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Update RE: Ash Trees in Sugar Maple Woods and Q Park

Oct 16, 2017 – City contracted crews will be working to remove Ash trees infested with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Sugar Maple Woods and Quenippenon Meadows park. All trees scheduled for removals have been marked with an orange X.  City crews will be working Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the initial tree removal, crews will remove the tree stumps, 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 over several years. This is due to the high number of trees removed from parks, 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.

Waste Reduction Week October 16 – 22, 2017

Oct 16, 2017 – Curbside Battery Collection – during the weeks of October 16 and October 23, 2017:  During the weeks of October 16 and October 23, place batteries in a clear, resealable bag. Set the bag on your closed organics cart on your recycling day for collection.  Textile Tuesday – October 17:  Collect your unwanted clothes, linens, towels and shoes and bring them to your closest Community Recycling Centre on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. We’ll take them for FREE. Bring as much as you’ve got. Items will be reused and repurposed.

Teachers: Tweet to win!  Attention Peel teachers! During waste reduction week, post photos of your class’s waste reduction efforts and hashtag them #wrwPeel and mention @peelregion to win FREE transportation to the Region of Peel’s cool recycling facility for a tour. See how waste is sorted!

Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing  – Apply Now!

This program is now open for registration. Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. Residents who are 65 years and older in 2017 and individuals who are physically disabled can apply for the program. The cost to participate is $200. This amount is non-refundable. Applicants who qualify for financial assistance may be eligible to receive the service at no cost. For information and applications, click here.

Middlebury Green Park and Glen Eden Park Reconstruction

Construction for the Middlebury Green Park Fitness Equipment is underway and is scheduled to be complete October 13, 2017, weather permitting.  Playground construction for Glen Eden Park started September 27, 2017 and is scheduled to be complete October 19, 2017, weather permitting.  Below are images of what the parks will look like.

Fitness Equipment

Example of fitness equipment coming to Middlebury Green Park

Playground

Example of playground coming to Glen Eden Park

Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus

Sept 5, 2017 – Lyme Disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Ticks are more prevalent than ever this year and it is important to protect your family and pets against Lyme disease which is spread by the black legged deer tick. Please be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks.  Vets in Mississauga and residents have already reported increased numbers of ticks on pets this spring.  Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type.  Click here for Peel Health and here for information from Animal Services. To find out how to prevent ticks click here.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected by biting an infected bird.  The Region of Peel is constantly testing mosquitoes and recently (week of September 11, 2017) there was a batch found at 10th Line and Thomas St. Click here to learn about West Nile Virus and how to protect yourself.

Peel Police – New “Grandparent Scam” Targets Seniors

September 5, 2017 – The Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau are advising residents of a new type of “Grandparent Scam” targeting seniors. The scam involves a phone call being made to the victim, by an individual claiming to be a family member, usually a grandson. The victim is asked to purchase expensive ‘Rolex’ watches. The victim is advised that the watches are needed to pay back an outstanding debt, and in some instances, needed as a gift. The victim is directed to send the watch to an address, usually in Quebec, through a courier service. They impress upon the victim that they do not want any other family members to know.

Peel Regional Police would like to remind residents that in the event they receive a call similar to this, they should verify the details of the request through another family member.  Any requests for money by unverified parties on the phone should be treated suspiciously.

Here are some other tips to remember:

  • If someone calls claiming to be a lawyer/attorney or police officer, they will not ask you for money/jewelry over the phone.
  • Residents with elderly family members who live alone, or have published phone numbers, should make them aware of this.
  • Residents, in general, should be cognizant of the fact that there are many fraudulent schemes out there, using the internet and phone calls to contact potential victims.  Requests for money should be treated with caution and an appropriate amount of due diligence should be practiced.
  • Education is the key to prevention with this type of scam. To learn more about this scam, and other scams affecting Canadians, residents are encouraged to visit www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Peel Regional Police also offer some more Safety for Seniors links which can be accessed here.

Anyone who has any information regarding this fraud is urged to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

Residential Water and Sewer Line Warranty Protection Plan information

August 15, 2017 – Homeowners recently received a mail out for Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc. (SLWC). This program provides Peel homeowners with optional water, sanitary sewer line and in-home protection plan programs for their private side water and sanitary sewer pipes and in-home plumbing. The program is a means of educating homeowners of their responsibilities for the infrastructure on the private side of their property in the event of a leak or break. It will be administered and managed by Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc., and is NOT a regional program.  Homeowners will have the option to purchase protection plans and enrollment is completely voluntary and optional. For frequently asked questions, click here. If residents have further questions about the program please email: slwc@peelregion.ca.

Fire on Copenhagen Rd

On Tuesday September 6, 2017, Meadowvale suffered a devastating fire on Copenhagen Rd. Sadly there was one fatality.  My prayers and thoughts are with the families.  Several residents have been displaced as a result of the fire.  I am working with Region of Peel Emergency Services staff in ascertaining what the needs of these residents are.  Agencies have been called in to help them and they are being housed, fed and clothed at this time. I will update the community once we confirm whether there is a need for donations or other assistance.

Bernard Jordaan re-appointed President of United Senior Citizens of Ontario

Bernard at Seniors FairSept 1, 2017 – I am delighted that  Bernard Jordaan, President of the Meadowvale Seniors’ Social Club has been re-appointed as President of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO) for another two year term!  Bernard is a strong advocate for seniors and does an excellent job representing the interests of seniors in our community! Congratulations Bernard!

John Ambrose Receives Prestigious Award

Version 2August 21, 2017 – I am so pleased and proud that my dear friend, John Ambrose, former Pastor of Eden United Church, was honoured by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario last month, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, which is the highest honour given by the organization, was conferred because of John’s work as an editor, compiler, and encourager of congregational song, and for his significant contributions to the work of The Hymn Society.

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Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program – This program is now open for registration. Applications will be accepted until Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. Residents who are 65 years and older in 2017 and individuals who are physically disabled can apply for the program. The cost to participate is $200. This amount is non-refundable. Applicants who qualify for financial assistance may be eligible to receive the service at no cost. For information and applications, click here.

Rabies Vaccine for Raccoons  – August 3, 2017 The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRF) started placing baits in Mississauga last week, will continue this week, and will likely finish Mississauga by the end of the July.  They have also provided the following direction regarding the baits.

  •  The khaki-green coloured bait are being hand dropped through wildlife corridors in the GTA and surrounding areas.  The bait consists of wax-fat with an attractant flavour (vanilla-sugar). A label with a toll-free telephone number (1-888-574-6656)  and “Do not eat” warning are on the exterior of the bait and a plastic package containing the liquid rabies vaccine is embedded in the centre. If found, the bait should not be touched, but left for raccoons, skunks and foxes to consume.
  • Residents who find a bait should leave it alone.  If the bait needs to be moved to a more appropriate place, use a gloved hand to prevent transfer of human scent to the bait to make sure it remains attractive to wildlife.  Place the bait under shrubbery, away from pets and children.
  • If a pet comes in contact or consumes the bait they should be fine, however it is recommended the pet owner contact their veterinarian as a precaution.  The baits do not replace a veterinarian administered rabies vaccination.

Click here for more information and to see a map which indicates the latest 2017 Summer/Fall rabies bait areas in southern Ontario as provided by the MNRF.  The intention of the baiting program is to reach wild raccoons, skunks and foxes and prevent the further spread of raccoon strain and fox strain rabies in Ontario.   The MNRF is committed to the research, control and elimination of terrestrial wildlife rabies in Ontario, thereby protecting the health and safety of the public, their pets and the wildlife of this province. Ontario’s programs are so successful that southern Ontario was free of raccoon strain rabies for more than a decade and fox strain rabies for over two years.

Protect Against Lyme Disease –  August 2, 2017 Ticks are more prevalent than ever this year and it is important to protect your family and pets against Lyme disease which is spread by the black legged deer tick. Please be cautious in wooded and grassy areas and check yourselves and your pets for ticks.  Vets in Mississauga and residents have already reported increased numbers of ticks on pets this spring.  Please report all ticks to Peel Health as they will note locations and will drag the area and test for type.  Click here for Peel Health and here for information from Animal Services. To find out how to prevent ticks click here.

Tree Stump Removal –  July 21, 2017 This summer city contractors are removing stumps in the following parks:  Castlegreen Meadows Park, Middlebury Green Park, Lake Aquitaine Trail, Lake Aquitaine Park, Duncairn Downs Park, Aspen Ridge Park, Edengrove Park, Kindree Gate Park, Millgrove Trail and Promenade Meadows.  All stumps are currently painted bright orange and are highly visible.  After stump removal; crews will repair the ground and topsoil and reseed. Stump removal operations are weather dependant.  All City-owned park trees removed due to Emerald Ash Borer will be replanted and will be installed over several years due to the volume of trees removed from parks, limiting weather conditions, short planting season and the high demand and subsequent shortage of caliper trees.

May 17, 2017 As Chair of the Tourism Advisory Board I am pleased to present the Official Mississauga 2017 Visitor Guide.  Click here to view the online version.  Please also visit the city’s tourism website here.  As well, Short-term accommodations (STAs) such as Airbnb have grown rapidly in cities around the world, including Mississauga.  Click here to participate in a short survey regarding STAs.

June 2, 2017 – Click here to see the Region of Peel Data Centre 2016 Census Bulletin on Population and Dwelling Counts.  This bulletin, developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre, provides an overview of the latest statistics released on Population and Dwellings counts.  Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

May 3, 2017 – Click here to see an overview of the latest census statistics released on Age, Sex, and Dwelling Type.  This 2016 Census bulletin is developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre. Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

June 2, 2017 – Click here to see the Region of Peel Data Centre 2016 Census Bulletin on Population and Dwelling Counts.  This bulletin, developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre, provides an overview of the latest statistics released on Population and Dwellings counts.  Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.

May 3, 2017 – Click here to see an overview of the latest census statistics released on Age, Sex, and Dwelling Type.  This 2016 Census bulletin is developed by staff at the Peel Data Centre. Further bulletins will be made available during this year as Census data is released by Statistics Canada.