• 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.

     

    http://www.citynews.ca/video/2017/06/05/video-cankerworm-infestation-takes-over-mississauga-neighbourhood/

     

    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.

  • Flooding Information

  • Lakeshore West GO Corridor Rail Tie Replacement Work

    Starting now until the Fall, Metrolinx will be replacing old rail ties with new ones along the Lakeshore West Corridor (Union Station to Burlington GO Station). This is part of their routine rail corridor state of good repair maintenance program to ensure safe and efficient rail service. Please see the below notice for more information.

     

  • Upcoming Cycling Master Plan Open Houses

    The City of Mississauga has kicked off Does Cycling Move You – a project that will update the Cycling Master Plan. As part of that process, the Active Transportation team will host drop-in open houses to seek public input on the future of cycling in our City. The project team will be available to answer questions. The open houses will be promoted with a variety of different tactics including print, social media and digital.

     

    Does Cycling Move You – Open House  #1

    Wednesday June 21, 2017

    3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Living Arts Centre, BMO Room

     

    Does Cycling Move You – Open House  #2

    Wednesday September 27, 2017

    3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Living Arts Centre, BMO Room

     

    Residents can also learn more about the Does Cycling Move You project by visiting: doescyclingmoveyou.ca

    Residents are also encouraged to take our survey by visiting:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mississaugacyclingsurvey

     

    The Updated Cycling Master Plan will be presented to General Committee in March 2018.

     

    If you require further information about the Updated Cycling Master Plan or have any questions please contact:

    Pauline Craig, Cycling Master Plan Coordinator, Pauline.craig@mississauga.ca or at ext. 3617.

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