London's Municipal Election Will TAKE PLACE ON:

October 22.

In order to provide every Londoner an opportunity to make an informed decision on election day, the Urban League of London, Women & Politics and the London Community Foundation are partnering to bring all candidates council meetings to every ward in London. Be informed. Ask questions. It's our future.

 

Council Candidates
Meetings

In addition to the meetings listed below, other community groups across the city will be providing opportunities to meet your candidates prior to the election. The City of London will be listing these events as they become aware of them. Please note that we have made every effort to ensure that the venues below are accessible to all.

There have been a few ward boundary changes that have taken effect since the 2014 election, if you're not certain which ward you live in please check the City of London's map of all the wards.


All meetings will follow this schedule.

6:00pm - doors open
6:30pm - 8:00pm - all candidates meeting
8:00pm - 8:30pm - candidate meet and greet


Ward 1

Ward 2

September 26th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Crouch Branch of London Public Library
Meeting Room 1

October 4th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
East London Branch of the London Public Library
Meeting Room 1


Ward 3

September 20th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Beacock Branch of the London Public Library
Meeting Room A

Ward 4

September 20th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Knollwood Park Public School


Ward 5

Ward 6

September 20th , 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Stoney Creek Branch of the London Public Library

October 10th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Eagle Heights Public School


Ward 7

Ward 8

October 10th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School

October 11th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Oakridge Secondary School


Ward 9

Ward 10

October 11th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bostwick Community Centre

September 13th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bostwick Community Centre


Ward 11

September 12th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Landon Branch of the London Public Library
Martha Bishop Community Room

Ward 12

September 27th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Jalna Branch of the London Public Library
Meeting Room 1


Ward 13

October 3rd, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Central Branch of the London Public Library
Wolf Performance Hall

Ward 14

October 3rd, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Crouch Branch of the London Public Library
Meeting Room 1


Mayor & School Board Trustees

What about the mayoral and school board trustee candidates meetings? Other groups will be coordinating those. Keep your eye on the City Of London's website as other opportunities to engage with the candidates arise.


Our Questions

Questions will be chosen at random by the candidate and read by the event moderator. A single question will be asked of all candidates at all events as selected by our partner The London Community Foundation. 

The London Plan is London’s new land use plan and vision for London 25 years from now. What are two things you like about the London Plan and what are two things that concern you?

What do you see as 2 benefits and 2 challenges of Bus Rapid Transit?

The federal government's new National Housing Plan aims to cut chronic homelessness by 50% in the next ten years. Currently London faces critical challenges in providing safe, adequate, affordable housing. What role do you see the municipal government taking to help achieve the 50% reduction?

Over the past 20 years, Londoners have paid millions of dollars in subsidies to private businesses, mostly in the form of waived development charges to encourage investment and growth. How important have these subsidies been for London?

What are the three most important city services to maintain and grow? Explain why you picked these.

Explain how ranked choice ballots are being used in London and what is your stance on ranked ballots, and why?

What idea that has been implemented in another city would you try to introduce in London, and why?

High quality city services like libraries and recreation programs make for healthy, livable cities. How would you go about deciding between budgets for these programs versus other services such as Police, waste and roads?

It takes a majority of Council to pass anything. You only get one vote. What one issue are you most passionate about and what process would you use to convince the rest of City Council to support this issue?

Harassment: In March of 2018, 70 city employees reported instances of workplace harassment and bullying. How would you address this issue? How would you proceed if you witnessed workplace harassment or bullying in your capacity as city councillor?

Policing: In 2016, city council unanimously passed a motion calling on the London Police Services Board to end the practice of carding or street checks. Do you support this motion? Why or why not?

How does Indigenous development look to you for the City of London?

What ways would you engage Indigenous communities in the City of London activities and strategic planning?

What is one action you will take to protect London’s heritage and have you done anything previously that will convince us you will take action?

London is considering a variety of strategies to deal with our waste - including a waste diversion strategy and a landfill expansion strategy. Will you support an organics diversion program and how will you ensure it is successful?

Pollution of the Thames River is a complex problem that includes raw sewage being dumped during high rainfalls, phosphorus leaching into the river causing algae blooms in Lake Erie and tons of garbage going into the river. What, if anything, will you do to address this complex pollution problem?

What neighbourhoods are in the ward you are running to represent and what is one thing you know about each community?

In addition to planning, what other role(s) do you think the City of London should play in the implementation of supervised consumption facilities?

Our current Council passed a motion, that all new policy be reviewed through a gender-based lens and Council will soon adopt an equity and inclusion lens. What are the advantages and disadvantages of integrating equity and inclusion in the everyday work of the City of London?

What advantages/disadvantages do you see to having a multi-year budget on a 4 year cycle vs a one year budget cycle? Which option do you support?

We have a new Conservative Provincial Government who have already implemented some changes that greatly impact municipalities. How would you work with the new government to ensure policies that are in the best interests of Londoners?

Councillors are elected by people in their ward to represent their interests but City Council as a whole makes decisions that impact the entire city. On occasion, these interests may conflict with the priorities of your constituents. What do you see as the balance between representing your ward and the city as a whole?

The 2018 Vital Signs report has identified that many in our community feel like they don’t belong, especially newcomers, marginalized groups and the Indigenous community. What do you believe needs to be done to ensure everyone feels that they belong?

The 2018 Vital Signs report highlights access & affordability to housing as significant issues facing Londoners. What would you do to improve access and affordability of housing and encourage developers to participate and contribute to a solution?

Londoners and London’s businesses used 11% less energy overall between 2007 and 2017. What will you do to ensure we continue progress in this area? 

London’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in several years, according to statistics in the 2018 Vital Signs report. Despite this, high job vacancy rates remain, along with a lack of skilled workers or skill mismatch in the city. How do you plan to fill this gap?

According to the 2018 Vital Signs report, London has a poverty rate that is 15% higher than the national average. What tangible actions do you believe need to happen in order to change this trend?

What actions do you believe need to happen locally so that all children and youth have equal learning opportunities regardless of geographic location, background or socioeconomic status?

In 2016, London Community Foundation focused their Vital Signs report through the lens of mental health. This report identified significant gaps in service delivery and understanding of community needs. What solution do you believe can change the state of mental health care in our community?


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Voting Is Easy!

Step 1

Learn all about the voting process. In 2018 London will be the first city in Canada to use ranked ballots to select our Mayor and Councillors. Ranked Choice Voting is a preferential voting method, in which you can choose and rank your top three candidates in order (1st, 2nd, 3rd).

Step 2

Learn about the candidates. Mayoral and Ward Council candidates will be in the press, knocking on doors, appearing on televised debates and participating in all candidates meetings across the city in the coming weeks. You can also reach out directly to candidates to find out more about their platforms.

Step 3

Vote! In addition to election day, you will have opportunities to vote at advance polling stations throughout the city in the weeks before the election. You can ensure a painless experience at the polls by ensuring that you are on the list of voters but all you really need is one piece of identification.


Are You On The List?

If you are a resident, owner or tenant of property in Ontario, a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age you can vote in Ontario’s municipal and school board elections. Not sure if you are on the list of registered voters? You can check the list by visiting VoterLookup.ca or by clicking on the image below. If you do not find yourself on the list you can add yourself on the City of London's website by clicking here.

You do not have to be on the voter's list to vote in the municipal election, all you need to do is show up at the poll with one piece of identification - a complete list of acceptable identification can be found here.