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Civic Responsibility in the Time of COVID-19

April 2020 - Restrictions on citizens, businesses, public venues and cultural activities have increased in Mississauga over the past month in light of the COVID-19 pandemic starting to peak in our city.  Residents are 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.

Residents bear new civic responsibilities including strict physical distancing rules and the strong recommendation to STAY HOME (unless necessary to go out) in response to the urgent need to flatten the curve of new infections.

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 months.

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.

42-44 Park Street East & 23 Elizabeth Street North

August 2020 - APPLICATION IN PROCESS: Edenshaw's 22-storey, 258 unit condo building proposal near the Port Credit GO Station.

Left: 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.

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.

One Port Street East - EA Update for Proposed Marina

July 2020 (update) - T.O.R. SUBMITTED: The City submitted the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Terms of Reference to the Province on July 10, 2020.

Written comments about the T.O.R. must be received at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment by August 10, 2020.  Further details are contained in the Notice of Submission (link below).

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

REVIEW: The Terms of Reference (92p PDF; cover shown at left) may be accessed via the City's 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina webpageResidents are encouraged to comment!

BACKGROUND: In July 2019, the City of Mississauga initiated an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act for the 1 Port Street East Proposed Marina Project.  A Public Information Update was held January 29, 2020 (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.

View: TOPCA's Visual Deputation - 'Keep the Port in Port Credit' (35-slide PDF; October 30, 2019).  Making the case that the PC marina is a valuable waterfront INDUSTRY with great contributions to make to city building, tourism, economic activity, place-making and the cultural identity of Mississauga's urban waterfront.

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.