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City of Mississauga Welcomes New Research Hub in Mississauga Funded by Novo Nordisk and University of Toronto Aimed at Reducing Diabetes in Community


Yesterday, Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, and the University of Toronto (U of T), announced a new research hub at U of T’s Mississauga campus that will bring leading public health experts together to help reduce chronic illnesses across the globe.

“We are thrilled that Novo Nordisk and U of T chose Mississauga as the home for their new research network that will support our goal of creating a healthier City and world,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In Peel Region, one in 10 residents live with diabetes, which is 40 per cent higher than the rest of Ontario. We understand there is a direct correlation between healthy citizens and the economic productivity of society. Sadly, COVID-19 has impacted vulnerable people more severely – such as those who suffer from chronic illnesses – which is why we support research in our community to help improve the health of our residents and people across the globe.”

As part of the City of Mississauga’s commitment to reduce Type 2 diabetes among residents, two webinars were hosted in 2020 and 2021 that engaged community stakeholders on how we can work together to put health at the centre of City policies to support a healthier society.

“This partnership complements the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of creating initiatives that support a healthy lifestyle, as well as the Life Science Cluster Strategy, which cultivates innovation between stakeholders,” said Harold Dremin, Acting Director of Economic Development at the City of Mississauga. “Mississauga is home to many newcomers to Canada and the country’s largest community-based hospital system, which is why we offer a unique opportunity for researchers to address the root cause of rising Type 2 diabetes in a highly-diverse setting.”

Novo Nordisk and U of T invested $20 million each to establish the Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations, a network of experts that will draw on U of T’s leading public health research. The network plans to explore critical concerns related to chronic disease, research new technologies including virtual care and remote training and support and develop interventions to prevent an unsustainable rise of chronic illnesses.

“Fulfilling our company’s goal to defeat diabetes, obesity and other serious chronic diseases requires much more than innovative medicine,” said Béatrice Clerc, President of Novo Nordisk Canada. “One hundred years after the discovery of insulin, we’re proud to once again partner with U of T with the ambition of helping society to address the root causes of Type 2 diabetes and obesity.”

This network will be a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and U of T Mississauga.

“The historic investment will build capacity for research and education at U of T. It will bring together existing expertise from across the University and our health-sector partners in Mississauga and the broader region,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “Ultimately it heralds a new era of hope for people facing diabetes and other chronic diseases here in Canada, and around the world.”

New Cultural Districts Help Create Vibrant Neighbourhoods Through Art & Culture

Mississauga’s Culture Master Plan came into sharper focus as Council approved the City of Mississauga’s Cultural Districts Implementation Plan. The plan introduces six cultural districts in Mississauga, each attributed with distinct themes, as the City looks to enrich cultural spaces to improve the quality of life for residents and the economic success of Mississauga.

“How we shine as a city has so much to do with our arts and culture, and I truly believe our residents and visitors will all benefit from improved cultural spaces throughout Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “From entertainment venues and art galleries to dining out and connecting in green spaces, cultural districts are designed to offer people a wide range of experiences all within a concentrated and well-designed community space.”

The three-year (2021-2023) plan, aligning with the ConnectBelong and Prosper pillars of the City’s Strategic Plan, was carefully researched and designed by the City’s Culture Division to connect to other City strategies, such as the Culture Master Plan and Economic Recovery Plan for Creative Industries.

“Many cities are known for their distinct neighbourhoods, which is why we have benchmarked ourselves to other thriving cities around the world,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “The plan meshes the entrepreneurial spirit of business and creative passion of the arts and culture community together in a collective path to success in Mississauga. Cultural districts will attract visitors to the city to support local businesses, while the arts and culture community will have improved, innovative spaces to showcase their craft. This is about creating vibrant neighbourhoods and community hubs as destinations for locals and visitors alike.”

The history, heritage and future plans of each neighbourhood were explored. The six districts include:

  • Port Credit – exploration, entertainment, the arts and cultural heritage
  • Streetsville – cultural heritage, entertainment and exploration
  • Downtown Core – arts and innovation, entertainment and food
  • Cooksville – food, cultural heritage, music and entertainment
  • Clarkson – sustainability, cultural heritage, arts and entertainment
  • Malton – cultural heritage, community and exploration

As noted in the staff report, public consultation will take place between February and July 2021 and will help identify and prioritize the cultural needs within each district.

Don’t Skate on Thin Ice! Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water

According to the Lifesaving Society, did you know that 35 per cent of drownings in Canada occur from October to April and ice accidents account for most of these incidents? Although it’s tempting to want to skate, walk or play hockey on frozen bodies of water, it’s very dangerous. Many lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks have deep water, weak ice and constantly changing water levels – putting you at risk of falling through the ice.

The City of Mississauga Parks By-law prohibits people from going on snow or ice-covered ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other bodies of water in City parks that are not maintained for the safety of the community. If you see someone venturing on any City-owned bodies of water (E.g. Osprey Marsh, Lake Aquitaine) during the winter, notify the City by calling 311 (905-615-4311 outside of City limits). The City will dispatch an enforcement officer to come to the site to seek compliance through education, but will take enforcement action if required.

While COVID-19 has restricted many traditional winter fun activities, outdoor skating is something you can still participate in safely, while getting exercise and enjoying some fresh air outdoors.

If you’d like to skate in Mississauga, you can visit three City-operated rinksor one of 37 natural ice rinks in neighbourhood parks. Find a natural ice rink near you by viewing the City’s interactive map.

When skating outdoors, it’s important to have fun in a safe manner. Remember to continue practising public health measures including:

  • Staying a safe distance of two metres (six feet) from others
  • Wearing a face covering
  • Staying home if you are ill and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If visiting a City-operated rink, please register at activemississauga.ca. You do not need to register to use a natural ice rink.

City’s 2021 Budget and 2021-2024 Business Plan to be Approved Following Region of Peel Budget Presentation

Council approval of the City of Mississauga’s 2021 Budget and 2021-2024 Business Plan will follow the Region of Peel’s budget approval. Regional Council discussions regarding operating and capital budgets begin on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

On November 23, 2021, City staff presented an overview of the proposed 2021 Budget and 2021-2024 Business Plan at Budget Committee. The 2021 impact from the City’s portion on the residential tax bill is proposed at 1 per cent. On the commercial/industrial tax bill, the proposed amount is 0.6 per cent. This does not include impacts from Region of Peel services.

The 2021 Budget considers financial recovery strategies, outlined to Budget Committee throughout 2020, to offset budget pressures due to the pandemic. These include:

  • Return to normal fee schedule and collection as soon as possible
  • No new material service level changes in 2021
  • Reduce discretionary spending
  • Critical assessment of capital expenditures
  • Use of reserves
  • Continued collaboration with other municipalities to seek assistance from higher levels of government
  • Increase user fees

Stormwater Charge
The Stormwater Charge funds the City’s Stormwater Program. It is a dedicated source of funding separate from property taxes. The Stormwater Charge appears on the Region of Peel water bill and in 2021 the rate increase is set at 2 per cent. This means the average residence (approximately 75 per cent) will see an increase of $2.20 or less.

For more details about City’s budget and the budget process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

Fees and Charges
The City’s Budget Committee previously considered new and increased fees and charges for 2021. This included fees for Recreation and Parks, Forestry and Environment programs. Additional revenue of approximately $1.9 million is expected from the increases and new fees. There was no increase to transit fares.

Learn more about the City’s 2021 Budget and Business Plan:

  • Visit mississauga.ca/budget
  • Read an overview of the 2021 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 24, 2020

Help Shape our City! Planning for a Vibrant and Connected “Uptown Node”

The City’s Uptown Node is growing rapidly. Located around Eglinton Avenue and Hurontario Street, the Uptown Node has several buildings under construction with new mixed-use developments on the horizon. The Uptown Node will also be served by a stop on the future Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT). To help guide this growth, the City of Mississauga is preparing an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the Uptown Node. We want to hear your feedback on the draft policies we’ve developed to address:

·       Retention of office and retail space

·       Affordable housing as part of new developments

·       New street locations

·       Block sizes

·       Future park locations

How to Have Your Say:

There are many ways to share your feedback on the draft Uptown Node policies:

1.     Attend the Virtual Community Meeting: On Monday, October 5, at 12:30 p.m., our planning team will walk through a live presentation and moderated Question-and-Answer session. Register here to attend.

2.     Share Your Comments: Between October 9 and October 23, review the proposed draft policies for the Uptown Node on yoursay.mississauga.ca/uptown and share your feedback using our Comment Box.

3.     Attend the Statutory Public Meeting:  On Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m., the draft OPA will be presented to the City’s Planning and Development Committee. The report will be available one week prior to the meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public are encouraged to participate online. Advance registration is required to attend the meeting in person due to limited seating. Read the official public notice to learn more.

Learn more about the Uptown Node, sign up for email updates, share a comment or ask a question anytime by visiting the Uptown Node engagement website.

Background:
The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment.