— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) January 29, 2018
Mississauga City Council has decided that the vacant office of Ward 1, formerly held by the late Councillor Jim Tovey, will be filled by appointment. This appointment will fill the position until the end of the current City Council term which runs until November 30, 2018.
Nomination forms, resumes and supporting materials for this position will be accepted by the City Clerk’s Office, starting Monday, January 29.
To qualify, candidates must meet all of the following conditions:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 18 years old
- be a resident in the City of Mississauga or a non-resident of Mississauga but you or your spouse own or rent property in the City
- not otherwise prohibited by law, or under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
Today, Council adopted a resolution to seek ongoing support from the governments of Canada and Ontario for the City’s top priorities and initiatives:
- strategic transit investments
- sustainable infrastructure funding
- legislative changes
- city-building initiatives
- affordable housing and partnerships
“There is a buzz about Mississauga these days as we are a city in demand,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “To build the Mississauga of the future, we need federal and provincial support in the form of long term, predictable funding for our top priorities like infrastructure, affordable, middle-class housing, and transit – the foundations of our city. As the two governments prepare their 2018 Budget, they need to listen to the priorities of Mississauga, as well as municipalities across the province. We are the economic engines and need committed and engaged federal and provincial government partners to continue to build and remain prosperous.”
While the City continues investing in transit, dedicated funding is needed for transit initiatives like the downtown portion of the Mississauga Transitway, the Regional Express Rail and Dundas Connects – all of these initiatives support future growth.
There is also a need for the City to continue managing its infrastructure and move forward on City-building initiatives. Waterfront development projects such as Inspiration Lakeview and projects that encourage active transportation are among the many projects identified as priorities. With federal and provincial funding and support, Mississauga can successfully plan for the long term.
“As Mississauga grows, a strong, continuing partnership with the governments of Canada and Ontario will ensure that we can effectively address the many challenges of a large city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Among all levels of government, Mississauga like all municipalities, receives the smallest share (eight to 10 per cent) of all tax dollars collected in Canada, yet we own 60 per cent of the infrastructure.”
Other priorities for the City include climate change and culture and heritage infrastructure.
For more information, read the full submissions at mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/governmentrelations.
It is with great sadness that the City of Mississauga advises of the sudden passing of Jim Tovey, Councillor for Ward 1. He represented Ward 1 residents on Mississauga City Council as well as on the Region of Peel Council. Councillor Tovey was elected in 2010.
“Today is a sad day for Mississauga. It was an honour to work with and learn from Jim for the past six years,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “He was always there in your time of need, ready to lend a hand and never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. Jim had a great sense of humour and always looked for the positive in every issue or challenge. He did not accept that something could not be done, but always looked for innovative ways to make the world a better place. I know I join staff at the City and my colleagues on Council in stating just how much we will miss his energy, tenacity and thoughtful input around the Council table. Jim Tovey truly made Mississauga better. He was a champion for our City.”
“It is a shock to all of us to learn about the passing of Councillor Tovey,” said Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and City Manager. “He has been a strong advocate for so many great initiatives in the City such as Inspiration Lakeview and Inspiration Port Credit. Most of all, Councillor Tovey worked together with staff to make this City a more liveable, vibrant and connected community. On behalf of the staff at the City of Mississauga, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife Lee, his family and the entire community who will mourn his passing. On a personal note, I truly enjoyed working with Councillor Tovey and loved his passion for his community. He will be deeply missed.”
The City will lower flags to half-mast at all City of Mississauga facilities and a book of condolences will be available at Mississauga Civic Centre starting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17.