Region debates plan to deal with organic waste and recycling contract; Mississauga provides update on speed cameras
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Region debates plan to deal with organic waste and recycling contract; Mississauga provides update on speed cameras

Peel Democracy Watch is The Pointer’s weekly feature aimed at increasing the public’s awareness and political involvement in the Region of Peel by highlighting key agenda items, motions and decisions. A light schedule this week as public organizations and governments slow down for the summer.



Policies and Procedures Committee

Date: Thursday June 30 at 10:00 a.m. | Delegate  | Full agenda  | Watch live


Councillors to discuss Regional Chair compensation

Councillor Carolyn Parrish is spearheading a discussion on how Regional government should be staffed. Her proposal (not an official motion) to council debates compensation for a vice-chair position, if it's used. The report explains how a large portion of the compensation could be paid for by the lower tier municipality which the member represents. It also offers an option for two vice-chairs or an outside chair, which would cost more.

Read the options here.


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Waste Management Committee

Date: Thursday June 30 at 1:00 p.m. | Delegate  | Full agenda  | Watch live


Peel organics facility running out of space


After Regional Council quietly cancelled the anaerobic digestion facility (which would have haelped solve Peel’s organic matter capacity issue) staff developed a long-term plan. Instead of signing short-term contracts, staff believe it makes more sense to sign one long-term contract for 20 years. The strategy involves a facility where organic material is combined and then taken to another location to further decompose. The current system cannot process diapers or pet waste and is nearing its life cycle. Peel’s goal is to divert 75 percent of this waste by 2034 to meet provincial standards.

Read the report here. 


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Staff recommend contract with GFL Environmental Inc. be amended

The recycling facility which separates blue box materials has reached its capacity limit. The contract with GFL Environmental Inc. allows a residue rate of only 29 percent, which the Region exceeds often. The new contract proposed by staff would be for a residue rate of 29.01 to 33.0 percent. The staff report also mentions the current average inbound contamination rate is 38 percent, which is the amount of materials the facility receives for processing. The contract between the Region and GFL is set to expire in 2024. The extra processing fees are $270,000. 

Read the report here.



General Committee

Date: Wednesday June 29 at 9:30 a.m. Delegate | Full agenda | Watch live

Automated speed enforcement camera update

Since July 2021, Mississauga’s automated speed enforcement (ASE) program brought online two cameras operating throughout the city. Throughout 2021 and into 2022, the city added 20 more cameras to areas deemed as community safety zones. According to the report the average decrease in speed was eight kilometres per hour. Typically cameras recording vehicles quickly overwhelm the courts, but Mississauga along with other municipalities asked the Province to allow an administrative penalty system, similar to how parking infractions are dealt with. Framework to implement the system is taking effect July 1 with Council to amend its bylaw in the near future. Since the beginning of the program 8,258 tickets have been issued. In 2022 people caught speeding by ASE cameras paid a combined total of $320,874 with $234,912 going back into the program. 

View a map of the current and future cameras here.


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Staff asking for contract amendment on Applewood Creek work

Aquafor Beech Ltd. has been working on the Applewood Creek Erosion Control project since 2019. The company was retained to undertake an environmental assessment, a detailed design and provide construction supervision of the creek restoration work. According to a staff report, the original contract included for up to four months of construction supervision. Council approved an extension to the restoration project which is taking place in the Mississauga golf course, in December 2021 to allow the company to continue work for nine months. The extra services will increase the costs by $89,330 bringing the total to $550,721.

See more details here. 


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In-camera matters

15.1 A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board:

Authorization to Approve and Execute an Agreement of Purchase and Sale to Sell Vacant Lands being a closed portion of Queen Street East to the adjoining owner, Edenshaw Queen Developments Limited (Ward 1)

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