Local government | April 21, 2021
This week, Council directed staff to review the City’s participation in the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) Programme and increased fines for waterfront parking violations.
“Type 2 diabetes is a major public health concern in Mississauga, with one in six adults between the ages of 45 and 64 in Peel living with diabetes, rising to one in three after age 65. Through the CCD Programme, we have the opportunity to influence the health of residents and assist in preventing and reducing the rise in type 2 diabetes rates,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are also facing new road-safety concerns with parking near the waterfront and the Lakeshore area. To address this, the City has increased fines for parking violations and secured additional parking space through an agreement with a few local schools. The change is to help ensure emergency vehicles have access to this area, are in compliance with our by-laws and to promote responsible and respectful use of our parks.”
City of Mississauga joins the Cities Changing Diabetes Programme
Council directed staff to provide a report to Council on the steps for the City of Mississauga to become a member of the CCD Programme including resource impacts and outcomes.
The City was approached by Novo Nordisk, a local Mississauga-based life sciences company and leader in addressing diabetes, to join the CCD Programme. This global collaborative of 36 cities working in partnership, maps the extent that obesity and type 2 diabetes will have on the affect the City and which populations are most vulnerable. The CCD membership shares best practices through a global knowledge hub, assists in identifying local drivers and provides resources to assist in preventing and reducing the rise in type 2 diabetes rates.
Novo Nordisk and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), invested $40 million to establish the Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations at the UTM campus to address the rise in chronic diseases and diabetes. The CCD Programme consists of partnerships with Mississauga’s life sciences industry, Trillium Health Partners, UTM and community organizations to facilitate public engagement and educational outreach, and its implementation would align with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin in 2021. Mississauga would be the first active Canadian city to join the CCD Programme.
The City has current programs and initiatives that contribute to diabetes prevention including a food and beverage policy; a cycling infrastructure program; an Economic Development Strategy to decrease reliance on cars; a two-year pilot that evaluates development applications from a health perspective and that promotes use of stairwells at a number of City facilities.
The motion was raised by Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
Increased Fines for Lakefront Parking Violations May to September
Today, Council approved increased parking fines to $100 for parking, standing and stopping infractions, excluding overnight parking infractions between 2 to 6 a.m. for local roadways, City parks and municipal parking lots south of Lakeshore Road, from the east City limits to Meadow Wood Road, from Saturday, May 1 to Thursday, September 30.
Fines were increased to help reduce traffic congestion and illegal parking in these areas. During the spring and summer months, these areas become congested with parked cars along roadways as residents and visitors are drawn to the waterfront parks, trails and amenities.
The City has secured parking agreements with local schools in the area. The additional parking is free and available on evenings and weekends during the school year and throughout the summer: