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City of Mississauga Provides Update on New COVID-19 Measures Taking Effect January 5

The Government of Ontario announced new measures in response to the rapid spread of Omicron in Ontario. Effective January 5, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will return to the Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

The City of Mississauga is adjusting its programs and services accordingly, including closing all fitness and gym facilities, cancelling ticketed events, and operating libraries by curb-side pick-up only.

“I know Mississauga residents are tired, frustrated and anxious and these measures are not how we wanted to start the New Year,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Omicron variant is very transmissible and case counts are the highest we have seen thus far in the pandemic. We need to work together to limit the spread and protect our hospital capacity. We must focus on solutions and supporting our businesses most impacted. Please continue to do your part to limit the spread by booking your first, second or booster doses and limiting indoor, unmasked contact with those outside your household.”

City of Mississauga Service Updates:

Community Centres and Cultural Facilities:

  • All City-owned indoor recreational amenities, fitness centres, courts, pools, and arenas will be closed and associated programming paused as of the end of day on January 4, 2022 until new direction is given by the province (including all registered programs, drop-ins, leagues and memberships).
  • Community Centres, Living Arts Centre and Port Credit Arena will remain open for general building access such as washrooms, access to leased/retail space, warming, and shower access.
  • Daycare and childcare operations in community centres will remain open.
  • Virtual programming will continue.

Meeting and Event Spaces:

  • All indoor meetings and events booked at City facilities will be cancelled unless the venue is used for a religious service, social services, film and television production or health and safety training. These gatherings will be subject to provincial capacity limits.

Libraries:

  • Will operate with curb-side pick up only. Current hours will remain unchanged.

Entertainment and sporting events:

  • All ticketed events at recreational and cultural venues, including the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and the Living Arts Centre. are cancelled and ticket holders will be contacted with further information.
  • The box office at the Living Arts Centre will remain open for refunds only.
  • Theatre rentals are available for rehearsals and recording or broadcasting of a performance only.
  • The City is talking with the Mississauga Steelheads and Raptors905 about whether scheduled games without spectators will continue. More information will be provided when available.

Food Services:

  • All food services operations in City facilities will remain closed.

Museums:

  • Mississauga’s museums will remain closed.

Outdoor Sports and Recreational Fitness:

  • The outdoor skating rinks at Celebration Square and Woodhurst Heights Park as well as community operated outdoor rinks will remain open.
  • Washrooms and outdoor recreational amenities open during the winter will remain open.

For more information regarding City service impacts, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.

Vaccination Update

Residents are reminded that Peel Public Health (PPH) is offering booster shots as quickly as possible through various clinics across the region. In addition to PPH clinics, many pharmacies and primary care providers are offering vaccinations. To book your first, second or booster shot, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

In addition, on December 30, 2021 the province provided updated guidance on COVID-19 isolation requirements and testing.

MiWay Suspends Some Routes in Response to Staff Shortages Due to COVID-19 Related Absences

MiWay is temporarily suspending some service in response to an increasing number of staff that are currently absent due to COVID-19.

Starting Friday, January 7, MiWay will be suspending service on Routes 101/101A Dundas Express and 107 Malton Express, as well as reducing service frequency on Route 103 Hurontario Express in response to Transit Operator staff shortages due to COVID-19 and self-isolation requirements. These reductions will be in effect until further notice.

“We know that many residents rely on public transit to get to work, appointments and other essential trips,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “In order to deliver more reliable service where it is needed most, these changes have been temporarily implemented to free up resources for re-allocation. We will continue to update our customers in a timely manner as changes occur.”

While it is difficult to predict how customers will change their travel patterns due to the latest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, MiWay remains committed to monitoring all routes in the transit network so that available resources are allocated in the most effective way possible.

Customers are encouraged to check for real-time schedule information and updates by using MiWay’s trip planner atmiway.ca.

What’s Your Fave? Top 10 Titles Borrowed at Mississauga Library in 2021

Searching for that perfect winter read? Mississauga Library has released its list of the Top 10 titles borrowed across all 18 locations.

“The Top 10 list of titles borrowed represents our entire collection of adult, junior, fiction and non-fiction titles in all formats,” said Rona O’Banion, Director, Mississauga Library. “It’s an interesting mix of diverse themes and topics that offers something for everyone.”

The top 10 titles borrowed through Mississauga Library’s collection in 2021: 

1.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 15: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

2.     A Promised Land by Barack Obama

3.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14 : Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

4.     Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

5.     Dog Man: Grime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey

6.     The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

7.     The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8.     The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

9.     Daylight by David Baldacci

10.  A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Use our online catalogue to search our physical collections and to reserve items to be picked up at your preferred library location. In addition, it’s never been easier to borrow eBooks and audiobooks thanks to a partnership between Mississauga Library and the Hamilton, Burlington, London and Ottawa public libraries. Through this partnership, Mississauga Library cardholders can access 260,000 additional titles, including eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines. In 2021, the library experienced a 12.73 per cent increase in eBook and audiobook use.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mississauga can register online for a library card. Customers can use any major device, including Apple®, Android™ and Chromebook™. The adaptive reading and listening platform is available on most devices.

Need some help deciding what to read next? Have our experts help you find something new and enticing to read through ourrecommended reads service and subscribe to our Book Buzz eNews to receive recommendations monthly.

Visit mississaugalibrary.ca or download the Libby app to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks anytime, from anywhere.

At this time, all libraries are operating with contactless pick up only to ensure the safety of our residents and library staff.  

For more information about the Library’s programs and services, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and follow Mississauga Library on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

City of Mississauga cancels events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square

In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and with the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the City of Mississauga has made the decision to cancel the organized events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square, including fireworks.

“This was a really tough decision to make but absolutely necessary to keep our residents safe. When we made the decision to host New Years Eve, the situation with COVID-19 was much more stable. Typically, New Years Eve events at Celebration Square have drawn very large crowds. With the current situation of COVID-19 cases, now is not the time to be gathering in massive groups.”

Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services

On New Years Eve, the skating rink at Celebration Square will be open until 11 p.m. and food trucks will be operating on-site. Anyone on the Square after 11 p.m. is encouraged to head home to watch a virtual countdown and ring in the New Year safely. No reservations are required for the skating rink at this time but city staff are closely monitoring capacity.

Residents are reminded that setting off fireworks, even on private property, requires a permit. Visit mississauga.ca/fire for more details.

For more information on impacted City services, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.

Safety First! Donation to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Aimed at Keeping Students Safe

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) are the proud recipients of 702 Kidde Canada 10-year, worry-free combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms valued at approximately $42,112. The donation comes as part of Safe Community Project Zero – a public education campaign delivered through the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, funded by Enbridge Gas Inc. The program provides select fire departments with combination alarms to improve fire safety in homes and help lower fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths. This year’s alarm donation will help keep students safe who are attending and living off campus at the University of Toronto – Mississauga and Sheridan College – Hazel McCallion Campus.

“Every year, students make the exciting decision to come to U of T Mississauga, either living in residence, commuting from home or moving into local rental housing. Our students are vital members of the Mississauga and Peel communities, and they need safe, affordable housing. Safe Community Project Zero is a campaign designed with protection in mind – ensuring that our student renters have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their spaces. We are grateful to our partners at Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and Enbridge Gas for helping to keep our students safe.”

Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President, University of Toronto & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

“I want to thank Enbridge for their generosity and for selecting Mississauga as one of the beneficiaries,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our fire department is there for us when we need them most – but fire safety requires all of us to do our part. This includes making sure working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in our homes and knowing the three keys to safety: prevention, detection and an escape plan when it comes to saving lives and your property from fire. The goal of fire safety education through programs like Safe Community Project Zero is to provide our community with the tools and skills required to reduce the risk of fires and know what to do and how to respond if a fire does occur.”

“Sixty per cent of the fires MFES has responded to in the last five years either did not have a working smoke alarm or the presence of one could not be determined. When properly installed and maintained, combination alarms help provide early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure,” said Deryn Rizzi, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management. “Carbon monoxide is known as a silent killer. It’s a toxic, odourless gas that can lead to illness and death when levels become too high. We know post-secondary students are often pre-occupied with new surroundings, school demands and an active social life, so fire safety may not be top of mind. With these combination alarms, we’re helping to ensure that students are kept safe and protected.”

According to MFES public education, one working smoke alarm must be installed on each floor of a home, with at least one alarm outside of each sleeping area. Additionally, it is also recommended that a smoke alarm be installed inside every bedroom. A combination alarm is one device that provides protection from both fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

For more information about fire safety and prevention in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/fire.