September 2019 E-NewsletterPublished on September 10, 2019
A Message From The Desk of Your MPP
With the month of September upon us and the school year beginning, I want to thank everyone for a wonderful summer. These past few months have been full of many amazing activities and events. Everything from the Raptors bringing the NBA championship home to Bianca Andreescu winning the Rogers Cup and making us very proud, it’s been quite exciting!
Through the past few months, I have hosted many events in the community for my Mississauga-Malton family. Thank you to all those who attended these events and I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events such as our Thanksgiving Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will be at Ascension of Our Lord Secondary School in Malton on Saturday, October 5 from 1pm onwards. To join us at this event, please register at https://www.deepakanand.ca/thanksgivingluncheon.
I want to wish all of the parents, teachers and students good luck for the academic year ahead. I am sure the new school year will be filled with memorable life lessons. This time of the year always reminds me of my school days when I used to be thrilled to go back and meet all my old friends and make new ones. School is never only about book learning. After all, we cultivate some of our closest friends and our best memories there.
For those who are starting a new chapter in their academic life such as the first year of university or college or high school or even Kindergarten - make sure to keep your head up, be proud of who you are and do not worry - everything will be alright. Everything may seem bigger or more difficult, but soon enough you will look back upon these days with a sense of longing.
Always remember, your family and friends are with you to share any experiences you may have. And do not hesitate to contact us if there is any way we can help.
It’s been a busy but amazing summer and I couldn't have asked for anything better as my first summer as an MPP. But now, grab your jackets and boots and get your pumpkin spice lattes, fall is here!
Queen's Park Update
Modernizing the Curriculum
As the new school year begins, there have been some updates to the current curriculum to better prepare students for their future. For example, financial literacy is a major, mandatory component in the revised 10th Grade Careers course. This will also be an area of focus in the revised math curriculum being phased in for all grades.
There has been a visible decline in EQAO grades at the Grade 3, Grade 6 and applied Grade 9 level. To bring students back up to where they should be, the Ministry of Education has announced a revised math curriculum. Click the link below to read more about that steps the Ministry is taking to ensure that the students succeed.
The Ministry of Education has also announced a new health and physical education plan. To read more about the new curriculum, click below.
Cellphones in the Classroom
After talking with parents and teachers, the Ministry of Education has updated the provincial code of conduct ban cellphones in classrooms. This does not mean that students will be unable to use devices. They can still be used in a instructional capacity for educational purposes as well as health, medical or special needs.
More Rush-hour, Mid-day and Evening Services for GO Transit
Thousands of people use the GO transit every day and often it can cause crowding in the busiest of times on popular routes resulting in a difficult commute for some. To make the ride for them easier, the Ministry of Transportation has announced 84 new train trips as well as extended 65 existing routes. This change also means increased services from Malton Go station. After this expansion, Metrolinx will have expanded their service by 8% this year alone. To read more about these changes, you can click the button below.
Association of Municipalities Ontario Conference of 2019
I had the pleasure of attending the Association of Municipalities Ontario conference in Ottawa from Aug 18 to Aug 20. This annual conference gives me an opportunity to connect with everyone from leaders across municipal regions to industry exhibitors to discuss pertinent issues.
I had the opportunity to meet with numerous delegations from the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel on issues such as housing, child care, transportation and infrastructure. One of the most exciting discussions I attended was with The Minister of Transportation and a delegation from the City of Mississauga regarding the Hurontario LRT and to review the city’s priority transit projects. Suffice to say, big things are on the horizon.
I also attended a delegation with the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to discuss Mississauga’s relationship with Toronto Global as well as Mississauga’s economic development strategy. Mississauga, being the business hub that it is, has many great economic ventures waiting to happen and I hope to be able to continue to work along side my colleagues to help the city prosper.
The AMO conference is always an enlightening and educational experience and I look forward to attending the next one and representing the riding’s concerns and hearing from our municipal partners!
Town Hall at Victory Hall
On Sep 4, we held our first townhall post our summer break at Victory Hall in Malton. I began with updates from Queen’s Park, highlighting the increased GO train service from Malton GO station during rush hour and the changes to the curriculum recently announced by the Ministry of Education. We also discussed the summer events that we organised such as our blood drive, STEM workshop, and our Community Clean-Up Days.
We then moved on to the theme of this townhall – making Malton safe, clean and prosperous. We were happy to have Commander David Kennedy from Division 21 along with his colleagues join us for this important discussion about keeping the community safe and clean. Commander Kennedy fielded questions on the closure of the Malton community station and what has been done since then to keep the community safe. Residents spoke about concerns like public drinking in parking lots, specific areas of the community where they felt unsafe, City bylaws being disregarded among other things. Commander Kennedy and his team also met one-on-one with those residents who wanted to pinpoint specific issues.
On the issue of cleanliness, I spoke about our progress in getting the pathway behind the Malton Walmart cleaned up. We now have a commitment from the property management to have a weekly clean-up of the area and if that does not suffice, they will look into adding more garbage bins.
It was another well-attended and productive townhall and I want to thank all those who attended. We will take all the comments and suggestions offered and work on putting it into action. Our next townhall will be on Nov 8 at 7.30pm at Frank Mckechnie Community Centre (310 Bristol Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3V5) and I look forward to seeing you there!
Thank You Summer Students!
I want to thank all the students who spent time with us this summer for their hard work and dedication. Their assistance was very much appreciated in the office.
Thank you to Adwit Gupta, Ahmad Elbayoumi, Amber Gill, Anahita Ponkshe, Caitlyn Ying, Kevin Perera, Maanvi Sidhu, Manpreet Rooprai, Mayank Gupta, Oasika Sharma, Piyush Verma and Sukham Brar.
TAP Program with MBOT
The Mississauga Board of Trade has put together a Trade Acceleration Program to help businesses interested in exports put together an export strategy with expert resources, advice, and hands-on mentorship.
Click Here for more information: https://www.mbot.com/tap-program/
Child Welfare Review
The quality of care children and youth receive has a big impact on their future.
That’s why Ontario is engaging with youth, families and frontline workers by asking them to participate in an online survey:
Survey can be found here: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/ professionals/childwelfare/engagement.aspx
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Out and About in August
Brampton Children and Youth Festival
MTAC Tug-of-War picnic
Spent the day with Boys and Girls Club Peel
Wonderful day out at theVIVAGOA Festival
Had an excellent conversation with Ontario Non-profit Network