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City of Mississauga welcomes its fifth Poet Laureate

By Announcement, Food for thought

Andrea Josic has been selected to serve as a literary ambassador for the city to help elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers.

In celebration of the City of Mississauga’s 50th anniversary, the City is pleased to announce that Andrea Josic will be its fifth Poet Laureate. Andrea will hold this position from 2024 to 2026. She will serve as a literary ambassador for the city, as well as help elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and writers through community poetry events and projects.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Andrea Josic as our new Poet Laureate,” said Kristina Zietsma, Director, Culture and Recreation. “Chosen from an exceptional pool of candidates, Andrea is a talented writer and poet who will inspire aspiring artists and elevate literary arts in Mississauga.”

Andrea Josic is a second-generation Bosnian-Canadian poet, performer and arts educator from Mississauga. She has been competing in international poetry slams for nearly a decade and is a national award-winning poet and journalist with publications at Whippersnapper Gallery, Meridian Arts Centre, Toronto Transit Commission x Poems in Passage, This Magazine and more. She was the champion of the 2020 Toronto Poetry Slam, 2019 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam and the runner-up in the 2021 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Andrea has supported her hometown Mississauga in profound ways, including facilitating a writing exhibit with The Woodlands School at the Small Arms Inspection Building and attending the first Sauga Poetry event as the inaugural feature poet. She hopes to cultivate healing, belonging and joy through her work.

Every two years, the City embarks on a search for its new Poet Laureate. This honourary position recognizes a poet who writes excellent poetry or spoken word and has written on themes that are relevant to the residents of Mississauga.

Andrea will take over the role starting on April 10th from the City’s fourth Poet Laureate, Ayomide Bayowa.

The public can expect to see the new Poet Laureate at the City’s fifth annual Poetry Slam on April 24. She will also make an appearance as part of the Canada Day celebrations at Celebration Square on July 1.

As a way to kick off her new role and celebrate National Poetry Month, Andrea read from one of her poems titled, (Almost) Daughter Inherits the Matriarch at today’s General Committee meeting. See verse below.

(Almost) Daughter Inherits the Matriarch

i.
I will always be my mother’s swelling
she says my shell is recipe booking
knees that knock
wrinkle in left cheek
lower back carves
but I am not the “her” she expects me to be
I am but the swallow of a woman
my given name is tongued sandpaper
that undresses the rind out of a drying throat
and rots the girlhood I denounced at 18

ii.
when my mother and I run along the grass
our limbs are harmonious applause, she says
“can you see us in grandmother?
her kiln breaded me and
sunned your yeast for 34 years”
grandma remembers me at 13
a beanstalk child, stretching just like her
old photographs could prove time travel
but I hush regret this inherited matriarch
a lineage that ends, ungendered
away from the bellies that have homed me

iii.
afternoons are the furthest I am from my femme
sun lending my shadow to the pavement
a passing silhouette reflects my boyish frame
not quite of a woman
not much in-between
apologetic that bloodline changes with my other
and on the hottest day
when mist rises to even the slate
my mother’s shadow asks
can I even call you mine?


Andrea Josic, Mississauga’s fifth Poet Laureate: 2024 to 2026


Members of Council stand with fifth Poet Laureate (Andrea Josic), fourth and outgoing Poet Laureate (Ayomide Bayowa) and current Youth Poet (Lisa Shen).


From left to right: Lisa Shen (Mississauga’s current Youth Poet), Andrea Josic (Mississauga’s fifth Poet Laureate) and Ayomide Bayowa (Mississauga’s fourth and outgoing Poet Laureate).

April 8 to 12 is 9-1-1 Awareness Week in Peel

By Announcement, Events, Resources

43 per cent of 9-1-1 calls are not emergencies

During 9-1-1 Awareness Week, we recognize our first responders — emergency communicators, Fire, Police and Paramedics — for saving lives and helping residents in immediate need. We are also reminding Peel residents to call 9-1-1 only for emergencies.

In 2023, just over 900,000 calls or nearly half of all calls to 9-1-1 were for non-emergencies. They were misuse, hang-ups, short duration (accidents) or test calls to the 9-1-1 system. These calls take up valuable time and resources and can potentially prevent first responders from attending to real emergencies.

Call 9-1-1 only when someone needs immediate help from Paramedics, Police and Fire. To prevent accidental calls, lock your cell phones and do not program 9-1-1 into your phones. In addition, teach children how to use 9-1-1 correctly and how to recognize an emergency.

Call these numbers for non-emergencies

  • Call 311  for local municipal government (city or town) concerns, or to get information on municipal programs and services.
  • Call 811 to get answers to general health questions and concerns.
  • Call 211  for community-based health, social, and government services.
  • Call Police non-emergency telephone numbers:
    • Peel region – 905-453-3311
    • Town of Caledon – 905-584-2241
    • Caledon Village – 519-927-3041
  • Call Peel Regional Paramedic Services non-emergency number:
  • Call Fire non-emergency numbers:
  • Mississauga – 905-456-5700
  • Brampton – 905-456-5788
  • Caledon – 905-584-2272

Go here to learn more about 9-1-1.

Feedback from Mississauga residents is helping shape the City’s future

By Announcement, Parks, Resources

New Future Directions plans for Culture, Recreation, Parks, Forestry & Environment, Library and Fire & Emergency Services were approved by Council.

Today at Council(April 3, 2024), the new Future Directions plans for CultureRecreationParks, Forestry & EnvironmentLibrary, and Fire & Emergency Services were approved.

Mississauga’s Future Directions plans help guide decision-making for various community services.  Using valuable feedback, demographic information and user data, the City develops plans that address infrastructure and service delivery needs.  These long-range plans align with Council priorities and investigate innovative and unique opportunities to enhance existing facilities, as well as programs and services.

“In its 50th year, Mississauga has grown into a vibrant city with a reputation for delivering high quality programs and services to residents,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “We’ve received valuable feedback from residents, and we’re committed to making improvements to our many programs and services to ensure we continue to deliver them at the level residents expect, while at the same time adapting our offerings to meet the needs of a growing and changing community. We’ve listened to residents and customers and we’re making changes.”

Public engagement is an important part of the City’s work on our Future Directions plans. More than 7,000 survey responses helped to inform the draft plans; and a second survey issued after the draft plans were released garnered another 10,900 responses. This level of input from residents, community groups, user groups and other interested parties, combined with other relevant data, and research plays a role in guiding City actions and priorities for the next five to 10 years.

With strategic priorities in mind, there are some notable recommendations mentioned in the Future Directions plans, such as:

  • Adding new amenities across Mississauga, including but not limited to cricket facilities, spray pads, pickleball courts, and leash-free zones.
  • Exploring fee subsidies for attending and hosting cultural programming to increase access to Recreation and Culture venues, programs and events.
  • Redeveloping or expanding Lakeview Library to service anticipated population growth, and to redevelop or expand Mississauga Valley Library as part of a broader renovation of the community centre.
  • Constructing a new community centre in Service Area E (Cooksville) to include an indoor aquatics centre, library, double gymnasium, fitness studio, and multi-purpose program space.
  • Developing and implementing fire safety public education programming that targets residents ages 65 and above, school aged children ages 6-14 and unregistered daycare and community group homes.

Robillos added, “A lot has changed since our last cycle of Future Directions, making these plans more reflective of current life and the demographic in Mississauga. It was essential to get detailed feedback, opinions, and questions from local community members to help shape our future operations. It’s important that residents have access to programs and services in their community that allow them to thrive, in a healthy and sustainable environment.”

The 2024 Future Directions plans build on the work completed since 2019 and identify new recommendations for how the City can advance its strategic priorities for supporting growth and sustainability, while maintaining its strong commitment to Reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion.

About Future Directions:

Future Directions is a planning process undertaken every five years to guide Library, Parks, Forestry & Environment, Recreation, Culture and Fire & Emergency Services. These plans focus on concrete actions that the City will undertake to maintain Mississauga residents’ high quality of life.

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA – NOTICE OF COMPLETION – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study Dixie

By Announcement, Planning & Development

Dundas Flood Mitigation Project

WHAT?

  • The lands south of Little Etobicoke Creek
    surrounding Dixie Road, referred to as “Dixie-
    Dundas” for this project, are subject to flooding as
    a result of spilling from the creek during high flow
    conditions. This urban area consists of a variety of
    commercial, industrial, residential, and park land
    uses.
  • The study area of this Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class
    Environmental Assessment (EA) has been broken up
    into the “Dixie Area” and the “Dundas Area” for
    identifying flood mitigation solutions.

WHERE?

WHY?

  • The City of Mississauga has an interest to protect
    flood-vulnerable residences and businesses as well as
    to intensify Dixie-Dundas area to fulfill the vision of
    growth expressed in the Dundas Connects Master Plan.

HOW?

In consultation with the public and agencies, the alternative solutions for both the “Dixie Area” and the “Dundas Area” have been evaluated to iden􀆟fy preferred design concepts for each.

“Dundas Area” preferred design:

  • Floodplain widening
  • 25 m – channel crossing bridge at Dundas Street
  • Sanitary sewer relocation
  • Floodproofing earthen berm at 1607 Dundas Street

“Dixie Area” preferred design:

  • Floodplain widening with lowered creek invert
  • 50 m – channel crossing bridge at Dixie Road
  • Sanitary sewer relocations

PROJECT FILE

An Environmental Study Report is now available for public review and comment for 30 days on the City’s website:
http://www.mississauga.ca/flooding

Interested persons may provide written comments to our project team by April 30, 2024. All comments are requested to be sent directly to the Project Managers listed below. Previous study informa􀆟on, including the Public Information Centres and the study area expansion bulletin, is available on the above webpage.

Anthony Di Giandomenico, P.Eng.
Project Manager
City of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C9
(905) 615-3200, ext. 3491
anthony.digiandomenico@mississauga.ca

Amanda McKay, P.Eng., PMP
Consultant Project Manager
Matrix Solutions Inc.
3001-6865 Century Avenue
Mississauga, ON L5N 7K2
(289) 323-3780
amckay@matrix-solutions.com

Swing into spring at one of Mississauga’s golf courses!

By Announcement, Resources

We are happy to share that our golf courses are gearing up for the new season with the following opening dates:

  1. Braeben 18-Hole Course & Driving Range: Fri, April 5th
  2. Lakeview Golf Course: Wed, April 10th
  3. Braeben 9-Hole Academy Course: Wed, April 24th

New benefits for residents

New for 2024, Mississauga residents will get a five percent discount on green fees and can book a tee time online one hour earlier than non-residents. This initiative aims to provide better access and incentives for Mississauga residents to golf at our three City courses. For more information on this program, please visit www.mississauga.ca/golf/resident-golf-benefits/

Online tee-time bookings for Braeben’s 18-hole course start on Fri, March 29th, at 8pm for residents and 9pm for non-residents via www.mississauga.ca/golf.

Port Credit Storm Drainage Study PIC#2 online

By Announcement, Planning & Development, Resources, Ward 1

To create the Port Credit Storm Drainage Master Plan, the City is completing a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study. Through the study, the City is looking to address potential drainage system issues within Port Credit. It will also assess the impacts of infill and intensification development and climate change in the study areas.

The City has uploaded the second and final Public Information Centre for the Port Credit Storm Drainage Master Plan. The video can be found online at Port Credit Storm Drainage Master Plan – City of Mississauga

Comments about flooding and drainage issues can be shared with staff from March 20 to April 10, 2024. To submit your feedback, complete the comment form available on the website and email it to muneef.ahmad@mississauga.ca by April 10. Include the date it occurred and any photos of the flooding.

2024 Pipeline Maintenance Activity

By Announcement, Hurontario LRT, Planning & Development, Ward 1

Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) operates pipelines regulated by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) to safely transport the refined petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, aviation, and heating fuel) used by Canadian businesses and consumers every day. These pipelines connect refineries in Nanticoke, Ontario, and Montreal to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with lateral pipelines to Ottawa as well as to Pearson International Airport and Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. We are committed to operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner to protect the public, the environment, and the pipelines.

This letter is being delivered to you because our pipelines are in proximity to your home or business and we would like to advise you of some upcoming work on these pipelines.

Metrolinx is currently building an 18-kilometer light rail transit (LRT) line along the surface of Hurontario Street, between the cities of Mississauga and Brampton. The Hazel McCallion LRT Project will cross two TNPI 273.1 mm and 508 mm (NPS 10 and NPS 20) pipelines at the intersection of Hurontario Street and North Service Road/Harborn Road (refer to attached figure).

In support of Metrolinx’s Hazel McCallion LRT project, there will be some maintenance activities involving the TNPI pipelines in your area. Maintenance activities on the NPS 10 pipeline are expected to be completed in two phases:
• Phase 1 will commence on or around March 18, 2024, to access and assess the pipeline prior to extending the protective casing surrounding the pipeline, taking approximately one week to complete.
• Phase 2 will include construction work for the casing extension and is expected to commence in July 2024. This activity is anticipated to be completed within two weeks.

The maintenance work associated to the NPS 10 will be conducted on the southwest corner of Hurontario Street and Harborn Road and will include limited tree and vegetation pruning/removal near the work area. Crews will use hand tools, such as chainsaws and pruners, to remove trees and other vegetation that grows near the existing pipeline.

Maintenance activities will involve closing the curb lanes, southbound on Hurontario Street and eastbound on Harborn Road, to accommodate the equipment and ensure the safety of the maintenance workers. The lanes will be closed for the duration of the work, which is expected to take a week for the phase one work and 2 – 3 weeks for the phase two work. Please note there will be a potential increase in traffic, dust, and noise during these periods, and additional lighting on the work site may be required during these two phases of work. TNPI will have a full-time presence during these maintenance activities (7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday), either with TNPI personnel and/or a TNPI representative. Both phases of the NPS 10 pipeline maintenance work are anticipated to be completed by late July 2024.

TNPI’s NPS 20 pipeline is expected to be relocated to accommodate the Hazel McCallion LRT project. Design work is ongoing and construction on this pipeline is not expected to begin until 2025. Further communications will be provided for the work associated with the NPS 20 pipeline later this year.

If you have any questions or concerns about this upcoming activity, please contact Lisa Dornan (403-476-1593 or ldornan@tnpi.ca). More information on TNPI can be found at www.tnpi.ca. For details on the overall Hazel McCallion Light Rail Transit project, please contact Metrolinx at peel@metrolinx.com or visit Metrolinx’s website at www.metrolinx.com/hazelmccallionline.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

 

New bill, new rate structure for Peel water and wastewater customers

By Announcement, Resources

Starting April 1, 2024, Peel Region water bills will look different and the way the community is charged for water and wastewater will change.

Peel Region completed a multi-year financial planning process that included: reviews of industry best practices, community engagement, an examination into the costs to serve the community and extensive financial analysis. The result is a modernization of the billing process that supports bill predictability, increased customer understanding and equity, including:

  • A new rate structure that remains the most affordable in the GTA (30% less than other GTA municipalities)
  • A bill forgiveness pilot program to support payment of unexpected higher than normal bills.
  • Invoices that are modernized and easier to read.
  • An online billing portal to support bill payments and inquiries from any device, 24/7.

Peel continues to research and make recommendations to improve systems, technology, and customer experience.

New rate structure  

Starting April 1, instead of a single water consumption charge, customer bills will have two parts: a service delivery charge and a consumption charge.  Peel is not collecting more overall revenue. Using a service delivery charge to cover fixed costs means the consumption charge will now be lower.

The service delivery charge supports the more than 80% in fixed costs needed to bring water to homes and businesses and to collect and treat wastewater, such as: staff required to maintain pipes and treatment plants, meter reading and billing costs, chemicals needed to provide clean, safe water, and much more.

 Water rate charges  

Single-unit residential customers will now have a water rate with two levels.

  1. Basic use rate: less than and equal to 50 cubic metres of water is charged at a lower rate (the lower rate covers some of the day-to-day essential water uses such as cleaning, cooking, washing).
  2. Higher use rate: water used above 50 cubic metres is charged at a higher rate.

Multi-unit residential customers will continue to have one water rate.

Businesses (industrial, commercial, and institutional) customers will continue to have one water rate.

Wastewater charges  

Wastewater billing was also reviewed as part of the financial planning process. Charging for wastewater based on the amount of water used remains the industry standard.

  • For single-unit residential and multi-unit residential customers, wastewater will continue to be billed based on 85% of the amount of water used. This represents the typical return flow to the wastewater system from homes.
  • For industrial, commercial, and institutional customers, wastewater will continue to be billed based on 100% of water used.

For additional information on the changes, 2024 water and wastewater rates, as well as the programs introduced to support a modernized billing process, visit peelregion.ca/water/billing.

MiWay Service Changes on April 29, 2024

By Announcement, Resources

Starting on Monday, April 29, 2024, there will be changes to MiWay services to increase capacity on high-demand routes, improve service reliability, and improve the quality of shift work to support the well-being of our Transit Operators. These service changes include improving the weekend service frequency on Routes 61 Mavis and 66 McLaughlin, implementing seasonal service reductions on routes that serve post-secondary schools due to the summer academic term, and adding new trips on several high-demand routes to support continued customer growth. Schedules will also be updated on various routes to improve service reliability for our customers.

  1. More frequent weekend service on Routes 61 Mavis and 66 McLaughlin

Route 61 Mavis: weekend service will be more frequent from 7:30 am to 7 pm on Saturdays (an improvement from 23 minutes to 17 minutes), and on Sundays from 7:30 am to 10 pm (an improvement from 21 minutes to 18 minutes).

66 McLaughlin: weekend service will be more frequent from 8 am to 10 pm on Saturdays (an improvement from 21 minutes to 17 minutes), and on Sundays from 7:30 am to 9 pm (an improvement from 21 minutes to 17 minutes).

  1. Seasonal service reductions to post-secondary schools due to the summer academic term

Due to lower customer demand during the summer academic term, the following service reductions will be in effect:

  • 44 Mississauga Road: weekday service frequency will be reduced to 24 minutes from 18 minutes.
  • 101A Dundas Express: will not service the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campus during the summer academic term; customers can instead take Routes 101 Dundas Express, 1C Dundas-Collegeway, 44 Mississauga Road or 110 University Express to/from the UTM campus.
  • 107 Malton Express: will not service the Humber College (North Campus) in Toronto during the summer academic term; customers can instead take Route 22 Finch.
  • 110 University Express: weekday service frequency will be reduced to 20 minutes from 12 minutes.

Regular post-secondary service to post-secondary schools will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

  1. New trips on high-demand routes

The routes below will have additional service based on ridership growth:

  • 6 Credit Woodlands: new weekday eastbound trip at 2:46 pm from Dundas Street at Erindale Station Road.
  • 8 Cawthra: new weekday northbound trip at 2:57 pm from Cawthra Road and Atwater Avenue.
  • 13 Glen Erin: new weekday southbound trip at 7:32 am from Meadowvale Town Centre Transit Terminal.
  • 45 Winston Churchill: new weekday northbound trip at 4:43 pm from Clarkson GO Station.
  1. Bus stop relocation at the City Centre Transit Terminal for Route 20 – Rathburn

The bus stop for the Route 20 Rathburn at the City Centre Transit Terminal will be relocated from Platform O (stop #1408) to Platform K (stop #0766) to enable easier transfers for customers; in particular, customers transferring to Route 9 Rathburn-Thomas at Platform J (0597), which is next to Platform K.

  1. Schedule adjustments

Schedules will be updated on various routes to improve service reliability for our customers (a complete list of routes will be available on miway.ca).

  1. Holiday service

On Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, 2024, MiWay will operate on a holiday schedule with some service reductions based on reduced customer demand.

  • Route 17 Hurontario: will operate every 25 minutes (instead of every 18 minutes)
  • Route 23 Lakeshore: will operate every 29 minutes (instead of every 22 minutes)
  • Routes 28 Confederation, 46 Tenth Line-Osprey and 48 Erin Mills will not operate due to low demand.

More information about these changes will be available at miway.ca beginning Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Construction Notice – ADVANCE NOTICE Sanitary Sewer and Watermain Improvement Lakeshore Road West from Jack Darling Memorial Park to Elmwood Avenue North

By Announcement, Resources, Ward 1

Peel Region is planning to install new watermains and sanitary sewers in your area as shown on the attached map. This is expected to start around Fall of 2024 with completion expected by Spring of 2028.
• Watermains are underground pipes that bring tap water from our water treatment plants to your neighbourhood. As our population grows, we need to build larger watermains to keep providing high quality water services
• Sanitary sewers are underground pipes that carry wastewater from your home or business to a wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater is created when water goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet. As our population grows, we need to build larger sewers to keep providing high quality wastewater services.

Important note
This upcoming construction will take place in the municipal right-of-way. The municipal right-of way includes the street and the land owned by your city between the street and your water service box (small, round metal valve in either your driveway or lawn). This work may impact the bottom of your driveway and the area around the sidewalk. We therefore recommend delaying any major landscaping or driveway paving until after this construction has been completed.

Keeping you informed
We are currently in the early planning stages, so we can’t give exact dates for when we will do the work. In addition, as your city’s future planning activities may change, we may alter our plans to improve watermains and sanitary sewers in your neighbourhood. We will deliver more detailed information to your home or business closer to the proposed construction date.

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Information on this project can also be found at peelregion.ca/pw/construction/miss/19-2215.htm

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Wastewater Collection and Conveyance & Water Linear Engineering
Engineering Services Division
Public Works, Peel Region
Email: construction@peelregion.ca
Phone: 905-791-7800 ext. 4409