Malton Youth Hub ‘designed by youth for youth,’ signals new opportunities for historically underserved community

Malton Youth Hub ‘designed by youth for youth,’ signals new opportunities for historically underserved community

Tuesday’s grand opening of a new youth hub in the community of Malton, which has long been isolated from the rest of Mississauga by Pearson Airport and industrial barriers, signals a positive change for the area’s youth population.

The project to convert the former Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School pool surfaced after a 2016 staff report identified a critical need for a dedicated space for youth, with sufficient programming and services lacking in the community.



Transit Commission to reconsider budget, again; Welland trail strategy sparks outrage among councillors; Fort Erie studying problem flooding 

Transit Commission to reconsider budget, again; Welland trail strategy sparks outrage among councillors; Fort Erie studying problem flooding 

The Niagara Transit Commission will consider reductions to the Transit budget, back a second time, after Regional Councillors were miffed when the first attempt at mitigation measures went nowhere.

Welland’s first strong mayor budget is approved, while a requested legal opinion related to the North Welland trail comes to Council. The environmental assessment process begins in an attempt to solve long-standing flooding issues in Fort Erie’s Thunder Bay area, the likely result of disturbances to the lake’s water levels.



These two proposals to dramatically increase pollution in Brampton will hurt the city’s ability to meet its already weak climate targets

These two proposals to dramatically increase pollution in Brampton will hurt the city’s ability to meet its already weak climate targets

Brampton’s Goreway Power Station and Emerald Energy from Waste incinerator are the two largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions across the city. While repeated calls from environmental organizations stress the local need to reduce GHGs, both of these operations are slated for massive expansions. If approved, Brampton can kiss its emissions reduction targets goodbye. 



Federal government introduces methane reduction strategy while Doug Ford ramps up natural gas

Federal government introduces methane reduction strategy while Doug Ford ramps up natural gas

The federal government announced the Global Methane Pledge at COP 28 Monday, solidifying a previous commitment to decrease the gas sector’s methane emissions by 75 percent by 2030, and 40 to 45 percent overall below 2012 levels.

Ontario, meanwhile, is moving in the opposite direction, expanding natural gas use for electricity production.



Disturbing new allegations surface in lawsuit against province’s school system for deaf and blind; Minister Lecce refuses to step in 

Disturbing new allegations surface in lawsuit against province’s school system for deaf and blind; Minister Lecce refuses to step in 

Jane and her family are suing the government of Ontario and senior administrators of the province’s schools for the deaf and blind, detailing years of abuse and mismanagement in a statement of claim filed last year and previously detailed by The Pointer. 

Now, the family has received further information about Jane’s treatment, raising concern over the alleged lack of action when explicit images of their underage daughter were found on the device of a fellow student. 



Niagara Police Board trims budget; Regional Council approve 7.02% operating budget increase for 2024

Niagara Police Board trims budget; Regional Council approve 7.02% operating budget increase for 2024

At a special meeting called after Niagara Regional Council had rejected a 7.1 percent budget increase, equating to almost $13 million in additional expenditures, the Niagara Regional Police Services Board approved $2 million in cuts, mostly by deferring a handful of the 40 positions being proposed for 2024. 



Patrick Brown won’t provide ‘phantom’ report being used to justify reversal of Peel’s break up; Bonnie Crombie wants to see his ‘questionable’ numbers    

Patrick Brown won’t provide ‘phantom’ report being used to justify reversal of Peel’s break up; Bonnie Crombie wants to see his ‘questionable’ numbers    

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who will challenge Doug Ford for the premier’s job when she takes over the Liberal leadership, is asking him for clarity on the future of Peel’s regional government, after Patrick Brown once again used the work for a compromised Deloitte report—discredited by regional councillors when behind-the-scenes interference by senior staff was exposed—to justify keeping regional government intact.



Province remains guarded on details of MZO reversals, future of Lakeview Village development hangs in the balance 

Province remains guarded on details of MZO reversals, future of Lakeview Village development hangs in the balance 

With the Province offering limited information on Minister’s Zoning Order reversals following legislation introduced in October by Housing Minister Paul Calandra, the surprise decision to double Mississauga’s Lakeview Village development from 8,000 to 16,000 units could be overturned, or left as is.

City Council hopes the PC government’s admission of interference and subsequent legislation will allow the huge project to be scaled back to what was originally agreed upon.



Case against former Peel CAS employee who allegedly defrauded the organization heads to trial; charges against co-accused withdrawn

Case against former Peel CAS employee who allegedly defrauded the organization heads to trial; charges against co-accused withdrawn

Following several months of delays as more evidence was uncovered, the case against former Peel CAS director of finance Marino Cader, who was charged in November 2022 with defrauding the organization of more than a quarter million dollars, is finally heading to trial in January.

Charges against Andre Paul, a former maintenance coordinator with Peel CAS and the co-accused alongside Cader, have been withdrawn, the Crown Attorney revealed on Monday.  



Senior Peel government staff worked secretly to undermine Mississauga’s exit from the region, FOI documents show

Senior Peel government staff worked secretly to undermine Mississauga’s exit from the region, FOI documents show

In light of the possible reconsideration to dissolve the Region of Peel, The Pointer is republishing a 2019 freedom of information investigation into the behind the scenes effort of senior staff at the Region of Peel, at the time, to undermine Mississauga's position. 

The FOI documents revealed that a report by Deloitte was heavily influenced by Peel Region staff who did not want to see their government dissolved to make way for Mississauga to become a single-tier, independent municipality.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is now using previously discredited work to push back against any decision to grant Mississauga its independence.



Patrick Brown’s murky budget once again fails Brampton taxpayers; downtown redevelopment, university, LRT, cricket stadium among missing items

Patrick Brown’s murky budget once again fails Brampton taxpayers; downtown redevelopment, university, LRT, cricket stadium among missing items

Patrick Brown has released his proposed Mayor’s Budget for 2024.

Despite the need to accommodate more than 200,000 new residents within eight years, under the Province’s housing plan, and a string of promises Brown has made since first running for election in 2018—a world class cricket stadium, an underground light rail line, a standalone university, a downtown transformation, a spectacular riverwalk, to name a few—priorities for residents are once again largely ignored by Brown in his first budget under the new Strong Mayor Powers granted by Queen’s Park.



Mississauga councillors toss hats in the ring for mayor’s seat after Crombie’s Liberal win 

Mississauga councillors toss hats in the ring for mayor’s seat after Crombie’s Liberal win 

Two Mississauga councillors have confirmed with The Pointer their intention to seek the mayor’s seat, now that Bonnie Crombie will be moving on to provincial politics.

Others are not ruling it out, while some big names in the city’s political scene have not made any announcement, yet. 



Welland grapples with first ‘Strong Mayor’ budget—councillor concerns signal what might unfold across Ontario

Welland grapples with first ‘Strong Mayor’ budget—councillor concerns signal what might unfold across Ontario

Welland Mayor Frank Campion proposed a 2.69 percent increase to the City’s operating budget. A special meeting related to possible amendments, the first of two to be held, allowed Council members to add to and subtract from the Mayor’s budget.  



Police Board to consider rejected budget; Welland Council gets another crack at ‘strong mayor’ budget; Lincoln studies affordability of new housing development 

Police Board to consider rejected budget; Welland Council gets another crack at ‘strong mayor’ budget; Lincoln studies affordability of new housing development 

Lincoln Councillors will hear about a potential 201-unit proposal, with an affordable housing aspect and purpose-built rentals, sorely lacking in the community.

The Niagara Regional Police Services Board considers mitigation measures to bring the Police budget increase down, while Regional Council sends the Transit Commission budget back, a second time. Welland Council members propose 22 more amendments to the Mayor’s budget.



Federal court rules against Ottawa’s classification of all plastics as toxic; International community responds

Federal court rules against Ottawa’s classification of all plastics as toxic; International community responds

Following a legal challenge by a group of plastic producers, backed by the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the American plastic industry, Canada’s federal court handed down a decision that could impact the country’s single-use plastic ban.

An international treaty to end plastic pollution could provide a roadmap for advocates here to eliminate waste. 



$7M of taxpayer money will add significant shelter capacity when new Pearson Airport centre is ready to support asylum seekers 

$7M of taxpayer money will add significant shelter capacity when new Pearson Airport centre is ready to support asylum seekers 

A new reception centre next to Pearson International Airport, which straddles Peel and Toronto, will provide support to asylum claimants as shelter systems face increasing strain. 

The announcement follows a list of requests from Acting Mississauga Mayor Chris Fonseca to the federal government so Peel’s overwhelmed shelter system can better respond to unprecedented demand. All three levels of government have been blaming each other for the emergency housing crisis.



Aggregate giant taking Caledon to land tribunal over looming blasting quarry battle

Aggregate giant taking Caledon to land tribunal over looming blasting quarry battle

CBM—the company behind a controversial mega-blasting quarry proposed in Caledon—has let the Town know it will appeal council’s effort to rein in the gravel industry.

The move signals the company’s disregard for concerns about widespread environmental damage, a pattern of the multinational corporation that owns CBM and has a deeply troubled track record.



KPMG report shows Patrick Brown & Rowena Santos fabricated political attacks against Jeff Bowman and volunteers at historic Bovaird House 

KPMG report shows Patrick Brown & Rowena Santos fabricated political attacks against Jeff Bowman and volunteers at historic Bovaird House 

The mayor called former councillor Jeff Bowman’s  involvement with the Historic Bovaird House an “embarrassment” to Brampton, claiming the former councillor had an “egregious, flagrant conflict of interest” related to its funding.

A week after Brown’s latest unsubstantiated attack on Bowman, a report by KPMG, hired by the City to investigate the matter, found no wrongdoing by Bowman and no irregularities or inconsistencies with city policies around the Bovaird House funding issue, which Brown and Councillor Rowena Santos have used for more than a year to go after their critics.



Proposed 17.4% increase for Regional tax and utility hike could cripple residents already struggling with high cost of living 

Proposed 17.4% increase for Regional tax and utility hike could cripple residents already struggling with high cost of living 

The figure is not a combined increase, but a proposal to expand the Region’s tax-supported budget by 10.6 percent and its charge for utilities by 6.8 percent. It would result in a property tax increase of at least 4.5 percent, to cover Peel Region’s share, before each of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon add their own share to the 2024 tax bill.

For those already struggling to pay their bills, such steep increases raise questions about why regional staff are asking taxpayers to fund such a huge budget expansion in the last year before the Region of Peel is dissolved. 



Pandemic lessons could have slowed changes in Earth’s atmospheric systems; global emissions on the rise

Pandemic lessons could have slowed changes in Earth’s atmospheric systems; global emissions on the rise

After two years of lower emissions due to the global slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions have rebounded, in a big way.

Global data from the United Nations Environment Programme and local data from The Atmospheric Fund show Earth’s major weather systems are undergoing profound changes as increased levels of carbon in our air alter the way we live.



St. Catharines invites public into budget process; Niagara Falls to shorten budget period; Region sends 2024 police requests back for review

St. Catharines invites public into budget process; Niagara Falls to shorten budget period; Region sends 2024 police requests back for review

With the new year just around the corner, Niagara municipalities are busy with their 2024 budgets. This year is different, however, for Niagara’s three largest lower-tier municipalities, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland, with the Province’s introduction of the Strong Mayor Powers.

At the upper-tier Niagara Region, the proposed police budget was sent back but the CAO warns of a still-sobering financial ask of taxpayers.



PCs refuse to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic despite repeated calls, overwhelming evidence

PCs refuse to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic despite repeated calls, overwhelming evidence

As disturbing levels of harm continue to shatter communities across Ontario, municipalities and advocacy groups have officially declared that gender-based violence has reached epidemic levels.

Despite increasing numbers of women killed at the hands of men all across the province, the PC government refuses to make the same declaration. 



Grimsby asks for another PC flip-flop as it seeks removal of Greenbelt protection for controversial land parcels 

Grimsby asks for another PC flip-flop as it seeks removal of Greenbelt protection for controversial land parcels 

Prior to the Greenbelt scandal, the PC government had granted a long-standing wish of the Town of Grimsby by finally unlocking two parcels of protected land for development. But when the controversial plan imploded, leading to weeks of scandal for Premier Doug Ford and his government, the decision was reversed and the lands returned to the Greenbelt.

In front of a packed council chamber Monday, councillors voted to request the PC government reverse its decision once again and allow development on lands the Town argues are crucial for residential and commercial growth.  



Despite public claims, PCs & Osler will not confirm if Brampton’s Peel Memorial expansion will create a second hospital the city desperately needs

Despite public claims, PCs & Osler will not confirm if Brampton’s Peel Memorial expansion will create a second hospital the city desperately needs

At a Planning and Development Committee meeting in October, council members approved a motion to help move the Phase 2 expansion of Peel Memorial forward.

An emergency declaration last term called for a second hospital in the city with at least 850 acute-care beds to treat everything from heart attacks to broken bones. But William Osler officials and the PC government refuse to confirm if Brampton is actually going to get the hospital they have claimed will be delivered when Memorial’s expansion eventually opens. 



St. Catharines strengthens emissions reductions targets after surpassing previous goals

St. Catharines strengthens emissions reductions targets after surpassing previous goals

St. Catharines has been recognized for its effort to fight the climate crisis.

A member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the City is working toward the target of net zero community emissions by 2050 after already meeting targets first set in 2015. As an interim goal, 2030 is the date for a series of new benchmarks the City hopes to set.



After years of misconduct allegations and investigations Brampton City Hall’s internal audit department remains understaffed

After years of misconduct allegations and investigations Brampton City Hall’s internal audit department remains understaffed

“Brampton’s democracy is under siege”. Those were the stunning words written in a letter signed by a majority of council members in 2022, after widespread allegations of misconduct under Patrick Brown’s leadership led to a series of external investigations that he eventually cancelled.

A year later, the department that functions as the main watchdog holding City Hall accountable to taxpayers, is struggling with staffing issues, the latest in a string of problems for Internal Audit since Brown became mayor. 



The Niagara Region budget process is well underway, why is public consultation only beginning now?

The Niagara Region budget process is well underway, why is public consultation only beginning now?

After promising a robust public consultation process for the Region of Niagara’s 2024 budget, it has taken months for the municipality to take any meaningful steps toward public engagement.

A survey to gather feedback was launched November 13, but the budget process is already well underway with key decisions being made without a chance for public consultation.  



124 groups call on Ford government to develop strategy for protected lands

124 groups call on Ford government to develop strategy for protected lands

A report from Ontario’s Protected Areas Working Group — which sat dormant for two years — encourages the PC government to invest $400 million for the protection of vital lands across the province.

The goal is for 30 percent of the overall geographic area to be included, compared to the 11 percent that is currently protected. 



After 2023’s crippling 10.5% tax hike, St. Catharines’ proposed 2024 operating budget targets a more modest 3.67% increase; Grimsby seeks reimbursement from PCs for Greenbelt changes

After 2023’s crippling 10.5% tax hike, St. Catharines’ proposed 2024 operating budget targets a more modest 3.67% increase; Grimsby seeks reimbursement from PCs for Greenbelt changes

On Wednesday, St. Catharines’ 2024 budget process begins in earnest with staff presenting operating, capital and water and wastewater budgets. 

Unique in this budget process will be the presentation of the first, three-year budgets for the municipality. A Monday Grimsby Council report outlines the twist and turns over two decades for two parcels of land that were returned to the Greenbelt but arguably should not have been included in the first place.



Death at encampment outside Dundas shelter signals urgent need for Peel to fund emergency housing 

Death at encampment outside Dundas shelter signals urgent need for Peel to fund emergency housing 

A recent death at an encampment outside Mississauga’s Dundas Shelter has sparked outrage over Peel’s dangerously underfunded shelter system which is currently 321 percent over-capacity.

While Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is claiming it’s the fault of upper levels of government, he failed to mention his refusal to expand municipal budgets, his recent eviction of those living in an encampment and the failure of regional councillors, including himself, who have refused to adequately fund affordable housing and Peel’s shelter system for years. 



Canada’s emissions reduction plan is failing: Federal Liberals receive blistering audit reports 

Canada’s emissions reduction plan is failing: Federal Liberals receive blistering audit reports 

Justin Trudeau’s woes continue, as voters who support the Prime Minister for his stated commitment to address climate change question contradictions between his words and his actions. Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment recently released three audit reports that paint a bleak picture of the country’s 2030 emissions reductions targets. Under Trudeau’s leadership, the plan is falling far short of its goals.



‘The largest ask we have ever, ever made’: Peel police Chief wants taxpayers to cover unprecedented 14% operating budget increase

‘The largest ask we have ever, ever made’: Peel police Chief wants taxpayers to cover unprecedented 14% operating budget increase

Complex changes in the work of Peel Regional Police are placing increased pressure on officers.

The global black market driving auto thefts has deep roots in Peel; incidents of intimate partner violence and human trafficking continue; while a growing range of cyber crimes pose unique challenges, all while mental health calls stretch the force’s resources. Peel’s police boss says he needs more staff in the growing region, but is a historic request for an additional 135 officers in line with the progressive vision trumpeted by Chief Nishan Duraiappah? 



Peel transition board to have early recommendations finished by January, a major step toward regional break-up

Peel transition board to have early recommendations finished by January, a major step toward regional break-up

A report heading to Mississauga’s general committee meeting today states the first level of recommendations from the provincially appointed transition board are expected to be completed by January.

A spokesperson from the City says while staff have consulted with council on preferred recommendations to facilitate Mississauga’s long-awaited independence, it remains unclear whether those recommendations will be made public. 



Ford criticizes Ottawa’s funding for dense, affordable housing, defends his developer-driven sprawl agenda 

Ford criticizes Ottawa’s funding for dense, affordable housing, defends his developer-driven sprawl agenda 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined other Canadian premiers in voicing opposition to the federal government’s housing accelerator fund which grants funding to municipalities that pursue smart growth.

While Ford bashes the Liberals for supposedly overstepping their jurisdiction, recent scandals have exposed his alarmingly irresponsible approach to housing. 



Mississauga proposes 2.3% tax increase for 2024 as future growth poses unprecedented challenge

Mississauga proposes 2.3% tax increase for 2024 as future growth poses unprecedented challenge

The 2024 budget will not be an easy one for councillors in the City of Mississauga.

Ongoing challenges driven by record inflation, the lingering financial repercussions of COVID-19, and the City’s startling infrastructure bill are all weighing on a municipality that is trying to figure out how to accommodate the urban growth on its horizon.



Toronto and Region Conservation Authority assesses new role under PC government’s planning takeover

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority assesses new role under PC government’s planning takeover

The PC government has drastically altered the way conservation authorities do business under Doug Ford’s commitment to developers.

As the largest CA in Ontario (which includes parts of Peel in its jurisdiction) prepares its 2024 budget, impacts to its programs and services due to the provincial government’s developer-driven agenda are becoming clearer.



Plans for permanent youth shelter in Brampton underway as young people in Peel face mounting instability 

Plans for permanent youth shelter in Brampton underway as young people in Peel face mounting instability 

The Region of Peel is supporting a project which will accommodate up to 80 youth in need of long-term housing support.

Brampton currently only has one youth shelter (which operates as a temporary emergency housing facility) to address the growing complexities young people face with precarious employment and cost of living challenges that impact their physical and mental well being. 



Niagara Falls makes a push for further density; Port Colborne expands affordable housing options—and aggregate extraction

Niagara Falls makes a push for further density; Port Colborne expands affordable housing options—and aggregate extraction

Less than a month after the approval of three units “as of right” on residential properties, Niagara Falls staff are suggesting that four units might be the right number for the city.

In Port Colborne, an affordable housing project reaches a milestone and the long-standing application to expand Pit 3 at Port Colborne Quarry is recommended for approval.



Fraudulent university admission exposes systemic problems facing international students

Fraudulent university admission exposes systemic problems facing international students

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced the federal government will verify letters of admission for international students to screen for fake documents commonly handed out abroad.

A local advocate says the root causes of fraudulence that makes life difficult for foreign students go much deeper.



Mississauga trying to plan for its dense future but PCs continue to derail the process

Mississauga trying to plan for its dense future but PCs continue to derail the process

A series of draft plans presented to Mississauga’s general committee on November 1 demonstrated the challenges facing municipalities as they work to build better futures while repeatedly being veered off track by new obstacles from the PC government.

Mississauga staff highlighted how the City must now shift plans already underway to accommodate the anticipated growth stemming from provincial legislation like Bill 23, all while preparing for an independent Mississauga.



Caledon continues to lag behind on critical aggregate studies; residents take lead in quarry opposition

Caledon continues to lag behind on critical aggregate studies; residents take lead in quarry opposition

The Interim Control Bylaw for new aggregate operations across the Town of Caledon has been extended for an additional year, but Town staff continue to fall behind on critical studies to update policies meant to regulate the controversial gravel industry. Residents continue to advocate against any new, environmentally destructive quarries. 



Unifor members vote to ratify new agreement with Stellantis, protecting Brampton auto workers during EV transition

Unifor members vote to ratify new agreement with Stellantis, protecting Brampton auto workers during EV transition

Bargaining has come to an end as Unifor and Stellantis have voted to ratify a new three-year agreement.

Workers at Brampton’s Stellantis auto plant (formerly Chrysler) one of the biggest employers in the city, voted Monday to ratify the Master Collective Agreement which will provide job and income security to workers as the plant closes for retooling at the beginning of the new year.



‘We talk a good talk on cost control but we don’t act on cost control’: Staring at 9% hike, Niagara tax mitigation motion still fails

‘We talk a good talk on cost control but we don’t act on cost control’: Staring at 9% hike, Niagara tax mitigation motion still fails

While Regional Councillor Bob Gale’s measures to mitigate the impact of a potential nine percent budget increase in 2024 were shot down last week, the lack of public participation around next year’s Niagara Regional budget is what concerns him most—promised public engagement was “deferred” by staff.



Leaked letter to mayors suggests PCs learned little from Greenbelt & boundary expansion scandals

Leaked letter to mayors suggests PCs learned little from Greenbelt & boundary expansion scandals

A leaked letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra to Ontario municipalities, shared by Environmental Defence, calls on mayors to unilaterally endorse planning blueprints that will support the Doug Ford PC government’s ambitious housing policy.

The letter circumvents council and regional authority, where decision making for future land use planning lies.



‘We can’t be the solution’, Food Banks Mississauga CEO says as report reveals disturbing extent of need across Canada 

‘We can’t be the solution’, Food Banks Mississauga CEO says as report reveals disturbing extent of need across Canada 

While the Mississauga Food Bank fell short of its overall goal for the Thanksgiving Food Drive, the organization, which is seeing an unprecedented number of clients each month, still managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need.

The 9th annual drive wrapped up as Food Banks Canada released its 2023 Hunger Count Report, revealing the need for food bank services—higher than ever before—continues to worsen across the country.



PCs make another move to greenlight environmentally disastrous Highway 413

PCs make another move to greenlight environmentally disastrous Highway 413

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled portions of the federal Impact Assessment Act — the Liberal government’s rigid environmental assessment scheme — to be unconstitutional.

The decision was celebrated by the PC government as potentially opening the door for its controversial Highway 413, which is currently designated under the Act. When the PC government learned it was mistaken, it is now taking further legal steps to approve the mega-highway that would cause serious environmental harm in Southern Ontario. 



Now that the Ford PCs’ developer-driven scheme has been exposed, will Peel councillors reverse their 11,000-acre urban boundary expansion?

Now that the Ford PCs’ developer-driven scheme has been exposed, will Peel councillors reverse their 11,000-acre urban boundary expansion?

Last week, the PCs announced the reversal of forced municipal boundary expansions in Ontario, including in Peel which willingly expanded its boundary by 11,000 acres in 2022 following pressures from the provincial government.

Documents that have since become public reveal developers were favoured by the PCs in the urban expansion decisions which ignored local planning goals that tried to limit future growth to already developed areas. Despite this revelation, it remains unclear whether Peel councillors will reverse their previous decision.



York teacher among those arrested in online child sexual exploitation bust involving Peel Police

York teacher among those arrested in online child sexual exploitation bust involving Peel Police

The OPP, in conjunction with five municipal police forces, including Peel Regional Police, announced charges from a proactive online child sexual exploitation investigation which led to the arrest of ten individuals, including a high school teacher who has been with the York Region District School Board for the last 22 years. 



Cost of Peel’s shelter overflow sees nearly 20-fold increase in just 4 years; system is 270% above capacity

Cost of Peel’s shelter overflow sees nearly 20-fold increase in just 4 years; system is 270% above capacity

Peel’s emergency housing system is falling further behind demand for shelter space, with an unprecedented number of houseless individuals and low-income families being pushed to the brink by runaway cost of living expenses.

A spike in asylum claimants has added to the dangerous dynamic as the Region can no longer meet its policy to never turn anyone away. Temporary solutions to keep people safe as winter nears will cost millions of dollars, while permanent emergency housing in one of Canada’s largest regions is nowhere close to where it needs to be. 



Brampton faces pressure to move away from sprawl in new plan; Mississauga addresses major issues for future growth

Brampton faces pressure to move away from sprawl in new plan; Mississauga addresses major issues for future growth

Brampton councillors are set to approve the Official Plan that will guide local growth for the next three decades as the city attempts to break its addiction to sprawl.

In Mississauga, a number of departments will share strategies with councillors for new infrastructure and services to meet the coming population boom.