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."
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Students raise over $3,000 to help the Philippines after the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan
By Amanda McAlpine
Students at Mentor College in Port Credit have bravely stepped up and taken action to raise money for disaster relief after Typhoon Haiyan. Students in grades two, three and four have spent countless hours making bracelets with the colours of the Philippines flag and selling them for two dollars each. The total raised and donated to the Red Cross of Canada was $3,600.
Typhoon Haiyan has been the deadliest Pacific Ocean typhoon on record, hitting most of Southeast Asia in early November. The typhoon killed 5,235 people and is categorized as the strongest storm ever. The Red Cross of Canada has been doing everything to help, and Mentor College students realized that they had the opportunity in their hands to make a difference.
"The idea for a fundraiser evolved after a class discussion," said Shamiez Nasser, a grade four teacher at Mentor College. "Students in my class had brought in newspaper articles showing the destruction caused by the storm and we collectively realized that we could and should help."
Over 300 bracelets were made and all donations from their efforts went directly to the Red Cross of Canada. 66 students participated in total, most giving up their recesses and weekends to make the bracelets.
"I was very fortunate to work with driven students and talented teachers," said Nasser. "Everyone put a lot of energy into making this a very successful fundraiser and learning experience."
The primary students' initial goal was to raise $1,000 in five days, however they surprised themselves by quickly surpassing their target. Older students at Mentor College also did their share, as grade eight students rallied their classmates to donate a loonie or toonie to the cause.
"[The students] focused on helping those in times of need," said Jason Fournie, a grade eight teacher at Mentor College. "And how that ought to be a priority, given the level of safety and security we enjoy here [in Canada]."
Media portrayal of the typhoon was discussed in classrooms; "we did a few mini lessons on media," said Rebecca Meyer, a grade two teacher at Mentor College. "How it can entertain, inform and persuade the reader. We made posters with the intent to inform and gently persuade [students to buy the bracelets]. The students really took a lot away from the fundraiser, including the meaning of empathy, compassion and teamwork."
Some Mentor students were indirectly affected by the shock of the typhoon, having nannies from the Philippines whose friends weren't found.
"The benefits [of this fundraiser] are much more than a textbook could offer," Meyer said. "It creates a team atmosphere with real purpose. It connects the students to the real world on an attainable level, and it gives all of us something to strive for as one unit."
The students' fundraising project was a great success with many lessons learned about the media, how to work as a team and how to help those who are hurting in a different country, right here at home in Mississauga.
Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre's (CCAC) free e-newsletter, Health Advisor, provides readers with reliable and relevant information about health care in Canada. Easily accessible online, the newsletter includes stories, helpful tips, fact sheets and health care updates individuals need to remain healthy or get care to remain at home safely.
"Health Advisor provides readers with relevant, reliable information at their fingertips," says Bobbi Greenberg, Manager, Media and Public Relations, Mississauga Halton CCAC. "Our consumer newsletter includes timely stories our readers can use to make informed decisions about their health or care for a loved one."
Special features of each issue include Ask Caroline, a forum where the Mississauga Halton CCAC CEO, Caroline Brereton, RN, MBA, answers readers' questions and also includes feature stories, updates about the Mississauga Halton CCAC and its services, and links to helpful websites and resources.
The Mississauga Halton CCAC coordinates in-home and community support services, information and referral, and long-term care placement. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN) and serves a population of more than one-million residents in the communities of South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.
Mississauga – Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau are appealing for witnesses to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in Mississauga.
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, at approximately 7:18 p.m., a collision occurred in the intersection of Cawthra Road and Eastgate Parkway in the city of Mississauga. As a result of this collision, one person died at the scene. A second person received injuries and was transported to a local hospital, but has since been released. The driver of a van responsible for the collision fled the scene on foot but was apprehended a short distance away by two concerned citizens and an off duty police officer.
Mihajlo RADOVANOVIC, 32 years-old, resident of Mississauga, has been charged with Fail to Remain at the Scene of a Collision Causing Death, Dangerous Driving Causing Death, Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, Impaired Operation Causing Bodily Harm, and Over 80 mgs Causing Death.
Investigators are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or to the actions of the drivers of the vehicles prior to the collision, or anyone who may have had contact with RADOVANOVIC after the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.
Mississauga - Investigators from the Special Victims Unit are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a male suspect wanted for a sexual assault.
On September 17, 2012, at approximately 11:00 a.m. the female victim was walking along the Hydro field near Indian Road and Lorne Park Road, in the City of Mississauga. The victim was approached by an unknown male who sexually assaulted her. She returned home and immediately contacted police.
Police searched the surrounding area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as male, black, 18-24 years old, short curly hair, clean shaven, 5'6" tall, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a grey long sleeved t-shirt and slim fit blue jeans.
Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this suspect is asked to call Peel Regional Police Special Victims Unit at (905) 453-3311, ext.3460, or their local police service. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.