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The Region of Peel Wants Your Comments

Do you have comments about garbage, recycling or green carts?

Peel is currently developing a new long-term plan to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfill and we want to know your thoughts.

Thanks to your efforts, we only send 50% of our waste to landfill, but we want to do better. By developing new programs and policies, we hope to create waste services that have a positive impact on our community today and in the future.

Your opinion matters. There are two ways that you can provide input:

  1. Visit one of our open houses next week:

City of Mississauga – City Hall
300 City Centre Dr. in Committee Room “C”
July 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

City of Brampton – Region of Peel Headquarters
10 Peel Centre Drive in the First Floor Conference Room
July 27, 3 – 6 p.m.

Town of Caledon – Town Hall
6311 Old Church Road in the atrium
July 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  1. Can’t attend? Fill out our online survey 

The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and Town of Caledon. The Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 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 at @regionofpeel.

Castles Playground Construction Has Begun

I’m very excited to see this playground come to life! The Castles Playground at Paul Coffey Park is going to be an amazing destination for Malton kids!

A castle to climb, slides to zip down, a huge carved dragon, along with a wizard, princess and farm animals – it’s going to make imaginations fly! See construction photos below, or watch a video of the plans here!

Paul Coffey Park - Castles Playground Construction

“Artward Bound” – Free Summer Activities for Kids 5-12

Again this year the Living Arts Centre is presenting the “Artward Bound” summer outreach public events program across the city.

Artward Bound will include performances and activities designed to encourage participation from children and youth in the communities around the venue.

The Artward Bound initiative is generously funded through a City grant and has touched many youth and children in our community.

Our efforts are focused on providing an introduction and participation in the arts.

Free Youth Activities in Malton All Summer Long

Join Malton Youth I.MP.A.C.T all summer long for FREE Youth Drop-ins/events! Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays will be at the Malton CC (3540 Morning Star Dr. Mississauga, ON) while Wednesdays and Thursdays will be at Malton Victory Hall (3091 Victory Cres. Mississauga, ON).

We have partnered with CMHA Peel, Four Corners, and the Sauga Culture division to bring leadership drop-ins, therapeutic art, and Free photography classes for youth.

Learn to DJ will also continue every Monday during chill zone.

The popular Youth Lounge and sports drop-ins/tournaments will take place at Victory Hall. Community green cleanups will continue for any youth or community member who would like to keep Elm Creek Park clean. Lastly, we will be hosting our annual July IMPACT BBQ at the end of the month as well.

See the full July calendar here.

Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Preparing for Procurement

City of Mississauga staff reported to General Committee today on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) Project. The project, led by Metrolinx, is moving into the next phase of the procurement process. Included in the report, is a staff proposal for additional design refinements and corridor enhancements that go beyond the initial project scope.

“We are excited to reach this next stage of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The design refinements and enhancements staff brought forward are placemaking opportunities that link to key downtown destinations to achieve a civic identity and sense of place. The proposed additional municipal infrastructure is an opportunity to complete work efficiently and good use of our resources. The Hurontario LRT is building and connecting our city and ensuring it remains competitive and offers our residents efficient and modern transit.”

The City of Mississauga has been working with Metrolinx on refining the reference design to address localized concerns prior to the next phase of the procurement process.

“Before Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario identify a successful bid team, an agreement will need to be in place with the City of Mississauga to address the detailed aspects of project delivery and long-term operations,” said Joe Perrotta, Director, City of Mississauga LRT Project Office.  “The additional municipal infrastructure being proposed can be integrated with the overall procurement process.  Separate budget approvals will be required through the 2018 Budget.”

The design refinements and proposed corridor enhancements include:
• Review of the Port Credit and Cooksville HuLRT stops to improve integration opportunities to the GO rail network
• Maintaining paid on-street parking in the Downtown Mississauga areas with the HuLRT, where appropriate
• Developing an enhanced corridor design for Duke of York Boulevard in addition to reconfiguring the track design to a centre roadway configuration
• Addressing constraints at the Highway 403 crossing with the proposal for a new separated HuLRT structure
• Maintaining additional on-street MiWay capacity at the City Centre Transit Terminal
• Ensure consideration for a context sensitive design adjacent to the Britannia Church and the Britannia Farm Lands  

Metrolinx identified a Public Realm Amount (PRA) of approximately $10.6 million to be used towards enhancements for the Hurontario corridor in Mississauga. The City of Mississauga capital budget also identified up to $25 million in funding for related HuLRT project enhancements beyond the scope of the project. Departmental staff, working through the Metrolinx design process, have used this opportunity to identify and evaluate potential corridor enhancements and upgrades that would benefit the overall project and communities. These enhancements have been assessed and prioritized for Council to endorse and include in the Metrolinx procurement process. With a set commitment on funding, the City will not be held responsible in case of project overruns. The staff report, Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Metrolinx Project Procurement, includes $1.61 million in additional funding. Final approval of the staff report will be on the July 5, 2017 Council agenda.

Additional Municipal Infrastructure
A list of additional municipal infrastructure projects were identified that would have normally been scheduled through departmental budgets to be integrated with the HuLRT project. These include:
• Incorporating municipal storm sewer (new and upgrades)
• Incorporating uninterrupted power supply or backup systems at all or primary signalized intersections
• Including noise walls that are not a requirement of the HuLRT Project but still meet the criteria through existing municipal policy
• Protecting for variable message sign systems within stop platforms to communicate MiWay information

As agreements are finalized through the procurement process, budget approvals will be required by respective service areas during the 2018 budget cycle.  

Procurement Update
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is leading procurement and Metrolinx is leading implementation of the HuLRT Project. The project is funded by a $1.4 billion capital commitment from the Government of Ontario. Since the previous update, IO began the procurement process with the release of a Request for Qualifications in October 2016. The three short-listed consortiums were announced by IO on June 6, 2017.

Metrolinx and IO anticipate the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) in the summer of 2017.  The HuLRT Project procurement process is anticipated to be completed mid-2018 with a contract award to the successful consortium. Construction is expected to begin later that year. The successful consortium is expected to complete construction and testing by the end of 2022 and will then be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the system for the duration of the 30-year contract.

Goreway Bridge Update

Here’s my response to a long-time Malton resident who’s concerned about the progress of the Goreway Bridge:

The expropriation of land needed for the bridge is underway by the City of Brampton. The bridge will actually be on their side of the tracks. They are required to purchase the land needed to widen the approach to the bridge and to detour the tracks temporarily while the bridge is under construction.

The City of Mississauga is paying for half of the construction costs and the money has been in our capitol budget account for several years.

When I was elected almost three years ago, I promised to get to the bottom of the mystery as to why the bridge was constantly being delayed. After considerable research I found the land on the Brampton side of the tracks was owned by the Province of Ontario. They had confiscated it from the former owner because of a huge backlog of employment and other HST related tax arrears. They had put it in the hands of the provincial realty services to auction off at the highest price they could get to balance the account owed.

The land itself is not particularly useful because much of it is in flood plain. Through several closed bids, the province was not coming close to achieving what they wanted to  put toward the money owed. Through dozens of persistent calls to my friend, Finance Minister Charles Sousa, I managed to convince him to offer the property again at which time the City of Brampton’s Mayor, Linda Jeffrey, had their real estate officials put in a bid. In the end, Brampton was out bid by a private businessman but he purchased the land with the knowledge that Brampton would be expropriating two slivers of land for the bridge and temporarily routing a detoured train track.

I know it may be hard to believe it could take almost three years to solve the riddle of the property ownership, but it did. Plans are finally under way for the rail line to be temporarily moved and construction to begin within the next year. As you can see with the length of time it has taken to construct the Torbram Bridge, this won’t be an over night project but we are finally on our way.

I don’t make election promises and then walk away from them. But this one was very very difficult to keep. It required a great deal of persistence and a few friends in Queens Park and Brampton City Hall. But we’re finally on our way.

I hope you are noticing some of the other election promises I’ve kept in the rejuvenation of Malton: the refurbished Paul Coffey Arena, the Castles Playground starting construction in July, the restoration of the CF 100 jet on Derry Road, the third annual Canada Day Celebration with giant fireworks at Westwood Square, the planters and trees along Airport Road and dozens of other steady improvements to the Village.

Free City Program Gets Kids Outside This Summer

In its fourth year, Let’s Play in the Park is a City-run program that encourages kids ages six to 12 to be more active outdoors.

This free, supervised, nine-week drop-in program is offered from July 3 to September 1 at 13 parks throughout Mississauga. The program is operated by qualified leaders trained in the HIGH FIVE® principles of healthy child development.

Kids take part in recreation activities such as organized games, sports, arts and crafts and nature skills exploration.

What:
Let’s Play in the Park

Who:
Kids ages six to 12

When/Where:
Monday to Friday from July 3 to September 1, 2017 (exception date August 7)

In Ward 5:

9am to noon – Ceremonial Green Park, Victory Park

1pm to 4pm – Neebin Park

*Park closures are weather permitting.

Cost:

Free – registration is not required.

A parent or guardian must sign the forms below in order for their child to participate. Forms must be completed ahead of time and given to City program staff at the park.

Code of Conduct

Participation Form

Participation Waiver

Safe Arrival Dismissal Form

The program is funded by the Jerry Love Children’s Fund and PepsiCo Canada Foundation.

To learn more about Let’s Play in the Park, call 905-615-4100 or visit mississauga.ca/play.

Mississauga’s 2018 Budget Process Starts June 28

The City of Mississauga’s 2018 Budget process starts on Wednesday, June 28. The City’s Budget Committee will meet for an overview of the 2018 – 2021 Business Plan and 2018 Budget. The Budget details how taxpayer dollars are spent to support programs and services and advance the City’s Strategic Plan.

Public Engagement
Budget Committee meetings will have dedicated time for residents, businesses, special interest groups and taxpayers to have their say on budget spending. Attend the budget meetings in person or watch them via the City’s live streamMeetings are also archived for viewing at any time.

First Budget Committee Meeting
On June 28, Finance staff will present an overview of the City’s current and projected finances. They will also provide the timelines for upcoming Budget Committee meetings and public engagement activities.

When:  
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1 p.m. (following General Committee)

Where:   
Council Chambers, City Hall – second floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1
(Map)

Get involved:
•  Email questions and comments to budget@mississauga.ca
•  Follow the City on Twitter and Facebook
•  Submit comments directly to Budget Committee through public question period

City’s Staff Accessibility Resource Team Recognized with Municipal Accessibility Award

The City of Mississauga’s Staff Accessibility Resource Team (StART) has won the Municipal Accessibility Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA). The award recognizes individuals or groups who have shown great leadership in helping to improve accessibility in their city. This includes raising accessibility awareness through activities and programs.

“The Staff Accessibility Resource Team is an integral part of the City’s success in upholding accessibility,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This award validates their ongoing work and support in enabling accessible and inclusive communities in Mississauga.”

StART was created in 2003 and includes City staff from various service areas where accessibility plays an important role in their work, like Facilities and Property Management.

“This is another great achievement in our work to remove barriers for all in the City,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Accessibility Advisory Committee member. “I applaud StART members for being accessibility champions and working with the Accessibility Advisory Committee to identify the City’s goals and plan of action with an Accessibility Plan.”

In 2016, StART members were successful in maintaining the City’s accessibility commitments through the following achievements (see Accessibility Plan for more):

  • Face-to-face training of more than 535 volunteers and staff on providing effective accessible customer service.
  • Supporting 157 families that have a member with a disability through the Summer Recreation Inclusion Support Program.
  • Constructing three new accessible trails and repaving nine existing trails.
  • Completing the washrooms at Lisgar Fields and Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Park – each facility includes three accessible unisex washrooms, with one designated as universal.
  • Hosting a High School ParaSport Try It Event – examples include wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey and sitting volleyball.
  • Installing 365 new MiWay bus pads to make transit more convenient and accessible.
  • Receiving the March of Dimes Award of Merit for Barrier-Free Design for Meadowvale Community Centre and Library.

“I am proud of the tremendous work and effort that StART has done to help create an accessible Mississauga,” said Matt Mahoney, Ward 8 Councillor and Accessibility Advisory Committee member. “By working together, we’ll continue to further improve accessibility and enhance people’s lives with new strategies and projects.”

“Congratulations to all StART members who have shown how important accessibility is for all residents and staff in the community and in the workplace,” said Raj Sheth, Director, Facilities and Property Management.

To learn more about how the City is improving accessibility in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/accessibility.

Paul Coffey Playground – Construction Update

Construction on the Castles Playground in Paul Coffey Park is scheduled to begin on July 19, with an estimated completion date of September 15. I am so excited to see this incredible playground come to Malton – it’s going to be a thrill for kids of all ages!

We’re planning an opening celebration for September. Keep an eye on my website or enewsletters to get details as they’re available.

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