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Distracted Driving Collisions

All it takes is seconds of taking your eyes off the road while driving to have an accident. In fact, in Ontario, every 30 minutes a person is injured from distracted driving. The Ministry of Transportation reports that collisions caused from distracted driving have doubled since 2000.

With those staggering stats, the City’s Road Safety Committee is encouraging residents to take action to tackle those stats. If you can’t resist looking at your phone, lock your phone in the glove box or in your purse in the backseat. In fact, it’s not just phones and hand-held devices that take driver’s focus on the road. Activities like eating, putting on makeup, reading maps, choosing a play list and reading can also be distracting.

The City’s Road Safety Committee reminds residents to keep your focus on driving while you are at the wheel. Remember, it doesn’t matter whether you are driving on the highway or stopped at a red light, distraction can lead to fines, careless driving charges and accidents. Be safe – put your phone away when driving. It could save your own or somebody else’s life.

Peel Regional Police are doing a distracted driving blitz from April 23 to 29 and will be laying fines for distracted driving offences.

For more information on distracted driving, visit the Ministry of Transportation’s distracted driving webpage.

Wednesday, April 18th – Malton Youth Job/Volunteer Fair

Are you looking to apply for a job with the City of Mississauga?

Are you interested in volunteer opportunities within the community?

Do you need help with building a resume and cover letter?

Malton Community Centre’s Youth group “I.M.P.A.C.T will be hosting their annual Youth Job/Volunteer fair from 3PM-5PM in the gymnasium on Wednesday, April 18th. This year the Centre for Education and Training are returning to help with onsite resume/cover letter assistance.

When: Wednesday, April 18th between 3-5PM

Who: Youth aged 13+ (for volunteers) and Youth aged 15+ (for employment)

Where: Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Drive

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is Turning 50 – Help us Celebrate!

Did you know that Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services is turning 50 this year? Join us for an official ceremony and community open house to celebrate this milestone anniversary.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Help us reach our goal of filling a fire truck by donating a non-perishable food item. You will not only be helping our residents in need but you will also be entered for the chance to win a prize.

Mark Saturday, May 12 on your calendar and get ready for some family-friendly fun at the Garry W. Morden Centre. The free activities include hands-on demonstrations, tours, a high-speed chase demonstration by Peel Regional Police and much more.

Onsite parking is available but limited. Visit Mississauga.ca/fire for more information.

Celebrate Earth Day with Green Events in Ward 5

The City of Mississauga is celebrating Earth Days 2018 with a series of themed events happening across the city, such as 20-Minute Makeover, E-Waste and Textiles Collection, Litter Awareness Blitz, One Million Trees Earth Day Tree Plantings and various activities across library branches.

The following events are taking place in Ward 5:

Litter Awareness Blitz
Friday, April 20: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m

Westwood Mall

Chat with our Transit Enforcement Officers, MiWay customer ambassadors and the MiWay Outreach Team about sustainable transportation and litter awareness at the following terminals

E-Waste and Textiles Collection
April 16-22 

Frank McKechnie Community Centre
Malton Community Centre
Iceland Arena

The City of Mississauga along with Partners in Project Green, Diabetes Canada, and Revolution Recycling are organizing a recycling collection drive in support of Earth Days, April 16 to 22. Throughout the week, residents can drop off their unwanted electronics and used clothing at no charge to Civic Centre, Central Library or one of City¿s community centers and arenas. All week long, 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, tonner and ink cartridges. Please note that CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will not be accepted. All electronic items will be donated to Revolution Recycling.

Guardians of the Garden Camp Kick-Off
Wednesday, April 18:
 4:30 – 6 p.m. 
Iceland Teaching Garden

In partnership with Ecosource, we’re hosting a garden-themed learning camp for kids this summer! Join us at the Iceland Teaching Garden to celebrate Earth Days and kick-off the Guardians of the Garden camp. Families and children will have a chance to explore camp activities, plant a seed or seedling in the garden and enjoy snacks made from local veggies. We invite you to wear your favourite superhero costume and join us in the garden for some fun! This event is free and open to all.

Please RSVP by emailing getgrowing@ecosource.ca

Maker Mississauga LEGO Earth Day Challenge (Ages 5 and older)
Saturday, April 21: 3 – 4 p.m.

Malton Library

REGISTER FOR: 20-Minute Makeover
April 16 – 22
 

Join the thousands of participants across Canada who will volunteer for 20 minutes to pick up litter around their workplace, school or community. Organize a group of your co-workers, family and friends, and find a space in need of a clean-up. Be sure to register your clean-up and help the City of Mississauga Clean Canada Together! #CleanCanadaTogether

Register for the 20-Minute Makeover

For those who have registered, garbage and recycling bags, gloves and safety tip sheets will be available at your local community centre, while supplies last starting Monday, April 9.

For more information, please visit mississauga.ca/earthdays

First Steps for a Youth Centre in Malton!

On Thursday, April 6th, Councillor Parrish put a motion forward at Regional Council to hire a consulting firm to design and outline costs of coverting Lincoln Alexander Secondary School’s unused swimming pool into a Youth Centre. With over 8,000 square feet on the ground floor for a drop-in centre with computers, music, television, card tables, a small stage, a kitchen and comfortable seating. A 40% mezzanine will house health and social services geared to young people, of which there are 19,000 in Malton. Breakfast programs and after school snacks will be available as well as classes on nutrition.

We will survey residents before naming the building, but many have expressed desire to bring back the original “Westwood” name of the school in some form, so that will definitely be one of the selections to vote on.

Stay tuned for more updates!

City of Mississauga Will Continue to Host Tour de Mississauga in 2018

Today, General Committee (GC) supported a recommendation that will see the City of Mississauga continue to host the Tour de Mississauga in 2018 in partnership with SustainMobility and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC).

“Since its start in 2007, The Tour de Mississauga has motivated thousands of residents to cycle and has become one of Canada’s largest community cycling events,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works.  “As a City, we continue to pursue our goal of growing cycling for commuting, recreation and exercise. By partnering with SustainMobility and MCAC this gives us the opportunity to reach a broader group of cyclists while we look for a more permanent solution for operating the tour.”

According to the GC report, staff recommends hiring SustainMobility to help organize the Tour de Mississauga at a cost of $51,655. This will be funded from the City’s existing operating budget and a $9,827 surplus from the 2017 event. In addition, the Region of Peel will help with a $15,000 grant to support operating expenses of the 2018 event. As part of the recommendations, staff will seek approval for longer term funding to assist in finding a third party to manage the Tour de Mississauga after 2018.

“The Tour de Mississauga is designed to promote and attract families and cyclists of all skill levels to ride in and explore the City of Mississauga,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and MCAC member. “The tour is a popular event that has attracted up to 3,800 riders and there is so much opportunity to continue to grow cycling in Mississauga.”

The recommendations will go to City Council for approval at the April 11 Council meeting.

Background

The Tour de Mississauga is an annual cycling event that takes place on the third Sunday in September.  It is one of Ontario’s largest cycling events. It began in 2007 and this year will mark its 11th year.

In 2017, the event was restructured to make it more financially sustainable. Registration fees were introduced and the longer 80, 100 and 120 kilometre routes were replaced with shorter five and 10 kilometre routes. The route changes reduced organization time and provided more opportunity for families and children to participate in the cycling event.

Notice: Good Friday Closure

City Hall and our office will be closed on Friday, March 29th. Regular office hours will resume Monday, April 2nd.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend.

City Makes Changes to Community Groups Support Program Policy

The City of Mississauga has made changes to its Community Group Support Program Policy. Now referred to as the Community Group Registry Program, the revised policy helps support local non-profit community groups, including resident and ratepayers associations, minor sports associations and cultural groups to deliver programs and services within Mississauga. The policy revisions ensure better governance, transparency and stronger financial accountability. Click here to learn more about the Community Group Registry Program.

2018 Aerial Spray

The City of Mississauga is conducting an aerial spray between April 23 and June 10, 2018. Fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations are at high levels. Trees in areas of the city are predicted to lose a lot of leaves. Aerial spraying has proven to be effective in lowering fall cankerworm and gypsy moth populations. Although the aerial spray won’t eradicate all fall cankerworms and gypsy moths, it will lower populations to a more manageable level.

Please note that no aerial spray is intended for Ward 5 as there are no infested areas reported.

The City will continue to implement ongoing Integrated Pest Management measures such as tree injections, egg scraping and tree banding.

Mississauga Employees Raise Incredible $221,605.40 for the United Way of Peel Region

The City of Mississauga presented the United Way of Peel Region with a cheque of $221,605.40 at Council today. The donation is part of the City’s annual employee campaign which has raised more than $3.5 million to date.

“The United Way supports many local agencies who provide important services in our community, and I am proud of the continued compassion our employees have for the city they work in,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I know our employees will continue to give generously to support those who need it most.”

Over the course of 2017, employees donated and raised money through fundraising events including The Mayor’s Purse and Accessory Sale, chili cook-off, grilled cheese and soup day, an internal pledge drive, paid dress-down days and bake sales.

“As an organization, we have a strong history of supporting the United Way of Peel Region and helping those in our community,” said Janice Baker, Mississauga City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team spirit and generosity for such a worthwhile cause. I encourage everyone to volunteer and give what they can.”

During the presentation, Julie Craig, Public Relations Co-ordinator and Callan Long, Administrative Assistant of Culture Operations were awarded the 2017 Ray Foster Award. The internal award recognizes City of Mississauga employees who went above and beyond in demonstrating commitment and dedication to the campaign.

To learn more about the United Way of Peel Region and get involved in its many community initiatives, please visit unitedwaypeel.org.