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George Carlson

COUNCILLOR WARD 11 NEWS

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Discover Vic Johnston Community Centre
If you’re looking for a great recreation and community
space in Ward11, look no further than the Vic Johnston
Community Centre, in the heart of downtown Streetsville.
This historic recreation facility has deep roots in the community and came into fruition because of the dedication of
its namesake, local Streetsville resident, Vic Johnston, and
the local community.
In the late 1950s, Vic Johnston would wake up in the middle of the night and leave his home on Main Street (present day Murphy’s Ice Cream Parlour) to flood the lacrosse
box so the neighbourhood children would have a place to
play hockey. In 1958, the community realized that a local arena was needed as the children traveled to Brampton
to play hockey. Vic and the local community established
a steering committee to turn this dream into a reality and
canvassed door to door to collect money for the project.

to a great variety of quality recreation programs, including the Streetsville Hockey League, Summer 4 on 4 Kids
Hockey, Men’s Hockey, Learn-to Skate/Play Programs, and
public skating. Vic Johnston CC also offers spacious and
affordable rental facilities (Rotary Club Meeting Room and
Hazel McCallion Hall) with great amenities for your next
function, meeting, or special event. For more information
about the Vic Johnston CC, visit www.vicjohnston.ca.

A few short years later, in 1961, the dream became a reality when the Streetsville and District Community Centre
Inc. was opened to the public, giving the children an arena
in their own community. In 2008, $8 million in renovations were undertaken to provide new arena boards; glass
and netting; new insulation and cladding; new windows;
restoration of the barrel roof; larger and accessible changing rooms; and enhanced viewing facilities. Today, the
arena that began as a small flooded lacrosse box is home

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
2016 Ward 11 NEW YEAR’S OPEN
HOUSE!!!
streetsville kinsmen CENTRE
321 queen Street south - Streetsville
Saturday, January 23, 2016
10am-12pm
Celebrate the New Year with Councillor George Carlson
at the streetsville kinsmen centre. Bring your friends and
family! Refreshments, prizes, and fun for everyone! Please
bring non-perishable food items for the food bank.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 905-896-5011

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COUNCILLOR WARD 11 NEWS

New Cart-Based, Bi-weekly New Traffic Calming
Waste Collection Program Program

Beginning the week of January 4, 2016, the Region of Peel will be
changing to a cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program. Under this new waste collection program, the following changes will
occur to your household waste collection:



Garbage and organics will be picked up one week
Recycling and organics will be picked up the next week
Change from garbage bags and recycling bins to carts
Yard waste collection will not be affected

The new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program will result
in a reduction of the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and
an increase in recycling and organics recycling. Under the new
waste collection program, an additional 4-6% of waste material
will be diverted from landfills.  The new waste collection program
will also reduce current greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,700 - 11,100 tonnes of eCO2. This reduction in greenhouse
gases will be achieved by reducing the garbage fleet; reducing the
amount of organic material being sent to landfills; reducing the
number of loads hauled to landfills; and reducing the recycling
fleet.  The new waste collection program is very economical and
will result in an annual tax savings of approximately $9 million.
  
In addition to these benefits, the new garbage, recycling, and
organics carts are easy to wheel to the curb; pest resistant; and will
prevent wind-blown blue box litter, which costs the City approximately $385,000 in litter cleanup costs each year.  
 
Under the new waste collection program, residents will be using
garbage, recycling, and organics carts to collect household waste. 
Each household will receive the following:


1 organics cart,
1 recycling cart, and
1 garbage cart.

I am very pleased to report that the City of Mississauga will be
implementing a new city-wide Traffic Calming Program in 2016
to address speeding and aggressive driving and improve pedestrian
safety throughout the city.
The new Traffic Calming Program will allow Traffic Staff to use
active traffic calming measures to address issues related to speeding, aggressive driving, and pedestrian safety. Active traffic calming
measures include physical measures such as speed cushions, chicanes, pinch points, etc., which act to reduce speed and discourage
aggressive driving.
Before the Traffic Calming Program was approved, Traffic Staff
evaluated the program on a pilot basis at 4 locations across the city;
3 locations received active traffic calming measures (speed cushions
and raised asphalt intersections) and 1 location received passive
traffic calming measures (painted edge lines to narrow the roadway). At the end of the pilot program, it was found that locations
that received active traffic calming measures achieved greater compliance to the posted speed limit and significant reduction in vehicle
operating speeds compared to locations that received passive traffic
calming measures.
The new Traffic Calming Program will be implemented in 2016.
Areas of concern, as identified by residents, will be evaluated for
active traffic calming measures by Traffic Staff based on speed,
volume, and collision data. For more information, please visit www.
mississauga.ca/trafficoperations.

Battery Recycling Program

The organics (green) cart is available in one size only.  All residents will receive a 100L green cart. This new green cart will hold
the same amount of organic waste as 2 current green carts or 14
small kitchen organics containers.
Garbage carts are available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large
and will hold the following amounts of waste:


A small cart will hold 2 - 3 bags of garbage.
A medium cart will hold 3 - 4 bags of garbage.
A large cart will hold 4 - 5 bags of garbage.

Recycling carts are also available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and
Large and will hold the following amounts of recycling:


A small cart will hold 2 blue boxes.
A medium cart will hold 4 blue boxes.
A large cart will hold 6 blue boxes.

 
Carts will be delivered, free of charge, to residences between
October-December 2015, and you will begin using your carts the
week of January 4, 2016, when the new waste collection program
begins.  Until then, please continue to use your old blue box, green
bin, and garbage containers/bags to collect your household waste. 
To learn more about the new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program, please visit the Region of Peel’s Waste Management
website at www.peelregion.ca/waste.

If you’re looking for a place to dispose of your used batteries, you can
now conveniently recycle single use (non-rechargeable) batteries (A,
AA, AAA, AAAA, C cell, D cell, 4.5-volt, 9-volt) by dropping them
off at bins located near customer service areas in each of the City’s
Libraries and Community Centres. Residents are asked to cover the
positive (+) battery terminals with electrical or masking tape before
dropping the batteries into bins.
To date, the City has collected more than a tonne of batteries,
equivalent to a small car. By the end of 2015, the program is expected to collect over three and a half tonnes of batteries. For more
information on battery recycling please visit www.mississauga.ca/
batteryrecycling.

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COUNCILLOR WARD 11 NEWS

City’s New Mobile App
Connect to
your City with
Pingstreet.

In an effort to manage traffic volumes and traffic congestion, the City of Mississauga
is working with the Region of Peel and the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO)
to implement a $14.8 million state-of-the-art advanced transportation management
system.

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The new system uses the latest technology and will actively monitor travel conditions, influence the operation of traffic signals, disseminate information, and interact
with other transportation agencies to decrease traffic congestion. The new system
will feature the following upgrades:



Information about City programs and services is now at your fingertips
with the City’s new Pingstreet mobile app. You can use the app to access
real-time information from the City, including:








Replacing the existing Fastracs traffic control system with a new system and
hardware
Upgrading traffic signal communications from an analog network to the
City’s fibre network, Wi-Fi, and cellular technology
Constructing a physical traffic management centre where Traffic Staff will
monitor and respond to traffic conditions; the centre will be located at 3185
Mavis Road
An intelligent transportation system, which uses smart technologies such as
traffic monitoring cameras to provide the ability to detect and manage traffic
incidents on roadways

The advanced transportation management system project began in January 2015
and will be complete in 2017.

Local Government: Find the contact information of Mayor and
Councillors.
News: Stay up-to-date with the City’s latest news releases.
Meetings & Events: Find out what’s happening in the City with a
list of upcoming community events and committee meetings.
Notification Centre: Keep informed of the City’s activities
Discover Mississauga: Plan a visit and discover what the City has
to offer.
Twitter: Follow the City’s live feed.
Garbage & Recycling: View waste collection schedules from the
Region of Peel.
Contact Us: Reach out to the City by phone or email.

You will also be able to report issues using the app, such as illegal
signs, etc. The Pingstreet app is available for download at the Apple
Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Phone Store.

New City Stormwater
Charge

The City of Mississauga is introducing a new stormwater charge, which will be
included in the Region of Peel water bill beginning on January 1, 2016. The stormwater charge is a dedicated source of funding that will be invested directly into the
City’s stormwater system to ensure it is kept in good working order and avoid costly
future repairs and flood damage. This dedicated funding will directly support the
City’s Stormwater Management Program and cannot be used for any other services or
programs as stated in the City’s Stormwater Fees and Charges Bylaw.
Stormwater refers to the rain and melted snow that flows from properties into the
streets and down into the storm drains; this water then flows through a large network of pipes and waterways directly into Lake Ontario. Mississauga has extensive
stormwater infrastructure with a total replacement value of $1.8 billion dollars. This
stormwater infrastructure consists of:







Storm sewers 2,000 km
Catch basins 48,000
Stormwater manholes 28,000
Outlets to receiving waters 1,000
Diversion structures (trunk sewers) 100 km
Ditches / storm water swales in urban areas
250 km SWM Facilities (Hard and Soft Components)
Watercourses, Streams, Rivers, and Creeks (31 Separate Creeks) 200 km

A significant proportion of Mississauga’s stormwater infrastructure was installed in
the last 50 years, and this infrastructure is aging and nearing the end of its lifecycle.
The stormwater charge will cover repair and replacement costs that the City can no
longer afford to pay through the property tax base or through development charges.
Mississauga is a rapidly growing city, and with the increased population and more
businesses operating in Mississauga, the amount of water running off hard/impermeable surfaces, such as roofs, driveways, streets, and parking lots is increasing. Furthermore, climate change patterns have brought heavier rainfalls and rapidly melting
snow, and there is much more stormwater entering the stormwater infrastructure
than previous years, which is causing costly wear and tear on the aging infrastructure. Recent incidents of flooding in the city from major rainstorms have also demonstrated that the stormwater infrastructure has been unable to handle the increased
stromwater run-off from so much hard/impermeable surfaces in the city.

Since 2011, the City has been looking into options beyond the property tax base and
development charges to support current and future stormwater management and
infrastructure needs, and a Stormwater Financing Study was undertaken. The Study
was completed in 2012 and identified a stormwater charge as a dedicated source of
funding that is needed to manage current and future stormwater and infrastructure
needs. Municipalities across North America and Canada are facing similar challenges with regard to stormwater management and infrastructure needs, and there
are presently over 1500 municipalities in North America, including 19 in Canada
alone, who have consequently implemented stormwater charges to fund stormwater
utilities. In Ontario, the municipalities of Kitchener, Waterloo, London, Aurora, St.
Thomas and Richmond Hill have all implemented stormwater charges; the City of
Toronto will also be considering implementing a stormwater charge. Across Canada,
the municipalities of Halifax, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, St. Albert,
Strathcona County, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, West Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock,
and Langley have also implemented stormwater charges.
Presently, stormwater operation costs represent $6.7 million or 1.6 per cent of the
City’s portion of the property tax bill. These costs are funded through the property
tax base and as a result, residential properties are paying a higher percentage (69%)
for stormwater than non-residential properties (31%). This is because property taxes
are based on land value. Under the new Stormwater Charge, residential properties
will pay less (40%) for stormwater and non-residential properties will pay a higher
percentage (60%). This is because the stormwater charge is based on the amount of
hard surface area on a property. The relative amount of tax (land value) and stormwater charge (hard surface area) is unique to every property. As such, the implementation of the stormwater charge will result in approximately $6.7 million being shifted
away from the municipal tax base in the 2016 budget, which amounts to a reduction
of approximately $25 per household.
The calculation of the stormwater charge is the same for all properties, and each
property will receive a stormwater assessment. The stormwater charge is calculated
by multiplying the stormwater rate by the number of stormwater billing units assessed for a property. The stormwwater rate will be reviewed each year by Council
as part of the City’s annual budget process. The number of billing units assessed for
a property is determined by the tier under which the property is categorized. Each
residential property is categorized into one of five tiers based on the size of its rooftop
area. The City is using the rooftop area as a predictor of the total amount of hard
surface area on a property. For this purpose, the surface area will be considered a
“flat roof.” The height (or pitch) of your roof will not be part of the calculation. The
residential tiers, areas, and billing units are as follows:




Smallest Tier- Freehold townhomes and row houses
Rooftop Area: 26.7 - 99.0 m2 Billing Units: 0.5
Small Tier - Semi-detached homes, linked homes and small single detached
homes
Rooftop Area: 99.1-151.0 m2 Billing Units: 0.7
Medium Tier - Medium single detached homes
Rooftop Area: 151.1 -194.0 m2 Billing Units: 1.0
Large Tier- Large single detached homes
Rooftop Area - 194.1 - 242.0 m2 Billing Units: 1.2
Largest Tier- Very large single detached homes
Rooftop Area: 242.1 + m2 and above Billing Units: 1.7

Residents whose properties are categorized under the Smallest Tier will pay $50 for
the stormwater charge; those under the Small Tier will pay $70; those under the Medium Tier will pay $100; those under the Large Tier will pay $120; and those under
the Largest Tier will pay $170. For more information about stormwater and the
stormwater charge, please visit the City’s website at www.stormwatercharge.ca.

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COUNCILLOR WARD 11 NEWS

Ward 11 Property Crime Report
Ensuring the safety of our community has always been one of
my top priorities as your Councillor. I routinely work with City
of Mississauga By-law Staff, Peel
Regional Police, and Safe City
Mississauga to keep our parks,
streets, and schools safe for everyone.
Recently, I received a very useful
report from Safe City Mississauga, which contained a detailed
analysis of property crimes in
Ward 11 from 2009-2014. Each
Councillor received a similar
report for his/her Ward. The report uses bi-weekly data received
from the Peel Regional Police on
52 types of property crime offences committed within Mississauga. I was very pleased and
proud to see that property crimes in Ward 11 have declined by 30% from 2009-2014 and
that we have one of the lowest property crime rates in Mississauga, with only 6% of city-wide
property offences occurring in Ward 11.
The report revealed that the most common crimes in Ward 11 include Theft Under $5000From Motor vehicles; Mischief Over $5000- Property; Break & Enter- Houses; and Theft
Over $5000- Automobiles. The report also revealed that the most common crime locations
in Ward 11 include single-family homes, residence properties, and parking lots.
To help promote safety in your neighbourhood, Safe City Mississauga offers the Neighbourhood Watch Program, which includes a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
(CPTED) Audit of your neighbourhood, a community meeting with Peel Police, and crime
prevention presentations, materials, and support - all at no cost. For more information, visit
www.safecitymississauga.on.ca or call 905-615-4155 ext. 4479.
Peel Police also offers excellent programs and resources to help protect you and your family against crime. Peel Police offers programs like the Crime Prevention Academy; Crime
Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED); and Operation Identification. Peel
Police also offers useful online resources, such as Crime Prevention Fact Sheets on auto/
vehicle theft; break and enter; home security etc., available at www.peelpolice.on.ca/en/
crimeprevention.asp.

City Purchases Credit Valley
Lands in Ward 11
I am very pleased to report that the City recently purchased environmentally
significant Credit Valley lands located on the east side of Creditview Road, south
of Highway 401. The City purchased approximately 18.31 acres of land at a cost
of $2,539,450. The lands that were purchased are considered ecologically significant lands as the Credit River travels through these lands and the majority of
these lands are considered floodplain lands.
One of the City’s key priorities is to protect the natural features of Lake Ontario
and the Credit River through responsible stewardship and conservation of these
environmentally significant lands. These lands represent a significant portion of
the valley system that are not yet publicly owned. I am also very pleased to report
that the future plans for this land will include passive recreational uses (trails,
walkways, etc.), trail connection, and environmental conservation.

New Regional
Noise Attenuation
Wall Program

I am very pleased to report that Peel Regional
Council recently approved a new Regional
Noise Attenuation Wall Program. This is a
program that I had initiated and championed
for several years on behalf of many communities in Ward 11 and across the city that have
privately owned noise attenuation walls adjacent to Regional roads.
These noise attenuation walls serve an important public purpose and should be publicly
owned and maintained, which is what will
happen under this new Regional program.
Replacing private noise attenuation walls
adjacent to Regional roads and moving them
onto the Regional right-of-way will increase
public safety and allow for a consistent design
and streetscape.
I had previously advocated for the same approach for municipally owned noise attenuation walls adjacent to City roads and the City’s
noise attenuation wall program was changed
accordingly in 2009 to provide City ownership
and maintenance of these assets.
Under the Region’s new Noise Attenuation
Wall Program, barriers adjacent to Regional
roads, which are on private property, will be
reconstructed on the public right-of-way once
the walls are at the end of their lifecycle and
require replacement. Additionally, when a
new subdivision is planned along a Regional
road, developers will be required to construct
new walls on the public side of the Regional
right-of-way.
Currently, there are 32,666m of privately
owned noise attenuation walls abutting
Regional roads across the Region of Peel and
8,401m of these walls are in Mississauga. The
new Noise Attenuation Program will cost approximately $55 million over the next 30 years
(with $14.1 million going towards replacement and maintenance of barriers in Mississauga), which represents an average cost of $2
million per year.
Now that the program has been approved, the
next steps are as follows:

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
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
Public School Bd.
905-890-1010


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
Water Billing

905-453-3311
416-813-5900
905-615-4100
905-791-7800
905-615-4780
905-615-4155
905-615-7669
905-566-2718
905-858-5974
905-615-4785
905-791-1015
905-826-3011
905-791-9499
905-791-8711


Amending the development approvals
process to construct noise attenuation
walls on the public side of the Regional
Road right-of-way.
Prioritizing projects for consideration
in the 2017 Capital Budget.
Developing an inspection program for
privately owned walls; including work
required for utility impacts, easements,
and additional resources.
Developing of a communication package to ensure residents are informed of
the new program

For more information about the new Noise Attenuation Wall Program, please visit Region of
Peel’s website at www.peelregion.ca/pw.