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Community organizations can request recognition either through a flag raising or lighting of the Civic Centre clock tower.  Click above for more info.
Click above to download the app.  Using a smartphone, residents can now report on five new issues under the "Report a Problem" button using the free mobile app Ping!:
  • Three hour parking violations on a City street
  • Abandoned shopping carts on private property
  • Damaged trees on City property
  • Dead/unhealthy trees on City property
  • Request pruning of a City owned tree
The City of Mississauga now offers property owners the convenience of viewing their interim and final property tax bills online through e-bill. Click above for more info.
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A reminder that the senior $1 cash fare is valid Weekdays (from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and after 7:00 pm) and all day on Saturdays, Sunday and Holidays.

Click above to download and print your schedule. You can also update your electronic calendar.  
Old Blue Box/Green Bin Return Program

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

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! 
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Dear Neighbour:
My new puppy Rogue with Santa at Totoredaca Park 

It has been a busy year in Ward 9 with the opening of both Union Park and the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library.  Both are well used and welcome additions to our ward 9 recreational facilities.
On November 12 this year I celebrated the 25th anniversary of the day I was first elected as your Councillor.  I am so appreciative of the support from the residents of Ward 9 for all these years.  I love our community and my prime goal is to make it the best it can be.  Thank you to all who joined me at my Open House on December 7.  It was nice seeing so many old and some new faces. 
We also received the decision on the mediation of the application for 2700 Aquitaine.   There is further information in this newsletter and links to the plan.  

As we head into 2017, I want to give a special thank you to those who volunteer your time to helping others. You make our city and our community great! 
On behalf of my family and staff, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.  To those who recognize other religious days, may your time of celebration be joyous.

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 or call  905-896-5900 and check the Ward 9 website at for ongoing updates.

Development Update:  2700 Aquitaine Ave Application

On December 14, Council was presented with the outcome of the mediated settlement for the application at 2700 Aquitaine.
This was directed by the Ontario Municipal Board and was, at the OMB direction, held in closed session.  Complete confidentiality was required and as your Councillor I could not be involved.
Council was presented with a lot of information as well as the settlement and forced with having to make a decision, voted to accept it.  I did not support the decision as I objected to the process being mandated to not include the public.
Given the information in the report, I feel that Council had little choice but to approve the settlement.  The decision had already been taken from us and, while I am not happy with the outcome, I think it could be much worse.
The final decision allows construction of 3 apartment buildings  of 12, 9 and 7 storeys comprised of 393 new units.  With removal of 112 of the garden home units, the final number will be 616 units.   In all of the proposals and the final approved plan, the towers are joined by 4 or 5 storey podium buildings.   Please click here to read a full explanation.  
The site plan and this information is also on the Ward 9 website at
Winter Snow Clearing Info

The City of Mississauga is ready for winter. Our winter crew is ready with 377 pieces of equipment to clear 5,600 lane km of roads; 1,400 lane km of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings.
  • Roads are salted if snowfall is less than eight cm (three inches) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than eight cm (three inches).
  • Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel. This is 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 snowfall.
Follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for current conditions and progress.

Call the 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).

Get the Mississauga Roads App at

A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga from November 1, 2016 till March 31, 2017 between 2:00 a.m. to 6 a.m. 
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.
My Initiative to Make our Roads Safer 
Many years ago I was part of a team to establish a  Road Safety Committee in Mississauga and I served on the committee until it was disbanded by Council in 2104.. 
Consisting of citizens, staff and Councillors, we initiated and implemented several good safety campaign.

I raised concerns at that time that we needed this committee to represent citizens and to find ways to work with staff and citizens to make our roads safer.  We have seen more pedestrians and cyclists involved in fatal collisions than ever before and I do no think that we are doing all we can to make our roads safer for all.

At the December 14th Council meeting, I asked for a report to come to General Committee  to update Council on what we staff has done and also to reinstate the committee. 
I received Council support and the report from staff will come forward on January 25, 2017. 
I hope that this committee can review what other cities have done and are doing.  One approach is Vision Zero.  This program has many of the initiatives our committee recommended and implemented years ago but we have not done enough.  I am confident that I will get Council support to re-form the committee and I intend to serve on it again.  There is more we can do and we need to work together to make sure everyone is safe on our roads. 
Waste Collection Information over Christmas and New Years

There are some changes to collection schedules over the holidays so please note:

Curbside collection: All recycling, garbage and organics collection will be one day later for the weeks of December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017.

Holiday waste exemption: There is a waste exemption period on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day during the weeks of December 27-30, 2016 and January 3-6, 2017.

During this period, if you receive curbside collection, you can place unlimited amounts of acceptable excess garbage at the curb without garbage bag tags. Bags must weigh no more than 20 kgs. (44 lbs.) each. You are asked to ensure that there is one metre of space between your excess bags of garbage and your garbage and organics carts.

Christmas trees: Real Christmas trees will be collected if you place them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day during the weeks of January 9 and 16, 2017. You can also take trees to a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) if you miss your collection.
Trees taller than 3 m. (10 ft.) must be cut in half to be collected at the curb or dropped off at a CRC. There will be no drop-off fees at the CRC during the Christmas tree collection period.

You need to remove all outer plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and tree stands from your trees for them to be collected. Trees placed in or on snowbanks will not be collected. If you live in an apartment or condo, you can put your trees at the curb by the driveway entrance to the property, but you are asked to ensure that these do not obstruct the road or sidewalk.

Community Recycling Centre (CRCs): CRC holiday hours for this holiday season are:
* Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. - noon
* Dec. 25 and 26: Closed
* Dec. 27- Dec. 30: Regular Hours
* Dec. 31: 8:30 a.m. - noon
* Jan. 1 and 2 Closed
* Jan. 3: Regular Hours

Check for more information. 
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 25, 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.
Extreme Weather Alerts

During extreme weather please check the city website for alerts and information.

Animal Care in Cold Weather
As we approach cold winter 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.
2017 Budget

    • completing the Mississauga Transitway and adding 11,000 service hours as well as 45,000 regular route hours
    • continuing implementation of the Advanced Transportation Management System to mitigate traffic congestion 
    • enhancing sidewalk maintenance to eliminate the City's repair backlog
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists
    • expanding year-round programming and enhancing winter events at Celebration Square
    • improving the Library's collection to support the City's population growth

    In addition, we continue the 2% levy for infrastructure maintenance and replacement and added a .5% levy that will last for 10 years to build a swimming in pool in the Churchill Meadows community on Ninth Line.

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List of the 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.  We have some new ice rinks this year at Union Park - separated for both hockey and pleasure skating.  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.

Quenippenon Meadows 
2625 Erin Centre Blvd.

Settler's Green 
6440 Glen Erin 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.
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MiWay Holiday Hours

Click  here for transit service levels from Monday, December 19, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017. 

Please also note that Free and extended evening service is offered on New Year's Eve

Click here to see Services changes which take effect on January 2, 2017.  
City and Regional Office Closures
311 hours - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2016

After hours call 905-615-3000

Get the Ping Street App at

The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel offices are closed December 26, 2016 and re-open January 3, 2016.
Anniversary/Birthday Congratulations

If you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary please contact me at 905-896-5900 or at and I would be pleased to send a letter of congratulations and a small gift to commemorate the special event.

Celebrating this month:

Happy 75th Birthday to Amel Ashoo 
Happy 70th Birthday to Sandra Groves
Unity in the Community

I attended the Unity in the Community Christmas gathering on December 10th hosted by members of our Muslim Community as a gesture of friendship and understanding.
It was such a pleasure sharing our Christmas stories with our Pakistani friends who gathered to help celebrate Christmas. 
I want to thank Fasih Syed and Unity in the Community for creating an opportunity for us to learn about each others celebrations and share in them. It was a great honour to be with this group.
With Linden King, Councillor Starr, Shafqat Ali and Councillor Mahoney
With Councillor Starr, Irfan Malik and Mayor Crombie
Mississauga Chinese Business Association 25th Anniversary Gala

Ron and I attended the Mississauga Chinese Business Association 25th anniversary gala on December 8th.

The MCBA is an active business group in the city and has done much to support and build our economy. 
It was wonderful to spend time with former Mayor Hazel McCallion as well as Winnie Fung who is President of MCBA.
New Walmart Supercentre Opens at Erin Mills Town Centre

I was very pleased to open our new Ward 9 Walmart Supercentre at Erin Mills Town Centre on December 8th.
Walmart Canada has been a member of the Mississauga business community for over twenty-two years with their Store Support Centre, Canada Bank and ecommerce operations as well as their Ontario distribution hub in Ward 9.
I am proud to welcome the new store to the Ward 9 business community joining the Walmart Supercentre in Meadowvale and adding 250 jobs  to our local economy.
With store manager
Nathaniel Vaux
The ribbon is cut!
Christmas Open House and 25th Anniversary

I want to thank all the residents who came out on December 7th and attended my  Open House at the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library.

It was wonderful spending time chatting with everyone and it gives me such pleasure to be able to celebrate 25 years of service to the Ward 9 community. Thank you to all of the residents who have supported me through 8 elections. I love serving my community and it is such an honour to have been able to serve for 25 years.

I was also very touched and honoured that Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans made time to stop by and present me with the PRP Challenge Coin recognizing my 25 years on council and my work in crime prevention.
Receiving the Peel Regional Police Challenge Coin.
With Meadowvale Seniors Social Club president Bernard Jordaan and his wife Lois.
With long time Ward 9 residents Lesley and Rita
With a wonderful group of 
Ward 9 residents
Suffah Academy Fundraising Gala

On December 4th I spent an enjoyable afternoon with some amazing people at the Suffah Academy fundraising gala. I enjoyed hearing the children's choir and talking to the children and parentsas well. 
Great food, great conversation made for a good time. The Suffah Academy has operated in Ward 9 for the past five years.
Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program  Graduation
With the graduates of the Toastmasters program 
at Erin Meadows Library

I joined parents and youth for the graduation of the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program at Erin Meadows Library on December 1st.  It was a pleasure speaking to the young graduates and their parents.
I also joined graduates of the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program at the Meadowvale Library on November 19th. I always enjoy speaking at these events and it is a pleasure to see our young people work so hard in their dedication  to improve their speaking and leadership skills.
With Simone Elke Hubbe, Nisreen Askar, MAC board member Samantha Angel, my assistant Luisa Morrone and Olga Grant
Mississauga Arts Council Masquerade Gala

I was pleased to support the Arts Council on November 24th.  It was a good opportunity to dress up in a costume  for the Masquerade gala. 
The Mississauga Arts Council,is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to supporting and ensuring that we have a vibrant, creative, cultural community where arts and culture thrive.
Ladies Night with A Bite

I was thrilled to attend the sold out Ladies Night with A Bite at the Franklin House in Streetsville on November 24th.

All proceeds from this event were donated directly to Eden Food for Change.  
With Sandy Pitts, Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Dan Meadowcroft
Selfie with Maureen Sawicki, my assistant Luisa and Susan Bools
With Raj Sheth, Director - Facilities & Property Management, Diana Simpson - Supervisor of Accessibility Planning, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Chris Harrison - CAO, March of Dimes, Carol-Ann Chafe - Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee and Anna Cascioli - Manager, Facilities & Accessibility.
Meadowvale Community Centre and Library receives March of Dimes Award

I am so proud that the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library received the March of Dimes Award for Barrier Free Design for 2016. The award was presented at the November 23rd Council Meeting.
As a member of the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee for 13 years, it is a priority for me to ensure that our facilities are open to everyone.  I want to thank the  members of the Accessibility Advisory FAD committee as well as city staff for their work on making the community centre accessible!
Meeting with Ward 9 Religious Institutions

I hosted my second Interfaith Ward 9 meeting on November 22nd at Praise Cathedral. 
A large number of representatives from our faith community joined me for a good discussion about issues in the community. The purpose of these meetings is to encourage networking so that the faith community can determine how their members can work together to support their neighbours.
Selfie with Leslie Silvestri
and Natalie Hart
The Dam Annual Auction

As always, I was happy to support the Dam Youth Drop In and attended their annual auction held at the World Vision headquarters located here in Mississauga on November 18th. 
MBOT Business Awards dinner 
I attended the Mississauga Board of Trade business awards dinner on November 17th.  
MBOT's Business Awards of Excellence  is an opportunity to  celebrate and honour Mississauga's finest businesses and business leaders. 

I was so pleased to see Ward 9's Erin Mills Town Centre win the Environment Award and Riverwood Conservency win the Community Award.
Mississauga Tourism Advisory Board

I chaired the regular meeting of the Mississauga Tourism Advisory Board on November 17th to discuss how we can increase and improve tourism in our city. 
The commitment is so strong with this board and the payback is immense. For example, the economic  impact of the 2016 Ontario Summer Games was over $6 million! 
Other events that we have attracted also bring in millions of dollars to our hotels, shops and restaurants - all good for the economy. We are working on a new destination master plan and I am confident we can attract even larger events to benefit the city. 
Please watch for the new revised and greatly improved Tourism Visitor Guide we will be launching in January. In the meantime please visit for information and special offers. 
Remembrance Day

This year I once again attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Streetsville cenotaph.
I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of Ward 9 residents in memory for those that fought for our freedom.

Councillor Pat Saito | 905-896-5900 | |
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