Pat Saito

Councillor's Report
Ward 9
Tel: 905-896-5900  Fax: 905-896-5863   
Dear Neighbour:

The new year started with many changes in the community.  Our new waste collection system started and is working through the initial growing pains.  We finally received winter weather and are dealing with snow clearing concerns. 

But there are some wonderful events to look forward to in the coming months and I hope you will take advantage of them.

This issue mainly covers the garbage collection and snow clearing services but please note that I am walking to raise funds to support homeless youth in The Coldest Night of the Year.  I invite you to either join my team and walk with me or donate to support our efforts.

As always, my staff and I are here to help you with any City or Regional issues.  Just send me an email to  or call 905-896-5900 and check the Ward 9 website at  for ongoing updates. 
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New Waste Carts Update
The new waste collection cart system started January 4, 2016 and I have received many emails and phone calls with various complaints.  While it will take a few weeks for the new operators to learn all the new routes, all complaints have been handled and referred to the region staff to respond.

I have listed below online links where you can make reports, register complaints and find information.  You can also call the region at 905-791-9499.

For information on what to put out each week please visit

If your carts are not collected,  you can also report this online at the Region of Peel's "Missed Waste Collection site" by clicking here.
Please note that the information provided in the owner's manual that was delivered with the carts is a sample calendar. It does not represent the actual collection schedule. Residents must visit the Region of Peel's "When does it go" link and type in your address to download your waste collection calendar. To download your collection calendar, click here.
To report broken or damaged carts, click here.
For some residents in townhouse complexes that have limited space, you will have received information on continuing to use bags for garbage and recycling along with your new organics (green) cart for your food waste. Bags must be clear or tinted blue bags only.  You should have received a supply of bags from the region.  If you did not please contact my office and we will ensure that this is followed up.  For more information on the system you will be using, click here.
Please note that when you place your organic bin curbside, bins must be locked.

Thank you for your patience these first few weeks.  I understand the frustration many of you have with the size of the carts, especially the green organics one and I fully agree.  Unfortunately, as we have now initiated this program, we cannot return to a smaller more sensible sized cart and will have to try to make it work.   
Join me for a One on One Chat
I am pleased to invite Ward 9 residents to join me for coffee and conversation on Tuesday February 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Erin Meadows Community Centre - Program Room 2 located at 2800 Erin Centre Blvd.
I will be holding another One on One session that evening. You will have a specific time to sit down with me in a private session to ask questions or provide input into any issue.  In my last session, residents raised some very relevant issues and I am pleased we were able to help with quite a few concerns. 
My goal is to speak with as many residents as possible and I hope you will participate.
In order to provide time for everyone, I am asking that you register in advance and select your preferred time from the time slots below. 
To register please send an email to   or call 905-896-5900.  Please indicate your first and second choice.  
I will do my very best to accommodate your preferred time slot. Please note that the previous session filled quickly so register now. 
As always I am available to speak with you at any time if you cannot attend that evening.  
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Snow Clearing Information
As we face winter weather conditions, I want to clarify the process the City follows to clear roads and sidewalks.

Our priority for  winter maintenance 
is to ensure that emergency and public transit vehicles have safe access to routes on major roads.

The City uses a priority route system to clear and salt roads, bus stops, priority sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. I encourage residents to keep up-to-date on the City's plowing and salting to plan ahead for travel with our Mississauga Roads App and Twitter channel @MississaugaSnow.
Roads are salted if snowfall is less than 8 cm (3 in.) or plowed and salted if snowfall is more than 8cm (3 in.).

Priority roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles to travel followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).

Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24-36 hours AFTER the end of a snowstorm.  Our crews usually complete the work sooner than this but it is possible that your bus stop or sidewalk will take this long to be cleared.

When snowfalls are intense or of long duration it can impact the length of time it takes for our crews to get to bus stops and side roads. The priority route system we use and the winter maintenance standards help our crews manage heavy snowfalls throughout the winter. 

Please also note that the plows may tear up sod along sidewalks if the ground has not had a deep freeze.  This occurred with the late December snowfall.  All sod will be replaced/repaired in the spring.  Please let me know locations so staff can add them to the work orders. 

For more information on winter maintenance click  here.  
Snow Season Parking
Roads with parked cars take longer to plow or salt. Please help plows and salters by removing vehicles from roads during heavy snowfalls. 

A winter on-street parking restriction is in effect in Mississauga  from November 1 to March 31 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. This restriction will be enforced in accordance with the City's Traffic By-law.  
Vehicles left on City streets will be issued a penalty notice and are subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner.
During snow clearing operations,  temporary parking permits will be suspended.

For more information on the City's Traffic By-law, click here.

Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser for The Dam Youth Drop-In
On Saturday, February 20, 2016 
I will be doing a 5K walk to raise funds for The Dam Youth Drop-In as I participate in "The Coldest Night of the Year". 
I hope you will consider helping this worthwhile organization that has been helping thousands of youth in our community for many years.  You can help by either joining my team and walk with me or by making a donation.  Please click here to help our youth.  
The Dam is a non-profit organization located in Meadowvale that provides much needed services for youth.  Through relationships formed with young people, the Dam develops, assists and mentors them on their journey toward their full potential.  As we all know, building strong and healthy lives is the best way to prevent future crises and to ensure our youth become successful adults.

The Dam has participated in the "Coldest Night of the Year" walk for the past three years.  It is held in many cities around the country and is a non-competitive 5 and 10 Km winter walk fundraiser to raise funds for organizations that serve the hungry, homeless and hurting in our communities. The walk provides participants an opportunity to experience a little of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness by walking for a few hours on a cold winter night
Your contribution will go a long way towards helping those less fortunate in our community and is tax deductible.  I hope you will sponsor me and my team as we embark on a 5 km walk in Meadowvale.  Below are photos from the 2013 event.
Upcoming Events
Mississauga Festival Choir - Festival of Friends     
Mississauga Festival Choir presents the Festival of Friends on  Saturday February 6, 2016 at 8 pm . The event will take place at Eden United Church. 

To purchase tickets and view complete event details, click  here .
Credit Valley Horticultural Society 
The Credit Valley Horticultural Society meets on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the South Common Community Centre, Arbour Green Room, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga. 

Wendy Borderick will present "A journey to Gondwana - Native plants of Australia and New Zealand". Please join a friendly group of novice and experienced gardeners for a most enjoyable evening (non-members $2.00).

Pre-meeting activities start at 7:30 p.m. and include practical demos, flower shows, Master Gardener Advice Clinics and other timely activities.
For more information please visit  or call 
Adopt a Seniors' Home Team Challenge      
I am very proud that our Meadowvale Minor Hockey ME51 Atom Red is working to help seniors.  The team issues a challenge to hockey teams across Canada to spread some hockey cheer this winter. 

Many seniors would love to come to hockey games, but need to be invited and given a schedule. Larger, reputable seniors' homes have a bus, trained staff and an Activity Coordinator to transport and accompany seniors who are mobile and interested in outings. 

Please contact Liz Wilson-Ciconte at 905-814-5844 or at  Click here to learn more.  
Meadowvale Theatre       
See the Meadowvale Theatre  line-up 
of performances for the 2016 season .  

Click  here  for more information.
Peel Regional Police Cyber Academy        
The Peel Peel Regional Police have added an additional Cyber Academy in May.  These sessions teach residents how to protect themselves and their family from cyber crimes and are excellent for everyone.  
Courses are offered every Tuesday evening in May 2016 and you must register to attend.

Click here to learn more and to register.

                            Contact Councillor  Patricia (Pat) Saito
905-896-5900 |
  300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Floor, Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C1
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