Author: Steve Pecar

Three students perfect in Peel

Three graduating high school students in the Peel public school system were perfect. They achieved averages of 100 per cent for the courses they took in Grade 12. The perfect trio were among more than 5,000 students in the Peel Board who made the list of Ontario’s Top Scholars – graduating with an average of 80 per cent or higher in their top six Grade 12 courses. Brampton’s Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School had two students achieve the top score. Sukhdeep Bhangal said her marks were a result of having clear aims and objectives which kept her motivated. Her...

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Brampton crossing guard calls it a career after 31 years

This September, when she would normally would be heading back to school, Gisele Young will likely be sleeping in and enjoying another cup of tea. After 31 years, she won’t be returning to Sir Wilfred Laurier Public School in Brampton. Instead, the soon-to-be 95-year-old Young will be calling it a career – one of several she has had – as a crossing guard. Young says it is time to move on even though she will miss the routine and the children who have lovingly embraced her like a member of the family. “They say, ‘Hi grandma,’ and I enjoy...

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Mississauga teacher receives national honour

A Mississauga high school teacher has received a national award for excellence. Diana Wang-Martin, of Glenforest Secondary School, has been  honoured with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is considered Canada’s highest teaching honour and recognizes excellence in the area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Wang-Martin has been teaching at the Peel District School Board for 12 years and has been involved in a number of initiatives. She formed a partnership with the University of Waterloo where Glenforest students have science projects evaluated by university staff. Wang-Martin also spearheaded the school’s STEM club to...

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Mississauga moves to regulate rental temperatures

The City of Mississauga is moving to keep things cool for renters during the hot summer months. A proposal that will go before the next meeting of city council updates the current bylaw and will tell landlords where air conditioning exists, they must make sure a maximum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius must not be exceeded. Previously no cooling standards were included in the bylaw. If air conditioning does not exist in a unit, the city has no regulatory control to enforce temperature ceilings. As well, the new proposal will change the current heating standards where now a minimum...

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Fire department celebrates 50 years in Mississauga

Gord Bentley was fighting fires in Mississauga long before there was a Mississauga, so the 50th anniversary of the department could be chalked up as just another milepost for him. But it’s an important one. Bentley was there from the beginning as the local villages and hamlets that made up the southern part of Peel Region came together to form this town and with it, the fire department we know today. He’s experienced it all. Bentley played a major role, serving as fire chief from 1979 to 1991, a period of great growth in Mississauga. He also had to...

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