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WARD 11 COUNCILLOR’S REPORT – PRINT EDITION

• Secondary Suites Update • 2014 New Year's Day Skate Party! • Creditview Road Environmental Assessment

FALL 2013/WINTER 2014

• NEW Yard Maintenance Subsidy • Red Light Cameras in Ward 11 • Streetsville Town Square Project

Secondary Suites Update
Second units, otherwise known as basement apartments, in-law suites, and secondary suites, will become legal in Mississauga beginning January 1, 2014. Second units will be permitted as part of the Ontario Government’s Bill 140: Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act. Bill 140 is part of the Province’s Building Foundations: Building Futures, Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which aims to improve access to safe, affordable housing for all Ontarians. Bill 140 amended the Planning Act to require municipalities to establish second unit policies as a way of providing affordable housing options. Under the City’s Zoning By-law, a second unit is defined as an accessory dwelling unit with its own kitchen, sanitary facilities, and bedrooms(s)/sleeping area. Some of the regulations in the Zoning By-law that will apply to second units are as follows: • Second units will require one on-site parking space for the second unit in addition to parking for the dwelling • Only one second unit will be permitted in detached, semidetached, townhouse, street townhouse and linked dwellings • The addition of a second unit cannot change the existing use of the dwelling in which it is located • New entrances facing a street are prohibited for second units • Exterior entrances above the first floor are prohibited for second units

To ensure dwellings with second units meet health, safety, and property standards, the City has introduced a licensing plan. Before a license can be issued, the second unit must comply with the Zoning By-law regulations as well as Building and Fire Code requirements. This may require a Fire inspection and/or an application for a building permit and payment of applicable fees. A license could be revoked for non-compliance with City by-laws and may require removal of the second unit if necessary. City licenses will be issued for the following types of second units: • Owner-occupied Dwellings- The dwelling is the residence of the property owner and only the second unit is rented out • Investment Dwellings- The property owner does not reside in the dwelling, and rents out both the dwelling and the second unit as a business investment You may apply for a second unit license beginning Thursday, January 2, 2014. For more information about second units and licensing, please call Mississauga 3-1-1 or visit the City’s Housing Choices website at www.mississauga.ca.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR!!!
2014 NEW YEAR’S DAY OPEN HOUSE & SKATE PARTY!!!
VIC JOHNSTON COMMUNITY CENTRE (Lobby & Arena) 335 Church Street - Streetsville January 1, 2014 - 12noon-2pm Celebrate with Councillor George Carlson, MP Brad Butt, and MPP Bob Delaney at Vic Johnston CC. Bring your skates and enjoy the FREE skate party! Bring your friends and family! Refreshments, prizes, and fun! Please bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 905-896-5011

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON, WARD 11 905-896-5011

GEORGE.CARLSON@MISSISSAUGA.CA

WWW.GEORGECARLSON.CA

Creditview Road Environmental Assessment
The City has begun a Class Environmental Assessment Study (EA), including preliminary design, for the section of Creditview Road from Bancroft Drive to Old Creditview Road. This section of Creditview Road is considered a Major Collector road and is also part of the City’s cultural heritage landscape. The purpose of this study is to determine the need for additional north-south capacity (widening) and traffic management improvements. The study will also consider the future Active Transportation Corridor, including a future multi-use trail with connections to other neighbourhoods, while protecting established parks, recreational areas, communities, and businesses. The EA study is expected to be completed by May/June 2014. To provide residents with more information about this project, the City will be hosting two (2) Public Information Centres (PIC). The first PIC will be held in early 2014, and residents will be notified in advance of the date. For more information about the Creditview Road EA study, please contact Jessica Lee, Project Manager, at 905-615-3200 ext. 3170 or jessica.lee@mississauga.ca.
Map of the Creditview Road EA study area

Remembering “Red” Rundle
Long-time Streetsville resident, Chester “Red” Rundle (1922-1996) was honoured with an interpretive plaque in Timothy Street Park this past summer. Red, as he was nicknamed by his friends and family, was recognized for his lifetime stewardship of a small parkette located in Timothy Street Park. In 1952, after moving to his home on Church Street, Red decided to make improvements to this parkette, which was across the street from his house. He began cutting the grass, removing garbage, planting decorative trees, and installing rocks relocated from

Councillor Carlson with MP Butt, MPP Delaney, and members of Red Rundle's family at the plaque unveiling ceremony

the Niagara Escarpment. Red’s hard work helped beautify this little park. Over time, Red added marbles to the rocks to create faces and added a windmill as well, which he had acquired from a nearby farm. In the wintertime, he installed “Fairy Lights” on the windmill, connected to electricity from his own house. An avid gardener, Red maintained the park at his own expense and on his own time until 1993. To commemorate and celebrate Red’s contributions to the Streetsville community, a special plaque unveiling ceremony was held at the parkette. Red’s family and friends were in attendance, as well as Councillor Carlson, MP Brad Butt, and MPP Bob Delaney.

New Elevator for 4 Caroline Street
The residents of 4 Caroline Street welcomed a brand new elevator into their seniors’ residence this past summer. The six-storey seniors’ residence is owned by the Region of Peel and was built in 1977; it has 60 apartment units and 65 residents living within the building. The previous elevator was installed with the building in 1977 and required upgrading and replacement. The elevator installation was completed just in time for the Civic Holiday long weekend. The brave residents of 4 Caroline managed without an elevator for 4 weeks, with Region of Peel staff on-site to assist with getting Carlson and MPP Delaney chat with around the building. You can bet the Councillor residents of 4 Caroline Street residents surely missed their elevator after 4 weeks! To celebrate their new elevator, I organized a special Summer Fun BBQ for the seniors, complete with delicious food, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and best of all, ice cream!

Red Light Cameras come to Ward 11
Red light cameras (RLC) are making their way to Ward 11, as part of the Region of Peel’s Red Light Camera program, so please remember to follow the rules of the road when you’re driving. The new red light camera is installed at: • Erin Mills Parkway and Erin Centre Boulevard – Southbound Direction

Red Light Cameras (RLC) are installed to photograph vehicles that run red lights. These cameras are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are connected to the traffic light (signal) and to sensors that are installed just before the stop line. This system constantly monitors the traffic light, and the camera takes a picture of any vehicle that doesn’t stop at the red light. These photos are then reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers and tickets are mailed to owners of the vehicles within 3 weeks of the time of the violation. The camera records the following information: • • • • • Date Time of day Exact time the car crossed the stop line and the length of time that the red was active Vehicle speed License plate

Yard Maintenance Subsidy Program
If you are a senior or an individual with a disability and you require financial assistance with your snow removal costs, I would encourage you to apply for the City’s expanded Yard Maintenance Subsidy program. The City’s existing Snow Removal Subsidy program has been expanded to cover grass cutting as well.  The expanded subsidy program is now called the Yard Maintenance Subsidy program.  The expanded subsidy covers snow clearing and grass cutting services. You must submit your receipts to the City for grass cutting or snow removal services only. This subsidy is offered to seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive government income supplements, such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement. An applicant is ineligible if there are other people living in the home who are able to do yard maintenance and snow removal. The maximum subsidy that will be provided to each eligible resident is $200, and the subsidy period runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Applications must be submitted to the City’s Finance Division by April 30, 2014.  For information, please call Mississauga 3-1-1 or visit the City of Mississauga's website at www.mississauga.ca. 

The set fine for running a red light is $325, which includes a $60 victim surcharge and $5 court cost. One red light camera costs about $100,000 per location, which includes start-up costs, engineering, equipment purchase, installation, maintenance, and operating costs. There are currently 21 active red light cameras in Peel: 9 in Brampton and 12 in Mississauga. Red light cameras are installed throughout the Region of Peel as a safety initiative at intersections to prevent motorists from running red lights. Red light cameras cause people to slow down as drivers know that the camera is there; this awareness helps to reduce the accidents and injuries at intersections. In fact, red light cameras have demonstrated a significant reduction of right angle collisions at intersections, and the Region of Peel is planning to add more red light cameras in the near future. For more information about Peel’s Red Light Camera program, visit www.peelregion.ca.

Mississauga Infrastructure: The Numbers
Did you know that the City of Mississauga owns $8 billion in infrastructure? That’s $8 billion worth of roads, bridges, storm water drains & sewers, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, community centres, libraries, fire stations, pools, arenas, parks, paths, playground equipment, buses and bus shelters.
Walking & Cycling ($343 million) • 244 km of bicycle lanes, boulevards, and multi-use trails • 2,650 km of sidewalks Vehicles ($55 million) • 687 vehicles • 47 fire trucks and other vehicles

Bridges ($690 million) • 223 bridges and culverts Street & Traffic Lights ($348 million) • 511 signalized intersections • 49,234 street lights Public Buildings ($1.8 Billion) • 11 community centres • 18 libraries • 20 fire stations Roads ($2.2 billion) • 5,210 km of roads • 56 km of noise barriers Transit ($252.6 million) • 458 buses Parks & Open Spaces ($239 million) • 255 playgrounds • 18 pools • 530 sports fields Storm ($1.8 billion) • 2,000 km of storm water pipes • 45,000+ storm drains

New Playground at Manor Hill Park
I am very pleased to report that Manor Hill Park, located at Manor Hill Drive and Forest Hill Drive, will be receiving new playground equipment and amenities in the spring of 2014. The existing playground equipment has been in place since 1993 and will be replaced through the City’s Playground Redevelopment Program. Manor Hill Park will receive approximately $30,000 in new playground equipment, and additional funding will be provided to supply new park benches, shade trees, and accent planting beds near the new playground. The park will receive the following amenities: • New safety surfacing • Two colourful play structures – one designed for 2 to 5 year olds (“Junior”), the other for 5 to 12 year olds (“Senior”), complete with fun slides and climbing units • The structures will include an “Infinity Climber,” which provides a fun climbing challenge and an exciting “Tykes of Steel” climber • Two new spring toys will be provided, along with a “Solo Spinner” seat, which may be used by adults as well • New belt and tot swings will be provided, in addition to an accessible swing seat, for improved accessibility • Drainage improvements • Concrete pads for the new benches This playground replacement project will take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting. For more information about this playground project, please contact Lori-anne Bonham, Project Manager, at lori-anne.bonham@mississauga.ca or 905615-3200 ext. 3174. I hope you enjoy the new playground and amenities at Manor Hill Park!

St. Marcellinus SS Recognized as Green School
Our very own St. Marcellinus SS has been recognized for its green achievements under the City’s Don’t Be a Litterbug Program. The program aims to help fight the battle against litter in Mississauga by changing attitudes and creating “litter consciousness.” St. Marcellinus was one of six schools recognized under

this litter awareness program. Specifically, St. Marcellinus was recognized under the Green Chair Initiative of this program, which offers students the opportunity to take a leadership role in educating and engaging their fellow students and participating in the City’s adopt a street or park program. For more info about the Don’t Be a Litterbug program, visit the City’s website at www.mississauga.ca. To participate in the program, please contact litter.bug@mississauga.ca.

Rendering of the two NEW play structures – one for 2 to 5 year olds (“Junior”), the other for 5 to 12 year olds (“Senior”), with fun slides and climbing units

Mississauga Adopts Region of Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law
The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel are telling residents to “butt out,” when they are on municipally owned property. The Region of Peel passed a new Outdoor Smoking By-law, which has now been adopted by the City, at all of its facilities. The Region’s new By-law prevents smoking outdoors within nine metres (30 feet) of municipally-owned building entrances and exits

and within nine metres of the perimeter of playgrounds, sports fields, parks and outdoor recreation areas in Peel. The by-law imposes a $250 fine for those who are caught smoking in restricted areas. The City’s Corporate Security staff will be keeping an eye out for individuals smoking on City property. Mississauga joins 70 other Ontario municipalities, including Toronto, in adopting outdoor smoking legislation. The new Outdoor Smoking By-law aims to limit exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, reduce

litter generated from smoking, and encourage smokers to stop smoking. Second-hand smoke is harmful to health, and it is particularly harmful to children because they have smaller lungs and breathe in more second-hand smoke per body weight than adults.  Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk of breathing and other health-related problems. Approximately 15% of Peel residents or 167,700 residents are smokers. While smoking rates have declined over the last decade, tobacco use is still a significant cause of poor health and death for Peel residents. For more information, please contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.smokefree-peelregion.ca.

Streetsville Village Square Update
As you are aware, plans are underway to revitalize and transform the Streetsville Village Square into a vibrant and exciting public space for everyone to enjoy. Phase One of the Village Square reconstruction was recently completed by Enersource, which consisted of installing underground wiring and removing redundant poles and overhead wires. Phase Two of the reconstruction has been rescheduled to commence in the spring of 2014. Work undertaken in Phase Two will include the following upgrades and amenities: • Upgrading services: electrical connections and potable water

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Upgrading street and pedestrian level lighting Incorporating a sound system for site programming Resurfacing and re-grading the street Relocating and refurbishing the Cenotaph Installing street furnishings and a designated performance area (stage)

Until the commencement of Phase Two in the spring of 2014, the City has reopened Main Street, between Queen Street South and Church Street to traffic and parking. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Village Square reconstruction. For the latest updates on the Village Square project, please visit www.mississauga.ca.

Architectural rendering of the redesigned Streetsville Village Square during an evening concert performance

Issues in Brief…
Streetsville Post Office Relocated As of October 28, 2013, the Streetsville Post Office has been relocated to 224 Queen Street South. The hours of operation continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday to Friday. Customers who have a postal box will maintain their current box number and access to their postal box will not change. The new location has been upgraded and modernized, with improved parking to make it more accessible to customers. Mississauga Recognized as Youth Friendly City Mississauga was recognized by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) as a “Gold Youth Friendly Community Builder” through the Play Works Youth Friendly Recognition Program. The Youth Friendly Recognition Program recognizes the efforts of Ontario communities that actively support and provide opportunities for the growth and development of youth ages 13 to 19. The City was presented with a special recognition award at the Parks and Recreation Ontario Annual Conference in Collingwood this past spring. New On-Street Parking Spots on Church Street On-street parking was recently implemented on the west side of Church Street, between Water Street and Main Street. Fifteen (15) new on-street parking spots are now available. Please watch for new signs and markings for your convenience. Reconstruction of Meadow Green Park Pathway The pathway in Meadow Green Park was recently reconstructed, with a project budget of $90,000. Reconstruction included the removal of the old 2.4m wide pathway and replacement with a new, wider 3.0m wide asphalt pathway. The project was completed on October 18, 2013.

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Ward 11 Edition
This past October, I had the pleasure of welcoming a wonderful grade 5 class from Ray Underhill P.S. to City Hall, to teach them about municipal government. They were a very intelligent group of youngsters, who were very eager to learn about Mississauga. As the saying goes, kids really do say the darndest things, so I thought I would share some of their cute questions and comments with you…

“Thank you for touring us around City Hall. I learned about which area you control. I also learned about why you changed the playground surfaces. I enjoyed the statue of the person who built my house.” “Thank you for inviting us to City Hall. It was very thoughtful of you. I had a great time taking pictures of pictures of pictures. All I ask is that you keep the sand in my complex’s park!” “Thank you for teaching me all that cool stuff about the government, like how much bigger the government really is because I thought that the Mayor made all of the decisions and did not know that there are 11 other people. Thank you for telling me why all of the construction started on the first day of school.” “I appreciated you giving us tours around City Hall. I also appreciated you letting us go into the Council Chambers and giving us pencils.” “I liked the visit with you. Your magic tricks were funny and the Council Chamber was interesting.” “Thank you for the presentation. I understand that you had to pay a lot of money to buy all of the equipment to complete all of the projects. I understand that it must have taken a lot of work to fill out all of the paperwork and to choose the right laws to obey or not to obey. I understand that you worked really, really hard on your projects. Do you ever take breaks? Do you have fun working in Mississauga City Hall?” “Thank you for showing us the Council Chambers. I learned about who builds things here and that you don’t do anything inside the school…the school board does that. You only do things outside the school.” “Thank you for the tour you gave us. An interesting fact that I learned is that Mayor Hazel McCallion doesn’t sit exactly in the middle, but you all take turns sitting in the middle. I hope this letter didn’t put you to sleep!” “I loved that we got to meet you and thanks for letting us come in and sit on the chairs in the Council Chamber. Also, I would love to meet you again… maybe sometime on the weekend or when I am older.”

Ray Underhill P.S. in Streetsville

“Thank you for your amazing tour. Some questions I want to ask you are who passes laws, how are wood chips more sanitary than sand, and what is your favorite part of your job?” “Thank you for the wonderful trip to City Hall. I really loved taking lots of photos. I took over 100 photos because the trip was so interesting!” “Thank you for the tour of City Hall. I learned that the law does not pass unless there is 51% of the vote. I liked how the Councillors have to vote and the head of Council does not get to make all of the choices.” “Thank you for showing us the beautiful Council Chambers. I was fascinated by their imperial beauty. I also thought you being at Ray Underhill P.S. when you were a boy was very interesting.”

Newly reconstructed Meadow Green Park pathway

LED Street Lights Save Millions
As you may be aware, the City’s LED street lighting conversion project began in November 2012 and is expected to be completed by December 2014. Once completed, all street lights in Mississauga will have been converted from the traditional yellow-orange light to the more natural white LED lights.  These new street lights are expected to significantly reduce maintenance costs and should result in a 55% reduction in future energy consumption for the City. Annually, taxpayers will save $2 million with this conversion to efficient LED lights. They will also increase safety, visibility and reduce light pollution in the sky. The City has received reports of new street lights that remain ‘ON’ throughout the day. The LEDs are radio controlled, whereby the lights communicate with each other and to central con-

A new LED street light in Ward 11

trollers called Gateways. When a recently installed LED light remains ‘ON’ throughout the day, it is because the light is unable to wirelessly connect with the Gateways. As a safety feature, LED lights are programmed to turn themselves ‘ON’ when communication is lost or interrupted.  This ensures that nearby roadways are illuminated until the communications malfunction is rectified and that no roadways are inadvertently left dark in the evening. During the installation process, temporary communication gaps between the LED lights and the Gateways may arise, resulting in the lights staying ‘ON’ during the day.  This is a temporary inconvenience and will be corrected once all the street lights within an area are converted. If there is an issue with any of the new LED street lights, please contact 3-1-1. For any issues with the older street lights, please contact Enersource at 905-273-9050.

Important Numbers
Aircraft Noise Complaints 416-247-7682 Animal Services 905-896-5858 City (after hours) 905-615-3000 Courtneypark Library 905-615-4745 Catholic School Board 905-890-1221 Enersource (Hydro) 905-273-9050 GO Transit 416-869-3200 Health Line Peel 905-799-7700 Ministry of Health 905-275-2730 Ambulance 905-844-4242 Mississauga Fire 905-615-3777 MiWay Transit 905-615-4636 Park Lights (City) 3-1-1 Parking Control 3-1-1 Peel District School Bd. Peel Regional Police Poison Control Centre Recreation & Parks Region of Peel River Grove CC Safe City Mississauga Snow Removal Streetlights (Enersource) Streetsville B.I.A. Streetsville Library Transhelp Vic Johnston CC Waste Management 905-890-1010 905-453-3311 416-813-5900 905-615-4100 905-791-7800 905-615-4780 905-615-6272 905-615-7669 905-566-2718 905-858-5974 905-615-4785 905-791-1015 905-826-3011 905-791-9499

Contact Your Ward 11 Councillor, George Carlson
COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON 300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Fl Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1 Tel: (905) 896-5011 Fax: (905) 896-5863 E: george.carlson@mississauga.ca Website: www.georgecarlson.ca Twitter: @CarlsonGeorge

COUNCILLOR GEORGE CARLSON, WARD 11 905-896-5011

GEORGE.CARLSON@MISSISSAUGA.CA

WWW.GEORGECARLSON.CA