Make a “Splash” at the Earth Market

Taste, learn, shop and love what’s green in your community at the Earth Market on Saturday, May 28 at Riverwood.

This is the first Earth Market of the year, with a focus on water conservation and preservation. From water themed workshops and kid’s activities to green vendors and information booths, there’s something for everyone at the Earth Market!

What

  • Artist Trading Card workshop hosted by Visual Arts Mississauga
  • Water Photography workshop with Dave Taylor
  • Rainscaping Options for Home Landscapes workshop hosted by Credit Valley Conservation
  • Screening of the feature documentary Watermark
  • Mississauga Master Gardeners plant sale
  • Local environmental vendors and exhibitors
  • Face painting
  • Photos with Litterbug mascot
  • Live music from Mississauga’s own Latin Train

When

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10:00 a.m.       Earth Market opens

10:20 a.m.       Opening remarks from Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr at MacEwan Terrace

10:30 a.m.       Photo opportunity in the Red Studio at Visual Arts Mississauga

10:45 a.m.       Explore the Earth Market

Where

Riverwood

4190 Riverwood Park Lane

Mississauga, ON

Who

Members of Council

Event Partners

This free event is in partnership with The Riverwood Conservancy and Visual Arts Mississauga. It is supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

For a complete list of Earth Market activities, workshops and exhibitors, visit mississauga.ca/earthmarket.

Carassauga Celebrates its 31st Anniversary

Carassauga Festival of Cultures

Travel the World Without Leaving the City!

On May 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2016 Carassauga’s Festival of Cultures will offer visitors the opportunity to visit over 70 countries, view breathtaking entertainment, taste exotic cuisine and enjoy exhilarating experiences, all without leaving the City.

The Carassauga Festival has grown from its humble roots in 1985 to become the largest multicultural Festival in Ontario and the second largest multicultural Festival in Canada. It was originally incorporated to promote public awareness and appreciation of multiple cultures, which it has been doing in an enjoyable, rewarding, educational and exciting manner, consistently for 30 years. Last year in our 30th consecutive year of operation Carassauga attracted 338,721 visits to the Festival.

The Festival weekend kicks off with The Opening Night Ceremony May 27 at  7:30 pm. Held at the Mississauga SportZone (formerly Hershey SportZone) Outdoor Stage. The event opens with a Parade of Nations, showcasing the cultures and countries represented at the Festival, clearly depicting the cultural diversity of the City. There will be welcome formalities by the Chair of the Festival and dignitaries, followed by the cutting of ribbons to launch the three-day Festival.  Non-stop cultural entertainment throughout the Festival weekend is featured on the Outdoor Stage, which is a main attraction point for visitors. There are also various stages at our Pavilion locations with more entertainment.

Free admission to the Opening Ceremony with an Adult Carassauga Passport. As well, each Pavilion hosts their own opening ceremony, so with 28 Pavilions in 9 locations across Mississauga, there is something for everyone!

The Festival provides an authentic cultural experience delivered by many ethnic groups and organizations working together to present their specific culture, food and entertainment. It is an “ever changing”, “yet familiar” experience. As Irene Violette, a loyal Festival visitor of more than 15 years says “Carassauga is just a fun time. You get to visit around the world for $10, you get to learn about different cultures, meet nice people and try different foods. Every year, each Pavilion has something different for visitors to appreciate about their culture”.

Many Pavilions return year after year. The Pavilions of Portugal, Philippines, India, Croatia and Greece are five of the original participants that still participate today. This year the Festival welcomes the Romania Pavilion.

Nothing is more Canadian than people of many cultures sharing their heritage and traditions with great pride. We hope your time at Carassauga leaves you with a broader understanding of the people around you, along with a deeper appreciation of this diverse City and great country of ours.

Peel Renovates Homeowner Renovations Program

We are now accepting applications (Apply Now)

Eligible Applicants

  • Have a maximum household annual gross income of $60,000
  • Must reside in Peel Region (Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga)
  • Own their own home, with a maximum value of:
    • Brampton: $487,165
    • Caledon: $685,189
    • Mississauga: $546,203
  • Require renovations or repairs in at least one of the following areas:
    • Accessibility
    • Fire Safety
    • Structural
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Heating

Peel Renovates will be open from May 9 – May 27, 2016. All applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 27, 2016. Any applications received after this time will not be considered for the program.

Mississauga to Regulate Transportation Network Companies 

Last week, Mississauga City Council approved:

• That the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law be amended for the regulation of transportation network companies (TNCs) where TNCs will be required to obtain a broker licence and operate using only licensed taxi and limousine drivers, operating licensed taxi and limousine vehicles.
• That the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law will be amended to facilitate licensed taxi and limousine drivers being able to work for more than one brokerage.
• That staff be directed to report back to the Public Vehicle Advisory Committee on ways to modernize the regulation of taxi and limousine industries.

Also approved was the creation of a committee to develop a pilot program for TNCs to operate in Mississauga under Council regulation.

Regulation of TNCs

“Safety and consumer protection are key in this important service,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will be watching this particular form of regulation carefully to ensure we are meeting the needs of our residents, businesses and taxi industry.  We have provided the protection the industry needs and the pilot will enable consumer choice. The committee and pilot program will help us reach a solution for Mississauga.”

“With amendments to the Public Vehicle Licensing Bylaw, we will have a framework that works for Mississauga,” said Ron Starr, Ward 6 Councillor and Public Vehicle Advisory Committee Chair. “The industry is going through a great deal of change and this will make the system fair while maintaining safety. I look forward to the work on the committee to develop an appropriate pilot program.”

Pilot Program

Mississauga City Council passed a resolution to create a committee to develop a one year pilot to determine how TNCs will operate in Mississauga under Council regulation.

The committee is to be comprised of Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 6; Councillor Karen Ras, Ward 2; a citizen representative from the Public Vehicle Advisory Committee, one representative each from the taxi industry and transportation network companies.  The committee is to work with the City’s Enforcement Division to develop a report on a pilot framework for the September 21, 2016 General Committee meeting.

TNCs have been instructed to cease operations until the pilot is instituted. Non-compliance will result in the committee being dissolved.

Uber given deadline to comply with Mississauga’s latest ban
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Background

Public Vehicle Licensing By-law

The City of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law regulates transportation services provided by public vehicles. This by-law ensures public and consumer safety, driver safety and consumer protection for public vehicle transportation services.  TNCs are operating in Mississauga in violation of the by-law.

For more information, read: Regulation of TNC Report

Studies and Reports

Two studies were conducted by the City of Mississauga:
• Taxicab and Accessible Plate Issuance Models and Taxi Fares
The study and report includes recommendations on the by-law provisions to issue taxicab plates and accessible taxicab plates as well as the setting of fares.
• Study of Regulation of Transportation Network Companies A study and report was prepared on how other jurisdictions (Canada, United States, Europe) are regulating TNCs and to evaluate policy alternatives.

City Introduces First Public Art Master Plan

The City’s first Public Art Master Plan, which builds upon the Council endorsed Framework for a Public Art Program was introduced during today’s General Committee meeting. The Public Art Master Plan provides 54 recommendations designed to direct the expansion and implementation of a continued successful public art program throughout the city over the next five years.

“Our goal with the Public Art Master Plan is to establish a unique artistic identity for Mississauga,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture. “Public art has the power to boost local industry and tourism, it enhances our public spaces and contributes to our quality of life by creating memorable experiences.”

The plan establishes a curatorial and design outline which will guide the City’s Public Art Program for both permanent and temporary public art installations, mentioned Damaso.

The Public Art Master Plan includes the following elements:
• a design and curatorial outline to guide public art opportunities that can be realized in the next five years;
• priority zones within Mississauga that reflect the public art guiding principles;
• types of public art to be considered for each site;
• areas for temporary public art opportunities as well as those that might be appropriate for future permanent works;
• detailed site selection criteria; and
• education and public engagement opportunities for the Public Art Program.

“Through the Mississauga Public Art Master Plan, all future public art projects will consider the uniqueness of each community, its people and their stories,” added Damaso. “The Plan also ensures that public art reflects the context in which the artwork is located in order to maximize public benefit.”

The Public Art Master Plan will be voted on during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.