City Opts Out of Privately-Operated Retail Cannabis Stores

The City of Mississauga decided at its Council meeting today, that it will opt out and not allow privately-operated cannabis retail stores in Mississauga.

“Today, our Council made the decision to opt out as we feel that the recent changes to the retail cannabis model have occurred too quickly and there are too many unanswered questions at this time,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The province has not given municipalities any control over where cannabis stores can be located in our City. This is cause for great concern. The City of Mississauga may decide to opt-in in the future however in the meantime; we will continue to consult and engage with our community. It’s important we take the time to get this right. I will be writing a letter to the province to explain our Council’s decision and will be asking for greater powers for municipalities to have input into the location and number of retail stores that are permitted in our city.”

The Government of Ontario gave municipalities until January 22, 2019 to decide whether they will opt in or opt out of having retail cannabis stores.

The production, sale and use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. Private cannabis stores will be legal starting April 1, 2019 for municipalities who choose to opt in. Until then, residents can purchase cannabis online from the Ontario Cannabis Store. Residents must be 19 years or older to purchase cannabis in Ontario. To learn more about recreational cannabis in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/cannabis-information.
 
 
BACKGROUND:
Ontario has elected to allow for recreational cannabis to be sold online or in privately-operated stores.

The province will regulate sales through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The province will continue to consult with municipalities including Mississauga, Peel Public Health and Peel Regional Police on the implementation of the private retail model.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE: SHOP AND BE MERRY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Erin Mills Town Centre is a magnificent sight during the most wonderful time of year! The entire shopping centre is aglow and decked out in its festive holiday best, from the breathtaking Christmas tree in Centre Court to the​ ​​winter wonderland display where customers can take their photo with Santa.

In addition to the breathtaking holiday display, customers are invited to enjoy an array of activities at
Erin Mills Town Centre this holiday season. Please see calendar below outlining the holiday happenings:

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Families are welcome to capture the spirit of the holidays by getting a photo with Santa. Visit his winter wonderland display for a priceless moment that will last a lifetime. ​Please check ​erinmills.ca​ for Santa Photo hours.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Kids can join Santa as he reads a festive story, and then join in holiday caroling. Tuesday mornings at 11am until December 18.

FESTIVE SOUNDS

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will be performing beloved melodies on Saturday, December 8 at 2pm.

GIFT WRAPPING SERVICE

An opportunity to have your gifts beautifully wrapped for only $5 each, with proceeds going to Trillium Health Partners​​​Initiative runs until December 24 on the lower level, near Centre Court.

TOYS FOR TOTS

Customers are encouraged to ​drop off unwrapped toys at the collection bin near Centre Court until December 21, ​in partnership with Peel Police to benefit families in the community.

BOXING DAY HOURS

Stores will be open from 8am to 8pm so customers can shop the best deals during Boxing Week.

EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS:

Extended shopping hours began Saturday, November 24 and are as follows:

  • ●  Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 9:30pm
  • ●  Sunday: 10am – 7pm
  • ●  December 24: 8:30am – 6pm
  • ●  December 25: CLOSED
  • ●  December 26: 8am – 8pm
  • ●  December 27-28: 10am – 9pm
  • ●  December 29: 9:30am – 6pm
  • ●  December 30: 11am – 6pm
  • ●  December 31: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • ●  January 1: CLOSED
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For more public information, please call 905-569-1981 or visit erinmills.ca or Guest Services.

STEELHEADS TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS

In conjunction with Canadian Tire, the Mississauga Steelheads are set to host the club’s 7th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, December 9th.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mississauga Steelheads will be supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Peel by hosting the always exciting annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. The tradition continues with the Saginaw Spirit visiting the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday, December 9th to take on the Steelheads in a matinee contest that gets underway at 2:00PM.

Once again, this year’s Teddy Bear Toss is kindly presented by Canadian Tire – an organization that makes a tremendous impact here in Mississauga and across the Peel Region.

Scott Morash, General Manager of Canadian Tire Meadowvale comments on behalf of the game’s presenting partner, “By partnering with the Mississauga Steelheads for their annual Teddy Bear Toss hockey game, the five local Mississauga Canadian Tire stores are able to give back to children in our community. Be it a stuffed toy given out by the Boys and Girls Club of Peel or by helping kids participate in sports through our own JumpStart program, we are able to use this community event to help put a smile on the faces of those children that benefit from this annual event.”

Michael J Gyovai, Resource Development Manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Peel comments on the impact this event has on their organization. “The partnership with the Mississauga Steelheads and Canadian Tire is essential to the long-term growth and development of the program and services we offer to the children, youth and families in Mississauga and across Peel. It is because of local partnerships like with the Steelheads we are able to provide opportunities for our youth to thrive, in school and society.”

The Steelheads, Canadian Tire and the Boys and Girls Club of Peel encourage all fans attending the game to bring a stuffed toy with them to the game on Sunday afternoon. As tradition has it, when the Mississauga Steelheads score their first goal, the gracious fans respond by tossing their stuffed toy onto the ice. The toys are then gathered from the ice and transported to the Boys and Girls Club to be given out as Christmas gifts for those kids who may not have otherwise received anything.

Prior Teddy Bear Toss Goal scorers include Trent Fox (2017), Spencer Watson (2016), Nathan Bastian (2015), Lucas Venuto (2014), Dylan Smoskowitz (2013) and Riley Brace (2012).

As part of the festivities on Sunday afternoon, Canadian Tire will be set up on the concourse selling bears for fans to toss on the ice will all proceeds going back to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Foundation. Additionally, tickets for children 12 and under are just $6 while fans are encouraged to bring their skates and join the Steelheads for a post-game skate with the team after the final buzzer.

NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE AND PLPA REACH NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

PHILADELPHIA, November 24, 2018 – The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) announced today that they have agreed to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The collective bargaining agreement is for a five-year term beginning with the 2018-19 season.

“We appreciate the efforts of the negotiating committee and their tireless dedication to reaching a fair and equitable agreement for both the NLL and the players. This agreement has created a clear path for incremental growth, not just for the players and the existing clubs, but for the sport of lacrosse as well. Thank you also to the fans and the players for your patience as we worked through this situation,” said Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz.

Additionally, PLPA President Peter Schmitz stated, “This new agreement sets the players in a great position for success as partners in a league and a sport whose best days are ahead.”

Details regarding the upcoming 2018-19 season will be forthcoming.

To stay connected to your team, get the latest schedule developments and most up to date news about the National Lacrosse League, visit NLL.com and follow the NLL on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 12 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, Vancouver Warriors and Halifax ‘19. For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

From Bus to Plane: New MiWay Airport Express Travels along Mississauga Transitway to Toronto Pearson International Airport

Heading to work? Going on a business trip or on vacation? MiWay’s Route 100 – Airport Express is now operating every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday, along the city’s dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway.

MiWay riders can travel between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth Station and express to Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Route 100 stops at all 12 transitway stations and offers connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit bus service and Brampton Transit.

To celebrate the new Route 100 – Airport Express, which started service on October 29, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Adrian Kupesic, Director, Public and Government Affairs on behalf of Alok Kanti, President and CEO, Bayer Inc; and Tullio Capulli, Vice President, Property Management and Leasing Office & Industrial, Eastern Canada, Morguard Brokerage.

“This new route offers a quick, efficient and more affordable way for residents, visitors and thousands of airport employees to get to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Mayor Crombie. “It is also good for business because it makes it easier for international companies such as Bayer Inc. and Morguard to move employees from the airport to their offices in Mississauga. By strengthening regionally connected transit, we are helping create jobs and grow our economy.”

Route 100 – Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program – an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors including:

  • New Route 104 – Derry Express, connecting Meadowvale Town Centre with Westwood Square in Malton
  • More frequent service on Route 107 – Malton Express, which improved crosstown connections between downtown Mississauga and Humber College
  • More frequent service on Route 109 – Meadowvale Express, which improved crosstown connections between Meadowvale Town Centre and the TTC transit hub at Islington

“Mississauga residents now have better transit options to access the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Minister Bains. “Our government is helping create a new route that will serve the growing needs of riders in Mississauga, whether they travel for work or pleasure.”

Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier.

“We congratulate the City of Mississauga on the launch of the Route 100 – Airport Express service, which will improve transit connectivity to Mississauga for our passengers and employees. Mississauga is home to more than 13,000 airport employees and many global businesses that rely on timely access to the airport,” said Howard Eng. “We look forward to continuing to work with the City and other surrounding municipalities to enhance Toronto Pearson’s regional transit connectivity as we work towards our vision of serving as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s second major transit hub.”

Route 100 will serve customers in Mississauga’s downtown core and in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. These stops target Mississauga businesses, offering them an efficient way to travel to the airport.

“As a global organization, we frequently travel and welcome a great deal of guests through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,” said Alok Kanti. “We are pleased to see that this expansion has been completed as it will lead to improved accessibility for our employees and those that we do business with.”

“Morguard owns and manages an extensive portfolio of commercial real estate, with properties and team members located across North America,” said Tullio Capulli. “Having a direct transit line between the airport and the Mississauga core, where our head office is located, is a great option for our tenants and our employees.”

Plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 – Airport Express by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO(4636) for customized route and schedule information.

BACKGROUND:

MiWay is Mississauga’s transit service and the third largest municipal transit service in Ontario. MiWay services a high-growth population of more than 752,000, travelling across 179 kilometres. MiWay’s bus fleet of nearly 500 vehicles is fully accessible. MiWay provided more than 55 million annual boardings in 2017 across more than 80 bus routes. MiWay service connects with neighbouring transit systems including GO Transit, TTC, Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit.