Karen Kayembe, a 17-year-old student from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary High School, opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem.
Mayor Matt Brown requested a moment of silence in remembrance of former Councillor Ted Wernham, who passed away last week.
Mayor Matt Brown recognized London Musician Joe Borowsky, who is the recipient of news publication OurLondon’s Top Music School Award and whose music was recently featured during the Olympics that aired on CBC.
Mayor Matt Brown also recognized the work that the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) and London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) have done to create a welcoming community for newcomers, and in particular, for their work on the All Are Welcome Here: United in Diversity Event that celebrated the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
In other Council business:
Council approved a request from ANOVA to undertake a mapping tool in support the United Nations Safe Cities Initiative.
Council directed staff to amend the Fees and Charges By-law and any other pertinent by-law to provide public civic spaces free of charge to Indigenous Bands and Indigenous Organizations for cultural celebrations.
Council directed administration to conduct a review of policies and practices related to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Council directed staff to report back with a proposal and the associated costs required to become a Sanctuary City/Access to Service Without Fear City.
Council approved an amendment to the zoning by-law that would allow for the plan to build the Westminster Ponds Centre, an environmental centre that will be open to the public.
Council approved the Hamilton Road Community Improvement Plan.