April Newsletter

Dear friends,

The weather is getting warmer and there are many upcoming events this month to accompany the changing of the seasons! Keep reading if you are interested in the springtime community events!

It’s neighbourhood spring clean-up time! Let me know if you are organizing a spring clean up for your neighbourhood and I will assist in getting the supplies that you need. Send me pictures of your clean-up via email to be entered in a draw to win a gift certificate!

I crunched the numbers and compiled your comments from my 2017 Performance Evaluation. The results are presented in a slideshow format via Prezi and a Power Point presentation. I have already distributed these versions on my website, Facebook, and Twitter. I chose to share the results openly because I am committed to transparency and integrity. I have received and reviewed comments which were about my colleagues and staff, however, they were removed from the presentation. All other comments are being presented as they were received. Both the positive and constructive comments are helpful in my understanding of the interests and the causes that interest the people in Ward 10 and the City. I welcome your continued feedback about my performance in response to receiving your comments.

I am pleased to announce that was re-appointed to the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Board of Directors, and was elected to co-chair their policy committee for the 2017/2018 term! The mandate of the OGRA is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services. The OGRA is led by 15 Directors who collectively represent several areas of municipal expertise. You can read the mandate, and the OGRA’s main business objectives, here.

The Warranted Sidewalk Program came up as a discussion at Council this month. This initiative is an ongoing annual program that responds to requests for accommodation received from the public. A number of new sidewalk locations are constructed each year through this program. The program improves safety, promotes accessibility and supports The London Plan, Active and Safe Routes to School, London’s Age Friendly Network and the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods initiatives. We have funded several lengths of sidewalks this year.

Those on the following list should be funded in the coming years.
The following sidewalks are recommended for construction as part of the 2017 Warranted Sidewalk Program:

Location From To
Oak Park Drive Riverside Drive 80m east of Valetta Street
Wayne Road

Beachwood Avenue

Boler Road

Commissioners Road W

Jellicoe Crescent

Base Line Road W

Louise Boulevard Fanshawe Park Road W Geraldine Avenue
Taplow Road Louise Boulevard Hillside Drive
Glengarry Avenue Fanshawe Park Road E 50m south of Clermont Avenue
Wonderland Road Bradley Avenue Wharncliffe Road
Huron Street Taylor Street Barker Street
Cleveland Avenue Cairn Street Burlington Street
Oxford Street E Ex. sidewalk east of Clarke Road Veterans Memorial Parkway
Elm Street Ex. sidewalk north of Hamilton Road Trafalgar Street
Magnolia Crescent Magnolia Gate Regal Drive
Magnolia Gate Briarhill Avenue Magnolia Crescent
Regal Drive Hillcrest Avenue Fuller Street
Regal Drive Magnolia Drive Fuller Street
Regis Avenue Wayne Road Regis Place
Regis Place Regis Avenue West End
Scenic Drive King Edward Avenue Burlington Street
White Oak Road Bradley Avenue Exeter Road

If you feel that there is a street that is missing a sidewalk, let me know and I will have it added to the list.  London is working towards sidewalks on at least one side of the street in all areas of the city, and these are either implemented during road construction, or via priority on the list. The Warranted Sidewalk Program is part of a ‘complete streets’ approach that aims to make London’s streets more welcoming to all users of all ages and abilities. The Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires municipalities to remove barriers and design inclusively. If residents don’t have a sidewalk – they should expect one at some point in the future.

The Urban League of London (ULL) has asked me to spread the word about a global festival that is coming to London on Saturday June 3rd. The ULL asks residents to plan events, no matter how small, on this day with a goal of 100 events hosted altogether! More information can be found at this quick 1 minute video and on the website. You may contact Wes Kinghorn at info@urbanleague.ca or at 518-858-1900 for more information.

A resident approached me to see if there was support for the idea of a community garden in the Village Green Park! They need at least 10 neighbours to express interest before they can approach City Hall and there are already around five or six neighbourhood gardeners on board with the idea. To register your interest, contact Stephanie Murray, Communications Director at the Forest City Community Club at stephanie.murray@forestedgeclub.ca.

The Westmount Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 15th at the Village Green Park! Registration starts at 9:30am in the Forest Edge Pool parking lot and the hunt will take place next to the pool. You and your loved ones can enjoy face painting, party games, candy jar guessing, a colouring contest, and a wine and chocolate gift basket giveaway at this family-friendly event! Entry into contests and prize draws is included in paid admission of $3 per child! Additional activities come with a suggested donation of $1 each. Street parking is available.

The Westmount Easter Egg Hunt needs volunteers! Are you able to help in any of the following ways?
Set up and decorating (8am-9:30am) | Clean up (12pm-1pm) | Baking cupcakes, squares, or muffins for our hot beverage table (tree nut free, although we will be publishing a disclaimer regarding allergens) | Assisting at one of our “stations” (registration, baked goods/beverages, colouring table, organized games) | Face painting! | Donating any wine, liqueur, or specialty chocolate for our luxury gift giveaway | Donating/Lending plastic eggs for the hunt itself
Contact community@forestedgeclub.ca if you, or your high schoolers in need of volunteer hours, can help!

My newsletter subscription is increasing, but there are still many people I’m not reaching.  Please forward this email to your neighbours, or if you have the time, contact my office to make arrangements to receive paper copies to share with your neigbours.  I mail out packages of 10-30 newsletters for those who are willing to share with their neighbours. I appreciate any help in distributing that you are able and willing to offer.

I wish everyone a fantastic time in this sunny weather! Have a Happy Easter!

Kind Regards,

Virginia Ridley
Ward 10

Call or Text: 226-927-0539
Email: vridley@london.ca
300 Dufferin Ave, Suite 314

Our Next Community Meeting:

January 25, 2018
Civic Gardens
625 Springbank Dr

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Commonly Needed Phone Numbers

Police (Non-Emergency):

Report Flooding:
  Daytime: 519-661-4570
  Afterhours: 519-661-4965

Bylaw: 519-661-4660

Animal Care and Control:

Report a water main break:
  Daytime: 519-661-4739
  After hours: 519-661-5800 ext. 5585

Report a gas leak: 1-877-969-0999

Reach Councillor Ridley by phone:
519-661-2500 ext. 4010
or 226-927-0539