Is the Conservative Party of Canada ready for Leslyn Lewis?

Is the Conservative Party of Canada ready for Leslyn Lewis?

She’s a Black woman who wears her pro-life convictions on her sleeve. She wants to bring social conservatism out from the closet, where the party has completely botched efforts to hide many of its central values, according to her. And Leslyn Lewis tells The Pointer she wants to put the needs of cities like Mississauga and Brampton at the top of her agenda. 



The economic consequences of COVID-19 could grip Peel’s cities long after the pandemic ends

The economic consequences of COVID-19 could grip Peel’s major cities long after the pandemic ends

With public facilities shutdown and people working from home, physical distancing measures are having a big impact on city budgets.

Free transit, closed recreation centres and deferred property taxes are just a few of the financial pressures facing Brampton and Mississauga. While officials maintain public optimism that major projects will continue as planned, a bailout could be required in the long run.



Update: Fivefold increase in Peel COVID-19 cases in one week, 29 confirmed Monday; Ontario has largest single-day increase by far, 351 new cases

Update: fivefold increase in Peel COVID-19 cases in one week, 29 confirmed Monday; Ontario has largest single-day increase by far, 351 new cases

In Peel, the rise in new COVID-19 cases shows no sign of slowing down. In its daily report, Peel Public Health revealed Monday the number of cases has risen by double digits for the seventh consecutive day. With more than 1,700 cases of the novel coronavirus now confirmed in Ontario, the provincial rate is spiking too.



Truckers eat up millions of kilometres of asphalt to keep us safe in the time of coronavirus

Truckers drive millions of kilometres to keep us safe in the time of coronavirus

There are many unsung heroes in the war against COVID-19, like the road warriors in our trucking industry who keep our store shelves stocked with the goods we need to survive and the medical supplies moving to keep us safe. Mississauga and Brampton are the epicentre of this industry, often looked down on by many in our society.



211 new Ontario cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, largest single-day increase; Peel confirms 33 new infections

211 new Ontario cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday, largest single-day increase; Peel confirms 33 new cases

It has been a troubling weekend across Peel and much of the world, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb. Peel Region now has 187 confirmed positive cases while Ontario reports a total of 1,355 cases. Meanwhile, a senior health expert in the U.S. is now warning of a devastating worst-case scenario there, projecting as many as 200,000 deaths.

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized for the poorly managed nationwide lockdown he ordered a week ago, which has left millions in chaos.



Is India the world's next COVID-19 ticking time bomb?

Is India the world's next COVID-19 ticking time bomb?

Crowds over the past 24 hours continue to gather in India, after a nationwide lockdown was ordered at the start of the week. The country of almost 1.4 billion people officially reports less than a thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases.

But experts fear the number represents just a tiny fraction of actual infections because of woefully low testing rates and more than a million could be dead from the virus in a year.



More than a quarter of Ontario’s 151 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday are in Peel

More than a quarter of Ontario’s 151 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday are in Peel

As new cases of COVID-19 infection continue to rise daily in Peel and across the province, the potential impact on our local healthcare systems continues to loom. 

Efforts are now underway at all levels of government to stave off a crisis in local hospitals and a potential shortage of critical personal protective equipment (PPE).



COVID-19 worrying homeowners, renters and sellers in Peel

COVID-19 worrying homeowners, renters and sellers in Peel

Before COVID-19 sent Peel — and the rest of the world — spiralling, Mississauga and Brampton’s housing markets were among the hottest in the country. Sales were up dramatically, rates of price increases over the last four years outpaced most cities across the country and thousands of new units were coming online annually.

Now, suddenly, the real estate market in one of Canada’s fastest growing regions is drying up. Drastic moves by the country’s central bank might not be enough.



Peel families with loved ones stranded in India frustrated by lack of federal help; government says some of the 21,000 Canadians there won't get assistance

Peel families with loved ones stranded in India frustrated with lack of federal help

Along with almost 1.4 billion Indians locked down as part of the world’s most severe isolation measure, are thousands of Canadians, including many from Brampton and Mississauga. With the Indian government’s sweeping three-week clamp down on all movement within its borders, and strict international travel restrictions around the world, Canadians stuck there are trying to figure out how to get home, but the federal government warns that some will not get help.



32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Friday, as region’s figures grow at dangerous rate

32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Friday, as region’s figures grow at dangerous rate

In Peel, the novel coronavirus continues to spread, with new cases confirmed nearly every day since the first reported local infection on March 5. 

With concerns over the economy and rising unemployment, the spike in infections raises the spectre of a significant outbreak in a region whose healthcare systems were already broken.



Timely, localized data is vital in vanquishing COVID-19

Timely, localized data is vital in vanquishing COVID-19

In Brampton and Mississauga, hallway healthcare and long wait times plague already struggling hospitals. Without localized data, healthcare systems will have a hard time managing an increase of patients and dwindling medical resources.

Meanwhile, in daily updates about new confirmed cases of COVID-19, Peel Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health report different numbers, a discrepancy that can’t be ignored.



Peel's overflowing shelter system at great risk if COVID-19 outbreak occurs

Peel's overflowing shelter system at great risk of COVID-19 outbreak

For years, the Region of Peel’s shelters have operated in overflow, without enough beds for people experiencing the hardships of homelessness. 

Now, with the rapid spread of COVID-19, there are fears the disease could wreak havoc on those without anywhere to call home, in turn putting the general population at risk.



Peel sees 15 new COVID-19 cases as infection spikes across the province; Ontario launches $17B pandemic aid package for residents and businesses

Peel sees 15 new COVID-19 cases as infection spikes across the province; Ontario launches $17B pandemic aid package for residents and businesses

For the second straight day, the province has confirmed its largest, single-day increase in new COVID-19 infections, placing ever-increasing significance on the need for physical distancing to limit the spread of the disease. 

To help Ontario’s strained healthcare system, as well as residents and employers amid mass business closures, the province has announced a $17 billion aid package.



Mississauga and Brampton businesses plead for government support to avert bankruptcies

Mississauga and Brampton businesses plead for government support to avert bankruptcies

Ontario’s decision to shutter non-essential business by midnight Tuesday to help slow the rise in COVID-19 infections has created unease and confusion for hundreds of Peel business owners fighting to stay afloat during the pandemic. Calls for delaying the move and businesses seeking clarity about their status have created an air of confusion for many owners.



Update: 100 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, largest single-day increase amid steep trend; 13 new Peel cases Wednesday

Update: 100 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, largest single-day increase amid steep trend; 13 new Peel cases Wednesday

Both a Brampton MP and bus driver have tested positive for COVID-19. The rate of infection is increasing, with Ontario experiencing its largest single-day increase to date. Meanwhile, the province is increasing measures to protect public health and wallets, including hydro relief and the closure of all non-essential businesses.



Province tells cities to stop sprawl, focus on intensification in new rules to be rolled out in May

Province tells cities to stop sprawl, focus on intensification in new rules to be rolled out in May

New regulations, released by Ontario, outline how cities should plan to grow. Contained in the rules are measures that will change the futures of Mississauga and Brampton, encouraging them to build in areas where communities already exist, instead of continuing sprawl.



PDSB inflicted ‘trauma and hurt’ on Black students, board admits

PDSB inflicted ‘trauma and hurt’ on Black students, board admits

After years of mounting animus between Peel’s Black community and many who lead the country’s third largest school board, it has been forced to acknowledge the deep scars created by an organization described in a scathing provincial review as having a “terrible state of affairs”. The board of trustees vowed Tuesday to turn things around after Queen’s Park handed down a harsh mandate for change.



Safety concerns for frontline workers over COVID-19 went unheeded by MiWay, transit union says

Safety concerns for frontline workers over COVID-19 went unheeded by MiWay, transit union says

MiWay has implemented emergency measures to reduce the amount of contact between bus drivers and transit riders to stop the spread of COVID-19.

But MiWay’s transit union, which called for action weeks ago, wants the company to better address workers’ concerns over safety.



Update: 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Tuesday, the largest single-day increase to date

Update: 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Tuesday, the largest single-day increase to date

The Region of Peel saw a spike in new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after Premier Doug Ford mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses.



Peel’s small business owners face dire reality after mass closures ordered

Peel’s small business owners face dire reality after mass closures ordered

In Peel, small businesses are grappling with how to weather the economic toll of COVID-19 and avoid layoffs. Thousands of Brampton residents are low income earners and more than 500,000 Ontarians have less than a month of savings. 

Government measures are set to keep staff on payrolls and stop permanent closures in uncertain times, but they won’t come into effect until April, leaving people reeling in the meantime.



Balancing development interests and worker safety, construction sites will remain open in Peel

Balancing development interests and worker safety, construction sites will remain open in Peel

In Mississauga and Brampton, tens of thousands of families rely on people working in construction and development to put food on the table. With strict measures in place — and under the watchful eye of the province — these sites will remain open for now, though some in the industry have pushed back.



Scaling back Sikh langars after COVID-19 threatens to increase food insecurity across Peel

Scaling back Sikh langars after COVID-19 threatens to increase food insecurity across Peel

Community meals, or langar, provide an invaluable source of relief for impoverished people in Mississauga and Brampton who turn to Sikh Gurdwaras for a warm, nutritious meal every day. No one in need, regardless of faith, culture or creed, is turned away. 

But the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing langars in Peel Region and the rest of the country to shut down or scale back, at a time when the vulnerable face even greater risks.



Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, part of biggest single-day increase in Ontario; parents unsure of online learning options

Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, part of biggest single-day increase in Ontario; parents unsure of online learning options

New cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in Ontario, including a number of confirmed infections in the Region of Peel. 

All levels of government continue to implement measures to help citizens and businesses weather the storm while urging everyone to stay home in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.



Brampton and Mississauga find new ways to drive home the importance of social distancing

Brampton and Mississauga find new ways to drive home the importance of social distancing

The mayors of Mississauga and Brampton are trying everything to get people to stay home, including the mandated closure of indoor and outdoor public spaces, alongside non-essential businesses.

But to connect with the public, diverse in age, language and culture, the cities are moving past using social media alone to disseminate critical health information.



For recovering addicts and vulnerable groups, social distancing could be deadly

For recovering addicts and vulnerable groups, social distancing could be deadly

Staying away from our fellow humans is a necessary tactic to halt the spread of COVID-19. For many, it is a minor inconvenience and maybe a case of cabin fever.

However, for those who rely on human presence and connection to keep their bodies and minds healthy, the elimination of crucial support groups could have drastic consequences.



One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Sunday after a week of steep increases across Ontario

One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Sunday after a week of steep increases across Ontario

As the COVID-19 infection continues its recent sharp spread across Ontario, with a total of 424 cases in the province, Queen’s Park is implementing a number of new measures to mobilize industry to create medical supplies and to help hospitals meet the growing needs.



Construction projects continue in Peel alongside COVID-19 fears in an economic balancing act

Construction projects continue in Peel alongside COVID-19 fears in an economic balancing act

As bars, cafes, restaurants, schools and many shops close their doors, construction sites around Ontario remain open. These economically valuable operations prompt a crucial question: how do we balance public safety with the need to keep our society, and its people, functioning?



Eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel Saturday; Ontario sees significant jump in infections for second day in a row

Eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel Saturday; Ontario sees significant jump in infections for second day in a row

COVID-19 continues its steady spread across the province as cities take unprecedented steps to limit infection. 

To help residents out of work, Brampton and Mississauga have announced plans to defer property tax payments and other measures to ensure residents can use their available funds to keep their families fed and healthy. 



School boards working on alternative education during COVID-19 shutdown, but not PDSB

School boards working on alternative education during COVID-19 shutdown, but not PDSB

To contain the spread of COVID-19, Ontario schools are closed until April 6, and maybe later. 

To ensure students continue learning, the ministry of education is providing online educational resources. 

While some boards are moving swiftly to get these alternative education platforms up and running to help parents once the March break is over, the Peel District School Board says it’s not doing the same.



Mississauga faces grim financial reality as COVID-19 shuts down city

Mississauga faces grim financial reality as COVID-19 shuts down city

Mississauga is up against formidable odds, both economic and health-wise, as rates of COVID-19 infection are expected to rise in the coming weeks. 

On Thursday, council met to discuss short-term relief options for residents and strategize for the immediate future.



Update: Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel Friday; Ontario sees largest single-day jump in infections to date

Update: Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel Friday; Ontario sees largest single-day jump in infections to date

The rate of COVID-19 infection in Ontario is accelerating, with 50 new cases confirmed in the province, two of those in Peel. With schools set to remain closed, a new online portal has been launched to help kids learn in these uncertain times.



Overburdened Brampton and Mississauga hospitals scramble to find capacity as COVID-19 spreads

Overburdened Brampton and Mississauga hospitals scramble to find capacity as COVID-19 spreads

As cases of COVID-19 mount across Peel, hospitals in Brampton and Mississauga are searching for answers. Both cities went into the pandemic with stretched resources, hallway healthcare and some of the worst wait times in the province. 

Now, local health networks are trying to patch together an adequate response to a life or death crisis after years of neglect.



Mississauga MiWay users will ride for free as Peel’s public transit agencies respond to COVID-19 hit

Service reduced as Peel’s public transit agencies adapt to COVID-19 spread

As the global COVID-19 pandemic closes the region’s restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as many retail businesses, transit ridership is set to dip significantly.

Brampton Transit and MiWay are now trying to determine the best ways to serve their diverse populations, while protecting drivers and remaining financially viable.



Sweeping federal border restrictions for COVID-19 creating anxiety for immigration applicants

Sweeping federal border restrictions for COVID-19 creating anxiety for immigration applicants

Foreign nationals and their advocates are concerned that extensive federal border security measures for COVID-19 are excluding them, leaving such groups with unanswered questions on their status in Canada as the global pandemic worsens.



Update: Three new COVID-19 cases reported in Peel Thursday bringing total to 26; second presumptive death confirmed in Ontario

Update: Three new COVID-19 cases reported in Peel Thursday bringing total to 26; second presumptive death confirmed in Ontario

The Region of Peel has declared an emergency, following the province’s lead. As COVID-19 cases related to travel climb in Peel, a second person has died from the novel coronavirus in Ontario. The provincial government is enacting more measures to stop the spread of the disease, including extending validity periods for health cards and driver’s licences.



Food bank users and tenants left in vulnerable position as COVID-19 intensifies in Peel

Food bank users and tenants left in vulnerable position as COVID-19 intensifies in Peel

As Ontario declares a state of emergency and postpones eviction orders until further notice, food bank users and tenants in Peel are grappling with the rapidly changing circumstances of COVID-19.



Numerous flights in and out of Pearson airport carried passengers now infected with COVID-19

Numerous flights in and out of Pearson airport carried passengers now infected with COVID-19

WestJet is alerting travellers who might have come in contact with COVID-19 through infected passengers on a number of the airline's recent flights. The news comes as major airlines are each taking measures in response to economic and health concerns over the COVID-19 global pandemic and its effect on passengers and revenue.



Update: Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel as Trudeau announces $82-billion aid package and Canada, U.S. close border to non-essential travel

Update: Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Peel as Trudeau announces $82-billion aid package and Canada, U.S. close border to non-essential travel

On Wednesday morning, two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Peel. This news comes amidst two major announcements from the federal government, including the closure of the Canada-U.S. border to non-essential travel and the provision of billions in aid to people and businesses to help navigate worsening financial concerns.



Telephone hearing for Peel tenant will go ahead despite postponed eviction notices

Telephone hearing for Peel tenant will go ahead despite postponed eviction notices

On Monday, the provincial government confirmed it would put a halt to eviction orders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Days before, a Peel Region tenant received a notice to join a telephone hearing with the Landlord and Tenant Board, which is set to go ahead on March 24, creating confusion and disappointment for lawyers and advocates over why all proceedings haven’t been suspended.



Firm hired by Brampton in controversial search for CAO dismissed by Peel Council for similar task 

Firm hired by Brampton in controversial search for CAO dismissed by Peel Council for similar task 

Recent hiring practices at the City of Brampton can be used as a text-book example of what not to do. Yet, the Region of Peel, headquartered right in Brampton, was about to follow the city’s lead in its search for a new CAO, before Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish stopped staff from making the same questionable move.



Update: No new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel in last 24 hours; number of new Ontario cases drops as Ford declares state of emergency

Update: No new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel in last 24 hours; number of new Ontario cases drops as Ford declares state of emergency

While there have been no new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel over the past day, Ontario has had its first presumptive death from the coronavirus and declared a state of emergency. 

Major announcements have come from the provincial government, including mandated restaurant closures and the suspension of eviction orders until further notice.



Battling sprawl: the challenge of running an independent coffee shop in Peel

Battling sprawl: the challenge of running an independent coffee shop in Peel

In Brampton and Mississauga the vast majority of residents get around by car. From commuting to shopping and taking the kids to school, the automobile is the chosen mode of transport.

One unintended consequence is a lack of Main Street browsing, making it tough for entrepreneurs to start independent businesses. As both cities begin to densify and look to the future, is there room for local businesses to grow? 



COVID-19 and lessons for healthy city building

COVID-19 and lessons for healthy city building

COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) is on a killer path and has changed the way we live our lives, for now, with 17 cases reported in Peel as of Sunday morning. But will it also fundamentally change the way we plan and build our cities in the future?



Update: Four new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, bringing total to 21

Update: Four new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Peel Monday, bringing total to 21

On Monday, four new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Peel. This news comes amidst job protection announcements from the provincial government and the temporary shuttering of Mississauga's Provincial Offences Act courtroom, resulting in cases being adjourned and rescheduled to later dates.



Peel Region strives for calm as COVID-19 continues to spread

Peel Region strives for calm as COVID-19 continues to spread

Even with coronavirus infections on the rise there doesn’t appear to be a level of panic among local residents or authorities calling for calm. But the virus is starting to take its toll on healthcare delivery for certain services as resources get shifted to contain its spread.



Protesters call on provincial housing minister to freeze sky-high rental rates

Protestors call on provincial housing minister to freeze sky-high rental rates

On Thursday, activists from across Ontario gathered to tell Housing Minister Steve Clark they have had enough. As the cost of living continues to outpace wages, protestors were vocal in their demand for the provincial government to freeze rent. 

In a symbolic gesture, they attempted to deliver an eviction note to the minister, something some renters in Mississauga and Brampton’s inflamed housing markets have also received.



Update: Four new COVID-19 cases in Peel reported Friday as Ontario number almost doubles in two days

Update: Four new COVID-19 cases in Peel reported Friday as Ontario number almost doubles in two days

On Friday the Ontario Ministry of Health announced four new cases of COVID-19 in Peel, bringing the total in the region to 10, plus one infected individual who was tested at Mississauga Hospital. In total, 20 new cases across the province were reported by the ministry on Friday, suggesting that the spread of cases is worsening, with a dramatic spike in Ontario over two days. Unlike earlier reported cases the latest ones include few details about the latest infected individuals.



Brampton and Mississauga announce widespread shutdowns amidst COVID-19 threat

Brampton and Mississauga announce widespread shutdowns amidst COVID-19 threat

After Peel Public Health released recommendations for controlling the outbreak of COVID-19, Brampton and Mississauga have announced a series of citywide shutdowns — events, theatres, council meetings, libraries, recreation and community centres will be impacted.



Province hands down damning indictment of PDSB in probe of systemic anti-Black behaviour 

Province hands down damning indictment of PDSB in probe of systemic anti-Black behaviour 

The Ontario Ministry of Education did not pull its punches in a scathing report that paints a deeply troubling picture of the Peel District School Board, which has failed to reflect the incredibly diverse community it serves. 

Widespread anti-Black attitudes as well as bias against other marginalized students have become entrenched within the board. Its director, Peter Joshua (who has faced mounting criticism) and the rest of the board have been given a strict set of directions by the province to change their ways.



Questions mount after PDSB bans parent who protested against anti-Black racism

Questions mount after PDSB bans parent who protested against anti-Black racism

The Peel District School Board has sent out warnings and trespass notices to two parent advocates, banning one of them from attending future public meetings until the end of the school year. These are reprisals, say the advocates, a direct result of speaking out against anti-Black attitudes within the school system.