• Ontario Government: Regional Governance Review

    Open Letter to Residents

    Many of you may have heard or read about Mississauga seeking independence from Peel Region.

    To provide some background, in mid-January, the Province announced that it is reviewing Regional Governance across Ontario, including Peel Region. (News link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-regional-government-review-1.4978949)

    At that point, City staff were instructed to pull together information for Council consideration and that was debated on last Wednesday in terms of what our next steps are.

    Mississauga, under previous Mayor McCallion and now Mayor Crombie, both have long held the very public views that Mississauga should be a stand-alone city with a population approaching 800,000 people.  For many years, Mississauga has paid for 60% of the Regional costs and supporting our neighbouring municipalities in their growth. At this point, it is estimated that we are supporting Brampton and Caledon by approximately $85 million per year – funds that could otherwise be reinvested into our City building. If you would like the history and details on this, there are really good reports at this link: https://www7.mississauga.ca/documents/committees/general/2019/2019_03_20_GC_Additional_Agenda.pdf

    The Province is currently seeking public input from the cities and residents that could be impacted by any regional government changes. You can participate by providing comments at this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/regional-government-review.

    The deadline for public input is April 23, 2019.

    Last Wednesday, Council supported in principle – pending public consultation – to look at becoming a stand-alone city.

    There will be a public consultation meeting in the evening on April 8th, 7pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 City Centre Drive.

    We are currently working on the possibility of additional opportunities for public input. As soon as they are confirmed, we will advise you.

    Residents have been asking me where I stand on this particular issue. Based on the information I have seen to date, it would appear that Mississauga would be able to support itself with Peel Regional services such as policing, ambulance and human services moving to a utility-based model with Mississauga paying on a per capita basis. 

    Having said that, we do not have a clear sense of what will be examined in the Regional Government Review by the Ontario Government other than to be more efficient in decision making and the delivery of services. The Province’s options are keep the existing Regional model, amalgamation (essentially creating the City of Peel) or allowing Brampton and Mississauga to be stand-alone cities with a more rural Caledon going to Dufferin County or some variation thereof.

    There are still many unknowns at this time but at the very least, any governance changes brought forward by the province, should remain cost neutral or to the benefit of Mississauga taxpayers.

    At the end of day, given that municipalities are strictly under the purview of the Province, any decisions on the future governance of Mississauga and Peel Region will ultimately be at the discretion of the Province. Now is the time to make your opinion known.

  • Multi-Use Trail Update

    The City of Mississauga Community Services Department in partnership with the Region of Peel, are pleased to announce that the construction of the multi-use trail within the Hydro 1 corridor in Ward 2 commenced at the beginning of April, as planned.

    The construction of the trail is within the Hydro One corridor lands and spans from Winston Churchill Boulevard to South Sheridan Way.

    Work is scheduled to commence April 2, 2018, weather pending, and is planned to be completed by December 2018.

    The construction zones will be enclosed with safety fence and the areas outside of the construction zones will remain open.

    As with any construction project, it is expected that the area will be busy with construction activity. During this time, we ask for your patience and assistance in keeping away from construction activity as we look forward to the successful completion of these works.

    Should you have any questions please contact Irina Polo, Project Manager at:
    905-615-3200, ext. 3707 or email at irina.polo@mississauga.ca .

  • City’s Aerial Spray Program – week of May 21st

    City’s Aerial Spray Program Begins Next Week
    May 17, 2018

    With the warmer weather conditions, the City of Mississauga has tentatively scheduled its aerial spray program to begin next week to manage cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillar populations. Private and public lands in specific areas of Wards 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 11 will be sprayed.

    The City has drafted a detailed FAQ to address specific questions regarding the spray. The City will continue to share information about the spray at mississauga.ca/2018spray and via social media. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for aerial spray news alerts.

    “The spray is contingent on leaves being at least 30 per cent expanded and caterpillar hatch out as close to 100 per cent as possible,” said Jamie Ferguson, Aerial Spray Project Lead for the City of Mississauga. “When those conditions are met, we then need to monitor weather for the right temperature, humidity, low wind and no precipitation in the immediate forecast.”

    As a result, specific spray dates are chosen 48 hours in advance and they can be cancelled up to 12 hours in advance if weather conditions change. The City will issue notice to the public 48 hours before each treatment on the aerial spray website and provide up-to-date information through 3-1-1 and through the City’s Twitter channels (@CityMississauga and @MississaugaPF) and on Facebook (facebook.com/citymississauga).

    Spray Locations
    To find out if your home is in the spray area, please visit: mississauga.ca/2018spray. Spray areas include:
    · Birch Glen
    · Credit Reserve
    · East Collegeway
    · Erin Woods
    · Erindale Park
    · Erindale Village
    · Erindale Woodlands
    · Gordon Woods
    · Lakeview
    · Lorne Crest
    · Lorne Park Estates
    · Meadow Wood – Rattray
    · Mississauga Oakridge
    · Mississauga Road
    · Owenwood
    · Port Credit Village
    · Riverwood
    · Sawmill Valley Drive
    · Sherwood Forest
    · Sir Johns Homestead
    · Upper Parkland
    · Whiteoaks Lorne Park

    Spray Method
    The City has contracted Zimmer Air Services to implement the spray. Two applications will occur over a three-day period between the hours of 5 to 7:30 a.m. Two helicopters with a spray system will fly about 15 to 30 metres above the treetops. Spraying is weather dependent and will only be done under the right conditions.

    Closures and Traffic Disruptions
    The City will be implementing a traffic plan that requires temporary roads, parks and trails closures, including Rattray Marsh. The closures are necessary to meet approval requirements from Transport Canada. Road closures are expected to last less than 30 minutes, between 5 to 7:30 a.m. All emergency services will have full access to all properties within the spray zones.

    Preparing for the Aerial Spray
    he City is committed to ensuring all possible steps are taken to keep Mississauga healthy and habitable for all residents. The safety and health of residents and the protection of the environment are top priorities. The public may hear helicopter noises during the early morning. All necessary safety precautions are taken to ensure minimal risk to the public, staff and the applicators.

    Residents are unlikely to experience any health effects and no special precautions are necessary or required. Individuals who would like to avoid exposure during a spray program may wish to consider the following measures:

    • Remain indoors during the spray and up to 30 minutes thereafter
    • Close doors and windows when the spraying is taking place
    • Bring in laundry, toys and pets indoors before spraying begins
    • Practice good personal and food hygiene (e.g. hand washing after outdoor activities, especially after gardening; leave outdoor shoes at the door; washing all fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking)
    • Cover lawn furniture, automobiles, outdoor tables, pools, BBQs, play equipment and sandboxes and/or rinse them¬ with water after spraying is finished
    • Leave heating units/air conditioners on, with vents set to the closed position, or selecting the recirculate function
    • Contact Peel Public Health or your family physician if you are concerned that a personal medical condition may be aggravated by the spraying

    About the Spray
    The City of Mississauga will be using a Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk), registered under the trade name of Foray® 48B. Btk is a naturally occurring bacterium found in soil and is not a chemical. It has been successfully used by the City of Mississauga in 2006 and 2007 to control gypsy moth populations.

    Once applied, Btk biodegrades quickly, in approximately one to four days, through exposure to sunlight and other microorganisms. There are no groundwater contamination concerns as Btk does not travel through the soil beyond 25 cm. Btk is specific only to caterpillars and does not have impacts to mammals, birds, fish, or other insects, including honey bees.

    Residents with questions or concerns related to the health impacts of aerial spraying with Btk can call the Region of Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or speak to their family physician.

    For up-to-date information about the aerial spray details such as road closures, spray dates, times and locations, call 3-1-1 or visit mississauga.ca/2018spray.