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Update: Leaf Collection Program

We have received the following update from Councillor Ras with respect to the vacuum leaf program. 

We wanted to let you know that as we have some favourable weather forecasted next week and still have some remaining hours with our contractor in our Vacuum Leaf Collection Program (VLCP), we will be extending our VLCP into next week.

We will focus on the Yellow zone, but we anticipate being able to go through some of the Blue and Green zones as required during this time. The plan for now is to continue working on the VLCP Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We will assess the volumes being collected, the weather forecast and our budgets to see if the program will be extended any longer than noted above.

 We will also have most of our City vehicles changed from leaf collection into winter maintenance however, we will keep a few of our crews set up to continue with the VLCP.

Planning Committee Meeting re: Short Term Accommodations in Mississauga

We have received the follow information from Councillor Ras:

Please find below a link to the December 4th Planning & Development Committee Agenda. Item 4.7 contains a Recommendation Report with respect to regulating to Short Term Accommodations in Mississauga. You are welcome and invited to attend this meeting, which will be held at 7 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

If you wish to speak to this matter at Committee, please contact Mumtaz Alikhan ( in the Clerks’ office, to advise her of your requested deputation.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, I will ensure an update is sent to you.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,


Karen Ras

Councillor, Ward 2

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1


Short Term Rentals Petition

After the concerning gun violence over the weekend of November 4th in Lorne Park,  a  petition is being circulated in the community regarding Short Term Rentals and Air BNB.  If you are interested in signing please email  and arrangements will be made for you to participate.  The document will be presented to Mayor Crombie at the December 4th meeting at City Hall.  Further details to follow.

Gypsy Moth and Cankerworm Aerial Spraying Approved

We have received the following update from Councillor Ras:

Dear residents,

Thank you to all who took the time to provide feedback on the Corporate Report that went to General Committee today.

I’m so very pleased to let you know that we are proceeding with spraying in 2018 for Gypsy Moth and Fall Cankerworms!

In addition, the spraying will be paid for out of our reserves and you will NOT receive an individual invoice. Council saw the merit of providing a broader benefit to the community when it comes to preserving our tree canopy. (We also already pay a lot in property taxes.)

Lorne Park Estates, not previously identified in the report but was subject to spraying a decade ago, was added as an area to be evaluated.

Staff are still in process of collecting more information on anticipated populations of cankerworms, so the spraying area may expand in the coming weeks.

As soon as more information becomes available on the specific areas for spraying, I will share it with you.

Thank you to all residents who took the time over the last few months to share your stories with me, the Mayor, other members of Council and staff.  I think it truly made a difference!

I will follow up in the coming weeks regarding the planning and communications for the spraying.

Have a great day!


Karen Ras

Councillor, Ward 2

300 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1


Abundance of Cankerworms in Mississauga

Below is an email we received from Councillor Karen Ras, regarding the cankerworm situation in Mississauga:
Good afternoon,
I’m getting many calls and emails about cankerworms, particularly in the Lorne Park area. This is not isolated to Ward 2. Trees are also being greatly affected in Wards 6 and 8.
The population of cankerworms (or inch worms) is much higher this year due the warmer winter. Here are some things you should know:
*        The cankerworm feeding season is much shorter than the gypsy moth, with the life cycle of the worm being 7-10 days. At this point, we are more than halfway through the feeding season.
*        Forestry is starting tomorrow, June 1st, with spraying of city owned trees in the Whiteoaks area, where there is both a high infestation of cankerworms and gypsy moth, with a second application 7-10 days later. The benefit to the timing of the treatment is that the worms will be sprayed while they are feeding, therefore having an impact on the population. The spraying will occur in the early morning hours. While the spray is biological and safe, it is recommended that you stay indoors with windows closed. It will take a few days for caterpillars to ingest and die.
*        Trees that have been impacted by the feeding of the cankerworms should leaf out again this summer.
*        Trees can withstand 3 or more years of defoliation, so this infestation should not have an impact on the overall health of trees in the area.
Thanks to the wet, cool spring, it is anticipated that the gypsy moth population will be low to moderate this year.
That being said, between pests and drought, our tree canopy has been under great stress over the last few years.
This morning at our General Committee Meeting, I asked staff to seriously consider aerial spraying for Spring 2018. For many people, they are losing too many trees or remaining trees are becoming too costly to manage. Other municipalities, including Toronto, have taken steps to spray. It has been 10 years since the City of Mississauga did aerial spraying. For the sake of the long term health of our tree canopy and local air quality, it’s time to take a look at that option again.
Would you please share this information with your members. Please contact myself or Forestry if you have any questions or concerns.
Kind regards,
Karen Ras
Councillor, Ward 2
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1


Gypsy Moth Update – 2016

In March, the City held an open house on the gypsy moth situation in our neighbourhood. As a whole, it appears that the number of egg masses has remained constant in trees being monitored by the City. It remains to be seen how this year’s mild winter affects the overall population.

On top of gypsy moth, there has also been some appearance of green inch worms which the City believes may be canker worms. This pest can also be very destructive to the oak trees. They tend to emerge a bit earlier than the gypsy moth caterpillars. The inch worms will also eat the tree canopy with smaller holes in the leaves of the trees.

The main affected areas in our community are bound by:

Lorne Park Road to the east; Camelford Road to the west (including the Bramsey loop); Truscott to the south; and Wembury to the north (extending to Indian Road in the east).

To help keep the gypsy moth/canker worm population in control, residents are encouraged to practice as many integrated pest management procedures as possible year after year to help.

What you can do:

All residents, especially those in neighbourhoods with a high density of oak trees, are encouraged to manage populations on their property by implementing the following pest management controls:

  •  picking caterpillars off foliage, tree trunks and branches and soaking them in soapy water to destroy them (May to July)
  •  placing sticky bands on tree trunks (May to July) – check local garden centres or Lee Valley
  •  installing burlap wraps around tree trunks and then collecting and destroying the caterpillars (May to September)
  •  using pheromone traps to capture and confuse male moths (June – August) – check local garden centres or Urban Nature Store
  •  scraping off and destroying egg masses (August – May)
  •  consult an arborist regarding Treeazin or AceCap which are synthetic insecticides drilled into the tree trunk.

A number of residents in the affected area noted above did have their trees injected last year with AceCap (the writer being one of them) and found that it helped immensely. The tree canopy was fuller and there was a significant reduction in worm droppings.

If you are considering injecting your trees with AceCap, please consult a certified arborist for cost. The injections would be carried out when the insects first appear and the buds are busting; typically sometime in May depending on the weather.

Listed below are recommendations from the City of Mississauga on various “pests” in our community. For more information, please visit:

Once in this link, click on “Pests & Disease Management” then “Tree Pests” and finally click on “Gypsy Moth.