City of Mississauga Welcomes New Research Hub in Mississauga Funded by Novo Nordisk and University of Toronto Aimed at Reducing Diabetes in Community


Yesterday, Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, and the University of Toronto (U of T), announced a new research hub at U of T’s Mississauga campus that will bring leading public health experts together to help reduce chronic illnesses across the globe.

“We are thrilled that Novo Nordisk and U of T chose Mississauga as the home for their new research network that will support our goal of creating a healthier City and world,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In Peel Region, one in 10 residents live with diabetes, which is 40 per cent higher than the rest of Ontario. We understand there is a direct correlation between healthy citizens and the economic productivity of society. Sadly, COVID-19 has impacted vulnerable people more severely – such as those who suffer from chronic illnesses – which is why we support research in our community to help improve the health of our residents and people across the globe.”

As part of the City of Mississauga’s commitment to reduce Type 2 diabetes among residents, two webinars were hosted in 2020 and 2021 that engaged community stakeholders on how we can work together to put health at the centre of City policies to support a healthier society.

“This partnership complements the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of creating initiatives that support a healthy lifestyle, as well as the Life Science Cluster Strategy, which cultivates innovation between stakeholders,” said Harold Dremin, Acting Director of Economic Development at the City of Mississauga. “Mississauga is home to many newcomers to Canada and the country’s largest community-based hospital system, which is why we offer a unique opportunity for researchers to address the root cause of rising Type 2 diabetes in a highly-diverse setting.”

Novo Nordisk and U of T invested $20 million each to establish the Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations, a network of experts that will draw on U of T’s leading public health research. The network plans to explore critical concerns related to chronic disease, research new technologies including virtual care and remote training and support and develop interventions to prevent an unsustainable rise of chronic illnesses.

“Fulfilling our company’s goal to defeat diabetes, obesity and other serious chronic diseases requires much more than innovative medicine,” said Béatrice Clerc, President of Novo Nordisk Canada. “One hundred years after the discovery of insulin, we’re proud to once again partner with U of T with the ambition of helping society to address the root causes of Type 2 diabetes and obesity.”

This network will be a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and U of T Mississauga.

“The historic investment will build capacity for research and education at U of T. It will bring together existing expertise from across the University and our health-sector partners in Mississauga and the broader region,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “Ultimately it heralds a new era of hope for people facing diabetes and other chronic diseases here in Canada, and around the world.”

New Cultural Districts Help Create Vibrant Neighbourhoods Through Art & Culture

Mississauga’s Culture Master Plan came into sharper focus as Council approved the City of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts Implementation Plan. The plan introduces six cultural districts in Mississauga, each attributed with distinct themes, as the City looks to enrich cultural spaces to improve the quality of life for residents and the economic success of Mississauga.

“How we shine as a city has so much to do with our arts and culture, and I truly believe our residents and visitors will all benefit from improved cultural spaces throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “From entertainment venues and art galleries to dining out and connecting in green spaces, cultural districts are designed to offer people a wide range of experiences all within a concentrated and well-designed community space.”

The three-year (2021-2023) plan, aligning with the ConnectBelong and Prosper pillars of the City’s Strategic Plan, was carefully researched and designed by the City’s Culture Division to connect to other City strategies, such as the Culture Master Plan and Economic Recovery Plan for Creative Industries.

“Many cities are known for their distinct neighbourhoods, which is why we have benchmarked ourselves to other thriving cities around the world,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “The plan meshes the entrepreneurial spirit of business and creative passion of the arts and culture community together in a collective path to success in Mississauga. Cultural districts will attract visitors to the city to support local businesses, while the arts and culture community will have improved, innovative spaces to showcase their craft. This is about creating vibrant neighbourhoods and community hubs as destinations for locals and visitors alike.”

The history, heritage and future plans of each neighbourhood were explored. The six districts include:

  • Port Credit – exploration, entertainment, the arts and cultural heritage
  • Streetsville – cultural heritage, entertainment and exploration
  • Downtown Core – arts and innovation, entertainment and food
  • Cooksville – food, cultural heritage, music and entertainment
  • Clarkson – sustainability, cultural heritage, arts and entertainment
  • Malton – cultural heritage, community and exploration

As noted in the staff report, public consultation will take place between February and July 2021 and will help identify and prioritize the cultural needs within each district.

Don’t Skate on Thin Ice! Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water

According to the Lifesaving Society, did you know that 35 per cent of drownings in Canada occur from October to April and ice accidents account for most of these incidents? Although it’s tempting to want to skate, walk or play hockey on frozen bodies of water, it’s very dangerous. Many lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks have deep water, weak ice and constantly changing water levels – putting you at risk of falling through the ice.

The City of Mississauga Parks By-law prohibits people from going on snow or ice-covered ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other bodies of water in City parks that are not maintained for the safety of the community. If you see someone venturing on any City-owned bodies of water (E.g. Osprey Marsh, Lake Aquitaine) during the winter, notify the City by calling 311 (905-615-4311 outside of City limits). The City will dispatch an enforcement officer to come to the site to seek compliance through education, but will take enforcement action if required.

While COVID-19 has restricted many traditional winter fun activities, outdoor skating is something you can still participate in safely, while getting exercise and enjoying some fresh air outdoors.

If you’d like to skate in Mississauga, you can visit three City-operated rinksor one of 37 natural ice rinks in neighbourhood parks. Find a natural ice rink near you by viewing the City’s interactive map.

When skating outdoors, it’s important to have fun in a safe manner. Remember to continue practising public health measures including:

  • Staying a safe distance of two metres (six feet) from others
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Staying home if you are ill and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If visiting a City-operated rink, please register at activemississauga.ca. You do not need to register to use a natural ice rink.

MiWay Resumes School Routes and Other Service Changes in Response to Customer Demand

On Tuesday, February 16, MiWay will restore school bus route services as schools reopen in Peel Region. Service on nine 300-series school routes will resume and additional supplementary trips will be added to other local routes that serve high schools in Mississauga.

In addition, in response to evolving customer demand and road construction, on February 22, MiWay will make the following planned service changes:

  • Scheduled changes on various routes in response tochanges in ridership demand
  • Route 44 Mississauga Road will have revised routing due to construction on Mississauga Road
  • Route 53 Kennedy will have revised routing and travel to Cooksville GO
  • On Family Day (Monday, February 15) and Good Friday (Friday, April 2), buses will operate on a holiday schedule with reduced scheduling

Wearing a face covering is still required under City by-law in all indoor public spaces, including when riding on MiWay and inside transit terminal buildings. Children under the age of two and people with disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering are not required to wear one. 

Customers are encouraged to use PRESTO as a contactless way to pay for their ride. With PRESTO, your transfer is active for two hours from when you first tap your card on the bus (and you don’t need a paper transfer).

More information about these service changes is available at the following:

·       February 16 school route updates:miway.ca/students

·       February 22 service changes: miway.ca/feb22   

·       All MiWay service updates: miway.ca/updates

Go RVing This Weekend at The Ontario Mega RV Show

The Ontario Mega RV Show – Canada’s largest virtual RV event – will take place next weekend from February 5th to 7th. Despite not being in-person, the event will offer an incredible experience online with tons of activations for registrants to enjoy.

Admission is free and will offer access to over 500 travel trailers, motorhomes and park models, along with live product walk-throughs, virtual musical performances, special guests and of course, amazing giveaways!

The weekend will host 11 live seminars covering Technical ‘How-Tos’, RV DIY & Renos, Grilling tips and more – perfect for those new to the RV lifestyle and veterans alike.