• Armagh Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter

    Please see the below newsletter, highlighting all the wonderful things going on at Armagh.

    With the season of giving around the corner, please consider making a gift towards their 2016 Holiday Sponsorship Program that benefits Armagh’s families. They welcome cash donations as well as local grocery store vouchers, gift cards and presents for all age groups. For more information or to be paired with a family, please call 905-855-0299 and ask for Tara.

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  • Mississauga News: Mississauga to raise stormwater charges less than a year after implementation

    Mississauga News

    In the wake of rising property taxes and massive hydro bills, Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras wants to provide residents some relief by capping the city’s stormwater charge.

     “At what point do we stop the bleeding a little bit for the residents who have to pay this?” Ras said during the city’s second budget committee meeting on Tuesday.  

    Introduced at the beginning of this year, the stormwater charge, which appears on the Region of Peel water bill, ranges in price from $50 to $170 annually, depending on the rooftop size of a home. Revenues are placed in a dedicated fund and allocated to stormwater infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.

    In 2016, the billing rate per unit was $100. Staff is proposing to increase that number to $102 next year.

    “It’s been less than a year since we brought it in,” said Ras. “Isn’t it premature to ask for an increase?”

    Ras put forward a motion requesting the billing rate stay the same as it is this year, considering the 2017 budget proposes a tax increase of 5.9 per cent for the city portion of the tax bill.

    “This stormwater program is new,” said Coun. Matt Mahoney, adding residents need a chance to digest its contents before increases are approved.

    Calling the move to cap the program a form of “tokenism,” Coun. Nando Iannicca stressed the insignificance of what amounts to only a few dollars every year.

    But that does not account for the rising home insurance rates also felt by residents in areas susceptible to flooding, noted Coun. Chris Fonseca.

    Helen Noehammer, director of transit and infrastructure planning, said the $2 increase on the billing rate would give the city an additional $820,000 to make contributions to its reserve funds and create a more sustainable stormwater management system.

    The proposed 2017 budget for the stormwater program is $45.2 million.

    About $631,000 has been issued through credits and exceptions for multi-residential and non-residential properties whose stormwater practices were a direct benefit to the city’s stormwater management program.

    Ras’ motion failed, with councillors Iannicca, Carolyn Parrish, Jim Tovey, John Kovac, George Carlson and Mayor Bonnie Crombie voting it down.

     

  • Budget Town Hall – November 30th

    I have organized a Budget Town Hall meeting on November 30th at Lorne Park Public School, 1325 Indian Rd., 6:30 pm – 8 pm. This will be an opportunity for residents to hear from staff about what the goals are for the 2017 Budget, how residents can provide input in the Budget process and an opportunity for questions and answers with myself and staff.

    For any residents that are unable to attend this meeting but would like to share comments or questions, please send  them to me for consideration through the process.

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  • ‘Stop the Knocks’ Campaign Gets Results!

    News Realease; November 3, 2016

    Councillor Ras: “StoptheKnocks” Campaign Gets Results

    Province Introduces Legislation to Ban Door-to-Door Sales

     

    Today, Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras (Ward 2) expressed her support for the Provincial Government’s important step forward to protect consumers by introducing framework legislation to ban door-to-door sales.

     

    Last Spring, Mississauga City Council passed a motion calling on the Province of Ontario to impose a ban on door-to-door sales activities, specifically in the home services sector. The Council motion, brought forward by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras, which was  unanimously approved, urged other municipalities to join with Mississauga in calling on the Province to act to protect consumers when dealing with door-to-door home energy services.

     

    “This is a win for the campaign, and a win for Ontario consumers,” said Councillor Ras.  “Thousands of Ontarians – whether young people or seniors, those who have lived here for years, or are new to Ontario – have gotten duped at the door by sales agents that mislead, misrepresent, and use tactics of fear and pressure to sell people services they neither need nor want.”

     

    “We look forward to the details regarding the regulations to ensure they are focused on dealing with the problem consumers are facing: unsolicited door-to-door sales activities,” added Ras.

     

    The motion was part of a campaign called ‘StopTheKnocks’ which encourages homeowners across Ontario to lend their voices by signing the online petition on Change.org.

     

    Since Mississauga passed the motion, over 25 municipalities – from Thunder Bay to Toronto – have followed suit and passed resolutions calling on the Province to act and crack down on this issue.  Thousands more have either signed the petition or made their voices heard through their elected representatives at all levels of government.

     

    “Today’s announcement is an important step in the right direction,” stated  Councillor Ras. “It is important for homeowners to know their rights when it comes to door-to-door sales.”

     

  • Wrapped in Courage Campaign

    November is Women Abuse Prevention Month. Interim Place is participating in the ‘Wrapped in Courage’ Campaign, which shows commitment to ending violence against women. Please support this important initiative by purchasing a purple scarf. There are 2 styles available: the pashmina scarf and the infinity scarf. They are just $15 each. Contact development@interimplace.com or 905-403-9691 ext. 2223 to order yours today!

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