JANUARY 30, 2020
Dear Resident:

As this is my first newsletter of 2020, I want to wish everyone a Happy New year. I hope this year will be filled with happiness and good health.

You will see in this edition that we are doing some surveys as we review various bylaws and programs. I hope you will take the time to participate as it is important for us to get your input.

Councils at the City and Region passed both budgets this month. One of the key projects in the City udget is the reduction of speed limits in all resaidential neighbourhoods citywide form 50 kph to 40 kph. We are also reducing school zone speed limits from 40-30 kph. This is part of our Vision Zero strategy through which we are working to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads to zero. Please help us protect our vulnerable citizens, pedestrians and cyclists by adhering to these speeds in your neighbourhood.

Note also I am walking again the Coldest Night of the Year to raise funds for the Dam Youth Drop In. See the links below to either join my team, Pat's Plodders, start your own team or donate to this cause.

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.

Pat
Ward and City News
MiWay Five Year Transit Service Plan 2021-2025
Complete MiWay’s survey at next5.ca for your chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.
 
As part of a study to improve transit in Mississauga, MiWay wants to know what’s important as you make your travel choices each day. Your opinions matter.
 
The survey has been extended until January 31, 2020 so don’t miss out. Take the survey now!
 
More information about the study is available on the project site .
 
City Budget Update
Council approved the 2020 City budget this month. We also approved the Region of Peel budget and combined, they result in a total tax increase of 3.25% (1.75% City increase + 1.5% Region increase).

Much of the region increase is a result of a large increase in the Peel Regional Police budget along with funding reductions from the province.

  • City increases include new services such as increased transit growth that adds 32. 600 service hours and 22 transit operators, modernizing customer facing library technology and supporting the Vision Zero Strategy.

Major projects in the Capital Budget include increased funding to support the approved cycling program, construction of six new fire stations, to name a few.

An additional $1.6 million was approved for the implementation of 40km neighbourhood area speed limits and 30 km School Zones within all neighbourhoods citywide. I moved a motion at Council to ensure that this work was completed in one year rather than two so as to prioritize road safety in Mississauga.

Specifically in Ward 9, funds were approved for renovation of the Meadowvale Theatre. We will start the design phase in 2020 to make the building more accessible and update spaces for programming, events, rentals and performances. Planning staff will also be implementing the Meadowvale Neighbourhood Character Area Study to develop policy framework that will guide future change and compatible infill development for Meadowvale.

For more information on the City's 2020 Budget, click here. For information on the Region of Peel budget click here.
For more information on this project,
407 Transitway Consultation
Many years ago the province brought forward a plan for a transitway to run parallel to the 407. In Mississauga this would provide transit along the Ninth Line and across the top of the city.

I have advocated for this line since it was first proposed and I am pleased that the province is finally moving ahead.

A Public Information Centre will be held on Thursday February 13th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Cornerstone Community Church (3020 Vanderbilt Rd, Mississauga).

The technically preferred route alignment, stations and support facility, potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures will be presented. MTO staff and their consultants will be on hand to answer any questions and to receive your input.
Wildlife Sightings in Ward 9
Over the past few weeks, I have received emails about wildlife sightings in Ward 9.

Animal Services staff would like to remind residents to refrain from feeding city wildlife as this can become habit forming, making them dependent on a food source or unwilling to forage naturally which can lead to illness, disease or injury.

Click on the photos for more information on how to handle an encounter with these wildlife.
Snow Clearing Services
Though we haven't had much snow this month, it's still a great idea to be informed about the services that the City provides during a weather event. See above for the link to the City's website. Also, don't forget to follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for updates during a snow event. Please be a good neighbour and clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of and beside your home (if on a corner lot).
Natural Ice Rinks in Ward 9
Find a natural rink in a park near you. The following list indicates the Ward 9 natural rinks that allow for pleasure skating:

  • Charles “Bud” Brennan Memorial Park 6181 Edenwood Dr

  • Promenade Meadows 7099 Danton Promenade

  • Union Park 6627 Tenth Line W

For a complete citywide listing of natural rinks, please click here .
Coldest Night of the Year 2020
I walk each year and raise funds for The Dam Youth Drop In to help youth in our community at The Coldest Night of the Year walk. This is a family-friendly walk that raises money for hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community.
This year the Walk is on February 22, 2020!

Please consider joining my team or forming your own team, but if you cannot, please consider donating to this cause.

Click here to donate to or join my team, Pat's Plodders.
Win Mississauga Steelheads Tickets
Contest Deadline: February 12th.
Winners will be contacted via email on February 14th.
Meadowvale Theatre Patron Experience Survey
Win a $200 Erin Mills Town Centre Card!

Come one, come all – as a new year begins, we are looking to hear from you about your experience at Meadowvale Theatre.

Please complete our survey at the link below as your feedback will help improve our services. Plus, you could win a $200 Erin Mills Town Centre Gift Card for your participation.   Take the survey
CN Public Inquiry Line Available
CN Rail has asked me to share contact information with my residents.

For non emergency concerns such as property condition, environment (grass cutting, trees etc), permits, noise or general operations,
please contact the CN's public inquiry line by phone to 1-888-888-5909 or by email at contact@cn.ca
In an emergency, please call CN Police at 1-800-465-9239

Emergencies include:
  • trespassing on tracks
  • unlawful activity
  • crossing signal defect
Around the Ward and City
January tends to be a quiet month as we settle back into our normal routines after the Christmas break. This month, I attended the Noise Control By-law consultation at the Meadowvale Theatre. If you weren't able to attend, there is an online survey that remains open for the public to complete. Click here to complete the survey.
Councillor Pat Saito | City of Mississauga | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | ward9.ca