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Councillor's Note
Dear Ward 13,
On March 28th, the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee met to discuss and vote on financial supports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 9 of 11 measures were voted in favor (15-0).
The measures that were passed:
  • The London Good Food Box Program which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to low income households.
  • The Harvest Bucks Contribution Program which allows individuals to use $2 vouchers (called Harvest Bucks) to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local businesses.
  • The Housing Stability Bank Program which provides various rent-related loans to low income individuals.
  • Financial relief will be provided to tenants of City-owned properties through rent deferral for 60 days.
  • Expand the Rogers Connected for Success program which currently gives Internet access to LMCH tenants for $9.99 per month by making it available to other low income households.
  • Funding supports for community organizations to deliver food to those in quarantine or self-isolating.
  • Extending the payment terms to the City of London for services to 60 days.
  • The requirement for hotels and motels to remit MAT revenues will be temporarily extended to 90 days.
  • Parking officers will have flexibility in regards to loading/unloading and delivery times downtown.
 The final decision on these measures will be made on Tuesday, May 5th, when it goes to council.
Stay safe, Stay strong together,
Councillor Kayabaga

What's new in Ward 13 and London?

Hotels for now, but what's ahead for homeless post-COVID-19? – CTV News
Holocaust survivor, businesswoman, downtown London icon Fanny Goose dies – Global News
Community Spotlight
Coronavirus: Muslim community in London to find creative ways to mark Ramadan – Global News
London couple steps up to help essential workers with transportation – CTV News
TVDSB hands out iPads to students as Ontario rolls out e-learning – CTV News
This London woman is vowing to help feed 500 hungry families - CBC
Impact London joins effort to help homeless during COVID-19 pandemic - CBC
Hospital foundation's COVID-19 fund overflows with donations from Londoners and businesses – CBC
Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings

May 5th- Council Meeting | 4PM
May 11th- Corporate Services Committee | 12PM
May 11th- Planning and Environment Committee | 4PM
May 12th- Civic Works Committee | 12PM
May 19th- Council Meeting | 4PM
May 25th- Corporate Services Committee | 12PM
May 25th- Planning and Environment Committee | 4PM
May 26th- Civic Works Committee | 12PM (if needed)
May 26th- Community and Protective Services Committee | 4PM
Click here for meeting locations, agendas, minutes and video.

Upcoming Virtual Community Events
Museum London offers virtual exhibits, online lectures, and an online collection.
 Steve Tracy hosts virtual painting lessons every Monday at 1:00 PM on his Facebook page.
Modo Yoga London & Modo Yoga London West, Movati Athletic and Orangetheory Fitness host free health and fitness classes on their social media.
COVID-19 and City of London Related News
As of April 29th, 2020, the Government of Ontario has extended their Declaration of Emergency to May 12th. The existing emergency orders have also been extended to May 6th. With it comes the closure of non-essential business, limitations on social gatherings and events, closure of outdoor amenities in parks, closure of bars and restaurants, and prohibitions on price gouging. Publicly-funded schools, provincial parks and conservation areas are set to remain closed until May 31st.
London health officials prepared for COVID-19 worst-case scenario – CTV News
Ontario declares community gardens essential source of fresh food – The Weather Network
Summer festivals for 2020 in London in limbo due to coronavirus pandemic – Global News

London’s COVID-19 assessment centre is located at Oakridge Arena (825 Valetta Street) and is open 7 days a week from 11AM to 7PM. You must use the online self-assessment tool and call Telehealth (1-866-797-0000), before visiting.

Residents can send an email to or call (519-661-4660) over concerns of other residents not following COVID-19 social distancing and self-quarantining rules.

‘Chatting to Wellness’ is a youth run non-profit organization that connects seniors residing in retirement homes to university students in the community to chat through weekly visits. In response to COVID-19, Chatting to Wellness has launched a program to connect seniors and youths through Online Chatting Sessions conducted over phone calls. Learn more by visiting the Chatting to Wellness website or by calling 437-371-2863.

Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of COVID-19 with Pandemic Pay - Ontario Newsroom

All emergency benefit applicants will receive payments, Star learns — whether they actually qualify or not – The Star
Coronavirus: Ontario announces urgent rent relief funding for small businesses, landlords – Global News
PM Trudeau announces $9B in new COVID-19 funding for students – CTV News
Western University sets up COVID-19 relief funding for students – The London Free Press
I have also added a COVID-19 page to my website for easily accessible links, resources and information.

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