COVID-19 Response: Reduction in Social Gathering Limits to 10 Indoors and 25 Outdoors

The City of Mississauga will be enforcing the reduction in social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors as announced by the Government of Ontario, in effect as of today. The amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 include:

  • Functions
  • Parties
  • Dinners
  • Gatherings
  • BBQs
  • wedding receptions held in private residences
  • backyards
  • social gatherings in parks.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held at facilities operated by businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Bars/restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Convention centres or banquet halls
  • Gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art venues.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

The City of Mississauga is continuing to review the impacts on services and programs and will be sharing updates through City channels.

“We are prepared and ready to enforce the province’s new limits on social gatherings and thank residents and businesses for continuing to work with us to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Addressing the unique challenges Peel Region faces is the right thing to do. Exposure through social interactions and large social gatherings continues to be the driver with 80 per cent of all new cases in Peel being acquired in community or household settings. When interacting outside of your bubble of 10, it’s important to remember that the Core 4 still applies – stay apart, lather up, mask up and get tested. While I do not want to see Mississauga regress, it’s important that we work together across the Region to keep cases down, reduce the spread and keep Mississauga healthy and safe.”

A new offence for hosting or organizing a gathering that exceeds social gathering limits will come with a minimum fine of $10,000 and anyone attending the event may be fined a minimum of $750.

City Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers will be enforcing the amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, in partnership with Peel Regional Police
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance

Visit COVID-19 for the latest updates on the City’s response and service impacts

MAC Micro Grant Winners Announced

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is happy to announce the Phase One winners of their 2020 Micro Grants Program. Fifteen artists and group projects have been awarded a total of $21,000 for their works, benefitting artists and residents.

Here are the winners!

Jasmine Sawant, writer, is awarded the Theatre in the Park grant of $5,500 for their play “Pandemic Pandemonium”, an original work that will look at life during the COVID-19 lockdown and the experience of near and not-so-near family members over months. 

Angela Chao, visual artist and filmmaker, was awarded the Artists on Film – South Asian Women Grant of $6,000 for “Mississauga Creates: South Asian Creatives”. This short documentary will highlight South Asian Women artists working in poetry, visual arts and filmmaking. Sharing their stories will provide motivation and encouragement to others and demonstrate some of the diverse talent in Mississauga. 

Wali Shah, speaker, poet, was awarded the Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their proposal to deliver a poetry anthology written on timely and relevant social issues (Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and immigrant/POC narrative) as well as pieces on Mississauga. This book will speak to the struggles and the blessings for diverse people in Canada. 

Qurat Dar, emerging author and spoken word artist, also won a Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their project, “Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam – Mississauga”. This tour will put on a series of poetry slams and workshops live in Mississauga or online, each including a featured LGBTQPIA2S+ poet in an open mic. 

Eleven Mississauga-based musicians; Dimitri Hyacinth, Tennyson King, Justin Moy, Paige Blossom and Danny Lwin, Cmagic5, Shan Fernando, Andrea Arthur, Abhishek (Abby V), Cat Bernardi, and Vivek Mehmi received a Musicians as Video Makers Grant, each receiving access to a 1-year subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro and 6 hours of free instruction in video editing, digital marketing and social media impact. Using this software and guidance, each musician will create their own music video that will then be presented and promoted in MAC’s online ‘Sauga Showcase on a date to be announced. 

Over the past year, MAC members have volunteered to work at the Rama Gaming Centre on Battleford Road, raising the Micro Grant monies as well as funds for Open Mics and other public arts programming. Stay tuned for the announcement of additional winners of Visual Arts and Dance Micro Grants. 

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

Erin Mills Town Centre Launches GetintheLoop Retail App to Enhance Customer Experience

Shoppers who sign up for the app will receive exclusive offers from retailers at the shopping centre. 

Erin Mills Town Centre of Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services has announced a new partnership with Canadian retail platform, GetintheLoop, to support its retailers to connect with customers. The app service is scheduled to launch September 2, 2020

“When our guests install the GetintheLoop app on their devices, they will essentially have Erin Mills Town Centre in their pocket. Retail operations and consumer habits are rapidly evolving, and we want to support our retailer partners in this evolution, extending beyond the physical space of our centres. Partnering with GetintheLoop allows us to enhance the guest experience, giving them a direct line on new arrivals, local promotions and sales, and much more.”

Molly Westbrook, Cushman & Wakefield’s Executive Managing Director for Canada

GetintheLoop will act as a convenient source for information and offers from a variety of local Mississauga retailers including those at Erin Mills Town Centre. Promotions will be delivered via the app, as well as through email, the mall’s website and mobile push notifications and will include gift card programs, delivery or curbside pick-up options, incentives and offers to support retail businesses now, when they need it most. National and local retailers will be featured on the app providing exclusive offers and news for members. 

Consumers can download GetintheLoop for free in the App Store and Google Play store and opt-in to receive curated, local offers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with an innovative, community-minded organization like Erin Mills Town Centre. We want our technology to help Mississauga and the Erin Mills community to stay connected and support local retail during this critical time.”

GetintheLoop’s Founder and CEO, Matt Crowell

2020 Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival Goes Virtual

“If our fans can’t come to us this September, then we’ll go to them. Our team was determined that a hiatus for our 22nd anniversary was not an option and a virtual festival was the best alternative to keep our dedicated fans “Shuffling-On” in 2020.”

Kris Kane, Chair of the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

The free event will take place over 4 days in September, (10th-13th) streaming on You Tube, Facebook and other social media platforms featuring a 90-minute production each day. Performances were filmed at Mississauga’s Metalworks Studios using professional camera and editing crews to ensure the quality and continuity of each performance and social distancing was strictly observed throughout the paid recording sessions.

Chuck Jackson, Artistic Director for the Southside Shuffle announced an outstanding line-up for the event which includes the Legendary Downchild Blues Band, Juno nominees- Durham County Poets, Lance Anderson’s “Everyday People” The Music of Sly and the Family Stone and the Mark LaForme Band. Ladies Sing The Blues will feature Finnish Blues sensation, Erja Lyytinen also, A Tribute to Etta James, Miss Emily, and “Tapestry” The Carole King Songbook plus interviews and a segment on the history of the Shuffle & Port Credit.

The Sunday show will feature the Induction ceremony of the newest member of Mississauga’s Music Walk of Fame and a retrospective on previous inductees including Oscar Peterson. The line-up is as follows and will be available on demand on the Shuffle YouTube channel for those not able to watch each segment live.

Thursday, September 10th – 8pm
  • Erja Lyytennin – Finnish Blues Sensation
  • The Art of Stan Street – Official Festival Artist
  • Visit Port Credit – Mississauga’s Waterfront Musical Destination
  • Durham County Poets
Friday, September 11th – 8pm
  • A Tribute to Etta James
  • Ladies Sing the Blues
  • Miss Emily
Saturday, September 12th – 8pm
  • Tapestry – The Carole King Songbook
  • Rabba Fine Foods Street Shuffle Highlights
  • Everyday People – The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Sunday, September 13th – 8pm
  • Mark LaForme Band
  • Mississauga Music Walk of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
  • The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Pat Carey of Downchild Blues Band

As a not-for-profit, we are very grateful to our sponsors and granting bodies for their support of our virtual event; Tim Hortons of Mississauga, the City of Mississauga, Port Credit Community Foundation, Brightwater Properties, Metalworks, Zoomer Radio, Lamar Transit Advertising, The Conspiracy to Promote Artists, The Waterside Inn, Heritage Canada, Ontario Creates, Celebrate Ontario and Socan.

We would also like to thank all our sponsors who were not able to participate this year but will be returning in 2021: Rabba Fine Foods, Port Credit BIA, Hampton Capital Group, Edenshaw Developments, Humberview Buick, Moosehead, Centre City Capital, Santa Carolina Wines, the bars & restaurants in Port Credit and our Friends of the Festival.

Please keep watching our website www.southsideshuffle.ca  and Facebook page for updates.  For further information, please contact: info@southsideshuffle.com Shuffle On, Shuffle Safe!

Get Ready to Roll into Fall – It’s Bike Month!

September is Bike Month! If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to bust out your bike, give it a tune up and get peddling.

Whether you’re new to biking or you’re an advanced cyclist who knows Mississauga’s cycling network like the back of your hand, biking is an activity that can be enjoyed by those of all skill levels.

Not sure how to celebrate Bike Month? Check out our list of cycling activities.

Learn something new with a safe cycling webinar

Join hundreds of other bike-loving residents across the GTHA by checking out a free, safe cycling webinar presented by Peel Region. Register for the webinar that interests you most, or check out them all!

All webinars take place from noon to 1 p.m., following the schedule below. Visit bikemonth.ca/mississauga for more information and to register.

  • Family Biking – September 12
    Learn tips and tricks for teaching kids how to bike as well as biking while pregnant and with babies and toddlers.
  • Safe Cycling 101 – September 16
    Safe Cycling for School-Aged Children – September 19
    Bike with confidence. Learn about the rules, responsibilities, etiquette and more.  A version of this workshop is also available for school-aged children.
  • Road Rules – September 26
    This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.
  • Biking in All Weather Conditions – September 30
    This interactive, quiz-style workshop will cover a range of topics, including laws and fines that apply to cyclists and drivers, how to navigate shared space with other roads users and common misconceptions about road rules.

Give your bike a check-up
Just like us, your bike might not be in tip-top shape if you haven’t been out for a ride in a while. Before you head out, give your bike a safety check – especially if you and your bike are a little rusty. Do the ABCD Quick Check to make sure your bike is safe to ride.

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Brush up on your trail etiquette
Biking is a great activity that allows you to get outdoor exercise while practising physical distancing. Due to the pandemic, more cyclists and pedestrians have been hitting Mississauga’s trails and shared pathways, creating an increase in congestion. To ensure everyone is able to safely enjoy their trail time, be courteous and follow trail etiquette – it involves more than just ringing your bell! Brush up on your trail etiquette before you head out.

Bike to work or to school
Swap out four wheels for two wheels, and gas-fuelled for pedal-powered by choosing your bike instead of your car the next time you travel to work or to school. Not only does it get you active, it also helps reduce traffic congestion, especially around school zones, and is something easy you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Explore somewhere new
Whether you’re looking for a quieter forested trail away from the bustle of the city, or a route that takes you through downtown or by the lake, there’s so much to see and explore in Mississauga – especially by bike. Use the Mississauga cycling map to plan your route, or check out one of these hidden gems.

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Temporary active transportation lane on Glen Erin Dr. in Ward 9

If you live in Wards 4, 7 or 9, take advantage of the temporary active transportation lanes that continue to be available for local use and are part of the City’s Active Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Framework. Whether you’re hopping on your bike to get some exercise, making a local trip in your neighbourhood, or running errands, these lanes make physical distancing safer and easier for cyclists and pedestrians. Go online to see where the temporary active transportation lanes are located in your ward.

To learn more about the City’s vision for cycling in Mississauga, check out the 2018 Cycling Master Plan.