Bus Rapid Transit Open Houses

The City will be holding a number of Open Houses between February 28 and March 3 on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). These events are opportunities to see detailed maps and renderings of the Project Team’s recommended preliminary designs for the BRT network. The recommendations will be brought forward to Council in Spring 2018. The Open Houses will begin with a drop-in followed by a presentation and question period.

For more information see:
http://www.shiftlondon.ca/rapid_transit_open_house

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Update – Medway Valley Conservation Master Plan

The Medway Valley Heritage Conservation Master Plan has been pulled from the February 20, 2018 Planning and Environment Committee Agenda. It will be placed on either the March 19 or April 16 PEC Agenda. Please watch for updates.

Sherwood Forest School site, Medway Valley Master Plan and Western’s Open Space Plan

Sherwood Forest School Site

City Council has approved the conditional sale of the part of the former school site slated for housing to to Forest Park Homes Hampton Group. Part of the proceeds from this sale, in the amount of $250,000.00 will be allocated to the budget for the Sherwood Forest future urban park adjacent to this infill demonstration project. The full resolution can be found here.

Medway Valley Master Plan

More details to follow but just to let you know, the public participation meeting before the City’s Planning and Environment Committee will take place on Feb 20th not before 5:15 pm at City Hall. Hopefully you can attend to speak out or include a letter for the agenda. Send letters to pec@london.ca by Feb 12th.

Western’s Open Space Plan

You are invited to attend …

Thursday February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1162 Althouse College. Parking will be available at the rear of Althouse College. (Entrance to Althouse College is the first stoplight south of the Sarnia Rd/Western Rd intersection)

We welcome your feedback as we move towards finalizing the strategy. You may provide comments in writing to openspace@uwo.ca by February 28, 2018.

Western’s campus landscape shapes its public image, approach to education and research and its physical growth. Following the development and approval of Western’s Campus Master Plan in 2015, work began on the complementary Open Space Strategy. Our beautiful campus is one of our most significant assets and this strategy is required to ensure that our outdoor spaces continue to evolve following a comprehensive vision.

The Open Space Strategy builds on the natural beauty of Western’s campus and legacy of landscape stewardship to deliver a safe and beautiful campus that will foster learning and promote Western as a destination of choice for world class education and research.

The strategy proposes 10 key initiatives that will help transform campus in the coming years. Some could begin in the near future and others will be longer-term projects. For example, the Open Space Strategy includes several ways to make Western’s campus a pedestrian-priority space.

Sincerely,

Lynn Logan
Vice-President (Resources and Operations)

Learn more about this strategy at: http://www.uwo.ca/ipb/publicaccountability/open_space.html

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.

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.