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Mississauga Council Approves More Money for Torbram Construction Project

When you hear about a big road construction project in Mississauga and a specific timeline of completion and cost is given out, one would assume that, as experts in their field, operators fully costed out their project and know what they are doing.

But some people are often skeptical that the project will be completed on time and on budget.

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InSauga, Alan Kan,

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‘No quick fix’ for GTHA housing crisis

Politicians and stakeholders in Mississauga are cautiously optimistic about a slew of provincial measures to cool the housing market in the GTHA.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a 16-point plan to control skyrocketing real estate prices, including a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax and expanded rent controls for private units.

Dubbed the Fair Housing Plan, the province’s recommendations come in the midst of an unprecedented real estate boom that saw the average price for a detached home in Mississauga increase 27 per cent in one year.

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Mississauga considering further deregulation of taxi industry

“Let the competition begin.”

Those were the words of Mississauga’s Ward 5 Coun. Carolyn Parrish after she successfully put forward a motion that could see the city loosen regulations on the taxi and limousine industries.

The move comes after councillors approved the terms of a pilot program that would allow transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber, to operate legally in Mississauga.

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Malton councillor urges GTAA to pay its fair share

With Toronto Pearson airport gearing up to become a mega transit hub, Malton councillor Carolyn Parrish is urging its operators, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), to start paying its fair share.

Parrish addressed representatives from the GTAA following their presentation at city council on Mar. 29. The presentation was intended to highlight the GTAA’s plans to build a multi-billion dollar transit hub to help move passengers and airport employees.

But it was one particular point that resonated with Parrish — the GTAA’s self-proclaimed commitment to “being a good neighbour.”

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What’s Happening with the High Park-Style Castle Park in Mississauga?

Last year, it was announced that the Malton Arena and Wildwood Park in the northeast part of Mississauga would be renamed after former 14 time NHL all-star Paul Coffey. At the time, Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish also announced that she was looking to get a new playground structure built in the newly renamed Paul Coffey Park.

Well, now we know a little more about what that new redesigned playground is going to look like.

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Mississauga councillors debate viability of affordable housing strategy

Inclusionary zoning, tax breaks for developers and a land transfer tax were just a few ideas floated by Mississauga councillors determined to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis.

On Monday, councillors endorsed a housing draft strategy that addresses the need to create affordable housing for the middle class while ensuring costs do not fall solely on the development industry. Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga, offers 40 actions achievable through existing municipal powers.

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Mississauga primed to host 905-wide summit to push province for more money

Mississauga councillors are rallying the troops in the 905 to explore how to get Queen’s Park to boost funding for their municipalities.

One idea: A 905-wide summit hosted by Mississauga.

“We’re being shortchanged and we’re not being listened to,” said Coun. Carolyn Parrish, referring to all 905 municipalities.

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The Mississauga News, Rachael Williams, February 6, 2017

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Mississauga getting ‘deeply shafted’ by Pearson airport, says councillor

With property taxes steadily rising in Peel Region, Coun. Carolyn Parrish wants regional staff to take a good, hard look at how much money is being lost at the airport.

A staff presentation outlining estimated revenue loss at airports and hospitals identified a $2.6-million deficit in terms of how much the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) pays Mississauga and the Region of Peel. 

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Peel MPPs and MPs more interested in political careers than getting region its fair share: Parrish

Regional councillors declared they are fed up with the failure of local provincial and federal politicians to lobby for Peel’s fair share of funding from the upper tier governments.

“They don’t care about us,” said Mississauga Coun. Carolyn Parrish, who added local MPPs and MPs only care about their political careers and staying in their cabinet positions.

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Brampton Guardian, Roger Belgrave,

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Peel developing loan program to help build basement apartments

Peel wants to provide homeowners with a forgivable loan to construct basement apartments and other second units to increase the residential rental stock for the long list of people waiting for affordable housing in the region.

Human Services staff recently presented regional council with a proposal to provide loans of up to $50,000 per household under the Peel Renovates Program.

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Mississauga food bank celebrates large fresh food delivery

A west-end Mississauga food bank is celebrating the distribution of a large quantity of fresh food within its membership community.

In 2016, Eden Food for Change surpassed its target and delivered 51 per cent fresh food and 49 per cent non-perishable items.

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Mississauga News, Nouman Khalil, January 20, 2017

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Much-travelled Carolyn Parrish staying put in Ward 5

Carolyn Parrish won’t be running for chair of Peel Region.

Parrish has been asked to consider running by several people, including Mayor Bonnie Crombie, but plans to seek re-election as Ward 5 councillor in the next municipal election.

The veteran politician, who’s been a school trustee, a federal MP and a City councillor in two different wards since her colourful political career began in 1985, also revealed in a telephone interview this week that she plans to serve just one more term on council.

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Mississauga councillors split on how to regulate Airbnb

City councillors are split on how to tackle the issue of short-term rentals in Mississauga.

Commonly referred to as Airbnb, the increasingly popular online person-to-person platform that allows users to rent homes or condos, at a cost often lower than hotels, is growing rapidly in Mississauga. The period between May 2015 and May 2016 saw a 227 per cent increase in number of visitors using Airbnb in the city.

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In 2017, Mississauga will have to decide how it grows up

Mississauga is on a roll. An unprecedented number of mega-projects are moving forward. The diverse city is finally addressing thorny issues related to inclusiveness. And multi-national corporations continue to eye the GTA’s second-largest city when considering where to set up their operations.

But 2017 could be the year that Mississauga also makes progress on some issues that have been neglected through the years: the city’s ballooning budget has become an unavoidable problem; many residents continue to feel left behind due to a lack of affordable housing,

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King’s gift will become Mississauga’s gem

Smack in the middle of Mississauga, just north of its shimmering skyline, sits 81 hectares of fenced-in, desolate land entrusted to the local education system in 1833 by King William IV of England.

Almost two centuries later, after developers and golf course planners and former mayor Hazel McCallion tried unsuccessfully to get their hands on it, the Peel District School Board and the city are about to launch a historic project — Mississauga’s very own Central Park.

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New Two-Storey Playground Castle Planned for Mississauga Park

If you live in or around Malton, you’ll probably be happy to hear that big plans are in the works for Paul Coffey Park (formerly known as Wildwood Park).

The newly-renamed park (it was named after the Malton-raised hockey legend when the Malton Arena was also given his moniker) will, according to an earlier post by City Councillor Carolyn Parrish, soon be home to “a glorious new playground of enormous proportions,

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Peel School Board Approves Britannia Farm Master Plan in Mississauga

For years, no one quite knew what would become of the 200-acre historical agricultural property known as Britannia Farms.

The area, surrounded by Hurontario, Mclaughlin, Bristol and Matheson Blvd., has actually been the property of the school board since 1833. According to this report, it was given to the board on the condition that the land be used for educational purposes. While the land has been home to educational establishments over the years,

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Hundreds attend tree-lighting event in Malton

On Saturday, Dec. 10, more than 400 people attended a colourful tree-lighting event at Malton Community Centre in Mississauga.

Titled ‘come and go’, the third annual tree-lighting event was jointly hosted by Ward 5 Coun. Carolyn Parrish, Rotary Interact Clubs of Malton, Mississauga Airport Rotary Club, Malton Community Centre and Heartland Health Community. However, it was an initiative of Mississauga Airport Rotary Club.

“It was a super great event… a big,

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Rebooting the Britannia Farm master plan

Emily Reisman was only at the point of describing the second of  six “landscape zones” of the refreshed Britannia Farm master plan she unveiled at a public meeting at the Peel District School Board last week when she complained that she was running out of effusive language.

“I need a thesaurus,” she joked.

As the layers of the historical/educational/ agricultural/ environmental potential for the largely unspoiled 200-acre green jewel in the demographic centre of Peel were slowly pulled back by the planning consultant,

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Goreway Drive overpass inching closer to reality

A land transfer deal that will see the construction of an overpass at the CN rail crossing on Goreway Drive has been approved.

A private developer has purchased a parcel of land in Brampton, just north of Goreway Drive by the rail crossing where the two cities border.

According to Coun. Carolyn Parrish, as part of the deal, Brampton will move forward with the expropriation of the slivers of land needed to construct a road grade separation over the rail tracks.

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