When January 18, 2024 at 1:00pm 3 hrs
Where First-St Andrew's United Church (and Online) 350 Queens Ave, London, ON N6B 1X6, Canada

In-person at First-St. Andrew’s United Church from 1pm - 4pm


On-line on Zoom from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

THE GOAL: Bring together a diverse group of concerned individuals and groups to advocate to City Council support for a small number of key fundamental items from the draft budget. We aim to demonstrate broad community support for these items to the Mayor and Councillors so they will vote to include them in the final budget.

WHAT WE PROVIDE: We do the heavy lifting of applying our experience to read the entire draft budget and supporting documents. We apply a multifaceted set of criteria to pull out key sustainability items to discuss with you and other concerned individuals. We provide an easy- to- understand framework and a caring environment to share your ideas and thoughts. We collectively decide, by consensus, on which items should be included in a formal request to council and draft a letter for co-signing which reflects the group’s decisions.

WHAT YOU BRING: Your passion, your desire to make our shared community better, read our concise plain-language summaries prior to the meeting, and then participate in a 3- hour summit meeting.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY? Sustainability is many things and its priority may differ based on your own perspective. It can include the following: protecting nature, housing affordability, increased transportation options, climate action, financial sustainability, food security and protecting farmland, equity, health and ensuring economic opportunities for all. These all have a place in the City of London budget. Often, these issues are discussed in silos, yet they are interconnected. When considered holistically, good decisions have the power to positively affect more than one issue.

We are at a critical time in the world and in the growth of London. The 4-year multi-year budget will set in motion how the City addresses our future. Collectively, we stand a better chance of making a difference and making our voices heard. Please consider participating and share with those you think might be interested.

Can’t make the Summit but still want to engage with this initiative? For questions or comments, email [email protected]

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