Old East Village Community Association

Adelaide St Work

Adelaide Street - Notice of Upcoming Work_2020_06_04.pdf

Social Justice Protest to Take Place This Saturday

Right now, protests for social justice for people of color are happening all over the world. This includes a protest in London Ontario on Saturday June 6 at 3:00pm in Victoria Park. This protest is being organized by the London Ontario chapter of Black Lives Matter. More information about these protests can be found can be found on the Black Lives Matter London's Instagram or Black Lives Matter - London Ontario's Facebook

A Facebook post describes the roots of the organization: "We are a local group of 5 young black women who came together following the BLM protest in Toronto. Being inspired by this, we wanted to bring one to our city here in London, Ontario."

According to CTV News, Mayor Ed Holder has said that the city of London is "working collaboratively with the organizers of the march". The Middlesex Health Unit is going to have a presence to help ensure that there are supports in place to reduce the risk of spreading Covid19 during the protest. Steve Williams, London's Chief of Police, has said "We are there to listen, and a lot of our officers are supporting these protests as well."

These protests highlight the need to amplify the voices of people of color who are frequently not heard or ignored. If you would like to support black people, indigenous people, and other people of color in the OEV community and beyond, please take a look at these resources:

  • Afrobiz.ca's London Page - Highlighting black-owned businesses in London Ontario
  • Good Minds - a First Nations family owned business. A leading source for purchasing vetted First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Native American culturally appropriate and culturally authentic educational resources and products.
  • Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinars - Educational webinars

Join the Western Fair beer and BBQ event and fundraiser. Learn more about local brewing and food and help the Old East Village BIA to support our local businesses.The event is scheduled for June 5th and 6th from 7pm till 8;30pm.

Connect to the Old East Village BIA’s weekly newsletter. Find out about local business activities, Dundas Street construction activities and associated news

Have you heard of the OEV Community Exchange Project?

Hello OEVers,

We hope you are well and staying safe.

In these times of physical distancing, building upon community connections and support is more important than ever – people are echoing this on the news, on social media, and in other ways. Continuing to build the Old East Village Community Exchange so people can come together, when they can’t really come together, seems timely. People are looking for things to do from home, looking for ways to stay connected, and looking for ways to support each other. Residents and local businesses want to support each other now and during our recovery stage. Each one of us can assist by actively (and virtually!) engaging with our neighbours.

Please check out the Old East Village Community Exchange Project website at www.oevcommunityexchange.ca. Here, you can learn more about how the site can help OEVers to exchange skills and help each other through this unique time. You can create or add to your profile to share the skills and abilities that you can offer to assist your neighbours. You can also look for neighbours’ skills that you can utilise now and in the future.

We can use the Old East Village Exchange website to help our neighbours now, such as running errands (groceries and prescriptions) or sharing tips about life at home including recipes and activities with kids.

When the time comes for us to be able to physically connect again, the website can continue to be a neighbourhood tool that can assist people to know more about their neighbours, the skills and gifts they have to offer, and make it possible for us to offer additional business and support to each other. Please check out the project website at

www.oevcommunityexchange.ca, also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/oevcommunityexchange or Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangeOev. If you have questions you can email us at info@oevcommunityexchange.ca.

We can help each other now and get ready for the future, while celebrating and supporting all that we currently have in this great neighbourhood!

Brought to you by project partners, London InterCommunity Health Centre, Old East Village Community Association, and Ontario SEO.

Notice of Advance Construction Work

Adelaide Street Underpass and McMahen Park. Tentative Start Date April 2020.

The City of London, Engineering Department has requested that the following letter be circulated regarding some necessary advance construction work for the Adelaide Street Underpass. The work is tentatively planned for April 2020 and will accommodate the Adelaide Street Underpass construction scheduled in 2021.

The City has sent this letter only to the property owners adjacent to Adelaide Street within the project limits. A project signboard will also be placed in McMahen Park. They have kindly asked that you disseminate the letter and the information it contains to your community groups, peers and neighbours.

Adelaide Street - Notice of Upcoming Work .pdf

Western Fair District Market Requests Volunteers

Friday, March 20, 2020

Notice from the Old East Village Community Association

Re: Western Fair District Market

Late Notice Request for Volunteers

The Western Fair District Market is requesting volunteer assistance to manage COVID -19 hygiene and social distancing protocols at the market on Saturday March 21, 2020 and Sunday March22, 2020.

If you are available to help, and not in an “at risk” category, this is an opportunity to support our local businesses while they endeavor to keep us supplied with fresh food.

Volunteers Required: A total of 6 volunteers, 2 per shift are required to cover three shifts. These are:

  • Saturday March 21, between 8am and 12pm - 2 people
  • Saturday March 21, between 12pm and 3pm – 2 people
  • Sunday March 22, between 10am and 2pm - 2 people

Duties: Volunteers will be located at the West entrance to welcome customers and direct them to the closest hand sanitizer station upon entrance and exit.

Safety and Equipment: Volunteers will be supplied with masks, vests, gloves and people counters. The Market has secured trained screeners for the Market on Saturday and are waiting to hear if the screening service is available for Sunday.

Contact: To volunteer please contact Mr. Dan Ross, Market Manager, at dross@westernfairdistrict.com Copied to sarah.merritt@oev.ca

Message from Libro Financial

Libro Credit Union pledges to work with Owners during these difficult times and we are ready to support you. Owners are encouraged to contact their Coach to discuss options to reduce their financial stress. Some of the options we have for you may include:

  • Up to a 6 month mortgage payment deferral and loan deferral options for personal Owners
  • Loan deferral options for Business Owners including commercial and agricultural loans
  • Access to a portion of certain Libro GICs and terms deposits with no administration fee

Reach out to your Coach, Account Manager, or the Contact Centre directly to discuss your needs. You can book appointments online at libro.ca, by phone or by email.

We are continuing to assess what is needed in response to a rapidly-changing economic environment, we are making sure we put Owners’ needs first.

We are also making a number of changes to the way we work in the interest of public health, to protect staff, Owners and the wider community.

Temporary Location Closures

Libro Credit Union has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close a number of locations, listed below, as of Wednesday, March 18.

The following locations are temporarily closing and please know these locations have not been affected directly by the virus:

  • Old East Village, London
  • Downtown Kitchener
  • Windsor Accelerator
  • Forest
  • Woodslee

All Libro staff have been asked to follow government guidelines, including adopting social distancing, and the tight space at some of these locations makes that difficult. We also have limited staff available to run these locations.

Reducing Hours

Our remaining Libro locations will remain open though we are reducing hours further to 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. All locations will now be closed on Saturdays.

Protecting Staff and Owners

We are taking special measures to protect staff and Owners. They include:

Social distancing: We ask everyone to maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other.

Self-isolating: If you are feeling sick, have been in contact with anyone sick, or have been out of the country (including the US) recently, you will not be permitted to enter our locations. We ask that you contact us by phone or email instead.

Any Libro staff who have been out of the country recently are being required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Doing business in new ways: We ask all Owners to use ATMs, online services or phone options, wherever possible. Visit our Ways to Bank page to learn more.

Meetings postponed: No Libro events will take place until further notice. Our Annual General Meeting, planned for April 4, will take place online only.

We are also making a pledge to all of Libro’s 714 staff. To work with staff individually to understand their needs and to make sure they know their health and wellbeing is at the forefront of our thinking, this includes their financial wellbeing.

We are determined to maintain strong standards of Owner service, while also supporting our staff and giving them all the options for working that we can provide.

Thank you to everyone who does business with Libro. We’re still focused on providing the best possible service in these difficult circumstances, while carefully following the latest advice on COVID-19.

Visit libro.ca/news for ongoing updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and how Libro can support you.

OEV Winter Soiree - Cancelled

[Original size] Colorful Illustrated Event Announcement Poster.pdf

Dundas Cycling Projects

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the City of London is hosting an open house for two Dundas Street infrastructure projects designed to improve east-west cycling connections and better links to transit:

  • Dundas Cycle Track
  • This project will connect Downtown with Old East Village by creating a permanent, separated east-west cycling route on Dundas Street between Wellington Street and Adelaide Street, and on William Street between Dundas Street and Queens Avenue. The project is part of the broader East-West Bikeway, designed to strengthen east-west cycling connections.
  • Dundas-Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) Connection
  • Today there is a break in cycling infrastructure between Dundas Street and the Thames Valley Parkway. This project will slightly shift the alignment of Dundas Street to better align the intersection and street with Dundas Place and create a continuous connection in the cycling network heading onto Dundas Street from the TVP.

The purpose of the open house is to collect Londoners’ feedback to assess design options for each project. City staff and engineering consultants will be available to share information, collect input, and answer questions on both projects.

EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Catholic Central High School, 450 Dundas St., Cafeteria

Transit routes: 2, 20

Bike parking: Secure bike parking will be provided by the City of London at the venue.

Dundas-TVP Connection Contact:

Andrew Giesen, C.E.T.

Senior Transportation Technologist

Transportation Planning & Design

City of London

agiesen@london.ca

(519) 661-2489 ext. 8486

Dundas Cycle Track Contact:

Peter Kavcic, P.Eng.

Transportation Design Engineer

Transportation Planning and Design

City of London

pkavcic@london.ca

(519) 661-2489 ext. 4581

London Heritage Awards Gala

2020 Heritage Awards Gala email invitation and link.pdf

English St and Lorne Ave Reconstruction

Notice of Project - 2021 Contract 2 - English St.pdf

Notice of Public Information Centre

Please see below for details about an upcoming Community Information Meeting for a new build by Medallion Properties at Dundas and Hewitt Streets. We would strongly encourage residents with an interest in redevelopment in Old East Village to look closely at the Medallion proposal. Without rendering an opinion on the merits of the proposal at this point, we would point out that that this building has a very large footprint ('base') that seems incongruent with the City's preference for point towers with significant step-backs from the street level podium. The initial renderings, especially along Hewitt Street, portray a building that could be seen by some as monolithic and out-of-scale.

For additional details please see the Current Land Use Application on the City of London Website

Z-9155-Notice-of-Community-Meeting.pdf

Libro Celebration of Old East Village

Save the Date - Adjusted.pdf

Notice of Public Information Centre

The Old East Village Community Association wishes to draw your attention to a public meeting about major infrastructure improvements that will occur over a two year period, on Dundas Street between Adelaide Street and Ontario Street ,from 2020 to 2022. Infrastructure improvements are also scheduled for English Street, in 2021.

We would welcome your attendance at this meeting to learn more about the initiatives. City staff will be prepared to hear your comments and answer your questions ,including the management of traffic that will be diverted from Dundas Street to Queens Avenue during the construction period.

The Manager of the English Street Infrastructure Renewal Project will also be on hand to answer early questions.

Please plan to attend. Your input is important.

OEVDD Notice of PIC 2.pdf

Further information about the Old East Village Infrastructure Road Project can be found at http://www.london.ca/OldEastVillageIRP

October Update on Woodman Relief Efforts

Dear Neighbours,

As you are aware, since Aug. 14th, your community has come together in a profound way. We’ve seen neighbours supporting one another practically and emotionally as they work to rebuild and move forward, the site has been adorned with wooden hearts as a physical representation of the care and concern neighbours have for one another, and financial donations have been made by individuals and businesses concerned about your wellbeing.

As you may be aware, so far these donations have been utilized to provide support to those displaced from their homes. We have, however, set aside a portion of these funds for those not displaced beyond the initial evacuation, who have also suffered damages. In order to assist us in distributing these funds we are asking those of you who have suffered damages to provide us with a summary of the costs incurred.

This summary can be provided by completing the following online form at the link. Paper copies of this form are also available for pick up and drop off at Lifespin. (You can also see a copy of the Request directly below this update). Please note the Lifespin office is open from 9:30am-4:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is located at 866 Dundas St. Volunteers at the free store will not be able to receive or distribute forms. Please ensure all requests are received by November 13th to ensure a timely distribution.

This forms and documentation submitted will be reviewed by a small committee formed by the OEVCA and your personal information will be held in confidence by the members of this committee unless otherwise permitted or required to be disclosed by law (ie. In the case of a tax audit).

Thank you for your patience with us as we have taken on this endeavour. It has been so inspiring to hear the stories of resilience, of community and of kindness that have followed such a tragic incident. You continue to be in our thoughts. Any questions can be directed to woodmanfund@oevca.ca.

Be well,

Your Neighbours

Woodman Disaster Relief Fund Request for Assistance

Please submit this form to Lifespin at 866 Dundas St. Before 4:30pm on Wednesday November 13th. Please note Lifespin is open from 9:30-4:30 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and forms will be received at the office (not the free store).

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Phone Number:____________________________________________________

Email Address:_____________________________________________________

Damages submitted to an insurance company for consideration.

Please attach a copy of your benefit determination from your insurance company and any relevant receipts or estimates.

Total insurance deductibles incurred: __________

Total repair/replacement cost for physical damages not covered by insurance:__________

Damages that were not submitted to insurance company for consideration:

Was there an insurance policy in place that would have covered these damages?: Yes ÿ No ÿ

If yes, what is the amount of the deductible that these damages would’ve been subject to?: $____

If no, what is the total cost for repair or replacement: $_____

Any additional details we should be aware of?: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Any questions regarding this form can be directed to the OEVCA at woodmanfund@oevca.ca

Update on Woodman Relief Efforts

Following the Woodman Avenue explosion on August 14, community partners, volunteers, and residents in Old East Village have been working to support families affected by this event.

Old East Village Community Association, who is overseeing the Woodman Families Fund, is dedicated to ensuring that families’ privacy is respected as they continue to recover from this traumatic event. The information below provides a summary of funds distribution:

Initial Distribution

Families most impacted: Short-term financial assistance of $2000 was provided immediately following the incident to the residents who were most severely impacted and displaced from their homes for an extended period of time.

Other families evacuated: Individuals and families who were evacuated from their homes on the evening of August 14 were offered $250 in cash support, to cover the immediate costs associated with the evacuation (replacing food, purchasing goods required in the first 24 hours). Some families donated this support back, desiring it to go to those most in need.

September Update

The OEVCA is currently distributing $160,000 to the residents most impacted. After meeting with these residents, it was decided through consensus to distribute the funds via a formula which took household composition into account and respected the privacy of each household with regards to their specific needs. A small portion of the fund is being held back to assist other residents that have also suffered loss. These funds will be released on an as needed basis and the process for distributing these funds is still being determined. Any remaining funds will be distributed amongst those most affected using the initial distribution formula.

OEVCA wishes to extend profound gratitude to the remarkable generosity of donors whose outpouring of support and love have helped their fellow Londoners through this difficult time. Finally, to all the volunteers who have and continue to extend a hand during this recovery process: thank you. Your kindness is a reminder of what community in action looks like. We also wish to extend our gratitude to Lifespin, Libro Credit Union and the London Community Foundation for lending their support and expertise to our community with this endeavor.

Support for Families Continues

Friday, 30 August 2019 - Today, more than 65 families who were evacuated for the evening of August 14, 2019 received support - because of the incredible generosity of Londoners. Cheques for $250, as well as vouchers for donated goods and lists of discounted and donated services, were delivered by hand within the evacuation area. Neighbours also canvassed the affected areas to connect with individuals and families who have not yet been reached.

For those who were evacuated but have not yet received support, please complete this online form to share contact information, so that we can distribute support as quickly as possible.

A process is currently being established where the most affected individuals and families can access more funding over the short, medium, and longer term. This funding will be distributed on a needs basis. More details on this process will be communicated as soon as possible.

Families are actively working with insurers to determine coverage and needs, and this takes time. In the unlikely event that more funds have been donated than are needed by the families most affected, the families together with community organizations will determine how the funds should be used to support other needs and have a positive community impact in Old East Village.

We thank Londoners for their generous support for the families affected by last week’s disaster. Individuals and organizations wishing to give are encouraged to continue to do so through the Woodman Families Fund at Libro. You can contribute to this fund by visiting any London Libro branch, or by donating online to Life*Spin through Canada Helps.


Special deliveries to Woodman families!

Friday, 23 August 2019 - Today, the families most highly impacted by the explosion on Woodman Ave received some special deliveries: care packages from the London community. These packages were delivered by volunteers from the OEV neighbourhood, designated as buddies to support the families over the weeks and months ahead. The care packages included gift bags with letters of support, donated gift cards, and some initial financial support. Each family also received a bin of donated food and goods, based on what the families identified that they need at this time.

In the words of one individual receiving a care package, "I am so overwhelmed, and feel so much support and love. This makes me feel like everything will be okay."

Thank you to the London community for your remarkable generosity. You made a few families' days today!


$50,000 in initial financial support being provided to Woodman families

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - Since the tragic explosion and fire on Woodman Ave that displaced several families one week ago, the support from Londoners has been overwhelming. As individuals, businesses, and organizations, Londoners have been donating cash, goods, and services quickly and generously. We are so proud of our neighbours and fellow Londoners for the support that they continue to show for our community.

The families directly impacted by the explosion, especially those who are still displaced from their homes, need our help now and over the weeks and months to come. They also deserve peace and privacy during this difficult and disruptive time in their lives.

Yesterday, a group of community partners met to coordinate and streamline the process of distributing the donations of cash, goods and services that have come forward. This statement provides an update on this effort.

  • Families most impacted: immediate short-term financial assistance of $2000 will be provided this week to the families who have been most severely impacted and remain displaced from their homes. Each family is being supported by a designated neighbour volunteer, who has assembled a package of donated goods and services that meet the family’s immediate needs. This arrangement aims to respect privacy, build relationships, provide a single point of contact for accessing community supports, and ensure families feel supported as the healing process begins. Community organizations are also working together to ensure that the short and longer term housing needs of all families are being met.
  • Families evacuated: individuals and families who were evacuated from their homes on the evening of August 14 will be receiving $250 in cash support, to cover the immediate costs associated with the evacuation (replacing food, purchasing goods required in the first 24 hours). These families will also have access to the donated goods. We are asking individuals and families who were evacuated to complete this online form to share contact information, so that we can distribute support as quickly as possible. Door-to-door canvassing in the evacuated area will also be taking place next week in an effort to ensure that no one is missed.

Based on these allocations, approximately $50,000 from the London community is being distributed over the next week. The total amount of funds which have come forward is still being tallied, as funds have been collected in multiple places and across many organizations. A number of fundraisers are still taking place this week, and some funds have been pledged but not yet received. We request that all funds raised be channeled to the Woodman Families Fund account at Libro. Donating through this centralized fund ensures that all donations are tracked, and that we can fully account for how funds which have been so generously provided are put to use.

A process is currently being established where the most affected individuals and families can access more funding over the short, medium, and longer term. This funding will be distributed on a needs basis. More details on this process will be communicated as soon as possible.

Families are actively working with insurers to determine coverage and needs, and this takes time. In the unlikely event that more funds have been donated than are needed by the families most affected, the families together with community organizations will determine how the funds should be used to support other needs and have a positive community impact in Old East Village.

We thank Londoners for their generous support for the families affected by last week’s disaster. Individuals and organizations wishing to give are encouraged to continue to do so through the Woodman Families Fund at Libro. You can contribute to this fund by visiting any London Libro branch, or by donating online to Life*Spin through Canada Helps. Charitable receipts will be issued by Life*Spin.

All immediate needs for donated goods (food, clothing, furniture, etc.) have now been met thanks to the incredible response from the community. No further non-cash donations can be accepted at this time. Individuals wishing to donate goods are encouraged to consider giving to other organizations in the neighbourhood such as Mission Services or Life*Spin, where they can be distributed to others who are also in need.

Thank you to the London community for the remarkable generosity, support and love. If you have any questions, please contact woodmanfund@oevca.ca


Supporting Woodman Families

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 — Since the tragic explosion and fire on Woodman Ave that displaced several families, the support from Londoners has been overwhelming. Londoners, as individuals, businesses and organizations, have been donating cash, goods and services at an incredible pace. We are so proud of our neighbours and our fellow Londoners for all of the support that they continue to show for our community.

We want to thank everyone who has contributed so far, as well as the people and organizations who have helped to receive and organize the donations. Your outstanding generosity is remarkable and greatly appreciated.

The families directly impacted by the explosion, especially those who are still displaced from their homes, need our help now and over the days and weeks to come. The OEVCA is working closely with multiple community partners to streamline the support for families, aiming to make it as simple as possible for families to access the support they need - while also providing fairness and transparency in how donations are allocated.

Everyone wants to see families receive the support they need as quickly as possible. We are currently in the process of connecting with the families still displaced from their homes in order to provide immediate financial support. As such, the OEVCA is in the process of coordinating those efforts so that short-term and long-term needs are met by those who require it most.

In an effort to make this process as simple as possible for the families, we are asking for the support of OEVers and Londoners to help us coordinate this effort:

  • Please direct any donated funds to the Woodman Families Fund at Libro. You can contribute to this fund by visiting any London Libro branch, or by donating online to Life*Spin through Canada Helps. Charitable receipts will be issued by Life*Spin. Donating through this centralized fund ensures that all donations are tracked, and we can fully account for how funds which have been so generously provided are put to use.
  • All immediate needs for goods (clothing, furniture, etc.) have been generously met thanks to the incredible response from the community. Individuals wishing to donate goods are encouraged to consider giving to other organizations in the neighbourhood such as Mission Services or Life*Spin, where they can be distributed to others who are also in need.
  • We are actively reaching out to families still displaced from their homes to ensure that their immediate needs are met, and to seek input on how the donated funds can be properly distributed to address medium and long term needs. If you would like to provide input, please contact us at woodmanfund@oevca.ca.

We have never been more proud to be a part of the Old East Village community. The outpouring of support over the past six days from across London and beyond has been remarkable and inspiring. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in both big and small ways. We could never hope to properly express the gratitude we are all feeling for the generosity shown to the residents of Old East Village.

As we continue along this difficult path of rebuilding, we will endeavour to communicate all of the progress that is being made, and continue to offer any and all supports at our disposal to those affected by this disaster, until our community is once again made whole.

Libro Fund for Woodman Families

Saturday, 17 August 2019 — The outpour of support following the explosion in Old East Village on August 14, 2019 has been nothing short of remarkable. People and organizations across London (and beyond!) have generously contributed funds, goods and services to support the families affected.

The Old East Village Community Association (OEVCA) together with Life*Spin and Libro Credit Union is accepting financial donations at any London Libro branch. Libro made the first donation of $10,000 (read more here), and many Londoners, businesses and organizations have also contributed. Charitable receipts will be issued by Life*Spin. You can contribute by visiting any London Libro branch, or by donating online to Life*Spin through Canada Helps. Please reference the Woodman Families Fund.

Thank you to everyone who has shown love, care and support for the Woodman families and Old East Village during this difficult time. You remind us what community is all about.

Old East Village Welcome Baskets

Are you new to Old East Village? Do you know someone who has just moved to our neighbourhood? The Old East Village Community Association wants to know, so we can welcome our new residents. E-mail the address (and name if you have it) to welcomebasket@oevca.ca and we'll drop off a welcome kit full of important information about our amazing community!

We depend on memberships to fund our operation. Purchase an annual membership via Paypal here, we will send details via email: