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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Mississauga Miracle

By Events, Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

September 16, 2019

Do you remember the 1979 train derailment? November 10, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the largest peacetime evacuation in Northern America at that time and has been dubbed by many as The Mississauga Miracle.

The City of Mississauga is commemorating the 40th anniversary with Mississauga Miracle: The Story of the 1979 Derailment – two exhibitions created in partnership with Heritage Mississauga and the Museums of Mississauga that will be on display at the Bradley Museum and The Grange this fall.

Mississauga Miracle Exhibition

The exhibition will feature local art, records and artifacts related to the train derailment. Artifacts from the Museums’ collections include:

  • The pressure relief valve from the derailed tanker
  • The final investigation report
  • Images of the derailment from a variety of sources
  • Items from the Heritage Mississauga and Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
  • Commemorative items given to former Mayor Hazel McCallion or collected by residents

The exhibition will also feature a video compiled from 50 oral histories of the experiences of those involved. The interviews range from front-line firefighters to politicians and residents that were evacuated from their Mississauga homes. 

Exhibition Details: 

Location:

Bradley Museum

1620 Orr Rd.

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Date:

September 21 to November 17, 2019

Open: Thursday to Sunday

 

Time:

Noon to 4 p.m.

 

Location:

The Grange

1921 Dundas Street West

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Date:

October 29 to November 15, 2019

Open: Tuesday to Friday

 

Time:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Mississauga Miracle: 40th Anniversary Event

 

Join the City and Heritage Mississauga for an anniversary open house at The Grange and experience the Mississauga Miracle exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

 

Date:

November 10, 2019

 

Time:

2 to 4 p.m.

 

Location:

The Grange

1921 Dundas Street West

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Background:
On November 10, 1979, a Canadian Pacific (CP) train lost one of its wheels, resulting in the derailment of 24 cars carrying six dangerous ingredients – propane, caustic soda, styrene, toluene, fiberglass insulation and chlorine. The flammable liquids and vapours caused a massive explosion with flames more than 1,500 metres high that could be seen over 100 kilometres away.

Evacuations began two hours after the explosion and continued until more than 240,000 Mississauga residents were evacuated. Many residents were unable to return home for one week. Although the fallout from the derailment was substantial – displaced people, closed highways, massive traffic jams and abandoned animals – there were no lives lost or serious injuries. What could have been a disaster of enormous proportions became The Mississauga Miracle.

To learn more about the latest Museums of Mississauga programming events, visit culture.mississauga.ca/museums or follow @SaugaMuseums on Twitter.

City Council Approves New Policy: Use of Indigenous Images in City Sport Facilities

By Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

September 11, 2019

City Council endorsed the Use of Indigenous Images/Themes in City Sports Facilities Policy. The policy promotes a positive and inclusive experience at City sports facilities, while supporting a climate of understanding and mutual respect.

“Mississauga prides itself on being one of the most culturally diverse and welcoming cities in the world,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s important that our facilities reflect our commitment to inclusivity and are places where everyone feels welcomed, safe and respected. We are proud of our City’s rich history and the Indigenous communities past and present who have helped shape Mississauga into the world-class city we are today. This policy is an important step on the path to reconciliation and demonstrates our continued commitment and respect for First Nations people and all visitors to our sporting facilities.”

The new policy supports enhancements to the City’s diversity and inclusion staff training. It also addresses actions related to municipal government within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

“We are committed to continuously improving the diversity and inclusion training that we make available to all City of Mississauga employees to ensure they understand the perspectives, goals and interests of Indigenous people,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “This policy will help us by defining the roles and responsibilities of the City and our staff as we continue to build this important relationship.”

The policy was developed to meet the requirements of a settlement made by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). The City committed to a number of objectives laid out by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in December 2018.

The new policy lays out objectives and processes for the City:

  • Will not permit the display of Indigenous images in the City’s indoor and outdoor sports facilities that are related to non-Indigenous sports organizations; this includes displays during events
  • To engage with Indigenous groups and non-Indigenous community sport organizations to build awareness of this policy
  • To continue to educate non-Indigenous sport organizations and clubs who are still using Indigenous images
  • To enhance its diversity and inclusion staff training with material addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

“With the support of Council and staff I am committed to working with Indigenous organizations and sport groups within my Ward to proactively build awareness” said Councillor Stephen Dasko.

The policy was developed in consultation and collaboration with several Indigenous organizations. City staff will continue to engage with these stakeholders as the policy is implemented and through future policy reviews and updates.

 

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Tackle Mental Health with the Pawfect Furry Addition

By Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

September 11, 2019  

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) has added a furry member to their Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) team, Ajax – a facility dog who will support Mississauga firefighters’ mental health and help them process trauma. MFES is the first fire service in Ontario to have an accredited facility dog for their personnel.

“We’re beyond excited to welcome Ajax to the City of Mississauga family. Our furry friend will provide comfort to our fire team and promote open and honest conversations around mental health,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As a leader in first responder mental health services, we’re hoping to set an example for other municipalities to follow. In the short time that Ajax has been on the job, we’ve already seen his uncanny ability to break barriers and encourage our firefighters to speak more freely about how they are feeling.”

Ajax is a new resource who will help MFES staff by normalizing difficult conversations, reducing anxiety, alleviating fears as well as encouraging firefighters to speak openly about their experiences and stressors. Ajax is inclusive to all staff, not just the first responders of MFES. He will also assist the Peer Support Team when they visit MFES staff.

“Ajax will not only help our staff with stress relief but also provide them with the mental health support they need in a high-stress environment,” said Tim Beckett, Mississauga Fire Chief. “We want our firefighters and staff to understand there’s no shame in asking for help. Having Ajax will provide the team the emotional comfort they need to get through difficult experiences.”

The City of Mississauga also offers a Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training program. The program helps firefighters address stigmas and identify the signs and symptoms of occupational stress injuries. The R2MR training program uses a mental health model that identifies signs and symptoms associated with four stages of functioning: healthy, reacting, injured and ill.

Ajax was generously donated to MFES by National Service Dog where Ajax was bred and trained for two years. Ajax will provide Canine Assisted Interventions to those who need support and has already started making a positive impact with MFES staff.

BACKGROUND:

Ajax graduated from a National Service Dogs (NSD) for the purpose of reducing stress and providing mental health support by enhancing the ability of people to speak openly while providing emotional comfort in a high stress environment.

Facility dogs are specially trained to provide goal directed interventions which promote improvement in physical, social, emotional or cognitive abilities. A facility dog is directed by a professional with specialized expertise. These dogs may work in a variety of settings, groups or individual in nature. When not at work, the dog lives with their primary handler as part of their family.

 

STANFIELD ROAD —ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE—

By Events, Issues, Resources

September 9, 2019

Please be advised that Stanfield Road will be closed at the CP Rail tracks (south of Dundas Road).

When:  Monday, September 9th, 2019 until Monday, September 16th, 2019.

Where:  Stanfield Road at CP Rail tracks. 

Why:  A temporary road closure is required for the purpose of tracks and road rehabilitation.

Road closure signs will be installed to advise motorists of this closure.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding the above, please contact Alex Liya at 905-615-3200, ext. 4536 or myself directly.

Stephen

 

Pingstreet

By Events, Issues, Resources

Report a problem using Pingstreet – a free mobile app!

Have you noticed long grass that needs cutting on private property? Perhaps you’ve noticed litter, tall grass or washroom facilities not functioning properly in one of our Parks? You can now report these issues and many more using Pingstreet – a free mobile app.

Using a smartphone or tablet, residents can now report lighting concerns and long grass/weeds on private property.

In addition, they can also report on the following for City parks:

  • Litter and dumping
  • Grass cutting (height exceeds 3 inches (7.5 cm))
  • Washroom maintenance (hand dryer malfunctions, plumbing issues)
  • Sports field maintenance (debris clean up, supplies replenishment, irrigation issues)
  • Overflowing garbage cans

Residents will easily be able to identify these issues within a park by either entering the park name or selecting it from a map.

With the addition of these new services, residents can now report on 28 service areas in total. In addition to using the reporting feature, the Pingstreet app also provides news updates, access to Mississauga’s Twitter feed, Mayor and Council contact information, waste collection schedules from the Region of Peel and much more. Including, requesting a temporary parking permit to park on a residential street for more than 5 hours.

Pingstreet is available for download at the following stores: Apple Store, Google Play and BlackBerry World.

For more information, visit mississauga.ca/pingstreet

 

 

Be Alert and Drive Safe as Students Head Back to School

By Events, Issues, Resources

Be Alert and Drive Safe as Students Head Back to School

With school starting next week, there will be a lot more traffic on the roads and thousands of students commuting to and from school. The City of Mississauga wants to remind all residents to be alert and cautious when using roadways.

“Back to school brings excitement to our students and parents.  However, it is very important to be aware that higher levels of vehicle traffic, pedestrian and cycling activity on the streets will increase.  Please be mindful of everyone’s safety.” says Councillor Stephen Dasko, member of the Road Safety Advisory Committee.

Safety tips for students and drivers:

CURRENT CITY ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVES:

  • Crossing Guards:The City has more than 200 school crossing guards who will be ready on the first day of school to help students at designated crossings around Mississauga.
  • Please Slow Down Lawn Signs:Residents are encouraged to post a Please Slow Down lawn sign to encourage safe driving habits and lower vehicle operating speeds on neighbourhood streets. These signs are available at the Customer Service Counter at 3185 Mavis Rd. or through Councillors’ offices, free of cost.
  • Traffic Calming:City staff are currently planning the construction of traffic calming projects in five neighbourhoods to change driver behaviour, with additional traffic calming projects anticipated this fall. Staff are also implementing a number of passive traffic calming techniques in the form of white painted edge lines and a yellow centreline. These markings have been successful in other areas by visually reducing the travelled width of the roadway, making it less comfortable for motorists to increase their operating speeds.
  • Pedestrian Crossovers: The City installed five new pedestrian crossovers in various neighborhoods last year. Apedestrian crossover is a type of crossing where by law, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross roads safely, and all have specific signs and pavement markings. Pedestrian crossovers have proven to be an effective way to assist pedestrians in crossing the road safely.
  • Vision Zero:In early 2018, Council approved Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention of fatalities and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions. It is based on a system of shared responsibilities among all partners involved in the road system, including governments, planners, police and community organizations.
  • Transportation Master Plan: The City’s firstTransportation Master Plan (TMP) was endorsed by Council this year. The plan outlines a vision, six goals and over 90 action items to guide the future of the City’s transportation system from today to 2041. Inherent in the plan is a commitment to advancing Vision Zero, a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries.

The City has two safety advisory committees: Road Safety Committee and Traffic Safety Council. Students are encouraged to walk to and from school, which is a great form of daily exercise and helps to ease traffic congestion in school zones.

For more road safety information or additional safety tips, please visit: mississauga.ca/roadsafety.

 

Get Ahead of Winter with the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

By Events, Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

August 7, 2019

Some Mississauga residents can get ahead of winter and start applying for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program. The program provides snow clearing assistance by clearing a space in the windrow for residents 65 years or older and for people with physical disabilities.

A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road. Eligible residents have until 9 p.m. on November 8, 2019 to apply for this year’s program.

“We encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this opportunity so that snow clearing and getting out of their driveway is made easier for them this winter,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “As this program only accepts a maximum of 300 applicants on a first-come first-serve basis, residents should apply as soon as they can to secure their spot.”

More details about the program:

  • The program will run from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.
  • Windrow snow clearing will be completed up to 36 hours after a snowfall has ended.
  • A space in the windrow will be cleared (about three metres or 10 feet wide) to allow one car to get in and out of the driveway.
  • Free for eligible residents who require financial assistance and $200 for those who don’t.
  • Only one person per address can apply.

Visit mississauga.ca/windrow to download the application form. Completed applications can be submitted to any community centre, the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre or the Recreation Customer Service Centre located at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

For more information, visit mississauga.ca/windrow.

 

Stephen

City of Mississauga’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

By Events, Issues, Resources

August 6, 2019

Please be advised that the City of Mississauga’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program will be accepting applications on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 until Friday, November 8, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.

Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

The program will provide windrow snow clearing service after every snow plowing operation from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020. A space approximately three metres (10 feet) wide will be cleared in the windrow to allow room for one car to pass.

Windrows will be cleared after active snow plowing operations have been completed. Residents should allow up to 36 hours after the end of a snow storm for their windrow to be cleared. Clearing to bare pavement cannot be guaranteed. 

Eligible Residents

Residents who are 65 years and older in 2019 and individuals who are physically disabled can apply for the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program.  The cost to participate is $200. This amount is non-refundable. Applicants who qualify for financial assistance may be eligible to receive the service at no cost.

How to Apply

Residents can visit the City’s website www.mississauga.ca/windrow to download an application form. Application packages are also available at Community Centres, Recreation Customer Service Centre and the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre.

Program Promotions

The program will be promoted through community centres, libraries, community directories, the City’s website, social media, a news release, digital/print ads and other digital channels.

Mississauga Business Improvement Areas Benefit from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative 

By Events, Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

July 30, 2019

The City of Mississauga received $667,953 in funding through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) as part of the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative.

“I’d like to thank the Government of Ontario for recognizing that main streets are at the heart of well-planned, complete cities. It’s important that we continue to invest in enhancing these thriving pockets in our city for the benefit of residents, tourists and local businesses,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Small businesses help empower and strengthen our neighbourhoods, create jobs and support the growth of our economy. These investments will help boost the BIA’s efforts to draw tourism, promote small businesses and attract investment. When small businesses thrive, Mississauga thrives.”

“On behalf of the residents of Ward 1 and our exceptional Port Credit BIA Administration and Board members, I would like to also thank the Government of Ontario and AMO’s contribution to our community” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko.

The Main Street Revitalization Initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and administered by AMO. The funding is being distributed among Mississauga’s four Business Improvement Areas (BIAs): Clarkson, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville as well as the downtown.

“I’d like to congratulate Port Credit on the completion of their Main Street Revitalization project. Vibrant main streets in Mississauga help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The Main Street Revitalization Initiative helps communities enhance and revitalize main streets and demonstrates that Ontario is open for business.”

“We’ve identified priority projects through consultation with ward councillors and the BIAs. Projects will focus on Mississauga’s downtown core and key neighbourhoods,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “Continued partnerships with our BIAs are imperative in order to enhance our streetscapes and drive economic success.”

The first beautification project to be completed in Mississauga was the installation of new waste receptacles in Port Credit, aimed at keeping its main streets clean. Other beautification projects being managed by the City’s BIA’s include enhanced signage, benches, new planters and flowers.

Mitcham added, “These enhancements will help create a cleaner and greener city that will attract residents and visitors to Mississauga’s diverse neighbourhoods, while benefiting its robust small business community.”

Program guidelines state that the funding must apply to work that has been endorsed through a Community Improvement Plan or municipal physical infrastructure priorities that involves construction, renewal, renovation or redevelopment. The City is not required to contribute or match funding for this initiative and will have until March 2020 to use the funding.

BACKGROUND

BIAs are vibrant networks of community members dedicated to Mississauga’s unique neighbourhoods and villages. As valued City partners and champions of the communities they serve, BIAs oversee the beautification and maintenance of neighbourhoods, promote and support local businesses and implement programs and activities that benefit both residents and visitors. The City supports the BIAs in advancing their projects and creating a world-class city where people can live, work and play.

The Main Street Revitalization Initiative provides $26 million in funding to help municipal governments undertake main street revitalization activities that support and benefit small businesses. All municipalities are eligible for funding and the funding formula was established without the need for an application or matching funds.

For more information on the Main Street Revitalization Initiative, visit amo.on.ca/MainStreetRevitalizationInitiative.

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Pictured: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, MPP Mississauga-Malton Deepak Anand, MPP Mississauga-Lakeshore Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville Nina Tangri and representatives from Mississauga’s four BIAs.

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Pictured: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, MPP Mississauga-Malton Deepak Anand, MPP Mississauga-Lakeshore Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville Nina Tangri and representatives from Mississauga’s four BIAs.