2018 Heritage Matters! Municipal Election Candidate Survey Responses

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Architectural Conservancy Ontario - London Region (ACO London) sent an online survey on heritage issues to candidates running for City Council in the upcoming municipal election. The survey asked candidates about their thoughts on issues such as heritage conservation, ‘demolition by neglect’, and adaptive re-use of older buildings. This is the second time ACO London has surveyed local municipal election candidates, the first was for the 2014 election.

The survey was sent by email on Tuesday, August 7th to the 70 municipal candidates with registered email addresses as of that date. Follow-up reminder emails were sent on August 25th and 31st. The survey closed at 11:45pm on Friday, August 31st. Surveys were not sent in alternate format to those candidates who did not provide email addresses.

The responses from candidates are as we received them except for correction of spelling errors. Thirty-seven of the 70 candidates who were sent our survey responded — a 53% response rate, up substantially from the 36% response rate in 2014 - indicating a heightened awareness of the importance of heritage issues.

Survey Responses

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Thank you to those candidates who took the time to complete our survey. For those who did not respond before the survey closed, we welcome your comments.

We encourage all Londoners to attend candidates’ meetings and debates to learn more about their ideas and suggestions on built heritage and other issues. To find out more information about when and where to vote, and the candidates running for Mayor or Councillor visit the City of London’s Elections webpage.

Shawn Adamsson