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Report Recommends Regulation of Short-Term Accommodations in Mississauga

A staff report presented yesterday to City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee recommends amendments to the Zoning By-law to regulate short-term accommodations (STAs) in the City.  The recommendations include allowing STAs in all dwelling types that are primary residences, subject to conditions.

The report also includes an update on responses from an online survey and public consultation process as well as an updated municipal scan and recommendations to amend the Zoning By-law to regulate STAs.

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Now Available Online – Mississauga’s Proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget

Residents can view the City of Mississauga’s 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes program and service enhancements for 2018 and how they will be financed.

Highlights

The total proposed 2018 operating budget is $819.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $334.2 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget funded by property taxes.

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What is the Ontario Fire Code and How Does it Apply to Mississauga Property Owners

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) want all property owners to understand how the Ontario Fire Code applies to them and their property. MFES inspects properties (homes and businesses) to keep the community safe, prevent the risk of fire and ensure residents comply with the Ontario Fire Code.

“The code is provincial law with clearly defined safety requirements set out for property owners,” said Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety,

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Mississauga Ready to Make City Roads Safe this Winter

Resident safety is our priority every winter season and the City of Mississauga is prepared to keep traffic moving this winter. We are ready to clear 5,600 lane kilometres of roads; 1,400 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings. Lane kilometres are calculated based on the plowing or salting of a kilometer long segment of roadway that is a single lane in width.

“Our priority during a snow fall is to clear major roads first to allow access for emergency vehicles and public transit.

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Changes to Animal Care and Control By-law Improve Animal Welfare

Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law at today’s meeting. These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.

“These changes allow the City’s Animal Services to partner with approved organizations who operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement. “They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs.

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Parking Matters Mississauga

The City of Mississauga wants your help as we study citywide parking. This study, called Parking Matters, will help make future decisions about parking across the City. As our City continues to grow and evolve, our community parking needs are changing. All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking. They are all an important part of our transportation system.To learn more about the study,

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Mississauga SportZone Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

The Mississauga SportZone is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On Saturday, November 18, residents are invited to stop by the facility for pizza, cake, information booths and tours. An official ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

What:
Mississauga SportZone 10th Anniversary Celebration

Who:
Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish
Members of Council
Dignitaries and special guests

Date/Time:
Saturday,

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Textile Collection Pilot Project

The Region of Peel is working with the Kidney Foundation of Canada on a pilot project to collect unwanted textiles from residents’ homes. The results of this pilot will be used to inform the Region’s Waste Management Strategic Advisory Committee on whether a textile collection initiative is something we should look at in the future.

One pilot has been completed in Ward 2, and the next area selected is in the Kennedy/Matheson area of Ward 5.

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Mississauga eager to firm up deal with Pearson Airport operators

With the federal government exploring the privatization of Canadian airports, Mississauga council wants to ensure the city has a say in the fate of Toronto Pearson International Airport.

“Our government needs to be there as the conversation is happening, not being told once a decision is made on the airports,” said Ward 3 Coun. Chris Fonseca, who documented her concerns in a motion passed at a recent general committee meeting.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the private body that runs Pearson Airport,

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Windrow Snow Clearing – Reminder

The City offers a windrow clearing program for residents with disabilities or those who are 65 years and older. The cost is either $200 or free depending on financial criteria.

Registration is open until November 10, 2017. Applications are available at all community centres and online.

Learn more about the program here.

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Financial Assistance for Older Adults

Every level of government has programs designed to assist low-income seniors with the day-to-day costs of living including property tax rebates, yard maintenance subsidies, transit programs, dental care and many more. The City of Mississauga has created a fantastic website with information about these programs, as well as a printable version.

Please have a look at the site and share this information widely with people who may benefit from some of these programs.

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Mississauga Moves Forward on its Housing Strategy

City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee  yesterday adopted the City’s first housing strategy Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga.

The Strategy is the City’s plan for fostering a supportive environment for the development of a range of housing that is affordable for all. It targets middle-income households and also benefits lower-income households.

While the Region of Peel is responsible for subsidized housing,

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Townhouse Waste Conversions

Residents living in townhouses are slowly being moved to Peel’s cart-based waste management system. Carts must be selected by November 24 and the program will be fully in place by December 18, 2017.

Over the coming weeks, affected residents will receive information about the conversion from the Region of Peel, including Open House dates when staff will be available to answer any questions.

Addresses in Ward 5 include:

  • 720 Avonwick Ave.

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Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project Update: Details For Procurement

City of Mississauga staff reported at General Committee today on the Metrolinx-led Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) Project currently in procurement.

Included in the staff report
• a request from Metrolinx to amend the noise exemption process of the City’s Noise Control By-law 360-79
• recommendation for additional municipal infrastructure to be included in the procurement process
• information on potential operating and maintenance costs

“City staff worked on details for the procurement process such as a request from Metrolinx for an exemption to the City’s Noise Control By-law for timely and cost-efficient construction of the project,” said Geoff Wright,

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Seniors’ Bus Fares and Affordable Transit

I am thrilled that Council has approved the Seniors’ $1 Off-Peak Bus Fare as a permanent program, along with the Affordable Transportation Program.

I proposed the Seniors’ $1 Fare as a pilot in 2015, in response to high demand from seniors in Ward 5. I’ve heard first-hand how this benefit helps seniors get out of their houses and connect with their community, medical treatment and families. Please continue to spread the word about this program to seniors who will benefit!

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Permanent Plans for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak

Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off-peak times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.

“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility.

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Fire and Smoke Move Faster than You – Have a Fire Escape Plan Ready

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is urging residents to learn quick tips on how to keep their families safe as part of the National Fire Prevention Week from October 8 to 14.

Simple actions including replacing alarms every 10 years, changing alarm batteries, preparing and practising a home escape plan can save lives. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

“It’s not an option.

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Adequate Heat By-law

Towards the end of September, when the temperature rose to its highest levels of 2017, my office started received calls from apartment dwellers in Ward 5 who were sweltering in their homes.

A misunderstanding of the City’s Adequate Heat Bylaw, which requires landlords to provide heat to tenants of at least 20 degrees Celsius from the middle of September, had landlords turning off air conditioning (and even cranking up the heat) just as temperatures were soaring.

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City of Mississauga to review heat requirements in apartment buildings

Mississauga council will review its heating bylaw to ensure apartment landlords do not blast the heat when outdoor temperatures are well-above seasonal.

Councillors voted unanimously at the Sept. 27 council meeting to direct staff to review the wording and provisions in a city bylaw that dictates when landlords are required to provide adequate heating to apartment units.

Complaints have been trickling in to councillors’ offices and property management companies regarding the temperature of apartment units during September’s unprecedented heat wave,

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Is it time to change heat requirement bylaws?

Fall in the GTA has felt more like the dog days of summer so far, and that has had some hi-rise tenants feeling the heat.

City bylaws in Mississauga and Toronto require residential buildings to provide heating as of Sept. 15. Despite the extreme heat alerts over the past week, some landlords refused to turn the air conditioning back on, for fear of facing stiff fines.

One Mississauga city councillor is hoping to change that,

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