• The Ward 2 2019 Year in Review

    My first year as your city councillor has flown by, but it has been a very exciting and productive first year.

    In 2019 engaging the residents of Ward 2 has meant:

    • Hosting 3 public townhall meetings
    • Responding to over 2000 of your emails
    • An average of 4000 social media engagements a month

    I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns. It is important for me to hear from you in order to bring our neighbourhood’s voice to London City Hall effectively.

    Of course, it is also about doing the work at City Hall as well and in my first year I’ve served on Council’s Civic Works and Community and Protective Services Committee, as well as Council’s representative on the Argyle BIA, Library, and Tourism London boards.

    I’m looking forward to continuing that work this year and am honoured to have the confidence of my fellow council members in taking on the additional role of Chairperson for the Community and Protective Services Committee for 2020.

    There are many Ward level needs and wants to work on as well. We have streets without any sidewalks, while other streets are badly in need of paving repairs. We have parks that need equipment repairs and other locations that need and are waiting for pedestrian crosswalks too. Of course there is also the need to keep working on affordable housing, better snow plowing, public wifi access at city facilities, and getting the green bin program started to name a few of the city wide initiatives I’m working on.

    And although I’m frustrated about the delays, I continue to work with our project team at the city to “get it done!” so that 2020 will finally see the opening of our new East Lion’s Community Centre.

    It will also be a challenging year as we work on the 2020-2023 Multi-year budget and work to deliver good services while keeping tax increases as reasonable as possible.

    I look forward to continuing to work with you, and for you, to make our community an even better place to live, work, and play than it already is.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

    2019 INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS!

    • 2 new pedestrian crosswalks installed on Trafalgar at Thorne & Condor
    • 3 new advanced green turn signals approved and installed at Trafalgar & Clarke (west bound turning south) and Veterans Memorial Parkway at Gore & Trafalgar for north bound traffic turning west
    • School zone speed bumps installed at Bonaventure Public School
    • First phase of Dundas St. renewal completed from Highbury to First St.
    • Marconi repaved from Trafalgar to Noel
    • Edgeworth and Avalon streets; new sewers, watermains, and road repaved
    • New accessible pedestrian ramps on neighbourhood walkway Merlin to Dawn Dr.
    • Frobisher & Champlain, new watermains, sewer, road repave and new sidewalk.

    ENHANCING ARGYLE IN 2019

    • Hosted a free Family Day Skate at Argyle Arena for residents,
    • In a unanimous vote, had City Council officially designated Vimy Ridge Park at the southeast corner of the Hale & Trafalgar roundabout,
    • Helped Lord Nelson School secure funding for a new playground,
    • Welcomed new businesses; Osmow’s, Chuck’s Roadhouse, United Kutz, and Madison’s Boutique to the Argyle area, as well as the new London Intercommunity Health Centre,
    • Worked with Drewlo Holdings to have their property on Dundas cleaned-up.

    Building the Community Together

    Establishing and building positive relationships means taking the time to meet with and listen to community partners, businesses, and other levels of government so that we can work together to get things done!
    This year that has included;3 Home & School Associations,
    3 School Board Trustees,
    4 local Members of Parliament,
    The Argyle Community Association,
    The Argyle Basic Needs Coalition,
    The Royal Canadian Legion,
    Zerrin, York, and Auburn Developments,
    General Dynamics, Zubicks, Purifics, Lynn’s Bakery, Diamond Aircraft, Sutherland’s Furniture, McDonalds, Coulter’s Pharmacy, and Player’s Sports Bar & Grill among others.
    And doing ride along shifts with the London Police and London Firefighters,

  • Naming the EAST LIONS COMMUNITY CENTRE!

    In 1951 the newly chartered East London Lions Club purchased a block of land which they cleared for a baseball diamond and park. Continue Reading

  • Ward 2 Townhall Meeting

     

    Wednesday October 2nd

    6:30-8:30pm at the East London Library

    Join me and City Staff from the Budget team to discuss the upcoming multiyear budget, get an update on the community centre construction, and discuss the issues important to you.

     

  • UPDATE ON EAST LONDON COMMUNITY CENTRE CONSTRUCTION

    Dear Argyle Residents,

    I know we’ve all been waiting a long time for the Argyle neighbourhood to get a proper community centre, over 19 years in fact.

    It was a privilege to stand with (then) Mayor Brown in the fall of 2017 and officially break ground on the construction site.

    And, it has been a disappointment to have the opening repeatedly pushed back from fall of 2018 to spring of 2019, to fall of 2019.

    Since being elected I’ve stopped by the work site and connected with the management team on a regular basis. I know they’ve been doing what they can.

    Unfortunately, it falls to me to share the bad news that we are still behind schedule.

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  • An Inside Look at Construction of the East London Community Centre

    Opening in the fall of 2019, even if it might not appear so from the roadside, construction of the East London Community Centre is moving along well.

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  • Ward 2 Gets $6 Million Infrastructure Renewal Approval

    During the election campaign one of the things I promised to do was to make the renewal of the Calgary, Churchill, Edmonton, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Whitney Street area of Ward 2 a priority.

    I was sworn in as your Councillor on December 4th. Getting started on this was my first priority and on December 5th I sat down with our City Engineer, Manager of Roads, and Director of Water and Wastewater. As you know, it is not just the roads that are in bad shape, sewer and drainage upgrades are needed as well, Whitney and Calgary Streets shouldn’t flood every time it rains. It was at this meeting that I learned that some of the drainage in the area dates back to the 1920’s and the City of London’s infrastructure renewal for this neighbourhood was not in the plans to be completed until 2029- 2030!!!

    I made it clear that wasn’t good enough. Not only had residents been led to belief for years that improvements were “just a couple of years away”, but the city was constructing a $20 million community centre in East Lion’s Park with no plan to upgrade the roads around it for another decade!

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