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Council announced Airshow London, Amazon Delivery Station, ATN Access Inc. and Jess Jones Recreation Therapy Inc. as this year’s recipients of the London Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award
In other Council News:
Council received results of the 2022 Resident Satisfaction Survey.
Council received the City of London Corporate Growth Projections for 2021-2051.
Council received the tabling of 2023 Annual Budget Update as part of 2020-2023 Multi-Year annual budget update process.
Council received an update on the progress of the consultation for the Mobility Master Plan and approved the vision statement for the plan.
Council directed staff to report back at a future meeting on the request for an exemption delegation status by Animal Control By-Law for a reptile zoo.
Council directed staff to begin the process of renaming Paul Haggis Park to Bateman Trail Park.
Council approved a zoning change at 931-1225 Southdale Road East to allow for three 6-storey apartment buildings with community and public services.
Council approved committee appointments for terms ending November 14, 2023.
Applications for appointments to the Conservation Authorities are ongoing.
Council Recognition: Mayor Holder recognized the one-year anniversary of the City of London being designated as Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music.
Mayor Holder recognized council members at the last meeting of the term.
In other Council News: Council approved the City of London’s Credit Rating Report. The City of London has achieved the Aaa credit rating with a stable outlook as part of Moody’s Investors Service latest Credit Opinion.
Council approved a zoning by-law amendment that will introduce changes to the requirements for seasonal patios that will assist restaurant owners.
Council received the Rethink Zoning Report – Update and Sample Place Type Zones.
Council deferred a decision on an application for development at 4452 Wellington Road.
Council approved a new zoning by-law that would allow for the proposed development at 1156 Dundas Street.
Council approved the Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Framework.
Council received a report outlining the expenditures for the Municipal Accommodation Tax for 2021.
Council approved the west leg of the Bradley Avenue extension, from White Oak Road to Jalna Boulevard.
Council accepted the Environmental Study Report for Windermere Road improvements.
Council approved the appointment of a consulting engineer Environmental Assessment Study for Oxford Street West improvements.
Council Recognition: Council recognized the recipients of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. Richard Ding, Paige Evoy-Smith, Ballerina Liang, Nicolas Seglenieks and John Matti all achieved an average of 99.00% or higher in their graduating year of high school and each received a $2,000 scholarship for their scholastic achievement.
Mayor Holder recognized close to 30 City of London employees who have achieved 25 years of service during 2022.
In other Council News:
Council approved changes to the Official Plan and to the Zoning by-law to facilitate a proposed five-tower redevelopment housing project at Bradley and Wellington roads which will include 65 affordable units.
Council approved a proclamation to recognize and observe Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022.
Council approved a three-month noise enforcement pilot project shifting the response to noise complaints from London Police to City by-law officers. Four parking officers will move to noise enforcement, four new by-law enforcement officers will be hired, and a manager position will be created.
Council rejected applications to amend two adult entertainment business licences to proposed new locations on Dundas Street.
Council approved six new businesses cases brought forward by organizations participating in the London Community Recovery Network. Ideas included creating an inclusive arts experience for children and youth, a London Innovation Challenge, an Argyle BIA Currency Pilot Program, an idea focused on green economic stimulus, creating access to the London Public Library Reading Garden from Dundas and investing in London Tech Talent Growth.
Council approved a number of proclamations that include Terry Fox Week, Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Light the Night Day, the 230th Anniversary: Black Loyalist Exodus, Emancipation Month, National Coaches Week and World Patient Safety Day.
Council approved a request to move the Fugitive Slave Chapel from its current location on Grey Street to Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
Council referred a proposal for a development at 1067-1071 Wellington Road back to staff for further review.
Local musician Laika Berdey was on hand to sing the national anthem. Laika has been performing in London her whole life – as a member of Amabile, a jazz vibraphonist, a Royal-Conservatory trained pianist, and classical flautist. More recently, she has been singing and strumming her way across the Province as an emerging artist with the Canadian Musicians Cooperative and a member of the London Arts Council.
Council members also recognized London athletes Nazem Kadri on his Stanley Cup win and Shaedon Sharpe who was selected in the NBA draft at seventh overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.
In other Council news:
Council received a report that provided an update on the status of the London Plan, which is now the only official plan for the City of London as a result of the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) order on May 25, 2022.
Council approved two new developments. The rezoning to allow a 23-storey tower at St. George Street and Ann Street was approved. As well, Council approved three towers (a 17-storey, 18-storey and 21-storey) at 689 Oxford Street.
Council received an update on the actions taken as part of the Giwetashkad Indigenous Homelessness Strategic Plan. The report highlighted the outcomes achieved to date as well as the challenges.
Council received the Fire Master Action Plan, a plan that will guide the priorities and objectives of the London Fire Department over the next ten years.
Council recognized resident Lloyd Grove who has made 1,410 blood and plasma donations over more than 66 years of being a donor.
Council also recognized members of the London Lightning basketball team on their 2022 National Basketball League Canada Championship, finishing the 2022 regular season with a league-best record of 20-4.
In other Council news:
Council received a report that provided an update on the recreation and sport programs available for the upcoming summer.
Council approved amendments to the Business Licensing By-Law to include definitions and fees related to Short Term Accommodations that will come into effect on October 1, 2022.
Council approved the Core Area Action Plan: 2022 One-Time Program Enhancements.
Council approved funding for recovery business cases brought forward through the London Community Recovery Network.
Council approved a motion to remove Trooper Mark Wilson’s name from all City amenities where it appears and directed staff to begin the process of renaming any locations where his name has been used.
Council recognized paramedic-in-training Shelby Delagardeux as the winner of the 2022 Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship. The annual scholarship, which is awarded to 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 Tim Hickman who died in service to our community at the age of 21.
In other Council news
Council endorsed Councillor Hopkins to stand for election to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors, Large Urban Caucus for the 2022/2024 term and Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan to stand for election on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors.
Council approved a day of remembrance to honour the four members of the Afzaal family who were killed on June 6, 2021. Our London Family day is one of the many ways that London will mark the one-year anniversary.
Council approved the Victoria Park Secondary Plan, which provides a blueprint for development of the lands surrounding the park.
Council received a report providing an update on the City’s actions in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations and approved a land acknowledgement that will be used to acknowledge the traditional lands and the treaties that are specific to this area.
With the City’s designation as Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music, Council approved a recommendation that asks staff to report back on establishing borders for a Core Area Entertainment District, identifying actions that may be taken in the coming months to demonstrate how music, entertainment and culture can support the community’s ongoing economic and social recovery.
Council approved a Graphic Imagery Delivery By-law and a by-law to implement an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) to regulate the unsolicited delivery of graphic images.
Council approved developments that include a second medical building at 1055 Fanshawe Park Road West, a high rise at St. George Street and Ann Street, and development of the lands at Sunningdale Road West and Hyde Park Road.
After several months of review, Council confirmed citizen appointments to seven new advisory committees.
Council received the Overview of Engagement and Feedback on Draft Climate Emergency Action Plan report and approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan. The Overview of Engagement and Feedback report provides details of the engagement and feedback received on the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan collected between February 8 and March 25, 2022. Londoners can learn more about the Climate Emergency Action Plan at https://getinvolved.london.ca/climate.
Council approved a motion to allocate funding from the Community Investment Reserve Fund to assist with the relocation of the Fugitive Slave Chapel from its current site at 432 Gray Street to Fanshawe Pioneer Village. The heritage building known as the “Fugitive Slave Chapel” played a critical role in the lives of early Black Londoners fleeing slavery in the United States and establishing a community here in London.
Council received the Short-term Accommodations Report, including proposed by-laws, to add a new category, definition, and fees related to the Licensing of Short-term Accommodations to the Business Licencing By-law and to amend Administrative Monetary Penalty System for Short-term Accommodation Platform.
Council approved a One-Time Policy Exemption Request for 2022 Rock the Park. The approval allows the event organizer to add an additional concert date for five consecutive days for Rock the Park event in Harris Park in July.
Council received the 2022 Renew London Infrastructure Construction Program and 2021 Review Report highlighting major City construction projects planned for 2022 including successes and lessons learned from 2021 and potential risks for the upcoming construction season and the measures planned to mitigate those risks.
Council received and approved a Contract Tender Award for the Adelaide Street North CPR Underpass Project. Following Council’s approval, construction is moving forward with work scheduled to begin next week.
Council received the Access to City of London Funding for Social and Economic Recovery – London Community Recovery Network report and approved the recommendation to allocate up to $100,000 over two years (2022-2023) to create the LCRN Readiness Fund. This funding would support small scale recovery initiatives that align directly to the LCRN Framework to drive a strong and inclusive recovery for London.
Council received the Core Area Action Plan 2021 Review providing an overview of progress since May 2021 and recommended next steps to ensure the City continues to support a healthy, resilient, vibrant and sustainable Core Area. Council directed staff to prepare an updated Core Area Action Plan expanding the current plan to the years 2024 to 2027 inclusive for the consideration of Council in 2023 in coordination with the next Multi-Year Budget and Strategic Plan development processes and based on the general methodology described in this report.
Council received the Draft Victoria Park Secondary Plan and directed staff to circulate the draft plan for public comment. Feedback received will inform a revised Secondary Plan and implementing Official Plan Amendment that will be prepared for the consideration and approval of Municipal Council at a future public participation meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee. The Draft Victoria Park Secondary Plan can be viewed at https://getinvolved.london.ca/victoriapark1.
Council approved the rezoning of 6756 James Street from a Residential R1 (R1-10) Zone to a Residential R5 Special Provision Zone. The zoning change will allow for a 2-storey, 22-unit cluster townhouse development.
Council referred the draft by-laws for the Program Regulating Distribution of Flyers and Distribution of Graphic Flyer Deliveries to Residential Properties back to staff to explore the requirement to add a graphic warning on any covering placed on graphic flyers as well as to explore the possibility of requiring any literature that is being left at the door to require the same public requirements as outdoor displays.
Council referred the Election Sign By-law Update back to staff to amend the by-law to allow municipal candidates to place election signs on private property once they file their nomination papers beginning May 1 as well as amending the time allowed to remove election signs after voting day.
Council approved a proclamation request to have April 2022 proclaimed as Sikh Heritage Month.
Council received a Business Case for the Core Area Pilot Program from London Economic Development Corporation and its partners with assistance from City staff. This will support the Strategy to Reduce Core Area Vacancy and assist in reducing core area land and building vacancy.
Council received a report about considerations and the viability to implement a Vacant Home Tax in London. Staff will continue to monitor the experiences of other Ontario municipalities implementing the Vacant Home Tax and will begin a Request for Proposal (RFP) for consultant services to study the number of vacant residential properties in London.
Council accepted single-source procurements to administer the Housing Stability Bank, outreach and emergency shelter programs for a one-year term with four optional extension years.
Council received a report about impacts and analysis of End of Mortgage and End of Operating Agreements. The City will re-invest any anticipated future municipal mortgage subsidy savings in the social housing portfolio to support its long-term financial sustainability.
Council received the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan. City staff will now hold a public participation meeting at a future meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, and will also collect comments about the draft plan through getinvolved.london.ca/climate
Council endorsed A London for Everyone: An Action Plan to Disrupt Islamophobia. The City will now undertake several actions to implement the plan. This includes the erection of a memorial plaza at the intersection of Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road, the creation of a mural, and establishing a community garden in honour of Our London Family.
Council received the 2021 Annual Development Report. The report provides historic and forecasted near-term growth by development type, development application activity, an update on Permit Ready Lots, and information about initiatives.
Council approved a revised Terms of Reference for the London Community Advisory Committees.
Council approved the appointment of Scott Mathers to the position of Deputy City Manager, Planning and Economic Development. Mathers’ appointment is ahead of the previous Deputy City Manager, Economic Planning and Development, George Kotsifas’ upcoming retirement in early March.
Council recognized the passing of Larry Haylor and Darwin Semotiuk who were both coaches at Western University leading the Western Mustangs football team. Both coaches had numerous accomplishments both on and off the field in London and across Canada.
In other Council News:
Council approved an amendment to Council’s proof of vaccination policy to align the Council policy with the vaccination policy for City staff.
Council directed staff to submit several transportation projects to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: Public Transit Stream Intake 3. The transportation projects include cycling and pedestrian improvements across London.
Council received a report from the Building Division on monthly permit issuance and inspection activities for the month of November 2021.
Council approved several by-laws to rezone areas of land, including a part of land at 100 Kellogg Lane, at 150 King Edward Avenue, and at 257-263 Springbank Drive.
Council recognized Dearness Home and the work of staff and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council recognized Brian Meehan, the Executive Director of Museum London. He had recently been awarded a lifetime achievement award by Galleries Ontario.
Council recognized the passing of LCol James William ‘Scotty’ Martin who had a long and distinguished military career.
In other Council News:
Council approved the 2022 Annual Update to the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget. Council readopted the amended 2022 and 2023 operating budget and capital budget, along with an amended 2024 to 2029 capital forecast. Staff will bring forward at a future meeting any necessary by-laws regarding the tax levy, the operating and capital budgets.
Council adopted updated Environmental Management Guidelines. These guidelines help implement The London Plan by sharing detailed requirements of environmental studies when potentially permitting development and site alteration near the City’s Natural Heritage System.
Council received a report about the impacts of unwanted stormwater in London’s wastewater sewer system.
Council endorsed a conceptual framework for regional transportation. The conceptual framework identifies opportunities within London to integrate different modes of regional travel, with a focus on rail, local transit and regional and inter-community bus systems. It will be used in discussions with the Province of Ontario and municipalities to advance provincial participation in regional transportation in Southwestern Ontario.
Council directed staff to report back at a future meeting about any changes that might be needed to align Council’s vaccination policy for elected officials with the City’s current administrative vaccination policy for staff.
Council approved a motion to oppose Bill 21 in the Province of Quebec, and directed staff to administer $100,000 towards the joint legal challenge and opposition against the bill.
Council announced both Dr. Hetham Karky and the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) as award recipients of the London Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award.
Council recognized the London Beefeaters football team that competed for their league championship.
Council recognized the Western Mustangs football team that won the Vanier Cup as Canada’s best University football team.
Council recognized London’s first responders and staff at London Health Sciences Centre pediatric care.
Council held a moment of silence in honour of Alexandra Stemp, and those injured in the car collision on Riverside Drive.
In other Council News:
Council received a report on the implementation of the “Roadmap to 3,000 Affordable Units” action plan. Staff will now implement the action plan and report back on any policy changes needed to deliver the plan.
Council directed staff to develop a Neighbourhood Sidewalk Connectivity Plan. The plan would include a community engagement strategy and would be used on a trial basis in 2022 to help inform the 2023 Renew London Construction Program.
Council received a report on new sidewalk projects that will be constructed in 2022.
Council approved a terms of reference for reviewing the City’s commemorative naming policies. A public engagement process will begin soon, and requests to change the names of facilities, parks, streets, or other City assets will be deferred until after this review and engagement is complete.
Council approved a zoning change at 99 Southdale Road West to support a development of proposed residential buildings.
Council received a report on a strategy to reduce core area vacancy and directed staff to move forward with an implementation plan.
Council received the results on the 2021 Resident Satisfaction Survey.
Council directed staff to facilitate changes to Council meetings to allow them to be held at 1:00 p.m. beginning with the 2022 term of Council. Meetings would still be based on the current meeting schedule.
Council approved the appointment of Michael Schulthess to the position of City Clerk, effective January 8, 2022.
Council recognized Kayla McQueen who is a member of the Fanshawe Falcons soccer team. Kayla McQueen won the 2021 west division scoring title, was a member of the all star team, and was selected to the all-Canadian team.
In other Council News:
Council appointed Mariam Hamou to fill the current vacancy in Ward 6.
Council received a report on monitoring traffic diversion on Dundas Place. Council also directed staff to amend a bylaw to reinstate the current temporary traffic diversion arrangement on Dundas Place in Spring 2022 as construction mitigation.
Council endorsed the City of London’s 2021-2022 Winter Response Program for Unsheltered Individuals.
Council extended a number of by-laws related to the City’s Back to Business initiative supporting business recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council directed staff to report back to Council at a future meeting about by-laws regarding the distribution of unaddressed flyers.
Council endorsed a draft vision statement and guiding principals for the development of the Mobility Master Plan. Staff will soon begin a public engagement period for the master plan.
Council referred a report back to staff about Blackfriars Bridge. The bridge will reopen to vehicle traffic and staff will prepare a report to Council about traffic for a future meeting.
Council approved a zoning change at 560 Wellington Street and 562 Wellington Street to support a proposed apartment building across from Victoria Park.
Council recognized and congratulated Olympians and gold medalists Maggie Mac Neil and Damian Warner. Maggie Mac Neil was named Best Female Athlete of Tokyo 2020 by the Association of National Olympic Committees. Damian Warner was nominated for the Male Athlete of the Year award by World Athletics.
Council recognized the passing of Martha Henry who’s acting career had a tremendous impact in London and across Canada.
Council recognized the passing of Bill Paul, London’s Town Crier, who was a staple at countless events throughout the city over the years.
Council recognized that the annual poppy campaign for the Royal Canadian Legion will begin on November 1. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol remembrance in Canada.
In other Council News:
Council appointed John Fyfe-Millar to fill the current vacancy in Ward 13.
Council accepted the resignation of Phil Squire, and declared the Office of Ward 6 to be vacant. The Office of Ward 6 will be filled through an application process and filling the vacancy will be considered at Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee.
Council received a report on the 2021 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference that was hosted by London this year.
Council endorsed the London Community Recovery Framework which provides a common vision and shared measures to guide and align efforts in the community to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Council received a report on London’s Coordinated Access, the Coordinated Access System, and the program deliverables to date. Coordinated Access is an enterprise-wide approach to address the municipality’s housing and homelessness needs.
Council received a report on the Master Accommodation Plan for Alternative Work Strategies. The integration of alternative work strategies for staff was adopted as part of the implementation of the City’s Master Accommodation Plan
Council received reports from the Building Division on monthly permit issuance and inspection activities for the months of June and July, 2021.
Council recognized and congratulated the London Majors baseball team as well as the team’s owners Roop Chanderdat and Scott Dart. The London Majors won the Intercounty Baseball League championship this year.
Council held a moment of silence in mourning the recent death of a young child in Old East Village and thanked the first responders who were on the scene.
In other Council News:
Council amended the Municipal Waste and Resource Collection by-law to establish additional packaging requirements for curbside collection of ceramic toilets.
Council received a report on sanitary cross connections and how they relate to sewage overflows and bypasses into the Thames River.
Council directed staff to hold a public participation meeting regarding flyer deliveries to residential properties. Staff will report back to Council about this at a future meeting.
Council requested staff to work with the Applicant to facilitate the processing of the necessary zoning by-law amendments within the Kent Subdivision to allow for a new elementary school in northwest London that would be considered at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee. Council also directed staff to bring back for consideration at a future Public Participation Meeting, a proposed by-law to amend the Official Plan to change the designation of the property located at 2631 Hyde Park Road and 1521 Sunningdale Road West from Open Space to Low Density Residential and Environmental Review and to amend the London Plan to change the Place Type from Green Space to Neighbouhoods and Environmental Review.
Council directed staff to report back at a future meeting on an evaluation of a RentSafeLondon by-law enforcement program modelled after the City of Toronto’s RentSafeTO program.
Council approved a number of by-law changes to adopt the new Argyle Core Area Community Improvement Plan.
Council received a report about 2021 Mid-Year Operating Budget Monitoring, and staff were authorized to allocate up to $10 million of the Property Tax Supported Budget Surplus to the New Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to support future affordable housing initiatives.
Council accepted the resignation of Arielle Kayabaga who has become the MP-elect for London West, and declare the Office of Ward 13 to be vacant.
Council approved a by-law to adopt a proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy for Members of Council.
Council recognized and congratulated recipients of the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships. Cindy Sun, Anlun Gua, Caitlyn Pringle, Mia Scherba, and Nadeen Shilbayeh all achieved an average 99.50% or higher in their graduating year of high school, and received the $2,000 scholarship for their scholastic achievement.
Council recognized City of London employees who have achieved 25 years of service during 2021.
In other Council News:
Council received a summary of City of London's credit rating. Moody’s Investors Service has maintained the City of London’s Aaa credit rating and stable outlook, the highest rating possible.
Council directed staff to undertake a review of the potential scope and feasibility of developing and implementing a vacant residential property tax on vacant residential properties. Staff will report back in the future with any information and recommendations.
Council received a report on the 2020 Community Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory providing an overview of energy use in London.
Council received a report related to how a climate lens process has been applied the City’s transportation projects. Staff will begin to implement the recommendations in the report, and review ongoing transportation projects to consider how they mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Council received a report related to how a climate lens process has been applied to Waste Management and a broad range of plans, programs and projects.
Council received the draft Masonville Secondary Plan. Staff will circulate the draft plan for further public engagement with the community.
Council received information about the City of London’s mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination administrative policy. Council also directed staff to prepare a Council Policy similar to the administrative policy for staff, and to report back about this information.
Council approved a motion to recognize and observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a way to honour First Nations, Inuit and Metis survivors and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
An “Every Child Matters” flag will be raised on the flag pole at City Hall on September 30, 2021 as part of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Council acknowledged the upcoming virtual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference, hosted the City of London. Over 1000 participants are expected to virtually attend the two-day conference. Councillor Hopkins thanked city staff for their hard work putting together the conference alongside Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Council thanked Ward 7 resident Sheila Hogarth for her efforts and action in making her community a better place by collecting discarded materials and garbage.
Council recognized National Peacekeepers’ Day, August 9. August 9 was selected as National Peacekeepers' Day to recognize the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission, which occurred on that date in 1974. Council observed a moment of silence in honour of those who lost their lives in peacekeeping missions.
Council recognized the accomplishments of Londoners competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Of Canada’s seven gold medals, four were achieved by athletes from London.
In other Council news:
Council directed staff to consult with residents, particularly those living close to the COVID-19 assessment centres, about priorities for new recreational amenities or upgrades to existing recreational amenities in the general area. Council also directed staff to explore potential provincial and federal funding opportunities for recreational infrastructure and to report back with recommended new or upgraded recreational amenities in the general area of both COVID-19 testing centres.
Council approved the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (South) Conservation Master Plan which provides direction for ecological protection and inclusive trail use as part of the Environmental Management Strategy for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area.
Council received the 2020 Performance Report and May 2021 Semi-Annual Progress Report, which demonstrates that significant work is occurring to advance Council’s vision, mission and strategic areas of focus. As of May 2021, 96.1% of all actions are complete or on target, the percentage of completed actions has increased by 2.8% since November 2020.
Council received the Corporate Asset Management Plan 2021 Review, noting that the City of London continues to meet provincial and federal requirements while enabling the city to move continually towards best practices in asset management.
Council directed staff to prioritize the development of the secondary plan for the Wellington Gateway corridor. Council directed staff to report back at a future PEC meeting regarding the timing of future secondary plan development that prioritize the transit village place types identified in the London Plan.
Council recognized and congratulated Bob Usher, General Manager of the Covent Garden Market, who announced he will be retiring after 18 years managing the Covent Garden Market.
Council recognized the 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Canada.
In other Council News:
Council received a report reviewing the Issuance of Proclamations pilot program. City staff will report back in the future on any recommended modifications to the program.
Council approved a Zoning By-law amendment to permit the continued operation of the existing surface commercial parking lot at 193 Queens Avenue for a period of three years.
Council received the Waterloo and Piccadilly Area Traffic Study Recommendations related to the Waterloo and Piccadilly Area Traffic Study. Council directed staff to now implement the improvements outlined in the staff report.
Council received a report on performance measures and indicators of success of the SoHo, Hamilton Road and Lambeth Community Improvement Plans. Council directed staff to circulate the staff report for public review.
Council accepted the Arva-Huron Water Transmission Main Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Master Plan Executive Summary. Council directed staff to post the Executive Summary on the City’s website for public review.
Council received the draft Argyle Core Area Community Improvement Plan and directed staff to circulate the plan with stakeholders who have participated in the process to date and post the draft plan on the City’s Get Involved webpage. Staff will report back with any recommended revisions to the draft plan resulting from public feedback.
Council observed a moment of silence paying respect to the Afzaal family, killed on Sunday, June 6, in a hate-motivated attack.
Council observed 215 seconds of silence for the 215 children whose remains were discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia and for the souls of others that are yet to be found.
Council observed a moment of silence for the passing of former Mayor Jane Bigelow. Jane Bigelow was the first female Mayor of London, elected in 1972 and continuing until 1978. Jane Bigelow passed Tuesday, June 2 at the age of 92.
Council observed a moment of silence for the passing of Retired Fire Chief Jim Fitzgerald. Chief Fitzgerald joined London Fire Department in 1955 and retired as Fire Chief in 1993.
In Other Council News:
Council unanimously approved an emergent motion regarding Hyde Park Road Terrorist Attack, condemning the actions that occurred on Sunday, June 6. In approving the motion, Council denounced the June 6, 2021 Islamophobic Attack at Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road, denounced, in the strongest terms, Islamophobia and committed to end Islamophobia and hate; and acknowledged that Islamophobia exists in London. Council directed staff to work with the local Muslim community, the Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, and stakeholders to help end Islamophobia and report back on the outcomes of that work, directed staff to seek input from the Muslim community to determine appropriate means by which the City of London can remember and honour the victims; and directed staff to work with the local Muslim community and report back on how the City of London can highlight and honour the contributions of the London Muslim community.
Council unanimously approved a request to proclaim June 21, Indigenous Peoples day. Indigenous Peoples Day an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Council approved a Zoning By-Law amendment to rezone the property at 1697 Highbury Avenue North as requested by Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario Inc. The rezoning will allow for the development of a 20-unit stacked townhouse development, with a three-storey building located adjacent to Highbury Avenue North, and a two-storey building located toward the rear of the property.
Council received the Building Division Monthly Report March 2021 highlighting the number of permits issued and inspection activities for the month of March 2021.
Council approved amendments to the Zoning By-Law and The London Plan with respect to the property located at 435-451 Ridout Street North. The amendments will allow Farhi Holdings Corporation to move forward with plans for a 40-storey residential, commercial and office tower building.
Council approved the Contact Award for tender of the Hyde Park Road and Sunningdale Road West Roundabout. Council heard that this project will enhance the function of the intersection by improving traffic capacity and increasing the level of safety.
Council received the City of London Additional Short Term Supports for Unsheltered Individuals report. Council directed staff to allocate one-time funding of up to $1,150,000 to Ark Aid street Mission on behalf of the WISH Coalition for the extension of services until December 31, 2021, to support individuals currently residing at the York Street pop up shelter. Council directed staff to explore opportunities and report back to committee with an implementation plan related to temporary expansion of following support programs.
Council awarded Skylar Synesael with the 2021 Tim Hickman Health and Safety Scholarship. This 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.
Council acknowledged that Nature Canada recently certified London as one of the first four Bird Friendly Cities in Canada. The certification recognizes the work to reducing threats to birds, communication and education to the community, and habitat and restoration for the birds in our city.
Council recognized the Boys and Girls Club of London for 65 years of providing services to children and families in London.
Council thanked the London Sikh Community for their donation of 150,000 K95 masks to the City of London for five community resource centres in London.
In Other Council News:
Council received the Comprehensive Report on Core Area Initiatives, outlining efforts to date and the next steps to ensure the City creates a healthy and resilient Core Area. Council also received an update on the Core Area Action Plan that of the funded actions in the Core Area Action Plan, 34% are complete and 63% are on target. Council approved the Core Area Ambassador Pilot Program which will see community ambassadors on the streets in Old East Village and downtown to help direct customers, answer questions, support events and assist with issues. Londoners are invited to learn about efforts to revitalize our Core Area by visiting the City’s website, participate in engagement opportunities at https://getinvolved.london.ca/corearea and stay informed by subscribing to the Core Area monthly newsletter.
Council approved funding for five community-led businesses cases as part of the London Community Recovery Network – Community Led Ideas – Business Cases report.
Business cases were developed and submitted to Council as part of the community’s response to the Ideas for Action identified by the London Community Recovery Network. With Council approval, the lead community organizations will begin implementation.
Council received the City of London Strategic Advocacy Framework report including the framework that guides the advocacy efforts of the City of London and a new approach to intergovernmental relations.
Council received the Housing Stability for All Plan 2020 Update and Priorities for 2021 report including an update on the actions implemented to increase housing stability for individuals and families. Council heard that staff will continue to implement modified priorities based on urgent housing plans emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic economic and community recovery.
Council received the Property Standards Related Demolition report and directed staff to take all necessary actions to demolish the buildings and structures at 508 Riverside Drive to address ongoing neighbourhood nuisance, safety, and quality of life issues.
Council received the Property Standards By-Law report and approved amendments to the Property Standards By-Law including strengthened regulations and the application of Administrative Monetary Penalties to be applied for property standards violations, including doubling of penalties for subsequent repeat offences.
Council referred the Auburn Developments Inc. 2631 Hyde Park Road and 1521 Sunningdale Road West Official Plan Amendment report back to staff, directing staff to consider the possibility of a school and the municipal servicing needs on the property.
Council wished those observing Ramadan a blessed and healthy month.
In other Council news:
Council received the Update – City of London 2020-2021 Winter Response Program For Unsheltered Individuals with outcomes of the Winter Response to support unsheltered and marginalized individuals over the winter months. Council directed staff to extend the day space at 525 Hamilton Road until June 30, 2021 as to operate as community drop in Day Space with current services and supports. Council also directed staff to adjust and re-prioritize services at the 415 York Street site to provide a temporary transitional supported housing model until June 30, 2021.
Council received the Homeless Prevention Funding Received in 2020-21 and COVID-19 Response report, with an update on actions taken to support individuals and families in London who were/are experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council approved an emergent motion to proclaim May 10, 2021 Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism.
Council endorsed Councillor Josh Morgan to seek re-election to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors for the 2021/2022 term. Council also received the Report of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors -Virtual Meeting - March 9-12, 2021.
Council received the Update – Development of the Climate Emergency Action Plan including an update on community engagement for the development of the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Londoners can stay up-to-date and provide feedback on the project by visiting https://getinvolved.london.ca/climate.
Council received the COVID-19 – City of London Services Update (Spring/Summer 2021) with an overview of the City of London programs and services that are anticipated to be available to the community during the Spring and Summer of 2021.
Council directed staff to report back with draft bylaw amendments to the Animal By-Law allow animal fosterers to temporarily house up to ten cats and dogs, with a maximum limit of four dogs at any one time.
Council approved a Zoning By-law amendment to the Official Plan and approved removing holding from the residential zone on 420 Fanshawe Park Road East. The zoning change will allow the development at 420 Fanshawe Park Road to proceed with a four-storey, 142-unit apartment building.
Council approved a Zoning By-Law amendment to the Official Plan, rezoning 1701-1737 Richmond Street to allow for a food store at the location.
Council approved amendments to the Official Plan for Kilally South, East Basin Environmentally Significant Area (1918 to 2304 and 2005 to 2331 Kilally Road). Council voted to change the lands to Open Space designation and Environment Review.
Council approved amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the property located at 101 Meadowlily Road South which will permit a vacant land condominium on the property to include 10 townhouse blocks (52 units) and 36 single detached cluster dwelling units.
Council directed staff to bring forward Traffic and Parking By-law amendments for Dundas Place - Temporary Bicycle Lanes, to block vehicle traffic from turning onto Dundas Street from Ridout Street and Wellington Street.
Council received the Draft Masonville Secondary Plan, noting that staff will continue public engagement and consultation for the creation of the final Masonville Secondary Plan to be prepared later this year.
Council received the Automated Speed Enforcement – Spring 2021 Update Report and directed staff to implement Automated Speed Enforcement in local school zones. Council directed staff to install signage in school zones for 90 days prior to installing cameras.
Council received the Application to UNESCO for London to be designated a ‘UNESCO City of Music’ report and directed staff to apply to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) for London to be designated a ‘UNESCO City of Music’.
Council endorsed Affordable Housing in London, motion submitted by Mayor Holder, and directed staff to expedite the development of needed 3,000 affordable housing units as set out in “Housing Stability Action Plan” to be in place in five years, instead of ten years as set out in the Plan. Council also directed staff to report back to a future meeting of the with an implementation plan, inclusive of financial impacts, that sets out the best supports for the development of affordable housing units.
Council recognized a moment of silence for the 185 people that died in London-Middlesex as a result of Covid-19.
Council congratulated London native Maggie MacNeil for her swimming accomplishment in breaking the NCAA record for the 100 butterfly.
Council recognized Brescia University College in being awarded the Blue Community certification, part of the Blue Communities Project, becoming the first university in Ontario, and only the second university in Canada to receive this designation.
In other Council news:
Council directed staff to submit an amendment to the Environmental Assessment for the Wharncliffe Road South Improvements Project to provide for the possible demolition of the heritage property at 100 Stanley Street, as part of the Wharncliffe Road South Improvements project.
Council directed staff to bring forward a report to an upcoming meeting of the Civic Works Committee, to be held on March 30, with proposed options to create a temporary bicycle lane pilot project on Dundas Place during the 2021 construction season. Council approved an amendment to the Traffic and Parking By-law (PS-113) to replace the two-hour paid parking with one-hour free parking.
Council endorsed the City of London becoming a Blue Community, as recognized by the Council of Canadians. The designation recognizes London’s ongoing efforts to be inclusive and good stewards of the environment. Council received that the resolutions required to become a Blue Community align with the existing objectives and operations of London’s water and wastewater systems.
Council voted against adding new sidewalks for eight street projects as part of the 2021 Infrastructure Reconstruction Projects. Council voted to add sidewalks to three projects on Elm Street, Imperial Road and Paymaster Avenue during the 2021 construction season.
Council endorsed an amendment to the Business Licencing By-law, adding Tow Truck Business Licence and Impound Yard Storage Business as a class of Business Licence, including a licensing fees and penalties for non compliance.
Council approved amendments to the Property Standards By-law with respect to the approval of demolition of abandoned buildings at 152 Adelaide Street North, 10 Centre Street and 1420 Hyde Park Road. Council referred the Property Standards By-laws Review back to the Civic Administration to undertake further stakeholder consultation and report back to the May 11, 2021 Community and Protective Services Committee with the results of the additional consultation.
Council recognized Pink Shirt Day, February 24, a day in which Canadians are encouraged to wear a pink shirt and take a stand against bullying.
In other Council News:
City Council approved the sale of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands Phase II to Vision SoHo Alliance. The proposal for the site includes 600 units of housing, including 300 units of affordable housing. Council’s approval follows a tender sale procurement process for disposition of the OVHL lands.
City Council received the 2021 European Gypsy Moth (EGM) Proposed Management Plan report, which outlines next steps staff will undertake to reduce the spread of EGM in London. Next steps within the Integrated Pest Management approach include a communication plan, egg mass scraping, and aerial and backpack applications of Btk at selected sites.
Council endorsed the report City of London Service Review: Recommended Closure of River Road Golf Course, directing staff to cease golf operations at River Road Golf Course and initiate the process to dispose of the property.
Council endorsed a motion, led by Councillor Kayabaga, that the Federal and Provincial Governments be advised that the London City Council requests the two levels of government to work together, to enhance paid sick leave for all, in order to ensure that individuals are not forced to attend their workplace when they are ill and therefore assisting in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Council approved a number of COVID-19 pandemic recovery initiatives through the London Community Recovery Network - Ideas for Action by Municipal Council. Ideas approved include increased eligibility to the sidewalk patio purchases program to all Business Improvement Areas citywide, staffing and security for two public bathrooms downtown, and a self-guided public art and mural tour.
Council referred the request for delegations on New Sidewalks in 2021 Infrastructure Reconstruction Projects to a Special Meeting of the Civic Works Committee meeting to be held on Monday, March 15 at 12 p.m.
Council recognized Immploy, Guru Nanak Mission Society, and Melanated View (Open Tabs), as the 2020 recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations, and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA), acknowledging each group’s unique contribution in promoting public awareness of diversity, anti-racism, inclusivity and human rights in London.
In Other Council News
Council received the Homeless Prevention Head Lease Program report and awarded a Single Source Procurement to 186 King Street Holdings Incorporated for the provision of up to 20 units for use in the Head Lease program for a one year term. Council heard that securing 20 units for the Head Lease program at this location will increase the current number of units available to the Head Lease program to 23 units. The City of London Homeless Prevention team intends to lease these units in the private market to be used as transitional housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness with a range of support needs.
Council received the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations Update on City of London Efforts report, with an overview of actions taken by Civic Administration in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action that were directed to municipalities, as well as an overview of opportunities to further reconciliation efforts in response to additional Calls to Action.
Council approved an Application for Issuance of Proclamation - London Black History Month 2021, that the month of February be proclaimed Black History Month 2021.
Council approved an Application for Issuance of Proclamation – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, that February 6, 2021 be proclaimed International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
Council received the 2019 State of the Downtown Report, with an overview of the economic health and vibrancy of the downtown, and the individual and collective impacts of activity and investments from 2018 and 2019. Staff noted that this iteration of the report does not reflect the impacts of COVID-19 on the current state of the downtown.
Council approved a Zoning By-law Amendment for the property at 690, 696, 698, 700 King Street, 400 Lyle Street, 701, 725, 729, 735, 737 Dundas Street, and 389, 391, 393 Hewitt Street to allow for a mixed-use development with one apartment building of 24 storeys and a six storey podium containing ground floor commercial space. A total of 243 residential units are proposed with two levels of parking underground and structured parking located above the ground floor in the podium. Council approved on the condition that a site plan be presented at a Public Participation Meeting, at a future date, with an opportunity for Londoners to provide comments on the plan before construction begins.
Mayor Holder acknowledged the 2021 honourees of the annual Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List, celebrating members of the London community in ten categories of achievement to recognize the diversity of philanthropic work taking place in our city.
The 2021 honourees are:
In Other Council News
London City Council approved the 2021 Annual Update to the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget, including a reduction in the 2021 tax levy increase from 4.4% to 3.4%. As a result of the changes approved through the 2021 Annual Update, residents will see the average four-year tax levy reduced slightly from 3.9% to 3.8%, resulting in an average annual tax increase of $114, a decrease from $117 (based on an average residential property with an assessed property value of $241,000 in 2019).
Council received the London Community Recovery Network – Immediate Ideas for Action to Support London’s COVID-19 Community Recovery report, including recommended short term ideas for action to support London’s COVID-19 community recovery. Council directed staff to determine implementation plans for ideas and return to the appropriate standing committee for approval in early 2021.
Council received the Argyle Regeneration Study Recommendations report and directed staff to undertake the development of a Community Improvement Plan for the Argyle area.
Council received the Governance Functional Review of the Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC), and directed staff to dissolve Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC) and to integrate the affordable housing portfolio into the Corporate Structure.
Council received an Update on Urgent Transitional and Modular Supported Housing Development Report and directed staff to continue advancing opportunities to develop additional properties to create up to 150 units. Council also approved the Source of Financing for the modular housing development at 122 Baseline Road and directed staff to develop communication strategies to engage communities including required communications from City of London, Development & Compliance Services as well as a ‘Get Involved’ survey for Londoners to provide feedback about affordable housing.
Council approved the Winter Response Program for Unsheltered Individuals report, directing staff to implement an emergency response plan to support Londoner facing homelessness during the winter months. The plan includes overnight shelter spaces and day rest spaces, providing access to basic needs and support.
Council approved a report Implementing Additional Residential Units Requirements of the Planning Act, endorsing a change to the London Plan. allowing Londoners to have up to three residential units on a property, aligning with Provincial changes.
Council received the Extension of Delegated Authority in Bylaws Related to Business Reopenings and Support Actions report and extended delegation of authority to Civic Administration until April 14, 2021 in the following By-laws: Business Licence By-law, Streets By-law, Traffic and Parking By-law, Sign By-law, Parks and Recreation By-law, Sound By-law, Building Bylaw and Council Policy By-law, based on continued evolving business needs during the ongoing pandemic.
Council recognized outgoing Deputy Mayor Jesse Helmer thanking him for his contribution and work over the past two years. Council welcomed incoming Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan, his term beginning December 1.
Council recognized City of London employees who have achieved 25 years of service during 2020, congratulating and thanking employees for their many years of service.
In other Council news
Council approved a motion to extend the submission deadline of nominations for the 2020 Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards. Londoners, groups and organizations are invited to submit a nomination recognizing ongoing initiatives towards diversity, race relations, inclusivity and human rights and programs that advance London as a diverse and welcoming city.
Council approved a new Proposed City of London Tree Protection By-law. Council voted against directing staff to report back with cost associated with expanding the scope of the city's tree preservation bylaw.
Council endorsed an emergent motion from Councillor Hopkins that the Province of Ontario be requested to work with conservation authorities to address concerns by amending the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, 1990 and the Planning Act, 1990, and that the Province of Ontario be requested to delay enactment of proposed amendments affecting municipalities’ concerns.
Council received the Strategic Plan: Semi-Annual Progress Report, outlining progress and implementation of Council’s Strategic Plan including actions for every strategy to reflect the work planned over the lifetime of the Strategic Plan.
Council observed a moment of silence, on the eve of Remembrance Day, to recognize the veterans and those who returned home. Lest we forget.
In other Council news:
Council approved a motion directing staff to investigate options to address community concerns around graphic unsolicited flyer deliveries to residential properties. Council directed staff to review steps taken by other municipalities and report back with potential amendments to existing City by-laws or an introduction of a new by-law for Council consideration.
Council received the Update on Free Menstrual Products Available at City Facilities report. Since the free menstrual products pilot program launched in September 2019, 40 City of London facilities have provided free menstrual products (pads and tampons) in washrooms that are accessible to the public. Council directed staff to expand the program, making free menstrual products available at all remaining City of London facilities starting in January 2021, these additional locations include three more buildings open to the public along with 33 staff-only washrooms.
Council received the Nasal Naloxone Kits Available for Public Use in Some City of London Facilities Update Report, directing staff to continue to supply two nasal Naloxone kits for public use at City facilities that operate year-round. Since June 2019, following Council direction, two nasal Naloxone kits have been made available to the public with each publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at 26 City facilities.
Council awarded a Single Source Procurement for a Standard Lease Agreement with Wastell Homes as part of the Homeless Prevention Head Lease Program report. Wastell Homes will provide units for the Head Lease program, beginning with two homes in 2020. The report notes that it is anticipated that as additional homes become available for lease, there may be opportunity to increase the number of lease agreements in 2021.
Council approved the appointment of Councillor Josh Morgan as Deputy Mayor for a two-year term commencing on December 1, 2020. Council recognized Councillor Jesse Helmer for his role serving as Deputy Mayor over the past two years.
In other Council news:
Council moved an emergent motion in response to the Province of Ontario’s proposed Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, that would require the City of London switch back to the first-past-the-post system from ranked-choice voting. Council directed staff to report back with an estimate of the costs associated with switching to first-past-the-post for the 2022 municipal election and to communicate with the Province of Ontario in response to this proposed change. Council also requested that Mayor Holder communicate with the Province of Ontario to exempt London from the proposed legislation and allow London to continue with the ranked-choice ballot system.
Council directed staff to report back with a subsequent recommendation for Council’s consideration on the proposed corporate restructuring of London Hydro, allowing the utility to market Green Button technology through a new business corporation to serve as a holding company.
Council approved the demolition request for the heritage-listed property at 954 Gainsborough Rd and that the property be removed from the Register of Cultural Heritage Resources.
Council received the City of London’s Credit Rating report, noting that Moody’s Investors Service has maintained the City of London’s Aaa credit rating, the highest rating possible. The City’s adherence to financial policies and practices has helped the City maintain positive operating results, stable debt levels, and strong liquidity, reflected in the credit rating assigned by Moody’s. The City of London has held the Aaa rating since 1977, making 2020 the 44th consecutive year of the Aaa rating and reaffirming that the City’s debt has the highest rating possible.
City Council awarded Patrick Hutchinson with the 2020 Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship. This 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.
In other Council news:
City Council passed a motion directing staff to implement the provision of internal parking enforcement services and cancelled the Request for Proposal process seeking an external source of the service.
City Council endorsed Councillors Arielle Kayabaga and Shawn Lewis in their applications to represent London on Committees of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which lobbies the federal government on behalf of cities.
Council approved a demolition permit for a Heritage Designated Property at 120 York Street. Council noted that while the property is located in the Downtown Heritage Conservation District, but that the building on the property has no historical or architectural significance. The demolition allows for expanded surface level parking.
Council voted against reconsidering an earlier Council decision on July 21 to keep a planned sidewalk in the Silverleaf Subdivision.
Council approved a heritage alteration permit for 556 Wellington Street. The heritage alteration permit will allow for the construction of two high-rise buildings on the property, within the West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District.
Council endorsed a motion from Councillor Peloza directing staff to undertake a review of the Street Renaming By-law, Policies and Guidelines. Council directed staff to review the policy for changing street names, including Plantation Road, and to establish a list of potential street names that include suggestions from the community and reflect contributions of London's Historic Black families, Indigenous communities and people of colour.
Council received the Steps Toward Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression at the City of London report and directed staff to proceed with the recommended next steps identified in the report with respect to the Equity and Inclusion Lens, Workforce Metrics, and Black Liaison Officer position.
Council received for information the City of London Website Redesign Development and Implementation– Update report. Londoners are invited to visit the beta site at new.london.ca to provide input and feedback that will shape the final site, launching on October 7.
Council recognized Councillor Anna Hopkins for being unanimously elected as Chair of the Large Urban Caucus of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. This marks Councillor Hopkins second term representing London as part of this Caucus.
Council thanked and recognized community members and staff who organized a baseball game in Labatt Memorial Park last week. The main purpose of the game was to preserve the park’s record as the world's longest continuously operating baseball grounds, a 144-year streak which is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Council also recognized Canada United, an initiative encouraging Canadians to shop local and support local businesses and restaurants August 28 – 30.
In other Council News:
Councillors deferred a motion to establish a London Film Office, instead asking staff to explore this and develop a business case that will come back to Council in late 2020 or early 2021.
Council received an update on the Climate Emergency Action Plan, noting that a number of the initiatives have been delayed as a result of COVID-19.
Council directed staff to review safety concerns expressed by the community, related to the sidewalk installation in the Silver Leaf Community and to grant a representative of the residents of Silver Leaf to appear as a delegation at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee.
Council approved a motion directing staff to develop a plan for the creation of an Active Transportation Manager.
Council received the COVID-19 City of London Services Report, an overview of the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the City of London including a summary of service level changes that have been required as a result of restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of this virus.
Council approved measures to mitigate financial impacts on the City of London caused by COVID-19. Measures approved include deferral of capital projects, operating service adjustments including closing River Road Golf Course for the season, and deferral of additional investments for 2020 approved during the 2020- 2023 Multi-Year Budget.
Council directed staff to waive the applicable fees associated with permits and encroachments to assist businesses with opening temporary restaurant patios, curbside pick-ups, vending stands and other business practices.
Council approved deferring all Community Improvement Plan (CIP) loan repayments on an interest-free basis for an additional 90 days.
Council approved extending the waiver of late payment charges for unpaid water and wastewater billings through July 2020.
Council approved the expropriation of lands required for the Adelaide Street CP Rail Grade Separation Project.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council approved an emergent motion to delegate authority to the Civic Administration to amend regulations to assist businesses to reopen.
Council approved the construction contract for the Kiwanis Park Natural Playground. The suggestion for the natural playground was a winning idea of the 2017 Neighbourhood Decision Making program.
Council Recognition: Council paused to remember Holocaust survivor, downtown business owner and London icon Fanny Goose who passed away last week. Council also took a moment of silent to honour the people whose lives were lost in Nova Scotia over the weekend. In other Council News: Council approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Josh Morgan stand for re-election to the Board of Directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Council also approved a motion to endorse that Councillor Anna Hopkins stand for election to the Board of Directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Large Urban Caucus. Council approved the tax policy. Council approved the appointment of an interim board to govern this area’s public housing provider, London Middlesex Community Housing. Council approved a motion to provide additional economic relief by deferring the due date for final 2020 property tax installments by 60 days.
Council approved seven contracts for essential infrastructure work.
Council approved a three-month payment deferral on licenses required for cab and limousine drivers/owners as well as restaurant operators.
In response to COVID-19, Council unanimously approved measures to provide immediate economic relief to residents and businesses.
Council approved a decision to delay consideration of tender awards until the April 7, 2020 Council meeting in order to provide the Civic Administration an opportunity to confirm with construction companies their ability to do the work considering potential impacts of COVID-19.
Council approved sidewalk installation on Fox Mill Crescent.
Council voted to exempt Camden Crescent from the intended sidewalk installation and any planned tree removal associated with construction of the sidewalk.
Council approved the amendment of the overnight parking program to be in force from November 1 until April 30 annually.
Tommy Solo was on hand in Council Chambers to perform the national anthem. Tommy is a rock music veteran and a staple to London’s music scene, performing at a number of local festivals. Most recently, Tommy performed at ‘Rockin' for Kids,’ a benefit show for the Children's Health Foundation of Southwestern Ontario.
In other Council News:
Council approved plans for the second phase of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands. This will include the disposition of 124 Colborne Street (0.80 acres), as well as the lands bounded by Waterloo Street, South Street, Colborne Street and Hill Street (5.45 acres), which includes the Health Services Building (Building 50) and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital (Building 52), excluding lands reserved for the future construction of a public square.
Council approved an exemption from the intended sidewalk installation and any plans for the removal of trees on Runnymede Crescent.
Council approved the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget
Council approved the appointment of Lynne Livingstone as City Manager.
London based R&B Soul Singer Tiffany Chantelle sang the national Anthem. Tiffany has been singing and performing since the age of 6, and has been recording in a studio setting since she was 16 years old.
In Other Council News
Council received a report on the Tree Impacts for 2020 Infrastructure Renewal Program, a report that provided information about tree removals, mitigation and communications.
Council referred the Victoria Park Secondary Plan back to staff for further public consultation and consideration including permitted heights, housing affordability, sound mitigation, and other issues raised by the public during the formal Public Participation Meeting (PPM).
Council received the “City of London Service Review – Review of Golf Operations” and directed staff to explore all possible options for River Road Golf Course, but directed that no further action be taken on recommendations related to other municipal golf courses.
Council approved a motion directing staff to work with the London Transit Commission, the provincial government and the federal government to identify funding streams that could be used to purchase electric buses and the required charging infrastructure.
London singer Sam Peco performed the national anthem. Sam has been singing for most of her life and has most recently has been performing around London as part of a duo with Luke Smith. They have been recording together and are close to releasing their own music this summer.
Council recognized retiring City Manager Martin Hayward, acknowledging his close to 36 years of service with the City. The Mayor also shared letters of congratulations from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Council recognized the City of London employee contribution to the Business Cares Food Drive. This year’s campaign garnered more than $22,400 and hundreds of pounds of food for the London Food Bank.
In other Council News:
Council approved the expropriation of lands required to move forward with the Wharncliffe Road widening and improvements project.
Council denied a request for demolition of a heritage property on Halls Mill Road.
Council received and accepted a Memo of Understanding between the N’Amerind Friendship Centre and the City.
London singer songwriter Jason Mercer sang the national anthem. Jason is a solo artist whose music spans pop and rock, with a little bit of country mixed in. He has been a member of local bands that include Metro4 and Them Dang Wranglers, who have been featured at the Trackside Music Festival.
Council recognized London Knights players and staff for their role in bringing the gold medal home to Canada at the World Junior Championships this winter.
Council recognized and celebrated the work of outstanding Londoners who were named to the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List.
In other Council News:
Council approved a Proclamation Policy.
Council received a report from the City Manager Search Committee.
Council approved an approach to review e-Scooters in London.
Council approved the appointment of AECOM Canada Ltd. as the consulting engineers for the Downtown Loop and Municipal Improvements Project.