Thoughts on noise? Take the survey
How much is too much noise? Have your say on how the City regulates noise. Take the online survey by February 29.
The City of Mississauga is updating its Noise By-laws to make them more responsive to the needs of our residents and neighbourhoods. We want to hear your thoughts on the changes we are considering. 

This survey will take five minutes to complete. 
2020 Budget continues to invest in City vision
On January 22, 2020, City Council approved the 2020-2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget that focuses on delivering the right services, demonstrating value for money, maintaining infrastructure and advancing the City’s strategic vision.

City Council has approved the 2020 Budget with a 3.24 per cent residential property tax. At Council, I put forward a motion asking for additional reductions and a small use of surplus that would have resulted 2.94% increases but the motion did not pass.

For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit  mississauga.ca/budget .
City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy
The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario.
The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.
 
For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy.This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim the City's waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come.

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.
 
As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. The City's goal is to ensure the waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.
The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·          Climate change
·          Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront
·          The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and
water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)
·          Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural
heritage goals
·          Tourism in balance with local community needs
 
The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations. Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.
 
The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.
 
The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit here .
Be a good neighbour this winter
This winter, be a good neighbour, help others by shovelling sidewalks in front of your home.This helps people walking to school, work, appointments or enjoying a beautiful winter day, especially older adults or persons with disabilities. 
Make it a family event. Take 10 minutes and clear your walk as soon as possible after a snowfall.

The City clears sidewalks along major roads and other priority areas where there is access to hospitals, schools and transit. 
Library Improves Access to Technology with New Virtual Library Card, Laptop Lending and More 
Access to technology and the Internet is an essential part of the services Mississauga Library provides. That’s why the Library now offers three resources to improve access for everyone who lives, works or goes to school in the city.

Virtual Library Card
Mississauga is now a leader in offering customers the option to register for a library card online. The virtual library card enables customers to immediately access online resources such as e-books, newspapers, magazines and downloadable movies and music. New users can also upgrade to a free full-service card for access to the City's physical collections and additional library services. The virtual card is a practical option for anyone who prefers to use only the Library’s online collection.

Laptop Lending
Customers can now borrow laptop computers for in-library use at Central, Frank McKechnie and Woodlands libraries. The laptop lending program is a pilot developed in collaboration with the City’s Information Technology division as part of the Smart City Master Plan.

Chromebooks continue to be available for in-library use at the Cooksville, Malton and Sheridan locations.

Hot Spots
The Library has expanded its existing hot spot lending program, which began initially at its Cooksville location, to include Central, Frank McKechnie, Malton, Mississauga Valley and Woodlands libraries. Similar to a Wi-Fi network, hot spots can be used at home, work or on the go to connect any device to the Internet.

As part of the City's Library Master Plan , the City is working to ensure that its customers can access their collection in new ways as well as provide resources for those who do not have access so they can get connected to help with school, a job search, government services and more.

The goal of the Smart City Master Plan is to create a Smart City for Everybody.
For more information, visit mississaugalibrary.ca
Family Day fun in Mississauga
On Monday, February 17, make some Family Day memories and enjoy some family-friendly programs and activities throughout Mississauga. Including a Family Day Skate at Celebration Square from 12:00 pm - 4 pm.

The City is hosting a number of exciting family-friendly programs and activities including skating, swimming and sports. Check out the many fun things to do around the city – enjoy these experiences and make some happy family memories! Learn more  
Community Events & Meetings
Planning and Development Committee - Re-imagining the Mall Recommendations - February 3, 2020 from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm - Civic Centre, Councill Chambers, 300 City Centre Drive. City staff will present a draft official plan amendmen t to the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC) to begin implementing recommendations from the Reimagining the Mall study.
 
Sheridan Homelands Ratepayers Association AGM - February 5, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm - South Common Community Centre, 2233 South Millway. For more information visit: shora.ca

Open House - Queen Street Traffic Calming & Sidewalk Improvement along Lorne Park Road South of the railroad tracks - February 11, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 pm - Clarkson Community Church, 1880 Lakeshore Road West. For a copy of the notice that was hand delivered to residents in the area, please click here .

NOTE: This meeting is specific to the vicinity of Lorne Park Road and Queen Street. Should you wish to comment on other areas of the Ward which you feel may need traffic improvements, please contact my office via email at karen.ras@mississauga.ca

The Credit Valley Horticultural Society will meet on February 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm - the South Common Community Centre, Arbour Green Room, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga.   Guest speaker, Jeanne McRight, will talk about ‘Boulevard Gardens’. Visitors and new members are welcome, (non-members $2.00). For more information please visit creditvalleyhort.ca or call 905 822 1606

Family Day Skate - February 17, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Celebration Square. For more information please click here.