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5th Annual Volta Luso Charities will be taking place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

By Events, Resources

The Luso Canadian Charitable Society is excited to announce its 5th Annual Volta Luso Charities will be taking place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. This walk, cycle and ride event is in support of Luso Charities programs and services for persons living with disabilities and their families. Programs are provided at our newest centre in Mississauga as well as our existing centres in Toronto and Hamilton.

Help kick off the event at the starting line at 11:00 AM at the Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga, located at 53 Queen Street North in Mississauga. Volta Luso Charities is a fun event for families featuring walks, bike riding, stationary spin classes, motorcycle rally and an outdoor entertainment area with a family fun zone for children. The event is free for all registered participants and everyone is welcome. Fundraising for the event in excess of $100 will receive an event gift.

We believe that with your help we can better reach the community and provide our services to more individuals. Details and registration information for the event can be found in the following link.

Please RSVP your attendance by contacting me directly and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.


Kimberly Lulham

Event & Community Outreach Coordinator

Luso Canadian Charitable Society

6245 Mississauga Road

Mississauga, ON L5N 1A4
(905) 858-8197



Who we are

The Luso Canadian Charitable Society is a community leader in the delivery of accessible, coordinated and sustainable services for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. We do not receive any ongoing government funding and rely on organized fundraising events that embrace the kindness of individuals to achieve our goals.

Keep Cool and Make a Splash this Summer at the City’s Pools and Spray Pads 

By Uncategorized

June 7, 2019

Summer temperatures are fast approaching and so is the opening of the City of Mississauga’s outdoor pools and spray pads. Pull out those beach towels, find those flip-flops and get ready for a splashing good time in Mississauga this summer.

Spray Pads

Already feeling the heat? As of May 17, all of the City’s 27 spray pads are open to the community for the summer season, with the exception of the spray pad at Mississauga Valley Park. A section of the spray pad at Mississauga Valleys is under construction and not operational at this time. Residents are free to enjoy the spray pads through to September, weather permitting, but are reminded that the spray pads are unsupervised. City spray pads are a fun, free way to keep cool and open daily at 9 a.m. Residents can use the eParks map  to check out the spray pads in their neighbourhood.

Enjoy the interactive water feature at Mississauga Celebration Square. Until Labour Day weekend, the water feature can be enjoyed by residents from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., same as previous years.


Residents can also look forward to staying cool by the pool this summer. The City has seven outdoor pools and 11 indoor pools, all of which are supervised by trained City employees. The indoor pools operate year-round and soon the outdoor pools will be open for their regular season. 

Indoor Pools

  • Indoor pools summer schedule starts July 2

­Outdoor Pools


June 1 to 21 (weekends only)

  • Applewood Heights Outdoor Pool
  • Lions Club of Credit Valley Outdoor Pool

June 22 to June 28

  • Select times only

June 29 to September 1

  • Full summer schedule

All indoor pools will be closed for the July 1 holiday. Outdoor pools will be open, however residents are asked to check with their local pool for holiday swim schedules. For more information, check out the summer swim schedule and these tips for staying cool. For updates on any service disruptions that may occur at the City’s spray pads, residents can call 3-1-1, follow Mississauga Parks and Forestry on Twitter (@MississaugaPF) or visit     Have fun in the sun and stay cool Mississauga!

TOPCA Members and Friends……. 

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1) RETAIL TOWN HALL:  We are gearing up for our Spring Town Hall Meeting next week, on

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 7-9pm (doors open @ 6:30 pm) at Clarke Hall.  Hope you Saved the Date!  Please share this final Poster with your networks.  The Agenda really evolved this past week!  All are welcome to attend and there will be treats!

THEME: “Port Credit Mainstreet Retail – What’s In Store?”  Answer: A Lot!  Includes an opening presentation from the new General Manager of the Port Credit BIA (Anita Kovacevic – welcome!) about PCBIA’s new business plan and branding.  We’ll have City presentations about the just-released Parking Master Plan (May 2019) and the Lakeshore Corridor Transportation Plan approved by Council on Wed. June 5, 2019.  As we know, Parking is the ugly step-sister of Traffic, and always tags along.  Pressures on both “sisters” will only increase with the 1000’s and 1000’s of new residents who will be moving here – now estimated to be 50,000 people between the new developments in Port Credit and Lakeview.  There are some bold ideas in the Plans to make Mainstreet shopping more comfortable and accessible and therefore more profitable for the shops (wider sidewalks, bike lanes, less street parking, alternatives to cars including better transit).  But the transition is delicate, and order of operation is key, with fears of increased side-street parking, drops in business and even more traffic congestion (already at a standstill).  Can the change be orderly, when some initiatives to provide alternatives to cars may be years away?  Let’s see what everybody thinks.

Senior executives from Dream (on behalf of West Village Partners) will speak about their curated retail tenants and new branding on the West Village PC site, and when we can expect to shop there.  NOTE:  West Village could be the first *new* and significant retail to reflect what is proposed in the Plans for a liveable and sustainable mainstreet!  Consultant Dana Anderson from MHBC will then address retail trends and planning for the mainstreet retail format we want to preserve against the increasing pressures of mall, big box and online shopping.  Let’s do this!  Give your thoughts during Public Q&A plus participate in a Facilitated Survey (Dream is helping us) to identify the type of retailers the community would like to see on our mainstreet – there are lots of physical gaps that can be filled by the new mainstreet developments!  For sure, a hardware store and an affordable grocery store will be included in the results?

Closing Remarks by Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko will bring us all back to where we actually go from here and how and when.  We can help our Councillor best represent us as a community by providing our candid thoughts at the Town Hall.

2)  FOLLOW-UP TO REGIONAL REVIEW:  As previously e-mailed, TOPCA reps

made a 20-minute presentation on May 8th to the Special Advisors for the provincial Regional Government Review, reflecting our best understanding of citizen concerns that we heard, and our own experience as citizen volunteers within a two-tier municipality.  As made clear in the Presentation, we could not take a *TOPCA position* on the matter of Mississauga’s separation from Peel; we had sought no consensus from our membership to do so.  After the presentation we submitted the print version of our Presentation for the Advisors’ review as requested.  View TOPCA’s 11-page PDF print submission.  We will record any updates on the ‘Regional Question’ at:  It is possible we may not hear anything further until August.

3)  COMING PC EVENTS:  (always more to be added!)  Posted on the TOPCA Calendar.  We won’t repeat it all here, but do browse the Calendar sidebar and Postcard regularly for all the wonderful events.


TOPCA Heritage Bike RideSunday, September 29, 2019 @ 10am-12noon.  Our annual Culture Days event taking you places you can’t see by car and would be too far to walk.  We have an order in for good weather!

Port Credit Federal All-Candidates MeetingTuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 7-9pm at Clarke Hall.  The federal general election is Monday, October 21, 2019.  NOTE:  A real elevator is being installed at Clarke Hall from September thru to December 2019 (replacing the lift).  This means the building will only be accessible via the staircase during this time.

TOPCA AGM and Public Program:  November 2019.  Date TBA.

As always, your comments posted to any of our platforms (or sent by email) are most welcome to help ensure we’ve heard everything and to be included in any formal response!

ABOUT US:  TOPCA is affiliated with the City of Mississauga through the volunteer community group registry.  We rely on membership contributions to cover ongoing expenses, including our website domain, hall rentals, print materials (e.g. flyers) and officers & directors insurance.  Your membership renewals are important to maintain TOPCA as a vital residents’ association.  Citizen engagement is the hallmark of our community, and we really appreciate our membership staying connected and supporting TOPCA’s volunteer role in the community as we work through the transformation of Port Credit together!

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on citizen-oriented info and events in Port Credit.  The TOPCA Calendar webpage lists upcoming Events.





You’re Invited! Unveiling of Port Credit Library’s Pollinator Garden

By Events, Issues, Resources

Give your friends and family a buzz and join us on Saturday, June 8 at Port Credit Library to celebrate the unveiling of the pollinator garden.

This garden is a joint project between the City of Mississauga, Cloverleaf Garden Club of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation, Scotts Canada Ltd and the Port Credit Seed Library. It hosts a variety of local native flowers, ornamental grasses and shrubs to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators by providing a source of food and shelter.

The City has many pollinator projects, and projects that support pollinator habitats, including the One Million Trees program, 13 pollinator and community gardens as well as the honeybee hive on the roof of City Hall.

Event Details

What:  Unveiling of Port Credit Library’s pollinator garden

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m.

Who: Members of Council, Library Leadership Team, Port Credit Seed Library Members, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Credit Valley Conservation, Cloverleaf Garden Club, Community groups, Local residents

Where: Patio of the Port Credit Library, 20 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga, ON [MAP]

Cost: Free admission – The first 50 kids will be able to take home a free pollinator plant.

In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place in the Program Room.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Walter Edward Ward

By Issues, Uncategorized
Walter Edward Ward 14 mai 1923

Walter Edward Ward 14 mai 1923 30 mai 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Edward Ward on Thursday May 30, 2019 in his 96th year. Beloved husband of Marjorie for 74 wonderful years. Loving father of Susan Denyer (John), Stephen Ward and Julie Sinclair (Thane). Cherished Grandfather of Graham, Laura, Adam, Emma, Blakely and Alice. Loved uncle of Janice and Frank Ward. Wally will be remembered for his WW2 service as a typhoon fighter pilot receiving the Legion of Honour for completing 100 missions. His career with the Peel Board of Education as the principal of Gordon Graydon Secondary School, founder of INDEC Alternative School and the director of Continuing Education has enriched the lives of young people and has given him immense pleasure over the years. In his community, Wally has received awards for citizenship in Mississauga, and has headed committees that provide services and language learning for adults and new Canadians. Friends and family will remember Wally as living his life with enthusiasm and showing great interest in all those around him. For this reason he has been blessed with the richness of many friendships throughout his life.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter ‘Neweduk-Erin Mills’ Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (east of Erin Mills Pkwy), on Tuesday June 11, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Funeral service and burial at St. Peter’s Church Erindale, 3041 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Walter Edward Ward 14 mai 1923
30 mai 2019..

Open House on Mississauga’s New Protected Bike Lanes

By Events, Issues

May 28, 2019

The City of Mississauga is seeking public input on its study to plan for the implementation of protected bike lanes on The Collegeway between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Mississauga Road as identified in the 2018 Cycling Master Plan.

This study is partially funded by the Government of Ontario. The City intends to resurface The Collegeway between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Mississauga Road to provide space for more protected bike lanes.

Two open houses will be held to present the study’s progress to the public and obtain community input – the first will take place in June and the second will be in the fall. Participants will have an opportunity to meet the project team, review the study’s background, existing conditions, challenges and opportunities, preliminary design concepts and next steps.

Open house on Mississauga’s plans for new protected bike lanes

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
3 to 9 p.m. (presentations at 3:30 and 7 p.m.)

The Salvation Army Erin Mills
2460 The Collegeway
Mississauga, ON

Taking transit? Plan your trip with MiWay.

For more information, visit Unable to attend? Email questions or feedback to

City of Mississauga Responds to More Homes, More Choice Act – Bill 108

By Issues, Resources

May 30, 2019

City of Mississauga staff has prepared a detailed analysis of the Province of Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan and Bill 108 More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 and its potential impact on Mississauga. The Bill introduces substantial changes to the City’s current financial tools used to support development.

On May 2, 2019, the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing presented the Plan intended to increase the supply of new ownership and rental housing in Ontario. Bill 108 transforms Ontario’s land use planning system including changes to thirteen Acts, some new or updated regulations and changes to provincial planning policies.

“While we support the aim of this legislation, to bring new housing supply to market more quickly, it does so by lessening the burden on developers by reducing fees and approval,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We have not seen any evidence that reducing fees and timelines for developers will result in the creation of more affordable housing or that savings will be passed along to consumers. In Mississauga, we have well over 20,000 housing units ready to be built, which doesn’t include the pre-zoned lands within the downtown core. Further, the long-held principle that ‘growth pays for growth’ would no longer apply, resulting in existing taxpayers and residents footing a larger share of the bill for new growth. I urge the government to consult more with municipalities on this important piece of legislation.”

“We are concerned this will result in a loss of Development Charge (DC) revenue to the City,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As well, the currently separate charges for cash-in-lieu of parkland, Section 37 (bonus zoning), and soft services development charges will now be combined into one `Community Benefit Charge’. Any reduction in funds as a result of this change will limit our ability to provide adequate park, recreation, library and other infrastructure. This is the very infrastructure that promotes health, social inclusion and drives quality of life in a community.”

The City Planning staff report details the proposed impacts – introduction of a Community Benefit Charge, changes to the Planning Act, changes to the administration of Development Charges and appeals of development applications, new regulations on inclusionary zoning and major transit station areas, and changes to how endangered species are classified.

“We are in the midst of implementing inclusionary zoning – a mechanism to designate a certain percentage (5% – 10%) of housing units as affordable,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner of Planning and Building. “Bill 108 largely limits this power to areas designated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs through a community planning permit. Such a method is generally untested in Ontario.”

Whittemore further explained, “Timelines for development approvals have been shortened, which will lessen public consultation and put added administrative and financial pressures on planning staff. The current Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) model is being changed back to the former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) model and there will be less opportunity for public input and greater powers for developers to appeal the planning decisions of Council.”

The City of Mississauga will be making a formal submission to the province in advance of the June 1, 2019 deadline for public consultation.

Bill 108 has passed second reading in the Ontario legislature. It has been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. The committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on May 31st. If you wish to appear before the committee or make a written submission, more information can be found here:

Fact Sheet: How Bill 108 Will Impact Mississauga



National AccessAbility Week

By Events, Issues, Resources, Uncategorized

The City of Mississauga is happy to support National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7. As we continue to find ways to make Mississauga a great place to be for all, there are a number of events and activities that you can take part in throughout the week.

National AccessAbility Week aims to change the way that we think, talk and act about accessibility and inclusion. Since the introduction of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2001 and the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee was established in 2003, we have remained committed to ensuring that our facilities are accessible and barrier free. Our Multi -Year Accessibility Plan established in 2012 also demonstrates our commitment to ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging in our city.

National AccessAbility Week Activities

Always a favourite, the Older Adult Expo at South Common Community Centre will showcase more than 80 exhibitors focused on older adult health as well as opportunities to learn about the City’s fitness and technology programs.

Also, be sure to check out the Accessibility Showcase in the Great Hall on Friday June 7, where you can learn about the many programs and services offered to people with disabilities.

Throughout the week, you will also have the chance to:

  • Check out MiWay buses at Celebration Square and watch as staff demonstrate the various features that make them accessible.
  • Join Traffic Management & Municipal Parking in Celebration Square as we partner with the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) to demonstrate how to use the audible pedestrian signals on Mercer Avenue.
  • Meet a therapy dog and boost your spirits at Erin Meadows Library.

Mississauga has truly become a leader in making our programs, services and infrastructure inclusive for all residents. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of this important work.

I encourage you to get out to as many events as possible throughout the week. For more information and a full list of events for National AccessAbility week, visit the Accessibility page on Inside Mississauga.

Stephen Dasko