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Townhouse Waste Cart Conversion – UPDATE June 14, 2019

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding concerns over the possible conversion of your complex to the waste cart system. I have heard from many townhome residents and on Thursday I brought a motion to the Region of Peel Council meeting that was passed by Council.

I am pleased to advise that the Council supported my request to direct staff to stop any future cart conversions in townhome complexes. Staff were also directed to look at creative ways other than using carts that might work to make it easier for residents in the complexes to reduce waste.  They will come back to Council with any ideas as well as a consultation plan if there are options we may wish to pursue. But the issue of adding carts is now not an option.

I trust this will allay your concerns.

 Get Involved in a City Committee

November 8, 2018 – The City of Mississauga is currently seeking talented citizens to sit on its committees, local boards and authorities for a term of office until November 30, 2022.  Are you Passionate about your city? Apply to sit on one of the city’s Committees, Local Boards or Authorities for a term of office. The application deadline is January 4, 2019.  Click here to apply and learn more on how to get involved.  There is also a Citizen Committee Appointments drop-in information session at City Hall on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Program

September 5, 2018 – I am pleased to announce that quite a number of Ward 9 streets (listed below) have been added to the Vacuum Leaf Collection program this year.  If you live on one of these streets you will receive a postcard in the mail with their zone and collection dates (see attached). Normally these cards are delivered on a staggered schedule so that they arrive approximately two to three weeks prior to the zone’s first pickup. Due to potential service disruptions at Canada Post, the city has opted to send all Leaf Pickup postcards to eligible addresses at once. Please rake leaves to the boulevard’s edge or into their ditch by the Sunday prior to your leaf collection dates. Leaves should not be raked onto the road.  Click here for information about the program.

Alfresco Terr Harlow Rd Runcorn Row
Bracknell Cres Harris Cres Stevengate Crt
Cordingley Cres Hickling Cres Sundown Cir
Danton Promenade Hillis Crt Symington Crt
Dolmage Crt Miller’s Grove Tripoli Terr
Eastridge Rd Montevideo Rd Valencia Rd
Europa Crt Olympus Mews Vanderbilt Rd
Ganymede Rd Plum Tree Cres

Cannabis Information and Q&A 

August 21, 2018 – I am posting City of Mississauga information regarding the legalization of Cannabis.  Click here for an Information Sheet with general information and click here for commonly asked Questions and Answers.  Please check here often for updates as I will make information available as I receive it.

Unveiling of the First Signalized Crossride in the City of Mississauga – Britannia Rd. and Winston Churchill Blvd.

2018 July 31 Unveiling Signalized Crossride LR 2018 July 31 Using Signalized Crossride LR

July 31, 2018 – Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito was joined by a large group of road safety citizens, police and staff to officially unveil the new Signalized Crossride in Ward 9 in the City of Mississauga at Britannia Rd. and Winston Churchill Blvd.

Joining Councillor Saito were Inspector Navdeep Chhinzer and Staff Sergeant Greg Amoroso from Peel Regional Police, Mississauga Road Safety Committee members Anne Marie Hayes, Michael Matthews, Anna Ramlakhan, Mississauga Cycling Committee members Roy Buchanan, Natalie Halff, Irwin Nayer, Glenn Voakes as well as Region of Peel Road and Construction staff and City of Mississauga Cycling staff.

The signals and road markings provide a safer crossing for cyclists moving from the Winston Churchill multi use trial to the new Britannia Road trail.

“Separating pedestrians and cyclists in the crossing and stopping traffic farther back is just one of the Region of Peel and City of Mississauga’s initiatives to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads.  As we move towards Vision Zero in the region and city, we will continue to introduce new safety measures.” said Councillor Saito who is also chair of the Road Safety Committee.

Treegator Bags on our City Trees

TREEGATOR BAG 1050x1200June 12, 2018 – You may have recently noticed green bags on our city trees.  These bags were installed by Forestry staff and are meant to help properly water trees that are no longer under warranty (this is the trees’ 3rd year in the ground).  They have small holes at the base and it takes between 5 to 9 hours for the bag to empty completely.  This slow release ensures that the water penetrates deeply into the soil and is delivered to the trees roots as opposed to running off into the turf.  Residents are not required to fill the bags as we have city contractors that will check each location throughout the summer to fill them up.  The number of fills depends on the amount of rain we get this summer.  Click here for more information about Treegator bags.



Grass Cutting Information

June 14, 2108 – Did you know that it’s the property owner’s responsibility to cut and maintain tall grass?  As per the Nuisance Weed and Tall Grass by-law, grass is not to exceed 8 inches/20 centimetres in height.  Click here to read the Weed and Tall Grass By-Law.    

lawn mower cutting grass

City Boulevard Grass Cutting – The city is responsible for cutting the grass along primary and secondary roadways that do not front onto private property.  There is a schedule set each year for cutting but as we know weather can be problematic at times and this can cause delays.

 This year has been a challenge for the crews to meet the schedules and as you know the grass in many areas has become very high.  This is a concern as we also remind residents about the prevalence of ticks in tall grass and to take precautionary measures.
We have just received a new schedule that has 2 cuts in June, 3 in July, 1 in August, 2 in September and 1 in each of October and November.  Completion of the cuts usually takes about 2 weeks to cover the entire city.  Click here to see the city’s boulevard grass cutting schedule.

Reimagining the Mall

For the past year, Council and staff have been engaging the community in looking at the future development of 5 malls in Mississauga.  I am pleased that two are in Ward 9.

We have been studying both Erin Mills Town Centre and Meadowvale Town Centre and staff have held several pop up sessions in the malls as well as focus groups doing walkability studies. Last year students at the University of Waterloo undertook a planning study to see how Meadowvale Town Centre could evolve in the future.  Their report is very interesting and has been shared with the mall owners.

There is more opportunity for redevelopment at Meadowvale Town Centre and we have to make sure that any future building on these lands is compatible with the surrounding community.  This mall exercise fits into our new soon to start project of Visioning for Meadowvale.  I value your input and suggestions.  Two  very well attended sessions were held recently; we discussed the Erin Mills Town Centre on March 24th and the Meadowvale Town Centre on April 12th.  If you were unable to attend them and have suggestions about how we can reimagine our malls and the areas around them – we want to hear from you! Each phase of the engagement process will have a variety of ways to participate. Click here for more information.

Coyote Sighting

March 25, 2018 – I was very sad to learn that a small dog was killed by a coyote in his backyard on March 24, 2018.  The property is adjacent to and backs onto Settler’s Green Park and if you live in that area please be very careful of your pets.  Animal Services was alerted and is taking action.  My condolences to the family on the loss of their beloved pet.   Please be aware and keep your pets on leash.  Click here to learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your pets.

Optional Water, Sanitary Sewer Line and In-home Plumbing Protection Plan Programs for Homeowners

March 1, 2018 – Watch your mailbox in the month of  March for info on the Region of Peel Optional Water & Sanitary Sewer Line Protection Programs for Homeowners.  The program provides Peel resident 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.  It 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. Click here for more information.

The Disability Network and Mind Share Work Space have partnered to produce and record a live half hour weekly television show. I enjoyed joining the show as a guest on their February 6, 2018 live broadcast to speak about my work on the Accessibility Advisory Committee and what the City has done to remove barriers for all.  Click here to see the live broadcast.

UPDATE RE:  Crime and Safety meeting

February 1, 2018 – Thank you to the residents who attended my meeting on December 11 to discuss safety and crime in the community.  This meeting was called as a result of resident concerns following the fatal incident in the area of the Meadowvale Town centre.  I am pleased that police have made several arrests and apprehended a fourth suspect on January 31, 2018..  Peel Police attended and provided statistics for the area showing that crime has in fact not gone up since the community police station closed.  Click here to see the statistics and click here for useful Police resources.
Click here to read the Safe City 2016 Annual Report.  Click here to view the Peel Regional Police website for the Crime Mapping information. The city of Mississauga continues to be among the safest cities in Canada.
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Coyotes and Other Wildlife

December 1, 2017 – Coyotes have been in our city for many years but recently they are becoming bolder and have been sighted in local parks.  I have held several sessions for residents who are concerned about the safety of their family and pets and education and information has been provided by experts.
Most requests are for the city Animal Services to remove them.  This is not as easy as it may seem as we are restricted by legislation from the province.
Wildlife relocation is regulated in Ontario under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.  If an animal is captured it must be released unharmed in close proximity to the capture site (within 1 km) or, if sick or injured, delivered to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator within 24 hours unless otherwise directed by the Ministry.
This restricts what our Animal Services staff can do under this law.  Removing an animal 1 km from the site still leaves it within the neighbourhood and as live trapping is almost impossible, the use of leg traps and snares could cause harm to other animals or people.  Click here for information from the Ministry of Natural Resources about relocation of wildlife.  As well, click here to visit the MNR website.
I urge everyone to report if you see a coyote by calling 311 immediately so that our staff can come out to determine if the animal is sick, in which case they can take measures.  They will also observe the area and the animal once they have reports.  Click here to learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your property while avoiding animal conflicts.


November 29, 2017 – At my request the city now has a Financial Assistance page under the Older Adults sectionhttp://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/olderadults-assistance.  This page provides information on financial assistance programs offered by the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Income programs, including links to application forms and additional information on the various home sites.  There is also a printable chart version available near the top of the page.

More Assistance for Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities  – I am also pleased that my colleagues at City Council and Regional Council supported my motion to help our low income seniors and people with disabilities. The city gives a $400 tax rebate to those who qualify. The region cost shares their portion. We have not increased the amount and I suggested we build in an annual automatic increase equal to any tax increases. My motion was passed at City Council on November 22nd and at Regional Council on November 23rd.  The increase is not a large amount but every bit helps and it just made sense to me to do this.

Mississauga is Ready to Make City Roads Safe this Winter

November 9, 2017 – Resident safety is our priority every winter season and the City of Mississauga is prepared to keep traffic moving this winter. We are ready to clear 5,600 lane kilometres of roads; 1,400 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings. Lane kilometres are calculated based on the plowing or salting of a kilometer long segment of roadway that is a single lane in width.  Our priority during a snow fall is to clear major roads first to allow access for emergency vehicles and public transit. This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops.  Our snow plow tracker webpage allows you to track the routes for snow plows and salters so you are aware of road conditions ahead of your commute.

What we clear and when

  • Roads are salted if the snowfall is less than eight centimetres or plowed and salted if the snowfall is more than eight centimetres.
  • Major roads are cleared first for emergency and transit vehicles. This is followed by local residential roads, bus stops, pedestrian crossings and priority sidewalks (around hospitals, schools and major transit routes for transit service).
  • Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours of snow ending.

Winter on-street parking restriction – Residents are advised not to park their vehicles on City streets from November 1 to March 31 between 2 and 6 a.m. Vehicles left on City streets in violation of the Traffic By-law may be issued a penalty notice and subject to towing and storage fees at the expense of the owner. During snow removal, temporary parking permits will not be issued and current ones will be suspended.  Residents also play an important role in keeping the community safe. It’s important to clear your sidewalks after each snowfall to keep them safe for pedestrians and be a good neighbour by lending a hand to help seniors or people with disabilities to do the same.

Snow Clearing Updates – You can track City snow plows and check routes in your neighbourhood by visiting the snow plow tracker webpage. In addition, you can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/snow.

Solar PV Pathway Lighting Pilot Project in Ward 9

October 30, 2017 – I am pleased that one of our local parks, Duncairn Downs has been selected as the site to test Solar PV Pathway lighting . The project, to be implemented in 2017/18 will assess the feasibility of reducing energy consumption and Green House gas emissions by replacing the on grid lighting with off grid solar powered systems. The location was selected as we were replacing the lighting as part of our infrastructure management. The main goals and objectives of the pilot project include:
  • To promote the installation of renewable energy systems to support the visionary action regarding transforming Mississauga into a net-zero carbon city
  • Test the suitability of Solar PV lighting systems for pathways
  • To assess the Solar PV system performance
  • To gauge community feedback and acceptance
Currently park pathways are continuously lit whether or not they are being used and even when the park is closed after 11:00 pm. Unlike the traditional system, the solar PV system presents the capability to automatically provide lighting (at the approved standard) when the pathway is being used (based on motion sensors), and turn down lights at other times. Alternatively, it can also be programmed to provide continuous lighting during park open hours and reduced services during park closure. This would reduce energy waste and undoubtedly be a tangible demonstration of the City’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship. The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Principles also speak to the fact that lighting parks after closing can attract unwanted behaviours so we will also be looking at the crime prevention benefits of this new system. This use of the technology, while new to City of Mississauga, has been employed successfully elsewhere in Canada. The pilot program will be routinely monitored and assessed periodically beginning 1 year after installation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.