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

Welcome to the June 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...
Mobile COVID-19 Testing in Malton this Friday

Peel's next mobile COVID-19 testing site will be held this Friday, June 12 at Malton Community Centre in Mississauga. Testing starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 6 p.m. No appointment is required.
 
Residents without symptoms but who are either a close contact of someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 or work in a high-risk setting (e.g., retail, health care, food processing, etc.) should come for testing. Residents experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should attend one of the  hospital-based assessment centres  for testing.
 
Depending on their risk of exposure, residents attending the mobile testing location may need to self-isolate at home for 14 days following their test or until their results come back negative. Results will be available online for anyone with a green Health Card.
 
Demand for testing is expected to be high, so residents are asked to be patient if there is a wait. The mobile site will process as many tests as possible on Friday.
 
Malton Community Centre is located at 3540 Morning Star Dr., just east of Goreway Dr, in Mississauga. Additional community-based pop-up sites in priority neighbourhoods in Peel will be announced in future. Please visit the Region of Peel  assessment centres page  for updated information.
 
Mobile and pop-up testing is the first phase of an integrated strategy to expand community COVID-19 testing in high-risk locations, including institutional outbreaks, workplaces and priority neighbourhoods across Peel.
The strategy is a partnership between Ontario Health, the Region of Peel, Peel Public Health, Peel Paramedics, primary care partners and hospital partners like Trillium Health Partners and William Osler Health System. The mobile testing bus was made possible through the support of the Ontario government and Metrolinx/GO Transit. For more information, visit https://peelregion.ca/coronavirus/ .   Top  
City Provides Additional Financial Assistance for Taxpayers during COVID-19

Council has approved further financial assistance to taxpayers to help ease financial pressures as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 by:
  • deferring final tax instalments for 90 days
  • stopping late payment charges and fees related to tax payment requests for changes
Council previously provided cash flow assistance by deferring the April to June interim tax instalment dates by 90 days and is again asking all landlords to pass this additional financial relief on their tenants.
 
As decided at the March 20 meeting of Council, interim property tax payments were deferred for 90 days. Notices were distributed to taxpayers at the end of March. For those paying by regular instalment, interim property tax payments of April 2 and May 7 were deferred to July 2 and August 6.
 
Final tax payments have been deferred by 90 days for taxpayers currently paying by instalments. Payments will now be made in October, November and December.
 
In addition, to the COVID-19 assistance, the City of Mississauga is also continuing with its annual tax rebate for low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities. For 2020, the annual rebate has been increased to $436. For more information about taxes and financial assistance, visit www.mississauga.ca/tax .   Top  
Garbage Exemption Period is Suspended across Peel

The Region of Peel advises residents that the spring garbage exemption period is suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to minimize manual collection and ensure worker safety, while maintaining services for the long term.
 
Reminders:
  • Bulky items will not be collected from the curb or accepted at CRCs.
  • Up to 2 extra garbage bags, without tags, are still being collected.
Placement and collection
  • Put your extra garbage out on your garbage collection day. Collectors won't pick up garbage from the curb on recycling collection days.
  • Collectors might collect your cart and excess garbage at different times during the day.
  • Leave your garbage cart and excess garbage at the curb until 8 p.m. If neither are collected by 8 p.m., report a missed collection.
Placing extra garbage on the curb
  • Put smaller garbage items in garbage bags.
  • Place larger items separately on the curb.
  • Place your excess garbage next to your garbage cart. Leave 1 m (3 ft.) of space between the excess garbage and the cart.
Excess garbage bag weight and size limits
A garbage bag placed at the curb for collection cannot:
  • Weigh more than 20 kg (44 lbs).
  • Be larger than 66 cm (26 in) wide and 90 cm (35 in) high.
  • Be smaller than 30 cm (12 in) wide and 30 cm (12 in) high.
If residents must leave their home to dispose of extra garbage bags, residents can take it to any Peel Community Recycling Centre. Check the  Community Recycling Centre  for locations, hours of operation and free drop-off weight limits.
 
Residents are encouraged to check  peelregion.ca/waste  for information or sign up to receive free weekly waste collection reminders.   Top  
Re-opening Plans, Public Engagement, Events Cancelled

Council approved a  phased approach  and safety procedures for the re-opening of City outdoor recreation amenities. Communications, physical distancing and signage are included in the plans and will be developed. Phases will be implemented in consultation with the Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Physical distancing is now a requirement in the park amenity re-openings as per the updated  Provincial Orders.
 
The following outdoor recreation amenities have re-opened with safety and operational plans in place to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 (City of Mississauga Phase 1):
  • Municipal Golf Courses
  • Public Marinas and boat launch at Lakefront Promenade
  • Community Gardens, in partnership with Ecosource
Park and Community Parking lots
Select park and community parking lots are now open:  
  • Park benches and picnic shelters
  • Leash-free zones
  • BMX/Skate parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • Community tennis clubs
  • Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms
  • Physical distancing measures must be maintained as per the Provincial Order.
Phase 3 - To be completed within 10 days of approval and with guidance from the Peel Region Medical Officer of Health
  • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
  • Community sport fields
  • Physical distancing measures must be maintained
Phase 4/TBD - These facilities continue to remain closed until further notice. 
  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (currently closed under Provincial Order)
  • Public boat launch at Marina Park will open when high water levels subside
As outdoor recreation facilities begin a phased re-opening, the City will be redeploying full-time staff to work in pairs at our major parks across the City.  They will be clearly identified as City staff and will engage with residents to educate them on physical distancing requirements and closures within our parks. Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.
 
Community Engagement for City-Led Projects During COVID-19 Pandemic
Council approved a report on  Community Engagement  for identified  City-Led Projects  and engagement principles during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All engagements proceeding during the pandemic are to apply the following principles:
  • No in-person engagement until further notice
  • Project Leads to work with the local ward Councillor on appropriate timing and engagement methods
  • Virtual engagement sessions to be conducted through City-supported technology tools and paired with universally accessible methods (e.g., individual telephone calls, direct mail notification, e-mails, online surveys)
  • Engagement during popular vacation weeks and dates of significance should be avoided in keeping with regular practices
Festivals, Events and Gatherings within City Facilities Cancelled to September 7
Council approved the  cancellation of permits for major festivals, large events  and other gatherings in City facilities until September 7, 2020. Impacted permit holders will be notified by City staff. As provincial orders are revised, City staff will work with guidance from Peel Public Health on establishing parameters for the safe re-opening of facilities and permitting of small group activities.
 
Council approved a  Virtual Canada Day Celebration  for Mississauga using approved funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebrate Canada grant along with previously secured event sponsorships. The proposed Virtual Canada Day celebration would be developed around the theme of "with glowing hearts, we see thee rise" using a pre-recorded video. Details for the event will be finalized and communicated in the coming weeks.   Top  
Virtual Committee Meetings & Library Recovery Plan

City Council has approved proceeding with virtual meetings for Planning and Development Committee (PDC) and Committee of Adjustment, as well as a Library recovery plan.
 
During the pandemic, on April 22, 2020 Council suspended PDC and Committee of Adjustment meetings. Since the closure of City Hall, Planning and Building Department services have remained fully operational, including accepting and processing development and building permit applications with online submission processes including fee payments and scheduling building and site inspections.
 
Public meetings will resume in association with development and Committee of Adjustment applications. PDC meeting notices provide a range of options for residents and businesses to access additional information, including how to contact the city planner and how to provide written comments by mail or email.
 
Development applications and City-initiated projects that are eligible can be scheduled for a virtual PDC meeting. Virtual PDC meetings will occur in the same format that Council is currently meeting with public engagement through telephone, computer or mobile device. Applicants will be able to present their development proposals to PDC and the public and respond to questions or comments from Council and registered deputants.
 
Information reports will outline resident concerns received up until the report is prepared. Recommendation reports will continue to summarize and respond to resident concerns. PDC meetings will be held in evenings at 6 p.m. The first virtual PDC meeting will be tentatively held on July 13, 2020. Visit the Council and Committees Calendar for updates. For more information about Council and Committee meetings, please visit http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/calendar .
 
Marriage Licences
The City will resume issuing  marriage licences  effective June 10, 2020 at the Provincial Offences Courthouse, 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West by appointment. For details please visit:  mississauga.ca/marriagelicences .
 
Library Recovery Plan
Council endorsed a  phased re-opening plan for library facilities . The library will use a phased approach to resuming services following the Government of Ontario's announcement on May 14 allowing public libraries to offer curbside pickup. Details on timing and the service will be shared on City channels at a later date.
 
Library due dates and fines continue to be suspended until further notice. Customers can continue to use their library card or  virtual card  to explore our vast collection of ebooks, audiobooks and other online virtual resources. For more information, visit  mississaugalibrary.ca  and follow Mississauga Library on  Instagram Facebook  and  Twitter .   Top  
Masks Mandatory when Travelling on MiWay and Fares Reinstated Starting July 2

Effective July 2, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering will be mandatory when travelling on MiWay, at stops and transit terminals to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Children under the age of two, people with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing any mask will not be required to wear one. Fare collection and front door boarding for all customers will also resume on July 2.
 
In addition, MiWay will reopen the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT) fares booth on June 24 to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase  PRESTO  fares in advance of the resumption of fare collection. The booth will be open Monday to Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. PRESTO customers are strongly encouraged to load their cards  online  to avoid congestion at the terminal.
 
With the introduction of mandatory use of non-medical masks or face coverings by passengers and employees, all MiWay buses will operate at 50 per cent seated capacity to continue to allow for physical distancing. For more information, visit  miway.ca/coronavirus  .   Top  
Mississauga's Construction Projects Move Forward

The City of Mississauga's construction season is now underway following Council approval of a  staff report  that concluded that all construction projects within the Roads and Stormwater Capital Programs are essential under  Ontario Regulation 82/20 - Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses . In total, there are 21 planned construction projects and eight projects continuing from 2019. These projects include road resurfacing, sidewalk and multi-use trail construction, bridge repairs, creek and erosion control work and construction of new stormwater management facilities.
 
Construction projects within the City's Roads and Stormwater Capital Programs involve repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges and stormwater management ponds. With pot hole filling, sidewalk and curb repair and  spring clean-up efforts  already underway, the City is now moving forward with its busy road construction season.
 
Ongoing work is also being done to maintain the City's 5,600 kilometres of roads. This includes monitoring road conditions year-round and repairing pot holes when the weather is appropriate.
 
2020 Planned Construction Projects
  • Residential road resurfacing - approximately 87 streets amounting to 29.5 km
  • Major and industrial road resurfacing - approximately 16 streets amounting to 12.1 km
  • Creek and erosion control work:
    • Cooksville Creek (four different locations)
    • Mary Fix Creek
    • Etobicoke Creek
  • Dredging and maintenance of six stormwater management ponds
  • Construction of one new stormwater management facility located at Sandalwood Park
  • Trunk sewer rehabilitation
  • Repair of four bridges:
    • Brookhurst Road bridge over Sheridan Creek
    • Pedestrian bridge over Central Parkway East (south of Bloor Street)
    • Financial Drive bridge over Levi Creek
    • Lushes Avenue bridge over Sheridan Creek
  • Other work:
    • Construction of  823 m of new noise walls
    • Construction of 3.98 km of new sidewalks
    • Construction of 4.3 km of new multi-use trails
    • Construction of Low Impact Development to manage stormwater runoff - Erindale Village and Sheridan Homelands
For more information and to use the  construction map  to see where projects are happening in Mississauga, visit  mississauga.ca/construction .   Top  
Mississauga Joins Digital Main Street's ShopHERE Powered by Google Program

To help support our local small businesses, Mississauga is proud to announce it will be joining the  ShopHERE , powered by Google program. The program will provide independent businesses and artists with resources to develop and launch an online store at no-cost, with the support of local post-secondary students.
 
Launched originally on May 12, 2020 for the Toronto business community, Digital Main Street is now working with Google to expand ShopHERE powered by Google across Canada with a goal of building 50,000 online stores by the end of 2020.
 
The City of Mississauga will leverage the infrastructure created by the City of Toronto with Digital Main Street and will cover a portion of the student costs to get the program running. As part of the program, local students will be trained to build and launch online stores.
 
Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at  digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere  to get their online store built at no-cost. The program will provide independent businesses and artists with:
  • Their choice of an online store customized with their information, branding, logo etc.
  • Hands-on assistance setting up and launching their online store
  • Training to support their online store, including topics such as digital marketing, shipping and inventory management
  • Access to free tools to help support the launch of their online stores
The ShopHERE powered by Google program is open to businesses and artists providing they are a registered business, have a commercial or home-based location, have fewer than 10 employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar and they are not a corporate chain or franchise. To find out more about Digital Main Street's ShopHERE powered by Google program, visit:  digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere .   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1