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News & Notes

LCC Plan for Lakeshore Road through Port Credit

July 2022 - A Virtual Town Hall meeting was held on June 30, co-hosted by the Port Credit BIA and Ward 1 Councillor Dasko, in response to the City's latest proposal (image) to implement the Lakeshore Connecting Communities plan through Port Credit, possibly causing the removal of restaurant patios, over 100 mature trees, decorative street light poles, park benches, etc. along Lakeshore Road.

RESOURCES: Links will be posted here, pertaining to the long-time study of the Port Credit mainstreet and proven best practices.  This video (below) was played at the Town Hall to demonstrate the possibility of a Road Diet in order to accommodate the full variety of uses, travel modes and landscaping required for a Complete Street.





'10 West' (Bowling Green site + additional lands)

UPDATE: July 2022 - PUBLIC MEETING: Virtual and in-person statutory meeting Tuesday, July 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC).

DEPUTATION: TOPCA will be making Remarks about this development proposal at the PDC meeting.

 View the online livestream of the PDC meeting at the appointed time.  The video will be archived after the meeting, accessible at the Agenda link (below).

View PDC Agenda (Item 5.1).  The Information Report (4p PDF) is posted as an attachment, and is only to be received for information.  Public comments received at this meeting will be included in the Recommendation Report (Date TBA) in support of PDC's future decision on the application.

NOTE: "Community Questions and Comments" made at the Community Meeting (December 1, 2021) are included in the Appendix: Detailed Information and Preliminary Planning Analysis on pages 36-37 of the 42p PDF.

Participate in the meeting to give your comments by following the instructions in the Information Report Notice (2p PDF - click first page image at left to zoom).

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!

February 2022 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: 10 West GO GP Inc. has submitted plans to redevelop the existing Bowling Green site and additional lands at 17 & 19 Ann Street, 84 & 90 High Street East and 91 Park Street East on the block bound by Park Street East, Ann Street, High Street East and Hurontario Street (map).

PROPOSAL: Block development featuring a 22-storey, 359 unit residential condominium with 283 car parking spaces, 287 bicycle parking spaces, ground floor commercial uses, retention of two historic buildings to be used for commercial and residential uses, and a public park created by a land swap between the Bowling Green site and the two heritage properties on High Street (key statistics).

IMAGES: Applicant’s renderings (June 2022) of the proposed condominium building from the presentation linked below, which provides descriptions of each elevation.

View 10 West's Visual Presentation (9-slide PDF) which was presented to stakeholders at the Pre-Application Meeting held June 27, 2022.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Councillor Stephen Dasko hosted a virtual Community Meeting on December 1, 2021 to allow the applicant and City planning staff to hear early reaction of the local residents.

View submitted application documents on the City's Active development applications webpage (click Ward 1 tab for 17 & 19 Ann Street, 84 & 90 High Street East and 91 Park Street East).

To submit your comments, please contact Paul Stewart, Development Planner for this application at 905-615-3200 ext. 5813 or paul.stewart@mississauga.ca.  Please consider copying the TOPCA Executive so that we can best represent the community's views when taking any formal position.




88 Park Street East - formerly '0' Park Street East
(SE parking lot at Port Credit GO Station)

UPDATE: July 2022 - PUBLIC MEETING: Virtual and in-person statutory meeting Tuesday, July 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC).

DEPUTATION: TOPCA will be making Remarks about this development proposal at the PDC meeting.

 View the online livestream of the PDC meeting at the appointed time.  The video will be archived after the meeting, accessible at the Agenda link (below).

View PDC Agenda (Item 5.2).  The Information Report (4p PDF) is posted as an attachment, and is only to be received for information.  Public comments received at this meeting will be included in the Recommendation Report (Date TBA) in support of PDC's future decision on the application.

NOTE: "Community Questions and Comments" made at the Community Meeting (May 24, 2022) are included in the Appendix: Detailed Information and Preliminary Planning Analysis on page 32 of the 38p PDF.

Participate in the meeting to give your comments by following the instructions in the Information Report Notice (2p PDF - click first page image at left to zoom).

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!

May 2022 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: Edenshaw Developments has submitted plans to redevelop the SE parking lot site at Port Credit GO Station (map), designated as '88' Park Street East (formerly known as '0' Park Street East).

PROPOSAL: Two (2) condominium apartment buildings of 40 and 42 storeys, containing 1,139 units and ground and second floor commercial and office space.  There is also a request to approve a proposed Plan of Subdivision to accommodate the proposal.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 6:30-8:00 pm.  More info is found on Councillor Dasko's webpage about the development proposal and the meeting.

Applicant's visual presentation at the above meeting will be posted, once received.

For details of the Metrolinx surprise sale of this 1.48 acre transit-oriented development site in 2021, see article below: Metrolinx sells SE Port Credit GO Station Parking Lot.

View submitted application documents on the City's Active development applications webpage (click Ward 1 tab for '0' Park Street East (or '88' once the web-tab is updated)).

IMAGE: Applicant’s rendering of proposed twin towers.  See also images below.

TOPCA COMMENTARY: Edenshaw won out from over 20 bids on this prime piece of Port Credit real estate and they’ve already submitted their application to the city.

Earlier, in April 2022, TOPCA attended a brief, councillor-led meeting with the developer to learn more about what they envisioned.  The site is zoned for 22 storeys.

What’s being proposed are two 40- and 42-storey skyscrapers.  A total of 1,139 units with 474 parking spaces.  We were advised that this would be a residential/office/retail hub, however, there seems to be less emphasis on the office component.  Tower separation will include an at-grade walk-through area with a potential coffee shop, etc.

DETAILS: Can be found in the Planning Justification Report (110p PDF) submitted by the applicant, using address of 30 Queen St E.

Edenshaw asked for our thoughts.  We challenged the lack of affordable housing, the need for services that would be meaningful to the area (grocery store, daycare centre, etc.) and the extreme lack of parking – the city requires a 1:1 ratio of parking spaces to residential units.  And, of course, heights that are more appropriate to the city centre versus a smaller town like Port Credit.

Edenshaw is conducting a resident survey (we offered to share here) that we felt was a little lightweight.  So, we’re conducting one of our own...

TOPCA SURVEY:

1)  What do you feel should be the maximum height for development on this site?

2)  Given its proximity to GO, bus and LRT transit, what do you feel is a reasonable ratio of parking to residential units?

3)  With the city’s economic strategy for Port Credit citing “jobs” as a key target, what percentage of these towers should be dedicated to purpose-built office space?  One floor, two floors?  More?  Less?

4)  Should developers be on the hook for providing affordable housing units in new builds?  NOTE: “affordable” is deemed 85% of the market rate for a unit.  What does that look like?  One floor, a percentage of units?

Please share your Survey Responses and any further Comments with us at: topca@topca.net

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!

To submit your comments to the City, please contact David Ferro, Development Planner for this application at 905-615-3200 ext. 4554 or david.ferro@mississauga.ca.  Please consider copying the TOPCA Executive so that we can best represent the community's views when taking any formal position.





128 Lakeshore Road East (Skinner & Middlebrook site)

UPDATE: June 2022 - PUBLIC MEETING: Virtual and in-person statutory meeting Monday, June 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC).   View the online livestream of the PDC meeting at the appointed time.  The video will be archived after the meeting, accessible at the Agenda link (below).

DEPUTATION: TOPCA will be making a Deputation.

View PDC Agenda (Item 5.3).  The Information Report (4p PDF) is posted as an attachment, and is only to be received for information.  Public comments received at this meeting will be included in the Recommendation Report (Date TBA) in support of PDC's future decision on the application.

NOTE: "Community Questions and Comments" made at the Community Meeting (March 29, 2022) are included in the Appendix: Detailed Information and Preliminary Planning Analysis on pages 27-28 of the 33p PDF.

Participate in the meeting to give your comments by following the instructions in the Information Report Notice (2p PDF - click first page image at left to zoom).

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!

PETITION: There is a local online petition against this development proposal: STOP 128 LAKESHORE!!!, an 11 floor proposed building at Lakeshore Road E and Ann Street!

January 2022 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: 128 Lakeshore Road East LP has submitted plans to redevelop the existing 2-storey Skinner & Middlebrook funeral home site at 128 Lakeshore Road East (map) at the NW corner of Lakeshore Road East and Ann Street.

PROPOSAL: 11 storey condominium building with 42 residential units, a car elevator for 37+ underground parking spots on three levels and ground floor retail uses.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Councillor Stephen Dasko hosted a virtual Community Meeting on March 29, 2022 to allow the applicant and City planning staff to hear early reaction of the local residents.

IMAGE: Applicant’s rendering of proposed condominium building.  Click image to zoom.

View submitted application documents on the City's Active development applications webpage (click Ward 1 tab for 128 Lakeshore Road East).

To submit your comments, please contact Michael Franzolini, Development Planner for this application at 905-615-3200 ext. 8232 or michael.franzolini@mississauga.ca.  Please consider copying the TOPCA Executive so that we can best represent the community's views when taking any formal position.




170 Lakeshore Road East (Planet Organic site)

UPDATE: June 2022 - PUBLIC MEETING: Virtual and in-person statutory meeting Monday, June 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC).   Video of the meeting is archived, accessible at the Agenda link (below).

View PDC Agenda (Item 5.3).  The Information Report (4p PDF) is posted as an attachment, and is only to be received for information.  Public comments received at this meeting will be included in the Recommendation Report (Date TBA) in support of PDC's future decision on the application.

NOTE: "Community Questions and Comments" made at the Community Meeting (February 2, 2022) are included in the Appendix: Detailed Information and Preliminary Planning Analysis on pages 38-39 of the 44p PDF.

TOPCA Letter (June 6, 2022) (1p PDF) submitted to the Planning and Development Committee regarding community feedback on the proposed development at 170 Lakeshore Road East, based on a local Flyer drop and survey.

Participate in the meeting to give your comments by following the instructions in the Information Report Notice (2p PDF - click first page image at left to zoom).

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!

View the archived VIDEO (1:08-2:17) of the PDC meeting (June 6, 2022). "GO BACK" - Community pushback (excellent resident presentations!) and the Councillors' lack of enthusiasm at PDC on Monday, June 6, 2022 for the Lightpoint proposal at 170 Lakeshore Road East (Planet Organic site) was evident.  The 17-storey building (image below) with 148 (expensive) rental units was deemed "outrageous" and "ridiculous crap".  The proposal showed a "lack of respect for existing communities" and "doesn't conform" to the letter (or spirit) of the Port Credit Local Area Plan.  It was noted that developers want to cram Port Credit to the rafters.  Lightpoint was instructed to "bring something into the realm of decent reality".

February 2022 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: Lightpoint Inc has submitted plans to redevelop the existing Planet Organic plaza site at 170 Lakeshore Road East (map) at the NW corner of Lakeshore Road East and Elmwood Avenue North.

PROPOSAL: 17 storey apartment building (including 2-storey rooftop mechanical) containing 148 luxury residential units plus amenities, and ground floor retail commercial space.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Per Letter from Councillor Stephen Dasko (1p PDF): a Community Meeting was held February 2, 2022.

View Lightpoint's Visual Presentation (33-slide PDF) which was presented to residents at the Community Meeting held February 2, 2022.

IMAGE: Applicant’s rendering of proposed apartment building.  Click image to zoom.

View submitted application documents on the City's Active development applications webpage (click Ward 1 tab for 170 Lakeshore Road East).

To submit your comments, please contact Paul Stewart, Development Planner for this application at 905-615-3200 ext. 5813 or paul.stewart@mississauga.ca.  Please consider copying the TOPCA Executive so that we can best represent the community's views when taking any formal position.




183-185 Lakeshore Road East (Village Court site)

April 2022 - PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL: The pair of red brick buildings located directly across from the Port Credit LCBO, at 183 and 185 Lakeshore Road East, is owned and operated by Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP) which offers subsidized rental accommodation for the 18 units in the two buildings.  This is known as the Village Court site (map).

PROPOSAL: SHIP is hoping to expand to 45 units by demolishing these two buildings and putting up a single, seven-storey structure, including 10-12 parking spaces behind, and mainstreet-level office/retail.  NOTE: Existing tenants would be re-homed in area buildings that currently work with SHIP and they would continue to pay a subsidized rent in the interim.

The TOPCA Executive has shared our thoughts and concerns with the CEO and CFO for SHIP and indicated we'd take it back to the residents for input...

TOPCA SURVEY:

1)  The Port Credit Local Area Plan calls for 2-3 storeys maximum. Should we hold firm to the prescribed heights?

2)  Should we consider a concession to 4-5 storeys or allow for a 7-storey structure in this case?

3)  How could the 'iconic' metal signage be incorporated into anything new?

Please share your Survey Responses and any further Comments with us at: topca@topca.net

ON FACEBOOK? You can write your comments under our Facebook posting as well!




Port Credit Marina - Public Information Centre and Survey

March 2022 - The City is proceeding with the Environmental Assessment of the prospective new Marina development at One Port Street.

See: The City's 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina webpage.  Participate in a virtual Public Information Centre anytime until Thursday, March 17, 2022. A recorded presentation (21:08 minutes) has been provided to explain the lakefill alternatives assessed and the preliminary preferred lakefill alternative.  Feedback is sought through an online survey on the alternatives.


View: TOPCA's Visual Deputation - 'Keep the Port in Port Credit' (35-slide PDF) made October 30, 2019 at the General Committee of Council (GC) in support of the City's proposed ICIP application.  It presents the case that the Port Credit Marina is a valuable waterfront INDUSTRY with great contributions to make to city building, tourism, economic activity (150+ marina jobs), place-making and the cultural identity of Mississauga's urban waterfront.

See: TOPCA's Marina Lands webpage for background.




42-46 Park Street East & 23 Elizabeth Street North

UPDATE: February 2022 - PUBLIC MEETING: Virtual statutory meeting on Monday, February 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm at the City's Planning and Development Committee (PDC).

View PDC Agenda (Item 5.3).  The Recommendation Report (6p PDF) is now posted as an attachment, and "concludes that the proposed official plan amendment and rezoning applications are not acceptable from a planning standpoint and should not be approved."

Participate in the meeting to give your comments by following the instructions in the Recommendation Report Notice (2p PDF - click first page image at left to zoom).

TOPCA has provided a Letter to PDC: February 13, 2022.

The PDC meeting will be *streamed live* online for those wishing to observe.  Click here to view the PDC meeting at the appointed time.

UPDATE: November 2021 - UNDER APPEAL: Edenshaw has appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal.  The hearing will take place in 2022.

November 2020 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: Edenshaw's proposal for a 22-storey, 258 unit condo building, with 200 underground parking spaces on 6 levels, near the Port Credit GO Station.

Image: Applicant’s latest rendering of proposed 22-storey building (Elizabeth St. North facade at Park St. East).  Click image to zoom.

Redesign is underway based on feedback Edenshaw received on August 11, 2020 at a virtual Stakeholder meeting, re excessive height, the architectural design and other technical parameters.

See: TOPCA's 42-46 Park St E & 23 Elizabeth St N webpage for more details, images, presentations, Facebook comment links and Google Maps street view Walkabout.




Former Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras subject of harassment

February 7, 2022 - LETTER TO COUNCIL: Ward 1 city-affiliated ratepayer and residents' associations including TOPCA have sent a Letter to Mississauga Council: Feb. 7, 2022 (2p PDF) concerning information of harassment that has come to light and resulted in the resignation of former Ward 2 Councillor Karen Ras effective January 28, 2022.  Click image at left to zoom.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING: Wed. February 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am. The Agenda includes the Associations' Letter at Item 16.1.  The Special Council Meeting will be virtual and livestreamed here.

ITEM 8.1: Robert J. Swayze, Integrity Commissioner, to explain the rationale for not investigating former Councillor Ras’ complaint and to explain how Sections 2(2)(a) and 2(2)(c) of the Council Code of Conduct Complaint Protocol applies to this situation.

Webpage: Council Code of Conduct.

NEWS ARTICLES:

Mississauga News (April 20, 2022) - 'Expecting some answers': Report on allegations Mississauga councillor keyed colleague's SUV delayed indefinitely; New information to be investigated, Mississauga integrity commissioner says.

CBC News (Updated: Feb 3, 2022) - Mississauga council wants integrity commissioner to investigate allegations councillor keyed colleague's car.




420 Lakeshore Road East (Beer Store property)

UPDATE: December 2021 - RECOMMENDATION MEETING AT PDC: A public (virtual and in-person) meeting was held December 6, 2021 @ 6:00pm.  Presentation by Developer and Recommendation Report from Planning staff.  The Application was refused by Planning Staff, and this Decision will be defended at the Ontario Land Tribunal (date TBA), where the developer has already appealed.

View the Meeting Notice (Decision will be made).

View the PDC Meeting Agenda (Item 5.5, attachments including Recommendation Report).

UPDATE: June 2021 - UNDER APPEAL: The developer has appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal.  A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

March 2021 - INFORMATION MEETING AT PDC: A public (virtual) meeting will be held Monday, March 8, 2021 @ 6:00pm.  Presentations by Developer and Planning staff.

PDC Meeting Agenda (Item 4.2).

View the Meeting Notice (no Decision will be made).

View the Information Planning Report (45p PDF).

View the meeting on the City's livestream.

Lakeview Ratepayers Association (LRA) will be making a Deputation.  LRA: "This area forms part of the Lakeview pedestrian friendly main street environment.  Set backs would be required for any height above 4 stories and allow sky views.  At present the Lakeview East Corridor study is underway and should be considered before this development proceeds."

This development site is at the boundary between the Lakeview and Port Credit Planning Districts, although technically in Lakeview.  The LRA has previously prepared a Community Response Letter (4p PDF) to the Application.

Port Credit residents have also expressed concerns, given their neighbourhood proximity to the out of scale development, and the broader community impact on the established mainstreet-oriented Port Credit and Lakeview secondary plans for the Lakeshore Corridor.

November 2020 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: Plazacorp have submitted plans to redevelop the existing Beer Store site at 420 Lakeshore Road East (map) at the SW corner of Lakeshore Rd E and Enola Avenue.  Proposal: Condominium apartment building ranging in height from 2 to 12 storeys and containing 195 residential units with at grade non-residential uses and two levels of underground parking.

Image: Applicant’s renderings of proposed condo building.  Click image to zoom.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Per Letter from Councillor Stephen Dasko - Due to the COVID pandemic, we are not able to have an in-person meeting.  We have arranged a Community virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

APPLICANT'S PRESENTATION: The slide deck presented at the Virtual Community Meeting (November 17, 2020) will be posted here once received.

The applicant is proposing to amend the Mississauga Official Plan designation from Mixed Use to Residential High Density and to rezone the property from C4 (Mainstreet Commercial) to RA5 – Exception (Apartment - Exception) to implement this development proposal.  Driveway access to the proposal will be provided from Enola Avenue.

To submit your comments, please forward to Paul Stewart, Planner, Planning and Development Department, 300 City Centre Drive, 6th floor, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1 or paul.stewart@mississauga.ca.




Metrolinx sells SE Port Credit GO Station Parking Lot

UPDATE: July 2021 - ACQUISITION ANNOUNCED: Edenshaw Developments has partnered with Windsor Private Capital to acquire this 1.48 acre transit-oriented development site.  Details.

April 2021 - SURPRISE SALE OFFERING: Metrolinx has placed the strategic southeast parking lot at the Port Credit GO Station up for sale.  It is described as a high density transit-oriented development opportunity:

"Preliminary investigations indicate that the Site can accommodate a two tower development of between 22 and 25 storeys with a gross floor area up to approx. 650,100 sf (10.15 FSI).  Additional density above the base case may be achievable by increasing the height of the podium or the towers, which would require an OPA & ZBA."

Image: Sales Brochure shows aerial image of the 1.48 acre site.  Click image to zoom.

The community has always understood that the south parking lot adjacent Hurontario Street would be retained until completion of the LRT Station in 2024, and that citizen engagement would subsequently be initiated regarding redevelopment of the Port Credit GO Station, including the parking lands and configuration.  Note the sale does not include the narrow piece of land overtop the proposed LRT Station or the planned surface-level pedestrian plaza which would now appear to be very small in scope.

The concern of area residents and those groups that have been involved in the reimagining process for this site over the past six years is that the OP will not be included as part of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale and that these years of discussions will be for naught.  We’re requesting that the conditions outlined in the Corporate Report: Port Credit GO Station Southeast Area Master Plan Implementation – Proposed Changes To Mississauga Official Plan (47p PDF) as approved June 27, 2016 be respected by the purchaser/developer.

Understanding that this will be a site of significant intensification, there are a number of important aspects to its future growth that are cited in these reports, including:

  • economic development that provides much-needed job opportunities for the area.
  • sufficient, well-designed parking that can absorb the volume of cars that might otherwise be directed to the smaller north and west parking sites.
  • visual/physical permeability on the site with an appropriate, welcoming built form befitting a lakeside community – versus a six-storey wall of above-grade parking.

View Cushman & Wakefield Sales BROCHURE (3p PDF). View Sales VIDEO (1:49).

See: TOPCA's Port Credit GO Station webpage for background on extensive citizen consultations regarding the LRT and GO Stations redevelopment and the City's Port Credit GO Station Area Master Plan (2016).




Peel 2041+ Official Plan Review - Impacts on Ward One

October 2020 - Under the Ontario Planning Act, the Region of Peel must update its Official Plan every 5 years to ensure that official plan policies stay current with Provincial policy changes and reflect the changing community's needs.

The Region will be consulting the public on focus areas throughout the process including Growth Management and Major Transit Station Areas.

The Province of Ontario released Amendment 1 to A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the GGH (Greater Golden Horseshoe) that includes changes to the total population and employment forecasts for Peel, the planning horizon (from 2041 to 2051), and other policies.  Future updates to reflect this amendment will build on work completed under Peel 2041 thus far to support the Region’s Strategic Plan vision for A Community for Life.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: Councillor Stephen Dasko hosted a Virtual Community Meeting on October 27, 2020 specifically geared to Ward 1 residents and especially concerning changes in population Growth Management (GM) and Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA) including the Port Credit GO Station vicinity and three (3) proposed BRT Stations along the Lakeshore Corridor in Lakeview.  These changes will increase density targets.

REGION OF PEEL - PRESENTATION: View the slide deck (38p PDF) presented at the Virtual Community Meeting (October 27, 2020): Peel 2041+ Growth Management & Major Transit Station Areas Fall 2020 Engagement (Ward 1).

See: The Region's Peel 2041+ Official Plan Review webpage to learn more about the process, view supporting studies for the focus areas and submit your comments.




Civic Responsibility in the Time of COVID-19

October 2020 - Restrictions on citizens, businesses, public venues and cultural activities have varied in Mississauga over the past months in light of the COVID-19 pandemic starting to peak again in our city.  Residents are continually deluged with information and instructions in successive (often daily) updates and press conferences from four levels of government, compounded by media saturation.  It is vital that we don't tune it all out.

Since April, residents have had ongoing civic responsibilities including strict physical distancing rules, masking, and now again, the strong recommendation to STAY HOME (unless necessary to go out for essential items or appointments) in response to the urgent need to yet again flatten the curve of new infections in Peel Region, now put back into Stage 2 by the Province as of October 10, 2020.

NOTE: Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is officially recommending against trick-or-treating this Halloween in four areas of the province – Ottawa, Toronto, Peel (including Mississauga) and York Region, which are all considered COVID-19 "hot spots" and are back in modified Stage 2 restrictions.  Ontario Government: How to celebrate Halloween during COVID-19.  This decision is supported by the Peel Medical Officer of Health.

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 need is growing every day and must be supported for several more months, as job losses persist and winter adds additional hardship.

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.

See: TOPCA's COVID-19 webpage for practical postings and links.




Port Credit Marina - Province refuses ICIP Funding

October 2020 - In late 2019 the City made application for a partial funding opportunity for the future of a full-service working marina in Port Credit, in response to a Federal/Provincial program called ICIP, specifically: "Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Applications.”

APPLICATION DENIED: Earlier this year, the City was informed that the Province would not promote Mississauga's ICIP application to the federal level.  As noted in the Mississauga News article (October 21, 2020): Mississauga's plans for ‘vital’ $71M Port Credit marina in doubt after province denies funding pitch.

In response, Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko has written an Op-Ed submission (1p PDF; October 21, 2020) to the Mississauga News, entitled It is time to fight for the survival of the Port Credit Marina, noting that investment needs to be secured from all levels of government in order to 'Keep the Port in Port Credit'.  Click image of Letter (at left) to zoom.

View: TOPCA's Visual Deputation - 'Keep the Port in Port Credit' (35-slide PDF) made October 30, 2019 at the General Committee of Council (GC) in support of the City's proposed ICIP application.  It presents the case that the Port Credit Marina is a valuable waterfront INDUSTRY with great contributions to make to city building, tourism, economic activity (150+ marina jobs), place-making and the cultural identity of Mississauga's urban waterfront.

See: TOPCA's Marina Lands webpage.




One Port Street East - EA Process for Proposed Marina

July 2020 (update) - TERMS OF REFERENCE - SUBMITTED: The City submitted the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Terms of Reference to the Province on July 10, 2020.  Approval may take approximately six months.

View: Terms of Reference Notice of Submission (1p PDF).

REVIEW: Terms of Reference (92p PDF; cover shown at left) via link on 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina webpage.

BACKGROUND: In July 2019, the City of Mississauga initiated an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) process under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.

A well-attended Public Information Update was held at the Port Credit Legion on January 29, 2020 (promotional 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) to the City project team, commenting on the Final Draft Terms of Reference.

See: TOPCA's Marina Lands webpage.




QEW Credit River Heritage Bridge - FOI Request

June 2020 (update) - DECISION RECEIVED: On June 8, 2020 we received the Decision from the Ministry of Transportation as to what would be released in response to TOPCA's FOI Request for all MTO documentation concerning the October 2019 announcement that the QEW Heritage Bridge over the Credit River would be demolished and replaced, despite years of public consultation and engineering plans to rehabilitate the heritage-designated bridge.

EXCERPT OF DECISION: "Partial access is granted to the requested records.  Some information is protected under the following sections of the Act:
• Section 12 to protect cabinet records; and,
• Section 18 to protect the economic and other interests of Ontario.

"Please note that the preliminary design report features numerous appendices and attachments.  Only those related to the condition or replacement cost of the bridge have been deemed as responsive to the request.

"Section 29(1)(b) of the Act requires that the requester be provided with the name and position of the person responsible for making the decision.  This decision was approved by Jennifer Graham Harkness, Assistant Deputy Minister, Provincial Highways Management Division under the delegated authority of the Minister of Transportation."

The released Ministry documents are available at this linkThe TOPCA Executive is reviewing the documents at this time.

BACKGROUND: 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 was April 3, 2020 (now expecting information in June/July).

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