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Upcoming Events
Food Drive
June 4 

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 June 4, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for a Food Drive to collect food for Eden Food for Change. 
Vegetarian Food Fair
June 5 

The 2016 World Religion Prayers for Peace Ceremony and
Buddha's Light Vegetarian Food Fair Carnival will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Fo Guang Shan Temple, located at 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, Ontario.
 
Ninth Line Lands 
Visioning Session
June 6 

In 2002, I was proud to spearhead the city purchasing from the province 195 acres of land on the west side of Ninth Line between Eglinton and Hwy 401.  The lands were bought mainly to provide the major sports facilities for the new Churchill Meadows Community that was in Ward 9 at that time.  The lands were in Milton until we were successful in having the boundary changed in 2010 and they became part of Mississauga. 

There is an existing Official Plan from Halton Region on the lands and a portion along the 407 is a planned transit corridor that I have been advocating for since it was proposed in 1998. 
Now the City has an opportunity to put our own Official Plan on the lands and determine what they will look like along with the transit corridor.  Resident input is important as we move to shape the future of these lands, not only those owned by the city but also the privately owned parcels.

Please join us to share your ideas as we move towards a plan for the Ninth Line lands.  The visioning session in Ward 9 is on June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Garry Morden Fire Training Centre at 7535 Ninth Line. 
 
There will also be a meeting in Ward 10 on June 8 at Stephen Lewis school on Thomas Street at 6:30.

Come out and share your vision at either session. 
 
The lands in Ward 9 are all those north of the railway line and include the 300 acres we bought for recreational services when the entire area was part of the ward.
June 2, 2016

I am pleased that Council supported my motion to light the tower at City Hall on World Eating Disorders Day on June 2, 2016. 

Click above for information about all Seniors' Month events being held by the City.

Click here for information about the City's Older Adult Expo being held on June 1, 2016.
Annual Seniors' Fair

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

Mark your calendars for the official opening taking place on October 22, 2016 and watch for news here and on my website at  ward9.ca.
Lisgar GO Station Farmers Markets
Starts June 12, 2016
 
The farmers markets at Lisgar GO station were such a success last year that they are coming back!
 
Eden Food for Change and Many Feathers  will run the farmers markets every Sunday starting June 12 to October 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday evening of every month except July and August.  
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of the month September through June in Meadowvale.  
Quick Links and Updates
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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.  
Be An Ontario Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games taking place August 11 to 14.  

I am proud to sit on the Host Committee and I am seeing the excitement building as we get closer to the games.  I am glad I was able to get the above sign posted in Meadowvale.  

We are looking for volunteers to help make the games a success so click here to learn more and to volunteer.  
Youth ages 12 to 14 can get unlimited free rides within Mississauga on MiWay and unlimited free public swimming at City of Mississauga heated indoor and outdoor pools during July and August.
City fire crews will be 
door-knocking this spring and summer to talk about fire safety.  Click above for more information.
    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! 
May 31, 2016
Ward 9 Councillor's e-newsletter 
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Dear Neighbour:

I am sending out a second newsletter this month as there is so much going on in Ward 9.  

Despite some rain, we had a wonderful turnout at the annual Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day on May 14th.  Many residents joined me and the Friends of Wabukayne for a fun filled day with a BBQ and popcorn along with over 16 community booths and entertainment.  We also offered free Hands on CPR training and fitness demos.  

I am very excited to partner with our  Meadowvale Residents Association on June 4th to hold a food drive for Eden Food for Change.  Many thanks to the MRA for organizing the event and to our Argentia Superstore for hosting us.  Starting June 12, the farmers markets open again at our Lisgar GO station and run every Sunday. Details can be found to the left in the Upcoming Events section.

Work continues on the Meadowvale Community Centre as we draw close to the time when the city assumes the building this July!  Also work has started on Union Park at Tenth Line and Aquitaine. 

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 to the 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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Council Launches Discounted Affordable Transit

As we try to support our citizens in need, Council approved a new program that will provide a subsidy for transit for low income riders.  The pilot program is limited this year to 2500 people and applications are available from June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016. The program will run until Feb 28, 2017. Click here for more info on how to apply.
Meadowvale Community Police Station Closing

This is a reminder that the Meadowvale Community Police station is being closed as of 
June 30, 2016. This was the first sub station to open in the region in 2003 and has served our community well. 
 
The Police Services Board made the decision to close our station after a review of the service and the use. I want to thank all the officers who have worked at the Meadowvale station serving our community for all of these years.
UBER Update
 
The discussion over TNC's such as UBER in Mississauga has been going on for a long time.  UBER has been operating illegally in the city and both drivers and the company have been issued fines which are now in court.

Recent media articles have said that Council has backed down on our demand for UBER to stop operating in Mississauga.  We have done no such thing!  We have stated very clearly that we do not tolerate an illegal operation and our Licensing By-Law staff will continue to issue violations to drivers and the company if they continue to ignore the by-laws that say they must follow the existing regulations.

I do understand that many residents like UBER and other similar transportation options but we cannot condone illegal operations.  We have told the UBER representatives that they can operate under the existing by-laws which cover safety concerns such as inspections, driver training and most importantly insurance.
 
The reality is that times are changing and companies like UBER are here to stay and in fact expand.  But Council also has an obligation to safeguard the employment of our taxi drivers many of whom have invested a lot of money into their cabs and license plates. 

I feel very strongly this issue should be dealt with by the province so that everyone is on a level playing field.  As the province has not acted, each municipality is left to design their own regulations and programs.  In order to get things done, I moved a motion at the May 25 council meeting on behalf of the Mayor to establish a committee that will include TNC and taxi representation to develop a one year pilot program that would allow any TNC to operate in Mississauga.  This is not shutting the door to these types of options but they must be regulated for the safety and health of our citizens.   
 
I believe what we have done is a responsible way of dealing with an illegal operation and protecting our legally operated taxi industry while looking to the future of transportation.
Name approved for "Union Park" 

I am delighted to inform you that our newest park at Aquitaine and Tenth Line has a name.  Council supported the motion to name the park " Union Park" on May 18, 2016.  I would like to thank all the residents who participated in the park re-naming survey.  Although there were some very good and unique suggestions made, m ore than 50% of residents supported the name Union Park.

This name not only recognizes the longest time landowners of the property - Union Gas but also is reflective of the union of all ages at the park.  There is truly something for everyone as you will see when the park opens this fall.

Work at the park site has already started.  Cut and fill works to shape the various park features are underway as per schedule and topsoil stripping has been completed.  Watch over the coming months for our new, exciting facility to emerge from this vacant land.
Dog Waste Stations Pilot Project

As of March 30, a pilot project in Lake Aquitaine Park for the disposal of dog waste will start.  We are installing 5 stations around the park, each of which will have a supply of biodegradable bags for the public to use and a bin specifically designed for the waste.  

The city has hired a contractor  to empty the units, starting at a frequency of 3 times per week.  The intent is to divert the waste away from the litter stream.  This should also serve to reduce odour from the existing garbage containers which fill up quickly with dog waste

An additional station will be installed at the Q Park Leash free zone.  
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Meadowvale Water Tower to get New Look 

Meadowvale residents have long seen the water tower at the Meadowvale GO station as a landmark of our community.  This will change as of this summer when Region of Peel removes the bulb at the top of the tower and replaces it with a straight pole structure.  Click here to see what the new tower will look like.

The tower has not held water for some years and has been used by Peel Police for communication purposes.  There is a need to expand this use and it made sense to remove the unused bulb.  The bulb would require much maintenance in future which does not make sense for an unneeded structure.

I have asked the Region to continue to identify the community on the new structure and I am pleased that it will in future read "Meadowvale" instead of Mississauga so we will continue to have our community landmark visible.
Meadowvale Library Update
  
The Meadowvale Library in the Meadowvale Town Centre will close on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The Library will re-open in its new location at the Meadowvale Community Centre on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
 
A small celebration will be held at the Library on August 6 to thank customers for their support watch my website at ward9.ca for details closer to the date.  I am very excited to finally have the Library in the same location as the Community Centre after more than 30 years!

Lisgar GO Station Pedestrian Crossing - Update
 
Plans to construct the pedestrian safety island on Tenth Line south of the railway crossing are underway.  I had hoped this work could take place this summer but we have had a delay as a result of requirement to have a CP flag person on site during construction. 
 
I have asked CP Rail to expedite this request and have been told that that it might be 2 - 3 month before they have someone available but I hope they will be able to speed this up.  
Lake Wabukayne Playground made more accessible
  
I am pleased to announce the completion of the retrofit to the playground at Lake Wabukayne Park.  The park now has full access to the playground as well as accessible flooring.

This was made possible through funding from Service Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund (
EAF).  As I am a strong promoter of removing barriers for all, this was a welcome addition to our community.
Lake Aquitaine Splash Pad Update
  
There is good news and bad news regarding our Lake Aquitaine splash pad.  The good news is that we are going to be completely rebuilding it to a larger splash pad.  The bad news is that in order to do so, it will have to remain closed this summer.  The work is being done partly using funding from the Canada 150 grants and our timing is dictated by the funding requirements.

Splash Pad construction will begin around mid-June and should completed by mid-August.  During this time period, the pathway loop adjacent to the parking lot and splash pad will be closed to the public.  Signage will be placed at all entrances to the park. 

Multi-use Trail on Thomas Street
 
To encourage more active lifestyles including walking and cycling, the city is  building  a 1.3 km (0.8 miles) multi-use trail on the north side of Thomas Street, between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Erin Mills Parkway, in 2016.  This project will replace the existing narrow sidewalk with a 3.0 - 3.2m (9 - 10.5 ft) wide asphalt trail for pedestrian and cyclist use.
 
The existing on-street parking on Thomas Street will remain. There would be no changes to the road design or operations.
 
The proposed trail will continue east on Thomas Street in Ward 11, towards Queen Street in Streetsville. The trail will connect to the existing trail to the west on Thomas Street between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Tenth Line. Click here to see a colour map of this project.

Work is expected to start this fall for completion in early 2017.  
New - Sign Up for Property Tax ebilling

I  am pleased to advise that residents can now sign up to view their Interim and Final property tax bills online through eBill beginning with the 2017 Interim billing. Click here for more info.
Pets and Hot Weather

As we approach the 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.  Click here for information from Animal Services.
Garage Sale Signs

Now that Garage Sale season is in full swing please be aware that once the sale is over, posted signs need to be removed.  As well, they should never be plced on Stop signs or traffic signal signs.  Click here for more info.
Repair Work starting at Erin Mills Pkwy and 403 Underpass
  
The  Ministry of Transportation has advised that repair work is being done on the underpass of Erin Mills Parkway at the 403. 

The work starts this month and will go until fall. 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.
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.
City Rolls out SaugaBusks
 
The city has rolled out the SaugaBusk pilot project and Buskers will be performing throughout the city until September.  Ward 9 was the first to have a busker, entertaining the crowds at the Lake Wabukayne event on May 14th. Below is the busking schedule for the summer months for Ward 9:
 
Lake Aquitaine     
Sept 17 - 18               12 noon - 4:00 pm
Lisgar GO Farmers Market
Aug 7, 14 and 21        9:00 am - 11:00 am
Protect against Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus

I am running this article once more as it is important that everyone know how to protect your pets and family against Lyme disease which is spread by deer ticks.
 
Please remember to be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks which are a concern this year and can cause Lyme Disease.  Vets in Mississauga report increased numbers of ticks on pets this spring. 

Mississauga's Animal Services website has now posted information about protecting your pets so check it out.

To find out how to prevent ticks and what to do if you do find them, click  here.  

Click here for info on West Nile virus.
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.
PAT IN THE COMMUNITY
With Patricia Anderson and Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras
2016 Citizen of the Year
Patricia Anderson was honoured on May 27th at the 2016 Civic Reception sponsored by the Mississauga News and Mississauga Real Estate Board.   

This was a well deserved honour for Patricia who has been chair of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival's volunteer board of directors since its inception two decades ago.
Paramedic Week

I celebrated Paramedic Week (May 2 - May 28) with our great staff in Peel. The first defibrillator was installed in Peel buildings and there are many more to follow. 

Keeping our citizens safe and healthy is a priority for Paramedics. Thanks to our paramedics for training so many residents in CPR at the Lake Wabukayne event on May 14!
St. John Ambulance 50th anniversary

I was very proud to congratulate St. John Ambulance on their 50th anniversary on May 26th at Regional Council.  We depend on the staff and volunteers of St. John Ambulance for support at all events in Mississauga and Peel.
MNBA Major Bantam Tournament

I was able to stop in over the Victoria Day Long weekend and watch some baseball at the 10th annaul Michael Kim Memorial MNBA Major Bantam Tournament which was held at Meadowvale North Park.  

Unfortunately, our home team, Mississauga North did not win the tournament though they made it to the finals and lost by one run. However, this team has all it takes to win the tournament at the National level. They are working hard to attain that goal by the end of the summer.  Click here to learn more about the Mississauga North Baseball Association.
City hosts Consul General of India

I was pleased to welcome the Consul General of India,  Mr. Dinesh Bhatia to city hall on March 19th and join the Mayor and staff in a discussion of economic development.
Mississauga Seniors' Council AGM

I was delighted to attend the Mississauga Seniors' Council AGM on March 17th at Heritage Glen. 

The seniors' council is comprised of representatives from the various seniors' clubs in Mississauga and advocates on behalf of seniors.
City Hosts Turkish Consul General

I was pleased to join my colleagues as we welcomed the Turkish Consul General Mr. Erdeniz Sen at city hall on March 16th.   This was an opportunity to  to further strengthen relations between Mississauga and the Turkish community.
Happy Birthday Stephen Reist

It was an honour to be invited to join members of the Meadowvale Neighbours C afé  as they celebrated Stephen Reist's 45th birthday on March 16th. Stephen's determination led him and a group of volunteers to create the Café.  This has been a resounding success and has benefited so many people.  
50th Anniversary of Fo Guang Shan 

I was honoured to bring greetings on May 15th at the Fo Guang Shan temple in Meadowvale at the launch of the 50th Anniversary of Fo Guang Shan worldwide.  It is always a pleasure to join the wonderful people at the temple.
 
There was also a retrospective exhibit to celebrate 50 years of Fo Guang Shan at City Hall held in the main lobby on May 28.
CPR Hands on Training
Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day

The day started out with showers but that didn't dampen the spirit of the many residents who came out to the annual Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day on May 14th.  
 
Residents  joined me and the Friends of Wabukayne for a free BBQ popcorn and lots of activities.   
 
There were fitness demos, community booths and  a busker who entertained us with his guitar playing and singing.  Residents also participated in the free Hands On CPR training by Peel Paramedics.
 
With city Busker
With members of the Friends of  Wabukayne 

With the Ward 9 popcorn crew
With city security
Long Service Appreciation Luncheon

I was pleased to attend the city's Long Service Appreciation luncheon on May 13th in recognition of our long time employees. I was honoured to receive my own 25 year pin a few years ago. It is always a pleasure to thank those who have long productive service at the city and I am very proud of the city's hard working employees.
Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | http://www.ward9.ca
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