All posts by mymississauga.ca staff

Peel Public Health advises nightclubs, movie theatres and concert venues to close to help protect the public from COVID-19

BRAMPTON, ON. (March 16, 2020) – Peel Public Health strongly supports today’s announcement from the Province of Ontario directing bars, restaurants and food establishments to stop in-person service to help control the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Peel Public Health strongly recommends the closure of nightclubs, movie theatres and concert venues effective 12:01 a.m., March 17, 2020.

“We are grateful that many restaurants, bars and food establishments have already taken the civic-minded step to voluntarily change how they do business to protect Peel residents,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “However, any business in Peel that chooses to defy either the Province’s or Peel Public Health’s recommendations will be subject to orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.”

Peel Public Health urges everyone to make efforts at social distancing. Social distancing is about avoiding physical contact and staying a safe distance away from others (approximately 2 metres). 

Peel Public Health continues to strongly recommend that residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the United States, should self-isolate for 14 days.

“Protecting the health of our community and ensuring care is available for those who require it is a shared responsibility,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “Every opportunity to avoid interactions with others helps to prevent the spread of this disease,” continued Loh. “Every interaction avoided helps to flatten the curve. We must act in solidarity and do our part to ensure that we are able to contain the outbreak.”

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel received Excellence Canada’s Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.

Whites Studios Opens Second Location in Mississauga

William F. White International Inc. (Whites) has announced their second studio location in Mississauga – Whites Studios Cantay.

“Mississauga is a city in demand, and we are quickly becoming known as Studio City North. With the addition of Whites’ second studio in Mississauga, our City’s filming activity is at an all-time high. This investment will not only support jobs and attract talent from coast to coast; it will also boost economic growth and further raise Mississauga’s profile in the film sector. Now home to six major film studios, Mississauga is the ideal place for Canada’s film and television sector to thrive, given our strategic location, proximity to the airport and competitive business environment. Mississauga’s creative industry is on the rise.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie

The first Whites Studios location, Whites Studios Edwards Blvd., recently opened in January and features more than 150,000 square feet of space split between four soundstages. The new Whites Studios Cantay location features 181,000 square feet of space also and is divided between four stages, adding to the first Mississauga location. Whites Studios Cantay is slated to open its doors in early 2021. This will bring Mississauga’s total studio square footage to almost 900,000 square feet.

“The City’s commitment to growing Mississauga’s film sector is helping to advance the City’s Strategic Plan, achieve our economic goals and attract new jobs,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO, City of Mississauga. “This expansion continues to position Mississauga as a hub for film and television across North America with aspirations to attract more international production companies. Mississauga’s ability to accommodate small to large production facilities makes it ideal for further film industry investment.”

Whites Studios adds to Mississauga’s diverse, vibrant and creative scene, which has attracted numerous award-winning film and television hits such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Umbrella Academy, Schitt’s Creek, Black Mirror, The Shape of Water, Room and many more.

“Whites Studios is continuing its Canada-wide expansion to support increasing production needs. There is a severe shortage of studio space in Toronto in particular. Our primary Toronto location, Whites Studios Edwards Blvd., is already booked solid and our clients require additional stages. To that end, we’re doing our part to reinforce the incremental business Toronto is gaining from both Canadian and American producers.”

Paul Bronfman, Co-Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc.

City Provides Community and Cultural Groups Grant Funding for 2020

Today, Mississauga City Council approved $3.8 million in grant funding to support community and cultural groups in Mississauga.

“The City of Mississauga’s grant programs empower our local not-for-profit organizations while supporting the diverse needs of our community,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The support provided through these grants enhances the quality of life for our residents. They also expand our cultural and recreational offerings to different communities and support environmental protection initiatives throughout the city.”

Community Grant Program

This program assists local, not-for-profit community groups by providing multi-year, annual operating and project grants. The program aligns with the strategic priorities of the Recreation, Parks & Forestry and Environment Divisions. 

A total of 16 organizations will receive funding through the Community Grant program in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Active Adult Centre of Mississauga*: $275,257
  • Backyard Farm and Market: $10,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel: $10,000
  • Blooming Boulevards: $4,350
  • Boys & Girls Club of Canada: $10,000
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled:$10,000
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre*: $72,888
  • Global 180 Students Communications Inc.: $9,957
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women and Families: $4,949
  • Mississauga Sports Council*: $114,595
  • Nexus Youth Services*: $42,615
  • Safe City Mississauga*: $132,730
  • The DAM: $10,000
  • The Riverwood Conservancy*: $331,859
  • Volunteer MBC: $38,200
  • Ecosource*: $109,683

Arts and Culture Grant Program

Grant funding for this program supports emerging and established not-for-profit professional and community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations in Mississauga. The grant supports the development of exemplary arts and culture programs and services that improve participation, knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of arts, culture and heritage for the citizens of Mississauga.

A total of 25 organizations will receive funding through the Arts and Culture Grant program in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Art Gallery of Mississauga*: $325,000
  • Arts on the Credit Mississauga: $5,000
  • Canadian Arabic Orchestra: $15,000
  • Chamber Music Society of Mississauga: $85,000
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $7,500
  • Fashion Circuit Series: $7,500
  • Frog in Hand: $15,000
  • Heritage Mississauga*: $244,000
  • Living Arts Centre Mississauga*: $100,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council*: $269,670
  • Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble: $4,400
  • Mississauga Children’s Choir: $25,000
  • Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization: $21,500
  • Mississauga Choral Society: $57,300
  • Mississauga Festival Choir: $20,000
  • Mississauga Festival Youth Choir: $17,000
  • Mississauga Potters Guild: $18,000
  • Mississauga Symphony Orchestra*: $150,000
  • Sampradaya Dance Creations*: $130,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $60,000
  • Small Arms Society: $25,000
  • Streetsville Historical Society: $4,000
  • Theatre Unlimited: $15,500
  • Visual Arts Mississauga*: $165,000
  • Youth Troopers for Global Awareness: $25,000

Cultural Festivals and Celebrations Grants

Cultural traditions and celebrations are important for Mississauga residents and visitors. Grant funding in this area supports cultural programming and helps event attendees enjoy clean and safe venues.

A total of 18 festivals will receive Cultural Festivals and Celebrations funding in 2020.

Approved Grants:

  • Arts on the Port: $7,500
  • Bollywood Monster Mashup*: $100,000
  • Canada Day Together Festival: $12,500
  • Carassauga Festival*: $120,000
  • Dragon Lion Dance Festival: $5,000
  • Egyptian Coptic Festival: $7,500
  • Malton Celebrates Canada Day: $27,000
  • Mississauga Italfest: $19,999
  • Mississauga Latin Festival: $19,000
  • Mississauga Polish Days Festival: $10,000
  • Mississauga Waterfront Festival: $100,00
  • Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival: $80,000
  • Muslimfest: $50,000
  • Paint the Town Red Port Credit: $70,000
  • Philippine Festival Mississauga: $19,000
  • Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival*: $100,000
  • Streetsville Christmas in the Village: $12,500
  • Streetsville Founder’s Bread and Honey Festival: $60,000

Culture Project Grants

This grant supports cultural events, projects or activities in the community.

A total of 11 groups will receive Culture Projects funding in 2020. 

Approved Grants:

  • Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia: $5,000
  • Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation: $4,949
  • Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters: $5,000
  • Ink Movement: $3,500
  • Meadowvale Music Theatre: $5,000
  • MEHAR: Mental & Emotional Health Awareness Renaissance: $5,000
  • Mississauga Arts Council: $5,000
  • MonstrARTity Creative Community: $5,000
  • Riverwood Conservancy: $5,000
  • Sawitri Theatre Group: $5,000
  • Visual Arts Mississauga: $5,000

* Represents multi-year funding

For more information about the City’s grant programs, visit mississauga.ca/grants.

Credit Valley Conservation appoints 2020 Chair and Vice-Chair

Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras was acclaimed as chair of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) at the inaugural 2020 board meeting on Friday, January 17, 2020. The election marks Ras’s second term as chair and her sixth year of service on the CVC Board of Directors. 

“I’m honoured to be acclaimed as chair of Credit Valley Conservation,” said Councillor Ras. “These are important times for Ontario conservation authorities. We have a new Conservation Authorities Act with pending regulations. We’re continuing to support municipalities and neighbours with services like flood warning and greening communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. “We’re proud to work with our partners in government and across the watershed to lead protection, restoration and enhancement of our local natural environment.”

The CVC Board of Directors also acclaimed Town of Oakville Councillor Tom Adams as vice-chair. Adams has served on the CVC board since 2011 and previously served as vice-chair in 2013 and 2019.

The CVC board consists of 12 members from watershed municipalities, all of whom were also reappointed to the Credit Valley Source Protection Authority:

·         Karen Ras, Ward 2, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Tom Adams, Ward 6, Town of Oakville and Region of Halton Councillor

·         Martin Medeiros, Wards 2 and 6, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Michael Palleschi, Wards 3 and 4, City of Brampton and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Ron Starr, Ward 6, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Matt Mahoney, Ward 8, City of Mississauga and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Johanna Downey, Ward 2, Town of Caledon and Region of Peel Councillor

·         Ann Lawlor, Ward 4 Councillor, Town of Halton Hills

·         John Brennan, Councillor, Town of Erin

·         Grant Peters, Councillor, Town of Orangeville

·         Tom Nevills, Councillor, Township of East Garafraxa

CVC is accountable through its Board of Directors to the municipalities and residents in the Credit River Watershed. The board approves and guides CVC policies, programs, services and sets its annual budget.

Steelheads honour and lend support to 13-year old Reese Meyer’s off ice battle

It was an emotional night at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday afternoon when the hockey club hosted their Superhero game; playing for much more than two points.

This past November, the Meyer family had their lives turned upside down. One day after school, 13-year old Reese Meyer collapsed with symptoms similar to a stroke. They quickly rushed him to emergency where he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour. Since then, Reese has undergone several surgeries and is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Through this horrible experience the family has shown incredible strength and hope for their son.

Being the fighter that he is, Reese worked daily with physiotherapists at Princess Margaret to regain strength in his limbs with the ultimate goal of walking out to centre ice for puck drop at the Steelheads game. On January 26th, he did just that. When his name was called and he began walking along the red carpet, accompanied by his parents, Jennifer and Glenn and his sister Avalon, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house or a single person remaining in their seats. 

After a lengthy standing ovation, volunteers from the Caledon Hawks organization, Katrien Mooney and Sabrina Velo alongside Owner and President of the Mississauga Steelheads Elliott Kerr joined the Meyer family for a special cheque presentation.

When hearing of Reese’s story back in November, Elliott Kerr reached out to Katrien to find out how the Steelheads could support the family and the two groups decided on a ticket fundraiser. The dedication and hardwork of Katrien and her group of volunteers resulted in over 1,300 tickets being sold by the group and a donation of $25,000 to the Meyer family. 

Following powerful words from Katrien Mooney and Glenn Meyer, Reese took the microphone.  “I’m not used to being centre of attention but I appreciate how much my family and their friends have been watching over my mom, my dad, my sister, Avalon and me,” he said. “I promise to keep fighting the only way I know how — like a Hawk.”

As Reese walked off the ice, Steelheads players gathered on either side of the carpet, offering their appreciation and support for his continued battle.

The scene at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre was surreal. Consistent cheers of “GO REESE GO” echoed throughout the arena, and jerseys and signs showing support for their fellow Hawk painted the building. The Steelheads also hung a superhero jersey with Meyer’s number 3 behind the bench, a gesture that the Caledon East team made at hockey tournaments to honour Reese in his fight.

The script could not have been written better to cap off the afternoon as the Steelheads overcame a three-goal deficit to win in overtime. As the three stars were announced, it was Reese Meyer that would receive the honorary first star. Players Cole Schwindt and Keean Washkurak made a gesture of their own, bringing out Reese’s jersey that had been hung behind the bench, holding it high for the crowd and the Meyer family.

The fundraising isn’t over as the jerseys worn by the Steelheads for the Superhero Game are available for auction with proceeds supporting the Reese Meyer Family at this difficult time. To place a bid please click here.

Through this difficult time the Steelheads would like to offer the Meyer family and all the Caledon Hawks their support through this fight. This one’s for you Reese.