Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Near Waterways

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation reminds residents there are dangers near all waterways and bodies of water this time of year. They urge people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

While the Credit River watershed received a typical amount of snow this winter, warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall in January and February has caused early snowmelt. As a result, the ground is saturated in many places. In periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in much shorter times than usual. Also, slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

Be safe this spring and remember these tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
  • Where you can, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge and carefully secure all watercraft to avoid losing them during the spring high water

About Credit Valley Conservation’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Credit Valley Conservation operates a flood forecasting and warning program to reduce loss of life and risk of property damage from flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Credit Valley Conservation issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, emergency medical services, school boards, police and the media. Municipal officials then take action to warn local residents and respond in emergency situations.

Track water levels, precipitation and other environmental conditions in the Credit River watershed in real-time.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

City’s Official Plan Review – Status Update and Public Engagement Timeline

On Monday, March 9, City staff will present a project update with public engagement timelines for Mississauga’s Official Plan Review to the City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC). The City is reviewing the existing Official Plan to ensure it reflects the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of Mississauga.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location:
Civic Centre – Council Chamber, Second floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
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The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan addresses things like:

·        where housing, industry, offices, shops, and roads should go

·        which services and amenities (e.g. parks, schools, transit) are needed and where they will be located

·        what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and what it will look like e.g. heights and densities

·        ways to enhance economic development and job growth

All are welcome to attend the meeting or watch on the live stream: mississauga.ca/livestreaming

Background:

The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page

City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy

The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario. The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.

“For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our work is only just beginning. This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim our waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “People are drawn to the water and Mississauga is in the envious position of having 22 kilometres of shoreline. It’s important we not only protect this precious resource, but also promote it. We will do this by seamlessly connecting our existing and new parks with a continuous waterfront trail that connects to our neighbours, and ensuring that all future development prioritizes access to the water.”

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Crombie added, “As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. Our goal is to ensure our waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.”

Port Credit Harbour

The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·        Climate change

·        Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront

·        The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)

·        Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural heritage goals

·        Tourism in balance with local community needs

“The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.”

The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Robillos added, “The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.”

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-waterfront-parks-strategy.

Flood Outlook Statement from CVC

A Low Pressure System is expected to move into Southern Ontario over the weekend.  The current forecast is estimating that 50 to 75 mm of precipitation may fall by Sunday.  Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Friday then transitioning to above freezing temperatures and returning to below freezing by Sunday. The majority of the precipitation is expected to be rain with potential periods of freezing rain and ice pellets when the temperatures are near the freezing mark. 

The precipitation, melting of the snow and frozen ground conditions could generate high runoff along all watercourses in the area. Flooding along the Credit River and its major tributaries may occur.

High wind conditions may occur on Sunday as the system moves out of the Southern Ontario.  Depending on wind and wave directions, flooding and erosion conditions may occur along the shorelines of Lake Ontario.      

As a result, local streams, rivers, and shorelines could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. The public should be warned to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Mon-Jan-13-2020, or until further notice.

To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/

MiWay 2020 Fare Update

As 2020 approaches, PRESTO fares will remain at 2019 rates and beginning on January 6, customers will see a 25 cent increase to cash fares. MiWay has also extended the acceptance of paper tickets by four months until April 30, 2020.

“Investing in our transit system to meet customer needs is an important priority for us,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit. “MiWay’s focus is to maintain a balance between affordable fare options and committing to efficient, reliable and accessible transit for everyone while remaining consistent with the fares of other Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit systems.”

MiWay’s 2020 fares:

Fare ItemFareUpdate
Cash Fare$4 $0.25 increase
Senior $1 Cash Fare
(Weekday rides only: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
$1No change
Child PRESTO Single Fare$1.75 
No change
Youth PRESTO Single Fare$2.35No change
Adult PRESTO Single Fare$3.10No change
Senior PRESTO Single Fare$2.10No change
Adult PRESTO Monthly Pass$135No change
Senior PRESTO Monthly Pass$65No change

                                          
PRESTO is the easiest way to pay a fare on MiWay – by switching over, customers save 90 cents per ride for adults and even more for seniors and youth. Paper tickets are no longer being sold, but will be accepted until April 30, 2020. Please note that MiWay tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

PRESTO service locations are available across the Greater Toronto Area, including the City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT). PRESTO cardholders can load their card online, by phone, through the PRESTO app or where PRESTO is sold.

The senior $1 cash fare will also remain available. Seniors can ride MiWay for $1 cash on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit miway.ca/busfares.

Visit MiWay’s Trip Planner to plan your commute and get trip updates in real-time or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for assistance.