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Coyotes and Other Wildlife

Coyotes have been in our city for many years but recently they are becoming bolder and have been sighted in local parks.  I have held several sessions for residents who are concerned about the safety of their family and pets and education and information has been provided by experts.
Most requests are for the city Animal Services to remove them.  This is not as easy as it may seem as we are restricted by legislation from the province.
Wildlife relocation is regulated in Ontario under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.  If an animal is captured it must be released unharmed in close proximity to the capture site (within 1 km) or, if sick or injured, delivered to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator within 24 hours unless otherwise directed by the Ministry.
This restricts what our Animal Services staff can do under this law.  Removing an animal 1 km from the site still leaves it within the neighbourhood and as live trapping is almost impossible, the use of leg traps and snares could cause harm to other animals or people.  Click here for information from the Ministry of Natural Resources about relocation of wildlife.  As well, click here to visit the MNR website.
I urge everyone to report if you see a coyote by calling 311 immediately so that our staff can come out to determine if the animal is sick, in which case they can take measures.  They will also observe the area and the animal once they have reports.  Click here to learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your property while avoiding animal conflicts.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR OLDER ADULTS

November 29, 2017 – At my request the city now has a Financial Assistance page under the Older Adults sectionhttp://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/olderadults-assistance.  This page provides information on financial assistance programs offered by the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Income programs, including links to application forms and additional information on the various home sites.  There is also a printable chart version available near the top of the page.

More Assistance for Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities  – I am also pleased that my colleagues at City Council and Regional Council supported my motion to help our low income seniors and people with disabilities. The city gives a $400 tax rebate to those who qualify. The region cost shares their portion. We have not increased the amount and I suggested we build in an annual automatic increase equal to any tax increases. My motion was passed at City Council on November 22nd and at Regional Council on November 23rd.  The increase is not a large amount but every bit helps and it just made sense to me to do this.

Mississauga is Ready to Make City Roads Safe this Winter

November 9, 2017 – 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. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops.  Our snow plow tracker webpage allows you to track the routes for snow plows and salters so you are aware of road conditions ahead of your commute.

What we clear and when

  • Roads are salted if the snowfall is less than eight centimetres or plowed and salted if the snowfall is more than eight centimetres.
  • Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles. This is followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
  • Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours of snow ending.

Winter on-street parking restriction – Residents are advised not to park their vehicles on City streets from November 1 to March 31 between 2 and 6 a.m. Vehicles left on City streets in violation of the Traffic By-law may be issued a penalty notice and subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.  Residents also play an important role in keeping the community safe. It’s important to clear your sidewalks after each snowfall to keep them safe for pedestrians and be a good neighbour by lending a hand to help seniors or people with disabilities to do the same.

Snow Clearing Updates – You can track City snow plows and check routes in your neighbourhood by visiting the snow plow tracker webpage. In addition, you can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/snow.

Solar PV Pathway Lighting Pilot Project in Ward 9

October 30, 2017 – I am pleased that one of our local parks, Duncairn Downs has been selected as the site to test Solar PV Pathway lighting . The project, to be implemented in 2017/18 will assess the feasibility of reducing energy consumption and Green House gas emissions by replacing the on grid lighting with off grid solar powered systems. The location was selected as we were replacing the lighting as part of our infrastructure management. The main goals and objectives of the pilot project include:
  • To promote the installation of renewable energy systems to support the visionary action regarding transforming Mississauga into a net-zero carbon city
  • Test the suitability of Solar PV lighting systems for pathways
  • To assess the Solar PV system performance
  • To gauge community feedback and acceptance
Currently park pathways are continuously lit whether or not they are being used and even when the park is closed after 11:00 pm. Unlike the traditional system, the solar PV system presents the capability to automatically provide lighting (at the approved standard) when the pathway is being used (based on motion sensors), and turn down lights at other times. Alternatively, it can also be programmed to provide continuous lighting during park open hours and reduced services during park closure. This would reduce energy waste and undoubtedly be a tangible demonstration of the City’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship. The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles also speak to the fact that lighting parks after closing can attract unwanted behaviours so we will also be looking at the crime prevention benefits of this new system. This use of the technology, while new to City of Mississauga, has been employed successfully elsewhere in Canada. The pilot program will be routinely monitored and assessed periodically beginning 1 year after installation.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program 

Pile of LeavesPlease be advised that our Vacuum Leaf Collection Program will begin later this month. Streets that qualify for the program will be visited according to the following schedule:

  2017 Vacuum Leaf Pickup
 Yellow/Brown Flyer  Blue Flyer  Green Flyer
Oct. 23-27 Oct 30-Nov 3 Nov. 6-10
Nov. 13-17 Nov. 20-24 Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Visit our Leaf Pickup Route Map online: Route Map

Those eligible for Vacuum Leaf Pickup will receive a postcard in the mail with their zone and collection dates. Residents are instructed to rake leaves to the boulevard’s edge or into their ditch by the Sunday prior to their leaf collection dates. Leaves should not be raked onto the road.  Residents who miss their leaf collection should remove them from the curbside or ditch to prevent flooding. Remaining leaves can be raked into open reusable containers, such as bushel baskets, labelled rigid plastic containers or paper yard waste bags and placed at the curbside for pick up by the Region of Peel on the resident’s regular waste collection day (until December 14, 2017). This option is also available to residents who do not qualify for the Vacuum Leaf Pickup Program.

Ward 9 Budget Town Hall Meeting

I hosted my Ward 9 Budget Town Hall at the Meadowvale Community Centre on Monday October 23, 2017.  I held this meeting to provide an opportunity for Ward 9 residents to learn more about both the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel budgets.  There was information on both the City and Region of Peel budget process and where your dollars are spent and what drives the budget. I am pleased that Mayor Crombie was able to join us.  Staff made short presentations on the budgets and the rest of the evening was spent on discussion, questions and comments.  The entire meeting was also live streamed on my Ward 9 Facebook Page and residents were able to send us their questions in real time and have them answered at the meeting.  It is very helpful for me to hear from residents as we start the 2018 budget discussions.   Click here to view the City’s budget presentation and click here to view the Region’s budget presentation.  Click here to learn more about the budget process and use the budget allocator tool.

Update RE: Ash Trees in Sugar Maple Woods and Q Park

Oct 16, 2017 – City contracted crews will be working to remove Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Sugar Maple Woods and Quenippenon Meadows park. All trees scheduled for removals have been marked with an orange X.  City crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the initial tree removal, crews will remove the tree stumps, repair the ground with topsoil and reseed. All works will be weather dependant.  All City-owned park trees removed due to EAB will be replanted over several years. This is due to the high number of trees removed from parks, the short planting season and weather conditions.  Forestry is currently working on plans to replant woodlots. Each woodlot is unique and will require additional work to create individual plans for each site. For some, that may mean letting them regenerate naturally while others will have trees replanted.

Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus

Sept 5, 2017 – Lyme Disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Ticks are more prevalent than ever this year and it is important to protect your family and pets against Lyme disease which is spread by the black legged deer tick. Please be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks.  Vets in Mississauga and residents have already reported increased numbers of ticks on pets this spring.  Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type.  Click here for Peel Health and here for information from Animal Services. To find out how to prevent ticks click here.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected by biting an infected bird.  The Region of Peel is constantly testing mosquitoes and recently (week of September 11, 2017) there was a batch found at 10th Line and Thomas St. Click here to learn about West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself.

Peel Police – New “Grandparent Scam” Targets Seniors

September 5, 2017 – The Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau are advising residents of a new type of “Grandparent Scam” targeting seniors. The scam involves a phone call being made to the victim, by an individual claiming to be a family member, usually a grandson. The victim is asked to purchase expensive ‘Rolex’ watches. The victim is advised that the watches are needed to pay back an outstanding debt, and in some instances, needed as a gift. The victim is directed to send the watch to an address, usually in Quebec, through a courier service. They impress upon the victim that they do not want any other family members to know.

Peel Regional Police would like to remind residents that in the event they receive a call similar to this, they should verify the details of the request through another family member.  Any requests for money by unverified parties on the phone should be treated suspiciously.

Here are some other tips to remember:

  • If someone calls claiming to be a lawyer/attorney or police officer, they will not ask you for money/jewelry over the phone.
  • Residents with elderly family members who live alone, or have published phone numbers, should make them aware of this.
  • Residents, in general, should be cognizant of the fact that there are many fraudulent schemes out there, using the internet and phone calls to contact potential victims.  Requests for money should be treated with caution and an appropriate amount of due diligence should be practiced.
  • Education is the key to prevention with this type of scam. To learn more about this scam, and other scams affecting Canadians, residents are encouraged to visit www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Peel Regional Police also offer some more Safety for Seniors links which can be accessed here.

Anyone who has any information regarding this fraud is urged to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

Residential Water and Sewer Line Warranty Protection Plan information

August 15, 2017 – Homeowners recently received a mail out for Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc. (SLWC). This program provides Peel homeowners with optional water, sanitary sewer line and in-home protection plan programs for their private side water and sanitary sewer pipes and in-home plumbing. The program is a means of educating homeowners of their responsibilities for the infrastructure on the private side of their property in the event of a leak or break. It will be administered and managed by Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc., and is NOT a regional program.  Homeowners will have the option to purchase protection plans and enrollment is completely voluntary and optional. For frequently asked questions, click here. If residents have further questions about the program please email: slwc@peelregion.ca.

Fire on Copenhagen Rd

On Tuesday September 6, 2017, Meadowvale suffered a devastating fire on Copenhagen Rd. Sadly there was one fatality.  My prayers and thoughts are with the families.  Several residents have been displaced as a result of the fire.  I am working with Region of Peel Emergency Services staff in ascertaining what the needs of these residents are.  Agencies have been called in to help them and they are being housed, fed and clothed at this time.

Bernard Jordaan re-appointed President of United Senior Citizens of Ontario

Bernard at Seniors FairSept 1, 2017 – I am delighted that  Bernard Jordaan, President of the Meadowvale Seniors’ Social Club has been re-appointed as President of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO) for another two year term!  Bernard is a strong advocate for seniors and does an excellent job representing the interests of seniors in our community! Congratulations Bernard!

John Ambrose Receives Prestigious Award

Version 2August 21, 2017 – I am so pleased and proud that my dear friend, John Ambrose, former Pastor of Eden United Church, was honoured by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario last month, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, which is the highest honour given by the organization, was conferred because of John’s work as an editor, compiler, and encourager of congregational song, and for his significant contributions to the work of The Hymn Society.

Rabies Vaccine for Raccoons  – August 3, 2017 The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF) started placing baits in Mississauga last week, will continue this week, and will likely finish Mississauga by the end of the July.  They have also provided the following direction regarding the baits.

  •  The khaki-green coloured bait are being hand dropped through wildlife corridors in the GTA and surrounding areas.  The bait consists of wax-fat with an attractant flavour (vanilla-sugar). A label with a toll-free telephone number (1-888-574-6656)  and “Do not eat” warning are on the exterior of the bait and a plastic package containing the liquid rabies vaccine is embedded in the centre. If found, the bait should not be touched, but left for raccoons, skunks and foxes to consume.
  • Residents who find a bait should leave it alone.  If the bait needs to be moved to a more appropriate place, use a gloved hand to prevent transfer of human scent to the bait to make sure it remains attractive to wildlife.  Place the bait under shrubbery, away from pets and children.
  • If a pet comes in contact or consumes the bait they should be fine, however it is recommended the pet owner contact their veterinarian as a precaution.  The baits do not replace a veterinarian administered rabies vaccination.

Click here for more information and to see a map which indicates the latest 2017 Summer/Fall rabies bait areas in southern Ontario as provided by the MNRF.  The intention of the baiting program is to reach wild raccoons, skunks and foxes and prevent the further spread of raccoon strain and fox strain rabies in Ontario.   The MNRF is committed to the research, control and elimination of terrestrial wildlife rabies in Ontario, thereby protecting the health and safety of the public, their pets and the wildlife of this province. Ontario’s programs are so successful that southern Ontario was free of raccoon strain rabies for more than a decade and fox strain rabies for over two years.

Tree Stump Removal –  July 21, 2017 This summer city contractors are removing stumps in the following parks:  Castlegreen Meadows Park, Middlebury Green Park, Lake Aquitaine Trail, Lake Aquitaine Park, Duncairn Downs Park, Aspen Ridge Park, Edengrove Park, Kindree Gate Park, Millgrove Trail and Promenade Meadows.  All stumps are currently painted bright orange and are highly visible.  After stump removal; crews will repair the ground and topsoil and reseed. Stump removal operations are weather dependant.  All City-owned park trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer will be replanted and will be installed over several years due to the volume of trees removed from parks, limiting weather conditions, short planting season and the high demand and subsequent shortage of caliper trees.

May 17, 2017 As Chair of the Tourism Advisory Board I am pleased to present the Official Mississauga 2017 Visitor Guide.  Click here to view the online version.  Please also visit the city’s tourism website here.  As well, Short-term accommodations (STAs) such as Airbnb have grown rapidly in cities around the world, including Mississauga.  Click here to participate in a short survey regarding STAs.

June 2, 2017 – Click here to see the Region of Peel Data Centre 2016 Census Bulletin on Population and Dwelling Counts.  This bulletin, developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre, provides an overview of the latest statistics released on Population and Dwellings counts.  Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

May 3, 2017 – Click here to see an overview of the latest census statistics released on Age, Sex, and Dwelling Type.  This 2016 Census bulletin is developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre. Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

June 2, 2017 – Click here to see the Region of Peel Data Centre 2016 Census Bulletin on Population and Dwelling Counts.  This bulletin, developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre, provides an overview of the latest statistics released on Population and Dwellings counts.  Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

May 3, 2017 – Click here to see an overview of the latest census statistics released on Age, Sex, and Dwelling Type.  This 2016 Census bulletin is developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre. Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.