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Mississauga Council Calls on the Integrity Commissioner to Investigate Alleged Property Damage Committed by a City Councillor

At its meeting today, Council passed a resolution requesting the Integrity Commissioner conduct an investigation into the allegations that Councillor Ron Starr engaged in harassing behaviour towards former Councillor Karen Ras that violated the Councillor Code of Conduct and/or the City’s Respectful Workplace Policy.

Council requested that Councillor Starr take a leave of absence until the Integrity Commissioner’s investigation has concluded and the report is presented to Council.

Council also requested the Integrity Commissioner attend a Special Council meeting on February 9, 2022 or at his earliest convenience to explain his rationale for not investigating former Councillor Ras’s complaint regarding this matter and to explain how Sections 2(2)(a) and 2(2)(c) of the Council Code of Conduct Complaint Protocol applies to this situation.

“Neither Council or the Corporation of the City of Mississauga condone the alleged actions by one of our City Councillors or any harassment or bullying at City facilities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We take seriously the safety of all our employees, Members of Council and everyone who visits the City Hall precinct. Through this investigation, we will get the answers Council and the public demand and deserve.”

It is important to note that City Councillors are not employees of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga. They are governed by the Councillor Code of Conduct. Complaints about contraventions of the Code are be made to the Integrity Commissioner. Matters between Councillors are dealt with through the Code, and where criminal activities are involved, through Peel Regional Police.

The City can confirm that staff received a report of vandalism/property damage occurring within the City Hall secure parking garage in April 2021. City of Mississauga security staff followed and continue to follow all procedures and cooperate with Peel Regional Police in their investigations when asked to do so. This includes providing video footage if requested. The City does not publicly comment on the specifics of security incidents or disclose the content of security tapes as the footage is protected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and our Video Surveillance Policy (03-10-02).

Specifics of this matter are best addressed by Peel Regional Police.

City of Mississauga Provides Update on New COVID-19 Measures Taking Effect January 5

The Government of Ontario announced new measures in response to the rapid spread of Omicron in Ontario. Effective January 5, at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will return to the Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

The City of Mississauga is adjusting its programs and services accordingly, including closing all fitness and gym facilities, cancelling ticketed events, and operating libraries by curb-side pick-up only.

“I know Mississauga residents are tired, frustrated and anxious and these measures are not how we wanted to start the New Year,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Omicron variant is very transmissible and case counts are the highest we have seen thus far in the pandemic. We need to work together to limit the spread and protect our hospital capacity. We must focus on solutions and supporting our businesses most impacted. Please continue to do your part to limit the spread by booking your first, second or booster doses and limiting indoor, unmasked contact with those outside your household.”

City of Mississauga Service Updates:

Community Centres and Cultural Facilities:

  • All City-owned indoor recreational amenities, fitness centres, courts, pools, and arenas will be closed and associated programming paused as of the end of day on January 4, 2022 until new direction is given by the province (including all registered programs, drop-ins, leagues and memberships).
  • Community Centres, Living Arts Centre and Port Credit Arena will remain open for general building access such as washrooms, access to leased/retail space, warming, and shower access.
  • Daycare and childcare operations in community centres will remain open.
  • Virtual programming will continue.

Meeting and Event Spaces:

  • All indoor meetings and events booked at City facilities will be cancelled unless the venue is used for a religious service, social services, film and television production or health and safety training. These gatherings will be subject to provincial capacity limits.

Libraries:

  • Will operate with curb-side pick up only. Current hours will remain unchanged.

Entertainment and sporting events:

  • All ticketed events at recreational and cultural venues, including the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and the Living Arts Centre. are cancelled and ticket holders will be contacted with further information.
  • The box office at the Living Arts Centre will remain open for refunds only.
  • Theatre rentals are available for rehearsals and recording or broadcasting of a performance only.
  • The City is talking with the Mississauga Steelheads and Raptors905 about whether scheduled games without spectators will continue. More information will be provided when available.

Food Services:

  • All food services operations in City facilities will remain closed.

Museums:

  • Mississauga’s museums will remain closed.

Outdoor Sports and Recreational Fitness:

  • The outdoor skating rinks at Celebration Square and Woodhurst Heights Park as well as community operated outdoor rinks will remain open.
  • Washrooms and outdoor recreational amenities open during the winter will remain open.

For more information regarding City service impacts, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.

Vaccination Update

Residents are reminded that Peel Public Health (PPH) is offering booster shots as quickly as possible through various clinics across the region. In addition to PPH clinics, many pharmacies and primary care providers are offering vaccinations. To book your first, second or booster shot, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

In addition, on December 30, 2021 the province provided updated guidance on COVID-19 isolation requirements and testing.

MiWay Suspends Some Routes in Response to Staff Shortages Due to COVID-19 Related Absences

MiWay is temporarily suspending some service in response to an increasing number of staff that are currently absent due to COVID-19.

Starting Friday, January 7, MiWay will be suspending service on Routes 101/101A Dundas Express and 107 Malton Express, as well as reducing service frequency on Route 103 Hurontario Express in response to Transit Operator staff shortages due to COVID-19 and self-isolation requirements. These reductions will be in effect until further notice.

“We know that many residents rely on public transit to get to work, appointments and other essential trips,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “In order to deliver more reliable service where it is needed most, these changes have been temporarily implemented to free up resources for re-allocation. We will continue to update our customers in a timely manner as changes occur.”

While it is difficult to predict how customers will change their travel patterns due to the latest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, MiWay remains committed to monitoring all routes in the transit network so that available resources are allocated in the most effective way possible.

Customers are encouraged to check for real-time schedule information and updates by using MiWay’s trip planner atmiway.ca.

What’s Your Fave? Top 10 Titles Borrowed at Mississauga Library in 2021

Searching for that perfect winter read? Mississauga Library has released its list of the Top 10 titles borrowed across all 18 locations.

“The Top 10 list of titles borrowed represents our entire collection of adult, junior, fiction and non-fiction titles in all formats,” said Rona O’Banion, Director, Mississauga Library. “It’s an interesting mix of diverse themes and topics that offers something for everyone.”

The top 10 titles borrowed through Mississauga Library’s collection in 2021: 

1.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 15: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

2.     A Promised Land by Barack Obama

3.     Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14 : Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

4.     Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

5.     Dog Man: Grime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel by Dav Pilkey

6.     The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

7.     The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8.     The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly

9.     Daylight by David Baldacci

10.  A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Use our online catalogue to search our physical collections and to reserve items to be picked up at your preferred library location. In addition, it’s never been easier to borrow eBooks and audiobooks thanks to a partnership between Mississauga Library and the Hamilton, Burlington, London and Ottawa public libraries. Through this partnership, Mississauga Library cardholders can access 260,000 additional titles, including eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines. In 2021, the library experienced a 12.73 per cent increase in eBook and audiobook use.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Mississauga can register online for a library card. Customers can use any major device, including Apple®, Android™ and Chromebook™. The adaptive reading and listening platform is available on most devices.

Need some help deciding what to read next? Have our experts help you find something new and enticing to read through ourrecommended reads service and subscribe to our Book Buzz eNews to receive recommendations monthly.

Visit mississaugalibrary.ca or download the Libby app to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks anytime, from anywhere.

At this time, all libraries are operating with contactless pick up only to ensure the safety of our residents and library staff.  

For more information about the Library’s programs and services, visit mississaugalibrary.ca and follow Mississauga Library on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

City of Mississauga cancels events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square

In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and with the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the City of Mississauga has made the decision to cancel the organized events for New Years Eve on Celebration Square, including fireworks.

“This was a really tough decision to make but absolutely necessary to keep our residents safe. When we made the decision to host New Years Eve, the situation with COVID-19 was much more stable. Typically, New Years Eve events at Celebration Square have drawn very large crowds. With the current situation of COVID-19 cases, now is not the time to be gathering in massive groups.”

Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services

On New Years Eve, the skating rink at Celebration Square will be open until 11 p.m. and food trucks will be operating on-site. Anyone on the Square after 11 p.m. is encouraged to head home to watch a virtual countdown and ring in the New Year safely. No reservations are required for the skating rink at this time but city staff are closely monitoring capacity.

Residents are reminded that setting off fireworks, even on private property, requires a permit. Visit mississauga.ca/fire for more details.

For more information on impacted City services, please visit mississauga.ca/covid19.