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News & Notes

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PORT CREDIT DEBATE:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014.  Doors open @ 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.  Click for 'Format and Rules for Candidates'.  An opportunity for Ward 1 residents to hear the local candidates (who accepted the general invitation to all candidates, by the specified deadline) for Mississauga Council discuss Port Credit issues in particular, but also anything to do with Ward 1 (which also includes Mineola, Lakeview, Applewood, Sherway and Orchard Heights) or City-wide issues.  How will we be represented at City Hall?  The program will also include brief statements by the Trustee candidates for Wards 1/7, including the Chairs of both the Public and Separate School Boards.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Click for Poster
Click for the live-tweet feed of the Ward 1 Debate.

NOTE: Municipal Election Day is Monday, October 27, 2014.

 

 

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BIKE TOUR: THANKS TO THE 42 RIDERS WHO PARTICIPATED!  TOPCA's Historical Bike Tour of Port Credit and Lakeview for Culture Days: Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 10am - 12noon. Join us!  NOTE: All participants must wear a bike helmet, and must sign the Waiver and Release (click link to view, print, sign) prior to participating.  Copies of the Waiver will be available for signing at the Arena before we leave.  Please bring your own water bottle (re-fills en route).

Click for Culture Days website to REGISTER, and for Interactive MAP.

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MISSISSAUGA EMERGENCY NEWS: 
Follow @TOPCA_Executive (on Twitter) for info pertaining to Port Credit from a variety of sources.

For convenience, see MIRANET's Emergency List on Twitter for a continuous feed from all the following sources:

For any civic, infrastructure or natural emergency, such as the July 2013 storms, flooding and power failure throughout Mississauga, and the December 2013 ice storm, TOPCA recommends the following Twitter feeds:

@enersourcenews | @HydroOne | @PeelPublicWorks | @GOtransit | @Wx_Mississauga | @weathernetwork | @TorontoPearson | @Peel_Paramedics | @MissiNewsRoom | @IAFF1212 | @OntarioWarnings | @enbridgegasnews | @TheRegionofPeel | @PeelPoliceMedia | @OPP_News | @OPP_GTATraffic | @CVC_CA | @citymississauga | @Mississauga411 | @ww_mississauga | @BTT_GTA | @CityNews | @680News | @CP24 | @MississaugaSnow

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PORT CREDIT LOCAL AREA PLAN - STATUTORY PUBLIC MEETING:  Monday, December 2 @ 7 p.m. at CITY HALL, Planning and Development Committee of Council.  TOPCA will be making a presentation.

The Draft of the new Port Credit Local Area Plan is under review.  The policies are intended to protect and enhance Port Credit as an urban waterfront village.  Now, Planning Staff have prepared a Report (87p PDF) which reviews the issues and recommends proposed modifications to the Draft PCLAP where appropriate. 

Click cover image to view the Draft PC Local Area Plan WEBPAGE with the online document and associated studies.

NOTE: The current district policies are found in: Port Credit District Policies of Mississauga Plan (Section 4.27), November 2012.
Click for the PDF copy (52p) of the current District Plan

Click map image to view full-size Draft
Land Use Map
and legend.

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WASTE COLLECTION NOTICE:  BECAUSE OF FLOODING on JULY 8, 2013. Until further notice, Peel’s two-bag collection limit is waived for residents with flood-related waste items. These items will be collected on regular collection days. Also, additional collection vehicles may be dispatched periodically on non-collection days to handle waste remaining at the curb. In addition, all Peel Region CRCs (Community Recycling Centres) will be waiving tipping fees for flood-related waste to assist residents with their clean-up efforts. Residents are encouraged to visit Fewster CRC as it is better equipped to handle additional traffic. Locations and hours of operations are listed at:
www.peelregion.ca/pw/waste/crc. All Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can to be taken to a CRC for safe disposal, free of charge. Household hazardous waste must not be included in garbage or recycling collection, or poured down the drain. Some household hazardous waste can be dropped off at participating retail stores and service stations.
Visit www.makethedrop.ca to find a location.

See the Region of Peel's STORM AFTERMATH webpage for all updates.

See the City's STORM UPDATE webpage for further updates and to learn how to REPORT YOUR FLOODING INCIDENT.

The City is applying to the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) further to the storm and flooding on July 8, 2013. View the proposed Council RESOLUTION: July 26, 2013 (1p PDF).

WARD 1 STORM EVENT - COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING: Thursday, July 25 @ 7:00 p.m. at Mississauga (Cawthra) Seniors Centre, 1389 Cawthra Road.
Click for MEETING NOTICE.

Mississauga News article (July 25, 2013): Furious residents feel hopeless after flooding.


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LAKESHORE GO LINE GOES TO 30 MINUTE SERVICE:  Effective June 29, 2013.

Click for the full Lakeshore West Schedule.

Click for the Clarkson mini-schedule.

Click for the Port Credit mini-schedule.

Visit the GO Transit schedule change WEBPAGE.

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CLC MASTER PLAN SUBMITTED TO THE CITY: April 2013.

TOPCA has convened a Roundtable focus group (first meeting: June 23, 2013) of TOPCA members and citizen colleagues to draft our formal response to the City, which will be circulated to all TOPCA members for final comments.  Our preliminary concerns are outlined here.

Click cover image to access the 90 page report.

Click for TOPCA's CLC Harbour Lands webpage.

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FLYING OVER PORT CREDIT: Strap yourself in to view this YouTube video testing the Spy Hawk camera. Starts/lands from Port Credit Memorial Park.  Does Porter Airlines know about this?  Go full screen and pump up the sound to get the PC rush.

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MISSISSAUGA VISITOR GUIDE 2013-2014:  Just published!  96p.  FREE.

Published by Mississauga Toronto West Tourism Office in May 2013.

NOTE: Port Credit appears on pp27-29 and elsewhere throughout the Guide, e.g. Fishing p56.

Click cover image for online version (96p).

See also the website: Discover Mississauga.

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GO BIKE TRAIN TO NIAGARA:  Bike Train service between Toronto/Mississauga and Niagara is now provided by GO Transit during the summer months.  The full 2013 Summer schedule has yet to be announced, and is expected to be mid May.  The Mississauga stop is PORT CREDIT.

Click logo for Bike Train (Niagara Greenbelt) WEBPAGE for full details and trip planning resources.

Click for Bike Train WEBSITE to learn about other destinations in Ontario, leaving from Toronto Union Station.

Click MAP for enlargement of GO Route and Station stops.

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Mississauga News article (April 24, 2013): Mississauga says ‘yes’ to most transit tax options, and fie on Ford.  Caption: "Hurontario LRT. An artist's rendering of the proposed LRT line that would run up Hurontario St., the spine of Peel Region, from its base at the Port Credit GO station to Brampton's downtown. The project is top of mind for Mississauga councillors as they ponder new taxes and fees to pay for region-wide transit improvements."

Click to view the TOPCA LRT webpage.

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EMERALD ASH BORER:  This spring (2013) Forestry staff and contractors will begin 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)

There was a public information session in Port Credit (April 22, 2013) where residents were invited to learn more and to speak directly with Forestry staff about EAB, including the City’s action plan to manage EAB, the long term effect of EAB, available treatment (TreeAzin/BioForest), woodlot management and what residents can do to preserve ash trees located on private property.

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.

Mississauga News article (June 28, 2012): City declares war on destructive green pest.

Mississauga News article (March 21, 2013): City hosts meetings on plans to stop emerald ash borers.

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HERITAGE GUIDE MISSISSAUGA:  Just published!  68p.  FREE.

Published by Heritage Mississauga in late 2012.  Now available at all Mississauga Libraries and Community Centres and at the offices of Heritage Mississauga (1921 Dundas Street West at 'The Grange'). 

Goes back 10,000 years and provides information about Mississauga's early settlement, founding villages, lost villages, natural heritage and the emerging city.

NOTE: The Founding Village of Port Credit is on Page 32.

Click cover image for online version (68p PDF).

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WINTER AT PORT CREDIT HARBOUR:  The first snowfall on Dec. 27, 2012.  See PHOTO ALBUM (7 images) on TOPCA's FB page.  Click this image for enlargement.

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MPAC PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICES: Residents of Mississauga received their mailed Property Assessment Change Notices in October 2012.  In Ontario's four-year assessment cycle, this province-wide Assessment Update will be effective for the 2013-2016 property tax years on a phased-in basis, and will be based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2012. The last Assessment Update took place in 2008.

Click image for full-size INSERT included with mailing.

Mississauga News article (Oct. 25, 2012): Homes increase in value by 23.7 per cent.

Click for the City's PRESS RELEASE (Oct. 22, 2012) concerning the impact of reassessment on property taxes.

Click for the MPAC WEBSITE to learn about the process, what affects your assessment and how to appeal your assessment.

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MISSISSAUGA NEWS PHOTO CONTEST: The Mississauga News has published submissions to their 2012 'Picture This' photo contest, and many familiar port Credit scenes are featured among the 100 pics in their online album!

Mississauga News article (Oct. 9, 2012): Top photos win Mississauga News' Picture This contest

 

Photos #8 and #42 include TOPCA's painted
bike planters (YAY!) and #93 (shown) is a spectacular shot of the Ridgetown and marina at sunset by
Sylvia Stakkestad. Check out all the photos to see the beauty of the City. Congrats to all the photogs!

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"Lakeshore Road is the only east-west road that crosses the Credit River south of the QEW. Therefore, we need to find creative ways to further stimulate the vibrant main street area while still recognizing that the road is a significant transportation corridor. The seasonal sidewalk patios and temporary artwork, that are part of the City of Mississauga’s Culture Node Pilot Project, point to one way to achieve this aim."

See the City's full-size Park(ing) Days BROCHURE (5p PDF) which describes all the 2012 cultural node projects. 

Click for TOPCA article about the Port Credit cultural node initiatives

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PORT CREDIT CYCLING / WALKING ART SIGN INSTALLATIONS: September 20-30 along Lakeshore Road East from Stavebank Road to Elmwood Avenue (close to Port Credit GO Station).  Port Credit residents posed for the silhouettes.

See the 10p PHOTO ALBUM on the TOPCA Facebook Page.

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PORT CREDIT PARKING SPACE ART INSTALLATIONS: September 20-30 along Lakeshore Road East from Stavebank Road to Elmwood Avenue (close to Port Credit GO Station).  Installation art is found in regular parking spots.

See the 23p PHOTO ALBUM on the TOPCA Facebook Page.

Mississauga News article (Sept. 20, 2012): Is that a parking spot?

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PORT CREDIT BOARDWALKS IN PARKING SPACES:  The mainstreet boardwalks are complete and decorated with plantings, and the restaurants are serving customers on their sidewalk patios, as part of the Port Credit Cultural Node pilot project

Take a stroll along the boardwalks in this updated PHOTO ALBUM (31p PDF; adjust your zoom for clarity)

Click image for enlargement.

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MISSISSAUGA MUSIC WALK OF FAME:  On September 7, 2012 the first four inductees were honoured with a star on the new Music Walk of Fame in PORT CREDIT MEMORIAL PARK (map) on the path behind the Port Credit Library.

Mississauga News article (August 16, 2012): Four inducted to Music Walk of Fame.  Excerpt: "Musical luminaries Oscar Peterson, Gil Moore, Ronnie Hawkins and Krisztina Szabo will be enshrined at a ceremony on Sept. 7 during the start of the Southside Shuffle...."

Mississauga News editorial (August 16, 2012): Music makes us great.

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PORT CREDIT AERIAL VIEWS:  Now on TOPCA's Facebook Page.

Thanks to Lydia Ordonez-Niles for providing these balcony shots of Port Credit showing several landmarks about to undergo significant changes as our waterfront urban village evolves! 

Port Credit aerial views: July 2012(8 photos)

Like us on Facebook and get our news feed about Port Credit as it happens!

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PARKING SPACE ART -- GET IN THERE! 

Be part of the Port Credit Parking Spaces art project (if your silhouette is used) on Saturday, August 18 between 1 and 6 p.m. at PORT CREDIT MEMORIAL PARK (map).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click images for full-size POSTER and renderings.

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MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS ROCK THE P.C. LIGHTHOUSE: July 28, 2012.  The newly-renamed (after the rainbow trout in the Credit River) Mississauga Steelheads OHL team have released the designs for their home and away jerseys, featuring a shoulder patch which incorporates an image of the Port Credit Lighthouse, one of the most photographed
landmarks in Mississauga.  Will we see local fishermen sporting the jersey?

Click for Steelheads WEBSITE

Click for Facebook Page.

Click jersey images for enlargements.

 

 

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PORT CREDIT LIKE NANTUCKET:  July 14, 2012.  The National Post writes: "Since when does Mississauga look like Nantucket?  Walk five minutes from the Port Credit GO station to the part of Lakeshore that constitutes the town’s main drag and you’ll immediately feel like you’re in a resort town by the water thanks to the preponderance of ice cream shops, bakeries, pubs, boutiques and gift shops — not to mention the adorable lighthouse — along the strip.  Head west to the scenic harbour that’s the heart of Port Credit...."

Read the article

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O.F.B.A. VISITS PORT CREDIT FIRE HALL:  July 14, 2012.  Members of the Ontario Fire Buffs Association (OFBA) visited Fire Station 104 at 62 Port Street West (map) in the Old Port Credit Village Heritage District.  OFBA welcomes new members!

NOTE: The PC Fire Hall, opened in 1955, is the oldest surviving fire hall in Mississauga.

Click image for enlargement.

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ST. MARY STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH:  A member of the City's Heritage staff is trying to verify the story that before the first St. Mary Star of the Sea Church located at 11 Peter Street South (map) on Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit was built in 1880, there was a building on the site of the old church that got moved to make way for the new church. The present owner of the building which was allegedly moved from Lakeshore Road to Peter Street South would like to know!

See the March 2012 Newsletter: 'The Lighthouse' (p3) of the Mississauga South Historical Society for further details and contact information for any knowledge you may have.  Photo: St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church c1953.

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SNUG HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS:  Many don't know that the Snug Harbour restaurant at the Port Credit harbour is a tenant of the City.  The facility is being renovated and a new lease is in place, further to last year's Council directive (April 13, 2011 - Minutes, p5-6).  Minutes for the most recent Council meeting on this subject are not yet posted.

The Port Credit Salmon and Trout Association is contemplating a live webcam on the chimney (photo) of the restaurant so that real-time harbour conditions can be seen by PC fans around the world as well as local boaters; the City may be placing a webcam on the Lighthouse so that events at Memorial Park can be seen!

Click image (April 8, 2012) for enlargement.

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PORT CREDIT BIA GETS A WRITE-UP:

See the article in Ontario Business Report: Business Improvement Areas: Helping Mainstreet Ontario Thrive which includes Port Credit's BIA and pics of our mainstreet.