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Upcoming Events
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.
Canada 150:  Photography Exhibit "Why I Love Canada"

The Mississauga Camera Club invites you to attend an Opening Reception of its Exhibition PROUD TO BE CANADIAN:  OUR STORIES on Thursday, July 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Living Arts Centre Gallery 2nd floor.  Please RSVP to kay@kaywollam.com.
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.
The annual Riders Against Hunger in support of Eden Food for Change takes place on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am. 

The venue has changed this year to be held at the Garry W. Morden Centre. For event details, click here.
Does Cycling Move You
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The City of Mississauga has kicked off Does Cycling Move You - a project that will update the Cycling Master Plan. As part of that process, the Active Transportation team will host drop-in open houses to seek public input on the future of cycling in our City.   Click here for more information.

Open House
Wednesday September 27, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Living Arts Centre, BMO Room
Click  here for the Meadowvale Theatre 
2017 / 2018 Theatre line-up.
Quick Links and Updates
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.
Click above to see an overview of the latest census statistics released on Age, Sex, and Dwelling Type.  This 2016 Census bulletin is developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre. Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.
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.
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:

  As always, June was a very busy month kicked off by my 5th Annual Seniors' Fair on June 1st.  This is a popular event and I am pleased that this year we grew to over 45 exhibits.  We welcomed hundreds of seniors and their friends and families to enjoy the exhibits and learn about essential services. 
 
Then on Saturday June 3, I had the pleasure of joining the Friends of Wabukayne at the annual Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day.  This community group has done so much to educate and inspire us all about the beauty that is Lake Wabukayne.

As well, I am acting Mayor for the months of June and July and have been attending a number of events on behalf of the Mayor.
One such event that I enjoyed was welcoming Seán Canney, Ireland's Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and H. E. Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to discuss the City's LEAN program that we implemented to become more efficient and save money.

And of course, the big celebration coming up is Canada's 150th Birthday on July 1.  I have highlighted some of the many events taking place throughout the city so I hope you will take time out to celebrate and enjoy the day.

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.

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.



Canada Day Celebrations   
 
There are a number of celebrations taking place throughout the city on Canada Day.  Please click below for information about each one.

Celebration Square - Celebrate Mississauga's history through live performances, food trucks, kid's programming and an unforgettable fireworks finale.

There are also celebrations in Port Credit 
Malton, Churchill Meadows and  Streetsville .
Food Drive   
 
Please join me and the Meadowvale Residents' Association in partnership with the  Superstore at the Corner of Argentia Road and Winston Churchiill Blvd. on Saturday July 8, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a Food Drive  to collect food for Eden Food for Change.
In particular, the following fresh foods are needed:
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Fresh meat
  • Butter or margarine
We also welcome non-perishable food donations.   We will need volunteers therefore if you are interested in volunteering for this Food Drive please email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca.  
Protect Against Lyme Disease   
 
Lyme Disease is spread by black legged deer ticks and it can be very dangerous to both humans and pets.  Click here for information posted on the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation website.

I am running this article once more as there is a much larger population of ticks already in evidence this year including in some local parks.  Ticks have been reported at Lake Wabukayne already.

Please make sure that you protect your family and pets by taking the proper precaution.  
Be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks.

Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type.  Click here to get more information on Peel Health's role and here for information from Animal Services.
Canada Day City and Regional Office Closures  
 
The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel offices are closed for Canada Day on Monday July 3 and will re-open on Tuesday July 4, 2017. 

Please dial 311
After hours please dial 905-615-3000

Recreation facilities are closed on Saturday and reopen on Sunday and Monday under regular hours.  A reminder that there will be no waste collection on Monday due to Canada Day.  Waste collection will be one day later that week.
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. 
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
Please be careful and courteous and let people know you are approaching.  This simple action can prevent injury. 
Traffic Calming on Windwood Dr   
 
  
You may have noticed painted white edge lines and a yellow centerline that have been painted on Windwood Dr between Glen Erin Drive north and south intersections.  These lines are a method of traffic calming.  They are not bike lanes and there is no impact on the parking along the road.

I asked Traffic staff to paint lines to delineate more clearly the traffic lanes on the street.  This was in response to complaints of speeding.  Speed studies did show that there was some speeding and I also asked Peel Police to enforce. 

I have used this painting method successfully on other roads in the ward and residents report to me that they feel that speeds were reduced as a result.

The lines merely show where the driving lanes are and reduce the driving portion of the road so vehicles stay in their lanes.  The safety of the community is a priority and hopefully this action will result in slower speeds. 
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Funding  
 
  
I am pleased to announce that through the  Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program the below improvements will be done by March 2018 in Ward 9:

Playground redevelopment at Glen Eden Park Playground and Middlebury Park Playground Fitness Equipment.

Park trail reconstruction at  Bell Harbour Park and Quenippenon Meadows Park. 
Foam on Lake Aquitaine and Lake Wabukayne Shorelines      
 
  
Residents have reported seeing foam after heavy rains on the shorelines of Lake Aquitaine and Lake Wabukayne.

I have had staff check these reports and advise that t he foam that appears along the structures and lake shore is the result of the natural die-off of aquatic plants and pollen. Foam commonly occurs in waters with high organic content and there is n o risk to the aquatic life.
New Traffic Signal on Argentia       
 
  
Watch for a new traffic control signal to be installed soon on Argentia Road at the access to Walmart and Toys'R'Us. 
 
Save on Swimming this Summer, get a Splash Pass 
As the weather gets hotter, taking a dip in a pool is a great way to cool off and get active. A splash pass allows you to swim all summer in one of our many indoor or outdoor pools for one low price plus you get an extra week for no additional cost.  Get your pool splash pass! Kids can swim all summer for only $40. This special pass allows you to swim for over 2 months.   Click here or details.
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.
Pet Licensing Update    
 
  
Council has approved some improvements to the pet Licensing By-Law.  Beginning July 4, 2017, residents with a dog or cat can purchase two-year pet licences and renewals at the shelter, by telephone or by mail.  Click here to visit the Animal Services website for more information.

W e have also added a 2 year license which gives pet owners a $10 discount. At my request Council approved discounted pet licences for low-income residents and free pet licences for service animals certified for the blind, hearing impaired or other disabilities as well as therapy animals supported with medical documents. There will also be a reduction of fees for the surrendering of animals to the shelter for residents who may be experiencing financial hardship or meet the low-income measure.

Also please remember that ALL dogs must be on a leash that is no longer than 6' when on public property.  We provide several off leash parks and dog runs so you can exercise your pet safely and legally.  There are 3 in Ward 9 - Totoredaca Park on Meadowvale Blvd., Union Park at Tenth Line/Aquitaine and Q Park on Erin Mills Parkway at the Streetsville Pumping Station north of Erin Centre.

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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.  
Ward 9 Grade 8 student Jeffrey Martinovic Published Author

As Ward Councillor, I am always happy to hear of residents who find success in their chosen field.  I am especially proud and happy to hear of our young residents who achieve success at an early age.

One such resident is 13 year Jeffrey Martinovic who I have learned is a published author in the young adult science fiction genre! 
 
This talented young man has a long list of accomplishments.  Jeffrey's first book, "The Curse of Clearwater Island" was completed at the age of 10.  Most recently, Jeffrey penned The Chronicles of Time: The Confliction. This is the 5th book in an ongoing fantasy series that follows the experiences of Lama and Lamie, two extraordinary 13 year-old child-geniuses working for an international spy agency and tasked with protecting the globe from out-of-this-world threats.  In parallel with this series, Jeffrey has also co-authored a biography of his grandfather with his father, John Martinovic.  The story explores the life, struggles and successes of Jeffrey's grandfather growing up in the European depression and how they built their new life as German immigrants to Canada.

  This amazing young man has already been invited to present his story to audiences at the Toronto District School Board and Indigo / Chapters and I am working to get his book some prominence in our Mississauga libraries. Jeffrey is a great example of what a young person can achieve.  Click here to visit this incredible young man's website.  Click here to purchase a copy of his book.
New MiWay Route and Service Miway Logo Improvements Begin July 3
 
  
MiWay will be rolling 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.  
 
Travelling around Mississauga on Canada Day ? MiWay will have additional trips from the City Centre Transit Terminal on routes 3, 7, 10, 19, 23, 26, 34 and 61 following the fireworks at Mississauga Celebration Square.
 
Click here to use MiWay's Trip Planner   to plan your route and get real time trip updates or call 905-615-INFO (4636).
Emergency Preparedness - Help Prepare for Emergencies

You can help Mississauga be prepared and bounce back quickly after a disaster hits. Complete our survey and tell us how well you're prepared for an emergency.  Click here for more information.
Short Term Accommodations Survey

Short-term accommodations (STAs) such as Airbnb have grown rapidly in cities around the world, including Mississauga.  Click here to participate in a short survey regarding STAs.
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 celebrating her 95th birthday on July 1st!

Happy fortieth anniversary to  Reverend Lloyd & Melinda McDougall who celebrated on June 14th!
PAT IN THE COMMUNITY
Cavalia Odysseo Opening Night
 
On June 22nd I attended the opening night for Cavalia Odysseo.  It was an amazing show and I am very happy that we brought it to Mississauga.  As chair of the Mississauga Tourism Board I am always looking for ways to promote tourism and having such a production come to our city will attract many people to it.
National Aboriginal Day
 
As Acting Mayor I was pleased to welcome Kris Noakes, Ward 9 resident and President of the Peel Aboriginal Networ k to Council on June 21st to recognize National Aboriginal Day.

Kris presented the City with the Two Row Beaded Wampum friendship belt which rested in a prominent position throughout the meeting and will hang in a special location at City Hall..
  
I am very proud to have such an caring and active person like Kris in Ward 9.  She is an Anishinaabe citizen of Nipissing First Nation and is active in the community as a member of the Region of Peel's Homelessness Partnering Strategy's Community Advisory Board (CAB), and in a First Nations advisory role on the City of Mississauga's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, the City of Brampton's Inclusion and Equity Committee, the First Nation, Metis and Inuit Advisory Circle for the Peel District School Board (PDSB) and a part of the Toronto Area First Nation, Métis and Inuit Educational Leads for the Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education.  In addition, Kris has joined the Art Gallery of Mississauga's Board of Directors. 
Accessibility Awards
 
As Acting Mayor I was delighted to present two awards at the June 21st Council meeting.  
 
The City of Mississauga's Staff Accessibility Resource Team (StART) won the Municipal Accessibility Award from the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA). The award recognizes individuals or groups who have shown great leadership in helping to improve accessibility in their city. This includes raising accessibility awareness through activities and programs.  
As well, the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessible Cities Circle of Excellence Award was awarded for Celebration Square.

As a founding Council member on the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee, I am so proud of our achievements in removing barriers for all in Mississauga.  Congratulations to our hard working staff and our citizen members who have devoted much time towards this goal. 
 
Provincial Government Announces $17.5 Million for Refugees and Newcomers
 
I had the pleasure, as Acting Mayor, of welcoming provincial Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Albanese to Mississauga on June 20th to mark World Refugee Day and announce  enhanced funding for services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers.  The $17.5 million will be used for settlement services, case management, employment and training supports, and programming for refugee women and newcomer youth. These additional resources will support the long-term, sustainable social and economic integration of newcomers. 
 
Thank you to Paramount Fine Foods for hosting the event. Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount and a resident of Mississauga is an immigrant success story.  Mohamad is a fine example of a caring and compassionate resident.  He has supported so many causes and has hired 90 refugees in his restaurants.  I am very proud to have one of his restaurants in Ward 9 at Erin Mills Town Centre. 
Ninth Line Lands Public Open House
 
We had an excellent turnout on June 14th as hundreds of residents attended the Ninth Line Lands Public Open House. 
 
This session was to discuss how the lands will be developed. Residents were able to view the proposed land use concept and urban design guidelines. City planning staff were on hand to answer questions and residents had the opportunity to give their suggestions and feedback.

These lands are the western entrance to the city and run between the 407 and Ninth Line.  I am proud that Council supported my request to purchase 207 acres (84 hectares)  of these lands form the province back in 2002 to use for recreational purposes.  
Currently, all the lands south of the railway are in Ward 10 and lands to the north are still in Ward 9 including a large 16 acre (6.5 hectare) parcel owned by the city which includes the Bussell house, an historical landmark.

This work brings the long awaited 407 Transitway even closer and allow us to plan for the final greenfields in Mississauga. 
Fo Guang Shan Temple Day of Prayers for World Peace and Vegetarian Fair
 
I was proud to join my friends at the Fo Guang Shan temple on Millcreek on June 12th as we welcomed other government representatives and the public to the annual Day of Prayers for World Peace and Vegetarian Fair. This year was special as we also celebrated living in the best country in the world and Canada's 150th birthday.   We are so fortunate to have the Buddhist temple in Meadowvale for the past 20 years.
Mississauga Lions Clubs Flag Raising
 
I was proud to join my colleagues Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Councillors Sue McFadden and John Kovac on June 10th to present a certificate and raise the flag for the Mississauga Lions Clubs on their 100th anniversary.
Mississauga and Brampton Chinese Business Associations Fundraiser 
 
I spent a wonderful evening on June 10th at the Mississauga and Brampton Chinese Business Associations Fundraiser for the 2017 Special Olympics. They raised over $20,000 !  It was great seeing many friends there and there was good representation from Peel Regional Police who are hosting the special Olympics. I was pleased to bring greetings as Acting Mayor.
City of Mississauga Civic Awards
 
On June 6th, I was thrilled to be on hand to give out the  Civic Award of Recognition which is presented to residents who have volunteered in the community for 10 years or more.  The ceremony is held at the civic centre every year and this year I was proud to see Ward 9 residents who volunteer at Eden Food for Change and Credit Valley Hospital as well as those who received awards for individual volunteerism receive the recognition they deserve.
Weishaupt North American Headquarters Groundbreaking
 
On June 6th I was pleased to break ground  for the new Weishaupt North American Headquarters on Argentia Rd. This lovely building will house the company's head office, assembly and a training facility. They have moved to Ward 9 as they had outgrown their office in another part of the city and will be bringing more jobs to the Meadowvale Business Park.

Access Awareness Week 
 
On June 5th, during Access Awareness Week there was information displayed in the Great Hall at the civic centre
which showcased the City's progress in creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive community.   I am proud to sit on the Accessibility Advisory Committee along with Councillor Matt Mahoney and some wonderful members such as my former office volunteer Asim Zaidi.

Al Kitab Academy Iftar Fundraising Dinner 
 
I had a lovely time as the guest speaker at the Al Kitab Academy Fundraising Gala on June 4th. I especially enjoyed speaking with the children who attend the academy.

Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day 
 
Many residents came out and joined me and the Friends of Lake Wabukayne at the annual park day on Saturday June 3, 2017
and learned about this jewel in the heart of Meadowvale.  The weather was lovely and lots of people came out to view the displays and enjoyed a free BBQ.

Mississauga Derby Soccer Match
 
I had fun doing the coin toss on June 3rd and kicking off the "Mississauga Derby" soccer match between Sigma FC and North Mississauga Panthers.
My 5th Annual Seniors' Fair
 
We had a great turnout for my 5th Annual Seniors' Fair which kicked off Seniors Month in Mississauga on June 1, 2017 at the Meadowvale Community Centre.  

This year I had more than 45 agencies and organizations on hand to provide lots of information of interest to seniors. Everyone had a great time, received lots of good information and enjoy some coffee, tea and timbits as well as a surprise gift courtesy of Meadowvale Tim Hortons. 

Irish Dignitaries Visit City of Mississauga
 
On June 1st as Acting Mayor, I was very proud to welcome a delegation from Ireland to city hall on behalf of the Mayor and Council. Seán Canney, Ireland's Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and H. E. Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland were here to learn about the city's LEAN Program which has been helping us save costs and work smarter.  We have four over-arching priorities that guide Council's decision making: Delivering the Right Services, Maintaining our Infrastructure, Advancing our Strategic Plan and Implementing Cost Containment Strategies. Our LEAN program is helping us ensure we demonstrate fiscal prudence and deliver value for money to taxpayers.

Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | http://www.ward9.ca
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