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City of Mississauga Councillor Honoured with Imperial Decoration from Government of Japan

By Events

December 9, 2020

A presentation of the Order of Rising Sun from the Government of Japan to Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr was held at today’s virtual meeting of Council.

On November 3, 2020, the Government of Japan announced recipients of its 2020 Autumn Imperial Decorations with Councillor Starr as one of three Canadians within the jurisdiction of the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto to receive the Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays.

“I congratulate Councillor Starr on receiving this well-deserved international honour. Councillor Starr received this award for his long-time work promoting friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and Canada,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Ron’s work as the Chair of the Mississauga Friendship Association (MFA) has had far-reaching impacts, especially on our relationships with our Sister City, Karyia, Japan. MFA events, cultural exchanges and homestay visits for Kariya and Mississauga students have been instrumental in strengthening the connection between our two cities.”

The Order of the Rising Sun is bestowed upon individuals of merit, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the nation or public and who have made distinguished achievements in international relations and promotion of Japanese culture. It is the third highest order presented by the Japanese government. Upon the announcement, Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, sent a congratulatory message on the honour. Councillor Starr is the second in the Region of Peel to receive the Honour. Former Mayor Hazel McCallion received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2014.

“I am humbled and honoured by the recognition,” said Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr. “It is wonderful to experience and be part of the Japanese culture. I enjoy my work and look forward to continuing building strong relationships with Japan and our Sister City Kariya. I encourage others to become involved in organizations such as the Mississauga Friendship Association. The learnings and teachings from the exchanges to all parties are invaluable.”

2020 Autumn Conferment of Decoration on Foreign Nationals – Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto

“Mr. Starr, as Vice Chair of Mississauga City Council’s Celebration Square Events Committee, proposed and implemented a large-scale Japanese cultural event which became Japan Festival CANADA. This festival, which began in 2016, provides a comprehensive and varied overview of Japan. Its attendance reached to 90,000 for its fourth instalment in 2019, making it the largest Japan festival in North America. As well, in May 2018, his efforts helped make possible the reception hosted by the City of Mississauga celebrating the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations. When Mississauga celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Sister City relationship with Kariya in 2011, as well as the 35th anniversary in 2016, Mr. Starr took charge as City Councillor in welcoming the delegation from Kariya as well as in organizing various events.”

Mr. Starr for many years took pains to foster goodwill toward Japan and to raise awareness of the various social contributions being made by Japanese corporations. In 2019 he organized a meeting with the members from Aichi Prefectural Assembly with the aim to strengthen economic relations. Aichi is the prefecture in which Kariya, Mississauga’s Sister City, is located.

From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Starr, as Mississauga City Councillor, worked to establish a Sister City relationship between Kariya and Mississauga, which was established in 1981. In 1993, he officially established the Mississauga Friendship Association so that members of the public can assume the main role in further developing this relationship. He also served as its Chair from 2009 to 2010. Mr. Starr has also been using Kariya Park, opened in 1992 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mississauga-Kariya Sister City relationship, for some of the activities of the Mississauga Friendship Association. He has constantly devoted his efforts to foster goodwill toward Japan in Mississauga.”

For more information visit:

Consulate-General of Japan – Toronto

Mississauga Friendship Association

Waste collection updates for the holiday season

By Events, Issues, Resources

December 9, 2020

Residents are advised of changes to their waste collection schedule for the upcoming holiday season.

Holiday waste collection schedule
There will be no change to your waste collection schedule during the upcoming holiday season.

Community Recycling Centre (CRC) closures
All CRCs will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. All CRCs will be closed December 25-26 and January 1. The CRCs will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from December 27-30, 2020.

Check for CRC locations and hours.

Get your 2021 calendar
Residents are encouraged to sign up to get free weekly collection reminders by email, text message, or phone call.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Sweet Home Mississauga – How to Safely Enjoy the Holiday Season

By Covid-19, Issues

December 9, 2020

Although the message from the Government of Ontario is focused on staying home to stay safe over the holidays, that certainly doesn’t mean boredom needs to set in.

The City of Mississauga is offering many virtual options this winter that are not only engaging and entertaining but will also get families and individuals up and moving.

“We all know that the holidays are going to look very different this year and that some of our annual holiday traditions have to be adjusted,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “But I encourage residents to make new traditions this year, perhaps by exploring a new hobby or catching up on personal interests that help keep you motivated and active. Regardless of what it is, please celebrate safely.”

While Mississauga is in the Grey-Lockdown phase of the Government of Ontario’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, it’s important to become familiar with both the activities that will keep the City in this zone and the behaviours that will help Mississauga emerge from the grey.

“The message is simple, only celebrate in-person with the people you live with and celebrate virtually with everyone else,” said Mayor Crombie. “Avoid parties and large dinners with guests and think of new ways to make the holidays special while remaining safe.”

Naughty list

As part of the Lockdown measures, the following are not permitted in Peel Region, which includes Mississauga:

  • Indoor social gatherings, except for a gathering of members of a single household or a gathering that includes members of a household and one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
  • Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less with physical distancing.

Nice list

Mississauga is making it easy to keep residents on the nice list this year by offering plenty of fun activities that can be done from the comfort and safety of home sweet home.

At-home learning, entertainment and fitness options that will fit in any stocking

Current interests and new hobbies

  • The Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will be livestreaming its holiday concert on Sunday, December 20
  • A virtual tour of the WAR Flowers exhibition is available. WAR Flowers is an exhibit focused on 10 flowers picked by Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie during the First World War. The virtual tour includes Cantlie’s letters, specially commissioned optical crystal sculptures and original flower-based scents, interwoven with the personal stories of 10 Canadians directly involved in the war.
  • In support of the WAR Flowers exhibition, an online speaker series will also be available. participants in the series include:

o   Viveka Melki and Alexander Reford on Creating WAR Flowers

o   Lawrence Hill in conversation with Natasha Henry in an Online Author’s Talk

o   Darin Wybenga on the Veterans of the Mississaugas of the Credit

o   Pardeep Singh Nagra on Brothers in Arms – The Sikhs in WWI

o   Matthew Wilkinson on Our Boys – Mississauga Remembers the First World War

Staying apart, together

  • Starting on December 10, the Museums of Mississauga will be spreading holiday cheer virtually, with bake-along videos and downloadable recipes of classic Christmas desserts including gingerbread and Christmas pudding.
  • Story time with family has always been a favourite, safe holiday activity. To keep this warm tradition alive, starting the week of December 14, Mississauga Library will feature five live story times and will be posting short holiday-themed videos on the City’s YouTube channel. The story times and videos will feature songs, stories and rhymes with broad and inclusive festive themes. The story times will be live on the Mississauga Library Facebook channel and will remain on the site for one week following the live airing.

Entertain me

  • Need music and movies to make the holiday season merrier? Mississauga Library can grant that streaming wish with Hoopla. Hoopla has all members of the family covered so no one can complain they’re bored this winter. From holiday movie favourites, Christmas romance classics and kid-friendly comedies to memorable holiday tunes, classic, seasonal jazz and family celebration books, this holiday is going to be an unforgettable one.
  • Mississauga Celebration Square invites residents to ring in 2021 in style at home with a special New Year’s Eve playlist available December 31 on Spotify and Apple Music. The “♥MCS NYE Playlist” will feature this year’s top tracks, including music from Mississauga artists. Listeners are encouraged to tag @mcsevents in all social posts when sharing the playlist from December 31 to January 3 for a chance to win a $100 Tim Horton’s gift card.

Active and relaxed

  • Mississauga’s Recreation Division has developed their Stay Home Stay Active program designed to get every member of the family up and moving or calm and relaxed depending on your holiday state of mind. Check the site for workouts, meditation and movement, nutrition and lifestyle tips and virtual activities for older adults.
  • If extra encouragement is needed, the City’s recreation team offers live Virtual Fitness Classes with certified fitness instructors. Try one class or join for all the sessions, there’s something for everyone ranging from beginners to advanced fitness levels.
  • Don’t close the Stay Home Stay Active webpage without first checking out the Family Fun Corner to see all of the creative and easy recreational activities that can be done at home.

Worship safely

  • Attend holiday services virtually or by livestream only.

Gifts and donations

  • Shop local and support small businesses. Ask about curbside pick-up, delivery, and online shopping options.
  • If you’re sharing gifts with people outside your home, exchange online gifts to avoid physical contact. Check #MississaugaMade for options.
  • Not only is buying local great and necessary for the city’s small businesses, with the help of a new contest, it’s also an amazing option for the buyer. From now until December 30, shoppers who buy or order from local businesses either online or in-person can enter for a chance to win one of 20 $100 VISA pre-paid gift cards. Shoppers enter online and indicate which local business they supported.

For information about the City’s response to COVID-19:

REMINDER TOMORROW: Community Virtual Meeting – 1381 Lakeshore Road East

By Planning & Development

Dear Resident,

Re: Community Virtual Meeting 

1381 Lakeshore Road East

The City of Mississauga has received an application from City Park Homes to amend the official plan and rezone the property to permit a 15 storey apartment building with 252 residential units and ground floor commercial space.

The applicant is proposing to amend the Lakeview Local Area Plan to permit 15 storeys, whereas the maximum permitted height is 4 storeys, in addition to changing the land use designation from Mixed Use to Residential High Density. The applicant is also proposing to change the zoning on the site from C4 (Mainstreet Commercial) to RA5-Exception (Apartments – Exception) to implement this development proposal.

Due to the COVID pandemic, we are not able to have an in-person meeting. Therefore, we have arranged a Community virtual meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Call-in details are as follows: Join by phone: 647-484-1596, Meeting Access: 172 683 5635#, Meeting Password: ward1.

If you would like to submit your comments, please forward to David Ferro, Planner, Planning and Development Department, 300 City Centre Drive, 6th floor, Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C1 or


Stephen Dasko

Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area Update

By Events, Issues, Planning & Development

We’re making great progress creating #JimToveyLakeviewCA! This area will become the forested zone with over 5,000 trees & shrubs planted by @CVC_CA staff in fall. In the distance, the newly created Serson creek channel and wetlands are coming to life.

Footage by @dclarkeuavpilot

MIWAY NOTICE – Upcoming MiWay Service and Fare Changes Starting Dec. 21, 2020

By Events, Issues, Resources

MiWay will be implementing a series of upcoming service changes over the next month – the most notable being that 11 MiWay routes will now be anchored at the new Kipling Bus Terminal, instead of the TTC Islington Subway Station, starting on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. This Metrolinx facility is located at Dundas Street and Subway Crescent in Toronto.

In 2021, MiWay fares will remain unchanged and customers are encouraged to use PRESTO as a contactless form of payment. As of January 1, 2021, paper tickets will no longer be accepted; MiWay will continue to accept Special Purpose tickets, which are used by charitable and not-for-profit organizations, school boards, food banks, and social services clients.

Service Changes starting Dec. 21, 2020

Holiday service changes:
Starting Monday, December 21, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021, MiWay schedules will be adjusted and customer service hours will be modified. Extended evening service and free rides on New Year’s Eve will not be offered due to COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings. MiWay will continue to provide regular Saturday and Sunday service on weekends during this time.

Some routes will operate with less frequent weekday service (based on reduced customer demand) and the following routes will not operate:

  • 104 Derry Express;
  • 107 Malton Express (service suspended as of Dec. 7 due reduced demand during the COVID-19 grey level lockdown); and
  • All 300-series school routes (some school routes suspended as of Dec. 7 due reduced demand during the COVID-19 grey level lockdown).

Some routes operate on a reduced holiday schedule (based on reduced customer demand) and the following routes will not operate on Christmas and New Year’s Day:

  • 6 Credit Woodlands;
  • 35 Eglinton;
  • 46 Tenth Line-Osprey;
  • 48 Erin Mills; and
  • 68 Terry Fox.

Customer Service will have modified hours of operation as follows:

From Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 to Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, Customer Service will be available on the phone at 905-615-4636 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

City Centre Transit Terminal – Information Booth:

Weekday Holiday hours of operation
Monday to Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas and New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

City Centre Transit Terminal – Fares Booth:

Weekday Holiday hours of operation
Monday to Thursday 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Christmas and New Year’s Day Closed
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Information with more details for customers is available at

Virtual Community Town hosted by 11 Division Auto Unit: re: High-end Vehicle Thefts & Crime Prevention – December 16th

By Events, Issues

Please find below details for an upcoming Virtual Town Hall that Peel Regional Police has organized with myself and other Councillors, regarding the recent vehicle thefts here in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police’s 11 Division Auto Unit would like to invite you to a virtual Town Hall on:

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Topics will include recent high-end vehicle thefts from Peel Region. Crime Prevention Services will be in attendance to provide safety and prevention tips. The Town Hall will offer the opportunity to discuss recent vehicle theft trends and will be followed by a Q&A session with Peel Police and City Councillors.

For more information on the recent arrests and on these thefts, please see the press release sent out by Peel Regional Police here.

If you would like to participate in the Virtual meeting on December 16th at 6:30 pm, please see the details below:

Join by video system


You can also dial and enter your meeting number (178 217 6540)

Join by phone

+1-416-915-6530 Canada toll

Access code: 178 217 6540

To join to virtually on December 16th at 6:30 pm, please click on the link below: