Ward 11 E-Newsletter - October 2019
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the October 2019 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...
Draft Climate Change Action Plan

The City of Mississauga has developed a draft  Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP)  for public input. In recent years, Mississauga has seen increased seasonal flooding, ice storms and some of the hottest summers on record. The CCAP details actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare Mississauga for a changing global climate. Residents can provide input at one of four open houses as follows:

Open House 1
Wednesday, October 2
7 to 9 p.m.
Meadowvale Community Centre, Upper lobby
6655 Glen Erin Dr.

Open House 2
Saturday October 5, 2019
9:30-11:30am
Lobby, Clarkson Community Centre
2475 Truscott Drive
 
Open House 3
Tuesday, October 8
3 to 7 p.m.
University of Toronto Mississauga, Instructional Building Atrium
1599 Outer Cir. Rd.
 
Open House 4
Thursday, October 10
7 to 9 p.m.
Mississauga Valley Community Centre, L.C. Taylor Auditorium
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.

The Climate Change Action Plan is built around the central vision that Mississauga will be a low carbon and resilient community. The Climate Change Action Plan presents a way forward over the next ten years, providing a process to take action, measure progress, adjust to changing conditions, and continue to build towards the ultimate 30-year vision.n   The Action Plan takes a holistic approach to climate initiatives and includes actions to be taken by the City as a corporation, as well as for the community. Strong Goals Supporting the Vision further define how progress on the Vision will be measured:

Goal 1: Mitigation Reduce community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions 40% levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050 below 1990 levels and position the City competitively in the emerging low carbon economy.

Goal 2: Adaptation Increase resilience and the capacity of the corporation and the community to withstand and respond to future climate events by taking action on the highest climate-related risks.

If you are unable to attend an open house, you may complete an online survey available at theclimatechangeproject.ca. For more information about the Climate Change Action Plan, please visit theclimatechangeproject.ca.   Top  
Streetsville Horticultural Society Fall Open House

If you are interested in learning about gardening, plants, and horticulture, be sure to check out the upcoming fall open house of the Streetsville Horticultural Society. The details of this event are as follows:
 
Streetsville Horticultural Society Fall Open House and Bulb Sale
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Streetsville United Church
274 Queen St S, Streetsville
 
At this open house, the Streetsville Horticultural Society will also be having a bulb sale, featuring interesting and unusual spring flowering bulbs at great prices.
 
The speaker at this open house will be Dr. Diane Corlett of Lochland Botanicals, a small, herb and flower farm in rural Halton county, Ontario. Dr. Corlett will speak about growing artisanal herbal and floral products for culinary, cosmetic, and aromatherapy uses. For more information about the Streetsville Horticultural Society, please visit www.streetsvillehort.ca.   Top  
2019 Christmas Celebrations

Fall is now upon us, and Christmas will soon be here! If you and your family and friends are looking for some fabulous Christmas celebrations, look no further than our vibrant "Village in the City"!
 
Santa Claus is coming to town, so mark your calendars now, and come down to the heart of downtown Streetsville for the 2019 Streetsville Santa Claus Parade! The details of the Parade are as follows:
 
2019 Streetsville Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, November 24, 2019
at 1pm
Queen St. S. & Ontario St.
 
The 2019 parade will begin at Queen St. S. and Ontario St., at 1pm and proceed south on Queen St. S., ending at Church St.
 
The theme of this year's Parade is "Getting Ready for Christmas"! The 2019 Parade will feature many amazing bands, groups, and floats, including the Top Hat Marching Orchestra, Humes Horse & Carriage, Streetsville Legion Colour Guard, Avro Arrow Air Cadets float, City of Mississauga Parks float, Newbeaver Shriners Train float, Silver Elvis, Streetsville Pipes & Drums, Toronto Scottish Regiment, Frosty the Snowman, and Mrs. Claus in her very own float, all leading up to a very special appearance by the big guy himself - Santa Claus! Don't forget to bring your special letters for Santa Claus!
 
Get into the Christmas spirit before the Parade arrives, and bring your friends and family over to Streetsville Village Square, at Queen Street South and Main Street, for some great live entertainment, vendors, and food vendors. Please note, as part of the Parade, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, November, 24th as follows:
  • Queen St S, from Britannia Rd W to Erin Centre Blvd, closed 12pm-3pm
  • Church St, from Ontario St to Main St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Ontario St, east of Queen St S, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Kerr St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Water St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Main St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed until 3pm
  • Bristol Rd W at Durie Rd, closed 12pm-3pm
  • All parking lots and parking spots along Church St, between Ontario St to Maiden Lane
Public parking for the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be available at:
  • Centre Plaza parking lot                                             128 Queen St S
  • Streetsville GO Station parking lot                              45 Thomas St
Accessible parking for the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be available at:
  • Centre Plaza parking lot                                             128 Queen St S
As in previous years, the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be held during the same weekend as the Streetsville BIA's fabulous Christmas in the Village festival, which will take place on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. Be sure to stop by this great celebration, which will feature the traditional tree lighting ceremony, a special visit from Santa, family activities, live-music, horse and carriage rides, and an amazing Christmas Market! The Christmas Market will remain open during the Santa Claus Parade, on Sunday, November 24th. For more information about this festival, please visit www.streetsvillechristmasinthevillage.com. For more information about the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade, please visit the Parade website and social media sites:
I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Christmas in the Village festival and the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade! 
40th Anniversary of The Mississauga Miracle

November 10, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the largest peacetime evacuation in Northern America at that time and has been dubbed by many as The Mississauga Miracle. On November 10, 1979, a Canadian Pacific (CP) train lost one of its wheels, resulting in the derailment of 24 cars carrying six dangerous ingredients - propane, caustic soda, styrene, toluene, fiberglass insulation and chlorine. The flammable liquids and vapours caused a massive explosion with flames more than 1,500 metres high that could be seen over 100 kilometres away. Evacuations began two hours after the explosion and continued until more than 240,000 Mississauga residents were evacuated. Many residents were unable to return home for one week.

The City of Mississauga is commemorating the 40th anniversary with Mississauga Miracle: The Story of the 1979 Derailment - two exhibitions created in partnership with Heritage Mississauga and the Museums of Mississauga that will be on display at the Bradley Museum and The Grange this fall.

Mississauga Miracle Exhibition
The exhibition will feature local art, records and artifacts related to the train derailment. Artifacts from the Museums' collections include:
  • The pressure relief valve from the derailed tanker
  • The final investigation report
  • Images of the derailment from a variety of sources
  • Items from the Heritage Mississauga and Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
  • Commemorative items given to former Mayor Hazel McCallion or collected by residents
The exhibition will also feature a video compiled from 50 oral histories of the experiences of those involved. The interviews range from front-line firefighters to politicians and residents that were evacuated from their Mississauga homes.

Exhibition Details:

Location:
Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd.

Date:
September 21 to November 17, 2019
Open: Thursday to Sunday

Time:
Noon to 4 p.m.

Location:
The Grange
1921 Dundas Street West

Date:
October 29 to November 15, 2019
Open: Tuesday to Friday

Time:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mississauga Miracle: 40th Anniversary Event
Join the City and Heritage Mississauga for an anniversary open house at The Grange and experience the Mississauga Miracle exhibition. Refreshments will be available.

Date:
November 10, 2019

Time:
2 to 4 p.m.

Location:
The Grange
1921 Dundas Street West

To learn more about the latest Museums of Mississauga programming events, visit culture.mississauga.ca/museums or follow @SaugaMuseums on Twitter.  
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Check Out Mississauga's Recreation Programs

If you and your family are looking to get active this fall and all year round, be sure to check out the great recreation programs that the City offers!
 
Drumming Fit is one of Mississauga's newest programs. It will be widely available to all residents this winter and will offer intense, gentle and therapeutic options.  At first glance it may seem like a fun activity or a musical escape, which it is. Participants get to use drumsticks on stability balls to the rhythm and motivation of their favourite tunes.  These classes are a total brain and body workout combining fitness with the cognitive and coordination benefits of drumming. 
 
In addition to Drumming Fit, the City also offers a broad variety of classes ranging from high-intensity workouts to therapeutic activities, such as:
- Kettlebell - Total body conditioning class
- TRX - Navy Seal-type training in circuits and small groups
- FitWall - A unique combination of body weight, climbing and resistance bands and straps
- Pilates - Mat classes along with small and large equipment programs
- Ai Chi - Tai Chi inspired movements in the water
- Therapeutic Yoga H2O - A warm water experience as soothing and relaxing as it sounds
- Snoezelen - A unique sensory program for participants with Autism, brain injuries and dementia
 
For more information about Mississauga's recreation programs, please visit https://activemississauga.ca/.    
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Mississauga is a Bee City

Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from the male to the female part of the plant. It is a critical part of a plant's lifecycle and allows the plant to produce seeds and fruit. Seeds and fruit are what allow a plant to create new plants.
 
Pollinators are insects such as bees, butterflies, wasps, moths, flies, and beetles that transfer pollen from flower to flower as they forage for nectar and pollen. Even mammals and birds can be pollinators!
 
The City of Mississauga is excited to be designated as the 29th Bee City in Canada! Through this designation, the City of Mississauga is committed to (1) creating healthy pollinator habitat, (2) educating the community about the importance of pollinators and (3) celebrating pollinators.
 
Current initiatives in the city to enhance habitat for pollinators include pollinator gardens, incorporating native plants in park gardens, as well as educational campaigns and events to educate residents on how they can support pollinators at home, work and school.
 
The Parks, Forestry & Environment Division is also working on projects to restore and enhance natural areas in Mississauga through the One Million Trees program. Projects include tree and shrub planting, invasive species removal and stewardship of natural areas. The Division offers educational events and shares social media content about what the City is doing and what you can do to help pollinators.
 
In 2018, the City installed a beehive on the roof of City Hall as an educational piece and a way to engage the public in pollinator-related topics. Honeybees can be a great way to start the conversation about pollinators in urban areas. Streetsville is also home to a new pollinator-friendly garden thanks to  funding  provided by grants from Scotts Canada and Communities in Bloom. Two grants were also received to install pollinator gardens at Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Park and at Port Credit Library. The Streetsville garden, which officially opened in May 2018, contains perennial flowers and plants to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. 
 
The City's mandate to protect, enhance, restore and expand our natural heritage system guides our activities with pollinators including bees. As such, the City looks at bees from an ecological perspective. This means we aim to support wild pollinators (including native wild bees) instead of honeybees which are introduced to Canada for agricultural purposes.
 
Native wild bee populations are declining which can lead to a decrease in biodiversity and ecosystem health. The City's main focus is to support populations of native pollinators using tools such the bee hive as a conversation starter.
 
June 17-23, 2019, was Pollinator Week-a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The City celebrated pollinators with an educational walk at Hancock Woodlands where participants learned about how this park provides habitat to pollinators.
 
Volunteers also came out and got their hands dirty at the City's two native tallgrass prairies: Lorne Park Prairie and Jack Darling Park Prairie! At each site, Volunteers controlled invasive plants that threaten the health of these important natural areas. For more information about the City's pollinator initiatives, please visit www.mississauga.ca/pollinators .
Boulevard Pollinator Gardens

The City of Mississauga is now waiving all permit fees  associated with residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants on their boulevards. The City aims to support residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants to help support the bee and pollinator insect population.

Mississauga has many pollinator projects that support pollinator habitats, including the 
One Million Trees  program, 13 pollinator and community gardens, building and installing bee hotels/houses as well as a honeybee hive on the roof of City Hall and the Streetsville pollinator garden, to name a few.
In addition, the City is expanding planting pollinator-friendly plants in pollinator gardens and existing flower beds, planting native trees and shrubs through the One Million Trees program and will work with residents to install solitary bee houses to support native pollinators.
 
By planting pollinator friendly plants in your garden, you can help enhance habitat for insects that pollinate wildflowers and crops that we eat. Some pollinator friendly plants that you could plant, including the following:
 
Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Bright yellow flowers with a brown or black cone in the center will bloom from June to September.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-3 feet tall and can grow between 12 and 18 inches across.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees, beetles, wasps, and flies
  • Flower petals darken towards the centre of the plant, which is caused by an ultraviolet pigment that attracts pollinators!
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
  • Flowers with numerous rays, dark purple to pink in colour from August to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 1-6 feet tall and can grow between 2-4 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: moths, butterflies (including Monarchs), bees and flies.
  • Blooms later in the season which provides a critical fall nectar source for many pollinators.
Sweet Ox-Eye/False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)
  • Flowers with 8-20 yellow rays, brown center florets from July to October.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows 2-6 feet tall and can grow up to 2 feet across.
  • Beneficial for: bees, beetles and butterflies (in particular the Painted Lady and Skipper).
  • Species name "Heliopsis" is derived from the Greek word Helios, which means Sun.
Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
  • Tiny white flowers with purple spots arranged in clusters will bloom from July to September.
  • Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Grows up to 3 feet tall but sometimes larger.
  • Beneficial for: butterflies, bees and moths.
  • A member of the mint family, this plant has a square stem with flat edges.
Grey Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)
  • Yellow flowers with 5-10 rays that droop downward and cone-shaped centres that start out ashy grey but will turn brown as flowers open.
  • Flowers will bloom from May to October.
  • Plant in full sun or partial sun in dry to moist soil.
  • Grows 3-5 feet tall.
  • Beneficial for bees and butterflies as well as a great food source for livestock and wildlife.
You can plant these seeds in spring or fall. Loosen soil first and then scatter seeds on top. Keep soil moist after planting. For more resources on pollinator friendly gardens, please visit www.mississauga.ca/pollinators .
Report a Problem Using Pingstreet

Have you noticed long grass that needs cutting or a light in need of repair on private property? Perhaps you've noticed litter, graffiti or washroom facilities not functioning properly in one of our parks? You can now report these issues and many more using Pingstreet - a free mobile app.
 
Using a smartphone or tablet, residents can now report lighting that is causing a problem and long grass/weeds on private property.
In addition, residents can also report on the following for City parks:
  • Litter and dumping
  • Grass cutting (height exceeds 3 inches (7.5 cm))
  • Washroom maintenance (hand dryer malfunctions, plumbing issues)
  • Sports field maintenance (debris clean up, supplies replenishment, irrigation issues)
  • Overflowing garbage cans
With the addition of these new services, residents can now report on 28 service areas in total. The Pingstreet app also provides news updates, access to Mississauga's Twitter feed, Mayor and Council contact information, waste collection schedules from the Region of Peel and much more.
 
In 2018, more than 6,200 requests were successfully reported and resolved for Mississauga residents through the Pingstreet app. You can download the Pingstreet app on your smartphone or tablet at the App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry World. For more information, visit www.mississauga.ca/pingstreet .
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1