Pat Saito

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

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Ward 9 Councillor's Report May 2015 - Vol 20

Dear Neighbour: 
  There is a lot going on at this time of year and I hope you will take the time to participate in one of the many local events that are being held in Ward 9.  
On May 30th join me at Lake Wabukayne for Park Stewardship Day. I am hosting my annual Seniors' Fair on June 2nd and St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church is holding a peace service where I will be hosting a free BBQ on June 6th. Please check the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter for these and many more events.

I am continuing to work on the many development applications we are receiving and I thank the residents who have joined the Meadowvale Strategy Steering Committee to help us plan how to deal with applications in the heart of Meadowvale.   Check the Ward 9 website for updates on meetings on various planning applications. 
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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Ward 9 News:

2700 Aquitaine Avenue Proposed Development

Picked the Wrong Cart?  Exchanges Will be Free!

Protecting your Home From Fire

Smoke Alarms Save Lives  

Park Ash Tree Removal Update 

#My Sauga Youth Video Contest

Organ Donations

Just a Phone Call Away
One Million Trees

Reuse and Redirect Stormwater into Gardens and Lawns
Freedom Pass back again for Youth 12-14
The Games are Coming to Mississauga

Self-Serve Checkout at our Libraries

Call Before You Dig

Need a Permit for Work at Your Home?
Peel Regional Police Warn of Fraud

Anniversary/Birthday Congratulations 


Volunteer Section:
Upcoming Events:  
Ward 9 News
  2700 Aquitaine Avenue Proposed Development


Council supported the recommendation to refuse the application for 3 apartment buildings at 2700 Aquitaine.  Thanks to all the residents who have worked with me on this application and for your support in opposing it.


The battle is not over...we have to now fight the appeal by the developer to the Ontario Municipal Board at a hearing from November 3, 2015 to November 17, 2015. The hearing will not sit on Remembrance Day. 

Details about this application can be found on my website at under the City Info/Development tab.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at 905-896-5900 or email me at

Picked the Wrong Waste Cart? Exchanges Will be Free!   

The bins for the new waste collection program starting in January 2016 will be delivered between September to December 2015.   


If you find that the cart you selected online is the wrong size for your needs you will be able to exchange it at no cost.


I thank my colleagues at Region Council for supporting my motion to provide residents with a 30 day grace period to exchange your waste carts at no charge after the 90 day introductory time period. 

This means if the cart you selected last month is too big or too small, you can exchange it.  Staff had recommended a $25 fee for this service but I felt with a new program we have to help our residents out.  


We ask you to try the cart that is delivered for the first 3 months and then if you need to get a smaller or larger one you will have from April 1-31, 2016 to exchange it at curbside at no cost.  After that time there will be a charge for this service which is yet to be set.   

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Protecting Your Home from Fire 

According to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES), hundreds of house fires occur in Mississauga every year, many which are preventable.  Starting in May, MFES is launching its annual Home Safe Home program, a city-wide education and awareness program that teaches residents about fire prevention and safety.


Running until September, fire crews will go door-to-door distributing fire safety materials, inspecting smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire crews also speak with residents about keeping their homes and communities fire safe. Last year, Home Safe Home reached more than 32,000 homes in Mississauga.

For information about the program, please click here.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives


Working smoke alarms save lives. Keep your family and your home safe by ensuring you have properly functioning smoke alarms.  

Ontario Fire Code requires a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms (especially if people sleep with closed bedroom doors).


Smoke alarms can offer different features and applications, so choosing the right alarm is important.

Inspecting/testing smoke alarms:

It is important to test your smoke alarms every month using the test button. It is also a good idea to test the alarm periodically with smoke by using smouldering cotton string or an incense stick following the manufacturer's instructions.


It is recommended to seek the assistance of a certified electrical contractor when performing any residential electrical repairs.

Replacing a smoke alarm:  

If you must replace a hardwired, interconnected smoke alarm
due to malfunction, be sure to replace them all with the same manufacturer make and model to ensure the alarms can communicate with each other. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) would like to remind homeowners to follow manufacturer guidelines and instructions when replacing or installing new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.   


For more information about smoke alarms, installation or maintenance, click here.   


Park Ash Tree Removal Update


City contracted crews have been removing Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in a number of Ward 9 parks.  Crews will be returning to remove the stumps. All stumps are painted bright orange so they are easily spotted.


City staff are working on obtaining the location of underground utilities in each park. Stump removal in parks will begin once this is complete. When the stump is removed, crews will repair the ground with topsoil and reseed. All works will be weather dependant.

All City-owned park trees removed due to EAB will be replanted within the community. Trees will be replanted approximately one year after the stump is removed. However, timing is approximate due to the short planting season and weather conditions.


Forestry is currently working on plans to replant woodlots. Each woodlot is unique and will require additional work to create individual plans for each site. For some, that may mean letting them regenerate naturally while others will have trees replanted.


#MySauga Youth Video Contest  

The #MySauga Youth Video Contest is a collaborative venture between Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA, the Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga Arts Council, and the City of Mississauga.

The topic of the
contest explores the question/topic 'How do You Experience Your City Through Cultur
e?' and aims to create interest and awareness of the many exceptional experiences that Mississauga has to offer. The contest is open to youth between the ages of 12 and 30 and runs until Wednesday, May 20, 2015.


The winning videos will be announced and screened at the Celebration Square Block Party on June 12th

For more contest details click here 


Organ Donations  

I want to remind everyone to consider becoming an organ donor.  Changes to the program require you to register online at  


You could help save the life of someone waiting for an organ. One donor could save 8 lives!

Just a Phone Call Away...

3-1-1 is a non-emergency phone number that connects Mississauga residents to City information, programs, services and engagement opportunities provided by the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel.


When callers dial 3-1-1, they are connected with a Customer Service Advisor who can help answers questions and can generate service requests for a variety of City services.


Customer Service Advisors can answer questions related to:  

  • Animal Services
  • By-law enforcement
  •  Building Permits
  • Claims and Insurance
  •  Road repair
  • Transportation

  • If further assistance is needed, Advisors will direct callers to the right business area for information.


    For residents using a TTY device, please dial 905-896-5151.  


    For more information, click here.


    Dig in with One Million Trees Mississauga!   

    The One Million Trees program was launched in 2013 with the goal of planting one million trees by 2032.  

    Council recognizes the important role trees play in the health and quality of life in our city and wants to conserve and enhance the city's open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy. By the end of 2014, 144,000 trees and shrubs will have been planted!

    One Million Trees Mississauga has been a great success thanks to residents, local businesses and our partners who include Credit Valley Conservation, Evergreen, Credit Rivers Anglers Association, Toronto and Region Conservation Association and The Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER).


    In 2014, 4,900 volunteers participated at events co-ordinated by the City's Forestry staff. 


    I encourage everyone wanting  to help us reach the goal of planting one million  trees, to click here.  


    Reuse and Redirect Stormwater into Gardens and Lawns

    Spring is a good time to think about stormwater around your home as it is a time of higher amounts of water flowing from our homes onto streets and roads.

    Rain Barrels

    Consider reducing the amount of water going into the City's stormwater system by using a rain barrel under the downspout from your home. Rain barrels are the perfect way to capture water for spring and summer watering of your gardens and lawns.  Get more information about rain barrels by clicking here.
    Disconnect Downspouts

    You can help reduce the amount of water going into the City's 40,000 catch basins, through underground pipes to our watercourses and into Lake Ontario. Disconnect a downspout and direct water away from your home onto grass or a garden which will allow water to drain into the soil rather than into the stormwater system.  For more information on stormwater please click here.  


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    Freedom Pass back again for Youth 12-14

    Starting  July 1 to August 31 , Mississauga kids
    ages 12 to 14 can use the Freedom Pass to take unlimited rides on all MiWay bus routes (excluding route 88 to Wonderland).


    The program encourages young people to try transit and visit places around Mississauga like libraries, community centres and parks. The pass also allows them to swim free during any public swim time at City-owned indoor and outdoor pools.


    Passes are available now with limited quantities. To apply, drop by any City community centre to complete an application form with parental/guardian approval. Valid photo ID with proof of age is also needed. Customer service staff will take a photo and provide the wallet-sized pass to the child.


    For more information about the Freedom Pass, please click here. 


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    The Games are Coming to Mississauga!
    2015 will be a momentous year for Mississauga as a host city of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (July 10-26, 2015) and the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games (August 7-15, 2015).

    More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries will participate in the Games, the largest international multi-sport events ever hosted in Canada and the largest of its kind in the world behind the summer Olympics.


    Mississauga is proud to have been selected as a host city and is considered the fourth largest cluster for the games, the only host city outside the City of Toronto to host events every day of the Games.


    Mississauga Sports Centre (Hershey Centre) will be the venue for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am sports of judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling, and the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am sports of goal ball, powerlifting, and wheelchair rugby. Expect to see the highest level of competition!


    The excitement and energy of the Games will go beyond the individual events as Mississauga celebrates its passion for sport throughout the course of the Games, featuring a variety of events, festivals and concerts across the city, starting with an Opening Ceremonies viewing party at Mississauga Celebration Square.


    In addition to a world-class sports venue, we will welcome an estimated 50,000 visitors to Mississauga to discover all that Mississauga has to offer.


    For more information about  exciting Game events, tickets and transportation information like tips for getting around during the games and temporary traffic changes, please click here. 

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     Self-Serve Check-Out at our Libraries!

      Library users can now check out and renew their material themselves at our local libraries.

    The user-friendly, touch screen machines are now available at 17 libraries with the final set of machines being installed at Mississauga Central Library in June. Both libraries in Ward 9, Meadowvale and Erin Meadows have the self serve check-out machines.  

    The new machines are very simple to use and staff are there to help.


    For more information about the Mississauga Library System's new self-serve check-out system, please click here. 

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    Call Before You Dig!

    For your safety, and the safety of others "
    Call Before You Dig" to mark the locations of underground facilities such as gas, hydro and cable lines prior to starting construction, landscaping or any other projects.

    This is a FREE service, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

    Just call 1-800-400-2255.  For more information, click here.

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    Need a Permit for Work at Your Home?
     I would like to remind residents that permits and certificates are required for swimming pools, decks, sheds and finished basements.
    For more information about requirements, please click here .
    Peel Regional Police Warn of Fraud involving Canadian Revenue Agency Imposters
    I would like to remind residents to excersize caution when answering any communications relating to the CRA.

    Police have received numerous reports from residents having received phone, mail or emails appearing to be from the CRA.
    Here are some tips to remember  when you are in receipt of any communications (phone, mail or e-mail) appearing to be from the CRA:
    • Do not take immediate action.  Verify that what you are being told is the truth.
    • Ask yourself why the CRA would be asking for personal information over the phone or e-mail that they likely already have on file for you as a taxpayer.
    • Contact the CRA to confirm that you in fact owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.
    For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, click here

    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  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 certificate from the Mayor to commemorate the special occasion, please click here for information on how to arrange for one.


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    Volunteers Needed for Ward 9 Events


    As you can see from this newsletter there are a quite a few events taking place in Ward 9 which will require volunteers. This is a great opportunity for high school students who need to complete their volunteer hours.  


    Please email me at  Please indicate which event you are interested in or volunteer for all of them!


    Saturday May 30, 2015

    Friends of Lake Wabukayne Park Stewardship Day

    Lake Wabukayne Park

    Open House for the public, educate about the Lake, children's activities, free popcorn and hot dogs

    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down for the event and manage the Ward 9 information booth as well as the popcorn machine.  Volunteers would be expected to arrive one hour before and stay one hour later.


    Tuesday June 2, 2015

    Ward 9 Second Annual Seniors' Fair

    Meadowvale Church Centre

    6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle 

    Information for seniors, display booths 

    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down for the event, manage the Ward 9 information booth.  Volunteers would be expected to arrive half an hour before and stay half an hour later.


    Saturday June 6, 2015

    Peace Service and free BBQ

    Meadowvale Church Centre

    6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle

    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down for the event, manage the popcorn machine and assist with the BBQ/hot dogs.  Volunteers would be expected to arrive an hour before and stay an hour later. 

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    Ward 9 Activities

    Mississauga-Toronto West Tourism Board Meeting


    On March 30, I chaired the Mississauga- Toronto West Tourism Board Meeting.  

    The meeting highlighted a revamped discover Mississauga website, and the new  Mississauga Guidebook.  

    The highly anticipated 2015 Toronto PanAm and Para PanAm Games were also discussed and action plans are well into being implemented.



    Meadowvale Minor Hockey League Banquet

    I was delighted to attend the Hockey banquet for the OHF Bantam A Championships on April 9th.  I always enjoy supporting our local sports groups.


    With Mississauga Hall of Famer 
    Bob Fletcher
    With Johnny and Nancy Bower
    Rebel Week
    I had the pleasure of kicking off Rebel15 at Erin Meadows Community Centre on May 1.

    Rebel week which runs May 1 - 7 every year is the City of Mississauga's celebration of youth, and National Youth Arts week.  A variety of different events and displays across the city showcase the talented youth of Mississauga.

    For more information click here.
    Eden Community Food Bank Advocacy Training Session

    On May 2nd,I was a guest speaker at the Eden Community Food Bank advocacy training session and had Interesting discussions with the workers of the Eden Food Bank about transit and housing for low income families. 


    I am always happy to support and help those who work with the families in our community to make their lives better.

    The British Wholesale Grocer Grand Opening

    I was pleased to present a certificate to John Williams owner of The British Grocer Wholesale Inc on Argentia Road on their grand opening on May 2nd.  A great crowd turned up to celebrate and shop for British goodies.

    Interfaith Youth Forum

    On May 2nd,I was pleased to address attendees of the Interfaith Youth Forum which was hosted by the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan Temple on Millcreek Drive.


    Young people of diverse religions, ideologies and value systems, who are between 16-30 years of age were invited. 


    The objective of this event was to build bridges and foster friendships among youth from different faiths and cultural backgrounds.

    Praise Cathedral 10th Anniversary

    I was pleased to join the congregation of Praise Cathedral as they celebrated their 10th anniversary on May 3rd.

    I am proud to have had a long standing relationship with the Cathedral and am pleased that I was able to participate in the many events and achievements in their journey over the past ten years.  

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    Eden Community Food Bank Hunger Awareness Breakfast

    On May 5th, I attended this annual breakfast as I have for many years.  This is always a very emotional event as clients spoke of how the food bank has helped them and school children did presentations on the importance of supporting the Eden Food Bank, 


    I was touched by these presentations and realize how important our food bank is for so many of our residents.



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    McDonald's Annual McHappy Day

    On May 6th, I participated in McHappy Day at two of our local Ward 9 McDonald's restaurants - Winston Churchill and Eglinton and Meadowvale Town Centre.  Many thanks to all the residents who came out to support this national fundraiser to support Ronald McDonald House.


    At the Meadowvale Town Centre
    At the Winston Churchill and Eglinton McDonalds

    Meeting with Ward 9 Religious Institutions

    On May 6, I hosted 27 representatives of our religious institutions in Ward 9 at a round table discussion on needs in our community. 


    I am so pleased with the support for moving ahead with some initiatives to provide more outreach through the various congregations.  This was a first meeting and there will be more to follow.  Our Region of Peel staff provided an overview of the demographics in Ward 9 and outlined some of the needs.


    I will be working on planning two major projects - a local job fair and a future workshop to bring these representatives together with service providers.  The desire to help others was very strong and I am so pleased with the support around the table.  Thank you to all who took part.  

    Upcoming Events
    Meadowvale Theatre Presents:

    Meadowvale Theatre  has released the line-up of performances for the 2014-2015 season .  Click  here  for more information

    On Friday May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm Meadowvale Theatre presents "The Best of Second City" featuring a free pre-show pub night sponsored by Shoeless Joe's in Meadowvale.  Click here for more information.

    Eden Community Food Bank  Invites You to Celebrate 25 Years!

    Please join the Eden Community Food Bank as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a Comedy Variety Show at the Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Road on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    For more information and for FREE tickets click here.


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    Summer Performance Opportunity With Mississauga Pops

     The Mississauga Pops is offering the opportunity for a number of talented woodwind, brass, percussion and mallet players to join them for their summer season.

    If you are a dedicated young musician this could be the perfect opportunity to play a high caliber of music throughout the summer at no cost.


     Please click here to learn more about The Mississauga Pops. 


    Interested applicants should click here to fill out the online application form by May 15, 2015 indicating that they are applying for a summer intern position.

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    Credit Valley Horticultural  Society Events

    CVHS Plant Sale - Saturday May 16, 2015

    The Society's 31st Annual Plant Sale takes place in Mississauga on May 16, 2015 at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School (parking lot), located at 2800 Erin Centre Blvd  in Mississauga  and features a large selection of locally grown perennials, native plants, vines, shrubs and annuals from 9:00am till noon.

    Please  click here for more information.


    CVHS Garden Tour - Sunday, June 14, 2015


    The Society's 21st Annual Garden Tour on June 14, 2015 in Mississauga showcases gardens large and small with a rich variety of plants that can be grown by homeowners in this area. Come and enjoy a stroll through pleasant surroundings and gain ideas for your own garden.

    For more information, regarding tickets and venues, please click here.

    National Public Works Week - Family Fun Day

    The city is hosting National Public Works Week - Family Fun Day at Celebration Square at the Civic Centre on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

     For more information click here.


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    Miway Logo

    Have Your Say in MiWay's Future 

    MiWay is hosting four public information centres in May to showcase our five year service plan that was created with your feedback.  This plan will help deliver more service to connect you to your destinations.


    MiWay looks forward to meeting residents to discuss the future of transit in Mississauga. Tell your friends, family, and neighbours about these public sessions because excellent transit is part of everyone's future.


    The Ward 9 information centre will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School, 2800 Erin Centre Boulevard.  Click here for more information. 


    An Evening of Miracles Fundraiser for Jesse Arrigo


    This event is in support of near drowning survivor Jesse Arrigo who's loving grandfather Bob and mother Kristin Arrigo are residents of Ward 9.  

    Jesse is our Ward 9 Miracle Baby and I encourage you to help support his family as he continues to recover from his life threatening ordeal. 

    The therapies that Jesse requires today and in the future are very expensive and there are currently no funding sources, grants, subsidies or government assistance available.  These therapies are highly effective and integral to Jesse's continued progress.


    I hope you will consider attending this fundraiser and supporting Jesse.  It is being held on Thursday, May 28th, 2015, with doors opening at 6:30 pm at The Apollo Convention Centre, 6591 Innovator Dr, Mississauga, ON.  For information about Jesse's story and to learn how to purchase tickets please click here.


    The Dam Dinner and Dessert Auction


    The Dam is holding their annual Dinner and Dessert auction in support of their Young Mom's program.  Click here to learn about this wonderful program.


    The fundraiser is on Saturday May 30, 2015 starting at 6:00 pm at Meadowvale Community Christian Reformed Church, 2630 Inlake Court.

    Tickets are $20 and childcare is being made available.  For more information click here.


    Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Day


    Please join me and members of the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Committee on Saturday May 30, 2015 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for the annual Park Stewardship Day.  

    There will be displays and activities, free popcorn and free BBQ and you will have an opportunity to learn more about the Lake.  Information about the lake can also be found here.


    Lake Wabukayne is located off Inlake Court east of Glen Erin Drive behind Elizabeth Seton School.  


    Community Garage Sale at Lake Wabukayne 

    The Lake Wabukayne Stewardship is hoping to set up a Community Garage Sale in the parking lot on Saturday May 30th during the Park Stewardship Day.  Table rental is $20.  This is a great way to get rid of items you no longer need or want.  please contact Meadowvale Church at 905-826-5722 or to rent your table. 

    Call for Photographs of Lake Wabukayne

    The members of the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship would like to add more photographs to the Lake Wabukayne website: Please email your favourite photographs to  There will also be a bulletin board at the May 30th Lake Wabukayne event where you can bring your favourite photograph and pin it on the board.

    Ward 9 Annual Seniors' Fair

    With Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha at last years' fair
    Ple ase join me at my annual Seniors' Fair on  Tuesday  June 2, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.  

    Everyone is welcome to come and learn about seniors's services from more than 30 agencies and organizations and enjoy FREE refreshments.

    This year the Seniors' Fair will be held at the Meadowvale Church Centre at 6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle.
    Farmers Market Open This Summer

    I am looking forward to the official first day of the Many Feathers Market on Sunday June 14th from 9:00- 4:00pm 
    at the Lisgar GO parking lot in Ward 9.
    This Farmers market is run by a group of local resident and will have Farmers and Artisans who will be selling delicious food and products.  It is operated in conjunction with Eden Community Food Bank so please come out and support our local volunteers and organizations.

    For a list of event dates and for more information,
    click here.  
    St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church Peace Service & Butterfly Release

    Please join me at St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, 6945 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle on Saturday June 6, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  for a Peace Service and Butterfly release.

    The half hour service will include the re-dedication of the Peace Garden and a butterfly release to build peace in our community. Veterans, Scouts, Guides, and Religious institutions in our community will be in attendance. Donations can be made to sponsor a butterfly and to help "plant" peace in our community.
    Please click here for more information.  Following the Peace Service, I will be hosting a FREE Community BBQ.
    Riders Against Hunger 

    Online registration is open for Riders Against Hunger.
    This event is in support of Eden Community Food Bank in western Mississauga-helping to provide food and other assistance to hungry families in our community.
    To register and view event details click  here
    The event will be held on Saturday August 15 and starts at the South Common Mall (Erin Mills Parkway & The Collegeway). Registration starts at 8:30 am - kick off is 9:30 am.

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