Be a Conservation Hero this Giving Tuesday

November 26, 2015 – It’s time to channel your holiday spirit as the season of giving is officially upon us. On December 1, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF), with support from Suncor Energy, will launch its Be a Conservation Hero campaign in connection with the global day of giving known as GivingTuesday.

The campaign will run from December 1 to 28 with the goal of raising $28,000 in just 28 days. Funds will help engage, inspire and empower Mississauga youth through the Conservation Youth Corps program, managed by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC).  The program connects students with nature and encourages long-term environmental leadership.

“We are excited this GivingTuesday to collaborate with Suncor for our Be a Conservation Hero campaign,” said Jim Muscat, Chair for CVCF. “As the opening days of the giving season begin, we encourage everyone to consider being a part of something special.  Supporting local youth and nature in our communities is so important. We want to encourage everyone to participate because a thriving environment needs heroes.”

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Beyond the Pines Homer Watson and the Contemporary Canadian Landscape
Catalogue Launch & Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 3rd
6:30 (Reception with light refreshments)
7- 9 pm (Panel Discussion)

The AGM celebrates the launch of the catalogue for our current exhibition Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson and the Contemporary Landscape with a panel discussion on the intersection of aesthetics, environmentalism, art history and politics in landscape. Join Curator Kendra Ainsworth, exhibiting artist Reinhard Reitzenstein, catalogue contribhutor Shannon Anderson, and Ivan Jurakic (Director | Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery), in an engaging, cross-disciplinary discussion. Fourth panelist TBA.

Homer Watson is considered to be one of the founders of the Canadian landscape painting tradition. He aimed to give a ‘truthful representation’ of the Canadian wilderness in his work, as distinct from the more romanticized style found in depictions of the English and European countryside. Contemporary Canadian artists looking at landscape must also find a way to access the ‘truth’ of a subject that is not only strongly represented in our national artistic history, but one that is both deeply political and personal. Placing contemporary work by emerging and established artists alongside that of Watson illustrates the universality of the quest to appreciate and capture the landscape in which we live. Exhibiting artists include Jason Brown, Jennifer Carvalho, April Hickox, Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, Gavin Lynch, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Monica Tap.


Mississauga Culture Talk


Tuesday, December 1, 7 – 9:30 PM
Mississauga Civic Centre | Great Hall | 300 City Centre Drive
Free & Open to the public

The Art Gallery of Mississauga and Mississauga Arts Council invites members of the public to share what cutlure means to them at the first ever Mississauga Culture Talk. Organized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, eleven community consultation events will be happening across the province focusing on what art, culture and heritage mean to Ontarians. The outcomes will contribute towards shaping the first Culture Strategy for our province.

Culture Talk town halls are part of the Ontario government’s initiatives to seek guidance for the development of the province’s first Culture Strategy. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, “the new culture strategy will help ensure that support for culture reflects these changes, while giving Ontarians a chance to tell their stories and share what arts and culture mean to them.” As Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport has said, “Ontario’s cultural landscape has evolved and it is important that government priorities reflect this… I look forward to hearing from Ontarians about what they value about arts and culture in their lives and what culture means to them. This is an opportunity for the province to take a fresh look at how it invests in arts and culture, to build our vibrant sectors and to enrich our diverse communities.”

The “Culture Talk” will begin with celebrated artist Bonnie Devine and performer Arlene Paculan in a moderated discussion about the value and place of art, culture and heritage in daily life followed by round table talks.

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Mississauga Awarded 2016 Skate Canada International

MISSISSAUGA, ON: The Mississauga Celebration Square Ice Rink hosted some of Canada’s top skaters today as Skate Canada, in partnership with the City of Mississauga and Toronto Tourism, announced that Mississauga has been awarded the hosting of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition. The event will take place from October 27-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre. Ticket packages for the event will go on sale to the public this Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Mississauga has been one of the leading host cities for Skate Canada competitions. Skate Canada International has visited the city in 2011, 2003 and 2000, Skate Canada Challenge was held in 2008 through 2011, and in 2013 the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships were also held at the Hershey Centre.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Mississauga for the 43rd instalment of Skate Canada International. Over the years the City of Mississauga, Toronto Tourism and the Hershey Centre have proven to be valuable partners and have contributed to the success of several Skate Canada events,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Over the event weekend, fans will see some spectacular skating from Canadian stars and high-level international athletes. It is an event you won’t want to miss out on. We hope to see the community come out and support all the competitors.”

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Liberty Silver will perform at MAC’s Cranberry Cocktail

The Mississauga Arts Council is proud to announce that Juno Award Winner Liberty Silver will perform at MAC’s Cranberry Cocktail on December 4 in the Great Hall, 300 City Centre Drive.

Liberty Silver has won two Juno Awards, one for Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year and the other for Best Reggae/Calypso Recording. Both were in 1985. She also performed an opening act for Bob Marley when he opened Madison Square Garden.
The event will also feature a once-in-a-lifetime intercultural performance featuring multi-award winning “eclectic” guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental musician Rob Tardik, Carnatic violinist Subhadra Vijaykumar, and jazz pianist Dionne Grant, all performing alongside Silver.

The Cranberry Cocktail is a great opportunity to network, connect, collaborate and celebrate the holidays with creative industry, corporate supporters, community and most importantly our talented artists! The Cranberry Cocktail will run from 4 – 7 p.m. in the Great Hall (at City Hall) Friday December 4.

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MiWay 5 will Shift City Transit to a Grid Network

Improved frequency along main corridors will be the focus from 2016-2020

This week, MiWay 5 – a plan that will move Mississauga’s transit system from a design that radiates from the city centre to a grid network that will allow for more frequent buses along main corridors was presented to General Committee of City Council.

“MiWay 5 is about building a better MiWay together,” said Mary-Lou Johnston, manager of business development for transit. “We heard the message loud and clear at the City’s recent transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015 – that transit systems and active modes of transportation need to be expanded. MiWay 5 will help us achieve this.”

MiWay 5 is a five year transit plan from 2016-2020 that was developed after an 18 month review based on public engagement and a technical review. Information sessions were held in the spring of this year to allow the public to learn more about MiWay 5 and voice their opinions on the draft plan. Engagement also occurred through focus groups and a web-based survey.

“During public and stakeholder engagement there was a strong preference of moving MiWay to a grid network with improved frequencies and getting people to their destinations faster,” added Johnston.

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CVC Seeks Nominations for Environmental Awards

When it comes to a healthy environment, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) believes anything is possible with a little help from its friends. To honour local efforts, CVC is seeking nominations for its annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. The awards program recognizes first-time projects and initiatives, as well as those that have extended over multiple years. Consideration is given to all projects that promote a healthy environment.

“For three decades it has been our privilege to honour those who have improved the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Mike Puddister, CVC’s Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation. “The awards program is our way of recognizing those in the community who stand out for their leadership and environmental contributions.”

The Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards are given annually to people who demonstrate environmental excellence in the watershed. Nominations are open to individuals, landowners, schools, community groups, businesses and youth (25 and under) who have made a significant contribution to the local environment.

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Diaspora Dialogues’ 905 Roadshow is coming to the Art Gallery of Mississauga

This November, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) and Diaspora Dialogues presents The 905 Roadshow: A Creativity Cabaret, a mash-up of reading, performances, and more featuring Mississauga’s best. Since 2005, Diaspora Dialogues has supported the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of Toronto-and Canada-back to residents through the eyes of its richly diverse communities. Their focus is on the development of both artist and audience, and on working toward redefining the “mainstream” in the arts sector, and ensuring it is as diverse as the country itself.
The AGM is pleased to partner with Diaspora Dialogues to present an evening of readings, performances and art to the public featuring some of Mississauga’s very own. The event will take place on Thursday, November 26 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga) beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Artists and performers include: 

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Mississauga is a City Committed to Building Transit: Mayor Crombie

The following are remarks by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie delivered today during the Mississauga Moves 2015 Transportation Summit at the Living Arts Centre:

“Good morning, everyone.

“On behalf of the team of professionals from the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, welcome to our first-ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015.

“Throughout the day, participants will join local and international experts and take part in interactive workshops and presentations.

“We have intentionally brought in outside experts to learn about best practices being implemented around the world, so that we can think about the implications for our City.

“As we look toward our future planning needs, it is fundamental that we all of us to take ownership to make Mississauga an even more dynamic place to pursue one’s dreams.

“Now I’m challenging each of you to roll up your sleeves, and get to work.

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The Credits, a Celebration of Cultural Heritage

On November 5, 2015 in the presence of a sellout crowd, The Credits Heritage Mississauga Awards honoured members of the Mississauga community for their contributions and achievements with a celebration of our community heritage.

“Heritage is so important to us as individuals and as families and it should be important to us as a community.  Knowing and understanding our past sets a solid foundation which will help us move forward and Mississauga’s cultural heritage is so richly diverse, it’s exciting to celebrate it.  The city has grown from a large diaspora of people from all parts of the world and Heritage Mississauga is at the forefront of preserving and communicating all peoples’ heritage for generations to come.” said Event Chair Jake Dheer, Director of Heritage Mississauga and Senior Manager for Rogers TV and OMNI Television and former Citizen of the Year.

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