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City of Mississauga “Shark Fin By-law” in effect June 30, 2012 with Enforcement Action Plan

Jun 20, 2012

The City of Mississauga's Shark Fin By-law comes into effect on June 30, 2012, with an enforcement action plan that was approved at today's meeting of Council.

"Council approved enforcement of the Shark Fin By-law on a reactive basis in response to complaints," said director of Enforcement Mickey Frost. "The by-law will be investigated and enforced in the same manner as other similar city by-laws."

Frost explained that upon receiving a complaint, Enforcement staff will investigate the complaint through an inspection, and if the by-law is being contravened initially seek compliance through education and awareness. Staff will then re-inspect to see if the by-law is being complied with. If the by-law is not being complied with staff will attempt to gather evidence to issue a charge for contravening the by-law.

Background:

The by-law was approved by Council in October 2011 to prohibit the possession, sale, trade, distribution of shark fins or derivative products and direction was given to create a committee of Council to draft an action plan for the enforcement of the by-law.

The committee included: Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin; Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito; Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey; Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr; Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson; with representatives from the Mississauga Chinese Business Association and appropriate staff.

The draft Shark Fin By-law went before General Committee on October 7, 2011 along with a corporate report providing information on the shark fin issue, actions of other municipalities in Ontario, outcome of staff consultation with key members of the Chinese Business Associations located in Mississauga, and options to address the shark fin issue.

Council also moved a motion to request Health Canada to prohibit the import of shark fins and shark fin food products into Canada and that the City of Mississauga request other municipalities to join the lobbying of the federal government to take necessary actions for a ban on shark finning.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
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Email:   catherine.monast@mississauga.ca


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