MISSISSAUGA - On Wednesday, March 7, Mississauga City Council adopted an interim protocol for Telecommunication Tower/Antenna Facilities to improve public consultation regarding modification or installation of the towers.
"Telecommunications towers are regulated by federal legislation under the Radio Communication Act and administered by Industry Canada," said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner of Planning and Building. "Provincial legislation such as the Planning Act and zoning bylaws do not apply. The City does not have the authority to stop the construction of a tower or make the final determination on its location. Industry Canada has the final decision on whether a tower can be constructed. The interim protocol is to improve notification and consultation in the process."
Sajecki explained the interim protocol replaces the previous protocol which consists of Industry Canada's default public consultation process. Industry Canada's default public consultation process does not have a requirement for a notice sign or public open house. Also, the public notice circulation area is limited to the radius of three times tower and does not specify the delivery method. The interim protocol improves public notification and consultation and provides a clear and concise outline of the City's role in the consultation process. The report listing the protocol will be circulated to Mississauga wireless service providers, local Members of Parliament and community groups.
The City of Mississauga Telecommunication Tower/Antenna Facilities Protocol includes:
location and design guidelines for towers
telecommunication tower request form
increased notification area for circulation
delivery method of notice
public notification requirements such as signage, newspaper, public open houses, where applicable
concluding consultation where applicable
The City of Mississauga will also request the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to work with municipalities across the province and wireless service providers to request that Hydro One reconsider its moratorium on the location of telecommunication antennae on existing hydro infrastructure and change its practice. The City will also request that Industry Canada require applicants to consult with the land use authority and the public for new telecommunication towers with a height of less than 15 metres (49.2 feet.)
Council requested staff to report back to Planning and Development Committee by December 31,2012.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Come visit the Bradley Museum during March Break to enjoy Mississauga's annual maple syrup season and Mississauga's own maple syrup festival - Maple Magic! Ever wonder how maple syrup gets from the forest to your breakfast table?
From March 10th to the 18th, and new this year an additional weekend - March 24th and March 25th, 2012, you can come to experience the magic of Maple time! Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, as well as pancakes served daily in our Log Cabin, guided tours, kids' crafts, free samples and more. Visit the Sweet Water Camp, a recreated First Nations' campsite where you can learn about the lore and legends surrounding the first discovery of this marvellous sugar water that oozes out of maple trees. Oversized outdoor board games will provide lots of fun for your family. On the weekends soar up into the air in a Forestry Division bucket truck - all this in addition to learning about maple syrup production past and present.
Maple Magic - Saturday and Sunday weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Monday to Friday weekday hours are 12 to 4 p.m., March 12th to 16th.
We will offer a special theme each weekday. Monday March 12th is "Grandparents' Day" so bring your grandkids out for an afternoon of fun. Free Activity Passes to any Mississauga recreation centre will be issued to the first 100 grandparents who come with grandkids in tow! Tuesday March 13th we will be celebrating ‘Earth Day' early, Wednesday March 14th join us for ‘Tell me a Story' with local authors and actors on site reliving a simpler time and local folklore'. Thursday March 15th features ‘Canadian Eh! as we celebrate Canada, and to end the weekday celebrations, Friday March 16th, bring your favourite Teddy and join us as we have activities for young and old Teddies throughout the site. In addition Saturday March 17th will be "Green Day" for St. Patrick's Day so we encourage everyone to come dressed in green and join in on the festivities. A detailed list of daily activities can also be found on our website.
Many thanks to our sponsors Holcim Canada, the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga as well as all our many dedicated volunteers.
Bradley Museum is located at 1620 Orr Road in Mississauga, just south of Lakeshore Road and east off of Southdown Road. Admission is just $17.17 (+tax) for a Family of 2 adults and 3 children. Horse and Wagon rides are $2 each. Pancakes are $5 per serving.
For details visit our website www.museumsofmississauga.com or call the Bradley Museum at 905-615-4860. Get-up-to date information on what's happening at the Museums by following us on Facebook under ‘Mississauga Culture' and Twitter under ‘SaugaCulture'
Fourth Thursday of each month except summer, starting Feb. 23 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Two Films by Woody Allen
Did you like "Manhattan"? Join us for the screening of "Midnight in Paris" and a discussion afterwards. Bring your own popcorn. *Check the library for more details
Fiction Book Club
First Thursday of each month except summer 10am - 12:00 pm
*Check the library for more details
Non-Fiction Book Club
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: Mar20, Apr 17, May 22, Jun 19 *Check the library for details
Paws 4 Stories
Come & read to a special Mississauga Therapy Dog! Dogs are wonderful, non-judgmental reading companions and great motivation for reluctant readers. Dogs provided by the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Read one-on-one for 15 minutes. Bring a book of your choice. Dogs accompanied by handlers at all times.
Saturday, February 18 Saturday, March 31 11:00 am - 12:00 noon Ages 6Y - 10Y Free
The kind folks at Budweiser Canada lied. They admit it right up front. But it was one of those 'little white lies' that had made for what's being billed as the best Super Bowl ad so far this year. And the lie took place right here at Port Credit Arena.
We first saw the ad on You Tube a few days ago when the hit counter had just rolled over 300. It now has 500K in its sights. (Update Feb 5: 1,589,171)
The story is that the production team told two local (shout out to the Generals and the Amigos!) beer league teams they were making a documentary film on recreational league hockey. That's the lie part. They followed the players as they loaded their cars, hit the rink and hit the ice.
We won't ruin the surprise...tune it above and see how it all plays out.
14% FEWER VEHICLES INVESTIGATED; 24% INCREASE IN CHARGES AND 37% INCREASE IN ROADSIDE SUSPENSIONS
Peel - Peel Regional Police have completed their annual Festive R.I.D.E program, which ran from November 25, 2011, to January 1, 2012.
During this period, 249 motorists were charged with Criminal Code drinking and driving related offences, 20 of which included the offence of Failing or Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample to police. Another 286 motorists received Warn Range Suspensions under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act.
A strategic approach utilizing impaired arrest and collision data analysis once again proved an effective tool in this year's campaign.
Inspector Robert Orr, Officer - in - Charge of Traffic Services, said the number of people charged this year is troubling; it shows that education and enforcement remain essential. "I am very proud of all the hard work of our R.I.D.E. teams during this campaign. Unfortunately the numbers are a stark reminder that there are still motorists who choose to drink and drive, placing themselves and others at risk." he said. "We remain diligent year-round in our efforts to enforce impaired driving laws, and to keep our roads safe."
The following table highlights the results from this year's Festive R.I.D.E. program:
Total WARN Range Suspensions
Peel Regional Police remind the public that R.I.D.E. programs continue to operate on a weekly basis throughout the Region. These programs are in addition to regular patrols and sobriety checks performed by our front line officers, who are out keeping the Region's roads safe for the community, 24 hours-a-day.
The public is encouraged to report impaired drivers by calling 911 when they see what they believe to be an impaired driver behind the wheel. .
If you plan to drink, don't drive. Arrange for a designated driver, take public transit, call a taxi or sober friend, or even stay the night.