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City’s Business Plan and Budget Awarded Top Honours for 28th Consecutive Year

For the 28th straight year, the City of Mississauga has won the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes the City’s 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget which outlines the City’s budget priorities in a fiscally responsible way.

The GFOA award is given to municipalities who have met the highest standards of government budgeting.

“It is an honour to receive this award once again. Being recognized as one of the top municipalities nationally by the GFOA, and having achieved the goal of best budgeting practices, highlights our commitment to fiscal responsibility,” said Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Thanks to Council and staff for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in providing information that is clear and accessible for residents.”

The City of Mississauga also holds the distinction of being ranked the top municipality in Canada with the longest active consecutive win streak.

Kent further added, “All the documents we submit are reviewed by professional members of the GFOA and by independent reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.”

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Presentation of the GFOA Award for 2017-2020 Business Plan and 2017 Budget

Background:
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is a non-profit professional association serving more than 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The purpose of the GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for public benefit. This is achieved by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices through education, training, member networking and leadership. For more information on the awards program, visit gfoa.org.

It’s Waste Reduction Week: Recycle Unwanted Electronics and Clothing at 14 Mississauga Facilities

For a second year, the City of Mississauga is participating in Partners in Project Green’sRecycling Collection Drive in support of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, October 16 to 22. Throughout the week, Mississauga residents and City employees can drop off unwanted electronics and gently-used clothing to 14 City facilities across Mississauga at no charge.

In 2016, the City collected 4,300 kilograms of waste, accounting for over 60 per cent of the total waste gathered. That’s equivalent to the weight of 39 black bears, 2,150 laptops or 187 full garbage bags of family waste. Continue reading It’s Waste Reduction Week: Recycle Unwanted Electronics and Clothing at 14 Mississauga Facilities

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE TO HONOUR THE LEGACY OF TWO CANADIAN JAZZ ICONS AT SPECIAL CANADA150 & LAC 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2017 @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

This extraordinary concert event is a gala celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Living Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary. It honours the tremendous contributions and ongoing legacy of two Canadian jazz icons, Oscar Peterson (who was a resident of Mississauga for many years) and Oliver Jones, who will be receiving the first-ever Living Arts Centre Excellence in The Arts Award.

The project is curated and produced by Frank Francis of Caliban Arts Theatre with musical direction by Ron Westray. The lineup of piano luminaries includes legendary jazz giant and icon Monty Alexander (Harlem Kingston Express; Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones), JUNO and Emmy Award winner D.D. Jackson, Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Jazz Award-winner Robi Botos, and Marc Cary (Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove). Other esteemed musicians include world renowned Canadian vocalist Dione Taylor, Grammy-winning saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment, Stephon Harris), JUNO-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft (Michael Kaeshammer), percussionist/drummer Kahil El’Zabar (Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma(Ornette Coleman, Jukebox). The program will feature a mix of primordial music written by Peterson and Jones such as The Canadiana Suite along with original material written by the three generations of artists who will be performing. John Devenish of Jazz.FM91 will be the MC.

“Without question, this evening represents as well the finest assembling of jazz talent ever on the main stage at the Living Arts Centre,” says Living Arts Centre CEO Natalie Lue. It’s the crowning event of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our own 20th anniversary here at the LAC, one that will give us creative momentum as we move into our third decade of presenting quality entertainment to our patrons from Mississauga and the surrounding area. We’d especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Pratt & Whitney, for their support which is making this magical evening possible.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Living Arts Centre’s event web page at:

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/oscar-peterson-and-oliver-jones-18

 

This concert is the perfect gift for the jazz lover on your holiday shopping list!

 

Tickets can also be purchased by phone through the Living Arts Centre Box Office: 905-306-6000

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

Permanent Plans for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak

Today at General Committee, MiWay’s proposed Affordable Transportation Pilot Program (ATPP) was approved in principle by Mississauga City Council and is on its way to becoming a permanent program in January 2018 along with the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare at off peak-times. Final approval is to follow at the October 11 Council meeting.

“Making the affordable transportation program permanent assists residents with low incomes and gives them better access to employment and services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie “This program contributes to the City’s strategic goal of ensuring affordability and accessibility. The social and financial return on investment from this program benefits our City and helps keep our communities strong.”

“The two phases of the affordable transportation pilot helped us develop the program and make it effective,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director of Transit. “City of Mississauga and Region of Peel staff recommend that the phase two pilot becomes a permanent program for eligible Mississauga residents. The Region will continue to assess the eligibility and MiWay will administer the issuance of PRESTO cards. Financial responsibilities for subsidy and administrative costs will be covered by the Region. MiWay will continue to make the Senior One Dollar Cash Fare available at off-peak times.” Continue reading Permanent Plans for MiWay Affordable Transportation Pilot and Senior One Dollar Cash Fare – Off-Peak

Meadowvale Theatre Unveils New Season Lineup

Fall is finally here and so is Meadowvale Theatre’s 2017-2018 season.

“Our new 2017-2018 season focuses on programming that celebrates diverse artistic and cultural expression,” said Melissa Agius, Manager, Performing Arts, City of Mississauga. “We’re offering a collection of creative and fun experiences with performances geared towards theatre lovers of all ages.”

This season offers seven performances including Pete the Cat. Sponsored by Partner Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Meadowvale, this family-friendly show puts the meow in Meadowvale this fall and features a groovy blue cat that gets caught rocking out after bedtime. This production focuses on an adventure of friendship in a welcoming and sensory-friendly environment.

The “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre is back with a unique and interactive theatrical experience of Beauty and the Beast. This bilingual performance brings the classic fairy tale back to life by inviting audience members on-stage to participate.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will be performing Anastasia, a show about the Russian Grand Duchess, Anastasia. The ballet follows the daughter of the fallen Russian Tsar through the ballrooms of St. Petersburg, the Russian Revolution and finally to captivity. The tragic story of an innocent girl born to privilege and cast into a fierce world makes for an extraordinary tale.

The last show this season is by Second City alumna Anne Marie Scheffler who will be performing Suddenly Mommy. This hilarious, one-woman show focuses on every mom’s experiences of good times, bad advice and trying to do it all.

Special thanks to Meadowvale Theatre 2017-2018 season’s food sponsor Domino’s Pizza.

In addition to these performances, Music Theatre Mississauga will be presenting its 25th season of the Encore Series, a series of five musicals. The musicals include: South Pacific; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Mel Brooks’ The Producers; and Chess The Musical.