London ball

City council briefs: COVID rules; transport centers; skyscraper stopped

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News and notes from Tuesday’s city council meeting:

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The city council’s own rules on the COVID vaccine:

City politicians will debate a change in council’s COVID-19 vaccine policy in the new year, revisions to reflect a new requirement for unvaccinated municipal staff to take rapid tests twice a year. week. Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan urged council to “align” its own rules with those imposed on municipal workers. City hall tightened policy this week to force staff who have an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to test themselves for the virus. There are a total of 129 municipal workers who are not vaccinated due to medical or human rights exemptions. The board voted 14-1 for staff to bring back a similarly revised COVID-19 vaccine policy for politicians at the next works services committee meeting on January 10. Ward 1 Coun. Michael van Holst, who created his own ‘creed’ to avoid getting vaccinated, prompting a complaint to the London Integrity Commissioner, was the only opponent.

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Transport poles:

The city council unanimously approved the “conceptual framework” for regional transport hubs in London, including a focus on the city center and secondary hubs on the outskirts of the city. Mayor Ed Holder said it would be the key to better moving people around southwestern Ontario and could boost the economy of London and its neighbors. City staff will begin to lobby senior governments for funding as they develop more detailed plans for transportation hubs.

Skyscraper plan stopped:

A proposal for twin towers at 978 Gainsborough Rd. Will return for more negotiations between city staff and the developer. The council voted 14-0 (District 6 council Mariam Hamou declared a conflict, claiming she had worked on the project) to dismiss the 373-unit project, which politicians said was far too high for the property, at least with the current design of two 20-story towers.

50 King St. and the Wrecking Ball:

City Council unanimously voted to approve a demolition permit for York Developments to demolish the old health unit building at 50 King Street, which is one of the flagship lands at the Fork of the Thames. The company plans to build a “large-scale, mixed-use” development, but has yet to release details of the project.