Ward 11 E-Newsletter - April 2017
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the April 2017 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...
Earth Day / Canada 150 Tree Planting

As you may know, April 22nd is Earth Day, and to celebrate Earth Day and Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the City will be planting 150 trees in each Ward across Mississauga on the morning of April 22nd.  The details for the Ward 11 tree planting are as follows:
 
Ward 11 Earth Day / Canada 150 Tree Planting
Saturday, April 22, 2017
930am - 12:30pm
Credit Meadows Park
(Use the catwalk at the second intersection of Kenninghall Cres. and Steen Dr.)
 
Please click on the map below for more detail.  I hope to see you and your family on April 22nd!  For more information about the Earth Day / Canada 150 tree plantings, please visit www.onemilliontrees.ca .   Top  
Earth Days 2017

April 22nd is Earth Day, and to celebrate Earth Day the City is also hosting a series of Earth Days events.  Here are some events you may be interested in:

20-Minute Makeover
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Join thousands of participants across Ontario who will volunteer for 20 minutes to pick up litter around their workplaces, schools and communities. Organize a group of your co-workers, family and friends, find a space in need of a clean-up, and register your clean-up for a fun spring event!  Register at www.mississauga.ca/earthdays 

For those who have registered, garbage bags, recycling bags, gloves and  safety tip sheets will be available at your  local community centre, starting Monday, April 10, while supplies last.

Textile, E-waste and Confidential Document collection at Community Centres
Monday, April 17, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Throughout the week, residents can drop off their unwanted electronics, used clothing and confidential documents at no charge to one of the City's 11 community centres. Look for the marked bins.
  • Clothing-based items and textiles, including: hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains, sleeping bags and yarn. All clothing items will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association's Clothesline Program.
  • Electronic waste, including: computers, monitors, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and video equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, tonner and ink cartridges. Please note that CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will not be accepted. All electronic items will be donated to Revolution Recycling.
  • Personal, confidential documents: anything that has personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, or bank account information. All personal, confidential information will be serviced and destroyed by Iron Mountain Canada.
Kick Off your Garden Season: Getting your Garden Ready for Spring
Thursday, April 20, 2017: 4 - 6 p.m.
Iceland Teaching Garden
Not sure how to kick-start your gardening season? Join Ecosource's Gardens Team as they share tips and tricks for sustainable gardening at home and prepping your garden for success! We will be sharing knowledge, planting seedlings and celebrating spring! Email:  rsingh@ecosource.ca to register.

Earth Day Films
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 11 a.m - 4 p.m
Central Library - Noel Ryan Auditorium
Join us for  Earth Day films including the National Geographic 2015 documentary, Bill Nye's Global Meltdown: The Five Stages of Climate Change Grief, Watermark (2013) and Deepwater Horizon (2016). All screenings will be FREE!

Library Branch Activities
Contact the appropriate library branch to register or for more details.

Churchill Meadows Library
Recycling Fun! Use recycled material to create a milk carton bird feeder
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Registration required

Frank McKechnie Library 
A special Earth Day LEGO club 
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Drop-in

Meadowvale Library 
An 'eco craft' for kids will be run on Earth Day 
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 2 - 3 p.m.
Drop-in

Streetsville Library
Celebrate Earth Day! Foster a love of gardening with your children!
Saturday, April 22, 2017: 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Registration required

For more information about the 2017 Earth Days, please visit http://www.mississauga.ca/earthdays .   Top  
Streetsville Horticultural Society Spring Open House

Spring is here, and if you're looking to get your garden in shape for the season, check out the Streetsville Horticultural Society Spring Open House.  The details are as follows:

When: Tuesday, April 11 th , 2017
Time: Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Where: Streetsville United Church
274 Queen St S, Streetsville

Find out what the SHS is all about and how they can help you.   Ken Brown will talk about the four plants that are the backbone of perennial gardens.   Refreshments provided by Streetsville Horticultural Society.   Download and print the invitation at  www.streetsvillehort.ca    Top  
Curbside Battery Collection in April

It's time to start gathering your used batteries again and set them out for curbside collection in April.   You can dispose of your single-use A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt or button cell batteries:
Battery collection
In 2016, you helped keep nearly 54 tonnes of used batteries out of landfill.
This year, let's do it again!
Your used single-use batteries will be collected on your  recycling collection day during these weeks:
  • Spring collection: April 17-27
  • Fall collection: October 16-26
Put your used household batteries in a transparent, sealable bag. On your collection day, place the filled bag on top of your closed organics cart.
If you don't have an organics cart, place your filled battery bag beside your recycling bags.  Top  
City Receives Platinum Status as Youth Friendly Community

I am very pleased to report that the City has received platinum status as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works - a group of provincially recognized youth organizations that work together to encourage communities to open doors and reinvest in youth play. The City was awarded the platinum designation after successfully meeting all 16 key criteria established to obtain the Youth Friendly Community designation.

The City was recognized for outstanding commitment to providing youth with opportunities to be active contributors to their community.  This designation is in large part due to the initiatives, actions and partnerships achieved through the City's Youth Plan, Mississauga's Youth Action Committee and local youth-serving agencies - Nexus, Erin Mills Youth, The Dam and Newcomer Centre of Peel.  Key criteria needed to be demonstrated by municipalities applying for the designation included:
  • providing options and facilities for play;
  • formally connecting youth to the community;
  • the community celebrates and recognizes youth;
  • funding for youth play;
  • support of youth volunteerism;
  • youth activism and advocacy for play; and
  • adults champion the cause for youth play.
For more information about the City of Mississauga's Youth Plan and Mississauga Youth Movement, visit www.mississauga.ca/youth  .   Top  
City Launches SaugaBusks!

After a successful Busker and Street Performer Pilot Project, the City will be launching a program to support busking in Mississauga, which is called SaugaBusks!  SaugaBusks! will launch on April 18th.  Busking brings energy and excitement to cities and provides an opportunity for emerging and established buskers to showcase their work to the community. 
As part of SaugaBusks!, Busk Stop locations will be established across the City and decorated with a colourful street decal that will include key information about the program.  25 artists will participate in the program in 2017.  Busk Stops will be located in the following areas in the City:
  • Port Credit
  • Jack Darling Park
  • Celebration Square
  • Streetsville Village Square
  • Lake Aquitaine Park
I hope you enjoy these busking performances this spring and summer!  For more information about SaugaBusks!, please visit www.mississaugaculture.ca/busk .   Top  
Building Mississauga: Legacy of the Anishinaabe
 
As you may know, Mississauga has a rich history and culture, which has spanned tens of thousands of years.  In fact, people have lived along the shores of Lake Ontario, in what is now the City of Mississauga, for over 10,000 years.  Between 1650 and 1720 there was a transition between Iroquoian-speaking peoples and the Mississaugas, an Ojibwa tribe, who came to establish themselves throughout large portions of Southern Ontario, including along the Credit River in what is now the City of Mississauga.
 
The Mississaugas made many important contributions to the development of our City, and their legacy continues to endure in present times.  If you would like to learn more about the Mississaugas and their important contribution to our City, I would encourage you to read the great two-part article series written by local resident, Zaineb Survery, which was recently published in Heritage Mississauga's Heritage News and is available online at:
 
Building Mississauga: Legacy of the Anishinaabe - Part One
Part one outlines how the Mississaugas created a legacy that lives on in Mississauga - not only through the name of the modern city, but also by providing assistance to the early settlers.
 
Building Mississauga: Legacy of the Anishinaabe - Part Two
Part two outlines the Mississaguas' contributions in building the early settlement homes, roadway system, and establishing public education, democracy and sovereignty in Canada.
 
For more information about Mississauga's heritage and history, please visit www.heritagemississauga.com .   Top  
Mississauga's New Proposed Housing Strategy
 
The City has developed a new proposed housing strategy, called Making Room for the Middle: A Housing Strategy for Mississauga , which was recently presented to the Planning and Development Committee for their consideration.
 
The draft strategy aims to foster a supportive development environment for private and non-profit builders to provide a range of housing that is affordable for all, with a focus on middle-income households earning $55,000 to $100,000.  It offers 40 actions based on existing municipal powers to achieve its goals. It also proposes establishing interim city-wide housing targets for market rental and affordable ownership of
35 per cent based on those in the Region of Peel Official Plan.
  
The 40 actions emphasize the importance of making full use of the tools the City has at its disposal. The City can create a supportive environment for affordable housing through actions such as making lands development ready and preserving rental housing. The actions also reflect the importance of working in partnership with senior levels of government and the Region of Peel to achieve system reforms and realize the goals.
 
As next steps, the City will host a Housing Forum in spring 2017 to share the draft strategy with the public for their comments.  City staff will present the final strategy to Council later in 2017.  For more information about the draft strategy, please visit www.mississauga.ca/affordablehousingprogram .   Top  
1 Million Pounds Diverted from Landfills through Region of Peel Partnership
 
I am very pleased to report that Peel residents have contributed to cleaner landfills by diverting 1 million pounds of reusable goods through a successful partnership between The Salvation Army Thrift Store and the Region of Peel.  In just seven months, The Salvation Army Thrift Store's Donor Welcome Centres (DWCs) have diverted 1million pounds of gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture.
 
If you are interested in donating any items that you may have, the Salvation Army Thrift Store Donor Welcome Centres accept accessories, antiques and collectibles, books and media, eye glasses, furniture, gently used clothing, household items, plumbing fixtures, power equipment, shoes, small appliances, sports equipment, tools, shop equipment, and toys.  In Mississauga, you may drop off donations at:
 
Battleford CRC
2255 Battleford Rd.
 
Fewster CRC
1126 Fewster Dr.
 
For a community needs list and to learn more about The Salvation Army Thrift Store, please visit www.thriftstore.ca .   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1