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As your City Councillor making decisions on your behalf is part of the job but it is also part of my job to recognize and support the positive contributions that happen daily in our neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhoods are where we live, the most important social connection we have to the City. We are so lucky to have so many dynamic, engaged and active neighbourhoods in Ward 9. Neighbourhoods change over time and it is important to recognize how these neighbourhood builders bring value to making where we live so desirable.
I know I won’t recognize all of them, because so many work quietly with little to no publicity. Did you participate in a community block party or Talbot Village garage sale? That’s part of belonging to a neighbourhood, small acts that bring residents together, foster communication and engagement and take us out of our isolation. How about Lambeth’s Harvestfest or Byron Community Organization’s Garage Sale or Halloween in the Village events? These are much larger events, facilitated by dedicated teams of hardworking volunteers that provide local experiences to have fun and meet others.
Did your family see one of the many and growing list of movie nights in parks like Riverbend Park? The City provides free equipment to volunteers willing to set up and be part of a free enjoyable family event. Check out the NeighbourGood London website to learn more, at neighbourhoodlondon.ca. And don't forget to vote on Nov 9th for projects in your neigbourhood that have been submitted for Neighbourhood Decision Making!
It’s coming up to November and Remembrance Day and we have two local legions that will be providing opportunities for us to pause and reflect on past sacrifices and lessons learned. Let’s not forget.
I just want to say a huge thank you to the groups, large and small, who make living in Ward 9 so desirable, that help us build the connections that keep us here, let us learn about each other and find common community. Meet your neighbours, you’re bound to find new friends!
Stay in touch at email@example.com or call me at 226-927-0439.
A community-fueled experiment in kindness launches today. Snow Angels London is a volunteer snow removal service for seniors and persons with physical disabilities in London, Ontario.Since December 2015 the people of London Ontario have had a program to help and be helped with the arduous task of clearing snow. Snow Angels London is the result of an idea that Lincoln McCardle had in early 2015 and was brought to fruition by the hard work and kindred spirits at Simalam, who built the website as a community project.
To be clear, many municipalities and organizations have comparable initiatives to allow neighbours to help each other with snow removal, however they are often prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic. This is a simpler alternative, a community fuelled tool to connect neighbours and their neighbourhood.
Snow Angels London is an experiment in kindness: a way for Londoners to request assistance shoveling or to find others in need of such assistance. Once registered as a Snow Angel you can choose to volunteer, list someone who needs assistance – or both! The website, knowing your location, will allow you to find others need you and even form a ‘halo’ – groups of Snow Angles that work as a group.
For more information you can see our ABOUT US page or visit us on FACEBOOK and/or TWITTER. Also feel free to contact us anytime with questions or for more information.
Together we’re hopeful that we can make our street, our neighbourhood and our London not only a little kinder but also a little less snowy.
KEEP CALM AND SHOVEL ON!
Lincoln McCardle, Snow Archangel, firstname.lastname@example.org
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London has moved to a new system of parking enforcement, implementing the new penalties system, called Administrative Monetary Penalties.
There are three main changes with this:
1. People receiving parking penalty notices will have 15 days to pay or request to dispute their tickets, before a fee is implemented.
2. Disputes will no longer be heard in provincial court, but with first, an internal screening process, and then a hearing with a third party.
3. Tickets may be issued by mail.
The third concept, that penalty notices may be issued by mail, is something that officers will be implementing in school zones in particular. For this reason, we're sending letters to school principals and parents to remind them to pay attention to parking signage, and to be aware that enforcement officers will be able to take photos of license plates and that the registered owners may be mailed tickets if they drive away quickly. This is all in an effort to keep school zones safer.
Check this link to see more information as these changes will be in effect Nov 1.
It Appears to Be Snow Season Again!
From the City of London's News Release Nov 7, 2019
What Streets Get Plowed First
The City of London maintains roadways in accordance with the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (MMS), Regulation 239/02. These standards categorize roads, including adjacent bike lanes, into five main classes. Class 1, 2 and 3 take priority. Class 4 and 5, which include local streets and some cul-de-sacs, are cleared after the priority roads are complete.
Class 1 Examples: Highbury Avenue, Wellington Road, Exeter Road, Fanshawe Park Road
Class 2 Examples: Southdale Road, Oxford Street, Dundas Street, Wharncliffe Road
Class 3 Examples: Viscount Road, Dufferin Avenue, Colborne Street Cycle Track
Class 4 Examples: Aldersbrook Road, Doon Drive, Tweedsmuir Avenue
Class 5 Examples: Local streets and some cul de sacs
Be a Good Neighbour
City crews remove snow on the public right of way, so it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain access to their property. According to the City of London Streets By-law, snow from your property must be dealt with on your property. Moving snow from your laneway to the street or sidewalk affects road safety, creates obstructions for fellow road users and impacts the City's snow clearing operations.
This winter, we encourage you to work closely with neighbours to find common solutions. Simple actions, such as shoveling the sidewalks in front of your home, and your neighbour’s home, improves mobility for everyone. If able, consider reaching out to an older adult, or someone with a disability in your community this year.
Rethink Your Ride
Road, sidewalk, and pathway conditions shift and vary during winter months. Londoners are encouraged to check the weather before leaving your home to anticipate potential snow falls and disruptions to mobility and transportation. Consider letting someone else do the driving, and take London Transit for a safe and more economical way to travel. Remember that all LTC buses are equipped with bike racks in the case that pathways are not cleared yet on your way to work. And if you see someone struggling in the snow, please help one another when it is safe to do so.
The Thames Valley Parkway and some park pathways throughout the city are cleared to a recreational trail standard after an accumulation of 8 cm of snow, 24 hours after the snow fall ends. Similar to our sidewalks, park pathways are left in a snowpack condition. Pedestrians and cyclists using these paths should check the weather forecast before using them to anticipate potential snowfall and changes in path conditions.
Salt use is kept to a minimum by City of London with approximately one third of the roads being salted. It is spread only on main roads starting at the beginning snowfall and throughout the snow removal process to help prevent the adhesion of snow or ice to the road. A technique known as “anti-icing” is also used involving the application of salt brine mixed with beet juice (de-sugared sugar beet molasses) to the road prior to a storm, which allows crews to use even less salt once the snow starts falling. Anti-icing helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the road surface.
Reducing salt use on private property can decrease negative impacts to our environment. Residents are reminded to consider shoveling snow from your property’s walkways and driveways before it becomes packed down, which can reduce ice from forming. Also remember to check your downspouts and control drainage on your property. Direct water towards grassed areas to prevent ice forming on paved areas.
From November 1 - April 15, overnight parking passes will not be issued more than 48 hours in advance due to the possibility of inclement weather, when snow plows may need access to City streets. A message will be posted on the overnight parking registry when a snow event is in effect, please check prior to parking your vehicle on the street if you have previously applied for an overnight pass. Parking enforcement will occur during a snow event.
Londoners can visit london.ca/snow or follow the City of London on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest snow removal updates once crews have been deployed.
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- Green in the City - Dr. Dianne Saxe, past Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, will be presenting on climate change at the FREE Green in the City the evening of November 19 at Wolf Performance Hall. Her presentation will be followed by an engaging panel discussion. Registration through eventbrite is recommended as ticket holders receive priority entry up until 6:45 p.m.
- Download the Recycle Coach App! - Recycling is an important way to preserve the environment and fight climate change. But it is only effective when done properly. Learn more about what can and can’t be recycled in London’s program by downloading the Recycle Coach app, or watch this video about how and why some programs are different.
- The Road to New Year's Eve - The countdown is on! Each year, Londoners are invited to Start.ca New Year’s Eve in the Park, the city’s largest outdoor celebration on New Year’s Eve. It is a free, fun, family-friendly party with entertainment and activities for everyone. The Road to New Year’s Eve is underway, and the organizing committee is looking for one London artist or band to perform in front of thousands of Londoners in Victoria Park! Ready to take the stage?
- Winter is Here - Is your Home Ready? - Is your home prepared for winter? Have you hauled away your hoses? Protected your pool? Evacuated your eaves? There are many things you can do to be ready. Learn more about how to safely prepare your home for winter.
- *New* Medway Senior Satellite - A new Senior Satellite is now open with programming on Wednesdays from 12-3 p.m. for 55+ Londoners. Join us for the grand opening event, with free classes on Wednesday, November 27, at 10 a.m
- Winter in London - The snow came early this year but the City’s 24/7 response team is always ready to go. To learn more about when plows are deployed or when you can expect your road to be plowed, visit london.ca/snow. Stay warm and travel safely, London.
Winter is Coming.......Is your Home Ready?
The snow may have come earlier than it usually does, but that doesn't mean there aren't really important things we need to do to prevent damage to the properties we live in. The link below has loads of information t get your home ready for the freezing temperatures, so have a look!