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

Welcome to the February 2018 issue of my Ward 11 E-Newsletter!  Happy New Year!  Wishing you and your family all the very best in 2018!  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...
Share Your Big Ideas for the City's Smart City Plan 

The City of Mississauga wants residents and businesses to share their big ideas on how technology, data and innovation could make Mississauga even better.
 
The City is hosting public engagement sessions and an online engagement site to generate ideas for a Smart City Master Plan and the City's submission to the Government of Canada's Smart Cities Challenge.  Public sessions will explore how data and technology could be used to: 
  • enhance access to services and digital inclusion
  • further access to social services, affordable housing and more.
  • facilitate culture, heritage and education
  • improve the environment
  • promote and ensure public safety
  • advance transportation and ease traffic congestion
  • ease the effects of extreme weather
The community engagement sessions will be held on the following dates:
 
When:             Thursday, February 15, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
                        Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
                        Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
                        Thursday, February 22, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.      
 
Where:             C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre
                        300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
 
Complimentary underground parking available after 6 p.m. Entrance to parking garage is located on Duke of York Blvd.
 
The business engagement sessions will be held on the following dates:
 
When:             Tuesday, February 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
                        Monday, February 26, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
 
Where:            Committee Room B, Mississauga Civic Centre
                        300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
 
Parking is available underground. Entrance to parking garage is located on Duke of York Blvd.
 
If you are unable to make it to a session, you may share your feedback online at https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/smart-cities-challenge.  You may also contact Staff directly with your feedback at smartcity@mississauga.ca.  If you would like more information about this project, please visit www.mississauga.ca/smartcity.   Top  
City Requests Support from 2018 Federal and Provincial Budgets for Top City Priorities

The federal and provincial governments are in the process of preparing their 2018 budgets and Council adopted a resolution to seek ongoing support for the City's top priorities and initiatives, which are as follows:
  • strategic transit investments
  • sustainable infrastructure funding
  • legislative changes
  • city-building initiatives
  • affordable housing and partnerships
The City is requesting federal and provincial support in the form of long term, predictable funding for our top priorities like infrastructure, affordable, middle-class housing, and transit.  While the City continues investing in transit, dedicated funding is needed for transit initiatives like the Mississauga Transitway, the Regional Express Rail and Dundas Connects - all of these initiatives support future growth.  There is also a need for the City to continue managing its infrastructure and move forward on City-building initiatives like those that encourage active transportation. With federal and provincial funding and support, Mississauga can successfully plan for the long term.
 
Among all levels of government, Mississauga like all municipalities, receives the smallest share (eight to 10 per cent) of all tax dollars collected in Canada, yet cities own 60 per cent of the infrastructure.  Other priorities for the City include climate change and culture and heritage infrastructure.  For more information about the support that the City is requesting from the federal and provincial governments or to read the full submissions, please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/governmentrelations.  
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Switch to PRESTO and Save
 
Consider switching to PRESTO when you board a MiWay bus this year and you can save on fares.  Most of MiWay's fares including PRESTO fares have been frozen as of January 29, 2018, with the exception of cash fares and paper tickets.

It's easy to load, tap and ride MiWay with PRESTO.  PRESTO makes up 64 per cent of MiWay fares, up four per cent from last year at this time. Freezing PRESTO fares will continue to support PRESTO use.  In 2018, MiWay will continue to invest in its transit system to allow increases in service levels and frequency of buses.
  
Fare Item
New Fare:
Effective January 29, 2018
Cash Fare
$3.75
Adult Paper Ticket 
$3.20
Youth ( age 13 to 19) Paper Ticket
$2.35
Senior Paper Ticket
$2.20

The fare change details for PRESTO are as follows:
* PRESTO single fare frozen for child age six to 12 ($1.65) and youth age 13 to 19 ($2.25), rates remain at the 2012 rate
* PRESTO single fare frozen for adult ($3) and senior ($2) 
* PRESTO monthly pass frozen for adult ($130) and Senior ($61)
* The GTA Weekly Pass frozen at $63 
* GO Transit PRESTO Co-Fare frozen at $0.80

MiWay paper tickets will no longer be available at the Mississauga eStore, Civic Centre cashiers, community centres and Islington MiWay tickets and passes booth locations. MiWay paper tickets will only be available for purchase at City Centre Transit Terminal and MiWay ticket agents.  For more information on MiWay fares, visit miway.ca/fares.  
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Curbside Battery Collection Update
 
Curbside Battery Collection Update
As you may know, since 2016 the Region of Peel has been running a curbside battery collection pilot program, whereby household batteries are collected curbside twice per year in an effort to divert these items from the landfill. 
 
I am very pleased to report that this pilot program has been quite successful thus far in diverting household batteries from the landfill.  Since the program began in 2016, 39.2 tonnes of batteries have been collected and diverted from landfills.  I would like to thank you for doing your part and participating in this great stewardship program.
 
The curbside battery collection program will be monitored for another year and the results will be reported to Regional Council.  In 2018, the program will run as follows:
  • collection events will be scheduled to coincide with Earth Week in April and Waste Reduction Week in October
  • instead of using specially printed bags distributed by the Region, residents will be advised to use any transparent, sealable bag to set out their batteries
I hope you and your family will continue to participate in this great program and keep curbside batteries out of our landfills.  For more information about the program, please visit www.peelregion.ca/waste.   Top
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes this Winter         

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes this Winter
This winter, please ensure that you take steps to prevent your home's water pipes from freezing.  Please find below some helpful tips from the Region of Peel that you can use to prevent frozen water pipes and what to do in the event that your water pipes freeze:
 
To prevent frozen pipes
  1. In the fall, before the first frost, locate your shut-off valve and turn it off. The shut-off valve is located inside your home, close to where your outside taps are.
  2. Disconnect your garden hoses and drain all outside taps.
  3. Go through your home to identify areas where pipes may freeze. This can be in a basement or crawlspace near an outside wall, window, areas that have a draft or near a cracked foundation.
    • Use caulk or insulation to seal these areas keep the cold out and the heat in.
  4. Find your water meter. It is found in the lowest part of your home, in your basement or crawl space. The meter is adjacent to the main water shut-off valve to your home.
  5. Protect your meter by insulating the pipes on either side by applying a low-wattage wrap heater, heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables around the incoming pipe. Use products approved by product safety certification organizations, such as Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters Laboratories Inc. and use them only as intended (exterior or interior).
    • If your meter is located inside a cabinet, leave the doors open to allow warm to reach them
  6. If you are going to be away, turn off the main water shut-off valve and drain your pipes through a sink or tap in the lowest level of your home.
    • Have someone check the house daily to ensure the heat is on and that no problem occurs.
  7. Maintain a consistent temperature of 15 C or 60 F in your home at all times
To thaw frozen pipes
  1. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe (commonly adjacent to an exterior wall or where the water service enters the home through the foundation).
  2. Leave a cold water tap downstream of the location open, so that when the water begins to flow again, you know the pipe has thawed.
  3. Apply heat to the suspected area (section of pipe) by using one of the following methods:
    • electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe,
    • electric hair dryer,
    • portable heater (be sure not to place near flammable materials.)
If after following these instructions you are unable to thaw the frozen pipe, please contact the Region of Peel at 905-791-7800 for further assistance.   Top
Should Peel Stores Stay Open on Stat Holidays?     

The Region of Peel is reviewing shopping in Peel on statutory holidays and is considering whether Peel stores should stay open on statutory holidays.  The Region wants to hear from Peel residents on this important issue. 
 
Whether you are a resident of Peel, retail worker or retail business owner, you can share your thoughts with the Region in two ways:
Currently, retail holiday closures are based on the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), which is provincial legislation.  On June 8, 2017, our Regional Council directed staff to work toward a 'made-in-Peel' approach to regulate retail business closures on statutory holidays.
 
Peel staff is consulting with the public and industry stakeholders, such as businesses and retail workers, before enacting a Peel Region Retail Holiday Closure By-law.  Staff plans to combine its background research with its community engagement results to present Regional Council with a recommended approach on retail holiday closures in mid-2018.   Top
Great Apps Accessible at the Mississauga Library
       
The Mississauga Library provides access to many great apps for library users, so make sure you check out all the latest apps that the library has to offer.  Two interesting apps that you might find useful are Hoopla and Mango Languages.
 
Hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
 
If you would like to learn a new language, Mango Languages can help you achieve that goal.  Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. With Mango, you will explore new languages through realistic and culturally accurate conversations. Mango is available on your computer desktop or through an app on your device. And all you need to get started is you Library card!  To access Hoopla, Mango Languages and other great apps from the Mississauga Library, please visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/libraryapps.   Top
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1