PORT CREDIT’S LIGHTHOUSE COMES TO LIFE

Port Credit is recognized as a tourist destination and the lighthouse on Lakeshore Road at the Credit River is a Port Credit icon.  The lighthouse is a visual centrepiece of the upcoming waterfront renewal process.

In concert with Champion Commercial Products and TPL Marketing Inc., Karen Priest, President of Diamond Marketing and Communications Inc. spearheaded a project to animate the lighthouse appropriately.

“This celebratory project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of sponsors:  Birnie Electric, City of Mississauga, Port Credit BIA, Port Credit Community Foundation and Port Credit West Village Partners”, says Priest.

In true commemorative fashion, the lighthouse will be enhanced with LED lighting throughout the year to celebrate historical events, local festivals and events and milestones.  The lighthouse will be illuminated in colours that correspond to the events. “We have developed a calendar of approximately 50 events that will be showcased throughout the year”, says Priest.  Examples from the calendar include Red and Green at Christmas; Red and White for Canada Day; Pink for Breast Cancer Week; Orange for Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving.  Besides recognition of the local MWF Festival,  Southside Shuffle and Salmon Derby, historical event recognition will include Human Rights Day, National Rights Day, Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Remembrance Day as well National Volunteer week, Earth Day, and Clean Air Day to name a few.  And, when the Leafs, Jays and Steelheads are winning, the lighthouse will be blue!  Residents and visitors will be able to check out the calendar of event colours by visiting the BIA web site.

The kick-off of the lighthouse sporting its new colours will take place at the Christmas at the Lighthouse event that will be held as a fundraiser for The Compass on Saturday, December 2nd in the parking lot just south of the lighthouse.  A family event that features pictures with Santa, interactive ice sculptures, figure skating demonstrations, kids crafts, a storyteller, live entertainment, festive artisan market vendors and more.  The lighthouse lighting ceremony will feature carol singing, performances by River North, Lowes School of Music students, Mississauga Children’s Choir and greetings from Dignitaries.

Now Available Online – Mississauga’s Proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget

Residents can now view the City of Mississauga’s 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes program and service enhancements for 2018 and how they will be financed.

Highlights 

The total proposed 2018 operating budget is $819.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $334.2 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget funded by property taxes.
  • The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $485 million, compared with $461.7 million in 2017. The 2018 proposed net operating budget is approximately $23.4 million more than in 2017.
  • Almost the entire proposed 2018 operating budget – approximately 95 per cent or $782 million – is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels. Examples include:
    • MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 82 routes with 499 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 56 million times per year.
    • Fire and Emergency Services – last year answering more than 30,000 emergency calls, conducting over 9,700 fire safety inspections and providing public education on fire safety to over 27,000 residents.
    • Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,290 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining approximately 480 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes.
    • Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,639 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 362 sports fields, 263 play sites, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries.
    • Library Services – Includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.9 million in-person visits and 6 million items loaned last year, including digital loans.
    • Recreation – providing over 175,000 hours of recreation programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; and accommodating 12.6 million visits annually to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres.
  • New services account for less than one per cent of the proposed budget, or about $2.8 million. Transit improvements account for 60 per cent of this amount ($1.7 million). As the City advances its strategic plan, new services include:
    • continuing planned MiWay service growth of three per cent per year, adding 46,000 service hours and additional transit security;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide enhanced  services that reach more people;
    • redeveloping the recently acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth
  • The proposed overall tax impact on residents is a 2.81 per cent increase on the 2018 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.65 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.16 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • For the owners of an average, detached, single-family home in Mississauga (value $604,000), a 2.81 per cent overall tax increase comes to $144, before any phased-in assessment change.
Starting on November 20, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin deliberations on the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The City has set aside November 21, 27, 28 and 29 to continue the discussions. Residents can address the Budget Committee through deputation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Council is expected to approve the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget on December 13.
The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.
There are many ways to get involved and have your say on the City’s proposed 2018 Budget:

Changes to Animal Care and Control By-law Improve Animal Welfare

Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law at today’s meeting. These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.

“These changes allow the City’s Animal Services to partner with approved organizations who operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement. “They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs. This ensures the welfare of the animals and that property standards are maintained at all times.”

The following changes are required in order to allow not-for-profit animal rescue organizations to operate legally:

• Exemption from requiring a pet licence for foster pets in their care
• Exemption to allow them to have more than four pets in their care
• Exemption from the at-large restriction for cats that are part of a City-approved TNR program

In addition, changes also include prohibiting providing false information when surrendering an animal to the Mississauga Animal Services shelter.

Learn more about the Animal Care Control By-law and the City’s Animal Services by visiting mypetmississauga.ca.

New Business Licensing Category Recommended to Strengthen Food Safety

Today, City of Mississauga staff presented General Committee with recommendations to amend the City’s Business Licensing By-law to address food safety. The proposed amendments include the creation of a new Retail Food Premise business licensing category.

“The new Retail Food Premise business licensing category would allow the City to apply a consistent approach when it comes to licensing and inspection of food businesses,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “Under the new category, all retail food businesses in Mississauga would be required to obtain a licence and receive regular inspection by Peel Public Health.”

The recommendations will go to Council for approval on November 8. If approved by Council, the amendments are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018.

The new category would apply to all retail food premises including takeout restaurants, lunch counters and all food businesses whose primary function is to offer food for consumption off site. This includes, but is not limited to the following business types:

  • Butcher Shops
  • Catering Facilities
  • Convenience/Variety Stores
  • Multi-Unit Food Stores (Supermarkets)
  • Bakeries
  • Gas Station Kiosks
  • Bulk Food Stores
  • Seafood Retailers

Businesses whose primary function is to offer food for consumption onsite, would continue to be licensed as a restaurant or banquet hall. In addition, those that sell pre-packaged items such as chocolate bars, potato chips and canned beverages would be exempt.

The proposed annual license fees are $188 initially and $183 for renewal. These fees will help offset costs related to administering and enforcing the by-law.