Brescia and BRT Updates

BRT Update from Councillor Squire

Given the announcement yesterday and the media attention I want to bring you up to date on the BRT process:

1. The City staff will be having their last Public Information Sessions on the BRT before it comes to council for final approval. Attached is the information on the date and location and an overview of what will be discussed.

2. The provincial government through the Minister of Transportation yesterday announced that it will fund the BRT plan to the extent of up to 170 million dollars. The city itself has committed 130 million which means the project needs approximately 200 million from the Federal government to be completely funded. The provincial government made it clear that it is funding this plan only.

3. The plan will be coming to council for final approval in April. Please keep in mind that the initial vote on the business plan was 14-2. I have no reason to believe that vote will change.

4. The chances of this council putting this matter to a referendum in the election is I believe almost zero. I have heard this suggestion being made so I wanted to comment on it.

5. I will be having a public meeting prior to the final council decision so I can hear from constituents.

These are I believe the important points to make. If you have any questions please let me know.

Phil Squire
City Councillor, Ward 6

Brescia News

Brescia will be demolishing the building behind its library and removing the portable and replacing it with a new building of similar height and footprint. Here is a message from the Principal and Brescia’s media release. Brescia will keep the community updated.

In 2019, as we celebrate our centennial year, we will also set a course for the next 100 years with the opening of a new state-of-the art academic pavilion.
This modern, light-filled building will not only allow us to respond to the strong demand for the Brescia experience, but will also support our world-class academic programs, current and future growth aspirations and bold leadership for decades to come.

I invite you to learn more about this announcement in the press release below and I look forward to keeping you up to date on this exciting milestone in Brescia’s story.

Sincerely,
Dr. Susan Mumm, DPhil

Brescia University College is investing in future women leaders through the construction of a new $ 14 million state-of-the-art academic pavilion. The 30,000 square foot, light-filled building captures the best in educational design. The pavilion will include three state-of-the-art food and nutritional science laboratories, sensory and research laboratories, two multi-tiered classrooms, informal study spaces and an active learning classroom designed for dynamic group work to support Brescia’s current and future growth aspirations.

Designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm HDR, the pavilion is anticipated to open in Fall 2019, which coincides with the 100th anniversary celebration of the University’s founding in 1919.

For more information on Brescia’s academic pavilion, including renderings and live updates, visit: brescia.uwo.ca/academic-pavilion

Additional facts, photos and updates can also be found by following @BresciaUC and #BresciaBuilds2019 on Twitter. Additional information will continue to be updated throughout the course of the project. Questions may be directed to brescia.communications@uwo.ca

Be Aware and Be Careful

An open garage was vandalized on Bloomfield Drive recently. It is hard to believe but there are people who wander the neighbourhood looking for “soft” targets. Please do not hesitate to report suspicious activities to the police.

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January 2018 News

Happy New Year. Here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy 2018.

Snow Angel Reminder

http://snowangelslondon.ca/

FIND A SNOW ANGEL: Are you a senior or person in need? Once you’ve joined Snow Angels London you can ask for help from a snow angel. It only takes a few minutes to give waiting shovels an idea where you live and a brief description of any important details. Submit your request, search for snow angels in your area and/or have them contact you to make the arrangements. Try it today!

BECOME A SNOW ANGEL: Ready to make London a little nicer and help out a neighbour in need? Sign up as a Snow Angel and you will be connected with neighbours requiring assistance as well as other Snow Angels nearby. When you are willing to shovel, simply sign in and search for people near you in need of support.

January 19th PD Day at the Museum of Ontario Archeology

Experience hands on learning at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology with uniquely themed PA day camps for kids. Each camp has a different theme and different activities. Space is Limited. Ages 5-9, call 473-1360 to register.

Brescia Cultural Festival

The Brescia Cultural Festival is on Thursday, January 25 from 12:30-3:30pm in Brescia’s Auditorium in the Mother St. James Building. It’s an opportunity for the Brescia community to showcase various aspects of their heritages. This is done as table displays, various performances and activities and food. Several of the local ethnocultural restaurants generously donate food for sampling.

Starting this year Brescia will be showcasing a community group as a way of continuing our outreach and will be collaborating with the Chinese Canadian National Council.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Nature in the City

Nature in the City 2018 , a free six-part series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the City of London, begins on Tuesday, January 16.

  • Dates: Six Tuesday evenings from January 16 to February 20
  • Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: London Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.
  • Cost: Free! Plus up to two hours free validated parking at Citi Plaza during library hours.

The series begins on Tuesday, January 16 with: When the Salt of the Earth Meets Wildlife Rehab

Since its founding in 2004, Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre has been nursing injured wildlife back to health in the London area. Founder Brian Salt will describe the journey he has been on, the work that he leads with staff and a volunteer team, and the recent expansion of Salthaven. Come and learn about a day in the life of this rehabilitation facility.

Families are welcome! For more information on the series, click here.

Nature in the City is co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.

Updates on School Site and Medway ESA

Best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy 2018.

Sherwood Forest School Site

The Tender for the Sherwood Forest School Site was officially released this month. The question closing period ended on December 14th and the tender closes on December 21st. We are hopeful that we get a good outcome. For more info see the City’s website.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

A reminder that the public participation meeting at City Hall will likely be on February 8th. Letters can be sent to pec@london.ca by January 15th with a note that you want it included on the agenda when the Master Plan for this ESA is before the Planning and Environment Committee. Also copy Councillor Squire (psquire@london.ca) Letters should be addressed to Chair and Members. Even better than a letter is to appear at the meeting and let the Committee members know how you feel about the ESA.

The current version of the Master Plan can be found at: http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/MVHF_ESA_south_PhII.pdf

Community Update

Neighbourhood Decision Making

The Ninja Warrior Course was the winner in our part of the city (the Northwest). City staff have said that they are still consulting about the location but it will be in a park and there will be a community consultation process.

Medway Valley Environmentally Significant Area
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Updates on BRT, Medway, Sherwood Forest School site and more

BRT Update from Councillor Squire

There is a Stops & Streetscapes Workshop for London’s Bus Rapid Transit System. Help influence the features and design of stops and streetscapes including:
• Safety and Security
• Accessibility
• Heritage and Culture
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