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Upcoming Events
 
The Dam Youth Drop In is hosting it's annual Auction Fundraiser on  Friday November 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at World Vision, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, ON .  

This year's theme is a Murder Mystery. 

Click  here  for more info.
 
On  Saturday, November 19 the City will glow with the First Lighting of Celebration Square for the Season.  
 
Event: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Official Ceremony: 6:45 pm

Holiday Street Market: Noon to 11:00 pm 
 
Click
here for more info.
Please join me for this great event at the Franklin House in Streetsville. A ll proceeds from this event will go directly to Eden Food For Change.

Enjoy a great opportunity to network and socialize with appetizers, cash bar and door prizes on Wednesday November 23rd from 7 pm to 10 pm at The Franklin House.    Contact:
Sandy Pitts sandra.pitts@rogers.com or 
The Mississauga Arts Council presents The Magical Masquerade Ball! 
 
I have my costume and mask ready and hope to see some familiar faces at the MAC ultimate Halloween masquerade ball on Thursday November 24th at the Lakeshore Convention Centre.  Click here to purchase tickets.

The Salvation Army Cornerstone Community Church  is hosting it's annual Christmas Memories event  and this year they are partnering with Praise Cathedral on  Friday, Nov 25th, 2016 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Salvation Army, 3020 Vanderbilt Rd.

The event begins with Christmas sweets followed by wonderful Christmas music ending with a special visitor and surprises for children!  Please call 905-824-0450 for information.
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The  Village of Erin Meadows is hosting their 14th Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 26, 2016 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm.

Click here for more information.
2015 Santa Shuffle

The Santa Shuffle is a 5K fun run and 1K Elf Walk taking place on Saturday Dec 3rd.  

Pledges raised for the Santa Shuffle will support people in your community who may be struggling to make ends meet. To register and for more information please click  here .
Quick Links and Updates
Ninth Line Road Reopens

Ninth Line was being reconstructed and was closed in July from Derry Road to Argentia Road.  It was reopened on October 29, 2016.
Castlegreen Meadows Park
 
Work at the playground at Castlegreen Meadows Park is underway and will take approximately fifteen (15) days to complete. A construction notice is posted on site. The new playground is expected to be completed and re-open by November 18, 2016. 
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 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.
In Mississauga, there are approximately 2.1 million trees on public and private lands.  Let's add one million more by 2032.  Click above and get involved today! 
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A reminder that the senior $1 cash fare is valid Weekdays (from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and after 7:00 pm) and all day on Saturdays, Sunday and Holidays.

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! 
returntotopNovember 10, 2016
Dear Neighbour:

What an exciting month we had in October.  I had the pleasure of joining our staff to host the reopening of the new Meadowvale Community Centre and Library on October 22nd.

Over 9,600 residents attended the official reopening and enjoyed the day.  See article below for more details.

November is a special month for me as it was 25 years ago on November 12 that I was first elected to serve as your Ward 9 Councillor.  Thank you to the residents who have supported me through 8 elections.  I love serving my community and it is such an honour to have been able to serve for 25 years. 

Please join me for an Open House with coffee, tea and cookies at the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library to celebrate my 25 years of service as your Councillor and the upcoming Christmas Season on Wednesday December 7, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Program Room 1 on the Upper Level.  I look forward to seeing you in December!  
 
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.



Veterans Recognized on Remembrance Day
 
Our veterans are our heroes. Their courage, service and sacrifice can never be forgotten.  On Remembrance Day Canadian forces veterans are able to ride MiWay for free alone or with a companion.
 
As a mark of respect to Canadian veterans, all transit operators will also stop their buses for two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on November 11.

As always I will be joining our Veterans at the Streetsville cenotaph to honour those who served and lay a wreath on behalf of the residents of Ward 9. 
Meadowvale Community Centre and Library Reopening

On October 22nd I hosted the grand reopening of the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library. The community centre had been under construction for two years and the community was finally able to celebrate the new facility.  
 
Thousands of residents came out to celebrate and pick up a free water bottle that I gave out to commemorate the park opening.  Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the New Credit conducted a special Aboriginal smudge ceremony to bless the new building.  Residents of all ages enjoyed a free  BBQ, bouncy castles, plaque dedication, free swim, pumpkin and cookie decorating and much more. 

From the remarks I heard, everyone had a good time. Many thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this day possible. I especially want to thank the volunteers who manned the outside displays and food booths and suffered those cold winds.
 
I want to also thank Enbridge and the 1st and 3rd Meadowvale Scouts groups who BBQ'd hot dogs and also ran the condiment and beverage stations.  Thank you to the Meadowvale Town Centre Metro Grocery store for donating the hot dogs and to Tim Horton's for providing a truck with free hot chocolate and coffee.
  
Ward 9 Safe Streets Campaign

The Ward 9 Safe Streets Campaign launched on Saturday October 1st and ran all week to October 8th.  Some residents have chosen to continue to display their sign.

I was pleased to see so many of these signs throughout the ward. By blitzing the community, a strong message will be sent to motorists to slow down in residential areas. 

I still have a few signs left.  Please email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca or call 905-896-5900 if you would like a sign for your lawn.
Tenth Line Pedestrian Crossing at Lisgar GO Station 
 
I have been working on getting a pedestrian refuge island installed on Tenth Line south of the CP rail tracks so that people can cross more safely to the Lisgar GO station.
 
The city has have finally secured a CP flagman for the railway crossing on Tenth Line.  Work started the late October and is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Waste Receptacles in Parks and Trails 
  
You may have noticed that many of the waste bins in our parks were removed last weekend.  
 
As part of the winter maintenance programs for parks, many bins are removed and some relocated due to the following reasons: 

l ess litter is generated during the winter months; 

records and experience has shown that more cans do not mean less garbage or litter is generated; limits the opportunity for household dumping; reduces damage to the turf boulevards and trail edges with reduced areas of vehicle access and reduces the number of vehicle/pedestrian interactions on trails during seasons of inclement weather and darker periods.

  
  Bins were placed at access points to trails and parks, ensuring that residents will pass a set of cans on their way in and out of each area and have easy access to for disposal in waste receptacles.  Staff will continue to pick loose litter and debris as required as  they have in the past.
 
I have discussed this with city staff and they are revisiting the trails in Ward 9 and will be reinstalling as many as they can.  They will not be replacing all of the summer bins but will be adding some back.  
 
New Stormwater Subsidies for Property Owners
  
I am pleased that on November 9th Council voted in favour of extending f inancial assistance for the stormwater charge to eligible low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities based on the City's  Tax Rebate Program . Staff will use the existing property tax rebate process and eligibility to automatically identify property owners who will be eligible for the subsidy.

Working Farms or properties that receive the Farm Property Class Tax Rate as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) will also receive the subsidy.  
City's Planning Information Hub Makes Data Accessible for All

Are you interested in the future of your community or wonder what's planned? The City's new Planning Information Hub is an innovative online tool that allows citizens to easily search through planning-related data.
 
The hub maps out information across the city and helps tell the story of Planning and Building.
  • Planning projects
  • Building permits
  • Growth forecast
  • Development applications
  • Census
  • Land use
  • Planning-related directories
  • Environmental natural areas
The hub is the first of its kind in Canada. Click here to experience it.
Council Commits to Stronger Support for Arts and Culture 

Last month I was pleased that Council supported my motion to create a new steering committee on the arts and committed to a deeper investment and focus on the city's arts and culture community.
 
The steering committee will work in conjunction with Culture Division staff and members of the arts and culture community focusing on the new Culture Master Plan which is scheduled for completion mid-next year.
 
The Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee will champion the arts community and serve to direct staff so they can move ahead with the strategy planning. We are focused on enhancing culture in the city and I look forward to working with this new committee.
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MiWay Launches Real-Time 

A new program launched on November 1 provides MiWay riders  with the ability to receive up-to-the-minute information about their next bus.
   
The  Plan a Trip  website allows riders to know the exact time the bus will arrive at their stop.  Information will be refreshed every 60 seconds for scheduled routes and buses.

The updated Plan a Trip tool is accessible across multiple devices including desktops, tablets and mobile phones.
 
To learn more, click here to watch the real-time video.
Cell Battery Collection

The Region is collecting single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt and button cell batteries from the curb ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY from November 7 to 18.  You should have received your battery collection bag a month ago. You can also set out the batteries in regular zip-locked bags, as these will be picked up also. Click  here  to find out your battery collection day. 
 
This collection will prevent batteries, which are a household hazardous waste, from going to landfill, and help the Region meet its new 75% waste diversion target. The Region collected 16 tonnes of these batteries last spring. 
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.

Celebrated recently:

Mr. & Mrs. Byron and Carol-Anne Couch celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 8, 2016!
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Orchard Restaurant 50th Anniversary

I had a wonderful time on November 7th celebrating with friends Louie and Angelo on the 50th anniversary of their Orchard Restaurant.  The Orchard is such a part of our city's heritage and it is an honour to have known these wonderful men for over 25 years.
 
Mauritian Divali Nite

I had a wonderful time on November 5th celebrating Divali with members of our Mauritian community. I was honoured to participate in the Diya Lighting Ceremony.
  
Legends Row Inductees at Erin Mills Town Centre

I was so proud that the Mississauga's Legends Row 2016 inductees were recognized in Ward 9 at Erin Mills Town Centre on  November 5th.   This years' inductees are:

John Tuzo Wilson, (1908-1993) Business, Innovation & Science

Orey Fidani (1929-2000) Community Builders/Leaders

Dave Toycen, Public Service 

Dr. Colin Saldanha, Community Builders & Leaders

and 

Paul Coffey, Athletics  

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Earth Market at Meadowvale Theatre

On Saturday, November 5th I was pleased to welcome residents at the  Earth Market at Meadowvale Theatre

This special event featured a performance  by Mississauga's Inaugural Poet Laureate Anna Yin, a meet and greet with animals from "Reptilia", and a theatre production from "Envirodrum".
North Mississauga Soccer Club AGM

It was a pleasure to present an award to Marco Gesualdi and other long term volunteers on October 30th at the North Mississauga Soccer Club Annual General Meeting for their contributions to the club and the community. 
 
I have enjoyed working with the NMSC for many years and appreciate all the hard work of the many volunteers.
A Taste of Eden

Ron and I attended A Taste of Eden on October 28th to support Eden Food for Change. It is always a great event and their major fundraiser for the year. 
 
Helping those less fortunate in our community is the best cause to stand behind.  The total raised that night is $50,830.96!  Click here to learn more about our local Food bank and how you can get involved.
  
MPP Bob Delaney's Annual Diwali Reception

Ron and I joined with Ron Starr to greet residents at MPP Bob Delaney's annual Diwali reception on October 26th. 







City Budget Discussion with High School Students

On October 18th I spent some time talking to students at John Fraser Secondary School about the city budget. 

They were a great group, asked many questions and made lots of good suggestions. They started working on the budget allocator and will be following up in class with their teacher. 

Last year I did some similar sessions at Gonzaga and I am pleased that John Fraser got involved this time.
Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | http://www.ward9.ca
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