Hearing date for challenge of Caledon’s moratorium on new quarries set for early September

Hearing date for challenge of Caledon’s moratorium on new quarries set for early September

Despite a hearing date scheduled just a month before its expiry, Canadian Building Materials — an aggregate giant — is moving forward with its challenge of the Town of Caledon’s interim control bylaw extension that prevents new quarry applications from moving forward. The Ontario Land Tribunal will deal with a battle between the corporation and the Town, with the fate of an 800-acre blasting quarry proposed for west Caledon in the village of Cataract hanging in the balance. 



Protest at Brampton Civic will push for better healthcare following release of alarming Ontario Health Coalition report highlighting PC move to privatization

Protest at Brampton Civic will push for better healthcare following release of alarming Ontario Health Coalition report highlighting PC move to privatization

A protest at Brampton Civic Hospital has been announced by Brampton Caledon Health Coalition, a local branch of the Ontario Health Coalition, which recently released a scathing report about the Doug Ford PC government and cuts to the public health sector while providing significant funding to the private, for-profit sector. Residents are encouraged to turn out to demand better healthcare facilities and staffing in the city, as well as an end to privatization and for OHIP to be accessible to all.



Urban-Rural divide: Residents identify significant concern with environmental policy in Caledon’s new Official Plan

Urban-Rural divide: Residents identify significant concern with environmental policy in Caledon’s new Official Plan

The Town of Caledon will implement a new Official Plan that will guide growth in the municipality to 2051. Residents have expressed concerns with portions of the plan that relate to the protection of natural systems and the environment. At a public information meeting last week, delegates raised red flags over the attention to urban policies rather than rural ones. 



Report shows ‘a perfect storm’ is brewing as Ontario falls further behind on wages in child care sector

Report shows ‘a perfect storm’ is brewing as Ontario falls further behind on wages in child care sector

A workforce shortage is limiting access to affordable child care.

A report from the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare — the province’s central advocacy group for a universal early childhood education and care system — shows that Ontario has fallen behind most other provinces on wages in the sector. 



List grows to 11 candidates seeking to become Mississauga's next mayor

List grows to 11 candidates seeking to become Mississauga's next mayor

The playing field continues to grow as more individuals throw their names in to replace Bonnie Crombie as the City’s third mayor in over four decades.

A week since registration opened, the ballot has grown to 11 names for Mississauga voters to choose from come June 10th. 



Many in Brampton, Mississauga not receiving life-saving early cancer screenings

Many in Brampton, Mississauga not receiving life-saving early cancer screenings

A report from Cancer Care Ontario reveals participation in cancer screening is lower for areas described as materially deprived in Brampton and Mississauga.

These typically lower income areas have fewer people receiving critical tests that can detect cancer early and lead to more successful treatment. The findings place further emphasis on the need for enhanced medical services across the underfunded Peel Region.



Governments need to step up; finance clean, efficient energy for Canada’s most vulnerable, experts say

Governments need to step up; finance clean, efficient energy for Canada’s most vulnerable, experts say

As Canadians face increasing cost of living pressures, some are having to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table.

While energy poverty has hit different demographics for decades with little in the way of response from government leaders, organizations are now demanding the issue be addressed in conjunction with the clean electricity transition, to make energy accessible and affordable for everyone.



Despite 20 years of issues, Peel paramedics are still being dispatched using a flawed system 

Despite 20 years of issues, Peel paramedics are still being dispatched using a flawed system 

Peel's paramedic service are once again trying to resolve issues that have plagued its dispatch centre for much of the last two decades. 

Problems at the Mississauga Central Ambulance Communications Centre, which the Ministry of Health is directly responsible for operating, are creating service delays and impacting the ability of paramedics to improve their response times.



In loco parentis: what does duty of care mean for our schools during a climate crisis?

In loco parentis: what does duty of care mean for our schools during a climate crisis?

Dr. Ellen Field, a professor of education at Lakehead University has been granted funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada to implement climate change education into teacher training programs.

As the consequences of climate change are magnified, Field sees an opportunity for schools to serve as a place to foster skills and habits for both teachers and youth.



‘The right to inspect’: Brampton holds tele-town hall to discuss paused landlord licensing program

‘The right to inspect’: Brampton holds tele-town hall to discuss paused landlord licensing program

Thousands of Brampton residents took part in a tele-town hall to discuss the City of Brampton’s controversial residential rental licensing program. It paused the initiative less than a month after launching it at the beginning of 2024 after backlash from landlords. The consultations are meant to inform changes to the program which is designed to help tenants have safe living conditions. 



‘Unreasonable, unjust, and wrong’: Ombudsman investigation highlights Ontario’s long-term care system collapse during pandemic 

‘Unreasonable, unjust, and wrong’: Ombudsman investigation highlights Ontario’s long-term care system collapse during pandemic 

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across communities, devastating countries worldwide, those residing in long-term care homes were among the hardest hit, revealing very quickly the harrowing reality of how unprepared Ontario was. A recent investigation by Ombudsman Paul Dubé revealed the Ministry of Long-Term Care “took limited steps to enforce compliance with legislative requirements,” as its inspection system collapsed during the first wave of the pandemic. 



Lack of government transit investment misaligned with green policies, promotes wrong type of housing, new report argues

Lack of government transit investment misaligned with green policies, promotes wrong type of housing, new report argues

A new report from Environmental Defence and Equiterre models how Canada can double public transit use and decrease single occupancy vehicle use by 35 percent.

Transit service levels would have to roughly double, and the federal government has to step up to achieve this goal, which aligns directly with Ottawa’s current emissions reduction commitments.



Mississauga by-election officially begins—here’s what the playing field looks like

Mississauga by-election officially begins—here’s what the playing field looks like

As Mississauga gears up for the much-anticipated by-election on June 10 to replace former mayor Bonnie Crombie, several candidates have entered the race as of March 6 when registration officially opened.

Among the contenders so far are four council members and two long-time Mississauga residents. 



‘Mississauga can only approve housing, we cannot build it’: PCs deny City Hall of critical infrastructure funding under flawed criteria 

‘Mississauga can only approve housing, we cannot build it’: PCs deny City Hall of critical infrastructure funding under flawed criteria 

Mississauga City officials are calling on the PC government to revisit the criteria of its new infrastructure funding program which measures municipalities on their housing starts (which municipalities cannot control) rather than approvals. The City was deemed ineligible for provincial funding that would help Mississauga build “more homes faster” to meet its housing target of 120,000 new homes by 2031.



Liberals’ draft Clean Electricity Regulations won’t get sector to net zero by 2035, experts say

Liberals’ draft Clean Electricity Regulations won’t get sector to net zero by 2035, experts say

The federal government has taken a step forward in establishing Clean Electricity Regulations to oversee the national transition to low or no carbon electricity systems.

But while the goal of achieving a net zero electricity grid by 2035 is critical to mitigate atmospheric harm, the draft regulations released by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change last fall, and updated last month, will not reach the lofty goal, experts say.



Safe consumption site set to open in Peel but PC delays put municipalities in a chokehold as opioid crisis worsens

Safe consumption site set to open in Peel but PC delays put municipalities in a chokehold as opioid crisis worsens

As opioid-related deaths continue to climb and accidental overdoses become more frequent, more municipalities are looking at Supervised Consumption Sites, like the one anticipated to open at 10 Peel Centre Drive, a stop-gap to the harm occurring on city streets.

Despite the increasing number of deaths, the PC government has halted any new site approval after a deadly shooting near a Toronto facility in July. Evidence has shown these sites actually reduce harms associated with drug injecting and minimize risks to the communities around them. 



Housing, mental health & cost of living crises pulling youth from climate movement, activists say

Housing, mental health & cost of living crises pulling youth from climate movement, activists say

Younger generations are seemingly becoming more disengaged, with less activists showing up for climate strikes and participation in other facets of the movement. Facing pressures around affordability and housing and a range of other forces pushing in on them including those that impact their mental health, many young Canadians are struggling with how much is on their plate, which often turns climate activism into a privilege. 



Province accepts Initial Business Case for Brampton’s downtown LRT expansion, but will not commit to $3B tunnel  

Province accepts Initial Business Case for Brampton’s downtown LRT expansion, but will not commit to $3B tunnel  

The PC government has announced it will move forward with the restoration of the previously cancelled downtown Mississauga LRT loop and an extension of the transit line into the Brampton city centre, after the city’s council members rejected the provincially funded alignment in 2015.

But the big question remains: will Doug Ford approve the Brampton LRT alignment demanded by Patrick Brown, who has insisted on a tunnel option that would cost almost $3 billion, about three times more than a surface route? 



Peel Manor chosen for specialized unit to help residents with cognitive conditions like dementia

Peel Manor chosen for specialized unit to help residents with cognitive conditions like dementia

Peel Manor in Brampton will receive provincial funding for an additional Behavioural Specialized Unit. The investment will introduce 26 new beds, while similar funding needs and increased staffing issues continue to create gaps in senior care across the province. 



‘A slap in the face’: PCs dismiss documented cases of sexual abuse, discrimination against deaf, blind students as ‘opposition rhetoric’ 

‘A slap in the face’: PCs dismiss documented cases of sexual abuse, discrimination against deaf, blind students as ‘opposition rhetoric’ 

MPPs, parents, students and teachers within Ontario schools for the deaf and blind still have no answer as to why the PC government refuses to address numerous allegations of abuse, discrimination and ongoing mismanagement—all of which is documented in lawsuits, Ministry of Labour investigations and accounts from parents and teachers. 

The current government sees it as nothing more than “opposition rhetoric” and despite overwhelming evidence of failed leadership, the PCs “remain steadfast” in supporting these schools. 



Non-profit developer defends affordable housing project opposed by NIMBY residents: Regional staff say Peel is only meeting 3% of need 

Non-profit developer defends affordable housing project opposed by NIMBY residents: Regional staff say Peel is only meeting 3% of need 

In a recent letter to the Region, NIMBY residents have banded together expressing concerns over a Mississauga development meant to bring supportive, affordable housing to the Clarkson community.

As staff report, the Region is only meeting three percent of Peel’s core housing needs; the CEO of Indwell Community Homes, the architect behind the housing project, is defending the organization’s plan to bring more desperately needed affordable housing to Peel. 



Mississauga Councillor Sue McFadden announces bid to run for federal Conservatives

Mississauga Councillor Sue McFadden announces bid to run for federal Conservatives

As Mississauga’s City Hall prepares for a chaotic year with an upcoming mayoral byelection and the PC government’s plan to download several regional services to the lower-tier municipality, Sue McFadden has announced plans to run federally as the candidate for Mississauga—Streetsville with Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative Party.

McFadden is the second member of Council to seek a political upgrade after former mayor Bonnie Crombie departed in January for her new role as leader of the Ontario Liberals.



$25.5 million in PC funding for Brampton housing infrastructure falls far short of need

$25.5 million in PC funding for Brampton housing infrastructure falls far short of need

Last week Premier Doug Ford announced $25.5 million in funding for infrastructure in the city to help support new housing units.

The amount falls well short of the $200 million annually Brampton City staff have identified as necessary to support the accelerated growth Ford and his PC government have mandated onto the municipality.



System ‘isn’t going to work’: As Peel waits for federal funding, shelters reach 383% occupancy; Region explores more dorm-style facilities 

System ‘isn’t going to work’: As Peel waits for federal funding, shelters reach 383% occupancy; Region explores more dorm-style facilities 

Regional officials are scrambling to find sustainable, cost-efficient solutions to address the surge in demand for emergency shelter space. A staff report to Peel councillors on Thursday revealed Peel’s shelters are currently operating at nearly 400 percent capacity. While the Region has submitted yet another claim to the federal government’s Interim Housing Assistance Program for incurred costs, the report calls for sustained funding streams, instead of BAND-AID solutions.



Provincial short-changing leaves Peel youth waiting 737 days for mental health supports, waitlist ballooned 133% in 4 years

Provincial short-changing leaves Peel youth waiting 737 days for mental health supports, waitlist ballooned 133% in 4 years

The amount of mental health services for young people in Peel continues to lag far behind what is available in other jurisdictions. This is despite a startling revelation exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic that youth were waiting years for help.

Almost four years later, very little has changed. 



800-acre blasting quarry could hurt local Caledon businesses and tourism industry

800-acre blasting quarry could hurt local Caledon businesses and tourism industry

As the controversy over a proposed 800-acre blasting quarry in northwest Caledon unfolds, local business owners speak out about how the aggregate operation could impact the growing local tourism industry and other commercial interests in the area. 



Brampton gets closer to first permanent youth shelter as economy poses unique challenges 

Brampton gets closer to first permanent youth shelter as economy poses unique challenges 

Progress continues on Brampton’s first permanent youth shelter, after council members approved a motion in January, despite opposition from some local residents. Access to affordable housing is one of many obstacles for young people dealing with various challenges unique to their generation.



Peel municipalities reaffirm commitment to protecting air quality while climate action continues to fall short

Peel municipalities reaffirm commitment to protecting air quality while climate action continues to fall short

Cities across southern Ontario are increasingly implementing policies to target the climate crisis and signing declarations affirming their strong commitments to climate action.

But an analysis of the actual achievements municipalities have made, and the latest carbon inventory report show emissions across the GTHA are increasing at an alarming rate, suggesting a lot of the actions taken by municipalities may be simply performative.



PCs continue destructive sprawl agenda with ‘Get it Done’ Act

PCs continue destructive sprawl agenda with ‘Get it Done’ Act

On Tuesday the PC government and Premier Doug Ford unveiled the Get it Done Act, an omnibus piece of legislation that Ford billed as a path to getting critical infrastructure built to support housing while keeping “costs down” for people and businesses.

This legislation furthers the environmentally destructive agenda the PCs have been advancing since 2018 by stripping down the environmental assessment process for major infrastructure projects like Highway 413 while doing little to promote the types of housing development Ontario desperately needs. 



Blasting quarry would expose Cataract residents to unhealthy levels of air pollution, new analysis suggests

Blasting quarry would expose Cataract residents to unhealthy levels of air pollution, new analysis suggests

A new analysis undertaken by an independent air quality engineer working alongside the Forks of the Credit Preservation Group concluded northwest Caledon could quite easily experience harmful levels of particulate matter, above Ministry standards, during the operations of a blasting quarry currently under consideration.

The study is ringing alarm bells about the health of residents in the nearby community and the natural environment. 



It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day, so let’s talk about it  

It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day, so let’s talk about it  

Studies show Canadians know human sex trafficking is a problem in this country, but many wouldn’t know the warning signs if they encountered them and have no idea how to talk about it with their loved ones. 

This lack of knowledge and education has allowed this crime to flourish in recent years. 

The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking is releasing a new tool to try and get people talking. 



PDSB seeking help to fix disciplinary systems that continue to disproportionately harm Black and Indigenous students

PDSB seeking help to fix disciplinary systems that continue to disproportionately harm Black and Indigenous students

A recent progress report on efforts to fix its disciplinary systems revealed the Peel District School Board continues to hand out suspensions and expulsions to Black and Indigenous students at twice the rate compared to other students.

The board is forming a new committee and looking for Black and Indigenous community members to inform the necessary changes. 



New trial dates set in case against former Peel CAS employee charged with defrauding the organization of more than $250K

New trial dates set in case against former Peel CAS employee charged with defrauding the organization of more than $250K

The case against Marino Cader, the former director of finance for the Peel Children’s Aid Society charged with defrauding the organization of more than $250,000, will finally be moving ahead following a series of delays. A new trial date is set for April 15.

The charges against Andre Paul, the co-accused in the case, were withdrawn in December after the Crown determined the “scope of [Paul’s] involvement… was significantly less.”



‘A constant upward battle’; Food Banks Mississauga CEO calls on government to undertake critical reform as demand surges

‘A constant upward battle’; Food Banks Mississauga CEO calls on government to undertake critical reform as demand surges

Food Banks Mississauga CEO projects food bank usage will reach an alarming eight percent of the city’s population by May.

While the organization exceeded its fundraising goal in its latest food drive by 21 percent, it is approaching a tipping point where it may soon need to start turning clients away, or providing less food. 

Similar situations across Ontario are leading to calls for upper levels of government to reform critical social assistance programs that are currently legislating people to live in poverty. 



Virtual governance undermines democracy and weakens public accountability

Virtual governance undermines democracy and weakens public accountability

Community activist and longtime Caledon resident Joe Grogan has, since his retirement from the academic world two decades ago, involved himself in numerous local issues that directly impact the lives of residents. He fears virtual government, a hangover from the pandemic, is eroding public accountability at the municipal level. He writes that our democracy is weakened when voters can’t square off face to face with the elected officials who are supposed to protect them.



On Brampton’s clogged suburban streets bike lanes are commonly used to park cars

On Brampton’s clogged suburban streets bike lanes are commonly used to park cars

The City of Brampton is increasing fines for drivers illegally parking in bike lanes from $35 to $150 as complaints mount. The ongoing conflict between cyclists and drivers highlights a challenge in Brampton where a push for active transportation infrastructure, necessary for achieving critical emission reduction targets, clashes with the city’s historic car-centric design.



After years of community opposition will Caledon be the next municipality to formally oppose 413 Highway?

After years of community opposition will Caledon be the next municipality to formally oppose 413 Highway?

While the PC government continues to push a new 400-series corridor across the southern edge of the Greenbelt, Highway 413 has faced widespread community opposition for years. One Caledon councillor might follow the lead of local elected officials across the GTA whose motions cemented formal opposition to the controversial project.



Auto thefts connected to organized crime becoming increasingly violent

Auto thefts connected to organized crime becoming increasingly violent

Stealing cars has been happening since they were invented, but the recent increase in violent auto thefts across Peel and beyond has drawn the attention of the federal government. In an effort to tackle the growing trend, Ottawa recently announced two funding envelopes — $121 million for Ontario and another $28 million for the Canada Border Services Agency. As these organized crimes become increasingly violent, local officials are calling for tougher penalties and stricter sentencing, which is nothing new.



Report shows province not on track to meet target of 1.5 million new homes by 2031

Report shows province not on track to meet target of 1.5 million new homes by 2031

As the PC government pressures some of Ontario’s largest municipalities to get housing built, a recent policy report from the Ontario Real Estate Association reveals housing starts were down in 2023. Based on data from the report, the annual pace of construction would need to nearly double to 150,000 new units by 2025 to have any hope of achieving the PCs’ ambitious goal. 

Municipalities want the PCs to adjust the criteria for provincial funding incentives, using units approved, rather than housing starts, which cities often can not control. 



She escaped from war-torn Gaza, but at what cost?

She escaped from war-torn Gaza, but at what cost?

Mervat Ghaboun recently fled Gaza amid the ongoing bombardment by the Israeli army. She has landed in St. Catharines with relatives, but her siblings are still stuck in the middle of a war.

She is working to bring them to Canada—with every step another roadblock sets her back. She is desperately trying to rescue them from the same fate that took the life of her youngest brother two weeks ago. 



Auditor called to investigate systemic failures amid disturbing allegations of abuse within Ontario schools for the deaf and blind

Auditor called to investigate systemic failures amid disturbing allegations of abuse within Ontario schools for the deaf and blind

Ontario NDP Education Critic Chandra Pasma is calling on the provincial auditor general to investigate the systemic issues plaguing Ontario’s provincial schools for the deaf and blind.

The request follows years of sustained advocacy from parents, teachers and union officials who have sounded the alarm about underfunding, understaffing, abuse and neglect within the board which has led to two class action lawsuits settled by the Ontario government at a cost of over $20 million. 



Mississauga demands PCs address ‘undue strain’ on City Hall caused by reckless housing legislation

Mississauga demands PCs address ‘undue strain’ on City Hall caused by reckless housing legislation

The City of Mississauga wants the PC government to help pay for the exorbitant costs of its irresponsible housing plan. 

The demand is part of a submission ahead of the 2024 provincial and federal budgets and calls on Premier Doug Ford to answer questions about billions of dollars for municipal infrastructure needed to support his ill advised housing legislation.



Ottawa won’t designate funding amount for Peel to support overwhelmed emergency shelters, frustrating councillors

Ottawa won’t designate funding amount for Peel to support overwhelmed emergency shelters, frustrating councillors

Over a week since the federal government announced $362.4 million in funding for provinces and municipalities struggling to meet the demand created by the surge of asylum seekers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada remains reluctant to provide Peel Region with details of immediate funding support. 

Frustrated by the lack of urgency, Peel’s councillors are calling on Ottawa to designate tax dollars, as staff report the rapidly rising cost to deal with the humanitarian crisis—$68 million is needed in 2024 to support those in desperate need of emergency shelter.



More negative impacts of Patrick Brown’s budget cuts—Brampton neglecting proper funding for critical services

More negative impacts of Patrick Brown’s budget cuts—Brampton neglecting proper funding for critical services

Brampton’s Internal Audit has revealed that under Mayor Patrick Brown the City is not properly maintaining its fleet of vehicles including those that perform critical duties to keep residents safe. 

Gaps in procurement processes related to fleet management, overcharges on services that have to be performed outside City-owned maintenance garages which are over capacity and a lack of oversight on vendor spending are among the issues auditors have red flagged. 



Audit exposes serious flaws in Brampton’s already questionable use of taxpayer dollars when handing out contracts

Audit exposes serious flaws in Brampton’s already questionable use of taxpayer dollars when handing out contracts

From the controversial City Hall expansion that resulted in a $28-million lawsuit, to the Brampton University scandal that saw City contracts and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars handed to friends of Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillor Rowena Santos, the City of Brampton has a purchasing history riddled with questionable decision-making that has repeatedly drawn the attention of the Ontario Ombudsman. A new audit has exposed another serious flaw in the way City Hall hands out the public’s money. 



Could municipalities be the key to curtailing plastics?: Brampton considers single-use ban as Ottawa fights to keep its in place

Could municipalities be the key to curtailing plastics?: Brampton considers single-use ban as Ottawa fights to keep its in place

As oil companies and plastic producers stand strong on their challenge of the federal government’s listing of plastic as a toxic substance — the basis for the single-use plastic ban that began to unroll in 2022, individual municipalities are considering their own single-use-plastic bylaws within their own borders that support the federal bans.



Four years after apologizing for systemic discrimination, PDSB still suspending & expelling Black & Indigenous students at disturbing rates 

Four years after apologizing for systemic discrimination, PDSB still suspending & expelling Black & Indigenous students at disturbing rates 

After the Education Ministry took over governance of the PDSB, following a review that found widespread evidence of discrimination throughout the board, a second progress report on one of the Province’s directives—Eliminating Racial Disparities in Suspensions and Expulsions—revealed little has changed. 

Black and Indigenous students still face a stark difference in their treatment and experience inside PDSB schools. 



Construction at Mississauga’s lakefront wastewater plant hopes to mitigate odour ahead of massive development

Construction at Mississauga’s lakefront wastewater plant hopes to mitigate odour ahead of massive development

When planning for luxury lakeside condos, a giant wastewater plant next door, radiating putrid smells across the area, is not an ideal scenario for future residents. The Region of Peel, City of Mississauga and development consortium Lakeview Community Partners are working together to upgrade the G.E. Booth wastewater treatment facility, to make it more sustainable and far less stinky.



As Ottawa scrambles to support municipalities helping asylum seekers dollar amount for Peel still uncertain

As Ottawa scrambles to support municipalities helping asylum seekers dollar amount for Peel still uncertain

Last week, the federal government announced $362.4 million in funding for provinces and municipalities struggling to meet demand as asylum seekers rely on overburdened shelter systems across the country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller told reporters more details on the funding will be released in the coming days, but it remains unclear how much Peel’s overcrowded shelters will get.



Calls of ‘racism’, ‘shame’ and ‘disgust’ directed at Niagara councillors over Gaza motion—immediate action needed to salvage trust

Calls of ‘racism’, ‘shame’ and ‘disgust’ directed at Niagara councillors over Gaza motion—immediate action needed to salvage trust

In a recent 26-2 vote, Niagara Regional councillors prevented any debate on a proposed motion—which never got to the floor—calling to support a ceasefire in Gaza. Local elected officials blatantly contradicted themselves, claiming regional government is not the place to deal with geopolitical issues, after doing exactly that when they previously passed a resolution in support of Ukraine. How will they overcome charges of discrimination and rebuild broken relationships in their communities?