London Centre’s 2020 Council Recap

And that’s a wrap. The year 2020 unfolded very unexpectedly. From the spotlighting of two global pandemics, the outcomes of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement highlighted the great inequities within our society.

Here at the office of Councillor Kayabaga, we look forward to what the year 2021 holds for London and the rest of the world. We are dedicated to supporting our community during this continued transitional period and will remain committed to making our community more equitable and safe.

As this year comes to an end, we have taken the time to reflect on the changes that have made a huge impact on our Ward 13 residents. There were many municipal, provincial and federal decisions made which have greatly affected the City of London.

Below are 10 highlights from our 2020 blogs which we believe were very important to our community.

1. Ontario Government Announces Budget

The Ontario government unveiled its new budget on November 5th.

2. Ranked Ballot Systems Work

London made history as the first community in Canada to adopt a ranked ballot system for the 2018 Civic Election. In 2020 this system was threatened.

3. Thorne speech Opens the 2nd Session of the 43rd Parliament

The throne speech outlined the plans of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority government for their next four years in office.

4. The CERB to EI Transition

To support Canadians facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program.

5. Bill 184

The Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 passed its Second Reading in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

6. Vote to Address Systemic Racism in London

The Strategic Priority and Policy Committee unanimously passed several motions to address and confront systemic racism in London.

7. Resources Regarding COVID-19

Resources and supports as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

8. Implementation of the Green Bin Program

The City of London will be looking to implement a green bin program which means a new garbage pickup system, recycling and a mixed-waste program.

9. Cut to the Loan Hotspot Wifi Program

The loan hotspot wifi program offered by the London Library is being reconsidered.

10. Motion Passed for Black History Celebrations

A motion passed to proclaim Black History Month in London. Every February, the city of London will now honor Black History Month.