End of March Newsletter

Dear friends,

Spring has finally arrived!  As the weather gets warmer, I look forward to being out and about with neighbours and constituents.  This month, there are many chances to get out and enjoy the weather by attending some of the outdoor events coming up – Easter Egg Hunts, outdoor festivals, amusement parks, etc.  I have included a list of events below.  I am hopeful that you find it useful, and that you consider taking part in some of the local activities.

Last month, Ward 10 had its first meeting.  Mayor Matt Brown and I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with you and provide information about upcoming items before Council.  As well, we had the opportunity to hear from you on a variety of issues that were important to you.  I would like to thank all who attended!  One of the biggest themes was traffic speeds.  I am happy to share that this week at the Civic Works Committee, I received unanimous committee support in asking staff to consider and report back on decreasing speed limits in school zones.  If you would like to see how this went, please skip to 01:42:00 (one hour and 42 seconds) of the last Civic Works Committee Meeting here. Our next ward meeting is being scheduled for the end of June – details to follow in April’s Newsletter.  If there are specific topics you would like to learn more about, please let me know and I will be sure that we have the appropriate staff on hand to answer any questions you may have.

This month has felt especially busy for me.  Even with less meetings because of the March Break, I truly feel as though significant gains have been made this month.  One item you have perhaps heard in the media is regarding Canada Post and their plan to implement Community Mail Boxes in many London neighbourhoods.  When this item first came onto the Civic Works Agenda, I began receiving calls from both lobbying organizations, but also from many individuals.  The concerns of these groups and individuals were things such as accessibility, location, safety, community engagement and disappointment at the lack of community engagement.  This is the first time that London has faced such a large retro-fit project.  I know that many of our communities have the community mailboxes, however, these were communities where the mailboxes were incorporated into the design.  At the last Civic Works Committee meeting, we were successful at having Canada Post agree to do a fuller community consultation process on the abandonment door-to-door postal service before the implementation of community mailboxes in the City of London to hopefully address the concerns raised by residents.  Please stay tuned for developments.  

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to call, or email me with their questions and concerns.  As always I am happy to hear from you at any time.


Virginia Ridley

Councillor, Ward 10

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