Ward 11 E-Newsletter - November 2020
Councillor's Message
Welcome to the November 2020 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter! I hope you find this newsletter informative.

As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or george.carlson@mississauga.ca
Provincial Offences Court Matters from March 16, 2020 to January 22, 2021 Rescheduled
All in-person Provincial Offences Act (POA) matters scheduled from March 16, 2020 to and including Friday, January 22, 2021 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled in-person during this time, do not attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario. All court locations will continue to hear matters remotely. A notice of a new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.
 
If you received a POA Offence Notice (ticket) after March 1, 2020, you have until December 1, 2020 to exercise one of the options set out on the back of the Notice. If you do not respond by December 1, 2020 you may be deemed not to dispute the charge and a Justice of the Peace may enter a conviction for the offence.
 
If you received a matter that falls under the Administrative Penalty System (APS) such as parking, pet, mobile and business licensing the extension to December 1, 2020 does not apply. The Order dated September 10, 2020 from the Chief Justice of the Ontario Justice does not cover Administrative Penalty System matters, only matters that fall under the Provincial Offences Act.
 
Updated information about court proceedings at the Ontario Court of Justice can be found on the Court’s website at Ontario Court of Justice.
 
The Provincial Offences Court in Mississauga is located at 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West.
Virtual Community Meetings Planned to Discuss Mississauga’s Official Plan
The City of Mississauga has added an additional virtual community meeting on Tuesday, November 10 to discuss its Official Plan update. The Official Plan is the guiding document for land use planning in Mississauga. The City is reviewing the Plan to ensure it reflects the changing needs of the community while conforming to updated provincial legislation. The details of this meeting are as follows:
 
·        NEW – November 10 – 7 to 8:30 p.m. – City-wide and “North”            (Wards 5, 9, 10, 11)
 
Register here to participate.
 
To learn more before the meetings, read the Research Briefs. These explain the Official Plan priority areas including housing, transportation, environment, complete communities, city structure and urban design.
 
The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan addresses:
·        where housing, industry, offices, shops and roads should go
·        which services and amenities (e.g., parks, transit) are needed and where they will be located
·        where to focus growth and what it will look like
 
The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page.
City’s Website Redesigned
The City of Mississauga has a new, redesigned website at Mississauga.ca featuring improved search, streamlined information and services, and a responsive design that works on all your favourite devices.
  
The City’s site – Mississauga.ca receives over 1.1 million unique page views per month. During early testing of the redesigned site, an average of 450 people per month provided feedback through online surveys and a customer feedback tool will remain on the new site for users to continue to provide comments and feedback for ongoing improvement.
  
Key features of the new Mississauga.ca website include:
·        new, modern design with improved, customer focused navigation
·        improved ability to conduct searches and simplified content
·        accessible design for residents with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive difficulties
·        consistent and responsive design
·        rebuilt services: 8 online services with 61 sub-services were re-built for improved performance
 
Learn more about the redesign of Mississauga.ca: About the City’s new Website
Virtual Challenge to Encourage Youth to take Action on Climate Change
The City of Mississauga has launched the Climate Change Youth Challenge “Mission to Earth,” a virtual educational program for high school and post-secondary students, as part of the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan. The six-month program will engage and challenge youth to develop sustainable solutions for Mississauga, such as transitioning to efficient energy systems, building innovative green spaces or reducing single-use plastics.

The Youth Challenge uses four pillars to engage youth in climate action:
·        Learn: Explore climate change impacts from local, regional and global perspectives
·        Innovate: Demonstrate leadership by engaging and empowering youth in collective participation and action around climate change in Mississauga
·        Transform: Implement tactics and strategies from the City’s Climate Change Action Plan
·        Connect: Facilitate and encourage connections and networking amongst youth, industry, municipal leaders and staff, community groups and NGOs
 
Throughout the challenge, students will have access to mentors and subject matter experts, where they can help youth brainstorm ideas and provide feedback on their climate change solutions. The program will conclude with a virtual summit event that will bring together youth, community members, local government leaders and industry leaders to celebrate and showcase their innovations.
 
The Youth Challenge will allow students to create climate solutions for the City to consider, connect with others, network with expert mentors, expand knowledge and skills and learn about implementing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the local community.
 
Challenge Details:
What:
Climate Change Youth Challenge “Mission to Earth.” The virtual challenge is categorized into four themes with two challenge questions per theme. The themes include Electric City, Connected Communities, Nature and Wellness and Circular Waste.
Who:
The challenge is open to high school and post-secondary students (ages 14-25). Participants must register as a group.
When:
·        Climate Change Youth Challenge
o   October 19, 2020 to March 31, 2021
·        Climate Change Youth Summit
o   April/May 2021
Registration:
For high-school participants, a teacher or adult sponsor must register each group and act as a supervisor for the challenge.
 
MiWay Introduces First-Ever 60 Foot Hybrid-Electric Buses in Ontario
Today, MiWay announced the introduction of 11 new, second-generation 60 foot hybrid-electric buses that are convertible to full battery power, helping to reduce the environmental impacts of public transit – advancing the City of Mississauga’s commitment to zero-emission buses in its fleet. These are the first buses of its kind in Ontario and the third in Canada.
 
In October 2019, MiWay received its first 10 second-generation buses. These buses were smaller in length (40 feet) and currently travel on MiWay’s local routes. The new 60 foot buses will be dedicated to MiWay’s express routes. Differing features include design and onboard systems and having potential of similar fuel savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions as the 2019 buses.
 
Features of MiWay’s 2020 hybrid-electric buses:
Increased green benefits and cost savings
·        Start-stop engine technology that shuts down the engine while stopped at bus stops and automatically restarts when the brake is released – achieving up to 25 per cent fuel savings than conventional diesel-powered buses.
·        Reduced number of drive belts from four to one, reducing the potential of breakdowns on the road and lowering overall maintenance costs.
·        All electrically powered sub systems such as power steering, HVAC, passenger door operation and air brake compressor.
Increased safety
·        Three additional external cameras that provide external rear-views along both sides and rear of the bus.
Increased accessibility
·        All-electric “Smart Rider” accessible wheelchair ramp – capable of lateral kneeling and self-levelling to adjustable heights, assisting with customer safety.
Enhanced mechanical features
·        All-drive control mechanisms and battery storage systems that are mounted on the roof.
·        “Plug and play” components, helping to simplify the maintenance process.
 
The new buses are expected to be ready for on-street service in early 2021. To learn more, visit miway.ca.
Councillor George Carlson
george.carlson@mississauga.ca
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C1