CITY OF Mississauga Continues to Advocate for Independence

Earlier this month more than 300 residents participated in the City of Mississauga’s Resident Town Hall meeting on regional governance. The meeting featured a detailed presentation by City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, Janice Baker on Mississauga’s position for independence, followed by moderated questions and comments from both audience members and those watching the live stream.   

For more information about Mississauga’s position on the Regional Government Review, visit mississauga.ca/regional-government-review.

BACKGROUND

On March 27, Mississauga City Council adopted a motion, approving in principle that Mississauga become independent from the Region of Peel, subsequent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Regional Government Review

In January 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that it had appointed two special advisors, Ken Seiling and Michael Fenn, to review regional government in Ontario. 

The goal of the review is to help ensure these municipalities are working effectively and efficiently and can continue to provide the vital services that communities depend on.  The City will be submitting its official position for independence by the May 21, 2019 deadline, established by the Government of Ontario for public consultation. The outcome of the Regional Government Review is expected later this summer.  

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is inviting online public consultation until May 21, 2019. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on regional government reform through this channel. 

Last week, at Regional Council, all four municipalities agreed to work together to have an independent financial analysis 

Proposed 2019 Development Charges Background Study Available for Public Comment

The City of Mississauga has released its proposed2019 Development Charges (DC) Background Study for the 60-day statutory public comment period.

The background study, prepared by Hemson Consulting Ltd, is a comprehensive report that includes input received from the public and development stakeholders and presents the proposed 2019 Development Charge rates to be included in the proposed 2019 Development Charges By-law.

The proposed 2019 Development Charges By-law will be available for public comment on April 18, 2019.

“The City charges fees to property developers to help pay for the infrastructure required to support growth, and these are called Development Charges or DC’s,” said Jeff Jackson, Director, Finance and Treasurer. “Without DC’s, the City would have to rely entirely on property taxes or other revenue sources to pay for new fire stations, expanding libraries and community centres and building overpasses and other infrastructure. The funds collected through DC’s ensure the infrastructure required to support growth is paid for primarily by growth.”

In addition to the proposed 2019 Development Charges Background Study, the City is looking for public input on two related studies: the proposed2019 Transportation Background Study prepared by WSP  and the 2019 Stormwater Management Background Study prepared by KSGS Engineering Corp. 

Comments on all three 2019 Development Chargesbackground studies, as well as the proposed 2019Development Charges By-law can be sent tosusan.cunningham@mississauga.ca.

Members of the public are also invited to attend Council on May 8 at 9 a.m. to speak to the draft background studies and 2019 DC By-law. To be placed on the agenda, please complete an online request or contact the City Clerk’s Office through our Citizen Contact Centre at 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 if outside city limits.

The proposed DC background study and By-law will go to City Council for approval in June.

Learn more about Development Charges in Mississauga.

Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, particularly around this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution, and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways as warmer spring weather approaches.

In spring we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather, however, usually brings rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

The Credit River Watershed has received a significant amount of snow this winter. A few recent thaws have helped decrease the existing snowpack. Melting snow due to warmer temperatures combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground conditions could contribute to higher water levels and increased water speeds in local watercourses.

There is still significant ice cover throughout the watershed. Several ice jams remain grounded along the Credit River at Barber (Paper) Mill Dam in Halton Hills, the Ferndale Park in Caledon and at Meadowvale Park in Mississauga. 

Remaining ice jams and ice cover on watercourses will weaken and become unstable with warmer temperatures. CVC continues to work with municipal emergency services to keep them constantly informed about current and changing conditions within local watercourses. 

CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways and off frozen water bodies, which are extremely unsafe.

For more information, contact CVC at (905) 670-1615.

Peel Region’s Third Murder of 2019

Members of the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau are investigating the Region’s third murder of 2019.

On Friday March 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm, police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of Ann Street in south Mississauga (Port Credit). As a result of the incident, a 54 year-old Mississauga male succumbed to the injury.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau charged Mary Ljubanovich, a 48 year old female from Mississauga, with Second Degree Murder.

The deceased has been identified as Michael Johnston.

Woman, 48, accused of stabbing boyfriend man to death in Mississauga – Toronto Sun

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week where an official cause of death will be determined. 

Ms. Ljubanovich will be making a brief court appearance on March 9, 2019 to be remanded into custody.

Investigators are satisfied that there are no outstanding suspects.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting https://peelcrimestoppers.ca/

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT

Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s forecast calls for continued warm daytime temperatures across Southern Ontario.  Temperatures will peak at the mid to high single digits.  The current forecasted rainfall amount ranges from 10-20 mm over the weekend with an additional 5-10 mm of rain possible from convective precipitation (thunderstorm) overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.  On Sunday sustained winds up to 65 km/h from the west-southwest are forecasted with gusts exceeding 100km/h. 

Several ice jams remained grounded along the Credit River at the Ferndale Park, Barber (Paper) Mill Dam and Meadowvale Park.  Approximately 1.5 km of ice is backed up at the Barber Mill Dam in Glen Williams.  New river ice has formed at some locations since the previous ice break up event.  

The forecasted maximum 30mm of rain along with melting of the existing snow pack would be sufficient to break up the newly formed river ice, mobilize the grounded ice jams and potentially overtop the Barber Mill Dam sending ice downstream.  

Furthermore, the ice will lose its strength as the temperatures increase.  Under the proper loading and temperature conditions, it is possible for the existing grounded ice jam to shift or collapse under its own weight.  Once any type of movement initiates, the grounded ice jam may no longer be stable.  This is especially true if the movement occurs near the front (downstream or toe end) of the jam where a few critical pieces of ice could be holding back the entire ice jam.  

All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels.  An ice jam breaking lose will create extremely hazardous conditions.  As a result, local streams and rivers will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.  Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.  Furthermore, residents should heed to the warnings of first responders. 

High winds on Sunday could create hazardous conditions along the shoreline.  The forecasted west to southwest winds may result in higher lake levels, erosion of shorelines and trails along the shoreline could be impacted.  

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed.  The Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Tue-Feb-26-2019 or until further notice. 

For more information on this Flood Outlook Statement, contact the CVC during office hours at 905-670-1615.  To report a flood afterhours, please call 1-800-215-8505.  Media inquiries should be directed to Maureen Pogue, 905-670-1615, ext. 242 or 647-271-5643. 

Call 911 if you require assistance from Emergency Services.