Mississauga Moves 2015 a Turning Point in the City’s Transportation Future

City roads are built out and innovative solutions are needed to move forward

Mississauga is experiencing a turning point in the development of its transportation system. Today, more than 300 people looked into the future of travel throughout the City, at the first ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015, held at the Living Arts Centre.

“Mississauga is a City committed to building transit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The results of today’s first-ever transportation summit will shape Mississauga’s transit priorities as we build up our City over the next 25 years,” she added. “We are here to listen to the ideas and solutions residents have toward making Mississauga an even better place to live, work and achieve unrivalled success.”

Registered attendees heard from panel experts on Complete Streets; these are designed to embrace all road users through inclusiveness, safety, comfort, efficiency and public space. Attendees also had the opportunity to design their own transit network or tour the Mississauga Transitway, as well as learn about Mississauga’s transportation story in terms of dealing with growth and congestion and possibilities for the future.

“Participation today will impact how we implement change; a process that will begin with the development of our Transportation Master Plan in 2016,” said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works and MC for the day. “We not only attracted the best local and international transportation experts but we brought together a transportation showcase that encompasses all areas of transportation.”

Powell further explained, Mississauga Moves 2015 allowed residents to listen, be heard and brainstorm innovative strategies for moving around the City more efficiently in the future on foot, by bicycle, car and public transit.

Keynote speaker Sam Schwartz, better known as “Gridlock Sam” a leading transportation expert in the United States, shared his insights on how Mississauga can become more “street smart” and move toward reducing cars and increasing use of public transit, walking and cycling.

The discussion will continue in 2016, with the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input gathered from today’s summit is only the first step, watch for broader outreach and input from the community in the new year, added Powell.

Veterans Ride MiWay Free on Remembrance Day

Canadian Forces veterans and their companion can ride free on MiWay on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

“MiWay honours our Canadian veterans who are our parents, aunts, uncles, children and our heroes,” said Geoff Marinoff, director of transit. “They selflessly put their lives on the line to further freedom throughout the world. On Remembrance Day, we proudly salute our veterans and encourage them to ride with MiWay for free.”

Marinoff asks veterans to wear their uniform and, or, medals and let transit operators know if a companion is travelling with them so they too may ride free.

MiWay buses and operators will pause on November 11 at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence to recognize Canadian veterans for their sacrifices during wars and peace missions around the world.

Let MiWay take you to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The ceremony will be held in front of the Community Memorial in the northwest corner of Mississauga Celebration Square. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.

Visit miway.ca to plan your trip on MiWay, call 905-615-INFO (4636) or view customized route and schedule information on your smartphone at m.miway.ca

Election Night 2015 Live Streaming for the Region of Peel

Peel Region residents from Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon represent approximately 4% of Canada’s population (just under 11% of Ontario). The 12 Federal seats in the region feature 3 new ridings and together comprises almost 1.5 million constituents. Battleground Ontario starts in Peel, yet the general media’s election night coverage features mostly national results and perspectives.

Brampton Focus, and Mississauga Connects, both independent grass roots community based organizations realized that the region’s electorate was void of a dedicated riding by riding hyper local coverage of these 12 important federal seats.

“Peel deserves dedicated election coverage of our 12 Federal riding results on election night. We want relevant discussion focused on our local issues with live voting results as they come in. Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon currently have no dedicated TV coverage on election night and we intend to change and improve that”

Donald Mcleod, Co-Founder of Brampton Focus

A team of over 26 professionals and concerned residents are volunteering time, money, television expertise and technology to create a multi-camera TV studio to host a 4 hour live independent election night streaming broadcast. The broadcast will feature multiple political insider guests, interviews from riding halls and candidates, with up-to-the-minute vote results. A legion of on-site volunteer reporters via smart phone technology are integrated live into the broadcast delivering exclusive and engaging local coverage. Accessible and free to residents with an internet connection.

With on-line viewing becoming the future of broadcast, and those who watch conventional broadcasts having a media device open simultaneously, this hyper local interactive coverage by a grass-roots non broadcast voluntary entity is what the future promises to deliver…. today! Watch election night coverage for Peel Region Live at www.PeelPolitics.ca.

CVC to Remove More Infested Ash Trees at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will restart ash tree removals at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area due to the invasive forest pest – emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is a shiny green beetle, not native to North America. It infests and kills 99.9 per cent of all ash trees. The trees being removed are already infested, cannot be saved and pose a hazard to people on trails and private property.

Removal of infested ash trees will begin during the week of September 17, 2015. Work will take place Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will continue into early 2016. Continue reading CVC to Remove More Infested Ash Trees at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area