The City of Mississauga is proposing required licensing of outdoor clothing donation drop boxes by June 1, 2016 through its Business Licensing By-law.
“There are currently requirements for clothing donation boxes under the City’s Zoning By-law including that they be for registered charities,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Enforcement. “The proposed changes to the Business Licensing By-law will help to more effectively regulate outdoor clothing donation drop boxes to ensure they are kept in a reasonable condition and benefit registered charities only.”
The City’s Zoning By-law requires clothing donation boxes be for registered charities, have a setback of six metres from a residential area and not block parking space. The following additional amendments to the Business Licensing By-lawwould be made for clothing boxes:
• A licence is required for every clothing donation drop box.
• The by-law would permit the removal of derelict, illegal or unlicensed outdoor clothing donation drop boxes.
• Every new licence application for an outdoor clothing donation drop box would require a letter of agreement between the property owner or agent and the licensee.
• Two clothing donation drop boxes will be permitted per property.
• Outdoor clothing donation drop boxes must be in good working order, free of rust, graffiti and pests and the immediate surrounding area kept in a reasonable condition at all times.
• If clothing donation drop boxes are not maintained in accordance with the by-law, the City may issue a work order to the property owner or to the licensee to bring it into compliance. Failure to comply with the order may lead to suspension and/or cancellation of the licence.
• The fees for removing and disposing illegal clothing donation drop boxes may also be recovered by adding the charge to the property owner’s tax roll and collecting the charge in the same manner as property taxes.
The licence fee for the boxes is under review.
Once Council has enacted the by-law, Enforcement staff will notify all previously identified owners/operators of outdoor clothing donation drop boxes and related property owners of the requirement of a business licence under the Business Licensing By-law by June 1, 2016.
The by-law amendment for the clothing donation boxes will be on the April 16, 2016 Council Agenda for final approval.
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Amendments to the Business Licensing By-law 1-06, as amended, to Require Licensing of Outdoor Clothing Donation Drop Boxes
This week, Council approved additional regulations and procedures including a vehicle towing and storage online software application and creation of a subcommittee to improve consumer protection and safety for vehicle towing and storage.
The subcommittee is to review options to help eliminate chasing. The subcommittee will be formed of Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ron Starr Councillor Ward 6 and Towing Industry Advisory Committee Chair, Matt Mahoney Councillor Ward 8 and Vice Chair of the Towing Advisory Industry Committee, Nando Iannicca Councillor Ward 7 and Carolyn Parrish Councillor Ward 5.
“We are looking at what is best for the consumer and taxpayer while ensuring safety, good governance, transparency and value for tax dollars,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Consumer protection on this matter is important. At this time, we did not feel that operating our own pound was the best option for Mississauga. The options we are looking at would provide significant consumer protection and generate fewer complaints and risks against the City.”
“We are leading on this issue and in many ways our current by-law is aligned with Bill 15 and in some aspects it is more strict,” said Ron Starr, Councillor, Ward 6 and Chair of the Towing Industry Advisory Committee. “Towing and storage of vehicles impacts a great number of residents, industry stakeholders, police agencies and other levels of government in different ways. We need to modernize how towing and storage is being regulated. We will not be limiting our overall review but will be examining all available options.”
“Vehicles are towed daily in cities across Canada for a variety of reasons including mechanical failure, accidents, parking violations or other offences,” said Matt Mahoney, Councillor, Ward 8 and Vice Chair of the Towing Industry Advisory Committee. “The right processes and procedures need to be in place that work best for all concerned. The work ahead of us will improve safety and consumer protection.”
Central Vehicle Pound Facility Feasibility Study:
Tow trucks for hire in Mississauga are licensed by the City. In 2015, Mississauga Council requested the staff report on the feasibility of establishing a City-run vehicle pound facility. Other alternatives to a City-run vehicle pound facility where reviewed as well.
The City of Mississauga conducted a comprehensive review;Centralized Vehicle Pound Facility Feasibility Study (CVPF). Council reviewed a number of options to ensure safety, consumer protection and that the City’s by-laws conform with Provincial Bill 15 – Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act regulations.
Staff conducted research and interviews with Members of Council and the City’s Towing Industry Advisory Committee, representatives from the vehicle towing and storage industry, representatives from the auto insurance industry and police to identify best practices and opportunities.
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Centralized Vehicle Pound Facility Feasibility Study
The Mississauga Urban Design Awards have opened the call for nominations for the 2016 program. The awards, which will take place every two years, is the longest running municipal urban design competition in Ontario.
The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2016. Nomination packages for the Mississauga Urban Design Awards are available now. Forms and information on judging criteria are available here.
Jury Day for the awards is on June 16,2016. Jury members for 2016 include:
- MayorBonnie Crombie
- Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building
- Olha Dobush, Director, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Region of Peel
- Philippa Campsie, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto
- Michel Trocme, Urban Designer, Partner at Urban Strategies
The awards, which include an Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Healthy by Design, will be presented on September 22, 2016 in the Great Hall at Civic Centreat 6:30 p.m.
For more information on the awards program, please call 905-615-3200, extension 5522 or extension 5539, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitthe City’s Urban Design Awards website.
The City of Mississauga has been awarded approximately $2.1 million in Government of Canada funding for 25 infrastructure rehabilitation projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The CIP 150 approved City projects include the rehabilitation of 14 trails, nine playgrounds and two specific renovation projects at Lake Aquitaine Park in Ward 9 and Riverwood Park in Ward 6. The federal program celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary, under the theme Giving back to Canada. The objective of the program is to strengthen public infrastructure and provide economic benefits in communities across Canada.
“Infrastructure funding commitments, such as Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program 150, made by the Trudeau government, helps municipalities invest to update much needed infrastructure,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This funding enhances the overall well-being of our community and directly contributes to our city’s unrivalled quality of life for all residents. The funding also offers an opportunity for the City to complete projects of historical significance, celebrating Canadian history and heritage.” Continue reading City Awarded $2.1 Million in Federal Funding Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
This merger is important not only for the energy sector, but more importantly, for residents and consumers, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today during a signing ceremony in that will establish Ontario’s second largest local electric distribution company.
MergeCo is the temporary name for the new utility company that will service Mississauga ratepayers. Its head office will be in Mississauga. Enersource Corporation, Horizon Utilities Corporation and PowerStream Inc. are looking to merge and jointly purchase Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. from the Ontario Government, with a service territory of approximately 1,800 km.
“This new utility company will provide the residents of Mississauga with cost savings, new efficiencies, and improved customer service, along with safer, reliable and clean electricity,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “It’s a smart merger that’s in line with the Ontario government’s commitment to improve energy delivery and cost savings for consumers,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie added.
Continue reading New Utility Company Will Lead to Cost Savings, Improved Service: Mayor Crombie