New Public Health Measures Implemented Provincewide to Keep Ontarians Safe

Government Reinforcing the Importance of Following Public Health Advice to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health experts, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

Over the past five weeks, Ontario has experienced an increase in the rate of new COVID-19 cases. Private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group. To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the amended order will apply province-wide effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

“Last week our government took immediate action to respond to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, by setting new limits for certain social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario. As the number of cases have continued to rise, it is evident that despite the tremendous efforts of Ontarians further action is required to prevent the spread of the virus. On the advice of Ontario’s public health officials, we are moving forward with these measures to help keep Ontarians safe by limiting the potential for exposure in locations where the current risk of transmission is higher, and to avoid future lockdowns. Protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians will always remain our top priority.”

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
Lower Limits for Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto Regions (September 17, 2020)

In addition, the province will work with the municipal sector and other partners to encourage increased enforcement of existing businesses, facilities, workplaces, etc. to comply with all public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in the Stage 3 regulation. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if public health measures need to be further tightened.

MAC Micro Grants – Dance and Visual Arts Winners Announced

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is happy to announce the remaining winners of their 2020 Micro Grants Program. 19 artists and group projects have been awarded a total of approximately $7,800 for their works, benefitting artists and residents.

This is the second announcement about winners of MAC’s expanded 2020 Micro Grants Program, 34 artists in total have been awarded $28,700 for their works benefitting artists and residents.

Congratulations to all of the recipients! Here are the Dance & Visual Arts winners:

Colleen Snell, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Frog in Hand Productions, was awarded the Dance as a Movie Grant of $4,000 for their four-video series about the wonder and wellbeing of walks in nature during the pandemic. They will be creating four site-specific dance films shot in scenic landscapes around Mississauga, featuring talented, professional dancers.

Emily Roman from Elite Dance Companyalso won a Dance as a Movie Grant of $2,000 for their dance video performance, “The Moments That Define Us’ (working title), an original piece that is a coming-of-age story about innocence lost and real-life realized. This piece will feature local Mississauga based dancers, directors and videographers. 

18 Mississauga-based visual artists; Ashley Beerdat, Grace Miah, Jackie Gallagher, Cathy Clark, Debby de Groot, Sandra Robson, Joanna Turlej, Rosemary Broos, Sujata Chander, Shobha Wagley, Adriana Rinaldi, Laura Beaton, Sue Archibald, Gabby Tutak, Sjon de Groot, Noelle Hamlyn, Sofia Berger and Raheel Patel were awarded a Grant for expenses to participate in the first Mississauga Invitation Fine Art Show. This free art show and sale will feature a winding spacious path through artists’ exhibits in the sparkling Luxe Ballroom at the newly opened Hyatt Place Hotel on Hurontario south of Britannia. Unfortunately, due to recent updates from the Provincial Government regarding COVD-19 gathering limit restrictions, the show is postponed, pending a safer time for all of those involved. Stay tuned for more information. 

The Mississauga Arts Council is dedicated to enabling the growth of the arts by creating opportunities and connections between artists and residents in Mississauga and beyond. The Mississauga Arts Council’s programming offers no-cost or low-cost opportunities to perform, learn, and engage.

Since its inception in 1981, the Mississauga Arts Council works to facilitate partnerships, encourage collaboration and provide awards for healthy competition between artists and performers, to strengthen our community and contribute to a more vibrant city. 

To learn more about MAC visit: www.mississaugaartscouncil.com

City’s Online Open Data Challenge Uses Data and Technology to Build a Smart City

From October 5 to 30, the City of Mississauga is hosting its first online Smart City Open Challenge. The online event targets Mississauga high school and post-secondary students to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use data and technology to assist the City. This year’s challenge is to contribute to the City’s ongoing COVID-19 response and digital transformation.

As part of the Smart City Master Plan, the Smart City Open Data Challenge focuses on public engagement through the Centre for Civic Curiosity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, expand their professional networks, be mentored by industry professionals and demonstrate their skills and knowledge while being recognized for their talents.

Participants can register as individuals or as a team.  Registration is open until noon on Friday, October 2.

Event Details

What:

Smart City Open Data Challenge

Where:

This is an online event only. After registering, participants will be given access to the online event platform.

When:

·         Kick-Off Event

Monday, October 5, 2020

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Challenge Period

October 5 – 23, 2020

·         Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 30, 2020

9 a.m. to noon

Who:

High school students

Post-secondary students

Cost:

Free – registration is required.

During the kick-off event, participants will hear from Mayor Bonnie Crombie as well as data and technology experts from ICUBE UTMEDGE Sheridan CollegeTableauESRIAWS and Data Docket.

During the event, participants will identify a challenge based on issues and opportunities realized during the pandemic. Working virtually within a team for three weeks, participants will develop solutions to that challenge using open data and technology while getting support and guidance from subject matter experts, including staff from Mississauga’s Economic Development Office and Information Technology division. At the end of the event, teams will submit their solutions to a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

Learn more and register at smartcity.mississauga.ca.

Budget Engagement Sessions: Hear from Mayor Crombie and Senior Staff About the City’s 2021 Budget

Mississauga residents are invited to participate in a Budget  Engagement Session on the proposed 2021 Budget with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s senior staff. Residents can choose from sessions taking place on October 8 (city-wide) and October 13 (Wards 1, 2 and 4: Councillor Stephen Dasko, Councillor Karen Ras and Councillor John Kovac) and October 22 (Wards 3 and 6: Councillor Chris Fonseca and Councillor Ron Starr). Staff from the Region of Peel will also participate in the city-wide session.

Residents will receive a telephone call in advance based on a list provided by a virtual town hall service, with an invitation to participate in one of the upcoming sessions. They will be able to ask a question and hear about the City’s proposed 2021 Budget. Residents will receive a second telephone call just before the session begins. The call out is done to ensure as many residents as possible have an opportunity to participate. Anyone who receives a call and does not wish to participate can simply hang up.

“Council has already had significant consultation through the COVID-19 recovery process and we have captured those points already. The City’s Budget EngagementSessions provide us with additional input on what is important to residents,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We face a challenging year, making these sessions an important part of our budget engagement.”

Residents can also register to participate in the Budget Engagement Sessions. In addition, the city-wide session will be available to watch on Facebook Live and online.

Information about the City’s budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget. Other ways to participate in the budget process include:

Local writers share their COVID-19 stories and win the #ApartTogether Writing Contest

The #ApartTogether Contest was featured through the 2020 summer of COVID-19. It was offered as a way of having writers write about their experiences and what they have gone through during this pandemic. Mississauga Arts Council offered three prizes for the best submissions – 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, and 3rd place $100. Mississauga Writers Group handled the admin part of the contest and will be featuring the submissions in their yearly anthology, the upcoming WordFest, Celebrating Family, Friends and Neighbours. Peel Weekly News published the different submissions and will be publishing the winners in their weekly newspaper. Heritage Mississauga will be posting all the writings to their city archives. 

21 submissions came in as poetry and stories. School, pet, family, sad and happy stories were judged by a panel of five judges. All of them were amazed at the submissions and were happy to be a part of it. So many submissions were from the members of the Mississauga Writers Group and as the director, I was very happy that they did step up. That is what it’s about. We are a writers’ group and we were given an opportunity to write about our everyday lives and how we were coping.  

The requirement was that we all lived in Mississauga and that it was a maximum of 500 words. Some were over but happily reduced the number of words. We insisted on having a bio and a photo for our promotions just like other contests and they obliged. One of the most difficult writings we have is our own bio – much like a resume but it is personal. Everyone stepped up and signed a permission slip to have their writings promoted within our four different venues.

Congratulations to our three winners! 1st place, Marisa Baratta – Together (poem); 2nd place, Angela Chao – Falling of Father Tree, 1950 (poem); and 3rd place, Frances Frommer – I Celebrate My Cats: Constant Companions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (prose). Their stories will and have been published in the Peel Weekly News. The announcement will be coming soon.

This was our first collaborative effort with a contest and it proved very successful. Our city is full of artists and writers and this just proves it.