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

Welcome to the March 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...
March Break Fun

March Break is just around the corner, and there are many fun and exciting things happening in Mississauga all week long, so be sure to check them out with your family and friends.  The City offers a wide variety of great recreation programs and activities for everyone to enjoy this March Break, including:
For more information about March Break recreation activities, please visit activemississauga.ca
 
In addition to great recreation activities, there are also many exciting culture-oriented activities to explore this March Break, such as:
For more information about March Break culture activities, please visit mississaugaculture.ca
 
Last, but not least, there are many fun March Break activities at our libraries, including movies, crafts, workshops and shows: mississauga.ca/documents/library/main/2016/2016MarchBreak.pdf
 
So be sure to check out what's going on at your local branch library this March Break.  For more information on March Break library programs, please visit mississauga.ca/library .  I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable March Break!   Top  
Earth Hour 2016

Earth Hour is just around the corner and will be taking place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.  There are many ways that you can show your commitment to the environment and combating climate change during Earth Hour 2016, such as inviting your friends over for a candlelit dinner, playing board games, going for a nighttime walk, stargazing, or exercising by candlelight. 
 
Earth Hour is one day out of the year, but there are 364 other days in the year where you can show your commitment to the environment and combating climate change.  Fore great tips that will help you save energy and combat climate change throughout the year, please visit http://ow.ly/YNU5H.  I hope you and your family are able to celebrate Earth Hour this year and power down for 1 hour to combat climate change!   Top  
Safety for Seniors Seminar

If you are a senior, you won't want to miss this excellent Safety for Seniors seminar, organized by the Peel Regional Police's Crime Prevention experts.  The Peel Regional Police will share their useful knowledge and expert advice on important safety issues, such as personal and property protection, distraction, theft recognition, cyber safety, fraud, and much more.  The details of this FREE seminar are as follows:
 
Safety for Seniors Seminar
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
1pm to 3pm
Burnhamthorpe Community Centre
1500 Gulleden Drive, Mississauga
 
This seminar is FREE of charge, but you will need to register to attend.  Please register by calling 905-615-4630 or faxing 905-615-4631 to reserve your spot in this seminar.  If you know someone who is a senior, please ensure to share this information with them as this is a very useful seminar for seniors.   Top  
Garbage and Recycling Cart Exchange

As you may know, the bi-weekly waste collection program began on January 4, 2016 and has been ongoing for eight weeks.  I am very pleased to report that there has already been a 50% increase in participation in Peel's Organics Program, which has resulted in increased waste diversion from landfills.
 
As previously indicated, if you would like to exchange the size of your garbage and/or recycling carts, you may do so beginning April 1, 2016.  There is a $25 cart exchange fee to exchange your carts, but this fee will be waived if you exchange your carts between April 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016.  Exchanges requested after April 30, 2016 will be subject to the $25 cart exchange fee. 
 
You may request a cart exchange by visiting the Region of Peel's website at www.peelregion.ca/waste.  If you do not have access to the internet, you may also call 905-791-7800 to request a cart exchange.  Please note the following important information regarding cart exchanges:
  • Cart exchanges will occur the day after your collection day to ensure that the carts are empty
  • Exchanges will occur Tuesday to Friday with Monday and Saturdays as contingencies
  • Residents requesting both the garbage and recycling cart exchanges will have this completed over a two week period
  • Residents will need to have the carts empty and accessible for the cart exchange
  • If carts are not empty/accessible, the vendor will leave a door hanger at the house indicating when they will reattempt the cart exchange
For more information about waste management in the Region of Peel, please visit www.peelregion.ca/waste.   Top  
2016 Civic Awards of Recognition
 
Do you know any individuals or groups who have done excellent work in Mississauga or achieved something that should be recognized by the City?  If so, then consider nominating these individuals and/or groups for a 2016 Civic Award of Recognition.  A Civic Award of Recognition is presented to residents who have volunteered in the community for 10 years or more (with subsequent recognition given in ten-year intervals); or to individuals, groups and organizations that have earned acclaim in arts, sports or academia at the national or international level.  The deadline for nominations is April 29, 2016, so please ensure to submit your nomination forms before then.  For more information about nomination criteria and to fill out the nomination form, please visit www.mississauga.ca/civicrecognitionprogram.   Top  
Parking Time Extended for 10 Statutory Holidays
 
Please be advised that the City of Mississauga recently amended its Traffic By-law to allow parking beyond the three-hour limit for 10 statutory holidays.  As such, cars can be parked between 8 a.m. to midnight on the following statutory holidays in Ontario:
  • New Year's Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
Please note that all cars must be parked in compliance with the City of Mississauga's Traffic By-law and all applicable laws.

Extended parking for other days can be requested 24/7 using the City's Temporary Parking Permit Online Service, which can be accessed at www.mississauga.ca/parking. This online service allows requests to be made for short-term parking on a residential street. Up to 14 short-term parking permits in a year for each address can be requested where there are no prohibited signs. This permit is not valid on private property.  Temporary parking permits can also be requested directly from a smartphone using the City's Pingstreet app, which is free and available for download at the App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store.  
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Protect Your Vehicle from Theft
 
To keep our community safe, I wanted to share some great tips from Safe City Mississauga with you on how to protect your vehicle from being a target of motor vehicle theft.  While motor vehicle theft in Mississauga has decreased by 50% over the past 6 years, it is still important to safeguard your vehicles from this type of crime to prevent it from happening to you.  As promised, here are some useful tips to help you safeguard your vehicle:
  • Make sure to lock your car doors at all times, without any exceptions. All windows should stay shut whenever you are stepping out of the vehicle.
  • Never leave your keys behind. Criminals will often look for keys left in the car/ignition, and won't hesitate to steal the car given such an easy opportunity.
  • Refrain from leaving any valuables such as iPads, cell phone, or even loose change in plain sight inside the car. This provides thieves with an incentive to steal your car.
  • Leave your car in your garage overnight if possible. It adds a layer of security against night-time car thieves.
  • When parking your car, avoid parking near the parking lot or garage exits, as it makes it easy for thieves to escape with your car quickly and easily. Try parking in the middle of row of cars, in a heavily trafficked area of the parking lot or garage. This will make it harder for the thieves to be able to steal your without risking getting caught.
  • Finally - consider driving a stick shift vehicle.  Many people, criminals included, can't drive stick shift.
For more information about Safe City Mississauga and the great programs and services that they offer, please visit www.safecitymississauga.on.ca.   Top  
Nexus Youth Centre
 
If you are between the ages of 14 and 24 and you are looking for a great place to meet other youth, have fun, and learn new skills, check out the Nexus Youth Centre in Mississauga.  The Nexus Youth Centre is a drop-in centre where youth can hang out, meet new people, have fun, learn new skills, find information and get help.  The Centre is located inside the Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West on the second floor, and is open Mondays to Thursdays, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Fridays, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.  Consider joining one of the groups at the Centre, where you can:
  • have fun and make friends,
  • talk about things you are interested in,
  • enjoy fitness and recreation,
  • create art or write, and
  • Improve your job and leadership skills.
You can also volunteer, get work experience, earn community service hours, and gain skills to help others in your community at the Nexus Youth Centre.  For more information about the Nexus Youth Centre, please visit www.nexusyouth.ca.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1