City extends time in municipal parking lots for New Year’s Eve

The City of London is doing its part to keep impaired drivers off the streets on New Year’s Eve.

Motorists who park in any City of London municipal parking lot on New Year’s Eve only need to pay until midnight and can leave their vehicles for free until New Year’s Day at 1p.m., without the risk of receiving a parking ticket or being towed.

Municipal lots are marked with a green symbol showing the letter “P” and should not be confused with lots owned by private companies. All on-street parking regulations must be adhered to.

There are 19 municipal lots eligible in the downtown, Richmond Row and Old East areas of the city, with over 1,500 lot spaces available:

Lot 1 Dundas/Elizabeth/English Street — 434 Elizabeth St.

Lot 2 Dundas/Elizabeth/Adelaide — 641 Queens Ave.

Lot 3N Oxford West of Richmond — 743 Richmond St.

Lot 3E Piccadilly/Oxford St E. — 234 Piccadilly St.

Lot 3W Piccadilly West of Richmond — 210 Piccadilly St.

Lot 4 Adelaide/Marshall Street (Tolpuddle) 635 Marshall St.

Lot 5 Queens Ave East of Richmond — 185 Queens Ave.

Lot 6 Kent Street West of Richmond — 174 Kent St.

Lot 7 Dundas/Rectory — 824 Dundas St.

Lot 8 Budweiser Gardens — 99 Dundas St.

Lot 11 King Street East of Thames — 331 Thames St.

Lot 12 Ridout/Horton Street — 199 Ridout St. N.

Lot 15 Convention Centre — 300 York St.

Lot 16 205 Oxford St.

Lot 17 Thames Street — 331 Thames St.

Lot 19 Museum London — 421 Ridout St.

Lot 20 – 155 Kent St.

Lot 21 – 558 Talbot St.

Lot 22 – 695 Richmond St.

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Mayor Brown unveils his 2016 Honour List

BrownMayor Matt Brown has released the Mayor of London’s Honouree List for 2016.

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 The Forest City.

The nomination process is handled through the City of London’s advisory committees with established criteria in place. Once a winner in each category is determined, the recipients are honoured at the first city council meeting of the New Year.

The following is the roster of this year’s honourees.

Environment: Gary Brown

As a result of his leadership, the start-up of London Cycle Link — a volunteer organization dedicated to making the Forest City a place where citizens can easily choose cycling as a preferred mode of daily transportation — is now London’s cycling resource.

Humanitarianism: Charles and Carolyn Innis

Charles and his wife Carolyn initiated, organized and carried through for the fourth year in a row the Forest City Multimedia Free Literacy Camp. This is a week-long camp for children ages 8-16 from diverse backgrounds who come from families of a lower income in London.

Diversity and Race Relations: Reta van Every

An active member of the Aboriginal community for over 20 years, van Every has been a champion in the process of building relationships between the native and non-native communities. Her name is often the first that comes to mind when someone is called upon to talk about Aboriginal issues.

Heritage: Glen Curnoe

Curnoe is the former Head of the Ivey Family History Room (London Room at the public library). He is an active member of the Brick Street Cemetery restoration and preservation group, a member of the London and St. Thomas Railway group, and a long-time heritage supporter of the Woodfield Community Association.

Housing: Jens Stickling

Stickling is a real estate developer and property manager who puts his heart and soul into community economic development. In addition to lending his expertise as a landlord, Stickling supports a number of local start-up social ventures through flexible rents.

Persons with Disabilities: Bonnie Quesnel

Quesnel was a founding member of the City of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACCAC) and helped to shape its mandate, composition and vision. She served consistently since its inception through till the end of her last term in early 2015.

Safety and Crime: Paul Seale

Seale has contributed to numerous initiatives that have brought the community together and enhanced public safety in Old East Village (OEV). His expertise in social media has been instrumental in enhancing community awareness about specific safety issues and spreading the word about London Block Parent and Neighbourhood Watch initiatives.

Arts: Holly Painter

In a few short years, Painter has transformed spoken word from a little known art form to an almost mainstream acceptance. Painter has used her talent to help many in the London community find their voice, their inner artist and change lives in a very positive manner through her poetry workshops and slams.

Sports: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Virtue and Moir have represented London on the Canadian and international stage for over a decade. The pair has consistently placed among the top of the pack at international figure skating competitions, including a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and two silver medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

 

 

 

London taking care of business and taking care of people

Londoners have stepped up once again to put the Business Cares Food Drive over the top.

On Dec. 22, food drive officials announced that as of the campaign end earlier in the day, over 307,800 pounds worth of food and cash donations had been collected in support of the London Food Bank.

“We want to thank all the businesses who stepped up, joined the campaign, and encouraged Londoners to donate,” said a statement on the Business Cares website. “We want to thank all Londoners who gave so generously and so often to help those who need it most. And we want to thank all of our partners who helped provide venues and opportunities for people to participate in the campaign.”

The Business Cares stated campaign goal for 2015 was to collect 290,871 pounds of food.

City reaches settlement for Springbank Dam

The City of London has reached an out of court settlement of the litigation between the city and various defendants related to the Springbank Dam Rehabilitation Project.

While no party admitted liability, under the settlement, the city will receive a total of $3,775,000, and all of the lawsuits will be dismissed.

“After eight long years, I am so pleased to see this positive conclusion,” said Mayor Matt Brown.

The settlement was achieved in principle following mediation on Sept. 1-2. The amount of the settlement was subsequently approved as a confidential legal matter by city council on Sept. 29.

At the request of the parties, further details of the settlement are to remain confidential.

The settlement and payment of money to the city was not an admission of liability.

Goodwill and city supporting refugees with the dignity of choice

London is pulling together to help up-rooted Syrians overcome the challenges of rebuilding in Canadian society.

Across the city, families, faith communities and businesses are gathering clothing and other items to support the settlement of refugee families into their new homes.

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes is partnering with the City of London to help, where needed, organize the goods donated by thousands of generous Londoners.

Goodwill will provide refugees with access to the full array of donations, including full-access to all of the goods available in Goodwill Community Stores.

“This is exactly the kind of community support we need from our local organizations,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Goodwill is involved in so many incredible grassroots efforts and it is great to see them play this important role in helping our new friends and our new neighbours resettle here in London.”

Clothing, household items, electronics, recreational items, furniture and other goods, with the intension of supporting refugees, are being received at all Goodwill Donation Centres in London and Middlesex County.

The goods are being streamed into the community stores, and Goodwill in turn is providing vouchers, supported shopping experiences, interpreters, and other respectful approaches to enable refugees to get settled.

The goal is to mobilize community support in an efficient manner utilizing Goodwill’s logistics and infrastructure, while at the same time ensuring opportunities for refugees to have individual choice in the selection of items that fit or suit their needs.

The aim is to compliment and where needed support the many worthy initiatives supporting refugee settlement.

A change room to try on a pair of pants one has carefully chosen, or a set of dishes that matches the size and needs of a family are ways this approach aims to affirm the dignity of each newcomer.

Goodwill is also collaborating to provide work opportunities and skills development as an “on-ramp” toward self-reliance and full participation in all that Canada has to offer.

To donate in support of refugee settlement go to one of Goodwill’s eight Attended Donation Centres in the London region open seven days per week, Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information visit www.goodwillindustries.ca.

 

City hosts community meeting to welcome Syrian newcomers

Mayor Matt Brown, service agencies, faith groups and private sponsors joined together to share ideas to help support Syrian newcomers to London.

Meeting at BMO Centre on Dec. 16, the purpose of this community meeting was to share information and develop a mutual understanding of how community groups can work together to plan for the successful resettlement of Syrian refugees in the Forest City.

“This is about a broad community strategy, we all have a role to play and something unique to bring to the table,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “I am so proud of the work our community is doing to help these families settle in their new homes. I am proud of what communities are doing across Canada.”

As a part of the community meeting, attendees were asked to participate in breakout sessions to discuss themes that are key to the success of Syrian refugees in London; housing, settlement, education, welcome and inclusion, health and employment.

“This meeting provides an opportunity for us to coordinate our efforts to welcome the Syrian newcomers,” said Sandra Datars Bere, managing director of housing, social services and Dearness Home. “Through this event, we will put in place important information that the newcomers need to be connected to the excellent services that already exist in our city.”

The city has also set up information on the London and Middlesex Immigration Portal at www.immigration.london.ca/LondonWelcomesSyrianNewcomers where Londoners can find more information on sponsorship, donations and supports in the community.

Londoners can also donate to the newly launched United Way of London & Middlesex effort, London United for Refugees, at www.londonunitedforrefugees.ca.

 

City of London recognizes Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards

Council recognized the recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award during a ceremony at city hall on Dec. 8.

Winners were announced in five categories:

  • Small Business and Small Labour — Tuesdays At Ten (Ability First Coalition)
  • Corporations, Large Business and Large Labour — Indigenous Cultural Safety Online Training for Health Care Providers (South West Local Health Integration Network and Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre)
  • Institutions Public or Private — Sunfest (London Committee for Cross Cultural Arts)
  • Social/Community Services (including Not-for-Profits), Education and Training — Muslim Family Safety Program (Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration)
  • Youth/Young Adult Groups or Organizations — Kizhaay Anishinaabe Nin (Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services)

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.

“Our diversity makes us stronger,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Individuals and organizations being recognized this year are making London more inclusive and welcoming. They are making London a better city for all.”

Londoners are invited to nominate organizations they consider a deserving candidate for the annual Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award.

The award is presented at the closest possible council meeting date to Dec. 10 — Human Rights Day.

“I am so honoured to Chair the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee,” said Chad Callander, Chair of the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee. “These awards are just one of the ways our committee seeks to recognize and celebrate inclusivity in our community. Congratulations to all winners and nominees.”

Visit www.london.ca/DRRIaward for details on the nomination process.