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Freedom Pass Offers Youth Free Swims and Transit Rides this Summer

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May 01, 2019

This summer, Mississauga youth aged 12 to 14 years can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor City of Mississauga pools for free with a Freedom Pass. The pass is valid from July 1 to August 31.

“Summer is a great time in Mississauga and with a Freedom Pass, youth can enjoy it with free rides to our pools, libraries and parks as well as to great events, festivals and attractions,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation.

How to Apply for a Pass

  • Application forms can be downloaded and printed by visiting mississauga.ca/freedompass or picked up at any City community centre.
  • Signed and completed application forms must be submitted in person to any City community centre, along with one piece of identification (parent/guardian signature is required) displaying proof of age.
  • Applicants will also need to have their photo taken by City customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass.

“The Freedom Pass provides youth with a great opportunity to learn about our MiWay transit system. Understanding how it works, how they can get around Mississauga to get where they want to go independently,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.

The Freedom Pass program continues to grow in popularity since its launch in 2014 with more than 8,000 Freedom Passes distributed in 2018.

Freedom Pass cards will be available on May 1 (quantities are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis). Only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit miway.ca. Plan a trip with the online tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

For more information about the Freedom Pass, please visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.

Excess Water Conditions in local Park – Warning!

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Current water levels along the Lake Ontario shoreline are high and are nearing the levels set in 2017, when extreme conditions caused significant damage along the lakeshore in Mississauga.  Levels in Lake Ontario are higher than usual due to higher than usual intake from Lake Erie and restriction of water outflow at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam.   Staff are regularly patrolling the City of Mississauga shoreline and report some flooding along the waterfront specifically at:

 

  • Jack Darling Park (public access closed where the water has washed over pathways)
  • C. Saddington Park
  • Marina Park (public access closed where the water has washed over pathways)
  • Public access closed at pedestrian underpass at Lakeshore Road
  • Lawrence (public access closed where the water has washed over pathways)

High water is expected to continue along the waterfront for some time and peak over the next month before slowly receding.  I have attached some pictures of current conditions for your consideration.

  • Photo 1-St Lawrence.jpg
  • Photo 2-JC Saddington.jpg
  • Photo 3-Marina Park.jpg
  • Photo 4 – Jack Darling.jpg

 

The current weather forecast indicates that rain will continue to fall today and continue until Friday with forecasted accumulation of 40 mm of precipitation by the end of the week.  In addition, we are currently experiencing high gusts of easterly winds, which directly affect wave action into the shoreline. The Works Operations and Maintenance Incident Management Team has been activated and will be meeting again this afternoon to report on conditions.  I will provide another update following this meeting.

 

Mitigation Strategies

  • City staff are on stand-by and monitoring high risk flood areas.
  • Dewatering pumps within the Lisgar district were set up as per the High Water Protocol.
  • 1,000 sand bags are ready for use, if required.
  • Crews are standing by to clear debris on affected park pathways once waves recede in preparation for the Mississauga Marathon this weekend.

The City of Mississauga has received a Lake Ontario Flood Watch from the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Water safety messaging is in place on the City’s website.

Should you require additional information or assistance, please contact me………….

Stephen

Community Rides all Spring, Summer and Fall

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Dust off Your Bike and Join Us for Community Rides all Spring, Summer and Fall
The First Ride is Taking Place Saturday, May 4

April 30, 2019

It’s time to tune up your bicycle for a full slate of spring, summer and fall Community Rides that begin on Saturday, May 4. These free rides happen throughout the city and they’re a great way to search out new ‘hidden gem’ routes while meeting new friends.

Visit the Community Rides page to plan out the rides that pique your interest and pencil them into your calendar.

Details of Community Rides

What: Community Rides are free, guided bike rides to introduce cyclists to riding in all corners of the city. Rides take place on a variety of roads, trails, bike lanes and multi-use paths and vary in length and style.

Who: Anybody who wants to try out cycling in the comfort of a group setting with trained marshals leading the rides.

When: The first Community Ride of the 2019 season, dubbed the Toronto Pearson Ride takes place on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. Visit mississaugabikes.ca/communityrides for a full list of ride dates.

Where: Mount Charles Park
1265 Cardiff Blvd., Mississauga – map

Details: Rides range from five to 20 kilometres. Riders on the first May 4 ride will cycle 20 kilometres. All rides begin with a safety talk before cyclists split into three groups based on skill level. Register at mississaugabikes.ca/communityrides.

Riders are required to wear a helmet to participate. Toronto Pearson sponsors the initial May 4 ride and an ice cold treat after each ride.

It’s Time for Youth to Shine – National Youth Week is May 1 to 7

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It’s that time of the year, when we celebrate all things youth. May 1 to 7 is National Youth Week and the City of Mississauga will be joining celebrations across the country with a focus on youth-led activities.

There are free activities happening all week targeting youth aged 12 to 18 years-old. Check out a spring cooking class, learn archery, try out yoga or take part in a giant game of Connect Four or Jenga. Many activities are organized by youth for youth. Follow on social media using the hashtag #NYW905.

Highlights of National Youth Week Activities:

The Amazing Library Race – Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • At each library location, students will complete skill-testing challenges
  • Participants will travel on MiWay to visit as many of the City’s 18 library locations as possible between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Points will be awarded for completing the challenges. Bonus points will be awarded for distance travelled and completion of more difficult tasks
  • The grand finale is at the Central Library at 3 p.m., participants can gain extra points for their knowledge of Mississauga
  • Snacks will be provided at the final stop at the Central Library
  • Youth can register for free in person at any City library

Battle of the Centres Basketball Tournament – Sunday, May 5, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Full-day tournament held at University of Toronto Mississauga Campus in the Recreation Athletics & Wellness Building located at 1825 Outer Circle [map]
  • Each Community Centre will send a team of 12 novice and advanced players who participate in the City’s Sauga At Play after-school drop-in program
  • Showcasing talented youth who participate in the City’s Sauga At Play after-school drop-in program
  • The tournament will be round robin style with an “all-star” experience complete with a live local disc-jockey, ping pong tables, games, refreshments

Temporary Public Art: Mural Unveiling – Tuesday, May 7, 4 – 6 p.m.

  • Held at the Sculpture Court Skate Park, Civic Centre, located at the southwest corner of Duke of York Boulevard and Princess Royal Drive [map]
  • Nine emerging Mississauga artists will work alongside Canadian artist-athlete, Mango Peeler to unveil a series of new murals inspired by the poetry of Mississauga’s Youth Poet Laureate, Pujita Verma
  • A collaboration between the City’s Culture and Recreation Division, there will be a mash-up of youth music, visual arts, poetry and athletics
  • Skateboard while listening to live music and poetry readings, and meet some of Mississauga’s up and coming artists

Check out the full list of events during National Youth Week by visiting here.

Your Green Yard 2019 Residential Homeowner Workshop – Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Credit Valley Conservation is launching their first Landscaping for Pollinators workshop in our ward. The free workshop will show urban homeowners how they can build beautiful home landscapes that also support healthy pollinator populations. Local attendees will have the opportunity to receive three free pollinator-friendly plants that our sustainable landscaping experts will help them plant in their yard.

We’d love to see you at the event as well. You and your neighbours can register for the events here: https://bit.ly/2K2YHRm

 Landscaping for Pollinators

Discover local native plants that pollinators love and ways to use them to create beautiful home landscapes. Local attendees can sign up to receive three free native pollinator-friendly plants to help get them started.

Tuesday, June 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Port Credit Library

20 Lakeshore Road East

 

“Exciting new workshop from @CVC_CA helps Ward 1 homeowners create beautiful home landscapes to attract pollinators. Register for free:” Link: https://cvc.ca/event/landscaping-for-pollinators-free-gardening-workshop/

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Calantha Elsby, Specialist, Environmental Outreach at calantha.elsby@cvc.ca or at 905-670-1615 ext.297.

 

C

Mississauga Children’s Choir – 40th Season (September)

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The Mississauga Children’s Choir will be celebrating their 40th season starting in September.  They have an incredible year planning including performances with the MSO and notable Mississauga musicians.  They also have a 40th Concert scheduled for June 2020 at the Living Arts Centre.  It promises to be our strongest season yet and an incredible opportunity for children in Mississauga.

For more information please visit their site: mississaugachildrenschoir.com

 

 

You are Welcome to Attend: Stephen Dasko invites you Ward 1 Shoreline Clean Up – Saturday, April 27th!

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Come out and join me to help clean up our shoreline at Port Credit Memorial Park.  Everyone is meeting at the Port Credit Library where you will be supplied with bags and gloves.  Please wear proper footwear and clothing.  Light refreshments will be available.

Hope to see you there!

Stephen 

The event page link is as follows:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2654374471257920/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1554861907183624

 

Spring Clean Up-Program

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Now that winter is hopefully behind us, I am pleased to share with you the details of our annual Spring Clean-up Program. The Program is underway and includes the following activities:

 

  • Street Sweeping
  • Snow Plow Sod Damage Inspection and Repair
  • Pothole Repair
  • Sidewalk Repair
  • Litter Clean-up
  • Inlet and Outlet Clearing

 

Street Sweeping

The city of Mississauga was able to start spring street sweeping in the Clarkson and Mavis districts a few days early.

Please be reminded that all streets, including on-street bike lanes, are expected to be completed by April 23 (weather permitting). Boulevards and islands will be cleaned from April 29 to May 24 (weather permitting).

We know that road users become eager for the streets to be swept as soon as the weather starts warming up. We appreciate their patience and are committed to completing this work as soon as possible.

After our spring clean-up is complete, we will continue to maintain roadways through our regular Street Sweeping Program.

Snow Plow Sod Damage Inspection and Repair

Snow plow sod damage service requests are commonly reported at this time of year. Sod is prone to damage by our equipment throughout the winter when the ground is soft or if there is any over growth of grass creeping onto the sidewalk.

Residents can report snow plow sod damage by calling 3-1-1, using the PingStreet app or submitting a request online.  The area will be noted and inspected this spring to see if sod replacement or re-seeding is required. Repairs typically take place from May-June and September-October.

Pothole Repair

As soon as the weather warms up our crews begin repairing potholes around the City. Staff have been especially busy over the last couple of weeks and will continue to address potholes throughout the spring and summer.

Potholes are identified pro-actively through regular patrolling of the City’s road network in accordance with Minimum Maintenance Standards. Residents can also help by reporting potholes to us by calling 3-1-1, using the PingStreet app or submitting a request online.  The area will be inspected within three business days and made safe. If additional repairs are required, they will be completed on a priority basis as a part of our regular maintenance schedule.

Sidewalk Inspection and Repair

Each year, we hire students to inspect our sidewalk network. Starting in May, these staff will walk every sidewalk in the City and record deficiencies. Residents can also report sidewalk damage by calling 3-1-1, using the Pingstreet app or submitting a request online.  The area will be inspected within three business days and made safe. If additional repairs are required, they will be completed on a priority basis as a part of our regular maintenance schedule.

Litter Clean up

Crews have begun their regularly scheduled clean-up of debris and litter on the road allowance. Residents can also report litter or dumping on the road allowance by calling 3-1-1, using the Pingstreet app or submitting a request online.

Residents should call the Ministry of Transportation at 1-800-268-4686 to report litter on 400 series highway ramps.

Inlet and Outlet Cleaning

Crews have also begun to clear debris from inlets and outlets to ensure stormwater can flow freely. Residents can report any build-up of natural debris, such as leaves, large tree limbs or sediment, by calling 3-1-1.

Illegal Sign Blitzes

Crews from our Signs and Pavement Markings Unit and four Works yards complete two illegal sign blitzes annually in the spring and fall. Our next blitz is scheduled for April 24th, weather permitting. Residents can report illegal signs by calling 3-1-1, through the PingStreet app, or on the City’s website.

Please let me know if damage or debris in the road allowance is causing a public safety risk, residents should call 3-1-1 directly.

Sincerely, 

Stephen Dasko, Councillor Ward 1

 

 

 

Annual spring Clean up Street Sweeping Program

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Item Timeframe

(*weather permitting)

Streets (including bike lanes) April 8, 2019. – April 23, 2019.
Curb-faced sidewalks April 29, 2019. – May 24, 2019.
Boulevards and Traffic Islands

 

April 29, 2019. – May 24, 2019.
Splash Pads April 29, 2019. – May 24, 2019.

 

We know that road users become eager for the streets to be swept as soon as the weather starts warming up. We appreciate their excitement and will be focused on sweeping all streets and bike lanes first, before moving on to curb-faced sidewalks, boulevards and traffic islands, and splash pads.

We endeavour to schedule street sweeping as early in the spring as possible. The program requires mild temperatures to ensure that roads are clear of all snow, particularly in areas where it may have been piled. This timing also allows us to remove winter maintenance equipment from the Works yards when it is no longer needed to make space for street sweepings.

After our spring clean-up is complete, we will continue to maintain roadways through our regular street sweeping program. For more information, please visit: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/springclean-up

In addition to these programs, emergency and scheduled street sweeping will continue to be available on an as needed basis.

Should you have any questions or concerns about this year’s Street Sweeping Program, please contact Samer Inchasi, Manager, Works Maintenance or myself.

 

Thank you,

Councillor Stephen Dasko

 

Toastmasters Club Meetings

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Port Credit Toastmasters Club meet every Monday except holidays at

Lorne Park Library, 1474 Truscott Drive

Meeting is from 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

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Clarkson Toastmasters Club,  meet every Tuesday at

Clarkson Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room, 2475 Truscott Drive

Meeting is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

These are community based non-profit clubs, which helps individuals become better leaders, communicators and public speakers. Guests are welcome to attend for free, and membership is limited to those 18 years of age and older.

Get involved! For more information on Toastmasters International, visit: www.toastmasters.org