November 2019 E-Newsletter

Published on November 07, 2019

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A Message From The Desk of Your MPP

Hello Mississauga-Malton,

The month of October marks the beginning of the festival season with celebrations like Thanksgiving, Diwali, and Halloween. I am sure everyone spent quality time with their family and friends, whether it was having a meal together or a simple get-together. On October 5, we had our annual Thanksgiving lunch at our community office. I want to thank everyone who was able to join in. To those who were unable to come, I really hope you will join us next year. These events help us to meet our neighbours and create memories. The weather was quite supportive of the festivals as temperatures did not dip to single digits but the month of November will surely bring in the burst of winter that we are all anticipating.

However, the most important thing this past month was our federal election. On October 21, Canada - the 36th largest democracy in the world - exercised its privilege to elect a new government.  I am sure everyone was able to vote in this election for the candidate of their choice and I want to congratulate all the MPs, who were re-elected, and the new MPs who will be representing their constituencies for the first time.  I look forward to working with all the elected officials so we can serve the community with greater efficiency to take it forward.

With the elections out of the way and festivals starting, I want to remind everyone about some of our events and initiatives this holiday season. On December 14, we will be having a Christmas open house at our community office located 7895 Tranmere Drive, Unit 20, Mississauga, ON L5S 1V9. My staff and I are looking forward to seeing you all there.

As the temperatures start to dip in the upcoming months, I think now is the time for everyone to start getting ready for winter and the time has also come to start purchasing winter clothes. Please remember many of our community members are not fortunate to be as prepared for winter. To help those in need, our community office has launched our annual Blessing Bag project, where we collect unused undergarments, socks, gloves, toques, and mittens to donate to community organizations. Our goal is to make sure that Mississauga-Malton stays warm this winter.

I once again want to remind everyone that my office is always open. I am here to serve you and work with you to make Mississauga-Malton a better place to live, work and play.

Sincerely,

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Queen's Park Update

More Funding to Combat Gun Violence 

The Premier recently announced a $6-million investment over 3 years through the Proceeds of Crime grants for targeted police initiatives to fight crime in three priority areas - gun and gang violence, sexual violence, human trafficking. This funding is in addition to other financial commitments such as the new Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant program.
I applaud the government’s focus on ending violence in our communities.

Keeping Our Kids in School

I would like to commend the Minister of Education and his negotiating team on reaching a deal with the union representing education workers across the province and thereby, averting a strike.
Negotiations with the teachers’ unions are currently ongoing and the Minister has said that all options were on the table when it came to reaching a deal, and keeping kids in class. To that end, a proposal has been offered to Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation that includes reducing the funded average high school class size from 28 students to 25 students.
I encourage the union to work with the government towards a deal and ultimately keep students in the classroom, where they belong.

Mississauga-Malton's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

We kicked off the festive season with our annual Thanksgiving luncheon at 7895 Tranmere Drive, Unit 7, on Saturday, Oct 5.
Now in its second year, the event provided an afternoon of delicious food, great live music, fun kids’ activities, which included games and henna tattoos, to all those who attended. Over 600 residents had a wonderful afternoon with their families, friends and neighbours and getting to know their elected representatives.
The Premier, the Minister of Finance, and many MPPs from across the GTA joined in the celebrations.
Community organisations such as SafeCity Mississauga, Stop Diabetes, Match for Marrow, and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, to name a few, were on site to spread awareness about their services and provide information to the community.
In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, attendees were asked to bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s City-Wide Food Drive Challenge.
As an immigrant to Canada, Thanksgiving has a special significance for me and my family, which was why I thought to start this tradition of a community lunch. The aim is to bring the residents of the riding to give thanks together as a community and reflect with gratitude on our many blessings as Canadians.
 
Thanks to all those who attended, and the staff and volunteers, who helped make this event a success. All those who could not make it this year, I hope you can stop by next year!

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Meeting and Beating Mayor Crombie's Challenge 

Mississauga-Malton, I am proud to say that we did not just meet Mayor Crombie’s challenge, we far exceeded it. We donated over 250 lbs of food to Mississauga Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Thank you all for your generosity!

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Promoting Mental Health in Mississauga-Malton

As part of the Ontario government’s continued investment in mental health, PCHS has received $232,100 to support their ‘Meet Me Where I Am’ (MMWIA) program, where services are provided to priority populations in areas like Westwood Mall and Seva Food Bank.
The aim is to serve 160 individuals with complex mental health and addictions issues by providing 2300 interventions annually.

Congrats to New Peel Police Chief

Congratulations to the new Peel Regional Police Chief Nish Duraiappah! It was an honour to watch him being sworn in. The Ontario Government remains committed to ensuring the safety of all Ontarians and I look forward to working with him to make the Peel community a safe and secure place to live, work and raise a family.

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Supporting Seniors

Ontario is investing $3 million in more than 260 projects in communities all across the province to coordinate and deliver local supports and programs that will benefit seniors.
 
Four organizations in our riding – Sahara Senior Services, ASM Active Seniors Club, Learning Disabilities  Association of Peel and Carassauga Festival – have received funding through the 2019-2020 Seniors Community Grant Program to deliver workshops, events, day trips etc.
 
Investing in seniors' health and well-being brings positive health benefits, which helps to keep seniors out of the hospital, reducing strain on the healthcare system.

City of Mississauga's Windrow Clearing Program for Seniors

A windrow is the snow left at the end of a driveway after a snowplow has cleared a road. The Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program helps residents by clearing space in the snow windrow at the end of their driveway.

The program is offered to residents 65 years and older and individuals who are physically disabled (as verified by a regulated health professional). The cost of the program is $200. The program is offered at no cost to eligible applicants who meet financial assistance criteria. Completed applications can be submitted at any community centre, the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre, and the Recreation Customer Service Centre. Completed applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person. The program will be offered from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.

All applications are due by 9pm on Friday, November 8.

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Read My Monthly Mississauga News Column

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Out and About in October

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Social Planning Council of Peel's Grant Recognition Event

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At MBOT's Breakfast with the Minister of Infrastructure

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Upcoming Events

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Other Initiatives

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