We lost 4 years since the 2014 election. Let us not lose another 4 years.

We lost 4 years since the 2014 election. Let us not lose another 4 years.

The old school, the bureaucracy is pulling out all the stops to make sure this small group retains control of our city. The old school does not want change. But change we must. Honest change, not from the same old school of bureaucracy, the same mentality. Enough studies. I want action. We need action.

First order of business: halt the BRT. It is mass confusion but we will be paying for it for decades if you allow this BRT to go ahead as is.

I want Adelaide / Central underpass completed first. That will take 4 years. And then I will address Richmond St. RR crossing. But one project at a time.

I want our city to look after existing business and welcome new business and commerce. We must become a business, commerce, manufacturing and tourism friendly city with job opportunities and employment.

Our city is not abundant with job opportunities. You know that to be true. And that must change. If you quit your job on one side of the street, I want you to have the opportunity to find a comparable job on the other side of the street w/in 2 weeks, 2 months? But certainly not 2 years.

Lastly, who do you trust to represent you and your family’s interest?
The choice is clear. We have to pave the road for the next generation, the future. Not the past. And the only candidate who answers to you is Paul Cheng for Mayor; Voice of the people. Your voice in city hall.

Tourism: Uncovering London’s Niche

Tourism: Uncovering London’s Niche

There is no doubt; London is a beautiful city with lots to offer. We just need to uncover London’s niche
and showcase our assets to the world. Let’s make the most of our strengths by promoting and fostering
small businesses, festivals and restaurants to boost tourism and our economy. Our city has all the
resources to become a world class, modern city.

There is something for ALL Londoner’s to enjoy so why don’t we inspire tourism in people outside of our
City limits? It will provide a much needed boost to our economy, boost job growth and revitalize our City!

A Hidden Gem

The Home County Music & Art Festival, running July 20 to 22, 2018, is one great example of the many
hidden gems in London. It has been running annually in London for 45 years as a celebration of Canada’s
roots in traditional and indie folk/pop acts. Not only does the festival show case local art, crafts and
music but they have won multiple awards for their commitment to socially responsible choices and
environmental leadership, including the 2008 Recycling Council of Ontario Gold Award, the 2009 Pillar
Award for Environmental Impact Award, and the 2009 London Green Festivals Gold Award. This is an
admirable and sustainable approach to community initiatives.

Further, admission is by donation. This promotes inclusion and unity in our community. Regardless of
your income, background, ethnicity, you can come out and connect with other Londoners over live
music. If you have the means, you can donate generously, and if not, that is ok too!

As your next mayor, I want to create a centralized platform where all events are showcased and
attendance is encouraged. Furthermore, I will engage our multicultural communities, seniors and youth.
Yes, I am a business man, but I care about the social aspects in our city too. I want to bring people
together, and create lasting connections with other cities. We need to expect more and demand better.

Attractions and Growth

I had an insightful conversation with Allan Reid, President & CEO of The Canadian Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts, at Bud’s Backstage Experience and he is
an example of how successful business endeavors and social responsibility are inextricably linked. Being
fiscally responsible in a business sense and doing good things in the community do, in fact, go hand in
hand. MusiCounts is an educational charity that is linked to the JUNO Awards. They put musical
instruments in the hands of children and that is where the talent begins and opportunities can flourish.

We need more of these initiatives in London!

I was thrilled when they announced that the JUNO Awards will be coming to London in 2019. However,
when it was originally proposed that the JUNOs should do the Awards in London, Reid’s initial reaction
was “NO! Not a chance!” This was because of London’s small numbers in regards to other cities.

Ultimately, he awarded London opportunity to host the JUNOs because of our hospitality and our spirit
of community.

Visiting London is all about the experience and the way our City can make you feel. This stems from our
desire to do good in our community. I want London to be a place on the map that people want to visit
and more importantly, where people want to raise their families because it has something to offer.

Yes, our City has come a long way with great events like the CMA Awards, Trackside, Rock the Park, and
the big headliners at Bud Gardens, but we have a long way to go. Let’s embrace tourism, and participate
in local initiatives to expand our reach locally and globally – together.

I want to be your voice in City Hall. Vote Paul Cheng for Change!

Sincerely,

Paul Cheng, a Dedicated Londoner

 

Summer Gardens: A Blueprint for Success

Summer Gardens: A Blueprint for Success

I love my garden! I love working with the soil and putting the fertilizer in, mulching, watching the plants grow and thrive, and (not so much!) doing the weeding. And along with this I love my summers in London! We have a wonderful City with so much to offer.

For me, the kick-off to summer is the Fringe Festival. This is an amazing showcase of London local literary and performance talent. My concern is that the City is not actively promoting this festival! Do you see anything on the City website that promotes any local community celebrations/activities? NO.

Beyond the Fringe Festival we have so many events like Rib Fest, Sunfest, Rock the Park, and so much more!

There are so many groups within our City doing amazing things. Does the City showcase, support, or even share/promote these events? NO.

The same way I love my garden – I also love London. I want to plant the right seeds, feed, nurture, guide, and grow. As your Mayor, I will do exactly that.

I am wishing ALL Londoners a happy, safe summer!

Paul Cheng
Dedicated Londoner
Candidate for Mayor

Western University Students: Valued Community Members

Western University Students: Valued Community Members

This past Tuesday I met with some of the Western University Student Council Executive, as important members of our community. I wanted to better understand their concerns and objectives. One of their biggest objectives was to be connected to the community, to have a place where they can fit in and contribute and to feel like they belong. I was very impressed and have to tell you our future is in good hands with this caliber of leadership.

But how is the City of London supporting this future and including these students as part of our community? I would say: not very well.

Things need to change if we want to retain our youth! They should not be treated as “outsiders.” I am upset to hear that students feel that they are viewed as a burden on the City – and not a part of it. Is that the message we want to be sending to our youth?

The University and Student Council have been working hard to reach out to the community and support London charities and initiatives. Programs like the Community Experiential Learning Program (CEL) have placed hundreds of students in volunteer positions, with groups like the Salvation Army, the Children’s Safety Village, and the London Anti-Bullying Coalition (to name just a few) as part of their course requirements. This is a MAJOR contribution, yet it is barely known, recognized, or promoted by the City. And students who want to stay in London, have invested in London, have few opportunities for internship or employment, even for summer jobs.

Their concerns are valid. Past promises from the City have not been followed-up on.Off-campus student housing has been a prime and repeated target for break-ins and theft. Student housing often has little or no security in place. Many of these are first-year students, away from home for the first time and on very limited incomes. Western University students were promised a near-campus development strategy that would incorporate more green spaces and improve safety and living conditions. Has that happened? No.

Students also require reliable public transportation – a concern they raised. Forget BRT – you have already heard my position on this: reliable and rapid will not happen until we deal with the rail crossings. The students need this “now.” What is City Hall doing to address this “now?” I see nothing in place or even being contemplated.

We need a change in attitude. We need real action, not more empty promises. We need to respond to the needs of our students and treat them as valued members of our community. To build their future. To build the future of London. To build BOTH – together!

Bullying and Social Media

Bullying and Social Media

I am new to social media – never even had a twitter account until recently! But bullying is something I have known about for a long time. It is discouraging when I see the negative comments on Twitter, in particular, and the way some individuals treat each other with such disrespect, such lack of civility. I don’t agree with it! Why do people behave that way?

Recently, a woman was being harassed online and I and my fellow Mayoral candidates were asked to comment on how we felt about this behaviour. This is one of the few times I responded to a Twitter post. I commend the individuals who raised the concern and spoke out against it. Bullying in any form is wrong and is not to be tolerated. Period.

We are teaching our youth that bullying, including cyber-bullying, is wrong. What kind of example of examples are being set by the adults using these social media platforms? Social media has become an important part of any political campaign – but only one part. Simply keeping up with Twitter conversations is a full-time job. That is reality. So I feel it is important to let the citizens of London know I will not be replying to challenges nor negative posts – whoever or whatever they may be about. I will not support those types of disrespectful conversations.
I am running to be London’s next Mayor. It is a position that should represent dignity and respect.

That is how I and my team will be running this campaign: by treating all Londoners with civility, dignity, and respect. And that is how I will lead City Hall as your Mayor! If you value this kind of leadership, please get involved and support my campaign for Mayor.

Vote Cheng for Change

Thank you.

Paul Cheng,
Candidate for Mayor, London Ontario