Councillor Budgets

I have fielded a few questions about my Councillors budget.  I thought I would take the opportunity to make clear what my expenses have been over the course or my term.

This amounts are already available, and always have been on the city of London website, however I know that the posting on the website is sometimes hard to follow - and you have to scroll through different Councillors/ manually tally some lines.  I transferred the data to a spreadsheet and added some sort filter. I will make that spread sheet available via google sheets for you to sort and manipulate as you would like.

Councillors are provided with a budget of $15,000 / year to cover the expenses associated with being a Councillor.  Some items are excluded from this amount as per policy (home internet, association fees etc). Some items can be requested to be excluded from this amount as per council (costs associated with boards that council members sit on representing the city)

What Councillors can be reimbursed is governed by policies that have been regularly reviewed by council. These rules have changed as Councillors have brought forward motions passed by council to change them.  

When I started - Councillors were reimbursed for vehicle related expenses with a receipt.  This compensated Councillors for use of their personal vehicles to do their job. In 2016, the policy changed to allow Councillors to elect to either receive a transportation allowance, or to track and charge a per kilometer fee.

The expenses that are reimbursed by a Councillors budget are controlled via policy, and overseen by the clerks office.  Reimbursements are for expenses that are out of pocket costs related to the job.  Many Councillors, myself included, have additional expenses that they are out of pocket that have not been reimbursed or submitted for reimbursement. 

Some Councillors decide not to submit any, or very limited expenses.


In 2015 my expenses were $13,960 of my $15,000 budget

Advertising $100.00

Conference $5,524.62

Event $192.59

Gifts and Souvenirs $108.48

Misc. $158.79

Office Supplies $1,074.08

Staff $1,763.00

Vehicle $3,073.16

Ward Meeting $455.05

Website/Comms $1,510.46

 

In 2016 my expenses were $11,383 of my $15,000 budget 

Conference $6,927.62

Events $95.32

Gifts/Souvenirs $57.90

Misc $91.50

Office Supplies $367.21

staff $1,257.36

Vehicle $1,800.00

ward meeting $568.39

Web/Comms $217.81

Home internet expenses (not part of the $15,000 budget) were $1022.87

 

In 2017 my expenses were $8951 of my $15,000 budget

Conference Total $1,959.49

Events Total $147.45

Gifts and Souvenirs total $22.61

Misc Total $24.64

Office Supplies $820.76

Staff $2,705.34

Vehicle $1,800.00

Ward meeting $1,204.79

Website / Communications $266.74

Home internet expenses (not part of the $15,000 budget) were $486.36

 

All of the policy's that govern spending and amounts are set by council via policy. If there are policy related changes that you feel should be made, I encourage you to send in the changes to the appropriate committee of council for consideration. 

 

 

Here are my expenses for 2015 (Sorted by category)



Date

What

Category

Amount

Mar 16/15

Pride London Festival Ad: Happy Pride

advertising

$100.00

Dec 1/14

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (PREPAID) Conf: FCM Sustainable Communities Conf. Registration

conference

$715.00

Jan 22/15

Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conf: AMO Annual Conference Registration

conference

$671.87

Jan 22/15

Virginia Ridley Conf: FCM Annual Conf. Flight & Hotel

conference

$1,316.83

Jan 27/15

Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conf: FCM Annual Conf. Registration

conference

$799.00

June 10/15

Virginia Ridley Conf: FCM Conference Per diems and Taxi

conference

$158.44

Aug 24/15

Virginia Ridley Conf: AMO per diems, mileage, accommodations

conference

$1,028.88

Oct 26/15

Virginia Ridley Conf: Clean Air Summit per diems, accommodation and mileage

conference

$477.03

Oct 30/15

Virginia Ridley Conf: The Sharing Economy - per diems, mileage, accommodation

conference

$357.57

Dec 22/14

Eventbrite (PREPAID) Ticket: YOU Breakfast

event

$50.00

Mar 30/15

Sexual Assault Centre of London Ticket: Sexual Assault Gala

event

$75.00

Jul 16/15

PayPal Pillar Non-Profit Ticket: Pillar Non Profit: Influencer

event

$225.00

Aug 11/15

Ticket Scene Ticket: Pierce Family Fundraiser

event

$17.59

Aug 19/15

Refund Ticket: Pillar Non Profit: Influencer

event

-$215.00

Oct 5/15

Educate the Children Ticket: Harvest of Hope Dinner

event

$40.00

Jul 16/15

City of London Stores Gift & Souvenirs: COL Shirts(2); Bags(5); Umbrellas(6); KeyRings(6); Pen Sets(5); WaterBottles(5)

Gifts and Souvenirs

$242.18

Nov 27/15

Transfer from Michael van Holst Gifts & Souvenirs: COL Umbrellas (4)

Gifts and Souvenirs

-$32.08

Dec 1/15

Transfer from Harold Usher Gifts & Souvenirs: 3 Pen and Pencil Sets

Gifts and Souvenirs

-$56.10

Dec 9/15

Transfer from Bill Armstrong Gifts & Souvenirs: 4 waterbottles, umbrella, 2 key chains, 4 tote bags

Gifts and Souvenirs

-$45.52

Jul 10/15

Top of the Hall Cafeteria Ward Expense: Catering for Meeting

misc.

$127.75

Oct 6/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Business lunch

misc.

$31.04

Mar 24/15

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Thank-you cards, frames, clock

office supplies

$43.31

Jul 27/15

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies

office supplies

$195.31

Jul 27/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$64.64

Aug 10/15

London Free Press Ward Exp: Subscription: LFP E-Edition

office supplies

$54.10

Aug 26/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$34.55

Sept 24/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$34.55

Oct 28/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$34.55

Nov 18/15

Staples Supplies: Laptop Tote bag

office supplies

$73.27

Nov 30/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$34.55

Dec 22/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Home office phone

office supplies

$34.55

Dec 31/15

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Home office desk, paper, power cord, sharpies, post-its

office supplies

$470.70

Feb 2/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$77.50

Mar 3/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Mar 31/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Apr 30/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$77.50

May 27/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$67.50

May 27/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$77.50

June 26/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$77.50

Jul 2/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant 5 2.50

staff

$52.50

Aug 4/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$124.00

Aug 5/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$67.50

Aug 31/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Sept 3/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$82.50

Sept 21/15

Tammy Lee Marche Ward Exp: Recording/live streaming and uploading of ward meeting video

staff

$100.00

Sept 30/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Oct 14/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$90.00

Nov 2/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$108.50

Nov 13/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$75.00

Nov 30/15

Brianna Howell-Spooner Contract Assistant

staff

$127.50

Dec 1/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Dec 31/15

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant

staff

$93.00

Jan 05/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel

vehicle

$55.20

Jan 15/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and oil change

vehicle

$173.98

Jan 26/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$73.17

Feb 12/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$219.45

Mar 24/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$335.31

May 1/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$247.07

May 28/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$258.08

Jul 7/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$379.22

Jul 7/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$84.73

Jul 27/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$174.11

Aug 26/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking, Oil Change

vehicle

$332.18

Sept 17/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$117.06

Oct 6/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Parking and fuel

vehicle

$222.05

Oct 23/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$56.47

Oct 27/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$45.03

Oct 30/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$56.97

Nov 30/15

Virginia Ridley Vehicle Allowance: Fuel and parking

vehicle

$146.34

Dec 21/15

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance

vehicle

$96.74

Jan 23/15

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Ward Meeting room rental

ward meeting

$19.08

Apr 10/15

Fire Roasted Coffee Company Ward Exp: Catering for Ward Meeting

ward meeting

$45.79

Apr 30/15

1724830 Ontario Inc o/a Flandscape Ward Exp: Mobile sign for ward meeting

ward meeting

$152.64

Aug 5/15

London Public Library Ward Exp: Ward Meeting Security fee

ward meeting

$81.41

Dec 18/15

Davies Signs\Davies Screen Printing Ward Exp: mobile sign for ward meeting

ward meeting

$156.13

Jan 14/15

Sly Fox Digital Media Marketing Ward Exp: Facebook covers

website/comms

$60.00

May 19/15

Sly Fox Digital Media Marketing Ward Exp: Facebook and Newsletter covers

website/comms

$60.00

June 8/15

Canon Print Room Fire Ride Along Photo Development

website/comms

$0.46

Aug 26/15

Sly Fox Digital Media Marketing Ward Exp: Website edits and updates

website/comms

$610.00

Dec 17/15

Sly Fox Digital Media Marketing Ward Exp: website edits and updates

website/comms

$780.00

 

2016



Date

What

Amount

Category

01-Jan-16

WestJet Conf: FCM Annual Conference Flight 465.87

$465.87

Conference

01-Jan-16

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conf: FCM Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC) Registration 715.00

$715.00

Conference

12-Jan-16

Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Conf: OGRA/ROMA Conference 666.53

$666.53

Conference

12-Jan-16

Caesars Hotel Conf: AMO Annual Conference Accommodation - deposit 183.17

$183.17

Conference

18-Jan-16

Air Canada Conf: FCM Sustainable Communities Conference Flight 228.19

$228.19

Conference

03-Feb-16

Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conf: AMO Annual Conference Registration 768.29

$768.29

Conference

16-Feb-16

Virginia Ridley Conf: FCM SCC mileage, hotel, per diems, parking, taxi 1,201.32

$1,201.32

Conference

17-Feb-16

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conf: FCM Annual Conference Registration 815.00

$815.00

Conference

25-Feb-16

Virginia Ridley Conf: OGRA/ROMA per diems, mileage, hotel, parking 1,093.06

$1,093.06

Conference

04-Mar-16

Transfer from Jared Zaifman Conf: OGRA/ROMA Mileage/parking cost split (95.46)

-$95.46

Conference

04-Mar-16

Transfer from Jesse Helmer Conf: OGRA/ROMA Mileage/parking cost split (95.46)

-$95.46

Conference

12-Apr-16

Funds Transfer Conf: Portion of OGRA costs as per Council Resolution (305.25)

-$305.25

Conference

10-Jun-16

Virginia Ridley Conf: FCM Annual Conference: Hotel, per diems, taxi 799.03

$799.03

Conference

26-Jul-16

VIA Rail Conf: VIA Rail for AMO August 112.59

$112.59

Conference

17-Aug-16

REFUND Conf: VIA Rail for AMO return trip (35.62)

-$35.62

Conference

19-Aug-16

Virginia Ridley Conf: AMO Annual Conference hotel and per diems 411.36

$411.36

Conference

19-Jan-16

London Soup Ticket: London Soup 13.32

$13.32

events

05-Feb-16

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes Ticket: BOOP Workshop - bridges out of poverty training 42.00

$42.00

events

26-Sep-16

Women and Politics London Ticket: Women's Political Summit 21.80

$21.80

events

06-Oct-16

REFUND Ticket: Women's Political Summit (21.80)

-$21.80

events

06-Dec-16

Virginia Ridley Ticket: LMCA Gala 30.00

$30.00

events

15-Dec-16

United Way Ticket: United Way Labour Appreciation Awards Night 10.00

$10.00

events

12-Jan-16

City of London Stores Gifts & Souvenirs: Pins (300) 57.90

$57.90

Gifts/Souvenirs

24-May-16

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Lunch meeting re: Accessibility Advisory Committee 40.74

$40.74

Misc.

20-Oct-16

Virginia Ridley Safety boots for ride alongs 50.76

$50.76

Misc.

04-Jan-16

Technology Services Department Out of Country iPhone Package 76.32

$76.32

office supplies

28-Jan-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Phone 34.55

$34.55

office supplies

12-Feb-16

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Printer toner 22.64

$22.64

office supplies

25-Feb-16

Virginia Ridley Home office Phone 34.55

$34.55

office supplies

02-Mar-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 31.81

$31.81

office supplies

22-Mar-16

Virginia Ridley Home office phone 36.75

$36.75

office supplies

01-Apr-16

TSD Out of Country iPhone Package 84.95

$84.95

office supplies

23-Apr-16

Otterbox Office Supplies: Replacement Otterbox (Shipping Fee) 6.00

$6.00

office supplies

25-Apr-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Phone 36.55

$36.55

office supplies

18-Oct-16

Staples Office Supplies: Labels 3.09

$3.09

office supplies

02-Feb-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 93.00

$93.00

staff

01-Mar-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 77.50

$77.50

staff

31-Mar-16

Jasmin Pettie Contract Assistant 48.00

$48.00

staff

04-Apr-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant (Services in March) 108.50

$108.50

staff

04-May-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 62.00

$62.00

staff

09-Jun-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 62.00

$62.00

staff

10-Aug-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 62.00

$62.00

staff

04-Oct-16

Tamara Noor Contract Assistant 93.00

$93.00

staff

13-Dec-16

Sula Romanchik Contract Assistant (including parking) 301.71

$301.71

staff

15-Dec-16

Natalie Garrison Contract Assistant 312.15

$312.15

staff

23-Dec-16

Sula Romanchik Contract Assistant 37.50

$37.50

staff

31-Mar-16

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance: January to March 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

30-Jun-16

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance: April to June 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

18-Oct-16

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance: July-Sept 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

23-Dec-16

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance Oct-Dec 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

13-Jan-16

Tammy Lee Marche Ward Exp: Recording/live streaming of ward meeting 100.00

$100.00

ward meeting

21-Mar-16

Davies Signs Ward Exp: Mobile sign for April ward meeting 167.46

$167.46

ward meeting

13-Jul-16

Davies Signs Ward Exp: Ward meeting mobile sign 167.46

$167.46

ward meeting

15-Nov-16

TVDSB Ward Exp: Meeting room expenses 110.82

$110.82

ward meeting

21-Nov-16

Davies Signs Ward Exp: Ward meeting mobile sign 156.13

$156.13

ward meeting

07-Dec-16

REFUND Ward meeting costs (133.48)

-$133.48

ward meeting

05-Jan-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 34.64

$34.64

Web/Comms

28-Jan-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 34.42

$34.42

Web/Comms

30-Mar-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 31.81

$31.81

Web/Comms

29-Apr-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.68

$16.68

Web/Comms

06-Jul-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.27

$16.27

Web/Comms

07-Jul-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Meeting 2.94

$2.94

Web/Comms

02-Aug-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.27

$16.27

Web/Comms

Sept 9/16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter - Sept 16.27

$16.27

Web/Comms

06-Oct-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.17

$16.17

Web/Comms

03-Nov-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.17

$16.17

Web/Comms

13-Dec-16

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Newsletter 16.17

$16.17

Web/Comms

       
       
       

01-Feb-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 87.97

$87.97

Internet

01-Mar-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.90

$89.90

Internet

29-Mar-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

27-Apr-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

31-May-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

27-Jun-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

27-Jul-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

22-Aug-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

Sept 26/16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet

25-Oct-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 64.50

$64.50

Internet

28-Nov-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 64.50

$64.50

Internet

31-Dec-16

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet 89.50

$89.50

Internet



2017



Date

What

Amount

Category

01-Jan-17

Novotel Conf: AMO - 2017 Annual Conference - Hotel Accommodations - One night pre-paid 183.42

$183.42

conference

26-Jan-17

VIA Rail Conf: OGRA - 2017 Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum - Rail Travel 54.95

$54.95

conference

13-Mar-17

AMO Conf: AMO - 2017 Annual Conference - Registration 747.94

$747.94

conference

16-Aug-17

Novotel Hotel Conf: AMO - 2017 Annual Conference - Hotel Accommodations 233.85

$233.85

conference

21-Aug-17

Virginia Ridley Conf: AMO - 2017 Annual Conference - Mileage, Per Diems, Parking 739.33

$739.33

conference

17-Jan-17

Eventbrite Event Ticket: OGRA - 2017 Emerging Municipal Leaders Forum 22.18

$22.18

events

29-Aug-17

Virginia Ridley Event Ticket: London Professional Fire Fighters Association - True Heroes NICU Charity Ball 95.27

$95.27

events

04-Oct-17

London Multicultural Community Association Event Ticket: London Multicultural Community Association - 6th Multicultural Gala 30.00

$30.00

events

30-Aug-17

City of London Stores Gifts & Souvenirs: Pen & Pencil Set 22.61

$22.61

gifts and souvenirs

14-Apr-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - Apr 2017 47.20

$47.20

internet

13-Jun-17

REVERSAL EXP TRANSFER - Transfer funds Councillors' Office Internet Account (47.20)

-$47.20

internet

12-Apr-17

Cranbrook Community Association Ward Exp: Cranbrook Community Association - 2017 Memebership 10.00

$10.00

misc.

30-Apr-17

Virginia Ridley Ward Exp: Facebook Ad - Ward Event Community Clean Up 14.25

$14.25

misc.

31-Dec-17

City of London Tax Correction 0.39

$0.39

misc.

15-Apr-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Envelopes, Pencil Sharpener 16.14

$16.14

office supplies

22-May-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: HP Chromebook, Protection Plan, Laptop Sleeve 220.98

$220.98

office supplies

17-Jul-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Paper, iPad Charger, Printer Toner, Markers, iPad case 157.17

$157.17

office supplies

29-Jul-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Adobe Expert 6 14.24

$14.24

office supplies

31-Jul-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: iPhone Otter Box 7.40

$7.40

office supplies

04-Aug-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: File Folders, Organizer, Pencil Holder, Garbage Bin 26.97

$26.97

office supplies

30-Aug-17

Virginia Ridley Drop Box File Storage Aug - Sept 2017 63.00

$63.00

office supplies

08-Sep-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Wireless Mouse, Pens 35.76

$35.76

office supplies

28-Dec-17

Virginia Ridley Office Supplies: Note Book, Electronics, Laptop Bag, Paper, Pens 229.24

$229.24

office supplies

12-Oct-17

TSD Out of Country Travel Package - Zone 1 Package 3 49.86

$49.86

office supplies

06-Mar-17

Sulamita Romanchik Contract Assistant Hours & Parking - Jan 9 - Feb 13 268.44

$268.44

staff

18-Apr-17

Sulamita Romanchik Contract Assistant Hours & Parking - Mar 6 - Apr 10 202.80

$202.80

staff

01-May-17

Lauren Natalie Garrison Contract Assistant Hours - Jan 2 - May 1 381.25

$381.25

staff

26-Jun-17

Sula Romanchik Contract Assistant Hours & Parking - June 5 - 19 152.50

$152.50

staff

30-Aug-17

Sula Romanchik Contract Assistant Hours & Parking - July 31 - Aug 28 130.00

$130.00

staff

08-Sep-17

Lauren Natalie Garrison Contract Assistant Hours: Aug 2 - Sept 4 405.00

$405.00

staff

25-Oct-17

Rebeca Shiferaw Contract Assistant Hours - Sept 6 - Oct 18 42.78

$42.78

staff

12-Nov-17

Rebeca Shiferaw Contract Assistant Hours - Oct 25, Nov 8 22.50

$22.50

staff

30-Nov-17

Rebeca Shiferaw Contract Assistant Hours - Nov 16, 23 2017 27.50

$27.50

staff

01-Dec-17

Lauren Natalie Garrison Contract Assistant Hours - Sept - December 2017 1,050.00

$1,050.00

staff

14-Dec-17

Rebeca Shiferaw Contrat Assistant Hours - Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14 22.57

$22.57

staff

11-Apr-17

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance - January to March 2017 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

09-Jun-17

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance - April to June 2017 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

06-Sep-17

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance - July to September 2017 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

01-Dec-17

Virginia Ridley Transportation Allowance - October to December 2017 450.00

$450.00

vehicle

16-Jan-17

Davies Sign Ward Exp: Mobile Sign Rental 154.26

$154.26

ward meeting

24-Jan-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Postcard Printing - Ward Meeting - Feb 2.52

$2.52

ward meeting

27-Apr-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Postcard Printing - Ward Meeting - May 2.62

$2.62

ward meeting

27-Apr-17

Davies Sign Ward Exp: Mobile Sign Rental 156.13

$156.13

ward meeting

25-Jul-17

Print Room Ward Exp: Postcard Printing - Contact Card / Sept Ward Meeting 325.63

$325.63

ward meeting

25-Jul-17

Metroland Media Group Ward Exp: Postcard Distribution - Contact Card / Sept Ward Meeting 391.17

$391.17

ward meeting

03-Aug-17

Davies Sign Ward Exp: Mobile Sign Rental 172.46

$172.46

ward meeting

04-Jan-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - Jan 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

03-Feb-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - Feb 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

07-Mar-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - Mar 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

03-Apr-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Flyer Printing - Community Contest Flyer 1.00

$1.00

website/comms

05-Apr-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - Apr 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

12-Jul-32

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - May 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

31-May-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - June 22.15

$22.15

website/comms

30-Jun-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - July 22.25

$22.25

website/comms

01-Aug-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - August 22.25

$22.25

website/comms

06-Sep-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - September 22.57

$22.57

website/comms

11-Oct-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - October 22.67

$22.67

website/comms

06-Nov-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - November 19.73

$19.73

website/comms

22-Nov-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Ward 10 Community Meeting - Postcards 3.64

$3.64

website/comms

08-Dec-17

Canon Print Room Ward Exp: Newsletter Printing - Ward 10 Newsletter - December 19.73

$19.73

website/comms

       
       

14-Jan-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - January 2017 89.50

$89.50

Home internet

14-Feb-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - February 2017 47.46

$47.46

Home internet

14-Mar-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - March 2017 47.18

$47.18

Home internet

14-Apr-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - April 2017 47.20

$47.20

Home internet

01-May-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - May 2017 28.52

$28.52

Home internet

01-Jun-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - June 2017 30.68

$30.68

Home internet

01-Jul-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - July 2017 30.97

$30.97

Home internet

01-Aug-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - August 2017 30.47

$30.47

Home internet

01-Sep-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - September 2017 33.46

$33.46

Home internet

01-Oct-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - October 2017 34.00

$34.00

Home internet

01-Nov-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - November 2017 33.46

$33.46

Home internet

01-Dec-17

Virginia Ridley Home Office Internet - December 2017 33.46

$33.46

Home internet

 

2018 (January to June)



Date

What

Amount

Category

18-Jan-18

AMO Conference - Hotel

$955.65

Conference

01-Feb-18

AMO Conference - registration

$773.38

Conference

11-Apr-18

FCM Comference registration

$883.38

Conference

15-May-18

Air Canada - FCM travel

$1,057.02

Conference

06-Jun-18

Taxi - FCM

$35.82

Conference

18-Jun-18

FCM - taxi's per diems/ expenses

$543.44

Conference

10-Jan-18

Gifts & Souvenirs

$21.72

Gifts & Souvenirs

14-May-18

Giant Tiger Gift Card

$22.51

Gifts & Souvenirs

14-May-18

Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card

$22.51

Gifts & Souvenirs

27-Mar-18

Office Supplies - shredder, paper

$75.55

office supplies

27-Mar-18

Phone case

$11.70

office supplies

11-Apr-18

Flyer - Community clean up printing

$4.74

office supplies

23-May-18

Phone case

$32.66

office supplies

23-Jan-18

Contract Staff

$67.50

Staff

29-Jan-18

Contract Staff

$870.00

Staff

01-Feb-18

Contract Staff

$90.00

staff

20-Feb-18

Contract Staff

$60.00

Staff

20-Feb-18

Contract Staff

$285.00

staff

13-Mar-18

Contract Staff

$75.00

staff

10-Apr-18

Contract Staff

$90.00

Staff

24-Apr-18

Contract Staff

$120.00

Staff

28-Jun-18

Contract Staff

$1,575.00

Staff

16-Apr-18

Transportation allowance Jan -Mar

$450.00

vehicle

11-May-18

Transportation allowance Apr - June

$450.00

vehicle

01-Jan-18

Ward meeting sign rental

$172.46

ward meetings

25-Jan-18

Ward Meeting - Civic Gardens

$231.09

ward meetings

21-Mar-18

Sign rental

$182.64

ward meetings

22-Mar-18

Ward meeting flyer

$3.42

ward meetings

02-May-18

Ward meeting room rental

$208.00

ward meetings

20-May-18

Ward meeting supplies - games

$323.07

ward meetings

04-Jan-18

Newsletter printing

$18.74

website/communications

31-Jan-18

Newsletter printing

$18.96

website/communications

07-Mar-18

Newsletter printing

$18.96

website/communications

11-Apr-18

Newsletter printing

$18.96

website/communications

15-Apr-18

Web broadcasting software

$95.29

website/communications

08-May-18

Newsletter printing

$18.96

website/communications

06-Jun-18

Newsletter printing

$18.96

website/communications

       
       

Jan 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

Feb 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

Mar 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

Apr 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

May 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

Jun 2018

Internet

$33.46

Internet

 

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Being a politician doesn't give anyone the right to make me a target.

Thank you

I want to start by thanking all of the people who have taken the time to contact me and offer their support. I try to personally respond to every single message I receive, however, there are just so many. If I did not get back to you, please know that I saw your message, and I appreciate your support.

Mostly, I appreciate that the community is condemning these actions and saying clearly that it is not acceptable. If you have any information, I encourage you to contact the police or crime stoppers.

Integrity is one of my core values. I believe in doing the right thing.

What's this all about

I have taken a fairly strong stance on the vehicle for hire bylaw. I have consulted with many people in our community. I have heard from customers, drivers, owners, brokers, city staff and more. I have spent a great deal of time researching and understanding the issue.

There are divergent opinions, and not a clear consensus on the issue.

To bring you up to speed the city limits the number of taxi plates that are available to 1:1100 residents (as per the census population). We do not limit limo or transportation network companies (uber, lyft etc).

I have been supporting the eventual removal of the cap, and have offered an approach that would see the ratios decline over time. In April I stated at a public meeting that we should look at going from 1:1100 to 1:1050. There are many reasons I believe we should change this - in brief under the current system drivers who wish to drive a taxi but do not have their own plate, lease a plate from a plate owner. They pay a weekly lease fee to the owner for the ability to drive a cab. Many owners are also drivers, but not all are - some just lease their plates and collect the lease fees. There are many drivers who wish to have their own plate and not to pay the lease fee to a driver. Plate owners pay the city a $750 fee annually for the plate. Those who lease plates pay different amounts, but typically reported at $450/ week. There are different structures as to who owns the vehicle and pays the insurance, but most commonly it is reported to me that it is the individual who leases the plate, who also pays the vehicle, insurance, maintenance and broker concessions (a fee for working for a specific company). Drivers who do not own their plates pay out a lot of money, just to be able to work. There is a lot more information here, but that's the Coles notes version.

After that meeting I received a letter at both my home address and at city hall that very clearly and explicitly indicated that I should not do that, and if I do that I would be shot, and that the shooter would then turn the gun on themselves. I was warned not to contact the police.

I did contact the police, and they are actively investigating. I have no doubt that they will find the person who sent this letter.

The letter is published in several of the links below.

A few answers

Why now?

In May when this first happened, I was hopeful that legal justice would happen swiftly. I met with a Free Press Reporter and talked to her off the record because I wanted someone to have the story in the case that anything should happen to me. That was the only reason she had permission to use the information. I trusted her to hold this information, but I did want someone to have the information, just in case. We were then in the nomination period, and I did not want this story to dissuade anyone (especially women) from running for office. This experience was not typical or normal, and I did not want to be the reason why someone did not run.

After we got through the nomination period, we were a few weeks away from the Public Participation Meeting. In considering this, I again did not want my experience to skew the public meeting, and so after the meeting on Tuesday, I spoke with the reporter again - this time on the record - and gave my consent to tell my story. I always knew it had to be told, and that it was important that it was in the public realm. I have never been good about holding back any information, and whenever possible (not bound by the rules of confidentiality) I have been transparent and open about all things - including my job, and my experiences as a Councillor.

Has this changed your opinion?

No. Neither the threat nor the story/public reaction has changed my opinion on the bylaw amendments. I have been looking at this issue very carefully for a few years, and I have always known that a change needed to happen. My job on council is to make decisions based on the wider community's best interest. I have long questioned what the municipal purpose is to capping the number of plates. In my opinion there is no municipal purpose in doing this. We regulate the vehicles and drivers for safety, but I believe that we need to remove the other regulations that are not there for the community's protection. It is not the job of council to protect an industry, or certain individuals.

How will this affect competition?

We are recommending other changes which will allow the industry to innovate and compete. Where we previously regulated the fares, it has been my opinion that the companies should be able to set their own fares, provided that they are posted, clear and transparent. If a company is able to have that flexibility, they may charge a different price but offer a different service. Perhaps when you order a cab - you fare will include a customer profile where you are brought a cup of coffee of the morning paper too. Other industries are regulated but are able to compete by offering different services (think of pizza places, restaurants, hair salons). We regulate them for consumer protection (safe food handling etc) but do not limit the number or the services that they offer.

How did you feel?

The threat scared me. I think anyone who received a threat like that would have been scared. My 9 year old son got the mail and handed it to me. I was standing in front of my children skimming bills when I read the words.

It disappointed me. I was disappointed that anyone would feel the need to go to that extreme. That they did not feel comfortable to call me and to talk about it. To take the opportunity to learn my concerns, and to try to come to a middle ground. That they did not think I would listen to them in a reasonable conversation. (Side note - I have met with many people who are plate owners and who represent the industry, and I have asked them all the same question - if 1:1050 is not a reasonable number, than give me a reasonable number to make progress here and I will agree to that. Their answer is the same each time that there are already too many, that we are allowing the plates to be devalued, and have a responsibility to not allow them to be devalued further). No one has yet to let me know why it is the city's responsibility (municipal purpose) in keeping it the same.

I was angry. I never thought I would have to deal with something like this. I give my all to this role. I start work first thing in the morning, and don't stop until bedtime. I am often still responding to emails from bed long after my house is quiet. I ran for city council because I wanted to help my community and to make our city a better place. I was never under any illusion that I would be perfect or that people would agree with everything I do - but I do my best. I learn the issues and I am thoughtful in my decision making. I engage the community in every way possible (monthly newsletters, quarterly meetings, social media, phone, email, a mid term review and more).

What next?

Tomorrow the recommendations of the committee after last weeks PPM go to council. I will try to once again make progress on the cap and releasing more plates. Should that fail, the recommendation of the committee is for a referral back for more consultation with the industry.

I believe that we need to make a few changes:

1) change the cap ratio to make more plates available 

2) create flexibility in the industry so that companies can be more competitive and offer differing services

3) increase the number of accessible plates available

4) find a way to support those that are making accessible services available

5) remove the city regulation on cameras - instead allow drivers/brokers the autonomy of installing and reviewing cameras provided that the public clearly knows if there is a camera recording 

6) remove some of the administrative burden

 

These are the issues I will be pushing for at council tomorrow.

Some Media Links:

https://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1491480

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/taxi-leaders-condemn-death-threat-over-licence-cap

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/city-councillor-faces-death-threat-over-taxi-debate

https://blackburnnews.com/london/london-news/2018/09/17/death-threat-sent-city-councillor/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/it-s-been-rough-london-city-councillor-reveals-death-threat-over-taxi-licences-1.4826366

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I asked some Londoners to make a video saying why they support me, and here's what happened

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Campaign diary - 85 days to go

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Campaign diary: 86 days to go

Watch the video here:

 

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Campaign Diary 89 days to go

89 Days to go

Yesterday, Arielle Kayabaga talked about doing online video’s but was a little nervous to do her first one.  I suggested that we do one together.  For my Campaign Diaries video from July 24 – Arielle and I discuss campaigns, race, affordable housing, green bins, and few other things too.  You can watch it here:

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Campaign diary: 91 Days to go

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Campaign Diary: 93 Days to go

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Campaign Diary: 94 days

94 days

It’s 94 days to election day.
Yesterday I did a Facebook Live video diary. It is something I will try to do most nights for the next 93 nights. I’m taking it as an opportunity to do a few things:

1) Tell you about the campaign for Ward 10 – the fun stuff, and the awkward moments
2) Talk about campaigns in general – the nitty-gritty stuff that you don’t see in the media
3) Teach others about how to campaign
4) Give you an opportunity to learn about me
5) Give you an opportunity to ask me questions

I’m sure I will cover more off as I go, but I see this as an opportunity to give the people watching a chance to get to know me. Who I am, and what I stand for.

I hope that if you are on Facebook – you will like my page and set up notifications so that you can join in when I am going live. If you are watching live, please comment and chime in on the discussion – it makes it much more interesting to get some feedback and engage during the live chat! The live videos will be posted in the evenings after 8 pm on nights when possible. I will try to make a post earlier in the day to narrow down the time so that you can plan to tune in – I hope to see you online!

 

 

 

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25 May 2017 Ward Meeting

Cllr Ridley was joined by multiple staff who were able to discuss the various environmental
programs available through the City of London.

Urban Forestry
Kat Hodgins

Water Engineering
Jeff Shaughnessy
Janet Rice-Gascon
Daniel Hsia

Environmental & Engineering Services
Greg Sandle

Urban Forestry
519-661-CITY (2489) ext.
4457
treeprotection@london.ca
Forestry Clerk/Dispatcher
519-661-CITY (2489) ext.
5783
trees@london.ca

Currently canopy coverage is 23%. Council direction is to
increase coverage by 2065 to 34% coverage.
Tree Protection By-Law
• 50+ cm requires a permit for removal
• Particular areas are protected: ESA, Parks
• Enforcement is based on complaints received
• Emergency tree removal is exempt from the permit
process: health and safety is compromised, however
proof is required.
• If denied permit, there is an appeal process one can
follow
Various Tree Planting Programs residents can get involved in,
include:
• Tree Me
• Re-Forest London

Water Engineering
519-661-5081

Growing Naturally Program
• Learn how to put the right plant in the right place
• Figure out the specific conditions in your yard (such as
sunlight and soil)
• Locate the perfect spot for your plants so they receive
the right amount of sun and shade
• Easily care for your lawn and garden for best results
• Reduce unnecessary watering, runoff and other
environmental impacts
Leak Allowance Program – Water Bill
• ONE-TIME assistance program should a severe
plumbing failure be experienced inside their home.
• Application must be submit within TWO MONTHS of
detecting the issue and completion of the repair

Environmental Programs
519-661-8413

• Curbside Recycling
• Garbage Container Limit & Bag Tags
• Adopt a Park
• Composting at Home
o Composters can be purchased
from EnviroDepots throughout the city.
• Stormwater System

Staff can show you the route stormwater
travels in your neighbourhood, and how it may
affect your property.

Question & Answer

Q: What can the City do about a property that is not
maintained, or not kept to the same standard as those in the
neighbourhood?
A: Residents can report a property, or simply ask questions, to
staff at 519-661-4660 or at enforcement@london.ca.
However, Property Standards primarily addresses concerns
that involve:
• Abandon buildings,
• Dangerous/Dead/Unsafe Trees,
• Safety/Structural problems with buildings,
• Pests such as cockroaches (for Bed Bugs, please
contact the London Middlesex Health Unit),
• Vital Services (lack of heat/hydro/water), and,
• Interior/exterior property maintenance.
Q: Are there specific types of trees that are planted on city
lands, or ones that are specifically avoided?
A: There are considerations taken before mass planting
occurs, such as
• Pollens,
• Native/non-native trees,
• Pests or other diseases,
• Growing habits of tree limbs (consideration of hydro
lines overhead),
• Road allowance space allotment,
• Sidewalks,
• Fire hydrants or other emergency services,
• Age of trees, and
• Variety of trees, for esthetic purposes.
Historically the City has planted one tree species along an
entire street, all of the same age. This became problematic
for a number of reasons (tree mortality rate, disease, etc.),
which has resulted in adjustments to the manner in which
trees are planted.
Q: Regarding the recent announcement of sewer
infrastructure investments from both the Provincial and
Federal governments, how will this affect London?
A: This will allow the City to
• Increase the capacity of sewer systems by
disconnecting the storm sewer systems that are tied
into sanitary sewer systems, which will aid with the
prevention of basement flooding and address the
overflow discharges into the Thames River;
• Upgrade the main process air blowers at the Greenway
and Pottersberg treatment plants
• Address sewage discharge into the Thames River
Q: Why is there such a push to have high-rise buildings
constructed in the downtown core?
A: As part of the London Plan Council has directed staff to
encourage infill and intensification, as seen in the “Our City”

section of the Plan (page 37). This will aid with the sprawl
that has been seen, especially in the north east and north west
corners of the city. By reducing sprawl, we are reducing the
additional services that required in these areas, and
subsequently are not required to increase property tax to
accommodate these additional services (from infrastructure,
to equipment, to staff resources).
Q: What is happening with Rapid Transit? There are
conflicting stories in the media.
A: Council approved the BRT system, using Richmond as the
main N/S route, without the tunnel.
Q: With talks of RT and the High Speed Rail, is there real
progress being made to see these ideas turn to reality?
A: Cllr Ridley indicates that London is actively seeking support
from both Provincial and Federal levels of government, and
are encouraging continued discussions to see this idea turn to
reality.

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