Sheridan Celebrates Grand Opening of Campus Expansion

Mississauga, ON:  Today marked the official opening of the long-awaited Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) expansion, a 5-storey, 225,000 square foot building known as the HMC B-Wing that will increase enrolment capacity in Mississauga to over 5,600 students.  The event drew over 200 guests, including provincial and municipal elected officials, donors and industry partners.

Dr. Mary Preece opened the formal proceedings and acknowledged the $67.7 million in infrastructure funding  provided by the provincial government to support the construction of B-Wing.  She also thanked the City of Mississauga for its donation of the land on which HMC is situated, as well as the many private donors who contributed to Sheridan’s Get Creative Fundraising Campaign, which raised $9 million to support the expansion.

Those in attendance included The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; The Hon. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and MPP – Mississauga South; The Hon Dipika Damerla, Minister of Senior Affairs and MPP – Mississauga East – Cooksville; and Amrit Mangat, MPP – Mississauga – Brampton South.

Hazel McCallion, Sheridan’s inaugural Chancellor, noted that “I’m so proud to be the first Chancellor of this great institution, that is making it possible for our young people to go out in the world, and make a difference – in other words, to prepare them not to fear the future, but to shape it.”

“Investing in high-quality postsecondary education is about more than expanding access and affordability,” said Minister Matthews.  “It is also about investing in innovative learning spaces that provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience in state-of-the-art facilities – experience that will help them get the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Ontario Government is proud to support the energy efficient expansion of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus. I know it will serve students well for decades.”

“Supporting the development of state-of-the-art facilities, like the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus, is part of our plan to build up our highly skilled workforce and grow our economy,” said Minister Sousa.  “Providing greater access to innovative postsecondary learning spaces will enable Ontario students to develop the new skills they need for our changing economy.”

“The just completed phase 2 of Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus more than doubles capacity,” said Minister Damerla.  “This much needed expansion gives Ontario’s third largest city a state-of-the-art college that it deserves. This is a big win for Mississauga.”

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Council, we join Sheridan in celebrating the official opening of Phase Two of the Hazel McCallion Campus, located on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Sheridan’s Mississauga campus is located directly on the planned Hurontario LRT route. This will make it easier for students, faculty and staff to get to and from campus. Investing in education is city-building and this occasion marks another milestone as we move ahead with our plans for a complete city – a place where people can earn an education, find a well-paying job and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life right here in Mississauga.”

“During this exciting period in our City’s evolution, we celebrate the continued revitalization of our downtown core with the successful completion of Sheridan College’s Phase 2 building,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “As the local City Councillor for Ward 4, I am grateful to have been a part of our City’s collaboration with Sheridan and welcome all of the students attending class here.  I thank all those who have been so hard at work, helping to realize Mississauga’s and Sheridan’s shared vision for a thriving downtown.”

Attendees had the opportunity to explore a variety of interactive exhibits, all reflective of one of the event’s twin themes:  creativity and sustainability.  They included a public exhibit in the Creative Campus Gallery entitled “human:  purposeful creativity for our communities”; a sustainability living lab; and a display from the Material Connexion Library, a first-in-Canada collection of innovative materials for interior design and architecture that is housed in the new facility.

About the New Building:

HMC B-Wing was designed by Moriyama & Teshima and Montgomery Sisam – Architects in joint venture, and embodies Sheridan’s Creative Campus philosophy and commitment to sustainability.  Its features include a creativity commons where students can mingle and collaborate; a public Gallery showcasing the creativity of the Sheridan community; and the Institute for Creativity.

Programs offered in the building include a grouping related to sustainable built environment, including Architectural Technology, Interior Design, and Interior Decorating.  Programs in Advertising , Marketing and Visual Merchandising complement the business diploma and degree programs that have been offered at HMC since its opening in 2011.

The building is built to LEED Silver specifications with potential for Gold.  Sustainability features include smart building infrastructure, zero waste foundations, water efficiency and reuse, lighting and ventilation as well as the use of sustainable materials.

Artist Selected for Riverwood – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)  Public Art Project

The City of Mississauga has commissioned artist Marc Fornes and his studio THEVERYMANY to create a permanent public art sculpture at Riverwood entitled Pine Sanctuaryin celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The artwork will be installed at the entrance to the park and is part of the overall rehabilitation of Riverwood. The public art installation and Riverwood upgrades were supported with a grant of up to $745,630 from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).  

Pine Sanctuary will be a recognizable landmark that reflects the natural and cultural heritage ofMississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This extraordinary sculpture, made possible with the generous support of our federal partners, will encourage new visitors as well as those who call Mississauga home, to get out and explore all that our city has to offer.”

An open Call to Artists was issued in early 2016. Fornes and THEVERMANY were selected by an Art Selection Committee along with public input to create the piece.

“Riverwood is a perfect location for our newest public art piece. It was identified as an area that provides cultural value and a rich opportunity for interpretation through public art in the City’s Public Art Master Plan,”said Councillor Ron Starr, Ward 6.

“The City of Mississauga contributed approximately $854,370 to the overall Riverwood project which also included repairs and accessibility upgrades to the Chappell House and fire safety standard improvements to the Visual Arts Mississauga Building,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer.

The City of Mississauga was awarded up to $2.1 million in Government of Canada funding for 25 infrastructure rehabilitation projects in Intake 1. The approved City Intake 1 projects include:

  • the rehabilitation of 14 trails;
  • nine playgrounds; and
  • two specific renovation projects at Lake Aquitaine Park and Riverwood.

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of art, culture, sport, and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see Riverwood benefit from this program,” said Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre.

CIP 150 will allow Canadians to enjoy upgraded community facilities such as parks, trails, cultural and community centres. The program will also help to create a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The artwork will be installed in July 2017.

About Riverwood

Riverwood is an environmentally and culturally significant natural area in Mississauga. It is home to the Chappell Estate and the offices of The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) and Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM). Other amenities include trails, gardens, woodlands, wildlife habitats and views of the Credit River which runs through the site.

Arts on the Credit: April 8th and 9th at Port Credit’s Waterside Inn

What Incredible Talent Lives Here!

For the sixth year, Arts on the Credit, the annual juried fine art show created by Marie Payne and Elysia Prokopetz will highlight the curated work of over 40 remarkable artists at the prestigious Waterside Inn in Port Credit. (11am-5pm. April 8th and 9th, $5 admission.)

Says Marie Payne, “There is so much fabulous work, I had a difficult time choosing which images to send out. I really am proud of the work that will be showing this year. It just gets better & better. We have come a long way in 6 years and our unique show is now established as the place to be each year.”

Highly skilled fine artists will exhibit side by side with established local artists, giving art lovers a unique opportunity to not only view some of the best art in Ontario, but also to understand the creative processes of the artists that will be on hand to discuss their work. By combining art, community and conversation, Arts on the Credit attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over, to discover, re-connect and purchase work from the artists.

This year, Arts on the Credit has partnered with Sheridan College to sponsor a recent graduate from their Art & Design: Glass program, Courtney Downman  an award-winning artist, and currently artist-in-residence at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga.  The door prize this year is an original painting by Dave Froude.

Mississauga to Launch Transportation Network Licensing Pilot Project

March 24, 2017 –  At this week’s General Committee meeting, The City of Mississauga Council passed a motion to approve the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Licensing Pilot Project. The 18 month Pilot Project will permit the operation of TNCs in Mississauga. The Pilot Project is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2017.

The motion will be on the March 29, 2017 Council agenda for final approval.

“The Transportation Network Company Licensing Pilot Project will provide a regulatory framework in the interest of public safety and consumer protection,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “The Pilot Project will enable us to test and evaluate our framework. At the conclusion of the pilot program, we will be in a better position to recommend to Council permanent regulations for TNCs.”

“Our plan is an important opportunity to level the playing field by modernizing rules and regulations to ensure Mississauga is a city in step with the times, and with what the public wants,” Mayor Crombie said. “I want to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of Council, Mississauga’s professional staff, industry stakeholders, residents and all those who worked with the Public Vehicle Pilot Program Committee to bring forward a responsible, balanced and much needed made in Mississauga plan that ensures public safety, consumer protection and works for taxpayers.”

Elements of the Pilot Program include:

  • A By-law enacted for the rules and regulations of the Pilot Project
  • A By-law enacted to amend the Public Vehicle Licencing By-law 420-04 to allow taxi and limousine operators to compete with TNCs
  • Licenced TNCs must supply quarterly confirmation from an independent auditor to confirm the information provided to the City is accurate for the purposes of enforcement
  • Requirement that a TNC Brokerage licencing fee of $20,000 be paid to the City of Mississauga and a TNC Vehicle Operator licencing fee of 30 cents for each ride originating within Mississauga be collected and remitted by the TNC on the 15th of each month

Upon completion of the Pilot Project, staff will report back to General Committee with recommendations on existing and future regulations.

The regulatory framework for the Pilot Project can be found here: Proposed TNC Regulatory Framework.


Public Vehicle Pilot Program Committee

Council created a Public Vehicle Pilot Program Committee to hear from industry stakeholders, experts and the public and to develop a pilot program to allow Transport Network Companies (TNCs) to operate in Mississauga. The Public Vehicle Pilot Program Committee held five meetings and was dissolved on November 9, 2016.

Public Vehicle Licensing By-law

The City of Mississauga’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law regulates transportation services provided by public vehicles (taxis and limousines). This bylaw ensures public and consumer safety, driver safety and consumer protection for public vehicle transportation services. TNCs currently operating in Mississauga are unlicensed.

Municipal Benchmarking

A comparison and analysis of municipalities who have approved TNC licensing (Appendix 2 – Proposed TNC Regulatory Framework) helped staff develop an appropriate framework for Mississauga’s Pilot Project. The implementation of the Pilot Project provides an appropriate regulatory framework in the interest of public safety and consumer protection.

THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE presents André-Philippe Gagnon

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 8 PM

Tickets $30 and up | Hammerson Hall

“…Great talent. Fun, modern and entertaining!” – CBC

Famed impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon triumphs as “Entertainer of the year” at the 15th Star Awards gala in Toronto! Known as the man of “400 voices” Canada’s famed comedian/impressionist borrows the famous voices of vocalists from around the world. Gagnon brings together artists who have never appeared before on the same stage – from Elvis, Barry White, Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5 and even Susan Boyle – experience a night of music, comedy and creativity you simply have to hear to believe!

André-Philippe Gagnon’s talent is unique; unlike other impersonators who reproduce only the speaking voices of their subjects, Gagnon can perform note-perfect singing voices of many of the world’s most celebrated singers

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