BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 30, 2009) – The Region of Peel is extending its yard waste collection service in Brampton and Mississauga by two weeks. Yard waste collection will end during the week of Dec. 14, 2009 on regularly scheduled collection days.
“During the past few years, there has been an increase in unpredictable weather resulting in households still having yard waste for disposal after the November collection cut-off,” says Norman Lee, Director of Waste Management. “Earlier this year the Region decided to extend its yard waste collection service in the event of another long warm spell during the fall season.”
Follow these steps when putting your yard waste at the curb for collection:
Place yard waste in labelled, open, rigid and reusable containers; bushel baskets; or paper yard waste bags.
Set out yard waste and recyclable material on the opposite side of the driveway from garbage, if possible.
Tie brush securely in bundles up to 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 76 cm (30 in.) in width.
Brush, tree trimmings, limbs and branches must be 10 cm (4 in.) or less in diameter.
Make sure that yard waste containers and bundles do not exceed 20 kg (44 lbs.) each.
The Mississauga News is reporting that "A staff report recommending the City of Mississauga prohibit overnight parking on streets throughout the year and not just during winter months was shot down by councillors [Wednesday]."
The report in question was submitted to to the City's Budget Committee on October 20th and stated that an overnight ban combined with proactive enforcement would net the City approximately $140,000 in yearly revenue. The article went on to state "Ward 1 Councillor Carmen Corbasson, however, says the backlash won’t be worth the extra revenue."
While a complete ban on overnight parking is NOT being pursued at this time, last October Council DID implement a ban on overnight parking from November 1st to March 31st. Given that it's now November, that provision is once again in place and UNTIL APRIL 1ST overnight parking on City streets IS prohibited.
The article does not indicate the final resolution of the matter at the Committee level, however comments attributed to Mayor McCallion suggest that it will be addressed further at an upcoming General Committee meeting.
BRAMPTON, ON. (November 17, 2009) – Peel Public Health will open its H1N1 vaccination clinics to everyone starting Thursday.
“We have already provided more than 150,000 H1N1 shots to people in the high-priority groups through a combination of our own public clinics and our strong network of family physicians,” said Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “It’s time to move on.”
Like surrounding Health Units, Peel decided to open the doors to everyone after seeing demand from the high-risk/priority groups start to decline over the weekend and early this week. This, coupled with enough vaccine on hand to operate at full-capacity for a least another week, led to the decision.
“We want vaccines in arms, not in the fridge,” continued Mowat. “We expect to see increased demand at our clinics right away and there may even be lineups. We know our residents will be patient – they want the shot.”
The Region will use a combination of hourly wait-time updates on its website and a ticketing appointment system to help people decide which clinic to visit. Those wishing a shot may also contact their family physician to see if they can provide the vaccine.
Pregnant women and those with children 6 months to one year should contact their doctor or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.
A complete schedule and clinic list of locations are available at www.peelregion.ca or by calling 905-799-7700.
Today, Council approved a citywide driveway windrow snow clearing pilot program, to clear snow windrows from driveways for older adults (65 years or older) and individuals who are physically disabled. The pilot program will run from January 4 to March 26, 2010.
"A 'windrow' is the snow that is left at the bottom of a driveway after a snowplow has cleared a road," said commissioner of Transportation & Works, Martin Powell. "The pilot program will provide windrow snow clearing service after every snow plowing operation. Participation in the program is available on a first come, first serve basis. The cost to participate is either free or $120, depending on whether the applicant meets financial assistance criteria. This pilot is limited to a total of 3500 spaces - 2500 fall under the no cost category and 1,000 are under the $120 cost category for the pilot."
How to Apply: Mississauga residents can apply for the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Pilot Program at any City of Mississauga Recreation and Parks Community Centre or the Recreation and Parks Customer Service Centre, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications will be available for pick-up on Saturday, November 14, and will be received from Monday, November 16, 2009 until Friday, December 18, 2009. Detailed information and applications will also be available online by Friday November 13, 2009 at www.mississauga.ca/snow.