Category Archives: Art

City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues: Re-opening Plans, Public Engagement, Events Cancelled

Re-opening plans and procedures outlined, Public Engagement – projects identified, Permits & Events Cancelled to September 7, MiWay Safety During Pandemic

Today, Mississauga City Council approved a plan for a measured and phased re-opening of outdoor recreation amenities, cancelling events at City facilities to September 7, 2020 and plans and principles for community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to work to protect our City while taking a slow and measured approach to re-opening our parks facilities. Today, Council made the decision to first reopen individual activities in parks that carry a lower risk such as skateboard and leash-free dog parks. We will explore a broader re-opening based on case numbers and how well people follow the guidelines. We also made the tough decision today to cancel major festivals and large events at City facilities and parks for the rest of the summer in an effort to prevent further spread. We remain committed to engaging the community on City building projects and will proceed with virtual engagement sessions on essential, priority projects. We once again thank residents and businesses for their patience and understanding as we navigate re-opening and recovery.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Phased Re-Opening of Outdoor Recreation Facilities

Council approved a phased approach and safety procedures for the re-opening of City outdoor recreation amenities. Communications, physical distancing and signage are included in the plans and will be developed. Phases will be implemented in consultation with the Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Physical distancing is now a requirement in the park amenity re-openings as per the updated Provincial Orders.

The following outdoor recreation amenities have re-opened with safety and operational plans in place to minimize risks associated with COVID-19 (City of Mississauga Phase 1):

  • Municipal Golf Courses
  • Public Marinas and boat launch at Lakefront Promenade
  • Community Gardens, in partnership with Ecosource 

Park and Community Parking lots

Select park and community parking lots will open on Friday May 29, 2020.  Parking lots associated with Phase 2 amenities will open as those facilities are made available to the public. 

Phase 2 – Starting June 1, 2020

  • Park benches and picnic shelters
  • Leash-free zones
  • BMX/Skate parks
  • Public tennis courts
  • Community tennis clubs
  • Seasonal washrooms and portable washrooms

Physical distancing measures must be maintained as per the Provincial Order.

Phase 3 – To be completed within 10 days of approval and with guidance from the Peel Region Medical Officer of Health

  • Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
  • Community sport fields

Physical distancing measures must be maintained 

Phase 4/TBD – These facilities continue to remain closed until further notice. 

  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (currently closed under Provincial Order)
  • Public boat launch at Marina Park will open when highwater levels subside 

Enforcement will continue to focus on education and ensuring residents are informed about ongoing closures and any re-openings.

Park Ambassador Program

As outdoor recreation facilities begin a phased re-opening, the City will be redeploying full-time staff to work in pairs at our major parks across the City.  They will be clearly identified as City staff and will engage with residents to educate them on physical distancing requirements and closures within our parks.

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Festivals, Events and Gatherings within City Facilities Cancelled to September 7

Council approved the cancellation of permits for major festivals, large events and other gatherings in City facilities until September 7, 2020. Impacted permit holders will be notified by City staff.

As provincial orders are revised, City staff will work with guidance from Peel Public Health on establishing parameters for the safe re-opening of facilities and permitting of small group activities.

Community Engagement for City-Led Projects During COVID–19 Pandemic

Council approved a report on Community Engagement for identified City-Led Projects and engagement principles during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

Staff looked at projects:

  • with statutory engagement requirements
  • deemed as “essential” projects under Ontario Regulation 82/20 – Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
  • having a level of risk with further delay associated with project timing, cost, resources, development dependencies and quality of engagement 

All engagements proceeding during the pandemic are to apply the following principles:

  • No in-person engagement until further notice
  • Project Leads to work with the local ward Councillor on appropriate timing and engagement methods
  • Virtual engagement sessions to be conducted through City-supported technology tools and paired with universally accessible methods (e.g., individual telephone calls, direct mail notification, e-mails, online surveys)
  • Engagement during popular vacation weeks and dates of significance should be avoided in keeping with regular practices

Development applications are not in scope of these engagements.

MiWay Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

MiWay remains committed to providing city-wide transit service and supporting the physical distancing efforts recommended by Peel Public Health and the provincial and federal governments.

At this time the Ontario Ministry of Health recommends the use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when physical distancing and keeping two-metres’ distance from others may be challenging or not possible such as on public transit. Learn about face coverings, including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your non-medical face mask while using MiWay.

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To stay informed on COVID-19 impacts on City services, please visit: Mississauga.ca/coronavirus or call 311.

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.

Heritage Mississauga Hosting the Work of Internationally Renowned Artist Proshanta Karmakar Buddha

Heritage Mississauga will be hosting “Open Doors” Art Exhibition from Proshanta Karmakar Buddha December 10 to December 20, 2019. Opening reception: Tuesday December 10, 2019 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This visually striking exhibition is an initiative of Cross Currents – Indo Canadian International Arts and the show is being organized in partnership with Heritage Mississauga. The exhibition is being curated by Meena Chopra and co-curated by Nain Amyn Lalji.

Proshanta is one of Bangladesh’s most celebrated artists. Currently residing in Dhaka, Proshanta’s work has been exhibited in over 32 solo exhibitions within Bangladesh and around the world.

Proshanta’s work is focused on human rights issues and international affairs. His printmaking and acrylic paintings have been nationally and internationally recognized for their ability to speak to people; receiving the award for the best printmaker at the national young artist exhibition held in Shilpokola Academy in Dhaka and the Okamoto award by the Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO held in Tokyo.

His work is held in many public collections across the world such as: the National Museum in Dhaka, The Fukuaka Asian Art Museum in Japan, the New Orleans Museum of the Arts and in many private collections around the world.

The exhibit is open from Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 a m– 5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on December 17, 2019. Admission is FREE.

The opening reception coincides with Heritage Mississauga’s annual Christmas Open House and Carolling at The Grange on December 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.