Stand Up For Our Great Lakes: Mayor Crombie and Councillor Tovey

“I am proud that my colleagues on Mississauga City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI),” Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey said today.

The Trump Administration’s first budget calls for the elimination of the GLRI. Since its founding in 2010, the GLRI has funded protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. Mississauga has a 223 kilometer shoreline that runs along Lake Ontario. The Trump Administration also proposes eliminating efforts to control invasive species, particularly Asian Carp, from entering the Great Lakes.

“What we have before us is a united front of municipalities, speaking with one voice, and our message is loud and clear to the Trump Administration and anyone who threatens our local environment: we will stand up, safeguard and fight back to protect the Great Lakes,” Mayor Crombie said.

“The Great Lakes contain 22.5 percent of the world’s fresh water,” added Councillor Tovey. “Mississauga’s waterfront is unique, and a valuable asset. Neighbourhoods like Port Credit are celebrated destinations that people from throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond choose to visit and enjoy. The most important work we can accomplish is to protect the Great Lakes for future generations,” Councillor Tovey added.

The resolution, brought forward by Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, supports the Cities Initiative position requesting the reinstatement of the GLRI and the request for resumption of the Asian Carp Study.

Councillor Tovey represents the Mayor and City of Mississauga on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition of 128 cities from the United States and Canada representing more than 17 million people working together for the long-term protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.

Toronto City Councillor Mark Grimes (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) also brought forward a similar motion about protecting the Great Lakes. Councillor Grimes added “I am privileged to represent a waterfront community in Toronto, and I’m reminded daily of how critical the Great Lakes are to our lives. Municipalities across the Greater Toronto Area are coming together to reaffirm the importance of the GLRI. Today, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to support this important initiative.”

“Water is life,” Mayor Crombie added. “Nearly 40 million people in communities throughout Canada and the United States depend on water from the Great Lakes for their health and wellbeing,” Mayor Crombie said. “Protecting the Great Lakes is also fundamental to ensuring we maintain a strong, resilient and competitive economy that multiple different industries rely on,” Mayor Crombie concluded.

A Tourist’s Guide to Mississauga

Explore the top five unique neighbourhoods of the city.

Now that the snow has finally melted, it’s time to explore what Mississauga has to offer. From the spectacular waterfront to the exciting downtown core, Mississauga has many communities with their own distinct identity. Take the time to visit these five districts filled with heritage houses, modern construction and beautiful parks that shape the city.

  1. Clarkson
Benares Historic House
Benares Historic House in Clarkson

Clarkson is the oldest Mississauga community and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. Just a short distance away is Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, where the trail leads you through mature forests, floodplain features and a green ash swamp. To learn more about the history of the area, travel back in time with a visit to the Bradley Museum and the Benares Historic House.

  1. Downtown
Mississauga Civic Centre
Mississauga Civic Centre in City Centre

At the heart of the city, Mississauga’s downtown is home to the Civic CentreCelebration Square, the Central Library, the Living Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Ontario’s largest shopping mall, Square One Shopping Centre. It’s always buzzing with activities, festivals and concerts for everyone to enjoy. Whether you love shopping, entertainment or learning, downtown Mississauga has it all.

  1. Meadowvale
Meadowvale Theatre
Meadowvale Theatre

Meadowvale is one of the most active communities in Mississauga, filled with many parks and trails. To get your body moving, stop at Lake Aquitaine Park for stunning views of a man-made lake and get your workout on at the six exercise stations around the pathway loop. If you love live performances, check out Meadowvale Theatre to experience all aspects of the performing arts, including music, drama, comedy, dance and musical theatre.

  1. Port Credit
Port Credit Harbour
Beautiful Port Credit Harbour on Lake Ontario

As one of the city’s top cultural, entertainment and culinary districts, Port Credit’s old fashioned atmosphere is an incredible experience in Mississauga. With over 400 shops and exceptional restaurants as well as exciting festivals and events, this lakeside neighbourhood is a place you can’t miss. For nature lovers, the Waterfront Trail runs through Port Credit and offers popular paths for walking, cycling and rollerblading in the city.

  1. Streetsville
Streetsville Village Square
Streetsville Village Square

Streetsville has a small town charm that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood with many restaurants, bakeries and cafés that offer an assortment of dining options from formal afternoon tea to casual fish and chips. This lively area is a great place to discover, whether you are meeting for a coffee, enjoying an ice cream or listening to a musical performance.

Pick up a map, grab a friend and go explore these wonderful parts of Mississauga. To learn more about what the city has to offer, visit discovermississauga.ca.

Police Appeal for Witnesses in Motor Vehicle Collision with a Skateboarder 

Mississauga – Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau are seeking the public’s assistance in their investigation into a collision involving a minivan and a skateboarder in Mississauga.

On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:37 a.m., a collision occurred in the intersection of Bloor Street and Mississauga Valley Boulevard between a Toyota Sienna van and a male on a skateboard.

The 17 year old male skateboarder was initially taken to local hospital, but was later transferred to a Trauma Centre in Toronto.  His injuries have since been deemed non-life-threatening.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision, have dashboard video footage of the incident or who may have information regarding the actions of the driver or skateboarder prior to the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

Natural Gas Rate Changes April 1, 2017

Ontario natural gas prices are changing

The vast majority of natural gas customers across Ontario will see changes on their bills below or close to the rate of inflation beginning on April 1, 2017.

The amount of the rate change will vary between utilities and how much natural gas individual customers use. Residential customers using the typical* amount of natural gas each month can expect to see their monthly bills rise as follows:

• + $0.67 for Enbridge Gas Distribution customers
• + $0.81 for Natural Resource Gas (NRG) customers
• +$1.68 for Union Gas Southern customers
• + $3.40 for Union Gas North East customers
• + $4.19 for Union Gas Northwest customers

Despite these rate changes, overall, customers are still paying significantly less than they were at peak periods in 2009 and 2014, when natural gas costs were higher in Ontario due to factors including high market prices and unusually cold weather.

The changes will take effect on April 1, 2017 for customers of Ontario’s three natural gas utilities – Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas and Natural Resources Gas (NRG). The changes reflect the routine quarterly adjustment for the market price of the natural gas commodity – known as the Quarterly Rate Adjustment Mechanism (QRAM).

The QRAM

As a commodity, natural gas prices fluctuate daily and can change significantly over the course of a year, rising and falling based on factors such as weather and supply and demand.

Every three months, natural gas companies apply to adjust their rates to cover the cost of the market price of natural gas. Adjusting the rates each January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 helps smooth the price to shield customers from sharp price swings that can occur on the market. Utilities are not allowed to earn a profit on the commodity cost of natural gas so these costs are passed on to customers by utilities without a mark-up.

QRAM adjustments for each utility are as follows:

• +0.89% for Enbridge customers, reflecting an increase in transportation and commodity costs, as well as changes to the load balancing and commodity cost true ups from prior periods
• +1.1% for NRG customers, reflecting an increase in gas supply charges
• +2.52% for Union Gas South customers, reflecting the expiration of a rebate credit from April 2016 that is partially offset by lower commodity forecast costs
• +3.88% for Union Gas North Eastern customers, reflecting an increase in gas supply charges that is partially offset by lower commodity forecast costs
• +5.33% for Union Gas Northwest customers, reflecting the expiration of a rate adjustment (credit) from April 2016 and increasing commodity and transportation costs

Cap & Trade

After being introduced on January 1, 2017, the interim rates for cap and trade included in the “Delivery to You” line of the bill remain unchanged.

Utility Rate Adjustments

There are no changes to the distribution rates – reflected in the “Delivery to You” and “Customer Charge” lines on the bill – for this period.