Wortley Villager March 2019

The Future of Farquharson

 

Since 1954, Farquharson Arena has been an important place for recreation in Old South. Nestled between Tecumseh Public School and London South Colligate Institute, countless children and adults alike have laced up their skates over the years and enjoyed the arena’s twin rinks. My family and I have also been frequent visitors. I have watched in awe as my daughter honed her skating skills, quickly surpassing my own (admittedly limited) abilities on ice.

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Wortley Villager Jan / Feb 2019

Strategic Planning and the 2019 Budget Update

 

As the new council settles in, amongst the first orders of business are developing a strategic plan to guide our actions as a city for the next four years and updating the final year of the city’s multi-year budget.  Much of this process will be guided by the discussions my colleagues and I had on doorsteps with Londoners leading up to October’s election. There will also be opportunity in both of these processes for residents to weigh in on the priorities for our city over the next couple of months. 

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Wortley Villager - Dec 2018

As one term ends, another begins…

 

Over the past few months, I had the pleasure to speak with many of you as I knocked on several thousand doors in our ward during the recent election. I value the conversations we were able to have about our progress as a city over the last four years and about our collective vision for the future. I’m honoured to have the chance to serve another term and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues old and new around the council horseshoe. 

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Wortley Villager - May 2018

The Green

 

Many of you may have been involved in consultations held over the past couple of years to rehabilitate The Green behind the Normal School. The Green has long been held close in our community as a focal point and gathering place where neighbours stroll lazily across its grass or families can kick a soccer ball around.  It has been the site of Gathering on the Green, Halloween in the Village, and open-air movies, to name but a few. 

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Wortley Villager - Apr 2018

Wharncliffe Road South Underpass

 

Recently, I was approached by several business owners who were concerned about the upcoming work in 2020 to widen the underpass at Wharncliffe Road and Horton Street. As some of you might be aware, the City is currently widening Wharncliffe Road from Oxford Street to Western Road including a similar project to widen the underpass at the CP rail line. 

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Wortley Villager - Mar 2018

Policy and Sausages (and the Springbank Dam)

 

They say there are two things you never want to see being made: Policy and Sausages. 

Ever since arriving at City Hall, this maxim is oft repeated in my mind.  In this era of instant access to news and information, citizens get an intimate look into the window of the government policy process…and the view isn’t often pretty.  While what we see portrayed in the media is but a snapshot in time along that process, we react to what we saw at that moment without having the full context. 

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London Free Press - Dec 2017

Rapid Transit is But Just One Part of Building a Great City

(As published in the London Free Press on December 1, 2017) 

With one of the highest riderships per capita outside of Toronto, Londoners are amongst the most prolific users of transit in Ontario.  More than 23 million trips are taken by bus in London each year. However, London Transit Commission (LTC) receives one of the lowest municipal subsidies of transit services in the province.  This has left us with a system that is bursting at the seams, requiring investment, and long in need of an overhaul.  

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Wortley Villager - Nov 2017

Are we ready?

 

When Amazon announced that it would be seeking a location for it’s second headquarters (HQ2), cities across North America began to scramble to prepare bids for the Request for Proposals.  In London, there was a lot of debate about whether we could be a suitable site for HQ2, too.  I mean, why not?  With Amazon comes jobs, international attention, and a massive injection into the local economy.  But whether or not London is a candidate site for Amazon’snew headquarters, the greater question is whether we could have the ingredients to be the right place for anyone’sheadquarters.  And that’s where Amazon’s RFP comes in.

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Wortley Villager - Oct 2017

Our Shared Responsibilities 

 

Recently, on a trip to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, a friend remarked that he hadn’t seen such a focus on social issues from London’s city council as he had this term.  I hadn’t really considered it until he pointed it out.  I believe the measure of a government is in how it treats each of its citizens.   It just seemed like the kind of things we were supposed to be doing rather than something that was notably increased over years past. But as I thought more about it, the more I realized that we’ve covered a lot of ground over the past three years.  The thing is there’s still so much more to do. 

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Wortley Villager - Dec 2017

Home for the Holidays

 

It’s hard to believe another year is almost at an end.  I’d imagine for you, like me, it’s been a busy one full of both challenges and great moments to remember.  I’ve especially enjoyed our neighbourhood celebrations such as Gathering on the Green, the Jazz and Blues Festival, and Halloween in the Village. I can’t say enough about our amazing neighbours who work so hard to bring such vibrancy to our community every year.  They deserve all the credit we can give them. 

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