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

Welcome to the April 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...
20-Minute Makeover in Ward 11

Join the thousands of participants across Canada, from April 15 - 27, who will volunteer for 20 minutes to pick up litter around their workplace, school or community. Organize a group of your co-workers, family and friends, and find a space in our amazing Ward 11 community that is in need of a clean-up. There are many places in Ward 11 that could use your help! Be sure to register your clean-up and help clean our beautiful community together! Please visit https://app.keysurvey.com/f/1390121/2005/   to register for this cleanup.
 
If you will be in the downtown Streetsville area on Saturday, April 27, 2019, please feel free to join me at 9am to clean up Streetsville Rotary Park, which is located beside the Streetsville Library at 112 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M 1K8.
 
For those who have registered, garbage and recycling bags, gloves and safety tip sheets will be available at River Grove, Meadowvale, and Frank McKechnie community centres and community centres across the City, while supplies last, starting Monday, April 8th. Send pictures of your cleanup activities to george.carlson@mississauga.ca, and I will post them on my website and include them in an upcoming newsletter!   Top  
Earth Week Activities

Spring has finally arrived, and I know we are all looking forward to the wonderful sunshine! The beginning of spring also means that Earth Month, Earth Week, and Earth Day are here! The month of April is Earth Month, April 21-27 is Earth Week, and April 22nd is Earth Day. There are many ways that you can get involved to protect and conserve our environment. If you and your friends and family are looking for some great green events across the City in which you can participate, be sure to check out these great local environmental events:
 
Clothing and Electronic Waste Collection
The City of Mississauga, Partners in Project Green, the Region of Peel, and Diabetes Canada are organizing a collection drive, from April 15 - 27, in support of Earth Days. Residents can drop off unwanted electronics and used clothing, at no charge, to the Civic Centre, Central Library or any of the City's community centres. The following items will be collected:
  • Clothing-based items and textiles, including: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains, sleeping bags and yarn. All clothing items will be donated to Diabetes Canada.
  • Electronic waste, including: laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and video equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, tonner and ink cartridges. Please note that CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will not be accepted. All electronic items will be collected and recycled by Ontario Electronic Stewardship.
Thanks to community support for these collection events, over 12 tonnes of materials were collected and diverted from landfills in 2017-2018!
 
One Million Trees Planting
On Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. join the City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Conservation Halton at the annual One Million Trees Earth Day celebration. This year, native trees and shrubs will be planted, along with other hands-on environmental activities at four Mississauga parks. This year's tree planting events include:
  • Brickyard Park - Ward 7, hosted by City of Mississauga
  • Willowvale Fields - Ward 6, hosted by Credit Valley Conservation
  • Stonewood Park - Ward 10, hosted by Conservation Halton
  • Fleetwood Park - Ward 3, hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation
Trees planted will support the City's One Million Trees Mississauga campaign, a 20-year program to encourage residents, schools, community groups and businesses to join the City's tree planting efforts on both public and private lands in Mississauga.  Since the program launch six years ago, over 300,000 trees and shrubs have been planted with the help of volunteers and partners. For more information and to register for a tree planting, visit https://www.onemilliontrees.ca/.
 
Other Earth Week Events
Be sure to check out these other great Earth Week events in our community with your friends and family:
 
Earth Day Family Storytime (All ages)
Monday, April 15
10:30 - 11 a.m.
Frank McKechnie Library
 
Earth Day LEGO™ Club (Ages 5-12)
Thursday, April 20
9:30 a.m.
Central Library
 
Craft - After School Club (Ages 6-9)
Monday, April 15
4 - 5 p.m.
Erin Meadows Library

Earth Day Storytime and Craft (All ages)
Monday, April 22
2 - 3 p.m.
Courtneypark Library
Earth Day Craft (Ages 9-12, $2)
Thursday, April 20
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Churchill Meadows Library
Recycled Magazine Butterflies (All ages)
Monday, April 22
2 - 3 p.m.
Meadowvale Library
 
If you would like more information about Earth Day, Earth Week, and Earth Month, please visit www.earthday.ca. For more information about the City's 2019 Earth Week events, please visit www.mississauga.ca/earthdays. To find out more about the City of Mississauga's green initiatives, please visit www.mississauga.ca/livinggreen.   Top  
New Fish Counting System in Credit River

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has installed a new fish counting system in the Credit River, at the dam in Streetsville. The system is operated by the Lake Management Unit of the MNRF and contains a live video feed, which can be viewed at http://www.riverwatcherdaily.is/Migration .
 
The MNRF purchased this counting system to support the Atlantic Salmon program and provide important information on all migratory species in the river. This field station is not open to or accessible to the public.  Currently, the Credit River has a run of approximately 10,000 fish. The fish moving through this spring are steelhead (rainbow trout), weighing between 2 and 20 pounds, on their annual spawning run up the river from Lake Ontario, heading towards Brampton, Halton Hills, and Caledon. During the fall, the Credit River has a return of 5 different trout and salmon species, including steelhead, brown trout, chinook salmon, coho salmon, and Atlantic salmon.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Credit River Anglers Association (CRAA) for the excellent work they have done, over the past 30 years, to conserve and improve the fish population and the Credit River watershed. For more information about the CRAA and their work, please visit  https://www.craa.on.ca/. For more information about the MNRF, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry.   Top  
2019 Civic Awards of Recognition

If you know any outstanding individuals, community groups and businesses whose contributions help make Mississauga a great place to live, work and play, consider nominating them for a 2019 Civic Award of Recognition. Achievements are recognized in the following four categories:
 
Voluntary Community Service
Individuals or groups that have improved the quality of life in our community through volunteer efforts.
 
Youth Community and Civic Engagement
Youth between 14 and 24 who have contributed more than 100 voluntary hours to community or civic activities.
 
Achievement in Sports
Athletes or teams that have won championships at a city-wide, regional, provincial, national or international level.
 
Achievement in Arts
Artists or arts groups that have won competitions, juried shows or exhibitions. Outstanding accomplishments in academic fields may also be recognized.
 
To nominate someone for a Civic Award, please follow these steps:
1.  Visit the City's website at www.mississauga.ca/civicrecognition
2.  Review the award criteria
3.  Fill out the online nomination form. You can also download the form and submit it by email or mail
 
The City will consider the first 100 nominees and review nominations on a first come, first served basis. Nominees who qualify will be invited to receive their awards during an official ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. You must submit your nomination on or before May 3, 2019.   Top  
Riverwood Conservancy Fundraiser

The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is a non-profit organization that provides programs and direction for Riverwood - the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. TRC's programs enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations - all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.
 
To help support the work of the Riverwood Conservancy and their various programs, a fundraiser will be held as follows:
 
Riverwood Conservancy Fundraiser
Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine
3015 Winston Churchill Blvd., Mississauga
 
For more information about Riverwood and the Riverwood Conservancy, please visit https://theriverwoodconservancy.org/.   Top  
City Receives Double Gas Tax Funding From Federal Government

As part of the Government of Canada's Budget 2019, the Federal Government will double the amount of money municipalities receive this year through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. 
 
As part of this initiative, the City will receive approximately $80 million to use for transit and transportation infrastructure. This one-time additional funding will enable the City to deliver on priorities of growing transit and transportation infrastructure and systems including active transportation such as cycling.
 
Since 2005, Mississauga has received approximately $437 million through the Gas Tax Fund helping the City move forward in delivering on its Strategic Plan and City-building initiatives. With funding support, Mississauga can continue to successfully plan for the long term. To learn more about the City's Budget and priorities, visit www.mississauga.ca/budget.   Top  
Seven Things for Homeowners to Check this Spring

After each winter season ends, it's always a good idea to check your property for any winter damages to avoid costly repairs later on. Here are some things you can check for this spring:
 
Check for roof damage
All the snow and ice from winter can do some damage to your roof. Be sure to check your roof for any damaged or missing shingles to ensure it's still intact. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose will need to be replaced or repaired by a qualified roofer. This will ensure that water drains away from your home to prevent leaking.
 
Check your property's drainage
Does water properly flow down your downspout and away from your home? Proper drainage of rain and melting snow, also known as stormwater, around your property is vital to the health and safety of your home. Water that doesn't drain properly may lead to leaks in the roof or damage the foundation. Next time it rains, take a look outside near your basement walls to note any places where water collects within 2 meters of the house. Understanding how water drains will help keep your home safe and dry. You can find more information about stormwater here www.mississauga.ca/portal/stormwater.
 
Fill in cracks and check seals around windows and doors
Flooding may occur when heavy rainfall or significant melting snow is trapped around the foundation of your home and seeps in through cracks or window wells. Be sure to take the time to fill in any cracks and holes that you can find in your foundation and check the seals around windows and doors to avoid your home flooding. If you're looking to learn more about flood prevention in your home, check out Mississauga Office of Emergency's Residential Guide to Flood Prevention and Recovery.
 
Check the fence and deck
Check both your fence and deck for any signs of damaged, cracked or split boards. In Mississauga, you don't need a building permit if you need to build a new fence. However, for decks, you will need a building permit to build or demolish a wooden deck greater than 2 feet high or 100 square feet or structurally connected to the home. You can find out more about building permits for decks in Mississauga here www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/permits.
 
Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
To make sure that your family's fire safe, you should replace the batteries in your alarms twice a year with the time change and test the alarms to make sure they are fully functional. Check for expiry dates on your alarms and be sure they are replaced if they are over 10 years old. Also, check your fire extinguishers to make sure there are no leaks and that all the pins are in place. Mississauga's Fire and Emergency Services has tons of great resources about fire prevention and smoke alarms available at www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/fire.
 
Move wood or junk away from home
If you have a stack of wood or junk beside your home, you'll need to move it now that the ice and snow is melting. The damp wood and pooled water is the perfect breeding ground for a variety of insects. In addition, you will want to remove rodent habitats like piles of wood or rock piles from your yard. Mississauga's Animal Services has great wildlife safety tips to protect yourself, family and property here www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/animalservices.
 
Check your driveway for cracks
Freezing temperatures can cause pavement to chip as water gets inside and freezes. Now that the weather's warming up, you should fill in any cracks or holes that you find. Be sure to seal hard surfaces to prevent water from getting into them.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1