June 26, 2015 – On June 24, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted its eighth annual Canoe the Credit event at the Mississauga Canoe Club in Port Credit. This year's Corporate Dragonboat Challenge brought together a dozen corporate teams from across the Credit River watershed for a competitive dragonboat race in support of the Conservation Youth Corps program.
"It's inspiring to see over 200 corporate participants showing their support," said Jim Muscat, Chair, CVCF. "The Credit River is an integral part of our landscape. I'm thrilled that so many experienced it firsthand, while contributing to such an important cause."
Participants from the following teams competed in the event; Aquatech, Axis Communications, Baxter Corporation, Condrain, Credit Valley Conservation, DG Group, Enersource, Fieldgate Developments, Humphries Planning Group, Peel Regional Police, RJ Burnside, Samsung, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Urbantech.
In the end, the "Canoe the Credit Corporate Challenge" cup went to the Peel Regional Police, in a close race with the "University of Toronto Mississauga Smokin' Tuna".
"Over the past eight years, Canoe the Credit has raised more than $180,000 in support of the Conservation Youth Corps, a program of Credit Valley Conservation," said Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, CVCF. "We are grateful to our participating teams, and we look forward to increased corporate participation in order to help develop leadership and conservation knowledge among local youth."
At today's Council meeting, a new corporate policy and procedure for the City's Open Data program was approved. The policy enables data to be published in easy, accessible formats adopted by other governments and agencies globally.
"Our City was one of the first public sector organizations in Canada to publish Open Data," said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "It demonstrates our commitment to being an open, accountable and transparent government. Through this initiative, we're connecting citizens to online City information that allows them to get a clearer understanding of how we, as elected officials, make decisions."
Crombie adds, "The City is using this information to improve service delivery, increase transparency, demonstrate accountability and enhance community engagement, while looking for innovative approaches to make Mississauga better."
Open Data is raw, digital, machine-readable information about City programs and services that is accessible to everyone free of charge. The data is unrestricted to copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
"As the Open Data program continues to grow, it is imperative that the City implements standards that provide a consistent approach to data," said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. "Through detailed research and benchmarking, the City has developed a corporate policy and procedure that aligns to existing Open Government strategies. The policy provides guidelines for City staff about the type of data being collected, how it is distributed and where the public access it."
The City started publishing urban planning data sets in March 2010. The information provided looked at population, demographics, census information, development monitoring, growth forecasts, housing, employment, land use, vacant lands and the environment.
"City data sets can be very valuable because they contain useful information that can be used for research, software, app and website development or for new business opportunities," said the City's Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Shawn Slack. "Citizens, businesses, app developers, urban planners or those who are interested in analysing data can look for innovative ways to improve City programs and services helping to make the community stronger."
Today, there are more than 400 publications available in open formats such as CSV, KML or Shapefile on the City's Open Data website. With new data sets being added regularly, the City seeks to include information about more City services like 3-1-1 call stats, community centres, MiWay, cycling lanes, parks and trails.
Mississauga, ON – Monday, June 22, 2015 -- Affordable fruits and vegetables will be available for more people in Mississauga as the Fresh Produce Box of Eden is expanding with additional pick-up locations and times.
The Fresh Produce Box program is run by Eden Food for Change and is a way for people of all income levels to access a variety of fruits and vegetables in an affordable manner. Officially beginning in January 2014, the program began by selling 40 boxes a week and quickly grew to 400 a week with its one pick-up location.
The program will continue to run in the same manner, with interested participants going online to www.edenffc.org/fresh-produce-box and ordering a $10 or $20 box by Thursday at 4 pm. However, there are now more options for when and where they can pick-up their box of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to the primary pick-up location of 2-3185 Unity Drive on Fridays from noon – 4 pm, 3570 Colonial Drive in the Colonial and The Collegeway area is now an option with a pick-up window of Fridays from 6:15 pm – 8 pm.
For the Friday, July 3rd pick-up, Streetsville residents can choose 4 pm – 7 pm at 4 Caroline Street. The following week, the Erin Mills Church Campus at 3535 South Common Court will be another option and will be open for Fresh Produce Box pick-up from 5 pm - 7 pm.
"The expansion of the Fresh Produce Box is all about levelling the playing field between fresh produce and processed foods," says Cisco Armstrong, the Fresh Produce Box program coordinator. "We believe that everyone deserves the choice to eat healthy, no matter the person or situation. Simply put, our goal is to get more fruits and vegetables into the homes of our neighbours in Mississauga. Good Food For All."
Eden Food for Change has been serving hungry families in western Mississauga for 25 years. The organization serves people through its two Food Bank locations, Learning Kitchen and its Fresh Produce Box program and has a vision of Good Food For All.