I‘ve spoken to thousands of people in Ward 6. In addition to introducing myself to people, my goal has been to understand and document people’s concerns. One of my biggest tasks as a councillor will be to address those concerns to the best of my abilities. In my conversations, I have heard many types of concerns. Four have come up more than any other — traffic safety, rising property taxes, a lack of city follow-up to resident problems and crime in some neighbourhoods.

This is my commitment to traffic safety.

The Traffic Safety Problems

Specific traffic safety concerns vary by street and neighbourhood. The issues can be grouped into four categories:

  • extreme speeding,
  • running stop signs,
  • not slowing down near schools and parks, and
  • distracted driving.

I have spoken with people who fear for their children’s safety or who feel forced to drive their kids to school because of unsafe streets. I have learned of seniors and those with mobility issues who are not able to access parks and community facilities because of busy streets with no nearby crossing zones. I have even spoken with multiple people who have faced drivers crashing into their yards, parked cars, and in one case, home. This situation is unacceptable. We can do better.

The Key Types of Solutions

Solving, or even just improving, big problems typical requires tackling them on multiple fronts. To address traffic safety, three categories of solutions are required. These are:

  • Street design improvements to achieve traffic calming.
  • Targeted enforcement to maximize the effect of police presence.
  • Public engagement to make residents part of the solutions.

There are specifics we need to consider in each of these three categories.

Street Design

There are multiple street design elements that have been proven to reduce excessive vehicle speeds, make pedestrian/vehicle interactions safer and reduce high-speed vehicle collisions. Seven examples are presented below. Select an element to learn more.

Targeted Enforcement

It is important that law officers are focusing their efforts on our most dangerous streets. Council and the Police Services Board can ensure this focus. Technology can also assist.

School Zone Speed Cameras

The first photo radar cameras in Mississauga were introduced in the Summer of 2021. As of June 2022, more than 8,000 photo radar tickets had been issued. However, only a quarter of those had been paid.  We need to increase fine compliance. Many people won’t be concerned with slowing down if they feel they don’t have to be concerned with enforcement.


While education and safety promotion alone do not adequately ensure responsible driving, these efforts do have a role to play. Resident associations and safety campaigns are examples of engagement strategies.

Resident Associations

Resident (or Neighbourhood) associations bring neighbours together to work in common cause. They can be used to lobby council for safer street features and to foster safer driving practices by those in the area.

Next Steps – Six Tasks

I am working to assess the current state of efforts, share my efforts and ensure deliverables. This would be accomplished through the following six steps:

  1. First, I am reviewing the city’s current plans to address street safety in the ward and across Mississauga.
  2. Then, I will categorize the issues I have heard across the ward and invite further feedback.
  3. Next, I will identify the gaps between the city’s plans and the identified needs.
  4. From this, I will work with city staff and council to create a priority-based set of street design, enforcement and engagement tasks.
  5. With plan in hand, I will share the proposals online and via direct engagement with residents.
  6. Finally, I will monitor the progress of the plan’s implementation, and the results of the improvements and report back to the ward.

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