City Updates - May 18, 2019


I have several updates since my last blog post. Let's get to it.

Council Meeting - May 6, 2019

At our Council meeting on May 6th, 3 applications came before Council for rezoning. All three applications dealt with student housing. One on Russell St. by Brock, the second on Wyandotte W. by Rosedale, and the third on the 700 block of Rankin. These types of applications have been made and approved over the decades to accommodate student housing and affordable housing in general. All the while, we've never had a coordinated student housing strategy. For this reason, I asked that administration report back on a student housing strategy that looks at, among many things, concentrating student housing on campus (UofW and St. Clair College) and on arterial roads and streets that do not intrude on residential neighbourhoods. I also called for a review of property standards bylaws to increase enforcement and safety for all tenants. There will be more to come on this and I am excit…

City Updates


Below are some City Updates:

Items 1 and 2 From Les Amis Duff-Baby

1) St. John's Cemetery Clean-up
If you attended the annual meeting, you heard Peter Berry talk about St. John's and the fascinating history connected with the cemetery.  In advance of the Questers International Conference being held in Windsor and the subsequent tours of the west end [we want to show off the west end and ensure that it looks its best!!!], we are inviting you join us on SATURDAY, APRIL 27th AT 11:00 a.m. at the cemetery for a couple of hours of yard clean-up.  We ask that you bring your own gardening gloves, rake and if you can spare it, a yard waste bag or two.  If the weather is inclement , we'll pick another day. WE WILL DEFINITELY SEND OUT AN EMAIL if the event is cancelled, so if you're unsure, watch for it.  
2) Jane's Walk: A Little Bite of Sandwich [History]
First, an explanation for those of you who have never heard of a Jane's Walk: Jane’s Wal…

Bedford United Church 2019 Ham Dinner


Bedford United Church is hosting its 2019 Ham Dinner on Saturday, April 27 from 5pm to 7pm.

Adult cost: $13.00
Children (6 to 12 yrs old) cost: $6.00
Children under 6 eat FREE!

Bedford United Church is located at 3340 Sandwich St. You can reach them directly at 519-256-1131.


City Council Updates

Friends,It's been a while since my last blog. Here are some updates from City Council:West End Transit Terminal RelocationUnfortunately, council voted in favour of the relocation of the west end transit terminal from College Ave. to Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital on Prince Rd. I advocated strongly in favour of keeping the terminal at College Ave but the majority of council did not see it that way.I will continue find ways to help mitigate congestion and speeding on Prince Rd. and work with administration in those efforts. We also need to hold administration to account to install more lighting at the College Ave location as a bus stop will still be there. Black History MuralsCouncil approved the relocation of our Black History Murals (formerly at West Side Foods) to Patterson Park. Once erected, the murals will be prominently displayed with lighting at nighttime. I am excited about this wonderful community project in sharing our history and heritage.2019 BudgetAfter a marathon session o…

West End Transit Terminal Relocation

Friends, on Monday (March 4th) City Council will decide whether to move the west-end transit terminal to Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare, or defer the decision to the Transit Master Plan currently in progress. A transit terminal will add over 100 buses to Prince Rd. and surrounding residential neighbourhoods that host 2 grade schools. All of our transit terminals are located in commercial/institutional areas except for this one. Would you want over 100 buses daily in and out of your neighbourhood? Please feel free to contact me or other city councillors as your opinion greatly matters.Fabio

City Council Meeting (02/04/19) and Upcoming Transit Board Meeting

Friends, City Council last met on February 4th. The agenda was relatively light but of note was the discussion surrounding our audit updates, and Councillor Morrison's Council Question requesting we look at an Auditor General model again. That report will come to council in the near future. On February 20th, the Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee meets for the first time. Items 9.1 and 9.2 speak directly to the west end transit terminal relocation. A link to the agenda report is here: you would like to speak as a delegate, or alternatively write a letter to the committee expressing your perspective, you can do so by following the guidelines here:…

Les Amis Duff-Baby Heritage Week


Below is a message from Les Amis Duff-Baby

Les Amis Duff-Bâby will cap off Heritage Week, this year, with a very special event....
When: Sunday, 24th February 2019
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Where: Duff-Bâby Interpretation Centre: 221 Mill St., Sandwich
Author Guy St-Denis will be launching his new book, The True Face of Sir Isaac Brock.
From Amazon: "A work of detailed scholarship and a fascinating detective story, The True Face of Sir Isaac Brock details the sometimes petty world of self-proclaimed guardians of the past, the complex process of identification and misidentification that often occurs even at esteemed Canadian institutions, and St-Denis' own meticulous work as he separates fact from fiction to finally reveal Brock's true face."
The talk will be followed by a question and answer period, book signing and refreshments. This FREE event is open to the public and attendance will be capped at 40 people.
If you would like to attend, you MUST RSVP and seating will…