• Sheridan Park Drive Extension Environmental Assessment


  • Cankerworm Update

    I wanted to take this opportunity to provide all of you with an update on the cankerworm situation in our area.


    As you know, for the last number of years, our neighbourhoods, especially in the Lorne Park / White Oaks Area have been plagued with the Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Cankerworms, ice storms and drought.


    Our beautiful tree canopy is taking a hit that I’m not sure can recover from unless we aerial spray. Unfortunately, we have missed the window of opportunity for this year.


    I feel, that as a Council, we need to send a message to our residents and show our commitment to preserving our tree canopy.  Even the City’s integrated pest management plan is no match for the constant barrage of pests we are experiencing.


    For residents, treatment for each tree can cost upwards of $500 – $1000, not to mention the removal of dead trees, where the average price per tree is around $2000. The point is that homeowners are spending a lot of money to improve the survival of the trees and the City needs to do more to help.


    I can honestly say that for me, this year has been like no other. Many people have referred to the ‘horror film’ conditions. Just yesterday, a resident complained of the worms coming down her chimney into her home.


    Not being able to use your yards, caterpillar feces raining down, the ground appearing to move under your feet and most heartbreakingly – already stressed trees having their leaves eaten – I’m not sure how much more these trees can take. We are at a tipping point.


    We need to continue to invest in our urban tree canopy, even if that means conducting aerial spraying every few years.


    The last time the city aerial sprayed BTK was 10 years ago. BTK is soil-dwelling bacterium, commonly used as a biological pesticide and is effective in the control of cankerworms and gypsy moth and safe for use in urban areas.


    Today Council considered my walk-on motion to consider aerial spraying for Spring 2018 and a commitment to work in a permanent program for spraying every few years.


    Some Councillors expressed concerns about the cost and plan for communications.


    The motion was amended to read, “Be it resolved that the City of Mississauga Forestry staff be directed to report back in the Fall 2017 with a plan regarding aerial spraying, the areas that will be sprayed, the costs and the communications plan.” 


    I am cautiously optimistic that we will move forward, but it is not yet a done deal.


    What do I need from you, the residents of Ward 2?


    1. I need you to continue to advocate for spraying to other Councillors, the Mayor and City officials, to keep it top of mind until the matter comes before Council again in the Fall.


    1. I need you to keep me informed. City staff said that these trees “should” regrow their leaves. Based on what I’ve seen, oak trees tend not to. Continue to keep me updated on your properties and how our trees are faring over the summer months.


    This matter will come forward again for a final decision in the Fall and I will continue to make the case, so we can move forward for aerial spraying in Spring 2018.  You will be notified as soon as possible when it will be coming forward, along with the corporate report.


    I’d like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your support and vigilance on this matter.

  • Cankerworm Update – June 6th

    I will be bringing forward the below motion at Council tomorrow morning. I have received many photos from residents impacted by this infestation and these too will be part of my presentation to the Mayor and my fellow Councillors.


    Also, below is a link to a City News item from yesterday, which I’m sure many of you saw. It does a good job of highlighting the challenges that we are dealing with in Lorne Park.




    I will continue to keep you updated on this matter.

  • Abundance of Cankerworms in Mississauga

    I’m getting many calls and emails about cankerworms, particularly in the Lorne Park area. This is not isolated to Ward 2. Trees are also being greatly affected in Wards 6 and 8.   


    The population of cankerworms (or inch worms) is much higher this year due the warmer winter. Here are some things you should know:


    • The cankerworm feeding season is much shorter than the gypsy moth, with the life cycle of the worm being 7-10 days. At this point, we are more than halfway through the feeding season.
    • Forestry is starting tomorrow, June 1st, with spraying of city owned trees in the Whiteoaks area, where there is both a high infestation of cankerworms and gypsy moth, with a second application 7-10 days later. The benefit to the timing of the treatment is that the worms will be sprayed while they are feeding, therefore having an impact on the population. The spraying will occur in the early morning hours. While the spray is biological and safe, it is recommended that you stay indoors with windows closed. It will take a few days for caterpillars to ingest and die.
    • Trees that have been impacted by the feeding of the cankerworms should leaf out again this summer.
    • Trees can withstand 3 or more years of defoliation, so this infestation should not have an impact on the overall health of trees in the area.

    Thanks to the wet, cool spring, it is anticipated that the gypsy moth population will be low to moderate this year.

    That being said, between pests and drought, our tree canopy has been under great stress over the last few years.


    This morning at our General Committee Meeting, I asked staff to seriously consider aerial spraying for Spring 2018. For many people, they are losing too many trees or remaining trees are becoming too costly to manage. Other municipalities, including Toronto, have taken steps to spray. It has been 10 years since the City of Mississauga did aerial spraying. For the sake of the long term health of our tree canopy and local air quality, it’s time to take a look at that option again.


    Please contact myself or Forestry if you have any questions or concerns.

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