Phil Green Award Nominations Now Open: Recognize a Mississauga Cyclist Who Made an Impact in 2021

Is there an inspirational cyclist or group in your community that encouraged others to ride their bike or advocated for cycling programs or infrastructure this year?

The Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) invites Mississauga residents to submit their nominations for the Phil Green Award. The award is an opportunity to recognize someone who’s made an outstanding effort to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and sustainable mode of transportation.

The Phil Green Award is presented by MCAC annually. The award continues to honour Mississauga resident, Phil Green, who was a founding MCAC member and worked diligently to promote safe cycling in Mississauga.

See the nomination form for full eligibility details.

What:
Call for nominees – Phil Green Award.

When:
The deadline to submit your nomination is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

How:
Submit your nomination form to cycling@mississauga.ca using the online form. MCAC will review the nominations and will select the winning resident or group.

The winner will be announced and recognized at a City Council meeting in early 2022.

For more information about the Phil Green Award and to access the nomination form, visit mississaugaikes.ca/phil-green-award.

One Collision is Too Many: City Recognizes World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

On Sunday, November 21, the City of Mississauga is recognizing the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In remembrance, the Civic Centre Clock Tower will be dimmed on that date to honour those who have lost their lives, been injured and had their lives forever changed by a road collision.

The City’s Road Safety Committee and Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee are collaborating on a campaign to raise awareness about the impact that collisions have on victims, their family, friends and emergency services crews and first responders. The campaign encourages all road users to be safe and responsible to prevent road collisions.

“Road collisions can affect people’s lives forever. On November 21, we will reflect and remember those who’ve lost their lives, been injured or impacted on our Mississauga roadways – including our emergency services workers from Mississauga Fire and Emergency ServicesPeel Regional Police and Peel Paramedics Services,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Our behaviours, actions and decisions have impacts. When you’re on the road, remember everyone deserves to be safe regardless of whether they’re driving, walking, cycling or taking transit. Slow down and stay focused on the road at all times.”

Road collisions happen most often at intersections where there are different modes of transportation being used – cars, bicycles, buses, walking and other modes of active transportation.

“Collisions can happen to anyone, but they don’t have to. You have to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the Road Safety Committee. “Drivers need to understand their negative actions have consequences especially when they choose to speed, drive distracted or drive impaired. This campaign from the Road Safety Committee and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee encourages drivers to be alert, follow the rules of the road and slow down to help prevent road collisions from happening.”

According to Peel Regional Police, more than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

“Road collisions can change lives forever, whether you’re the driver, the victim, or a friend or family member,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and Chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee. “Vulnerable road users have the highest risk of being injured or killed in a collision. That’s why it’s especially important for pedestrians, cyclists and those who use active transportation to be aware of their surroundings and follow traffic signals. Avoid distractions like using your phone, use dedicated crossings to be visible and stop, look, listen and make eye contact with drivers before crossing at an intersection.”

Mississauga has the second-lowest rate of fatalities and injuries on its roads compared to other GTHA municipalities. However, the City continues to take action to implement Vision Zero principles into its road safety initiatives and efforts to reduce injuries and collisions on Mississauga roadways.

“The majority of collisions and injuries occur on Mississauga’s arterial and major collector roadways. Intersections also account for the most serious conflicts between drivers and vulnerable road users,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We are working to shift the way people move around the city to achieve safer and more accessible roadways. Through our data-driven approach to Vision Zero, we’re making changes to our infrastructure. This includes installing protected bike lanes, introducing Complete Streets that prioritize safety, updating traffic signals to provide more time to cross the street and implementing traffic calming projects throughout the city.”

Resident feedback and data is important to help the City inform specific road safety programs, initiatives and measures. Residents are invited to take the Road Safety Survey and share their feedback. The results of the survey will help the City develop specific solutions based on the data received. The deadline to complete the survey is December 17, 2021.

To learn more about road safety in Mississauga and how the City is taking action to prevent road collisions, visit mississauga.ca/roadsafety.

Finding a farm and supporting local has never been easier when you use G’day!

G’day (shopgday.ca) is a platform which connects local farms and producers with consumers searching for fresh local products. From produce to protein, wine to cheese — you’ll find it on G’day.

Our mission is simple. We want to connect as many people with local farm fresh products as possible. To help them reconnect with the products they consume.

We believe each farm has a story that deserves to be told. That’s the underlying premise of G’day. Our goal is to connect people with the local farms and farmers who produce the food they love. Behind each bushel of apples, ear of corn, and striploin, there’s a farmer. And behind each farmer, there’s a passion for the land and products they cultivate. Quality and integrity are on the forefront of each decision.

We believe that reconnecting with your food is much more than a slogan, it’s the start of something new. A meal is a story. Start yours with a G’day.!

MAYBE MAY donates $1,500 to Mississauga Food Bank

Mississauga’s MAYBE MAY has generated $1,500 with their song “Through Your Eyes”. Cowritten by Demetrius NathMatt Zaddy & Kendra Charest-French, the band enlisted 2020 JUNO Award winning engineer Kevin Dietz to fill the producer’s seat and Michael “Crusty” Amaral as the videographer. 

Featured on the song is a diverse and talented group of artists, starting with Filipino-Canadian Arlene, country star Alessia Cohle, Chris Hummel of retro rock n’ roll outfit The Dreamboats, Michael Ursini from award-winning rock band Uforia, singer-songwriter Tennyson King as well as Jasmine Virginia, front-woman of ethereal prog-rock POLARITY.

The project was made possible thanks to Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre & Metalworks Studios.

Through Your Eyes was released September 2020 via MAYBE MAY’s BandCamp (https://bit.ly/33bELlh) with a one-dollar minimum donation to access the song. 100% of proceeds collected has gone to aid the efforts of The Mississauga Food Bank.­ 

MAYBE MAY is set to release a brand new song this coming Friday September 3rd, in partnership with Mississauga Arts Council.

STEELHEADS DEFENCEMAN ETHAN DEL MASTRO SELECTED BY BLACKHAWKS IN 2021 NHL DRAFT

Ethan Del Mastro drafted in the fourth round of 2021 NHL Draft by Chicago

Following the first round of the draft Friday night, the NHL held rounds two through seven on Saturday afternoon. The day would see the first ever Steelhead drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, defenceman Ethan Del Mastro.

Del Mastro, was the only Steelheads player selected and it was the Chicago Blackhawks that would take him in the fourth round, 105th overall. NHL Central Scouting had the Freelton, Ontario native 57th amongst North American Skaters in their final prospect rankings, eliteprospects.com had Del Mastro 62nd on their list prior to the draft and McKeen’s Hockey ranked him at 52nd. He was originally selected by the Steelheads in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority selection at 12th overall.

Prior to the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Del Mastro registered 7 points (7 assists) in 57 games for the club playing top line defensive minutes. This past April he was selected to represent Canada in the 2021 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas. The 6’5, 210 lbs left-shot defenceman played an important role in all seven games and recorded two assists in the tournament, helping Canada to a gold medal. Del Mastro has a multitude of international competition experience and continues to bolster his resume. He has represented Canada in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as well as the World Selects Invitational at the U15, U14, U13, and U12 level.