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Make a “Splash” at the Earth Market

Taste, learn, shop and love what’s green in your community at the Earth Market on Saturday, May 28 at Riverwood.

This is the first Earth Market of the year, with a focus on water conservation and preservation. From water themed workshops and kid’s activities to green vendors and information booths, there’s something for everyone at the Earth Market! Continue reading Make a “Splash” at the Earth Market


“My Quirky Closet was designed to bring our artist members and the community together,” explains VAM Board Member Nancy Messham. “VAM has a large membership of over 450 artist members who are a wonderful and creative group of individuals. Our artists are known to be resourceful people who can re-purpose many materials. We invite you to come and explore our community while picking up a new treasure. Join us as we raise funds for a great cause.”

Join Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood as it raises funds for its Kids’ Camp Scholarship Fund.  Help VAM reach its target goal of $2,200 at My Quirky Closet – VAM’s New Found Treasure Sale on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm. VAM welcomes the community to this bohemian-style flea market to be held in the Riverwood barn located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane in Mississauga.

Spend your Saturday morning discovering vintage items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, books and small household items donated by VAM’s artist members and the community. Soak up the ambiance of VAM’s creative centre as you discover new treasures at this annual event.  Clothing will be sold at price points including $5, $10 and $20. Sales are cash only. VAM’s target goal will send 10 children in financial need to VAM’s popular Kids’ Summer Art Camp.

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DONATE TO MY QUIRKY CLOSET! Drop off your clean and gently used accessories, clothing, shoes, books and small household items to VAM on Sunday, April 10 from 10 am to 2 pm. All items must be washed and suitable for re-sale. Please call Heather at 905-277-4313 for more details. VAM is located at 4170 Riverwood Park Lane. For more information on becoming a Member or on VAM’s Spring Courses, please visit:

Driver distraction still #1 factor in road deaths

“If you are texting, you are not driving” says OPP Commissioner

Heading into its annual Distracted Driving campaign next week (March 14-20, 2016), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed that 2015 marked the third consecutive year that driver distraction as a causal factor exceeded all other categories of road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads.

Last year, 69 people died in road crashes in which driver distraction was a factor, compared to 61 speed-related, 51 seat belt-related and 45 alcohol/drug-related deaths.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the risks associated with distracted driving – in particular, texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. Many of these studies have confirmed that this form of distracted driving is as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Heading into March Break, road users need to be aware of how serious a threat distracted drivers are to their safety. Each year for the past three years (2013-2015), OPP officers have laid approximately 20,000 distracted driving charges throughout the province, which is more than double the number of impaired driving charges they laid over the same three-year period.

Over and above cell phone use, the OPP continues to lay numerous charges every year against motorists whose driving ability is compromised by other distractions such as eating, self-grooming, tending to kids in the back seat to name a few.

“If you are texting, talking on your cell phone or pre-occupied with other activities while behind the wheel, you are not driving safely. It does not suffice to keep your eyes on the road. Driving involves sharing space with drivers, their passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians and it is impossible to do so safely unless your eyes and mind are solely focused on driving.”

– J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner

“Distracted driving is just not worth it. It has been shown to be just as dangerous as drinking and driving – something we all know is wrong. Our government has worked hard to make our roads some of the safest in North America, including taking strong action against individuals who put themselves and others at risk by talking, texting and using electronic devices while driving. We all have a role to play in keeping our roads safe and I want to remind everyone to go hands-free and put your hand-held devices away. It can mean all the difference.”

– Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The OPP is encouraging passengers of all ages to take a zero tolerance approach to distracted driving. Take charge of your own safety and speak up when you are in vehicle being driven by someone who is not paying attention to the road and is endangering your life.


On September 1, 2015 the fines and penalties for distracted driving were increased. Click here to learn more:

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

Mississauga has Winter Fun for Everyone

Mississauga is a winter playground full of fun and exciting things to do and see. Experience the season to the fullest and explore all that the city offers – even if Jack Frost is nippin’ at your nose. Dress for the weather and get ready to have some fun!

Lacing up Your Skates

This winter season, sharpen your skates, remove your skate guards and enjoy a few laps around one of the city’s many skating rinks. Whether you’re looking to warm up on an indoor rink or leisurely skate under stars outdoors, you’re sure to find a rink that meets your needs. Visit:

Exploring City Parks and Trails

Mississauga has over 480 parks, which means that you can explore one park every day of the year and still have more to see! The city has an impressive 300km of trails (which is equivalent to driving from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back). Strap on your hiking shoes, fill a backpack with your favourite snacks and explore some of the prettiest parks and forests in the GTA. Visit:

Winter is also a great time to get in touch with nature. If you can’t make it out to Riverwood Conservancy to bird watch, we’ll bring the birds to you! Check out their live Birdcam.

Cheering for Your Local Favourites

Mississauga has a number of amazing local sport teams, so grab a few friends and head over to the Mississauga Hershey Centre to cheer them on. Grab some pom pom’s, drinks and snacks and get ready to cheer your heart out as you take in a Mississauga Steelheads hockey game or watch the Raptor’s 905 sink some hoops at a basketball game.

Cozying up with a Live Performance

On those cold winter days, warm up with a dose of live music or an engaging theatrical performance. Meadowvale Theatre and Living Arts Centre offer live shows from dance, sing-a-longs, open mic performances and more. Sit back and enjoy some laughs and music and forget that the cold ever bothered you anyways. Visit: and

Maple Syrup Kind of Mood

It’s that time of year, when Maple trees all over the GTA are being tapped for maple syrup. Canadians love their maple syrup and there is no better time to learn about this sticky and sweet Canuck staple than heading over to the Bradley Museum for the annual Maple Magic maple syrup festival (March 14 to 19). Enjoy demonstrations, guided tours, activities and the sweet taste of maple syrup poured over warm, fluffy pancakes. Visit:

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 or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.