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News & Notes

*SAVE THE DATE* The next TOPCA Town Hall Meeting & AGM takes place on: Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) at Clarke Hall in Port Credit.  ALL WELCOME!  Theme: Lakeshore Corridor - Get Moving!  NOTE: The business portion of the TOPCA AGM (reports, election of officers) takes place *after* the public program concludes, at 9:00-9:30 pm.

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PORT CREDIT HERITAGE BIKE RIDE:  Join us to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday on TOPCA's FREE Heritage Bike Tour of Port Credit for Culture Days: Sunday, October 1, 2017 @ 10am - 12noon.  We meet at Port Credit Arena (map) starting at 9:30 am (must be there by 9:45 am for safety briefing).  Enjoy FREE Frozen Treats at the Arena after the ride! 
Click image for full-sized Poster.

We're also posted on TOPCA's Culture Days webpage.  We are excited to provide this contribution to the understanding of Port Credit's heritage: past, present and future!

REGISTER:  Please e-mail topca@topca.net to RSVP if you'll be riding with us (so that we can have adequate materials) and provide names of all participants.  We will send the 2017 Waiver and supply further details.

ROUTE:  We will tour Port Credit heritage spots including parks, public art, landmarks, and neighbourhoods using cycling paths and quiet residential roads.  There are many about-to-be construction sites (as reviewed at our 2016 AGM) which have a story to tell!  Biking enables us to cover a lot of ground and see them!  15 km round-trip.  ► View the GPS file.

SPECIAL ACCESS: We have received permission to access the 72-acre site (aerial) of the future West Village Port Credit development -- a unique opportunity to view the interior of the Brownfield Lands before remediation work begins in November.  The service road is rough (images), so a hybrid or mountain bike is necessary to ride around the site -- NO Road Bikes.

MARSHALLING:  We are grateful that volunteer riding marshals from the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) will be assisting on this ride.  While marshals can help with minor bicycle adjustments, please ensure your bike is in good working order before you bring it to the ride (e.g. chain oiled and secure, tires pumped, gears working, seat height).  The marshals will reinforce their 10 Safety Guidelines for Community Rides.

NOTES:

1.  All participants must sign the Waiver and Release prior to participating.  Parents / guardians must sign for minors (under 18 years old), and accompany them on the ride.  The Waiver & Release for the TOPCA Port Credit Heritage Bike Ride (October 1, 2017) [2p PDF] is posted (please print, sign, bring to the event).

2.  All participants must wear a properly fitting Bike Helmet.   Please bring your own Water Bottle (we will have water refills available).  NO Road Bikes inside the 72-acre West Village (brownfield) property.

3.  Please bring non-perishable food donations to the start of the ride for the Mississauga Food Bank's Thanksgiving Campaign, as part of our community's response to Mayor Crombie's One Bag Challenge.

4.  All participants will receive a FREE Canada150 T-shirt (including the TOPCA logo) thanks to the Small Project Matching Grants program of Mississauga Community Services, Recreation Division as part of their Community and Neighbourhoods outreach.

View MAP of the Port Credit route (click to zoom)

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PARKING MATTERS - STUDY:  March 2017.  This study, called Parking Matters (website) will help make future decisions about parking across the City.  As the City continues to grow and evolve, community parking needs are changing.  All kinds of parking are being reviewed in the study including: on-street and off-street parking, as well as public and private parking.  They are all an important part of our transportation system. To learn more about the study, click here.  NOTE: The next Open House in Port Credit will be held: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 3:30 - 6:30 pm at Port Credit Arena, Credit Room, 40 Stavebank Road.

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EMERALD ASH BORER:  In Spring 2013 City Forestry staff and contractors began implementing the City’s 10-year Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan to preserve 20,000 select City-owned ash trees from the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

NOTE: The City of Mississauga will not be treating Ash trees located on private property and the Forestry Section encourages residents to continually inspect their Ash trees and contact a certified arborist if they suspect EAB on their property.

Click for the City's EAB WEBSITE for the latest information.

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WINTER AT PORT CREDIT HARBOUR:  The first snowfall on Dec. 27, 2012 highlight's TOPCA's iconic red painted bike planter installed on the pier.  See PHOTO ALBUM (7 images) on TOPCA's FB page.  Click this image for enlargement.