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Upcoming Events
Zest For Life Seniors Event 
 
Are you a boomer, zoomer, or senior?  Join Hazel McCallion at Zest For Life on Sunday October 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hilton Meadowvale where she will inspire with her living well tips.  Lunch, workshops, entertainment and more.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at  http://bit.ly/2cCvXf7 .  For more information visit www.hawps.ca.
Love handbags?  Want to help a worthwhile organization?  You can do both by attending Handbags for Hospice.  This event is in support of Heart House Hospice on Wednesday October 26, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Mississauga Convention Centre. 
 
Join over 300 women for an evening of  fun and laughs. The event features a Handbag silent auction and dessert bar.  Click here to purchase tickets.
The Mississauga Arts Council presents The Magical Masquerade Ball!
 
Join MAC for the ultimate Halloween masquerade ball on Saturday October 29th at the Lakeshore Convention Centre.  Click here to purchase tickets.
 
Please join me on Saturday, November 5 from noon to 4 p.m. as we present the Earth Market at the Meadowvale Theatre
 
Enjoy this free event with environmental interactive displays, food, music and more. Special highlights include a performance by Mississauga's Inaugural Poet Laureate - Anna Yin , a meet and greet with animals from "Reptilia", and a lively theatre production from "Envirodrum"!  I look forward to seeing you there. 
 
Click
here for more info.
Quick Links and Updates
2016 Road Resurfacing

This is a reminder that Glen Erin Drive (between Middlebury Dr and Britannia Rd) will be resurfaced this year. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 2016.
Ninth Line Road Closure

Ninth Line is being reconstructed from Derry Road to Argentia Road and is closed until December 2, 2016.  Please use Tenth Line and along Argentia to access the north end of Ninth Line. 
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.  
Old Blue Box/Green Bin Return Program

This is a reminder that if you are not re-purposing your old blue boxes/green bins, the region will collect them if you call or email and request pickup at curb side. 
 
Please call 905-791-9499 or
send an email to: 
 
The old bins can also be dropped off at the Battleford Community Recycling Centre, 2255 Battleford Rd. 
 
Hours of operation are: 
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm 
Friday to Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    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! 
returntotopOctober 13, 2016
Dear Neighbour:

This is an exciting time for our community.  We started the fall season with the opening of our new Union Park on September 24 and will be celebrating the opening of the new Meadowvale Community Centre next weekend, October 22.

Thousands of residents have already visited both of our new facilities and have given me very positive feedback.

One of the first events to take place at the Community Centre was my annual Seniors' Fair on September 13th attended by hundreds of seniors.  Thank you to all the organizations and agencies who set up displays and provided information. 
 
I look forward to hosting our community at the grand re-opening of the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library celebration on October 22nd.  I hope you are able to  join me to celebrate this wonderful new facility!  

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.



Meadowvale Community Centre and Library  Re-Opening

The Meadowvale Community Centre and  Library Official 
Re-Opening is on  Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at  6655 Glen Erin Drive.  
 
The Official Ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m.
 
FREE  Souvenir water bottle to first 1000 people * Inflatables * BBQ, popcorn * Fitness demos and try it - yoga, step class,  body and blood pressure testing * Giveaways * Games * Library events for all ages * Nordic pole walking, outdoor  fitness stations * Children's activities - pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting, story time, animal balloons,  storybook characters, fire truck * Fun swim * Basketball tourney * Family indoor basketball * Archery, table tennis,  yoga, CPR training * Wood carving, karaoke * Prizes and more...
Budget Town Hall
 
All residents are invited to attend a Budget Town Hall meeting that I am co-hosting with Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Drive.  

City staff will present the proposed city budget and explain what expenditures are for.  You will also have an opportunity to participate in the Budget Allocator tool.  Please bring your own laptop or tablet and have your say on the city's budget.  
 
You can use the allocator tool online by clicking here . Click here for more information.
Union Park Grand Opening

On September 24th I hosted the grand opening of Union Park.  The park is located at the north east corner of Tenth Line and Aquitaine.  
 
Union Park land was bought to replace Plum Tree Park which we sold to the school board.  We are very fortunate to be able to build and open this amazing new park in our community.
 
Thousands of residents celebrated the park opening and I picked up a free Frisbee that I gave out to commemorate the park opening .  Residents of all ages enjoyed a free  BBQ, bouncy castles, plaque dedication and much more. The park has a playground, adult fitness, skateboard park, multi purpose pad with basketball hoops, a dog run, water feature, covered shelter, benches and in the winter the park will have two ice rinks and an improved toboggan hill.  
 
I want to thank the 1st and 3rd Meadowvale Scouts groups who BBQ'd hot dogs and also ran the condiment and beverage stations.  I also want to thank the Meadowvale Town Centre Metro Grocery store for donating the hot dogs.
  
  
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.
Meadowvale Community Centre Free Programs

Therapeutic Programs
Starting October 14th to November 19, 2016 get 10 FREE visits to try out the brand new warm water therapeutic pool and land exercise programs.  This offer is valid for new members only and you must register in person at the community centre.  Click here for more information on Therapeutic programs.
 
Fitness Centre
Starting October 22nd to November 19, 2016 get 5 FREE visits to try the newly designed fitness centre.  This offer is valid for new members only and you must register in person at the community centre.  Click  here  for more information on fitness programs.
Driveway Windrow Snow 
Clearing Program 

The program will provide windrow snow clearing service after every snow plowing operation from November 28, 2016 to March 10, 2017. 

Residents who are 65 years and older in 2016 and individuals who are physically disabled can apply for the Program.  The cost to participate is $200. Applicants who qualify for financial assistance may be eligible to receive the service at no cost.  
Click here to apply.
Discounted Bus Fare for Food Bank Clients
  
I am pleased Council approved a bus ticket break for clients of our Food Banks. 

I have been working with Councillor  Jim Tovey  and Transit staff to bring in a pilot to enable Food Banks to buy tickets at a 50% discount for their clients. 

The first phase will be open to the Food Banks who participated in the process and future reports will evaluate new locations.
Following the Rules at Our Off Leash Parks 
 
I am so glad to see so many people enjoying our newest dog run at Union Park.  We are lucky to have 3 off leash parks in Ward 9. Toto, Q Park and the new Union Park.

These are a privilege and I urge users to please follow the rules so we can keep the parks open for your dogs exercise and fun.

First please pick up your dogs' poop!!!!  A few weeks after the grand opening celebration at Union Park, my puppy Rogue and I were enjoying the dog run. As I picked up after him, I also ended up picking up after 4 other dogs as well.  This is disappointing as any dog owner should be responsible enough to clean up after their pet.  Please do not spoil the park for others 
 
As well, please do not let your dogs be bullies and slam into other dogs. A large dog slammed my puppy and the owner did nothing.  No park welcomes dogs and owners like this as it can result in serious injuries. Once again, be responsible and watch your dog and do not let him or her bully other dogs.  These parks are for all to enjoy.
Repair Work at Erin Mills Pkwy and 403 Underpass
  
This is a reminder that the provincial Ministry of Transportation continues on repair work on the underpass of Erin Mills Parkway at the 403.  

During this time Erin Mills will be reduced to 2 lanes in this area and there will be lane closures on the 403 at times as well as ramp closures at night both north and southbound.   Please click here for road closure dates.
Peel Regional Police Warns of Continued CRA/Immigration Scam

Investigators from Peel Regional Police would like to again remind the public of the ongoing calls citizens are receiving with regards to the Canada Revenue Agency / Immigration scams.  Police are urging citizens to be extra vigilant of suspicious phone calls.  

The Crime Prevention Bureau will provide valuable tips and suggestions via the Crime Prevention twitter account @PeelCrimePrev.

To learn more about this type of scam and other fraud scams currently affecting Canadians, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.antifraudcentre.ca 
Can You Cut Your Food Waste & Food Bill?

40% per cent of the food that Peel households throw out is avoidable food waste. Can you cut your food waste and your food bills, too?
 
I am pleased that Ward 9 residents have met the challenge of ensuring that any organics that you throw out are placed in your backyard composters or new green organics carts, rather than in the garbage. But, recent curbside audits show that 40% of the food waste that residents throw out is avoidable food waste.  The audit showed that households are throwing out bread, meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products that could have been eaten.

Below are three "smart tips":
  • 1) Plan smart: Check what you have and how many meals you need to prepare, and create a list before shopping.
  • 2) Buy smart: Stick to your shopping list, and buy only what you can use before it spoils.
  • 3) Store smart: Eat older items first, freeze what you can't use or are tired of eating (such as leftovers), and check for more helpful hints at peelregion.ca/foodwaste.

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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.

Celebrating this month:

Mr. and Mrs. Donald and Boltis Bowes - 50 years of Marriage
Happy 50th Birthday to Mr. Harry Desai
PAT IN THE COMMUNITY
Ward 9 Annual Seniors' Fair

I held my  annual Seniors' Fair on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at the newly renovated Meadowvale Community Centre.  The fair was well attended with hundreds of seniors visiting over 35 exhibitors to learn about all the various programs and organizations that support seniors.   Entertainment was provided by Geoff "The Sometimer" Meakin.

 
International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners Symposium
With  Alex Papatchidis and Tom McKay

I attended the ISCPP symposium in Colorado on September 15 - 16, 2016.  

am so proud to have been able to be with our Peel Police and Safe City staff as they were honoured with special awards. Congratulations to Constable Tom McKay for his Lifetime Achievement Award. Tom is Canada's longest serving crime prevention officer. I am also proud that Peel Police Crime Prevention won the Unit of the Year Award. 
 
Last but not least, Alex Papatchidis, Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for Safe City Mississauga received the Community Program Award. 
 
We ended the event by announcing that Mississauga will host the 2018 symposium. We also brought back information that we can use to keep our city even safer.
Fresh Food Drive in Support of Eden Food for Change

On October 8th, I hosted a Food Drive with the Meadowvale Residents' Association in support of Eden Food For Change.

Residents donated 1,553 lbs of fresh food and 1,300 lbs of non perishable food as well as $956.97 in cash. Many thanks to all who generously donated much needed eggs, juice, meat and many other fresh food items. I am very proud of our local community! 

I also want to thank members of Peel Regional Police and the management (Sal and Robert) of the Metro store at the Meadowvale Town Centre for their generosity and for feeding our wonderful volunteers! Click here to view a video as we load the Food Truck.
  
Iggy Kaneff's 90th Birthday

I was pleased to join friends and family of Iggy Kaneff on October 7th to celebrate his 90th birthday. 

I have known Iggy for more than 25 years and he is still acting as young as ever. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to wish him many more happy and healthy years. He has certainly helped shape the Mississauga we all know and love.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at 50th Anniversary

It was such a pleasure to meet the children at the September 19th celebration of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at 50th anniversary in Canada. 

I also got to meet some of the women who sat beside me who came here from Syria with their families this year. The children did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem with love and pride.
Harvest Tea at Maple Wood PS

I joined parents and staff at Maplewood Public School in the morning on October 6th for coffee and cookies before school. 

Principal Neil Garroway has invited me every year for the past 3 years to join him and staff greeting the families at the Harvest Tea. 

It is always a nice event and a lovely way to start the day.  For the first time, we did not need winter coats and gloves.
Independent Police Oversight Review Meeting

I attended the Independent Police Oversight Review about police accountability. 

This session was held on October 5th at the Meadowvale Community Centre by the Honourable Justice Michael H, Tulloch, the SIU, OIPRD and the OCPC; organizations that oversee police conduct.
Pink Fire Engine for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 5th I j oined my colleagues and our great Mississauga Firefighters at the pink fire engine which was parked on Celebration Square for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
 
Shelter Bay PS - Walk to School Day

October 5th was International Walk to School Day and I was pleased to join members of Mississauga's Traffic Safety Council.  

The program encourages students and parents to walk to school and we handed out pencils to students thanking them for choosing to walk. 
Welcome EUROIMMUN to Ward 9

I was very proud to welcome  EUROIMMUN Medical Diagnostics Canada Inc.  to the Ward 9 business community on October 3rd.  

EUROIMMUN is a developer and distributor of diagnostic devices. They fit perfectly in the Meadowvale Business Park with all of our other Life Sciences companies.
 
UN International Day of Older Persons 

Friday September 30 was the UN International Day of Older Persons. The Meadowvale Seniors' Social Club and the City received permission from the UN to raise the flag in honour of the day.

I was pleased to join them at the Meadowvale Community Centre for the flag raising ceremony. 
30th Summit of the GTHA Mayors and Chairs 

It was a pleasure to represent and speak on behalf of Mayor Crombie and Council at the GTHA Mayors and Chairs Summit on the provincial Growth Plan on September 30th.  

Former Mayor Hazel McCallon Hazel chaired the summit and is advising the premier on municipal matters.  In my presentation, shared Mississauga's position on some of the policies.

Peel Multicultural Council AGM

It was a pleasure bringing greetings to the Peel Multicultural Council AGM on September 30th in the evening. I always enjoy attending each year. PMC has a wonderful board, staff and volunteers.

As I looked around the room I remarked that this is what diversity looks like. In attendance was a wide variety of ages, cultures, religions and abilities. 

Men and women, boys and girls, young and old gathered together to support each other and help each other reach their goals. I joked about my own family being a mini UN as my grandchildren are Irish, Japanese and Welsh Canadians.
 
Trail Etiquette Pilot 

I joined  staff from the Active Transportation office on September 28th at Lake Aquitaine to promote Trail Etiquette. 

I receive many complaints about cyclists on the trials in the ward.  Many are not ringing their bell, are speeding on the trails and generally are not showing good trail etiquette.

As our trails such as Lake Aquitaine Trail are heavily used by all ages by both pedestrians and cyclists, we have to respect everyone's space and promote safety. 

I also took the opportunity to hand out more Please Slow Down signs to residents who were able to pick them up.
Mississauga North Baseball Association

Congratulations to the Mississauga North Baseball Association - National and Provincial Champions. 

They attended the September 30th Council meeting and I am very proud of the 2016 Bantam 15U Canadian National Champions who have won the championship 3 times!
Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | http://www.ward9.ca
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