The Mississauga Numbers
Due to minimal mainstream media in Mississauga, the coronavirus data for our city is not easily accessible. Our office receives a daily report on the number of new cases in the city and region and I have been posting them to my Facebook page most days. I have included the latest numbers below along with posted a chart to my website showing the increase in cases since there were 34 cases reported in Peel back on March 20. The graph above shows the curve for the Region and each of its three lower-tier municipalities over that time.
COVID-19 DATA as of April 15, 7 pm
Mississauga: 653 cases (20 deaths)
Peel: 1,219 cases (31 deaths)
Ontario: 8,447 cases (385 deaths)
Canada: 28,381 cases (1,010 deaths)
Household Garbage Collection
It took a little longer than anticipated, but my Regional Council colleagues eventually agreed and supported the essence of a motion I brought forward in March to allow homeowners to set out additional garbage waste for curbside collection. The change comes into effect next week, beginning April 20. Here’s what you need to know:
On your garbage collection week, if you have excess garbage that does not fit in your cart, you may put out two additional bags of garbage with no bag tags required.
The waste must be in garbage bags.
No bulky items will be picked up.
Ensure that masks, gloves and other home health care waste are included with your garbage, not recycling.
On a related note, disposal fees have been waived at the Region’s Community Recycling Centres effectively immediately. Click the link below to find out what items are and are not being accepted at CRCs and what services are suspended at this time.
Online Resources for Older Adults
During the COVID-19 outbreak, Peel Public Health recommends that all residents stay home and only leave the house once a week for essentials like groceries, medicines and medical appointments. If you’re over the age of 70 you should stay home and rely on family and social supports as much as possible for essential needs.
The City of Mississauga has created a one-stop online page for resources and guidance for older adults. If you know someone who could use this information and does not have access to the Internet, use the printable PDF to provide your loved one/friend a printed copy.
Public Art in Trelawny
Two teenagers from our Trelawny community have been putting smiles on the faces of pedestrians through their chalk art sidewalk drawings. Thank you, Rhaya and Bailey, for sharing your talent and adding some joy to the neighbourhood during these challenging times. Click below to read a Mississauga News article featuring the artistic duo.
Keep Dogs on Leash
The City’s trails and open spaces are well-used by residents as a means to get fresh air and exercise during the pandemic. Please… if you have a dog, be a responsible pet owner: keep your dog on its leash and be sure to pick up after your dog and place dog waste in the appropriate waste container. If the can is full, do NOT leave it on the ground – just take it home and dispose of it there.
Other Government Contacts
Peel Public Health is the lead agency for information to Mississauga residents on COVID-19. Click the link at the bottom for the latest information from PPH.
For issues regarding employment, hospitals or other provincial related matters, contact your MPP.
North of Britannia Road (in Ward 10): Nina Tangri – 905-569-1643
South of Britannia Road (in Ward 10): Sharef Sabawy – 905-820-8851
For issues regarding border protection, immigration or other federal related matters, contact your MP.
North of Britannia Road (in Ward 10): Gagan Sikand – 905-812-1811
South of Britannia Road (in Ward 10): Iqra Khalid – 905-820-8814
For issues related to schools, contact your Trustee.
Peel District School Board: Nokha Dakroub – 289-914-0214
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board: Brea Corbet – 905-301-9373