Twenty six-hectare waterfront green space planned for Toronto-Mississauga border

As the weather gets colder, you may not be thinking about the waterfront, but the Region of Peel has big plans for its share of the Lake Ontario shoreline. A degraded and inaccessible section of the shore will be transformed into a beautiful, naturalized conservation area. The space is slated to become a hotspot for wildlife migration and a green oasis in the heart of the city.

On October 22, Peel Regional Council voiced their continued support for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project and endorsed moving forward to implementation. The project is a joint undertaking of the Region of Peel, Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to add green space where it is significantly lacking. Mississauga’s Lakeview community once boasted significant natural areas and several wetlands, which have since been lost to urbanization.

“This is a wonderful day for the environment, our community, the city and the Region of Peel,” said Jim Tovey, Peel Regional Councillor representing Mississauga’s Ward 1. “Today’s Council decision demonstrates a strong commitment to restoring our natural environment and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.” Tovey, who has been a staunch advocate for change along the waterfront, has led the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project since its inception.

The project is scheduled to take seven to ten years to complete. It will yield a publicly accessible conservation area roughly 48 football fields in size with 1.5 kilometres of new shoreline, stretching from the old Lakeview generating station to the Toronto border at Marie Curtis Park. The Waterfront Trail will be rerouted along the newly created shoreline, instead of its current inland path near Lakeshore Boulevard.

“A naturalization project of this scale will transform our urban environment and contribute to a healthier Great Lakes ecosystem.” said Andrew Farr, Director of Water for the Region of Peel. “We’re learning more about the connection between environmental health and human health each day. Access to natural spaces leads to a better quality of life for families and youth, and that’s exactly what the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project will do.”

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Kate Peterson Team 5th “Annual Flowers For Food” Food Drive!

For the fifth year in a row, the Kate Peterson Team is proud to announce its Flowers For Food Event to collect food in support of the Compass Christmas Food Drive.

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Each year at this time, the Kate Peterson Team and local student volunteers hand out free poinsettias in exchange for food donations. This year the event will be held from Monday, November 30th to Saturday, December 5th at the Keller Williams Realty Solutions office at 103 Lakeshore Road East in Port Credit.

Contributors are invited to drop off their donation of non-perishable food items to this location between 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday.

We hope you will help us out with this worthy cause!

Mississauga Moves 2015 a Turning Point in the City’s Transportation Future

City roads are built out and innovative solutions are needed to move forward

Mississauga is experiencing a turning point in the development of its transportation system. Today, more than 300 people looked into the future of travel throughout the City, at the first ever transportation summit – Mississauga Moves 2015, held at the Living Arts Centre.

“Mississauga is a City committed to building transit,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The results of today’s first-ever transportation summit will shape Mississauga’s transit priorities as we build up our City over the next 25 years,” she added. “We are here to listen to the ideas and solutions residents have toward making Mississauga an even better place to live, work and achieve unrivalled success.”

Registered attendees heard from panel experts on Complete Streets; these are designed to embrace all road users through inclusiveness, safety, comfort, efficiency and public space. Attendees also had the opportunity to design their own transit network or tour the Mississauga Transitway, as well as learn about Mississauga’s transportation story in terms of dealing with growth and congestion and possibilities for the future.

“Participation today will impact how we implement change; a process that will begin with the development of our Transportation Master Plan in 2016,” said Martin Powell, commissioner Transportation and Works and MC for the day. “We not only attracted the best local and international transportation experts but we brought together a transportation showcase that encompasses all areas of transportation.”

Powell further explained, Mississauga Moves 2015 allowed residents to listen, be heard and brainstorm innovative strategies for moving around the City more efficiently in the future on foot, by bicycle, car and public transit.

Keynote speaker Sam Schwartz, better known as “Gridlock Sam” a leading transportation expert in the United States, shared his insights on how Mississauga can become more “street smart” and move toward reducing cars and increasing use of public transit, walking and cycling.

The discussion will continue in 2016, with the development of the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input gathered from today’s summit is only the first step, watch for broader outreach and input from the community in the new year, added Powell.

Veterans Ride MiWay Free on Remembrance Day

Canadian Forces veterans and their companion can ride free on MiWay on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.

“MiWay honours our Canadian veterans who are our parents, aunts, uncles, children and our heroes,” said Geoff Marinoff, director of transit. “They selflessly put their lives on the line to further freedom throughout the world. On Remembrance Day, we proudly salute our veterans and encourage them to ride with MiWay for free.”

Marinoff asks veterans to wear their uniform and, or, medals and let transit operators know if a companion is travelling with them so they too may ride free.

MiWay buses and operators will pause on November 11 at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence to recognize Canadian veterans for their sacrifices during wars and peace missions around the world.

Let MiWay take you to the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The ceremony will be held in front of the Community Memorial in the northwest corner of Mississauga Celebration Square. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.

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