Ward 11 E-Newsletter - March 2020 
Councillor's Message

Welcome to the March 2020 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...
Winter Placement for Waste Bins

As a friendly reminder this winter, please try to keep waste collection bins out of the path of snow plows, to help with snow clearing operations.
 
Always set your waste bins 1 m (3 ft.) from the road or curb after a snowfall. This will allow enough room for snow plows to pass.
 
During winter, a bin placed too close to the road might get hit or crushed by a passing snow plow, or it might get knocked over by snow pushed to the side of the road.
 
Report any damage caused by snow plows. Damaged carts will be fixed or replaced free of charge. If a snow plow partially buries your bin, your waste items should still be collected.
 
How to set out bins after a snowfall to ensure that your waste is collected:
  • Keep your bins off and away from snowbanks.
  • Clear a flat spot at the bottom of your driveway or at the curb, then set your carts in this spot without blocking the road or sidewalk.
  • Place any excess, bagged waste on the ground, approximately 1 m (3 ft.) away from your bin.
For more information about placing your bins at the curb, please visit peelregion.ca/waste/carts.   Top  
Discontinuation of Grass Clippings Collection

Please be advised that the Region of Peel is no longer accepting grass clippings with yard waste collection.
Discontinuing the collection of grass clippings is expected to result in significant cost savings per year for the Region, which can help offset the cost of other programs and services that the Region provides. Peel is one of the last municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area to discontinue accepting grass clippings with waste collection.
 
The Region of Peel is encouraging residents to practice grasscycling by leaving grass clippings on your lawn to break down naturally. Some of the benefits of grasscycling are as follows:
  • It's better for your lawn and the environment
  • Grasscycling makes your lawn healthy and helps prevent thatch buildup.
  • Fresh grass clippings are 80% water. They protect the soil by keeping moisture in the ground. Grass clippings break down quickly, providing nutrients to your lawn.
  • Cutting grass to a height of 8 cm (3 in) will develop a healthy root system and helps prevent weeds from growing.
  • Grasscycling reduces water use and the amount of fertilizer needed for your lawn.
  • Grasscycling saves time and effort. No bagging required.
  • It reduces the need to water your lawn and slows water evaporation from your soil.
  • It reduces the need to fertilize your lawn. The grass clippings break down quickly, adding nutrients to your lawn.
You can follow these steps to grasscycle properly:
  • Cut your grass regularly, cutting no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade at one time.
  • Remove the lawn mower bag before mowing your lawn.
  • Set the mower blade height to 8 cm (3 in) before cutting.
  • Cut grass when it's dry so it spreads evenly on your lawn and won't clump.
  • It's quicker to cut the grass when the blade is sharp.
  • Try not to over-water or over-fertilize.
  • Consider using a backyard composter, sold at Peel Community Recycling Centres.
  • Consider creating a fusion garden to reduce your lawn area.
Here are some common myths concerning grasscycling and the answers to them:


 

Leaving grass on a lawn causes thatch

  • Thatch is the buildup of organic debris that is resistant to decay.
  • You might find some grass clippings in the thatch layer, but they usually don't add to thatch buildup because grass clippings easily break down.
  • Thatch is mainly caused by excessive root growth from over-watering and over-fertilizing.

Grasscycling makes lawns look untidy

  • When cut properly, clippings fall between the grass blades and are barely noticeable.
  • Clumping may result from cutting wet grass or cutting more than 3-4 cm of the grass blades.
  • Grass clippings are 80% water, so they break down quickly.

Grasscycling causes lawn disease

  • Grasscycling hasn't been found to contribute to disease
  • Lawn disease is usually caused by improper watering and fertilizer use.
  • Cutting grass too short can make lawn disease more likely because it lessens food reserves in the plant, making the grass weak and unhealthy.

Mulching mowers are required for grasscycling

  • Any lawn mower, including a reel or push mower, will work.
  • Remove the bag from your mower and raise the blades to the medium setting. Keep the blade sharp.

Grass clippings aren't useful

  • Keep your grass clippings! You can add them to your backyard compost.
  • Use them as mulch to control weeds and stop moisture loss around flowerbeds, trees and shrubs.
  • You can buy a composter at any Peel Community Recycling Centre.

Grasscycling spreads weeds

  • Mowing often prevents dandelions from spreading.
  • Mowing high prevents sunlight from reaching the ground and prevents weeds from growing.
  • A low-cut lawn is more likely to have weeds.
Grass clippings disappear after a few days; however, if you prefer not to wait that long, you can also consider:
  • Using a mulching lawn mower, which has blades designed to push grass clippings down into the ground, speeding up the grass cycling process. If you have a regular lawn mower, mulching kits (found at most hardware stores and garden centres) can be purchased to convert your regular lawn mower into a mulching lawn mower.
  • Place clippings in a backyard composter in thin layers. Composters are sold at any peel community recycling centre.
  • Reducing your lawn area by creating a fusion garden. Check watersmartpeel.ca/fusion for tips.
  • Consider calling private services in your local area.
For more information on grasscycling, please visit peelregion.ca/waste/grasscycling/#how-to. If you would like to speak to someone at the Region of Peel about this change, you may contact Paula Della Bianca at the Region of Peel at 905-791-7800 ext. 4513 or paula.dellabianca@peelreigon.ca.   Top  
Peel Yard Waste Collection Begins Week Of March 9 

Please be advised that Peel yard waste collection begins the week of Monday, March 9, 2020. Residents can check their collection calendar to find their pick-up day. You can also sign up to receive free weekly waste reminders at peelregion.ca/waste/reminders .
 
Residents are reminded that the Region of Peel no longer accepts grass clippings at the curb or at Community Recycling Centres. Residents can grasscycle by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing to break down naturally after a few days.
 
Yard waste must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on a resident's collection day. It must be placed in acceptable bins, containers and/or bags. Using current Region of Peel collection bins will not be accepted.

A bin/container used for yard waste collection must be:
  • in good condition and clearly labelled "yard waste";
  • rigid and reusable with handles that are attached or molded to the exterior;
  • smaller than 60 cm (24 in.) wide and 95 cm (38 in.) high; and,
  • less than 20 kg (44 lbs.), when full.
A Kraft brown paper bag used for yard waste collection must:
  • support a maximum weight of 20 kg (44 lbs.) when lifted, without tearing,
  • securely close when full, and,
  • be smaller than 66 cm (26 in.) wide and 90 cm (35 in.) high.
Residents can use their old waste container or blue/grey box to set out yard waste for collection. For more information about Peel yard waste collection, please visit peelregion.ca/waste/yard-waste.   Top  
March Break Fun!

March Break is fast approaching, and if you and your family are looking for fun March Break activities, be sure to check out the following great local activities:
 
March Break at the Museum
Maple Magic
Bradley Museum
March 14-22, noon to 4 p.m.
 
Mississauga's favourite maple tradition returns to Bradley Museum for March Break! Maple Magic celebrates the maple sugaring season with maple sap tours and treats, creative activities, a petting zoo and a tasty pancake lunch that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, learn about maple syrup's fascinating history at the From Tree to Table: The History and Craft of Maple Syrup exhibition running until May 3 at Bradley Museum.
 
For tickets, hours and more information, visit mississaugaculture.ca/maplemagic.
 
March Break at the Theatre
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Meadowvale Theatre
March Break dates: March 14 (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and March 15 (2 p.m.)
 
For the month of March, Meadowvale Theatre is presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame as part of the Music Theatre Mississauga-Encore Series. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and with songs from the Disney animated feature, this show is the perfect afternoon or evening out for the whole family.
 
March Break at the Library
The Library is excited to present two author visits taking place this March Break. Meet the authors in-person and listen to them read aloud from their must-read children's books.
 
Author Visit: Hilary Leung - Will Giraffe Laugh?
Streetsville Library - Friday, March 20, 11 a.m.
Lakeview Library - Friday, March 20 at 2 p.m.
 
Hear from Hilary Leung, children's author and illustrator, about his book-making process and listen to him read from some of his popular board books including Will Giraffe Laugh? and his award-winning Ninja Cowboy Bear series.
 
Author Visit: Joel A. Sutherland - Haunted Canada series
Malton Library - Saturday March 21, 11 a.m.
Central Library - Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.
 
Award-winning children's author Joel A. Sutherland will be coming to the library to discuss his journey to success and to read from some of his best works including the famous Haunted Canada series and his newest series Haunted.
 
There's something for everyone during March Break at the library. Performances, shows, activities and workshops are taking place all week across Mississauga's 18 library locations. For more information about what's on at the library during March Break, visit mississaugalibrary.ca.
 
March Break at the City's Community Centres
March Break Camps
Various locations
March 16-20
 
There's endless fun to be had at the City's March Break Camps. Full-day and half-day camps run from March 16-20 at various community centres and culture facilities across Mississauga. Whether your child, tween or teen is interested in art, dance, sports or a bit of everything, there's a March Break Camp for them! For more information and to register, visit activemississauga.ca.
 
Little Native Hockey League 49th Annual Hockey Tournament - Opening Ceremonies
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m.
 
Calling all hockey fans! The Paramount Fine Foods Centre is hosting the opening ceremonies for the Little Native Hockey League 49th Annual Hockey Tournament. Come on out to this free event to celebrate hockey and support Ontario First Nation youth.
 
Looking to fill your March Break with even more hockey? From March 16-19, over 500 tournament games will be taking place across several City arenas.
 
Raptors 905 vs Canton Charge
Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Thursday, March 19, 12 p.m.
 
If you're more of a basketball family, don't miss the Raptors 905 take on the Canton Charge. The Paramount Fine Foods Centre provides the perfect family-friendly environment to catch the action. Get your tickets today.
 
March Break at Celebration Square
If you haven't laced up your skates yet this winter, now is the time! The Celebration Square ice rink is open for its last week - closing for the season on March 20. The rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. For rink conditions and inquiries, please call 905-615-3200 ext. R-I-N-K (7465).   For more information about events happening at Mississauga Celebration Square, visit mississauga.ca/celebrationsquare.
 
For more information about March Break fun in the city, visit mississauga.ca.   Top  
Managing the Feral Cat Population in Mississauga

The City is making enhancements to its Trap Neuter Return Management (TNRM) program to better manage the feral cat population (unowned domestic outdoors cats that avoid human contact), improve their well-being and provide support to feral cat colony operators.
 
The TNRM program has been helpful in managing the feral cat population. Over the last 10 years, there have been significant improvements in the save-rate of domestic animals, including feral cats, by 90 per cent and a decrease in the number of euthanized animals by 96 per cent.
 
Mississauga Animal Services support a number of colony operators who trap feral cats for the purpose of spaying/neutering and releasing them. Some of the support through the TNRM program includes:
  • Setting up traps and bait
  • Transporting trapped feral cats to supporting veterinary clinics for spaying/neutering and vaccination services
  • Taking in young and/or socialized feral cats for adoption
  • Donating pet food and supplies
Through consultations with stakeholders and the public, the City has identified the following opportunities for enhancing the TNRM program:
  • City Funded Veterinary Services: establish a maximum of 60 spay/neuter treatment areas annually
  • Training for Feral Cat Colony Operators: develop and deliver consistent training for all colony operators
  • Sheltering and Adoption: provide additional shelter space and adoption services
  • Public Education: increase education and awareness to the community around the program, including best practices
  • Data Collection and Analysis: create stronger partnerships with colony operators to better collect data that can accurately assess the effectiveness of the program
  • Voluntary Registration: encourage all colony operators to apply and register for the program in order to be exempt from specific Animal Care and Control By-laws, as well as having access to additional services
Enhancements to the TNRM program will be approved by Council this month. To learn more about Mississauga Animal Services, visit mississauga.ca/animalservices.   Top  
Light Therapy Lamps at Mississauga Libraries

As you may know, during the fall and winter seasons, there are noticeably less daylight hours and less natural, outdoor light, which may affect mood and energy for some. To help with this lack of daylight and provide public access to light therapy technologies, the library has installed light therapy lamps at each of its 18 Mississauga locations.
 
The light from these therapy lamps mimics natural, outdoor light, which may help to improve mood and increase energy during the winter season, when there is less natural light. As part of the library's commitment to providing barrier-free access to existing and emerging technologies, visitors to the library can enjoy the lamps free of charge and on a first come first served basis. Make sure to ask your health provider if light therapy is a good option for you. To learn more about programs and technology available at the library, visit mississaugalibrary.ca.   Top  
Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1