Survey of the Month - Holiday Shopping
The existing Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) currently regulates shopping on nine statutory holidays — New Year's Day, Family Day, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In 2016, the provincial government gave municipalities the option to exempt retail businesses from the RBHA by substituting the existing legislation with a new municipal bylaw that regulates retail business classifications and statutory holiday closures.
Should retail stores stay closed during statutory holidays?
Yes
No
2018 Aerial Spray Program for Fall Cankerworm and Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the General Open House that is scheduled for today, May 1st at Central Library, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date.  For more information please click here .

The City of Mississauga is conducting an aerial spray this spring to manage high levels of fall cankerworm and gypsy moth caterpillars. As these caterpillars begin to grow, they eat a lot. They have the ability to strip trees of all of their leaves, leading to tree weakness and potential disease.

The seasonal spray window is set for April 23 to June 10, 2018, between 5 and 7:30 a.m. The spray area consists of private and public land in Wards 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 11 and is roughly 1,940 hectares (4,794 acres), equivalent to approximately 1,552 football fields. Leaf size, caterpillar size and weather conditions will determine exact spray dates. Based on past records, the spray will most likely happen in the first two to three weeks of May.

The spray will happen over a three-day period, with a total of two spray applications being completed. Two helicopters will fly about 15 to 30 metres above the treetops to complete the spray. Spraying is weather dependent and will only be done under the right conditions.

For up-to-date information on how to control fall cankerworms and gypsy moths on your property, aerial spray details such as road closures, spray dates, times and locations, call 3-1-1 or visit mississauga.ca/2018spray to also sign-up for email alerts. Residents with specific medical or health concerns regarding the spray can call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. 
Notice of Community Information Meeting:
Former Willow Glen Public School Property
DATE: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  Hillside Senior Public School Gymnasium
1290 Kelly Road, Mississauga

Please arrive by 7:00 pm for the presentation.

We would like to invite residents in the Park Royal area, to a public information session to learn more about the future park development of the former Willow Glen Public School site.

In May 2017, the City of Mississauga finalized the purchase of the former Willow Glen Public School site from the Peel District School Board. The site will now be home to a 4.92-acre community park. Based on previous feedback from residents, the park proposal will include an unlit soccer field, children’s play site, and walking trails. In addition, the City will be selling 6 single-family home lots along Utley Road to offset the cost of the school site. The size of the lots will be consistent with the existing lots in the neighbourhood.

The meeting will feature a presentation by City of Mississauga staff, including a session on community safety in parks by Security Services, followed by a group discussion, and a question and answer period. We are also hoping to get feedback on future playground layouts and different play elements.
 
If you are unable to attend in person but would like to provide comments or to get more information, please contact Erin Senior, Planner, Park Planning at erin.senior@mississauga.ca or by phone at 905-615-3200 ext. 5825.
Mississauga Marathon - Road Closures
The 2018 Mississauga Marathon is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th, 2018, and will be causing road closures throughout the City of Mississauga. For a full list of road closures for each day, please select the appropriate links below:

Town Hall on Upcoming Art Installation - The Work of Wind: Air, Land Sea
The City of Mississauga has undertaken a partnership with the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery on a project entitled, The Work of Wind, Air, Land, Sea . The partnership will produce a 9-month environmental education program and 10-day (September 14 to 23) climate change themed public art festival. The education program, will support the City’s Climate Change Project, and engage the public through a series of broadsheet publications and activations. Since January, Culture and Environment staff have been working with the Blackwood Gallery to move the project ahead. Here are some highlights of our progress:

The Blackwood Gallery has secured a dozen internationally acclaimed artists to create 12 unique art installations for the exhibition. Details on these installations will be provided in a future email update.

The Blackwood Gallery and City staff have reached out to landowners in the Southdown area to secure sites for the festival’s art installations. CRH, Petro Canada and the Region of Peel have agreed to participate. Other approvals are pending.

A public meeting will be held on May 9 at Harding House where both local businesses and residents can attend to find out more about the project.

Meeting details are as follows:
Work of Wind Public Meeting
May 9, 2018, 4 pm & 6 pm
Harding Waterfront Estate, 2700 Lakeshore Rd. West

For more information, please click here.
Freedom Pass For Youth - Ride and Swim for Free
Need some freedom this summer? Mississauga youth aged 12 to 14 years can apply for the Freedom Pass. Youth can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor City pools from July 1 to August 31 for free. Beginning May 1, Freedom Pass cards will be available.
Application forms can be downloaded and printed or picked up at any City of Mississauga community centre. Only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free.

Quantities are limited, so get yours starting May 1, 2018.

For more information about the Freedom Pass, please visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.
Food Trucks Coming to Mississauga Parks
If you forget your snacks at home while visiting your favourite outdoor green space in Mississauga, fear not The City of Mississauga has your back!

Starting this spring, Mississauga residents and visitors will benefit from a one-year pilot project to bring food trucks to nine parks including, Jack Darling Memorial Park, Erindale Park,Paul Coffey Park, Mississauga Valley Park, Dunton Athletic Fields, R.K. McMillan Park, Syntex Green, Max Ward Park and Meadowvale Sports Park. The pilot starts on May 1, 2018 and continues through April 30, 2019. Food trucks can operate onsite during regular park hours, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  

For more information, please click here.
Service Line Warranties of Canada - Optional Water, Sewer Line and In-home Plumbing Protection Programs for Homeowners
As a Peel homeowner, you are responsible for repairs to the water and sewer pipes that run from your home to your property line. If a pipe on your property fails, it is your responsibility to pay for these repairs which can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, depending on the type of work. 
This is why the Region of Peel endorsed the Optional Water, Sanitary Sewer Line and In-home Plumbing Protection Plan Programs for Homeowners, managed and administered by Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC).

The collaboration between SLWC and the Region of Peel is a way to help increase your awareness of your property responsibilities. SLWC purchased its records for mailing information through public information and pays for all aspects of the program. Furthermore, the Region of Peel does not receive compensation for collaborating with SLWC. You can also check with your insurance company to see if they offer warranty protection for your private side pipes.

Information about the warranty program is available at peelregion.ca/servicelineprotection
Upcoming Community Events and Meetings
Conservation Day: Saturday, May 5th - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm - Clarkson Go Station
Free drop off for: Household Hazardous Waste, Reusable Items, Electronics, Confidential Paper for Shredding etc. For information, please click here.

Town Hall on Upcoming Art Installation - The Work of Wind: Air, Land Sea: May 9, 2018, 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - Harding Waterfront Estate, 2700 Lakeshore Rd. West. For more information, please click here.

Rattray Uproot, Uprise: Saturday, May 12th - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Rattray Marsh
Do your part to control the spread of ‘natural space’ invaders and keep Rattray Marsh Conservation Area healthy. Together we will remove garlic mustard, common buckthorn and other invasive species that are choking out the native plants that wildlife depend on.
For information, please click here.

Community Information Meeting: Update on Former Willow Glen Public School Property: Tuesday, May 15th - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Hillside Senior Public School Gymnasium 1290 Kelly Road

Carassauga - Mississauga's Festival of Cultures: May 25, 26, 27th - various locations throughout Mississauga - For information, please click here.

13th Annual Spring Garden Tour in Support of the Canadian Cancer Society: Sunday, May 27th - 10:00 am to 4: 00 pm - Clarkson and Park Royal neighbourhoods. For information, please click here.