Ward 11 E-Newsletter - March 2018
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the March 2018 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...
Vision Zero Road Safety Approach Approved by Council 

I am very pleased to report that City Council passed a resolution this week to adopt Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention of fatalities and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions.
 
Vision Zero is a concept based on shared responsibilities among partners involved in the road system including politicians, planners, police, community organizations, vehicle manufacturing companies, companies and organizations that purchase transport services and all road users. Some areas of focus may include:
  • Reducing impaired driving
  • Implementing safer speed limits
  • Improving road infrastructure
  • Enhancing pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Road infrastructure changes
Many Canadian municipalities have adopted Vision Zero including, Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton and most recently, the Region of Peel in December 2017. The City's Transportation & Works Division will begin developing a work plan that will lay out how the City will achieve Vision Zero through education, enforcement and engineering and what resources will be required to do so. For more information about Vision Zero, please visit www.visionzeroinitiative.com.   Top  
New MiWay Service Changes  

MiWay has implemented new service changes, based on recent customer feedback, which will improve service, frequency and GO connections on some routes.
 
Customers travelling on Route 29 Park Royal-Homelands and Route 38 Creditview will experience improved connections to GO stations. MiWay is also adding additional trips on several routes including Route 42 Derry and 61A Mavis-Sheridan.
 
If you work at or visit Credit Valley Hospital as a patient, service improvements to Route 34 Credit Valley and 48 Erin Mills now include stops at the hospital.
 
Service improvements include:
 
Route
Service Improvement
Route and schedules revised to service bus stops inside the Credit Valley Hospital site.
Route and schedules revised to service bus stops along Eglinton Avenue. The Skymark Hub between Explorer Drive and Commerce Boulevard will no longer be serviced.
Route and schedules revised. The Dundas/Vega loop and Glen Erin Drive between The Collegeway and Burnhamthorpe Road will no longer be serviced.
Route and schedules revised to service bus stops inside the Credit Valley Hospital site.
 
These service improvements are part of the MiWay 5 Service Plan (2016-2020). This is the third year of the five-year plan that will shift buses to a grid network that allows more frequent buses along main corridors and delivers more direct services. The plan also expands Mississauga Transitway service. For a complete list of service changes please visit miway.ca/miway5 .   Top  
Reimagining the Mall
 
The City is currently in the process of developing policies to direct potential redevelopment and intensification in areas near shopping malls. The Reimagining the Mall project will guide the long-term evolution of five areas anchored by the following indoor shopping malls:
  • Meadowvale Town Centre
  • Erin Mills Town Centre
  • South Common Centre
  • Sheridan Centre
  • Rockwood Mall
The study will help to ensure that future intensification in these areas is done in a way that fosters healthy, mixed-use communities, where you can live, work, play and raise a family all within your own "complete community". Reimagining the Mall is being led by the City of Mississauga in partnership with the Region of Peel.
 
If you would like to learn more about this project, you can attend an in-person meeting or provide feedback online. The Ward 11 meeting details are as follows:
 
Community Meeting - Erin Mills
26 March 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
John Fraser Secondary School Library
2665 Erin Centre Blvd.
 
If you would like to provide feedback online or learn more about this project, please visit https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/reimagining-the-mall.   Top
Streetsville Secondary School 60th Anniversary
 
I am very excited to report that my alma mater, Streetsville Secondary School, will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. The details of this anniversary celebration are as follows:
 
Streetsville Secondary School 60th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 2, 2018
12pm
Streetsville Secondary School
72 Joymar Dr, Mississauga, ON L5M 1G3
 
There will be Decade Rooms for each decade the school was open, so be sure to come over and meet your principals, teachers, fellow students, and sporting teammates if you played sports at Streetsville SS. There will be great entertainment in the cafeteria and a dance in the compound beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come and see how much the school has changed since you attended.   Check out the Facebook page - Streetsville Secondary School 60th Reunion for more information and registration information. I hope to see you there!   Top
New Dog Waste Containers in Mississauga Parks
 
The City of Mississauga is launching a one-year pilot program that will convert dog waste into renewable energy and fertilizer. Fifteen in-ground dog waste containers will be installed across eight City parks including the Animal Services facility this spring.
 
Dog waste is frequently placed in recycling bins in City parks where it contaminates the entire bin, meaning it has to go into a landfill. With approximately 300,000 dogs in Mississauga, these innovative containers have the potential to be well-used and can improve the correct collection of dog waste in City parks.
 
City staff collaborated with Sutera Inc., to design a fully in-ground concrete container that holds dog waste for up to six weeks. Storing the waste below ground where it is cooler and out of direct sunlight reduces odour and means that the waste can be collected when the container is full. The waste will be emptied by a vacuum truck and taken to an organic waste plant where it will be safely converted into energy and fertilizer.
 
The City will evaluate the performance of the containers based on the amount of:
  • Dog waste diverted from landfill
  • Times the dog waste is collected
  • Uncontaminated recyclables
  • And pet owner engagement.
The City's targets include:
  • Collect 60 metric tonnes of dog waste annually - that's equal to the weight of 11 full grown elephants.
  • Collect approximately 60 per cent of uncontaminated mixed-recyclable material - this will go towards the Region of Peel's goal of 75 per cent waste diversion.
For more information about the City's green initiatives, please  visit www.mississauga.ca/environment .   Top
Peel Renovates Homeowners' Renovation Assistance        

Region of Peel is offering seniors, persons with disabilities, low to moderate income individuals and families the opportunity to apply for homeowner funding to address safety and accessibility concerns in their homes.
 
You may be eligible if you:
  • Have an annual household income of no more than $60,000 (gross income)
  • Are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Own and live in your home in Peel for a minimum of 3 years, with a maximum
  • value of:
    • Brampton: $487,165
    • Caledon: $685,189
    • Mississauga: $546,203
    • Require renovations or repairs in at least one of the following areas: accessibility, safety, structural, electrical, plumbing or heating
When you apply, you will need to provide:
  • Your address
  • The name, date of birth and citizenship status for each member of the household
  • Full legal names of all owners of the property as they appear on title
  • Income information for each member of the household
  • Confirmation that property taxes and mortgage payments are up-to-date
  • Confirmation of a homeowners insurance policy
Funding is provided to eligible homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for this program, please visit www.peelregion.ca/peelrenovates. If you require assistance with the application, please call 905-793-9200.   Top
Volunteer With Animal Services      

If you enjoy working with animals, the City's Animal services is looking for dedicated volunteers (18 years of age or older) for dog walking, cat grooming, pet cuddling and fostering pets. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please complete the  application form  and submit it to Mississauga Animal Services  shelter .
 
Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Dog walking
  • Cat cuddling and grooming
  • Playing with small pets
  • Reading to cats in the reading room
Animal Services is also looking for people to provide foster care to animals. The foster care program provides temporary care to pets that need special attention and care outside of the shelter environment. Fostering makes a pet more adoptable and gives them another chance to find a happy home. Foster care is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to learn and care for a pet on a temporary basis.
 
Foster homes are needed for:
  • Nursing or expecting mothers
  • Recovering surgery patients
  • Pets with behavioural issues
  • Orphaned pets
To become a foster parent, please complete the application form and submit at the Animal Services shelter. As part of the foster care program, Mississauga Animal Services staff will conduct a home inspection to ensure that the required standards for fostering are met and provide potential foster parents with guidelines for foster care. Once this step is complete, the applicant's name will be added to the foster parent waitlist. Animal Services will contact approved applicants when they have animals that require foster care. For more information about volunteering with Animal Services, please visit www.mississauga.ca/animalservices and click on "Volunteer / Foster a Pet."   Top
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1