Ward 11 E-Newsletter - May 2016 
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the May 2016 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...
Municipal Property Assessment Notices to Be Mailed Starting May 16

T he Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), which assess and classifies all properties in Ontario, advised that Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out earlier than in previous years. Assessments will be mailed to Mississauga residential property owners starting on May 16.

As you may know, every four years MPAC conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario.  This year, MPAC will be updating the assessed values of every property in Ontario.  All properties will have a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016. MPAC looks at sales and compares like properties that have sold in a particular area.

The Property Assessment Notices will be used to calculate property taxes for the 2017-2020 property tax years. According to MPAC, assessed values of residential properties in Mississauga have increased an average of 6.8 per cent between 2016 and 2017.  Please note that an increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes as tax rates are adjusted to offset assessment value changes.

Please also note that the final Mississauga tax bills for 2016 use the 2012 assessment values and will be mailed out on June 9 and June 10.  For more information about your Property Assessment Notice, please visit MPAC's website at
https://aboutmyproperty.ca  or call 1 866-296-MPAC (6722).  For more information about your 2016 tax bills, please visit the City's Taxes and Assessment website at www.mississauga.ca/tax .   Top  
Friends & Family Skate for JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Anni Yeomans & Ross McDougall would like to invite you, your family, and friends to join them for a Friends & Family Skate in support of the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetesat Vic Johnston Community Centre.  The details of the skate are as follows:
 
Friends & Family Skate for JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Sunday, May 15th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vic Johnston CC
335 Church St, Streetsville
Cost: $10/person OR $20/family
 
A portion of the ice will be setup for hockey and a portion for some leisure skating, and a bake sale will be held as well.  All funds raised will go directly to their teams for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, which will take place on Sunday, June 12th in Streetsville Memorial Park.
 
If you would like more information or would like to attend the skate, please contact silvia@queenspectacle.com (Anni's Mom) or thornhilljanet@hotmail.com (Ross' Mom). Top  
Streetsville Village Square 2016 Season Kick Off 

On May 21st, join the Streetsville BIA, in the heart of downtown Streetsville, to celebrate the official opening of the Streetsville Village Square for the 2016 spring/summer season!  The details of the Streetsville Village Square 2016 Season Kick Off are as follows:
 
Streetsville Village Square 2016 Season Kick Off
Sat. May 21st
12:30-4:30pm
Village Square (corner of Queen St. S. and Main St.)
 
Opening ceremonies will take place at 1pm, with live entertainment, giveaways, and lots more for everyone to enjoy all afternoon!  There are some amazing events planned throughout the entire spring and summer, and I know you and your family will enjoy all of them.  For more information about this event, please visit www.villageofstreetsville.com .  I look forward to seeing you and your family on May 21st!   Top  
Purina® Walk for Dog Guides

The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in more than 200 communities across Canada. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Each Walk is organized by local volunteers with support from Lions Foundation of Canada. 
 
To date, the Walk has raised more than $13 million and 100 per cent of funds raised go directly to providing specially trained Dog Guides to Canadians with physical and medical disabilities.  If you would like to participate in this Walk, a local Walk is being organized by the Lions of Mississauga, and the details are as follows:
 
Purina Walk for Dog Guides- Mississauga
May 29, 2016
Sign in- 10:00 AM
Walk Start- 11:00 AM
J C Saddington Park
53 Lake Street, Mississauga, ON L5B 3Y3
 
For more information about the Mississauga Walk, please visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com or contact Rami Gill at 416-732-5774 or ramigill@hotmail.com .   Top  
FREE Older Adult Expo
 
The City of Mississauga's Recreation Division is organizing a FREE Older Adult Expo for seniors.  This Expo will feature:
  • Fitness demonstrations
  • Information sessions
  • Seniors' Got Talent Show
  • Exhibitor booths
  • Keynote speaker: Comedian John Fraser
  • And so much more!
Refreshments will also be provided.  The details of the Expo are as follows:
 
FREE Older Adult Expo
June 1, 2016
10am-3pm
Mississauga SportZone
5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga
 
If you are not a senior and know someone who would be interested in attending this Expo, please feel free to pass this information along to them.  For more information about the Expo, please visit www.mississauga.ca/olderadults .   Top  
2016 Bread & Honey Festival
 
Spring is here, and I know you and your family are really looking forward to the best festival in town: The Bread & Honey Festival! The 2016 Bread & Honey Festival will be held during the weekend of June 3rd to June 5th.  The 44th annual festival will be great fun for the whole family, with a spectacular lineup of performers and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.  There is so much so see and do at this year's festival, so be sure to come down to Streetsville Memorial Park and join in on the fun, including the Bread & Honey parade, carnival rides, games, and the delicious bread and honey. 
 
This year, the parade takes place on Saturday, June 4th, from 10am to 12pm, along Queen Street South, from Britannia Road down to Church Street, so be sure to check out the great floats, characters, and costumes. Highlights of this year's festival include a petting zoo, lucky ducky race, magicians, Lions carnival, beach volleyball tournament, as well as phenomenal entertainment and band performances on the main stage! While you are at the Bread & Honey, don't forget to check out the Streetsville Rotary Marketplace and Consumer Show at Vic Johnston Community Centre, with over 100 vendors. The Streetsville Rotary Club's annual Easter Seals Pancake Breakfast will take place on Sunday, June 5th in the Banquet Hall of the Vic Johnston Community Centre from 8:30am to 1pm, and all funds raised will support Easter Seals. Across the bridge--on the island--explore a wide variety of craft vendors while the kids can enjoy pony rides, face painting, inflatable bouncers, free train rides, and the entertaining performers on the Busy Bee Children's Island Stage.
 
The festival wouldn't be complete without the Bread & Honey booth, so don't forget to stop by to sample the delicious white or whole-wheat bread coated with local honey. For the fishing enthusiasts out there, head down to the banks of the Credit River on Sunday, June 5th (south of the Island Bridge) from 9-11am for my annual FREE Fishing Derby. The derby is open to children 16 and under. Please bring your own fishing gear, and get ready to fish for great prizes! For more information about the festival, visit www.breadandhoney.com .  I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Bread & Honey this year!    Top  
2016 Mayor's Youth Employment Expo
 
If you are a young person between the ages of 15-30 and would like to explore employment and volunteer opportunities, network with local employers and improve your resume writing and interview skills, be sure to check out the 2016 Mayor's Youth Employment Expo.  The Expo will feature businesses that are currently looking to fill full-time, part-time and seasonal positions now and in the near future, in addition to those seeking youth for paid internships, volunteer opportunities and co-op placements.  The details of the Expo are as follows:
 
2016 Mayor's Youth Employment Expo
Sunday, June 12th, 2016
11 AM - 3 PM
City of Mississauga, Civic Centre (Great Hall)
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
 
If you would like to register for the Expo, please visit www.youthjobexpo.ca .  For more information, please visit www.MayorCrombie.ca .   Top  
Kids' Run for Nature

On June 12, 2016 the Kids' Run for Nature will take place in the Ward 11 community.  The Kids' Run for Nature is a 1K and 5K non-competitive "Fun Run" designed to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund Canada in support of endangered animals in Canada.  It was created by two 10-year old girls from Toronto, who wanted to get kids and their families involved in our great natural community by supporting the environment and all the amazing species it holds, while getting their bodies active and healthy.  The details of the Kids' Run for Nature in Ward 11 are as follows:
 
Kids' Run for Nature
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Registration 8:00 am
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Pine Cliff Park
20 Pine Cliff Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 1E2
 
For more information about the Kids' Run for Nature, please visit www.kidsrunfornature.ca .   Top  
Be an Ontario Summer Games Volunteer
 
Summer just got more exciting!  Mississauga is the official host city for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14. Athletes, ages 13 to 17, from all regions of Ontario will compete against fellow provincial athletes.  With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and is taking  applications.
 
Games  volunteers will  be part of the largest event in Ontario Games history  as they welcome 3,500 athletes, 500 officials, 700 coaches and managers and many visitors, spectators from around the province to Mississauga.  Becoming a volunteer is a great way to earn high school volunteer hours, build lasting relationships and engage and inspire the community.
 
More than 1,000 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming athletes, their families and coaches, working at Games venues, providing information for spectators and helping members of the media and dignitaries.   All Ontario Summer Games volunteers must:
  • Be 16 years of age or older;
  • Pass a Police Vulnerable Records Check;
  • Be available during August 11 to 14 inclusive; and
  • Available to attend an orientation session on one of the following evenings: July 25, 26, or 27. 
If you are interested in  this great opportunity, v olunteer  applications can be completed  online at https://osgmississauga.ca/volunteer .  The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability. July 13 is the deadline to submit all volunteer applications.  Questions about volunteering can be directed to  osgvolunteer@mississauga.ca For more information about the Ontario Summer Games, visit osgmississauga.ca .   Top  
Join Heart House Hospice in the Healing Cycle
 
On June 26th, Heart House Hospice, a hospice that serves over 1,000 individuals with a terminal diagnosis and thousands of family members and loved ones in Mississauga and Brampton, will be participating in the Healing Cycle, which is a bicycle ride that supports hospice palliative care programs.  The details of the Healing Cycle ride are as follows:
 
Healing Cycle Bicycle Ride
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Brampton Fall Fair Grounds
12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, ON L76 2J3
 
If you would like to join or support Heart House Hospice's Healing Cycle team, please contact Shelley Maynard, Coordinator of Fundraising, at 905-712-8119 x 233 or smaynard@hearthousehospice.com .   Top  
City's Property Standards By-law to Regulate Storage of Region of Peel Waste and Recycling Collection Carts
 
The City's Property Standards By-law was recently amended to help address concerns around the storage of the new Region of Peel Waste and Recycling Collection Carts.  The by-law amendments restrict cart storage to the rear or side yard, garage or carport when there is space.  The amendments regulating the storage of Region of Peel waste and recycling collection carts are as follows:
  • Waste and recycling collection cart storage would be restricted to the rear or side yard, garage or carport when there is space.
  • Front yard storage of waste and recycling collection carts would be prohibited except where it is not practical as determined upon review by a municipal enforcement officer.
  • Carts permitted in the front yard would be required to be located beside a building, accessory building or a fence and arranged in an orderly manner.  
By-law Enforcement staff will enforce the by-law in response to complaints received from residents.  For more information about the Property Standards By-law, please visit www.mississauga.ca/bylawenforcement .   Top  
Next-Steps Employment Centre Moves to Ward 11
 
I am very pleased to report that the Next-Steps Employment Centre has moved to Ward 11 at Erin Mills Parkway and Battleford Road in the Battleford Centre. The Next-Steps Employment Centre is funded by Employment Ontario and operated by the Toronto District School Board.  If you are looking for a job, need to upgrade your skills or want to access training and career supports, be sure to check out the Next-Steps Employment Centre at their new location in Ward 11. 
 
Next-Steps Employment Centre is a one-stop shop where job seekers can access:
  • One-on-one employment and career assistance
  • Career planning and exploration
  • Workshops on job-search specific topics
  • Resume reviews and interview preparation
  • Exclusive Hiring Events/Job Fairs, job postings and other resources
  • Job development and placement support
  • Up to $500 in employment supports (if eligible)
Businesses trying to save on time and hiring costs can also benefit from the free recruitment services offered by the Next-Steps Employment Centres. Services for employers include resume pre-screening and candidate matching, where suitable job seekers are matched to job opportunities from a pool of qualified, job-ready candidates, including skilled tradespeople and other hard-to-find professionals. 
 
Whether you are looking for a part-time or full time job as a job seeker, or hiring for a business with small to multinational operations as an employer, the Next-Steps Employment Centre can help.  The Next-Steps Meadowvale office is located at:
 
6435 Erin Mills Parkway, Unit C-03 (Battleford Centre)
Mississauga ON L5N 4H4
 
For more information about the Next-Steps Employment Centre, please call 905-814-8406 or visit www.next-steps.ca .   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1