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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.
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.”
Mississauga is the official host city for the 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games, a celebration of active living, taking place August 10 to 12. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and taking applications.
Approximately 1,400 participants 55 years or older from across Ontario will compete in active and passive activities, including pickleball, cycling, euchre, tennis and more. Becoming a volunteer at the Games is a great way to support the community, learn about new activities and be part of a team.
About 400 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming participants, assisting in the production of the opening ceremonies, helping run sport competitions and providing information to guests.
All Ontario 55+ Summer Games volunteers must be:
• 16 years of age or older
• available during August 10 to 12 inclusive
• available to attend an orientation session in July
Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at osgmississauga.ca/volunteer. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability.
Questions about volunteering can be directed to email@example.com.
For more information about the Ontario 55+ Summer Games, visit osgmississauga.ca.
If you accidentally leave the snacks at home this spring while visiting your favorite outdoor Mississauga green space, fear not. The City of Mississauga has your back.
Mississauga’s Parks and Forestry Division is recommending a one-year pilot project which would see food trucks serving hungry residents in nine parks throughout the city. The pilot would begin May 1, 2018 and continue through April 30, 2019. Food trucks will be permitted onsite during regular park hours, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“As a City, we must continue to grow and evolve with current trends and innovations,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The pilot gives the City an opportunity to determine if this movement resonates with our residents and visitors. It will also create jobs while enhancing the park experience for all visitors.”
According to Mitcham, the park locations were chosen strategically to provide coverage across the city.
The nine participating parks are:
A vendor bid package will be released in March. One permit per park will be awarded using a lottery process. Potential vendors will need to submit their menu, pricing and estimated foot traffic as part of their lottery submissions.
Currently, the City restricts food trucks to special events within parks throughout Mississauga and four stationary park vendors at Mississauga Celebration Square. In addition, eight hot dog and 14 ice cream vendors are presently permitted in city parks.
Knowledge gained from the pilot will help inform the development of future food truck strategies, noted Mitcham.
City Council will determine if Mississauga will move forward with the recommended project during the Council meeting on Wednesday, March 7.