Category Archives: City of Mississauga

Phil Green Award Nominations Now Open: Recognize a Mississauga Cyclist Who Made an Impact in 2021

Is there an inspirational cyclist or group in your community that encouraged others to ride their bike or advocated for cycling programs or infrastructure this year?

The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) invites Mississauga residents to submit their nominations for the Phil Green Award. The award is an opportunity to recognize someone who’s made an outstanding effort to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and sustainable mode of transportation.

The Phil Green Award is presented by MCAC annually. The award continues to honour Mississauga resident, Phil Green, who was a founding MCAC member and worked diligently to promote safe cycling in Mississauga.

See the nomination form for full eligibility details.

What:
Call for nominees – Phil Green Award.

When:
The deadline to submit your nomination is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

How:
Submit your nomination form to cycling@mississauga.ca using the online form. MCAC will review the nominations and will select the winning resident or group.

The winner will be announced and recognized at a City Council meeting in early 2022.

For more information about the Phil Green Award and to access the nomination form, visit mississaugaikes.ca/phil-green-award.

One Collision is Too Many: City Recognizes World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

On Sunday, November 21, the City of Mississauga is recognizing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In remembrance, the Civic Centre Clock Tower will be dimmed on that date to honour those who have lost their lives, been injured and had their lives forever changed by a road collision.

The City’s Road Safety Committee and Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee are collaborating on a campaign to raise awareness about the impact that collisions have on victims, their family, friends and emergency services crews and first responders. The campaign encourages all road users to be safe and responsible to prevent road collisions.

“Road collisions can affect people’s lives forever. On November 21, we will reflect and remember those who’ve lost their lives, been injured or impacted on our Mississauga roadways – including our emergency services workers from Mississauga Fire and Emergency ServicesPeel Regional Police and Peel Paramedics Services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our behaviours, actions and decisions have impacts. When you’re on the road, remember everyone deserves to be safe regardless of whether they’re driving, walking, cycling or taking transit. Slow down and stay focused on the road at all times.”

Road collisions happen most often at intersections where there are different modes of transportation being used – cars, bicycles, buses, walking and other modes of active transportation.

“Collisions can happen to anyone, but they don’t have to. You have to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the Road Safety Committee. “Drivers need to understand their negative actions have consequences especially when they choose to speed, drive distracted or drive impaired. This campaign from the Road Safety Committee and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee encourages drivers to be alert, follow the rules of the road and slow down to help prevent road collisions from happening.”

According to Peel Regional Police, more than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

“Road collisions can change lives forever, whether you’re the driver, the victim, or a friend or family member,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and Chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee. “Vulnerable road users have the highest risk of being injured or killed in a collision. That’s why it’s especially important for pedestrians, cyclists and those who use active transportation to be aware of their surroundings and follow traffic signals. Avoid distractions like using your phone, use dedicated crossings to be visible and stop, look, listen and make eye contact with drivers before crossing at an intersection.”

Mississauga has the second-lowest rate of fatalities and injuries on its roads compared to other GTHA municipalities. However, the City continues to take action to implement Vision Zero principles into its road safety initiatives and efforts to reduce injuries and collisions on Mississauga roadways.

“The majority of collisions and injuries occur on Mississauga’s arterial and major collector roadways. Intersections also account for the most serious conflicts between drivers and vulnerable road users,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We are working to shift the way people move around the city to achieve safer and more accessible roadways. Through our data-driven approach to Vision Zero, we’re making changes to our infrastructure. This includes installing protected bike lanes, introducing Complete Streets that prioritize safety, updating traffic signals to provide more time to cross the street and implementing traffic calming projects throughout the city.”

Resident feedback and data is important to help the City inform specific road safety programs, initiatives and measures. Residents are invited to take the Road Safety Survey and share their feedback. The results of the survey will help the City develop specific solutions based on the data received. The deadline to complete the survey is December 17, 2021.

To learn more about road safety in Mississauga and how the City is taking action to prevent road collisions, visit mississauga.ca/roadsafety.

Mississauga Seeks New Poet Laureate for 2021 to 2024 Term

The City of Mississauga is searching for its fourth Poet Laureate to fill a 31-month term, starting this September until March 2024.

The selected candidate will take over for the current Poet Laureate, Paul Edward Costa, as his term comes to an end this year.

This honorary position is well suited for a poet who is skilled in poetry, spoken word and public speaking. They must also be able to speak and write on themes that are important to Mississauga residents. The position grants the opportunity to give back to the city while creating an artistic legacy.

What: Mississauga Poet Laureate recruitment

Where: Submit your application online

When: Applications close on Sunday, August 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Mississauga Celebrates its Indigenous Community in a Month Dedicated to their History and Culture

In Canada, June marks both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a time for learning about and acknowledging Indigenous peoples as the original and continued residents of Canada, while recognizing the contributions of today’s First Nations; Métis and Inuit leaders.

“Celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and culture of the Indigenous peoples in our community has never been more important,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In a time when we, as a City, continue to mourn the 215 innocent lives lost at a former residential school in in Kamloops, B.C., we have to make a vow as a country to do better. It isn’t enough to focus on Indigenous history, heritage and culture for just one month a year. We have to make a commitment to lifelong, continuous learning.”

From libraries to museums, the City is offering a number of free, virtual activities and information-sharing to help residents continue or kick-start learning more about Mississauga’s Indigenous history. 

Activities and Events

What: Film screenings by Indigenous filmmakers and media artists, as part of the Public Art Program’s Art on the Screens at Celebration Square. Remarks from Chief R. Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be shown prior to the start of each program. The Moccasin Identifier Project, a program to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities, will also be featured at Celebration Square.

Where: Digital media screens on Mississauga Celebration Square

When: National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, June 21 between 2 and 10 p.m.

What: Indigenous Learning Circle led by Traditional Indigenous Elder, Cat Criger

This weekly learning circle explores Indigenous cultures, perspectives and issues. Thoughts and questions of the participants, Indigenous teaching and philosophies will help guide the discussions to facilitate an intercultural dialogue. 

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM.

When: Weekly starting on Monday, June 21

What: A celebration to honour and learn about the history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people in Canada

All sessions will begin with a virtual smudge ceremony that leads into a teaching followed by sharing reflections and questions.

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM

When:

·       Tuesday, June 15 – Whose Land Are You On…the Language of Treaties

·       Tuesday, June 22 – Indigenous Place and Space and Language: changing culture

·       Tuesday, June 29 – Your Connections to Calls to Action

“We continue to grieve alongside the Indigenous members of our community and across the country following the tragic discovery in Kamloops last month,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As a City, we are offering ways to take that grief and channel it into useful activities that can help us learn and grow. Nothing can change what has happened but we can certainly work toward a more equitable, fair and balanced city and country.”

In addition to the above activities, a book list is also available through the Mississauga Library featuring books by Indigenous authors. A short video of Elder Cat Criger talking about Indigenous History Month is also available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

June is Recreation and Parks Month

We’re celebrating by encouraging everyone to get out and explore Mississauga’s magnificent green spaces. With more than 500 parks, 393 km of trails, 266 playgrounds and 7,853 acres of parkland, our parks are spaces for everyone to enjoy!

There are many hidden gems throughout Mississauga, which support multiple outdoor leisure activities. As summer draws near, try out one of Mississauga’s many trails  – you may see some blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and some of the other beautiful birds or wildlife that make the city their home. Whether you’re going out for a morning jog, an evening walk, a brisk workout or looking to connect with nature, the City’s trails are the perfect location for you.

You may want to try some of our wonderful multi-use trails like those nearRiverwoodBurnhamthorpe Trail and Lake Aquitaine Trail. They allow you to enjoy the natural sounds and views that can have a relaxing and calming effect on your day.

Mississauga’s parks are an excellent opportunity for photographers of all levels, capturing both the splendour of nature and man-made features such as landscapes, sculptures and urban design. The majestic trees and colourful flowers are a photographer’s dream.

If you’re a bike enthusiast, we have you covered. Mississauga has added many bike lanes to our streets, and our network of bike trails span the entire city. Whether you seek an active way to get to work or little adventurous biking, Mississauga has a path for you – try Mississauga’s cycling map.

Being physically active is good for physical and mental health. If you prefer recreation or fitness, City parks are great for individual yoga and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to be more active at home, you can check out the City’s ‘Stay home stay active’ webpage to access online videos, nutritional tips, home workouts, and family fun activities for all ages and abilities. 

If you’re into sports, our Lakeview Golf Course and BraeBen Golf Course and driving range are open and accepting tee times. If you prefer some family time and enjoy virtual activities, try our Family Fun Corner. It is always creative and fun for all ages. The City also offers a number of outdoor amenities open to residents to enjoy such as spray pads, skateboard parks, BMX parks, batting cages, sports courts (basketball, tennis) and sport fields (soccer, softball). Team sports or any other sports or games that involve coming within two metres of each other are not to be practised or played at this time.

Stay up-to-date and informed about provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation and recreational amenities as they may change. If outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Let’s all get out and enjoy our marvellous recreation amenities, parks and trails. The City of Mississauga has a great resource to explore and find many parks, please visit mississauga.ca/parks and mississauga.ca/recreation.

For more information on June is Recreation and Parks month, visit JRPM information.