CBC Article Regarding Vandalized Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras

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Recent CBC article regarding vandalized automated speed enforcement cameras:
Mississauga’s speed cameras have been vandalized 172 times this year. Some councillors want action |
Mississauga’s speed cameras have been vandalized 172 times this year. Some councillors want action
City has 22 cameras in what are known as school-area community safety zones
CBC News · Posted: Sep 12, 2023 8:41 PM EDT | Last Updated: September 12
Mississauga needs to change its automated speed enforcement camera program because of reoccurring vandalism to the grey metal boxes that contain the cameras, two city councillors say.
Already this year, the city says it has received reports of 172 reports of vandalism to its automated speed enforcement camera units. In 2022, it received 161 reports of vandalism.
The city has 22 speed cameras, two per ward, meant to enforce speed limits in what are known as school-area community safety zones. In school zones, the speed limit is 30 kilometres per hour.
Coun. Stephen Dasko, who represents Ward 1, said vandals have spray-painted graffiti on the units, knocked them over and spray-painted their lenses to prevent them from taking photographs.
“It’s been abused. It’s been spray-painted. Actually, somebody had smashed one with a rock recently. Quite frankly, they get toppled over on a regular basis,” Dasko said on Tuesday.
Dasko said the city has a contract with an external company to supply and maintain the speed cameras and the hope they can work together to find a solution.
For example, he said the speed cameras could be moved out of reach to prevent people from damaging the units.
“What makes sense, is if we could have them relocated to being on a pole, or somewhere that is outside of somebody easily being able to get their hands on it,” he said.
Damaged cameras could give ‘false sense of security’
On its website, the city of Mississauga says speeding is a serious problem on its roads and the cameras help to “make our streets safer for everyone by encouraging drivers to slow down and obey the speed limit.”
But they don’t work if they have been tampered with, said Dasko.
Coun. Stephen Dasko
Coun. Stephen Dasko, who represents Ward 1, says: ‘When they’re toppled over, they’re not functional, they’re not doing their job. And I don’t want anybody, quite frankly, to have a false sense of security that this is operational.’ (CBC)
“When they’re toppled over, they’re not functional, they’re not doing their job,” he said. “And I don’t want anybody… to have a false sense of security that this is operational.”
Dasko said one camera set up in his ward in front of Port Credit Secondary School has been regularly pushed over on its side. Two people flipped it over on Friday night.
Dasko said somebody has been spray-painting “try again” on its units.
The vandalism often happens at night, he said.
“Quite often it’s in the cloak of darkness, so a lot of times we’ll wake up to getting these reports,” he said.
1 camera knocked over 18 times: councillor
Coun. Matt Mahoney, who represents Ward 8, said at a council meeting on Sept. 6 that one speed camera on a street in his ward has been knocked over about 18 times. He said it’s frustrating for residents to see.
Mahoney said the city could contact Peel Regional Police about ways to prevent vandalism and the local school boards. He added schools could look at setting up surveillance cameras to monitor the speed cameras and signs could be put up to let people know that there is surveillance.
“Certainly, we need to look at some solutions,” he said. “It’s a problem that all of us deal with regularly and it’s not going to go away unless we find a solution.”
On its website, the city says that when a driver exceeds the speed limit in an area covered by the speed camera, the system captures an image. That image is then reviewed by a provincial offences officer and a ticket is issued.
The ticket, along with a digital copy of the image and an image of the licence plate, is mailed to the person who is a registered plate holder within 30 days of the offence.
“Tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. No demerit points will be issued and the registered owner’s driving record will not be impacted” the city says on its website.
Here’s the really annoying thing about speed cameras: They work
New speed cameras in Toronto only part of the solution, road safety advocates warn
With files from Greg Ross
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Greening our buildings – Give us your thoughts on green building standards

By Food for thought, Issues

Do you think it’s important that the City works to make sure most new private buildings are energy efficient, don’t create a lot of pollution, and are good for the environment?  If so, don’t miss this opportunity to share your thoughts about Mississauga’s Green Development Standards (GDS).  You can comment on:

  • Performance and resilience: this includes lower energy costs, improved comfort, power during energy outages, and renewable energy use.
  • Climate impacts: including air quality, greenhouse gases and cool temperature materials.
  • Ecology and natural systems: includes tree health, green roofs, biodiversity, and bird-friendly designs.

Buildings are one of the biggest GHG emitters. If we build them better, they will be better for the planet and save everyone money.

Picture of a green roof on a sustainable building

Our Green Development Standards will help our community cut down on harmful emissions and better prepare for climate change impacts. GDS are mandatory and voluntary standards which help ensure new private buildings are good for everyone – nature, people, and our local economy. If you care about our environment, your well-being, and the future of our community, we want to hear from you.

Take part in our GDS survey, tell us your priorities and share your ideas. The survey will be open until October 4, 2023.

We need your help to make our city even better! It’s your city, have your say!

Visit Have Your Say to learn more.

Why are Green Development Standards important?

Extreme weather events and an ever-changing climate need action from many places, people and approaches.

Each of us can make a difference: every person, place and approach is part of the solution.

One of the tools in Mississauga’s toolbox for addressing the climate emergency declared by City Council is The Climate Action Plan that maps out what we need to do and how we need to act.

The good news is that through design, there are ways to significantly reduce emissions and prevent further damage from extreme weather events.  The Mississauga GDS are meant to help private developers when they are designing new residential and office space developments to lower the greenhouse gas emissions.

Table for two? Mississauga seeks feedback on outdoor patios

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Do you run a restaurant or have you visited a local patio this summer? If so, the City would like your input on making outdoor seasonal patios an ongoing part of the restaurant scene in Mississauga.

In 2020, City Council gave the green light for a temporary seasonal patio program to help support businesses and bring life to our streets during the challenging times of the pandemic. Since then, these spaces have helped bring vibrancy and energy to our city.

With the temporary program set to expire, City staff are working on by-law updates to ensure outdoor seasonal patios continue to be an option for the restaurants that want to offer them.

Staff are seeking input on:

  • Suggestions for improving the patio experience in your community
  • Improvements to the outdoor patio regulations
  • Streamlining the patio application process
  • Insights on the new Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario protocol for extending patio liquor licences

Staff will bring a report to Council with the final zoning by-law recommendations later this year. Once approved, the new by-law will take effect on January 1, 2024

We want to hear from you

City staff are looking for comments from the restaurant industry, business groups and local residents to help inform the by-law. There are several different ways to learn more and share your feedback.

  1. Survey: Complete our Beyond Indoor Dining online survey from now until October 6.
  2. On-demand information session: Watch our recorded information session starting September 26 and share comments with our team.
  3. Industry information session: Members of the restaurant and business community are welcome to register for our industry information session on October 3, 2023 from 10am – noon.

Visit the City’s Beyond Indoor Dining online engagement site for more details and to sign up for project updates.


Council approved a temporary patio program to help the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows restaurants, convenience restaurants and take-out restaurants to have patios within municipal right-of-ways, municipal parking lots or in parking areas on private properties.

Council approved a temporary by-law for the program in June 2020. In November 2021, Council approved an extension to the by-law through December 31, 2023.

MTO Advises Significant Delay for Construction of Ogden Pedestrian Bridge

By Announcement, Issues, Resources, Ward 1

Received August 31, 2023 from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

The Ogden Pedestrian Bridge was initially scheduled for completion by the end of August 2023/start of the fall school year. Due to numerous underground and aboveground utility conflicts, the opening of the pedestrian bridge is delayed, with an opening date within April 2024 now projected.

At this time, the contractor has progressed with the subsurface concrete and pier column works, and expects to have the entire substructure complete within three weeks. The steel truss sections are currently in fabrication and are projected to be installed in early October 2023.  The concrete deck on the truss and associated concrete approach ramps will follow thereafter.

The school boards were advised on June 21st, 2023 with respect to a delay in the re-opening of the Ogden Bridge to late November 2023 (from late August 2023) and were advised earlier this week of the new projected opening date. A bussing service, provided by the school boards for the affected students, similar to what was implemented from March 20th to June 30th this year, was to be reimplemented starting in September and will now extended from the previously noted November completion date to the newly revised April 2024 completion date and this bussing service will be updated/revised as construction of the Ogden Pedestrian Bridge progresses.”

Contact information for this Ontario Ministry of Transportation project:

905 247 8730

Upcoming opportunities to have your say this summer

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Do you have ideas and opinions on the projects that are transforming the City? Community engagement is important to us. There are many ways to get involved and work together to plan and shape Mississauga’s future.

Upcoming opportunities

Updating the Climate Change Action Plan

The City’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) is a 10-year road map for tackling the impacts of our changing climate. The plan currently includes the goal of reducing Mississauga’s Greenhouse Gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, and 80 per cent by 2050.

The City is looking for your input on Mississauga’s climate targets and implementation pathways. Complete the online survey before Thursday, August 31. After completing the survey, you’ll have the chance to be entered into a draw for one of 10 $100 pre-loaded Presto Cards.

What’s in a name?

The names of our streets, community centres, parks etc. help tell our City’s story. Naming these is an honour and should be taken seriously. That is why we are reviewing our naming policies and processes to ensure we have an equitable, diverse and inclusive approach to naming these assets.

We want to hear from everyone and especially those from the South Asian, Black, Indigenous or other racialized communities that call Mississauga home.

Your input matters so please take the time to complete the online survey (open from Tuesday, July 4 to Saturday, September 30) or look for our community engagement facilitators at various City facilities (July 10 to August 30). You can visit the website to see the schedule of when they’ll be in your neighbourhood. After completing the survey, you’ll have the chance to be entered into a draw to win an iPad.

Mississauga remains committed to building a strong, more inclusive and accessible city where community stories are authentically documented and shared.

To learn more about the City’s Asset Naming Review, please visit the website at

More information

For more information and updates on how you can get involved in ongoing community engagement sessions, visit

Pollution Prevention

By Food for thought, Issues

Stormwater is the rain and melted snow flowing from your property and roads that drains into streets, ditches, storm drains, local creeks and the Credit River into Lake Ontario. Stormwater drains to the natural environment. Preventing pollution from contaminating stormwater protects plants, fish and other animals downstream and also our critical drinking water supply from Lake Ontario.

Here are some ways you can help prevent contaminated water from entering the City’s stormwater system:

  • Does your car need a wash? Consider taking it to a commercial car wash that is connected to the sanitary sewer. Dirt, soap and other pollutants from your car flow into the City’s stormwater system when you wash your car in the driveway.
  • Take active steps to prevent any fertilizer products for your lawn and garden from over-spraying onto the roadway, sidewalk or driveway. Rain washes these pollutants directly into local waterways through the City’s stormwater system. Fertilizer in creeks, rivers and Lake Ontario can cause toxic algal blooms.
  • Store household wastes and chemicals in proper waste containers and take waste chemicals to a Community Recycling Centre.
  • Always pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly. Pet waste contains bacteria, viruses and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous that make it a serious threat to water quality.

To learn more about Mississauga’s stormwater system and how to prevent stormwater pollution, visit

To learn more about Mississauga’s parks and amenities, visit