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City of Mississauga COVID-19 Response Continues with Virtual Committees and Other Actions

Committees of Council, enforcement, support for Long-term Care Workers and Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) Mayor’s and Chairs meeting outcomes

COVID-19 | April 23, 2020

Yesterday, Council discussed actions and impacts in response to COVID-19 including managing the City’s Committees of Council, clarifying enforcement actions during the pandemic, support for long-term care workers and the outcomes of a Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) Mayor’s and Chairs meeting.

 

“Mississauga continues to work in the face of this pandemic. Council continues with our weekly meetings virtually and where possible, we are now extending that to other committees to continue the important work they do,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and act in the best interests of residents and local businesses. We are asking residents to follow the guidelines being set by our health officials, other levels of government and the City of Mississauga. We continue to partner and work closely with our government partners, health agencies and neighbouring cities to keep our City safe.”

 

Council and Committee Schedule

The work plans of Advisory Committees will be deferred until further notice. Matters that arise and require action will be brought to Council after informal consultation with Committee members. Council and Committees that are continuing, will meet virtually. The public can view these meetings live or archived at Mississauga.ca/video.

 

Council Meetings – Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

               

General Committee – Suspended

  • To ensure the timely implementation of Council decisions, General Committee has been replaced with weekly Council meetings during the pandemic. Matters requiring a decision will be moved directly to Council.

                                                         

Audit Committee – May 4, 2020, 9 a.m.

 

Budget Committee – June 24, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

 

Planning and Development Committee – June 1, 2020, 6 p.m.

  • Agenda items that require public participation will be deferred until further notice.

 

Committee of Adjustment – June 4, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

  • Agenda items that require public participation will be deferred until further notice.

 

Heritage Advisory Committee

  • This committee will be disbanded until further notice.

 

Enforcement
The City is enforcing four Emergency Orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and City public by-laws. City Officers have taken an approach of informing and educating, before escalating to laying charges. Failure to comply with the Order can result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Parks, green space, trails and pathways remain open for walking, cycling or running.

The City is asking for continued co-operation in following the recommendations made by Peel Public Health. Public Health guidelines advises residents:

  • to stay at home and only leave for essential items
  • that daily exercise should be done alone or with one household member, or to exercise with a pet.
  • that if you need some fresh air or want to exercise, it is okay go outside for a short time while practicing physical distancing.

All litter including garbage, recycling, dog waste, disposable masks, gloves or other protective materials is to be placed in the appropriate waste containers. Failure to dispose of these items properly can result in a $365 fine.

Virtual Cherry Blossoms Viewing
The City of Mississauga’s beautiful cherry blossoms in Kariya Park are expected to be in full bloom in the coming weeks and while residents won’t be able to visit in person, they can admire the blossoms from afar via the City’s new cherry blossom webcam.

The City is offering a live feed where residents can view the cherry blossoms online beginning today until their petals start to fall, as the trees only stay in bloom for approximately two weeks. To view them bloom live, visit mississauga.ca/cherryblossomwebcam.

Long-Term Care Facility Workers
Mayor Crombie will send a letter to the Premier of Ontario to help address safety in long-term care homes. The letter will outline the importance of addressing the health of our residents living in long-term care facilities and seniors homes as it relates to staff. The letter will address the need to ensure staff are employed at one facility to limit movement between facilities and reduce the potential transmission of illnesses; staff are provided a fair living wage and are employed on a full-time basis with associated benefits to provide consistent care.

GTHA Mayors and Chairs Meeting
This week, GTHA Mayors and chairs, including Mayor Bonnie Crombie, met to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and how municipalities can work together on the economic restart and recovery.

To learn about the latest updates on actions taken by the City of Mississauga visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus or follow @CityMississauga on Twitter.

 

For health information, please visit Region of Peel peelregion.ca/coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Catherine Monast

Senior Advisor Media and Public Information

City of Mississauga

905-615-3200, ext. 5046

catherine.monast@mississauga.ca

TTY: 905-896-5151