It is with great sadness that the City of Mississauga advises of the sudden passing of Jim Tovey, Councillor for Ward 1. He represented Ward 1 residents on Mississauga City Council as well as on the Region of Peel Council. Councillor Tovey was elected in 2010.
“Today is a sad day for Mississauga. It was an honour to work with and learn from Jim for the past six years,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “He was always there in your time of need, ready to lend a hand and never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. Jim had a great sense of humour and always looked for the positive in every issue or challenge. He did not accept that something could not be done, but always looked for innovative ways to make the world a better place. I know I join staff at the City and my colleagues on Council in stating just how much we will miss his energy, tenacity and thoughtful input around the Council table. Jim Tovey truly made Mississauga better. He was a champion for our City.”
“It is a shock to all of us to learn about the passing of Councillor Tovey,” said Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and City Manager. “He has been a strong advocate for so many great initiatives in the City such as Inspiration Lakeview and Inspiration Port Credit. Most of all, Councillor Tovey worked together with staff to make this City a more liveable, vibrant and connected community. On behalf of the staff at the City of Mississauga, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife Lee, his family and the entire community who will mourn his passing. On a personal note, I truly enjoyed working with Councillor Tovey and loved his passion for his community. He will be deeply missed.”
The City will lower flags to half-mast at all City of Mississauga facilities and a book of condolences will be available at Mississauga Civic Centre starting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17.
The City of Mississauga has received a 2017 Brownie Award for Inspiration Port Credit for Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement. The Brownie Awards recognize the rehabilitation efforts of brownfield sites in Canada, which are former industrial sites that are vacant or underused. The award was presented by Canadian Brownfields Network and Actual Media.
With Mississauga having one of the most significant brownfield sites on the north shore of Lake Ontario, it has been the focus of several community engagements. Located at 70 Mississauga Rd. S., the brownfield site is 72 acres (29 hectares) and 600 metres of Lake Ontario shoreline that neighbours the City’s historic urban waterfront village of Port Credit.
“It is a great honour for the City of Mississauga to receive this national award for our achievement in planning for and contributing to the growth of healthy communities and our remarkable waterfront,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Congratulations to the team for their hard work and dedication while ensuring the needs and interests of the community are considered.”
The City-led community engagements explored future possibilities for the site with a Master Planning Framework that will help guide redevelopment. Working with a consultant team, the City involved residents and stakeholders in a variety of interactive sessions.
“This award demonstrates Mississauga’s ongoing commitment to engage the community,” said Jim Tovey, Ward 1 Councillor. “Inspiration Port Credit provides an incredible opportunity to build a vibrant and inspiring future for the community, by the community.”
“The Brownie Awards recognize the best in brownfield site restoration projects in Canada,” added Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “We are excited to receive this award and be recognized by industry experts for our communication and engagement efforts on this waterfront project. The result is a vision of the site’s future as a model of sustainability.”
To learn more about Inspiration Port Credit, visit inspirationportcredit.com.