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News & Notes

Civic Responsibility in the Year of COVID-19

April 2020 - Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic confronting the world has ramped up considerably in our city since the end of January, when the City of Mississauga issued its first basic News Release (January 27, 2020): Community Health Update: Novel Coronavirus.  Since then a lot has changed(!).  Restrictions on citizens, businesses, public venues and cultural activities have increased in Mississauga as around the world.

With four levels of government (including three Medical Officers of Health), two school boards, and a major hospital system involved, citizens of Mississauga have been deluged with information and instructions in successive (daily) updates, compounded by media saturation.  It has been an incremental work in progress as governments set up specialized websites, refine their messaging, extend closures, announce economic relief programs and respond to unfolding issues at multiple detailed press conferences.

It is vital that we don't tune it all out.  Residents bear new civic responsibilities including strict 'physical distancing' rules and the strong recommendation to STAY HOME (unless necessary to go out) in response to greater understanding of the virus' contagion and the urgent need to 'flatten the curve' of new infections so not to over-burden the health system all at once.

Importantly, how do we best help those suffering from increased social and financial hardship in our community while the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place?  Making a financial donation to The Compass Food Bank in Port Credit is the most impactful local action we can take now; the donation webpage is a secure way to donate online.  The need is growing.

Actions are also being initiated within Ward 1, and within the village of Port Credit.  TOPCA reps are participating on the Ward 1 Citizen Committee under the leadership of Councillor Stephen Dasko, as well as the Mayor's Resident & Ratepayers Association Consultation.

There has now been a (somewhat) consolidation of public information, policies and programs.  We will shortly be providing the breakdown here.

QEW Credit River Heritage Bridge - FOI Request

April 2020 (update) - The TOPCA Executive filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request in November 2019 for all MTO documentation concerning the "decision" announced in October 2019 to demolish and replace the QEW Heritage Bridge (image).

We asked for all Ministry of Transportation (MTO) documentation supporting demolition of the QEW Credit River heritage-designated bridge, rather than rehabilitation as planned since the 2013 TESR and all public consultations up to November 2018.

Despite the provincial announcement (December 18, 2019) reversing the demolition decision, we still expect to receive data concerning the present condition of the heritage bridge and recent (2019) feasibility / cost studies comparing rehabilitation versus demolition and replacement.  FOI legislation commits to fulfilling requests within 30 days.  TOPCA reps have agreed to three (3) MTO-requested extensions.  The latest promised deadline is April 3, 2020.

See: TOPCA's QEW Bridge - FOI webpage for complete postings.

One Port Street East - EA Update for Proposed Marina

March 2020 (update) - In July 2019, the City of Mississauga initiated an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.  A Public Information Update was held January 29, 2020 (Visual at left).

The EA will study the proposed expanded land base on what is known as the 'Eastern Breakwater' for additional waterfront parkland, and examine marina alternatives for this site, in view of the planned development by Canada Lands Company on the present site of the full-service Port Credit Harbour Marina.

View TOPCA's Response (5p PDF; March 2, 2020) commenting on the Final Draft Terms of Reference for the EA.

View TOPCA's Visual Deputation - 'Keep the Port in Port Credit' (35-slide PDF; October 30, 2019).  Making the case that the PC marina is a valuable waterfront INDUSTRY with great contributions to make to city building, tourism, economic activity, place-making and the cultural identity of Mississauga's urban waterfront.

See: TOPCA's Marina Lands webpage.