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Ward 9 Councillor's Report February 2014 - Vol 8

Dear Neighbour:
Welcome to the February e-newsletter.  There are many events coming up in the next few months and I hope to see many of you attend them.

The big event will be Ward 9 night at the Steelheads on February 28th.  I am co-hosting the night with the Steelheads and
Ward 9 residents can attend free!


This is your chance to bring the family to a great hockey game, cheer on our team along with your fellow Ward 9 residents and have a great time.  

Read below to find out how to get your free tickets.

On February 26th, come out and view the plans for the Meadowvale Community Centre.  This is an exciting project that will start in July of this year.  Mark June 21st on your calendar for our final MCC big bash party.

Please join me this month in wishing a wonderful Happy 93rd Birthday to our Mayor Hazel McCallion on February 14.

Remember to check the Ward 9 website at www.ward9.ca for more events and information on what's going in in our community.



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Ward Meetings


Apartment Application - 2700 Aquitaine Avenue


I am holding a ward meeting to hear from residents regarding this application to construct three apartment buildings at 2700 Aquitaine Avenue.  
My meeting is on Wednesday February 19th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Meadowvale West Church Centre,  6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle.  
The formal Public Meeting will be held on April 14th at 7:00 pm at the Planning and Development Committee meeting at City Hall.   .  

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Meadowvale Community Centre - Open House


Meadowvale Community Centre is still on schedule to close for renovations in July of 2014 when River Grove Community Centre re-opens.   


I received a lot of good input at my Open House in February of last year and changes have been made as a result.  I had the opportunity to do a virtual reality walk through the new centre last week and it will be a wonderful facility. 


Please come out and join me and staff on Wednesday February 26th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Meadowvale Community Centre, 6655 Glen Erin Drive in the Youth / Seniors room to view the final design.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Also, please mark June 21 in your calendar for our final MCC big bash as we celebrate the start of our new facility. 

Islamic Centre Proposal


The formal public meeting for the Meadowvale Islamic Centre application will be held on March 24th at 7:00 p.m at the Planning and Development Committee meeting at City Hall in the Council Chamber.  

At that time, Council will hear the proposal and also receive all comments that have been emailed to date.  Residents are invited to attend the meeting and speak to the application also.  


For further information please visit the Ward 9 website at www.ward9.ca


Ward 9 News
Ward 9 Night at the Steelheads - FREE Tickets !! 


February 28th is Ward 9 Night at the Steelheads game against the Oshawa Generals. 
I am co-hosting the evening with the Steelheads and Ward 9 residents can attend FREE!!

I want to show how much spirit we have in Ward 9 and pack Hershey Centre as we cheer on our Mississauga team.  Please bring your family and join me!!
Please email me at pat.saito@mississauga.ca and indicate how many free tickets you would like. 

I look forward to seeing you there and making a lot of noise for the Steelheads!


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With Meadowvale Team 51

Meadowvale is Hockeyville! 


I was very excited to join Team 51 at their practice on the ice at Four Rinks on February 6 to support the Meadowvale Minor Hockey Association's nomination of Meadowvale into the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville national contest! Click here to learn about the contest.  


The prizes include up to $100, 000 in arena upgrades and more.  The Top 16 arenas across Canada will be chosen by the Contest Sponsors.  


If we make it to the shortlist, Canadians will vote for the most deserving arena which demonstrates a passion for hockey, generosity to charities and community support and we will need votes from all of Mississauga. 


There are 1,016 minor hockey players (boys and girls), ages 4 - 20, playing hockey for Meadowvale so lets get out and support them.  


For more information please contact: Liz Wilson-Ciconte, "Meadowvale is Hockeyville" Contest Coordinator at 905-814-5844 or email: lizwilson-ciconte@rogers.com. 

Burt Dagnone (middle) President of the Mississauga North Baseball Association accepts the cheque along with City Community Services staff
Ward 9 Community Wins - Shoeless Joe's Competition!


Well done Meadowvale!!  We recently won $5,000 towards enhancements at our Meadowvale North Sports Park in the Shoeless Joe's "If Your Team Wins, Your Community Wins!" competition, as part of the Home Team Advantage promotion.  


To celebrate our success and all the team's efforts, the community refresh project funds were awarded at a Team Appreciation Award Party at Shoeless Joe's Meadowvale on January 23rd.   

Mississauga Older Adult Advisory Panel


We have so many great seniors in Ward 9 and this is your chance to become a part of our first Mississauga Older Adult Advisory Panel. 


Members will advise Council and staff on issues of concern to seniors and help us plan events for Seniors month in June as well as other activities.  If you are interested, please visit the Older Adult website by clicking here and download the application form.

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

Outstanding Citizens - Call for Nominations


Do you know a resident who goes beyond to make our community great?  Is there a neighbour who volunteers on local sports teams, helps out on local organizations or at the hospital?   


Now is the time to recognize these wonderful citizens. We are accepting nominations for the Mississauga Civic Award of Recognition Program that recognizes residents who have volunteered in the community for more than 10 years.


I will be joining the Mayor and my Council colleagues at City Hall in the Council Chamber on May 13th starting at 7:00 pm and I would love to be able to thank some of our Ward 9 residents.  


If you know someone who has been an outstanding volunteer please nominate him or her so that they can be recognized for their contribution to the community.  


Nomination forms and more information about the program can be found by clicking here.   


The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. 


Snow Storage and Windrows
Large piles of snow
Example of a Windrow at the foot of a driveway
Snow Storage - With the accumulation of snow this winter, snow storage is becoming an issue.  City crews may be removing snow from elbows and cul-de-sacs to ensure they are safe and passable for emergency vehicles and to improve sight lines.  Some of this snow may be relocated to another portion of the street on the City's boulevard (not private property) to help with this.  
Windrows - Windrows are created by snow plows as they plow a street and may block driveways.  These are unavoidable and part of plowing operations.  The city has the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program which is a City-wide program to clear snow windrows from driveways for older adults (65 years or older) and individuals who are physically disabled who meet income criteria.  For more information about this program please click here
Snow Clearing


To stay up to date on snow clearing services,check the City website by clicking here. 


You can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for updates.  


You can also call our Information Snow Line 905-615-SNOW (7669) to hear recorded information about our winter maintenance services and updates during a snow event, available 24/7.


February 11 is Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Day promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people, across the world. 

This year's campaign is focused on "Let's Create a Better Internet Together".  Please make sure your children use the internet safely and monitor their time online.

Peel Regional Police will be sharing messages and tips to help citizens and, in particular, our youth, to safely navigate the internet and minimize the risks.  

For more information, follow them on Twitter @PeelCrimePrev


Cell Tower Placement Policy Change


Persistence pays off!! City Council has been lobbying the federal government for years to get a better, more accountable process for the installation of cell towers and we have finally got it.  Although Industry Canada has yet to update their policy document to reflect the changes, we are confident this will happen and the community will have more input. 

The federal government has finally changed the legislation and removed a huge loophole that allowed a slightly shorter tower to go in with no consultation at all. 
Changes to the tower placement rules will include wireless carriers being required to consult with local citizens before a tower is built, regardless of its height.
This shows how we can change things at upper levels if we have good solid arguments and keep working on it.
Mississauga Furniture Bank in Need of Assistance


The Mississauga Furniture Bank works very much like a food bank,

except they deal in furniture.  They take gently used furniture from generous donors in Mississauga, and give these items to Mississauga citizens who are in need.   An added bonus of this process is that they save hundreds of large items from making it to our landfill every year.


The Furniture Bank operates primarily on two part time employees and several dedicated volunteers.  Very shortly their warehouse funding will be exhausted and they are looking at the real possibility of closing the doors on such a wonderful and necessary organization.  Their biggest expense is the overhead of their warehouse which is necessary for the storage of donated items.


To learn more about the Mississauga Furniture Bank please click here.  If you would like to help the Furniture Bank or know of a business who could offer warehouse space please contact the Executive Director Elaine Smyth at 905-361-6950 or email info@mississaugafurniturebank.org. 

February is Black History Month


I encourage you to celebrate Black History Month in February by participating in the festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.  
For more information:
Click here for Black History Canada
Click here for Government of Canada Black History information 
Click here for Black History Stamp information
Click here for Mississauga Library recommended reading

Dealing with Wildlife


Wildlife such as coyotes, foxes and racoons are in most cities and there have been more recent sightings of coyotes in Ward 9 and other parts of the city. Coyotes are an important part of our ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations.  According to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources they flourish in cities across Canada and they are here to stay. 


The removal of wildlife is governed by the Provincial Government's Ministry of Natural Resources.  Mississauga's Animal Services is not responsible for managing or trapping wildlife but rather handles domestic animals like cats and dogs. While our staff cannot remove the wildlife, they will advise residents on what they can do. 


Residents with wildlife on their property may wish to enlist the help of a professional wildlife removal service. These are also governed by provincial regulations which states that any one trapping and removing wildlife must release them within one kilometre of the capture site. By law, the animal must be released close to where it was found, this means there is a greater chance it will return to the original location. Trapping therefore is not an effective method of wildlife control. It is often used as a "band-aid" solution and only temporarily deals with the problem.


Animal Services staff urges you to employ deterrent methods which can be found here. 

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Anniversary/Birthday Congratulations



If you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or wedding anniversary please contact me at 905-896-5900 or email me at 

pat.saito@mississauga.ca and I would be pleased to send a letter of recognition and a small gift to commemorate the special occasion.   


As well, if you would like a city plaque from the Mayor to commemorate the special occasion, please click here for information on how to arrange for one.


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Ward 9 Activities
Story Teller Evening 
Bruce Carmody telling a story
With Julie Smithson, 
Maple Wood  Council Chair
On Thursday January 30th I joined students, teachers and parents at Maple Wood Public School to celebrate Literacy Day.
I had a great time listening with the chidlren to stories told by Bruce Carmody, a professional Story Teller.
Congratulations to the Parent Council for hosting such a wonderful evening. 
Fo Guang Shan Temple Chinese New Year
Ringing in the New Year at midnight
Watching the Lion Dance


On Thursday January 30th I had the pleasure of attending Ward 9's Fo Guang Shan Temple Chinese New Year Celebration.  


I rang in the New Year at midnight and enjoyed watching the traditional lion dance.


Kung Hei Fat Choy!  May the Year of the Horse being peace and happiness to all. 



With MPP Bob Delaney, my husband Ron and members of the temple

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With some of my colleagues on Council and the Mayor
MCBA Chinese New Year Reception
My second celebration of the Chinese New year was on Friday January 31st at the annual reception hosted by the 
Mississauga Chinese Business Association (MCBA) at the Civic Centre. 

I am proud that Council provides this opportunity for the MCBA and the Chinese Community to celebrate at City Hall. 
Evening For Miracles Gala
I had the pleasure of attending the second annual Evening For Miracles Gala on Saturday February 1st.

This event is in support of near drowning survivor Jesse Arrigo who's loving grandfather Bob is a resident of Ward 9.  Jesse is our Ward 9 Miracle Baby and it was so inspiring to see how much dedication his mother Kristin and family have towards his rehabilitation.


 Thanks to their unwavering faith, this little boy who doctors said would never regain consciousness from his near drowning accident is making progress. 


I had the pleasure and joy of getting to cuddle Jesse that night and feel him give me a hug as he said "Hug". He is such a joyful little boy and while he has such a long way to go still, the care and support from his family and their friends is overwhelming. It shows you how strong the power of faith, prayer and love can be and makes us all grateful for all we have.


To read about Jesse's story and to find out how to help, please click here.

With my husband Ron and Jesse grandfather Bob Arrigo
Getting a hug from baby Jesse with his mother Kristin Arrigo
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Upcoming Events

For The Love of Hockey, Meadowvale is Having a Gala! 


Please support our local Meadovwale Minor Hockey Association  - enjoy a sumptuous dinner and dance the night away with DJ Dave on Friday February 14th, 2014 at the Apollo Convention Centre, 6591 Innovator Drive, Mississauga, ON.


$50 per person 

Hors D'oeuvres 6.30 pm, Dinner 7.30 pm


For tickets, please email:  Nat: nat.cole@cogeco.ca or Tracy: goleafsgo26@rogers.com.



Coldest Night of the Year


Bundle up and walk on Saturday February 22, 2014 in the
Coldest Night of the Year, a 5 & 10 km fundraising walk held by The Dam in Meadowvale in support of the hungry, homeless and hurting in our community and 60+ other cities across Canada.

Last year my team "Councillors Brrrrrraving the Cold", raised $4,890. The total raised for The Dam was $18,500. 

To register as a team and help support The Dam, go to coldestnightoftheyear.org


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Job Expo hosted by CARP


CARP Mississauga is hosting a JOB EXPO on Friday February 24th from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and is being held at the CHSI complex on Creekbank.  


This is one of the 5 planks of CARP National Advocacy, "Engaging Older Workers".    To learn about CARP please click here.


For more information about the Job Expo please click here.


Mississauga Furniture Bank Open House


The Mississauga Furniture Bank is hosting an Open House on Thursday February 27 from 5-8 p.m at 3505 Laird Drive Unit 12. 


Please drop in for a tour of their facilities and a chance to meet the board of directors and the volunteers who help run the Furniture bank.   


40 Over Forty Luncheon - honouring 40 women over forty!




40 Absolutely Fabulous Women from all walks of life will be awarded for their great achievements and accomplishments in life and or serving others at an Award Day and "After Lunch" Reception on Sunday, March 9th at the Mississauga Grand Banquet and Convention Center 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  For more information please click here

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Come celebrate Meadowvale Theatre's 25th Anniversary!




The Meadowvale Theatre will be celebrating 25 years of amazing community theatre on April 25, 26 and 27 with three days of exciting activities and entertainment.


Friday, April 25 

A Celebration of Youth Talent, "Ssauga Stars!"FREE, Ticket required for entry.


Saturday, April 26

Musical Theatre Performances and reception. "A Sterling Night" Tickets $35


Sunday, April 27

"Open House" BBQ, children's activities and live performances. FREE, open to all!


Come join in the celebration!  For more information please click here.

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                            Contact Councillor Patricia (Pat) Saito
905-896-5900 | www.ward9.ca
  300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Floor, Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C1
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