November Newsletter

Dear friends,

Each month I put out a brief newsletter, if you would like to receive it – please sign up here.  Each newsletter is sent at the end of the month and includes a letter from me (such as the one below) and some items of interest.

Halloween is almost upon us!  As always, please be safe and make sure that the correct precautions are taken.  This includes avoiding trick or treating alone, using reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see you, examining all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them, looking both ways before crossing the street, and only visiting well-lit houses.  Have fun!

There is now a new stop sign at Viscount and Pine Valley.  I want to thank constituents for bringing this issue forward; this is how we improve our community and make it safer.  There also more benches on order and should soon be installed in Westmount Lions Park for your enjoyment.   If there are any other issues, please be sure to bring it to my attention.

I wanted to talk a little bit about Back to the River.  Back to the River is a community mobilization initiative spearheaded by London Community Foundation in partnership with the City of London and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  This initiative aims to revitalize a five kilometer stretch of the river radiating from the Forks in three directions: north to the intersection of Oxford Street bridge and the Thames River, west to the Wharncliffe Road Bridge and south to the intersection of the London to Port Stanley railway bridge and Thames River.  Striving to enhance community quality of life, environmental and economic development, the goal is to give Londoners a place to work, to play and call home, as well as give Londoners a place that brings the entire community together!  Click here for more information.

I visited the Small Business Centre this past month.  If you are considering starting a small business, I encourage you to check out the resources available there, such as help starting a business plan, educational sessions and accounting or legal advice.  The best part is that most of these services are at no or limited costs!

I also wanted to mention that the next ward meeting will be taking place on Sunday, January 9th from 1:30-4:30 pm at Westmount Public Library.  As always, I look forward to answering your questions and hearing about any issues you would like to raise.

I also wanted to raise the issue of council compensation, which was discussed on the evening of October 26th.  This matter  was referred from our Governance Working Group to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee.  At GWG, there was much discussion and a presentation from the previous task force chair. As we are tasked with looking at this again, I put forward some suggestions for consideration by committee and continually reminded members, that we could work through this and amend my motion, but that I was offering a starting point.  In the end, SPPC has sent this back to GWG to review again.  I have written a full blog post which you will find here. I will be sure to update you as this issue moves forward.

Kind Regards,

Virginia Ridley
Ward 10

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

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