Local government | June 16, 2021
This week, Council approved alternate booking spaces and rates for instructional fitness and recreation activities and directed staff to begin budgeting and planning for an aerial spray of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstak (BTK) in 2022.
“We are thrilled to be in the process of reopening while continuing to follow the provincial regulations in place. We do, however, remain cautious as the more transmissible Delta variant continues to circulate in our community. As we work towards a full reopening, I am pleased that we are making space for commercial fitness operators to use our parks until indoor activity is safe to resume. Fitness and recreation is extremely important for both physical and mental health at all ages. It is important that we do what we can to make fitness and recreation available in our community, while helping small business owners,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Unfortunately, many Mississauga businesses still remain closed in Step One. And we look forward to further progress as we move into the summer months. I remind everyone to continue doing their part by getting their vaccine and following the regulations in place.”
Commercial Bookings for Instructional Fitness and Recreation Activities in Parks
Council approved offering commercial instructional groups alternate booking spaces and rates for instructional fitness and recreation activities in parks for Step 1 and 2 of the Province’s re-opening plan. The alternate booking spaces will help residents engage in physical activity and allow local businesses to maintain operations in the community until indoor facilities are permitted to open. Instructional programs will be permitted to book at community facilities at a lower rate and the minimum booking hours for facilities will be waived.
Council approved a fee schedule for parks and fields for 2021.
|Park Permit – Instructional Classes Permit||$39.41/hr (larger destination park facilities).|
|Park Permit & Shelter Fee||$176.49/day|
|Major Soccer Field||$21.32/hr|
|Minor Soccer Field||$9.52/hr|
Aerial Spraying 2022
Council directed staff to move forward with budgeting and planning for an aerial spray of BTK in 2022 for areas affected by gypsy moths based on negative impacts to the City’s tree canopy. Staff will report back with a budget and plan for consideration.
The motion was raised by Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras.
Cannabis Retail Sales
At General Committee on June 9, 2021, Council voted to continue with not allowing cannabis retail stores in Mississauga. Council passed a resolution in December 2018 to opt-out and not allow privately-operated cannabis retail stores in Mississauga.
Today, Council approved a motion to request the Province to reconsider the exclusive powers of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on zoning of legal retail cannabis stores and recognize the role of municipalities.
The motion was raised by Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr.
The City’s former Mandatory Face Covering By-law was amended and renamed the Mandatory Face Mask By-law and extended to September 30, 2021.