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Pat Saito

Councillor's Report
Ward 9
 
Tel: 905-896-5900  Fax: 905-896-5863   
Email:   pat.saito@mississauga.ca    
Website: ward9.ca 

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Dear Neighbour:

I had the pleasure of attending some very special events this month.  The one that impacted me the most was the celebration held by Meadowvale Hawks hockey team to recognize the great compassion and sportsmanship shown by a 10 year old Meadowvale player, David Boddy.  I have included details on this in the newsletter.  It is such a feeling of pride to know we have young people in our community who go that extra step to help others.

February 15th is Family Day and there are lots of free activities around Mississauga.  Click here for more details.

I want to thank the residents who signed up for my One on One session this month.  It is such a pleasure meeting with you in a quiet setting and discussing your issues.  We are planning the next session for April and will post dates and times in the next newsletter. 
 
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.
 
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Walk with me for our youth on the Coldest Night of the Year on February 20th!
 
On the evening of February 20, 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. This is a family-friendly, fun winter fundraising event for Mississauga's homeless, hungry and hurting.
 
The walk begins and ends at Cornerstone Church, 3020 Vanderbilt Rd, 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.  
 
I have registered my team and I am looking for residents to join me.  Please click here to donate or to join my team "Pat's Plodders" and help raise money for those who need it most.  You can also register your own team to help our youth here in Meadowvale by clicking here
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Need Input on Naming the new Park at Tenth Line/Aquitaine

We are moving ahead with building our new park at Tenth Line and Aquitaine and we need to give it a formal name.

I have been using the name "UNION PARK" in recognition of the Union Gas facility which existed on this site since the 1950's.  This would preserve the heritage of the property. 

I would like to get feedback on this name before I submit it to Council.  Please let me know if you agree that we should name it Union Park and if you disagree please offer other suggestions.

Send your comments by email to me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca.

The plans for the  park  are available for the community to view  at the Meadowvale Library.  You can also view them online by visiting my website at ward9.ca

We will be incorporating almost all the ideas from our community meetings into the park design.   
 
It will have something for all ages. A skate park designed by the youth in the community, multi purpose pad for basketball and skating, a water feature for cooling, pavillion, games tables, benches, paths, grass area, improved toboggan hill, hockey rink, landscaping, playground and adult fitness equipment. If the budget allows we will fence a small dog run area. 
 
The hockey rink and the dog area will be on the one acre that is reserved for a future fire station and paramedic station. The paramedic/fire stations are 10-15 years away so it will be used in the interim.
 
In advance of the park construction, we are installing the community natural ice rink although this has been delayed due to a problem with the water valve.  I have a few residents who have volunteered to maintain the rink but if you can help, please contact me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca.
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With David Boddy (on the left) and his new friend Hunter Barnhardt
Honouring Meadowvale Hawks Hockey Player - David Boddy
  
On February 5th I joined the celebrations honouring a wonderful young boy, David Boddy whose act of kindness made a big difference to his new friend Hunter Barnhardt. 

This young Meadowvale boy plays with the Meadowvale Hawks hockey team and is a great example of what good sportsmanship is all about. I was honoured to present David with a certificate and meet the coaches, parents and team mates ...I am so proud of this young boy!! 

To read more about David and Hunter's story click here and here.    
   
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Peel Launches Curbside Battery Collection in March

 
I am pleased that we will be launching our curbside battery collection of single-use household batteries in March. 

The collections will be:
March 14-25, and
November 7-18.

You will receive battery collection bags in the mail in late February so make sure you use them to collect used batteries to place at the curb from March 14-25. Place your single-use household batteries in the bag on TOP of your closed green organics cart. Please place out on your RECYCLING week only.

Batteries can also be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at The Battleford Recycling Centre (CRC) or at Erin Meadows Community Centre in the bin pictured above.
 
 Click here for more information.  
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Peel Police Warn about Growing Number of Tax, Utilities and Other Scams

Peel Regional Police is warning citizens and businesses about new and often sophisticated scams that prey on vulnerable taxpayers, utility users, and consumers.  
 
I have been contacted by a few residents who reported being approached by phone and at the door by individuals  who claim to represent utilities and government agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency.  These companies do not use these methods of contact and the calls are likely a scam.  Do not give any information over the phone or at the door!!  
 
Click here  to learn more and learn how to protect yourself.
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Erin Mills/Britannia Update 
 
I know that motorists are getting frustrated at the reduced lanes and delays at the intersection of Erin Mills and Britannia.  Region staff advise me that the work is now moving to south of the intersection in the median. The work is part of the sewer installation along Erin Mills.  The plan was to tunnel the entire length but conditions required some above ground work at this location.

All lanes will be opened as the work moves south.  T
he contractor is completing work on the last dewatering well early next week. We will then open the northbound through lane on Erin Mills Parkway and the east bound dual left turn lane on Britannia Road. This will be completed by the end of next week, Friday February 19th. One of the southbound dual left turn lanes will remain closed to provide access and the equipment required to operate the dewatering wells in the centre median.

Residents in the area should have received a letter from the contractor advising that they will be undertaking building condition surveys of the properties located in the vicinity of the construction compound.   If you live in the affected area click here to read the notice you should have received last week.
 
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Meadowvale Community Centre Update
 
Work continues to move along on the Meadowvale Community Centre and we have set dates for the opening this fall.  I am in meetings with staff to discuss programming to ensure we meet the needs of the community.    
I will also be asking for suggestions for naming of the rooms in the centre.  Watch for more information.

The building will be turned over to the city this summer at which time staff will move in in time for the September 6 opening date.  
 
Programs  will start the third week in September. I will be holding my annual
Seniors' Fair in the new building a bit later than usual this year on  September 13th .  I am also planning a Community Information Day the following weekend. The official opening party is planned for October 22 .
Mark these dates and more info will come later.  
 
I am working with our MP to ensure that we receive the Canada 150 funding that was promised for rebuilding the splash pad.  There will be a delay in reopening it but the end result will be a new enhanced splash pad.
MRA
Meadowvale Residents' Association 
  
I will be attending the monthly board meeting of our new residents' association this month to discuss various issues.  The Meadowvale Residents Community Association was founded at a meeting on October 7 and an executive has been elected.  I look forward to working with them on all local and city issues. 

The new organization is moving to affiliation with the city.  For information or to  get involved in the residents association, please email meadowvaleresidentsassoc@gmail.com.  You can also visit and like their Facebook page by clicking here.  

Awards
Civic Awards of Recognition Nominations Now Open

The City of Mississauga is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Civic Awards of Recognition Program.  
 
The awards are open to Mississauga groups and individuals who have volunteered in the community for more than 10 years. 
 
We have been presenting these awards to honour residents annually since 1992.  
The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre on May 31, 2016.  Due to limited seating capacity, only the first 100 nominations received will be considered for this year's event.
 
The nomination form and criteria can be found by clicking here.  
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Free Tax Clinic

Free tax clinics are being held by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Region of Peel.

Click here for dates and CRA clinic locations.  There are two CRA clinics in Ward 9, one at the Village of Erin Meadows and the other at West Credit Secondary School.  

Click here for Region of Peel clinic dates and locations. Please note that this website has not yet been updated by Peel Region therefore check it in the next few weeks for 2016 dates.
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New Waste Carts Update
 
I hope you are finding the new collection services to be easier to follow after 6 weeks of use.  I continue to receive some concerns from residents which have all been handled and referred to region staff. 

I have listed below online links where you can make reports, register complaints and find information.  You can also call the region at 905-791-9499.

Ward 9 has collection every Tuesday but a small section is on a different collection cycle than the rest of the ward.  Please be sure to check which calendar week you are on at www.peelregion.ca/waste/.  
 
If your carts are not collected,  you can also report this online at the Region of Peel's "Missed Waste Collection site" by clicking here.
 
Please note that the information provided in the owner's manual that was delivered with the carts is a sample calendar. It does not represent the actual collection schedule. Residents must visit the Region of Peel's "When does it go" link and type in your address to download your waste collection calendar. To download your collection calendar, click here.
 
To report broken or damaged carts, click here.
 
For some residents in townhouse complexes that have limited space, you will have received information on continuing to use bags for garbage and recycling along with your new organics (green) cart for your food waste. Bags must be clear or tinted blue bags only.  You should have received a supply of bags from the region.  If you did not please contact my office and we will ensure that this is followed up.  For more information on the system you will be using, click here.
 
Please note that when you place your organic bin curbside, bins must be locked.    
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Watermain Replacement for next two years
 
The Region is replacing watermains on certain streets in Ward 9 within the next two years.  

If your street is on the list, you may wish to delay any major landscaping or driveway works you may have planned until after the work has been completed. 

Please click here for the list of streets and the notice mailed to residents who live on these streets.  
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Britannia Road Construction in 2017
 
A reminder that the final section of Britannia Road, from Winston Churchill Blvd. to Erin Mills Parkway will be rehabilitated in 2017. This work will include construction of a concrete sidewalk on the south side of Britannia Road from Paddle Road to Glen Erin Drive. The existing sidewalk on the north side of Britannia Road from WCB to EMP will be replaced with a 2.5 - 3.0 meter (8 - 10 foot) asphalt multi use trail.
 
I have asked staff to maintain the road side ditches/shallow swale along Britannia Road if possible to incorporate more environmentally friendly drainage systems.

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Winter Weather in the City

Although we have not had much snow, our priority for winter maintenance is to ensure that emergency and public transit vehicles have safe access to routes on major roads. 

The City uses a priority route system to clear and salt roads, bus stops, priority sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. We encourage residents to keep up-to-date on the City's plowing and salting to plan ahead for travel with our Mississauga Roads App and Twitter channel @MississaugaSnow.
 
Roads are salted if snowfall is less than 8 cm (3 in.) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than 8cm (3 in.).

Priority roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).

Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24-36 hours after the end of a snowstorm. 

When snowfalls are intense or of long duration it can impact the length of time it takes for our crews to get to bus stops and side roads. The priority route system we use and the winter maintenance standards help our crews manage heavy snowfalls throughout the winter.  

For more information on winter maintenance click here.  
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Snow Season Parking
 
A reminder that roads with parked cars take longer to plow or salt. Please help plows and salters by removing vehicles from roads during heavy snowfalls.

A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga  from November 1 to March 31 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. This restriction will be enforced in accordance with the City's Traffic By-law.  
 
Vehicles left on City streets will be issued a penalty notice and are subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner.
 
During snow clearing operations,
temporary parking permits will be suspended.

For more information on the City's Traffic By-law, click here.
anniversary

Anniversary/Birthday Congratulations

 

  

If you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or wedding anniversary please contact me at 905-896-5900 or email me at 

pat.saito@mississauga.ca  and I would be pleased to send a letter of recognition and a small gift to commemorate the special occasion.  

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Eden Food for Change - Fresh Produce Box

Over 800 residents pick up a fantastic box of fresh vegetables and fruit each week and help support our local food bank.  Each week Eden Food for Change scours the Ontario Food Terminal to purchase fresh produce from local farmers and food distributors. 
 
Eden volunteers then create each box with a variety of fruit and vegetables and sell them to the community at cost. There are two sizes of boxes that can be ordered.  
 
Click here  to learn how to purchase your fresh produce box.
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Volunteer Opportunities
 
Many of us like to give back to the community. There are many ways you can help your neighbours and those in need.  Below is a list of organizations that accept volunteers.  My office also recruits volunteers throughout the year for community events.  Contact me to put your name on the list. 
 
Eden Food for Change
Click here for information on how to get involved
Email Janet the volunteer coordinator at janet@edenfcc.org 

The Dam Youth Drop-In
Click here for information on how to get involved
Email Jill the volunteer coordinator at  Jill@thedam.org 

Volunteer MBC
Click here for information on how to get involved and to apply online
Call Volunteer MBC at 905-238-2622
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Mental
Mental Health Services for Children and Youth 
 
Nearly 1 in 5 children will experience a mental health challenge in their lifetime. Nexus Youth Services provides assistance to parents and youth.

Call the Nexus Youth Services intake line at 
905-451-4655 Monday to Friday from 9:00 m - 4:30 pm.  A messaging system is available after hours and calls are returned the next day.  Please click here for more information.  
 
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PRP
Peel Regional Police - Recruiting Cadets

Are you 18 years old and interested in a Policing Career?
Have you considered applying as a Cadet to gain some experience in Law Enforcement first?

Click here to view a video that outlines the role of a Cadet and the requirements.
 
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Development  News
aquitaine
2700 Aquitaine Ave

The Ontario Municipal Board hearing for the application for three apartment buildings at 2700 Aquitaine has concluded.
 
We are still waiting for the decision of the Ontario Municipal Board.  Council refused the application and the applicant appealed to the OMB.  The hearing was in November but it can take 3-6 months for us to have a decision.  I will be advising residents as soon as I hear anything.

There are several other applications that are in process right now. Please visit ward9.ca and click on City Info/Development for ongoing updates.
New Ward 9 Businesses
Newbiz
Each month I will welcome a new business to the community.  If you would like to be recognized please contact me.  
 
I am looking forward to a new Nations Fresh Foods Grocery store coming to Erin Centre Blvd and Winston Churchill Blvd.   The store will occupy half of the present Rona store. Design work is ongoing and I look forward to welcoming this chain to our community.

Welcome to the Amazing Medical Clinic, a family practice and walk-in clinic located in Unit 5 at 6700 Meadowvale Blvd.  For information call 905-567-3500.

Pat in the Community
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Two Ward 9 Schools Receive Award
  
I was pleased and proud to present the Wildewood Award for School Zone Safety to  Plum Tree Park Public School (photo on the left) and Shelter Bay Public School (photo on the right) on January 20th at Council.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff, parents and students at both schools for their efforts towards ensuring a safer and better community for everyone.



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Erin Mills Connects
 
I attended the first meeting of Erin Mills Connects on January 21st at John Fraser Secondary School. 
 
This new community group will bring together educators, organizations and government to help the youth in the community. 
 
We will meet again in early March to start planning the future of this new initiative. I am looking forward to playing a large role in supporting the group. 
 
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Zebra Robotics
 
I had the pleasure of touring Zebra Robotics located on Millcreek on January 22nd and met a great group of kids who taught me about robotics. 
 
These teams were preparing to compete in a competition in Waterloo the following weekend.
PMC
Meeting with Peel Multicultural Council

I had a great meeting on January 27 with Peel Multicultural Council to talk about their employment program for newcomer professionals.  Click here to learn about PMC.

Thank you Solomon Thomas and Charmaine DeGannes.
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International Interfaith Harmony Week
  
I attended a wonderful inspiring breakfast on February 1st at the Fo Guang Shan temple in Meadowvale to celebrate International Interfaith Harmony Week. 

I was proud to represent the city and join with representatives of many faiths to promote harmony in our communities. I was very pleased to see representatives from the Ar Rahman Centre of Meadowvale in attendance also.
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Festival of Friends
  
I had the pleasure of attending the Mississauga Festival Choir's amazing Festival of Friends concert on February 6th at Eden United Church.

The finale had over 300 voices from seven choirs performing.   Funds raised go to Alzheimers Society of Peel.
 
The photo on the right was taken with David Ambrose, Artistic Director of the Mississauga Festival Choir.
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Ringing in Chinese New Year at Fo Guang Shan Temple
  
I was pleased to ring in the Chinese New Year once again as I have done for the past seventeen years at the Fo Guang Shan Temple at midnight on Sunday February 7th.   This year is the Year of the Monkey.
   
With my husband Ron
    
With Mississauga-Streetsville MP Gagan Sikand
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Chinese New Year at Civic Centre


I was pleased to join the Mississauga Chinese Business Association New Year Reception at city hall on February 8th

 

Upcoming Events
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Free Family Day Activities
 
There are a number of free Family Day activities in Mississauga on Monday February 15, 2016.  

Enjoy free swimming at Erin Meadows Community Centre and free skating at Meadowvale Four Rinks.  For full details click here

For activities at Celebration Square click here.

For information on Snow Day at Benares House click here.  

Other Family Day Activities:

Please note that libraries will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.  
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Heritage Mississauga Selfie Contest 
 
To honour Black History Month, Heritage Week and Heritage Day (Feb 16), Heritage Mississauga will be having a "Selfie Contest" all month long! 
 
The contest runs from February 1st to 29th, 2016 with the hashtag:#HeritageMississaugaSelfieContest
 
For more information please click here .    
 
Below is a list of some of the heritage sites in Ward 9:
 
Eden Cemetery (2830 Derry Road West), established c1840
Lake Wabukayne and Lake Wabukayne Trail
The well at Lake Wabukayne
Farm Gate Posts, Glen Eden Park (7230 Copenhagen Road)

Maplewood Park

Lake Aquitaine 

The water tower at the Meadowvale GO station

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February is Black History Month
 
I encourage you to celebrate Black History Month in February by honouring the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Praise Cathedral located in Ward 9 at 6785 Millcreek Drive is celebrating Black History Month the weekend of February 19 to Feb 21, 2016.  Please call the church for details at 905-828-4870.
 
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 Black History Stamp information
Click here for Mississauga Library recommended reading
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Job and Education Fair
 
Student Times has organized a Job and Education Fair being held on Saturday February 20, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

Click here for more information.
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Terry Fox Trivia Night
 
There will be a Terry Fox trivia night on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm
at The Crown &Lion Pub at 7985 Financial Drive (corner of Steeles Ave at Financial Drive.)

Please email crownandlion@bellnet.ca and copy michael.kibsey@hotmail.com if interested.  
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Adopt a Seniors' Home Team Challenge 
 
Adopt a Seniors' Home - Meadowvale Minor Hockey's ME51 Atom Red issues a challenge to hockey teams across Canada to spread some hockey cheer this winter.

Many seniors would love to come to hockey games, but need to be invited and given a schedule. Larger, reputable seniors' homes have a bus, trained staff and an Activity Coordinator to transport and accompany seniors who are mobile and interested in outings.

 Please contact Liz Wilson-Ciconte at lizwilson-ciconte@rogers.com or at 905-814-5844.  Click here to learn more.
 
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Husky Day at Toto Park
 
Husky owners, lovers, and anyone thinking of getting a Husky are encouraged to come ou t to Totoredaca (Toto) Park on Saturday, Feb. 27th 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For those considering getting a Husky this is a great way to find out more about the breed as well as the pros and cons of owning them.

Totoredaca Leash-Free Dog Park is located at 2715 Meadowvale Blvd.

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Annual Seniors' Fair - Hold the Date 
 
I usually hold my annual Seniors' Fair in June. This year I will hold it in September to coincide with the re-opening of the Meadowvale Community Centre.

Please hold Tuesday September 13, 2016 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in your calendars and watch for details about the Seniors' Fair in future newsletters.

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Meadowvale Theatre 
 
Click here for the Meadowvale Theatre line-up of performances for the 2016 season.  

This month Shrek the Musical runs from February 19 to February 28th.  
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Peel Regional Police - Cyber Academy 
 
Peel Regional Police have added an additional Cyber Academy in May.  

These sessions teach residents how to protect themselves and their family from cyber crimes and are excellent for everyone. 

Courses are offered every  Tuesday evening in May 2016  and you must register to attend. Click  here  to learn more and to register. 

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Credit Valley Horticultural Society 
 
Credit Valley Horticultural Society meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August at 8:00 pm  at the South Common Community Centre, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga.  
 
For more information please visit  www.creditvalleyhort.ca .    
 

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Streetsville Horticultural Society 
 
The Streetsville Horticultural Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month September through June at the Community Christian Reform Church of Meadowvale, 2630 Inlake Court, Mississauga. Doors open at 7pm, meetings start at 7.30pm.

For more information please visit  www.streetsvillehort.ca .    
 

                            Contact Councillor  Patricia (Pat) Saito
905-896-5900 | www.ward9.ca
  
  300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Floor, Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C1
 
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