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Mississauga City Council Appoints David Cook as Ward 1 Councillor

At Mississauga’s City Council meeting today, David Cook was appointed as Ward 1 Councillor. The appointment will be effective immediately and the new Ward 1 Councillor will remain in office until the end of the current City Council term on November 30, 2018.

David Cook will also be a member of the Region of Peel Council. The Regional appointment will be addressed at the Region of Peel Council meeting on Thursday, February 22.

David Cook is a former Mississauga City Councillor having served three terms between 1980 and 1988.

At its meeting on January 25, City Council decided that the vacant office of Ward 1, formerly held by the late Councillor Jim Tovey, would be filled by appointment. The appointment process involved candidates submitting nomination forms and supporting documents. Each candidate also had an opportunity to address Council at today’s meeting.

A total of 19 candidates participated in the appointment process. All forms and documents submitted by the applicants are a matter of public record, available in the Council meeting agenda.

For the next term of Council which runs from 2018 to 2022, the Councillor for Ward 1 position will be filled through the 2018 municipal election. The next City of Mississauga municipal election is on Monday, October 22, 2018. Visit mississaugavotes.ca for more information.

City of Mississauga Announces the Passing of Ward 1 Councillor

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.

City Set to Prohibit Overnight On-Street Parking Year-Round

“There is a projected increase in administrative penalty revenue of approximately $375,000”
– Corporate Report

On December 6th at General Committee, staff from the City’s Transportation and Works Department shared recommendations through a corporate report, that daily overnight parking restrictions be introduced from 2 to 6 a.m. and that on-street parking increase from three hours to five hours under the City’s Traffic By-law (555-00).

City abandons plan to ban overnight parking
Mississauga News, November 18, 2009

“Parking needs are changing in Mississauga. As the city continues to grow and evolve, we want to give residents more flexible parking options such as accommodating increased parking on holy days, holidays and family celebrations,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.

Currently on-street parking is not permitted for longer than three hours and between 2 and 6 a.m. from November 1 to March 31. This excludes holiday exemptions and other signed areas for parking beyond the three-hour limit between 8 a.m. to midnight. Extended parking for other days can be requested 24/7 using the City’s Temporary Parking Permit Online Service  or by calling 311.

The corporate report also included a recommendation to implement a Digital Chalking Pilot Project to monitor on-street parking limit times and payment. Wright added, “Digital chalking records a parked vehicle’s licence plate and wheel position to determine if it has exceeded the on-street parking time limit.”

During the 2019 business planning process, the City’s Enforcement section will ask for capital funding for the Digital Chalking Pilot Project.

Pending Council approval of the report on December 13, the five hour on-street parking maximum will take effect in January 2018 and the overnight restrictions will start in April 2018.

Learn more about the City’s Traffic By-law or parking in Mississauga.

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.