changes to the City’s Election Sign By-law.

    Council approved funding for continued implementation of the Customer Relationship Management software project.

    Council received for information reports regarding the Corporate Asset Management Plan 2016 Review as well as the Assessment Growth for 2017.

    Council approved an agreement with the Province regarding dedicated Gas Tax funds for the public transportation program.

    Council referred the report on proposed changes to City Ward boundaries back to staff for further review.

    Council approved additional funding to complete leasehold renovations to Citi Plaza to accommodate staff relocation from Market Tower.

    Council approved a request from Ward 14 Coun. Jared Zaifman to display banners acknowledging International Holocaust Remembrance Day during the week of January 23.

    Council received an update regarding the City’s lead mitigation program.

    Council approved design of dedicated bicycle lanes along Queens Avenue and Colborne Street.

    Council approved a funding arrangement with the province to complete the Kiwanis Park Pathway connection project.

    Council received updates regarding the City’s garbage and recycling programs and directed staff to report back on the feasibility of converting the City’s garbage packers from diesel to compressed natural gas.

    Council voted to designate Fire Hall No. 4 on Colborne Street under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    Council endorsed the creation of heritage conservation districts along Talbot Street and in the Gibbons Park neighbourhood.

     

     

     

  • December 19, 2016

    The Mayor and City Council welcomed Damian Warner as this year’s recipient of the annual Outstanding London Ambassador Award. Damian is a Canadian decathlete who won an Olympic Bronze Medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A native of London, he is supported by an extensive local coaching, medical and strength team; including high school teachers/coaches from Montcalm Secondary School, Oakridge Secondary School and the Head Coach of the Track and Field Team at Western University. In 2015, he won the gold medal at the Pan American Games and the decathlon silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He is the current Canadian record holder in the decathlon and now has his sights set on Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved an enhanced income-related subsidy program for public transit for qualified Londoners and asked staff to bring forward a 2019 budget amendment in the multi-year process regarding ongoing financing for the program.

    Council also approved a by-law allowing children under 12 years of age to ride LTC buses for free as of January 2017.

    Council endorsed Terms of Reference for development of the Urban Agriculture strategy.

    Council received for information a report outlining improvements to public engagement during planning processes.

    Council received for information a report regarding a transportation review around the old Normal School in Old South.

    Council voted not to seek cost recovery for London Fire Department attendance at structure fires.

    Council approved a public education plan with respect to the Open Air Burning By-Law.

    Council received an update on the London Community Gardens Program Strategic Plan.

    Council also received an update on the Emergency Management Program.

    Council directed staff to review increasing measures to combat hate related graffiti.

    Council approved writing-off approximately $9 million in uncollected fines, some decades old, under the Provincial offences Act and agreed to advocate the Provincial Government for expanded recovery tools to collect unpaid fines.

    Council directed staff to request the Lieutenant Governor to increase the size of the London Police Services Board from five to seven members.

    Council received for information a scoping report regarding City assets and directed staff to report back on the potential proceeds from the sale of vacant land and buildings and major venues.

    Council approved a by-law to revoke any Council policy pertaining to benefits to common-law spouses.

    Council directed staff to report back on increased opportunities for recycling in the downtown.

    Council accepted the Environmental Assessment for the Dundas Place flexible street and ordered it placed on the public record for comments.

    Council approved hiring London lawyer Barry Card as the City’s new solicitor.

     

  • December 6, 2016

    The Mayor noted that the flag at City Hall had been lowered to half-staff to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada and Council paused for a moment of silence.

    The Mayor, Councillors and City staff welcomed representatives from the London Food Bank and donated to the annual food drive.

    The Mayor and Council celebrated recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA), recognizing each group’s unique contribution in promoting public awareness of diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights in London:

    King’s University College

    London Interfaith Peace Camp

    (Category: Youth)

    Northeast Community Conversations Group

    (Category: Social/Community Services, Small)

    Pride London

    Pride London Festival

    (Category: Social/Community Services, Large)

    In other business:

    Council received an information report approved establishment of a Rapid Transit Implementation Office.

    Council endorsed staff recommendations to the Province to reduce phosphorus levels and minimize algae blooms in Lake Erie.

    Council approved zoning to permit construction of two residential towers on Fanshawe Road West.

    Council referred back to staff an application related to lands located in the Southwest Area Plan that would maintain a requirement for underground parking for residential and business units but allow exceptions for smaller scale developments.

    Council directed staff to report back re possible solutions to mitigate industrial odours in the Shaver-Brockley neighbourhood in the City’s southeast.

    Council directed staff to prepare a Request for Proposals regarding City-owned billboards that would increase revenue opportunities as well as provide advertising space at no charge for community groups.

    Council received for information a report from the City Manager regarding updating Council’s Policy Manual and directed staff to update the policy manual as soon as possible.

    Council approved an update to the multi-year budget, maintaining the tax levy at 2.8% for 2017.

    Council approved establishment of a Waste management Working Group.

    Council appointed Deputy Mayor Hubert as chair of the Corporate Services Committee for the term ending Nov. 30, 2017.

    Council appointed new members to the Governance Working group.

    Council received for information a report from London Hydro re possible mergers and consolidation of the utility.

    Council received a submission from the Deputy Mayor re a new composition of Council with fewer full-time Councillors and new Ward boundaries.

    Council directed staff report back on how the City can assist with the growth of a local film industry, including the possibility of creating a Film Industry Development Office.

  • November 22, 2016

    Council voted unanimously to call upon the London Police Services to establish a policy that prohibits the use of street checks and ensures that all police activity will be non-discriminatory, and  non-arbitrary and to ensure there is ongoing anti-racism and anti-oppression training across its organization.

    Council directed staff to bring in a new vehicle for hire by-law.

    Council approved sale of approximately 2 acres of industrial land to PTN Holdings Ltd at a price of $55,000 per acre in the Trafalgar industrial Park Phase III.

    Council directed staff to submit the City of London’s 2017 federal budget submission “City building is nation building” as part of the federal pre-budget submissions.

    Council approved expropriation of lands as may be necessary for the Western Road widening project between Oxford Street West and Platt’s Lane.

    Council voted to eliminate the second position of deputy mayor as selected by Council.

    Council agreed to submit a letter of support in Bill 46 regarding pregnancy and parental leave for municipal councillors.

    Council approved an application to construct a five-storey residential building in Byron at 1349 Commissioners Road West.

    Council approved funding arrangements with the province for family centres at a new elementary public school in northeast London, a northwest London family centre as well as a funding and project agreement for a family centre at St. Francis Catholic Elementary School.

    Council received a report regarding the three year progress of the Age Friendly London initiative.

    Council also received a report re the first 12 months of the London For All initiative.

    Council received for information, and referred to budget discussion Thursday Nov. 24, subsidized fares for public transportation.

    Council directed staff to continue with the development of potential municipal licensing regulations related to door-to-door sales and payday loan lenders.

    Council accepted the recommendations of the Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-oppression Advisory Committee to award the 2016 Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards to the North East Community Conversations Group, Pride London Festival and King’s College.

    Council also directed staff to continue work on the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

    Council received for information the annual Report to the community and a first-year update on the Community Economic Road Map.

  • November 8, 2016

    Council recognized the work undertaken by City staff to make the recent National Homelessness Conference a success.

    Council approved the Minutes of Settlement with the Police Services Board for $2.7M to cover the cost of six new Police Officers next year.

    Council voted to refer the Vehicle for Hire by-Law to the next Council meeting for further consideration.

    Council voted to refer consideration of appointments for Canada 150 Community Leader to the next Council meeting.

  • October 25, 2016

    Council approved adding Regina Mundi College to the inventory of Heritage Resources.

    Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Byron Gravel Pits secondary plan.

    Council voted to change the zoning at Masonville Place to provide for additional floor area for entertainment uses on the second floor of the former Target department store.

    Council requested staff to report back after an additional public participation meeting regarding the new proposed Sign and Canopy By-law.

    Council received for information reports regarding enumeration results for the City’s Homeless Prevention System as well as the Emergency Shelters 2011 – 2015.

    Council directed staff to proceed with renovations to complete the City’s Cat Adoption Centre on Windemere Road.

    Council directed staff to report back regarding the City’s workplace diversity plan.

    Council received for information the 2016 – 2019 Tax Calculator Web Tool.

    Council approved new fees and charges under the Fees and Charges By-law.

    Following a presentation from Downtown London, Council asked staff to report back regarding establishing an Urban Core Coordinator position and directed staff to take steps to help manage ongoing “street culture” issues in Market Lane as a pilot project.

    Council requested the City Clerk report back on procedures to eliminate the second deputy mayor position on Council.

  • October 11, 2016

    The Mayor and Council welcomed new City Engineer Kelly Scherr.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the design of Wonderland Road South improvements from Manning Drive to the south City limits.

    Council endorsed the New Directions: Advancing Public Transportation in Southwestern Ontario report and requested the Ontario Ministry of Transportation develop an integrated multi-modal Public Transportation Master Plan in partnership with the federal Government and regional municipalities.

    Council supported a funding application under Phase 1 of the Infrastructure Canada Clean Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund as well as the Canada Public Transit Infrastructure Fund for more than $110 million worth of projects including an $11 million investment in the City’s rapid transit initiative and $17 million in sewer separation projects.

    Council approved a proposal from TRY Recycling to operate two City EnviroDepot operations for a term of six years at an annual cost of $199,000.

    Council agreed to apply to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Feed-In Tariff program a 500-kilowatt landfill gas power plant which will use about 20 percent of the gas produced at the landfill.

    Council requested the Mayor send a letter to the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services advising that the City supports active communities including participation in road hockey.

    Council directed staff to report back on request under the brownfield Incentive program regarding an application by owners of the Chelsea Green Meadows subdivision.

    Council approved a funding request for $50,000 from the Hyde Park Business Association/Business Improvement Area.

    Council voted to remove from the inventory of Heritage Resources properties located at 479-485, 487 and 489 Talbot St. and consent to demolition of the structures.

    Council directed staff to report back regarding the necessary steps to implement audio recording of in-camera Council meetings.

  • September 27, 2016

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the Economic Leadership Award to ZTR.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who had achieved 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council noted and commended staff for the City’s 40th consecutive year of achieving a Triple-A credit rating from Moody’s Investment Services. The Triple-A rating allows to City to borrow money at preferred interest rates.

    Council received for information the 2016 operating budget mid-year monitoring report for property tax, water and wastewater treatment budgets noting the city projects a property tax budget surplus of $4.5 million, a water rate supported budget surplus of $301,000 and a wastewater treatment budget surplus of $64,000.

    Council authorized any budget savings from the Housing Development Corporation to be placed in the corporation’s reserve fund to support housing initiatives; that any budget savings from the Information Technology Services budget to be placed in an IT reserve fund to support future investments.

    Council received for information a presentation re activities at Eldon House.

    Council approved a future delegation from the Hyde Park Business Association to appear at the Planning and Environment Committee regarding funding.

    Council endorsed a strategic plan for new online engagement tools to attract immigrants to London Middlesex.

    Council approved a name change for the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee to the Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee.

    Council directed staff to review and repot back regarding a requirement to have owners of heritage properties maintain their buildings in a similar manner now required under the Ontario heritage Act.

    Council received for information an update from the Old East Village Business Improvement Area.

    Council approved $174,000 funding for five community groups under the London Community Grants Program.

     

  • September 13, 2016

    The Mayor and Council recognized the organizers of the Air Show London.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who had achieved 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a residential/commercial development at 100 Fullarton St., 475-501 Talbot St. and 93-95 Dufferin Ave.

    Council approved expropriation of lands as required to accommodate the widening and improvement of the roadway between Oxford Street West and Platt’s Lane.

    Council requested City staff report back of processes and practices to ensure Provincial legislation regarding pay equity is being met and advising what enhancements and steps Council might take to address any gaps.

    Council received for information a mid-year update on employee absenteeism.

    Council accepted the London ON Bikes Cycling Master Plan and directed staff to place the document on public record for a 30-day review period.

    Council received for information a report regarding unmanned air vehicles (drones) use on the municipal environment.

    Council voted to approve renewal contract options for curbside collection and material recovery.

    Council received for information the London Transit Commission 2015 annual report.

    Council directed staff to work with the London Transit Commission to move existing bus routes on the Downtown core section of Dundas Street by September 2017.

    Council directed staff to circulate for public comment draft terms of reference regarding an urban agriculture strategy.

    Council approved a zoning change to the property at 21 Wharncliffe Road South (Children’s Museum) to permit residential/office development.

    Council directed staff to report back re plans to put in place community event programming on the Dundas Flex Street project.

  • August 30, 2016

    The Mayor presented the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Emily Moyer from London South Collegiate Institute (average 99.67%) and Michael (Seung Ho) Lee from London Central Secondary School (average 98.67%).

    The Mayor recognized the City of London's Ontario Nature Lee Symmes Municipal Award for community leadership and achievements in successfully managing and improving Environmentally Significant Areas.

    In other Council business:

    Council received a proposed new Sign and Canopy By-law and referred the draft by-law to a Public Participation Meeting to be held on Oct. 17, noting that staff will consult with industry stakeholders, Business Improvement Areas and other interested parties in an attempt to balance the needs of service/product marketing with safety and aesthetic standards.

    Council forwarded to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs comments from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation regarding The London Plan.

    Council also forwarded to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Attorney General comments and suggestions regarding the current structure and working of the Ontario Municipal Board.

    Council approved an Official Plan amendment to permit secondary dwelling units (Granny flats) throughout the City but delayed the implementation of the related zoning by-law regulations until the related amendments to the Residential Rental Unit Licensing By-law is brought to Council later this fall.

    Council approved a secondary plan for the BIGS (Beaufort/Irwin/Gunn/Saunby) Neighbourhood (near Western University) to manage and direct land use to achieve efficient and resilient development and facilitating intensification, redevelopment and to provide a mix of housing types and densities.

    Council approved a new Tree Protection By-law to protect trees with a diameter of 50 cm or more within City limits.

    Council approved terms of reference for both the Hamilton Road Area Community Improvement Plan and the Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan.

    Council approved a construction tender for the No. 11 fire station.

    Council approved licencing and regulation of informal residential care facilities and services in the City.

    Council approved, as a part of the Ontario 150 celebration funding, projects that include the Youth Leadership Skills Program, the London Celebrates Sesqui parties on Dundas Street and the Community Kitchen Project.

    Council approved an amendment to the Council Procedure By-law to permit the Mayor to select an Acting Mayor in circumstances when the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are absent and where the selection is time-sensitive and a regular meeting of Municipal Council is not scheduled.

    Council requested that the Mayor write to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) asking that Councillor T. Park be appointed to attend various FCM meetings in place of Councillor J. Zaifman, until such time as Councillor Zaifman is able to resume his full duties.

    Council approved fees to complete the Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment and received the draft report regarding rapid transit dated February 2016.

    Council received for information an update on the Community Economic Roadmap project.

    Council advised the London Police Services Board (LPSB) that Municipal Council is open to mediation if the LPSB wishes to do so.

  • July 26, 2016

    Recognition: City Manager Art Zuidema and Council recognized City Solicitor Jim Barber for his contributions and positive impact on the City for the past 29 years on the eve of his retirement.

    It’s game on for a world juniors bid for London. Council approved the recommendation to pursue the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in partnership with the city of Windsor. Canada will host the event in 2019 and the process has started to select a host community. The event would run December 26, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

    New, lower speed limits will be introduced in London school zones, where the speed will be reduced to 40km/hour.

    Council approved a by-law amendment that will allow amplified music and dancing on restaurant patios for a temporary period in August and September 2016 in the Downtown London and Old East Business Improvement Areas. The testing will coincide with a major Canadian event - Country Music Week which will be celebrated here in London September 8-11. It will be monitored for future consideration in the Music, Entertainment and Culture District Background Study.

    Council directed staff to retain a qualified consultant to prepare a “Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest” in support of Council’s intent to have the property known as 129 Langarth Street East designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    Council was supportive of the new MyLondonHydro Web Portal – Water Usage Tool hosted on londonhydro.com. This engagement tool allows users to check water use and consumption patterns, a breakdown of usage and infrastructure charges, and check out updates on ways to conserve water.

    Council asked staff to prepare a terms of reference for the Byron Gravel Pits Secondary Plan that is consistent with the Open Space Option. This would allow for development on the lands on the periphery of the pits, but not within the depths of the pits at this time.

    Building on the success of the near campus strategy several years before, Council approved an update to the strategy. It reduced the neighbourhood boundaries so they better reflect the neighbourhoods and institutions, will now allow secondary units in the near neighbourhood zones, and clarified the vision strategy for the years ahead.

    Council approved proposed regulations for a vehicle for hire by-law which will be taken forward to a public participation meeting in October 2016.  The proposed regulations allow for Transportation Network Companies (i.e. Uber) to be considered as a form of a vehicle for hire brokerage with conditions that rides be sourced only via an app. There will be no requirement for cameras in private vehicles and surge pricing will be permitted.  

    Council approved that a draft by-law and regulations to apply municipal standards, licensing, and enforcement to unregulated facilities that operate as stand-alone as Informal Residential Care Facilities proceed to a public participation meeting in August.  This by-law will address residential care standards for London’s most vulnerable citizens.

  • June 23, 2016

    The Mayor presented the Duke of Edinburgh International Bronze Award to Jackson Dunlop.

    The Mayor recognized the London Senior Games as “London’s Featured Organization”.

    The Mayor presented Faye Males with the Senior of the Year Award for her volunteer contributions with the Alzheimer Society of London Middlesex.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a new Official Plan (The London Plan) which will now be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for approval. The new Official Plan sets out a series of policies designed to stimulate growth and development, protect our environment and natural resources, conserve our heritage, revitalize our downtown, protect our agricultural lands, coordinate our civic infrastructure, provide for affordable housing and connect our transportation system with our land use plans.

    Council adopted to the findings of the Integrity Commissioner that Mayor Brown and Councillor Cassidy contravened sections 2.4, 5.1 and 5.2(e) of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and issued reprimands to both individuals regarding the Code of Conduct violations.

    Council voted to declare surplus and sell City-owned property at the former Fire Station 11 site on Westminster Drive.

    Council voted to demolish City-owned properties at 189 Grey St., 5221 Cook Rd., 80 Evergreen Ave., 280 York St., 340 Wellington St., 1577 Wilton grove Rd., and 3717 Scotland Dr.

    Council voted to support a second round of applications to the Federal Government for funding local projects to celebrate Canada 150.

    Council approved planning and design tools for use in the development of trail master plans and/or conservation master plans for environmentally significant areas.

    Council voted to refuse a request to remove the heritage designation for the property located at 142 Kent St.

    Council voted to designate 335 Thames Street (the King Street Bridge) to be of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    Council voted to designate the properties located at 864-872 Dundas Street to be of cultural heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    Council approved a site plan application for a one-story assisted living apartment building at 193 Clarke Rd.

    Council approved demolition of a building located at 175/179/181 King Street east of Richmond (“the blue building”) due to structural concerns.

    Council voted to support development of a nine-unit residential building on the former Robinson United Church property on Richmond Street (1056, 1059 and 1061 Richmond Street).

    Council voted referred to prohibit the development of new converted dwellings with two units in the Blackfriars/Petersville neighbourhood.

    Council approved a zoning change for a property at 455 Clarence St. to permit development of a residential highrise building.

    Council approved a joint venture agreement for the Southwest Community Centre between the YMCA, the London Public Library and the City and also awarded the construction contract to Aquicon Ltd. of Brampton.

    Council approved an exemption to the Special Events Policies and Procedures Manual to permit the extension of the hours (11:00 PM to 1:00 AM) for sounds arising from an outdoor stage to be placed on Talbot Street on September 8, 9 and 10, 2016, during the 2016 Country Music Week.

    Council directed staff to hold a Public Participation Meeting to allow for public comment on proposed amendments to the Taxi and Limousine By-law that will recognize the recent trends in the vehicle for hire industry and to address concerns raised with respect to safety and consumer protection and to request unlicensed vehicles for hire to immediately stop operating until future by-law amendments addressing vehicles for hire and brokers are in full force and effect.

  • June 14, 2016

    Council observed a moment’s silence to mark the tragic mass shooting event in Orlando, Florida.

    Council designated the London Pride Festival, Country Music Week and a new Wine Tasting Garden at Sunfest as municipally significant events.

    Council approved a Request for Proposal for internal audit services.

    Council approved appointment of a number of consulting engineers for municipal projects: the Environmental Assessment and upgrades of the East Park Pumping Station; the Core Area Servicing Studies; the infrastructure renewal program.

    Council approved development of a mobile app to support parking payments by mobile devices.

    Council voted to add additional needle bins and garbage cans with appropriate signage along the Thames River.

    Council directed staff to alter the overnight parking regulations to permit personal vehicles to park on permitted streets, depending on weather, after Labour Day to Victoria Day with a free on-street parking pass limited to 15 days per licence plate. Council also asked staff to report back on the affect the change has on winter parking experiences including the impact on snow removal, etc.

    Council voted to reduce the number of garbage containers permitted per household from 4 to 3 starting January 1; to approve additional containers pickup with a $1.50 garbage tag and to increase the number of container limit exemption pickups from 2 to 4 per year.

    Council directed staff to report back on a Flooding Matters Work Plan in regard to sump pump subsidies and weather communication enhancements.

    Council referred the new draft Bicycling Master Plan to the Cycling Advisory Committee for comment.

    Council endorsed the Growth Management Implementation Strategy Infrastructure Project Evaluation Framework.

    Council accepted the resignation request of Coun. Maureen Cassidy as Deputy Mayor.

  • May 31, 2016

    The Mayor congratulated The London Knights for winning the Memorial Cup on Sunday.

    The Mayor introduced Linda Woods, Laurel Kenney and Anne Stokes, London and Middlesex Co-Chairs of “Bread Not Stones” project to bring awareness of and to eliminate child poverty in Canada. 

    In other business:

    Council approved a $500-million Full Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the city. The business case for the project will now be presented to the Federal and Provincial Governments to discuss funding partnerships. The City has committed $129 million to the project, largely covered by development charges.

    Council approved the demolition of a residential building located at 529 Philip St.

    Council received for information and update regarding community support for Syrian refugees.

    Council approved a management and administrator services contract for The Dearness Home.

    Council requested the Mayor to draft a letter to the Minister of Education regarding the City’s support for the continued operation of the Amethyst Demonstration School as well as the Robarts Provincial School for the Deaf.

    Council asked staff to bring forward and present at a public participation meeting on June 21, 2016, an amendment to the Special Events Policies and Procedures By-law  to exempt outdoor concerts associated with the 2016 Country Music Week to allow the concerts to be held until 1:00 AM instead of the required end time of 11:00 PM.

    Council voted to adjust the sale prices of city-owned industrial land.

    Council voted to increase the engineering fees in regards to the Southeast Pumping Station and Reservoir.

    Council approved the painting of “Rainbow crosswalks” at two intersections in advance of the 2016 Pride London Festival.

  • May 17, 2016

    The Mayor and Council recognized The Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team who recently won the gold medal at an international competition in Australia.

    The Mayor presented the Corporation’s 2014 BRAVO Awards of Excellence to City staff.

    The Mayor also recognized two important dates: May 17 the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and May 19 the 102nd Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to hold a public participation meeting regarding options for a rapid transit system in the City.

    Council appointed an Integrity Commissioner for a three-year term.

    Council approved the sale of Blue Boxes at the City’s Envirodepots.

    Council approved a one-year pilot project to pick up Christmas trees at the curb for recycling and to close the temporary, seasonal tree depots.

    Council directed staff to engage the community and hold a public meeting regarding reducing the number of garbage containers (4) allowed per household.

    Council directed staff to develop terms of reference for the One River Master Plan Environmental Assessment to encompass an area from the Boler Road Bridge to the Forks of the Thames noting this would not preclude a decision to decommission the Springbank Dam or unnecessarily delay the Back to The River project.

    Council approved the licensing of a mobile parking app that will allow people to pay for parking using their smartphones or other mobile devices.

    Council directed staff to report back on traffic congestion and safety concerns at the intersection of Aldersbrook Gate and Fanshawe Park Road.

    Council directed staff to investigate placing additional garbage cans, needle bins and appropriate signage along the banks of the Thames River.

    Council approved an extension of the fibre optic connection grant program for downtown.

    Council directed staff to initiate an application to amend the zoning by-law to regulate the use of shipping containers and trailers in residential areas.

    Council approved a two-year extension for a temporary parking lot at King and Clarence Streets.

    Council asked staff to report back whether green roofs could be included in the calculation of required landscape open space in future developments.

    Council received for information an update regarding administration’s progress on the Strategic Plan.

    Council offered its support to a Tourism London bid to stage the 2018 Ontario Summer Games.

    Council directed staff to review the current partnership structure of the London-Middlesex Housing Corp. and to report back before the contract is renewed in 2017.

    Council approved covering the travel expenses of five London Firefighters who volunteered to travel to Fort MacMurray to assist in the aftermath of the wildfires.

  • May 3, 2016

    Council recognized the fundraising efforts of The Meal, an annual event to support research into diabetes and the “Walking the Line” walk to Ottawa being undertaken by Londoner Jenn Miller whose two daughters both have Type 1 diabetes.

    The Mayor presented the Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship to Colleen Biggs who is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management through Western’s Continuing Education program. Colleen already has hands on experience with ensuring safety in the workplace in her role as a Lab Manager at Lawson Health Research Institute and as a worker representative for the Joint Health and Safety Committee at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

    The annual award of $3,000 is open to students enrolled full time in an occupational and or public health and safety related program at a college or university, including occupational safety/health/hygiene, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, medicine, emergency services or other related fields.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved an agreement with the Federal Government regarding Canada 150 infrastructure spending to help finance improvements to the trail at Westminster Ponds, the renovation to the pavilion in Harris Park and repairs to the cenotaph in Victoria Park.

    Council directed staff to report back regarding the City applying to the Province to increase the number of members on the London Police Services Board from five to seven.

    Council approved a memorandum of understanding between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the City regarding the Canada Ukraine Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance.

    Council voted to receive a presentation titled Defining and Applying Diversity: Gender Lens and referred the presentation to civic administration for consideration.

    Council referred a potential policy on limiting school zone speeds to a public participation meeting.

    Council approved a new pedestrian crossover program for a number of intersections in the city.

    Council approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Blackfriars Bridge rehabilitation project.

    Council voted to receive a report on landscape materials for boulevards as well as updates on a number of environmental programs.

    Council approved demolition of a house at 80 Oxford St. West and removed four others adjacent houses from the inventory of heritage resources.

    Council voted to deny a demolition application and filed a motion to designate a house at 1656 Hyde Park Rd. to be of cultural heritage value,

    Council approved an agreement between the City and LK Promotions regarding sponsorship and naming rights for City recreational facilities.

    Council referred back to staff a motion to ban the use of sky lanterns within City limits for further review.

    Council approved a community engagement plan for the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy 2016 -2020.

    Council voted to direct staff to consider broader options to improve care and supervision of vulnerable people in unlicensed group homes.

    Council also asked staff to report back regarding potential actions to ensure that City facilities are financially accessible to all through the waving or reduction of fees for community centre rooms and gymnasiums.

  • April 19, 2016

    The City was presented with a Two Row Wampum Belt by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation with the Oneida Nation of the Thames. The Wampum Belt, a replica of "the grandfather of all treaties" was presented as a reminder of the deep and abiding friendship between each nation and of the mutual duty to respect the lasting principles of the pledge made long ago.

    Later in the meeting, Council approved a number of actions to be taken with respect to the municipal implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The City committed to providing intercultural competency training for all employees. Civic Administration, in partnership with the London Public Library, will also be working to identify and collect copies of records related to the residential school system to be provided to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. As well, the City’s Culture Office will work with London Arts Council and local First Nations communities to develop a prominent memorial in London acknowledging the history of Canada’s residential school system and its former students.

    The Mayor and Council recognized April as National Poetry Month and invited Peggy Roffey from Poetry London and Jayme Archibald from London Poetry Slam to perform poems.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s Featured Community Organization to London Clean and Green.

    And in recognition of the community contributions made by students attending London's post-secondary educational institutions, the Mayor and Council welcomed representatives of the Students' Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King's University College and Fanshawe College:

    • University Students' Council, Western University: Sophie Helpard, President and Eddy Avila, President-Elect
    • Huron University College Students' Council: Nate Sussman, President and Curtis Jenken, President-Elect
    • Brescia University College Students' Council: Caitie Cheeseman, President and Deanna Vezina, President-Elect
    • King's University College Students' Council: Craig Minielly, President and Nathan Little, President-Elect
    • Society of Graduate Students, Western University: Tamara Hinan, President
    • Fanshawe Student Union: Alan Bushell, President and Carlie Forsythe, President-Elect

    In other Council business:

    Council received for information a presentation from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp.

    Council approved improvements to aid pedestrians and bicyclists on the Field marshal Wolseley Bridge (Quebec Street).

    Council approved a zoning application to allow construction of an elementary school in the Cedarhollow subdivision.

    Council asked staff to report back how the City can assist with helping community groups establish urban agriculture opportunities.

    Council directed staff to improve collaboration and strategic plan alignment with local boards and commissions and host a civic leaders roundtable.

    Council unanimously acknowledged the final report of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty and directed staff to support various implementation measures including consulting with the London Transit Commission about providing free transit to children under 13 years of age.

  • April 4, 2016

    Ward 14 Coun. Jared Zaifman addressed Council about Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved designation of buildings at 864 – 872 Dundas Street East under the Ontario Heritage Act.

    Council approved the Old East Village Urban Design Manual as a guideline document in the Official Plan.

    Council received for information an update regarding immigrants and the local labour market.

    Council requested staff report back on alternate dispatch protocols to address open air burning complaints; review alternative enforcement by using By-Law Enforcement staff to investigate complaints and the determine how current resources can best be used.

    Council approved a new Corporate Sponsorship and Advertising Policy.

    Council directed staff to report back on a potential draft an amendment to the Dog Licensing and Control By-Law dealing with regulations for outdoor shelters for companion animals and requiring companion animals to be brought indoors during extreme weather events.

    Council voted to seek federal funding and to apply to obtain a LAV III as a public art monument, to be based at the Royal Canadian Regiment museum on Oxford Street East, to honour Canadian military members who served in Afghanistan.

    Council received for information a report on the community response to unsafe housing conditions and directed staff to review practices in other municipalities.

    Council referred to staff a presentation regarding climate change risk disclosure advertising on gas pumps.

    Council directed staff to review and report back regarding changes to the Taxi By-law and to also hold public consultations around Transportation Network Companies regarding the uncertainly around compliance with public safety, driver capabilities and vehicle safety.

    Council also asked staff to report back on the feasibility of providing businesses with the opportunity to advertise on the back of display parking receipts.

    Council referred to the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee a request to have “teacup pigs” classified as pets in the City.

    Council received for information a report regarding an update to the City website to improve the mobile user experience.

    Council approved number of residential tax rate recommendations for new affordable housing projects.

    Council approved a multi-year operating agreement with The Grand Theatre.

    Council approved transfer of 100% of the 2015 London Convention Centre operating surplus of $61,724 to the centre’s capital reserve fund.

    Council received for information the 2016 Renew London infrastructure construction program and approved the 2016 annual sidewalk program.

    Council approved a $6-million project to resurface about 8 kms of Veterans Memorial Parkway from Hwy. 401 to Gore Road.

    Council agreed to grant 2 surplus parking meters to the London Central Lions Club to operate as “kindness meters” for collecting charitable donations.

    Council directed staff to explore opportunities to make use of W12A landfill gas and to prepare a business case to install a 500 KW generator for electricity production.

    Council approved a new commercial ground lease with the Western Fair Association that includes a 25-year term with two 10-year renewal options.

    This update does not constitute the official record or minutes of the Council meeting and does not cover all items considered by Council.

  • March 22, 2016

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the Economic Leadership award to iConect.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s featured community organization to the London’s Abused Women’s Centre.

    The Mayor recognized the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month fundraising event and also congratulated the London Devilettes Hockey Association on a recent successful international tournament held in the City.

    In other Council business:

    Council deferred a decision on the One River environmental assessment in order to receive more legal advice.

    Council received for information a report about the environmental screening process at the W12A landfill.

    Council directed staff to review the by-laws governing landscape materials on boulevards with options to permit rain gardens and variety of mulch materials.

    Council received for information a report on remuneration and expenses for elected and appointed City officials.

    Council approved municipal special levies for Downtown London Business Association, Argyle Business Improvement Area and the Old East Village Improvement Area.

    Council received a report on employee absenteeism for 2015.

    Council directed staff to undertake a request for proposal to seek third-party providers for child minding services for the public during public participation meetings and standing committees of Council.

    Council received for information an update on Cultural Districts.

    Council opted not to fund a request from Downtown London for a retail consultant firm.

    Council received for information a recent Ontario Ombudsman report regarding a June 10, 2015 meeting and directed staff to review the recommendations and report back with necessary policies and procedures to address concerns raised in the report.

  • March 1, 2016

    The Mayor presented a cheque to The London Food Bank and to Wayne Dunn, Chair of the Business Cares Food Drive, on behalf of the Corporation’s Business Cares Food Drive 2015.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved hiring a specialist in diversity, inclusion and engagement to assist the corporation with addressing integration of all Londoners and to establish strategies to create a City of London workforce more reflective of the community.

    Council approved the 4th report of the Planning and Environment Committee.

    Council approved a funding arrangement with the Province and Thames Valley District School Board to create new Family Centres at a northwest London new public school and a northeast London new public school.

    Council received a report regarding noise by-law complaints and referred costing options for enhanced enforcement services to the multi-year budget process.

    Council directed staff to establish a “good neighbour” campaign for students and residents in near campus neighbourhoods.

    Council approved construction of new off-leash area for dogs at 941 Commissioners Rd. E, a pilot urban dog park at 280 Dundas St. and a timed off-leash park at Harris Park.

    Council received for information a summary of internal audits from 2011 to 2015 and directed staff to report back on actual savings as a result of the audits.

  • February 16, 2016

    The Mayor presented a certificate for “London’s Featured Organization” to Crime Stoppers.

    The Mayor recognized the work of the ACO London (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – London branch) for its continued work to educate the public about heritage buildings.

    In other Council business:

    Council endorsed plans resulting from an environmental assessment to preserve Blackfriars Bridge, and to rehabilitate it so it will be open for use by pedestrians and cyclists, as well as one lane for vehicular traffic heading eastbound towards the downtown core. The overall heritage look of the bridge will be maintained. Use for vehicles will maintain some flexibility for traffic flow into the downtown core over the Thames River. A preliminary cost estimate for the project is $4.6 million. Work could begin in 2017.

    Council confirmed that a public participation meeting will be held on March 8, at the Civic Works Committee to discuss the potential to combine three projects under a ‘One River’ umbrella into one environmental assessment to address the three related projects: the Springbank Dam project with the Back to the River initiative and the West London Dyke Integration project.

    The City will no longer provide free parking in December for Downtown London and Richmond Row, a move which has the support of the Downtown London Business Improvement Association. The intended benefits to area businesses were no longer being realized. People who were not customers were using the parking, creating access problems for people planning to shop and dine in the area. Free December parking will continue to be available in Old East Village.

    Council decided it was not necessary for the corporation to issue credit cards for members of Council. Council members will follow current practices to be reimbursed for appropriate expenses.

    Council endorsed action to seek a heritage designation for the King Street Bridge for its cultural and heritage value. Spanning the Thames River, it was constructed in 1897. The King Street Bridge is a rare example of a nine-panel, single-span, pin-connected, Pratt through truss bridge.

    Council endorsed a plan to review the Community Improvement Plans used by the City, as well as potential new options to determine which may better serve London’s needs in the years ahead.

  • January 26, 2016

    Council approved a request from the BMO Centre (the London Optimist Sports Centre) for one time funding of $800,000 towards a $7.8 million expansion of the indoor soccer facility. The expansion will allow for the closure of the club’s temporary dome on Cuddy Boulevard, allowing this site to be returned to the City as industrial land. It is estimated that this site could be sold for $572,000 based on current rates.

    Council approved changes to by-laws and zoning in the Wickerson Road area. The City will enter into an agreement with Boler Mountain so the City can connect open space pathways and trails linking the neighbourhoods, and allow Boler to build maintenance access from Wickerson, which would be a safer option than the current access point on Southdale Road.

    Council endorsed additional protections of a property 179-181 King Street, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and within the Downtown Heritage Conservation District. The protection requires that the front portion of the property, including the street-facing façade, be maintained. If it is somehow demolished, any future building must be built to the same proportions as the heritage structure that is protected.  The majority of the site remains developable. In 2015 the owner filed a demolition permit application.

    Council endorsed zoning changes for 3493 Colonel Talbot Road (at Park Road) which will permit the development of a proposed residential development expected to include a mix of building heights and densities and including 172 detached homes. It is the first major project under the Southwest Area Plan.

  • January 12, 2016

    The Mayor and staff presented a cheque for $89,471.88 donated by City employees to the Middlesex-London United Way.

    The Mayor presented the Canada's Clean50 Top 15 Project Award for the recent major renewal and energy retrofit project to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

    The Mayor recognized the contributions made to London by the following citizens who were named to the Mayor's New Year's Honour List in the following categories: Glen Curnoe (Heritage), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Sports), Holly Painter (Arts), Paul Seale (Safety and Crime Prevention), Charles and Carolyn Innis (Humanitarianism), Reta Van Every (Diversity and Race Relations), Jens Stickling (Housing), Bonnie Quesnel (Persons with Disabilities) and Gary Brown (Environment).

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a five-year, $3.8 million project that would rotate 10 red light cameras at 22 city intersections in an effort to reduce dangerous driving behaviours. Tickets for running a red light would cost $325.

    Council also endorsed a four-year $2.8 million plan to protect City-owned water lines from freezing. There were more than 500 frozen water pipes in the City last year.

    Council approved an environmental assessment for an underpass or overpass on Adelaide Street at the CP rail lines.

    Council directed staff to report back regarding overnight parking permit options.

    Council also approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North widening project.

    Council approved rezoning of lands bounded by Oxford Street West and Westdel Bourne, Shore Road and Kains Road to allow a neighbourhood development that would include residential and commercial development.

    Council received, and referred to the multi-year budget process, the 2016 – 2019 proposed operating, capital water and wastewater budgets and directed staff to make the necessary arrangements for effective public engagement.

    Council referred an overview report regarding a number of Environmental Assessments to a Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting Jan. 28.

  • January 4, 2016

    The Mayor and Council welcomed representatives of the London Food Bank to accept donations from Council and administration.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s Featured Community organization to the London Food Bank.

    In other Council business:

    Council directed staff to report back on the licence fee structure regarding food trucks. Council approved the removal of limits for the number of licences permitted, the distribution of food products and revisions to the separation distances from eating establishments.

    Council approved the closure and demolition of the Glen Cairn Arena after the 2018 arena season.

    Council approved donation of end-of-life cycle firefighter equipment to GlobalFire, a registered Canadian charity that operates programs in developing countries to improve emergency services.

    Council requested staff and London Police Services to report back on the number of noise bylaw complaints investigated in 2014 and 2015.

    Council also requested staff report back with an update with respect to the Taxicab and Limousine Licencing by-law.

    Council received for information the annual update on Budweiser Gardens.

    Council voted to not implement a monthly change in the seating positions of Council Members at both the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee and Council meetings.

    Council approved a rezoning for property at 50 King St. that could permit development of a mixed-use apartment building with a maximum height of 28 storeys.

    Council approved the appointment of Coun. Jared Zaifman as Vice-Chair of the Community and Protective Services committee for the term ending Nov. 30, 2016.

    Council approved the appointment of Coun. Tanya Park as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee for the term ending Nov. 20, 2016.

    Council received for information an update on the Great Near-Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy Review.

    Council endorsed the winning design from the Back to the River competition and directed staff to report back on the scope of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.

    Council approved a mixed use development on property at 89 York St.

    Council voted to not increase the amount of land brought into the Urban Growth Boundary.

    Council voted to increase the intensification target in The London Plan to 45% and endorsed a staff recommendation to make 75 per cent of the intensification near the City’s proposed rapid transit routes.

  • December 8, 2015

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the Economic Leadership Award to Autodata.

    The Mayor presented the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards:

    Tuesdays At Ten

    Ability First Coalition

    Small Business and Small Labour

    Indigenous Cultural Safety Online Training for Health Care Providers

    South West Local Health Integration Network and Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

    Corporations, Large Business and Large Labour

    Sunfest

    London Committee for Cross Cultural Arts

    Institutions Public or Private

    Muslim Family Safety Program

    Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration

    Social/Community Services (including Not-for-Profits), Education and Training

    Kizhaay Anishinaabe Nin

    Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services

    Youth/Young Adult Groups or Organizations

    This award recognizes achievements that promote public awareness of and encourage ongoing initiatives on diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights to promote and advance London as a welcoming City.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to defer the red light camera enforcement program until more information is available from the Province with respect to fine administration.

    Council approved the proposed work plan for investigation of flooding causes and remedial actions.

    Council approved the appointment of a consulting engineer for the Veterans Memorial Parkway North extension from Huron Street to Clarke Road.

    Council approved disposing of five surplus parking meters at no cost to Downtown London for installation as “kindness meters” to raise money for various charities.

    Council adopted the McCormick Area Secondary Plan.

    Council referred back to staff a report regarding secondary dwelling units in owner-occupied residences.

    Council approved reimbursement of $275,000 of development charges for a development at 585 Waterloo St. under the brownfield incentive program.

    Council approved an application for a “net zero” mixed use commercial and residential development on Oxford Street West.

    Council refused an application for a 400 unit residential development on Richmond Street north, south of Arva.

    Council received for information the Corporate Asset Management Plan 2015 Review.

    Council also received for information the third quarter operating and capital budget status.

    Council requested staff update the current efforts regarding settlement of Syrian refugees in the community.

    Council approved a motion to change the December 21st Council Meeting to be held instead on January 4, 2016.

  • November 24, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s Featured Community Organization to The London Community Players.

    In other Council business:

    Council received the 8th Report of the Advisory Committee on the Environment that requests staff consider offsetting additional waste to the landfill by introducing waste diversion projects such as a Green Bin, community and backyard composting and consider taking advantage of a portion of waste revenue received from new customers to offset such programs.

    Council approved a new Records Management Program to retain and preserve City records in a secure and accessible manner.

    Council directed the Audit Committee to consider incorporating into its work plan, a review of the City’s contract and tendering processes related to the Normal School renovations and other facilities design and construction projects.

    Council also directed staff to report back with suggestions on how to improve access to the City’s website through mobile devices and for enhancing the user experience through a variety of platforms.

    Council voted to receive a verbal overview from the City Clerk regarding a Request for Proposal for the appointment of an Integrity Commissioner.

    Council approved the establishment of a second Ontario Works site at Westmount Shopping Centre.

    Council accepted a tender submitted by the Commissioners Great Lakes for a five year contract for municipal parking enforcement services.

    Council voted to purchase new radio systems for emergency services at a cost of approximately $1.5 million and directed staff to review communications requirements for each of the services to develop ongoing management of the systems and budget development.

  • November 10, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London’s featured community organization to the YMCA of Western Ontario.

    In other Council business:

    Council directed staff to use the Hybrid Network, which uses a combination of bus and light rail vehicles, as the preliminary preferred alternative for the next round of community engagement and public input for the Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment.  The light rail/fast bus option will now be circulated for public feedback and a final recommendation will be presented to council early in the new year.

    Council endorsed a Community Economic Roadmap that was created by local business leaders and community partners in conjunction with the City, LEDC and the Chamber of Commerce. The roadmap identified five economic priorities for the City: Build a city for entrepreneurs; create a supportive business environment; create an exceptional downtown and a vibrant urban environment; ensure a top quality workforce; and develop a national centre of excellence for medial innovation and commercialization.

    Council requested staff to report back with a process for evaluating the City’s asset portfolio as part of the multi-year budget deliberations.

    Council appointed Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy for a second term in the position.

    Council approved new committee chairs for next year: Coun Helmer (Civic Works); Coun. Ridley (Community and Protective Services); Coun. Squire (Planning and Environment); Deputy Mayor Cassidy (Corporate Services).

    Council referred to staff an enquiry redeveloping a webpage where London taxpayers could input their property tax amount in order to see how their money is allocated to various City services.

    Council voted to consider winter maintenance improvements as part of the 2016 multi-year budget and asked staff to speak with the School Board Liaison Committee about snow clearing around schools.

    With the agreement of the Downtown London Business Association, Council voted to end free parking in the core in December. Free parking will remain in Old East Village for December. Free parking downtown remains for evenings and weekends. A Downtown London request for additional funding was referred to the 2016 budget.

    Council directed staff to assist with the historical interpretation of the Thames Street neighbourhood through signage of commemorative monument to recognize the area as “The Hollow” and site of the former fugitive slave chapel.

    Council approved demolition of a cottage at 759 Elizabeth Street to permit an infill residential development and directed that that the interior and exterior of the building be photographed.

    Council voted to advise the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that the City would like to participate in FCM’s standing committee on increasing women’s participation in municipal government.

    Council voted to participate in the Compact of Mayors.

  • October 27, 2015

    The Mayor presented the Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship to Kyla Bushell. The annual $3,000 scholarship for students in an occupational and/or public health and safety related program was established in 2006 by the City of London and CUPE Locals 101 and 107 as a tribute to employee Tim Hickman who died in service to the community at age 21.

    The Mayor and Council recognized the first anniversary of their election.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a zoning amendment to allow for paid parking for a medical speciality building at 2605 -2651 Tokala Trail.

    Council voted to adopt the terms of reference for the archaeological master plan review.

    Council accepted a recommendation by the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee for staff to consider developing a Sustainability Statement which could be incorporated into the London Plan and include a vision, goals, principles, strategies and a definition of sustainability.

    Council authorized the Mayor and City Manager to sign the Principles of Collaboration and Commitment as proposed by the University Students’ Council of Western University to work together on items of shared interest.

    Council approved Addiction Services of Thames Valley as the host agency to oversee the Street Level Women at Rick Prevention Program.

    Council received for information the Age-Friendly London two-year progress report.

    Council referred to staff a request to study protocols related to tree trimming and wildlife displacement.

    Council also referred to staff for review and consideration a proposed by-law regarding the chaining/tethering/penning of dogs.

    Council referred to staff for a review a request from improved signage and public education related to existing e-bike and e-scooter legislation governing pathways and sidewalks as well as the potential to licence the vehicles.

    Council approved purchase of a driver simulator at a price of $169,342 for training drivers of fire department vehicles  and requested staff to report back on other training methods that might lessen accidents involving fire trucks.

    Council approved additional funding of approximately $2 million to complete renovations of the Normal School in Wortley Village.

    Council approved a ranked balloting process with respect to section of the deputy mayor and appointment of Council members to various boards and commissions. In addition, committees.

    Council added comments to the Provinces review of the Municipal Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to include the considerations of expanding sanctions available to municipal Councils andcouerts of law to better deal with situations involving misconduct of members of council.

    Council approved providing $300,000 to the London Arts Council to fund various groups to provide orchestral musical services for the community. Council also took no action on a motion to ask the Arts Council to add a City Councillor to its board.

    Council voted to approve terms of reference for a study into the creation of cultural districts in the city that are defined as areas to concentrate entertainment.

    Council referred a review Council compensation to the Governance Working Group.

    Council referred to staff a request from the Downtown London Business Association for a $200,000 grant in lieu of parking revenues for the month of December.

  • October 13, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

    The Mayor and Council recognized the George Kotsifas, Managing Director, Development and Compliance Services and Chief Building Official, who was awarded the Mowbray Sifton Award by the London Home Builders’ Association.

    The Mayor and Council also recognized World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10).

    In other Council business:

    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.

  • September 29, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to Forest City Sport & Social Club.

    The Mayor and Council recognized the London Rowbust Dragonboat Racing Team for its many achievements including six time Club Crew National Gold Medallists 2010 to 2015 and Club Crew World Gold Medallists, Italy 2014.

    The Mayor and Council recognized employees who have achieved 25 years of service during 2015 from

    Development and Compliance Services, Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services and from Environmental and Engineering Services.

    In other Council business:

    Council congratulated staff and received for information, a Triple-A credit rating for the City from Moody’s for the 39th consecutive year.

    Council directed staff to continue to pursue opportunities to enhance the City’s communications with the community regarding charges in property ownership fees.

    Council directed the City Solicitor to provide legal representation at the Ontario Municipal Board regarding an appeal re property located at 161 Windermere Rd.

    Council directed staff to work with the developer of properties along Talbot Street, known as Camden Terrace, to evaluate opportunities to integrate heritage elements into the design of a residential tower.

    Council approved rezoning of a property at 648 Huron St. to accommodate an emergency care facility with 10 beds to be operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

    Council asked staff to review and report back on the current requirements in the Site Control Plan Control By-law as they relate to development adjacent to residential areas, noting concerns such as noise, lighting, traffic and parking and recommend changes that will ensure the impacts of development are mitigated to the greatest extent possible.

    Council approved a proposal from The Salvation Army to manage the Housing Stability Fund at a cost of $2,672,496 subject to the ongoing funding available under the Provincial Community Homelessness Preventative Initiative.

    Council received for information, a progress report and update on the City’s Homeless Prevention System.

    Council referred a motion from the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee to the Police Services Board calling for consideration to halt the current street check (carding) practice, provide statistics showing how the current street check practices assist as a crime prevention, crime solving tool and publicly posting street check statistics in a timely fashion.

    Council requested staff to report back regarding new technologies for vehicles to hire including potential licencing regulations under at Transportation Network Company category as well as minimum and maximum fares, e-hail technologies, insurance, licencing fee structures and recent legal rulings related to vehicle for hire technology apps.

    Council asked staff to report back regarding the food truck pilot program around issues of a cap on the number of licences, parking fees and the location regulations pertaining to restaurants and schools.

    Council requested staff report back on what municipal oversight might be available related to the pay day loan businesses and cheque cashing services including what measures are available to the city to protect consumers with respect to costs charged for services provided by pay day loan and cheque cashing businesses; what measures could be taken by the city to improve the sharing of information to bring greater awareness to potential customers of pay day loan businesses and cheque casing services with respect to the costs for the use of such services and the ability of the city to require such businesses to be licensed by the municipality.

  • September 15, 2015

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the "Economic Leadership Award" to Brose Canada Inc.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "Featured Community Organization" to Carolinian Canada Coalition.

    The Mayor congratulated White Oaks residents and City staff for winning $25,000 worth of improvements at White Oaks Park in the Kraft Project Play initiative.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees from Environmental and Engineering Services, Legal and Corporate Services and Parks and Recreation who have achieved 25 years of service during 2015.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved hiring a+LiNK Architecture Inc. of London as the architect for the Southcrest Pool and Bath House life cycle renewal project.

    Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between The City and The County of Middlesex to establish a joint liaison committee comprised of elected officials to discuss and consider matters of mutual concern.

    Council approved a request from Ward 1 Coun. Michael Van Holst to provide $5,000 from his annual expense allocation to cover costs associated with rental of the Showmobile to provide temporary staging at the annual St. Julien Park Community Festival on Sept. 26.

    Council also directed staff to report back on innovative methods for funding various community events including the potential reallocation of funds from Councillors’ expense accounts.

    Council endorsed a Federal election initiative from the Canadian Urban Transit Association to support greater Federal investment in public transit infrastructure, to implement funding models that allow flexibility to meet the different transit realities of cities, towns and communities across the country and that all Federal parties make public transit a major electoral issue.

    Council approved a proposal to build a six-story infill affordable housing project at 356 Dundas St.

    Council directed staff to report back on the impact of recent residential demolitions and the subsequent new construction on Langarth Street and Garfield Avenue and also to report back on policy options regarding urban design guidelines, public site plan review processes, public notification policies that could be implemented to ensure that new residential development within existing neighbourhoods is appropriate, consistent and complementary to the character and scale of the surrounding neighbourhood.

    Council also directed staff to report back on the status of all commercial parking lots in the downtown to confirm that they are zoned appropriately to permit the use and requested staff ensure that current policies that discourage the extension of temporary use by-laws for establishing commercial parking lots be considered for any new applications.

    Council approved rezoning of properties on Richmond Street across from Masonville Place to permit constriction of a medical centre and residential units.

    Council approved a draft Federation of Canadian Municipalities agreement as a basis for negotiations with Canada Post that reflects London’s concerns and issues with placement of community mailboxes on municipal rights of way.

    Council endorsed a list of initiatives and projects to be considered during the 2016-2019 budget process.

    Council endorsed an Ontario Ministry of Transportation examination of a regional transportation plan and efforts to improve inter-community transportation.

  • September 1, 2015

    Council held a moment of silence to mark the passing of London businessman and philanthropist Mitch Baran.

    The Mayor presented the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Zainab Mejeed Al Rohani from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (average 98.33%) and Fariha Jamani from Saunders Secondary School (average 98.33%).

    The Mayor and Council congratulated City of London employees from the London Police Service and Finance and Corporate Services who achieved 25 years of service during 2015.

    Council also recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the sale of 18 acres of industrial land at Skyway Industrial Park to Dancor for $600,000 for the construction of a 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility that will employ 40 people.

    Council referred back to staff a site plan application for a residential development at 250, 268, 270 and 272 Springbank Drive near The Coves for further discussions with the applicant.

    Council approved a permit to demolish a building located at 122 Wortley Rd. within the Wortley Village-Old South Heritage Conservation District on the condition the applicants obtain a permit for an approved replacement structure that is compatible with the district plan.

    Council approved a commercial development at 3100 Colonel Talbot Rd. that includes exterior urban design elements to make the development more pedestrian friendly.

    Council approved the demolition of three 19th century buildings located at 505, 507 and 511 Talbot St. to allow construction of a 29 storey, 199 unit residential building with conditions that include: a podium design sensitive to the heritage designated church located to the north; using salvaged and reclaimed architectural artifacts and building materials from the existing buildings on the site; use of brick and clear glazing materials; floor-to-ceiling window walls on the podium; projecting canopies; frosted glass windows on the upper levels to allow for nighttime lighting; a visually interesting building cap that will contribute positively to the Downtown London skyline; and public art with a value up to $250,000.

    Council approved a $1.1 million provincial funding arrangement for a Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

    Council directed staff to consult with stakeholders and to report back regarding the London Community Garden Program Strategic Plan with respect to the feasibility of an overarching urban agriculture policy.

    Council received for information a report regarding the Middlesex-London in Motion Community Challenge.

    Council signed an agreement with London Hydro for installation of an electric vehicle charger at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

    Council approved a recommendation for the Mayor to send a letter to all candidates running in the Federal election requesting answers to questions regarding local jobs and growth, livable communities, safe communities, environmentally sustainable cities, global municipal connections and municipal involvement in the Canadian federation. Responses will be posted to the City’s website.

    Council directed staff to make the necessary arrangements to recognize the milestone of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch which include placing a commemorative book of well wishes for the public to sign in the lobby of City Hall; planting an oak tree next to the King George VI oak tree in Victoria Park; sending a letter from the Mayor to the Queen recognizing the achievement and additional recognition at Council’s September 15th meeting.

    Council directed the City Clerk to report back with a proposed by-law to amend the Council Members’ expense accounts and expense reimbursement options.

    Council received a report regarding current noise levels around the recently installed Veterans Memorial Parkway noise attenuation wall.

    Council received for information the London Transit Commission 2014 annual report.

    Council voted to extend overnight parking on City streets to November 1 from Labour Day as a pilot project.

    Council voted to direct staff to bring forward a draft proposed agreement with Canada Post regarding community mailboxes and liaise with Canada Post to obtain a clear, easy-to-understand list of proposed community mailbox locations and to make that list available to the public, including various concerns raised by the City in relation to specific locations.

     

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  • May 12, 2015

    The Mayor and members of Council recognized “National Denim Day” the CURE Foundation’s main fundraising event in the fight against breast cancer.

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the “Economic Leadership Award” to Trojan Technologies.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for the “London’s Featured Community Organization” to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

    In other Council business:

    Council requested that the Ministry of Transportation continue to consult with the necessary stakeholders, including the agricultural community, to ensure that non-licensed vehicles and equipment, as well as other vehicular traffic can be safely accommodated during Highway 401/Colonel Talbot Road/Highway 4 interchange reconstruction project.

    Council approved an additional Special Planning and Environment Committee on June 24, 2015 to receive public comments regarding the London Plan.  This is in addition to the Special Planning and Environment Committee scheduled to be held on June 22, 2015 regarding this matter.  As a result, the Council Meeting will be held on June 25, 2015 instead of June 24, 2015, as originally scheduled.

    Council approved a four-year agreement with the London Arts Council to provide services, including the administration of City funding for the Community Arts Investment Program Category 2 and other specific arts services for the implementation of the London’s Cultural Prosperity Plan.

    Council approved a Multi-Year Budget Policy to provide staff with the necessary direction to proceed with the development of a 2016 to 2019 multi-year budget.

    Council approved the Official Plan growth management policies for the financing of growth-related infrastructure works.

  • April 28, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the El Sistema Aeolian.

    Council acknowledged the “National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace” with a moment of silence.

    Local athlete Jessie Fleming was acknowledged and congratulated on her selection to Canada’s National World Cup Soccer Team.

    In other Council business:

    Council requested that staff undertake a review and explore opportunities to collaborate municipalities who have put in place a Lobbyist Registry and report back.

    Council approved the construction contract for the renovations to the Normal School.

    Council approved a 10 year lease agreement (with two further options of 5 years each) with the YMCA of Western Ontario for the use of the Normal School at an annual rental rate of $450,000 per year.

    Council approved an offer to purchase the property at 756 Windemere Road for use as a cat adoption centre.

    Council approved an amendment to the City of London’s Special Events Policies and Procedures Manual to permit the “Rock the Park 12 – July 2015” event the use of Harris Park for 5 consecutive days (July 14 to July 18, 2015).  The Special Events Policies and Procedures Manual provides for the use of Harris Park for 4 consecutive days.

    Council approved an amendment to the Taxi Limousine By-law to provide for an incremental vehicle for hire annual fare increase effective October 1, 2016 using the Ontario Consumer Price Index to determine the appropriate fare increase.

    Council also asked staff to review and report back on new technologies and approaches regarding vehicles for hire.

    Council repealed the by-law that prohibited the possession, purchase, sale, trade, distribution, consumption or preparation for the consumption of shark fins as a recent court case determined that municipalities had no jurisdiction to pass such a by-law.

    Council received and took no action with respect to a petition from 73 residents from the Auburn Avenue neighbourhood objecting to the installation of a sidewalk.

    Council asked staff to forward the staff report with respect to the regional rideshare program to the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Cycling Advisory Committee and the Advisory committee on the Environment for input.

    Council directed staff to examine and report back on opportunities to facilitate increased diversion of organic and recyclables from the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors.

  • April 14, 2015

    Council paused to remember community activist Barb Shore, who recently passed away.

    The Mayor recognized National Poetry Month and invited Kevin Heslop from Poetry London and Jenny Jay from London Poetry Slam to perform poems.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the Forest City Diving Club.

    The Mayor, Council and senior staff taped a brief “Go Knights Go” videotape that was sent to the team before the start of last night’s playoff game.

    In recognition of the community contributions made by students attending London's post-secondary educational institutions, the Mayor and Council welcomed representatives of the Students' Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King's University College and Fanshawe College:

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the 2015 Tax Policy.

    Council received for information the 2014 operating and capital budget fourth quarter report.

    Council received for information a report about the Canada Caribbean Local Economic Development Program.

    Council referred to the City Clerk a proposal for representation of youth, aged 15 to 25, as voting members of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention, the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committees and the Advisory Committee on the Environment..

    Council directed staff to review the potential use of non-financial recognition programs for water and wastewater customers who maintain a certain level of consumption.

    Council approved amending, pending a public participation meeting,  outdoor summer watering restrictions to exclude weekends and statutory holidays from the “odd-even” household watering days protocol currently in place.

    Council directed staff to report back with a review of the City’s existing Community Improvement Plans and associated incentives and to evaluate incentives and the potential for adding more plans.

    Council approved as a planning guideline document the Our Move Forward – London’s Downtown Plan.

    Council directed staff to review and recommend possible amendments to the tree conservation by-law.

    Council referred to the Community and Protective Services Committee for a public discussion a decision whether to allow the Rock the Park festival to add a fifth day of musical entertainment.

    Council received for information a report regarding progress with the implementation of the Service London Plan.

    Council directed the London Arts Council to report back regarding strategies to create a new community orchestra/music model and possible payments for a performance fund for musicians formerly with Orchestra London. As well, Council directed $200,000 funding be re-allocated to the Community Arts Investment Program.

  • March 31, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum.

    The Mayor accepted the "Best Feature Award" received by the City of London for an interactive exhibit at the Lifestyle Home Show.

    In other Council business:

    Council learned that London Hydro would be providing the City with a special $10 million dividend over two years. More information will be presented at a future Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting.

    Council received for information an update on The Million Tree Challenge.

    Council approved the fibre-optic connection grant pilot program for downtown London to be jointly funded by Downtown London, the London Economic Development Corporation and the City of London.

    Council approved rezoning under-utilized industrial lands in the Exeter Road/Dingman Drive area to low density residential and to rezone lands in the Veterans Memorial Parkway/Bradley Avenue area to industrial. Council also referred back to staff the rezoning of a parcel of land south of Hwy. 401 at Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    Council approved for community consultation suggested improvements to the public engagement process in the Planning Department.

    Council approved the transfer of all Storybook Gardens animals to sanctuaries or suitable humane facilities following the destruction of the barn at the park due to a fire and that the insurance claim for the barn be used as a source for financing for new features and attractions.

    Council referred to staff a proposed reduced annual business licence fee for new business entrepreneurs.

    Council approved the use of credit cards for property tax payments.

    Council endorsed a new protocol for the humane treatment of urban wildlife.

    Council received a statement of remuneration and expenses for elected and appointed municipal officials.

    Council directed staff to bring forward for consideration an earlier report regarding the implementation of a lobbyist registry.

    Council appointed a consulting engineer to conduct an environmental assessment regarding intersection improvements at Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond Street.

    Council received for information a presentation from Canada Post regarding the installation of community mailboxes.

    Council directed staff to report back on the possibility of reducing speed limits in school zones to improve pedestrian safety.

  • March 10, 2015

    The Mayor presented a plaque for the "Economic Leadership Award" to Startech.com

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Heritage Council.

    The Mayor congratulated Jamie Skimming, the City of London’s Manager of Air Quality, for winning the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Spirit Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

    Council also recognized International Women’s Day on March 8.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved its 2015 – 2019 Strategic Plan.

    Council voted to have Canada Post appear at the Civic Works Committee March 23 to discuss its community engagement efforts in neighbourhoods slated to be converted to community mailboxes.

    Council voted to retain three heritage buildings on the Old Victoria Hospital lands: the Colborne building, the 1922 portion of the War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the Health Services building. Council approved demolition of the 1945 and later additions to the Children’s Hospital, the Gartshore Nurses Residence and the buildings located at 385, 373 and 351 Hill Street as well as the building located at the southeast corner of Hill and Waterloo Streets.

    Council received for information the 2015 Renew London infrastructure Construction Program, which includes $161 million worth of infrastructure projects ($54 million for road improvements. $77 million for sewer improvements, $30 million for water improvements and 97 km of road rehabilitation).

    Council voted to take no further action regarding the Music London business plan for a performing arts centre and referred the topic of a centre to the multi-year budget discussions.

    Council asked staff to report back on the feasibility of establishing Culture Districts with the City.

    Council direct staff to undertake an assessment regarding the need for a traffic signal following completion of road construction at the intersection of South Carriage Road and Hyde Park Road.

    Council asked staff to report back regarding how current snow removal practices might be improved at London Transit stops.

    Council referred back to staff the “Our Move Forward” London Downtown Plan for further refinement. The report will be discussed at the April 7 Planning and Environment Committee.

    A request to review the commercial corridor along Commissioners Road East was referred to the Civic Works Committee for incorporation into the Planning Department work plan.

    A proposed Outstanding London Ambassador Award was approved in principle and the City Clerk was directed to report back on details regarding resources required, the selection process, composition of a selection committee and timing of the award.

    Council approved the transfer of the London Convention Centre operational surplus of $355,377 into reserves and endorsed the idea of developing a naming rights policy for the facility.

    Council requested the City Clerk to consider possible changes to Council members’ expense policy regarding tighter deadlines for expense claims  and restrictions on the use of annual expense allocations from candidate nomination day to the end of a Council term.

  • February 24, 2015

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the Rotary Club of London on the occasion of the club’s 100th anniversary in London.

    In other Council business:

    Council unanimously approved a citywide pilot project to allow food trucks on city streets this summer. Up to 8 food truck licences will be available at a cost of $1,225 each. The trucks will not be allowed to operate within 25 metres of an eating establishment or within 100 metres of schools or festivals during operating times or dates.

    Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City, the library and the YMCA to jointly fund, build and operate a new Southwest multi-purpose recreation centre at 3080 Bostwick Road (with frontage onto Southdale Road West). Council also approved hiring MacLennan Jaunkains Miller architects of Toronto to act as prime consultant for the project. The centre will include an indoor pool, double pad arena, gymnasium and community centre space. This centre will serve as a community hub for the immediate neighbourhood(s) of Westmount, Talbot and Bostwick and as a destination recreation centre for the larger Southwest area of the city, including Byron, Riverbend, Lambeth, Longwoods, Southcrest and Highland.

    Following a recommendation from the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, Council directed staff to consider the discontinuation of all live animal displays at Storybook Gardens, to ensure that no new animal housing be built and to seek permanent sanctuary homes for the remaining animals.

    Council voted to declare surplus 3.8 acres of property of the former Sherwood Forest Public School at 7 Annadale Drive and that the land be sold through a Request for Proposal.

    Council asked staff to report back to a meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee with details regarding what species of trees are being planted on city boulevards.

    Council directed staff to initiate a community outreach strategy regarding the Urban Regeneration Engagement and Education Strategy.

    Council voted to circulate for review to the public, agencies and other City departments the draft Beaufort/Irwin/Gunn/Saunby (BIGS) Secondary Plan and schedule a public participation meeting a future Planning and Environment Committee.

    Council also approved circulation to the public and interested agencies the Downtown Design Manual for review and comment.

    Council approved appointments to various advisory boards and committees and to forward proposed changes to the appointment process to the Governance Working Group for consideration.

    Council approved the sale of 3.3 acres of industrial land in the River Road Industrial Park for $252,000 to Tire Supplier Distribution Inc. of Cambridge.

    Council approved a $254,800 payment to compensate for the expropriation of a property at the northwest corner of Gainsborough and Hyde Park Roads to permit road widening.

  • February 9, 2015

    The Mayor presented a cheque for $20,298 to Glen Pearson and Jane Roy of the London Food Bank and to Wayne Dunn, Chair of the Business Cares Food Drive, on behalf of the 2014 City Hall Business Cares Food Drive. City staff also donated more than 2,700 pounds of food during the annual drive.

    In other Council business:

    Council directed staff to investigate how other municipalities are dealing with Canada Post’s move to install community mailboxes and also request Canada Post enhance its consultation with Londoners prior to the installation of the mailboxes.

    Council directed the City Clerk to make arrangements to implement a pilot project permitting food and drink in the Council gallery during meetings and that vending machines be made available for public access and that steps be taken to identify a Council or Committee dinner break on agendas where applicable.

    A request from the Thames Valley District School Board to host “Variety Is …”, a concert to celebrate the musical accomplishments of more than 1,000 Thames Valley secondary school students and teachers with music from concert bands, stage bands, string groups, guitar ensembles, and choirs, on Thursday, April 30, 2015 was approved as a City of London Day at Budweiser Gardens.

    Council approved, in principle, the concept of a London Waste to Resources Innovation Centre and directed staff to identify potential partners, resource requirements and funding sources and develop a scope of work.

    Council approved the Dundas Street Flexible scoping study and requested the City Treasurer report back on funding sources for the $1.3 million environmental assessment for the project.

    Council asked staff to review summer water-use restrictions to provide for flexibility to permit residents to respond to drought conditions and other circumstances where outside watering might be required.

    Council referred back to staff the London Downtown Plan guideline document to undertake a further review of the language and the graphics contained in the document.

    Council directed staff to prepare a review of the Great Near Campus Neighbourhood Strategy.

    Council referred back to staff the Boulevard Tree Protection By-law to consider comments made at a recent public participation meeting.

  • January 27, 2015

    The London featured community organization was the Canadian Hearing Society London. In order for participants from the Society to better enjoy the experience, the event had real time closed captioning and an American Sign Language interpreter making the event totally accessible.

    Food trucks could make their way onto city streets this year. Council directed staff to report back to the Community and Protective Services Committee on Feb 18 with a report as to how a pilot project could move forward. The report is expected to outline details related to licensing, fees, distances from restaurants and schools, as well as health and safety matters. Public engagement will be part of the process.

    Council asked staff to report back on potential enhanced regulations and enforcement for door to door sales people and their companies as part of its review of the Business Licensing Bylaw L-6.

    Council decided to defer a decision on a planning application from Westbury International Corporation in the Wonderland Road Community Enterprise Corridor (3680 Wonderland Road) until such a time as an appeal is heard by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Council approved a cap to the amount of development in that corridor, and approved a proposal by Greenhills Shopping Centre Ltd. for that corridor. Westbury is appealing the Greenhills proposal at the OMB.

    Council approved the 2015 Water and Wastewater and Treatment Budgets at the meeting.  Approval of these budgets follows the approval of a seven per cent increase to water and wastewater rates effective January 1, 2015, which was approved by Council on November 25, 2014.

    A Heritage Alteration Permit Application was conditionally approved for 1576 Richmond Street subject to the owner going back to the OMB to confirm whether a greenhouse/conservatory on the property was designated as part of the heritage building on site.

  • January 13, 2015

    Council began its meeting by taking The Pledge to End Bullying: "I believe that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included, valued and accepted regardless of differences. I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever I see it.” The pledge is a community-wide initiative that seeks to raise public awareness about bullying – in schools, at work and at home.

    Council welcomed honourees from the Mayor’s Honours list. Each year, many active members of the London community are nominated in specific categories as a means of recognizing the diversity of philanthropic work taking place in London. The nomination process is handled through the City’s Advisory Committees with established criteria in place. The 2014 winners are:

    Alfredo Caxaj (Diversity and Race Relations); Martha Powell (Housing); Damian Warner (Sports); Roger Khouri (Persons with Disabilities); Michael Lynk (Humanitarianism); Patrick Mahon (Arts); Bob Porter (Environment); Hilary Bates Neary (Heritage); and Corina Morrison (Safety and Crime Prevention).

    In other Council business:

    Council approved planning applications to permit gravel extraction from a property at 120 Gideon Drive in west London. The company could extract approximately 20,000 tonnes of stone a year over the next 12 years. Additional monitoring of nearby wetlands and wildlife has been incorporated into the project.

    Council approved changes to the old Normal School in Wortley Village to permit construction a glass addition that would house a new elevator to allow access to all floors of the heritage structure.

    Council voted to direct staff to review possible changes to the availability and consumption of food by the public during Council meetings.

    Council approved the start of the Burbrook Trunk Storm Sewer Project that would see a micro tunnel constructed under rail yards near Douglas and Egerton Streets to relieve flooding issues in the neighbourhood.

    Council approved hiring MMM Group Limited as the consulting engineers to complete the Cycling Master Plan study.

    Council also approved hiring AECOM Canada as consulting engineers for the Western Road/Philip Aziz Avenue environmental assessment.

    Council approved a date change for the consideration of the Water and Wastewater Budget to the January 27, 2015 meeting of Municipal Council, instead of the February 9, 2015 meeting.

  • December 18, 2014

    The Mayor and Council welcomed Glen Pearson, representing the London Food Bank, to accept donations from members of Council and Civic Administration.

    The Mayor introduced Bill Coxhead, Managing Director of Parks and Recreation and lead of the City Hall’s United Way fundraising campaign, who presented a cheque for $109,036 to United Way Director Andrew Lockie.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted unanimously to refuse a funding request from Orchestra London for $375,000 so that it could pay unpaid salaries and Canada Revenue Agency remittances and retain a professional insolvency official.

    Council received for information third quarter reports for the 2014 Operating Budget noting that $1.5 million in net savings from the Operating Budget could fluctuate significantly based on factors outside of Civic Administration control (winter maintenance, Ontario Works caseload).

    Council also received for information a report regarding the City maintaining its Triple-A credit rating for the 38th consecutive year.

    Council voted to ask Coun. Bill Armstrong to provide details regarding expenditures for which he is seeking reimbursement. Council also directed the City Clerk to review Council the members’ expense policy and report back on what changes might be needed in keeping with best practices.

    Council referred to the City Clerk a proposal from Coun. Mo Salih to create an Outstanding Ambassador Award to recognize one individual annually who brings national/international recognition to the City.

    Council referred back to staff the terms of reference for the Byron Pits secondary plan in regards to potential residential and recreational development of the site.

    Council approved the expansion of the Downtown Business Association to include the Richmond Row neighbourhood.

    Council okayed the rezoning of property at 711 Oxford St. W. to permit development of a medical/dental centre and golf simulator business.

    Council referred back to staff an application to extract gravel from a property at 120 Gideon Dr. to address issues of groundwater and the effect on natural heritage adjacent to the site.

    Council amended the Traffic and Parking Bylaw to adjust parking hours at various locations in the city.

    Council received for information a 2014 external audit of the city’s drinking water quality management system which showed a 100% compliance rate.

    Council voted to retain the current garbage and recycling schedule and directed staff to report back on the use of Green Bins in Ontario and other Canadian municipalities and potential next steps for London.

    Council congratulated Jay Stanford, the City’s Director of Environment, Fleet and Solid Waste for being named Canadian Professional/Executive of the Year (medium municipality) by the Ontario Municipal Waste Management Association.

  • December 9, 2014

    Council held a moment’s silence for former Mayor Tom Gosnell who passed away Monday. Mr. Gosnell was elected an alderman in 1979 and served as London’s mayor from 1986 to 1994, and then later on Board of Control from 2003 to 2010 during which time he was also budget chief and deputy mayor. His father, Fred, was a former London mayor.

    A First Nation’s smudging ceremony performed by Liz Akiwenzie of the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre was held.

    Council also welcomed London Central Secondary School student Jeremy Grace and his Up High Movement that aims to lift spirits everywhere with high fives.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved expropriation of lands at Hwy. 401 and the Veterans Memorial Parkway to allow for construction of an interchange.

    Council received for information an orientation package prepared by the City’s senior leadership team regarding municipal service areas and operations.

    Council also directed  staff to: report back with possible draft Vision Statements for a new Strategic Plan, for Council consideration; set up a process to receive public input; report back on Dec. 18 with potential strategic areas of focus.

    Council approved a new Deputy Mayor policy, appointing Coun. Paul Hubert and Coun. Maureen Cassidy as the Council selected Deputy Mayor for a one-year term. Council also directed that Governance Working Group be established to undertake a review of the policy to determine what changes, if any, should be made to create opportunities for all Council members to assume a leadership role during a Council term.

    Council opted to take no action to appoint Council members to the Investment and Economic Prosperity Committee pending a report on the overall governance model.

    In other committee appointments, Council  approved:

    Civic Works Committee: Coun. Harold Usher (chair), Mike Van Holst, Tanya Park, Virginia Ridley, Jesse Helmer.

    Community and Protective Services Committee: Coun. Josh Morgan (chair), Bill Armstrong, Tanya Park, Virginia Ridley, Mo Mohamed Salih.

    Corporate Services Committee: Coun. Maureen Cassidy (chair), Anna Hopkins, Josh Morgan, Jared Zaifman, Harold Usher.

    Planning and Environment Committee: Coun. Paul Hubert (chair), Maureen Cassidy, Jesse Helmer, Phil Squire, Stephen Turner.

    Audit Committee: Coun. Paul Hubert (chair), Anna Hopkins, Stephen Turner, Mike Van Holst, Sumeet Khullar (citizen appointment).

  • November 25, 2014

    At the last meeting of the 2010 – 2014 Council, the Mayor recognized the contributions of those Council members not returning to office: Mayor Joni Baechler, Couns Bud Polhill, Joe Swan, Stephen Orser, Russ Monteith, Nancy Branscombe, Dale Henderson, Paul Van Meerbergen, Denise Brown, Judy Bryant and Sandy White.

    Janette MacDonald, Executive Director of Downtown London, presented the Mayor with a joint City of London/Downtown London award from the International Downtown Association for the Millennium Plan. The Millennium Plan was responsible for the creation of Budweiser Gardens, the Covent Garden Market rebuild, the Central Library conversion of former Bay Store and Forks of the Thames revitalization.

     

    The Mayor presented the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards to:

    In other Council business:

    Council approved 2015 water and wastewater rate increases of 7 percent starting Jan. 1, 2015, with the expectation that the increases will allow the water and wastewater services to become financially sustainable by the end of next year and require only 3 percent rate increases thereafter. The new increase will add about $53 to the average homeowner’s bill next year.

    Council approved in principle a proposal that would allow the incoming Mayor to appoint a Deputy Mayor and for Council, by two-thirds majority, to appoint a second Deputy Mayor who would serve for one year. The Deputy Mayors would assist the Mayor with business continuity in the absence of the Mayor, attend meetings/event on behalf of the Mayor, participate and represent the Mayor on civic committees, boards, commissions etc., and advise on operating and capital budgets.

    Council voted to change to Dec. 23, 2014 City Council meeting to Dec. 18, 2014 to accommodate the City Hall holiday closure.

    Council voted to endorse and request staff to develop operational protocols and to continue on-going public consultation regarding a Wildlife Conflict Policy that would strive to protect the welfare of wild animals using humane solutions, ban the use of trapping devices that are known to cause physical injuries, make all reasonable efforts to avoid displacing, injuring or killing wild animals, and that humane lethal measures be used only as a last resort.

    Council agreed to permit demolition of properties, pending site plan approval, at 445, 447, 449 Dundas St. between Burwell and Maitland Streets to permit  expansion of a neighbouring business.

    Council approved a residential/commercial infill project at 510 Central Ave. and 609 William St. pending site plan approval that would resolve parking issues on the property.

    Council approved demolition of two buildings at 321 Central Ave. and 581 Waterloo St., conditional on site plan approval, to permit construction of a six-storey residential tower with underground parking.

    Council referred back to staff a residential infill project at 161 Windemere Rd. to address neighbour concerns that included drainage, erosion and land title.

  • November 11, 2014

    The Acting Mayor recognized students from Fanshawe College and Western University who worked with City staff during the summer to create the yourlondoncalling.ca website. The website serves as an information resource for students new to London with advice on settling in, getting around, getting involved, earning money and having fun.

    The Acting Mayor and Council also observed a two-minute silence to mark Remembrance Day.

    In other Council business:

    Council agreed to relocate the December 1 inaugural meeting for the new 2014 – 2018 Council at The London Convention Centre starting at 6 p.m. to accommodate public requests to attend.

    Council agreed to circulate for comment  the delegation for authority to consent to, or grant, Heritage Alteration Permits for heritage designated properties.

    Council voted to approve demolition of an empty house at 420 Fanshawe Park Rd. E. with a referral back to City staff to investigate the feasibility of requiring the applicant to protect trees on the property.

    Council approved the Coves Environmental Sensitive Area Conservation Master Plan.

    Council approved demolition of two buildings owned by the Province at 2526 Oxford St. W. and 600 Sanatorium Rd. on The Child and Parent Resource Institute property with the request the Infrastructure Ontario be asked to provide detailed documentation on these identified cultural heritage properties for future reference as well as reclaim salvageable heritage materials from these properties for reuse elsewhere.

    Council approved recommendations from The London Diversity and Race Relation Advisory Committee to award the 2014 Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity award to The school of Science and Disorders at Western University in the Institutions category, the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership in the category of Social/Community Services, and the Epilepsy Support Centre in the category of Youth and Young Adults.

    Council directed City staff to review and report back regarding the playground equipment at Cavendish Park with a view to upgrading the playground area as well as expanding and addressing the renewed need for children in the park as well as report back on the condition of the park as it is located on a former landfill.

    Council received verbal update regarding the Thames Valley District School Board acceptance of the City’s $550,000 offer to conditionally purchase the Lorne Avenue Public School property.

  • October 14, 2014

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to L’Arche London.

    The Mayor also presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Muslim Mosque to recognize its 50th anniversary.

    The Mayor praised the Hometown Hockey Tour community event that celebrated the start of the NHL season at Covent Garden Market and Budweiser Gardens.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who achieved 25 years of service with the municipality.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved an agreement with Western University for the operation of the Southwestern Ontario Waste Consortium (London Wastewater Facility) and requested City staff report back  with a review of the mandate and business plan of the International Water Centre of Excellence.

    Council approved an environmental assessment for Hamilton Road/Highbury Avenue intersection improvements.

    Council also approved an environmental assessment for Wharncliffe Road south from Becher Street to Commissioners Road.

    Council referred back to staff the potential installation of traffic lights at Beaverbrook Avenue and Riverside Drive.

    Council received for information the Statistical Portrait of London – Community and Neighbourhood Profiles.

    Council approved land use zoning changes to properties at 51 and 99 Exeter Road regarding an application by Greenhills Shopping Centres Ltd. for the development of a Wal-Mart store.

    Council approved zoning amendments for the Old Victoria Hospital lands.

    Council approved zoning for the Richmond Medial Centre on properties located at 1643, 1649 and 1653 Richmond St. across from Masonville Place.

    Council referred back to staff a proposal for a commercial/residential tower by the County of Middlesex at 50 King St., currently the site of the Middlesex London Health Unit.

    Council referred back to staff a proposed infill project at 510 Central Ave. and 609 William St.

    Council received for information a presentation about development bonusing regulations under the Planning Act.

    Council received for information the Ontario Works profile for July 2014.

    Council voted to hold a public participation meeting to receive comments to a proposed amendment to the taxi cab and limousine licencing by-law to introduce an annually adjusted fare increase based on the Consumer Price Index.

    Council approved an amendment to the policy regarding Council Member’s Expense Accounts and Mayor’s Expense Policy to provide for the return to the City Clerk items exceeding a value of $750 at the time of purchase, to provide for a maximum annual expenditure for gifts and souvenirs to $1,200 and to include as a permissible expense cost associated with educational forums related to the business of the Council, hosted by Council Members for the benefit of the public.

  • September 30, 2014

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the Society for Learning in Retirement.

    The Mayor encouraged Londoners to participate in the In Motion Challenge.

    The Mayor also thanked Deputy City Treasurer Mike Turner for his 29 years of service to the City. Mr. Turner has accepted a position as the Chief Financial Officer in Chatham-Kent.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who achieved 25 years of service with the municipality.

    In other Council business:

    Council received a report from the Ombudsman of Ontario that determined Council had not violated the open meeting provisions when Councillors met over dinner during a June 24 Council meeting at a time when deliberations were underway to fill a Council vacancy in Ward 5.

    Council instructed staff to seek more information from a proponent of a greenhouse development regarding land leases for City-owned land in the vicinity of the W12A landfill site.

    Council endorsed the optimization strategy and road map for the Adelaide, Oxford, Pottersburg and Vauxhall wastewater treatment plants.

    Council approved a zoning application for construction of an automotive sales and services establishment at 1300 Fanshawe Road East.

    Council approved a 6-storey apartment building at the intersection of Waterloo Street and Central Avenue.

    Council approved a zoning by-law amendment for the Blackfriars/Petersville neighbourhood to change the zoning to recognize the existing level of development within a Provincially regulated floodplain area.

    Council referred back to staff the Industrial Land Review, Urban Growth Boundary expansion.

    Council approved a new development, including a 10-storey residential building, at the intersection of Richmond Street and Sunningdale Avenue.

    Council accepted the Report of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and asked staff to return with a proposed humane wildlife policy in November.  In the interim, Council  directed staff to use lethal measures during wildlife interventions only as a last resort.

    Council also approved expanded Animal Welfare initiatives with a focus on a no-kill / open shelter policy that would permit a limit of eight  spayed/neutered animals  in single detached dwellings; five spayed/neutered animals in multi-unit dwellings; and an amnesty to allow existing spayed/neutered pets to be licensed irrespective of current compliance with pet limit regulations.

    Council asked staff to report back next year on the issuance of noise exemption permits for Sunday nights.

  • September 16, 2014

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Employment Help Centre.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who achieved 25 years of service with the municipality.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to reduce the Development  Charge imposed on Junction Climbing Centre Inc. on Elias Street from $111,816 to $14,373 after determining that an error had been made on the calculation of the amount of floor space that was redeveloped. The new amount is subject to final confirmation by Administration.

    Council approved a Heritage Conservation District designation for the Wortley Village/Old South neighbourhood.

    Council referred back to Administration changes to the Urban Growth Boundary on lands south of Exeter Road, north of Dingman Drive, east of White Oak Road and west of the Marr Drain.

  • September 2, 2014

    The Mayor presented the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Julia Cantelon, from London South Collegiate Institute, (average 98.5%) and Yomna El-Sakka, from Oakridge Secondary School, (average 98.5%).

    The Mayor recognized Captain John Harris and Mrs. Amelia Harris (actors from the Palace Theatre) on the 180th anniversary of Eldon House.

    The Mayor received the Ontario Power Authority  Community Conservation Award and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario  Gas Tax Award and congratulated City staff for their innovative energy-saving and waste reduction initiatives.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to provide Fanshawe College with an additional grant of up to $9 million for a second downtown campus at the former Kingsmills department store on Dundas Street. The agreement includes  re-instating a $75 per student City tax on 1,000 students who will attend classes in the building and a reimbursement to the City of up to $9 million should the project come in under budget.

    Council agreed to submit an offer of $550,000 to buy Lorne Avenue Public School from the Thames Valley District School Board. The school is slated to close June 2015.

    Council voted to increase the City’s tree canopy to 28% by 2035 and to 34% by 2065 subject to 2015 budget approval. The City’s current canopy cover is approximately 23%.

    Council received the State of the Downtown Report that showed tax assessment goring by $400 million in the last decade to more than $1 billion.

    Council directed City staff to prepare work plans and studies regarding Heritage Conservation District designations for the SoHo and Grosvenor-St. James areas.

    Council directed City staff to review a submission from the Advisory Committee of the Environment to designate the City as a “pollinator sanctuary” in the Official Plan and to stress the importance of creating suitable habitat for pollinators on public and private land as well as reduce pesticide pressures.

    Council received for information the 2011 – 2014 Report to the Community.

    Council voted to consider in the 2015 budget a dedicated property tax to fund a reserve to be used exclusively to address the infrastructure funding gap.

    Council authorized the establishment  of a London Housing Development Corporation for the purpose of assisting in the development and sustainability of affordable housing in London and Middlesex County.

    Council approved $105,678 in funding for the Employment Support Program through WIL Employment Connections.

    Council referred to staff a London Taxi Association request for a fare increase for review and report back.

    Council voted to issue a Request for Proposal for the appointment of an integrity commissioner, noting the appointment will made by the new Council whose term begins Dec. 1, 2014.

    Council received for information the 2013 annual report from the London Transit Commission.

    Council directed City staff to work with NOVITA Interpares Limited to review the business plan for a mixed use performing arts centre.

    Council approved $150,000 funding annually for two years on a pilot basis for the London Music Strategy request to create a London Music Office or Officer.

     

  • July 29, 2014

    The Mayor recognized plans to name a future park 'Harry Geris park' in honour of the former Canadian Olympic wrestler. The opportunity has been presented by a property developer at a future site near Sarnia and Hyde Park roads. The information was provided to Council given the public outpouring of support to recognize the late Mr. Geris. Members of his family were in attendance to hear the news.

    The Mayor presented a plaque to London's Featured Community Organization to McIntosh Gallery, a Western University based public art gallery. 

     In other Council business:

    Council approved funding for the London Celebrates Canada business plan to organize local celebrations for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Funding will be provided to London Celebrates Canada and the London Heritage Council to support the coordination of events.

    Council continued discussion exploring the potential for a new performing arts centre for London.

    Council debated a request by Fanshawe College for an additional $10 million in funding support for the college to purchase the Kingsmill Building and convert it to a new teaching facility for students. The Council vote ended in a 7-7 tie, which declines the request.

    Starting October 1, 2014, Londoners will be able to add new materials to the Recycling Program without impacting the cost paid for the recycling service. Residents will be able to add to either their Blue Box or Blue Cart hot and cold coffee cups, ice cream containers, and plastic blister packaging.

    Also on the theme of the environment, the City worked with many stakeholders to develop the Community Energy Action Plan, approved by Council at the meeting, which details how residents, community groups, businesses and City can work collaboratively to reduce energy use and help grow the local economy with green jobs.  To ensure that the City is doing its part, the Conservation and Demand Management plan was approved and will see the City take action to further reduce its own energy use by 10 per cent by 2020.

    Council approved the draft plan of subdivision, Official Plan amendments and zoning by-law amendments for a future development at 660 Sunningdale Road East that will create a diverse, mixed use subdivision with strong placemaking features.

  • June 24, 2014

    The Acting Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Company" to Bosco and Roxy’s.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to appoint Ward 5 Coun. Joni Baechler as Mayor. Coun. Baechler will serve as Mayor until the end of this Council term (November 30, 2014).

    Council approved construction of a noise attenuation wall using  a SimTek Fence Ecostone product along a portion of Veterans Memorial Parkway at a cost of $564,803.

    Council approved in principle the expansion of the boundary of the Downtown London Business Association improvement area to include Richmond Row.  City staff will now provide notice in accordance with the Municipal Act to every person in the area who is assessed for rateable property that is in a prescribed business property class.  These persons have the right to object to the proposed expansion.

    Council voted to amend a By-law relating to the width of residential driveways to provide more flexibility for home builders.

    Council okayed, subject to site plan approval, two new apartment buildings, one 4 storey, one 22 storey, in Old South on Ridout Street.

    Council voted to reject a proposed highrise development near the Coves on property on Springbank Drive.

    Council referred the Industrial Land Review of Urban Growth Boundary study back to the Planning and Environment Committee for further consideration.

    Council approved a By-law amendment permitting additional dates to discharge consumer fireworks in the celebration of Canada Day.

    Council  endorsed the Old East Village neighbourhood safety plan which will include strengthening public education, expanded Neighbourhood Watch and other groups, efforts to make streets safer, an improved neighbourhood economy and developing strategies for service providers, businesses and neighbours to work together.

    Council directed staff to take the necessary steps to initiate a Request for Expression of Interest/Request for Proposals for the Old Victoria Hospital grounds.

    Council approved a $50,000 request from the London Community Foundation to assist with the development of an international design competition for features along the Thames River.

    Council approved the 2014 Development Charges By-law and Background Study.

    Council referred to staff a request from Western University and Fanshawe College for 60 additional acres of land for the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

    Council vote to receive all comments from a public participation meeting regarding the City’s new Official Plan, while noting that the City Planner has advised that it is unlikely the Plan will be adopted prior to early 2015 in order to continue further public engagement and feedback.

    Council directed the City Manager to report back on the proposed recommendations contained in the KPMG report regarding the Economic Development Review study.

    Council directed the City Clerk to provide quarterly reports of council member’s expenses and post them to the City’s website.

    Council approved the conditional sale of 1156 Dundas Street (the former McCormick's property) to Sierra Construction, of Woodstock, with the intention of reinvigorating the McCormick area through restoration and preservation of heritage attributes.

    Council approved an amending agreement relating to an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with Sodecia Canada Inc. to purchase 60 acres of industrial land.

  • June 10, 2014

    The Mayor and Council recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  The 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup;  the Ukrainian delegation visiting London; the Piano in the Park project; the Byron Optimist 65th birthday; the D Day Parade; the planting of a poppy field along Veterans Memorial Parkway by Remember November 11; the opening of new EMS Station; the Caribbean delegation from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Belize and Jamaica; the London Cares Curb Hunger Food Drive; the Survivors Day Luncheon honouring survivors of cardiac arrest and their rescuers; the London Christian Prayer Breakfast; the Ashley & Stephanie Daubs Basketball Tournament; World Environment Day and tree planting at Labatt’s; the annual Gathering on the Green; the Sidewalk Sale in Old East Village; the Gutsy Walk In support of individuals living with Crohns and Colitis; the Polish Dance Festival; the annual Decoration Sunday ceremony; the launch of the GoodCoins project; the first meeting of the London Music Industry Development Task Force; the 15th annual Fringe Theatre Festival and Nuit Blanche; the first Trails Open in London; the 3rd annual One Run by cancer survivor Theresa Carriere; the Thames Valley District School Board special Olympics.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Synchronized Swimming Club.

    The Mayor accepted recognition and thanks for the City of London team's contributions to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup event.

    The Mayor was presented with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to International Programs.

    Council held a moment’s silence in honour of the three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers slain in Moncton.

    In other Council business:

    Council agreed to make no changes to the school crossing guard program pending further consultation with community stakeholders.

    Council referred back to staff for further community input on by-laws to expand animal welfare initiatives but approved the submission from Cats R Us Cat Rescue to implement and operate a cat adoption centre for an annual cost of $165,728.

    Council directed staff to establish a “Your London Calling” student task force to develop a website focusing on post-secondary student resources with a target launch on September.

    Council approved an additional $500,000 to remedy ground water issues that occurred during construction of a storm water management pond at the Fox Hollow subdivision.

    Council approved moving forward with an environmental assessment of the Mud Creek Subwatershed.

    Council approved the appointment of a consultant for the Blackfriars Bridge environmental assessment in the amount of $195,000 to Dillon Consulting Limited.

    Council referred back to staff the Urban Forest Strategy and Implementation Plan with an aim to increase the 20 and 50 year canopy targets and ask the Province to allow debenturing of the cost of planting trees.

    Council approved a Community Improvement Plan for industrial areas as well as the development charges grant program and directed staff to monitor the programs and report back annually regarding results, including the number of applicants, the value of the projects, the number of jobs created and acres of land developed or redeveloped.

    Council voted to refuse an application by the St. Leonard’s Community Services for a residential facility at a property at 313 Clarke Road.

    Council directed staff to investigate and report back to the Planning and Environment Committee on the banning of storage containers and non-permanent structures in residential rear yards.

    Council directed staff to bring forward to the June 23, 2014 meeting of Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee for consideration, a new Development Charges Background Study and  By-law that would exclude water supply rates within the new Development Charges By-law for all categories of development and phase in increases to the commercial development charge rate at 0% until December 31, 2014, a 25% increase in 2015 and increasing year over year to 52% by 2019.

    Council voted to receive The London Plan (the new Official Plan for the City) and refer it to a public participation meeting on June 23.

  • May 20, 2014

    The Mayor and Council recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  McHappy Day in support of Ronald McDonald House, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Dinner, the Advisory Committee Appreciation Reception, the National Day of Honour, Youth Opportunities Unlimited and its Celebrity Chef event, the Cultural Diversity Day at Cross Cultural Learner Centre, the 180th Anniversary of Eldon House, the Hockey Helps the Homeless campaign, the Donor of Distinction Societies President’s Dinner, the Kaleid Choral Festival, the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup (the biggest trophy arrival celebration in the CHL’s history), the Habitat for Humanity home dedication, the Fugitive Slave Chapel sod turning, the Idlewyld Inn Open House marking its restoration,  the A.U.G. Signals Water Demonstration, and the grand opening of the Dr. Oetker pizza plant.

    Council held a moment’s silence to mark the death of former Police Chief Walter Johnson.

    The Mayor presented a plaque for "London's Featured Company" to HRDownloads.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to Youth for Christ.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved moving forward with land expropriations connected to the Hyde Park Road widening project.

    Council approved a pilot project to permit acoustic music on patios for all restaurants and taverns in the City for the 2014 season and requested staff report back on any impacts early next year.

    Council directed staff to develop a humane wildlife management policy such that lethal actions are considered only as a last resort.

    Council referred the request from the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee for assistance with the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award  to the Civic Administration for review and comment.

    Council directed staff to draft a by-law amendment to permit the use of retail fireworks on the weekend prior to the Canada Day holiday.

    Council voted to declare surplus City-owned property at 1192 Highbury Ave. which housed the former #7 Fire Station and directed staff to dispose of the property in compliance with the sale and other disposition of land policy.

    Council directed staff to monitor the Province’s pilot program for the sale of VQA wine at eligible Ontario farmers’ markets and report back with respect to the City’s experience with the program.

    Council voted to move forward with engineering work for a roundabout traffic circle at the intersection of Wonderland and Sunningdale Roads.

    Council directed the City Manager to identify staff resources for action associated with implementing the Industrial Land Development Strategy and to develop a business case for an Industrial Land Development Corporation.

    Council voted to refer back to staff the 2014 Development Charges background study and the draft DC by-law for further refinement and to report back at a special meeting of Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee to be held June 9, 2014.

    Council referred to staff the Mayor’s Economic Prosperity Council report to link its recommendations into the broader economic development strategy for the City.

    Council voted to encourage all parties in the Provincial Legislature to support finalizing the business case and starting the environmental assessment for the implementation of high speed rail in the London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Pearson Airport, Toronto corridor.

    Council directed staff to continue to investigate and work with identified project stakeholders in order to move forward the possible redevelopment opportunity on land at 111 Horton Street near the London Hydro head offices.

    Council also referred to staff a Music London Business Plan regarding a performing arts centre for an independent peer review by Novita Enterprises.

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  • May 6, 2014

     

    The Mayor and Council recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  A very successful Clean and Green campaign; Brenda Ryan and Anne Robertson who run the Adaptive Cooking classes; Runners’ Choice Annual event in support of London Abused Women’s Centre;  ReForest London School Community Tree Challenge; the Pillar AGM; the Tapped Out movie premiere; the Federal funding announcement for the London Abused Women’s Centre for the purposes of preventing and eliminating cyber violence against women and girls; The Earth Day tree planting in Watson Park; the LIUNA Tribute Dinner; the Yom Hashoa Memorial Day Service at the Jewish Community Centre; the Laudable Londoners – Jamie and Janet Caskey; the Provincial announcement with Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray regarding High Speed Rail; the Latin American Leadership Awards (Hombre of the Year is Coun. Harold Usher); the Islamic Centre Open House; the Huff ‘n Puff AGM; the visit by Prime Minister Harper to London and the announcement at Fanshawe College for funding for internships in high demand fields; the grand opening of the Chalmers Presbyterian Seniors’ Satellite Centre; the unveiling of Sir Fredrick Banting’s comics at Banting House; the Byron Legion ribbon cutting for the new elevator; the kick off to Emergency Preparedness Week; the London Transit Commission ceremony for employees for both long serving and safe driving records; the ceremony to mark the Battle of the Atlantic at HMSC Prevost; the 180th anniversary celebration for Eldon House.

     

    The Mayor wore a Guelph Storm Hockey sweater for the start of Council after losing an OHL playoff  wager with Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.

     

    The Mayor also encouraged participation in the upcoming May 9 ceremony to honour Canada’s veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

     

    Council held a moment of silence to mark the passing of the Hon. Herb Gray.

     

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Rowing Society.

     

    The Mayor and Council congratulated John Braam, the City’s Managing Director, Environmental and Engineering Services and City Engineer, for winning the George Warren Fuller Award. The award is presented by the American Water Works Association to recognize distinguished service, sound engineering skill and constructive leadership in the area of water supply.

     

     

    In other Council business:

     

    Council unanimously approved the creation of Blackfriars/Petersville Heritage Conservation District as many neighbourhood residents in the public gallery applauded.

     

    Council directed staff to hold a public participation meeting regarding residential driveway widths for single, semi-detached, duplex or converted two unit dwellings.

     

    Council approved 2014 funding for the Gore Road bridge replacement project.

     

    Council approved in principle an LED street light upgrade program subject to a business case being provided as a part of the 2015 Budget process and directed staff to circulate the proposed street light design criteria to interested stakeholders for comment.

     

    Council referred traffic safety issues at Riverside Drive and Beaverbrook Drive to staff for further study.

     

    Council voted that no action be taken with the respect to a proposed fee for the retrieval of abandoned shopping carts, noting that staff will report back should new or significant issues arise related to this matter.

     

    Council requested staff assist with coordination and approvals to permit installation of proposed signage for Old East Village.

     

    Council did not approve a proposed by-law with respect to Food Trucks.

     

     

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  • April 15, 2014

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  the 90th anniversary of the London Health Sciences Centre Auxiliary; the Beal Collegiate Robotics team who are heading to the World Championships; the Austen Berlet Camp Out for Mental Health; The Thames Valley Science & Engineering Fair; the Healthy Schools Conference; the London District Catholic School Board Model United Nations; the  BizInc Seed Your Start Up- Student Entrepreneur Incubator; the Kiwanis Volunteer Appreciation; the Spring Home and Garden Show in the Western Fair District Agriplex; the opening of the Neighbourhood Credit Union; the Change of Command Parade; the Up With Art event in support of the Unity Project for relief of homelessness; the Jack Richardson Music Awards – 10th Anniversary; the official kick off of the 12 Days of Cleaning

    Council held a moment of Silence for the Honourable Jim Flaherty.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the London Lesbian Film Festival.

    In recognition of the community contributions made by students attending London's post-secondary educational institutions, The Mayor and Council welcomed and recognized representatives of the Students' Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King's University College, Society of Graduate Students and Fanshawe College:

    • University Students' Council, Western University: Patrick Whelan, President, and Matt Helfand, President-Elect
    • Huron University College Students' Council: Emily Addison, President, and Moustafa Ezz, President-Elect
    • Brescia University College Students' Council: Jazmyn Jansen, President, and Hien Ngo, President-Elect
    • King's University College Students' Council: Jen Carter, President, and David Castillo, President-Elect
    • Society of Graduate Students, Western University: Kevin Godbout, President
    • Fanshawe Student Union: Adam Gourlay, President, and Matt Stewart, President-Elect

     

    In other Council business:

    Council received the 2013 Operating Budget fourth quarter report of the property tax supported general budget noting that there was a $7.3 million net savings that have been allocated in accordance with Council direction to the 2014 budget as follows: $3.8 million to the economic development reserve fund; $2.3 million to the city facilities reserve fund; $500,000 for funding the Veterans Memorial Parkway noise wall project; $400,000 for funding Enhanced Animal Welfare capital projects; $200,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospice one-time capital funding; $100,000 for the Grand Theatre for one-time capital funding.

    Council also allocated $2.9 million in savings from the 2013 Water Rate supported budget to the Water Works Capital Reserve Fund and $700,000 in savings from the Wastewater and Treatment Budget to the sewage works reserve fund.

    Council voted to take no action to utilize the Operating Budget Contingency Reserve to fund the London Police Service operational deficit of $300,000.

    Council established advance voting days for the 2014 Municipal Election on Saturday Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday Oct. 14 to Saturday Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.   Other  initiatives related to the 2014 Election include:  the use of in poll tabulators which will result in much faster results; hosting a second candidates information session on May 3, 2014; continuing to offer Vote by Mail as an alternative to vote; increasing in the number of Advance Polls and Poll locations; Advance Polls will continue to offer “vote anywhere” so that the voters can choose the most convenient location to vote; creating information videos for YouTube and the City website; requesting attendance at a London Knights game to promote the election and hold an Advance Poll; increasing the number of support staff at the polls to reduce delays.

    Council approved an application for a tourism exemption under the Retail Business Holiday Act for Labatt Breweries.

    Council voted to allow Community Carshare the use of six municipal parking spots for a 2-year pilot project but referred to staff for review a request from Community Carshare for a $150,000 line of credit.

    Council agreed to reimplement the Sifton Bog Monitoring Committee to ensure the health of the unique ecosystem is protected.

    Council approved a rezoning of a property at 240 Waterloo Street (commonly known as The Roundhouse) to a business district commercial special provision zone.

    Council referred to staff for further review an application by St. Leonard’s Community Services to open a group home at 313 Clarke Road.

    Council approved a rezoning to residential with a holding provision and open space for a property located by 1836 Richmond Street owned by Western University, dependent on site plan approval.

    Council approved an extension of the hours for amplified sound during the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament on May 16-17 and May 24-25.

    Council directed staff to resubmit  2010 report regarding best practices for materials used in wood burning stoves and to provide other options that might be undertaken with respect to wood burning stoves.

    Council received a business plan for a proposed Housing Development Corporation and directed staff to consult with key stakeholders engaged in affordable housing development.

    Council received for information an update on the Service London initiative including the Customer Relationship Management software and renovations to the City Hall lobby.

    Council agreed to receive the draft ReThink London Official Plan document at a May 22 Special Meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting.

    Council received a report outlining the proposed 2014 Development Charges and referred the matter to a statutory public meeting on May 5.

    Council approved funding key cultural initiatives including $35,000 to the London Artists in Residence program; $25,000 to Culture Days, $35,000 to the London Heritage Council; $20,000 to celebrate London’s cultural assets to create a stronger appreciation of culture in the community.

    Council approved the Terms of Reference for a Music Industry Development Task Force that will play a key role in overseeing the development of a communitywide comprehensive strategy intended to promote and support music in London.

    Council voted to purchase two pieces of property near Southdale and Bostwick Ave. and on Byron Baseline in the city’s west end: one for development of a community centre and the other for multiple uses including Open Space, future access road and other future municipal uses.

  • April 1, 2014

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: the 2014 Business Achievement Awards; the World Down Syndrome Day; the 1st annual Walk of Inclusion;  Meals on Wheels Community Champions Week;   Olympian Clara Hughes Big Ride for Mental Health; the grand opening  of Fanshawe College’s Centre for Digital & Performance Arts; Greek Independence Day; the Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Employment, Dr. Eric Hoskins lunch; and best wishes to the London Lightning for another successful and thrilling season.

    The Mayor presented a plaque for "London's Featured Company" to Kongsberg Protech Systems.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for "London's Featured Community Organization" to the Forest City Gallery.

    The Mayor recognized National Poetry Month with Inali Barger from London Poetry Slam and Tom Cull from Poetry London who performed and read poems.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved funding for the establishment of a Neighbourhood Family Centre at the Lord Nelson Public School noting that funding for the project would come from the province’s Child Care and  Early Childhood Development Reserve Fund.

    Council voted to hold a public participation meeting on April 7 to consider an exemption to the noise bylaw that would permit music at The Mastercard Memorial Cup fanfest to continue until 12:30 a.m. on May 16-17 and May 24-25.

    Council voted not to accept a proposed 1% increase in Elected Officials remuneration for 2014.

    Council referred back to staff for further review and report back on any recommended changes to the current Council Members’ Expense Account Policy.

    Council completed the purchase of the Normal School in Wortley Village and approved the hiring of an architect to oversee renovations.

    Council approved the 2014 budget submissions and related levies for the Old East Village Business Improvement Area, the London Downtown Business Association and the Argyle Business Improvement Area.

    Council received for information the 2014 Major Infrastructure Construction Program

    which includes $80 million to $90 million worth of projects across the city.

    Council referred back to staff for further review and consultation with the neighbourhood, a proposal for a medical office on property located at 447 Old Wonderland Road.

    Council agreed to hold a public participation meeting May 13 regarding a pilot program permitting acoustic music on outdoor patios.

    Council voted to circulate the proposed Blackfriars/Petersville Heritage Conservation District draft plan and conservation guidelines for review and comment from the public, landowners and the district’s heritage steering committee.

    Council voted not to change the current Development Charges exemption policy as it applies to residential development within the Downtown and Old East Village Community Improvement Project Areas.

    Council approved development of two residential towers at 545 Fanshawe Rd. West, subject to site plan approval.

    Council voted to encourage the London Hotel Association to consider implementing a voluntary levy that would establish a Destination Marketing Fund to provide for event attraction and development, as well as the development of facilities and/or infrastructure that would improve hotel occupancy in London.

    Council agree to transfer the 2013 London Convention Centre operational surplus to the London Convention Centre Special Projects Reserve.

    Council received an update from the London Medical Innovation and Commercialization Network. A contribution agreement will be presented to the Investment and Economic Prosperity Committee in late April.

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  • March 18, 2014

    The Mayor recognized a number of Londoners, municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: The Student 2 Business Networking event sponsored by LEDC, the opening of the new Canadian Solar plant by Samsung, Paralympian Mark Ideson’s gold medal performance at the Sochi games, The London Junior Knights AAA team who won a gold medal at the Ontario Winter Games, the Synchronicity synchronized skating team from The London Skating Club who won a gold medal at the Canadian Championships, the announcement that London will host the 2016 Canadian County Music Awards, the opening of the city’s GreenHub in Citi Plaza and the start of Canada Water week, the 137th gala celebration of St. Patrick’s Day by the Irish Benevolent Society of London. Coun Paul Herbert thanked local media for their coverage of recently approved 2014 budget. Couns Denise Brown and Sandy White noted their participation in International Women’s Day events.

    The Mayor received a plaque honouring Old South/Wortley Village for winning the grand prize for Canada’s Great Neighbourhood, an award given annually by the Canadian Institute of Planners. The plaque will be placed on the outside wall of Landon Library, facing Wortley Road.  Old South/Wortley Village also won the People’s Choice Award for Canada’s Great Neighbourhood, the first time since Great Places In Canada awards began that the same neighbourhood has won both awards.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for “London’s Featured Company” to Harring Doors.

    In other Council business: 

    Council approved the removal of a holding provision to permit the property at 1570 Highbury Ave. north of Kilally Road to permit commercial development.

    Council approved the removal of two holding provisions at 312 Sunningdale Road West to permit residential development.

    Council approved the removal of two holding provisions at 350 Oxford Street East to permit construction of a pharmacy at the corner of Waterloo and Oxford Streets.

    Council approved the removal of four holding provisions at 1103 Adelaide Street North to permit multi-tenant commercial uses at a property located at the northwest corner of Huron and Adelaide Streets.

    Council approved a zoning change, subject to site plan approval, to permit construction of a 39-unit cluster housing complex at 1040 Coronation Drive in Hyde Park.

    Council approved a zoning change, subject to site plan approval, to permit construction of an office building at 2090 Hyde Park Road north of Fanshawe Park Road.

    Council approved various Official Plan designation changes for unevaluated vegetation patches within City boundaries. The Official Plan designation changes to various properties included removing existing designations, redesignations and referring some designations back to staff for further study.

    Council referred a request for a 10-minute grace period at expired City parking meters to staff for further study and consultation.

    Council directed staff to make application to the Approval Authority to expropriate lands that are  required for the Hyde Park widening and improvements project between South Carriage Road and Fanshawe Park Road.

    Council received for information the 2013 Drinking Water Annual Report.

    Council referred to staff for further study an offer by the Steam Whistle Brewery to install public bicycle maintenance stations.

    Council voted to consider installation of red light cameras subject to a business case being provided as part of the 2016 Budget and authorized staff to negotiate with the seven Ontario municipalities currently participating in the Red Light Camera Program for inclusion in their upcoming Request for Proposals, noting that the successful implantation of the program would not start until 2017.

    Council approved Terms of Reference for a Cycling Advisory Committee and instructed the Clerk to seek applications for membership.

    Council adopted the Industrial Land Development Strategy that includes seeking $40 million each in support from the Federal and Provincial governments to assist with the cost of servicing new lands.

    Council approved the purchase of the former Sherwood Forest Public School site at 7 Annadale Drive from the Thames Valley District School Board for $1.25 million.

    Council  voted to ratify a new four-year agreement with CUPE Local 107. The agreement gives the City’s 540 fulltime outside workers raises of 0%, 0%, 1% and 1.1%.

     

  • February 25, 2014

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  WOTCH which is celebrating 43 years of serving Londoners with mental illness – offering respect, dignity and hope for recovery; the Federal Government announcement at General Dynamics Land Systems Canada,  the largest contract of its kind in Canadian history creating  3,000 jobs and impacting 500 supply companies worth between $10B to $13B; The National Flag Day of Canada event; the Family Day holiday; The City of London/United Way event at the London Lightning Game  where the United Way announced hitting its fundraising target of $8.9M; The London Lightning heading into the CBL playoffs; the Y.O.U. Chili Cook Off.

     

    The Mayor also recognized London area athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Christine Nesbitt, Dave Duncan, John Fairbairn.

     

    The Mayor presented a plaque for “London's Featured Company” to Big Viking Games.

     

    The Mayor presented a certificate for “London's Featured Community Organization” to Sisters of St. Joseph.

     

    The Mayor recognized Karl Sloman for his contributions to London as a music instructor, author, musician and business owner.

     

    The Mayor recognized the Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program for winning the Green for Life Community Award at the 2014 National Awards of Landscape Excellence.

     

    In other Council business:

     

    Council voted to  amend the zoning by-law to permit a commercial plaza on vacant property on the southeast corner of Dundas Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway and request the developer plant trees in the right-of-way consistent with the landscape plan being implemented along the Parkway by the Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program.

     

    Council advised the Approval Authority of their support of the site plan for the construction of a new pharmacy on the northeast corner of Oxford and Waterloo Streets.

     

    Council approved a zoning amendment to allow construction of a 33-storey residential, commercial and retail tower at 100 Fullarton Street at Talbot Street.

     

    Council refused an application to build a residence at 9345 Elviage Drive because the proposal was not consistent with the Wise Use Management of Resources policies of the Provincial Policy Statement and not in keeping with the environmental policies of the City’s Official Plan.

     

    Council approved the Growth Management Implementation Strategy Update that will provide direction on future development applications and be used as a guideline document for the 2014 Development Charge by-law update process; be used to adjust the 10-year Capital Program for growth infrastructure; and accommodate the timing of infrastructure consistent with development interests.

     

    Council deferred  a decision regarding the proposed Water supply charge of $589 per single family dwelling in the Development Charges Draft Rate Calculations until such time as staff reports back on a number of matters including  the impact of staging the proposed Development Charge  to start in January or February 2015 rather than August 2014;  a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers should the proposed Development Charge be reduced to $28,000 instead of the proposed charge of $31,021;  the possibility of incorporating an incremental increase.

     

    Council voted to engage an external consultant to review the business plan for the proposed mixed-use development project including a performing arts centre on land to the north of City Hall.

     

     

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  • February 11, 2014

    The Mayor and Councillors recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  Black History Month: a time to remember the past, honour those who fought for change, and inspire future generations to end racial inequity and discrimination;  Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade & Employment who was in London for the Natra announcement; The London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors who hosted the 2013 Don Smith Commercial Building Awards; The London Housing Summit (Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch) that attracted more than 100 participants; the pre-budget round table discussion with Finance Minister Charles Sousa; King’s University College King’s Cultural Festival 2014; Dragon Gala – celebrating the year of the horse; the 2nd annual southeast community Winterfest on Family Day; the Oakridge Optimists Club trivia night that attracted more than 700 participants.

    The Mayor presented a certificate to London's featured community organization Daya Counselling Centre.

    The Mayor also recognized Steve Pellarin, executive director the Small Business Centre, for his business consultation work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in the Ukraine.

    In other Council business:

    Council agreed to purchase the former Normal School building and property in Wortley Village from the Province for $1.685 million, noting that the YMCA will be leasing the building.

    Council approved a motion to fly the Rainbow Flag at the community flag pole for the duration of the 2014 Winter Olympics to show support for the diversity of our Olympic athletes.

    Council voted to refer to staff a proposal for a Downtown Arts and Entertainment District. Staff have been asked to recommend governance relationships, next steps, financing required and recommended consultants for further review and business plan development.

    Council voted to ask Labatt Breweries to provide Administration with additional information regarding its request that the City pass a by-law to allow a tourism exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act for the brewery and its associated retail store.

    Council directed staff to explore potential opportunities for engaging partners to lease or manage City-owned heritage properties as has been done with the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate and Grosvenor Lodge.

    Council voted to direct the Mayor to urge the Province to expedite approval of Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act,  legislation affecting the funding of blue box programs that has the potential to save the City more the $2 million.

    Council approved rezoning, subject to a site plan review, of a property at 77 Tecumseh Ave. to permit a maximum of 22 residential dwelling units on the former Manor and Highland Park school site as well as 15 affordable homes.

    Council voted to refer to staff for consideration and a report back a boundary expansion request from the London Downtown Improvement Association to include businesses along Richmond Street north.

    Council voted to refer to staff a request from the London Housing Advisory Committee regarding proposed amendments to the Secondary Dwelling Units Policy to remove the near-campus neighbourhood restriction noting that the Planning Dept., Western, and Fanshawe College are not opposed to removing this restriction; that the five-bedroom limit be maintained; and that secondary units established between 1995 and 2014 and meeting all current building and safety codes be exempt from any new, more restrictive policies and/or limitations.

    Council referred to the Culture Office for review under the City’s Public Art Policy the potential donation of a WWI wooden gun wheel from the Western Ontario Gunner Officers Association.

    Council approved creation of a Music Industry Task Force to oversee local music strategy that will support the Province’s Music Fund initiative and directed staff, in collaboration with local music stakeholders, to prepare Terms of Reference for the Task Force.

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  • January 28, 2014


    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: the opening of Gethsemane Gardens affordable housing on Huron at Sanford Street; the London Home Builders annual Lifestyle Home Show; and the opening of East Village Animal Hospital.
     

    The Mayor presented a certificate for “London’s Featured Community Organization” to The London Training Centre.

    The Mayor also marked the 11th year of City participation in the Business Cares Food Drive by presenting a cheque for $20,486.66 to campaign co-chair Wayne Dunn. The Mayor thanked City staff for their fundraising efforts and noted that staff also donated 3,650 lbs of foodstuffs during the campaign.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the rezoning of a property at 193 Clarke Road to permit an apartment building noting that site plan approval will address concerns of the some neighbours that the building is too large for the lot.
     

    Council also approved a rezoning for a property at 122 Wortley Rd. to permit an apartment building noting that site plan approval will require changes to the design of the building.
     

    Council approved the rezoning of properties located across from Masonville Place at 1607, 1609, 1611, 1615, 1619, 1623, 1627, 1631, 1635, 1639, 1643, 1649 and 1653 Richmond St. to permit a multi-family, medium density residential development.
     

    Council directed staff to report back through the 2014 Budget process on initiatives the City and the public could take to ensure more trees are planted to help with the success of The Million Tree Challenge.
     

    Council requested staff to send a letter to local MPs and MPPs objecting to changes in the Labour Market Agreements that would have negative effects in the community.
     

    Council voted to receive the City Solicitor’s report into legal expenses incurred during a recent Ontario Ombudsman investigation and requested the City Solicitor report back to Council how he can be involved in future indemnification situations.
     

    Council voted to receive for information an update on new initiatives for the 2014 Municipal Election.


    Council requested the Mayor send a letter to Transport Canada, The U.S. Department of Transportation, The Federal Railroad Administration, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, National Municipal Safety Rail Working Group to express concerns with the shipping of highly volatile compounds through municipalities, indicating that products such as Bakken fracked oil carry highly volatile and explosive compounds and shipping them in DOT111 railcars does not meet current industry safety standards.
     

    Council voted to receive written and verbal submissions regarding the 2014 Municipal Budget put forward at a recent public participation meeting.

     

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  • January 14, 2014

    Council members observed a moment’s silence to mark the sudden passing of Anne Langille, the executive director of WIL Employment Connections.

     

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council, including the opening of the new Fanshawe College downtown campus with 400 students; participants who are attending Budget 2014 public participation sessions;  the opening of Kings College Darryl J. King Student Life Centre; the London Lightning’s move into first place in the Canadian Basketball League;  the third Annual Mayor’s New Year’s Levee; and the opening of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

     

    The Mayor also presented a certificate for “London’s Featured Community Organization” to The Amabile Choir.

     

    The Mayor recognized the contributions made to London by the following citizens who were named the Mayor's New Year's Honour List: John Nicholson (The Arts), Rebecca Howse (Diversity and Race Relations), Gary Smith (The Environment), Lloyd Stevenson (Housing), Kenneth Wright (Humanitarianism), Talia Goldberg (Persons with Disabilities), Barry Fay (Sports).

     

    In other Council business:

     

    Council approved construction of a wood noise attenuation wall along Veterans Memorial Parkway from 151 Martinet Ave. to 272 Simpson Cres. at a cost of $500,000.

     

    Council approved the appointment of a consultant to conduct the Environmental Assessment study for the Western/Wharncliffe Road North widening from Platts Lane to Oxford Street.

     

    Council voted to refer concerns raised at a public participation meeting dealing with the conduct of students attending post-secondary institutions to Civic Administration for review with community partners including London Police Service, Fanshawe College and Western University; to hold another public meeting to provide further dialogue; to hold an information workshop and to prepare an information binder for members of the Town and Gown Committee containing by-laws, policies and processes related to dealing with the conduct of post-secondary students.

     

    Council referred the introduction of electronic bingos in the City back to staff for further input from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp; to assess whether the proposed allocation of revenues is acceptable and to gather details on the experience of other municipalities who have implemented electronic bingos.

     

    Council voted to receive the State of Infrastructure Report 2013 and directed staff to develop a Corporate Asset Management Plan prior to the 2015 budget that is updated annually.

     

    Council voted to not place a question on the 2014 Municipal Election ballot pertaining to the City funding of a performing arts centre.

     

    Council approved the first decentralized Ontario Works site to be located at Northland Mall at Huron St. and Highbury Ave. The site is scheduled to open this summer.

     

     

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  • December 17, 2013

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: The Memorial Boys and Girls Club’s ABC (The Ability to Bring Change) program that encourages youth to set goals, and be active and healthy participants in our community; the Festive Dinner at Dearness Home; the inaugural meeting of Middlesex County Council; the inaugural meeting of Thames Valley District School Board, the annual Food Bank kick-off at Sobey’s north end, the tribute to Nelson Mandela at Aeolian Hall and at Victoria Park and the Wrapping Party for “Be a Santa to a Senior”. The Mayor also reminded Londoners about what a giving and caring community we live in and encouraged people to open their hearts and give to those less fortunate and to those who are isolated.

    The Mayor also welcomed Glen Pearson and Jane Roy from The London Food Bank to receive donations from Councillors and Civic Administration.

    The Mayor introduced Bill Coxhead, Managing Director of Parks and Recreation, who led the Corporation of the City of London’s United Way campaign this year. Mr. Coxhead presented a cheque for $96,150.56 to Andrew Lockie of the United Way of London & Middlesex.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to direct staff to post the Tree Inspection Report assessments on the City website, to review the Construction Impact Tree Strategy to ensure it remains valid, to communicate tree removals at least four to six weeks in advance of removal and to post signage on affected trees.

    Council received the 2013 Ministry of the Environment Inspection Report for the City Water Distribution System that showed 100% compliance.

    Council approved release of the Community Energy Action Plan for community engagement that will include outreach through traditional media, social media, the City’s website and at community events between December 2013 and February 2014.

    Council directed staff to undertake an assessment regarding intersection improvements at Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road to explore opportunities for improved traffic flow.

    Council voted to allocate $60,000 to the Fugitive Slave Chapel at 275 Thames Street to provide for a new foundation with a basement at its new location beside Beth Emanuel Church on Grey Street.

    Council endorsed the proposed Heritage Conservation District boundary for Blackfriars/Petersville District and directed that a Heritage Conservation District Plan and guidelines be prepared for the area; that a draft Background Study be circulated to interested parties for review and comment and that a public meeting be held to solicit input prior to final approval of the Heritage District Conservation Plan.

    Council voted to take no action to amend the Urban Growth Boundary for residential, institutional or commercial lands and also directed staff to report back outlining an engagement and review process with all interested stakeholders to create a priority list of lands currently outside the boundary that might be considered for inclusion in the future.

    Council approved a single source supplier for food and beverage purchases for Dearness Home, the City’s golf courses and cafeteria.

    Council voted to exempt the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve event from the City’s noise bylaw as a one-year pilot project.

    Council voted to accept a proposal from the London Animal Care Centre for implementing animal welfare services focusing on licensing, enforcement, community patrol and shelter services. Council also adopted a first principle of “no kill “open shelter policy and endorsed a 10-point plan to reduce shelter animal intake, increase lost animal claim rates and increase adoption opportunities.

    Council also directed staff to consult with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council of Canada, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and members of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee regarding licencing options of banning the sale of companion animals at flea markets and licensing pet stores for the purposes of consumer protection and animal welfare.

    Council referred back to staff for further study a recommendation to declare surplus the lands adjacent to 47 and 49 Agincourt Gardens but approved a recommendation to declare surplus lands adjacent to 33, 37, 41, 45, 53 and 57 Stoneycreek Crescent.

    Council received information regarding a projected $6.9 million surplus in the 2013 General (Property Tax Supported) Budget; $3.7 million in savings in the Water Budget and $1.8 million in savings in the Wastewater and Treatment Budget and referred to 2014 Budget discussion recommendations that $2.3 million be placed in the City Facilities Reserve Fund, $1 million be used to support the Economic Development Reserve Fund and $3.6 million be applied as a funding source to avoid 2014 budget reductions.

    Council also approved one-time funding of $20,000 for a video that will encourage young women to actively participate in civics and government.

    Council voted to accept the Blackburn Foundation’s donation of The Sentinel sculpture and as well as a $20,000 donation from the foundation to move the artwork from its current location at CTV London to a site at the Forks of the Thames.

    Council referred the request from Sunfest for a $50,000 grant to the 2014 budget process for consideration.

     

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  • December 3, 2013

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council:  The International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3,  the Lego League Robotics Competition hosted by Western University Engineering Department, the ACFOLA (African Canadian Federation of London and Area) Moving Forward Conference, Christmas Tree decorating in the lobby and 2nd floor of City Hall by students from St. Theresa Catholic School, Aberdeen Public School, the Forest City Program at Central Secondary School and Saunders Secondary School art students,  the City of London employee retirement banquet, the Lighting of the Lights in Victoria Park, the grand opening of Westmount Family Centre and the Carling-Thames Family Centre, the Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade, the Angels in the Night toy drive, the London International Student Welcome Day at the London Lightning basketball game, the London Multicultural Community Association and the London Filipino community typhoon relief concert at Aeolian Hall, the Albanian Independence Day celebration, Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in London, the lighting of the Menorah in Reg Cooper Square, Huron University College’s 150th anniversary celebration, the Taste of Peru, the Urban Design Awards and the Argyle BIA annual meeting.

    The Mayor also recognized local law firm Cohen-HIghley for winning a Provincial award for accessible employment.

    The Mayor also announced recipients of the City's first Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards:

    Lavish Nightclub: Small Business and Small Labour
    Rogers Television (London and Regions): Corporations, Large Business and Large Labour
    Western University's Indigenous Services: Institutions
    LUSO Community Services, London Cross Cultural Learner Centre and South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre: Social/Community Services (including Not-for-Profits), Education and Training
    Regional HIV/AIDS Connection: Youth/Young Adult Groups or Organizations

    In other Council business:

    Mayor Fontana and Middlesex County Warden Brad Richards both spoke to the positive collaboration and working arrangements between the municipalities after Council approved a new cost sharing arrangement with the County related to social housing, land ambulance, child care and Ontario Works.

    Council approved the continuation of the current staffing model for the Councillors’ office, with the Receptionist position being made permanent, but rejected any further examination of proving Councillors with an additional $15,000 a year for expenses.

    Council voted to proceed with design and construction of the Hyde Park No. 5 and 6 Stormwater Management Facilities and hold Public Meetings prior to construction so that the public can comment on design and compensation strategies.

    Council directed Civic Administration to prepare business plans for the “Road Map 2.0: The Road to Increased Resource Recovery and Zero Waste” which include providing two, free blue boxes to residents of newly constructed homes, the establishment of a multi-residential recycling cart purchase program that sells the carts at cost and the possible addition of vegetable oil and used oil collection to the EnviroDepots. Administration was also directed to evaluate best practices implemented in other municipalities for garbage and recycling collection, evaluate the City’s current collection system to identify opportunities for further savings through optimization, gather feedback from the public with respect to frequency of garbage and recycling collection as well as evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of contracting out garbage collection.

    Council referred back to Administration an amendment regarding secondary dwelling units so that staff might provide further clarification, receive advice from the London Housing Advisory Committee and receive advice from the Town and Gown Committee.

     

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  • November 19, 2013

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: the annual Take Your Kids to Work Day (52 students took part at City Hall), the Habitat for Humanity ground breaking on Major Street, the installation of Peter Devlin, new Fanshawe College President, the announcement that the LPGA 2014 will be hosted by London’s Hunt Club, the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the community, the Santa Claus Parade, the Downtown London Open House, the SWEA Transportations Summit, the City’s annual Emergency Management Training Exercise, the recent AMO West Municipal Conference, the November 15th Wear Purple Day as part of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse, the grand opening of new Rexall Pharmacy at Dundas & Richmond, the opening of the restored Meadowlily Bridge, the vigil and fundraiser for the Filipino Community for Typhoon Haiyan victims, the City Manager’s inaugural 5km run for City staff with proceeds to the United Way, Orchestra London’s anti-bullying project, and launch of the City’s new e-newsletter.

    Council also took the Pledge to End Bullying.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London's Featured Company to Larlyn Property Management Ltd.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to forward a proposed amendment to the City of London Special Events Policies to a Public Participation Meeting to be held on December 9, 2013.  The proposed amendment would exempt the Rockin’ New Year’s Event in Victoria Park from the noise restrictions set out in the policy. Last year an estimated 25,000 people attended the free event.

    Council approved amendments to its Parks and Recreation By-laws to limit the use of some e-scooters on multi-use pathways in the City and to restrict the feeding of wildlife in Environmentally Sensitive Areas.

    Council voted to allow the Fire Department to potentially recover costs from extraordinary fire events.

    Council received an update from the Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) regarding its Cornerstone project at York and Richmond Streets. The renovated building has 30 affordable housing units and provides educational, support and training programs for 80 students.

    Council voted to amend its policy for the illumination of city buildings and amenities with multi-coloured LED lights as it relates to requests from non-profit and charitable organizations.

    Council also voted to amend the City’s flag policy as it relates to the community flagpole on Reg Cooper Square.

    Council received a report on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union and requested the Mayor work with other municipal leaders to determine how the agreement might affect municipalities in the future.

    Council voted to keep Elmdale Avenue and Bruce Street in Old South as one-way streets following input from residents. Council directed City staff to investigate traffic calming measures for the area.

    Council referred the proposed amendment to planning application fees back to staff for further consideration. 

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  • November 5, 2013

    The Mayor and Council recognized a number of community events and organizations, including:the Movember fundraising challenge to combat prostrate and testicular cancer, the 50th anniversary of Junior Achievement, the Old East Village celebrity scarecrow Halloween event, the Scan Away Hunger campaign,  Goodwill Centre for Social Centre grand opening,  the MADD campaign to stop impaired driving, the grand opening of the Coach House at My Sister's Place, the Shine a Light campaign to end women's abuse, the opening of the new student residence at Western, wreath laying in Lambeth and  Manor Park, the opening of the Berkshire Seniors’ Satellite Center, the Better Business Bureau annual breakfast,  the 50th anniversary of the North London Optimist Club, The Dream Night event for children with Down syndrome, and the season opening for the London Lightning.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London's Featured Community Organization to My Sister's Place.

    In other Council business:

    Council agreed to place $200,000 in the 2014 draft Budget for consideration during the Budget process, pending Budget approval, to fund a program to replace trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.

    Council voted to continue with the process to designate Wortley Village, in Old South, as a Heritage Conservation District and also hold another community meeting to provide further information for neighbourhood residents.

    Council received a report on the Ontario Works decentralization program as well as an update on the Ontario Works caseload.

    Council received a report on the City maintaining its Moody’s Investors Services Triple Aaa credit rating for the 37th straight year.

    Council received a mid-year update on employee absenteeism.

    Council approved an expenditure by Covent Garden Market to complete the final phase of implementing its energy efficient LED lighting, noting that energy costs have dropped 50%.

    Council approved a new cost estimate for work to upgrade and expand capacity at the Greenway Pollution Control Plant and also requested staff examine current climate change models to ensure that dykes near the site are sufficient to stop potential flooding.

    Council agreed to enter into an agreement with Dillon Consulting that would see Dillon purchase 1,740 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at $10/tonne from the W12A landfill gas flaring system.

    Council voted to proceed with an Environmental Assessment, subject to its approval in the 2014 Development Charges and 2015 Capital Budget, to review a proposed grade separation at the Adelaide Street and CPR railway crossing. Council also confirmed the project as the highest priority of new rail-road separation candidate site.

    Council voted to ask Staff to examine a request by Middlesex Centre to amend the current Sanitary Service Agreement with the City to increase sanitary sewer capacity.

    Council also directed Staff to review requested supplementary information from the two proponents of a Performing Arts Centre and  to report back  in January 2014.

     

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  • October 22, 2013

    Mayor Fontana and Council recognized CIBC Run for the Cure, The Ukrainian Heritage Festival, International Walk to School Day, the recent unveiling of the World Homelessness Day monument, The Moon Festival, the 140th anniversary of Cronyn Memorial Anglican Church; the In Motion Community Challenge; The United Way of London & Middlesex, The LUSO Acts of Kindness challenge, the Movember prostrate awareness month challenge and weekend tree planting by City of London staff and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority employees.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London's Featured Community Organization to the SOHO Community Association.

    In other Council business:

    Noise abatement improvements on Veterans Memorial Parkway were referred back to staff to investigate new materials that might be available for the purpose of noise abatement between Simpson and Trafalgar streets at a construction cost of no more than $500K with the work to be completed in 2014.

    A 10-year traffic calming plan was approved that would include the implementation of a two-tiered approach to provide for opportunities to address smaller street projects, within a $25,000 budget envelope.

    Council approved the initiation of an Environmental Assessment for the Bus Rapid Transit that will confirm the preferred form of rapid transit, detail the corridor improvements required to accommodate it and work toward implementation within a 12-year period.

    Council voted to approve a total of nine residential units in the building located at 1061 Richmond Street.

    Council approved publishing Councillor expenses on the City website and directed the City Clerk to report back on the necessary changes needed to implement the posting.

    Council voted to take no action with respect to the request to place a question on the 2014 Election ballot regarding water fluoridation.

    Council directed the City Clerk to investigate the potential for allowing delegations to Standing Committees via advanced technology with an emphasis on addressing accessibility requirements.

    Council voted to bar the sale of any portion of London Hydro and approved a public education and engagement process to inform Londoners about various options for the utility’s future.

     

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  • October 1, 2013

    The Mayor recognized a number of municipal events and initiatives at the start of Council: the In Motion Challenge during the month of October (which was highlighted by a brief yoga lesson at the beginning of Council); the St. Julien Park festival; the Fall Fest in OEV; the launch of the United Way campaign: the launch of the City's new website; the tree planting event on the Veterans Memorial Parkway; the Lowe's and City's renovation project at the Oakridge arena; the Doors Open weekend as well as the Western Homecoming weekend; the visit of Canadian diplomats to the City under the Destination Canada Program; Senior's Month; and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    The Mayor also circulated a letter he has written to the Prime Minister offering to support any efforts to free Londoner Dr. Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker John Greyson from their incarceration in an Egyptian prison.

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London's Featured Community Organization to Museum London.

    The Mayor also recognized the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the foundational documents in the relationship between the First Nations and the Crown.

    In other Council business:

    Council voted to encourage the engagement of post-secondary students in local governments by appointing students as non-voting resource members to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on the Environment, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, Creative City committee, Advisory Committee on Heritage, Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee, Housing Advisory Committee and the Transportation Advisory Committee.

    Council requested the Director of Communications report back to the Corporate Services Committee with a marketing plan for the City's new website.

    Council agreed to determine the feasibility of implementing a Cycling Advisory Committee to provide advice regarding cycling issues.

    Council supported the site plan application for a property located at Adelaide and Huron Streets to permit a commercial building.

    Council referred back to Civic Administration for further review and consultation, an application for development in the Blackwater Rd. and Garibaldi Ave. area to address issues related to height, density and setbacks.

    Council approved an agreement with Extendicare Canada Inc. for operational and management consulting services at Dearness Home.

    Council voted to oppose any construction of an underground nuclear waste repository near Kincardine, or anywhere in the Great Lakes Basin in Canada, the U.S. or any First Nation property.

     

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  • September 17, 2013

    Mayor Fontana congratulated various community groups for recent efforts: the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising event, The Western Fair, The Terry Fox Run and 50th anniversary of Junior Achievement.

    The Mayor presented a plaque for London's Featured Company to RBC Bank.

    The Mayor presented a City certificate for London's Featured Community Organization to the Old South Community Association.

    The Mayor recognized and congratulated  9-year-old Hayley Saunders and her father, firefighter Murray Saunders, for saving the life of an injured jet skier on Lake Huron this summer.

    The Mayor and Council also recognized City employees who have worked for the City for 25 years.

    The Mayor also noted the start of Democracy Week in Canada. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is partnering with Elections Canada on Canada's Democracy Week, an annual event to increase civic engagement among youth.

    In other Council business:

    Council asked staff to report back regarding a  registry of vacant buildings in the City of London and the costs related to such a registry.

    Council voted to extend the current Animal Welfare Services contract for six months so staff could further examine the vision and mission of animal services in the municipality including pet limits per household, pet fostering, micro chipping, off leash parks and feral cat programs.

    Council directed staff to review how the City might be able to work with the New Year’s Eve Committee regarding the City’s noise by-law on the understanding that any options that may be brought forward to address the matter would be limited to the New Year’s Eve event.

    Council also received a report explaining the City’s new Internship Program which provides temporary paid work placement with the City for foreign trained professionals, persons with disabilities and local graduates.

    Council amended the Taxi and Limousine Licencing By-law to permit taxi drivers to operate for up to 14 hours (with a 12-hour maximum of continuous operation) within a 24 hour period, facilitate communications directed at upfront payments and/or deposits, facilitate opportunities for drivers to purchase less expensive fleet insurance,  increase the operational age limit of taxis from seven years to eight years and of limousines from six years to seven years, increase the entry year for all vehicles for hire to four  years from three and delete the requirement for trip sheets where drivers are associated with a brokerage.

    Council approved the installation of a temporary crossing signal for Fanshawe Rd west near the new Catholic high school at Dalmagarry Road. Local businesses, including Smart Centres, Drewlo Holdings, York Development and Tim Horton’s agreed to help cover most of the $25,000 cost. The signal should be operational within 30 days.

    Council received a report about a second quarter projected surplus of $4.3 million in the property tax supported Budget and a $5 million surplus in water rate and wastewater treatment budgets.

    Council voted rectify an incorrect determination or error on development charges for 75 Blackfriars Street, based on the usability of the identified floor space (new floor area) of the proposed development.

    Council approved proceeding with an Environmental Assessment for Blackfriars Bridge as well as spending $260,000 for emergency repairs to keep the bridge open to pedestrians. The emergency repairs should be completed by November.

    Under the Residential Parking Pass Program, Council agreed to offer one free parking pass per household in the Trowbridge Ave., Mary Ave and Pinewood neighbourhood.

    Council voted to amend some fees related to Centennial Hall, bid documents, telecommunication tower public consultation process, display fireworks inspections/permits and record research.

    Council voted to amend the Official Plan to change lands at Oxford Street W. and Proudfoot Lane to permit an office area designation while noting the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority must still review floodplain boundaries on the property.

     

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  • August 27, 2013

    The Mayor congratulated the Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team as it heads to the World Championships in Italy. The Mayor also acknowledged Festa Italiana and South East Summer Fest in Ward 14 for staging successful community events last weekend.

    The Mayor presented the annual 2013 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships for academic excellence to Julian Donovan from Regina Mundi Catholic College (98.83% average), Emily Dzongowski from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School (97.83%) and Jason Mile from Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School (97.83%).

    The Mayor presented a certificate for London's Featured Community Organization to the London Health Sciences Foundation.

    Council approved a recommendation from the Planning and Environment Committee to defend its decision to designate the Blackfriars/Petersville neighbourhood a heritage conservation study area. The study area proposal has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

    Council approved an amendment to the Official Plan that would permit a cinema use outside of the downtown area resulting from an application submitted by PenEquity Realty Corporation lands near Dingman Drive and Hwy. 401. Council also approved a related zoning by-law amendment that would allow for a number of commercial uses with additional uses such as a hotel, home improvement and furnishing store, liquor, beer and wine store and a gas bar. The zoning by-law amendment also placed several holding provisions on the application to ensure that:  municipal servicing is provided; an archaeological evaluation is completed; a transportation study is completed; permits have been obtained from the Ministry of Transportation and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority; and an Ontario Wetland evaluation has been completed to the satisfaction of the Ministry of Natural Resources, prior to development occurring. Council also referred the related Official Plan Amendment that would consider the potential removal of the “Unevaluated Vegetation Patch” from Schedule B-1 of the Official Plan to a future meeting of Council, after the Ontario Wetland evaluation has been completed to the satisfaction of the Ministry of Natural Resources. In a related vote, Council asked City staff to conduct an analysis of other  “Unevaluated Vegetation Patches”, identified on Schedule B-1 of the Official Plan and to prepare any necessary Official Plan Amendments for consideration as soon as possible. Council also approved the requirement for appropriate traffic management, including an adequate transit terminal and/or a park and ride concept, be considered for this development. 

    A recommendation from the Community and Protective Services Committee to ask City staff to investigate a ban on the sale of cats and dogs from puppy mills in retail outlets was approved.

    Council also voted to establish a Neighbourhood Safety Task Force in Old East Village for the purpose of developing a neighbourhood safety plan. Council also decided to take no action on a request for the installation of security cameras on Dundas Street.

    Council requested City staff provide Council with a recommendation regarding permitting acoustic music to be played on outdoor patios.

    Council agreed with a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee to determine if there is a need for more community green space in Sherwood Forest before taking any action on whether to proceed with the acquisition of the site of the former Sherwood Forest Public School.

    Council approved issuing a Request for Proposal for the possible renovation of the former McCormick building on Dundas Street East.

     

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  • July 30, 2013

    The Mayor presented a certificate honouring “London’s Featured Community Organization” to the London Rowing Club.

    The Mayor received an award for Streetscape Improvement from Wes Kinghorn of the Woodfield Community Association (photo right).

    The Mayor thanked local volunteers and participants who organized and attended Canada Day celebrations, the London Pride Parade, the 10th anniversary of Rock The Park and Colombian Independence festivities.

    Council also held separate moments of silence for those affected by the Lac-Megantic railway disaster and to honour Don Smith, founder of EllisDon Construction, who recently passed away.

    In other business, Council opted to keep the residential parking pass program as it is currently structured, providing one free parking pass to several hundred homes in Old North. A public participation meeting will be held to consider providing one free parking pass to homes in the Trowbridge Ave. area.

    Council requested staff examine a request to increase time on the Wellington Street parking metres adjacent to St. Joseph's Hospital from 2 hours to 6 hours.

    City and elected officials will meet with Federal and Provincial officials and railroad company representatives on Sept 5. to discuss railway safety in the municipality including how communities are protected when dangerous goods are being transported and what measures are in place for response by the railways and other emergency response partners in the event of a railway related emergency.

    Council voted to rezone a parcel of land at Waterloo and Oxford Streets that would permit construction of a pharmacy pending site plan approval that considers design suggestions from the community.

    Council asked Civic staff to examine the Urban Growth Boundary in conjunction with the development community and to review requests for expansions to the boundary to determine if certain lands have strategic qualities that would warrant them being added in favour of other less desirable lands being removed from the boundary. A public meeting will be held Oct. 8 to consider the Land Needs Background Study as a background document for the ReThink London Official Plan Review process.

    Council approved the purchase of a new fire vehicle at a cost of $851,180.

    Council voted to provide the third installment of funding in the amount of $5,000 to support staff salaries at Neighbourhood Watch while a new Board is established.

    Council approved the creation of a new off-leash dog park on lands adjacent to the Dingman Pumping Station at 4695 Dingman Drive.

    Council voted to amend the purpose of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award so that it promotes public awareness on diversity, racism, inclusivity and human rights and encourages ongoing initiatives within the city which promote and advance London as a welcoming community.

    Council approved a contract with Stinson Security Services Limited to operate the community school crossing guard program for one year. The move comes after London Police Services opted to end its operation of the program.

    Council voted to have the Mayor and Police Chief send a letter to the Province requesting stronger penalties be considered to deter cell phone use by car drivers.

    Council approved installation of two additional surveillance cameras at Richmond and Dundas Streets.

    Council requested city staff meet with residents living near Sherwood Public School and members of the London Muslim Mosque to explore how the City might facilitate acquisition of the school for community or school use at no cost for the City.

    Council endorsed a revised Workplace Diversity Statement and invited the city's agencies, boards and commissions to embrace the Corporation’s new statement and to participate in the renewed Diversity Task Force.

    Council asked staff to investigate the possibility of, and costs related to, establishing a tree replacement program whereby residents could be given the option of purchasing larger trees and making arrangements for a City approved contractor to undertake the work at residents' expense.

    Subject to preparation of a governance structure, Council voted in principle to support $10 million in funding for a new medical innovation and commercialization network in collaboration with St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, London Health Sciences Foundation, Lawson Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care and Western University.

     

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