April showers put the spotlight on local waterways

April 6, 2017 (MISSISSAUGA) – With April showers in full effect, there is a higher risk of localized flooding. This is one of the reasons why Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has spearheaded a real-time environmental monitoring service that helps CVC monitor short- and long-term environmental conditions in the Credit River watershed. The new service is available to the public on CVC’s website.

To aid in tracking and forecasting flood risk, the real-time network includes climate stations that collect information on temperature, wind and precipitation, and streamflow stations that collect data on water levels. The information collected is also used to identify short-term changes in water quality and environmental conditions, as well as long-term climate and environmental trends.

“Localized flooding is more common this time of year. Our real-time monitoring system is a state-of-the-art service that helps us learn and respond to of potential threats,” said Tim Mereu, Director of Watershed Management at CVC. “The information is also valuable to our long-term monitoring strategy, allowing us to see a more detailed picture of environmental conditions.”

In total CVC operates a network of 57 real-time environmental monitoring stations, strategically placed throughout the Credit River watershed, ranging from Orangeville in the north down to Mississauga and Lake Ontario. The stations send data to CVC’s website via a cellular connection. There are four types of stations. Streamflow stations track river and creek levels. Precipitation stations track rainfall. Climate stations track air temperature, wind, humidity, barometric pressure and solar radiation. Water quality stations will be added to the public online service in the coming weeks. They track in-stream dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, chloride, specific conductivity (the ability of heat or electricity to move through water) and turbidity (the clarity of water). The real-time data at key stations may be viewed through CVC’s web site at www.creditvalleyca.ca/real-time-monitoring.

The real-time monitoring service is funded by The Region of Peel’s Climate Change Program.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program Extended Five More Months

Staff Report Recommends Extension; No New Applicants To Be Accepted During Pilot

At General Committee today, City Council received a corporate report recommending an additional extension of the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program. The program is a partnership between the City and the Region of Peel. It was first introduced in May 2016 and extended in October 2016.

If approved by Council on April 12, transit riders who are already approved for the MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot Program will continue to receive a 50 per cent discount on transit from May 1 to September 30, 2017.

“Program participants have told the City and Region that a permanent program is needed to address affordability of transit fares,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, City of Mississauga. “The additional extension will allow low income Mississauga residents to continue to ride transit at a 50 per cent discount while we evaluate all phases of the pilot program.”

There are 1300 active users of the pilot program that are eligible for the extension. No new applicants will be approved during the five-month extension of the program.

Marinoff added that recommendations will be made to both Mississauga City Council and the Region of Peel through a full report in September 2017.

To learn more about the MiWay Affordable Transportation Program, please visit povertyinpeel.ca/miwaypilot.

Mississauga to Receive $58 Million in Public Transit Infrastructure Funding

Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $58 million in Government of Canada funding for transit services in Mississauga through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

City projects approved through PTIF include the acquisition of up to 80 new 40 and 60-foot buses, the rehabilitation and replacement of more than 200 buses, improved pedestrian and cyclist access to Mississauga’s Transitway and GO stations, improved and enhanced MiWay stations and systems as well as trails and sidewalks.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we welcome today’s news that the Federal Government has allocated unprecedented funding to help Canada’s cities, like Mississauga, press ahead with important city-building priorities like breaking gridlock and building transit,” Mayor Crombie said. “Mississauga’s Council-approved pre-budget submissions to the Federal Government repeatedly advocated for increased funding to build transit and infrastructure and we are seeing the priorities of Canada’s sixth-largest city reflected in today’s announcement.”

The PTIF program is an equal cost-share funding program that will see the Government of Canada and the City of Mississauga each contributing $58 million to complete the 51 approved Mississauga projects.

“I am pleased about the funding Mississauga has received through PTIF. This substantial infusion of funds enables us to deliver projects that maintain and enhance the City’s transit infrastructure, assets and systems; helping deliver on our Strategic Plan by having transit influence and shape the form of the city,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Mississauga, like many cities across Canada, is looking to the federal and provincial levels of government to provide predictable and sustainable funding.”

The PTIF program is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s $120 billion plan to support public infrastructure across Canada over the next 10 years. Under the program, the Government of Canada will contribute more than $200 million for the 312 projects approved in Ontario, representing 50 per cent of the total eligible costs.

“The City is pleased to receive this news. In anticipation of this announcement, we’ve carefully planned and built this funding into the 2017 Business Plan and Budget,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “The timelines for the program are tight so with Council approval, we’ve already begun many of the projects on our list. We will be working closely with the Federal Government who has indicated there is some flexibility on the completion dates for the projects.”

For a complete list of projects, visit: Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario announce funding for 312 public transit projects across Ontario

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.