City’s Online Open Data Challenge Uses Data and Technology to Build a Smart City

From October 5 to 30, the City of Mississauga is hosting its first online Smart City Open Challenge. The online event targets Mississauga high school and post-secondary students to develop innovative ideas and solutions that use data and technology to assist the City. This year’s challenge is to contribute to the City’s ongoing COVID-19 response and digital transformation.

As part of the Smart City Master Plan, the Smart City Open Data Challenge focuses on public engagement through the Centre for Civic Curiosity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn, expand their professional networks, be mentored by industry professionals and demonstrate their skills and knowledge while being recognized for their talents.

Participants can register as individuals or as a team.  Registration is open until noon on Friday, October 2.

Event Details

What:

Smart City Open Data Challenge

Where:

This is an online event only. After registering, participants will be given access to the online event platform.

When:

·         Kick-Off Event

Monday, October 5, 2020

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Challenge Period

October 5 – 23, 2020

·         Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 30, 2020

9 a.m. to noon

Who:

High school students

Post-secondary students

Cost:

Free – registration is required.

During the kick-off event, participants will hear from Mayor Bonnie Crombie as well as data and technology experts from ICUBE UTMEDGE Sheridan CollegeTableauESRIAWS and Data Docket.

During the event, participants will identify a challenge based on issues and opportunities realized during the pandemic. Working virtually within a team for three weeks, participants will develop solutions to that challenge using open data and technology while getting support and guidance from subject matter experts, including staff from Mississauga’s Economic Development Office and Information Technology division. At the end of the event, teams will submit their solutions to a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

Learn more and register at smartcity.mississauga.ca.

Budget Engagement Sessions: Hear from Mayor Crombie and Senior Staff About the City’s 2021 Budget

Mississauga residents are invited to participate in a Budget  Engagement Session on the proposed 2021 Budget with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s senior staff. Residents can choose from sessions taking place on October 8 (city-wide) and October 13 (Wards 1, 2 and 4: Councillor Stephen Dasko, Councillor Karen Ras and Councillor John Kovac) and October 22 (Wards 3 and 6: Councillor Chris Fonseca and Councillor Ron Starr). Staff from the Region of Peel will also participate in the city-wide session.

Residents will receive a telephone call in advance based on a list provided by a virtual town hall service, with an invitation to participate in one of the upcoming sessions. They will be able to ask a question and hear about the City’s proposed 2021 Budget. Residents will receive a second telephone call just before the session begins. The call out is done to ensure as many residents as possible have an opportunity to participate. Anyone who receives a call and does not wish to participate can simply hang up.

“Council has already had significant consultation through the COVID-19 recovery process and we have captured those points already. The City’s Budget EngagementSessions provide us with additional input on what is important to residents,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We face a challenging year, making these sessions an important part of our budget engagement.”

Residents can also register to participate in the Budget Engagement Sessions. In addition, the city-wide session will be available to watch on Facebook Live and online.

Information about the City’s budget is available at mississauga.ca/budget. Other ways to participate in the budget process include:

Local writers share their COVID-19 stories and win the #ApartTogether Writing Contest

The #ApartTogether Contest was featured through the 2020 summer of COVID-19. It was offered as a way of having writers write about their experiences and what they have gone through during this pandemic. Mississauga Arts Council offered three prizes for the best submissions – 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, and 3rd place $100. Mississauga Writers Group handled the admin part of the contest and will be featuring the submissions in their yearly anthology, the upcoming WordFest, Celebrating Family, Friends and Neighbours. Peel Weekly News published the different submissions and will be publishing the winners in their weekly newspaper. Heritage Mississauga will be posting all the writings to their city archives. 

21 submissions came in as poetry and stories. School, pet, family, sad and happy stories were judged by a panel of five judges. All of them were amazed at the submissions and were happy to be a part of it. So many submissions were from the members of the Mississauga Writers Group and as the director, I was very happy that they did step up. That is what it’s about. We are a writers’ group and we were given an opportunity to write about our everyday lives and how we were coping.  

The requirement was that we all lived in Mississauga and that it was a maximum of 500 words. Some were over but happily reduced the number of words. We insisted on having a bio and a photo for our promotions just like other contests and they obliged. One of the most difficult writings we have is our own bio – much like a resume but it is personal. Everyone stepped up and signed a permission slip to have their writings promoted within our four different venues.

Congratulations to our three winners! 1st place, Marisa Baratta – Together (poem); 2nd place, Angela Chao – Falling of Father Tree, 1950 (poem); and 3rd place, Frances Frommer – I Celebrate My Cats: Constant Companions During the Coronavirus Pandemic (prose). Their stories will and have been published in the Peel Weekly News. The announcement will be coming soon.

This was our first collaborative effort with a contest and it proved very successful. Our city is full of artists and writers and this just proves it.

COVID-19 Response: Reduction in Social Gathering Limits to 10 Indoors and 25 Outdoors

The City of Mississauga will be enforcing the reduction in social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors as announced by the Government of Ontario, in effect as of today. The amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 include:

  • Functions
  • Parties
  • Dinners
  • Gatherings
  • BBQs
  • wedding receptions held in private residences
  • backyards
  • social gatherings in parks.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held at facilities operated by businesses and organizations, such as:

  • Bars/restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Convention centres or banquet halls
  • Gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art venues.

Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures, for these businesses and facilities continue to be in effect.

The City of Mississauga is continuing to review the impacts on services and programs and will be sharing updates through City channels.

“We are prepared and ready to enforce the province’s new limits on social gatherings and thank residents and businesses for continuing to work with us to reduce the severity of a second wave this fall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Addressing the unique challenges Peel Region faces is the right thing to do. Exposure through social interactions and large social gatherings continues to be the driver with 80 per cent of all new cases in Peel being acquired in community or household settings. When interacting outside of your bubble of 10, it’s important to remember that the Core 4 still applies – stay apart, lather up, mask up and get tested. While I do not want to see Mississauga regress, it’s important that we work together across the Region to keep cases down, reduce the spread and keep Mississauga healthy and safe.”

A new offence for hosting or organizing a gathering that exceeds social gathering limits will come with a minimum fine of $10,000 and anyone attending the event may be fined a minimum of $750.

City Enforcement Measures

  • City By-law Enforcement and Security Officers will be enforcing the amended provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, in partnership with Peel Regional Police
  • Residents can call 3-1-1 to report non-compliance

Visit COVID-19 for the latest updates on the City’s response and service impacts

MAC Micro Grant Winners Announced

The Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) is happy to announce the Phase One winners of their 2020 Micro Grants Program. Fifteen artists and group projects have been awarded a total of $21,000 for their works, benefitting artists and residents.

Here are the winners!

Jasmine Sawant, writer, is awarded the Theatre in the Park grant of $5,500 for their play “Pandemic Pandemonium”, an original work that will look at life during the COVID-19 lockdown and the experience of near and not-so-near family members over months. 

Angela Chao, visual artist and filmmaker, was awarded the Artists on Film – South Asian Women Grant of $6,000 for “Mississauga Creates: South Asian Creatives”. This short documentary will highlight South Asian Women artists working in poetry, visual arts and filmmaking. Sharing their stories will provide motivation and encouragement to others and demonstrate some of the diverse talent in Mississauga. 

Wali Shah, speaker, poet, was awarded the Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their proposal to deliver a poetry anthology written on timely and relevant social issues (Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and immigrant/POC narrative) as well as pieces on Mississauga. This book will speak to the struggles and the blessings for diverse people in Canada. 

Qurat Dar, emerging author and spoken word artist, also won a Touring Words of Meaning Grant of $2,500 for their project, “Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam – Mississauga”. This tour will put on a series of poetry slams and workshops live in Mississauga or online, each including a featured LGBTQPIA2S+ poet in an open mic. 

Eleven Mississauga-based musicians; Dimitri Hyacinth, Tennyson King, Justin Moy, Paige Blossom and Danny Lwin, Cmagic5, Shan Fernando, Andrea Arthur, Abhishek (Abby V), Cat Bernardi, and Vivek Mehmi received a Musicians as Video Makers Grant, each receiving access to a 1-year subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro and 6 hours of free instruction in video editing, digital marketing and social media impact. Using this software and guidance, each musician will create their own music video that will then be presented and promoted in MAC’s online ‘Sauga Showcase on a date to be announced. 

Over the past year, MAC members have volunteered to work at the Rama Gaming Centre on Battleford Road, raising the Micro Grant monies as well as funds for Open Mics and other public arts programming. Stay tuned for the announcement of additional winners of Visual Arts and Dance Micro Grants. 

The Mississauga Arts Council is dedicated to enabling the growth of the arts by creating opportunities and connections between artists and residents in Mississauga and beyond. The Mississauga Arts Council’s programming offers no cost or low-cost opportunities to perform, learn, and engage.

Since its inception in 1981, the Mississauga Arts Council works to facilitate partnerships, encourage collaboration and provide awards for healthy competition between artists and performers, to strengthen our community and contribute to a more vibrant city. 

To learn more about MAC visit: www.mississaugaartscouncil.com