At Civic Works Committee on Tuesday (Jan 8th), I introduced a motion to start the process of looking at options for better snow clearing for London residents.  This is an issue I heard about during the campaign, and promised to try to tackle.

    My motion was seconded by Councillor Elizabeth Peloza, who supported my campaign pledge on this issue and it read as follows:

    That staff be directed to investigate and report back, before the next multi-year budget process begins, on the operational and budget impact of:

    • lowering the clearing of residential streets from 10cm to 8cm and 7cm options.
    • the capital costs for new equipment and options for faster response times during heavy or consecutive snowfall events.
    • to lower the threshold of sidewalk clearing from 8cm to 5cm.
    • to ensure that school walking routes are cleared as a priority.
    • to conduct a review of current snow plowing routes and available technologies to implement smarter, more flexible and responsive snow clearing.

    There has been lots of interest from Londoners across the city, and from the local media on this effort. I invite you to check out the media stories at:


    London councillor aims to improve city’s snow clearing standards



  • Time to Axe the Vacant Property Tax Rebate

  • London Home Owners Get Some Tax Relief

    Get this year’s property tax bill yet?

    When you do, you might notice how the 2.9% increase homeowners were supposed to get ended up only being 1.1%

    That’s some good news and Londoners have my friend Ward 7 Councillor Josh Morgan to thank for that.

    In 2014 I was happy to serve as Campaign Manager for Josh Morgan’s (successful) bid for a council seat, not just because Josh is a friend, but because I knew Josh was someone Londoners could count on to balance the need for city building and infrastructure improvements with the fiscal realities of London families.

    Josh and his wife are working hard to raise 3 kids, make the mortgage and car payments, and cover the grocery and hydro bills, just like so many other London families. So he gets prioritizing the “need to haves” over the “nice to haves” for the City, and recognizes just how hard people work to generate a tax dollar.

    This year, some changes to the education portion of our property taxes meant there was an opportunity to provide some tax relief. These variances do happen from time to time, but historically City Councils (remember, Mayor Brown and Councillors Armstrong, Hubert, and Usher have been on past councils) have given the relief to industrial and commercial landowners (people like Mr. Farhi who can write off more in taxes than most homeowners earn in a year).

    This year Josh Morgan made sure that homeowners got the relief.

    This is exactly the kind of balanced, fair tax approach Josh campaigned on.

    Here is Josh (along with AM980’s Craig Needles and myself) talking about how he delivered this tax relief for homeowners, give it a quick listen: