Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, particularly around this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution, and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways as warmer spring weather approaches.

In spring we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather, however, usually brings rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

The Credit River Watershed has received a significant amount of snow this winter. A few recent thaws have helped decrease the existing snowpack. Melting snow due to warmer temperatures combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground conditions could contribute to higher water levels and increased water speeds in local watercourses.

There is still significant ice cover throughout the watershed. Several ice jams remain grounded along the Credit River at Barber (Paper) Mill Dam in Halton Hills, the Ferndale Park in Caledon and at Meadowvale Park in Mississauga. 

Remaining ice jams and ice cover on watercourses will weaken and become unstable with warmer temperatures. CVC continues to work with municipal emergency services to keep them constantly informed about current and changing conditions within local watercourses. 

CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways and off frozen water bodies, which are extremely unsafe.

For more information, contact CVC at (905) 670-1615.

Peel Region’s Third Murder of 2019

Members of the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau are investigating the Region’s third murder of 2019.

On Friday March 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of Ann Street in south Mississauga (Port Credit). As a result of the incident, a 54 year-old Mississauga male succumbed to the injury.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau charged Mary Ljubanovich, a 48 year old female from Mississauga, with Second Degree Murder.

The deceased has been identified as Michael Johnston.

Woman, 48, accused of stabbing boyfriend man to death in Mississauga – Toronto Sun

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week where an official cause of death will be determined. 

Ms. Ljubanovich will be making a brief court appearance on March 9, 2019 to be remanded into custody.

Investigators are satisfied that there are no outstanding suspects.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting https://peelcrimestoppers.ca/

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT

Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s forecast calls for continued warm daytime temperatures across Southern Ontario.  Temperatures will peak at the mid to high single digits.  The current forecasted rainfall amount ranges from 10-20 mm over the weekend with an additional 5-10 mm of rain possible from convective precipitation (thunderstorm) overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.  On Sunday sustained winds up to 65 km/h from the west-southwest are forecasted with gusts exceeding 100km/h. 

Several ice jams remained grounded along the Credit River at the Ferndale Park, Barber (Paper) Mill Dam and Meadowvale Park.  Approximately 1.5 km of ice is backed up at the Barber Mill Dam in Glen Williams.  New river ice has formed at some locations since the previous ice break up event.  

The forecasted maximum 30mm of rain along with melting of the existing snow pack would be sufficient to break up the newly formed river ice, mobilize the grounded ice jams and potentially overtop the Barber Mill Dam sending ice downstream.  

Furthermore, the ice will lose its strength as the temperatures increase.  Under the proper loading and temperature conditions, it is possible for the existing grounded ice jam to shift or collapse under its own weight.  Once any type of movement initiates, the grounded ice jam may no longer be stable.  This is especially true if the movement occurs near the front (downstream or toe end) of the jam where a few critical pieces of ice could be holding back the entire ice jam.  

All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels.  An ice jam breaking lose will create extremely hazardous conditions.  As a result, local streams and rivers will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.  Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.  Furthermore, residents should heed to the warnings of first responders. 

High winds on Sunday could create hazardous conditions along the shoreline.  The forecasted west to southwest winds may result in higher lake levels, erosion of shorelines and trails along the shoreline could be impacted.  

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed.  The Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Tue-Feb-26-2019 or until further notice. 

For more information on this Flood Outlook Statement, contact the CVC during office hours at 905-670-1615.  To report a flood afterhours, please call 1-800-215-8505.  Media inquiries should be directed to Maureen Pogue, 905-670-1615, ext. 242 or 647-271-5643. 

Call 911 if you require assistance from Emergency Services. 

Planning and Development Committee Meetings Move to Afternoons

EVENING SESSIONS WILL ONLY BE SCHEDULED IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES; MEETINGS FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION UNDER THE PLANNING ACT

Effective March 2019, the City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) meetings will move to a 1:30 p.m. start time.

If there are a high number of agenda items or a need for an evening meeting due to a specific application, an additional 6:30 p.m. session will be added. However, this will only be in special circumstances.  

Participation by residents, Resident and Ratepayers Associations and their members is an important part of the planning and development process. As such, there are many ways for residents to provide feedback and stay informed: 

·        Submit your comments in writing

Written comments are considered with the same weight as verbal submissions at PDC. Comments can be provided either via email to application.info@mississauga.ca or letter sent to:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

L5B 3C1

·        Attend the Planning and Development Committee meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend and speak to matters on the agenda. PDC meetings are held in: 

Council Chamber

Mississauga Civic Centre

300 City Centre Dr.

Mississauga, ON

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·        Watch the live stream or videos on demand

PDC meetings are live streamed and available on demand via our website

·        Request notification of future meetings

By email: application.info@mississauga.ca

By letter:

Mississauga City Council

Attention: Development Assistant

c/o Planning and Building Department – 6th Floor

300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
L5B 3C1

·        Sign up for email updates

Register online for alerts and notifications about upcoming meetings, agendas and media advisories. 

·        Follow the City on social media

Facebook and Twitter updates can help to keep you informed.

·        Follow your local Councillor online

Many Councillors create a monthly eNewsletter which can also keep you informed.

About Planning and Development Committee (PDC)

The City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC) includes all members of Council. The committee’s main responsibility is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on planning-related policies and development applications. This forum for public participation serves to fulfill the requirements of The Planning Act

The committee also considers planning-related policies and conditions under which site specific development can occur. Recommendations made by the PDC are forwarded to Council for adoption. The committee generally meets every three weeks.

For more information on committee meetings, visit the City’s Clerks page or the Council and Committees calendar on the City’s website. 

More Transit, Increased Public Safety are Highlights of the Approved 2019 Budget

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 – 2022 Business Plan and 2019 Budget. The impact of the budget is an $83.08 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $645,000 or $12.88 per $100,000 of assessment.“This year’s budget proves that Mississauga is working. We have a solid financial plan that will allow us to invest in our City while providing the quality local services our residents have come to rely on,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard from our residents what was most important to them and designed our budget accordingly. From investing in public transit and safety, to better managing traffic signals to improving housing affordability, this year’s budget makes strategic investments while ensuring programs and services continue to be delivered in a cost-effective manner. Over the past decade, we have saved taxpayers nearly $55 million and this year, we are projected to save an additional $3 million. I want to thank our dedicated staff, my Council colleagues and our community for working together to help lay the groundwork for Mississauga’s bright and promising future.”  In 2019, Mississauga residents will see more transit service hours, additional transit security and public safety and more proactive fire prevention education. This is in addition to road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements, winter road maintenance, recreation programs, libraries and parks. “Service excellence, fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement are key elements of our business planning and budgeting activity,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, combined with the expertise and professionalism demonstrated by our staff, helps us build on our progress and advance our city building priorities. We have realized $3.1 million in cost savings in this budget. This is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.6 per cent.”   Highlights of the 2019 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.90 per cent. The increase includes 1.56 per cent for City services and 1.34 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2019 by adding approximately $9.9 million worth of new services, including: 
    • 31,000 additional MiWay service hours
    • increased investment in transit enforcement and public safety
    • continued redevelopment of the Small Arms Inspection Building, the City’s newest arts and cultural facility
  • Council did not approve the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Capital Funding Levy of $1 million in the 2019 Budget.

StormwaterThe 2019 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.96 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities. The Stormwater Charge rate for 2019 is $106.1 per stormwater billing unit.   For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.