Mississauga is joining communities across Ontario by creating awareness about the importance of testing smoke alarms. Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is encouraging all residents to test smoke alarms in their homes on Thursday, September 28 as part of the Province’s first-ever Test Your Smoke Alarm Day.
“Smoke alarms save lives. Test Your Smoke Alarm Day is a reminder for us all to double-check our smoke alarms. This small action could save someone’s life during a fire,” said Deryn Rizzi, Mississauga Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management. “I ask all Mississauga residents to push the test button on their smoke alarms to see if they are working. You might need to install a new alarm or need to put in new batteries.”
Last year, Ontario lost more than 130 people to deadly fires – the highest number in more than 20 years. The high fatality rate is cause for concern as many of these deaths could have been prevented if there was a working smoke alarm.
Rizzi added, “I encourage you to help those in the community and in your neighbourhood like seniors and those with mobility issues to test out their smoke alarms.”
Learn more about Test Your Smoke Alarm Day at savedbythebeep.ca. There are many resources available for families.
With smoke alarms, remember that:
- You need to follow the law. Smoke alarms must be installed on every storey of a residence in Ontario, including vacation homes, cabins, trailers, RVs and cottages.
- Property owners must test alarms every year, after the battery is replaced, and after every change in tenancy. Renters are also responsible for notifying their property owners as soon as they become aware that a smoke alarm is not operating.
- Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month. In addition, replace smoke alarms every 10 years, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- There are many types of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can be hard-wired, battery operated or both. If you need to replace a single malfunctioning alarm, make sure the new alarm is compatible with the existing units. For example, you cannot replace a hard-wired smoke alarm with a battery-operated smoke alarm.
- Do not remove the battery if a smoke alarm starts beeping frequently due to cooking, baking, or using the shower.
For more information about fire prevention, visit the City’s fire prevention web page.
Recent extreme weather events and their impact on cities have made the discussion around reducing carbon emissions more important than ever. Finding climate change solutions is the focus of the 2023 Livable Cities Forum, a gathering of climate leaders taking place later this month at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The annual, three-day event, happening September 25-27, welcomes more than 250 global delegates from different levels of government, community partners and local agencies, industry leaders, post-secondary institutions, health agencies and climate change experts.
The forum provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge and insights and look for tangible solutions to lower carbon emissions while building resilient and inclusive communities.
“Our climate is changing rapidly and its effects will forever alter how we live. We must work together to curb the negative impacts and create a healthy and sustainable future for all,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Mississauga is grateful to host this year’s Livable Cities Forum and welcome the many distinguished climate change and environment professionals and delegates from around the world, representing hundreds of industries and sectors. We are proud to be one of the many Canadian municipalities participating in the Forum, and look forward to sharing our experiences while listening to the expertise of others in understanding and developing climate change solutions.”
This year’s theme focuses on “Intention to Implementation,” transitioning to resilient, equitable, livable, and sustainable communities. The Forum is in partnership with ICLEI Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute.
Overarching themes of the Forum include:
1) Accelerating local transition towards a net-zero future
2) Adapting communities to climate change and building resilience
3) Prioritizing equity, inclusion and meaningful engagement
A key focus of the Living Cities Forum is gaining insights, knowledge and a deeper understanding of climate solutions, actions and resilience initiatives at the local level. In addition to speakers, the Forum also features workshops, plenaries and networking sessions. Organized study tours around Mississauga will showcase how cities can increase the pace and scale of implementation of energy transitions and how to approach climate action to increase engagement, motivation and implementation.
“The overarching themes of the forum align with the climate change work happening around our city,” said Dianne Zimmerman, Manager, Environment at the City of Mississauga. “Mississauga is working towards ambitious climate goals with deep emissions reductions targets, as well as preparing the community for the effects of a changing climate. As a large urban city, we’re committed to becoming one of Canada’s first net-zero cities. We’re embracing diversity, equity and inclusion as core principles of climate action to build more resilient and livable communities and we’re actively working with different levels of government, local corporations, non-profit organizations, community partners and residents to collaborate on action”
The U.N. has already warned about the world entering an era of global boiling, as scientists confirmed that July was Earth’s hottest month on record – including, the three hottest days on record and the highest-ever ocean temperatures for this time of year.
The Forum comes as the City of Mississauga is updating its Climate Change Action Plan to set more ambitious targets aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recommendations to limit global warming to 1.5 per cent Celsius. The City’s Climate Change Action Plan is a 10-year road map for tackling the impacts of the changing climate. It sets out actions to reduce GHG emissions and help the City increase its resiliency to withstand and respond to current and future climate events.
For further information on the Livable Cities Forum, visit LivableCitiesForum.com.
About Livable Cities Forum
The Livable Cities Forum is ICLEI Canada’s annual event to bring local leaders, urban professionals and on-the-ground practitioners from across Canada and around the globe together.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in more than 125 countries, they influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. The Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.
|Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko invites you to a community celebration at Vimy Park (formally Cenotaph Park) in Port Credit, following recent exciting improvements keeping with the site’s heritage significance.
You are invited to be a guest at this celebration which will include greetings from Councillor Dasko and special guests.
Note: this is an outdoor, rain or shine event. Kindly dress according to weather conditions.
Please share with local individuals or groups who may be interested in attending.
Please RSVP by September 20th, 2023 to Stephen at email@example.com or 905-615-3200 ext. 5100.
If you have accessibility requirements, please advise Stephen at 905-615-3200 ext. 5100 by September 20th, 2023.
|Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko invites you to a community celebration at J.C. Saddington Park, following some recent exciting improvements to the trail’s infrastructure.
Note: this is an outdoor, rain or shine event. Kindly dress according to weather conditions.
Please share with local individuals or groups who may be interested in attending.
Please RSVP by September 21st, 2023 to Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-615-3200 ext. 5100.
If you have accessibility requirements, please advise Stephen at 905-615-3200 ext. 5100 by September 21st, 2023.
With the establishment of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory Canadian holiday in 2021, the City of Mississauga has been making resources available to residents looking to learn more about this important day. September 30 is dedicated to honouring the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
Throughout September, Mississauga joins the rest of Canada to commemorate the history and continues our journey for truth and reconciliation. It is a time for education, reflection and remembrance.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is intended to raise awareness of the impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of Every Child Matters.
Leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, the City is offering a number of activities that can help residents commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools through education.
Begin or continue your learning journey
- Created in 2013 by Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor, Orange Shirt Day is a time for all Canadians to reflect on the impact of residential schools on Indigenous communities, honour survivors and continue learning as we work toward reconciliation. Wear an orange shirt on September 30 and be a part of the national conversation using the hashtag #EveryChildMatters.
- On Saturday, September 30, the digital screens at Mississauga Celebration Square will display messages of encouragement for visitors to learn, reflect and engage in reconciliation. A series highlighting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and the City’s commitment to reconciliation will be displayed on the screens throughout the day.
- From September 1 to 30, museum visitors can participate in a guided tour of the grounds and Bradley House. Museum staff will share information about the history of Indigenous Peoples on the land now known as Mississauga and the Credit Mission Village. Staff will also share what the City of Mississauga is doing today to further the process of reconciliation.
- On the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, visitors to Benares Historic House can take a guided tour of the grounds and house. Museum staff will share information about the history of Indigenous Peoples on the land now known as Mississauga. Letters from family connected to the house will provide a glimpse of how settlers and the Mississaugas interacted.
- Visitors can also take part in the Moccasin Identifier Project. This project was developed by Carolyn King in partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and The Greenbelt Foundation to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities.
- On Thursday, September 14, Mississauga’s older adult residents are encouraged to learn more about The Moccasin Identifier Project and how they can get involved. No pre-registration is required to participate.
Learn through Indigenous stories and exhibits
- The Mississauga Library has curated a book list focused on Truth and Reconciliation where library card holders are encouraged to sign out and learn more.
- To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Mississaugas leaving the Credit for a new home in Hagersville, the Honouring the Mississaugas exhibit was created by the Museums of Mississauga in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to honour their legacy and celebrate the history of this mighty nation. Visitors can explore the exhibit at Meadowvale Library from September 1 to 14 and at Frank McKechnie Library from September 16 to 30.
- To recognize both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) flag will be raised on September 30 at City Hall and the Civic Centre clock tower will be lit orange to recognize the same cause.
- On Friday, October 6, the community is invited to the Malton Library to create a visual reminder to recognize and honour our past using a Moccasin Identifier stencil kit. Participants will use stencils to create temporary paintings of moccasins worn by Indigenous Peoples to promote awareness and understanding of the history of the land we stand on. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In partnership with Museums Mississauga. Drop-in anytime during scheduled times.
Mississauga’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation in action
- In February 2022, Mayor Bonnie Crombie along with Members of Council and Indigenous leaders from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) raised the Every Child Matters flag to fly permanently at City Hall. The City of Mississauga was the first large municipality in Canada to permanently raise the Every Child Matters flag.
- Endorsement of a policy focused on the Use of Indigenous Images/Themes in City Sports Facilities. The policy promotes a positive and inclusive experience at City sports facilities, while supporting a climate of understanding and mutual respect.
- Approval of the recommendations found in the City’s Annual Reconciliation Report and Land Acknowledgement Renewal, which included refreshing the City’s existing Indigenous Land Statement, which was formally adopted in 2017.
- Adoption of Resolution 0207-2020 to address systemic discrimination and inequities within Mississauga, including accessibility to resources, services and supports for Black and Indigenous residents.
Additional information can be found on the City’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation webpage.
National Forest Week is September 17 to 23, and the City has lots planned to celebrate Mississauga’s urban forest and natural areas. Show your appreciation for trees by joining a guided walk at a park, coming out to a tree giveaway, or joining a tree planting. These events will help you learn about Mississauga’s heritage system while showing how you can help protect, restore, enhance and expand the city’s woodlands and urban forest.
The City is hosting a series of events, walks and giveaways in Mississauga to celebrate National Forest Week. You will be able to:
- Join a one-hour guided forest walk at Osprey Marsh, Jack Darling Memorial Park or Silver Fox Forest to learn about the mature woodlands and the City’s efforts to restore it.
- Try your hand at removing invasive plant species with City staff at Osprey Marsh, Hewick Meadows, Sawmill Creek Park or Erindale Park while learning about the natural heritage of the park.
- Join a tree planting event at Erin Woods and Osprey Marsh to help the City reach their goal of planting one million more trees in Mississauga by 2032.
- Come out to a tree giveaway. Plant a tree or shrub on your property and add it to the City’s one million tree goal.
All Mississauga residents interested in learning more about Mississauga’s urban forest canopy.
All events will take place from September 17 to October 29, 2023.
All events are in-person at various locations in Mississauga.
Trees, natural areas and woodlands are important to Mississauga’s heritage and provide many benefits. Trees help combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, they cool our streets by providing canopy cover, reduce flooding by slowing the flow of water and stabilizing river banks and they increase the city’s beauty through colourful blooms and leaves
To learn more about National Forest Week or register for events, visit mississauga.ca/national-forest-week.
Support the One Million Trees program
The City’s One Million Trees program aims to add one million more trees to Mississauga’s tree canopy by 2032. Since the program launched in 2013, more than 500,000 trees have been planted across Mississauga. There are approximately 2.1 million trees on public and private lands throughout the city.
Whether you participate in one of the City’s tree-planting events or plant a tree or shrub on your property, each one counts. Add your tree or shrub to the tally and have it count towards the one million tree goal. When planting a tree or shrub, consider using native species since these are best suited to Mississauga’s climate and have the most benefit for the city’s native wildlife.
Learn more about the One Million Trees program or add your tree at onemilliontrees.ca.
Arts on the Credit is thrilled to announce Arts Drive 2023!
On September 23rd, artists will set up their work in driveways and gardens in five locations in Port Credit between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for conversation and purchase by art lovers. A rain date is set for the 24th.
Spend the day in beautiful Port Credit, appreciating the talented artists in our community.
Launched in 2011, Arts on the Credit is a nonprofit arts organization showcasing, promoting, and mentoring local artists with annual high-end juried shows.
ALL NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 5TH, 2023 AT MIDNIGHT.
This year’s Ward 1 Community Excellence Awards will be held on October 26th, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississauga Seniors Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road
Small business owners are an integral part of our community. In addition to contributing to the local community’s unique identity and being involved locally, small business owners are job creators, providing local employment opportunities allowing local residents to work closer to home. Having multiple small businesses all striving to be unique and innovative, can result in a healthy marketplace and well-served consumers. One-of-a-kind and locally made products can attract customers to our area, bolstering tourism and contributing to our local community. These establishments benefit our local economy and help support the place we call home.
New Business Award
The recipient of this award has been in business for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. This award recognizes outstanding achievement as a new business in some or all of the following: Research & Development, Company Growth, Products & Services, Market Development, Sales & Marketing, Community Service.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
This award recognizes the endeavors of an exceptional individual or company who creates the products and services that keep our local economies moving forward.
Best Real Estate Agent
This award recognizes a real estate professional who goes above and beyond for their clients and makes important contributions to the community.
Excellence in Customer Service Award
This award recognizes a business for their outstanding dedication, loyalty and achievement to exceptional service standards in our community that consistently exceed customer or guest expectations.
Automotive Services Excellence Award
This award honours an Automotive Services establishment with outstanding service, provided to Ward 1 residents with consistent high standards and integrity.
Best Patio Dining Experience Award
The best patio dining experience award is presented to a restaurant that has created a patio that provides the most enjoyable overall guest experience, setting high standards for food quality, while providing guests with excellent customer service that enhances the dining experience.
This local favourite provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy a delicious meal and a great atmosphere.
Best Pizza Shop Award
Recognizing a local pizza shop – takeout or delivery that provides the best tasting pizza and customer experience.
Best Coffee Shop Award
This award recognizes a coffee shop in Ward 1 that has a loyal following that provides great quality coffee, tea and snacks. It also creates a clean memorable atmosphere that keeps customers coming back for more.
Restaurant of the Year Award
This award is presented to a restaurant that provides the most enjoyable overall guest experience, setting high standards for food quality, offers a well-priced meal, while providing guests with excellent customer service that enhances the dining experience. This local favourite may also provide an opportunity to relax and enjoy a delicious meal in a great atmosphere.
Arts and Community Awards
The Ward 1 Arts Awards recognize leaders who attain a level of merit in their artistic discipline and celebrate outstanding works of creativity across all arts disciplines. These awards recognize the individual contributions to arts and culture in our community. Cultivating the arts plays an important role in our city by improving well-being, unifying communities, improving academic performance, strengthening the economy, driving tourism, while sparking creativity & innovation in our community.
Artist of The Year Award – Music Performance
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Music Performance award recognizes the musician or musical group that has consistently delivered exceptional live performances, captivating audiences with their talent, stage presence, and artistic expression throughout the year.
Artist of The Year Award – Dance Performance
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Dance Performance award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a dancer or dance troupe who have demonstrated exceptional artistry, creativity, and skill in their dance performances throughout the year.
Artist of The Year Award – Visual Artist
The Ward 1 Artist of the Year – Visual Artist award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and contributions within the field of visual arts over the past year. This category celebrates artists whose exceptional creativity, skill, and innovation have made an impact on the art scene locally and inspired audiences through their visual creations.
Environmental Stewardship Award
Whether helping to protect our climate, reduce waste, support local food or enhance our natural spaces, this individual is recognized as an environmental leader who has made significant contributions to improving our environment.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Our city is built by those who give their time and expertise selflessly and expect nothing in return. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in volunteering to make Ward 1 a better place to live, work, and play.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Ward 1 would like to honour with great respect and admiration, an Individual for their lifetime of support, promotion and vision for our community.
Please make your nominations by email to Stephen.Dasko@mississauga.ca in the following format:
Award for Nomination:
ALL NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 5TH, 2023 AT MIDNIGHT.
The Sunday Antique Market, Ontario’s leading antique destination, is thrilled to announce its final special Saturday event on September 9th, ahead of the much-anticipated return to their regular Sunday fall events. Set in the historic Small Arms Inspection Building, the upcoming Saturday market promises a vibrant showcase of diverse antiques, vintage and collectibles, blending the enchantment of history with the allure of unique finds.
The Sunday Antique Market is renowned for hosting a spectrum of eclectic vendors, uniting 80 of the finest from Ontario and Quebec. This show continues the cherished tradition, promising an array of unique treasures that beckon to be discovered and appreciated.
As we gear up for our iconic Sunday markets starting November 5th, the September 9th event is a not-to-be-missed prelude, reinforcing the market’s legacy as a weekend favourite among antique enthusiasts and casual shoppers. The Capital B Cafe will treat visitors to an array of homemade pastries, headlined by their award-winning butter tarts.
Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga Admission: Free