Ward 11 E-Newsletter - October 2015

As always, I am pleased to assist you and your family with any municipal issue that you have.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office directly at 905-896-5011 or

george.carlson@mississauga.ca.   
In This Issue...
2015 Zombie Bike Ride

The spookiest bike ride in all of Streetsville returns again, so get the word out to all of the witches, ghouls, goblins, and zombies!  Join the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee and Councillor George Carlson for a very spooky Zombie Bike Ride through downtown Streetsville.  This is a great way for you and your family to check out the great cycling routes in our community.
 
This year, get ready for our spookiest ride ever, with a special presentation by Heritage Mississauga on the local history of Streetsville, which will include some scary tales of the past!  The 2015 Zombie Bike Ride will also feature 2 routes for cyclists.  A 5km route for the kids that ends at the Vic Johnston CC in time for the Streetsville Spooktacular at 2pm and a 15km route for cyclists who want to continue on for a longer route.  The 2015 Zombie Bike Ride details are as follows:
 
2015 Zombie Bike Ride
Saturday, October 24, 2015
1:00pm Heritage Mississauga Presentation
1:30pm Ride Departs (No rain date)
Meet at Streetsville Memorial Cemetery
299 Queen Street South, Streetsville (beside St. Andrews Presbyterian Church)
 
Please dress for the weather and remember to bring your helmet.  If the weather is inclement/unsafe, the ride will be cancelled by 8AM.  Please check Mississauga Cycling's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/bikeMississauga  or Facebook at https://twitter.com/bikeMississauga for cancellation information.  
 
For more info about the Zombie Bike Ride, visit www.mississaugacycling.ca/rides/zombie . For more information about the Streetsville Spooktacular, please visit the Streetsville B.I.A.'s website at www.villageofstreetsville.com .  See you on October 24th!   Top  
2016 Business Plan and Budget

The City has begun its 2016 budget process through meetings of Budget Committee and there are many ways that you can get involved in this budget process as follows:
 
Review the 2016 Business Plan and Budget
The 2016 Business Plan and Budget is available at www.mississauga.ca/budget
 
Watch or Attend Budget Committee Meetings
Budget Committee meetings are open to the public and streamed live on the City's website.  For a listing of Budget Committee meeting dates and agendas, visit www.mississauga.ca/budgetcommittee .
 
Other Ways to Get Involved
If you are unable to watch or attend Budget Committee, you may also submit your questions via e-mail to budget@mississauga.ca .  You may also follow the City on Twitter (@citymississauga) and Facebook ( www.facebook.com/citymississauga ) to receive the latest City Budget updates.  I also encourage you to try the City's Budget Allocator Tool, which allows residents to decide how they would spend the 2015 Budget and provide feedback accordingly; this tool is available at www.mississauga.ca/budget .
 
I hope you and your family will get involved in the 2016 budget process and provide your valued feedback on the 2016 Business Plan and Budget.  For  more information about the 2016 budget, please visit www.mississauga.ca/budget .   Top  
Please Give to the Mississauga Food Bank

For the 15% of Mississauga's residents who live in poverty, providing adequate nutritious food for their families is a daily struggle. The Mississauga Food Bank exists to ease this struggle for our neighbours who are less fortunate than ourselves.  The Mississauga Food Bank works tirelessly to achieve its vision of a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.
 
Each year, The Mississauga Food Bank implements food and fundraising drives in the community to raise the 1.4 million pounds of food distributed each year. The success of these drives is crucial to ensuring there is enough food and funds to feed the 13,000 individuals receiving food from the food bank monthly.  Goals for this year's Drive are 80,000 pounds and $80,000.  The current list of most needed items is as follows:
  • Canned Fruit,
  • Dried Pasta & Sauce,
  • Canned Vegetables,
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meat
Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated by the Mississauga Food Bank.  In the Ward 11 community, you may drop off your food donations at your local Fire Stations, which are located at:
  • Fire Station 108 Streetsville- 2267 Britannia Rd. West., Mississauga, ON L5M 2G6
  • Fire Station 121 Meadowvale Village- 6745 Mavis Road., Mississauga, ON L5W 1L9
Thank you in advance for your generosity.  For more information about the Mississauga Food Bank, please visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org .   Top  
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2015 Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

The City's Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program assists older adults and individuals who are physically disabled with removal of driveway windrows.  A windrow is the snow left at the bottom of a driveway after a snowplow has cleared a road.  The program will provide windrow snow clearing service after every snow plowing operation, and windrow snow clearing will be approximately 3m (10 ft) wide to allow one car to pass.  Residents who are 65 years and older and individuals who are physically disabled can apply for eligibility through an application process that will determine whether the service will be free or have a $200 fee attached.  To download an application form, please visit www.mississauga.ca/snow or pick up an application package at your local Community Centre.  Community Centres will be accepting applications until 9 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015.  The windrow clearing service will begin on November 30, 2015 and end on March 11, 2016. 
 
If you require financial assistance with your snow removal costs, I would also encourage you to consider the City's Yard Maintenance Subsidy program.  The Yard Maintenance Subsidy program provides financial assistance with grass cutting and snow removal and is offered to seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive government income supplements.  The maximum subsidy that will be provided to each eligible resident is $200, and the subsidy period runs from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.  Applications must be submitted to the City's Finance Division no later than April 30, 2016.  For more information, visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/yardmaintenancesubsidy or call 3-1-1.   Top  
2015 Vintage in the Village Classic Car Show

On September 20th, things got a little "vintage" in the Village of Streetsville.  I held my first ever "Vintage in the Village Classic Car Show" at Streetsville Village Square.  It was truly an amazing day, with beautiful sunny weather and thousands of people stopped by to check out the spectacular classic cars parked on the Square.  Around 100 classic gems from the 30s, 50s, 60s, 70s and other eras participated in the show and showed off their perfect polished paint jobs and glistening fenders for all to admire.  Delicious food was served up fresh by Prince Edwards Fries and participants enjoyed great car-themed prizes.
 
The following car owners won our show prizes:
 
1)    Jim Martin and his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria
2)    John Ivo and his 1965 Chevrolet Impala
3)    Eric Vanetti and his 1959 Ford Ranchero
 
Honorable mentions go out to:
 
1)    Gaby Di Pardo and his 1958 Pontiac Parisienne
2)    Dale Spiteri and his 1962 Chevrolet Impala
 
I hope you had an enjoyable time at the show and we are already planning the 2016 show!  I would like to thank Blaine Shaw, Ron Hauck, and the members of the Mississauga Classic Car Club for their assistance with the event; I could not have done it without you!  I would also like to thank all of the amazing classic car owners for bringing your beautiful cars to the show for everyone to enjoy .   Top  
Streetsville United Church Harvest of Crafts Sale
 
The holiday season is on its way, so it's never too early to start thinking about special gifts to get your friends and family.  If you're looking for great handcrafted items for those on your holiday shopping list, be sure to check out Harvest of Crafts Sale at Streetsville United Church.  This year's sale will feature a huge supply of handcrafted items, an Attic Treasures collection, and delicious lunch in the all-day café.  Admission of FREE of charge and they accept cash only.  The details of the 2015 sale are as follows:
 
Streetsville United Church Harvest of Crafts Sale
Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:30am to 3pm
274 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M 1L8
 
All funds raised at the craft sale will go towards supporting the Streetsville United Church.  For more information, please call 905-826-1542 .   Top  
Meadowvale Village PS Holiday Craft Fair
 
Another great place to look for special handcrafted items for your friends and family this holiday season is the annual Meadowvale Village Public School Holiday Craft Fair.  The fair is organized by the Parent Council at the school and funds raised are used for learning and education materials, artistic events, in-school presentations, field trip subsidies, classroom supplies, and library books for the school.  The details of this year's fair are as follows:
 
Meadowvale Village PS Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 21, 2015
11am to 3pm
  890 Old Derry Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5W 1A1
 
The fair is also currently accepting applications for interested vendors.  If you are interesting in participating as a vendor or for more information about the fair, please e-mail farida21@hotmail.com.   Top  
Fresh Produce Box Program

If you're looking for an affordable and convenient way to get fresh fruits and vegetables for your family, check out Eden Food for Change's new Fresh Produce Box Program.  For residents of Ward 11, there is a box pickup location in downtown Streetsville at 4 Caroline Street.  To participate in the program, simply visit www.edenffc.org/fresh-produce-box and order your box by Thursday at 4pm.  Boxes have a $10 or $20 value, and you may pick up your box at the following locations:
  • 2-3185 Unity Drive 
  • 3570 Colonial Drive 
  • 4 Caroline Street 
  • 3535 South Common Court 
  • 2225 Erin Mills Parkway -Sheridan Centre 
Once your order is placed, Eden Food for Change will buy the required fruits and vegetables directly from the Ontario Food Terminal and the savings are passed directly to you.  Eden Food for Change has been serving families in western Mississauga for 25 years.  The organization serves people through its two Food Bank locations, Learning Kitchen and its Fresh Produce Box program.  For more information, please visit www.edenffc.org .   Top  
The Majestic Credit River

The Majestic Credit River flows from the headwaters above the Niagara Escarpment near Orangeville and Caledon East to empty into Lake Ontario at Port Credit.  It drains an area of approximately 1,000 square kilometres and the total length of the river and its tributary streams is over 1,500 kilometres.  It also provides spawning areas for Chinook salmon and rainbow trout.  The river became known as Missinnihe or "trusting creek" to the Mississauga First Nation people, who met annually with traders there. 
 
As such, the Credit River is one of our City's significant cultural heritage resources that is protected.  To celebrate this historic gem that flows through our City, Heritage Mississauga, as part of their "Celebrating Mississauga's Cultural Heritage" project created a beautiful and informative short documentary film that chronicles the history behind this cherished watercourse and covers the following topics:
  • The history of the Credit River
  • How the name "The Credit" came to be
  • The unique trading relationship between the aboriginals and the fur traders
I certainly enjoyed watching this great film and I know that you and your family will enjoy it too.  To watch the film, please visit www.heritagemississauga.com/page/The-Majestic-Credit-River .   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1