December Newsletter

Dear friends,

It has now been a year since I was elected Ward 10 Councillor! I have to say, I have truly enjoyed my role. I love going to work for you every day. I have had some successes, and I have learned a lot. I have enjoyed hearing from you, working with you, and working for you. There is a lot to look forward to and many exciting projects coming up in the next year, such as; Shift – rapid transit, Back to the River, the London Plan, and reports due back on backyard fires, and transportation network companies.

I do have some exciting news, in the next few days I will begin my term as the Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee.  Additionally, I will serve on the Corporate Services Committee, maintain my Chair position on the Governance Working Group and my many board and agency appointments.

An initiative that I recently financially supported is CityBlocs. The goal of this initiative is to make data open and accessible to the public. For the first time in Canada, all voting records – movers, seconders, etc., are available online to the public, thanks to the great work of  Centrality Data Science.  The data is available in a .csv format – so that you can manipulate and dissect the information. You can find the information here. I will be including a link at the bottom of my newsletter.

A quick reminder that my next ward meeting will be taking place on Saturday, January 9th from 2:00-4:00 pm at Westmount Public Library. I need to apologize, as my last newsletter indicated this is a Sunday- the meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Please register using the eventbrite link. As always, I look forward to answering your questions and hearing about any issues you would like to raise.  I have requested and confirmed that staff will be in attendance to discuss Rapid Transit (Shift) and the Back to the River project.

As we enter into December, I wish you and your family all the best for the holiday season.  I hope that you have some time in the coming weeks to spend time with family and friends, and to enjoy our community!

Kind Regards,

Virginia Ridley
Ward 10

Call or Text: 226-927-0539
300 Dufferin Ave, Suite 314

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London Transit Service Plan Public Meetings and Online Survey

London Transit Service Plan Public Meetings and Online Survey

The London Transit Commission has proposed service changes for 2016 (to take effect in Sept). A series of public consultations are scheduled to begin at libraries throughout the city. Here are some links about the proposed service changes, and the opportunities for public engagement:


  1. Overview of changes, including maps of before/after. Frequency improvements are listed near the bottom of the page:


  1. Online survey:


  1. NEW London Transit service plan twitter account:



– 1 Dec at 2pm

– 1 Dec at 6pm

Poverty Panel

Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty

Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty will soon be releasing the details of an upcoming community engagement strategy to inform the development of our recommendations.

As a reminder, the panel was given a six-month mandate to develop recommendations on what more our community can do to address poverty in London. The work of the panel is incredibly important and is fundamental to our efforts to build an inclusive community for all Londoners.

The upcoming engagement period runs from November 12 to December 10 and is focused on gaps in our community, barriers that prevent residents from exiting poverty, and solutions towards which we can work together. Every Londoner who wants to contribute to this conversation should have an opportunity to do so. The panel is therefore using multiple methods of engagement, including:

Interactive community events at the launch and close of this engagement stage

  • December 10, 4-6 pm at Goodwill
  • Online feedback through
  •  Delegations for those wishing to provide formal comment
    – Early December
  • Partner-hosted conversations

Heritage Awards

9th Annual Heritage Awards Programme: Call for Nominations

This awards programme seeks to recognize individuals and organizations from either the private or public sector who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the preservation of London’s built heritage. Nominees may be proposed for their long-term dedication to the cause, for a single outstanding effort that made a notable difference, for strong leadership and vision in educating the public, or for actions that have brought about a positive outcome for built heritage in our City. The awards also seek to honour projects that have actually preserved part of our built heritage.  The awards will therefore be given in two broad categories:

  1.   To individuals in the fields of education, awareness or advocacy.
  2.   Projects that have conserved built heritage.

The number of awards given each year will be at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

How to Nominate:
Any person may make a nomination. To do so, please fill in a nomination form found online at one of the websites below, or submit (via surface mail, fax, or email), the name and address of the individual, project or organization you are nominating, give a description of their achievements (no more than one page in length), and contact information including phone numbers for the nominator and for two further supporters of the nomination. Nominators and supporters may be contacted by the Awards Committee.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 18, 2015

Please submit nominations by mail to: ACO – HLF Awards Committee, Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road, London, Ontario N6G 1G5

By Fax to 519-645-0981 or by email to
In order that members of the public may get an idea of what sort of person or project to nominate, it is possible to view the evaluation criteria that the Committee will be using by going to the ACO or HLF websites.    or

The awards will be presented at a Gala reception to be held at The Church of the Ascension during Heritage Week on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

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