Ward 11 E-Newsletter - February 2020 
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the February 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 .
In This Issue...
Streetsville Historical Society General Meeting

If you are interested in the rich history of Streetsville, get to know the Streetsville Historical Society (SHS).  The SHS collects, preserves, and promotes interest in the general history of the Streetsville area.  The SHS offers information sessions, tours, and guest speakers, and maintains the Streetsville Archives, located at 4415 Mississauga Rd in the historic Leslie Log House (1826). 
 
The upcoming general meeting of the Streetsville Historical Society will be as follows:
 
Streetsville Historical Society General Meeting
February 21st at 7:30 pm
Heritage Hall, Streetsville United Church
274 Queen St. S.
Streetsville
 
The guest speaker will be Anne Byard, and she will be speaking about what new Canadians contribute to Canada.  The SHS hours of operation are Wednesdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, excluding statutory holiday weekends.  For more information about the Streetsville Historical Society, please visit  www.streetsvillehistoricalsociety.ca .    Top  
Peel 2041 Official Plan Review

In keeping with the  Government of Ontario's Planning Act  , the Region must update its Official Plan every 5 years. This mandatory update ensures that official plan policies stay current with Provincial plan and  policy changes .  Peel 2041 is the current Regional Official Plan review.
 
The Region of Peel must also conduct a Municipal Comprehensive Review.  A Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) is a process required under the 2019 A Place to Grow Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Provincial Policy Statement. It ensures that Official Plans conform with provincial plans and policies. An MCR results in a new official plan or official plan amendment which is submitted to the Province for approval.
 
By 2041, the Region is expected to be home to nearly 2 million residents and 1 million jobs. The Regional Official Plan Review process will:
  • Incorporate new provincial legislation, regulations and policies.
  • Implement new regional policy initiatives and plans. Have a meaningful community engagement process.
  • Guide growth and development within the Region to the year 2041.
The first set of draft policy changes are available for public consultation.  The public consultation for Mississauga is as follows:
 
Mississauga Open House
Tues. Mar. 3, 2020
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Central Library - Glass Pavilion
301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga
 
Draft policies, related mapping updates and supporting studies to the Regional Official Plan will be available for the following areas:
Regional staff will also provide the latest information and status of other Peel 2041 focus area policy work including:  
  • Aggregate Resources
  • Greenlands System
  • Growth Management
  • Housing
  • Major Transit Station Areas
  • Settlement Area Boundary Expansion (including Draft Focus Study Area Mapping)
  • Transportation
For more information about the Peel 2041 Official Plan Review, please visit www.peelregion.ca/officialplan/review.   Top  
Waste Management Public Workshops

Please be advised that the Region of Peel will be hosting public workshops where residents may provide feedback and comments on funding for waste services in the future.  The workshop details are as follows:
 
March 2, 2020
6.30-8.30p.m.
Vic Johnston Community Centre,
Hazel McCallion Hall
335 Church St,
Mississauga
 
The workshop will discuss the following:
  • Share what residents think is important for consideration while the Region explores potential options that support future waste services.
  • See examples of various user fee systems that are currently being used in other municipalities.
  • Discuss the complex issues of managing waste and how Region of Peel is addressing them.
If you are unable to attend the workshop, you may provide feedback online from March 2-15, 2020 at www.peelregion.ca/waste-consultation .  For more information about Peel waste management services, please visit www.peelregion.ca/waste .   Top  
2020-2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget

Please be advised that City Council has approved the 2020-2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget.
 
Of every property tax dollar 35 per cent goes to the City; the rest is split among the Region of Peel at 45 per cent and Province of Ontario at 20 per cent. For 2020, the overall residential property tax increase will be 3.24 per cent, of which 1.60 per cent is the City of Mississauga's portion and 1.64 per cent is the Region of Peel's portion. This equates to approximately an $88.18 increase on the City's portion of the property tax based on an average residential property valued at $688,000 or $12.82 per $100,000 of assessment.
 
Highlights of the 2020 Business Plan and Budget are as follows:
  • $2.4 million in cost savings in this budget, which is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.5 per cent.
  • New initiatives in the 2020 Operating Budget, which focuses on the delivery of programs and services, total $4.4 million and include:
    • MiWay service growth adding 32,600 service hours and 22 transit operators
    • Opening of the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, 6 lane - 25 meter indoor pool, therapeutic tank, teaching kitchen and multi-purpose spaces
    • Increasing public safety at Mississauga Celebration Square fountain
    • Modernizing customer facing library technology and adding Maker Mississauga Programmers to support library programs
    • Supporting the Vision Zero Program with the addition of a Program Leader
    • Planner and Zoning Examiner to manage demand
  • Investing $3.8 million for the construction of new fire stations, trucks and equipment as well as enhanced public education programs and outreach.
  • An additional $1.6 million was invested for the implementation of 40 km neighbourhood area speed limits, 30 km School Zones within neighbourhoods, and school area community safety zones within all neighbourhoods citywide.
In addition, through the 2020 approved budget, Mississauga residents will see culture grant programs funded through Mississauga's Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) and enhanced winter maintenance service levels funded by the Winter Maintenance Reserve, approved by Council in July 2019.
 
The  2020 Stormwater Program operating budget , excluding transfers to reserves, is $43.8 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities.  The Stormwater Charge 2020 increase is set at 2 per cent and amounts to $108.20 per stormwater billing unit. This represents an increase of $2.10 from $106.10 in 2019.  For more details on the City's budget and the budgeting process, visit  mississauga.ca/budget .   Top  
Region of Peel Council Approves 2019 Budget

Regional Council has approved the 2020 Operating and Capital Budget.  The 2020 Regional Budget includes a property tax increase of 1.5 percent which will contribute an annual increase to the average residential property and small business property tax bills of $70 and $126 respectively.  Additionally, the average home will see an increase to their utility bill of 15¢ per day (or $51 per year), while the average small business will see an increase of 36¢ per day (or $132 per year).
 
The 2020 Budget includes operating investments of $2.6 billion and capital investments of $1.1 billion to support and advance Council's long term vision for Peel.  Budget highlights in 2020 include:
  • +21,000 more accessible transportation rides
  • +5,600 paramedic response calls
  • Implementation of Butterfly model at Tall Pines
  • Expansion of EarlyON services for 6,000 children and parents
  • 900 more residents receiving affordable transit
  • Moving towards 75% 3R waste diversion target & 5,000 new households
  • 35 more police officers to increase community safety
  • Maintaining PAMA's 100+ exhibitions
  • Addressing 12,000 more housing units that are increasingly complex
  • $3M temporary levy for community hub developments
Along with meeting the Capital and Operating needs of the Region, the budget provides funding to the three local conservation authorities (Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Halton Conservation Authority, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. To learn more about the budget, visit  peelregion.ca/budget .   Top  
When Winter Weather Hits, Keep Parked Cars off Your Street

As a friendly reminder, when it snows, please remember to keep parked cars off residential streets to leave room for salters and plows to clear the way for emergency vehicles and residents.
 
Parked cars can block the way for equipment, which slows down snow clearing. Ideally, parked vehicles should stay off the street until clearing is complete - from 24 to 36 hours after snowfall ends, depending on the amount of snow accumulated.
 
To help keep parked cars off streets during snow clearing, the City also cancels temporary parking permits until snow clearing is done. On-street parking is not allowed from 2 to 6 a.m. at any time of the year. Vehicles parked illegally may be ticketed or towed.
 
To keep up-to-date on winter parking, please check the following:
  • Find out if temporary parking permits are cancelled by calling 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 if outside City limits) or follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter.
  • Follow salters and plows as they move throughout the city with the online Snow Plow Tracker: mississauga.ca/snow.
For more information about the City's snow clearing operations, please visit mississauga.ca/snow.    Top  
Use Less Road Salt This Winter

The salt we spread on roads, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways doesn't disappear when snow and ice melts. Salt mixes with water from melting snow and rain, then enters our rivers and lakes.  Over time, salt levels in rivers and lakes can harm wildlife, the environment and the quality of our drinking water sources.
 
Here are some helpful tips from the Region of Peel to help you reduce the salt you use and help lessen salt's harmful effects, while staying safe:
  • Spread a small amount of salt across your driveway before a snowfall or dropping temperatures. This smaller amount of salt will help stop ice and snow from sticking.
  • Clear snow from your driveway and walkway as soon as possible to help avoid ice build-up
  • Remove snow, and then spread salt only in areas needed for safety. After a snowfall, salt should only be used once the snow is removed and only in areas needed for safety.
  • Salt only melts ice and snow at temperatures above -10C. When it's below -10C, use alternatives such as sand, grit, non-clumping kitty litter or mag chloride
As always, please remember that when walking in snow, wear proper winter footwear and pay attention to your footing.  For more tips on how to  manage salt use , please visit www.peelregion.ca .   Top  
How to Thaw Frozen Water Pipes

During the cold winter season, it is possible that water pipes may become frozen, so it is important to know how to thaw a frozen water pipe quickly and correctly.
 
Take these 3 simple steps to avoid a burst pipe and flooding:
Step 1 : Find the frozen section of the pipe. (Frozen sections are often next to an exterior wall or where the water service enters the home).
Step 2 : Open the nearest cold water faucet that the pipe feeds water into. This will lessen pressure in the system and let the water escape once you start thawing the pipe. You will know the pipe has thawed when the water starts flowing again.
Step 3 : Use one of these methods to apply heat:
  • Wrap an electric heating pad around the frozen section of the pipe.
  • Use a hair dryer, pointing the heat at the frozen section of the pipe nearest to the faucet.
  • Position a portable heater so that the heat can reach the frozen pipe. Do not place the heater near any items that could catch fire.
If you have followed the above steps and the water pipe is still frozen, call 905-791-7800 for more help or to book a service call.  For more information about preventing and fixing frozen water pipes, please visit www.peelregion.ca/water .   Top  
Library Improves Access to Technology

The Library now offers more resources to improve access to technology for everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the city.  The following resources will help you get connected:
 
Virtual Library Card
The Library is offering customers the option to register for a library card online. The virtual library card enables customers to immediately access online resources such as e-books, newspapers, magazines and downloadable movies and music. New users can also upgrade to a free full-service card for access to the Library's physical collections and additional library services. The virtual card is a practical option for anyone who prefers to use only the Library's online collection.
 
Laptop Lending
Customers can now borrow laptop computers for in-library use at Central, Frank McKechnie and Woodlands libraries. The laptop lending program is a pilot developed in collaboration with the City's Information Technology division as part of the Smart City Master Plan.  Chromebooks continue to be available for in-library use at the Cooksville, Malton and Sheridan locations.
 
Hot Spots
The Library has expanded its existing hot spot lending program to include Central, Frank McKechnie, Malton, Mississauga Valley and Woodlands libraries. Similar to a Wi-Fi network, hot spots can be used at home, work or on the go to connect any device to the Internet.
 
As part of the Library Master Plan, the City is working to ensure that customers can access the library collection in new ways as well as provide resources for those who do not have access so they can get connected to help with school, a job search, government services and more.  For more information, visit www.mississaugalibrary.ca.   Top  
EarlyON Child and Family Centres

If you have children 6 years of age or under and are looking for free, high-quality drop-in programs, be sure to check out EarlyON Child and Family Centres.  The centres support families seeking convenient, accessible, play-based learning activities with their children.  At the centres, your child can:
  • Learn through play.
  • Enjoy quality time with family and friends.
  • Participate in inclusive programs.
Families can interact with staff and qualified early years professionals to learn more about resources in the community. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can join support groups.  Some EarlyON locations offer French services or Indigenous led programs. Each centre has a goal of meeting the unique needs of families in the community.
 
EarlyON Centers also offer child development supports.  This new service is available for families looking for information about their child's development. Supported by the Region and in partnership with Peel Children's Centre, qualified EarlyON staff and Resource Consultants can help you understand your child's development and guide you to resources should you have questions or concerns.  Early development supports and school readiness programs help prepare children and families for the future.
 
There are currently 66 EarlyON locations in Peel and growing. Centres are open weekdays, evenings and weekends to fit the needs of your family.  To learn more about EarlyON Centres and find a location near you, please visit www.peelregion.ca/children/early-on.asp.   Top  
Baby Feeding Clinics Welcome All Families

Peel's baby feeding clinics are here to help, no matter how you feed your baby.  Peel's Baby Feeding Support Clinics offer free services and you do not need a health card.
 
Because breastfeeding is a learned skill, it is best for babies and their families to get help early and often.   Mothers and their support person meet one-on-one with a Public Health Nurse in a private room to assess how their baby is feeding and to receive professional advice and support.
 
Regular clinic hours are Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The clinics are walk-in, or you can make an appointment by calling 905-799-7700.  Peel clinics are located at:
 
Meadowvale location
Meadowvale Town Centre
6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Cir., Unit 3 (map)
 
Fairview location
Parkways West Plaza
325 Central Pkwy W., Unit 21 (map)

Brampton location
Bramalea Civic Centre
150 Central Park Dr. (map)
 
For more information about Peel's baby feeding clinics or other services, call and speak to a Public Health Nurse at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/parenting/feeding-baby.   Top  
Special Care for Animals and Resources Fund (SCARF)

If you would like to help animals in the care of Animal Services, consider supporting the Special Care for Animals and Resources Fund (SCARF). Supporting SCARF will help shelter pets until they are healthy and strong enough to be placed for adoption in a loving permanent home.
 
All funds collected through SCARF are used to help the animals in the care of Mississauga Animal Services by:
  • Providing extra veterinary care and specialized surgeries
  • Purchasing shelter enrichment items and medications for the animals
  • Supporting spay and neuter of adoption animals
  • Providing funds to the animal foster care program for specialized diets and care
  • Making non-budgeted shelter improvements to animal housing and equipment
  • Promoting awareness through education and outreach programs.
Mississauga Animal Services also accepts the following new or gently used items at the shelter:
  • Cat climbers and scratching posts
  • Pet food bowls
  • Blankets, towels
  • Newspapers
  • Purina Pro Plan - Dog and Cat Food (Kibble and Canned)
  • Leather or Nylon Leashes and Collars
  • Dog and Cat Treats
  • Kitty Litter - Clay-non clumping
  • Toys that can be washed and sterilized
  • Pine Shavings
  • Timothy Hay (nutritious grass for small animals)
  • Water Bottles - All sizes
  • Bird Items - Cages, feeders, perches, millet seed
  • Pocket Pet Items - Chew Sticks, Houses, Climbers, Cages
  • Dog and Cat Brushes.
  • Friskies canned cat food
  • Cesar wet dog food 
If you would like to donate to SCARF, please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/animal-services-donate.  For more information about Animal Services, please visit www.mississauga.ca/animalservices.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1