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FALL / WINTER 2011

Carlson
Councillor Wa r d 1 1
New LED Streetlights Save City $50 million
Meadowvale Village Celebrates 175 Years

George

Inside the Ward 11 Report ...

Ward 11 Gets “All Aboard” MiWay 2012 New Year’s Open House & Skate Party

Councillor’s Message
Dear Friends, Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2011 edition of the Ward 11 Councillor’s Report - I hope you find it informative! This edition contains many exciting articles about what is happening in and around the Ward 11 community, along with useful information on various City and Regional programs and services to assist you and your family. This past September, Meadowvale Village celebrated its 175th founding anniversary with a spectacular community celebration. Congratulations to all of the volunteers in the Village for hosting this special event! I would also like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to our New Year’s Day Open House & Skate Party at Vic Johnston CC on January 1, 2012, from Noon-2pm. There will be lots of great prizes, free skating, and fun for the whole family! I hope to see you there and look forward to celebrating with you and your family! It’s an honour to serve as your Councillor, and I invite you to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions. We have two excellent staff members in our office, Kimberly Duarte, and Anita Solomon. They are both very experienced and knowledgeable in municipal issues and are pleased to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at george.carlson@mississauga.ca or (905) 896-5011 if there is anything we can do for you and your family.

New Streetlights Save City $50 million in Energy Costs
The City of Mississauga is doing its part for the environment and working to reduce energy consumption and energy costs by converting our streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. As Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee, I recommended that the City make the switch to LED streetlighting. The City presently uses High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. LED streetlights are among the most energy efficient technologies available. They have a long lamp life of 50,000 to 100,000 hours (12-24 years of operation). LED streetlights will also greatly reduce our carbon footprint. They are a “white” light source and are “dark-sky” friendly, reducing light pollution of the night sky. LEDs will greatly improve visibility on our streets as well. Currently, HPS streetlighting casts a yellowish glow, which has a very poor colour rendering quality making colour identification difficult, especially for police looking for a specific coloured vehicle at night. HPS streetlights produce considerable glare and ‘up’ light, which is a major contributor to sky glow and light pollution of the night sky. The City will also be purchasing a streetlight monitoring system, which will allow for constant monitoring of the status and energy consumption of our streetlighting system. Currently, malfunctioning streetlights on major roads are identified and replaced through night patrols every 60 days. This monitoring system will eliminate the current costs to patrol and repair our existing system. The monitoring system can also be programmed to provide controlled, constant light output, which will result in additional energy savings. There are approximately 49,250 streetlights across the city. The City of Mississauga will save 50% in energy consumption and 80% in costs by converting to LED lights. In fact, the City is expecting a savings of $50 million by the year 2020! In 2010, the Provincial Government announced that the price of electricity in Ontario will increase by 50% over the next 5 years, which would increase our streetlighting costs exponentially if the existing HPS streetlighting system is not replaced. Installation of LED streetlights and the streetlight monitoring system will begin in early 2012 and will take two years to complete.

MiWay Goes Mobile
Now you can have MiWay in the palm of your hand, with the new MiWay mobile website for smartphones and the new MiWay app for Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. The new MiWay mobile site allows those with smartphones and other mobile devices to view the next three departure times or the full schedule for any day of the week for any bus stop in Mississauga. Since the site was first launched, it has received more than 349,000 page views and 66,000 visits. The MiWay mobile website can be accessed at www.m.miway.ca. The new MiWay app for

Contact Information
300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Floor Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1 Tel: (905) 896-5011 Fax: (905) 896-5863 E-mail: george.carlson@mississauga.ca Website: www.georgecarlson.ca

Apple devices is the City of Mississauga’s first smartphone app to help commuters navigate the MiWay system. The MiWay app enables transit riders to view route maps and bus schedules on Apple’s mobile software platform. The app can be downloaded from the internet onto Apple devices for $1.99. Since the app was launched in late July, it has been downloaded more than 700 times. MiWay app features include: locating the nearest bus stop using a GPS function; viewing scheduled departure times; displaying individual route maps in Google Maps; searching for specific bus routes and stops; saving favourite routes and stops; and using most features without an internet connection. Visit www.miway.ca/app for info.

George Carlson

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Meadowvale Village: Celebrating 175 Years of History!
Happy 175th Birthday to historic Meadowvale Village! On September 17th, the community celebrated its milestone anniversary. To commemorate and celebrate this historic occasion, Meadowvale Village residents came together for a spectacular celebration, which was organized by a volunteer committee of local residents, with help from the City of Mississauga and many generous donors. Over 1500 people attended this special community celebration, which featured an amazing line-up of entertainment. The event featured stellar performances by the Madd Paddy Irish band, Goggin-Carroll Irish dancers, and First Nations drummers. Event visitors were also treated to a delicious BBQ lunch; Village tours by Heritage Mississauga; face painting; horse rides; wood carving; demonstrations by Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services; an open house at the Korean Church; antique cars; a vintage fire truck; and even an old pump car on loan from the Halton Railway Museum. Long-time Village resident, Terry Wilson, and his mother, Rosemary Wilson, showcased their special Miniature Village and Heritage Gardens, which model how the area looked before new development replaced many original farms, shops, and homes. Meadowvale Village was one of the original historic villages, which formed the Town of Mississauga in 1968. The origin of Meadowvale Village predates Confederation by almost half a century, when “Squire” John Beatty led a caravan of twenty-nine families, on May 1st, 1819, from New York to the area that is now Meadowvale Village. These newcomers found their chosen land densely covered by extensive pine forests, and the area was aptly named “Meadowvale” to reflect the quiet, pastoral beauty that greeted these early pioneers. In 1836, Meadowvale reached a sufficient size to be considered a village, with over 250 residents living in the area at the time. 175 years later, Meadowvale Village continues to thrive as one of Ontario’s few remaining communities with the special character and physical charm of the mid to late nineteenth century. On November 27, 1980 Meadowvale Village was designated as the first Heritage Conservation District in Ontario. The conservation and preservation of Meadowvale Village over many years can be directly attributed to the pride, ownership, and awareness of local residents, who are truly committed to protecting this special heritage community. In a city that is highly developed, urbanized, and contemporary, Meadowvale Village stands apart as a rare historic gem.

Free Non-Emergency Dental Care for Children
The Region of Peel is now offering free non-emergency dental care to eligible children 17 years of age and younger, through the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Eligibility for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program is based on specific criteria. Children 17 and under may be eligible if they: Are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 per year or below; Do not have access to any form of dental coverage (including other government-funded programs, like Ontario Works); and Are residents of Ontario Eligible children will receive preventive and early treatment dental services, including check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling, and

more. The program will not cover cosmetic dentistry (ex: teeth whitening), orthodontics (ex: braces), or urgent/emergency dental services. Applications for the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program are being accepted by Peel Public Health, and proof of eligibility will be required. Application forms can be picked up and submitted at 10 Peel Centre Drive, in Brampton. The forms can also be downloaded from www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles. Peel Public Health also offers the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) program, which provides urgent or emergency dental services to eligible children aged 17 and under. For more information about the CINOT program, please visit www.peelregion.ca/health . For more information about the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, please visit www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles or www.peelregion.ca/health. You can also call Service Ontario at 1-866-532-3161 or the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 for more information about this program.

Special Tree Planting
To commemorate and celebrate the175th founding anniversary of Meadowvale Village, 50 students from Meadowvale Village Public School and Village residents participated in a special Meadowvale Village 175th Founding Anniversary Tree Planting event. This special tree planting event was held on May 20, 2011 in Missinihe Park, located at the corner of Gazette Gate and Old Derry Road. Participants planted a total of 150 native trees and shrubs (25 Staghorn Sumac, 25 Serviceberry, 25 Grey Dogwood, 25 White Pines, 25 Highbush Cranberry, and 25 Silver Maple) at the tree planting site. We are looking forward to watching these trees and shrubs grow and thrive in the years to come. All participants received a White Pine growing kit, complete with White Pine seeds, pots, and instructions on how to grow these trees at home. Trees, shrubs, and woodlands play an important role in climate moderation; air and water quality; erosion control; provide wildlife habitat; and have a significant role in reducing air temperature in our City. This past year alone, our team of local volunteers has planted over 2000 trees across Ward 11, and over the past 11 years, we have planted over 25,000 trees across our community. If your school or group would like to do your part to keep our urban forest thriving by organizing a tree planting event, please call my office at 905-896-5011.

George Carlson

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Ward 11 Gets “All Aboard” MiWay
Ward 11 residents got “all aboard” MiWay at our recent Ward 11 All Aboard MiWay event, which was held on October 15, 2011 at the Centre Plaza. Over 150 Ward 11 residents came to learn more about MiWay, the City of Mississauga’s new public transit system (formerly Mississauga Transit) and tour a shiny new blue 40ft. MiExpress bus, which was on display. Event visitors enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by the Streetsville Lions Club; children’s activities run by “Party California”; and great giveaways and door prizes including: City recreation passes, MiWay bus tickets, MiWay prizes, Tim Hortons gift cards, and dinner for two in Streetsville. Thanks to all our volunteers and donors who made the event low cost and enjoyable for all! The City’s new MiWay public transit service was officially launched in October 2010, with the introduction of MiExpress (blue) buses that operate on express routes, and MiLocal (orange) buses that operate on local and school routes. MiWay buses feature great new amenities, such as more comfortable and spacious seating, reading lights, power outlets for electronics, larger windows, and automated next stop announcements. In spring 2013, MiExpress buses will operate on a new twolane transit corridor (BRT) along the Hwy 403/Eglinton Ave. corridor, which will increase the number of express routes offered and greatly reduce passenger travel time. MiWay continues to offer Senior’s annual and monthly bus passes to eligible seniors at discounted rates. These passes may be purchased from a Miway ticket agent near you. To qualify for a Senior’s annual or monthly bus pass fare, you must be 65 years of age or older and present your MiWay Senior Photo ID card when boarding. MiWay Senior Photo ID cards can be purchased from the City Centre Transit Terminal for $5. You must present your Senior Photo ID card to validate your Senior’s bus pass. Your ID card does not expire unless you change your address. Monthly and annual Senior’s bus passes are also eligible for a tax credit, so be sure to keep your expired annual or monthly passes as they can be used as your receipt for tax purposes. MiWay also offers fully accessible transit service on its regularly scheduled routes throughout the city. Accessible service is offered at stops marked with the international wheelchair symbol. Accessible buses are designed for customers using a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or crutches, as well as customers with a heart condition, arthritis, or other disabilities that make it difficult to climb stairs. All buses offering accessible service are ramp-equipped, feature priority seating areas located at the front of each bus (for seniors and disabled persons), as well as two wheelchair / scooter securement areas. For more info, please visit www.mississauga.ca/miway or call 905-615-4636.

Streetsville Historical Society Gets a New Home
After 40 years, the Streetsville Historical Society (SHS) finally has a place to call home: the 184-year-old historic Leslie Log House, which is one of the oldest remaining log homes in Ontario and the only heritage site of its kind in north Mississauga. Before they had the Leslie Log House to call home, the SHS archives, which include massive collections of photographs, documents, and artifacts, were stored at the Streetsville Kinsmen and Senior Citizens’ Centre on Queen Street, in two rooms that were once used as jail cells. In earlier years, the Kinsmen Centre had been a high school, police station, and town hall. SHS volunteers had to go through a bathroom to access the archives! The Leslie Log House underwent $400,000 worth of renovations so it could be occupied by the SHS.

The City of Mississauga spent $117,000 to install gas and sewer lines and another $300,000 in infrastructure funding was provided by the Ontario Government. The newly renovated Leslie Log House features a climate-controlled space for the preservation of artifacts, space for research, and room for exhibits and meetings. The property is situated on part of the old Pinchin Farm and has rare apple trees such as Red Gravenstein and Talman Sweet, which exist nowhere else in Canada. The Leslie Log House was built in 1826 by John Leslie, who later moved to Toronto. To prevent it from being demolished, in 1994, the house was moved from its original location on the bank of the Mullet Creek, at Winston Churchill Boulevard and Derry Road, to its current location near Mississauga Road and Eglinton Avenue. For info on the Leslie Log House or our other City heritage museum properties, please visit www.museumsofmississauga.com.

Meadowvale Village P.S. Students Win Green Website Challenge
Five grade five students from Meadowvale Village Public School, who call themselves the “Clover Girls”, were recently awarded the top prize in the second annual Green Website Challenge, presented by the City of Mississauga and Bullfrog Power. The Green Website Challenge is an annual competition that was first launched by Bullfrog Power and the City of Mississauga in December 2009. Through this contest, students are able to learn about the differences between fossil fuel-based energy sources and renewable energy sources, as well as simple ways to conserve energy in their communities. It also provides a platform for students to develop their web design skills. This is the second consecutive year that students from Meadowvale Village Public School have won the top prize in this contest. In recognition of their hard work, the girls were presented with a plaque by Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee, Councillor George Carlson, and Bullfrog Power President, Tom Heintzman. The girls also received special certificates of achievement and their class was awarded a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. “Establishing environmentally responsible habits is important and something we can all do for our community,” Councillor George Carlson told students at Meadowvale Village Public School. “It’s especially exciting to see young people take the lead by participating in the challenge.” The “Clover Girls” (a.k.a. Jennah, Reese, Kyra, Danya, and Aiyshwinni) designed a spectacular website to help educate residents about green energy and electricity generation. Their website is called “Green Energy Is Our World Now” and is on an interactive platform that allows visitors to access information on non-renewable resources, renewable resources, and conservation ideas by clicking on headings that reveal a virtual book of information. The website also features great informational videos. As part of the contest, this website is featured on Bullfrog Power’s main website (www.bullfrogpower.com/greenwebsitechallenge) and the City’s Living Green website (www.mississauga.ca/environment). Congratulations to Meadowvale Village P.S. and the Clover Girls!

George Carlson

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Levi Creek Underpass Gets a Makeover
The Levi Creek pedestrian underpass, at Derry Road West, east of Financial Drive, received a much needed makeover this past spring thanks to the hard work and dedication of local volunteers, in partnership with the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel. 65 local volunteers from the Mississauga Mandarin Association’s Youth Empowerment group, along with City staff and mentor artist, Anna Ferguson, worked tirelessly for five hours a day, over a four-day period to paint a spectacular mural on both sides of this pedestrian underpass. One side of the mural depicts scenes from the four seasons of nature and incorporates the beautiful landscapes of the Levi Creek community. The other side of the mural depicts the local wildlife and trails in the community, along with lots of apples to pay tribute to the history of the community, which was once an apple orchard. This mural project was fully funded by the Region of Peel. This mural was created as part of the City’s Preserve Our Parks initiative, which features several great community programs designed to preserve the natural beauty of our City parks and promote community spirit and engagement. Programs include the Tree Planting Program; Bike Planter Program; Park Murals; Tree Sculpture Program; Community Gardens Program; Parks Watch Program; Commemorative Tree or Park Bench Program; Don’t be a Litterbug Program; and the Parks and Forestry Community Stewardship Program. There are currently 23 community murals located across the City, completed under the Preserve Our Parks initiative, and this is the first mural located in Ward 11. Over the past several years, community murals have transformed various areas across our City into beautiful, bright, and inviting spaces, filled with spirit and pride. If you would like to organize or participate in one of our Preserve Our Parks community programs, please call 3-1-1.

YOU’RE INVITED...
NEW YEAR’S DAY OPEN HOUSE & SKATE PARTY!!!
VIC JOHNSTON COMMUNITY CENTRE (Lobby & Arena) 335 Church Street ~ Streetsville January 1, 2012 ~ Noon-2pm
Meet & greet Councillor George Carlson, MPP Bob Delaney, and MP Brad Butt at Vic Johnston CC. Bring your ice skates and enjoy free skating! Everyone is welcome! Refreshments, door prizes, and fun! Please bring a small donation and/or a non-perishable food item for the local food banks.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 905-896-5011

Important Numbers
Aircraft Noise Complaints416-247-7682 Animal Services 905-896-5858 By-law Enforcement 905-896-5655 City (after hours) 905-615-3000 Courtneypark Library 905-615-4745 Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board 905-890-1221 Enersource (Hydro) 905-273-9050 GO Transit 416-869-3200 Health Line Peel 905-799-7700 Ministry of Health 905-275-2730 Mississauga 311 3-1-1 Mississauga Ambulance 905-844-4242 Mississauga Fire 905-615-3777 Mississauga Transit 905-615-4636

Park Lights (City) Parking Control Peel District School Bd. Peel Regional Police Poison Control Centre Property Taxes Recreation & Parks Region of Peel River Grove CC Safe City Mississauga Snow Removal Streetlights (Enersource) Streetsville B.I.A. Streetsville Library Transhelp Vic Johnston CC Waste Management

905-615-4999 905-896-5678 905-890-1099 905-453-3311 416-813-5900 905-896-5575 905-615-4100 905-791-7800 905-615-4780 905-615-6272 905-615-7669 905-566-2718 905-858-5974 905-615-4785 905-791-1015 905-826-3011 905-791-9499

Ward 11 Community Christmas Festivities
Tree Lighting Ceremony~ Friday, November 25, 7pm
The festive season gets underway on Friday, November 25th during the annual Streetsville Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Village Main Street Square at 7pm. There will be lots of fun for the whole family, including horse and wagon rides, hot chocolate, sweet treats, and of course…Santa! Don’t miss your chance to give your Christmas wish list to Santa himself!

Santa Claus Parade~Sunday, November 27, 12:50pm
Streetsville will once again host the Mississauga Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, November 27th. The 2011 Mississauga Santa Claus Parade promises to be the biggest and best yet, so dress in festive attire with your family and friends! The Parade starts at 12:50pm on Queen St. S (at Britannia Rd.) and will travel south through the Village. I hope to see you at the 2011 parade!

Contact Your Ward 11 Councillor, George Carlson
300 City Centre Drive, 3rd Fl, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C1 tel: (905) 896-5011 fax: (905) 896-5863 e-mail: george.carlson@mississauga.ca website: www.georgecarlson.ca

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