98% of Ontario referendum participants do not support Bill 60 & the privatization of healthcare 

98% of Ontario referendum participants do not support Bill 60 & the privatization of healthcare 

The Ontario Health Coalition announced results of a regional and province-wide survey on the privatization of healthcare in Ontario after the PCs passed a new delivery model that will allow private clinics to perform certain procedures covered by the province’s publicly funded system.

Critics warn this will eventually lead to a two-tier system that will benefit the rich and marginalize low-income earners. 



PC housing Bill limits environmental protections, scraps complete communities but farmers win key fight against developers

PC housing Bill limits environmental protections, scraps complete communities but farmers win key fight against developers

Bill 97 has been tabled to help build 1.5 million homes by 2031 but conservation authorities and municipalities are encouraging the PC government to make changes to the proposed legislation that will create a more uniform approach to development across Ontario municipalities while curtailing carbon-emitting sprawl.

On Thursday, the PCs walked back plans to divide up farmland for future development.



Region’s municipalities seek clarity & speed for ‘transition board’ tasked with dissolving Peel

Region’s municipalities seek clarity & speed for ‘transition board’ tasked with dissolving Peel

News of the PC government’s decision to break apart Peel Region was met with mixed reviews. Mississauga celebrated, Brampton lamented, and Caledon was left with more questions than answers.

Now, all three municipalities are looking to the provincial government for more information about the unprecedented decision to dissolve regional government in Peel. 



100-year-old Lakeview Park School back on the market; Equity advocates continue push to honour late activist; Mississauga urges PCs to fast-track work on its divorce 

100-year-old Lakeview Park School back on the market; Equity advocates continue push to honour late activist; Mississauga urges PCs to fast-track work on its divorce 

Trustees at the Peel District School Board may have already voted to ignore a vow to honour late activist Kola Iluyomade by attaching his name to the future Centre for Black Excellence, but that’s not stopping advocates from continuing their effort to see PDSB make good on its promise. 

The oldest structure in south Mississauga, Lakeview Park School, is for sale, and without protection from the Heritage Act, if it isn’t scooped up by the City or another public body, it runs the risk of being demolished. 



Dissolution of Peel could delay critical climate efforts as region continues to warm 

Dissolution of Peel could delay critical climate efforts as region continues to warm 

As the Region of Peel is set to dissolve by 2025, there are a lot of unanswered questions about its current climate change plans and how the two independent cities of Brampton and Mississauga will fare fighting climate change without the support of an upper-tier government. 



‘Serious peril’: Mississauga Fire in need of infrastructure along city’s booming waterfront 

‘Serious peril’: Mississauga Fire in need of infrastructure along city’s booming waterfront 

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services has been facing infrastructure pressures caused by years of financial neglect at the hands of elected officials. Now, with historic growth slated for the city’s south end, above its stretched out lakeshore, fire union president Chris Varcoe says fire infrastructure needs to be rethought to protect current and future residents along Mississauga’s waterfront.



Peel targeted for third-party audits as Province seeks to determine costs of super-charged development push 

Peel targeted for third-party audits as Province seeks to determine costs of super-charged development push 

The Region of Peel and its lower-tier municipalities have been designated for third-party audits by the Province to examine whether their finances can support the increased housing supply mandated by the PC government’s fast-tracked housing legislation.

Bill 23, which forces municipalities across Ontario to support the construction of 1.5 million new homes — and the infrastructure to go with them — by 2031, is estimated to cost Peel over a billion dollars in lost revenue mainly from development charges and parkland fees. 



‘I believe we are a little too late’: Caledon council votes to disavow actions of former mayor Thompson but refuses to request MZO be revoked

‘I believe we are a little too late’: Caledon council votes to disavow actions of former mayor Thompson but refuses to request MZO be revoked

After finding out about a massive MZO development in his ward through a memorandum on an April meeting agenda, Caledon Councillor Doug Maskell asked council to repudiate the actions of former mayor Allan Thompson, and for the MZO to be revoked while filing an FOI request to get more information on how the process unfolded. 



What would Bonnie Crombie’s departure mean for the City of Mississauga?

What would Bonnie Crombie’s departure mean for the City of Mississauga?

With signals pointing to Bonnie Crombie’s early exit as Mississauga’s mayor, councillors will have to decide how to replace her, and what to do about some of the biggest decisions the municipality has ever faced.

A new head of council would have to navigate the dissolution of Peel Region, negotiate Mississauga’s transition into an independent single-tier municipality, while managing the Hurontario LRT’s construction and massive development projects to meet the province’s ambitious housing targets. 



PDSB trustees shut down meeting after removing advocate Kola Iluyomade’s name from centre for Black excellence

PDSB trustees shut down meeting after removing advocate Kola Iluyomade’s name from centre for Black excellence

Advocates from Peel’s Black communities protested in front of Peel District School Board trustees after all but one voted against a commitment to honour Kola Iluyomade, a beloved activist who unexpectedly passed away in 2021 following a long fight to eliminate systemic discrimination and anti-Black racism from the school board. 



Community members feel ‘betrayed’ after PDSB reneges on decision to name Centre for Black Excellence after late and beloved activist Kola Iluyomade

Community members feel ‘betrayed’ after PDSB reneges on decision to name Centre for Black Excellence after late and beloved activist Kola Iluyomade

Advocates in Peel’s Black communities are voicing frustration with the Peel District School Board after trustees appear to be turning their backs on a commitment to honour Kola Iluyomade, a tireless activist who passed away unexpectedly in 2021 following years of work to eradicate systemic discrimination and anti-Black racism from the troubled school board.

His colleagues now wonder if trustees have learned anything.



Brampton reflects on damaging Churchville flood while PCs make it easier to build in floodplains

Brampton reflects on damaging Churchville flood while PCs make it easier to build in floodplains

Following a dramatic flood in Brampton’s Churchville neighbourhood during last year’s spring thaw, the City alongside the Credit Valley Conservation Authority are examining ways to mitigate the impacts future flooding could have on the low-lying community.

While the City and conservation authority work to protect the neighbourhood, changes to development legislation by the PC government could put many more at risk.



Caledon councillor calls for controversial MZO to be revoked, discuss blasting quarry proposal behind closed doors; Catholic trustees debate flying Pride flag

Caledon councillor calls for controversial MZO to be revoked, discuss blasting quarry proposal behind closed doors; Catholic trustees debate flying Pride flag

The aggregate industry (or gravel industry, as it’s commonly called) has expanded across Caledon for years, limiting how the expansive municipality can be planned, while eating up some of Ontario’s most vital greenspaces. Elected officials continue their recent efforts to bring the gravel industry under control. 

Peel’s Catholic school board is grappling with the sensitive dilemma around the flying of the Gay Pride flag, as those pushing for more inclusion and many who hold more traditional Catholic views about marriage don’t agree on the display of the rainbow colours in schools. 



Invasive species are a top threat to biodiversity: how to spot and manage them in Peel

Invasive species are a top threat to biodiversity: how to spot and manage them in Peel

Invasive species are listed as one of the top five threats to biodiversity by the United Nations Biological Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Conservation authorities and municipalities are encouraging residents to educate themselves about the invasive species in their area and what each individual can do to help stop the spread.  



After Caledon residents request monthly updates from Town on blast quarry application staff not present at recent meeting

After Caledon residents request monthly updates from Town on blast quarry application staff not present at recent meeting

Despite promising more communication with residents of the Town, staff were absent from the most recent meeting held by the Forks of the Credit Preservation Group on the blast quarry application.

Only Councillor Lynn Kiernan was in attendance and she claimed staff were absent because there were no significant updates — a concern considering the Town’s moratorium on the approval of quarries ends in a few months. 



Patrick Brown publicly lies about cancelled investigations after Ombudsman calls for City Hall to renew probes into Mayor’s conduct

Patrick Brown publicly lies about cancelled investigations after Ombudsman calls for City Hall to renew probes into Mayor’s conduct

At Wednesday’s Brampton Council meeting Patrick Brown lied about six investigations into his own alleged misconduct which he cancelled in August. 

Investigators had already detailed and publicly reported alarming behaviour including misconduct in at least one procurement that saw a close friend of Brown get three times the amount of money than what council had approved, for work that was never even done.



Caledon approves new MZO procedure amid controversy around massive warehouse development

Caledon approves new MZO procedure amid controversy around massive warehouse development

The use of MZOs has increased significantly under the Ford government, giving the Province greater authority to dictate planning and development within its municipalities. Caledon has been faced within six MZO requests — five within this timeframe — and has essentially had no set guidelines for how to deal with these proposals.

A new procedure sets the framework for dealing with MZOs across the town, emphasizing the importance of proper notice and consultation — an issue that has recently been front of mind following a controversial MZO for a warehouse that will encroach into the Greenbelt. 



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

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

In light of the PC government's response to Mississauga's request for independence, 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 the discredited Deloitte report to push back against any decision to grant Mississauga its independence.



Patrick Brown making wild financial claims as Mississauga gets its wish to become an independent city  

Patrick Brown making wild financial claims as Mississauga gets its wish to become an independent city  

After a four-decade crusade, the City of Mississauga will finally get its divorce from the Region of Peel and its neighbouring municipalities, Brampton and Caledon.

On Thursday, the PC government tabled the Hazel McCallion Act which, if passed, will dissolve the two-tier municipal governance structure, ending the Region of Peel as its lower-tier municipalities become independent by January 2025. Patrick Brown is now behaving erratically about how much his city should be paid ahead of the looming divorce. 



‘This is insanity’: PCs toss out 20 years of community planning for developer-driven chaos on Mississauga’s waterfront 

‘This is insanity’: PCs toss out 20 years of community planning for developer-driven chaos on Mississauga’s waterfront 

The City of Mississauga has been blindsided by the PC government’s decision to issue a Minister’s Zoning Order to double the size of the approved Lakeview Village development without any consultation with staff or the public. 

The shocking increase, to 16,000 units, was approved despite the inability of infrastructure in the area to support such a huge influx of new residents; this includes roads, schools, storm and wastewater, and transit. 



After 5 years Brampton Council chooses $2.8B tunnel option over surface alignment for Main St. LRT; no funding committed

After 5 years Brampton Council chooses $2.8B tunnel option over surface alignment for Main St. LRT; no funding committed

Brampton Council, led by Patrick Brown, has finally decided on a way forward for the previously cancelled Main Street LRT, voting for a $2.8-billion tunnel option. 

No funding has been committed and the city’s main business organization warned the price tag might scare away higher levels of government that will need to pay for the unfunded project. 



TRCA lacks funding to maintain critical flood protection standards; increased risks due to climate change

TRCA lacks funding to maintain critical flood protection standards; increased risks due to climate change

Under the Conservation Authorities Act, Conservation Authorities are mandated to conserve, restore and responsibly manage Ontario’s water resources. However, the TRCA says most of its flood management infrastructure is outdated and not up to current standards. The cost to update infrastructure is far greater than the budget for these priority projects.



Striking a balance: Building smart is the way forward for Mississauga

Striking a balance: Building smart is the way forward for Mississauga

The bustling metropolis is in the throes of heavy growth with a projected 995,000 residents by 2051. A new housing plan focussed on “building up and not out” could determine how the city looks and functions in the future as homebuyers demand a more urban experience.



$50K national search results in internal hire for Mississauga’s new CAO, Shari Lichterman

$50K national search results in internal hire for Mississauga’s new CAO, Shari Lichterman

On Wednesday, City Council appointed Shari Lichterman as Mississauga’s newest CAO and City Manager. The move was made after former CAO Paul Mitcham’s departure from the City in February following allegations by a former female councillor, Karen Ras, that he was not supportive while she sought help during an alleged harassment campaign by another former council member. Lichterman takes over in the midst of Ras’s ongoing lawsuit against the City as Mississauga also deals with a number of critical files, including the $4.6-billion Hurontario LRT project.



NDP call for cancellation of MZO for sprawling warehouse development in Caledon’s Greenbelt

NDP call for cancellation of MZO for sprawling warehouse development in Caledon’s Greenbelt

NDP leader Marit Stiles asked the PCs to revoke the MZO for a massive warehouse project in Caledon after learning the request was made by the town’s former mayor behind the backs of council members and the public. Caledon residents have been struggling for years as the PCs continue to pass legislation clearing the way for developers to gobble up more greenspace. 



Caledon mayor vows council will deny application for 800-acre blasting quarry; so what happens next?

Caledon mayor vows council will deny application for 800-acre blasting quarry; so what happens next?

Caledon Mayor Annette Groves has made it clear that council does not support the application for a blasting quarry in Cataract from Brazilian cement conglomerate Votorantim Cimentos.

So what does the future hold for this plot of land, and will two lawyers with experience battling the aggregate industry on Caledon’s side be enough to hold back the powerful lobby when the application is inevitably appealed to the Province?



Former partner of Ron Starr brings forward new allegations in Karen Ras lawsuit 

Former partner of Ron Starr brings forward new allegations in Karen Ras lawsuit 

A recent affidavit filed as part of former Mississauga councillor Karen Ras’s ongoing lawsuit against the City and former councillor Ron Starr makes allegations of a divided workplace inside City Hall. 



Caledon to create Indigenous engagement plan; Peel provides update on overburdened paramedic services; Brampton assesses LRT route options

Caledon to create Indigenous engagement plan; Peel provides update on overburdened paramedic services; Brampton assesses LRT route options

The Town of Caledon is studying ways to increase Indigenous engagement and consultation with development and community activities. 

Peel paramedics will appear before regional council to discuss continued pressures due to pandemic-related obstacles. 

Brampton council will receive more information about an LRT extension into downtown, including updates on the potential surface or tunnel route options. 



Caledon in ‘damage control’ after former mayor Allan Thompson quietly pushed warehouse development in Greenbelt that violates numerous policies

Caledon in ‘damage control’ after former mayor Allan Thompson quietly pushed warehouse development in Greenbelt that violates numerous policies

An FOI request filed by a Caledon resident revealed former mayor Allan Thompson wrote a letter to the province to request an MZO for a massive warehouse development without the support of council and without the recommendation from staff who said the proposal did not comply with either the Town or Region’s Official Plan.

Just weeks before the company will be given the go-ahead to put shovels in the ground, recently elected councillor Doug Maskell is trying to shed light on what happened.



PC growth plan could derail Peel’s sustainable transportation strategy

PC growth plan could derail Peel’s sustainable transportation strategy

In the latest implementation update to its Sustainable Transportation Strategy, the Region of Peel is confident active transportation, including public transit and carpooling will account for half of all trips taken by 2041.

But the Doug Ford PC government’s push for sprawl growth might mire local transportation planning in the past. 



Erin residents claim Town’s destruction of beaver dam on West Credit River to allow effluent dumping broke the law 

Erin residents claim Town’s destruction of beaver dam on West Credit River to allow effluent dumping broke the law 

The beaver dam that residents say has been located in a tributary of the West Credit near Winston Churchill Boulevard has been removed by the Town of Erin, shocking residents, including the property owner.

The Town did not contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regarding the removal.



After a site was listed for $1 Mississauga councillors grapple with another ‘bizarre’ application from local developer

After a site was listed for $1 Mississauga councillors grapple with another ‘bizarre’ application from local developer

The PC government’s controversial Bill 23 has pushed municipalities across the province into a dilemma, as emboldened developers ignore long standing local planning policies meant to preserve community values.

Mississauga councillors are once again shaking their heads at another poorly planned building proposal from Edenshaw Developments that councillors criticized as “bizarre” despite its alignment with Doug Ford’s hyper-ambitious housing targets. 



TMU answers questions on how it will open its proposed Brampton medical school in just two years

TMU answers questions on how it will open its proposed Brampton medical school in just two years

To start teaching by September 2025, Toronto Metropolitan University’s proposed school of medicine will need to establish a faculty, develop complex courses, create a broad educational model to turn a Brampton hospital into a teaching facility and hire a founding dean responsible for the entire process.

It also has to get approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. 



Brampton Council pushing for stricter rules on cannabis stores near schools; online marketing remains a problem 

Brampton Council pushing for stricter rules on cannabis stores near schools; online marketing remains a problem 

With a thriving cannabis retail market in Brampton, Councillor Michael Palleschi put a motion forward to ask Queen’s Park for tighter regulations on the industry, including expanding the 150-metre buffer around schools, and to include parks, public facilities, places of worship as well as group homes in the same safety zones.

Some illegal and legal retailers are using promotional methods that can entice young people including children to try their products. 



Brampton waiting to be ‘made whole’ following sweeping changes from PC housing legislation; Springbrook residents fighting development in historic hamlet 

Brampton waiting to be ‘made whole’ following sweeping changes from PC housing legislation; Springbrook residents fighting development in historic hamlet 

Bill 97 could put further financial pressure on municipalities, forcing the City of Brampton to renew a call for Ontario cities to be “made whole” by the Province. 

A fight over future development in Brampton’s Springbrook neighbourhood is playing out at City Hall as residents accuse City staff of pushing development that is incompatible with the surrounding neighbourhood. 



Court ruling on Bradford Bypass highlights Liberal government’s empty words on environmental protection

Court ruling on Bradford Bypass highlights Liberal government’s empty words on environmental protection

A Federal Court judge has highlighted the utter failure of the Impact Assessment Agency and Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault to study community concerns around the Bradford Bypass, noting it’s clear the Agency did not even consider some of the significant information community members provided. 

The startling decision is at odds with repeated statements from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environment minister that protecting the environment and battling climate change are a top priority.



Hurontario LRT on track for 2024 completion despite delays; City waiting on PC commitment to restore downtown loop 

Hurontario LRT on track for 2024 completion despite delays; City waiting on PC commitment to restore downtown loop 

The path to completion has not been without its challenges for Mississauga’s Hurontario LRT, the largest transit project in the city’s history.

Despite a series of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues, staff assured Mississauga City Councillors on Wednesday the project will see “substantial completion” in 2024.



St. Catharines wants to plant 100K trees in 10 years—it’s just one way to combat climate change

St. Catharines wants to plant 100K trees in 10 years—it’s just one way to combat climate change

Over a year ago, St. Catharines council asked staff to report back on its goal of planting 100,000 trees in a decade. The study has yet to materialize. Environmentalists support tree planting but many are questioning governments that trumpet such efforts while ignoring much more critical solutions, or, as Doug Ford continues to do, enact policies that set us even further behind in the fight to slow climate change.



Danielle Dowdy and the cost of working for the greater good

Danielle Dowdy and the cost of working for the greater good

Black leaders have for generations warned others about the often crippling price they continue to pay just to protect their communities from harm. Former Brampton Citizen of the Year Danielle Dowdy has worked tirelessly for years and says focusing on her well-being will allow her to rejuvenate, as so much work still needs to be done. 



Ontario government announces 38% funding increase to combat rising homelessness in Peel 

Ontario government announces 38% funding increase to combat rising homelessness in Peel 

Peel will get $42.4 million from Queen’s Park as the region’s homeless population grows. Issues around food insecurity, the lack of shelter spaces and the rising cost of living have hit particular segments of Peel hard since the start of the pandemic.

The ongoing shortage of affordable housing units puts pressure on the most vulnerable including international students, seniors, recent immigrants and under-employed residents. 



Despite dismissal, judge’s decision in youth climate case against Ford government sets crucial precedent

Despite dismissal, judge’s decision in youth climate case against Ford government sets crucial precedent

A recent court decision has dismissed the case of seven youth claiming the Ontario government is violating their Charter rights with ineffectual emission reduction targets. 

While the judge found the PC government’s abysmal climate plans put Ontarians at risk, she ruled the harmful actions fall short of a Charter violation. 



Lack of diversity among senior ranks biggest concern of Peel Region staff

Lack of diversity among senior ranks biggest concern of Peel Region staff

According to a report from an external workplace auditor, leadership at the Region of Peel, which is supposed to provide governance in one of the most diverse places in the world, does not reflect the community it serves. 



Hurontario LRT on track for 2024 completion; TRCA identifies aging flood infrastructure at risk of failure;  PC housing plan could create ‘significant revenue shortfall’ for Peel

Hurontario LRT on track for 2024 completion; TRCA identifies aging flood infrastructure at risk of failure;  PC housing plan could create ‘significant revenue shortfall’ for Peel

Metrolinx has assured the City of Mississauga that the Hurontario LRT will be finished on schedule. 

A number of “very high” risk pieces of flooding infrastructure in need of repair have been identified by the TRCA. The dismantling of established urban planning principles by the PC government continues to create significant issues for the Region of Peel. 



As Mississauga Council opts into legal cannabis, advocates hope benefits will drown out negative stigmas  

As Mississauga Council opts into legal cannabis, advocates hope benefits will drown out negative stigmas  

After four years of holding out, the City of Mississauga will finally host legal cannabis retail stores.

With the ban now lifted, prospective business owners and advocates say permitting the legal substance in the city’s retail ecosystem will open up a whole new dimension of wellness, while pushing out the potentially dangerous illicit marijuana market that has thrived in Mississauga. 



Peel Region Health Coalition organizing referendum on private versus public healthcare 

Peel Region Health Coalition organizing referendum on private versus public healthcare 

In response to the PC government’s Bill 60, which will allow more private medical clinics into the province’s publicly funded healthcare system, with the potential for some pay-for-service options, the Ontario Health Coalition will be organizing a referendum in late May to find out if the controversial plan has widespread support.



Experts say PCs’ proposed Bill 97 is a sprawl inducing ‘full frontal assault’ on Ontario agriculture

Experts say PCs’ proposed Bill 97 is a sprawl inducing ‘full frontal assault’ on Ontario agriculture

The PC government has brought forward another proposed piece of development legislation aimed at addressing the ongoing housing crisis: Bill 97, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act. It seeks to amend various pieces of legislation making it easier for the Province to achieve its goal of 1.5 million homes by 2031. Land use experts say the legislation would cut more environmental safeguards, put farmland and food security at risk and pave the way for less dense, car-dependent growth.



'Worst we have seen in North America': Avian Flu across GTA has experts concerned

'Worst we have seen in North America': Avian Flu across GTA has experts concerned

As avian flu spikes in the bird population, killing millions around the world, experts advise avoiding contact altogether if possible as the virus can be transmitted to humans, pets, and other wildlife through infected bodily fluids.

To report sick or deceased wild animals, residents within the Greater Golden Horseshoe are asked to call both 311 and the Ontario Regional Centre of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative.



Caledon running out of time to complete critical studies for latest blasting quarry proposal, environmental lawyer says 

Caledon running out of time to complete critical studies for latest blasting quarry proposal, environmental lawyer says 

A meeting hosted by the Forks of the Credit Preservation Group Tuesday allowed residents to express concerns over the CBM Aggregates blasting quarry application currently being considered by the Town of Caledon.

Residents and experts pointed to the lack of transparency around the potentially destructive project and the slow pace of work to study the future of environmentally damaging aggregate operations in Caledon. 



Government help needed as exploding demand forces Mississauga Food Bank’s move to larger facility

Government help needed as exploding demand forces Mississauga Food Bank’s move to larger facility

With The Mississauga Food Bank expanding its home base to accommodate the surging demand for its services, CEO Meghan Nicholls is asking for government intervention to alleviate mounting pressure on food banks across the province. While the organization’s recent move provides much needed additional space, it does not address the root causes of food insecurity across Mississauga.



Ignat (Iggy) Kaneff: 1926-2020

Ignat (Iggy) Kaneff: 1926-2020

The Mississauga-Brampton suburban icon lived the “immigrant experience” and carefully constructed an enriched life, brick by brick.