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Celebrate our Trees and Natural Areas During National Forest Week

September 20 to 26 is National Forest Week, a dedicated week where Mississauga residents and businesses can learn more about trees and raise awareness about the value forests play within our economy, culture, traditions, history and future. Recognized throughout Canada, the week is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

“I encourage all residents to celebrate National Forest Week by planting a tree to help us get one step closer to our goal of one million more trees,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Plant a tree on your property or take part in our planting program. There are so many opportunities to learn more about the benefits trees and forests offer to our city, including reducing our carbon footprint.”

Over the past two years, the City was awarded the designations of Tree Cities of the World and Bee City. Additionally, the City in partnership with The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), eliminated the non-native invasive Asian longhorned beetlefrom its tree canopy after five years of no detection of this pest. 

“Over the last decade, the City’s efforts to preserve, enhance and protect our trees has paid off. We’ve made it a priority to address the environmental pressures trees face like invasive species, urban redevelopment and severe weather events. This ensures our trees are well cared for, maintained and healthy,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry & Environment. “National Forest Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the City’s investment in its more than 2.1 million trees – all of which provide countless benefits to the city like cleaning the air, helping with climate change effects, lowering temperatures and providing shade on hot days.”

The City was also the recipient of the TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation. The grant will help the City support urban forestry by providing:

·         450 trees to be planted in Mississauga parks and natural areas by a number of community groups

·         100 trees to be given away to Mississauga residents

·         Tree-specific webinars for residents to learn more

“Green spaces and natural areas like our parks, woodlands and streams play a critical role in making Mississauga a livable city,” said Brent Reid, Manager, Forestry. “We have approximately 2.1 million trees in Mississauga and we are working to plant one million more by 2032 through our One Million Trees program. Trees are fundamental to Mississauga’s environmental, social and economic well-being, and help us enhance our greenspaces. Trees also provide valuable ecosystem services such as pollution filtration, flood control and carbon storage.”

One Million Trees Mississauga was launched to help conserve and enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy. For more information on how to participate during National Forest Week, visit onemilliontrees.ca

Background: 
The City’s Forestry section plans and implements urban forest management within the City and annually receives more than 18,000 annual service requests. There are more than 300 publicly owned woodlands and natural areas covering 2,777 acres (1,124 hectares).

Select City Services Set to Reopen on September 8

Select City Services Set to Reopen on September 8

September 2, 2020

As part of the City’s phased and controlled reopening plans, some limited City services will be available in-person, by appointment only beginning September 8:

·        Marriage licenses – Book appointment online here. Service provided at Civic Centre (300 City Centre Dr.). 

·        Mobile licensing – Book appointment online here. Service provided at Mavis North Yard (3235 Mavis Rd.).

·        Business licensing – Book appointment online here. Service provided at Civic Centre (300 City Centre Dr.).

In addition, the Council Chamber and Committee Rooms will reopen for meetings at the Civic Centre (300 City Centre Dr.) with reduced capacity.

“Mississauga has come a long way, working together as a community, to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We know how much our residents and businesses want to get life back to normal, but we must remain vigilant. Working alongside our public health experts, we are now in a position to gradually and safely reopen some of our counter services along with modified community programming. Thank you to everyone for continuing to do your part to stay safe and healthy. Please, wear a face covering, wash your hands, maintain physical distancing, stay home if you are feeling ill and get tested if needed.”  

Health and safety protocols are in place to protect staff and the public at all City facilities. These protocols include:

·        Active screening – Staff and visitors are screened with COVID-19 assessment questions before entering a City facility.

·        Limited building access – Doors have been designated for entry and exit.

·        Mandatory masks – Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces.

·        Physical distancing – Signage and floor markings indicate how to maintain two metres or six feet of space between others.

·        Signage – Floor decals and signage provide direction, health and safety reminders and ensure physical distancing.

·        Limited elevator capacity – Signage indicates safe and reduced capacity of elevators.

·        Stairwells – Where possible, stairwells are designated for up or down traffic.

·        Enhanced cleaning protocols – New protocols include increased cleaning and disinfecting of highly-touched surfaces and high traffic areas. 

“The health and safety of our staff and the public continue to be our number one priority,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). “We have and will continue to work closely with Peel Public Health and adhere to all guidelines and regulations put out by the Government of Ontario and the Region of Peel. These limited in-person service offerings as well as modified programming at our Recreation, Library and Culture facilities form the next step in our safe and gradual reopening and recovery plans. Other city services, including development applications and building permit applications, property tax payments and more continue to be accepted online.”

Additional program and service updates:

Recreation

Beginning September 8, community centres, fitness centres, indoor pools and limited arenas will reopen with modified programs/services.

Starting September 14, C Banquets (on the 12th floor of Civic Centre) and the BraeBen Golf Course dining room will be available for bookings.

Library 

All locations except Frank McKechnie (currently under renovation) will reopen on September 15 with limited service. Curbside service will continue to be offered at Frank McKechnie until the renovations are completed in mid-October. Visits are limited to one hour and services including computer access and limited study require an appointment.

Culture 

Starting September 8, bookings of some spaces will reopen including the Living Arts Centre RBC Theatre, studio rentals, church and group bookings. In addition, the information desk, reception and box office will reopen. 

Mississauga’s COVID-19 Recovery Framework guides the City’s reopening and recovery. The Framework is supported by four individual recovery plans – Community,EconomicFinance and Corporate – which set Mississauga’s path forward in a safe, efficient and inclusive way.  

Visit mississauga.ca/recovery or call 311 for more information.