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Port Credit 2029

NEW SERIES - At the TOPCA Town Hall & AGM on Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 7-9 pm at Clarke Hall, TOPCA is launching a new Series entitled Port Credit 2029 with ongoing updates as we track the planned transformation of Port Credit over the next decade.

TOPCA Town Hall Meeting and AGM

We are so excited about the Port Credit 2029 series kickoff at our Town Hall & AGM on Monday, November 4, 2019 @ 7-9 pm at Clarke Hall, 161 Lakeshore Road West (map).

We have just updated the Flyer (shown at left) to reflect our growing list of sponsors, which is much appreciated so that we can provide hospitality to attendees and have a bunch of Prizes for the FREE Draws at the end of our brief Members' Business Meeting @ 9:10 - 9:30 pm, after the Town Hall (so please stick around).

AUDIO-VISUAL: A BIG SCREEN (16' x 9') and wireless Sound System are generously provided by Brightwater so that we all get the most out of Gil's dynamic visual presentation. For Public Q&A, a wireless microphone will be brought to questioners by runners on either side of the Hall. Sit back and enjoy the meeting!


GIL PENALOSA - KEYNOTE SPEAKER: We are thrilled to welcome Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP.  Gil's full bio is extensive, but most importantly to us, Gil has a personal connection to PC, having worked here on Lakeshore Road over a decade ago, in the initial office of 8 80 Cities, which then was called Walk & Bike for Life.  Gil was a community mentor as citizens got together to deal with the beginnings of change in Port Credit.  Now Gil is known world-wide, and we want to give him a great Homecoming. He has generously waived his usual speaker's fee for us.  Gil will address Port Credit and Mississauga issues through his lens of international experience and consulting/advocacy for public spaces, sustainable mobility and quality of life issues in over 300 cities.

ELI AARON - MILLENIAL RESPONSE: Eli Aaron recently graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a specialization in Transportation Planning.  He currently serves as the Budget Lead at the Toronto Youth Cabinet, the City’s youth advisory body.  Eli previously served as Transit Lead in 2018- 2019.  During the summers of 2017 and 2018 he worked as a planning student at the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.  At the PCBIA, he was involved with the Imperial Oil Lands Redevelopment and the Lakeshore Connecting Communities Study.  Eli is passionate about designing transportation systems and communities that encourage public transit use, walking and cycling.  He will provide a 'Millennial Response' to Gil's presentation, explaining how his Millennial generation requires the changes envisioned for the future Port Credit.

COUNCILLOR STEPHEN DASKO will be attending and making a 'Ward 1 - Year in Review' presentation.  What a first year in office Stephen has had, with so many issues in play!  He is also bringing residents FREE SLOW DOWN lawn signs in keeping with the Ward-wide concern about speeding traffic.  Hope to see these signs springing up around town!

MAYOR BONNIE CROMBIE will be attending and making Closing Remarks.  On October 30, 2019, with the support of the Mayor, TOPCA reps joined other local community groups up at City Hall, to advocate for continued support of the Port Credit Marina, which needs to be relocated to make room for development at One Port Street.  The resultant Council vote to apply for ICIP funding was unanimous, and the Mayor will doubtless speak to our mutual enthusiasm for 'Keeping the Port in Port Credit' as part of a complete waterfront community.

SPONSORS: We have items and gift cards from local establishments!  In turn, we are happy to promote these local community-minded businesses.  Please check them out!  We hope this adds a little excitement to the business portion of the AGM (following the Town Hall).

FREE DRAW:  Our Sponsors are providing the following items for the Draw (TOPCA members only) after the TOPCA Business Meeting:

Stonehooker Brewing Company: 3 Stonehooker jugs, each for a free fill-up and brewery tour.

Old Bagel House: 3 x $5 gift cards; 2 x $10 gift cards

RawBlendz: $25 gift certificate

Colossus Greek Restaurant: $50 gift certificate

Lakefront Motors: FREE oil change, tire rotation, and inspection

Snug Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill: 2 x $50 gift cards

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: 2 general admission tickets ($66 value)

Heather Doyle Images: Package of blank greeting cards with local flowers ($20 value)

Please support these businesses and mention you heard about their donation through TOPCA!

REFRESHMENTS: Wonderfully, Social Coffee Bean will be attending our Town Hall to serve complimentary tea and coffee (including decaf) and FREE treat samples.  They are also setting up, brewing on site, and cleaning up, which helps us greatly!  They are a social purpose enterprise and serve fair trade organic coffee and beans, as well an array of teas and baked goods. Let's support them. They will be selling bags of their House Blend beans (half and full-pound (cash only, $8 or $16) and will be available for a half-hour after the Town Hall ends (until 9:30 pm).

TIME CAPSULE: We think it would be fun to do a Time Capsule, to be opened in 2029. We'll have a table where items can be brought, and index cards to fill out with memories or predictions to go in the capsule. Any ideas what to use for the capsule? A donation would be great. Size uncertain until we see what comes in! Things like receipts, photos, programs, labels, local magazines, small items reflecting this year etc.

TOPCA CONSTITUTION: As mentioned in a previous email, the City has given us the go-ahead to accept Associate Members beyond the boundaries of Port Credit.  We'll have amendments to the existing TOPCA Constitution to put to a vote this Monday night at the brief business AGM following the Town Hall program.  View the Draft Amended TOPCA Constitution (6p PDF) which includes explanations for the changes.

MEMBERSHIP FEES: With your approval at the Members' Business Meeting, we can make the changes to accept associate membership fees, which will help our financial position. As a member-supported volunteer group we are dependent on membership fees to meet our hard costs: flyers, hall rental, website, D&O insurance and bank fees etc.

STAY ENGAGED! There continues to be a lot happening in PC, and we need everyone to stay engaged in order to have a continuing citizen voice into the future. On Monday night, Gil Penalosa will give us a much-needed shot in the arm to keep going!