London council briefs: Council pay, election signs and conference hosting

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Council pay under review

City politicians endorsed a new committee to analyze councillor pay on Tuesday. The council compensation review committee this year will be made up of two retired lawyers, a political scientist, an accountant and a human resources professional. If the group is approved by council later this month, Don Bryant, Dan Ross, Joe Lyons, Christene Scrimgeour and Jeff Tudhope will review the most recent data on median full-time pay in London — councillor salaries are tied to that metric — and make recommendations for any changes in how councillors should be paid. City councillors made $52,725 last year.

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Have your say on election signs

An election sign bylaw that took effect in London in 2017 has now been through four elections, from municipal to provincial to federal, and city hall is gathering public feedback. Share your thoughts about election signs, including how long they’re visible on boulevards and lawns, and whether they interfere with drivers’ sight lines, at

Thumbs up on virtual hosting

London took its first stab at virtual hosting duties for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference this summer, and council’s rep has declared it a success in her latest report. Ward 9 Coun. Anna Hopkins said London created a memorable experience for conference attendees — municipal and some provincial politicians from across Ontario — including its video tours of local landmarks and an online concert featuring London artists. London also won host duties for 2023, when it’s hoped the conference will be in-person, bringing thousands to the city.

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