• Outdoor water use advisory lifted

     

    BRAMPTON, ON.  (July 21, 2020) Residents and businesses are advised the outdoor water use advisory for Brampton, Mississauga and Bolton has been lifted. Repairs to the Lorne Park water treatment plant have been completed to a point where enough capacity has been restored to allow normal water use. The remainder of the work will continue for the balance of the summer.

    However, all Peel residents and businesses are asked to continue to practice water conservation, where possible, during the summer months. As it does every year, this will help maintain our water supply, especially while we continue to repair equipment at the Lorne Park facility.

    Water saving tips include:

    • Watering in the early morning. This will help reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
    • Adding a 7 cm (3 in) of mulch to your garden. This will help keep moisture in the soil during dry periods.
    • Installing a rain sensor if you have an automatic irrigation system.
    • Reducing exterior surface washing. Sweep your driveway, walkway, and sidewalk instead.
    • Taking vehicles to a car wash.

    The Region of Peel appreciates the support of the community while the initial repairs were made. We may, however, need to put another advisory, or other appropriate measures in place, should hot summer weather cause high water demand, or conditions change at our water treatment plant.

    For information on other outdoor water tips visit watersmartpeel.ca

    About the Region of Peel 

    The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.

  • Based on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s data, the Region of Peel’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Heat Warning* for the Region of Peel on Friday July 17, 2020. The warning will be in effect until further notice.

    COVID-19 in Peel

    With community spread, treat every interaction like you could be exposed.

     Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.

     During heat events, remember to check-in with family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own. It’s best to call or video-conference – if that is not possible, practice physical distancing. Many of the locations that provided relief from heat such as shopping malls and community centres are not available due to COVID-19. If you experience any of the symptoms above, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, move to a shaded area and practice physical distancing and increase your fluid intake and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911. 

     For more information on how to protect your health during the heat, visit the Heat web site or review the various Guidelines which outline steps to help prevent heat-related illnesses.

     Learn how to protect yourself and others, and stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in Peel. Some Regional services and facilities are affected or closed until further notice. Check full listing.

  • Outdoor water use advisory in effect for Mississauga and Brampton

    BRAMPTON, ON. (July 13, 2020) – Residents and businesses are advised that, effective immediately, an outdoor water use advisory is now in place.

    The advisory is due to unexpected repairs at one of the Region’s treatment facilities and is necessary to ensure our water supply levels are maintained throughout the system. The Region of Peel will continue to maintain the integrity of our system throughout the duration of the advisory, which is expected to last for the next few days. Normal outdoor water use practices will be resumed as soon as possible.

    The outdoor water use advisory asks residents and businesses to do the following:

    • Reduce all outdoor watering. This includes watering lawns, gardens and planters. Any residents or businesses with automatic irrigation are being asked to shut systems off.
    • Stop or reduce filling or topping up pools, hot tubs, ponds and decorative fountains.
    • Stop or reduce all exterior surface washing. Sweep away debris from driveways, walkways, and sidewalks.
    • Delay washing vehicles, including at car wash facilities.

    The Region of Peel understands that some of our residents and businesses may be inconvenienced; however, this advisory is necessary to ensure our water supply levels are maintained throughout the system. For information on efficient outdoor water use visit watersmartpeel.ca

  • Happy Canada Day

  • Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Patios Permitted to Open

    Today, restaurants and bars with a valid 2020 business license are permitted to temporarily expand outdoor seating and dining areas, provided they comply with City requirements and meet COVID-19 safety guidelines for patrons and staff.

     

    “I am excited to help kick start recovery for our restaurants and bars with the introduction of temporary patios. We have waived several application fees and are fast-tracking the process to get restaurants back in business as soon as possible while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I’m looking forward to soaking in summer and showing support for our local businesses and hope residents do the same as we begin the road to recovery together. I also encourage landlords to work with tenants to find solutions that work for both parties. Without customers, businesses can’t afford to pay rent, so let’s make this a win-win for everyone.”

     

    Temporary Patios on Public Lands

    Temporary patios proposed on the City’s municipal road right-of-way or a municipal parking lot, will require a Temporary Patio Permit. Restaurants can apply online starting today. A dedicated staff team is in place to review applications as soon as they are received.

     

    Restaurants with questions regarding the application process, can contact the City at temporarypatio@mississauga.ca or can call 905-615-3200 ext. 5593 or ext. 8581. For public safety, temporary patios will not be considered on municipal road right-of-ways with posted speed limits over 50 km/h.

     

    Temporary Patios on Private Lands

    For temporary patios on private lands, no permit is required. However, patios must adhere to design requirements. Restaurants should seek the permission of the owner or property manager prior to installation.

     

    Temporary restaurant patios are permitted with Mississauga’s move into Stage 2 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening Our Province provided proper health and safety measures are in place. All local businesses must adhere to guidelines from the Province of Ontario and the Region of Peel. New resources available to support businesses reopen and recover at mississauga.ca/business-covid-19.

     

    Background

    Last week, the City introduced a Temporary Use By-law, to be approved by Council, to permit temporary outdoor restaurant patios. In the meantime, Council suspended the enforcement of existing zoning by-laws in order to permit temporary outdoor patios when Mississauga was allowed to move into Stage 2.

     

    Council will consider approval of the Temporary Use By-law following a virtual public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. during Planning and Development Committee. Anyone is welcome to watch the live stream, listen via phone or submit comments in advance. More information on how to participate can be found here.

     

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  • City of Mississauga Moves Forward with Residential Road Safety Initiatives

    June 24, 2020

     

    Today, City Council received an update on Mississauga’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program, an automated system that uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limits. Council also approved several recommendations in the corporate report about speed management initiatives. Together, these projects will implement several safety actions in the Transportation Master Plan and advance the City’s commitment to Vision Zero.

     

    “We continue to take action to make our roads safer for everyone. Mississauga is taking a thoughtful and planned approach to implementing Automated Speed Enforcement in Mississauga to ensure it is aligned with new provincial regulations and effective for years to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. Our goal is to keep our City safe and have zero deaths on our roads to achieve Vision Zero. To do this, we need to continue to lower speed limits in our neighbourhoods and implement speed reduction initiatives to create safer communities for our families to walk, cycle and play in. Given the recent rash of deadly speed-related accidents on roads across the GTA, we will be exploring how we can fast-track the implementation of ASE on major arterial roads.”

     

    In addition to the ASE update, Council also received an update on the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project. Before beginning the ASE program, a number of speed limit initiatives within the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project need to be completed. This includes lowering speed limits to 30 km/h in neighbourhood school zones, implementing school area community safety zones, and lowering speed limits on residential streets to 40 km/h. The next step is to identify and implement these zones.

     

    “We have heard repeatedly through the City’s Road Safety Committee that residents want lower speed limits in their neighbourhoods,” said Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito and Chair of the Road Safety Committee. “A key piece to reducing speeds in our neighbourhoods is to first lower the speed limits followed by implementing Automated Speed Enforcement. This combined effort will be an important step forward in advancing Vision Zero in Mississauga.”

     

    The report highlights the steps and processes required to implement ASE:

    • Establish a Task Force to create court capacity for ASE
    • Delay Phase 1 of ASE until January 2021 to allow necessary lowered school zone speed limits and community safety zones to be identified and signage installed
    • Authorize staff to enter into agreements with the ASE vendor Redflex Traffic Systems (Canada) Limited, the City of Toronto Joint Processing Centre and the Ministry of Transportation
    • Establish the City’s preferred method for dealing with ASE charges – issuing tickets under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) or through the Administrative Penalty System (APS) – a system of administering penalties used by a municipality to regulate by-laws

    Once the above agreements are reached, the City can begin the ASE program six months later.

     

    “The City has identified speeding as a problem on its roads and Council’s support of the implementation of these important speed initiatives will deliver on the actions in our Transportation Master Plan,” said Andy Harvey, Director, Traffic Management and Municipal Parking. “It is unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the implementation of both our Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project and ASE. However, we are continuing to position the City to deliver ASE in an efficient, yet co-ordinated effort.”

    Harvey added that provincial-wide closures including the court system, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has impacted the delivery of Mississauga’s ASE program.

     

    For more information on ASE, visit aseontario.com.

     

    Background

    The Ontario Government amended Bill 65 – the Safer School Zones Act in 2017. This Act amended the Highway Traffic Act to introduce the use of ASE in school zones and community safety zones across the province. Ontario municipalities worked jointly with the Ontario Traffic Council to plan the implementation of ASE. In October 2019, Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Traffic By-Law that will gradually lower speeds on residential streets from 50 to 40 km/h. To-date, 11 neighbourhoods have received 40 km/h signage at the entry and exit points.

     

  • Peel Regional Police Chief’s video message of thanks

  • Updates to Current City Closures Amid Province’s Phase One Recovery Announcement COVID-19

    | May 15, 2020

    The City of Mississauga is reviewing the announcement made by the Province on May 14. The City is actively planning and preparing accordingly in consultation with Peel Public Health. The City is awaiting the details of the Provincial regulations to ensure plans are in place for a safe opening of any facilities detailed in the Phase One framework.

    “We want to be mindful of the situation across the GTHA and take reopenings of City facilities slow and steady. The safety of residents and staff will continue to guide every decision we make,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will continue to work closely with the Province and take our lead from Peel Public Health. Further facility reopenings will be rolled out in the weeks and months to come. For now, we ask that you remain patient and vigilant as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

    Any reopening plans or changes to current closures will be communicated through the City’s website and social media channels.

    “We are pleased to be reopening our two golf courses for residents to enjoy. We are ensuring that we strictly adhere to all the guidelines and regulations put out by the Province,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services. “When it comes to the reopening City facilities, like our golf courses, safety is a priority for customers and staff. We are being diligent and ensuring that all proper safety measures are in place to protect the health of both the public and City employees.”

    CITY FACILITES REOPENING

     City-run Community Gardens

    Mississauga’s nine community gardens are scheduled to reopen on May 22, 2020 to registered garden members only including Garden of the Valley, Hillside Community Garden, Malton Community Garden, Parkway Green Generation Garden, Forest Glen Community Garden, Hancock Community Garden, Churchill Meadows Community Garden, Small Arms Community Garden and Iceland Teaching Garden.

    The City has worked closely with its community garden partner, Ecosource, to develop a safety protocol plan and opening plan. Some of these guidelines include increased supervision, scheduled access, limit to one person per plot at a time, eliminating shared tools, suspension of teaching and group programs and provision of hand washing stations.

    City-owned Golf Courses

    BraeBen will reopen to customers on May 16, 2020 and Lakeview will reopen on May 21, 2020.While the courses are set to open, it’s important for residents to know there are a number of procedures that have been put in place to help ensure public safety. So if you are planning to play a round at either course, please be aware and follow all safety guidelines.

    Golf course parking lots will be open to customers. Customers should arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before tee time. After finishing their round, customers are asked to not loiter.

    Visit mississauga.ca/golf for more information and book tee times.

     

    CLOSURES THAT REMAIN IN EFFECT

    Boats/Marinas

    All City-run marinas and boat launches remain closed at this time. Residents wishing to launch personal watercraft (like a kayak or canoe) may do so at one of the beaches. Residents are reminded that parking lots are restricted and they must ensure they are meeting the requirements of provincial orders and public health guidelines while boating.

     Leash-Free Zones, Sports Courts and Multi-Use Fields

    Although the Province has announced its intention to permit certain facilities to reopen, it has not yet released the regulations that will revise the emergency orders and detail the requirements for reopening. The City of Mississauga is awaiting the details of the provincial regulations to ensure plans are in place for a safe opening of any facilities detailed in the Phase One framework.

     Libraries

    City Libraries remain closed at this time. Any reopening plans or changes to the current Library closures will be communicated through our website and social media channels. In the meantime, Library users can access virtual library services and programming at Mississaugalibrary.ca.

    Parks and Conservation Areas

    City parks and trails remain open for walk-through access only. Park amenities such as playgrounds, leash free zones, sports courts and sports fields remain closed and are actively enforced.

    The Provincial government announced that some provincial parks and conservation reserves can reopen for walk-through, day-use only. Conservation areas in Mississauga remain closed. For more information, please visit the local conservation area website.

    Parking Lots

    All City facility parking lots, except for City-owned golf course parking lots, are closed to unauthorized vehicles. These lots include those at community centres, libraries and parks where feasible.

    Tennis and Pickle Ball Courts

    City tennis and pickle ball courts remain closed at this time. The City is working with community tennis groups to establish a plan for a safe and timely reopening of these facilities.

     

    To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/coronavirus.

  • Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope – Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

    An entrepreneur in  his own right, Ron Duquette, has taken the initiative to put together  an amazing concert of outstanding local performers from all around Mississauga.   

    His message is below and I hope you will enjoy it!                                          Stephen

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    Hi Folks,

    I hope you are all safe and sound and COVID-19 free in your homes, practising all the things we’ve been

    told to do by our leaders across the country.

    I’ve been working on a special project to stave off boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic lock down.

    Recently, great talents from around the world and across Canada have performed to thank health care

    workers and people in food supply, along with our essential service heroes, in this unprecedented time.

    After watching Andrea Bocelli deliver his magnificent live performance in the Duomo in Milan on Easter Sunday

    I got to thinking….why not here in Mississauga. That was my inspiration and “AHA” moment.

    Teaming up with my colleagues at the Mississauga Arts Council, the result is “Rise Up Mississauga” – Concert of Hope, a 40-minute virtual concert featuring some of Mississauga’s finest home grown musicians, along with our local politicians, all coming together with a message of solidarity. Two of the artists wrote original songs for this production.

    If you aren’t doing anything on Friday, May 8th at 7:00p.m. (EST) I hope you can tune in and enjoy the show.

    Stay safe everyone.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.

    Ron

     

    https://youtu.be/spQxyjOH-ZE

  • Province starts to re-open some businesses

    As of Monday May 4th, the following will be able to operate:

    • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
    • Lawn care and landscaping;
    • Additional essential construction projects that include:
      • shipping and logistics;
      • broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
      • any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
      • municipal projects;
      • colleges and universities;
      • child care centres;
      • schools; and
      • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
    • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
    • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
    • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
    • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

     

    Although certain businesses are being permitted to reopen, it is critical that people continue to stay home, practise physical distancing and only go out for essential reasons, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or to keep a medical appointment.