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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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  • February 13, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the City of London’s 2017 Employee Committee for United Way, who presented the United Way with $76,500 representing contributions from staff and members of Council.

    The Mayor and Council recognized members of the City’s Business Cares Food Drive team. The 2017 campaign marked the City of London’s 15th year participating in this initiative, and efforts resulted in $18,000 and more than 3,600 lbs of food collected for the London Food Bank.

    The Mayor and Council recognized John Davidson on what will be the 20th anniversary of his walk across Canada this spring and for his many accomplishments since launching Jesse’s Journey, in honour of his son who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    In other Council business:

    Council accepted the Wharncliffe Road South (from Becher Street to Commissioners Road) Municipal Class Environmental Study Report, which will now be placed on public record for a 30-day review period.

    Council received the report outlining the cost and schedule implications related to converting utilities from overhead to underground on Hamilton Road directed staff to tender the project for implementation in 2018, maintaining the aerial hydro and telecommunications utility arrangements.

  • January 30, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the City of London’s Trails Focus Group for being the recipient of the Award for Service to the Environment.

    The Mayor and Council recognized Theresa Carriere and the ONE Run team. Theresa was nominated for the Meritorious Service Decoration Medal and will be recognized by the Canadian Government.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a policy that will guide the process to determine locations for temporary and longer-term supervised consumption facilities – also called supervised injection sites.

    Council unanimously confirmed that an apology from Mayor Matt Brown to London’s LGBTQ community, delivered earlier this year, has the support of all Council members.

    Council approved the expropriation of lands that will allow the implementation of the Medway Valley Trail Master Plan North of Fanshawe Park Road.

    Council approved the implementation of a 4% tax on transient accommodation in London.

  • January 16, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the contributions made to London by the following citizens who were named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List: Karen Schuessler (Arts), Dharshi Lacey (Diversity and Race Relations), George Sinclair (Environment), Susan Bentley (Heritage), Sister Delores Brisson (Housing), Lina Bowden (Humanitarianism), Todd Sargeant and Sigmund Bernat (Persons with a Disability), Emilie Crakondji (Safety and Crime Prevention) and Tom Partalas (Sports).

    In other Council business:

    Council authorized the Mayor and the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer to execute a Letter of Agreement between the Province of Ontario and the City of London with respect to the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for the Public Transportation Program.

    Council approved acknowledging the anniversary of the Quebec Mosque shooting on January 29, 2018 by lowering the Canadian flag on the Community Flag pole to half-mast that day. As well, the Mayor will write to the Federal and Provincial Governments requesting that January 29 be designated as a Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia at the federal and provincial levels.

    Council approved the One River Environmental Assessment Update: Phase II Stage I Report, which recommends the decommission of the Springbank Dam.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized The London Plan and ReThink London for receiving the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Heart and Stroke Foundations join Healthy Communities Award.

    The Mayor and Council celebrated this year’s recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA).

    In other Council business:

    Council requested staff investigate and report back to the Corporate Services Committee with respect to the implications of changing the Council and Standing Committee meeting schedule in terms of time of day and day of the week. 

    Council received the staff report on the Toilets are not Garbage Cans education and communications program for information.  

    Council established a new Council Policy establishing guidelines for the potential location of cannabis retail stores in London.

    Council repealed and replaced the bylaws to update the program guidelines for the Downtown, Old East Village, SoHo and Industrial lands Community Improvement Project Plan Financial Incentive Programs.

    Council approved the Parking Strategy for Downtown London.

    Council received the Community Mental Health and Addiction Strategy for London: Moving Forward Together for information.

    Council approved the 2018 Annual Budget Update.

  • November 28, 2017

    Council approved phasing out the vacant unit rebate and vacant/excess land subclass tax reduction.

    Council received for information the Wastewater Systems Improvement summary.

    Council received the 2015 State of the Downtown Report.

    Council received the Strategic Plan Semi Annual Progress Report and 2017 Report to the Community.

  • November 14, 2017

    Council approved the expansion of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan Project Area.

    Council approved the Urban Agriculture Strategy after removing the section regarding a backyard hen pilot project.

    Council approved the tree planting strategy and five-year action plan.

    Council will extend an invitation to all 12 Boards and Commissions to hold their meetings in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    Council received for information the FCM Diverse Voices for Change Initiative Update.

    Council directed staff report back on the Equity and Inclusion Lens for the Development of Policies.

    Council approved the Election Sign By-law.


  • October 30, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized Cory Crossman and Chris Campbell from the London Music Office for receiving the President’s Award from Music Canada.

    The Mayor and Council recognized Jennifer Smout for being the recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Bruce A. Noble Award.

    In other Council business:

    City Council appointed Councillor Salih to serve as the Municipal Council’s additional representative on the London Police Services Board.

    Council approved the recommended amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-law.

    Council approved the appointment of LEA Consulting Limited as the consulting engineers for the intelligent transportation system.

    Council received the updates on the proposed Blue Box Program Plan Amendment and Waste Free Ontario Act for information.

    Council received information regarding the status of funding and legal settlement money for the Springbank Dam.

    Council approved extending the temporary use zone for parking lots at 200 Albert Street, 192-196 Central Ave and 193–197 Central Ave.

    Council requested staff report back to the next Planning Committee regarding the proposed severance of a parcel of land on 6188 Colonel Talbot Road.

    Council approved the amended application from Drewlo Holding Inc for properties to build a residential building located at 661 and 667 Talbot Street.

  • October 17, 2017

    Council approved the creation of a new Indigenous Relations Working Group.  The group will liaise with the Indigenous community to determine how the City and the Indigenous community can better engage and collaborate to strengthen relationships.

    The City Manager was directed to report back on a recommended process and policy to provide residents and employees with an avenue to bring forward potential fraud, waste, misuse of assets and resources of the municipality.

    Council requested staff to report back during the 2018 budget deliberations on the cost and options of a discounted youth bus pass.

    Council has expressed an interest in potentially hosting an International Plowing Match and has asked the City Manager to report back on what financial or other resources would be required in connection with hosting such an event before determining whether or not the City wishes to submit a bid to host the event.   

  • 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.