Late September Neighbourhood Update

All Candidates Meetings for Mayor

Several upcoming events:

Weds, Oct 3:

King’s University College is holding a Mayoral Debate on Oct 3rd at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) in the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre, Student Life Centre, 266 Epworth Ave. There is event parking available on site (free). The theme is the “Future of London” and it is organized by several student groups on campus. The first hour is questions by a student panel. The second hour is open mic questions. It will be followed by tea & coffee reception at 9pm. https://www.kings.uwo.ca/about-kings/visitor-info/calendar-of-events/mayoral-debate/

Thursday, Oct 4:

Mayoral candidates and Ward 7 (not our ward) candidates at Four Season Restaurant, 455 Fanshawe Park Rd W. 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30). The Mayor portion will start no earlier than 7 pm.

Weds, Oct 10:

Sponsored by the Urban League of London, Women & Politics and the London Community Foundation
Wed Oct 10 Eagle Heights Public School – Oxford Street at Cherryhill All Candidates (Our Ward)
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. followed by a “meet & greet” until 8:30 p.m.

P.S. We are still waiting to hear a response to our neighbourhood’s 3 questions from a majority of the candidates for Mayor.

New Aurelia House Opens

The Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery have opened their new Aurelia House.

From Sister Linda and all of the Sisters in London:

In order to share with you as soon as possible, we have put together a slideshow of the highlights of the opening from last weekend. Enjoy this little photo story (about 6 minutes long).

Catch Basins

Remember to keep the catch basin near your home clear of leaves and other debris. By doing so, you reduce the risk of street and other flooding.

Reminder

Keep your car and garage doors locked. One of those who has their car riffled through wanted to remind neighbours that garage door openers are often targeted – you may want to consider keeping them indoors overnight.

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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

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/

Neighborhood News – Mid-August

Be Sure to Lock Up

There have been a few cars rifled through in the neighborhood, and a couple of other crimes were reported to and posted by the police.

Reports via Neighbourhood Watch have been: theft-other/trailer under $5000 on Foxchapel, theft from car under $5000 in the 200 block of Wychwood Park and a similar theft on Rollingwood Circle. All these were at night and reported earlier in August.
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