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Mississauga Festival Choir

The Mississauga Festival Choir's annual massed choral festival features numerous local choirs in solo and massed repertoire. All proceeds go to local charities as MFC and its friends give back to their community in song and support..  

The concert takes place on Saturday February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Eden United Church, 3051 Battleford Rd.   Click here to purchase tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door:  Adults: $30   Seniors/Students: $25  Children: $15.

PRP Cyber Academy
The crime prevention experts at Peel Regional Police have designed a number of certificate programs that will teach citizens to keep themselves, their families and their property safe and are offered FREE of charge.

Click here for dates and times in February and March 2018.
 
For a full list of shows and to purchase tickets at the Living Arts Centre, click here or call the Box Office at 905-306-6000.  
The 2017-2018 season offers great performances including Music Theatre Mississauga which will be presenting its 25th season of the Encore Series. To buy tickets, click here.
Volunteers Needed at VON 
          
  
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada is a national health care organization and registered charity offering a wide range of home care community support services. 
 
VON is in strong need for volunteers for their Volunteer Visiting program - a program for social support and companionship and for our Meals on Wheels programs - where volunteers provide help at the depot or with meal delivery. All VON Volunteers are provided with a detailed training and orientation for each position. 
If you are interested in volunteering, please call 
905-821-3254 directly. 
Low Cost Fitness Programs Offered at Meadowvale West Church Centre             

Low Cost fitness programs are being offered by St. Francis of Assissi Anglican Church located at the Meadowvale West Church Centre at 6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle.  Click
here for more information.
Quick Links and Updates

A winter on-street parking restriction continues to be in effect in Mississauga until March 31, 2018 between 2:00 am - 6:00 am.    Vehicles left on City streets will be enforced in accordance with the Traffic By-law.   During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.

Winter Snow Clearing Info

Get up to date information on snow clearing.  Follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for current conditions and progress.

Call Information Snow Line 
905-615-SNOW (7669) to hear recorded information about plowing and salting during a snow event. 

If there are concerns with road conditions 12-24 hours after a snowstorm ends please contact
3-1-1 or (905-615-4311 outside city limits). 

Click here to track the progress of our snow plows and the status of your street!
Parking Permitted on Glen Erin Dr and Battleford Rd
           
Due to construction of a new parking garage at 2869 Battleford Rd, some residents of this building will be without parking spots.  Construction started on  October 2, 2017 and is expected to end on June 1, 2018.  Parking is being permitted on Glen Erin Dr between Aquitaine and Battleford.  Parking is also being permitted on  the north side of Battleford Rd between Miller's Grove and Edenwood Dr.
Update on Paving of Britannia Rd from Winston Churchill Blvd to Erin Mills Pkwy
           
Thank you for your patience as the work was ongoing on Britannia Road.  This has been a long project and contractors had some difficulty along the way delaying the completion.    Please note that as minor prep-work for the winter shut-down continues, there will be short, intermittent lane closures.   The final top asphalt work will be completed in the Spring of 2018.  The project is expected to be fully completed by that time.   Regional staff apologize  for the inconvenience this may cause. 
Need Temporary Parking For Your Guests?

You can request a free temporary short-term parking permit through the City's website.  Click
here for more information.
 
Did you know that it's the property owner's responsibility to cut and maintain tall grass? As per the Nuisance Weed and Tall Grass by-law, grass is not to exceed 8 inches/20 centimetres in height.  Click above for more information.  
 
Encroachment is any use of City-owned land by individuals for their own purposes. Property owners cannot intrude on the ground space of an adjacent City-owned property like parklands, greenbelts, road allowances and easements as per By-law 0057-04 .   Click above 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
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Click here to use MiWay's Trip Planner   to plan your route and get real time trip updates or call 905-615-INFO (4636).
 
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.

Please consider adopting a pet from the city's Animal Services. 

Click above to see animals that are waiting for their forever home.
Assistance for Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities  
  
              
Click here for information on financial assistance programs available to Older Adults offered by the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel, the Province of Ontario and Federal Income programs.
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.
City Offers Free Simplified Tax Receipts Online 

I am pleased that at my request, the city now offers property owners the convenience of viewing and printing a Simplified Tax Receipt online at no cost. Property owners can submit a request for a Simplified Tax Receipt through the City's Tax Self-Service Centre website for the current year and one year prior.

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! 
January 31, 2018
Dear Neighbour: TopofPage

Welcome to my first newsletter of 2018.  This will be a busy year in Mississauga and in Ward 9 so please check ward9.ca for updates on what is happening. 


 
This has also been a sad time for many people.  We lost two outstanding individuals recently and their families are in my thoughts and prayers.  A prominent Mississauga resident and friend Johnny Bower passed away just after Christmas and our Council colleague Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey passed away suddenly in January.  
 
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.

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  ward9.ca for ongoing updates.



February 5 Planning & Development Meeting - Ward 9 Issues


Please note items on the agenda of the Planning & Development meeting on Monday February 5, 2018 taking place at  7:00 pm at the Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive which impact Ward 9.  Residents are invited to attend and may also speak at this meeting.  Please let me know if you wish to do so and I will coordinate with the committee clerk.  Click here to see the P&D meeting agenda.

6550 Glen Erin Drive Proposed Development
This application has been circulated to agencies and relevant departments for comment.  Planning staff are presenting an Information Report  at the P&D meeting.   Click here for details regarding this proposed development.
 
Have Your Say About Future Development of 
Ninth Line Lands
The city is proposing changes to Mississauga Official Plan policies and Mississauga zoning by-Laws that will allow for the development of the Ninth Line lands.   Click here for details regarding the Ninth Line lands.
 
Re-Imagining the Mall
This is an update on our progress on the project to revisit malls across the city.  I have been working with staff to look at Meadowvale Town Centre and Erin Mills Town Centre and we have had several community consultations.  Click here to learn about this project and watch for more information on this. 
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Nominate a Ward 9 Volunteer 
            
We are so fortunate to have many residents who devote their time and energy to making our community a better place.  These are the people who want to make a difference.  It may be in a sports organization, at a place of worship, in a school or in one of many other organizations serving the community.  Whatever they are doing, they are making a great contribution to our quality of life.

Please help me recognize worthy residents by nominating someone who lives in  Ward 9 (Meadowvale or Central Erin Mills) and has spent 5 years or more volunteering in any capacity in Mississauga.   The recipients of the Ward 9 Volunteer Award will be recognized at a special reception I am hosting on May 9, 2018 at the Erin Meadows Community Centre and will receive a special pin to commemorate their years of service.    If you know of someone who meets this criteria, please submit their name so that they can be recognized and receive a special Volunteer Award pin for their years of service.

Please click  here and fill out the nomination form.   Closing date is March 31, 2018.
Saying Goodbye to resident Johnny Bower and Councillor Jim Tovey  
            
Johnny Bower was well known to everyone and was one of the greatest hockey players of all time.  As goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs he led the team to the last Stanley Cup they have won to date.  But Johnny was much more than a legend.  He was a loving husband to Nancy and a father, grandfather and friend to many.   
 
I first met Johnny when I was working with Meadowvale Rotary who had received a grant to continue a bike lane around Osprey Marsh. I worked with him and Nancy and the neighbours to come up with a solution and design that would not impact on their privacy and we became friends.  A few years later I had the honour of naming the small park near his home after Johnny.  The very special park sign designed and built by hand by former fire fighter Ralph Noble. hangs at Meadowvale Four Rinks.  Johnny sat for hours in the cold on the unveiling day signing souvenir hockey pucks for the hundreds of people who came to help us celebrate.  That's the kind of man he was!!  Johnny made sure that his park was always kept clean and he took it upon himself to clean up any litter that might land there.  I will miss him and I am working with staff and the organizations that use Four Rinks to further commemorate his contributions to hockey especially by renaming one of the rinks at the arena in his honour.
 
It is so hard to lose a colleague and friend at any time.  Jim Tovey's passing was sudden and unexpected and has left us all in shock to this day.  Jim was a passionate crusader for the environment and he led the city to great planning along the waterfront.  He always had a new idea and thought outside the box.  Jim leaves a great legacy in his community that will last for a long long time.   

Jim was so full of life, loving music and never hesitating to get on a stage and belt out a Rolling Stones rendition.  He brought a lot of life to his community and will be missed by so many people.  Our thoughts remain with his wife Lee and his son Daniel and extended family. 

Coldest Night of the Year Walk for The Dam            
Once again I have entered a team for the Coldest Night of the Year. 
 
On the evening of February 24, I will be joining hundreds of residents to walk on the Coldest Night of the Year to raise funds for the Dam Youth Drop In and prevent homelessness in our community. This is a family-friendly, fun winter fundraising event for Mississauga's homeless, hungry and hurting. 
 
The walk begins and ends at the Meadowvale Community Centre & Library, 6655 Glen Erin Dr, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. 
 
My team name is "Pat's Plodders".   I am looking for people to join my team and raise funds and walk with me.  If you would like to be  a part of a fun evening and help our youth, Click here to donate or to join my team .
Peel Youth Charter
 
As one of the authors of the Peel Youth Charter in 2008, I was pleased to move a motion at the Janaury 25th Region Council meeting to reaffirm the charter on its Tenth Anniversary. We have done a lot to support and help our youth and will continue to do so.

One-On-One Ward 9 Meeting
            
You are invited to join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday March 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Meadowvale Community Centre - Program Room 2 located at 6655 Glen Erin Dr.
 
You will have a specific time to sit down with me in a private 10 minute session to ask questions or provide input into any issue.  
 
My goal is to speak with as many residents as possible and I hope you will participate.
 
In the past, the time slots filled up quickly and In order to provide time for everyone, I am asking that you register in advance and select your preferred time. 
6:00 7:30
6:10 7:40
6:20 7:50
6:30 8:00
6:40 8:10
6:50 8:20
7:00 8:30
7:10 8:40
7:20
 
To register please send me an email to  pat.saito@mississauga.ca  or call 905-896-5900.  Please indicate your first and second choice.  
I will do my very best to accommodate your preferred time slot. 
 
Earth Day Celebration 
            
Please plan to join me on Saturday April 21 from 9:00 am - 12 noon at Glen Eden Park, 7230 Copenhagen Rd to celebrate Earth Day.  We will also be celebrating #1milliontrees which is now five years strong.  Click here to learn about the One Million Trees campaign.  Watch for further details in future e-newsletters.
 Windwood Forest Update
 
I continue to have residents ask me when we will be removing the fencing around Windwood Forest on Glen Erin Drive at Inlake Court.
 
This woodland was originally fenced to discourage certain uses, as it had become degraded from heavy BMX bike use.  Since being fenced, the City has completed some restoration plantings.  Those plantings along with natural regeneration have helped to restore the woodland, but it is still recovering from these past impacts. 
 
I asked staff to look at the woods to see if restoration was complete and if it could be accessed again by residents.  After an extensive look at the site, they have advised me that their concern of removing the fence is that the progress we have seen could be lost and the health of the woodland could deteriorate again.  In addition, the topography of the woodland would be difficult to allow for it to be opened and a trail network installed without having negative impacts to the woodland.  After an on-site review, staff have proposed the following first steps:
  • The tall black chainlink fence along the south edge of the woodland (i.e., adjacent to park/path) be removed and replaced with page wire fencing.  This would provide a sufficient barrier to deter negative impacts to the woodland, while also providing a less rigid/impeded view of the woodland, increasing enjoyment of the woodland along the path directly adjacent. 
  • The installation of educational signage along the edge of the page wire fence would explain the historical/current management of the site and why it's important. 

 We will be holding a community planting event this year as the woodland would benefit from plantings to increase the biodiversity and ecological integrity.  Staff will also host an interpretive hike to allow the community to better understand the woodland and some of the sensitive features about it and why we are protecting it.

 

The woodland will be reviewed annually to assess its health and any possible opportunities to allow further use and appreciation of the woodland by residents.  

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Staying Safe 

The city of Mississauga continues to be among the safest cities in Canada.  While violent crimes have increased, Peel Police still has one of the top solve rates in the country and they are continuing to provide citizens with the tools to prevent them from becoming victims.  I held a safety meeting on December 11, 2017 where police officers provided statistics showing that our community is still one of the safest in the city.  Click here to view the statistics and other useful information provided at the meeting.  

Click  here to read the Safe City 2016 Annual Report.  Click here to view the Peel Regional Police website for the Crime Mapping information.   

Staying safe and knowing how and when to report incidents is critical.  If you and your neighbours have concerns about your community and would like to have Peel Police and Safe City staff attend a gathering to discuss, please contact me and I will make arrangements.

Please save and use the following important numbers:

To report graffiti, vandalism, litter or off-leash dogs in Mississauga parks or city facilities 
please call the City Security
24 Hour Facility Watch Hot Line
906-615-4060
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To report activities such as alcohol consumption, property destruction and suspicious behaviour
Peel Regional Police
905-453-3311
Follow Peel Regional Police on Twitter @PeelPoliceMedia
www.peelpolice.ca
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To learn about Neighbourhood Watch
Safe City Mississauga
905-615-4155
www.safecitymississauga.on.ca
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Emergencies   911
Free Dental Screening for Children
 
Call the Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 to book an appointment. Walk-in appointments for free dental screening will be offered for children 0-17 years of age for one day only on Friday February 9, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Region of Peel - Public Health Meadowvale Clinic located at 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle.
Sock Drive during month of February
 
Mississauga Libraries have launched a sock drive called 'Put a sock on it Sauga'.     Socks are the most requested item at shelters and the least donated. You can donate a new pair of socks (mittens/gloves/hats also accepted!) at Erin Meadows Library or Meadowvale Library and items will be distributed to those in need. Donations will be accepted until February 28, 2018.
 
Discover Ability Network

The Discover Ability Network is an online portal for employers seeking to hire employees with disabilities and employees with disabilities seeking employment. Click here to read more . Employers looking for more information can contact Navdeep Mangat, Discover Ability Coordinator at 416-622-1975 ext. 240.
Animal Care in Cold Weather 
   
          
Please remember that pet owners are required to provide proper shelter and care for their pets. Do not leave your pet outside when there are extreme cold alerts. 

Click here for the Standards of Care information. 
Be A Snow Angel - Help a Neighbour
 
There are many who can't shovel their driveway due to age or health.  Be a good neighbour and help them out.  Students may be able to earn your volunteer hours by helping neighbour.  
 
List of Natural Ice Rinks in Ward 9            
 
Thank you to the residents who volunteer their time and energy to maintain our local neighbourhood natural ice rinks.   Here is a list of all the rinks in the ward.  Please consider helping out and have fun. 


Charles "Bud" Brennan Memorial Park 
6181 Edenwood Dr.   
Promenade Meadows Park 
7099 Danton Promenade  
Union Park 
6627 Tenth Line West 
List of Toboggan Runs in Ward 9                
 
We are fortunate to have two places to toboggan in the ward.  As part of the construction of Union Park, we renovated the toboggan run making it safer to use and Castlegreen remains a fun place to play.

Union Park 
6627 Tenth Line West  
Castlegreen Meadows 
2829 Castlegreen Dr. 
Park Closures and Winter Parks Waste Management Update 
 
Last winter I and other Councillors received calls from residents about waste containers being removed from parks.  This is a regular part of the winter maintenance program and generally containers are removed from areas not in use such as soccer fields, etc.  All park areas, accessible trails, leash free zones, paved parking lots and toboggan hills that are open throughout the winter receive regular maintenance and retain waste containers allowing  park users to dispose of garbage, recycling and dog waste. 
 
This is done to prevent damage to park trails and grass from trucks needing to access to remove the waste.  However last year, many residents and pet walkers felt it was okay to just leave their pet waste in piles on the trails rather than carry it to the nearest bins.   
 
This creates a mess in our parks and shows disrespect for public land.  Council asked staff to leave as many cans as possible this year and in strategic locations.  All trails have enough waste cans that people can walk to to dump their pet waste so please use them.  It may mean you have to carry a bag a short distance but it protects our parks and keeps them clean.
 
Sites that will not receive winter maintenance include gravel parking lots, portions of trails , closed amenities (i.e. sport fields, spray pads) and locations that are unmaintainable throughout the winter season. Signs will be posted of the winter maintenance changes.  As these sites have limited use and are not easily accessible by crews, some waste containers will be removed.
  • Park waste is emptied on a scheduled basis. If you come across a can that is full, please report it by calling 3-1-1.
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On Street Parking Limit Changed

This is a reminder that the city has changed the on street parking limit.  One of the issues I am contacted about the most is parking.  For many years we have tried to find a way to meet the needs of our residents while keeping our roads clear for winter maintenance and access to driveways.    
 
We have brought in many options including the parking considerations when you need to park on the street but Councillors have had many requests for longer on street parking times.
 
Having discussed the issue thoroughly, we have voted to implement 5 hour parking across the city to meet the needs of the citizens.  This small increase in allowable time will enable residents to have guests visit them for longer than 3 hours without fear of getting ticketed.  This will be most noticed on holidays and other special occasions. 
 
At the same time we are banning overnight parking between 2:00 a.m. - 6 a.m.   At this time the ban only covers winter months but as of April 2018 it will be year round. The  5 hour on-street parking limit took effect January 1, 2018.   
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February is Black History Month 
   
          
I encourage you to take the time to participate in the festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.  I am looking forward to joining the congregation at Praise Cathedral on February 25th at their Black history celebration service.
 
This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.  
 
For more information:
 
Click here for Black History Canada
Click here for Government of Canada Black History information 
Click here for Mississauga Library recommended reading
Smart Cities Challenge 
 
              
The City of Mississauga is participating in Canada's Smart Cities Challenge. How do you think we could use innovation, data and technology to create a connected City?
 
There are opportunities where you can participate and get involved. Click here for information about what a Smart City is, what the City of Mississauga has already done and how you can get involved in the Smart Cities Challenge .
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Ward 9 Contest - Meadowvale
Theatre 
          
  
On January 25th I was pleased to attend a wonderful evening performance of the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Coat put on by Theatre Unlimited.    It was truly amazing and we were in awe at the talent on the stage. Our own  Michael and Gloria Buchert Tom Hope  and other local talent kept us clapping along and laughing all night. It was one of many sold out performances and its easy to see why these productions are so popular. 
 
This is Community Theatre at its best in our own neighbourhood in our fantastic theatre. The youth ensemble was spectacular and in fact everyone showed great talent. If you have not been to Meadowvale Theatre, I hope you consider attending one of the many performances even if you are not a winner in my monthly contest.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Susan Kimberley i s last month's lucky winner!
 
This month, WIN   2 tickets to the March 2018 performance of Anastasia - Canada's Ballet Jörgen.  Meadowvale Theatre Presents 2017-2018 Season . To WIN please email   your answer to the following question :
 
What item of clothing are Mississauga Libraries collecting this month?
 
I will draw a winner from all correct answers received by 10:00 am February 10, 2018. 
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.
                                                                                           
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PAT IN THE COMMUNITY
Affy's Grill Halal Steak House 5th Anniversary
 
Affy's was the first halal steak house in Mississauga and for the past
five years has provided the best in halal fine dining and hospitality.  It was my pleasure to see their success result in their expansion within the first year of operation.  

Coldest Night of the Year Launch 
 
I was very proud to wear my Coldest Night of the Year walkathon hoodie at this years launch held on January 20th.  

The walk which takes place on February 24th raises funds for the Dam Youth Drop-in.  Click here to support my team Pat's Plodders.
Village of Erin Meadows 15th Anniversary
 
It was such an honour to present certificate to 15 year resident Debbie as we celebrated the 15 year anniversary of  the  Village of Erin Meadows on January 19th. The Village has provided long term care to the residents that call Erin Meadows home.  I look forward to the completion of their expansion in the near future with the addition of retirement living, assisted living and memory care.  We are so fortunate to have the Village in Ward 9.  Click here to watch a video of my visit to the Village of Erin Meadows.

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