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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Wortley Villager - Sept 2017

Trash Talk

 

Recently, the provincial government indicated that it was ready to mandate that organic waste will not be able go into municipal landfills. Organics, essentially, are food and yard waste (table scraps, bones, fat, grease, leaves, etc.) and account for more than 40% of your household garbage.  For cities with green bin programs, they would be in pretty good shape.  However, for cities like London without a green bin program, well, let’s just say we have some work to do. 

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Wortley Villager - July 2017

Get Involved!

 

I’m very fortunate to represent a very engaged part of the city.  We have one of the oldest and most active community associations in the city, we have great turnout to public meetings, and we have strong voting rates in municipal elections.  I’d like to thank those of you who have taken the time to get involved, and for those who have not yet had the opportunity, I’d like to invite you to try one of the many ways you can be engaged in how our city runs. 

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Wortley Villager - June 2017

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

 

Electoral reform is always a sticky issue and last December, the province gave municipalities the ability to choose between the traditional First Past The Post (FTPT) or Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for municipal council elections.  We were given a very short timeframe to decide, as we had to make our choice known to the province by May 1stof this year.  Because part of my campaign platform in 2014 included exploring ranked ballots for the next election, I supported the move to start public consultations immediately to see if Londoners were ready for a change.  Admittedly, in our surveys, people were split.  About half were in support of RCV and the other half wanted to keep things as they were.  I held several meetings in our ward to talk with Londoners about these options.  I found that once it was explained how RCV worked, more people were in the camp that supported the change to use ranked ballots.  When it came time for council to choose which election method to use, I, along with the majority of council, voted make the switch.

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Wortley Villager - May 2017

About Bus Rapid Transit

 

So the hot topic these days seems to be Bus Rapid Transit or BRT. Let me explain why it’s so important for our city.  Did you know Londoners are amongst the most prolific users of transit in the province? With 23 million trips taken by transit in London each year, we have one of the highest riderships per capita and one of the lowest municipal subsidies.  Our system has grown to the point that it ‘s at capacity and requires some significant investment in order to keep it viable.  BRT will allow us to build a transit backbone that can move people almost 35% faster and provide the opportunity to substantially reorganize the conventional transit system in order to better serve Londoners where they live and work. 

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Your Old South - June 2016

Summer in the City…

 

Hello Old South!  Summer is here and its bringing out all our neighbours onto the streets for festivals, barbecues & patios.  Already we’ve had another successful Gathering on the Green as well as a fantastic showing for National Aboriginal Day.  I also hope to see everyone at the Wortley Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, August 28th.  There’s never a lack of exciting things to do in our neighbourhood.

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Your Old South - Mar 2016

Infill and Intensification

 

One of the reasons I love living in Old South is the eclectic character of our neighbourhood.  I find it fascinating to look at the transition in the style of houses as you move from the river towards Commissioners Road. With the century homes closer to the core, war-time housing as you pass Emery and mid-century houses as you get closer to Baseline and beyond, Old South is certainly a study of the past 150 years of our city.

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Your Old South - Dec 2015

“A year under your belt and whaddya got to show for it?”

 

To tell you the truth, I’m amazed at how fast that year has gone.  Since the municipal election last October, things got very busy very quickly.  There really is only a brief transition period between terms of council.  The City continues to run which means a new council needs to get up to speed in short order and I have to say, I’ve been impressed with my colleagues thus far.  They come well prepared to every meeting.  They work hard to serve their constituents.  We have robust debates and we’ve set an ambitious agenda for the rest of our term. 

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