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Other Upcoming Events
Lake Aquitaine Bikefest Family Ride (5 km & 12 km) and Ontario 55+ Summer Games
            
The Bikefest family ride takes place on Saturday August 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Meadowvale Community Centre st 6655 Glen Erin Dr.  Come early to watch and cheer those participating in the Ontario 55+ Summer Games ( http://osgmississauga.ca/). The community ride will then use the closed-off Lake Aquitaine Course for part of the route.  Parking will not be available at the Community Centre. You are encouraged to arrive by bike, public transit, or be prepared to park away from the event and bike in.
Fo Guang Shan Temple Annual Vegetarian Fair

Once again the Fo Guang Shan Temple is hosting their annual Multi-Faith Prayers for World Peace Ceremony and Buddha's Light Vegetarian Food Fair & Carnival.  Please join them on Sunday June 10, 2018 at 10:00 am for the Ceremony followed by the Vegetarian Fair and Carnival at the temple located at 6525 Millcreek Drive.
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 June 2018.

The Backyard Farm and Market is located on the northeast corner of Erin Mills Parkway and Eglinton.  They are located  at 2475 Eglinton Ave W, in the Daniels Presentation Centre. 
Click here for more info.
Parking Lot Sale

Please drop in at the Meadowvale West Church Centre located at 6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle for a Parking Lot Sale on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12 noon for some great BARGAINS, BBQ and Children's activities.  Proceeds will benefit White Oak Presbyterian Church and New Life Bible Chapel.
The Dam will be hosting a community BBQ on Eden United Church lawn on Wednesday June 13, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for students walking home after school.
Race Against Racism 
Please consider participating in or donating to the Peel Regional Polcie 18th Annual Race Against Racism which takes place on Saturday June 18, 2018 at Mississauga Valley Community Centre.  This 5 km walk, run or stroller roll event starts at 8:45 am and the race starts at 10 am. Click here for more details.
Community Garage Sale 

The Meadowvale Seventh Day Adventist Church is holding A Community Garage Sale on Sunday June 24, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12 noon.  The church is located at 5920 Montevideo Rd.  If you are interested in purchasing a space to sell your goods, please contact: Jabari Lindsay 416-333-6585.
  Please join me at the annual Riders Against Hunger in support of Eden Food for Change which takes place on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 8:00 am. at the Garry W. Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth Line. For event details, click here .
 
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.
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
Battleford Community Recycling Centre Begins extended hours
            
From May 1 through October 31, 2018 the Region's Battleford Community Recycling Centre moves to extended hours and will be open Mondays to Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.  
For more info visit peelregion.ca/waste.  
Wildlife Information 
 
    
Please be aware and keep your pets on leash.   Click here to learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your pets.

2018 Visitor Guide

The city's tourism visitor guide for 2018 is out!  Whether you're hosting friends and family or looking for something to do, the Visitor Guide is your go-to for local events, festivals, restaurants and attractions.  Click here to learn more.
Mississauga's Online Construction Map   

The city has an online construction map which showcases the City's project information, as well as the Region of Peel and Ministry of Transportation construction work.
 
Click here to see the construction map. 
Keep Your Property Looking Fresh
            
Did you know that property owners are required to repair and maintain their property according to the Property Standards By-law?  Click here for more information.
Renovating? You Might Need a Permit

If you're planning a home renovation project, find out if you need a building permit before you start the work. Click
here for more information.
Renovating This Spring? You Might Need a Permit

If you're planning a home renovation project, find out if you need a building permit before you start the work. Click
here for more information.
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.
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.
 
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! 
May 31, 2018
Dear Neighbour: TopofPage

This month was a very special one for me as I held the very first Ward 9 Volunteer Awards night.  Over 100 Ward 9 residents were nominated for their work in the community and I was pleased to personally honour more than 80 recipients at a special reception on May 9th at the Erin Meadows Community Centre.  Because we had so many great photos of the recipients taken by local photographer Marc LeBlanc, I cannot pick just one to post here but you can view photos of the event here.  
 
These special volunteers in our community give tirelessly of their time and energy to make our city a better place. Each person was nominated for the award because they have made a difference and contributed to the well-being of an organization or group or because they have contributed as an individual in various activities for five years or longer I am so proud to have such caring citizens in Ward 9 and I cannot thank them enough for what they do.

Watch for nominations to open for the 2019 awards later this year.  

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.



Ward 9 Annual Seniors' Fair June1
 
Each year, it is my pleasure to welcome hundreds of our seniors to my annual  Seniors' Fair to browse informative displays and enjoy some refreshments.   

This year my Seniors Fair is on 
Friday June 1, 2018 from 
10 am to 12 noon at the Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Drive.
 
It is bigger and better than ever, 
with more than 40 agencies and organizations on hand to provide lots of information of interest to seniors. 
If you need a break between exhibits, sit down and enjoy some coffee or tea courtesy of Meadowvale Tim Hortons.   As always I will be providing free treats including some good healthy food for all to enjoy.    It is all FREE and everyone is welcome.   
 
I have also arranged for 10 parking spots to be set aside at the community centre for a courtesy parking trial for people who have limited mobility but may not have the handicap parking permit.
Protect Against Lyme Disease
            
The Canadian Health Agency recently warned of 'heightened risk' of ticks that cause Lyme disease and recommends people take protective measures.
 
Ticks are out in abundance this year and are in our local parks.  While the risk for Lyme disease is low according to Peel health it is still a concern.
 
Lyme Disease is spread by black legged deer ticks and it can be very dangerous to both humans and pets.  Click here for information posted on the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation website.

Please make sure that you protect your family and pets by taking the proper precaution.   Be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks.

Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type.  Click here to get more information on Peel Health's role and here for information from Animal Services.

New Track to be Built at John Fraser Secondary School

 

Positive Changes to Pet License Penalties  
 
For some time, I have been lobbying for changes to the penalty that is handed to residents for failing to report their pet is deceased.  This is usually a very tough time for families and it is understandable that renewing a license and notifying the city is not a top priority.  I felt it was uncaring and too punitive and asked for it to be reviewed.
 
I am pleased that Council has supported this and we have approved 
a new system that will have staff from Animal Services follow up by email, phone and then in person if a licence is not renewed.  The automatic $100 fine will not be issued as a result.
 
This is a more compassionate approach and I am proud to have led the way on this initiative.
Changes to the Adequate Heat By-Law 
 
Another bylaw that I have been advocating for was changed by Council on May 30th.   
 
The changes have finally been made to the City's  Adequate Heat 
 
The existing bylaw is replaced by one that requires a year-round minimum temperature of 20°C (68°F); and, where air-conditioning exists, a maximum temperature of 26°C (78.8°F).   The changes will come into effect once Council approves them at the June 6th council meeting.
Weed and Tall Grass By-law
 
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. 



Boulevard Grass Cutting Delays

The city is responsible for cutting the grass along primary and secondary roadways that do not front onto private property.   There is a schedule set each year for cutting but as we know weather can be problematic at times and this can cause delays.
 
This year has been a challenge for the crews to meet the schedules and as you know the grass in many areas has become very high.  This is a concern as we also remind residents about the prevalence of ticks in tall grass and to take precautionary measures.
 
We have just received a new schedule that has 2 cuts in June, 3 in July, 1 in August, 2 in September and 1 in each of October and November.  Completion of the cuts usually takes about 2 weeks to cover the entire city.  Click here to see the city's boulevard grass cutting schedule .  
Treegator Bags Water City Trees   
 
     
You may have recently noticed green bags on our city trees.  
These bags were installed by Forestry staff and are meant to help properly water trees that are no longer under warranty (the trees' 3rd year in the ground).  They have small holes at the base and it takes between 5 to 9 hours for the bag to empty completely.  
 
This slow release ensures that the water penetrates deeply into the soil and is delivered to the trees roots as opposed to running off into the turf.  Residents are not required to fill the bags as we have city contractors that will check each location throughout the summer to fill them up.  The number of fills depends on the amount of rain we get this summer.  Click  here  for more information about Treegator bags.
Freedom Pass for Students
            
Are you 12 - 14 years old? Would you like to travel on MiWay for free this summer? How about free public swimming at both indoor and outdoor pools? Then you need a Freedom Pass! The Freedom Pass allows students to ride for free on MiWay within Mississauga and free participation in public swims at City operated pools from July 1 to August 31, 2018. 

All you have to do is click here or go to any City of Mississauga community centre to complete an application form, then submit your completed form in person at your local community center (along with one piece of identification) and have your photo taken to create your personalized pass. For more information click here.
Busker Applications Now Being Accepted
            
Applications are now being accepted for the busking season that runs from May to October. New Busk Stop locations available.  Click here to learn more and to apply.
Camp Ignite
            
Mississauga's only camp focused on introducing young women to a potential career in the fire service is now accepting applications.
 
For the third year in a row Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) will introduce 20 teenaged girls ages 15 to 19 to a potential career in the fire service through a unique weeklong experience,   The cost of Camp Ignite is $150.  Click here for more information and to apply.  Deadline is June 22, 2018.
Play In The Park in Union Park 
            
I am very excited that the Ward 9 Play in the Park program will be offered once again this summer at Union Park.   

This is a FREE drop in program for children ages 6-12.  The program runs week days from 9 a.m. to 12 noon starting July 2 to August 31. Union Park is on the northeast corner of Aquitaine and Tenth Line.  For Information, click here.
World Eating Disorders Action Day
 
On June 2 the Clock Tower at City Hall will be lit in purple along with other cities across Canada and around the World for World Eating Disorders Action Day.  In honour of World EDDay you can show your support by wearing a lilac ribbon.  Click here to learn more about World EDDay.
The Disability Channel
 
 
Last month, the Disability Channel officially launched on ROKU - TV.  
i have been a guest on the Disability Channel and I look forward  to more programming for and/or by persons with disabilities.  Click here for more information.
Ward 9 Roads being Resurfaced in 2018
            
The following roads in the ward are being resurfaced in 2018.  Work is anticipated to be completed by November 1, 2018.

Arles Mews             from Montevideo Rd to End
Cherbourg Gdns      from Montevideo Rd to North End
Millcreek Dr             from Erin Mills Parkway to Aquitaine Ave
Surveyor Road        from Millcreek Drive to West End
Torquay Mews         Turner Valley Rd to North End
Voter Look up Tool  
 
     
While the provincial elections are getting into full swing, please remember that this fall on October 22, we will be holding the municipal elections.   I will be running again this term and I encourage all eligible voters to be sure to cast your ballots.

It is easier than ever to check to see if you are on the voters list. Mississauga residents, property 
owners and tenants over the age  of 18 can now check voterlookup.ca  to see if you are on the list to vote  and ensure your information is  correct.
 
Managed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, the online tool lets you log in using your property address or assessment roll number, full name and date of birth.  You can update or change your information, add a name to an address or change your school support.
 
Using voterlookup.ca will provide the City with accurate and up-to-date information for preparing the final voters' list used on Election Day,  This makes it easier and more efficient when voters head to the polls in October.
 
Find out ahead of time if you're eligible to vote. Visit voterlookup.ca or call 1-866-296-6722 to confirm or update your information.
Ward 9 Contest           

Sandra Kranics is last month's lucky winner.  
 
This months contest prize is 6 City of Mississauga recreation passes.  These can be used for many activities such as skating, swimming, etc.
 
This months question is:
 
What do the signs promoting road safety say? 
 
Click here to reply with your answer.
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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Road Safety Booth at National Public Works Day
            
I was pleased to join the members of our Road Safety Committee to celebrate National Public Works Week on May 26 at Celebration Square.  Thanks to our staff from Transportation and Works who  showcased our various public works equipment and services.

The citizen members of Road Safety Committee, which I chair, were out in full force to join me in sharing information on how to be safe on our roadways.  We also took the opportunity to relaunch the next phase of the "Please Slow Down" sign campaign.

Please email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca if you would like one of the "Please Slow Down" signs. 
 


Planting trees and Pulling Weeds at Windwood Forest
            
Thank you to the residents who joined me and forestry staff to pull weeds and plant trees in Windwood Woods adjacent to Windwood Park on May 26th.
 
Our beautiful forest had to be fenced off in late 2013 to protect the trees.  
It had been very badly degraded by multiple uses especially by MBX bikes.  Since being fenced, the City has completed some restoration plantings which, along with natural regeneration, have helped to restore the woodland, but it is still recovering from these past impacts.   The work done on May 26 will help nature along in its reforestation.

Canada Pavillion at Carassauga    
 
Last weekend marked another very successful Carassauga event.  We are proud to host the largest festival of its kind in Canada right here in Mississauga.  I had the pleasure of visiting the Canada Pavillion at the Streetsville Legion to listen to some good
music and meet old and new friends.   Carassauga allows you to visit the world right here at home.
Chuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill Opening 
            
It was a real pleasure to visit Chuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill on Millcreeek at Erin Mills Parkway on May 25.  I had the opportunity to welcome o wners William and Irene Alli and General Manager Richard Morra to the community and present a certificate.
Social Eatery Opening 
            
There is a lot to celebrate this month with new openings.  I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on May 16th to open our first Social Eatery in the city at Meadowvale Town Centre.  Welcome to our Ward 9 family of businesses. 
Tamil Memorial Day at City Hall   
 
I was honoured to join the Tamil community at City Hall on May 17th to recognize Tamil Memorial Day with my colleague Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr.
City's first Dynamic Symbol of Access    
 
On May 16th, Mayor Crombie and I painted the city's first Dynamic Symbol of Access on parking spaces at the courthouse.   Council working with the advice of our Accessibility Advisory Committee, on which I sit, continues to lead the way to remove barriers for all.
 
Our AAC committee fully endorsed this new symbol that shows that people with disabilities can and do lead active lives.  The use of the symbol was approved by Council to be implemented as we are repainting parking spaces and in new parking lots.  I hope to see its use spread across the city on private property as well.

Raising the Flag for Paraguay  
 
On May 15, I joined my colleague Councillor Parish, Honorary Consul of Paraguay Mario ToyotoshiParaguay Ambassador Ines Martinez Valinotti and her husband to raise the flag for Paraguay Independence Day.  This celebrates the day that Paraguay gained independence from Spain.
Painting by Jimmy Engineer  
 
Last month I attended  an amazing art exhibit at MindShare at the Erin Mills Town Centre which featured the works of the very talented artist Jimmy Engineer.  On May 14th I met with Nellie and Farshad Engineer who presented this beautiful artwork painted by their cousin Jimmy to display in my office at City Hall.  I hope to meet the artist when he visits Canada in the fall. 
 
50th Anniversary of Mississauga Fire Department
            
What a great turnout we had on May 12th as we celebrated the wonderful men and women of our Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

The Open House was held at the Garry W. Morden Centre  and had something for everyone.  There were live demonstrations of various firefighting activities, an interactive "Escape Room" and Peel Regional Police demonstrated high speed chases.  There was also a display by the Toronto Scottish Regiment and everyone enjoyed free food and giveaways.  


Meadowvale Park Business Networking  
 
I was pleased to welcome over 30 business representatives from Meadowvale Business Park for a networking session on May 11th with my colleague Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson.  The Mayor, Mississauga Board of Trade and the city's Economic Development office also joined us.  It was an opportunity for businesses to meet their neighbour and feedback was very positive.  I plan on hosting more of these in the future.
 
Suffah Academy visits City Hall
 
It is always a pleasure to welcome students to city hall.  On May 9th, I was able to greet and welcome students from the Suffah Academy on their visit.  They sat in on a Council meeting and then toured our civic centre and learned about municipal government. 
Birthday celebration for Hazel McCallion
 
On May 6th I celebrated Hazel McCallion's birthday at the home of Haroon Khan who hosts a birthday party for her every year.  it was wonderful to see the Consul General of Japan Takaka Ito there as well.
Praise Cathedral               
 
On May 6th I brought greetings at Praise Cathedral Worship Centre celebrating its 13th anniversary. I always feel so welcome in this church and have attended their many anniversary celebrations over the years.

Buddha's Light Plants More Trees  
 
I joined the Buddha's Light International Association on May 5th in the morning to plant trees at Windwood Park.  This active organization helps plant trees every year and they work very hard to help us reach our One Million Trees goal.
 
Mississauga Marathon  
 
I am not a runner but I like to support charities.  That led me to enter the Mississauga Marathon 5K on May 5th.  My assistant Luisa and I participated together and ran with the Guts to Run team.  It was an honour to raise money for  Crohn's and Colitis Canada. This is the third time I have done the Marathon 5K and I was very proud this time to place 4th in my age category. 
 
Thanks to Ward 9 residents Maria Glidden and Rob Trewartha who were co-captains of our large team for their support and for also running the half marathon.  Both Maria and Rob have family members who suffer from this disease and put their heart and souls into this initiative.
 
90th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Diplomatic Relations               
 
Canada and Japan have shared strong economic and cultural ties for the past 90 years. To celebrate this important milestone, I joined the Mayor and other councillors at a special event on Thursday, May 3 at the Civic Centre.  It was a pleasure greeting the Consul General of Japan Tanaka Ito.

Mississauga is home to nearly 100 Japanese companies and many of them are in Ward 9. This represents almost half of all Japanese companies located in Ontario and more than any other city in Canada. Our city also shares strong cultural ties and a sister-city relationship with Kariya, Japan since 1981.

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