Author: Steve Pecar

Tour de Mississauga a wheel big deal for Peel

Mississauga councillors have agreed to continue to support one of Ontario’s largest cycling events and has hired an outside agency to help. Those at general committee approved spending close to $52,000 to hire SustainMobility to help organize this year’s event. SustainMobility is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting active lifestyles. The move will see the city use almost $10,000 earned from last year’s event to help with the costs. The Region of Peel is also contributing $15,000. The city will also look for corporate sponsors to assist with the costs in future years. The Tour de Mississauga has been an...

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Progress taking toll on watershed says CVC

A report card on environmental health reveals that progress is taking a toll on Peel Region. Results of monitoring by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), reveals that nearly a third of the Credit River Watershed received a poor grade, mostly in surface water quality and forest conditions, particularly in heavily urbanized areas. The impact of poor conditions can adversely affect forms of aquatic and other forms of wildlife and vegetation in the surrounding area. Specific findings over the years show the disappearance of brook trout in rivers and streams as well as increased concentrations of chloride in the water. Groundwater...

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Mississauga names new planning commissioner

The City of Mississauga has hired a new planning and building commissioner. Andrew Whittemore, who has been with the city since 2012, will assume the duties effective April 12. He follows Ed Sajecki, who recently retired from the position. As the head of planning and building, Whittemore will oversee development, design and city planning strategies. His department is responsible for strategic long-term planning with a legislative planning policy framework that involves the creation of policies, plans, building inspections, processing development applications and building permits. “Mississauga is a dynamic city that is undergoing a remarkable transformation from suburban to urban...

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Insect spray meetings set for Mississauga

The City of Mississauga has scheduled a series of public meetings before it embarks on its plan of aerial spraying to kill off certain types of insects. With the beginning of spring, the city will spray in various neighbourhoods that are most susceptible to cankerworms and gypsy moth caterpillars, both of which have been causing severe defoliation of trees in certain areas. Both insects can kill certain trees and devastate forested areas. At the meetings, city staff will share details about the spray, explain how homeowners can help control the cankerworm and gypsy mother caterpillar population on their own...

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Trillum receives $23 million to cover health costs

The Trillium Health Partners has received a boost of almost $23 million from the provincial government to cover a variety of costs. The network of hospitals, which includes Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, will see $12.8 million go to meet rising day-to-day costs, growth funding and future procedures. An additional $9.9 million is dedicated to specific areas such as wait-time funding, priority programs and services, post-construction operating plans, and quality-based procedures. In making the announcement, Mississauga-Streetsville MPP Bob Delaney said, specifically, the money means a better ability to increase emergency department volume, to add to...

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