Category Archives: Streetsville

Slow Streets have Rolled Out in Mississauga Neighbourhoods

With COVID-19 public health protocols still in place this summer, the City has decided to move forward with expanding its Slow Streets initiative, piloted as Quiet Streets in 2020, in all City wards. Slow Streets have rolled out in neighbourhoods throughout Mississauga to give residents ample space to safely move around their neighbourhood. They will be in place until the end of October 2021, to allow time to prepare for the winter season. 

Slow Streets are a temporary traffic calming measure that involve installing road barricades and signage on neighbourhood streets. Slow Streets are intended to provide additional space for pedestrians and cyclists to move around their neighbourhood while safely maintaining physical distancing, following COVID-19 public health recommendations. Slow Streets also reduce speeding and limit traffic to local vehicles. Slow Streets will remain accessible to car traffic and two-way travel. Posted speed limits will remain the same.

Slow Streets direct drivers to slow down and share the road with other road users. By implementing Slow Streets, those walking, running, biking and using mobility devices can comfortably use the road while being able to physical distance.

Temporary barricades and signs will be installed at main vehicle entry points. This installation signals to drivers to slow down, avoid passing and take extra care if they live in the area and are navigating the road. The barricades will also allow for easy movement of essential emergency service vehicles as well as waste and road maintenance vehicles. Specific layouts will vary somewhat depending on characteristics such as road width and parking usage on each roadway.

Slow Streets are not intended for multi-lane major collector or arterial roadways or with roads that have MiWay routes. 

There are no changes to services such as waste collection. Please put your green, blue and grey carts at the curb following your regular schedule.

Learn more about the City’s road safety initiatives, visit mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/transportation-and-streets/road-safety/slow-streets/

Culture Lives Here – Have Your Say on Creating Vibrant Cultural Districts within Mississauga

What cultural opportunities would you like to see in Mississauga? With a growing arts, culture and creative industry scene and unique neighbourhoods that are emerging as popular hubs of creativity and innovation, Mississauga is well-positioned to be an arts-friendly city. Many neighbourhoods in Mississauga are intensifying and we are witnessing a growing cluster of arts and culture facilities, and diverse entertainment, retail and dining options. The City will build on these existing assets and support the growth of these neighbourhoods as distinct Cultural Districts through new cultural infrastructure and unique programming.

Mississauga has identified six Cultural Districts, each with its own unique identity and community priorities, under its Cultural Districts Implementation Plan:

  • Clarkson 
  • Cooksville 
  • Downtown Core 
  • Malton 
  • Port Credit 
  • Streetsville 

Starting in May, you can complete an online survey to share your feedback on the Cultural Districts Implementation Plan and ideas for future activities in the Districts. Your input will help inform the development of arts and culture spaces and opportunities and help the City map out the first phase of implementation in the Districts. Many exciting things can happen in the Districts (e.g. public art, public space improvements, street festivals, pop-ups, performances, patios) and we want to hear from the community.

Benefits of Cultural Districts

Cultural Districts play an important role for the city. They offer residents and visitors alike a diversity of experiences within a distinct, concentrated mixed-use area. Cultural Districts help strengthen the local economy, create a sense of place and support community well-being, and deepen local cultural capacity. The six cultural districts will provide opportunities for the City to attract visitors, support local businesses, increase arts and culture and create vibrant neighbourhood hubs. Major benefits of Cultural Districts include: 

·         Creating opportunities for participating in arts and culture activities

·         Enhancing and beautifying public spaces and streets

·         Celebrating the unique local character and heritage of a neighbourhood

·         Providing new avenues for social interaction and community gathering

·         Encouraging and supporting economic development and business growth

·         Supporting the growth of creative industries and cultural production

·         Addressing needs of specific neighbourhoods

·         Boosting local tourism and the evening economy

·         Preserving and reusing historic infrastructure, buildings and landmarks

·         Connecting people to outdoor spaces (e.g. parks, open spaces)

In February 2021, Council approved the Implementation of Cultural Districts, which are a key recommendation within the Culture Master Plan.

To learn more about Mississauga’s six Cultural Districts and to fill out the online survey, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/cultural-districts.

Have Your Say – Does Mississauga Need an Apartment Building Standards and Maintenance Program?

Mississauga has a number of property-related by-laws that detail the requirements for maintaining rental apartment buildings and other properties across the city. Staff are currently assessing the need for an Apartment Building Standards and Maintenance Program similar to the City of Toronto’s RentSafeTO program. 

The proposed program could include a proactive rental building inspection plan.

Anyone with an interest in rental apartment building standards and maintenance can share their experiences, thoughts and ideas by visiting the public engagement website atmississauga.ca/apartment-standards-and-maintenance to ask a question and take the online survey.

The input received will help determine the need for a standards and maintenance program for rental apartment buildings in Mississauga.

The online survey is available until July 31, 2021.

SUPPORT A FEDERAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF ERIN’S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

The Ontario Headwaters Institute and our partners in the Credit Headwater Alliance urge all those downstream of Erin and/or who care about sound watershed planning to sign the petition below to support a federal impact assessment of the proposed sewage treatment plant in Erin, Ontario. We also ask you to copy and forward the petition to your local mayor, councillors, and MP. Please take whatever action you can by May 24.

Background

Much of the land close to Lake Ontario is built up, with reduced natural heritage and poor inland water quality. Now, increasing development is charging in to our headwater areas where, unless properly planned, it may overwhelm our smaller streams and push the upland reservoirs upon which the health of many of our degraded watersheds now depend past numerous tipping points. The assault is multi-pronged, and a few issues include:

  • Land use planning that lacks a lens for sustainable communities, buildings, and homes;
  • Thirty-year targets for development lands and 400 series highways in the Greenbelt that drive prices up and farmers away;
  • Provincial policies that expedite virgin aggregate extraction over natural heritage, farming, conservation, and recycling;
  • An absence of cumulative monitoring and reporting – even where required when fundamental land use planning acts are amended; and,
  • Municipal debates about growth, commerce, and taxes, with almost no thought as to where the excrement is going.

Many of these issues are being brought to bear in a proposed development in Erin, in the Upper West Credit River. One in particular revolves around the last bullet above: a proposed sewage treatment plant (STP) that is the cause of concern by many local residents and organizations, as well as provincial organizations. Key issues are that the temperature of the effluent from the STP may kill the local brook trout and that those living downstream were not adequately consulted.

To date, local groups and a federal MP have been very effective in seeking a federal impact assessment of the proposed sewage treatment plant. Efforts have included:

  • A petition to the House of Commons to seek a federal impact assessment of the STP. This petition was initiated by local resident Jenni LeForestier, was supported by conservative MP Kyle Seeback, and has obtained more than 1,700 signatures. You can see this petition at Petition e-3194 – Petitions (ourcommons.ca);
  • A request to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to conduct a federal impact assessment assessment, sent by five local and provincial organizations forming the Coalition for the West Credit River. The request can be found as reference number 81434 on the IAAC website, at Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant Project – Canada.ca (iaac-aeic.gc.ca); and,
  • One member of this group alone led the creation of a petition that has attained more than 21,000 signatories to protect the Credit from the effluent from the proposed sewage treatment plant.

How You Can Help

With just a over a week until the federal government releases its decision on May 26 about doing an impact assessment of this inadequate and harmful sewage treatment plant, we urge anyone to speak out in favour of a full impact assessment,. This includes not only individuals, organizations, and municipalities downstream of Erin, but also anyone who cares about the link between headwater and watershed health. Please:

Thank you,

Andrew McCammon

Text of the petition for your convenience, which you can amend as you wish and send to local officials

I write seeking your support for a federal Impact Assessment of the proposed sewage treatment plant in Erin, Ontario, IAAC file 81434. The reasons are straight-forward:

  • Temperature of the Effluent: The temperature of the effluent from the proposed sewage treatment plant (STP) will be such that it may increase the temperature of the West Credit to a point that will impact the local brook trout, and in particular disrupt their breeding cycle, leading to their extirpation (local extinction);
  • Volume and Velocity of the Effluent: The proposed STP and new additional stormwater run-off appear to add volumes of water and increase stream velocity in the Upper West Credit. This may impact the stability of the stream banks, reduce riparian cover, and alter the stream bed. Outcomes include damage to local property and increased erosion, with the deposition of the eroded material downstream potentially impacting other regionally significant aquatic species;
  • Virtually No Consultation with People Living Downstream nor First Nations: Ontario environmental assessments require public consultation. In the case of the Erin STP, local consultation was sporadic, and consultation with both those living downstream and First Nations were virtually non-existent; and,
  • Impacts excluded under Provincial Rules: The pipe carrying the effluent from the Erin STP is mostly in Ontario’ Greenbelt, as is the location where the pipe will disperse its effluent into the West Credit River. While the Greenbelt Plan allows infrastructure within the Greenbelt, the Plan does not require any environmental assessment of the impact of that infrastructure. It is thus imperative that a federal assessment be commissioned to assess the impact of the effluent on the West Credit River.

To address these short-comings, the proposed STP in Erin needs a federal Impact Assessment.

Thank you for your consideration,