Have your Say! Participate in Virtual Engagement Sessions Shaping Mississauga

As we welcome spring, the City has a number of virtual community engagement sessions coming up on key projects that are building our city.

Have your say Mississauga! We want to hear your ideas and opinions on the projects that are transforming Mississauga. Here are the upcoming engagement sessions for April and May where you can provide input and gain a greater understanding of how we are planning and shaping our City’s future.

·      School Streets Pilot Project

April 12 at 6:30 p.m. and April 25 at 7 p.m. – virtual meetings

The City will launch its first School Streets pilot project at three schools: Hillside Public School (Ward 2), St. Alfred Separate School (Ward 3) and Brian W. Fleming Public School (Ward 3). A School Street creates a temporary car-free environment in front of a school during pick-up and/or drop-off times. This reduces traffic congestion and encourages students and their families to walk or roll to school. 

Two online community meetings are available for residents in Wards 2 and 3 to get more details about the pilot. Anyone who is curious about the School Streets concept is also invited to attend. All participants can ask questions and share their feedback as planning for the pilot continues. Residents can also share their feedback using an online survey.

·      Off-street Parking Recommendations

April 19 at 6 p.m. (Off-street Parking) and May 9 at 1:30 p.m. (Bicycle Parking only) – In person and virtual

The City is updating its off-street parking regulations under the Zoning By-law to support local business, help deliver affordable housing, respond to climate change and enhance travel, transit and walkability.

Off-street parking regulations refer to the amount of vehicle and/or bicycle parking required on private and public properties because of new development, redevelopment, building expansion or a land use change. Changes would not affect existing buildings or homes.

public meeting for off-street parking is being held on April 19 at Planning and Development Committee  (PDC) to consider changes to the Zoning By-law relating to off-street parking as part of the City’s Parking Regulations Study.This includes proposed changes to the City’s parking regulations for private and public properties as a result of new development or redevelopment.

public meeting for bicycle parking is being held on May 9 at Planning and Development Committee  (PDC) to introduce bicycle parking rates and regulations in the Zoning By-law as part of the Parking Regulations Study. Thisincludes amendments to the City’s Zoning By-law regarding bicycle parking requirements for private and public properties, as a result of new development or redevelopment.

·      Aerial Spray

April 20 at 6 p.m. – virtual meeting

The City is conducting an aerial spray this spring and will be hosting a virtual meeting to address resident questions or concerns. The spray will target and manage Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), formerly known as “gypsy moth,” in affected city neighbourhoods. The timing of the spray is dependent on weather conditions, the emergence of the LDD caterpillars and the leaf development on trees. 

Register online at mississauga.ca/2022spray.

·      Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods

April 20 to May 20 – online engagement

The City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study is exploring ways to introduce a variety of housing options in Mississauga. Housing affordability is a major issue in Mississauga and the wider GTA.

The project team is looking for specific feedback on concept designs for five different housing types: garage conversions, duplexes, triplexes, multiplexes and garden suites. As part of this on-demand, online consultation, residents can watch a presentation video to learn more about each housing type. The video includes design concepts and floors plans. After watching the video, residents can participate in a survey to provide their feedback.

·      Major Transit Station Areas

April 26 at 6:30 p.m. – virtual meeting

Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA) are mixed-use, transit-supportive neighbourhoods that will provide easy access to local amenities, jobs, housing and recreation opportunities. MTSAs generally include lands within a 500-800 metre radius (a 10-minute walk) of a higher order transit station or stop. They are located primarily along existing or planned transit corridors (e.g., GO Train, Light Rail Transit, Bus Rapid Transit). The City of Mississauga is developing its own detailed MTSA policies to align with Regional and Provincial requirements. 

This virtual information session will present the proposed city-wide MTSA policies and explain how they will align with the Region of Peel and other related City projects.

Register for the virtual information session here.

·       Complete Streets Guide

Provide online feedback by May 1

The City has developed a draft Complete Streets Guide and is now looking for resident feedback.

The guide provides a comprehensive approach to building safer, more complete streets in Mississauga for all ages, abilities and modes of travel. It will help ensure that all road users are accommodated and feel comfortable and safe sharing Mississauga streets whether they’re walking, cycling, commuting or driving. It will also help the City prioritize safer, slower speeds for all road users in a way that enhances quality of life while improving how a street functions.

Take the survey here.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS

Water Safety Statement

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) advises that Environment Canada is forecasting above zero air temperatures over the weekend and early next week with the highest temperature exceeding 10°C and a chance of 2 to 4 mm of showers on Sunday, March 6th, 2022.

Water levels in the Credit River and its major tributaries have receded to seasonal normal levels after February flood events. However, ice breakup/jam risks are continuing. River ice is still present along the Credit River, especially upstream of the Paper Mill Dam in Georgetown. An ice jam remains in Churchville, although its size has decreased.

The amount of runoff expected on Sunday and Monday is estimated to be in the range of 20 mm or more. It is not anticipated that the flows will be sufficient to push the ice over the Paper Mill Dam. However, expected flows may be sufficient to breakup and mobilize the ice in the river, so new ice jams may form elsewhere.

While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and partial ice coverage will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges, and dams. The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, March 7th, 2022, or until further notice.  

To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/real-time-monitoring/

DISRUPTION TO WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES IN SOME AREAS OF PEEL REGION

Streetsville Collection Impacted

As a result of a labour dispute involving one of Peel’s waste collection contractors, Emterra Environmental and its employees, some residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will experience temporary changes to their curbside waste pickup beginning today, Monday, December 6. Please refer to this map for information about impacted areas. 

For strike-affected residents during their garbage week

  • Continue to put garbage and organics at the curb on your scheduled garbage collection day. 
  • You may experience collection delays. Please leave garbage and organics at the curb until further notice (even on the weekend). 
  • No bulky items will be picked up during the labour disruption.

For strike-affected residents during their recycling week:

  • Recycling will not be picked up during the labour disruption.
  • Please hold onto your recycling until further notice. 
  • Your organics will not be collected on your recycling week. It will only be collected on your garbage week.

Yard Waste Collection for strike-affected residents:

  • Yard waste will not be picked up during the labour disruption.
  • Please hold onto your yard waste until further notice. 

Check peelregion.ca/waste for further updates or follow Public Works on Twitter at twitter.com/peelpublicworks for updated service information.

SPEED LIMITS LOWERED IN 77 NEIGHBOURHOODS WITH MORE TO COME

The City has been lowering speed limits in Mississauga neighbourhoods to make residential streets safer for everyone using them. Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one-third of fatal collisions according to the Ontario Traffic Council. Lower speeds are a proven way to reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a collision.

To date, speed limits have been lowered from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in 77 neighbourhoods. More than 130 School Zones have also been lowered from 40 km/h to 30 km/h. Work will continue in 2022 to lower speed limits in even more neighbourhoods across the city. 

These changes, which are part of the City’s Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, help to advance the City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Mississauga is working to prevent fatalities and serious injuries due to collisions on our roadways.

Lower speed limits in neighbourhoods 

When a speed limit is lowered to 40 km/h, new speed limit signs are installed on streets at the entrances and exits to all neighbourhoods. The new speed limits take effect when the new speed limit signs are installed. The 40 km/h speed limit applies for the entire neighbourhood unless otherwise indicated by signage (for example, when it becomes 30 km/h in a School Zone.)

Lower speed limits in School Zones 

School Zone speed limits in residential neighbourhoods are being lowered from 40 km/h to 30 km/h. In addition, Community Safety Zones are designated in all School Zones. In 2021, more than 110 new Community Safety Zones were created. Within a Community Safety Zone, fines increase.

Find out what neighbourhoods have been completed 

Watch for new speed limit signs in your neighbourhood. To check what neighbourhoods have been completed, check the mapon mississauga.ca/roadsafety.

You can search by address or focus on an area of the city. Green shading shows neighbourhoods which have been completed. The orange areas show those where the speed limit changes will be coming soon.

Additional speed reduction measures 

Other speed reduction measures completed by the City in 2021 include:

·        13 approved traffic calming projects

·        200 passive traffic calming measures

·        600+ speed studies conducted

·        22 Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras

·        50 Slow Streets implemented

·        3,000 Slow Down lawn signs delivered to residents

To learn more about road safety in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/roadsafety.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

We recently had the opportunity to speak with a young up-and-coming entrepreneur.  

Ciara is a newly graduated nurse and the founder of Not Your Average Scrub Caps. She started her business during the pandemic in hopes to help healthcare workers showcase their personalities at work.  

The response has been overwhelming and she is so thankful for all the support.  

Continue reading to gain even more insight into this young entrepreneur’s business and what surprised her most about starting a business in the healthcare sector. 

Describe your business

I am the founder and the business owner behind Not Your Average Scrub Caps. It all started when I received my very first sewing machine eight years ago.  

It sat in my basement for many years.  

In 2020, I began my very first nursing job.  I started working in the hospital and needed to wear full PPE including face shield and mask for 12 hours at a time. 

I found that the face shield really caused my hair to be all over the place.  I saw so many scrub caps that day and really wished I had one.  The only thing was they were all very similar to one another and none of them really stood out to me. 

I thought that a scrub cap should be truly unique and show some personality.  Afterall we are hard to recognize and who doesn’t want to cheer someone up with a fun patterned cap!?

I went home that night and sewed my very first cap.  It was three days before Christmas, and It had Santa on it.

I had so many questions on where it was from, and I was shocked by the positive response. 

Before I knew it NYA Scrub Caps was born.  

I thought the face is where hospital patients look to for a reassuring smile and honestly, they are a fun conversation starter. 

What makes your scrub caps different?

NYA Scrub Caps are created from unique limited release fabrics.  This helps to ensure that you don’t (unintentionally) show up to work matching.  All scrub caps have dual buttons to securely hold your mask.  The buttons help combat skin breakdown on your ears.  

My goal is to make people happy, and I believe that seeing a cheerful scrub cap is a good way to start. 

All scrub caps are 100% cotton and prewashed.  NYA Scrub Caps are breathable, comfortable, and ready to get you through the next 12 hours.

What surprised you about starting a business in the healthcare sector?

The overwhelming support of the healthcare professionals. Honestly, I have really been welcomed and everyone has been so very kind to me.  Most of my customers are new to the nursing profession and they are looking for a way to show their personality.  I really feel lucky to be able to engage with such a great group of professionals.  I started NYA Scrub Caps during the pandemic, and I really enjoy how it brought all different healthcare sectors together. 

Any advice for anyone just starting out?

Yes, just start.  Your future self will thank you.  It won’t be a walk in the park at first, but anything worth doing is hard. Keep going. You got this! 

If you need a fun scrub cap look no further! Find your perfect Not Your Average Scrub Cap here.