• New Playground for Kiwanis Park

    A great update for Ward 2 residents from council. We have officially approved the contract to begin the work for a new play structure in Kiwanis Park!

    Way back in 2017 we voted in the first Neighbourhood Decision Making program. Back then, before I was your councillor, I was promoting this opportunity as the chair person of the Argyle Community Association, encouraging people to submit their ideas and participate in the online voting. That year the Argyle area voted to have a naturalized playground installed in Kiwanis Park as our top choice for a community investment.

    However, at that time we were also working to get the pedestrian and cycling bridge over the CN Rail corridor to connect the Argyle and Fairmont neighbourhoods through Kiwanis Park. We also had to undertake bridge replacement work in Kiwanis Park South, over Pottersburg Creek at Trafalgar. This meant a delay in moving ahead with the playground. But, although the project was held back until this year, because of partnerships with the federal and provincial governments around the bridge work, we were able to invest a larger amount of dollars into the playground than the original Neighbourhood Decision Making program provided.

    Below is the concept drawing for the play structure with lots of wood and stone (instead of plastic and metal used in other play structures). This is not replacing the play structures elsewhere in the park, this is a new addition that offers a different type of play experience for our children than the other structures, because after all different kids like different things.

  • New Crosswalks Coming to Ward 2

    There are several areas in the Argyle neighbourhood where crossing the road safely can present a challenge.

    I worked with the Ward 2 community, including our school communities and the people at Trinity United Church and Community Centre. Then, I took that community feedback to city staff. As a result, 10 of the 34 new pedestrian crosswalks approved by City Council for 2020 installations are in Ward 2!
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  • COVID-19 & News from City Hall Newsletter Update June 1st

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    June 1st Newsletter

  • Go Gold For Grads

    On June 25th, 2020, the community will be glistening gold to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. “Go Gold for Grads” invites families, businesses and everyone everywhere to light up or decorate your home or business to recognize graduates from all institutions across our community on Thursday, June 25th. Go Gold for Grads is organized by The Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations (TVCHSA), along with Councillor Shawn Lewis and TVDSB Trustee Corrine Rahman.

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  • COVID-19 London Local Update for May 15th

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    Email Newsletter May Long Weekend

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  • Ward 2 Infrastructure Renewal: Churchill & Spruce Projects Approved

    Even during COVID-19, I am continuing to fight to ensure that Ward 2’s long list of needs gets addressed, keeping the promise I made to residents when I ran to be your City Councillor.

    Public construction work is still moving ahead where it involves the delivery of essential services the city provides and there is no more essential service than water coming into and leaving homes.

    Ward 2 has 2 such projects to replace watermains, sewers, sanitary sewers, resurface roads, and put in proper curbs and gutters where they don’t currently exist, ready to start construction in May (other projects, including Jena Cres, & Pottersburg Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Churchill project which will include Calgary St, are in the works with more to come on those later).

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  • Vimy Ridge Park Enhancement Plans

    As we mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, unable to gather for public ceremonies or at the local Royal Canadian Legion branches due to COVID-19, it is still important to remember.

    CTV London Reports on Planned Enhancement for Vimy Ridge Park
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  • London COVID-19 Update April 4th

    Dear Londoners,

    We are in a critical period in the London region. The next 10 days or so are going to be very important in determining whether we are going to be able to start returning to a more normal situation for everyone sooner, or whether it is going to be a lot longer.

    I want to recognize the efforts of a large number of Ward 2 constituents, and those across the London who have already rallied to the call. Many of you have been stalwarts in doing your part to adhere to the changes required to flatten the curve. I know this is not being done without sacrifices on your part and on behalf of the City of London, I thank you for your steering the change needed to get through this.

    To quote our Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie from a statement made earlier this week:

    “I can’t make this any clearer, what we do now will determine how the situation unfolds…it is time to stay home and only go into the community for the essentials.”

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    Dear Londoners,

    We are in the middle of an unusual time as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much in such a short time.

    I do not want to downplay the upcoming challenges to the residents of London, not just the immediate public health situation, but also the difficult economic recovery afterward. Trying times need us to take on these challenges together. As your Councillor, I will be a strong voice advocating to ensure Londoners not only survive today, but flourish tomorrow.

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