July Ward 2 Highlights
The 150th birthday celebration of our great country and province is upon us this weekend. Whatever your plans are to commemorate this milestone, I wish you a memorable, fun-filled and safe day. I will be participating in the Port Credit 'Paint the Town Red' Parade along Lakeshore Rd. on Saturday morning. There is also a big party planned at Celebration Square, culminating in fireworks at the end of the night. 

I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy summer! Let's hope the rain stops and the sun starts to shine!
NEW ADDITION: Survey of the Month  
Open Air Burning By-Law Review
The Fire Department has been tasked with reviewing the Open Air Burning By-Law. The existing by-law was enacted prior to the introduction of chimeneas and the outdoor living spaces that are popular today. I am looking for feedback on this subject. Should the Open Air Burning By-Law be changed to limit the burning of outdoor fireplaces or should the existing by-law remain in place? I welcome any comments or feedback on this subject. Current By-Law link .
Should the Open Air By-Law remain as it currently exists?
Yes
No
Cankerworm and Gypsy Moth Update
I heard from many residents over the past few weeks about the devastating cankerworm infestation. If you didn't contact my office, I encourage you to do so. I will add your contact information to my database so that you are updated on this subject. I have advised residents that were in the infested areas of the following:
  • Your trees may re-leaf this summer, but you must keep them well watered and even consider a fertilizing treatment
  • You trees should be banded. There are instructions on my website on how to do this. This will prevent the female moths (who don’t fly) from travelling up the trees in the fall to lay eggs. Here is the link: https://karenras.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/GypsyMoth_treebanding1.pdf
  • If you have not done so already, please email Mayor Crombie and Councillors to support my motion requesting aerial spraying next Spring.
Pet Licensing Update
Beginning July 4, 2017, residents with a dog or cat will be able to purchase two-year pet licences and renewals at the shelter, by telephone or by mail. Residents will be advised of these renewal options through mailed notices and on the Animal Services webpage beginning June 8.

This licensing change will allow residents to receive a $10 discount when purchasing their licence for two years at a time.  
Here’s how residents can purchase a two-year licence:
 
  • At the shelter or via mail: 735 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON, L5C 4H4
  • By phone: 905-896-5858 
  • Two-year licences will be available for purchase online in 2018

In addition, changes approved by City Council in March 2017, will also allow discounted pet licences for low-income residents and free pet licences for service animals certified for the blind, hearing impaired or other disabilities as well as therapy animals supported with medical documents. There will also be a reduction of fees for the surrendering of animals to the shelter for residents who may be experiencing financial hardship or meet the low-income measure.    
Summer at the Museums
In honour of Canada 150, The Museums of Mississauga are free until August 22nd. Don't be a stranger, stop by and say hi. Start planning your visit here:  https://culture.mississauga.ca/museums
Friends of the Museum - On the Verandah Outdoor Music Concerts
'On the Verandah' Outdoor Music Concerts have resumed on Friday evenings at Benares Historic House at 7 pm. Light refreshments are available for purchase at each concert. Remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair and insect repellent. Admission is pay-what-you-can. I will be attending on July 21st and would love to see you there! Visit  https://culture.mississauga.ca/event/benares-historic-house/verandah-2017 for more information.
Free City Program Gets Kids Outside This Summer
In its fourth year, Let’s Play in the Park is a City-run program that encourages kids ages six to 12 to be more active outdoors.
This free, supervised, nine-week drop-in program is offered from July 3 to September 1 at 13 parks throughout Mississauga. 
The program is operated by qualified leaders trained in the  HIGH FIVE® principles of healthy child development.  
Kids take part in recreation activities such as organized games, sports, arts and crafts and nature skills exploration. 

When/Where:

Monday to Friday, from July 3 to September 1, 2017 (exception date August 7 ), Clarkson Park, 9 am to noon. 
Many Feathers Marketplace
Many Feathers Co-op are partnering with Museums of Mississauga to bring a Night Market to Benares Historic House this summer for 8 weeks, starting July 7th through August 25th, 5 pm until dusk. 

Come together in a family-oriented space, in a historically agricultural setting. Enjoy food trucks and vendors selling dinner on Friday evenings in the summer, alongside crafters, artisans, and farmers selling their take-home goods.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.manyfeathers.ca/about-the-night-market