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  • Coyote Sightings in Lorne Park

    Several residents have reported recent coyote sightings in the Lorne Park area. Animal Services have provided the following comments that I wanted to share:

     

    Animal Services continues to receive reports and attend calls at St. Luke’s School and surrounding areas regarding the lackadaisical manner of the coyote.  Subsequently, we touched base with the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) as we were concerned the coyote may not be healthy, however, based on the photos they are confident the coyote is healthy and their comments are as follows: 

     

    “We showed these photos to our rescue team and they believe that the coyote appears to have a very healthy coat, perhaps some “life spots” or missing fur in areas from old injuries, but the coat does not appear to be mangy. Behaviourally, they believe that the coyote might have become accustomed to the presence of humans given that it’s been hanging around the neighbourhood this long.

     

    What we would recommend in this situation is to get all of the neighbours on board with humane harassment. Whenever they see the coyote try and scare it away by making loud noises, waving their arms in the air, clapping, or stomping their feet. Additionally they can toss something soft (like clumps of dirt, tennis balls, etc.) in the direction of the coyote with the intention of scaring it away. They can also carry a noisemaker or whistle if they’re going on a walk. The important thing is to ensure that the whole neighbourhood engages in humane harassment in order to make it the most effective (stopping to take photos or running in the opposite direction only allows the coyote to become more comfortable with human presence). I would also recommend encouraging residents not to put out food for wildlife, keeping waste secure in bins, not putting out waste bins until morning of pick-up, removing fallen fruit from trees or scattered seeds from bird feeders, and keeping pet food inside.”

     

    This might be an on-going task for quite some time until the coyote learns to associate humans with annoyance, discomfort, and fear, but the more residents that are able to band together the more successful efforts will be.  Some great resources for humane harassment include the following websites:

     

    http://coyotewatchcanada.com/

    http://stanleyparkecology.ca/conservation/co-existing-with-coyotes/

     

    You may also be familiar with the Town of Oakville’s instructional video on aversion conditioning at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0CS4_-sQDE  that is user friendly and highlights important aspects of this approach from a community perspective.

     

    Our field Officers will continue to attend to when the coyote is reported at inappropriate locations such as residential properties, sidewalks and boulevards, schools etc. but will now be focusing our efforts on aversion conditioning/hazing.  I wanted to share the communication from the TWC so that you are apprised of the recommendations, particularly from a community standpoint and should someone question the use of these tactics.  

  • MiWay Route 29 South Detour – Orr Rd., Oct. 6 – Nov. 15

    The bus will be running on Bonnymede Drive during this construction period.

    During this detour, the following stops will be missed:

    Last Serviced Stop: #0286 Southdown Road, south of Lushes Avenue

    #0212 – Southdown/south of Bonnymede
    #1631 – Orr/east of Southdown
    #0284 – Inverhouse/Carrera
    #2359 – Inverhouse/north of Bonneymede (south leg)
    #0285 – Inverhouse /Bonnymede (north leg)
    Returns to Regular Routing: #2358 Inverhouse Drive, south of Lakeshore Road

  • Credit Valley Conservation Fall Festival

    Credit Valley Conservation’s Fall Festival at Terra Cotta Conservation Area is quickly approaching!  The festival will run Saturdays in October (7, 14, 21 and 28). 

    This year’s event is “A Celebration of Local Food, Drink and Entertainment.”  They have local vendors participating in the marketplace, food trucks, a beer garden (featuring local craft beer), local entertainers, and family-friendly activities (a bouncy castle, wagon rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, and giant games). 

    The details of the Fall Festival can be found at fallfest.ca.

  • Community Information Guide

    Recently I created and published a Community Information Guide, which is full of valuable Ward 2 and City of Mississauga information. I have printed copies available, should you wish one, please contact me at 905-896-5200 or karen.ras@mississauga.ca. Below is a link to the .pdf of the guide, for you information.

     

    Community Information Guide

  • Budget Committee Update – September 20, 2017

    The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee recently considered new and increased fees and charges for 2018. This includes transit fares, Recreation and Parks and Forestry programs. These revenue sources will help offset the cost of delivering these services.

     

    Highlights include:

     

    • New fees introduced for non-resident pool rental
    • MiWay cash fare increase by $0.25 from $3.50 to $3.75, paper ticket fares increase by $0.10 for adult, student and senior tickets effective January 29, 2018, while PRESTO fares remain at current rates
    • New fees introduced for forestry inspection at $50, upgraded commemorative tree donation at $2,500 and garden park bench donation at $5,000
    • Increase to filming location fees based on the cost of inflation and benchmarking

    Additional revenue of approximately $1.2 million is expected from the increases and new fees. These will alleviate some pressures on the property tax rate in 2018.

     

    The proposed fees and charges will be presented at a Council meeting for approval on September 27, 2017.

     

    More information about the City budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget.

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