General Committee of Mississauga Council today endorsed a pilot playground program of free, safe and supervised activities to be offered in 12 parks throughout the city this summer. "Let's Play in the Park" will give 11,000 children aged six to 12 years the chance to play in the park with trained leaders each weekday for a nine-week period in their local neighbourhoods.
"There are a number of recognized benefits to providing free and low-cost recreation for children," said Community Services Commissioner Paul Mitcham. "Programs provide positive role models for children, support healthy development, encourage physical activity to fight childhood obesity and connect our young citizens to nature and their community."
Universal programs such as "Let's Play in the Park" give families with limited means the chance to participate in recreation services without having to qualify for social assistance ensuring they experience the many benefits associated with participation in summer camps.
The three-hour daily program will be designed to meet the High Five Quality Assurance Standard for delivering quality recreational services for children. Staff will plan a variety of organized games, sports, arts and crafts and nature skills activities.
The pilot program budget of $80,200 will not be funded through taxes with financial contributionscoming from youth employment grants and the Jerry Love Children's Fund. Its continuation in future years will be based on usage, feedback and getting commitment from a multi-year corporate sponsor.
"We're now looking at locations in every ward throughout the city to hold the program," added Recreation Director Howie Dayton. "These are where children can easily walk or cycle and that have the appropriate green space to deliver a fun-filled experience for all our Let's Play in the Park visitors."
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Come visit the Bradley Museum during March Break to enjoy Mississauga's annual maple syrup season and Mississauga's own maple syrup festival - Maple Magic! Ever wonder how maple syrup gets from the forest to your breakfast table?
From March 10th to the 18th, and new this year an additional weekend - March 24th and March 25th, 2012, you can come to experience the magic of Maple time! Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, as well as pancakes served daily in our Log Cabin, guided tours, kids' crafts, free samples and more. Visit the Sweet Water Camp, a recreated First Nations' campsite where you can learn about the lore and legends surrounding the first discovery of this marvellous sugar water that oozes out of maple trees. Oversized outdoor board games will provide lots of fun for your family. On the weekends soar up into the air in a Forestry Division bucket truck - all this in addition to learning about maple syrup production past and present.
Maple Magic - Saturday and Sunday weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Monday to Friday weekday hours are 12 to 4 p.m., March 12th to 16th.
We will offer a special theme each weekday. Monday March 12th is "Grandparents' Day" so bring your grandkids out for an afternoon of fun. Free Activity Passes to any Mississauga recreation centre will be issued to the first 100 grandparents who come with grandkids in tow! Tuesday March 13th we will be celebrating ‘Earth Day' early, Wednesday March 14th join us for ‘Tell me a Story' with local authors and actors on site reliving a simpler time and local folklore'. Thursday March 15th features ‘Canadian Eh! as we celebrate Canada, and to end the weekday celebrations, Friday March 16th, bring your favourite Teddy and join us as we have activities for young and old Teddies throughout the site. In addition Saturday March 17th will be "Green Day" for St. Patrick's Day so we encourage everyone to come dressed in green and join in on the festivities. A detailed list of daily activities can also be found on our website.
Many thanks to our sponsors Holcim Canada, the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga as well as all our many dedicated volunteers.
Bradley Museum is located at 1620 Orr Road in Mississauga, just south of Lakeshore Road and east off of Southdown Road. Admission is just $17.17 (+tax) for a Family of 2 adults and 3 children. Horse and Wagon rides are $2 each. Pancakes are $5 per serving.
For details visit our website www.museumsofmississauga.com or call the Bradley Museum at 905-615-4860. Get-up-to date information on what's happening at the Museums by following us on Facebook under ‘Mississauga Culture' and Twitter under ‘SaugaCulture'
Mississauga, ON, October 04, 2011: The Community Foundation of Mississauga will launch Mississauga's Vital Signs at an event to be held at the BMO Room of the Mississauga Living Arts Centre on October 4th, 2011 from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. This will be the first ever Vital Signs report for the city and will be accompanied by the release of information concerning a new granting program called Vital Initiatives.
Vital Signs® is an annual community check-up being conducted by twenty-two community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities and identifies significant trends in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada. Each city's report card data is a compilation of numerous research sources, much of it local, that help communities make connections between issues and trends in different areas. The findings are presented in a reader friendly format to make them as accessible as possible.
For example among the report's findings, the following are noted:
• Gap Between Rich and Poor: The Gap is getting wider with one in four Mississauga children now living in poverty. The poverty rate amongst senior citizens is higher than the provincial or national levels. • Safety: Reported crime severity continues to drop in Mississauga. • Health and Wellness: Although Mississaugans are generally healthier, smoking rates have increased. • Belonging & Leadership: In 2009, the median charitable donation from Mississauga residents who claimed so on their income tax was $320, higher than the provincial median charitable donation of $310 and the national median charitable donation of $250 over the same period
"The launch of Mississauga's Vital Signs is a pivotal moment not just for the Foundation but for people and organizations in our community", says Eileen MacKenzie, Executive Director. "Providing information in a reader-friendly format encourages us all to know our community better, think about issue areas where we each want to take action and open up informed conversations about how we can make a strengthen our community."
The Community Foundation of Mississauga is also pleased to announce that charitable organizations serving the community can now apply for a grant under the Vital Initiatives grant stream. Applicants must demonstrate that the project to be considered will benefit the Mississauga community, address an identified need within one or more of the issue areas outlined in the Mississauga's Vital Signs report and address the root causes of an issue with the ability to generate sustainable, positive change. One grant of $30,000 and one grant of $10,000 may be awarded in each of the ten Mississauga's Vital Signs issue areas and applications for a grant under this program must be received by November 4th, 2011.
More information about the Community Foundation of Mississauga, the Vital Initiatives grant program and a digital version of Mississauga's Vital Signs including all findings and links to data sources are available at www.CFofM.org.
Community Foundation of Mississauga
The Community Foundation of Mississauga is a registered charitable public foundation that seeks to build community vitality by providing efficient, flexible donor services, grants to a broad range of community initiatives and leadership in understanding and responding to current and emergent community needs. Incorporated and registered in 2001, the Foundation is a member of the national network, Community Foundations of Canada and has experienced significant growth in endowed funds. The first grants from these funds were made in 2006. The Community Foundation of Mississauga is now managing approximately $17 million in endowed assets and has made over $3 million in cumulative grants.
On Hunger Awareness Day, you are invited to do your part to help the growing number of hungry people in your community.
On June 1, 2010 we are asking individuals from groups across Mississauga to Brown Bag It for Hunger and donate your lunch money to support Mississauga Food Banks. A donation of just $10 will enable us to distribute $100 of food to the hungry in your community.
It is hard to imagine that there is hunger right here in our own backyards; however, in The Mississauga Food Bank Network, we serve 12,000 clients each month. Sadly, 47% of the Mississauga Food Bank's clients are children! Scientific evidence suggests that hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens, and that a child who is unequipped to learn because of hunger and poverty is more likely to be poor as an adult.
As a network of independent non-profit organizations, we receive no government funding, so we rely heavily on our local community for funding. Your support and participation will help spread the word that hunger here in our local community is unacceptable.
What are we asking? The Mississauga Food Bank Network is asking you to participate in Brown Bag It for Hunger in honour of Hunger Awareness Day on June 1, 2010. All you have to do is bring your lunch one day instead of buying it, and donate your lunch money to help feed those who are hungry in your community.
To register your group for Brown Bag It for Hunger, please let us know you will be taking part! We can then send you a poster to promote your campaign and instructions how to submit your Brown Bag it for Hunger donations. To register, contact Meghan Nicholls at 905.270.5589 x226 or
By working together, we can feed the hungry in our own community. Sign up for Brown Bag It for Hunger today!
This Wednesday is Canada Day and Port Credit has a day-long party planned to celebrate Canada's 142nd birthday!
All Day: Take a Tour of Canada in the Village of Port Credit and visit the "Taste of Port Credit Restaurants!" Look for the flags of Canadian provinces that will be placed in front of the restaurants and stores which will all feature unique dishes throughout the day.
12:00 PM: Community Barbeque - kids eat free! (at the Port Credit Legion - Front St. North) (Google Map)
1:00 - 4:00 PM: Cake-Cutting Ceremony. Take part in a giant "Canada Flag" cake cutting ceremony and O Canada sing-a-long with Carol McCartney, Miss Teen Canada International Aubrey Hiddema and Juno-nominated recording artist Tom Barlow at La Villa Bakery (located at the corner of Wenonah Ave. and Lakeshore Rd.) Also includes a special appearance by Australian singer-songwriter Mark Seymour! Enjoy free hot dogs at the bakery! (Google Map)
1:00 PM: Music in the Park: 8 bands will hold an all day concert at the Port Credit Memorial Park main stage. Featuring Ronnie and the Jets, The Homeless Band, Powderfinger, Loco Zydeco, Krista and Maxine, Lana and more. The Main Park entertainment kicks off with Little Peter and the Elegants at 1:15pm, and the entertainment continues all day long. Test your Canadian knowledge with live trivia contests,games and much more. (Google Map)
2:00 - 4:00 PM: Lowe's School of Music and iStar Youth in the Arts perform in the Port Credit Village Square at Hurontario St. and Lakeshore Rd. (Google Map) See "Music in the Marina" at Stavebank Rd, featuring performances by Gus Papas, The Bottle Devils and Sean Pinchin! (Google Map)
10:15 PM: Watch the massive FIREWORKS display at Port Credit Memorial Park for free! (Google Map)