Mayor Hazel McCallion, along with other GTA mayors and regional chairs, are hosting a press conference following a January 17 meeting to discuss adopting a co-ordinated response during extreme weather events and ensure consistent messaging.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Directly following the GTA mayors/regional chairs meeting
12:30-1 p.m. (approximately)
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
RBC Theatre, Ground Floor
Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area were subject to an extreme weather event on December 22, 2013, an ice storm.
Mississauga Council passed a resolution on January 8, 2014 requesting the provincial and federal governments to develop new programs for future disaster mitigation that would include urban flooding, winter storms, erosion control and other severe storm events, reflecting the reality of climate change and include funding of rehabilitation of municipal infrastructure to mitigate future environmental and storm event impacts.
Council also requested the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to declare the City of Mississauga a “disaster area” for the purposes of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program in a second resolution.
McCallion invited GTA mayors and regional chairs to a joint meeting.
As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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.