City Makes Changes to Community Group Support Program Policy

The City of Mississauga has made changes to its Community Group Support Program Policy. Now referred to as the Community Group Registry Program, the revised policy helps support local non-profit community groups, including resident and ratepayers associations, minor sports associations and cultural groups, to deliver programs and services within Mississauga. The policy revisions ensure better governance, transparency and stronger financial accountability.

“With these changes, we can nurture mutually-beneficial relationships with community groups. Relationships that are fair and equitable,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “The policy outlines criteria on how to become a Registered Group with the City. It also provides an understanding of the available benefits, such as reduced facility rental rates and permission to place mobile signs on City property, the application and approval process.”

Revisions include:
• new registered group categories
• an opportunity for emerging groups to access benefits by applying for developing group status
• changes to financial audit requirements
• changes to ensure greater transparency to members of registered groups
• more support for groups that may require it

To review or learn more about the Community Group Registry Program visit: mississauga.ca/portal/residents/community-groups.

Peel Police – Investigators Identify Second Suspect in Vicious Assault at City Centre Bus Terminal

Region of Peel – Investigators from the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have identified the second male responsible for a vicious assault on a male with autism, in the City of Mississauga.

On Tuesday March 13, 2018 at approximately 10:45 p.m. Peel Regional Police responded to a violent assault that occurred in the Square One bus terminal located at 200 Rathburn Road West in Mississauga. Continue reading Peel Police – Investigators Identify Second Suspect in Vicious Assault at City Centre Bus Terminal

Art Exhibit Explores Beauty Beneath the Surface of a Wetland

There’s more than meets the eye at the water’s edge. Starting on March 22 (World Water Day), Credit Valley Conservation and the Region of Peel present Morphology, an art exhibit showcasing a constructed coastal wetland through a photographer’s lens. The free exhibit will be on display for public viewing from March 22 to 28 in the Great Hall at the Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga. A special meet-and-greet with the artists takes place on March 22 from 7-9 p.m.

The project challenged eleven photographers to celebrate the birth of a wetland and connect people with the lake through their unique creative vision. The local Mississauga artists gave new life to habitat structures built four metres below the level of Lake Ontario, before they will be submerged and hidden from view.

“I was inspired by the opportunity to capture and explore a part of the restoration process that’s often overlooked,” said Stephen Uhraney, one of the Morphology photographers. “I’m honored to be a part of a project that serves value to the community and shows beauty in the unexpected.”

The habitat structures formed an alien-like environment that allowed the evolving wetlands to be photographed and appreciated in a new way. Morphology refers to change in shape over time. The exhibit explores this change through creative expression as the new wetland comes to life.

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Industry Professionals Share Ideas on the Future of Mississauga’s Shopping Mall Areas

On March 6, industry professionals shared their ideas on the future of five of the City of Mississauga’s shopping mall areas at the Reimagining the Mall Forum hosted by the City and the Region of Peel.

“Suburban areas supported by shopping malls are changing,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “That’s why we are proactively engaging with industry and residents on how we can guide the future redevelopment of these communities in a way that promotes health and well-being.”

Participants discussed creating healthy, complete communities and addressing issues and opportunities for reimagining malls in Mississauga as well as the Greater Toronto Area.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel spoke about the impact that malls and community planning can have on the health of Peel residents.

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City’s Small Project Matching Grants Program Now Open for Applications

In January, City of Mississauga Council approved funding for the 2018 Small Project Matching Grant Program. The program provides matching funds of up to $2,500 to Affiliated and Recognized Community Groups in good standing with the City’s Community Group Support Program Policy. Applications are now being accepted.

“The program provides support for initiatives which strengthen neighbourhoods, increase resident engagement and enhance opportunities for the community to participate in events and activities,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We introduced this program in 2017 with a strong response, providing matching grants to 21 groups. We look forward to this year’s round of applications.”

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