September 30, 2019
Dear Resident:

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend and had a chance to spend some time with family and friends. We have a lot to be thankful for and I thank all of you for supporting me as your Councillor for so many years. I feel truly blessed to represent such a wonderful community.

I want to highlight in this newsletter that my One on One session is coming in November and its time to register.

It is hard to believe that Halloween is coming soon. There will be many children out in costumes - always fun to see - so please if you are out driving watch for them and drive even slower than usual in our neighbourhoods.

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
Ward 9 One on One Registration is Open
 
I am pleased to invite Ward 9 residents to join me for coffee and conversation on Monday November 4th 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 a One on One session that evening where residents will have time to sit down with me in a private session to ask questions or provide input into any issue. 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 me an email to pat.saito@mississauga.ca or call 905-896-5900. Please indicate your first and second choice. 

I will do my very best to accommodate your preferred time slot. To see the timeslots, please visit my webpage: www.ward9.ca/events
 
As always I am available to speak with you at any time if you cannot attend that evening. 
Giant Muskoka Chairs have landed in Ward 9!
I am so excited to announce the arrival of 3 giant Muskoka chairs in 3 parks in Ward 9. The chairs are funded using special ward infrastructure funding that is meant for recreational enhancements. I thought this would be a fun way to bring some more excitement to our parks! This one has been used a lot for family photos and I've even seen some pets jump on the chairs for a great photo.

Photo Challenge: Do you know where this particular chair is? If you do, take a photo of yourself or family on the chair, and tag me on Facebook! I want to see you on all 3 chairs around the ward.
MiWay Changes
I have had some calls about Miway's proposal to cancel the bus route serving the Copenhagen area. This is a proposed change only and has not been approved!!! I have met with staff and raised my concerns with the removal of this service as there is no easy access for residents to get to any other routes.
MiWay will be hosting five public information sessions as part of the  MiWay Five Transit Service Plan (2016-2020)   where you can provide feedback on the proposed 2020 service changes in person or online.
Ward 9 Session
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Erin Mills Town Centre Transit Terminal
5100 Erin Mills Pkwy
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Pilot Program Lowers Residential Speed Limits in some Neighbourhoods
As Chair of our Road Safety Committee, I work with the citizen members and staff to implement our Vision Zero Strategy that has been approved by Council. One of the parts of the strategy is to reduce speed limits on residential streets from 50 to 40 km/hr.
Recently Council approved moving ahead to implement the 40 Km/hr limit in one residential neighbourhood in each ward. This is a pilot and if successful will be extended to the entire city.

Evidence shows that if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, there is less risk of serious injury or fatality if the vehicle is moving at a slower speed. Our goal is zero deaths of pedestrians on our roads and in neighbourhoods where children will be playing and there will be more pedestrians, it makes sense to lower limits. On individual streets where this has been done in the past, speed studies have revealed traffic moving at slower speeds so it does work.

While all neighbourhoods have concerns over speeding, the one selected for Ward 9 is on the east side of Winston Churchill south of Argentia in the area of Tradewind and Crosscurrent. I have asked for the 2020 budget report to clearly show how we can speed up implementation citywide in the coming year.

Click here to l earn more.
Station Improvements at Lisgar GO
Ward 9 is fortunate to have 2 GO Stations - Meadowvale and Lisgar. I recently posted my disappointment that the previously announced improvements to Meadowvale have been put on hold by Metrolinx but they are making some improvements at our Lisgar GO.

These improvements include new tactile yellow tiles on the train platform and digital signage on train and bus platforms.
 
Work is also being done to improve signage at the bus loop. Platform work started on October 8 th on the west side and is expected to be finished in approximately 3 weeks.
More information about station improvements is available at https://www.gotransit.com/en/the-future-go/improvements/lisgar-go
Lake Aquitaine Trail Lighting Project
I am pleased to inform you that new park trail lighting additions for Lake Aquitaine Trail between Glen Erin Drive and the Meadowvale Town Centre Transit Terminal will be installed in fall 2019. 
 
The work has been designed to have minimal disturbance to the existing park and the park will remain open during installations. The new lighting system is in keeping with our commitment for a clean environment and energy efficiency meeting our current Community Services Guidelines for Park Trail Lighting.

You will see "Notice of Service Disruption" signs in the area along with safety barriers along the trail as the installation work progresses. This work is to be complete by December 31st, 2019.
Windrush Woods Stewardship Event
I will be joining residents at a community Stewardship event at Windrush Woods on October 19.

We’ll be planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species and offering an interpretive nature walk.

Saturday October 19, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Windrush Woods
2780 Gulfstream Way, Mississauga

For more info and to register, visit http://bit.ly/2mByUnS. #1MillionTrees
Leash Free Zones - Resident Survey
The City of Mississauga is reaching out to residents to gather input regarding Leash Free Zones.

If you are a dog owner, and a user of any of our 3 Leash Free Zones in Ward 9, I would encourage you to take part in this survey. Click here for the survey .
Interested in Planting a Boulevard Pollinator Garden?
Recently Council approved my motion to waive all permit fees for residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants on their boulevards. We believe in supporting residents who want to plant pollinator flowers and plants to help support the bee and pollinator insect population.
As Mississauga has now officially been declared a Bee City, this move will support our strategy to help keep and boost the bee populations.

For more information, click here.
City Parks are NOT for Dumping!
I continue to receive complaints about the way our City parks are being treated! People have been using City parks as dumping grounds, depositing large items and household material in the garbage bins located on park land. This behaviour is unacceptable. If you see this happening please report it by calling 311.

To learn more about how to sort your waste, the Region of Peel has a very convenient website to help residents determine what goes where: How To Sort Your Waste
Time changes for Council and General Committee Meetings
Our Council, General Committee and Budget meetings have moved to a 9:30 a.m. start time. For more information on committee meetings, visit the City’s Clerks page or the Council and Committees calendar .
Around the Ward
Walk to School Launch, September 11, 2019
I enjoy visiting local schools on Walk to School Day. Organized by our Traffic Safety Council, we gather to thank and reward students who walk or bike to school with pencils. This year I was pleased to join our Catholic Board Trustee Brea Corbett as we launched the new program at Our Lady of Mercy School on Glen Erin Drive. We were joined by Peel Police bike unit officers and the school principal Steve Boulanger.
Community Crime Awareness Day, September 14, 2019
On September 14th, I joined the Mississauga Chinese Community Association for the 19th annual Community Crime Awareness Day at Celebration Square. I am so proud of the work we do in Mississauga working with local organizations to develop and implement crime prevention programs..a priority of mine since even before I was elected.
WalkNRoll for Mito, September 14, 2019
It was great to attend the WalkNRoll for Mito event - lots of people came out to show their support!
Pictured here with Louise Gibson.
Annual Lake Wabukayne Day, September 21, 2019
Thank you to everyone to came out to our annual Lake Wabukayne Day! It was a great success with fun inflatables for the kids, bee motel building, a BBQ, live music and lots of booths in the park! To see all of the photos from the day, you can click here. I am always proud to partner with the Friends of Wabukayne citizen committee to hold this day and showcase one of our beautiful lakes in Ward 9.
Peel Paramedic Station Opening, September 24, 2019
What a privilege to join the Peel Paramedics for the ribbon cutting of our brand new Paramedic Reporting Centre station at Thomas and Erin Mills Parkway.
John Fraser Track Opening, September 26, 2019
I was very excited to cut the ribbon for the opening of the brand new track at John Fraser School. This track was made possible through the hard work of former principal Mary Nanavati who convinced me to contribute funds from the Ward 9 Infrastructure budget. Seeing that this track will serve our local residents after school hours, it was the logical way to allocate some of these funds that are specifically under my control for Ward 9 recreational projects.
Climate Change Action Plan Open House, Oct 2, 2019
On October 2nd, the City of Mississauga hosted a Public Information Centre at the Meadowvale Community Centre for our Climate Change Action Plan. There was a great turn out and lots of good input and ideas being shared. To have your say, visit the Climate Change Survey here.
Councillor Pat Saito | City of Mississauga | 905-896-5900 | pat.saito@mississauga.ca | ward9.ca