City moves into Stage 3 of Reopening
As of July 31st, the Region of Peel was given permission to move to Stage 3 as a part of the Province's reopening plan.

Stage 3 brings new restrictions on social gatherings. The limit on indoor gatherings increases from 10 people to 50 people and the limit on outdoor gatherings increases to a maximum of 100 people. Additionally, businesses and public spaces will also be allowed to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place, including movie theatres, gyms, fitness studios, casinos, indoor dining and bars.

For the full list of reopenings, visit: ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

City staff are working with the Region of Peel Public Health on safety procedures and protocols that need to be put into place for City services and facilities to reopen safely. More details will be shared on the City’s website and social media channels as they become available.

For more information please visit: mississauga.ca/recovery or the FAQ below.
City's COVID-19 Response Continues
Wednesday, City Council reviewed and approved initiatives in relation to COVID-19 including: Amendments to the Face Covering By-law for condominiums and apartments, Limits to Restaurant Capacities, Film and Television Reopening Plan, Resumption of Council and Committee Meetings and Parks By-law Review.

We took the step to amend a by-law to make face coverings mandatory in common areas of condominiums and apartments, similar to others. We want to protect the health and safety of residents wherever possible and this action will help us to remain diligent and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As part of our recovery efforts and to return to normal, we will be resuming our usual Council and Committee schedule beginning in September and allowing for virtual participation into August 2021. This will allow us to evaluate the hybrid model and determine how best to proceed on a permanent basis. We will be resuming our film and television activities and reviewing our Parks By-law to better reflect to ensure our parks are used properly and for their intended purpose.”
 
Face Coverings Required in Common Spaces in Condominiums and Apartments
Council approved amending the Face Covering By-law by requiring face coverings in enclosed common areas of residential apartment buildings and condominiums to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel has recommended face coverings for these areas where physical distancing may not be possible. Residential owners and operators of these buildings will be required to adopt a face covering policy in accordance with the face covering by-law. For more information: Motion

Limits to Restaurant Capacities
Also passed by Council was a by-law to cap restaurant capacities at 100 patrons and to limit the number of people that can be seated at a table in a restaurant/bar to 10 people.
 
Film and Television Reopening Plan
Council reviewed a reopening plan for film and television with Mississauga home to six major film studios and more than 850,000 square feet of studio space. 2019 was a record year for filming in Mississauga, with a total of 1,463 filming days and more than $720,000 in City revenues.
As part of Mississauga’s Film Office re-opening plan an number of measures will be taken such as:
  • COVID-19 Protocols will be added to neighbourhood film notification letters
  • Production companies will provide residents with written notices that will direct them to indicate any objections to filming by either phone or email.
  • Updates will be made to the City’s website, noting any City of Mississauga specific guidelines for filming as they pertain to COVID-19
  • Flexibility will be requested for requests to close City rights-of-way to allow for sufficient physical distancing among casts and crew

Council and Committee Meetings Resume
Council and Committee meetings will resume with their regular schedule effective September 8, 2020 and the Council Procedure By-law will be amended to allow electronic participation at all Council and Committee meetings until August 1, 2021 as allowed under the Province’s Bill 197 legislation.

By extending the electronic participation provisions in the City’s Procedure By-laws until August 1, 2021, it provides Council and staff with the opportunity evaluate and review if these provisions should be made permanent. Staff will report to Governance Committee prior to July 2021.


Parks By-law Review
A new draft by-law was reviewed to govern activities in City parks and open spaces. The new by-law is expected to come into effect in September 2020 and will better reflect and regulate the range of activities which occur in City parks and open spaces. Changes include hours of operation, commercial activities and other considerations such as age restrictions for children in leash-free zones and alignment with the Region of Peel’s Outdoor No Smoking or Vaping By-law. Community organizations affected by changes to the by-law have been consulted throughout the process.
“Noisemakers” Not Welcome in Mississauga Under Amended Noise Control By-Law
The City of Mississauga is taking strong action to address vehicle noise after Council approved a proposed amendment to the Noise Control By-law.
 
The amended by-law will prohibit anyone from making unnecessary noise in both stationary and moving motor vehicles. This includes unreasonable noise caused by sounding a horn, playing loud music from their vehicle, revving an engine or squealing tires. It also prohibits drivers from creating unreasonable noise from mufflers, exhaust or emission control systems. This prohibition applies to all motor vehicles, including motorcycles.
 
We need to do whatever we can to discourage unnecessary noise, especially from vehicles. Excessive vehicle noise disrupts our resident’s quality of life, whether they are being awakened in the middle of the night or startled while driving on our streets. As we continue to modernize our approach to noise control, we‘re taking action to ensure that anyone who modifies or “soups” up their vehicles to disrupt our streets and neighbourhoods will face fines.
 
Under the amended by-law, the City will request the Ministry of the Attorney General to approve a higher set fine from the current rate of $110 to $500. Both the City and Peel Regional Police will have the authority to charge violators under the amended by-law.
On July 8, City staff presented Council with a proposed updated Noise Control By-law. Council identified vehicle noise as a priority and directed staff to come back with amendments to the Noise Control By-law for immediate action.
 
Vehicle noise is one of the top noise concerns for residents. We know that Peel Regional Police has seen a lot of success with their Project Noisemaker program with a total of 339 charges. As of July 31, approximately 170 charges have been laid in Mississauga alone for vehicle noise offences. Approval of the amended by-law and a proposed increased set fine amount means that the City and Peel Regional Police will be able to issue higher fines to violators. We are taking action to protect the quality of life for Mississauga residents.
 
The amended Noise Control By-law came into effect on August 6, 2020.

In addition to the amended by-law, Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras put forward a motion today at Council which passed unanimously. The motion calls on the Province to request that the portion of the Highway Traffic Act dealing with tampering of emission control systems on motor vehicles, be put in force immediately.
Art Gallery of Missisauga - Free Online Workshops
The Art Gallery of Missisauga is offering many online workshops for all ages.

Due to the COVID19, all workshops will now be hosted online. Visit here to see the list of workshops being offered. This list will be updated regularly so keep visiting for more information.
These workshops are part of the border crossings project, presented by the Art Gallery of Mississauga. They are generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Mississauga.
 
For more information please visit the AGM website: https://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/workshops
The City of Mississauga's Summer Concert Series has gone virtual!
Every Monday in August & September, we will be releasing new video performances by some of Mississauga's most talented musicians. Check out our awesome line up for 2020.

Summer Concert Series Schedule:
Monday, August 3, 2020 - Matt Zaddy
Monday, August 10, 2020 - Andrea Mendez
Monday, August 17, 2020 - Bree Taylor
Monday, August 24, 2020 - Canadian Arabic Orchestra
Monday, August 31, 2020 - S4G4
Monday, September 7, 2020 - Arlene
Monday, September 14, 2020 - David Leask Duo
Monday, September 21, 2020 - IAMREBELWILL
Monday, September 28, 2020 - Cat Bernardi
Monday, October 5, 2020 - Five and Tens
Community Announcements
Whiteoaks Lorne Park Community Association (WLPCA) is expanding their Board!

We’re looking for Lorne Park residents to join our volunteer Board of Directors and assist with our mission to enhance, engage, and promote our community. 
  • Are you passionate about our neighbourhood?
  • Would you like to engage with neighbours to plan and run events?
  • Would you like to engage with local community leaders?

Creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge of finance, event planning or marketing is a plus. Prior Board experience is an asset but not mandatory. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us by Aug 31st at info@wlpca.ca. 
Helpful Resources
The City is working with Peel Public Health and recommend you visit the   Region of Peel Health   site for the most up-to-date details.
 
Peel Public Health has advised that if you develop symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please self-isolate and contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 and if you require   immediate medical attention  , please call 911 and advise the operator of your symptoms   but please do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
 
Below are links you may find useful:


Important Phone Numbers

  • Mississauga 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 (outside City Limits) available 7am - 7pm
  • Peel Public Health  905-799-7700 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Peel Regional Police Non Emergency Line: 905-453-3311
  • Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 Toll-free TTY:1-866-797-0007

The   City of Mississauga   and   Region of Peel   websites will be updating their information on a regular basis and will be the best place for the most recent updates for all residents.
 
As always, my office is available to assist residents on municipal or regional matters by e-mail at   karen.ras@mississauga.ca