April 2, 2019
Dear Resident:

Hopefully we have seen the last snowfall this year and we can finally look forward to spring. I would like to welcome a new staff member to the Ward 9 family. Abby Osborne is my new Executive Assistant and will be working along with Michelle to serve our residents.

This month's newsletter has information about the Ward 9 Volunteer Awards. The deadline is approaching soon so please get your nominations in.

Also please read about the Town Hall on April 8 where you can ask questions and comment on the issue of governance in Mississauga and the Region of Peel. This is a critical issue for our city. Decisions made by the province can have an impact on the future of our city and also potential for detrimental impacts on your taxes. If you cant come to City Hall, watch and participate on Facebook on the City of Mississauga channel.

Please enjoy the information here and let me know if you have any questions about any of the articles.

As always you can contact me for assistance on any city or region issue at pat.saito@mississauga,ca, by phone to 905-896-5900 at any time and my staff and I will be pleased to help you.

Ward and City News
Nominate a W9 Volunteer

Do you know a Ward 9 resident who has volunteered more than 5 years in the city of Mississauga (3 years for under 16)? Let them know their time and commitment is appreciated by nominating them for the 2019 Ward 9 Volunteer Award .

Last year I had the honour of recognizing almost 100 Ward 9 volunteers at a special ceremony. This spring, I will be once again recognizing Ward 9 residents who have dedicated their time to making our community a better place. The recipients of the Ward 9 Volunteer Award will be recognized at a reception at the Erin Meadows Community Centre on May 8, 2019 and will receive a special pin and certificate to commemorate their years of service.

Nomination forms are on the Ward 9 website and are open until April 10, 2019.

You can also print and mail the completed form to: Pat Saito, Councillor Ward 9, City of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive – 3rd Floor, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1 or fax to my attention to: 905-896-5863.
Residents invited to Town Hall on Regional Governance Review

At the March 27 Council meeting, Mississauga City Council adopted a motion approving in principle that Mississauga become independent from the Region of Peel, subsequent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Regional Government Review .

Council also adopted my motion to have public input and we approved hosting a resident Town Hall on Monday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Council Chambers – second floor (300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON). Residents can also watch live streaming on Facebook , Twitter and Mississauga.ca .

As part of the Government of Ontario’s review, the Ministry is conducting online public consultation until April 23, 2019. Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on regional government reform through this channel.

For more information on the City’s position, including the corporate report, resolution and Questions and Answers, visit mississauga.ca/regional-government-review .
Spring Street Sweeping

Our annual spring clean-up street sweeping program will begin on April 8, weather permitting.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/springclean-up
SmartCity Engagement Events
Mississauga is quickly becoming a Smart City but we want to hear how residents think we can move forward in our goals.
We are seeking community input on our proposed Smart City Master Plan.

To get involved
Twitter: #SmartCitySauga
Contact staff at smartcity@mississauaga.ca   
Meadowvale Neighbourhood Character Study Session 3
Thank you to the residents who participated in the three sessions of our Meadowvale Character Area study.

The purpose of the study is to develop a policy framework that will guide future growth and compatible development in the Meadowvale area. The last session was a chance to show some of the recommendations. Staff will now put together some recommended policy changes so that we can build the future Meadowvale in accord with what we heard from the community.

Visit the website for Information on the project
Mississauga Visitor Guide
As the Chair of the Tourism Board, I am pleased to share the Official 2019 Mississauga Visitors Guide!

If you're looking for something fun to do this week, this summer, winter or anytime, take a look at the Visitor Guide. You'll see what's on, and make a bucket list of things to do and see this year in your city!
Yard Waste Collection
It's finally spring and residents can leave their yard waste out for collection by the Region of Peel.

Dog Waste Energy Pilot Program
The City of Mississauga has launched a one-year pilot program that converts dog waste into renewable energy and fertilizer.

A number of in-ground dog waste containers have been installed in City parks including the Animal Services facility, We are lucky to have 3 locations in Ward 9 (Toto off leash, Q Park off leash) and this one that I stopped at when walking my dog Rogue at Lake Aquitane Park !

Click here for more information on this project.
Digital Overpass Project
As part of a project being done on CP rail bridges thorughout the city, Meadowvale will have a new entrance sign on Winston Churchill south of the 401.

The project will include the installation of digital advertising on the CP bridges in the city. On most bridges the City of Mississauga brand will be displayed but on ours, at my request, the name "Meadowvale" will be prominently displayed to welcome people to our community.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday April 8th and end on May 10th. Normal construction hours will be 9:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday with temporary traffic lane and sidewalk closures in both directions.
Johnny Bower Rink Update
I was pleased to see that the Johnny Bower Portrait and plaque have been installed at Rink 1 at the Meadowvale Four Rinks Arena.
Around the Ward
Tech and the City
Tech & the City hosted a showcase on March 2nd at the Mindshare Workspace at the Erin Mills Town Centre. I was pleased to provide remarks, welcoming Tech & the City to Ward 9!

Here I am with Robert Martellacci of MindShare and Shawn Slack, Director of IT & Chief Information Officer at the City of Mississauga.
International Women's Day Breakfast
International Women's Day on March 8 is always special, especially when I get to share it with young women from Ward 9! Pictured here with students from John Fraser Secondary School and Mentor College.
March Break Kids Visit City Hall

It was a pleasure to have the kids from Cross of Life Lutheran Church visit City Hall during the March Break!
Group photo with kids and leaders.
Gazing up at the beautiful ceiling in Council chambers.
Having fun sitting in the Councillor's seats.
World Down Syndrome Day

I was honoured to host the World Down Syndrome Day Flag raising at Mississauga Civic Centre on March 21st. Having spent my first career with many children and youth who had Down syndrome, I understand the importance of focusing on the many achievements and building opportunities for all.

Peel 321 Peel Down Syndrome Association is a community offering support and information, as well as a network of families that believe in their children. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to recognize this important day with such a great organization!
Pak Pioneers hosts Multicultural Art Festival in Meadowvale
Thank you to the Pak Pioneers Community Organization for inviting me to your Multicultural Art Fest held in Meadowvale on March 24th.

The event provides a platform for community organizations and youth members to display their artistic creations. Events like these promote meaning interactions and social diversity among communities, and it was a pleasure to attend.
Mississauga Startup Challenge Finale
On March 28th, I had the opportunity to be one of the judges at this Dragon Den style competition where I heard some amazing ideas from young innovators! It's always such fun to be involved in events that encourage our youth to be creative and to showcase their talent. Congratulations to the winning pitches - "Ask Sarah", "Feely Piano" and "Vision to Venture".
Remembering those who lost their lives in New Zealand
On March 30th I joined faith leaders and residents at a gathering at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Hosted with the Voice of Canadian Citizens to support our Muslim community in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque tragedy, we shared our comments, lit candles for the 50 innocent people who lost their lives and mourned with our Muslim neighbours.

We cannot take peace for granted, but instead learn about each other and continue to build a community of understanding and support.
Councillor Pat Saito | City of Mississauga | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | ward9.ca