To assist those most impacted by Peel’s ongoing housing crisis, the Region of Peel is working to create additional healthcare resources for the region’s homeless population.
Peel staff have concluded 40,000 child care spaces are needed over the next four years to deal with surging demand.
Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish is moving a motion to continue the City’s opposition to Highway 413.
The decision by federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault to not designate the Bradford Bypass for an impact assessment is being challenged in court.
Environmental organizations claim the decision was disproportionately reliant on decisions made by the former environment minister and did not adequately consider new evidence about the destructive highway plan being pushed by the Ontario PC government.
A prominent Toronto soccer player, with a history of coaching and playing in Mississauga, has been stuck overseas after fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Denys Rylskyi and his family have been living in Dnipro since 2020, but the recent Russian invasion has upended their lives and made them more desperate to return to what they left behind in Canada.
The “sky has yet to fall” in cities that have allowed legal cannabis stores, and Mayor Bonnie Crombie says it’s time council considers allowing the growing industry to make a place for itself within Mississauga.
The city is still one of few municipalities that does not allow cannabis shops to operate within its borders, forcing retailers like House of Cannabis, a small Toronto business, to target Mississauga residents through a delivery service.
The Port Credit Library has been sinking deeper into the swampy earth upon which it was built for a number of years. The foundational pillars have decayed past the point of being safe.
The dilemma facing councillors, as they invest millions to preserve the building, is how to manage the growing need of other aging facilities across Mississauga.
A list of 55 recommendations released by the Ontario government’s Housing Affordability Task Force has been widely panned by housing advocates and municipal stakeholders.
Mississauga council says the task force, which lacked municipal representation, has made a number of recommendations to strip power away from local planning officials and residents, while making influence easier for developers.
A relatively young city, it may appear that Mississauga has little in the way of valuable historic landmarks. But heritage buildings surrounded by mature trees are peppered throughout the city, offering valuable opportunities for residents to connect with the history of the place they call home.
Those tasked with preserving these features need to carefully examine and prioritize the best methods for saving pieces of Mississauga’s past, while not getting in the way of its future.
Mississauga staff have concluded that without a complete transition of MiWay to zero-emission buses, the City will not achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030.
A recent staff report details the expensive undertaking that lays ahead for Mississauga and how action needs to happen immediately.
A day after she threatened to sue them if they terminated her contract, that is exactly what a majority of Brampton councillors did on Friday, terminating the employment of now former integrity commissioner Muneeza Sheikh. After expressing concern over the amount she had billed the taxpayers of Brampton since taking on the role in 2019, a group of elected officials took the bold step to replace her.
Peel Children’s Aid Society’s CEO has been on administrative leave since November pending a board investigation and now the director of finance has also stepped back.
The organization is on a journey to respond to sharp criticism raised in a provincial review published in October 2021. That process is being completed by the Peel CAS board and the Province, with Queen’s Park ultimately responsible if the board fails.
After their colleagues on the other side of the council divide violated in camera rules by revealing what took place during a closed session meeting Wednesday—stating publicly that others are attempting to terminate the contract of integrity commissioner Muneeza Sheikh—councillors have told The Pointer they will not be intimidated by a legal threat issued to them Thursday by Sheikh. She vowed legal action against them if they follow through with terminating her contract.
A judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit filed by local pediatrician Dr. Kulvinder Gill against several doctors and media outlets, including The Pointer.
Gill alleged she was defamed when numerous media outlets reported on comments she made on Twitter in 2020 downplaying the risks of COVID-19 and stating “we don’t need a vaccine.”
After few election commitments from the Liberals toward transit, to help the transformation of Canada’s largest suburb as it pursues a more urban future, Mississauga is welcoming a huge funding boost with open arms.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, swarmed by elected officials, announced funding for the Dundas BRT in partnership with the provincial government and the City. The major investment will help commuters save up to 17 minutes per trip while keeping more cars off the roads.
Caledon council voted no to a motion asking to reconsider its support for the GTA West Corridor, the 413 Highway plan being aggressively pushed by the Doug Ford PC government ahead of June’s provincial election.
Two of the three council members that voted down the motion did not offer any explanation, while Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson called it “short-sighted”.
The defamation lawsuit by Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown against CTV, following explosive reports of alleged sexual misconduct broadcast by CTV in 2018 that led to Brown stepping down as PC leader, has been settled.
Few details of any settlement between the two parties are available, and little information has been provided to clear the air around allegations against Brown, which he denies but the accusers have consistently maintained are true. The news reports are still available on the media outlet’s platforms.
The Ontario Land Tribunal—previously the LPAT, and the OMB before that—has long frustrated municipalities as an unelected body with the power to overturn the decisions of elected officials, and the will of the public.
Staring down a housing affordability crisis and the looming effects of climate change—both of which could be mitigated by smart land use policies—a new request to scrap the OLT looks to put the power back into the hands of municipalities.
A jam-packed Committee of Council meeting in Brampton promises several key discussions to continue moving on from the turbulent leadership of recently fired CAO David Barrick. Councillors will discuss its current integrity commissioner, unfunded projects and a questionable expense introduced by Mayor Patrick Brown in 2019.
Brampton Transit can claim a big win through a new loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Mississauga is planning its own electric transit transition, and the Region of Peel is addressing hospital and hospice funding.
A lack of judges to hear cases has been an ongoing issue in the Region of Peel—even before COVID-19.
Two years later, case backlogs have only grown. The City of Mississauga fears it may soon be unable to provide adequate access to justice.
The pace of growth and depletion of resources is unsustainable, destroying our environment in the process. Yet development has continued unabated and despite pledges to combat climate change from world leaders, carbon emissions continue to rise.
In the second of a 10-part series on the United Nations Decade of Restoration, The Pointer analyzes how we can invest in restoration efforts on the ground, and how preserving nature is a key solution in the fight to save our planet.
City planners set up an open consultation with the public to discuss their plans for a new tool. Inclusionary zoning has been on the minds of many since Toronto adopted it in November.
Now it’s Mississauga’s turn to take the leap hoping to fix the housing crisis one project at a time.
Mississauga staff have strong words for the recommendations listed in Ontario's Housing Affordability Task Force report, noting that many of them won’t contribute to the stated goal of improving housing affordability.
In Brampton, council is considering alternative voting methods for the upcoming municipal election, and is looking to have the interim CAO identify departments in need of auditing.
The TRCA provides an update on a number of critical watershed plans.
One in four Ontarians are now seeking help for their mental health needs, according to a new survey by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
In the Region of Peel, which receives disproportionately less funding per capita than other areas of the province, the jump in demand adds more pressure to a sector that is already sprinting to keep up.
A wave of Minister’s Zoning Orders from developers across Ontario has raised concerns among environmentalists and urban planners. They say developers are using the tool to sidestep the proper process and ram through projects without adequate consultation with experts and the public.
A motion adopted by Caledon council could restore some order to the process in the town. Will the rest of Peel follow suit?
Russian missiles and bombs are falling across Ukraine and on its capital city, Kyiv, as Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Europe’s largest country continues.
In Peel, a large Ukrainian diaspora is watching on in horror. Friends and relatives are worried for loved ones stuck among the chaos, while also trying to process a war unfolding on European soil for the first time in decades.
Trade unions are shouldering the responsibility of combating anti-Black racism on construction sites across the GTA, while promoting an equitable, diverse and safe workspace for skilled tradespeople in Ontario.
During Black History Month, the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario along with the Carpenters’ National Office shares a message of solidarity with workers of colour.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association has succeeded in securing a $5,000 “good faith” retention bonus for frontline nurses. The ounce of relief comes for nurses exhausted by close to two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations representing nurses across the province are welcoming this “first-step”, but are expecting more from the Ford government.
The connection between a fire at the office of Mississauga MP Peter Fonseca early Tuesday morning, and his vote Monday evening in support of using the controversial Emergencies Act remains unclear, but police have deemed the blaze suspicious and believe the MP was the target of the fire which damaged multiple units in the plaza.
The fire was quickly under control and no injuries were reported. An investigation is underway.
Brampton City Council will hold a special meeting this week to deal with its procedural bylaw—a point of contention throughout a tumultuous period that culminated in the departure of the City’s disgraced CAO on February 11.
In Mississauga, the City is launching a new blueprint for attracting tech businesses to try and bolster itself as a leader in the innovation sector. A motion being discussed at the Region of Peel on Thursday could trigger more development activity on Mayfield Road. Regional council will also deal with numerous reports on homelessness and the housing crisis.
Inclusionary zoning has been branded by developers as a tool to download new housing costs onto buyers. With the adoption of the powerful planning tool in Toronto, Mississauga is inching closer to its own version, with wealthy builders kicking and screaming. The public is left in the middle, many adopting a NIMBY attitude against the idea while others are desperate to create a more mixed housing supply in the booming city.
Last week, controversial former Brampton CAO David Barrick was replaced by Paul Morrison, after a majority of councillors alleged democracy under the CAO and Mayor Patrick Brown, who brought the man here despite his scandalous past in Niagara, was “under siege”.
There has been a series of allegations, investigations and shocking conduct inside City Hall, but Brown has a history of trying to rewrite the truth. His shameful tactics place the public sector across Ontario at risk.
Described as a “highway of habitat”, an ongoing initiative by the David Suzuki Foundation looks to reconnect Ontario’s fragmented greenspaces, one wildflower at a time.
The Butterflyway Project urges volunteers to take agency over the spaces they enjoy: front lawn, backyard, or balcony, and create an environment welcoming to butterflies and other pollinators.
The MZO bug has caught Mississauga. The sometimes controversial minister’s zoning orders spark debate among stakeholders, especially when the tool is used to strip powers from the City. In a different set of circumstances, Mississauga has requested an enhanced MZO to help expedite a portion of the Mississauga Hospital expansion.
The president of Peel CAS’ board of directors will step down this summer after serving two terms. Juliet Jackson, who is also employed by the Region of Peel as a director, has grappled for the past year with an organization that staff and provincially-appointed investigators say is “seriously troubled”.
In November, the board placed CEO Rav Bains on administrative leave. The decision came after allegations of anti-Black racism, a toxic work culture and questionable spending by the head of the organization.
Sandeep Aujla, the City of Brampton director of human resources, has been fired. She worked in the high-ranking role under controversial former CAO David Barrick and has now been removed by his interim successor, Paul Morrison, who just took the helm of the corporation Friday.
Aujla was implicated in some of the controversies under Barrick’s disastrous leadership, but an independent probe sided with Aujla who denied she used discriminatory language to describe Black employees. Her lawyer says he believes the sudden termination of employment “is unlawful.”
Waterways connect land masses and municipalities, making it the responsibility of all involved governments to protect their health. In a small rural town north of Peel, a wastewater treatment facility project being pushed by the municipality in the middle of one of Ontario’s most majestic greenspaces could have adverse effects on the region’s drinking water, and a popular fish known to Southern Ontario.
After cancelling the downtown loop of the Hurontario LRT, which will be named after former mayor Hazel McCallion, Premier Doug Ford is reversing course, committing to build the section that his government axed shortly after taking power.
Brampton council faces its first meeting since controversial CAO David Barrick departed, with an uncosted plan to retain a recruitment firm on the agenda, suggesting staffing moves; Mississauga councillors will attend a smudging ceremony and consider recognizing a historical Indigenous site; Caledon could introduce rules to govern Minister's Zoning Order requests and may oppose the GTA West Highway, a possible election move as the mayor and certain councillors have aggressively supported the unpopular project; Region of Peel staff have confirmed Peel Pride celebrations will, once again, take place in June.
The Doug Ford PC government refuses to take responsibility for failing to protect Ontario’s species at risk. In replying to The Pointer and environmental advocates, the government is attempting to brush off criticism, providing misleading responses and claiming it is a “leader in species at risk protection”, when an auditor general probe found the exact opposite.
As more growth is being planned upward, the new buildings pose a unique set of challenges for Mississauga firefighters. The department already struggles to arrive at the scene within established national targets because of the dire lack of stations and increasing traffic, but responding to an emergency in a high rise takes even longer. Future vertical growth, as the maturing city now grows upward, has to ensure emergency responders are not faced with more barriers when trying to keep residents safe.
Brampton council members have called two special council meetings Friday morning, one requested by the mayor, the other by a majority bloc who allege Patrick Brown and his allies have undermined trust in local government.
They have vowed to take action to restore good government in Brampton after a series of controversies under Brown’s questionable leadership that has shaken City Hall, with steps to begin Friday morning.
In a special council meeting Wednesday, members of the public heard the integrity commissioner’s reasons for not investigating allegations of harassment by a fellow councillor levelled by former councillor Karen Ras.
Council also voted to change its code of conduct to avoid similar situations in the future.
Six Brampton councillors have called out Mayor Patrick Brown and senior staff after two years of controversy, an external investigation and widespread allegations of abuse inside City Hall under the leadership of CAO David Barrick.
After a heated special council meeting Tuesday evening, where Brown was accused of blocking votes from taking place during closed session meetings, the majority bloc of councillors is vowing dramatic action.
Democracy Watch is The Pointer’s new weekly feature designed to help increase political involvement and awareness in the Region of Peel by highlighting important decisions.
This week, Brampton is considering a motion to request an investigation by the Ontario Ombudsman regarding a closed meeting at the end of January. In Mississauga, councillors will discuss the Dundas Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project following a report detailing potentially negative environmental impacts to wildlife habitat and species at risk.
Mississauga’s integrity commissioner is also set to provide further details Wednesday about the decision to not investigate complaints of harassment and vandalism made by former councillor Karen Ras.
The veteran councillor has not responded to allegations that he vandalized the car of Karen Ras, who just stepped down from her elected role as a Mississauga councillor, citing stress and workplace issues.
Starr will now wait to see if Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze will accept a council request for an investigation after he told Ras he would not probe the issue because police had been involved.
In 2020, 126 households in Mississauga had their lives uprooted by a house fire. Thankfully, nobody was killed.
But a disturbing trend is emerging. Over the last five years, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services found approximately 60 percent of the fires it responded to, the house did not have a working smoke alarm, or one could not be found.
The service is looking to change this in 2022.
It’s no secret Peel is struggling to build affordable housing, especially in the City of Mississauga where only infill sites are available. When the opportunity to buy land comes up it would only make sense for the Region to negotiate for desperately needed housing, especially if the seller is the government of Ontario.
Peel and Mississauga let a prime plot of land slip by without trying to secure affordable housing on it, sold instead by provincial agency Metrolinx to a developer. It raises questions about how committed local government is to solving the ongoing housing problem.
In a new series, The Pointer breaks down the 10 themes of the global movement launched by the United Nations—the Decade of Restoration—which hopes to reverse the trend of wide-scale degradation of our planet.
Part 1 looks at what is at stake over the next 10 years. How can a global movement that looks to preserve oceans, rainforests and coral reefs be relevant in Peel?
Democracy Watch is The Pointer’s new weekly feature.
It is designed to help increase political involvement and awareness in the Region of Peel by highlighting important decisions. The feature will act as a summary of local public meeting agendas to keep residents informed about issues they may wish to follow more closely.
This week Brampton will hear numerous delegates on the City's new green energy leadership and how to improve its carbon emissions. Mississauga debates how to fill the Ward 2 councillor vacancy after the departure of Karen Ras and has some big asks for Ottawa and Queen’s Park ahead of their annual budgets.
Peel Region is polishing off its planning review for the next 30 years while Caledon has another conversation around the controversial Highway 413 backed by its mayor and his allies.
Six council members, including Mayor Patrick Brown, blocked an attempt to reject the GTA West Highway on Wednesday.
A day later, Region of Peel, which has already called for the highway’s cancellation, initiated a conversation with the provincial government to explore alternatives to the controversial GTA West Corridor.
Being buried in a blanket of white snow was peaceful…until residents went out to bear the elements in Mississauga.
Peel Regional police urged residents to stay home if they could while officers attended multiple collisions throughout the blizzard. If extreme weather events are going to continue how should we prepare ourselves for different winter conditions?