From Bus to Plane: New MiWay Airport Express Travels along Mississauga Transitway to Toronto Pearson International Airport

Heading to work? Going on a business trip or on vacation? MiWay’s Route 100 – Airport Express is now operating every 16 minutes, Monday to Friday, along the city’s dedicated bus-only Mississauga Transitway.

MiWay riders can travel between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Winston Churchill Station to Renforth Station and express to Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminals 1 and 3. Route 100 stops at all 12 transitway stations and offers connections to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit bus service and Brampton Transit.

To celebrate the new Route 100 – Airport Express, which started service on October 29, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council were joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Howard Eng, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Adrian Kupesic, Director, Public and Government Affairs on behalf of Alok Kanti, President and CEO, Bayer Inc; and Tullio Capulli, Vice President, Property Management and Leasing Office & Industrial, Eastern Canada, Morguard Brokerage.

“This new route offers a quick, efficient and more affordable way for residents, visitors and thousands of airport employees to get to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Mayor Crombie. “It is also good for business because it makes it easier for international companies such as Bayer Inc. and Morguard to move employees from the airport to their offices in Mississauga. By strengthening regionally connected transit, we are helping create jobs and grow our economy.”

Route 100 – Airport Express, was made possible in part from the Public Transit Infrastructure Funding program – an equal cost sharing funding program in which the City of Mississauga and the Government of Canada each contributed $58 million. The joint funding program is helping the City deliver service improvements that include the purchase of 13 new buses, 80 replacement buses and the rehabilitation of more than 280 buses, enabling the launch of new services and service improvements to existing routes along key commuter corridors including:

  • New Route 104 – Derry Express, connecting Meadowvale Town Centre with Westwood Square in Malton
  • More frequent service on Route 107 – Malton Express, which improved crosstown connections between downtown Mississauga and Humber College
  • More frequent service on Route 109 – Meadowvale Express, which improved crosstown connections between Meadowvale Town Centre and the TTC transit hub at Islington

“Mississauga residents now have better transit options to access the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Minister Bains. “Our government is helping create a new route that will serve the growing needs of riders in Mississauga, whether they travel for work or pleasure.”

Route 100 is part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan from 2016-2020. The plan is moving Mississauga’s transit system to a grid network allowing more frequent buses along main corridors, improving connectivity to surrounding municipalities and making travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport easier.

“We congratulate the City of Mississauga on the launch of the Route 100 – Airport Express service, which will improve transit connectivity to Mississauga for our passengers and employees. Mississauga is home to more than 13,000 airport employees and many global businesses that rely on timely access to the airport,” said Howard Eng. “We look forward to continuing to work with the City and other surrounding municipalities to enhance Toronto Pearson’s regional transit connectivity as we work towards our vision of serving as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s second major transit hub.”

Route 100 will serve customers in Mississauga’s downtown core and in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre. These stops target Mississauga businesses, offering them an efficient way to travel to the airport.

“As a global organization, we frequently travel and welcome a great deal of guests through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,” said Alok Kanti. “We are pleased to see that this expansion has been completed as it will lead to improved accessibility for our employees and those that we do business with.”

“Morguard owns and manages an extensive portfolio of commercial real estate, with properties and team members located across North America,” said Tullio Capulli. “Having a direct transit line between the airport and the Mississauga core, where our head office is located, is a great option for our tenants and our employees.”

Plan your MiWay trip on Route 100 – Airport Express by visiting miway.ca/planatrip or by calling 905-615-INFO(4636) for customized route and schedule information.

BACKGROUND:

MiWay is Mississauga’s transit service and the third largest municipal transit service in Ontario. MiWay services a high-growth population of more than 752,000, travelling across 179 kilometres. MiWay’s bus fleet of nearly 500 vehicles is fully accessible. MiWay provided more than 55 million annual boardings in 2017 across more than 80 bus routes. MiWay service connects with neighbouring transit systems including GO Transit, TTC, Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit.

MISSISSAUGA ARTS COUNCIL’S THIRD ANNUAL CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS MARKET BRINGS CREATIVE GIFT-GIVING TO PORT CREDIT

The Mississauga Arts Council’s annual Cranberry Christmas Market returns to Port Credit this holiday season!

A diverse group of community artisans will set up shop at the historic Clarke Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Guests can look forward to the quintessential holiday market experience, complete with warm beverages, carolling courtesy of the Mississauga Choral Society, and tons of festive goodies.

A unique variety of items will be available for purchase, including original artwork, hand-carved wooden items and charcuterie boards, artisanal candy and chocolates, home decor, pottery, holistic teas and handmade jewellery. Vendors include Angela Chao, Sue Archibald, Norm Tendall, The Spiced Leaf Tea Co., City Centre Dance, Mississauga Potters Guild, and over 20 others.

For those shoppers wishing someone else could do the gift wrapping for them, a donation to Epilepsy South Central Ontario will ensure your gifts are beautifully wrapped on the spot.

Entry to The Cranberry Christmas Market is pay-what-you-can or guests can bring in non-perishable food items. All donations support the Compass Food Bank.

Join the Mississauga Arts Council at the family-friendly Cranberry Christmas Market on Saturday, November 24, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd West.

Downtown Mississauga is Open for Business

The City of Mississauga’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP), with a goal to create new office development and jobs, is now in effect.

“Mississauga is a great place to do business because of our low taxes, highly skilled workforce, strategic location to key markets and our competitive commercial and industrial real estate. These new incentives will help stimulate new investment and office development in our downtown core and reaffirms that Mississauga is open for business,” said Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga. “Coupled with the upcoming Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT), our close proximity to major highways and Pearson International Airport, downtown Mississauga is quickly becoming the ideal place for world-class businesses to invest, grow and succeed.”

The Downtown CIP provides four financial incentive programs to offset a portion of the costs of constructing offices in downtown Mississauga.  To be eligible for CIP incentives, projects must be at least three storeys in height, contain a minimum of 50,000 square feet (5,000 sq. m) of office space and result in a property tax increase.

Eligible landowners can now apply for one or a combination of these programs:

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) – a grant equal to a portion of a municipal property tax increase on a development.
  • Development Processing Fees Grant – a rebate on municipal planning fees (e.g., rezoning, site plan application fees).
  • Municipally-Funded Parking Program – the City may build and own a municipal stand-alone parking space. Alternatively, the City may co-locate part of a municipally owned parking space within a private office building development.
  • Municipal Property Acquisition and Disposition – the City may purchase key properties and redevelop them for office buildings. The City may also choose to dispose of City-owned lands to attract new office development.

“Business owners can apply for one or more of these programs according to their needs and eligibility,” said Bonnie Brown, Director, Economic Development. “As Mississauga’s downtown continues to transform over the coming years, there is no better time to locate or invest in this vibrant urban setting.”

Eligible applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

“The goal of the Downtown CIP is to create more job opportunities and draw talent to the downtown area by attracting new office development,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “These incentives are key to unlocking opportunities to better balance residential and employment space for a healthy, vibrant and prosperous downtown where people can live, work, play and raise a family.”

All proposals are subject to City Council approval and budget availability, except where approval is delegated to staff. The Downtown CIP is in effect until July 4, 2022.

Police Appeal for Witnesses in Cemetery Thefts

Peel Regional Police are seeking assistance from the public as they investigate thefts from cemeteries that occurred in the City of Mississauga.

Police are looking to identify suspect(s) involved in thefts of bronze vases from Mount Peace Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery and Assumption Cemetery. A total of 269 vases were stolen valued at approximately $67,250.00, these thefts occurred between April 7, 2018 and September 24, 2018.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, who may have observed incident or any persons who may have video surveillance. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – VAM41 ANNUAL JURIED SHOW OF FINE ART

Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood welcomes artists from across the province to apply to its 41st Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts. This prestigious art exhibition will kick-off the 2019 season of Mississauga’s cultural events.

VAM41 will showcase an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary visual arts works and selected works will be on display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) from January 10 – March 15, 2019. The AGM is located at 300 City Centre Dr. in Mississauga. Awards will be generously sponsored by DeSerres and VAM.

Open to emerging and established artists living and working in Ontario, the entry deadline is midnight on Sunday, November 11, 2018. For submission information, click here or go to www.visulartsmississauga.com under the Exhibitions tab.

“This will be VAM’s 41st year celebrating the creative energy of established and emerging artists from around Ontario,” says VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “And this year also marks the 31st year that the Art Gallery of Mississauga has hosted this show. Our partnership with the AGM is indicative of the collaborative energy that flows between Mississauga’s arts, culture and heritage organizations. We thank the AGM team for showcasing this highly anticipated show with us.”

VAM is pleased to announce our distinguished panel of jurors for VAM41:

Charmaine Lurch is an award winning arts researcher and interdisciplinary artist. Her contribution to Canadian art has been influenced by a wealth of cultural experiences, academic studies and formal art education. Charmaine’s present research involves an examination of how anti-black racism creates a climate of invisibility and erasure of the experiences and agency of racially marked subjects in society.

Cole Swanson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Toronto. He holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto. Swanson has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in international venues including those in the USA, Brazil, Italy, China, Taiwan, and India. He is a two-time national fellowship winner through the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (2007, 2014) for his research on miniature paintings and Jaipur school fresco techniques in Rajasthan.

Denis Longchamps is the recently appointed Executive Director at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. From 2013 – 2018, Longchamps was the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery Burlington, and from 2012 to 2013, he was the Exhibition and Publication Manager at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He received his PhD in art history in 2009 from Concordia University and was a research fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art in 2010.