R.I.D.E. Spot Checks Scheduled for Super Bowl Weekend

The Super Bowl will be taking place on Sunday, February 7, 2016, and Peel Regional Police will be deploying a complement of officers to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Super Bowl weekend is often associated with an increase in alcohol-related activities and get-togethers.  Peel Regional Police will be conducting R.I.D.E. spot checks in Brampton and Mississauga during the evenings of Saturday, February 6, 2016, and Sunday February 7, 2016.  These officers are in addition to other patrol officers who will also be out looking for drinking and driving-related offences.

Inspector Paul Pogue of Road Safety Services states “We want fans and citizens to enjoy the game, but plan ahead.” Drivers are reminded that the penalties for drinking and driving are severe.  They include licence suspensions and criminal charges, plus the potential for serious injuries or death.

For more information regarding impaired countermeasures and fines please click here.

Peel Regional Police are counting on you to do the right thing.  If you’ve had too much to drink, use a designated driver, call a cab, call a sober friend, or use public transit.  If you see a driver you think might be impaired, call 9-1-1 and help us take that driver off the road.

If you believe an intoxicated individual is about to drive, and cannot be dissuaded from doing so, Peel Regional Police urge you to immediately call 9-1-1.

Road safety is a shared responsibility and, by working together, we can continue to make our roadways safer for everyone.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.

City of Mississauga to Co-Host First Open Data Idea Jam

Code and the City

The City of Mississauga will co-host “Code and The City”, an idea jam, in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) to mark International Open Data Day on March 5, 2016.

As an early adopter of open data in 2010, the City of Mississauga was one of the first 12 public sector agencies in Canada to publish open data, on the City’s website. The website describes the purpose of open data and provides accessible data sets.

“We are inviting the best and the brightest – students and seasoned professionals – to participate in our inaugural Code and the City Mississauga event,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “Participants will mine through mountains of open data and it is our aim that this greater access to information will empower participants to use City data sets for software and website development. Participants will help ignite new applications that have the potential to deliver smarter, effective and more efficient community services,” Mayor Crombie added. “With open data, our next big idea is in the hands of Mississaugans.”

“The City of Mississauga is a digital innovator. Code and the City is one of many initiatives to advance our community through digital,” said Shawn Slack Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. This event will create a greater awareness of Mississauga’s open data sets and educate the community on how the City’s information and services can be accessed through the use of technology.”

At Code and the City, 75 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts will gather to share, discuss, network and collaborate on ideas through the use of open data. Participants will have the opportunity to attend open workshops led by industry professionals and instructors.

All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges. The event aims to create actionable solutions for improving how Mississauga can gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment.

The winning solutions can earn up to $6,000 in cash and prizes.

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NEW EXHIBITIONS AT THE AGM

On Thursday, February 25th from 6-8pm The Art Gallery of Mississauga is hosting an opening night reception for three new exhibitions coming to the gallery in February and running until April 10th.

A free shuttle is available from The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto leaving at 6pm.

Change Makers

Change Makers aims to re-evaluate the relationship between Aboriginal and Western cultures. This exhibition celebrates the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s recent commitment to the study and exhibition of Indigenous art while providing diverse responses to what it means to be Indigenous today. Through their works, the artists engage with ideas of self-representation to question colonial narratives and present parallel histories while exploring relationships between the spiritual, the uncanny and every day.

Featuring: Outi Pieski, Wally Dion, Wendy Red Star, Melissa General, Amy Malbeuf, Shuvinai Ashoona & Nicotye Samayualie

Pushing Paint

Fiona Kinsella takes the physicality and organic qualities of oil paint as her starting point, pushing the medium to become more than surface pigmentation, into the realm of the sculptural – to grow, shift, change, to build up and to decay.

The Zenith of My Understanding Is Like Water in a Thimble

In a new body of work, Claire Scherzinger examines the relationship between drawing, painting and sculpture as a spectrum of exchange of information and knowledge between the image and the object.

For more information please visit the AGM Web site.

COUNTRY MUSIC COMES ALIVE WITH WINDMILL THEATRE!

Windmill Theatre is set to dazzle music lovers with its first-ever Country Music Cabaret on February 5 and 6, 2016.  The Best of Country will take place at The Great Hall located at 84 South Service Rd (QEW and Hyw 10) Mississauga.

Expect music from the likes of Shania Twain, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Patsy Cline,” says Artistic Director Brian Pritchard. “You’re out there, you love the music, so join us for a real Countryfest.”

The Best of Country features a powerhouse cast of local vocalists. Singers include Kevin Baker, Heidi Cyfko, Raylin Marcotte, Blair Barnsdale, Heather Brissenden, Chris Burke, Sarah DaCunha, Jason Hales and Erin Boyle. All will be under the musical direction of Joshua Tamayo.

Based in Port Credit, Mississauga, Windmill Theatre is a flourishing theatrical organization known for its innovative cabaret performances. The Windmill Theatre stage has served as a launch for numerous prominent Canadian artists including Darryn De Souza (Musical Arranger for the Tenors), Evan Alexander Smith (Broadway and Shaw Festival), Brianna Palmer (Wizard of Oz National Tour). Please visit www.windmilltheatre.com for more details.

Don’t miss this unforgettable salute to Country Music! Tickets are $30 and may be purchased on the Windmill website at wwwwindmilltheatre.com, by emailing windmilltheatre@mail.com or by calling 905-483-5702. Only ten tickets left, so call early to avoid disappointment.

The Fresh Produce Box Solution

Mississauga residents find a solution to the problem of skyrocketing produce prices through Eden Food for Change’s Fresh Produce Box program.

In January 2014, the program officially launched as a way for people of all income levels to access fresh produce. Immediately, the number of orders steadily rose amongst a variety of groups in Mississauga.

In the last few weeks, with this recent rise in prices for fruits and vegetables, Eden Food for Change (EFFC) has seen their orders increase by almost 40%. In December 2015 there were 135 small boxes and 151 large boxes ordered. Within a month there were 202 small boxes and 237 large boxes ordered by people looking for a solution to the dramatic increase of produce seen at grocery stores.

“Our goal is to provide more good food for more people,” says EFFC’s Executive Director Bill Crawford. “Food that is financially cheap is often nutritionally cheap so we started this program to help give people struggling financially the option of healthy food at a more affordable rate than they would normally find.”

Food prices at the Ontario Food Terminal, where EFFC purchases the produce for their boxes, have by 36% in the last year. However, with a more concerted effort for price comparison and negotiations with food vendors, the organization has managed to maintain the same number of items in their Fresh Produce Boxes as last year.

Participants can expect around eight items in a $10 box with a $20 box providing an increased quantity of the same items, plus an additional two or three more items such as green beans and cauliflower.

“Many people think this is a fundraiser for our organization, but it isn’t. We only take 10% to cover our costs,” explains Crawford. “We also make sure that we only buy for the number of people that have ordered that week to ensure cost-efficiency.”

The program is open to anyone who is able to pick up their order at one of the six western Mississauga pick-up locations. Interested participants simply place their orders online at www.edenffc.org/fresh-oroduce-box by 4 pm on Thursdays.

Contents for the boxes are purchased early on Friday mornings and then assembled by a team of volunteers with the boxes ready for distribution by Friday afternoon. The contents of the box can vary slightly from week to week, but a greater variety is seen during the local growing season.

Eden Food for Change has been serving hungry families in western Mississauga for 25 years. The organization serves people through its two Food Bank locations, its Learning Kitchen and Fresh Produce Box program and has a vision of Good Food For All!