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Countdown to PAUL COFFEY DAY!

Paul Coffey Day is just over a week away and all of Mississauga is buzzing! This free event is taking place on Friday, September 23rd and will be full of food, fun and fireworks. The celebration marks the official renaming ceremony for Paul Coffey Arena and Park, formerly Malton Arena and Wildwood Park.

A free family ice skate will kick off the festivities at 5:00 p.m. There will be bouncy castles for the kids to enjoy, an open air concert by Hotel California with set times at 6 & 8 p.m.

The official renaming ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. The night will end with an amazing fireworks display! We want all of Mississauga to come celebrate with Paul Coffey!

The official poster is below, click here to view the full poster.

A Vision for Malton

On October 14, members of the Malton community gathered to learn the results from the MyMalton project, a City-initiated review of the planning policies that shape the look and feel of Malton.

I’m excited to share the design and planning report from Urban Strategies – let me know what you think of these ideas, all based on community input! The report is a very large file, so we’ve uploaded it in sections:

You can also see an article about the October 14 presentation by the Mississauga News.

City to Allow Fireworks during Diwali and Chinese New Year

At General Committee, City Council approved a permanent exemption to the Fireworks By-law.

The exemption will allow fireworks to be set off during Diwali and Chinese New Year. Currently, the relevant by-laws provide exemptions to waive the permit requirements for Victoria Day and Canada Day only.

“We appreciate that fireworks are an important part of many holidays celebrated within our diverse city,” said Tim Beckett, Fire Chief, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. “Although fireworks can be fun to watch, we want to remind residents that with fireworks comes added safety concerns. We encourage all residents to read and understand safe fireworks procedures before setting them off.”

The exemption for Chinese New Year will apply to the first day of the holiday. As Diwali celebrations take place over a number of days, the City’s Fire Chief will specify the date for the exemption each year. For 2016, the fireworks exemption will be applied on both Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.

Council will officially approve the recommendation during the City Council meeting on Wednesday, October 26.


On September 16, 2015, a request was made at Council to amend all by-laws associated with the setting off of fireworks to make an exception for both Diwali and Chinese New Year celebrations.

At the City Council meeting on October 28, 2015, a temporary exception was made to the City’s fireworks-related by-laws. The approved exception allowed fireworks to be set off during Diwali and Chinese New Year. The exception was approved for one year starting November 1, 2015.

Fireworks Safety

Residents are reminded that:
• fireworks cannot be set off on a public street or roadway;
• fireworks can only be set off in a park if a permit is obtained from the Fire Chief; and
• fireworks should only be purchased from a licensed retailer permitted to sell fireworks to the general public within the City of Mississauga.

For more information about the City’s fireworks regulations and what residents should know when using fireworks, please visit:

Fall Leaf Pickup

During the fall, the City of Mississauga provides Vacuum Leaf Pickup service to streets that are more than 35 years old and contain many mature large trees. Streets with fewer and younger trees are not included in the program.

Addresses eligible for Leaf Pickup will receive a direct-mail notice that indicates when leaves will be picked up in their area. Check the Leaf Pickup Route Map to find out if your street will receive Vacuum Leaf Pickup. No new streets will be added to the program at this time.

If your address qualifies for Vacuum Leaf Pickup:

  • Rake leaves to the edge of the curb or into the ditch by Sunday of the week before your scheduled vacuum leaf pickup. Do not rake leaves onto the road.
  • Do not mix items such as wood, brick or brush with the leaves as they can damage equipment or injure workers.
  • Help reduce potential flooding by keeping curbside storm drains clear of leaves.
  • Help our crews by removing cars from the street during leaf pickup.

Missed Leaf Pickup? Here are your options for disposing leaves:

The Region of Peel will also pick up leaves on your regular waste collection day until December 15, 2016. Leaves must be placed curbside in open, reusable containers such as bushel baskets, labelled rigid plastic containers or paper yard waste bags weighing less than 20 kgs (44 lbs) when full. Do not use plastic bags or recycling boxes.

You can also compost your leaves or spread them around the base of your trees. Leaves will fertilize the soil and act as a buffer against extreme temperatures. Remember that oak leaves
are difficult to compost.


For more information on the City’s Leaf Pickup program, contact 3-1-1 (or 905-615-4311 from outside the City) from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information on Region of Peel yard waste collection, call 905-791-9499 or visit their website.

Drop off Unwanted Clothing and Electronics During the City’s Recycling Collection Drive

The City of Mississauga is participating in a Partners in Project Green recycling collection drive in support of Waste Reduction Week, October 17 to 23. Throughout the week, City employees and residents can drop off their unwanted electronics and used clothing at no charge to Iceland Arena, City Hall, Mississauga Central Library or any one of the City’s 11 community centres.

“One of the City’s environmental initiatives is to reduce our waste as an organization,” said Brenda Osborne, Director of Environment at the City of Mississauga. “This type of program gives employees and residents the opportunity to dispose of items they no longer use, while finding ways to reuse and recycle materials so they don’t end up in our landfills.”

  • All week long, employees and residents can drop off the following recyclable items:
    Clothing-based items and textiles, including: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains, sleeping bags and yarn. All clothing items will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline Program.
  •  Electronic waste, including: laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and video equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, toner and ink cartridges. Please note that CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will not be accepted. All electronic items will be donated to Revolution Recycling.

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products/services and promotes actions that divert waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.

Mississauga Ready to Apply for Two Federal Funding Programs

Mississauga City Council has approved a list of City projects to be submitted for consideration under two Government of Canada funding programs: Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) and Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

“City Council and staff work hard to ensure Mississauga is well positioned and ready to put forward projects that align to these types of funding programs when they come forward. We have been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments when decisions about how funding will be delivered are being made,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.  “These types of infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities and a transit and transportation system that is convenient and reliable for those who live and work here.”

According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada for the programs:

  • PTIF will help accelerate short term investments to support the rehabilitation of transit systems. It will also assist with studies for long-term transit expansion plans.
  • CWWF will help accelerate short-term community investments and support the maintenance and planning of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The City of Mississauga is only eligible for stormwater projects under the CWWF program.
  • Both the PTIF and CWWF funding programs are cost-shared. Under PTIF, the Government of Canada and the City of Mississauga would each contribute $58,315,508. Under CWWF, $6,575,526 will come from the Government of Canada. The Province of Ontario and the City of Mississauga will each contribute $3,287,763.
  • Eligible funding categories for PTIF include projects that rehabilitate, modernize, improve and expand public transit and active transportation infrastructure, such as: buses, storage facilities, transit stations and systems, trails, and sidewalks.
  • CWWF funding eligibility includes improvements of stormwater infrastructure and projects.


“Thanks to our deliberate and detailed process for preparing the City’s capital budgets, we are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “These opportunities benefit the City of Mississauga and recognize the importance of maintaining and improving our current infrastructure and systems.”

The list of proposed City projects is available here.

This Way to Spookytown: Join the City for a Variety of FaBOOlous Halloween Events and Activities

Looking to add a little fun to your Halloween this year? The City has you covered with a number of terrorifically-themed programs, frightful events and ghostly activities that truly celebrate the spirt of Halloween. From scary movies, mysterious tree plantings, eerie cemetery tours, sinister skates and bike rides, there are a ton of ways to celebrate this hauntingly bootiful occasion all month long in Mississauga.



Museums: Event details –
Death Becomes Us: Expressions of Loss and Mourning
Delve into the spooky, sombre, and spiritual aspects of death.
Bradley Museum – 1620 Orr Rd.
Benares Historic House – 1507 Clarkson Rd. N.
All Ages
General Admission
Wednesday to Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.

Museums: Event details –
The House of the Devil (1896): The Film that Launched the Horror Genre
This film by Georges Méliès is considered to be the first silent horror film and runs only three minutes.
Benares Visitor Centre –1507 Clarkson Rd. N.
All Ages
Wednesday to Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.

Museums: Event details –
Before I Die: Community Activated Public Art Chalkboard Wall
Before I Die is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public spaces, started by Candy Chang.
Bradley Museum – 1620 Orr Rd.
All Ages
Wednesday to Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.


Museums: Event details –
• Walk Back in Time | Halloween Tour of Springcreek Cemetery
Learn about the lives, deaths and tombstone traditions of early residents of Clarkson.
Springcreek Cemetery – 1390 Clarkson Rd.
10 years old or older
7 p.m.



Recreation+ Library: Event details –
Reopening of Meadowvale Community Centre and Library
Decorate cookies, enjoy an outdoor pumpkin patch; participate in sports and library activities, demonstrations and crafts.
Meadowvale Community Centre and Library – 6655 Glen Erin Dr.
All ages
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museums: Event details –
1812 Militia Muster
In partnership with Thompson’s Company experience life in an 1812 Militia camp. Live musket firing, military drills, historic food demos and games.
Bradley Museum – 1620 Orr Rd.
All Ages
Noon to 4 p.m.

Museums: Event details –
Pride in our Past, Faith in Our Future – Exploring Cultural Stories of Mississauga’s Silent City
Led by Urban Planner Nicole Hanson, this tour focuses on the growing importance of forming diverse and accessible spaces for death and memorialization within Mississauga.
Streetsville Cemetery – 786 Bristol Rd. W.
10 years old or older
1 p.m.


Museums: Event details –
From Parlor to Grave: 1884
A Victorian funeral re-enactment and graveyard procession. Wear black and dark purple and let out your inner zombie.
Benares Historic House – 1507 Clarkson Rd. N.
10 years old or older
12:30 p.m.

Library: Event details –
• Special Program: Halloween Howl
Join us for a fun-filled evening of Halloween stories, songs and activities.
Lorne Park Library – 1474 Truscott Dr.
All ages
Free, Drop in
4:30 to 5 p.m.


Cycling: Event details –
• Halloween Community Night Ride
A Halloween-themed community bike ride.
Eden Cemetery – 2830 Derry Rd. W.
All ages
Free (Registration required)
7 p.m. (bike helmets are mandatory)


Library: Event details –
Tween Scene Halloween
Wear your favourite costume and join us for some scary stories and games.
Central Library – 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
9 to 12 years old
Free, Drop in
6 to 8 p.m.


Parks and Forestry: Event details –
• Trick or Trees
This family-friendly event features tree plantings, spooktacular activities, Lofty the Magician and fun for all ages. Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate Halloween costume (outdoor clothing) and proper footwear. The City’s Forestry team will provide gloves, shovels, tools, water and sweet Halloween treats.
Thornlodge Park – 2405 Homelands Dr.
All ages
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Library: Event details –
Special Program: Halloween Family Storytime and Dance Party
Join us for some scary stories and Halloween fun.
Cooksville Library – 3024 Hurontario St. #212
All ages
11 to 11:45 a.m.

Library: Event details –
25th Anniversary of Central Library
Programming begins with a special Happy Birthday Family Storytime at 11:30 am. Don’t forget to wear your favourite costume.
Central Library – 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
5 years old and up
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mississauga Celebration Square: Event details –
Halloween Monster Mash
Lace up your skates, throw on your costume and head to Celebration Scare for a Monster Roller Jam on the rink. Get down to the beastly beats of DJ FLOz spinning live tunes. Trick-or-Treat around the Square or if you dare explore the Spooktacular Maze. The little ones can check out the Little Critter Club with balloon shows, face painting, spooky story time and giant play blocks.
Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Dr.
3 years old and up
Noon to 3 p.m.

Cycling: Event details –
Zombie Community Daytime Ride
A zombie-themed community bike ride.
Streetsville Cemetery – 299 Queen St. South
All ages
Free (Registration required)
1 p.m. (Bike helmets are mandatory)

Recreation: Event details –
Halloween Haunt
Come out and join us for a family fun afternoon, we have crafts, games, pumpkin and face painting; most importantly don’t forget to wear your costume.
Clarkson Community Centre (Gymnasium) – 2475 Truscott Dr.
All ages
1 to 3 p.m.

Library: Event details –
Special Program: Spooky Fun for Everyone
Not so scary stories for every member of the family.
Port Credit Library – 20 Lakeshore Rd. E.
All ages
2 to 3 p.m.

Library: Event details –
Special Program: Halloween Spooktacular
Join us for some scary, Halloween fun.
Erin Meadows Library – 2800 Erin Centre Blvd.
5 years old and up
2 to 3 p.m.

Library: Event details –
Special Program: Happy Halloween (Hosted by TAG)
Decorate cookies and pumpkins; participate in activities and crafts.
Mississauga Valley Library – 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.
12 years old and up
Free (Registration required. Space is limited)
2 to 4 p.m.

Library: Event details –
• Halloween Spooktacular
Put on your costume early and come enjoy spooky Halloween entertainment for the whole family.
Courtney Park Library –730 Courtneypark Dr. W.
All ages
2 to 4 p.m.

: Event details –
• Messy Hands Spooktacular
Witches, ghosts and spiders – oh my! Join us for some fun and messy Halloween-themed arts and crafts that child will enjoy.
Erin Meadows (Multi-room A&B) – 2800 Erin Centre Blvd.
All ages
$5.50 for 2 hours
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Museums: Event details –
• Tales from the Crypt: Songs Full of Horror
Songs and crafts for the whole family. Wear your costumes and enjoy free Halloween fun.
Benares Historic House –1507 Clarkson Rd. N.
All ages
Noon to 4 p.m.


Museums: Event details –
• Park Your Pumpkin Parade
Stroll along the pumpkin lit pathways enjoying hot cider and music into the evening.
Bradley Museum –1620 Orr Rd.
All ages
6 to 8 p.m.

Ministry of Canadian Heritage Pledges $199,000 to Fund Canada 150 Celebrations in Mississauga

Navdeep Bains, Member of Parliament (Mississauga – Malton), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $199,000 in funding for “Brilliance Together,” the City of Mississauga’s program that will mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

The funding will be used to support community initiatives designed to give over 25,000 Canadians opportunities to celebrate together, share their stories about being Canadian and understand the importance of Reconciliation with Indigenous communities.  As part of the Brilliance Together program, a national call to artists will be issued to commission a permanent public artwork at Mississauga Celebration Square. The piece will focus on the themes of diversity, inclusion and Reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

“Public art brings people together and will help enrich our growing, thriving and popular downtown core,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “This funding will go toward commissioning artwork that will have a permanent home at Celebration Square. Celebration Square is in the heart of Mississauga for a reason. It’s where residents come together to share and celebrate their culture for everyone to experience, appreciate and enjoy. This new artwork is another important way the City of Mississauga will recognize the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.”

“In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. The Government of Canada will create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations. Communities across the country will proudly take part in the festivities throughout the year to mark this significant anniversary in Canada’s history. Join the celebration—it’s happening in your community too!”

The public art project will be unveiled in the fall of 2017 as part of the City’s year-long celebration to engage Canadians and newcomers on issues of identity, culture and the place of Indigenous peoples in contemporary society.

“The City of Mississauga is thrilled to receive this funding from the Ministry of Canadian Heritage,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services, City of Mississauga.  “This legacy project will be the centre piece of the City’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  We have a host of events and activities in store to commemorate our heritage and engage the community in celebrating this historic milestone.”

“Mississauga – Malton is an amazing example of the diversity and the inclusion that makes our country so great,” said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Member of Parliament for Mississauga – Malton. “I am very happy that these values will be showcased in our community through artwork as a lasting legacy of the 150th anniversary celebrations. I invite all local artists to submit their ideas as we collectively celebrate Canada.”

Mississauga residents will have an abundance of opportunities to learn more about their history, celebrate their heritage and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be Canadian.

The City is also planning to:

  • create digital presence for activities
  • hold a launch and unveiling event at Mississauga Celebration Square
  • host an event featuring Indigenous storytelling, celebration, and a walk
  • erect an onsite video booth, with facilitator, to document Mississauga’s stories
  • engage Canadians and newcomers on issues of identity and culture through public discussion forums, workshops and activities
  • provide opportunities for over 25,000 Canadians to come together and celebrate shared culture and experiences.


In 2017 Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians and Municipalities to celebrate in meaningful ways through programming that supports and promotes activities that align with the Canada 150 vision.  Highlights include:

  • Giving Back to Canada: Canadians will be challenged to dream about what the future holds for the next 150 years, and to give back to our country, providing meaningful change and lasting legacies for future generations.
  • Reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, diversity and meaningful connections with residents.
  • Honouring the Exceptional: Exceptional Canadian people, places, achievements and events will be showcased to help shape Canada’s leaders of tomorrow.
  • Celebrating and Bringing Canadians Together: Canadians and their communities will have opportunities to celebrate together and build a deeper understanding of Canada, its people and what it means to be Canadian.
  • Collaboration and the activation of public space

Mississauga will create a Canada 150 legacy through collaborative programs and celebrations that are related to the overarching and inclusive theme of “Brilliance Together.”

GTAA & The City of Mississauga Wants Your Input: Plane-Viewing Platform in Danville Park

Toronto Pearson International Airport and the City of Mississauga are creating an exciting new plane-viewing platform at Danville Park in Mississauga.

Residents will have the opportunity to choose various design features they would like to see for the platform, such as seating and viewing tools. The City of Mississauga will use the feedback to design the platform with the community’s preference in mind.

We want this viewing platform to be a reflection of your community and your airport. Share your feedback so we can make this space exciting for you. We want this viewing platform to be a reflection of your community and your airport.

The website goes live on October

MiWay launches Real-Time Bus Updates on November 1

MiWay riders will receive up-to-the-minute information about their next bus starting November 1.The responsive Plan a Trip website will allow riders to know the exact time the bus will arrive at their stop.

The information will be refreshed every 60 seconds for scheduled routes and buses.

“We’re listening to our customers who asked for a more reliable bus service and real-time updates,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “As part of the MiWay Five Transit Service Plan, we are pleased to deliver this request. Updates are provided using GPS technology allowing riders to plan their trips with more confidence.”

The real-time updates will be available through MiWay’s responsive Plan a Trip tool; digital signs at City Centre Terminal and Mississauga Transitway stations and the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) open data webpage. The updated Plan a Trip tool is accessible across multiple devices including desktops, tablets and mobile phones.

To learn more, watch the real-time updates video.

Residents Can Prevent the Next Mississauga Fire

If you could do a few simple things that could save your family and home from fire, would you do them? Replacing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every 10 years, replacing alarm batteries once a year and staying in the kitchen while cooking, does this sound difficult? These simple actions could mean the difference between seeing your family in the morning and devastation yet many residents are still gambling with their safety.

October 9 to 15 is National Fire Prevention Week.  As such, Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is asking residents to prevent the next fire in Mississauga. According to MFES, 80 per cent of all fires in the city happen in homes and most of those are due to unattended cooking.

“The majority of the fires that happen in Mississauga today are preventable,” said Jamie Zimmerman, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety, MFES. “This is very frustrating because it is so simple for residents to stay safe. Replace alarms, change batteries, prepare and practise a home escape plan. That’s it. Do those simple things and anyone can be the hero in their own lives.”

To support Fire Prevention Week, MFES will be at various locations throughout the city to talk to residents about what they can do to keep their homes and families safe. A full schedule of fire prevention activities in Mississauga can be found here.

MFES is partnering with The Mississauga Steelheads for their game against the Kitchener Rangers on October 23 to further promote the importance of fire prevention. Fire Chief Tim Beckett and other special guests will drop the puck at 2 p.m. Water bottles will be given to the first 2,500 ticket holders.

Free Seminar on Diabetes in Malton – October 22nd

On Saturday, October 22nd a free seminar on diabetes prevention and management is taking place between 9:00am to 11:00am at Malton Bible Chapel (3093 Churchill Avenue).

This seminar is offering free continental breakfast and blood glucose test.

For additional information, please visit click here.