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Being accountable means keeping promises. That’s the reason I’ve kept my campaign commitments visible for you to see that I’ve been working to deliver. Unfortunately, as a single vote on council, sometimes that means the ideas and priorities I put forward aren’t successful, but not for lack of trying. Items with a green check mark indicate a commitment that has been kept or in process:

LISTENING TO YOU:

  • Accessible to Ward 2 Residents:  A city councillor should be accessible and ready to engage with the people they are elected to represent in ways convenient to those people. I will be accessible by phone, email, facebook and twitter, not to talk at you, but to talk with you.

BETTER SERVICES & INFRASTRUCTURE:

  • FIX EAST LONDON ROADS: Ward 2 residents pay property taxes too and we shouldn’t be last on the list every time when it comes to road repairs. Whether it is our Dundas St. commercial corridor or Calgary St. where the entrance to the new community centre will be, I will be a loud voice for road repairs in east London.

    -Dundas from Highbury to First Street done
    -Frobisher & Champlain done
    -Spruce & Haig done
    -Winnipeg (Wavell-Churchill, and Churchill (Edmonton to Winnipeg), done
    -Seaforth Court done
    -Jena Cres done
    -Marconi (Noel to Trafalgar) done
    -Avalon done

  • Free Public WiFi: You shouldn’t have to use your data plan to send a picture of your child playing hockey or post a score at the end of a game. Open WiFi also makes it safer and easier for youth to change plans and connect with their parents when they are out. I will work to bring public WiFi access to ALL City of London arenas and recreation centres. Other communities already do this and we do it in London at City Hall and our libraries already. We can offer it at all city owned facilities.

    -while it will take time to get this done in all our facilities, Council approved my motion to proceed with this project as part of the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget

  • Better Snow Plowing Service: We need to plow less snow more often! Clearing main streets only doesn’t help if you can’t get out of your driveway and down your street. I will push City Council to reduce the threshold for sending out plows to residential streets.
    -I brought forward a request and had staff report back on options through CIVIC WORKS, several options were presented to council and although the cost to for residential streets was too high to gain enough support, the threshold for sidewalks was lowered from 8cm to 5cm, making it a bit easier to get to schools, bus stops, and so on for those who get around on foot.

  • Safer School Zones & Streets: Families are understandably concerned about traffic speeding through neighbourhoods and the  congestion around schools that leads to unsafe situations. I will work with residents who want traffic calming measures (for example speed bumps), better crosswalks, and parking controls where they live. I will also work with our school boards to promote initiatives to improve traffic management around schools.

    -speed bumps installed at St. Pius Catholic School
    -speed bumps installed at Bonaventure Meadows Public School
    -two new crosswalks on Trafalgar at Thorne and at Condor
    -new curb bump out and crosswalk on Admiral Dr. slowing traffic and connecting Admiral & Nelson city park spaces
    -new crosswalk on Bournemouth to connect to Grampian Woods Park
    -new crosswalk linking pedestrian walkways from Merlin Cres. to Dawn Dr.
    -new sidewalk on Joliet St. connecting to Hudson
    -new crosswalk on Bow St. for JP Robarts students

  • Get Building Overpasses and Underpasses: City Councillors have been talking about getting the trains out of London for over 20 years and we are no further ahead. EVEN IF CP and CN Rail agreed to move, it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars or more and take years. Instead of waiting, it’s time to do what City Hall should have done decades ago, make a plan (the city doesn’t have one yet) to get building the overpasses and underpasses we need to reduce the impact trains have on getting around London. Adelaide Street is already happening, and I will push to make Clarke Rd is the next project and get a “to-do list” created on the next locations.

  • Better Bicycling: Whether for recreation or as their main means of getting around, many Londoners enjoy biking. But, we need to make it safer for everyone to get out and bicycle. That means planning for, and including new bike lanes as we rework and repave our roads and in our future growth.

BETTER TRANSIT:

  • Put the Brakes on BRT: Everyone agrees London needs better transit, but many people don’t feel the Bus Rapid Transit Plan currently proposed is what will get the job done and I agree. I support revisiting the current plan to reconsider our options; I will fight to ensure any plan that does go forward  delivers better bus service to Argyle residents who live here all year long instead of only focusing on Fanshawe College students who are only here 7 months a year.

    -Council opted to eliminate 2 of the 5 main components of the old BRT plan, keeping only the Downtown Loop, Wellington Gateway and East London Link to Fanshawe College. I voted not to support the North and West proposed routes, which to me were the least sensible components. I was also able to support the East London Link after negotiating a new Express Bus service to Argyle Mall.

  • Better Bus Shelters at More Transit Stops: Riding transit shouldn’t mean standing in the rain for half an hour waiting for your bus. I will work with fellow councillors and the London Transit Commission to ensure bus shelters at every bus stop, with solar lighting to provide better safety for early morning and evening transit riders,

    -as a result of not going ahead with the full BRT plan, funding for 60 new transit shelters was able to be approved (compared to only 3 a year by the London Transit Commission). while there are still many stops that need shelters, we are making progress toward filling in the gaps that make riding the bus more realistic for more people.

  • Bus Bays at all Major Intersections: If London is serious about reducing congestion, City Hall has to recognize that buses are contributing to congestion every time a bus blocks a lane at an intersection, preventing traffic from flowing while passengers get on and off the bus. In Ward 2, Clarke and Trafalgar and Dundas and Clarke, or not far away at Hamilton and Highbury, we see examples of this everyday. I will work with City Council and the London Transit Commission to make creating these bus bays a priority.

  • Restore Seniors Discount Bus Tickets: It is great that London has provided free transit service for children under 12 and discounted service for teens, but seniors on fixed incomes are already having a tough time making ends meet. Helping youth “get on board” with transit shouldn’t come at the expense of seniors who rely on transit to get groceries or get to a doctor’s appointment. I will push to restore the discounted bus tickets for seniors.

A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO A BETTER LONDON:

  • Relaxing Overnight Parking Rules: If London’s “OVERNIGHT PARKING BAN” is to ensure proper snow removal in the winter months, the September 1st to Victoria Day weekend ban period makes no sense. And if it is about issues around the University and College campus, why is the rest of London restricted instead of just the “near campus neighbourhoods” zoned locations?

    I will fight to try to change the overnight parking ban regulations. I want to give Londoners more flexibility in being responsible about not getting behind the wheel after a couple drinks, or doing the right thing for the environment and carpooling, without worrying about a parking ticket!.

    -in the spring of 2020 Council accepted my motion to change the overnight parking restrictions. As a result restrictions do not take effect until November 1st and end April 30th. Additionally the time to occupy the same on street parking space has been extended from 12hrs to 18hrs.

  • Improve garbage collection and recycling programs and move ahead with a Green Bin program. While a Green Bin Program will have some upfront start-up costs, expanding or creating new landfill sites is even more expensive. We must take steps to reduce waste.

  • Tourism that makes sense for London: With me you won’t get proposals for plowing matches that belong in rural communities, or bridges to nowhere over the Thames River. I will work with Tourism London on the big initiatives that make sense, like the JUNO Awards or the World Junior Hockey Championships. And from baseball and hockey tournaments to east end attractions like East Park or Fanshawe Pioneer Village, I will work to promote opportunities to bring people to visit us.

  • Affordable Housing and Tackling Homelessness: A city council can’t “end poverty in a generation”, and shouldn’t pretend it can like the last council did.  But, a city council can deliver results to end homelessness. The City of Medicine Hat did it. Micro-housing projects in places like Detroit are doing it. London needs stop attending conferences and start putting those lessons to work and putting shovels in the ground in our community. It doesn’t just give those facing homelessness more dignity, it is  cheaper on taxpayers to put people in stable housing than it is to keep them in shelters.