Mid-September News

Disturbing incident last Saturday night

An incident occurred at one of the houses near to the Longbow entrance to the Medway Valley. The homeowners were awoken at 3am by a loud pounding on the front door. 911 was called and a car was seen speeding away. Unfortunately the police had not arrived an hour later and when the homeowner called back, the 911 operator told them that the police were busy downtown and would get there when they could. At 5am the 911 person called back and let the homeowner know it would still be a while. The homeowner told 911 that the intruder had gone. Upon examining the front door, the residents found deep indents in the steel door, apparently made with some kind of tool. This was added to the report.

At about 6:30am the police finally showed up. Apparently it was a busy night downtown, and someone trying to break down our door in the middle of the night was a lower priority. Since the perpetrator(s) left without further action, I guess that is understandable, but if they had continued for an hour as the 911 person had asked, that would be quite terrifying especially since the door is mostly glass.

The resident agreed to share this experience in order to alert you and other neighbors and to remind people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

At last week’s ward meeting attended by the police, a question was asked if having lights on at night is a deterrent. The police suggested that motion activated lights are best, but that lighting can help neighbours see if there is someone prowling about.

It was made clear at the meeting that the police pay attention to what they call “hot spots.” Hot spots are areas from which the police receive reports of thefts, break ins to garages, bike thefts, etc. The recommendation made at the meeting was “report, report, report.” The police non-emergency number is 519-661-5670. Even minor thefts should be reported.

We are looking into conducting a Community Safety Audit.

Municipal Election news

To check if you are on the voter list, go to: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/voter-info/Pages/Am-I-on-the-List.aspx

All the Mayoral candidates have received three questions from the Ratepayers with a due date of October 2 for a response. The replies will be posted.

We have cancelled the All Candidates meeting which had been planned for September 26th at Brescia. There are a number of other meetings and the Free Press web site has the candidates’ replies to their questionnaire on the Free Press web site.

Upcoming All Candidates meetings are listed at on the City’s website at: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/voter-info/Pages/All-Candidates-Meetings.aspx

Election Day is October 22 and the City is using a ranked ballot for the city (but not school board) election. For more information on the ranked ballot see: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/ranked-choice-voting/Pages/default.aspx

Youth Transit Pass

Those 13 to 17 years of age, can now save money on transit through the new Youth Transit Pass! One place to get the pass is at the Aquatic Centre across Wonderland Road

More information is available at: http://www.london.ca/residents/Roads-Transportation/Transportation-Choices/Pages/Youth-Transit-Pass.aspx

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Labour Day Update

Municipal Election News

We have cancelled the All Candidates meeting which had been planned for September 26th at Brescia. There are a number of other all candidates meetings scheduled. The Free Press web site has the candidates’ replies to their questionnaire on their web site.

We still intend on sending three questions to the candidates and we will post the answers to the community web site.

All Candidates Meetings

The City updates this list of all candidates meetings from time to time as new meetings are added. See http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/voter-info/Pages/All-Candidates-Meetings.aspx

Meetings for candidates for WARD 6 (our ward)

When: Wed Oct 10
Where: Eagle Heights Public School (on Oxford Street at Cherryhill)
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. followed by a “meet & greet” until 8:30 p.m.

Meetings for candidates for MAYOR

All Mayoral Candidates Meeting sponsored by the Rotary Club of London-Hyde Park
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: West Haven Golf & Country Club, 7038 Egremont Drive, London, ON N6H 5L2
To ensure there is sufficient seating and refreshments, please preregister on line at hydeparkrotary.org

All Candidates Meeting – Ward 7 & Mayoral Candidates Hosted by the Hyde Park Business Association & Sponsored by The Four Seasons Restaurant
When: Thursday, October 4th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: The Four Seasons Restaurant, 455 Fanshawe Park Rd W, London, ON N6H 5L3
The Hyde Park BIA invites Ward 7 residents as well as residents from across the city to join them for a chance to get to know your candidates in a relaxed and licensed atmosphere. Questions can be submitted in advance to info@hydeparkbusiness.com, and there will be the opportunity to ask your questions directly to candidates during the meeting. Refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Ranked Ballot

Election Day is October 22 and the City is using a ranked ballot for the city (but not school board) election. For more information see http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/ranked-choice-voting/Pages/default.aspx

Brescia Construction Update

Brescia will open a new state-of-the-art Academic Pavilion in Fall 2019 that will house new food labs, sensory and research laboratories, multi-tiered classrooms, an active learning classroom, an expansive student lounge and a community gathering space.

Over the course of the next year, we will receive updates from Brescia. Brescia has re-located its accessible parking spaces to the upper parking lot, just outside of the Mother St. James Building.

To learn more about the project and to view images of what the Academic Pavilion will look like upon completion, visit http://brescia.uwo.ca/about/academic-pavilion/

BBQ, AGM and more

BBQ and AGM – Thursday, May 25

Hope to see you this coming Thursday, May 25th at Orchard Park Public School for our 3rd annual BBQ as well as our community Annual General Meeting. The BBQ starts at 6 pm, the meeting at 7:30 pm. Come for both if you can.
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More March News

For Seniors

The Celebrating Seniors Series runs every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Sherwood Forest Branch Library from 2 to 3 pm.

There is a Francophone Senior’s Group at the Cherrryhill Library every Friday from 1 to 3 pm.

There is a seniors Current Events Discussion Group at the Masonville Library every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 until May 18th.

City is Looking for your Input

RANKED BALLOT: You can give feedback on this question either through the survey or to Councillor Squire (psquire@london.ca)

There is also a public participation meeting at city hall on Saturday, April 22 at 11 am on the topic. Anyone can attend to speak to all members of Council on this matter. If you can’t make the meeting but want to have members of council get your message, you can include a letter on the meeting agenda if you get it to csaunder@london.ca by 9 AM April 13th

STRENGTHENING NEIGHBOURHOODS STRATEGY: There are a number of open houses on this topic between March 28 and 30th, including one at Medway Arena on the 29th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Go to the engage London site for other times and locations. There is also an on line survey and comment form. City staff are looking for your comments by March 31.

More January News

City Budget, Take Part!

Council will not be passing the budget until March 10, 2016 which means there are still opportunities to get involved. January 21 was the first round of discussions by Council. If you go to the City’s web site and look for the Council meeting agendas, you will be able to watch the discussions. Complete budget information, updates and presentations are on line at the City’s Budget page. You can follow the discussions on Twitter: @CityofLdnOnt or #LdnBudget, and at the City’s Facebook page.
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