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Mississauga Separating From Peel

Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
  • Back in 2013, Hazel McCallion fought for secession from the region of Peel. Today, our mayor, Bonnie Crombie may actually succeed in separating Mississauga from the rest of the Region. However, we must note that the decision lies with Premier Doug Ford.

    The strong push comes after noting that the city finally needs to focus on spending its tax dollars on its own city infrastructure, such as roads, schools, transit & other. City council believes that this will mean cost savings for its residents. If Mississauga succeeds the city could see an exit as early as 2022.

    Source: The Star

    What Changes & What Stays The Same

    When cities come together within a region, the benefits are usually that cities pool money together for shared resources. This includes the Police force, garbage collection, wastewater collection, and so much more. Bonnie Crombie proposes that these do not have to change, they can remain shared resources.

    What in fact would change during the secession is that Mississauga would focus on spending its tax dollars on the city of Mississauga, as opposed to helping pay for Brampton & Caledon. It is estimated that Mississauga spends roughly $85 million annually to subsidize Brampton & Caledon.

    By separating, that money can be taken to improve public transit, create more affordable housing and offer incentives to commercial industries in order to attract economic investment & growth.

    If the city is granted separation, the city could save millions and focus on what is the priority for Mississauga and its residents. It is also estimated that the average Mississauga household would see a 6% decrease in yearly property tax if the separation delivers on all services.

    This alone could motivate a lot of residents to be in favour of the Mississauga exit. 12 years ago, when the topic was brought up the first time, a study showed that $31 million could be saved by separating from Peel. This time, the numbers are unknown.

    Crombie is pushing for a new study to be performed so that the numbers could be updated. However, at this time, there was no review made. It is to be noted, that when amalgamation is proposed in the first place, it is for cities to share resources or if they already do, then to share tax wealth among rich and poor cities and towns in order to move forward and help each other grow.

    This would mean that shared resources and taxes could expand infrastructure, improve roads, schools, landscapes and other things in the region. When we look onto our neighbour, The United States, we can see how negatively something like not coming together can impact cities. In the States, a lot of tax-rich cities are next to poor tax cities, and they don’t come together to share resources.

    The divide is evident. Look at the different schools and school systems, roads, housing, storefronts, landscapes etc. The result is Third World quality schools, resources, landscapes etc, next to excessively resourced ones. It is not to say that this could happen to Peel, but this is what a lot of residents fear, especially in Brampton & Caledon.


    The Solution

    The best possible outcome for Peel, if they do separate and become independent cities, is to keep their resources pooled together. Focus on keeping the Peel school board intact, the Police force, as well as the Waste & Water management systems.

    The result would be that there are no shortcomings in these well-run areas & the city of Mississauga can focus on different areas that need financial improvement to run properly.

    As proposed, Mississauga can spend its tax dollars on fixing their roads, expand infrastructure, spend money on affordable housing and focus on its own issues within city hall without having to resolve the issues of Brampton & Caledon. This will grow and expand the city of Mississauga and focus on matters that are important to the city and its residents.

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    The Rec Room At Square One

    Written by Eric Skicki Friday, April 26th, 2019
    • Source: The Rec Room

      What’s all the hustle and bustle about you ask?! The Rec Room is the newest addition to the entertainment scene in the Square One Area.

      The Rec Room opened its doors in March 2019, and sprawls over 2 floors and covers over 44,000 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 1,400 guests. The entertainment complex is a chain that belongs to giant Cineplex and has multiple locations across Canada.

      The Layout

      The Rec Room features 2 floors. The lower floor consists of 4 lanes for bowling, 10,000 square feet of attractions in the area called “The Yard”, a restaurant called “The Shed” and your private dining spaces – The Library, The Hall and The Garage 2.

      The Upper floor features, 3 VR experiences in “The VOID”, the Ax-Throwing Room, restaurant THREE10, a lounge, The Garage 1 as your private dining space.

      The Rec Room offers 90 amusement games, along with pool tables, ping pong tables and 95-plus screens for your entertainment. The Bar serves 32 draught beers, including some of the finest local craft beer.

      Your winnings can be cashed in at the Trophy Case, where you can redeem your credits for items such as board games.

      The Rec Room Is Just Another Dave & Buster’s

      It does seem that way, does it not? Well, asides that Dave & Buster’s is further from Square One Mall, and doesn’t offer Axe-Throwing, live entertainment or 2 amazing restaurants, or ping pongs or nearly as much space and TV screens; however, it does offer an arcade, and VR and a great Dance Revolution Game.

      Yes, although both appear to be fairly similar, The Rec Room has a lot more to offer, but it does not mean that Dave & Buster’s is not a great hang out spot when you want it to be a little less hectic and when you just want an arcade type of night.

      What Does This Mean For Downtown Mississauga?

      This new location expects to bring 250 new jobs to Mississauga. All these new changes that are happening in downtown Mississauga are expected to bring in new jobs, draw more attention to Mississauga, attract more tourists, locals, and people from neighboring cities. It’s a good time to live and invest in Mississauga.

      Want to live in the heart of Mississauga. Fill out our contact form here? Thinking of investing in the Square One Market? Maybe pre-construction is your better bet. Read more here.

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      • This entry was posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019 and is filed under ALL Articles, Investment, Other. Tags: , , ,

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      An Open Letter To All Condo Property Management Companies

      Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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        Over the years we have been blogging about Mississauga condos by mainly offering tips for buyers and sellers. This special blog is being dedicated to all condo property management companies in Mississauga. The purpose of this blog is to shine a different perspective on what Realtors and the public feel is the role of a condo property management company, and how to increase overall condo owner satisfaction within any given building.

        As an active Realtor, I have seen it all; the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to condos and the property management companies that run them.

        The “good condos” are simple; the buildings are clean, the guidelines are strictly enforced, there are updates made in some of the older buildings, issues are addressed and fixed quickly.

        The “bad condos” have a few problems, that can be fixed relatively easily. Minor things that need to be addressed, such as outdated gym equipment, burnt light bulbs and constantly broken elevators. There may also be a need to change a contract for landscaping or the window cleaners, but generally speaking, these condos still have hope.

         

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        A Guide To Renting Condos in Mississauga

        Written by Eric Skicki Friday, July 25th, 2014
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          If you are looking to rent a condo in Mississauga, we compiled a checklist to make sure that you have not forgotten about anything.

          The first thing you should know is that most leases for condos in Mississauga do require a one-year commitment. If you do find something short term, it’s not uncommon to pay a premium of 30-40% more than the market rate. Next, 95% of condos available for lease are unfurnished, which means you have to have your own furniture. Furnished condos can difficult to find, and rent for $300-500 more than similar unfurnished units.

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          Before Submitting An Offer

          1. The first step to renting is to make sure that you have a job letter from your employer. The job letter usually should state that you are a full-time employee, getting paid a certain amount of salary and that your position is permanent.  Landlords like to make sure that you are working and that you can pay your rent. If you do not wish to disclose your income, then you can contact us and we can help you out. Another option would be to have a job letter stating where you work and how much you roughly make.  
           

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          Mississauga’s New Transit System

          Written by Eric Skicki Sunday, February 19th, 2012
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            Since Ontario is expected to grow by another 4million people over the next 30 years, the federal government and the Province of Ontario are partaking in a few transit projects to move all the residents efficiently and effectively as possible. They aspire to build a new transit system that will get transit riders from one point to the next as quickly as possible and as easy as possible. The vision is to make it easier to travel from and through Mississauga and the GTA. In 2009, the Bus Rapid System (BRT) was developed as a successor to the Bus Bypass Shoulders and another BRT system. The project is expected to finally conclude in 2013, connecting Winston Churchill Blvd and

            Erin Mills (adjacent to Highway 403) and along 403 between Erin Mills and Mavis Road on the West and connecting the 403/Eglinton corridor from City Centre to Renforth Dr to the East. The system is expected to cover 18km along Highway 403 and Eglinton Ave. It will link with local buses and inter-regional transit and subway systems. What does this mean for residents in downtown Mississauga?

             

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