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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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Mayor Crombie Marks New Year’s 2016

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with all residents to mark New Year’s 2016.

“New Year’s is filled with the promise of hope. It is an opportunity to pursue long-held resolutions for personal improvement, maintain commitment, demonstrate self-discipline, and to achieve and exceed these goals.

“Reflecting on the past twelve months, I remain humbled and honoured to represent the compassionate, hardworking and dynamic people of our great City.

“Working with Council, we are addressing a number of leading issues for Mississauga residents, including: building regionally-integrated transit by securing full funding from the Wynne government for the new Hurontario LRT; igniting new economic development opportunities with the launch of the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP); and fostering a more dynamic, open and inclusive community, with the work undertaken by the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished. I am mindful that we have only just begun and that there still remains much more work to be done – this is my resolution for the year ahead.

“2016 already promises to be an exciting year for Mississauga. For the first time ever, Mississauga will host the Ontario Summer Games. Our City will welcome athletes, coaches, managers, teams and officials from across the province this August.

“While we usher in this New Year, let us not forget those in our community in need of additional care and support. Unfortunately, the need remains high all year at our community food banks. Local charities always welcome donations so they may continue providing essential services.

“I ask all residents to please be generous with their time. I encourage Mississaugans to engage in random acts of kindness. It could be helping a neighbour shovel their driveway; volunteering toward an important cause; or simply picking up litter to keep our streets clean. It is up to all of us to strengthen our neighbourhoods and make our City an even better place to call home.

“Let me once again offer my best wishes for a very happy, safe, memorable and prosperous New Year!”

2016 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee:

You are invited to meet and greet with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council inside Council Chamber with photo opportunities available, enjoy a free public skate on Mississauga Celebration Square’s outdoor ice rink, local entertainment, and more!

What: Mayor’s New Year’s Levee
When: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 2 – 4 p.m.
Meet and greet will take place from 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Civic Centre – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Who: Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council

Your Holiday Bucket List

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Make this year’s holiday season one of magic and wonder. With so much to see and do in Mississauga, there is heaps of winter fun waiting for you outdoors. So grab your woolen mittens and get ready for some rosy cheeks while we share five unforgettable experiences on our Holiday Bucket List that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

1. Cozy Up with Loved Ones

There are so many ways to surprise and delight the ones you love. And there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than being around the people that mean the most to you. This holiday season warmup with a cup of hot chocolate from C Café while catching up with family and friends, grab some cozy blankets and share stories around a fire. Take in a show at a local theatre.

2. Snuggle Up with a Good Book

With a ton of new releases and old holiday favourites, stop by your local library, pick up a good read and find a spot to snuggle up.

3. Lace Up Those Skates

rink

Whether young or old, beginner or experienced, sharpen your skates, put on your mittens, grab your hat and show off your figure eights at one of the City’s outdoor skating rinks.

4. Walk in a Winter Wonderland

With so many areas in Mississauga dressed in holiday cheer, there are a number of great places to visit. Walk around a few of the city’s historical sites like Streetsville, Cooksville and Port Credit. Catch some snowflakes at one of the city’s many parks or trails.

5. Experience Holiday Magic

Indulge in the magic of the holiday season. Get outdoors and attend some holiday events. Play in the snow or participate in winter activities for the whole family to enjoy.

So this holiday season you’re sure to find something to make your holidays merry and bright. For more fun and exciting things to do in Mississauga be sure to, visit Mississauga.ca. Share your #holidaybucketlist photos by tagging @CityMississauga on Twitter.

Mayor’s Youth Speaker Series Launches With Keynote From Renowned Journalist Amanda Lang: Crombie

Mississauga, ON – Mayor Crombie today announced the launch of the Mayor’s Youth Speaker Series, an ongoing series of keynote discussions with prominent Canadians from a variety of sectors aimed at inspiring youth in Mississauga and providing them with guidance as they prepare to enter the workforce. The first event will feature a keynote and Q&A session with award-winning journalist Amanda Lang of Bloomberg News.

“As an accomplished business journalist who has interviewed successful entrepreneurs, business executives and world leaders, Amanda Lang is in a unique position to provide insight both on her own success and the success of others, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today. Attendees will hear a keynote session with Ms. Lang and will then have the opportunity to ask questions of relevance to them as they prepare to enter the workforce”

Amanda Lang said “Let me thank Mayor Crombie for the opportunity to launch this city-wide initiative to inspire, motivate and help guide young Mississaugans to get their promising careers off and running, so that they can take on the world and succeed.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and there are few things more important than helping them achieve their dreams, through hard work, determination and creativity. I look forward to being inspired by what they have to offer.”

The inaugural event will take place on Monday, January 25, 2016 at Central Library – Noel Ryan Auditorium – 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West from 7PM – 9 PM. Space is limited to attendees 14-25 years of age and registration is mandatory at www.youthspeakerseries.ca.

“Upon being elected to office, I committed to four key areas of focus, one of which was youth unemployment, Mayor Crombie said, citing that “a staggering 14% of youth aged 15-24 are unemployed.”

Many of these youth face multiple barriers including slow-job growth economies, low-quality jobs, skills mismatch and social discrimination, among others. Research has shown that a strong network and connection to mentors can open doors for youth as they transition into the workforce. These role models provide important support both in navigating the job market as well as helping youth understand the skills and experience required to succeed.”

Mayor Crombie concluded “I am determined to combat these issues, in part with the launch of the Mayor’s Youth Speakers Series – an initiative intended to engage, inspire and provide youth with the opportunity to hear from industry leaders on their struggles and success stories.”

For more information please visit www.MayorCrombie.ca.