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2014 January Ward 9 Councillor's Report - Vol 7

Dear Neighbour:

The biggest news this Christmas season was undoubtedly the ice storm that hit our city right before Christmas.  Ward 9 was particularly hard hit with numerous streets losing many if not all of their large trees. As I drove around Meadowvale after the storm I was saddened to see so much devastation. 


City Forestry staff will be dealing with the aftermath of the storm for some months to come and it will take years to replace the trees we lost in this storm.  


I want to say how proud I am of how our community came together to help their neighbours as we faced this devastating ice storm. I am proud also of all our staff who put in long hours to help get us through this. They kept roads open, got power back on, directed traffic, repaired broken water mains, answered calls, removed trees and much more. Many of them were on vacation for Christmas and came back in to work to help out.


The preliminary estimate for damage from the storm is $20 to $25 million but that amount could grow as the full extent of the damage is seen in spring.  This is money that would come from taxpayers but on January 9th, City Council passed a resolution requesting the Provincial and Federal governments to develop new programs for future disaster mitigation that would include urban flooding, winter storms, erosion control and other severe storm events, that reflect the reality of climate change and include funding of rehabilitation of municipal infrastructure to mitigate future environmental and storm event impacts

We have also joined with the other GTA municipalities asking the upper levels of government to cost share in the costs of the ice storm. 


Many residents contacted me asking if the City would pick up the debris from their private trees.  While I made this request of Council, the decision was that all debris on private land was the responsibility of the homeowner.  Regional Council passed a similar motion and did initiate a yard waste program that required tree debris to be bundled.  This was not very successful as most of the limbs are encased in snow and ice so the program has been stopped and will resume in spring.


Council has expanded the $200 maintenance subsidy to low income residents to help them deal with costs of the storm.  For information please click here



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 Ward Meetings


Ward Meetings Update


Islamic Centre proposal  


The formal public meeting for the Meadowvale Islamic Centre application will be held on March 24th at 7 p.m at the Planning and Development Committee meeting at City Hall.  


 At that time, Council will hear the proposal and also receive all comments that have been emailed to date.  Residents are invited to attend the meeting and speak to the application also. 


My Ward meeting which I held on November 25th to show the proposal for the Meadowvale Islamic Centre at 6496 and 6508 Winston Churchill Boulevard was well attended and I have received many comments on the application.  That meeting was more informal but all comments will be included in the final report.   
Concerns raised at that meeting centred around traffic, parking and size and height of the building.  These will all be addressed by staff as they review the application. 
Residents wishing to make formal written comments to be received by Council should email them to me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca.  Please state in your email that you grant me permission to forward your comments.

Apartment application 2700 Aquitaine

I am holding a ward meeting to hear from residents regarding this application to construct three apartment buildings at 2700 Aquitaine Avenue.  My meeting is on Wednesday February 19th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Meadowvale West Church Centre,  6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle.  The formal Public Meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 14th.  

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Ward 9 News
FREE Tickets to a Mississauga Steelheads Game!


The Mississauga Steelheads 2013-2014 season is well under way and there is lots of great action still to come at the Hershey Centre!


 I am hosting a FREE Ward 9 night on Friday February 28th.

The Steelheads will be playing against the Oshawa Generals and game time is 7:30 pm.  Please email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca and indicate how many tickets you would like.  I look forward to having residents join me on February 28th and helping me cheer on our OHL team.  GO STEELHEADS GO! 


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Snow Clearing


To stay up to date on snow clearing services,check the City website by clicking here. 


You can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for updates.  


You can also call our Information Snow Line 905-615-SNOW (7669) to hear recorded information about our winter maintenance services and updates during a snow event, available 24/7.



Protecting your Pet from Winter Hazards 


The winter weather can present many challenges to pets.   


Pets should NOT be left outside in extreme cold conditions.  Please be sure to bring them in.  If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for your pet.


Ice, snow, salt and grit may accumulate on your pet's feet and in turn cause irritation.


To avoid this, you can buy special winter booties for pets or simply wipe or rinse your pet's paws with lukewarm water after each walk to remove snow, grit and salt residue.  Extra care must be taken while walking pets as unexpected slippery conditions can increase the chance of a fall.


If you own a pet that is allowed to play outdoors, do remember to check their paws too.  If you think your pet may be experiencing an irritation from the snow, ice, grit any salt or any other medical issue consult your veterinarian.


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City to Launch "Let's Play In The Park" Summer 2014


I am pleased to announce that the playground program will be coming back to Ward 9 this summer.   Watch for it at Lake Aquitaine Park. 


Mississauga Council endorsed a pilot playground program of free, safe and supervised activities to be offered in 12 parks throughout the city this summer.  "Let's Play in the Park" will give 11,000 children aged six to 12 years the chance to play in the park with trained leaders each weekday for a nine-week period in their local neighbourhoods.


The three-hour daily program will deliver quality recreational services for children.  Staff will plan a variety of organized games, sports, arts and crafts and nature skills activities.


The pilot program budget of $80,200 will not be funded through taxes with financial contributions coming from youth employment grants and the Jerry Love Children's Fund.  Its continuation in future years will be based on usage, feedback and getting commitment from a multi-year corporate sponsor.


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City of Mississauga to Licence Businesses


In December, Council approved amendments to the City's Business Licencing By-law 1-06 to license personal services businesses such as body piercing, tattooing, hairdressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure and other services.


This was a result of a request from the Region of Peel's Medical Officer of Health to licence personal services businesses  The licencing requirements will be enforced in co-operation with Peel Public Health staff to help reduce the risk of infections and blood-borne diseases from these services.


Personal services businesses are businesses where aesthetic services such as body piercing, tattooing, hairdressing, barbering, manicure, pedicure and other services are provided where there is a risk of exposure to blood.


Peel Public Health inspects these businesses, as required by the province's Public Health Standards.  The Region of Peel is only able to do these inspections if businesses can be identified. Licencing of personal services businesses will assist with identification. 


You can read the corporate report by clicking here.


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LED Street Lighting Project Conserves Energy at Halfway Point


One year into the two-year project and the installation of 49,600 of Mississauga's new street lights is nearly halfway completed and already conserving energy.


The conversion of street lights from the yellow-orange colour of traditional street lights to the more natural white light source of Light Emitting Diode (LED) began in early 2013. Almost a year later, work crews have installed almost 21,000 LED street lights.


Council approved the conversion based on future energy savings.  Also the white lighting makes our streets much safer as they give better visability.


Already there has been a noticeable energy saving for the City.  In 2013, we had a reduction of 404, 585 kilowatt hours. compared to 2012. This amount is more than the energy used to operate the four ice rinks at the City's Iceland facility for one month.


I have had some calls from residents that the LED street lights sometimes stay on during the day. This occurs whenever the LED light fixture temporarily loses connection with the gateway which provides wireless communication and control for the system. As a safety measure, the lights are programmed to stay on to ensure streets are lit at night. Once all areas in the city are converted to LED lights, this temporary safety measure will be corrected.  


When the LED installation project is completed in December 2014, the City will reduce its carbon footprint by saving 55 per cent in energy costs and have a significant reduction in maintenance costs.  


Ward 9 lights are planned to be converted this year. 



Public Input Needed: Taxi Licences


The February 4, 2014 Public Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting will consider information and input around how taxi licences are issued, including accessible taxi licences, to ensure public needs and taxi service requirements are balanced.

At this meeting, the committee will consider issuing new taxi licences pending further input from stakeholders and the public. 


The City of Mississauga taxi cab plates are issued based on criteria such as: number of trips dispatched by brokerages, increase in the business industry, population increases or decreases and other factors. 


The committee will meet on Tuesday February 4th at 9:30 am at the Mississauga Civic Centre in the Council Chamber.  The public is invited to attend this meeting.

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Voters Can Update Their Info Online


Mississauga is supporting a new pilot program that lets residents update their voters' list information online. The City is partnering with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to launch voterlookup.ca.


People who are eligible to vote in the 2014 Municipal Election can visit voterlookup.ca to either confirm or update their information in a few easy, paperless steps.  MPAC is responsible for providing voters' lists to municipalities for the municipal election coming up on October 27, 2014.


By making sure their information is up to date at voterlookup.ca, voters can help municipalities run elections more efficiently and help themselves to a speedier experience at the polls.


For more information, visit MPAC's website at  www.mpac.ca or call 1-866-296-6722.

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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.   


As well, if you would like a city plaque from the Mayor to commemorate the special occasion, please click here for information on how to arrange for one.


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Ward 9 Activities
Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Walk















On Saturday December 7th I had the pleasure of attending the Salvation Army Cornerstone Community Church "Santa Shuffle" which is a 1 km walk or 5 km run.  


This merry event helps the Salvation Army assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. 


Many thanks to all who participated in this worthwhile cause.

Cram-A-Cruiser Food Drive

Many thanks to the Peel Regional Police 11 Division Community Liaison Committee and 11 Division officers for holding a successful Cram-A-Cruiser food drive on December 7.  
Over 2,671 pounds of food was donated by shoppers at the Real Canadian Superstore at Argentia and Winston Churchill. 
Many thanks for your generous donations. 
Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale Luncheon
I had the pleasure of joining members of the Mississauga-Meadowvale Rotary Club on December 7th for their annual Christmas luncheon for seniors at Heritage Glen.
I had a great time working with them to serve lunch to about 120 of our seniors.  Thank you to all the seniors who brought an unwrapped toy for the Christmas toy drive.  You will make some child very happy on Christmas Day. 
Displaying the toys donated
Seniors enjoying their Christmas lunch
Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities Brunch
On Sunday December 8th I was pleased to attend a brunch hosted by the Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities and present certificates to some of the wonderful volunteers.
The brunch which was held at the C-Banquet facility at City Hall was in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Meadowvale Seniors' Social Club Christmas Luncheon
With Wanda Unger
With Marie and William Wolfs, Lucy Redman and 
Lois and Bernard Jordaan
On Wednesday December 11th I joined the Meadowvale Seniors' Social Club at their annual Christmas luncheon.
The club is very active and over 100 seniors attended the luncheon which was the last one to be held in the present community centre..
Ward 9 Annual Family Free Skate
Pat with Ward 9 Volunteer Asim Zaidi
With Sauga, the Mississauga Steelheads mascot
On Sunday December 15th I held my annual family free skate at Meadowvale Four Rinks.  I was joined by Sauga, the Steelheads mascot and by many families who took to the ice.  Every year we also ask families to make a donation and collected food for the Eden Community Food Bank.  Thanks our MPP Bob Delaney and to all who came out to join me and who donated to the food bank. 
New Year's Levee


This New Year's Eve celebration and New Year's Day Levee was a very special one as it was the last one Hazel attended as our Mayor.


Hundreds of residents braved the cold at celebration square on New Year's Eve and hundreds more stopped in to City Hall to wish the Mayor well on New Year's Day. 

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Family Fun Day at Meadowvale Theatre


On Thursday January 2nd families dropped in to Meadowvale Theatre from 

12 noon - 4:00 pm to watch classic Mickey Mouse movies, draw on real film, dance to music and much more.


Upcoming Events
Second Annual Evening for Miracles Gala 

This event is in support of near drowning survivor Jesse Arrigo who's loving grandfather Bob is a
resident of Ward 9.  Jesse is our Ward 9 Miracle Baby and I encourage you to help support his family as he continues to recover from his life threatening ordeal. 


To read about Jesse's story please click here.


Please consider attending the gala on Saturday February 1st at 6:00 pm and supporting Jesse and other children suffering from Brain injuries.  For information and to learn how to purchase tickets please click here.  If you are interested in the Corporate Sponsorship Program please click here.

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Coldest Night of the Year


Bundle up and walk on February 22, 2014 in the
Coldest Night of the Year, a 5 & 10 km fundraising walk held by The Dam in Meadowvale in support of the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community and 60+ other cities across Canada.

Last year my team "Councillors Brrrrrraving the Cold", raised $4,890. The total raised for The Dam was $18,500. 

To register as a team and help support The Dam, go to coldestnightoftheyear.org


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Job Expo hosted by CARP


CARP Mississauga is hosting a JOB EXPO on February 24th from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and is being held at the CHSI complex on Creekbank.  


This is one of the 5 planks of CARP National Advocacy, "Engaging Older Workers".    To learn about CARP please click here.


For more information about the Job Expo please click here.



40 Over forty Luncheon - honouring 40 women over forty!




A gathering of Women celebrating Life Over Forty to be honoured, bring inspiration and empowerment.  40 Absolutely Fabulous Women from all walks of life will be awarded for their great achievements and accomplishments in life and or serving others.

Awards Day and "After Lunch" Reception on Sunday, March 9 at Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Center 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  For more information please click here.

Do you know a fabulous woman over forty who you would like to nominate? Nominations end Feb. 8, 2014.  Please email: AFWomenOverForty@gmail.com to request a Nomination Form 

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Come celebrate Meadowvale Theatre's 25th Anniversary!




The Meadowvale Theatre will be celebrating 25 years of amazing community theatre on April 25, 26 and 27 with three days of exciting activities and entertainment.


Friday, April 25 

A Celebration of Youth Talent, "Ssauga Stars!"FREE, Ticket required for entry.


Saturday, April 26

Musical Theatre Performances and reception. "A Sterling Night" Tickets $35


Sunday, April 27

"Open House" BBQ, children's activities and live performances. FREE, open to all!


Come join in the celebration!  For more information please click here.

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                            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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