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the Peel Children’s Aid Society’s former director of finance who allegedly defrauded the organization, were being withdrawn.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.  



Damerla slammed for vowing to cancel Bloor bike lane project; voters hear from candidates; Parrish widens lead 

Damerla slammed for vowing to cancel Bloor bike lane project; voters hear from candidates; Parrish widens lead 

Mississauga mayoral candidate and sitting Councillor Dipika Damerla came under fire this week for vowing to cancel the city’s Bloor Street bike lane project if she wins the by-election, despite almost a year of work and substantial funding that has already been invested since the plan was approved. 

Residents had their first chance to hear directly from candidates at public events this week, as a new poll showed frontrunner Carolyn Parrish has increased her lead over the field.



$2.5M for 1,600 square feet. Despite slumping condo sales PCs speed up Mississauga’s luxury 16K-unit Lakeview Village, claiming lack of supply causing housing crisis 

$2.5M for 1,600 square feet. Despite slumping condo sales PCs speed up Mississauga’s luxury 16K-unit Lakeview Village, claiming lack of supply causing housing crisis 

A 600-square-foot unit for $800,000; $2.5 million for a 1,600-square-foot unit.

The pre-construction cost of a Lakeview Village condo is out of reach for 80 percent of Peel residents, but the PC government is trying to rush construction claiming a lack of supply is the reason for the current housing crisis. The 16,000 units are being expedited while condo sales across the GTA have crashed. The high prices raise questions about who will benefit from the project being aggressively pushed by the PCs who issued a surprise MZO last year doubling the size of Lakeview Village. 



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. 



Brampton’s Armagh House receives $300K grant to help women & children fleeing domestic violence

Brampton’s Armagh House receives $300K grant to help women & children fleeing domestic violence

Armagh House, an organization that offers the only transitional housing in the Region of Peel for women and children seeking shelter to escape violence in the home, was recently awarded funding through the federal Housing Accelerator Fund. While the PC government has finally agreed to support an NDP motion to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in Ontario, it continues to ignore the need for financial support that would help save lives.



Inquest into deaths of three women made recommendations to prevent intimate partner violence; why are the PCs dragging their feet?

Inquest into deaths of three women made recommendations to prevent intimate partner violence; why are the PCs dragging their feet?

The PC government made the surprise move of supporting an NDP private-member’s bill to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in Ontario—something it has repeatedly refused to do. But instead of approving the bill, it has been referred to the justice committee for study ahead of an official declaration. It has some worried that the PC support was just a delay tactic that could continue to leave women and gender-diverse individuals at risk across Ontario. 



Despite opposition from Queen’s Park & Peel Region, Caledon Mayor Annette Groves doubles down on scheme to develop 35K homes

Despite opposition from Queen’s Park & Peel Region, Caledon Mayor Annette Groves doubles down on scheme to develop 35K homes

After promising to listen to residents, and despite blunt communications from the provincial and regional governments that highlight her plan’s non-conformity with overriding policies, Annette Groves launched a web page Friday that suggests she does not care what others think—the Mayor is determined to give developers what they want: unchecked access to land for the construction of 35,000 new homes. 



Mayor Annette Groves & CAO at centre of Caledon’s scheme to circumvent public planning for 35K homes; PCs say it doesn’t conform with 413 Highway plan  

Mayor Annette Groves & CAO at centre of Caledon’s scheme to circumvent public planning for 35K homes; PCs say it doesn’t conform with 413 Highway plan  

Nathan Hyde, the Town’s top bureaucrat—hired by Annette Groves who hand-picked him using her Strong Mayor powers in Caledon—has not explained how a secretive scheme to push through the largest development plan in the municipality’s history was put together.

Their disturbing conduct has been described as “anti-democratic” by residents demanding the ill-advised plan, which would create billions of dollars in value for developers, be scrapped. The PC government has criticized what Hyde and Groves have done, raising concerns over the lack of conformity to overriding provincial and regional policies.    



Mississauga residents’ associations hosting candidate debates & 'interviews' ahead of June 10 mayoral by-election

Mississauga residents’ associations hosting candidate debates & 'interviews' ahead of June 10 mayoral by-election

As the mayoral and Ward 5 by-elections approaches to fill the two vacant seats on Mississauga City Council, two candidate debates will be held May 6 and 7 to give residents a chance to ask candidates questions on the most pressing issues facing their city. Resident engagement during this final month ahead of the by-election will be critical as recent elections have been dampened by historically low voter levels. 



Reports blow up misleading claims by Caledon Mayor Annette Groves around secretive development agenda to build 35,000 homes

Reports blow up misleading claims by Caledon Mayor Annette Groves around secretive development agenda to build 35,000 homes

Since a package of 12 zoning bylaws written by a controversial development lawyer showed up unexpectedly on a March 26th Caledon council agenda, Mayor Annette Groves has been defending her position to greenlight the construction of 35,000 units, which would almost double the town’s population. 

She claims more homes are needed to meet the municipality’s housing pledge and that her plans will hold developers accountable to build the type of housing Caledon needs. But a series of reports from the Region of Peel — which the Town withheld from the public — shows the mayor’s claims of following sound planning principles are largely misleading. Tens of billions of dollars would be needed just to construct the water infrastructure needed to support the 35,000 homes developers are itching to extract profits from.



A future-forward lifestyle marks the opportunity for Port Credit’s new, sustainable Brightwater community

A future-forward lifestyle marks the opportunity for Port Credit’s new, sustainable Brightwater community

On the grounds of a former industrial site — first a brickyard then an oil refinery — Port Credit West Village Partners want to do something groundbreaking. Distancing themselves from the narrative that many Ontario developers are greedy and unimaginative, PCWVP sees a different kind of value in the community they are shaping, creating an environmentally sustainable space that will give future residents the kind of lifestyle that aligns with their values. 



Canada hosts global plastics negotiations; petrochemical industry is here too

Canada hosts global plastics negotiations; petrochemical industry is here too

Global leaders are in Ottawa this week for the fourth round of negotiations toward a global plastics treaty, with environmental organizations demanding that policies include strong guidelines for national legislation and not be watered down by the influence of corporations that continue to pollute the planet.



‘People Against Littering’ wants to clean up Brampton’s problem with public trash

‘People Against Littering’ wants to clean up Brampton’s problem with public trash

The City of Brampton has for years faced challenges with litter accumulating around intersections, off highway ramps, in parks and along public spaces where residents are supposed to enjoy the great outdoors.

A group called People Against Littering is working to change this. Focusing on grassroots action, members want to inspire residents to take control of their city’s public spaces, to make sure unsightly debris does not become “normal” in Brampton. 



Mississauga MPP Kaleed Rasheed vows to clear his name from PC Greenbelt scandal, but won’t explain how

Mississauga MPP Kaleed Rasheed vows to clear his name from PC Greenbelt scandal, but won’t explain how

After leaving the PC caucus in September in the wake of an integrity commissioner investigation into the PC government’s Greenbelt land swap scandal, Mississauga East—Cooksville MPP Kaleed Rasheed has vowed to clear his name and rejoin his PC colleagues at Queen’s Park. But he refuses to provide further details about his involvement in the $8.3 billion land deal, which was ultimately reversed by the PCs after their backroom dealings with developers were exposed. 



Niagara Falls Mayor & council members reject direction from Ombudsman; maintain exorbitant $500 fee to complain about their own conduct

Niagara Falls Mayor & council members reject direction from Ombudsman; maintain exorbitant $500 fee to complain about their own conduct

A controversial, excessive $500 filing fee to make a Code of Conduct complaint against a Niagara Falls Council member continues to be criticized by Ontario’s Ombudsman but, with the exception of one member, Niagara Falls Council does not care.



‘They sat in silence’: PCs ignore heart wrenching abuse of deaf & blind students, block AG audit of Ontario schools where they continue to suffer

‘They sat in silence’: PCs ignore heart wrenching abuse of deaf & blind students, block AG audit of Ontario schools where they continue to suffer

The PC government has once again declined to take action to improve Ontario schools for the deaf and blind. On Monday at Queen’s Park the NDP attempted to accelerate the process for an audit of the school board which has been plagued by accusations of sexual abuse of students and ongoing mismanagement for years. 

Without any explanation, the PCs voted the request down, delaying any audit until at least 2025.



Mississauga’s urban growth confronts a tree canopy first protected by the people who gave the city its name

Mississauga’s urban growth confronts a tree canopy first protected by the people who gave the city its name

As population and infrastructure boom in Mississauga the City's forestry department has found itself facing a significant challenge.

The 2024 budget provides additional funding to implement new technology and work plans that will allow protection of the vast tree cover that is so vital to the well being of the region and its residents. 



200 seniors at Mississauga’s Chartwell assisted living home in shock after surprise eviction notice to make way for condo development 

200 seniors at Mississauga’s Chartwell assisted living home in shock after surprise eviction notice to make way for condo development 

A recent eviction notice from Chartwell Heritage Glen Retirement Residence has left the seniors who reside in the home and their families in a state of disbelief, scrambling to find living arrangements. Their fixed income puts most alternatives out of reach.

The City of Mississauga has sent a letter to Chartwell and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing requesting measures to assist the tenants who learned a few weeks ago that they will have to leave the facility. 



With ‘Caledon under threat’, over 150 residents meet to demand action from Town Council, Mayor Annette Groves

With ‘Caledon under threat’, over 150 residents meet to demand action from Town Council, Mayor Annette Groves

A group of local activists calling themselves Democracy Caledon held a community meeting Wednesday to hear concerns from local residents about a collection of decisions around a huge land development scheme being made by council, particularly Mayor Annette Groves, and her use of Strong Mayor powers to force it through without proper public consultation.

The embattled mayor attended the meeting, appeared on the defensive, and provided little reassurance to residents that she was taking their issues seriously.



Parrish maintains lead in Mississauga byelection, latest poll shows; Dasko vows to build the city ‘intelligently’ and ‘affordably’

Parrish maintains lead in Mississauga byelection, latest poll shows; Dasko vows to build the city ‘intelligently’ and ‘affordably’

The Mississauga byelection is nearing its halfway point. From announcing new endorsements to launching campaign offices and delivering stump speeches, candidates are working hard to grab the attention of local voters.

A new poll shows former councillor Carolyn Parrish remains the frontrunner in the race with a little over seven weeks to go until the June 10th vote.  



‘Unjustified failure’ by Peel Police delays trial against former CAS employee charged with defrauding agency 

‘Unjustified failure’ by Peel Police delays trial against former CAS employee charged with defrauding agency 

The trial for Marino Cader, former director of finance for the Peel Children’s Aid Society, has been postponed once again after the court heard Peel Regional Police failed to provide necessary evidence that has been in its possession since at least 2022 in a timely manner. The Justice of the Peace chastized the PRP for delaying a case that has significant public interest involving the region’s most vulnerable. 

Updated estimates from the Crown allege Cader defrauded the organization of approximately $180,000. 



‘Is democracy dying in Caledon?’: Residents outraged as Mayor Annette Groves rushes through questionable development plans, cuts them out of the process 

‘Is democracy dying in Caledon?’: Residents outraged as Mayor Annette Groves rushes through questionable development plans, cuts them out of the process 

Caledon Mayor Annette Groves is using her Strong Mayor powers to push through a collection of zoning changes to facilitate a massive amount of development, with little consultation from residents who will be impacted. The move follows the approval of an updated Official Plan that ignored concerns from citizens about watered-down environmental protections, and the revelation of a secretive contract signed between the mayor and the Town’s new CAO. 

Residents are hosting a public forum today, April 17th, to bring awareness to their mounting concerns. 



Highway 413 cannot proceed if federal government ‘does its job’, says environmental group

Highway 413 cannot proceed if federal government ‘does its job’, says environmental group

A new agreement between the federal and provincial governments has many Ontarians worried the environmentally damaging Highway 413 has been given the greenlight.

While questions are swirling about a new “working group” being established to study and minimize the proposed highway's environmental impacts, there are numerous pieces of federal legislation still standing in the way of construction. 



Liberals pledge billions to fight affordability crisis through updated housing plans ahead of 2024 budget 

Liberals pledge billions to fight affordability crisis through updated housing plans ahead of 2024 budget 

Through a slew of funding announcements last week, the Liberal government outlined its main strategies to fight Canada's housing crisis. 

The promises include billions of dollars in new initiatives to protect tenants and stop ballooning rental rates while incentivizing builders to construct more affordable housing. Peel ACORN, a housing advocacy group, says it is waiting on more details, and tighter legislation attached to the announcements, to determine what the impact will be for Peel residents. 



Long-term solution to aid asylum seekers in Peel requires 100% funding from upper levels of government, Region says

Long-term solution to aid asylum seekers in Peel requires 100% funding from upper levels of government, Region says

The Region has drawn up a plan to help the increasing number of asylum seekers arriving in Peel, but staff say the strategy is contingent on funding from upper levels of government.

To date, Ottawa has only provided funding to reimburse the Region for costs incurred in 2023 after a significant spike in asylum claimants and $7 million for a new reception centre at Pearson Airport.  



Mississauga strengthens growth standards to protect residents from costly climate disasters

Mississauga strengthens growth standards to protect residents from costly climate disasters

The City of Mississauga has updated its Green Development Standards in an effort to decrease dangerous climate emissions and protect residents and their homes from weather-related catastrophes.

The decision comes in the wake of a report from the Insurance Bureau of Canada that found the past four years all listed in the Top 10 costliest years for climate disasters in the country. 



Endorsements pour in for Carolyn Parrish; Tedjo gets support from three councillors 

Endorsements pour in for Carolyn Parrish; Tedjo gets support from three councillors 

With Mississauga voters set to select a new mayor June 10, frontrunner Carolyn Parrish is starting to enjoy support from some well known leaders in the city.

Rookie councillor Alvin Tedjo has also won the backing of two other first-time councillors and one veteran.



‘They need to develop a bit of a backbone’: Can Justin Trudeau resist knee jerk responses & wishy-washy climate policy?

‘They need to develop a bit of a backbone’: Can Justin Trudeau resist knee jerk responses & wishy-washy climate policy?

As Prime Minister Trudeau’s popularity continues to decline, his environmental commitments are being challenged. The federal Conservatives are making false claims about the impacts of policies such as the carbon tax. Will Liberals walk into the trap and alienate many of their core supporters, or hold strong on positions that many Canadians prioritize? 



Woman who accused former Brampton councillor Dhillon of sexual assault withdrew allegations in October, confidential City memo reveals 

Woman who accused former Brampton councillor Dhillon of sexual assault withdrew allegations in October, confidential City memo reveals 

Patrick Brown repeatedly attacked Gurpreet Dhillon, accusing him of sexual misconduct despite no charges ever being laid against the former councillor, and the mayor blamed Dhillon’s alleged conduct for a divide on council that marred the previous term of office. 

According to documentation obtained by The Pointer the City of Brampton has known since at least October that Dhillon’s one-time accuser withdrew her allegations against him. He was suspended without pay by Brown and the rest of council in 2020 after controversial Integrity Commissioner Muneeza Sheikh released a report that found Dhillon had committed sexual misconduct, despite no charges by police. Dhillon has always denied the allegations and has now sent officials a draft lawsuit against the City.



Investigations ongoing after Peel records five fire-related deaths in less than a week

Investigations ongoing after Peel records five fire-related deaths in less than a week

On March 7th, Brampton Fire responded to a house fire that left three dead. Less than a week later, Mississauga Fire reported two dead following an early morning fire.

The tragic events are a disturbing statistic for Peel fire services which work tirelessly to educate residents on fire prevention and safety. 



Crime, affordability top of mind for Mississauga candidates vying for vacant Ward 5 council seat

Crime, affordability top of mind for Mississauga candidates vying for vacant Ward 5 council seat

Since the Ward 5 council seat was declared vacant on March 20 following the resignation of Carolyn Parrish to enter the mayoral race, seven candidates have registered. The byelection will take place the same day as the one set for the mayoral race, on June 10. The Pointer reached out to the candidates to find out which issues will be a focus as they head out on the campaign trail across Malton and the rest of the ward.



Niagara fears crush of eclipse crowds on April 8; hopes for tourism revival

Niagara fears crush of eclipse crowds on April 8; hopes for tourism revival

April 8th’s solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime celestial event.

With Niagara Falls in an ideal location to observe the natural phenomenon, local tourism looks to recapture some of the foreign visitation lost during the pandemic, while the Niagara Regional Police prepare for the possible influx of 1 million people, under a “State of Emergency” declaration that was just issued by the Region.   



Union raising concerns about jobs, planned downloading of Peel services onto municipalities

Union raising concerns about jobs, planned downloading of Peel services onto municipalities

The PC government, after cancelling its controversial plans to dissolve the Region of Peel, is now looking to move some critical services down to the local municipalities. CUPE Local 966, one of the unions which raised concerns over the now-reversed legislation, is once again drawing attention to job security issues and possible privatization, claiming key stakeholders are not being engaged in discussions that could impact long-time Peel employees.



Provincial budget leaves out funding details and timelines for commitment to restore Mississauga’s downtown LRT loop

Provincial budget leaves out funding details and timelines for commitment to restore Mississauga’s downtown LRT loop

Mississauga's downtown LRT loop, cancelled by the PCs during their previous term of office, made its way back into the Doug Ford government’s budget for 2024. Among the $67.5 billion earmarked over 10 years for public transit, putting the Mississauga loop back into the Hurontario project was highlighted in the budget document as a priority, but there are few details included.



Chasing tornadoes across the Great White North 

Chasing tornadoes across the Great White North 

The Northern Tornadoes Project is doing the heavy lifting to provide a better picture of just how many tornadoes touch down across Canada, and where. 

This knowledge will prove critical as weather patterns are altered by climate change, informing the creation of valuable life-saving tools. 



Ontario’s big cities are failing to reach their climate goals, but a lack of reporting makes it impossible to know by how much 

Ontario’s big cities are failing to reach their climate goals, but a lack of reporting makes it impossible to know by how much 

The City of Toronto has admitted it is not on track to reach its goal of being net zero by 2040. It is not alone, as big cities like Brampton struggle to reach critical targets under a PC government that has pushed policies counter to green municipal goals. A recent study by University of Waterloo researchers concluded many cities are not even reporting their progress on sustainability commitments.



Parrish still leads, Damerla makes gains according to new Mississauga poll but questions mount about her refusal to take a leave of office while running 

Parrish still leads, Damerla makes gains according to new Mississauga poll but questions mount about her refusal to take a leave of office while running 

The latest Liaison Strategies poll shows political veteran Carolyn Parrish is still in the lead to become Mississauga’s next mayor. But her margin has narrowed, since a January poll, to five percentage points ahead of her nearest competitor, Dipika Damerla, among decided voters. Residents will go to the ballot box June 10 to decide Bonnie Crombie’s successor.



Promises of a future dorm at Algoma’s Brampton campus ring hollow for students struggling with city’s housing crisis

Promises of a future dorm at Algoma’s Brampton campus ring hollow for students struggling with city’s housing crisis

International students at Algoma University’s Brampton campus currently do not have any housing provided through the institution. It has not yet offered a timeline for any plans, and its current students, like many across the GTA, are struggling to find affordable housing options.



Celebration of Sikh Heritage Month will include alcohol-free challenge & substance abuse awareness campaign 

Celebration of Sikh Heritage Month will include alcohol-free challenge & substance abuse awareness campaign 

The Drug Awareness Society of Toronto wants to address the link between youth who are exposed to alcohol and drugs at a young age and adults who are dependent on substances. Working for more than a decade to raise awareness around the dangers of alcohol consumption and substance abuse through seminars at schools and Gurdwaras, the organization is once again challenging Punjabi-Canadians to confront an all-too common problem.



Brampton man sentenced to life in prison for wife’s murder after disturbing public attack 

Brampton man sentenced to life in prison for wife’s murder after disturbing public attack 

A 66-year-old Brampton man who stabbed his wife to death on a city trail during their evening walk together in 2021 has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole for 13 years.

According to court documents, increased isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the man’s state of mind when he “snapped” and stabbed his wife more than 30 times. 



Residents fear Caledon’s new council approved Official Plan could pave paradise 

Residents fear Caledon’s new council approved Official Plan could pave paradise 

Despite multiple attempts by Caledon residents to ensure protections of natural features and sensitive ecological systems, Town council members went ahead last week and approved a new Official Plan which will guide growth until 2051. Without the requested safeguards it could turn the area’s numerous natural oases into targets for urban development. 



Advocates concerned over lack of transparency around formation of new PDSB committee to address racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions

Advocates concerned over lack of transparency around formation of new PDSB committee to address racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions

The Peel District School Board recently put out a call for community members to be part of a new committee to help address continued racial inequity in disciplinary measures impacting Black and Indigenous students.

Their representation in the rates of these disciplinary measures is double their overall representation in the board. Local advocate David Bosveld, a member of the original committee that was doing equity work for more than two years, says leadership disbanded it without explanation and left questions from original members unanswered. 



Sikh activist allegedly targeted for assassination by Indian government says its ban of CBC documentary is the latest example of its autocratic rule

Sikh activist allegedly targeted for assassination by Indian government says its ban of CBC documentary is the latest example of its autocratic rule

The Pointer speaks with Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the Canadian-American Sikh independence activist who was the target of an alleged assassination plot by the Indian government.

He calls out India’s BJP government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its spiral into alarmingly anti-democratic rule.



Caledon headwaters threatened as councillors stay silent 

Caledon headwaters threatened as councillors stay silent 

On World Water Day, the Ontario Headwaters Institute is urging Caledon councillors to speak out against an updated official plan that is weakening protection for the natural world and disregarding the value offered by the rivers and creeks that flow through the town and support numerous ecosystems in southern Ontario.



Ottawa to remove Impact Assessment designation from Highway 413 project, a dark day for environmental protection

Ottawa to remove Impact Assessment designation from Highway 413 project, a dark day for environmental protection

In a joint consent order filed to federal court Wednesday, the federal government and Ontario government have asked the courts to cancel the federal environmental assessment for the proposed Highway 413 project.

The news has sent shockwaves through environmental organizations who say there was no need for such a rash, politically driven decision. The decision by the Liberal government comes a week after Premier Doug Ford sent a letter to the Prime Minister requesting the removal.



Peel police set to host second annual Auto Theft Summit as crimes continue to surge across GTA

Peel police set to host second annual Auto Theft Summit as crimes continue to surge across GTA

Data indicate the rate of auto theft crimes has not come down in recent months.

With police leaders across the country calling for a multi-jurisdictional approach, Peel officials say the second annual summit will build on the progress made last year, with a range of actions that still need to be taken.



Doug Ford’s developer-driven sprawl plan will have mental health impacts on future generations

Doug Ford’s developer-driven sprawl plan will have mental health impacts on future generations

Since forcing Bill 23 on the province, Doug Ford’s government has come under fire from housing and environmental activists for promoting sprawl. Ignoring the growth of sustainable communities, according to a University of Waterloo study, could have profoundly negative consequences for young people.