Volume 94, Issue 54

Tuesday, December 5, 2000


City welcomes new mayor at meeting - DeCicco sworn in

UWO plans for core campus

York students might sue admin

Tim Hortons opens as strike finally ends

Vandals paint Saugeen in act of mischief

CFS protest draws attention to Bill 132

Queen's votes down de-regulation

Corroded Disorder

City welcomes new mayor at meeting - DeCicco sworn in

By Mike Murphy
Gazette Staff

Anne Marie DeCicco made it official at City Hall last night, as London's new mayor and her recently elected councillors, went through the pomp and circumstance of their inaugural City Council meeting.

Religious leaders, senior politicians and other high-profile community members were all on hand for the ceremony, which began with the procession of London's 19 new councillors into council chambers and included the swearing-in of each member.

"With each new council term, the expectations of what we will achieve are very high," DeCicco said, in her inaugural address. She went on to outline several City projects already underway that she said will have a positive impact on London.

The fork of the Thames redevelopment plan, the construction of an entertainment sports complex, plans for a new central library and the upcoming 2001 Canada Summer Games, are all sources of optimism and confidence in the community, she said "There is much to celebrate in London and much to be proud of."

DeCicco added she will lead council to foster strong relationships with government at the provincial and federal levels. "Our voice will be heard, our interests looked after. London will be known far and wide as the economic, cultural, and social force that we all know it to be."

Another name on the speakers' list was that of Joe Fontana, the recently re-elected Liberal Member of Parliament for London North-Centre. In a brief speech, Fontana also said he encouraged co-operation between all levels of government. "No one government can ever do anything by themselves," he said. "There needs to be a spirit of co-operation."

Fontana also said he was confident London's new council would perform impressively. "I'm here on behalf of the federal government to tell you we've got some great days ahead in the city of London," he sated.

Steve Peters, Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, also made a short speech, which he began by offering new councillors advice on how to handle their positions.

"For those of you that are newly elected to the council, don't rush it," he said, adding new councillors should go out often into the community to keep in touch with the concerns of citizens.

London should be a leader in Southwestern Ontario, he said, adding the city's successes often translate into prosperity for its surrounding regions. "For the whole community around London to succeed, we need London to be strong," Peters said.

He concluded with congratulations for DeCicco and said, as a past mayor of St. Thomas for seven and a half years, he knew first-hand how rewarding her job would be.

Though he did not speak during the ceremony, Western president Paul Davenport was also on hand. Davenport said he had high hopes for cooperation between the university and the City's new politicians.

"We've historically had wonderful relations with the City of London and I know that will continue with the newly elected council," he said.

"I got to know Anne Marie DeCicco during the period when we were competing for the Canada Summer Games. I know her outstanding leadership and team-building skills and I know it's going to be a pleasure to work with her and the new council."

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