Get Involved with the 2020 Budget
Mississauga’s annual Budget details how we plan to invest taxpayers’ money to deliver the services residents need and expect. In the 2020 Budget, more transit service, enhanced public safety, safer roads and preserving your quality of life will remain priorities.
 
Get involved:
•      Show us what’s important to you and try our online budget allocator
•      Participate in a live telephone budget session
•      Attend Budget Committee meetings in November and comment or ask questions n
•      Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation using #SaugaBudget
•      Email questions or comments to budget@mississauga.ca
•      Connect with the Mayor or your Councillor at mississauga.ca/council

Learn the value of your tax dollars at mississauga.ca/budget .

Telephone Budget Session: Hear from Mayor Crombie and Senior Staff About the City's 2020 Budget

Mississauga residents are invited to participate in a telephone budget session on the proposed 2020 Budget with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and the City’s senior staff. You can choose from sessions taking place on October 2 (city-wide) and October 16 (Wards 1 and 2). Staff from the Region of Peel will also participate in the city-wide session. The city-wide session will be available to watch on Facebook Live and online. Learn more .  
Managing and Preparing For Climate Change
We know that climate change is here and it’s affecting Mississauga.

The City of Mississauga is committed to decreasing our carbon footprint and preparing the community for the effects of a changing climate. The recently released draft Climate Change Action Plan is our ambitious, yet practical, plan to do that.

The weather around the world is changing and we are seeing changing climates, rising temperatures, increased precipitation and more frequent weather events.

In 2017 and 2019, we have had record high water levels in Lake Ontario. We are certainly feeling these impacts locally including increased seasonal flooding, extreme rainfall, ice storms, and some of the hottest summers on record.

More than half of the world’s carbon emissions originate in cities and urban areas and cities are facing the increasing costs of adapting to the impacts of climate change.

As a City, Mississauga is committed to doing its part towards securing a better future and transforming into a low carbon and resilient carbon city. Taking steps towards this goal will be achieved through actions taken not only by the City, but also by the wider community including residents, business owners, and visitors. 

I know some of you may think that no matter what the City does, it won’t make a difference in the grand scheme of the global climate change picture. But we as a Council know that we have an obligation to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations and services. We have an opportunity to improve local air quality and become more resilient when extreme weather hits. (As I write this, there is a massive snow storm hitting the Prairies dumping 60+ cm of snow at the end of September.)

Our Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) presents a way forward over the next ten years, providing an incremental process to take action, measure progress, adjust to changing conditions, and continue to build towards the ultimate 30-year vision.

In the coming weeks, the City will be seeking public feedback and finalize the CCAP for approval.

What are some of the Actions we are proposing? Here are just a few of the planned options for change:

· Convert the entire corporate and transit fleet (and equipment) to zero emissions (e.g.
electric and/or hydrogen technology);
· Invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure for the corporate and transit fleets;
· Install renewable energy (e.g. solar panels) at municipal buildings;
· Retrofit all municipal buildings to be net zero or near net zero; and
· Ensure that all new corporate buildings are built to net zero or near net zero standards.

As with any major initiative, there is a substantial cost to implementing the Climate Change Action Plan. Initial estimates for the first 10 years of the plan, based on current technology, is more than $450 million. This is mainly for capital funding and is not currently contained in our ten year capital forecast which means in the coming years, we have very tough choices to make. 

There is a cost to making these changes, and there are also costs in taking no action.

Now is the time to have your say and provide input into the City’s Climate Change Action Plan. You have until Friday, October 18, 2019 to provide us with your feedback. You can do that by:

1. Attending one of the open houses:

2. Can’t attend? Complete a survey , which also includes a section for additional
comments.

For additional information please visit: theclimatechangeproject.ca .
Fall Leaf Pickup Program
During the fall, the City of Mississauga provides Vacuum Leaf Pickup service to streets that are more than 35 years old and contain many mature large trees. Streets with fewer and younger trees are not included in the program.

Addresses eligible for Leaf Pickup will receive a direct-mail notice that indicates when leaves will be picked up in their area.
Check the  Leaf Pickup Route Map  to view dates and find out if your street will receive Vacuum Leaf Pickup.

I f your address qualifies for Vacuum Leaf Pickup:
  • Rake leaves to the edge of the grass by Sunday of the week before your scheduled vacuum leaf pickup. Do not rake leaves onto the road.
  • Do not mix items such as wood, brick or brush with the leaves as they can damage equipment or injure workers.
  • Help reduce potential flooding by keeping curbside storm drains clear of leaves.
  • Help our crews by removing cars from the street during leaf pickup.

What if more leaves fall after the scheduled leaf collection?

Here are your options for disposing leaves:

The Region of Peel will also pick up leaves on your regular waste collection day until
December 12, 2019. Leaves must be placed curbside in open, reusable containers such as bushel baskets, labelled rigid plastic containers or paper yard waste bags weighing less than 20 kgs (44 lbs) when full. Do not use plastic bags.

You can also compost your leaves or spread them around the base of your trees. Leaves will fertilize the soil and act as a buffer against extreme temperatures. Remember that oak leaves are difficult to compost.

Questions?
For more information on the City's Leaf Pickup program, contact 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 from outside the City) from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information on Region of Peel yard waste collection, call 905-791-9499 or visit  their website .
Please Do Not Feed Wildlife
Wild animals should obtain their food and shelter naturally. This helps to maintain natural adaptations to ensure their survival. Feeding of wildlife is also prohibited under the City of Mississauga’s Animal Care and Control By-law .
 
Here are a few reasons not to feed wildlife:

 ·          It causes them to become dependent on a food source making them unwilling to
search naturally for food which can lead to illness or disease.
·          It creates an unnatural increase in wildlife populations, thereby increasing nuisance
wildlife activity such as damaging neighbouring homes or property
 
·          Excessive feeding of birds generates larger populations of resilient non-native birds
such as feral pigeons, starlings and sparrows which compete for habitat with our
rarer, native song bird species
 
·          Providing food for wildlife such as birds or squirrels often attracts rats and mice due
to the spillage of seed.
 
·          An increase in rodent activity can attract larger predators like coyotes and foxes
which can also prey on neighbourhood pets
 
·          Predators such as coyotes that have eaten human food lose their natural fear for
humans and as a result they can become aggressive towards humans
 
The City of Mississauga encourages residents to enjoy and live in harmony with native wildlife. This can happen if we do not interfere with a wild animal’s natural instincts, behaviours and ability to search for food.
 
·          To learn more about wildlife in the city, visit mississauga.ca/citywildlife .
Mississauga Presents Bianca Andreescu with Key to the City and Street Naming at She The North Rally
The City of Mississauga and tens of thousands of Bianca Andreescu fans celebrated the Canadian tennis star with a She The North rally at Mississauga Celebration Square on September 15th.

To recognize Andreescu’s accomplishments, the Mayor presented her with a Key to the City and announced that a street in Mississauga will be named in her honour - Andreescu Way. 

Andreescu jumped to 5th in the world standings after winning the U.S. Open last weekend. 

Andreescu has been a resident, student and athlete in Mississauga and began her career at Mississauga’s Ontario Racquet Club located in Ward 2.
Community Meetings & Events
City’s Climate Change Action Plan Open House: Saturday October 5, 2019 at 9:30-11:30 am in the lobby at Clarkson Community Centre, 2475 Truscott Drive. Additional details on our public consultation period, including the other open houses, are available on our website: theclimatechangeproject.ca.

The Friends of the Museums of Mississauga will be hosting a hauntingly unique fundraising event at the Harding House: Saturday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm.  For more information and for tickets fommississauga.com.

Tecumseh Park Restoration Event - Saturday October 26th, 10 am – noon at Tecumseh Park. This is a community tree planting and invasive species control event.

Development Application at 1110 Lorne Park Drive: Monday, October 28th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 300 City Centre Drive. Public Meeting Information Report for the Planning and Development Committee meeting regarding Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Applications to Permit 7 townhomes.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above mentioned Community Meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me at karen.ras@mississauga.ca or call
905-896-5200.