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What Can Culture Be? The City is Looking to Residents for the Answer

Starting this month, the City’s Culture Division, guided by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Steering Committee, will begin meeting with residents and art groups to create a new Culture Master Plan.

“The Culture Master Plan will establish strategic direction and identify specific actions that will grow and evolve Mississauga’s arts and culture scene to reflect the emerging global City that we’re becoming,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga.

The first Culture Master Plan was approved by Council in 2009 and provided recommendations to create a division focused on art, culture and heritage. The new plan will provide the City with a 10-year plan that will grow and strengthen arts, culture and heritage in Mississauga.

“Listening to residents and understanding more about what they think culture in Mississauga can be is vital to the success of this project,” added Damaso. “This project gives the community the chance to be heard so we are encouraging residents to be bold and let their voices be heard.”

The Culture Division will host focus group meetings with key stakeholders in January and two in-person public meetings and one digital meeting in February.

Culture Master Plan – Public Meetings:

Public Meeting #1 – Express your ideas about culture in Mississauga

What: Round table discussions about what makes Mississauga unique and how to make arts and culture better in the city.

Who: City of Mississauga Culture Division staff will facilitate an open discussion where residents can voice their opinions about arts and culture in Mississauga.

When:  Tuesday, February 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. [MAP]

 

Public Meeting #2 – Digital Public Meeting – Culture Goes Digital

What: A Twitter discussion exploring diversity, accessibility and collective identity in Mississauga’s culture scene.

Who: Participants have the opportunity to share their feedback over Twitter in this two hour takeover of the @SaugaCulture twitter channel.

When: Wednesday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter and use the hashtag #SaugaCulture

 

Public Meeting #3 – Culture Lab Design Session

What: A hands-on workshop to reimagine the future and come up with creative solutions for the arts and culture landscape in Mississauga.

Who: City of Mississauga Culture Division staff and members of the arts community will facilitate a creative design session.

When:  Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Clarke Memorial Hall, 161 Lakeshore Rd. W. [MAP]

 

Other ways residents can get involved:

Westwood Park Update

The playground and fitness equipment is complete and open to the public at Westwood Park in Malton.

Next month, weather permitting, crews will install the swing sets and park benches and landscape repairs will come in the spring.

Extreme Cold Weather Alert

Tips for Cold Days

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Plan ahead by checking the weather forecast before heading out.
  • Dress to suit the weather. Wear multiple layers of loose fitting clothes, (including a hat, scarf and mittens) and cover up as much exposed skin as possible.
  • Drink warm fluids but avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities for another day.
  • More information on how to stay safe in cold weather.

Community Centre Hours
During the alert various community centres are available to those who are looking to get out of the cold: Community Centre Locations and Hours.


Remember Your Pets
Animal Care and Control By-law Extreme Weather Standards of Care are in effect. Bring in pets without adequate shelter. Check Environment Canada for details on weather Conditions.

Christmas Tree Collection in the Region of Peel

During the weeks of January 9 and 16, the Region of Peel will collect Christmas trees at the curb on residents’ regular recycling collection day.

To set out Christmas trees for collection, residents should ensure that:

  • trees taller than 3 m. (10 ft.) are cut in half,
  • all outer plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and tree stands are removed,
  • trees are not placed in or on snowbanks,
  • if you live in an apartment or condo, the trees are set at the curb by the driveway entrance to the property,
  • trees do not obstruct the road or sidewalk.

Residents who miss their collection can also take their Christmas trees to a Community Recycling Centre (CRC). Trees taller than 3 m. (10 ft.) must also be cut in half to be accepted. There will be no drop-off fees at the CRCs for Christmas trees during the Christmas tree collection period.

Residents are encouraged to visit peelregion.ca/waste to check:

  • CRC locations and hours, and
  • “when does it go” collection calendar for their regular recycling collection day.

Let MiWay be Your Designated Driver on New Year’s Eve

There is no need to get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve. Let MiWay be your designated driver to ensure that you, your friends and family get home safely.

MiWay is offering free rides on the evening of December 31, 2016. Riders can hop on a MiWay bus from 7 p.m. on December 31 to 4 a.m. on January 1.

“With MiWay’s free rides on New Year’s Eve you always have a safe ride home,” said Patrick Phaneuf, Acting Transit Director. “Safety on Mississauga’s roads on this festive evening is our priority and these free rides will support safer roads in our City.”

If your New Year’s Eve plans keep you out after midnight, MiWay’s service hours will be extended on routes that depart from local malls, GO stations and the Islington Subway Station. Extended evening service details are available at miway.ca/holidayservice.

“If you are planning to ring in the new year on Celebration Square, let MiWay drive you to and from the event to alleviate your driving and parking concerns,” added Phaneuf.

For more details on the plans in the works for Celebration Square visit Mississauga.ca/celebrationsquare or use the hash tag #MCSNYE2017 on Twitter for more details.

Visit MiWay’s Trip Planner to plan your route on New Year’s Eve and get real time trip updates on your next buses arrival or call 905-615-INFO (4636).

Ring In the New Year and Kick Off Canada 150 at Celebration Square

Haven’t decided where to spend New Year’s Eve? Ring in 2017 at Mississauga Celebration Square on December 31. NYE 2017 is the kickoff event to a full year of Canada 150 celebrations in Mississauga.

This year’s event features an impressive lineup of Canadian talent including Juno award-winning and double-platinum artist Coleman Hell, Canadian pop trio DiRTY RADiO and Much Music Creator SICKICK. Come and enjoy DJ mix sets, a late night skate party, fireworks and food trucks.

What:              NYE 2017 presented by Pizza Pizza

When:             December 31, 2016, 8 p.m. to January 1, 2017 – 12:15 a.m.

Who:              

8 p.m.               insauga.com Pre Show, hosted by Khaled Iwamura and Jackie Perez

9:05 p.m.            DJ Steph Honey

9:15 p.m.            SICKICK

10 p.m.               DiRTY RADiO

10:40 p.m.          DJ Steph Honey and the Glowing Hearts Drumline

11:00 p.m.          Coleman Hell

Midnight            Fireworks presented by AllStar Wings and Ribs

The event is hosted by Scott Willats and insauga.com’s Khaled Iwamura.

Region of Peel’s Holiday Waste Collection

Here are the Region of Peel’s waste management plans for the holiday season. There are some schedule changes, and also a waste exemption period and Christmas tree collection:

Curbside collection
All recycling, garbage and organics collection will be one day later for the weeks of December 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017.

Holiday waste exemption
There is a waste exemption period on your scheduled garbage collection day during the weeks of December 27-30, 2016 and January 3-6, 2017. During this period, if you receive curbside collection, you can place unlimited amounts of acceptable excess garbage at the curb without garbage bag tags. Bags must weigh no more than 20 kgs. (44 lbs.) each. You are asked to ensure that there is one metre of space between your excess bags of garbage and your garbage and organics carts.

Christmas trees
Real Christmas trees will be collected if you place them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day during the weeks of January 9 and 16, 2017. You can also take Christmas trees to a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) if you miss your collection.

Trees taller than 3 m. (10 ft.) must be cut in half to be collected at the curb or dropped off at a CRC. There will be no drop-off fees at the CRCs for Christmas trees during the Christmas tree collection period.

You need to remove all outer plastic bags, ornaments, tinsel, nails, wire and tree stands from your trees for them to be collected. Trees placed in or on snowbanks will not be collected. If you live in an apartment or condo, you can put your trees at the curb by the driveway entrance to the property, but you are asked to ensure that these do not obstruct the road or sidewalk.

How to prepare your car for winter

If you haven’t already, get your car ready for the winter season by packing some extra gear. Visit Modern Mississauga for some great tips on how you can get your car ready for snowy days. A box of car safety supplies in the trunk, emergency provisions in the glove box and winter tires are just a few of the ways you can be prepared for snow.

Free Holiday Youth Drop-Ins – Malton CC

Malton Community Centre’s Youth IMPACT Group presents a full week of Holiday Youth programs for all youth to enjoy during the last week of school from December 19th, 2016-December 23rd 2016.

Youth Chill-zone will run all week and some highlights include a PS4 NBA 2K17 video game tournament, an open mic poetry session, and an IMPACT Holiday party to close off the week! Each day will also feature a different sports drop-in including soccer, volleyball, badminton, ball hockey and basketball.

Click here for the full calendar.

Extreme Cold Weather

If You Need Assistance

Emergency Assistance: 9-1-1
More information on how to stay warm: 3-1-1


Tips for Cold Days

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Plan ahead by checking the weather forecast before heading out.
  • Dress to suit the weather. Wear multiple layers of loose fitting clothes, (including a hat, scarf and mittens) and cover up as much exposed skin as possible.
  • Drink warm fluids but avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities for another day.
  • More information on how to stay safe in cold weather.

Community Centre Hours
During the alert various community centres are available to those who are looking to get out of the cold: Community Centre Locations and Hours.


Remember Your Pets
Animal Care and Control By-law Extreme Weather Standards of Care are in effect. Bring in pets without adequate shelter. Check Environment Canada for details on weather Conditions.

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