A Niagara city bows to climate deniers & conspiracy theories, withdraws from national partnership to reduce emissions

A Niagara city bows to climate deniers & conspiracy theories, withdraws from national partnership to reduce emissions

A seemingly innocuous report to provide Thorold Planning staff with the tools to help calculate greenhouse gas emissions, turns into an 18-month odyssey marked by numerous climate change debates, dubious claims from opponents and a lack of municipal staff resources. In the end, staff give Council an easy out.  



Chemicals continue to pollute Peel’s waterways; Region awaits guidelines from Health Canada to keep drinking water safe  

Chemicals continue to pollute Peel’s waterways; Region awaits guidelines from Health Canada to keep drinking water safe  

A recent report presented to the Region revealed “forever chemicals”, found in everyday consumer products, are turning up in Peel’s water and wastewater systems, with no solution to remove them.

While the Region has limited authority to reduce the presence of these chemicals, Health Canada is developing guidelines to mitigate the risk.



'Please help us stop this and save Brampton's future': PCs promise grant to waste incinerator company that wants to quadruple its heavily polluting operation

'Please help us stop this and save Brampton's future': PCs promise grant to waste incinerator company that wants to quadruple its heavily polluting operation

Despite the Region of Peel’s own refusal to send waste to the Emerald incinerator located in the Bramalea neighbourhood of Brampton, the company has submitted a proposal to the provincial government to more than quadruple its size, enabling it to burn up to one-third of the waste produced in Ontario. 

Research shows producing energy from waste is an extremely carbon intensive process.



Doug Ford torpedoed electric vehicle charging requirement in Building Code

Doug Ford torpedoed electric vehicle charging requirement in Building Code

As electric vehicle sales stagnate, governments are working with manufacturers to create a greener system for cars. The NDP's transportation critic Jennifer French tells The Pointer the biggest barrier is the lack of charging infrastructure, something that requires a government-led solution, instead of the roadblocks Doug Ford keeps putting up. 



In a city so reliant on the car, will Mississauga’s speed enforcement efforts make its driving culture safer?

In a city so reliant on the car, will Mississauga’s speed enforcement efforts make its driving culture safer?

Mississauga Council recently voted to extend the City’s agreement for its Automated Speed Enforcement program which uses photo radar to help achieve the City’s Vision Zero goal of dramatically reducing accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. 

In a place designed to move residents on high-speed thoroughfares connected to a network of surrounding highways, will citizens and local leaders be open to sacrifices that might be inconvenient for many? The status quo, meanwhile, is putting more residents in harm’s way as the rapidly urbanizing city wrestles with a suburban identity built around the car.



‘So, I could say I am an Indigenous Englishman because my family came from England’: Niagara Regional councillor on his refusal to say a land acknowledgment 

‘So, I could say I am an Indigenous Englishman because my family came from England’: Niagara Regional councillor on his refusal to say a land acknowledgment 

In Niagara Region, some of the area’s council members have expressed troubling, tone deaf attitudes about Indigenous land acknowledgments. Unlike most places across the country, in this border region, backward views expressed by elected officials such as Tim Rigby would shock many Canadians, especially Indigenous and First Nations community members who continue to fight for reconciliation, after efforts to wipe them out by European-Canadians.    



Parrish sits down with Housing Minister, signals forward-looking relationship between Mississauga’s new mayor & PCs 

Parrish sits down with Housing Minister, signals forward-looking relationship between Mississauga’s new mayor & PCs 

Only a week into office as the city’s newest leader, Mayor Carolyn Parrish sat down with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra to address several issues at the top of her agenda.  

The meeting, which included ministerial staff and Deputy Mayor Matt Mahoney, underscores a potential shift in the relationship between City Hall and Queen’s Park. 



‘One cannot simply build their way out of this crisis’: Peel criticizes use of taxpayer dollars to fund developers who ignore low-income families 

‘One cannot simply build their way out of this crisis’: Peel criticizes use of taxpayer dollars to fund developers who ignore low-income families 

While the Region of Peel is commending the federal and provincial governments for recent announcements to stimulate home construction, staff point out that these programs must include funding to accommodate residents living in community and low-income housing. It raises questions about the use of taxpayer dollars to fund profits for developers who ignore large segments of the market.



Heads of Canadian banks continue to invest in oil & gas; claim its part of the green ‘transition’

Heads of Canadian banks continue to invest in oil & gas; claim its part of the green ‘transition’

The CEOs of Canada’s top five banks appeared as witnesses at the House of Commons standing committee on the environment and sustainable development June 13.

It was part of work on climate impacts related to the Canadian financial system, after mounting evidence that the banks are fueling the climate crisis while hiding behind empty net-zero promises.



Province suggests it will cover bill to Region of Peel for work on dissolving the upper-tier government

Province suggests it will cover bill to Region of Peel for work on dissolving the upper-tier government

A recent letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra indicates the Province may be heeding the calls from Region of Peel staff and elected officials who have demanded the Province pay for the costs associated with the restructuring of regional government in Peel. 



Caledon Mayor Annette Groves ignores residents, forces approval of 35,000 new homes

Caledon Mayor Annette Groves ignores residents, forces approval of 35,000 new homes

After promising not to hold a summer vote on 12 controversial zoning bylaw amendments to facilitate the development of 35,000 homes, Mayor Annette Groves led a push to approve the plan Tuesday. 

Despite the efforts of some councillors and dozens of residents to defer the vote due to serious financial concerns and the lack of information around the surprise plan for the largest development approval in Caledon’s history, the vote passed five to three. 



Mississauga making progress on equity & inclusion but City Hall still does not reflect the community

Mississauga making progress on equity & inclusion but City Hall still does not reflect the community

A recent report to Mississauga council shows the City has improved efforts to reflect one of the diverse municipalities in the world, after a 2021 survey found leadership of the mostly white staff was oblivious to the lack of representation. The City has since prioritized the issue, which impacts the vast majority of Mississauga residents. Equity consultant Andria Barrett is pleased with the positive shift she has seen in the local government.



‘Anyone who votes for this Tuesday will be voted out of office in two years’: Caledon council set for snap decision to develop 35k new homes  

‘Anyone who votes for this Tuesday will be voted out of office in two years’: Caledon council set for snap decision to develop 35k new homes  

Caledon residents are organizing across the massive rural municipality, vowing to end the tenure of any council member who supports Mayor Annette Groves’ controversial decision to steamroll approvals for some 35,000 new homes in one of the largest development moves in Canadian history. 

A vote will take place Tuesday, after Groves sprang the developer-driven plan on residents out of the blue a few weeks ago, leaving taxpayers stunned. There was no prior consultation with the public, no committee discussion and no council debate. She had the proposed bylaws written by a development lawyer who, it was later learned, also represented a property owner group seeking to build sprawling subdivisions.



Region of Peel commits more money to protect greenspaces as developers line up to bulldoze land

Region of Peel commits more money to protect greenspaces as developers line up to bulldoze land

As funding from upper levels of government for environmental protection dwindles, the Region of Peel has decided to cement the terms of a pilot study done over six years to secure hundreds of acres of greenspace for conservation and public use. The decisions to commit more funding, will prevent valuable land from being totally bulldozed for future development. 



One tiny home at a time: a couple's effort to prevent homelessness in Niagara

One tiny home at a time: a couple's effort to prevent homelessness in Niagara

Peter and Gina Schafrick are building tiny homes for senior women on the verge of becoming unhoused. Residents allow parts of their property to host the units constructed by the couple, who say the approach is not a silver bullet to the sweeping housing crisis, but it does offer seniors in dire situations a lifeline, to avoid living on the streets.



Approval of 35k homes Tuesday will threaten Greenbelt, trigger devastating tax hike for Caledon residents; Groves goes back on her word

Approval of 35k homes Tuesday will threaten Greenbelt, trigger devastating tax hike for Caledon residents; Groves goes back on her word

After public pressure forced Caledon Mayor Annette Groves to pull back 12 proposed bylaws for the approval of 35,000 new homes, she promised her surprise plan would not move forward before residents could help shape an informed decision. 

Now, after telling taxpayers nothing would happen before the end of summer, she suddenly changed her mind, with the developer-driven scheme set for approval next Tuesday.



Algoma profs overwhelmingly pass ‘no confidence’ motion against President Asima Vezina for putting profits ahead of students

Algoma profs overwhelmingly pass ‘no confidence’ motion against President Asima Vezina for putting profits ahead of students

The union representing faculty at Algoma University says it has lost confidence in president Asima Vezina.

A push to prioritize revenue over student success, with the reckless expansion of international admissions at its under-funded Brampton campus, has led to a breakdown in communication between professors and university leadership as Vezina has hurt the education experience of students, the union claims. 



With Patrick Brown’s budget cuts and wasteful spending, where will Brampton find $9 billion to fund transit electrification?

With Patrick Brown’s budget cuts and wasteful spending, where will Brampton find $9 billion to fund transit electrification?

Over the past decade, Brampton has fallen behind as neighbouring municipalities shifted investments into sustainability. Across Ontario, transportation makes up one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases—the electrification of vehicles is essential to reach emissions reductions targets.

A study presented to Brampton council shows the city needs to transition to an electric transit fleet, but after years of budget freezes under Patrick Brown, funding this shift will be difficult for the cash-strapped municipality. 



Peel secures temporary shelter for asylum claimants in Mississauga

Peel secures temporary shelter for asylum claimants in Mississauga

A series of confidential reports presented to regional council during closed session meetings in February and March alluded to work underway on securing another location to help house the growing number of asylum claimants in Peel where the shelter system was already operating far beyond capacity.

On June 13th, the Region revealed it will be leasing a facility in Mississauga, but there are few details on what services will be provided or when the site will become operational.    



Federal Liberals & Ontario PCs accused each other of sabotaging affordable housing plans as Ford’s cat & mouse game continues

Federal Liberals & Ontario PCs accused each other of sabotaging affordable housing plans as Ford’s cat & mouse game continues

Separate letters from the federal and provincial Housing Ministers presented to Region of Peel council Thursday reveal disturbing behaviour by Doug Ford’s PC government which continues to put developer interests over public priorities in the middle of a crippling housing crisis.

While the PCs and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals appear to have since resolved issues around funding allocations to municipalities, it is the latest example of the Premier’s efforts to help developers dictate the type of housing that will be built.



Groundbreaking climate case against federal government gets one step closer to trial

Groundbreaking climate case against federal government gets one step closer to trial

A case bringing together 15 young people from across Canada, against the federal government for its failure to properly act on the climate crisis, is moving forward with an amended statement of claim. 

Environmental law experts believe that using courts around the world is the best strategy to hold governments and corporations accountable for the destruction of our planet and force them to act.



Migrant workers and modern slavery in Niagara

Migrant workers and modern slavery in Niagara

After two blistering reports on foreign temporary workers in Canada, stakeholders, including agri-business lobby groups on one side and advocates for the fair treatment of workers on the other, are anxiously awaiting an overhaul of the broken system by the federal government.



Staff comments suggest Caledon Mayor Annette Groves’ plan for 35k homes may not be viable; she doubles down

Staff comments suggest Caledon Mayor Annette Groves’ plan for 35k homes may not be viable; she doubles down

As four public information meetings, on 12 contentious zoning proposals by the mayor to trigger the doubling of Caledon’s population, have concluded, residents are slowly squeezing out important details from Town staff about the viability of the massive, surprise plan. 

While the community is now demanding the rushed process start over and follow all safeguards of proper planning, the Mayor has refused to concede. Even Caledon’s senior planner has suggested aspects of the bylaws are questionable.



City of St. Catharines deploys shocking heavy-handed tactic to help powerful hotel industry fight B&B owners

City of St. Catharines deploys shocking heavy-handed tactic to help powerful hotel industry fight B&B owners

Without any direct notice, B&B owners across the city were stunned to find thousands of dollars in fines for operating their business after a new bylaw that requires certain conditions meant to control irresponsible short-term rental operations.

Residents are fine with the new rules but are fighting back against the draconian enforcement, determined to get their money back and their businesses reopened.



Mississauga motion asks Queen’s Park for fair share community funding after report revealed $868M annual shortfall for Peel 

Mississauga motion asks Queen’s Park for fair share community funding after report revealed $868M annual shortfall for Peel 

It was no surprise to councillors but they were still disturbed when a report to the Region of Peel recently revealed deep inequities in the way provincial tax dollars are used for critical social services. Mayor-elect Carolyn Parrish says Wednesday’s decision was the start of what will be a top priority for her, as Mississauga continues to face widespread pressures related to the lack of affordability. 



Mayor-elect Carolyn Parrish has already flashed the ‘charm and force’ that will define Mississauga’s new leadership

Mayor-elect Carolyn Parrish has already flashed the ‘charm and force’ that will define Mississauga’s new leadership

A veteran with all the scars and victories accumulated across five decades in political life, Carolyn Parrish promises to be the leader that will fight for Mississauga’s future at a critical time in its history. She vows to use her trademark no-nonsense style to advocate for her city, as it transforms from its suburban past into an urban identity. Fair share funding long denied to the country’s seventh largest city, for critical needs such as housing and social services, will be her immediate priority.  



Immunization rates among Peel students have plummeted since the pandemic

Immunization rates among Peel students have plummeted since the pandemic

As the region adapts to life post-pandemic, the local public health unit is grappling with a significant backlog in routine measures such as immunizations. With increasing threats of communicable diseases globally, and more chances for spread through a rebound in travel activities, the need to meet the growing demand for immunizations is critical, in the face of misinformation and increased risks. More and more Peel students do not have one or more required vaccinations.



Advocates renew call for intimate partner violence declaration ahead of Queen’s Park recess 

Advocates renew call for intimate partner violence declaration ahead of Queen’s Park recess 

Advocates and survivors are demanding the PC government stop delaying and officially declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in Ontario. 

The move comes following the murder of a 58-year-old mother by her 25-year-old son in a Mississauga hotel room. 



Following attacks & decision to withdraw from candidate events polls show early frontrunner Carolyn Parrish now in very close Mississauga mayoral race

Following attacks & decision to withdraw from candidate events polls show early frontrunner Carolyn Parrish now in very close Mississauga mayoral race

The last polls ahead of Monday’s Mississauga mayoral election show Carolyn Parrish has lost most of her lead, with current councillors Dipika Damerla, Alvin Tedjo and Stephen Dasko all making up significant ground on the veteran Mississauga politician. 

Things began to turn when some opponents began negative campaigns following early polls that showed Parrish had a wide lead. It appears the tactic is working. With such a close race, candidates who can motivate large numbers of supporters to get out and vote Monday, could have a chance.



‘Enough is enough’: PDSB trustee, long time diversity advocate Kathy McDonald alleges board chair assaulted her

‘Enough is enough’: PDSB trustee, long time diversity advocate Kathy McDonald alleges board chair assaulted her

In the latest of a series of disruption and turmoil at Peel District School Board, Trustee Kathy McDonald is alleging the board’s Chair, David Green, physically assaulted her in May 2023 while attending an event for work.

McDonald, who has for years supported Black and other communities fighting to hold the PDSB accountable in the face of systemic discrimination she helped uncover, is now requesting a peace bond from the court to protect her from Green. 



Brampton council members forcing people from their shelter spaces should be ashamed

Brampton council members forcing people from their shelter spaces should be ashamed

While Toronto just committed to a human rights approach when dealing with people in encampments and other forms of shelter, and the Region of Peel just backed a similar strategy that is humane, placing our fellow residents at the centre of any response to the crisis they are coping with, the City of Brampton, led by Patrick Brown and one of his key council allies, Rowena Santos, is doing the opposite. 



Mississauga’s next mayor has to balance runaway police budget with increasing complexity of crime 

Mississauga’s next mayor has to balance runaway police budget with increasing complexity of crime 

Cyber crime, violence against women and auto thefts are part of the complex world of policing in the 21st century. Issues around eroding mental health also have to be dealt with by frontline officers, who lack training for such calls. How will Mississauga’s next mayor help set a modern public safety agenda while reining in police budgets that have become unsustainable?

To help voters ahead of the June 10th by-election The Pointer is publishing a series on the five biggest issues facing residents.



Region finally addresses explosion of encampments across Peel

Region finally addresses explosion of encampments across Peel

Staff and elected officials are addressing a crisis that has been worsening in Peel for decades as local responses to affordable housing have been largely ignored. A recent report to regional council laid out strategies to support those who are unhoused. 

Makeshift tent encampments continue to pop up across Brampton and Mississauga while emergency shelters remain overwhelmed.



Niagara Region government still dealing with criticism after shutting out Palestinian community

Niagara Region government still dealing with criticism after shutting out Palestinian community

The Region’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee grapples with its mandate and desire to deal with Anti-Palestinian racism… but not before having its meeting virtually hijacked. Meanwhile, Regional Council revisits its controversial January 25th meeting, behind closed doors.   



Mississauga’s next mayor has to find billions of dollars for infrastructure, growth

Mississauga’s next mayor has to find billions of dollars for infrastructure, growth

It is estimated that $600 billion is required across Canada to provide the infrastructure needed to support new home construction in cities mandated by provinces and Ottawa. This comes as the price of building materials and labour costs steadily increase. 

Mississauga’s next mayor also has to fund the hundreds of millions needed to transition the transit system to a cleaner, greener operation, while finding a billion dollars to operate the soon to be launched Hurontario Street LRT.  

To help Mississauga voters ahead of the June 10th mayoral by-election The Pointer is publishing a series on five pressing issues identified by residents.



Following its debate Food Banks Mississauga CEO wants more details from candidates; Parrish reiterates decision to stay away from debates as lead narrows

Following its debate Food Banks Mississauga CEO wants more details from candidates; Parrish reiterates decision to stay away from debates as lead narrows

Following the May 23 mayoral debate hosted by Food Banks Mississauga, the organization’s CEO Meghan Nicholls told The Pointer the city’s next leader needs to explain ‘how’ local government will help residents with affordability. 

According to the latest polls frontrunner Carolyn Parrish is still in the lead but her main opponents have made gains.



Facing public backlash, Annette Groves promises vote on 35K new homes in Caledon won’t happen before fall; key questions still not answered

Facing public backlash, Annette Groves promises vote on 35K new homes in Caledon won’t happen before fall; key questions still not answered

After removing her 12 zoning bylaws from the April 30th council agenda, the Mayor of Caledon promised four public information meetings to get community feedback on her snap decision to force the construction of 35,000 new homes which would double the size of the rural municipality. 

The first two meetings featured blanket presentations by Town staff while residents continue to voice opposition over the surprise developer-driven plan. 



Brampton needs more space for parks and recreation but Patrick Brown has choked off funding

Brampton needs more space for parks and recreation but Patrick Brown has choked off funding

As Brampton’s population continues to increase over the next decade, so will the need to create new parks and recreation spaces. The City’s new Parks and Recreation Master Plan illustrates Brampton’s lackluster track record, meanwhile Brown’s numerous promises, like most of his misleading claims, to add features like a world class cricket facility have drowned in a series of budget freezes forced by a mayor who instead spends lavishly on questionable practices funded by taxpayers. 



In desperate need of more affordable housing Mississauga council backs bold plan to incentivize developers

In desperate need of more affordable housing Mississauga council backs bold plan to incentivize developers

In an effort to curb the housing crisis and promote more affordable rentals across the city, Mississauga’s planning and development committee approved the City’s latest strategy to jumpstart affordability. The Affordable Rental Housing Community Improvement Plan will provide incentives to developers for higher density rental projects and affordable rental units in Mississauga’s lower-density neighbourhoods.



Peel leading the way to recognize value of lived experience among human trafficking survivors 

Peel leading the way to recognize value of lived experience among human trafficking survivors 

In 2018, Peel became one of the first municipalities in the country to approve a strategy to address human sex trafficking after evidence clearly showed the region was becoming the Canadian epicentre of this heinous crime. 

The Region of Peel is creating a framework for compensating survivors who assist officials with expertise, using their lived experience of trafficking—which is often ignored by organizations and institutions. 



‘I have nowhere to go’: Brampton tenants fight back against loss of affordable units under threat of ‘demoviction’

‘I have nowhere to go’: Brampton tenants fight back against loss of affordable units under threat of ‘demoviction’

Tenants of 507 Balmoral Drive and Peel ACORN organizers gathered outside the building recently to rally against a possible “demoviction”. The tenants rights group says one of the remaining affordable housing properties left in Brampton could join others that no longer provide desperately needed apartments in the city.



Carbon capture is a man-made scheme for a man-made problem being used to make pollution worse

Carbon capture is a man-made scheme for a man-made problem being used to make pollution worse

Environmental groups have criticized governments for allowing the fossil fuel industry to claim the use of carbon capture and storage technology is justification for the continued burning of fossil fuels. Experts say its potential benefits are miniscule.

University of Ottawa professor Handan Tezel says while carbon capture is viable, and increasingly becoming cheaper, it should not distract governments from investing in the best solutions. 



Bradford Bypass is a blatant misuse of public funds

Bradford Bypass is a blatant misuse of public funds

The PC government is moving ahead with its controversial Bradford Bypass highway through the provincially significant Holland Marsh, despite omitting key studies and refusing to consider any alternatives. 



Region demands PCs pay back $4.2M for Transition Board formed to study Ford’s abandoned Peel dissolution plan 

Region demands PCs pay back $4.2M for Transition Board formed to study Ford’s abandoned Peel dissolution plan 

The provincial government needs to reimburse Peel taxpayers approximately $4.2 million for costs including $1.5 million for the Transition Board’s work up to March 15th and $2.7 million spent by the Region in its scramble to shut down regional government before Ford pulled the plug, wasting millions of taxpayer dollars. 



New resource aims to combat climate misinformation in Peel 

New resource aims to combat climate misinformation in Peel 

Peel’s Community Climate Council has launched a new resource, the Climate Hub, a database of resources to educate the community on environmental and climate change issues specific to the Region. In its infancy, the library has already garnered a lot of buzz for helping access vital information and creating community engagement.



How will Mississauga’s next mayor tackle the housing crisis?

How will Mississauga’s next mayor tackle the housing crisis?

To keep residents of Mississauga informed ahead of the upcoming mayoral by-election The Pointer is publishing a series on the five most pressing issues voters have identified. 

With the city built out, the dilemma for the next mayor is how to balance the history of and demand for traditional family housing in Mississauga, with the reality of an affordability crisis best solved by building a better mix of home types. How can Mississauga have it all: the suburban appeal of larger homes and more space; alongside much more dense, complete communities that are better for our environment and more conducive to lifestyles that eschew the car and nesting inside homes that are no longer affordable?



Peel Police negligence forces withdrawal of fraud charges against man formerly in control of Children’s Aid Society finances

Peel Police negligence forces withdrawal of fraud charges against man formerly in control of Children’s Aid Society finances

On May 3 the Crown Attorney revealed the charges against Marino Cader, the Peel Children’s Aid Society’s former director of finance who allegedly defrauded the organization, were being withdrawn. The 18-month limit for an accused to be tried within a reasonable time had expired. Peel Police failed to gather and deliver documents in the case in a timely manner, leaving numerous questions about widespread financial mismanagement within the public organization unanswered, after multiple investigations by the union, the province and The Pointer exposed alarming conduct. 

While the criminal charges have been dropped due to police incompetence, allegations of widespread financial fraud by the former CEO made in a civil claim filed by the former finance director, have yet to be proven. 



Ahead of first ‘information meeting’ for controversial development plan, Caledon Mayor Annette Groves, Town, refuse to answer key questions

Ahead of first ‘information meeting’ for controversial development plan, Caledon Mayor Annette Groves, Town, refuse to answer key questions

“Knowledge is power,” Caledon Mayor Annette Groves said, vowing to provide Caledon residents with all the information they need to understand her widely panned development proposal to facilitate the construction of 35,000 units in the town. 

Despite this promise, which came after hundreds of angry residents filled Town Hall in protest, the Mayor, CAO and the Town have repeatedly failed to answer critical questions.



Residents outside Brampton Civic Hospital protested decades of underfunding & recent privatization of services

Residents outside Brampton Civic Hospital protested decades of underfunding & recent privatization of services

The ongoing erosion of public healthcare under the PC government, which continues to mix private delivery models with the universal system of care, was highlighted by those who demonstrated at Brampton’s lone hospital. The lack of frontline capacity to serve the rapidly growing city was also a focus.  



Patrick Brown & Rowena Santos ignored housing problem for years as encampments spread across Brampton; Peel hosts info session to address crisis 

Patrick Brown & Rowena Santos ignored housing problem for years as encampments spread across Brampton; Peel hosts info session to address crisis 

Brampton Councillor Rowena Santos and Mayor Patrick Brown have repeatedly complained about the lack of help from higher levels of government, while pushing budget freezes at City Hall and failing to fund housing support at the Region of Peel. The pair brought forward a successful motion at the Region in March passing the responsibility to Ottawa, despite jurisdiction over housing and shelter support lying at the local level of government in Ontario. 

As encampments spread across the city regional staff are hosting a public information session Thursday to address the spread of makeshift shelters popping up across Brampton.