Survey of the Month
Fire Prevention Week is October 8 - 14, 2017 and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is reminding residents that in a fire, seconds count. That's why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme "Every Second counts, Plan Two Ways Out" is so important. It reinforces why every household needs to have a home fire escape plan.
Do you and your family have a fire escape plan?
Yes
No
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THE COYOTE INFORMATION SESSION: HILLSIDE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 1290 KELLY RD.
Plenty of Ways to Have Your Say on the City Budget
There are many ways to have your say on the City of Mississauga’s proposed 2018 Budget. Residents can try the City’s budget allocator, explore the City’s budget website, join in a telephone budget session, request a group meeting or attend a Budget Committee meeting.
 
Mississauga's online budget allocator for the 2018 Budget is now available at  mississauga.ca/budget . The online budget allocator lets residents choose their preferred spending option on 12 City services. In addition, residents can explore and learn more about the services included in the City’s budget and the overall process.
 
From transit and roads to fire and emergency services and recreation programs, City services impact people’s lives every day. Decisions about spending on City services drive the budget. Residents can use the allocator to test different spending options and then choose one for each service area. 
 
Results from the allocator received by November 1 will be shared with Budget Committee on November 20. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget.
 
“The budget allocator is a simple way for residents to learn more about what City services cost, how property tax dollars are spent and to tell us about their priorities,” says Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and Treasurer. “It is an opportunity to think about and share their priorities and get people involved in their City’s business planning and budgeting process."
 
Residents can also participate in one of three telephone budget sessions taking place on October 4 (city-wide), October 18 (Wards 2 and 6) and October 26 (Wards 3 and 4).
 
Jackson added, “The telephone budget sessions provide a great opportunity to hear from the City’s senior leaders about the budget. A random selection of residents will receive a call with an invitation in advance to attend one of the upcoming sessions, followed by another call on the day of the session. Anyone who does not wish to participate can simply hang up.”
 
Learn About the Budget
  • Details about the City budget and the budgeting process are available online at mississauga.ca/budget 
  • An overview of the 2018 proposed Business Plan & Budget was presented to Budget Committee on June 28, 2017
  • The full 2018 proposed Business Plan & Budget will be posted online on November 13
  • Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for November 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29, with a Council vote to approve the budget planned for December 13, 2017.

Get Involved in Planning and Budgeting
Mayor Crombie's Citywide Food Drive Challenge
Mayor Crombie is pleased to once again launch the 2017 Mayor’s Citywide Food Drive Challenge, as a part of The Mississauga Food Bank’s Annual Thanksgiving Campaign, in partnership with the City’s Fire and Emergency Services team. The goal is to raise 225,000 lbs of food and $125,000 by October 13. Last year 219,975 lbs of food and $123,531 dollars was raised – so we have our work cut out for us again!

For the 15% of Mississauga residents who live in poverty, providing adequate nutritious food for their families is a daily struggle. The Mississauga Food Bank, through its member agencies including Compass Food Bank, Salvation Army Erin Mills Food Bank, Seva Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank and many more exist to help ease this struggle for our hungry neighbours. Our shared vision is a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.
Your Favourite Spot Contest
Share your favourite spot in Mississauga with the Your Favourite Spot Contest for a chance to win one of 14 Ultimate Travel Prize Packs worth up to $500 and be featured in the 2018 Mississauga Visitor Guide!

Mississauga is a great place to visit with endless ways to enjoy our city: walking along the waterfront, going to an outdoor festival, sampling international cuisine or a fantastic day of shopping.

Nobody knows Mississauga better than the people that work and/or live here. The 2018 Mississauga Visitor Guide needs your help to discover the local favourite spots that visitors must see while they are here.

The 14 Ultimate Prize Packs are valued up to $500 each and include things like: Ultimate Airport Tour of Toronto Pearson International Airport ($500 value); overnight stay with dinner for two at Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale ($240 value); a 10 player Group Event at Laser Quest ($200 value); and many more! The full list of amazing prizes is online.

Enter today for your chance to win! Visit discovermississauga.ca/favspot and share your favourite spot in Mississauga in one or more categories; Attractions; Galleries & Museums; Gardens, Parks & Trails; Landmarks: Sports & Leisure; Theatre & Entertainment; Villages; Shopping; Dining; and Festivals & Events.

You can also add a photo of your favourite spot which may be featured in the Visitor Guide! Over 100,000 printed guides are given to visitors across North America at hotels and tourist information centres, plus it is available online at discovermississauga.ca.

The contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 16. Winners will be contacted by October 27. 
Upcoming Pumpkin Parades
A highlight of the Fall is the annual Pumpkin Parade on November 1st. Pumpkin donations are accepted during the day and then enjoy the parade in the evening.

There are two Ward 2 parades that you may wish to visit:

WhiteOaks Lorne Park Pumpkin Parade: Whiteoaks Park, 7 pm. Pumpkin donations accepted during the day and then come and enjoy the parade in the evening.

Sheridan Homelands Pumpkin Parade: Thornlodge Park, 7 pm
Stories Needed - The City Plans to Focus Future
Initiatives on Residents' Tales
The City of Mississauga is asking residents to share the stories that define what life in Mississauga means to them through an initiative called, Story of M .

“Mississauga has a story to tell and the Story of M will help us connect with residents across the city,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “These stories will help fuel the exhibits and programming at the Museums of Mississauga.”

Story of M will happen in three phases :
Phase 1 – Identify repetitive themes that residents highlight as being important to them
Phase 2 – Gather stories from residents based on those themes
Phase 3 – Craft Museums of Mississauga plans that include artifact collection, events, education and exhibitions based on the stories shared by residents

To identify themes and gather stories, the Museums of Mississauga will be hosting various theme/story gathering sessions throughout the city in 2017 and 2018.

During these sessions, residents will be asked to share what Mississauga means to them. According to Stuart Keeler, Manager and Chief Curator, Culture Division, there are no rules to restrict what these themes and stories could include.

“Why did you choose Mississauga and what did you pack in your suitcase for the move?” Keeler shared as possible examples. “For residents that have lived in Mississauga for a longer period of time, we’d like to learn where they were during the train derailment of 1979, if they opened and ran businesses in the community and what the city was like before the construction of the current Civic Centre in 1987.”

Confirmed sessions including dates and locations can be found on the Story of M website. Residents are encouraged to follow @SaugaMuseums on Twitter and check the website often for new information. 
Credit Valley Conservation Fall Festival
Credit Valley Conservation's Fall Festival at Terra Cotta Conservation Area is quickly approaching! The festival will run Saturdays in October (7, 14, 21 and 28).

This year’s event is “ A Celebration of Local Food, Drink and Entertainment .” They have local vendors participating in the marketplace, food trucks, a beer garden (featuring local craft beer), local entertainers, and family-friendly activities (a bouncy castle, wagon rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, and giant games). 

The details of the festival can be found at fallfest.ca.
Technology Workshop at Lorne Park Library
There is an upcoming technology workshop at Lorne Park Library on Friday, October 13 from 1-4 pm.This is presented by The Elder Technology Assistance Group and the topic will be “wearable technology”. As usual, many other innovations will be discussed and presented to you. You do not need to bring any device with you.
Refreshments will be served.
 
Please register by phone 905 615-4845 or in person at the library.
Upcoming Fall Community Events and Meetings
Coyote Information Session:  October 4th, 6:30 - 8 pm, Presentation by Brent Patterson, Ministry of Natural Resources, Hillside Public School, 1290 Kelly Road

Development Application at 1190-1200 Lorne Park Rd. Community Meeting: October 17th, 6:30 - 8 pm, Lorne Park Secondary School, Lecture Hall

Virtual Town Hall Budget Engagement Session :  October 18th. 7-8 pm. Please contact my office for more details at 905-896-5200

Future of Heritage in Clarkson Community Meeting:   October 24th, 6:30-8 pm, Lorne Park Secondary School, Lecture Hall

Clarkson BIA 'Halloween in the Village':  October 28th, 10am - 2pm, Clarkson Village, visit  Clarkson BIA website for more details

Mayor Crombie and Councillor Ras Office Hours:  November 6th, 6-8 pm, location TBA

Ward 2 Community Fun Skate:  November 19th, 2-4 pm, Clarkson Community Centre Rink