Sunday, 7 September 2014

City Council made the right decision on Fanshawe

Earlier today, I submitted a letter to the editor at The London Free Press and London Community News regarding the decision on Tuesday, September 2nd made by our city council to support partial funding for Fanshawe College's expansion into the former Kingsmills building downtown.  I'd like to hear your thoughts on this decision as well!

Congratulations to the current City Council on their decision to invest in London’s core and the future of our city. While there are several steps still left, Tuesday’s vote to approve funds that will help bring Fanshawe College to the Kingsmill’s building is an important one. 
Over the past several months, I have spoken with many Ward 6 residents at their doors. In the past few weeks, this topic has come up more than any other. Some asked for news of the vote when I knocked on their doors Tuesday evening. 
Overwhelmingly, the residents I’ve spoken to see this investment as one that will support a healthy downtown core, and with it, a healthy city. 
The people of Ward 6 know better than almost any others in London about the contribution our post-secondary schools make to the city. Many work, teach, or study at Western University, or work at businesses that serve Western students. 
Growth at Fanshawe College is good news, and the eight councillors who supported it are right to do so. As part of the next council, I plan to increase collaboration with Western and Fanshawe and continue supporting our core. 
Mike Bloxam

Candidate for Ward 6