Pedestrian Crossover Pilot Program Comes to Mississauga

Over the next few months, the City of Mississauga will install five new pedestrian crossovers in various neighbourhoods. Locations have been selected as part of a pilot program looking to improve pedestrian safety on Mississauga roads. The program comes as part of a new provincial legislation under the Highway Traffic Act introduced in January 2016. Under the law, Ontario municipalities now have the ability to install crossovers on low-speed roads.

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing where by law, drivers are required to stop for pedestrians intending to cross the road. Crossovers allow pedestrians to cross roads safely and all have specific signs and pavement markings.

“Mississauga is a very busy city with thousands of people making use of our roadways every day, making road safety an important priority,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations & Maintenance for the City of Mississauga. “These new crossovers will allow pedestrians to easily cross roadways safely.”

Staff reviewed more than 20 locations where pedestrian crossing assistance were requested by the public. The review of these locations included criteria such as the level of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area and the posted speed limit of the roadway and the locations selected for the pilot were deemed to have the greatest impact on public safety with a view to advance City Council’s Vision Zero mandate.

Frost added, “Vision Zero is a Council endorsed approach to road safety. The framework looks at preventing and ultimately eliminating all pedestrian, cyclist and motorist fatalities and injuries on city streets.”

The pedestrian crossovers, also known as a Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover, will be installed in the following locations:
• Doug Leavens Boulevard (Ward 10)
• Whitehorn Avenue (Ward 6)
• Winding Trail (Ward 3)
• Westbridge Way (Ward 11)
• Homelands Drive (Ward 2)

The law states that drivers and cyclists must also stop and yield at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard. Drivers can be fined $150 to $500 and three demerit points for offences at a pedestrian crossing.

Following the installation of the crossovers, City staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the program over the coming year.

Mississauga City Council approved the pilot program in February 2018.

For additional information about the City’s road safety program, visit mississauga.ca/road safety.

Mississauga Proceeds with Smart Cities Master Plan

 Today, the Government of Canada announced its shortlist of communities which have been selected in the Smart Cities Challenge. Although Mississauga was not selected, the City intends to move forward with its Smart Cities Master Plan.

“Mississauga will continue to invest in innovation and new ways to use data and technology as we build a modern and progressive city for the 21st century,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “While I am disappointed that our City was not selected in the Smart Cities Challenge, we will continue to invest in building a Smart City of vibrant communities where everyone has equal opportunity and feels empowered; a place where people can connect, adapt and succeed.”

“Congratulations to those who have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Challenge,” said Crombie. “We will continue to watch the competition with great interest.” Continue reading Mississauga Proceeds with Smart Cities Master Plan

LIVING ARTS CENTRE UNVEILS 2018-2019 SEASON

The Living Arts Centre unveiled its 2018-19 Season to an excited and enthusiastic invite-only crowd on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Guests were treated to entertainment by some of the artists performing in the new season and received an advance window to purchase tickets to the much anticipated shows.

The LAC’s Arts for Life Patron Club Members, Board Members, Supporters, Sponsors, Special Guests, Mississauga City Councillors, and former Mayor Hazel McCallion were on hand as the 2018 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Awards were awarded to Pujita Verma, Selena Xu, Sereen Aziz, and Mason Victoria by members of the Lenyk family. Last year’s winner, William Leathers, who is on his way to The Julliard School, was invited back to showcase his virtuosity and talent on the piano and trumpet.

CEO Natalie Lue took the audience through the full lineup of the season which starts in September 2018 through to May 2019. She said, “It is definitely a season worth celebrating with incredibly exceptional talent and some of the best music, dance, spectacle, comedy, and, theatre available anywhere! We’ve packaged them in a way that provides some insight into why we programmed what we did. You’ll also see some familiar shows in the season because you’ve told us to keep bringing them back!”

The presentation included exciting giveaway prizes for audience members, as well as brilliant performances that gave the public a real taste of what’s to come. It was no surprise that everyone in the audience fell in love with The Dreamboats bringing back good ol’ Rock n’ Roll. , and jaws were dropping once UnCovered singer Sara Farb’s voice echoed through the hall. Meanwhile, OKAN, with their unique blend of Cuban music, Jazz and world rhythms, wrapped up the show and the party continued at the post show reception.

Great Night Out!

The LAC provides the perfect excuse to get off the couch and book a babysitter! Indulge in breathtaking, unforgettable performances where audiences will be transported to fantasy worlds in an extravagant multimedia adventure with MOMIX: Opus Cactus. Or follow the high jinx of a lovers’ triangle in the Wild West in Cirque Éloize: Saloon. The high octane of Get the Led Out returns for a fourth time by popular demand, while fast-rising stars and JUNO award-winners A Tribe Called Red, celebrating Indigenous culture with cutting-edge electronic music, grace the LAC stage for the first time! Don’t missthe electrifying voice of JUNO nominee Basia Bulat. For a night of laughs versus logic, catch this almost two-hour joke- fest: The Debaters Live on Tour from the hit CBC Radio program.

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NEW COUNTRY SPIRIT AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCE TOP 3 WINNERS OF EMERGING COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST SHOWCASE

New Country Spirit, today announced the Top 3 winners of the Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase – a partnership initiative with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario).

Thirty-nine contestants, including solo artists and bands of all ages from across Ontario submitted their video of either a cover or original song. The videos were featured on the New Country Spirit Facebook page and after just seven days of ‘votes by views’, the artists accumulated more than 145,000 total combined YouTube views, with a total reach of approximately 105,000. Artists submitted 15 creative cover songs and 24 original songs. Ten finalists were selected from the talented group of 39 and apanel of music industry professionals independently reviewed the artists’ video submissions.  The Top 3 winners of the 2018 New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase are: 

  1. Grand Prize Winner: Big City Lights – Toronto, ON
  2. Second Prize Winner: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer – Hamilton, ON
  3. Third Prize Winner: Nicole Rayy – Oakville, ON

For a complete bio about the Top 3 winners click here

“One of our goals for the Showcase was to expand country music artists’ fan base by helping them be seen and heard online and at a ‘live’ performance. For our first year doing this type of project, we couldn’t be happier with the combined total of 145,000 new YouTube views for the 39 artists that applied to the Showcase. Those 145,000 new views translate to almost a 30% overall increase in ‘viewership’ for the artists!” said Wendy Perry, Owner of New Country Spirit.  Wendy went on to say, ‘Thank you to the artists that applied for the Showcase opportunity. We truly are lucky to have such a talented country music community in Ontario.  We would also like to thank CMAOntario for partnering with us on this project, to our host venue, The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a live performance opportunity for our winners, and to all our prize contributors.  Most of all, thank you to all the fans, friends and followers for taking the time to support the Showcase participants – by liking, sharing and viewing you have contributed to the development of country music artists in Ontario…your engagement made a difference and who knows what future opportunities lie ahead for these artists”.

The Grand Prize Winner has won a performance opportunity on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at Mississauga Waterfront Festivalon June 16, 2018, $300 in New Country Spirit merchandise,a $200 honorarium donated by CMAOntario, a professional photo shoot withBrandon Ferguson Photographyvalued at $500, a $100 Gift Card donated by Rock N Horse Saloonin Toronto and complimentary CMAOntario Conference & Awards show package for 2019 (priceless!).

“Congratulations to all of the artists that participated in the New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase,” said CMAOntario President, Catherine Faint. We would like to thank New Country Spirit for partnering with us on this initiative that showcases our members’ talents. We would also like to thank The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a great performance opportunity for the Showcase winners to ‘take the stage’! As always, thank you to the country music fans in Ontario, Canada and around the world for supporting our members.

New Country Spirit’s Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase, in partnership with CMAOntario, has given Ontario artists the opportunity to be seen and heard both on-line and ‘live’ on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. We are committed to building our ‘country’ community by supporting local artists and their never-ending passion for creating and sharing stories through music.

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