What Can Community Services Be?


Have an idea about a library program, a City-owned recreation facility or something you’d like to see at a local park? Tell us about it. The City is creating long-range plans for the next five to 10 years for the City’s Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services.

“As Mississauga continues to grow, so does the number of residents using City-run programs, services and facilities,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “It’s important to understand what the community sees as priorities so we can ensure we continue to meet their needs now and in the future.”

To create these plans, input from the community will be combined with feedback from other stakeholders, targeted user groups, data and trends. Plans will address concerns about existing programs and services, align with Council priorities and investigate innovative and unique opportunities to enhance City services and programs. The Culture Division recently completed a series of public meetings focused on the future of arts and culture in the city.

Mitcham added, “Getting feedback from the community is essential when it comes to preparing service area plans. Residents and stakeholders provide a lot of great insights into understanding community priorities and needs, gaps in services or programs where funds need to be spent and ideas to consider in the future.”

Over the next 14 months, City staff will work with consultants to:
• gather insights, ideas and thoughts about the future direction for Culture, Recreation, Parks & Forestry, Library and Fire & Emergency Services;
• host a number of community engagement initiatives including resident surveys, face-to-face sessions and online feedback;
• cluster information with other sources of data to drive the creation of the plans;
• reach out to the public and staff for feedback on draft plans; and
• present each plan to City Council for review and approval.

Residents interested in sharing their thoughts can do so via an online survey, email, telephone, participating in a public meeting or attending a community event. For more information about how to provide feedback, visit mississauga.ca/yourfuture.

Exercise Caution: Extreme Weather with Higher than Average Water Level in Lake Ontario

May 3, 2017 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for many communities in Southern Ontario with wet weather returning Thursday, May 4. Water levels in Lake Ontario having risen approximately 40 cm since the beginning of April. Above normal precipitation and the melting winter snow pack have resulted in higher lake levels in all the Great Lakes. Elevated lake levels are expected for several months before receding.

Higher water levels increase the potential for flooding and erosion. Storms and storm surges may compound the effects and lead to shoreline flooding. Elevated water levels combined with heavy wave action have led to some erosion of natural beaches, bluffs and structures along the shoreline.

Water levels in the Credit River and other Lake Ontario tributaries have increased due to backwater from Lake Ontario.

Residents are urged to exercise caution along the shoreline and lakefront areas. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make these areas dangerous.

Credit Valley Conservation staff continue to monitor weather and lake conditions and will issue public warnings as conditions warrant.

Additional information regarding current and forecasted Great Lakes water levels can be found at the following websites:

For more information, please contact Credit Valley Conservation’s Jeff Wong at (905) 670-1615, ext. 269 or jwong@creditvalleyca.ca.

Food Bank Members share their Stories

Mississauga, ON – May 1, 2017 – Eden Food for Change is holding its annual Hunger Awareness Breakfast in Meadowvale this year to provide local business and community leaders the opportunity to hear directly from Food Bank Members.

Pat Saito, Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor, hosts this year’s event at the new Meadowvale Community Centre.  The event will feature Food Bank Members who will share about their journey with Eden Food for Change and the impact the organization had on their lives.

The event kicks off the organization’s annual Hunger Awareness Campaign that invites local business and organizations to raise money and fresh food to support people living in poverty here in western Mississauga.  Mayor Bonnie Crombie will be sharing how she will be supporting the campaign with a special announcement.

Who:       Pat Saito, Mississauga Councillor Ward 5, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Local Food Bank Members, Michael J. Kalistchuk, Founder & CEO of EMKAL Inc., Students from St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School and Thomas Street Middle School
Where:    Meadowvale Community Centre, Auditorium
6655 Glen Erin Dr. Mississauga, ON L5N 3L4
When:     Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:00 am

This year’s breakfast is sponsored by the Meadowvale Tim Hortons and the Learning Kitchen of Eden will be preparing food provided by the Real Canadian Superstore at Winston Churchill and Argentia.

Eden Food for Change has been serving Mississauga for more than 25 years. The organization provides people with emergency food support through its two Food Bank locations, as well as the ability to put healthy food on their own tables with its Learning Kitchen.

Make Your Yard Beautiful with CVC’s Gardening Workshops

It’s gardening season and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) wants to guide your green thumb in an eco-friendly direction. CVC invites homeowners to its gardening workshops as part of its Your Green Yard (YGY) program. Learn how to add colour, beauty and diversity to your yard with locally native plants and other techniques. Discover what’s right for your yard through tips, plant lists and inspiring examples. Explore how to attract birds and butterflies, find the perfect shade tree and increase curb appeal. 

Naturescaping

Learn how to garden with locally native trees, wildflowers and flowering shrubs that are right for your yard. Guests can sign up to receive a free tree or shrub.

Wednesday May 3

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Lorne Park Hall, 1288 Lorne Park Rd., Mississauga

Tuesday May 9

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Chappell House, Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Ln., Mississauga

Wednesday May 17

  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • South Fletchers Community Centre, 500 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton

Caring for Your Green Yard

Help your plants thrive with proper care. Learn about environmentally-friendly planting, mulching, pruning and more in this hands-on workshop.

Saturday May 13

  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • MacEwan Field Station, Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Ln., Mississauga

“The gardening workshops are a great way for homeowners to learn about ecological landscaping,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “We provide the information they need to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes.”

The workshops are presented by CVC’s ecological landscaping specialists and are free thanks to funding from CVC’s regional and municipal partners.

Register at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events or call 905-670-1615 ext. 221.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.