WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Brings Century-Old Wartime Experience to Life Through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent

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September 10, 2020

WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition opens at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on September 17. The unique and historically-based exhibit, offers visitors a unique way to experience a part of Canada’s rich history, ensuring the memories of those who served a century ago live on for years to come.

During the First World War, Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie plucked flowers from the fields of war-torn Europe, sending them home to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Artist Viveka Melki presents 10 of these century-old flowers in an exhibition that examines human nature in wartime. Using floriography–the Victorian language of flowers–Melki has created an immersive, multisensory experience featuring 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.

The Museums of Mississauga is also presenting a local connection to the First World War through the Bradley Museum’s exhibit, Our Boys: Mississauga’s Fallen Soldiers 1914-1918 as well as a Speaker’s Series that focuses on the stories of soldiers from Black and Indigenous communities.

WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Preview Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020
5-6 p.m. (media)
6-7 p.m. (dignitaries)

Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

(Duke of York Blvd. east entrance)


  • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
  • Members of Council
  • Local dignitaries
  • Viveka Melki, curator, WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition (available for virtual interviews upon request)

Free to the public

Media Registration:
All media must RSVP in order to attend the event. Please register using the link below:


COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Visitors, including media, will be required to self-screen upon entry to the Living Arts Centre
  • Ticketed entry to the exhibit will be available through the Living Arts Centre Virtual Box Office
  • Entry will be limited to a maximum number of 50 visitors in the exhibition at one time
  • A maximum of four patrons of the same family unit may enter the exhibition together
  • The exhibition and Living Arts Centre is sanitized on a regular basis by Museums staff


General Committee Summary – September 9, 2020

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 – Youth Plan, Peel Climate Change Partnership and Reopenings Reminder

Local government | September 9, 2020

Today at General Committee the following items were reviewed. Approval is to follow at the September 16, 2020 meeting of Council.

“We are excited to move forward on our youth plan and build on the progress we have made so far,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Mississauga is a youth-friendly city that is respectful, inclusive and forward-thinking. A place where young adults are meaningfully engaged and thrive as equal members of the community. We are also happy to renew our participation in the Peel Climate Change partnership, ensuring it remains meaningful and accountable. Together, these initiatives help make Mississauga a more welcoming city for all.”

2020 Youth Plan

The 2020 Youth Plan for Recreation has 18 recommendations that will inform programming and service priorities over the next five years. These recommendations are centred around five focus areas:

  • Use of space and new programming opportunities inclusion
  • Access and supportive environment; youth leadership and employment opportunities
  • Communications targeted to youth
  • Role clarity between the City and partners

The 2020 plan builds on the progress made by the 2009 Youth Plan, with a focus on the Recreation Division, its Community Development Unit and staff serving youth in the City’s community centres. Through reviewing the 2009 Youth Plan and developing the 2020 Youth Plan for Recreation, staff have identified issues and opportunities that are relevant to youth. This will support how the Recreation Division addresses the needs of Mississauga’s youth, through program and service delivery and community partnerships.

Peel Climate Change Partnership

Members of Council endorsed the City of Mississauga’s continued participation in the Peel Climate Change Partnership and an update to its terms of reference.

Since 2009, the City of Mississauga has participated as a member of the Peel Climate Change Partnership (PCCP). Member organizations include City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Region of Peel.

Partnership activities align with the City of Mississauga’s Climate Change Action Plan and support shared priorities to accelerate climate action across the geographic region of Peel. The Partnership recently completed an update of its Terms of Reference to refresh its mandate and purpose, increase accountability and provide a detailed account of governance, roles and responsibilities and communications.

The updated Terms of Reference calls for accountability for the Partnership to meet its mandate, achieve the purpose of each Partnership term and report back to appropriate Councils or Boards at the end of each Partnership term.

Reminder: Select City Services Reopen

As part of the City’s phased and controlled reopening plans, some limited City services are available in-person, by appointment only as of September 8

Health and safety protocols are in place to protect staff and the public at all City facilities: Learn more.

Road Safety Continues to be a Priority as Students Head Back to School

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September 8, 2020

As students head back to school this September, the City of Mississauga wants to remind everyone to be alert and cautious when using roadways.

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“I’d like to wish the thousands of students across Mississauga a great first day back to school! Whether you are returning to class or participating in virtual learning, it is an exciting time for students, parents and teachers alike. Our goal is to keep students safe in the classroom and on our roadways. Back to school brings increased traffic, additional vehicles on our roads and more people walking, cycling or getting dropped off at different locations. Please stay alert and keep your eyes peeled at all times. If you’re using our roads, we ask that you be vigilant, follow the rules, obey signs and speed limits and slow down in school zones,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are committed to keeping our roads safe for everyone, whether you walk, ride your bike or drive to school. Stay safe, stay healthy and, most importantly, have a fun first day back!”

As students head back to school, they will be greeted by crossing guards to help them safely cross the street. The City’s Crossing Guard program helps school children from kindergarten to fifth grade cross the road, for both the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board.

In addition to the Crossing Guard program, the City also has two safety advisory committees, Road Safety Committee and Traffic Safety Council that help promote awareness of road safety programs and maintain the safety of road users including students, pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and ensures they are accessible to those that use mobility devices.

“Our safety work hasn’t stopped. The Road Safety Committee along with City staff have been working hard keep our roads safe for students, cyclists and drivers,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the City’s Road Safety Committee. “It’s a busy time on the roads when school starts again and we all have a responsibility to get our students safely to and from school.”

The City has adopted the Vision Zero approach, which sets the goal of zero fatal and injury-causing collisions each year.

“Being aware of the new normal environment we are still adjusting to, please be sure to watch for children and pedestrians out more on our streets, especially this week!”, says Councillor Dasko, member of the Road Safety committee.

“Delivering road safety action items from our Transportation Master Plan will advance the City’s commitment to Vision Zero,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “To achieve this, we are moving forward with numerous projects including lowering speed limits and implementing speed reduction initiatives, such as traffic calming, Community Safety Zones, and the Crossing Guard program.”


In addition to back to school initiatives, the City will be rolling out a number of road safety campaigns to create awareness around road safety initiatives such as distracted driving, pedestrian safety, neighbourhood speed limits and automated speed enforcement.


Safety tips for students and drivers when commuting:

  • Consider walking to the bus stop or different drop-off/pick-up routines by stepping out of the car and complete the journey to school by walking.
  • Plan and practice your school route as a household ahead of time; encourage children to walk or cycle with siblings and friends, depending on their age.
  • Active transportation means using people power to get where you’re going and helps reduce traffic congestion in and around school zones, which means safer streets for everyone. You can use your feet, bike, scooter or any other form of non-motorized vehicle to get you to and from school.
  • Getting ready to ride MiWay? Additional trips to high schools and universities/colleges will resume, along with high school routes (300 series). These changes take effect on September 8. Holiday schedules will be in effect on Labour Day (September 7) and Thanksgiving Day (October 12). MiWay is also changing service levels on several routes to accommodate returning customers as businesses and schools start to reopen. Learn more by visiting ca/sept7 and

Students will gradually return to school the weeks of September 8 and 14 for both Peel District and Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools in a staggered approach for the 2020 to 2021 season. This means fewer people will be in school buildings, so students and staff can focus on learning and adopt new routines and safety practices before all students return.

For more road safety information or additional safety tips, please visit


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Filming Indian Valley Trail – September 15, 2020

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Please be advised that a new Netflix series “Sex/Life” (Poutine Productions ULC) has submitted an application to film interior and exterior scenes at 259 Indian Valley Tr as follows:

  • Prep: Mon Sept 14, 7am – 7pm
  • Filming: Tues Sept 15, 12pm –  Wed Sept 16, 2am
  • Wrap: Wed Sept 16 – 7am – 7pm


In keeping with the film policy (06-03-02), Production is requesting approval from residents to allow for:

  • Afterhours filming and vehicle movement
  • Overnight parking
  • Lighting and/or generators to be oriented towards neighbouring residences


The production has also been strongly encouraged to contact the Credit Reserve Association to give back to the community through a donation or otherwise.


Outdoor water use advisory lifted

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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

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 and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram

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.

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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

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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

Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Patios Permitted to Open

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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 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



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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