pat.saito@mississauga.ca                        905-896-5900                      ward9.ca  
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
On Thursday August 17, 2017 from 11 am to noon we are unveiling the first ever Spartan Hydrant in Canada.  This is a new innovative design that will replace the existing hydrants that have not been redesigned in over a century.

The unveiling is at the Garry W. Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth LineClick here to view a video about the Spartan.
Play In The Park in Union Park 

I am very excited that the Ward 9 Play in the Park program will be offered this summer at Union Park.   
This is a FREE drop in program for children ages 6-12.  The program runs week days from 9 a.m. to 12 noon starting July 3 to September 1. Union Park is on the northeast corner of Aquitaine and Tenth Line.  For Information, click here .  
Sunset Concert Series 
The Sunset Concert Series is back again at Lake Aquitaine.  Enjoy live music on selected Sundays.  For Information, click here .
Backyard Farm & Market at Erin Mills

This wonderful farmers market which sells locally grown organic food is back.  It is located at the north east corner of Erin Mills Pkwy and Eglinton Ave W.  It runs every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until September 30, 2017 .  Click  here  for more information.
Many Feathers Market
 
Make sure you visit the local farmers market in Ward 9 at Lisgar GO Station.  The Many Feathers Market  runs every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm until October 15, 2017 .  Click  here  for more information.
Celebration Square  Events

Summer is back and Celebration Square is giving you 150+ reasons to celebrate! There are free events every weekend, all summer long including Canada Day.   For event listings click here.
GTA Got Talent 2017

Donor Drive 4 Dorothy is hosting the GTA Got Talent 2017 show at Meadowvale Theatre on August 27, 2017. Click here for more info.

Donor Drive 4 Dorothy is  a registered non-profit Canadian organization that seeks to raise awareness, educate and increase the potential donor pool for the African-Canadian community and other ethnic groups in Canada's OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.
Click  here for the Meadowvale Theatre 
2017 / 2018 Theatre line-up.
Quick Links and Updates
West Trunk Well drilling Erin Mills Pkwy and Britannia Rd intersection  
 
A reminder that work continues on the Region of Peel construction of a large diameter trunk sanitary sewer along Erin Mills Parkway. The contractor is currently mining in both north and south directions from the tunnel shaft located at Erin Mills Parkway and Windwood Drive. 
 
The excavation of the tunnel going north is approximately 67% complete. The excavation of the tunnel going south is approximately 87% complete. We anticipate completion of the mining work from this tunnel shaft by late Summer/early Fall of 2017.  
Britannia Road Watermain Replacement and Road Resurfacing Winston Churchill Blvd to Erin Mills Pkwy  
 
Work continues on the Region of Peel watermain and resurfacing work on Britannia Road West from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Erin Mills Parkway. The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2017.
 
This work will also include removing and replacing curbs, adding sidewalks and a multi-use trail, and installing a low impact development (environmentally friendly) storm sewer system.  Click here for more information. 
Safe City Mississauga's Neighbourhood Watch is a no-cost program to educate residents and mobilize communities for the purpose of crime prevention. 

Neighbourhoods are safest when people know who their neighbours are and this program is an excellent way to get your neighbours working together, staying in contact and having fun. Click above  for more information.
Community organizations can request recognition either through a flag raising or lighting of the Civic Centre clock tower.  Click above for more info.
Click above to download the app.  Using a smartphone, residents can now report on five new issues under the "Report a Problem" button using the free mobile app Ping!:
  • Three hour parking violations on a City street
  • Abandoned shopping carts on private property
  • Damaged trees on City property
  • Dead/unhealthy trees on City property
  • Request pruning of a City owned tree
 
The  online construction map showcases the City's project information, as well as the Region of Peel and Ministry of Transportation construction work.   Click above  to see the construction map.
Splash Pads Open

Beat the heat this summer at City splash pads and enjoy some shade at a neighbourhood park. 

There are 3 splash pads in Ward 9 at Union Park, Quenippenon Meadows and Lake Aquitaine Park.
Pets and Hot Weather   
This is a reminder that in hot summer weather, please be careful with your pets.  Do NOT leave pets in hot cars and do NOT walk pets during the hot part of the day.  Hot pavement will burn their pads and the heat can cause heat exhaustion which can be fatal.  
The City of Mississauga now offers property owners the convenience of viewing their interim and final property tax bills online through e-bill. Click above for more info.

Click above to download and print your schedule. You can also update your electronic calendar.  
    EFFC
Please remember to help those in need.
  The Dam
Please support the Dam Youth Drop-In by making a donation. 
Meadowvale Residents' Association - MRA

For information or to  get involved in the residents' association, please click here to send an email. 

You can also visit their website and like their Facebook page.

With members of the MRA
   Be A Donor
Help save the life of someone waiting for an organ. One donor could save 8 lives! 
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Dear Neighbour: 

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  I had fun celebrating Canada's 150th birthday at Celebration Square and there were other parties all around the city.

We have a had a mix of weather this year with much more rain than ever and more flooding.  If you live in Ward 9 and have had flooding after heavy rainfall please call 311 and report it.  We are trying to track where flooding is occurring.  My own basement has flooded for the first time this summer and some of my neighbours have had similar problems. 

If the weather is nice, make sure you get out and enjoy all our great trails and parks.  If you are on a bike, remember you must have a bell or horn and sound it when approaching people from behind.  Everyone must share our trails and lets keep everyone safe. 

I encourage you to check my website and Twitter for heat alert updates so that you can get tips on how to stay cool particularly on days when the temperature rises.

Summer is a good time for me to get into our parks and see what needs improvements.  If you have locations you would like me to visit email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca

In the event that you are unable to view this e-newsletter please note that there is always a link on the front page of my website  www.ward9.ca .

As always, my staff and I are here to help you with any City or Regional issues.  Just send me an email to  pat.saito@mississauga.ca or call  905-896-5900 and check the Ward 9 website at  www.ward9.ca for ongoing updates.



Civic Holiday City and Regional Office Closures 
 
The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel offices are closed for the Civic Holiday on Monday August 7, 2017 and will re-open on Tuesday August 8, 2017.  

Please dial 311 - P ress 1 to be connected to the Region or 2 to be connected to City Dispatch who will assist with urgent matters.

 A reminder that there will be no waste collection on Monday due to the Civic Holiday.  Waste collection will be one day later that week.
Does Cycling Move You bicycle-sm.jpg

Do you, your friends or your family ride bicycles?  Would you like to ride bicycles more often on City roads, parks or trails?   Please join me at the cycling information table on Monday August 14, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Meadowvale Community Centre. Have your say in helping to create a bicycle-friendly city. For more info click here .
Riders Against Hunger

Please join me at the annual Riders Against Hunger in support of Eden Food for Change which takes place on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am.   at the Garry W. Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth Line. For event details, click here .
Budget Town Hall 
 
Mark your calendar and join me on Monday October 23 for a Budget Town Hall meeting at the Meadowvale Community Centre.  I will post more details as planning proceeds. 
 
This is your chance to hear the budget information from both the city and region, ask questions and comment on the budget overall.  It is very helpful for me to hear from residents as we start the 2018 budget discussions.   Click here to learn more about the budget process.
Residential Water and Sewer Line Warranty Protection Plan information  
 
I am running this article again as I have had several inquiries regarding this topic.  Homeowners recently received a letter in the mail from the Region of Peel with information on water and sewer line insurance from  Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc. (SLWC). This program provides Peel homeowners with optional water, sanitary sewer line and in-home protection plan programs for their private side water and sanitary sewer pipes and in-home plumbing. 
 
The program is endorsed by the Region following staff research with the City of Hamilton which introduced it last year and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. 

Region staff advised Council that many homeowners are not aware that all pipes that run from the water shut off valve into their home is theirs and that if there are any problems they must bear the cost of repairs.

All pipes leading from the shut off valve to the street are regional and repaired by the region.  The shut off valve is a round plate usually in your driveway or front lawn and marks the property line.

Many insurance companies do not cover these repairs which can run into thousands of dollars in costs.  Please check with your Insurance company to see if you are covered.

This is NOT a Region of Peel program.  It is run by a private firm.  Enrollment is entirely voluntary. 
 
Some residents asked me if the region paid for the mailing.  All costs are fully covered by the provider and no names or any other information is given to them by the region. 
 
 
For frequently asked questions, click here.   If you have have further questions about the program please email: slwc@peelregion.ca.
Road Safety Committee Vacancies           
 
  
In March of this year Mississauga City Council approved my motion to reinstate the Road Safety Advisory Committee. 
 
Road safety is a priority. We need to ensure our citizens travel safely whether as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian.  No fatality is acceptable but engineering alone cannot solve the problems on our roads. By reinstating the Road Safety Committee to support the work of our Traffic staff, we can implement more educational programs and involve our citizens in making our roads safer for all."

Advisory Committees are comprised of volunteer residents, city staff as well as 2 - 3 Councillors.  The Road Safety Committee currently has 8 vacancies.  If you are interested in getting involved in making our city a safer one to walk, cycle or drive in please click  here to apply.   The deadline to apply is September 15th.
Bike Safety      
 
  
I get many complaints about cyclists in the parks not sounding a horn or ringing their bells especially when coming up behind pedestrians. Last year new bike warning signs that I supplied were installed in our local trails around Lake Aquitaine. I hope that the signage will be a reminder to cyclists.
  
Under the Highway Traffic Act, all bikes must be equipped with a horn or bell and cyclists are required to sound them. I urge all riders to be courteous and alert pedestrians and other cyclists when you approach from behind.
 
Please follow these rules:
  • Keep to the right of the trail
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Advise when passing
  • Avoid speeding
Being careful and courteous goes both ways. Pedestrians should do their part.  
  • Dogs must be kept on leashes unless in a leash-free zone. Always pick up after your dog.
  • Stay to the right on trails, pass on the left 
  • Paying attention to cyclists may be difficult if you have headphones.  Be aware as you may not hear a cyclist approaching even though they may be using their bell or horn.

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Rabies Vaccine Baits for Raccoons       
 
  
You may have read that racoons carrying rabiies have been found in the area.  As a result the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF)  started placing baits in Mississauga last week and will continue until they have covered all required area. 

If you spot the bait please note: 
  •  The khaki-green coloured bait are being hand dropped through wildlife corridors in the GTA and surrounding areas.  The bait consists of wax-fat with an attractant flavour (vanilla-sugar). A label with a toll-free telephone number (1-888-574-6656)  and "Do not eat" warning are on the exterior of the bait and a plastic package containing the liquid rabies vaccine is embedded in the centre. If found, the bait should not be touched, but left for raccoons, skunks and foxes to consume.  
    Photo of bait packet
  • Residents who find a bait should leave it alone.  If the bait needs to be moved to a more appropriate place, use a gloved hand to prevent transfer of human scent to the bait to make sure it remains attractive to wildlife.  Place the bait under shrubbery, away from pets and children.
  • If a pet comes in contact or consumes the bait they should be fine, however it is recommended the pet owner contact their veterinarian as a precaution.  The baits do not replace a veterinarian administered rabies vaccination.  
Click here for more information and to see a map which indicates the latest 2017 Summer/Fall rabies bait areas in southern Ontario as provided by the MNRF. 
Our Canada 150 Mississauga Bike bicycle-sm.jpg Challenge   
 
  
Please join Mississauga's Canada 150 Mississauga Bike Challenge.  It's a challenge for residents to ride your bike, log your kilometres and help the city reach the 150,000 kilometre community goal by Sunday, September 17.   It's easy to take part in the Mississauga Bike Challenge:
 
Step 1: sign up by creating an account 
 
Step 2: get on your bike and ride on trails, to a local corner store, on an errand or commute to work
 
Step 3: log every kilometre on your account
 
Click here to sign up for the challenge and begin logging your rides. Every ride must begin, end or include a portion in Mississauga and every kilometre counts toward reaching the 150,000 community goal. If you are looking for ideas on where to cycle in Mississauga, view, download or order a copy of the 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map.  
Open Air Burning Survey        
 
  
Do you engage in open air burning? Do your neighbours? Are you aware of the by-law? Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services wants to hear from you.  Click here to take a short survey.
Waste Survey        
 
  
The Region of Peel Wants Your Comments: Visit an Open House or Take the Online Waste Survey.   Do you have comments about garbage, recycling or green carts? 

The Region is currently developing a new long-term plan to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfill and we want to know your thoughts. Your opinion matters.  C lick here to fill out the online survey.
Share your Story        
 
  
Your story can shape our city.   The Museums of Mississauga and the City's Culture Division will be going across Mississauga in an effort to collect, listen and share stories with residents.   Leave your mark on the city! Click here to learn how to share your story.
One Million Trees Campaign Update        
 
  
The city has released a 2017 Earth Day video to celebrate Canada 150 and One Million Trees Mississauga.  The video can be viewed here.
 
I am excited to report that we have reached a milestone of 250,000 trees planted with the One Million Trees Mississauga program this spring (as of today, that total is 254,087 trees)!  That puts us almost an entire year ahead of our targets for each year to reach our goal of 1,000,000 by the year 2032! 
New MiWay Route and Service Miway Logo Improvements Began July 3
 
  
MiWay rolled out several route and service improvements on July 3 as part of the MiWay 5 Service Plan (2016-2020).   The improvements include an extended route across the city to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.
  
Route 39 - Britannia will extend east to provide a direct connection from Meadowvale Town Centre to the Skymark Hub in the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre, near the future Renforth transitway station.
 
For a complete list of service improvements, click here.  
 
Click here to use MiWay's Trip Planner   to plan your route and get real time trip updates or call 905-615-INFO (4636).
Anniversary/Birthday Congratulations

If you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary please contact me at 905-896-5900 or at pat.saito@mississauga.ca and I would be pleased to send a letter of congratulations and a small gift to commemorate the special event.

Happy birthday to  Mrs. Pricilla (Mollie) MacKenzie who celebrated her 95th birthday on Canada Day!

Happy fortieth anniversary to  Reverend Lloyd & Melinda McDougall who celebrated on June 14th!
PAT IN THE COMMUNITY
Mississauga Latin Festival Kick-Off
 
I had the pleasure of bringing greetings as Acting Mayor and kicked off the Mississauga Latin Festival on July 28th.  The Latin Festival is in its 8th year and was held at Celebration Square on July 29th.  It was h osted by the  Canadian Latin Heritage Association which serves to promote Latin culture in Canada.

Apple Self Storage Grand Opening
 
I was pleased to cut the ribbon on July 27th to open a new storage facility in Meadowvale. Apple Self Storage is located on Millcreek Drive at Derry Road. It is always a pleasure to welcome new businesses to the community.

Amacon Rotary Ribfest
 
I had a fun time at the Amacon Rotary Ribfest on July 16th at Celebration Square.  I brought greetings as acting Mayor and presented the Peoples Choice Award for best ribs to Uncle Sams. Rotary member Natalie Hart did a great job again in organizing this wonderful event with great entertainment and great food.

Meadowvale Community Centre
 
I snapped a few photos when I was at the Meadowvale Community Centre and Lake Aquitaine on June 14th.  I love seeing all the people doing Tai Chi under the pavilion and playing basketball on the court. 

As well, the original Buy-a-Brick plaques have been installed in the lower foyer.  These are the names of all those who helped fundraise to build our first Meadowvale Community Centre. I wanted to be sure the plaques were back in the new building. They are an important part of our history.

Tour de Sheridan 2017
 
I welcomed Tour de Sheridan riders to Lake Aquitaine in the morning of June 14th.  This was  Sheridan College's First Tri-campus Bike Event.   Cyclists rode from all 3 campuses to and from Lake Aquitaine.
Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
 
It was very exciting to attend the Special Summer Olympics opening ceremony and watch as athletes marched in on June 13th. We had 75 athletes participating from Peel!  I want to give a special thank you to Peel Regional Police for hosting the games.
Food Drive at Real Canadian Superstore   
 
On July 8th I  joined members of the Meadowvale Residents' Association in partnership with the Superstore at the Corner of Argentia Road and Winston Churchiill Blvd. for a Food Drive  to collect fresh food for Eden Food for Change.  The Superstore also held a charity BBQ and all proceeds were donated to Eden.
 
We collected over 1800 lbs of fresh food for Eden.  This is more than our last food drive.  We collected lots of eggs and butter for those who need the food bank.  It was an awesome day!
Canada Day Celebrations   

 
I joined the Mayor and several of my council colleagues to kick off the Canada Day festivities at Celebration Square.  There was a  Parade of Nations and the day ended with spectacular fireworks. Not even a bit of rain in the afternoon dampened the spirit of the thousands of residents who came out to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday!
Muslim Council of Peel Eid Dinner 
 
I attended the Muslim Council of Peel Eid Dinner on June 29th. The Muslim Council of Peel has over 17 member organizations and the Executive Director is my good friend Rabia Khadr who has also been a tremendous advocate for accessibility as a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.  I enjoyed listening to the key note speaker who is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. 
Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | http://www.ward9.ca
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