City Seeks Public Opinion on Recreational Cannabis in Mississauga

The use of recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Ontario has elected to allow for recreational cannabis to be sold on-line or in privately operated retail stores. The location and operation of these private stores will be under the control of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which is also responsible for regulating gaming and alcohol sales in the province. The City of Mississauga is considering whether Mississauga should opt in or out of private retail sales of cannabis. The City is also looking at locations where smoking or other use of recreational cannabis could be prohibited on City property; however the City cannot completely prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis.
The City wants to directly hear from residents on these matters. Responses can be provided either online through a surveyor by attending a Public Information Session. The City has also conducted an independent telephone survey, using Forum Research, to gain direct input from residents across the City.
After all the consultation has concluded, the City will review the public’s input along with other relevant data, inputs and trends before presenting formal feedback to the Province.
Public Information Session Details
What: 
Public consultation regarding the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis in Mississauga
When and Where:
Monday, November 26, 2018 6 to 7 p.m.
City Hall – Council Chamber, Second Floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON
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Who:
Residents
Consultants
Local business owners and operators
City staff
Can’t Make the Public Information Session? 
Visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/cannabisbefore November 30, 2019 to take the survey and share your feedback online regarding recreational cannabis use in Mississauga.
Learn more about recreational cannabis, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/cannabis.
BACKGROUND:
The production, sale and use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018.
Recreational cannabis use is now legal in Mississauga under the federal government’s Cannabis Act, 2017. The Province will regulate sales through the AGCO.  Mississauga City Council has until January 22, 2019 to make the decision to opt-out or permit retail stores. The province will continue to consult with municipalities including Mississauga, Peel Public Health and Peel Regional Police on the implementation of the private retail model.

City of Mississauga Seeks Public Input on Proposed 2019 Budget

Share Your Thoughts on the City Budget

As the costs to deliver quality City services continue to increase, what’s the right balance between service levels and spending? Tell us your thoughts on the City of Mississauga’s proposed 2019 Budget.

There are several ways to get involved. Try the budget allocator, explore the City’s budget website, request a group meeting or attend a Budget Committee meeting.

Mississauga’s online budget allocator for the 2019 Budget is now available at mississauga.ca/budget. This interactive tool lets residents choose their preferred spending option on 12 City services. Residents can also explore and learn more about the services included in the City’s budget and the overall process.
From roads and transit to fire and emergency services, library, animal services and recreation programs, City services affect people’s lives each day. Decisions about spending on City services and service levels drive the budget. Residents can use the allocator to test different spending options by increasing or decreasing the budget for each service area and then see if they have balanced the budget.
Results from the allocator received by November 30 will be shared with Budget Committee on January 14, 2019. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2019 proposed Business Plan and Budget.
“The budget allocator helps residents understand the cost and level of City services and how property tax dollars are spent,” said Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and Treasurer. “It is an opportunity for people to get involved in Mississauga’s business planning and budgeting process and to share their priorities.”
Learn About the Budget
  • Learn about what you get for your tax dollars at mississauga.ca/budget 
  • Read an overviewof the 2019 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 13, 2018
  • Watch for the full 2019 proposed Business Plan & Budget that will be posted onlineon November 28
  • Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for December 5, January 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28, with a Council vote to approve the budget planned for February 6, 2019*
* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.
Get Involved in Planning and Budgeting

Police Appeal for Witnesses in Cemetery Thefts

Peel Regional Police are seeking assistance from the public as they investigate thefts from cemeteries that occurred in the City of Mississauga.

Police are looking to identify suspect(s) involved in thefts of bronze vases from Mount Peace Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery and Assumption Cemetery. A total of 269 vases were stolen valued at approximately $67,250.00, these thefts occurred between April 7, 2018 and September 24, 2018.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, who may have observed incident or any persons who may have video surveillance. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

City’s 2018 Aerial Spray Program a Great Success

Based on reports, data and further examination of spray areas, the City of Mississauga has confirmed with its external partner, BioForest Technologies Inc. (BioForest), that the 2018 Aerial Spray Program was a success in managing fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations.

According to BioForest, weather conditions, leaf development and caterpillar hatch targets were within the recommended ranges for an aerial spray program using Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk). Spray deposit on leaves came back within the moderate to high coverage, ensuring we had even application of Btk to the tree canopy. Defoliation surveys showed a majority of trees having less than 5 per cent leaf loss, with no trees sampled having greater than 25 per cent leaf loss. The target was less than 50 per cent defoliation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of Mississauga’s 2018 Aerial Spray Program,” said Jodi Robillos, Director of Parks and Forestry. “There was a lot of planning, organization and co-ordination with our program partners and stakeholders to make sure the spray was executed as precisely as possible. We were focused on getting this right. We had one chance to make sure the timing, dates, spray areas and details were mapped out correctly. It’s great to know that our hard work and efforts paid off.”

The City completed the program at the beginning of June. As part of the program, the City conducted two applications of the spray in affected areas. The spray targeted fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars on both City and private property over six days.

As fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars grow, they consume large quantities of tree leaves. They have the ability to quickly strip trees of their leaves, leading to the tree becoming weak and open to potential disease.

Robillos added, “Now that the spray is complete, we’re continuing to monitor City-owned trees in susceptible areas for severe leaf loss caused by fall cankerworms and gypsy moths. Our focus continues to be on preserving, protecting and growing our tree canopy.”

The City’s Forestry team has continued with ongoing inspections of City-owned trees to help control the insect population. Proactive measures like tree banding, tree injections, ground spraying and egg scraping have been put in place.

“Reports from BioForest have indicated that our Aerial Spray Program was hugely successful in controlling fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations in Mississauga,” said Jamie Ferguson, Aerial Spray Project Lead. “Conducting the Aerial Spray Program and implementing other Integrated Pest Management measures has proven effective. We were on target with recommendations of how and when to conduct the spray.”

Results from the program found the spray coverage for trees was successful. City staff will conduct gypsy moth egg and adult female cankerworm counts later this fall.

In addition, a recent City poll found residents living in affected aerial spray zones were satisfied (86 per cent) with the outcome of the 2018 Aerial Spray Program. The City surveyed more than 400 affected residents.

The survey highlighted the following key areas:
• Communication and awareness of the 2018 Aerial Spray Program
• Impact on resident property from cankerworms and gypsy moths
• Resident comfort with the use of an organic pesticide

To promote awareness of the Spray Program, the City made information available through various avenues including: Mississauga.ca, social media, the 3-1-1 Customer Contact Centre, brochures, open houses and direct mail.

Ferguson stated, “There were a lot of details we wanted residents to be aware of and we focused on ensuring they were kept up-to-date about spray details. We used a number of communications activities to ensure residents had the tools they needed to make informed decisions about their health and the environment.”

To continue ensuring cankerworm and gypsy moth population levels stay in the normal range, residents are being asked to monitor trees on their property for egg masses. They can help by:
• Scraping egg masses off of trees and other hard surfaces and soak them in soapy water for a minimum of 48 hours
• Placing sticky bands on tree trunks
• Installing burlap skirts around tree trunks
• Destroying pupae
• Using pheromone traps

For more information on the City’s aerial spray program, visit mississauga.ca/2018spray.

BACKGROUND
For the past few years, Mississauga has been facing an increase in fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars which impacted a large area of Mississauga’s tree canopy. Elevated levels of caterpillars have caused severe defoliation of trees, impacting the overall health of many trees on both City-owned and private property.

In May 2018, the City conducted an aerial spray to manage high levels of fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars and prevent tree loss. The spray area consisted of private and public land in Wards 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 11 and was roughly 2,058 hectares (5,085 acres).

Zimmer Air Services implemented the spray, which happened over a six-day period, with a total of two spray applications being completed. Two helicopters flew about 15 to 30 metres above the treetops to complete the spray.