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Britannia Fall Fair

An old tradition has returned to the Britannia Farm with our second annual community Fall Fair at the Old Britannia School House. This year, again with lead sponsor Pinnacle International, as well as TMG, and three Tim Hortons stores. We’ll have an old fashioned fair with a few surprises – a veggie market, Horse and Wagon rides, Free Tim Hortons beverages, a BBQ and bouncy castles, cotton candy and popcorn, Dixie Land music, an incredible 80 foot T-Rex hot air balloon for tethered rides and much more. Put Saturday September 29th 11:00-5:00pm in your calendars!

Let’s Celebrate Summer on the Square

Summer is back and Celebration Square has something for everyone. Outdoor movies, fitness classes on the lawn, children’s theatre and farmer’s markets and best of all – it’s all free. Enjoy events and festivals every weekend, all summer long.

Canada Day will feature live concerts with internationally-renowned Canadian recording artists and local musicians. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, Canadiana-inspired kids programming and an unforgettable fireworks finale. Don’t miss the action – right in your own backyard. For more details visit sau.ga/204.

Malton Youth IMPACT – National Youth Week

Over 200 Free Events at the Malton Community Centre from May 1-7th.

Click on the link below to view a full list of scheduled events:

MCC NYAW Flyer

 

Stormwater in the Spring

Now that spring rains are here, residents often start thinking about stormwater around their home. Many have questions about how the City manages stormwater from rain events.

The City’s stormwater system carries stormwater away from homes and businesses to keep people, properties and the natural environment safe. There are many parts to this complex system – some visible and some underground. The public may see roadside catchbasins, which are the metal grates and drains on the street, but there are also ditches, pipes, watercourses, creeks, the Credit River, stormwater management ponds and even roads helping to carry stormwater runoff to Lake Ontario. Because of the huge quantities of stormwater that drain during storms, stormwater cannot be chemically treated in the sanitary sewer system. Instead, it flows directly into our natural environment.

The City continues to invest in our stormwater system to ensure that it serves the residents and businesses of Mississauga. As one example, the City is building the enormous Matheson stormwater management pond to help contain and hold back stormwater and reduce the flood risk for homes in the Cooksville Creek watershed. The lands surrounding this pond will also serve as a park for the community. Many other infrastructure and maintenance projects are also underway. City staff inspect our creeks and the Credit River to identify erosion, debris and other issues that could impact our watercourses and aquatic ecosystems. In addition, City staff investigate and contain spills of contaminants in the stormwater system and our waterways.

Residents also play an important role in protecting their own home from flood damage and helping the stormwater system do its job. Simple steps include ensuring that stormwater flows away from your house through proper grading, disconnected downspouts and keeping eavestroughs clear of debris. Residents can also protect stormwater quality by cleaning up and properly disposing of oil, pet waste, cigarette butts and other garbage and contaminants. Remember, any chemical or waste that ends up on the ground will flow into the stormwater system (and into Lake Ontario) during the next rain. To learn more about the City’s stormwater system, visit: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/stormwater/

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.