Posts Tagged ‘committee’

Liquid Waste Treatment Facility

October 13, 2008

London is examining how best to deal with hauled liquid waste. And although the preferred solution appears to be a leachate pre-treatment facility adjacent to the W12A Landfill, there is a lack of consensus about proper procedure.

Planning Committee debated this issue last Monday. Members struggled with the question of whether the area ought to be rezoned, with Councillor Caranci taking the position that “We’re running this as a business…It’s a revenue generator…It should be zoned industrial.” The area is currently designated for agricultural land use and staff has recommended that it be rezoned as “a Special Provision Agricultural Zone.” I wonder if that’s political goobley-gook for ‘commercial activity that’s being disguised as something else’?

Councillor Branscombe appeared to struggle with understanding the difference in zoning designations. Unfortunately, I struggled in hearing that part of the discussion because of the terrible sound quality in the Council chamber. However, I did manage to capture this one of her questions: “If we zone it Industrial, who knows where that’s going to end up?”

For me, an even more interesting exchange occurred around the propriety of making any rezoning decision before an Area Plan has been completed. Readers of this blog know that proper process is of significant importance to me, and that it was the subject of one of my submissions to the Governance Task Force.

Members of the committee held opposing opinions on whether or not the rezoning decision ought to be considered prior to the completion of an Area Plan, with Councillor Caranci and Controller Polhill arguing in favour of waiting.

Controller Polhill wanted to know “The Area Study won’t be completed until the end of the year so why rezone this now?” and made the excellent point that “We tell other people “If your Area Plan isn’t done we won’t rezone it”… We don’t have to follow the rules but everybody else does.”

In the words of Controller Polhill, “It’s really funny because Roger and I are on the other side of the fence this time.”

It was particularly difficult for me to listen to Controller Barber’s attempted justification for pushing ahead with the rezoning prior to the Area Study completion, but in the end the committee made the correct decision to refer the rezoning matter back to the Planning Committee along with the Area Plan.

On a somewhat related matter, it was revealed that a draft compensation policy for area residents who’ve been affected by the continued operation and expansion of W12 will be coming forward in 6-8 weeks.

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2008/10/06 Planning Meeting

October 3, 2008

I’ll continue to add commentary about items of interest to me as time permits. For full details about agenda contents, interested persons should log on to the city website and review what’s available there for themselves.

4:00 PM Planning(01)
Consent Item: “Potential for additional tree conservation through Site Plan Approval.”

4:00 PM? Planning(02)
Consent Item: The placement of signage for fire routes.

4:00 PM? Planning(03)
Consent Item: DNL Group’s appeal to the OMB

4:00 PM? Planning(04)
Consent Item: Heritage alteration application re 512 Colborne Street.

4:00 PM? Planning(05)
Consent Item: Integration of lands acquired at 544 Riverside Drive into McKillop Park.

4:00 PM? Planning(06)
Consent Item: Status report re Keep London Growing Coalition (KLGC).

4:00 PM? Planning(07)
Consent Item: Reduced fees when applying for building permits online.

4:00 PM? Planning(08)
Consent Item: Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee (EEPAC) 9th report.

4:00 PM? Planning(09)
Consent Item: Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) 4th report.

4:00 PM? Planning(10)
Consent Item: 2008/08 building construction.

4:00 PM? Planning(11)
Consent Item: London cannot control demolition of Middleton House.

4:30 PM? Planning(12)
Public Participation Meeting: Zoning change re 2034 Hyde Park Road and 1446 Fanshawe Park Road West.

4:30 PM? Planning(13)
Report: variance from Sign and Canopy By-law re 1350 Trafalgar Street.

4:30 PM? Planning(14)
Report: variance from Sign and Canopy By-law re 500 Springbank Drive.

4:50 PM? Planning(15)
Public Participation Meeting: Long-term plan re Veterans Memorial Parkway.

7:00 PM? Planning(16)
Public Participation Meeting: Leachate Pre-treatmentlHauled Liquid Waste Facility at 3438 Manning Drive.

7:30 PM? Planning(17)
Public Participation Meeting: Springbank Park road closure.

8:00 PM? Planning(18)
Application for Demolition Permit: vacant building at 544 Riverside Drive.

2008/10/06 CAPS Meeting

October 3, 2008

I’ll continue to add commentary about items of interest to me as time permits. For full details about agenda contents, interested persons should log on to the city website and review what’s available there for themselves.

5:00 PM CAPS(01)
Consent Item: 2008/10 Dearness Home Community Newsletter.

5:00 PM? CAPS(02)
Consent Item: CSCPAC Report.

5:00 PM? CAPS(03)
Consent Item: LDRRAC Report.

5:00 PM? CAPS(04)
Consent Item: Council resolution re Advertising in Public Parks.

5:00 PM? CAPS(05)
Consent Item: Options for Future Dearness Home Operation.

5:00 PM? CAPS(06)
Consent Item: Defibrillators in Recreation Faciliiies.

5:00 PM? CAPS(07)
Consent Item: Facility Rental Contracts.

5:00 PM? CAPS(08)
Consent Item: Downtown Monitored Surveillance Camera Program.

5:00 PM? CAPS(09)
Consent Item: Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

5:00 PM? CAPS(10)
Consent Item: Street to Home Model.

5:10 PM? CAPS(11)
Item for Direction: Clarence Point Park. .

5:25 PM? CAPS(13)
Item for Direction: Child and Youth Agenda. .

7:00 PM? CAPS(14)
AAC 8th Report. .

7:00 PM? CAPS(15)
CCAC 4th Report. .

7:00 PM? CAPS(12)
Request for New Dog Park. .

2008/10/06 ETC Meeting

October 3, 2008

I’ll continue to add commentary about items of interest to me as time permits. For full details about agenda contents, interested persons should log on to the city website and review what’s available there for themselves.

4:00 PM ETC(07)
Appeal of an order to muzzle a dog.

4:30 PM? ETC(01)
7th Report of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee..

4:30 PM? ETC(02)
Response to Requests to Discontinue Water Fluoridation in London.. A staff report which describes “the fluoridation of the City of London’s drinking water and recent lobbying efforts by citizens and organizations opposed to drinking water fluoridation” and a recommendation by the Middlesex-London Health Unit that no action be taken by the city at this time because of a currently ongoing Health Canada study.

4:30 PM? ETC(03)
PCB Storage Facility Decommissioning Project.. Information requested by the 2008/08/18 City Council meeting. It describes the removal of PCBs and related contaminants and their storage in containment vaults, the permanent decommissioning of the Westinghouse PCB storage site (near Huron Street and Clarke Road), blood testing of interested individuals, public consultation, etc.

4:30 PM? ETC(04)
Removal of Maple Trees@) at 165 Grey Street..

4:40 PM? ETC(05)
Request to Reverse…Traffic Direction….

5:00 PM? ETC(06)
7th Report of the Trees and Forests Advisory Committee..

5:00 PM? ETC(08)
Raising…Awareness About…Plight of Factory Famed Animals… A letter from Humane Society International (Canada) asking that London adopt a “non-binding, no fiscal impact” resolution (draft provided) to raise awareness about the egg industry’s cruel use of confining battery cages.

Committee Meetings – 2008/05/26

May 26, 2008

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ETC’s Accessible Taxi Licences Referral Motion

May 5, 2008

Home at last. Almost 4 hours of verbal presentations from members of the public, and in the end a deferral motion that, although unanimous, may (or may not) have been achieved by an illegal procedure.

It seems to me that, after an first motion by Controller Hume was clearly defeated, and with a subsequent motion by Councillor Orser on the floor, the Chair did allow the original motion to be re-argued. Despite the fact that those arguments were clearly contrary to the second motion.

I will have to carefully review my audio recording of the evening’s events and consult what legislation I can find online. Give me some time, but I will get back to you on that.

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Addendum 2008/05/06 06:00PM:

I’m a person with multiple disabilities who worked as a London taxi owner/operator for years. Forced out of the business that I loved because, after expenses, there was less left for me than what people on welfare receive. The money that I had to pay Jim Donnelly Sr. to lease that piece of tin, could have made all the difference.

Something else that occurred to me over the course of the 4 hours that I sat there listening, was the obviously significant increase in the number of immigrant taxi drivers since I left the business. Most importantly, I have to wonder how many of them got suckered into buying plates at monumentally inflated prices from long-time plate owners who could see the writing on the wall? Who have now probably moved south to live out the rest of their lives in luxury without the slightest concern for those who are faced with the risk/fear of losing such investment? As usual, it’s the little guy who takes it on the chin. Whatever happens, I don’t think the Donnelly’s are going to suffer.

Addendum 2008/05/06 06:45PM:

Read the comments to this blog post, particularly the electrifying one just posted. Where’s a municipal Ombudsman when you need one?

Addendum 2008/05/06 08:30PM:

Blog stats hit new highs today. I think I touched a nerve. Or three. Thanks very much for all the emails, and keep them coming. I promise that I’ll read each and every one and respond, but it may take a while.

Addendum 2008/05/08 05:30PM:

My apology for the delay. The response to my blog posts has been rather overwhelming the past couple of days. Here is my unedited audio recording of the decision portion of the meeting:

Committee Meetings – 2008/05/05

May 4, 2008

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City Hall Committees – 2008/04/07

April 6, 2008

Here’s my blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall…


04:00 ETC(01) 3rd Report of the Trees and Forests Advisory Committee
(post Cte. decision here)


04:01 ETC(02) Lead Mitigation Program and Community Lead Testing.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:02 ETC(03) On-Street Parking in Cul-de-sacs and
Parking in Driveways Between the Sidewalk and Roadway.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:03 ETC(04) 2008 Annual Warranted Sidewalk Program
(TS1163).
“Proposed works to be undertaken in 2008, under the Annual Warranted Sidewalk Program, whereby areas in the City of London that do not have sidewalks are assessed for pedestrian safety and prioritized. Typically two to three new sidewalk locations are constructed each year through the program.”
Only 4 sidewalks are being proposed for construction this year because of the inadequate current annual budget of only $200,000.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:04 ETC(05) Amendments to the Traffic and Parking Bylaw.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:05 ETC(06) Proposed StormlDrainage and Stormwater Management Servicing Works for Wickerson Road Development Area.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:06 ETC(07a) 2007 Compliance Reports from Joint Water Boards
(post Cte. decision here)

04:07 ETC(07b) Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System 2007 Compliance Report.
(post Cte. decision here)

04:08 ETC(07c) Elgin-Middlesex Pumping Station 2007 Compliance Report.
(post Cte. decision here)

04:09 ETC(07d) Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System 2007 Compliance Report.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:10 ETC(10) 1st Report of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:20 ETC(11) Pesticide By-law Education & Awareness Update and By-law Amendments Focusing on Golf Courses, Playing Fields and Lawn Bowling Greens.
(post Cte. decision here)

04:30 ETC(?) PCB Cleanup Project
(post Cte. decision here)


05:00 ETC(08a) Wonderland Road North Class Environmental Assessment
(post Cte. decision here)

05:10 ETC(08b) Wonderland Road North – Commercial Plaza
Access Changes.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:30 ETC(09) Road Rehabilitation and Funding Prospects.
An administrative recommendation that “London’s prospective $5.8 million share of the recent $400 million Provincial allocation for municipal infrastructure BE CONSIDERED for the rehabilitation of paved roads in London.”
No mention of any need for expenditures re pedestrian-related projects.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:00 CAPS(01) Dearness Home Community Newsletter – April 2008.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:00 CAPS(02) 2nd Report of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee.
“…the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee (CSCP) heard a verbal presentation from G. Fowler, 962 Eagle Crescent, with respect to pedestrian safety issues. The CSCP was advised of the following by Mr. G. Fowler: (a) he has previously asked the Environment and Transportation Committee to establish a Pedestrian Safety Committee; (b) the newly-appointed Municipal Council dealt with this issue in camera; (c) a report was prepared and given to the Board of Control, but Mr. Fowler has not seen the report; (d) he has been advised by the Civic Administration that the Transportation Master Plan is not being updated at this time; (e) he feels that the City of London does not care about its citizens; and (f) he was successful in having a traffic study done by the London Police at the corner of Commissioners Road and Pond Mills Road; it being noted that the conclusion of the study is that the intersection is dangerous to pedestrians. The CSCP asked its committee Secretary to provide it and Mr. Fowler with a copy of the report dealing with pedestrian safety issues. The CSCP indicated it will review the report and make recommendations and will invite Mr. Fowler back when this issue is dealt with by the CSCP. “
Need for differentiation between ‘report’ and ‘study.’ Reinforce complaint that as a pedestrian-rights activist, I was deliberately excluded from the review of the TMP. Pursue issue of Commissioners/Pond Mills by filing copy of police report with the committee and specifically requesting that action be taken. Point out the complete lack of response by city staff re pedestrian safety at the same time that administration is proposing spending the entire $5.8 million transfer on road paving (see: ETC#9)
(post Cte. decision here)


05:01 CAPS(03) 3rd Report of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee.
“…the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee (CSCP) received communications from its Committee Secretary and heard a verbal presentation from G. Fowler, 962 Eagle Crescent, with respect to pedestrian safety issues. The CSCP asked for the following information: (a) any by-laws, both municipal and provincial, relating to pedestrian safety issues; (b) the statistics for pedestrian-related accidents and the number of times the pedestrian is at fault to be included in the Police Statistics provided to the CSCP on a monthly basis; and (c) statistics from hospital emergency rooms relating to the number of pedestrian injuries: it being noted that the CSCP received information on its February 22, 2007 Agenda with respect to this matter. “
.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:02 CAPS(04) 2nd Report of the Chlld Care Advisory Committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:03 CAPS(05) 2nd Report of the London Housing Advisory Committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:04 CAPS(06) 4th Report of the London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:04 CAPS(07) Continuation of Federal Community Action
Program for Children (CAPC) Fundlng in London 200812009.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:05 CAPS(08) Request for Additional Allocation for Homes Unlimited Project Approved Under Wave 1 of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:05 CAPS(11) Ontario Human Rights Commlssion Section 29 Inquiry – Calling of Stops.
(post Cte. decision here)


05:10 CAPS(10) Greenway Off Leash Dog Park
(post Cte. decision here)


05:25 CAPS(09b) Storybook Gardens Business Plan – 2008
(post Cte. decision here)

05:35 CAPS(09c) re Storybook Gardens: V. Van Linden
(post Cte. decision here)

05:40 CAPS(09d) re Storybook Gardens: Dr. C. Hutnik
(post Cte. decision here)

05:45 CAPS(09e) re Storybook Gardens: J. Proulx
(post Cte. decision here)

05:50 CAPS(09f) re Storybook Gardens: L. Palser
(post Cte. decision here)

05:55 CAPS(09g) re Storybook Gardens: M. St-Amand
(post Cte. decision here)

06:00 CAPS(09h) re Storybook Gardens: L. Brooks
(post Cte. decision here)

06:05 CAPS(09i) re Storybook Gardens: M. Schneider
(post Cte. decision here)

06:10 CAPS(09j) re Storybook Gardens: L.A. Carlson
(post Cte. decision here)

06:15 CAPS(09k) re Storybook Gardens: D. Willoughby
(post Cte. decision here)

06:20 CAPS(09l) re Storybook Gardens: S. DeGraw
(post Cte. decision here)

06:25 CAPS(09m) re Storybook Gardens: A. Lippold
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09n) re Storybook Gardens: S. Benko
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09o) re Storybook Gardens: K. and K. Lomack
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09p) re Storybook Gardens: T. Zientara
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09q) re Storybook Gardens: J. Mombourquette
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09r) re Storybook Gardens: D. and M. Keane
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09s) re Storybook Gardens: The Tiba Family
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09t) re Storybook Gardens: The Harding Family
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09u) re Storybook Gardens: C. Momingstar, London Chapter, The Council of Canadians
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09v) re Storybook Gardens: R. and J. Licastro
(post Cte. decision here)

06:30 CAPS(09w) re Storybook Gardens: T. Rutten
(post Cte. decision here)


04:00 Plan(01) Deer Ridge Developments Inc. – Matthews Hall Subdivision
(post Cte. decision here)


04:01 Plan(02) 2280 Wickerson Road – Extension of Draft Approval.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:02 Plan(03) 1270 Sunningdale Road East: OMB Decision
(post Cte. decision here)


04:03 Plan(04) 1119 Gainsborough Road.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:04 Plan(05) 1 Terrace Street.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:05 Plan(06) 3544 Dingman Drive: Try Recycling
(post Cte. decision here)


04:06 Plan(07) 2007 Condominium Report.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:07 Plan(08) 3089, 3095, 3101, 3109,3115, 3123.3129 and 3137 Singleton Avenue.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:08 Plan(09) 2nd Report of the Urban Design Steering committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:09 Plan(10) 2nd Report of the Agricultural Advisory Committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:10 Plan(11) 4th Report of the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory committee.
(post Cte. decision here)


04:15 Plan(12) 4th Report of the London Advisory Committee on Heritage
(post Cte. decision here)

04:30 Plan(13) Community Improvement Plan for Brownfield Incentives: Boundaty Expansion (0-7508)
(post Cte. decision here)

04:30 Plan(14) 1350 Wharncliffe Road South (2-7498)
(post Cte. decision here)

04:45 Plan(15) Expansion of Old East Village Community Improvement Project Area (0-7500)
(post Cte. decision here)

04:45 Plan(16) 569,571 and 573 Oxford Street East (2-7303)
(post Cte. decision here)

05:00 Plan(17) 1812 Wonderland Road North (39T-0651 O/Z-7255)
(post Cte. decision here)

05:15 Plan(18) Urban Design Peer Review Panel – Final Terms of Reference
(post Cte. decision here)

Committee Meetings – 2008/03/17

March 17, 2008

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Today’s CSCP Appearance

February 29, 2008

I made a verbal submission to the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee (CSCP) this afternoon, and I think that it was fairly well received.

I spoke at length about my 2006/05/17 proposal for a Pedestrian Committee, and my concern about the secretive manner with which it was treated by staff and City Council. I also previously spoke about this when I addressed the Governance Task Force. Fortunately, Mr. Bill Brock is a member of both, and he seems to have some appreciation that this is a matter of due process for citizens who are trying to deal with City Hall.

I made a significant effort to impress upon the committee, the importance of City Hall’s failure to act upon the London Police Service report which identifies the design of the intersection at Commissioners/Pond Mills as being dangerous to pedestrians. I named the member of staff who received the police report and has taken no action, and I suggested that said staff member ought to be dismissed FOR CAUSE.

I also introduced the subject of potentially regulating the height of fences that border pedestrian walkways. Naming the walkway which connects Eagle Crescent and King Edward Avenue, I offered my opinion that it is an excellent example of a fence which creates a tunnel environment that reduces the likelihood of passersby from being able to detect any assault which might be taking place.

I spoke about the comparitively spartan budget for installing lights in pedestrian walkways, and offered that as an example of the disconnect between City Hall’s rhetoric with respect to pedestrian travel, and what it’s prepared to spend money on.

Continuing with that theme, I spoke about my efforts to find out why the Transportation Master Plan was not reviewed along with the review of the Official Plan which just concluded. This is something that I’ll be pursuing, perhaps in the form of an inquiry to the Minister and/or the OMB.

Following Mr. Brock’s lead, CSCP passed a motion to request that Civic Administration provide it with a copy of the report that was prepared for the Striking Committee (the current members of Board of Control) with respect to my Pedestrian Committee proposal. If that request succeeds, then perhaps at long last I’ll learn whether staff made any real effort to study the issue, or if the report contains nothing more substantial then a simple recommendation.

Until that matter is dealt with, CSCP does not appear to be ready to deal with the others. I can only hope that the continued delay does not result in tragedy, either in the local walkway or the dangerous Commissioners/Pond Mills intersection.

There are many other pedestrian-related issues which I didn’t address today, but hope to be able to do so in the future. Things like landscaping along walkways and sidewalks, signal timing issues, obstruction of sidewalks by parked/idling vehicles, the arbitrarily limited criteria used by staff in issuing warrants for pedestrian crosswalks, etc.

Allow me to take this opportunity to remind you that I am extremely interested in obtaining contact information for persons who are interested in pedestrian issues. The more people who are willing to be involved in the pursuit of pedestrian safety/rights, the better the chance for some real progress. Please give me a call at 519-649-0500 or email to fowgreATyahooDOTcom.

City Hall Committees – 2008/02/25

February 25, 2008

Here’s my blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall…

3:00 p.m. Planning (11) Closing the Gap: New Partnerships for Great Neighbourhoods Surrounding Our University and Colleges
(post Cte. decision here)
3:00 p.m. Planning (12) Rental Residential Business Licensing Program
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (1) Recommendation for Public Site Plan Approval re Possible Development of Lands Bounded by St. James Street, St. George Street, Grosvenor Street and the Thames River (Grosvenor Gate Site)
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. ETC (8) Dog Muzzling
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (2) Compliance of the Development Agreement – property located at 236 Oxford Street West
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (3) Notice of Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board re property located at 535
Crestwood Drive
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (4) property located at 1128 Fanshawe Park Road West
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (5) Various Amendments re Sign and Canopy By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (6) property located at 3 Stanton Place
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (7) properties located at 6946,6954,6960,6968,6976,6982,6998,7006 and 7012 Clayton Walk
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (8) Annual Report on Building Permit Fees
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (9) Building Activity for the Month of January 2008
(post Cte. decision here)
4:00 p.m. Planning (10) Urban Design Program – actions taken by 2008/01/29 Committee of the Whole
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. Planning (13) properties located at 587, 585 and 589 Clarke Road
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (1) 2nd Report of the Advisory Committee on the Environment
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (2) 3rd Report of the Transportation Advisory Committee
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (3) Proposed Date to Hold a Public Participation Meeting to Consider Proposed Amendments to the Taxicab Licensing By-law L-126-256 re Issuance of Additional Accessible Cab Owner Licences
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (4) Amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (5) Environmental and Engineering Services Department Organization – 2008/02/04 Council resolution
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. ETC (6) Smart Growth and Renewable Energy Solutions
(post Cte. decision here)
4:30 p.m. Planning (14) property located at 6224 Colonel Talbot Road
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (15) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (16) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
4:45 p.m. Planning (17) property located at 1777 Highbury Avenue North
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. Planning (18) Street Renaming – Medway Park Court to Medway Park Drive
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. ETC (7) Drainage By-law Amendments
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (1) 2nd Report of the Community Advisory Committee on Dearness Services
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. ETC (9) Plastic Bag Free Day
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (2) Social Assistance Trends Quarterly Report
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (3) Klpps Lane Hub at Northbrae Public School – Construction Agreement and By-law
(post Cte. decision here)
5:00 p.m. CAPS (4) London’s Community Addictions Response Strategy (CAReS)
(post Cte. decision here)
5:25 p.m. CAPS (7) Reinstating London’s Child Care Fee Subsidy Wait List
(post Cte. decision here)
5:30 p.m? CAPS (5) City Golf Courses – Fees and Charges for Pro Shop Services
(post Cte. decision here)
5:30 p.m? CAPS (6) 3rd Report of the Council Housing Leadership Committee
(post Cte. decision here)
7:00 p.m. Planning (19a) Official Plan Review
(post Cte. decision here)

City Hall Committees – 2008/02/11

February 11, 2008

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In Toronto, Pedestrians Have a Voice

February 2, 2008

In London, my proposal for a Pedestrian Subcommittee was underhandedly dismissed without any public scrutiny. Which is why pedestrian issues only come forward periodically, presented one by one by affected individuals, where the issues and the individuals can be easily dispensed with by local politicians.

In Toronto, on the other hand, pedestrians are treated with some respect. Today’s news includes an article (‘Committee wants better snow removal on sidewalks‘; Toronto Star; 2008/02/02) about some of the recommendations just made by their Pedestrian Committee:

  • Plow sidewalks on all arterial roads.
  • staff should prepare a report on the cost and feasibility of plowing all residential sidewalks.
  • Provide improved service for older and disabled residents who can’t clear their own walks.
  • speed installation of chirping traffic signals to help blind and visually impaired pedestrians cross busy intersections.
  • an extra $1.35 million this year for pedestrian traffic signals that help people who don’t see well get across the street.
  • In London, where local politicians pretend to support TDM and a transportation hierarchy, snow clearing of pedestrian roads (sidewalks, walkways) is often just an afterthought. If there was any truth behind the Official Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, wouldn’t pedestrian streets get cleared first, before any consideration was given to the automobile?

    But whoever said that politicians have to be honest?

    City Hall Committees – 2008/01/28

    January 28, 2008

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    Do you like the way that all of the agenda items are laid out here? Do you think that committees should meet at separate times to facilitate attendance? Do you have your own suggestions for City Hall?    Visit HERE and let the Governance Task Force know what you think.

    Unlike the way that they make it so difficult on the city’s website, here’s a concise blow-by-blow description of what’s happening in this week’s committee meetings at City Hall. Given the way that I’ve laid this out for you, and the fact that the posted times are only approximations (some delegations take a lot longer than indicated), it’s easy to understand how citizens can’t possibly be present for everything that may interest them. Which apparently is just dandy with our elected representatives…

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    Obstructive Landscaping

    November 14, 2007

    I still say that London deserves to have a Pedestrian Committee. Can you imagine if a tree fell across Commissioners Road, obstructing the automobile traffic, and wasn’t removed within an hour? Our City Council purports to appreciate other modes of transportation, but continues to treat them as poor cousins to the automobile.

    From: Gregory Fowler
    To: Heather Lysynski; Harold Usher
    Cc: Roger Caranci
    Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 AM
    Subject: Regulation of Obstructive Landscaping
    Chair and Members
    Environment & Transportation Committee

    November 14, 2007

    Overgrown trees, shrubs, and other plants do effectively reduce the width of the sidewalk and impede/obstruct pedestrian traffic and may cause physical injury (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/waiting-patiently/, see also: http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713012.jpg, http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713016.jpg).

    In the past, I have attempted to resolve observed problems of this kind by seeking the assistance of the ward Councillor. However, given the reduction of the number of ward Councillors from 2 to 1, and the increased incidence of non-response to communications, I no longer believe that this informal approach is workable (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/anybody-seen-this-missing-councillor/).

    Might I be informed about what regulation, if any, exists with respect to maintenance of landscaping along the pedestrian right-of-way (sidewalks, walkways, etc), the specific staff member to whom reports of pedestrian obstructions should be addressed, and any background or other information you may feel is appropriate in this regard?

    Respectfully,

    Mr. Greg Fowler
    962 Eagle Crescent
    London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7

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