Opportunity to Join London Youth Advisory Council

This is an important notice from the London Youth Advisory Council.
If you’re between 15-25 years old, you can apply to be a part of the 2015-2016 youth council. Sometimes people think that you need to be ‘political’ to run for the LYAC. That isn’t true, we’ll help you every step of the way and there is absolutely NO experience required!

Here is all the information that you’ll need:
1. Application Form – DUE on March 15th
2. LYAC Councillor Job Description
3. General Elections Information

If you aren’t old enough to run (or are older than 25), you can still help us out by asking a young person to run! Research shows that people have to be encouraged 3-7 times before agreeing to run for political office, so add your voice and get a young person involved in the LYAC!

To find out more about what it’s like to be an LYAC Councillor, check out this video of the 2014/15 Councillors talking about their experience this year:


You’re always welcome to contact us at elections@lyac.ca or 226-271-1189 if you have questions.

London Youth Advisory Council

Final Remarks – Last Council Meeting 2010 – 2014 Term

Tonight is an opportunity to give thanks, and I have much to be thankful for.

To My Family – I want to start by thanking the most important people in my life, my family. When you are in public service, your family is in public service with you. This at times is not easy as they read the headlines, hear and watch the media broadcasts along with you. It takes a strong support system when you are in politics and my family has been my with me the entire way. Thank you. I couldn’t have done this without you.

To Citizens of London – Citizen engagement is an important foundational principal of democracy. A principal I strongly believe in because it has made me a better member of council. The more I engaged, the more informed I was, the better my decision making. My thanks to the citizens of London who guided me through face to face discussions, phone calls, emails, twitter, Facebook, blogs etc. Your perspective is important, not just every 4 years, but every day. Thank you for the valuable service you provide.

To Media, Bloggers, commentators…: Good governance is about being accountable, transparent and open in your decision making. You ensure the public is informed. You shine a light on important issues and as a result – a better informed local public and improved open government. Thanks for the valuable service you provide.

To Staff:

  • The Councillor’s office staff is extraordinary. They Work diligently to provide councillors with support in order to make our job easier.
  •  The Clerks Department and my Office staff – Cathy, Linda, Barb, Leah, Cheryl, Lina have been incredible in ensuring my office runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • To the Boards and Commissions – I want to recognize the leadership within and their appointed members for their important contributions to this city.
  • To our City staff. There is tremendous talent and depth in our work force. At times we get things wrong, but 95+ % of the time we get it right. We are a multi-faceted service provider with layers of provincial and federal legislation and regulations that must be followed. Local government is complex and you operate in an ever changing, highly political environment and at times I am sure it seems a thankless enterprise. My thanks to you for always maintaining a professional approach, for assisting council, and offering your best advice. Thank you for the valuable service you provide under challenging circumstance.

To my Colleagues – I have not regretted serving with any one of you. Over my time on council I have served with many interesting and engaging personalities. At times it was difficult and gruelling; other times, pleasant and fulfilling. What I know is at the deepest point of my frustration or anger, I always learned something about myself. For that I am grateful.

We all bring our personal perspectives to the table and at times it is hard to agree to disagree. We know that public service is hard work. There are numerous perspectives on a variety of vastly diverging issues and it is not easy, but it is extraordinarily rewarding. Thank you for your service in striving to make London a better place.

To the newly elected council: Councillor Brown I know you will do a tremendous job as our new Mayor. I have observed you over four years, your dedication, intelligence, perseverance and your ability to collaborate are going to serve council well.

I know the councillors elected will serve their representative wards well. When I am about the city at events, many Londoners express their excitement about the newly elected council. There is hope and promise in this community.

Be visionary. Following World War II, London, England was debating the next steps for a city heavily bombed. Many simply wanted to rebuild quickly to kick start the economy. Winston Churchill urged his government to take a different approach. He gave one of his motivational speeches and poignantly said, and I paraphrase, “First you shape your city, thereafter it shapes you.” He was urging his colleagues to commit to rebuilding London with world class structures, and a beautiful public realm that would reflect the character and aspirations of the city. It was a vision for the creation of a city that was a beacon for commerce, beautiful for all to admire, and functional for moving people and goods. The result of Churchill’s legacy is the extraordinary world class city that London, England is today.

Decisions you make today will have far reaching implications. You have to think about how you are shaping our city; for your generation, your children and grandchildren’s generation. We want a vibrant, dynamic, beautiful city. We don’t want a city that demonstrates the geography of know where. We want a city that is the calling card to the world. So please remember, “First you shape your city, thereafter it shapes you.”

When you make decisions, make sure you are informed – read the report. If you don’t understand ask. The number of services the city is engaged in is astounding. You can’t possibly know all the answers. Ask for assistance; you have dedicated staff ready and willing to help.

I have no hesitation in predicting the new council will bring pride to our community, working in a professional manner to move London forward.

Thank you for running for office and stepping forward to offer your service.

In closing, I’ll quote Tony Blair: It has been an honour to serve. I give my thanks to you, London citizens, for the times I have succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I have fallen short.

Thank you.

City Hall Nov. 24 – 28, 2014

Nov. 24 4:00 pm. Strategic Priorities & Policy Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/2FBUjD
#5 – Water and wastewater rates
#6, 7 & 8 – Relate to Acting Mayor policy revision, office allocation and minor amendment to long term disability benefit

Nov. 25 4:00 pm. Last Council meeting of this term. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/nL0JmM
#10 – Properties at 510 Central Ave. & 609 William St. Issues may be raised with respect to the infill project.

Recognition of Councillors leaving office.


City Hall Nov. 3-7, 2014

Nov. 3, 4:00 pm. Civic Works Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/vKzsLB
#11 – Request to extend overnight on street parking into the fall

Nov. 3, 7:00 pm. Community & Protective Services Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/I6yss3

Nov. 4, 1:00 pm. Corporate Services Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/P7Ck80
#5 – Verbal update on Lorne Ave. public school

Nov. 4, 4:00 pm. Planning & Environment Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/QorZ0l
#12 – Request from province to demolish to heritage buildings: 2526 Oxford St. circa 1880 former Kilworth post office & 600 Sanatorium Rd. “Middleton” house – former Superintendents cottage
#13 – Demolition of 420 Fanshawe Park Road. former Geary, Rubinoff & Poole family home
#15 – Coves Master Plan



Important Votes from 2005-2010

The following votes are noted as they reflect decisions with respect to the environment, heritage, tree preservation, affordable housing, council conduct, Ombudsman, London Hydro, and citizen engagement. For space constraints, the list notes only those current/past councillors running in the 2014 election.

  1. 02-2005 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen, Bill Armstrong voted to cut the contribution to the significant woodland acquisition reserve fund by $250,000.
  2. 2005 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen, Harold Usher voted against LACH recommendations to designate three heritage buildings, thereby voting for the demolition of 1782 Kilally Rd. to be of historical, contextual and architectural significance, 331-335 Talbot St.to be of historical and cultural significance and 252 Central Ave. to be of architectural, historical and cultural significance (two demolished sites remain parking lots).
  3. 3-27-2006 Roger Caranci, Paul VanMeerbergen, Bud Polhill voted against a motion to adopt a by-law to regulate the cosmetic use of pesticides.
  4. 18-9-2006 Roger Caranci, Paul VanMeerbergen voted against a motion to change the policy for the evaluation of significant woodlands that would protect more woodlands.
  5. 20-2-2007 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen, Stephen Orser voted in favour of cutting $300,000 from tree planting budget.
  6. 20-2-2007 Roger Caranci, Paul VanMeerbergen, Stephen Orser, voted against a motion to set aside $500,000 for tree planting to combat the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer.
  7. 20-2-2007 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen, Stephen Orser voted against a motion to allocate $250,000 to the reserve fund for the acquisition of significant woodlands.
  8. 20-2-2007 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen, Stephen Orser voted against the allocation of surplus funds for Affordable housing.
  9. 12-03-2007 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill voted against the Ombudsman being appointed as the closed meeting investigator for the city.
  10. 22-10-2007 Roger Caranci voted in favour of a motion at Council to allow for London Hydro to discuss the sale of hydro as a result of an offer from Chatham-Kent Energy.
  11. 22-10-2007 Roger Caranci voted against a motion to allow a public meeting to hear from Londoners as to whether London Hydro should remain a publicly-owned and operated utility.
  12. 21-2-2008 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen voted against the Urban Forest Effects study of our city’s urban forest in order to develop our urban forest strategy for long term protection.
  13. 21-2-2008 Paul VanMeerbergen voted against the public private partnership for the new Stoney Creek YMCA, Library, Community Centre.
  14. 23-6-2008 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen voted against a public participation meeting to hear input on a discussion about London Hydro and proposals for mergers.
  15. 21-7-2008 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen voted against the Climate change study to evaluate risks to Londoners for flooding given the extreme weather flooding events.
  16. 12-01-2008 Roger Caranci voted against winter snow removal on the community pathway between schools, churches and mall in White Oaks.
  17. 15-12-2008 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill voted against approving a committee to implement a process to engage an Integrity Commissioner for the city.
  18. 21-09-2009 Roger Caranci, Bud Polhill, Paul VanMeerbergen voted against Rental Licensing which allows the city to ensure adequate living standards for renters.
  19. 28-09-2009 Roger Caranci, VanMeerbergen voted against purchasing an Environmentally Sensitive Area from a developer in order to protect against development.

City Hall Oct. 14-17, 2014

Oct. 14, 3:30 pm. Special Planning & Environment Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/p1KX89
#2 – 5:10 Central Ave & 609 William St. To further discuss project to seek resolution

Oct. 14, 5:00 pm. Council (Please note the change start time)
19th Report of PEC:
#14 – Properties at 1643, 1649, 1653 Richmond St.
#16 – 7 Annadale Dr. – redevelopment proposal
#17 – 50 King St. –  Apartment building proposal
24th Report of CSC:
#2 – Revisions to Council members expense account

City Hall – Oct. 6 -10, 2014

Oct. 6, 4:00 pm. Civic Works Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/7JDj4c
Nothing controversial on agenda.

Oct. 6, 7:00 pm. Community & Protective Services. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/5hkqnN
#7 – Taxi & limousine fare review

Oct. 7, 1:00 pm. Corporate Services Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/t6I6MA
#2 – Amendment to council policy by-law

Oct. 7, 4:00 pm. Planning & Environment Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/I9QlJy
#14 – Public participation meeting at 4:30 pm. for zoning change to 1643, 1649, 1653 Richmond St. for medical dental/residential uses
#16 – Public participation meeting at 5: 00 pm. for the rezoning and repurposing of Sherwood Forest Public School at 7 Annadale Dr.
#17 – Public participation meeting at 7: 00 pm for zoning change for the County of Middlesex Building at 50 King St.
#19 – Application of bonusing provisions in the official plan – verbal report

City Hall Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014

Sept. 29, 4:00 pm. Strategic Priorities & Policy Cte. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/jlhSrw
#2 – Economic development review next steps

Sept. 30, 4:00 pm. Council. Full agenda: http://goo.gl/o3I8TD
Planning & Environment Cte. Report:
#11 – Car dealership on Fanshawe Park Road
#16 – Apartment proposal for NE corner of Fanshawe Park Rd. and Richmond St.