Ward 11 E-Newsletter - January 2017
Councillor's Message

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2017 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  I hope you find this newsletter informative.   As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you may have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at any time at 905-896-5011 or  george.carlson@mississauga.ca .  
In This Issue...
New MiWay Service Begins at Winston Churchill Station

New MiWay service has begun at the Mississauga Transitway's Winston Churchill station.  Winston Churchill is the eighth station to open along the dedicated east-west transit corridor that, when complete in 2017, will run from Winston Churchill in the west to Renforth station in the east. Currently Erin Mills, Central Parkway, Cawthra, Tomken, Dixie, Tahoe and Etobicoke Creek stations are open.
 
New Service to Winston Churchill station is as follows:
The Mississauga Transitway will be expanded with more stations and service this year.  Spectrum, Orbitor and the Renforth Gateway (the final station in the east) will open in 2017. This will complete the 18 kilometre, dedicated bus corridor, making travel connections to Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Bloor-Danforth Subway line easier via Highway 427.  For more information about MiWay, visit www.miway.ca.   Top  
Fun Activities for Family Day

It's almost Family Day, and there are many fun and exciting things to do with your family in Mississauga.  City facilities will be hosting great recreational and cultural programs and activities, so be sure to check them out
 
Family Day at Mississauga Celebration Square 
Noon to 4 p.m. 
Enjoy a full afternoon of winter wonder at Celebration Square on Family Day. There will be skating, face painting and more.  For more information, please visit www.mississaugacelebrationsquare.ca

Family Day at Bradley Museum and Benares Historic House
Noon to 4 p.m. 
Bring the entire family out to the Museums for tours, crafts and more.  Cost: $15/family.  For more information, visit www.museumsofmississauga.com.

Activities at select Recreation facilities and Community Centres 
Enjoy free swimming and skating at your local community centre.  Participating facilities include: 
  • Burnhamthorpe Community Centre
  • Carmen Corbasson Arena & Community Centre
  • Clarkson Community Centre
  • Erin Meadows Community Centre
  • Erin Mills Twin Rinks (Click the Locations tab)
  • Frank McKechnie Community Centre
  • Hershey Centre Community Rinks
  • Huron Park Recreation Centre
  • Iceland Arena
  • Malton Community Centre
  • Meadowvale Four Rinks (Click the Locations tab)
  • Mississauga Valley Community Centre
  • Mississauga SportZone
  • Paul Coffey Arena (Click the Locations tab)
  • River Grove Community Centre
  • South Common Community Centre
For more info about Family Day recreation activities, visit www.mississauga.ca/familyday.   Top  
2017 City and Region Business Plan and Budget
 
The  2017 City and Region Business Plans and Budget s have been approved by Council and Regional Council.  The total increase in Mississauga's residential property tax will be 2.9 per cent. The increase includes 1.9 per cent for City services and 1.0 per cent for the Region of Peel.  Highlights of the 2017 City Business Plan and Budget include:
  • $4.1 million in cost savings, which is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.9 per cent
  • Adding approximately $5.7 million worth of new services, including:
    • continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 45,000 service hours
    • completing the Mississauga Transitway and adding 11,000 service hours
    • continuing implementation of the Advanced Transportation Management System to mitigate traffic congestion 
    • enhancing sidewalk maintenance to eliminate the City's repair backlog
    • relocating the Square One Older Adult Centre to continue service to Mississauga's older adults
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide better services that reach more people
    • expanding year-round programming and enhancing winter events at Celebration Square to attract tourism
    • improving the Library's collection to support the City's population growth
Highlights of the 2017 Region Business Plan and Budget include:
  • Additional 22,500 Accessible Transportation trips
  • Two more ambulances on the road to address 5,500 additional 9-1-1 calls
  • An investment of $4.5 million to support affordable housing including 205 households from waitlist
  • Subsidy for low income "MiWay" users
  • Changes to provincial programming for immunization
  • More support to seniors with increasingly complex dementia care needs in the Long Term Care homes
  • Service 3,550 new households in waste collection
  • 4,750 new water billing customers
  • Additional police staffing for community safety
For more details on the City and Region budgets and the budgeting process, please visit www.mississauga.ca/budget or www.peelregion.ca/budget.   Top  
New Culture Master Plan
 
The City's Culture Division will begin meeting with residents and art groups to create a new Culture Master Plan.  The Culture Master Plan will identify specific actions that will grow and evolve Mississauga's arts and culture scene.  The new plan will provide the City with a 10-year plan that will grow and strengthen arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga.  The Culture Division will host two in-person public meetings and one digital meeting in February:
 
Public Meeting #1 - Express your ideas about culture in Mississauga
Tuesday, February 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W.
 
Public Meeting #2 - Digital Public Meeting - Culture Goes Digital
Wednesday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter and use the hashtag #SaugaCulture
 
Public Meeting #3 - Culture Lab Design Session
Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W.
 
If you are unable to attend the meetings, here are some other ways residents can get involved:
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Free Mississauga Online Business Directory is Now Available
 
The City of Mississauga has launched a new online business directory offering free digital access to nearly 15,000 Mississauga businesses.  The directory is available on the City's  Open Data website; a site that provides public information about Mississauga.  The new Mississauga Business Directory is:
  • Free
  • Accessible 
  • Interactive
  • Mobile-friendly
New online functions include:
  • Multiple download options
  • Multi-view capabilities 
  • Quick search fields
  • Digital map of businesses in Mississauga
Visit www.mississauga.ca/businessdirectory to access the new Mississauga Online Business Directory today!   Top  
What You Should Know About Trees on Your Property

Trees in Mississauga provide a number of economic and environmental benefits to our community that enhance our neighbourhoods. With more than two million trees on public and private property, the city's urban forest is a valuable asset. When it comes to trees on private property, there are a few things residents need to know.

City-owned Trees
The City maintains all trees and shrubs on public property like boulevards and in parks.
 
Privately-owned Trees
Residents own the trees that are situated on their property and are responsible for caring for these trees.  Residents are also responsible for a tree's removal if it shows signs that it is dead or dying.  If you would like to remove trees from your private property, you must ensure you comply with the Private Tree Protection By-law as follows:
 
A PERMIT IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE:
A PERMIT IS NOT REQUIRED TO REMOVE:
  • Three or more trees 15 cm (six inches) or more in diameter per calendar year.

  • Three or more dead, dying or hazardous trees over 15 cm (six inches) in diameter per calendar year.
  • All trees 14 cm (5.5 inches) or less in diameter.

  • Up to two healthy trees with diameter greater than 15 cm (six inches) per calendar year.

If a tree is dead, dying or hazardous,the permit fee is waived and no replacement trees are required. For more information about trees on your property, visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-private-tree-protection.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1