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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Your Old South - May 2015

Old South’s Crown Jewel

 

There’s lots of excitement on the corner of Wortley and Elmwood these days and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What’s happening with the Normal School?”  Well, let me fill you in.

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Your Old South - Jan 2015

Budget, Orchestra, Arts

 

We’re now two full months in to this term of council and the agenda has been a heavy one.  Right out of the gates, we were tasked with developing a strategic plan and beginning work on the City’s budget for 2015.

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Your Old South - Dec 2014

Getting Started

 

Hello Old South!  It is my privilege and honour to have been elected to represent our neighbourhood. Ward 11 also includes other great neighbourhoods such as Manor Park, Highland Park, Kensal Park, Southcrest and Berkshire. 

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