Ward 11 E-Newsletter - September 2019
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the September 2019 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...
New Multi-Use Trail

I am pleased to report that the City of Mississauga is constructing a new multi-use trail along the north side of Eglinton Avenue West, from Creditview Road to Credit Valley Road. As part of this project, the work being completed includes excavation, placement of granular and concrete, installation of curb and gutter, relocation of utilities, tree removal, trimming, sodding and restoration of the construction area.
 
Please be advised that irrigation heads or other fixtures including decorative fencing that are located on City property along the trail route must be removed by residents. These fixtures will not be reinstalled by the City and the City is not responsible for any damages to private fixtures placed on City property.
 
In order to complete curb, sidewalk and/or driveway repairs, it will be necessary to temporarily limit access to area walkways and entrances. All attempts will be made to minimize any inconvenience to the community. The trail is expected to be complete by November 1, 2019. For more information about this project, please contact Teddy Natanegara, Project Manager, at 905-615-3200, ext. 8357 or teddy.natanegara@mississauga.ca . For more information about construction projects in the City, please visit www.mississauga.ca/construction . I hope you and your family enjoy using this great new multi-use trail when it is complete!   Top  
Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Some Mississauga residents can get ahead of winter and start applying for the City's Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program . The program provides snow clearing assistance by clearing a space in the windrow for residents 65 years or older and for people with physical disabilities.
 
A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road. Eligible residents have until 9 p.m. on November 8, 2019 to apply for this year's program. The program details are as follows:
  • The program will run from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.
  • Windrow snow clearing will be completed up to 36 hours after a snowfall has ended.
  • A space in the windrow will be cleared (about three metres or 10 feet wide) to allow one car to get in and out of the driveway.
  • Free for eligible residents who require financial assistance and $200 for those who don't.
  • Only one person per address can apply.
Visit mississauga.ca/windrow  to download the application form. Completed applications can be submitted to any community centre , the Mississauga Seniors' Centre  or the Recreation Customer Service Centre located at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre. For more information, please visit www.mississauga.ca/windrow .   Top  
Mississauga-Streetsville Federal Election Candidates Debate

In preparation for the upcoming Federal Election on October 21, 2019, the Lisgar Residents' Association will be holding a Federal Election Candidates Debate for the Federal riding of Mississauga-Streetsville. The Debate details are as follows:
 
Mississauga-Streetsville Federal Election Candidates Debate
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
7:00pm-9:00pm
St. Simon Stock Elementary School
6440 Lisgar Dr, Mississauga
 
The candidates for Mississauga-Streetsville will be in attendance at this debate, including Conservative - Ghada Melek, Green Party - Chris Hill, Liberal - Gagan Sikand, and NDP - TBA. At this debate, you will be able to meet all of the candidates and ask them questions. For more information about this debate, please e-mail lisgar.residents@gmail.com or visit  www.lisgar.com .   Top  
Royal Canadian Air Cadets e-Recycling Fundraiser

If you and your family have any electronics that you would like to recycle, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 789 Lt. R. Hampton Gray, Vc Squadron will be hosting an e-recycling fundraiser where you may recycle these items. The details of this e-recycling event are as follows:
 
Royal Canadian Air Cadets e-Recycling Fundraiser
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9.00am thru 5.00pm
North Parking Lot, Vic Johnston Arena
335 Church Street, Streetsville
 
The Cadets will collect the following items:

Ink cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, cameras, digital camera, video cameras, TVs, VCRs, gaming systems, laptops, computers, Monitors, household batteries, photocopiers, scanners, speakers, UPS Batteries, wires, servers, networking equipment, projectors, turntables, telephones, receivers, radios, DVD players, CD ROMs copiers, circuit boards, hard drives, modems, PDAs, microwaves, power supplies, ipods, MP3players, digital cameras, GPS devices, printers, audio players, video players, portable A/Cs, equalizers, microwaves, toaster ovens, power supplies, pagers, modems, turntables, electric typewriters, hairdryers, etc.
 
Please note that the Cadets cannot accept large appliances or car batteries. For more information, please contact Anna Lesiw, 789 Squadron Sponsor Chair at 416-843-3722.   Top  
2019 Christmas Celebrations

Fall is now upon us, and Christmas will soon be here! If you and your family and friends are looking for some fabulous Christmas celebrations, look no further than our vibrant "Village in the City"!
 
Santa Claus is coming to town, so mark your calendars now, and come down to the heart of downtown Streetsville for the 2019 Streetsville Santa Claus Parade! The details of the Parade are as follows:
 
2019 Streetsville Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, November 24, 2019
at 1pm
Queen St. S. & Ontario St.
 
The 2019 parade will begin at Queen St. S. and Ontario St., at 1pm and proceed south on Queen St. S., ending at Church St.
 
The theme of this year's Parade is "Getting Ready for Christmas"! The 2019 Parade will feature many amazing bands, groups, and floats, including the Top Hat Marching Orchestra, Humes Horse & Carriage, Streetsville Legion Colour Guard, Avro Arrow Air Cadets float, City of Mississauga Parks float, Newbeaver Shriners Train float, Silver Elvis, Streetsville Pipes & Drums, Toronto Scottish Regiment, Frosty the Snowman, and Mrs. Claus in her very own float, all leading up to a very special appearance by the big guy himself - Santa Claus! Don't forget to bring your special letters for Santa Claus!
 
Get into the Christmas spirit before the Parade arrives, and bring your friends and family over to Streetsville Village Square, at Queen Street South and Main Street, for some great live entertainment, vendors, and food vendors. Please note, as part of the Parade, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, November, 24th as follows:
  • Queen St S, from Britannia Rd W to Erin Centre Blvd, closed 12pm-3pm
  • Church St, from Ontario St to Main St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Ontario St, east of Queen St S, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Kerr St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Water St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed 10:30am-3pm
  • Main St, from Queen St S to Church St, closed until 3pm
  • Bristol Rd W at Durie Rd, closed 12pm-3pm
  • All parking lots and parking spots along Church St, between Ontario St to Maiden Lane
Public parking for the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be available at:
  • Centre Plaza parking lot                                             128 Queen St S
  • Streetsville GO Station parking lot                45 Thomas St
Accessible parking for the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be available at:
  • Centre Plaza parking lot                                             128 Queen St S
As in previous years, the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade will be held during the same weekend as the Streetsville BIA's fabulous Christmas in the Village festival, which will take place on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. Be sure to stop by this great celebration, which will feature the traditional tree lighting ceremony, a special visit from Santa, family activities, live-music, horse and carriage rides, and an amazing Christmas Market! The Christmas Market will remain open during the Santa Claus Parade, on Sunday, November 24th. For more information about this festival, please visit www.streetsvillechristmasinthevillage.com. For more information about the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade, please visit the Parade website and social media sites:
I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Christmas in the Village festival and the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade! 
Confidential Paper Shredding Events

If you have any documents that require shredding, please be advised that the Region of Peel will be holding confidential paper shredding events at Peel Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) as follows:
 
Heart Lake CRC, 420 Railside Dr., Brampton
September 21, 2019
8:30am-4:30pm
 
Fewster CRC, 1126 Fewster Dr., Mississauga
September 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
At these events, you may bring your unbound paper - such as taxes, bills, income statements and personal information for free shredding as follows:
  • There is no limit to how much paper you can bring.
  • You're welcome to stay and watch as your documents are shredded.
  • Regular disposal fees apply to all other items.
  • Garbage, recycling or organics cart exchanges will NOT take place at paper shredding events.
If you will be attending these events, the Region of Peel asks that you please bring one or more non-perishable food items (such as canned vegetables, soups and packages of pasta) to the event along with your papers, to support local food banks. For more information about confidential paper shredding events, please visit www.peelregion.ca/waste .
Preliminary 2020 - 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget

The City's Preliminary 2020 - 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget have been released and will be considered by Budget Committee and Council over the next few months.
 
The annual City Budget and Business Plan describes how the City plans to bring in revenue and invest taxpayer dollars to deliver programs and services. The City budget pays for the over 200 front-line services, including public transit to libraries, to snow clearing, fire and emergency services and more.
 
The City's operating budget includes revenues for 2020 along with the costs for ongoing programs and services such as public transit, parks, roads and building maintenance, snow clearing, recreation programs and libraries. It also outlines the projected costs for delivering these services in the upcoming years.
 
The new services being proposed in the draft budget include:
  • Adding 32,600 MiWay service hours 
  • Programming for the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre
  • Enhancing public safety and road safety
Early numbers show a proposed 4.9 per cent increase to the City's 2020 Operating Budget to cover inflation and new services. The estimate includes a one per cent contribution to the Public Safety Fire Program plus a two per cent infrastructure levy to help the City maintain existing roads, bridges and buildings and plan for their upkeep in the future. 
 
Including increases from the Region of Peel, residents would see an overall property tax increase of 3.04 per cent while businesses would see a 1.85 per cent increase on their bills. Over the next several months, Budget Committee and staff will continue to refine the budget and look for ways to reduce the proposed increases.
  
The next Budget Committee meeting will be on October 2, 2019 where staff will discuss Fees and Charges. Detailed discussions will continue on November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27. Following committee discussions and public input, Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on December 6, 2019. Please note that Budget Committee meeting dates  are subject to change.
 
For more information about the City's Preliminary 2020 - 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget, visit  mississauga.ca/budget.
A Taste of Eden

This year, Eden Food for Change will be marking the 10th anniversary of A Taste of Eden, their annual fundraising dinner, which helps provide food for those in need. The details of this event are as follows:
 
A Taste of Eden: The Tenth Anniversary
October 19, 2019
6:00PM - 12:00AM
Payal Banquet Hall
3410 Semenyk Ct, Mississauga, ON L5C 4P8

This year's event features dinner, desserts, charity auctions, dancing, and prize draws. For more information about this charity event and about Eden Food for Change, please visit www.edenffc.org .
Wildlife Safety Tips

There have been some coyote sightings in the Ward 11 community as of late, so I would like to share with you some useful tips, provided by Animal Services, regarding how to safeguard your family and property, and what to do if you encounter a coyote.
 
Coyotes are naturally shy and avoid humans. However, access to human food attractants may cause them to become less fearful of humans, and they may even approach humans looking for handouts of food. An increase in coyote activity is usually related to food availability, whether natural or artificial. Human handouts and food sources cause coyotes to frequent residential streets, parks, and properties in search of food, which increases the potential for negative conflict for both pets and people.
 
Please be advised that the feeding of wildlife is considered a public health and safety issue and is not permitted per Part IV: Section 10 of the Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04. This By-law states that " No person shall intentionally feed a wild animal or leave food or attractants of any type or in any form out of doors in such a manner as to attract, or be accessible by, a wild animal, feral or stray domestic animal on private or public property."
 
Safeguarding Your Family and Pets
  • Never leave young children unattended
  • Teach children not to approach or harass wildlife
  • Avoid walking alone in areas with coyotes
  • Avoid walking at dusk and dawn or after dark
  • Carry protection-personal alarm, umbrella, flash light, cell phone
  • Keep cats and other pets indoors
  • Keep dogs on a short 5' leash
  • Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife
  • Check your property for wildlife before letting your pet outside
  • Vaccinate your pet against rabies
Safeguarding Your Property
  • Store garbage indoors until collection day
  • Secure garbage and compost in durable plastic or steel containers with locking lids
  • Remove bird feeders and seed spillage that attracts rodents and their predators
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Clean BBQ grills and tools after each use
  • Trim shrubs and remove rodent habitats such as rock piles or wood piles from your yard
  • Wildlife proof gardens, pick ripened fruit and clean up windfalls
  • Install motion sensor lights or sprinklers
  • Install a 6' solid fence and extend with mesh underground to prevent burrowing
  • Enclose crawl spaces beneath decks and sheds
  • Inspect the house exteriors and windows regularly for defects
  • Inspect vents, planters, light fixtures etc. or any other possible hideouts
  • Report wildlife feeding, illegal dumping, or property standards issues by calling 311
If you encounter a Coyote:
  • Stay calm and wait until they move away
  • Do not turn your back or run. (Like dogs, coyotes are hardwired to give chase if you run)
  • If approached, stand tall, waive your arms and make yourself as large as you can. Clap, yell, shout loudly, make startling movements or throw an object towards the animal. (Coyotes are hardwired to avoid scary situations or aggressive behavior)
  • Startle the animal by opening an umbrella, using a flashlight, activating an audible alarm
  • If you see an aggressive, sick, or injured coyote, call 311 or 905-615-3000 after hours
I hope this information is useful to you and your family. For more information on city wildlife in Mississauga, please visit www.mississauga.ca/citywildlife.
New Digital Squad Helping Main Street Small Businesses

The City of Mississauga recently unveiled its new Digital Service Squad (DSS) with a launch event in downtown Streetsville. The DSS consists of three digital technology specialists who work with local Business Improvement Area Associations (BIAs) to support main street storefront small business owners to enhance their digital presence. This includes helping them adopt digital tools and technologies to help attract new clients and improve the way their goods and services are being marketed.
 
The Digital Service Squad was made possible through a $50,000 grant awarded to the City by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) in partnership with the Government of Ontario.
  
The grant also includes the purchase of hardware and technology for the Squad to provide free digital assessments and consultative services. Mississauga's DSS is part of a community of consultants across Ontario, including Brockville, Hamilton, Kitchener and Toronto that are equipped with hardware and technology to help main street small businesses grow and expand nationally and internationally. The Program will conclude in Mississauga in December 2019.
  
The Digital Service Squad is part of the MBEC team. The Centre provides guidance and support to help individuals start and grow their small business.   MBEC also offers:
  • free business information and guidance
  • low cost business seminars and workshops
  • low cost online business courses
  • training and mentorship programs
  • young entrepreneur program
For more information, please visit  mississauga.ca/mbec.
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1