Transportation (Ride Sharing) Network Companies Directed to Suspend Operation as Review Continues

At this week’s General Committee meeting, Council passed a motion directing transportation network companies (TNCs) to suspend operations in Mississauga as the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee (PVAC) continues a review of these companies currently operating illegally in Mississauga.
 
Highlights of the motion includes:
• directing TNCs and drivers to suspend operation within Mississauga until amendments to the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law are made;
• City staff continuing to enforce the Public Vehicle Licensing By-law and charge all drivers;
• Staff to report back on TNC related charges under the City’s Public Vehicle Licensing By-law;
• Federal and Provincial government be requested to undertake legislative changes to regulate TNCs to ensure that TNCs are regulated consistently across municipalities in Ontario;
• PVAC holds an open education session and makes its recommendations to Council. 

“We need a safe and fair system where everyone operates under the law,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are taking the time and doing the work to ensure we have a level playing field.”
 
“The motion directing TNCs to suspend operations will give us time to ensure we have the best option for Mississauga,” said Ron Starr Ward 6 Councillor and Public Vehicle Advisory Committee Chair. “Further review will be done at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee.”

“Technology is changing many industries,” said Carolyn Parrish Ward 5 Councillor and Public Vehicle Vice Chair. “Our job is to manage the transition and make it fair. Review at the City’s Public Vehicle Advisory Committee will help us achieve that.”

The motion will be on the March 9, 2016 Council agenda for final approval.
 
Background
 
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 are currently operating in Mississauga unlicensed.
 
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.

Love Local, Buy Local – Art!

For the fifth year, Arts on the Credit, the annual fine art and craft show will highlight the curated work of over 40 talented local artists at the prestigious Waterside Inn in Port Credit. (11am-5pm. April 9th and 10th. $5 admission.)

Each year, remarkable new visual artists and craftspeople are introduced to visitors, exhibiting side by side with established local artists, and giving those interested in the creative process an opportunity to interact directly with the creators of their one-of- a-kind purchases.

“Our organization is committed to assisting and mentoring new talent and expanding our vibrant art community, and we truly believe that an engaged cultural hub in our city is key to our future growth. 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 local artists, and help us continue with our growth. I am constantly amazed by the breadth of talent here in Port Credit; there must be something in the water! And, there will be door prizes!”

For more information visit http://artsonthecredit.ca/

Mississauga’s Code and the City Open Data Idea Jam – A Success!

The City of Mississauga co-hosted its’ first Idea Jam, Code and The City in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) today. The sold out event welcomed over 80 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts to share ideas on how Mississauga could gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment. Continue reading Mississauga’s Code and the City Open Data Idea Jam – A Success!

Three New AGM Exhibitions Showcase Cross-disciplinary Practice and Immersive Installations

This spring, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) invites visitors to explore a diverse range of artwork with three new exhibitions. Change Makers is an exploration of personal and cultural stories that are delved into, mined, researched and then reconstituted to forge new histories as a way of not losing what the past has to teach us about how we might approach the future. In Pushing Paint, Fiona Kinsella takes the physicality and organic qualities of oil paint as her starting point, pushing the medium to become more than surface pigmentation, into the realm of the sculptural – to grow, shift, change, to build up and decay. And, in a new body of work, Claire Scherzinger examines the relationship between drawing, painting and sculpture as a spectrum of exchange of information and knowledge between the image and the object.

Change Makers
Outi Pieski, Wally Dion, Wendy Red Star, Melissa General, Amy Malbeuf, Shuvinai Ashoona, Nicotye Samayualie

Change Makers aims to re-evaluate the relationship between Aboriginal and Western cultures. This exhibition celebrates the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s recent commitment to the study and exhibition of Indigenous art while providing diverse responses to what it means to be Indigenous today. Through their works, the artists engage with ideas of self-representation to question colonial narratives and present parallel histories while exploring relationships between the spiritual, the uncanny and every day.

The AGM is honoured to have the support of the Peel Aboriginal Network and the Six Nations of the Grand River as Community Partners for this exhibition.

Fiona Kinsella | Pushing Paint

Displayed in the Robert Freeman Gallery, Fiona Kinsella explores the organic, physical, and tactile qualities of oil paint, rather than its ability to hold pigment or create two dimensional images. Her work straddles the now blurry line between painting and sculpture, and also connects to elements of performance. Although the artist exerts significant control over the final product while wielding the brush, or in Kinsella’s case, a palette knife, the paint itself is an active agent, changing over the course of its lifetime. Kinsella’s work is at once about the bridging and expansion of media, and about the process of doing so – pushing paint, shaping and sculpting it, and allowing it to have a life of its own.

Claire Scherzinger | the zenith of my understanding is like water in a thimble

Lastly, devoted to presenting exceptional emerging artists from Mississauga and the GTA, the AGM’s XIT-RM space is proud to present Claire Scherzinger’s the zenith of my understanding is like water in a thimble. For this exhibition, Scherzinger continues on her quest to “know everything about everything” when it comes to painting and drawing. However this quest is inherently futile, as the title suggests, and indeed extends beyond medium-specific boundaries. Along with many of her contemporaries, Scherzinger, who has been recognized for her painting by the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, is exploring the significance and relevance of painting today, in an era in which cross-disciplinary practice is common. She has begun to view drawing, painting, and sculpture as a spectrum across which information is exchanged – information that takes the form of line, colour, form and texture – in varying degrees of abstraction and representation.

Exhibitions will be on view from February 25, 2016 – April 10, 2016.

Mayor Crombie Congratulates Hazel McCallion on Becoming Sheridan Chancellor

Sheridan College Davis Campus – it gives me immense pleasure to join the faculty, staff, students and leadership from Sheridan College for the installation of Hazel McCallion as this institution’s first chancellor, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today.

“Sheridan College chose Canada’s leading city-builder, Hazel McCallion, to help build a more promising and inspiring future, for the school’s 21,000 strong student body.”

As you know, when Sheridan succeeds, so does Mississauga, Mayor Crombie said citing how phase two of the Hazel McCallion Campus is well underway, on nearly nine acres of prime land made possible through a partnership between Mississauga and Sheridan.

“I have always maintained that all levels of government have a responsibility to ensure people have access to quality education,” Mayor Crombie said. “This is especially the case at the local level. We want our educational institutions to be strong because our young people must reach higher,” Mayor Crombie added.

“Investing in education is city-building.”

The Mississauga expansion project will result in a new facility on the same site; housing state-of-the-art classrooms; studios; labs and production spaces; a Centre for Creative Thinking and a gallery space to showcase students’ creativity and innovation.

The new facility will offer program clusters in architecture and interior design; creativity and communications; business; advertising and merchandising. The new space will accommodate an additional 3,200 full-time students for a total enrollment of approximately 5,500 active minds.

Mayor Crombie said “taken together, this is another milestone as we continue with our plans of building a flourishing, livable, walkable, downtown core.”

Mayor Crombie highlighted how Mississauga City staff are working closely with Metrolinx to press ahead with the Hurontario LRT, adding that “former mayor McCallion advocated extensively to support the project and attract investment for it.”

Mayor Crombie added that “the LRT will be linked to our MiWay Bus Rapid Transit System at the Square One Transit Terminal. It will result in a more seamless travel experience for students to get to class at Sheridan College.”

“By partnering with Sheridan, we are building a complete city – a place where all people can earn an education, find a good-paying job, start a business, pursue their dreams and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life.

Mayor Crombie concluded “once again, I offer my very best wishes to Chancellor McCallion, as you embark on yet another exciting chapter in your extensive career of public service.”

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Mayor Crombie speaking during the installation of Hazel McCallion as Sheridan College’s first chancellor. Brian Dawson, President of Sheridan’s Board of Directors, also pictured.

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Mayor Crombie joined by Hazel McCallion, Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky, Mayor Linda Jeffrey, and Mississauga-Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat.