MPP Charles Sousa announces investment to kick-start Lakeview project on Mississauga waterfront

I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend an announcement on May 1, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. The announcement was with regard to the Lakeview lands, a topic that I have discussed at length in previous blog posts.

A notice of the announcement, at the website of Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa, is entitled: “Sousa announces investment to kick start Lakeview revitalization project: People to benefit with access to former OPG lands, western pier, plus greater connectivity to lakefront trails.”

Click here to access a May 1, 2015 news release related to the announcement >

Chih-Chien Wang examines concepts of social interaction, solitude, and the definition of the self

A panel display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga media event highlights the content of the May 1, 2015 announcement. Jaan Pill photo

A panel display at the Art Gallery of Mississauga media event highlights the content of the May 1, 2015 announcement. Jaan Pill photo

The announcement was made at the Robert Freeman Gallery at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Jaan Pill photo

The announcement was made at the Robert Freeman Gallery at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Jaan Pill photo

In the background are Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie. Jaan Pill photo

In the background are Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey and Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie. Jaan Pill photo

Councillor Tovey and Mayor Crombie in conversation prior to the announcement, which was made by MPP Charles Sousa. Jaan pill photo

Councillor Tovey and Mayor Crombie in conversation prior to the announcement, which was made by MPP Charles Sousa. Jaan Pill photo

I enjoy photos taken of the wooden baffles in the winter, at times when the tops of them are covered in snow. The snow acts as a visual punctuation so to speak, serving to visually distinguish the forms from the surrounding brush. Jaan Pill photo

I enjoy photos of the wooden baffles, next to the G.E. Booth Waste Water Treatment Plant, taken in the winter when the tops of them are covered in snow. The snow acts as a visual punctuation serving to distinguish the forms from the surrounding brush. Jaan Pill photo

Jaan Pill photo

Jaan Pill photo

The structures continue to dominate their surroundings. Jaan Pill photo

The structures continue to dominate their surroundings. Jaan pill photo

The Robert Freeman Gallery at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, where the announcement was made, currently features an exhibition entitled: Chih-Chien Wang: A Person Who Disappears.

A blurb at the Art Galley of Mississauga website reads: “Chih-Chien Wang examines concepts of social interaction, solitude, and the definition of the self through an immersive installation inspired by a news report recounting the mysterious disappearance of a woman and her child.”

Artist Chih-Chien Wang, born in Taiwan, currently works in Montreal. The above-noted blurb brought to mind an April 23, 2015 Globe and Mail article, which I had recently read, entitled: “Embassy walls provide safe haven for free speech in China.”

First phrase of Lakeview project, which was initiated by Lakeview Ratepayers Association, receives funding

As the news release from Charles Sousa’s Office notes, $450,000 has been made available to “kick-start the project, eventually allowing people access to the western pier on former OPG lands and greater connectivity to lakefront trails.”

The headline for the announcement speaks of “kick start” whereas the text speaks of “kick-start.” I think it works better with the hyphen.

With reference to the kick-start process, the above-mentioned May 1, 2015 news release provides a detailed and comprehensive overview.

I’m pleased to share a photo (see toward the end of this post) from the shoreline of Lake Ontario showing the expanse of waterfront where the western pier on the former Ontario Power Generation (OPG) lands is located. The pier is longer than the CN Tower is high.

Members of the Lakeview Ratepayers Association, instrumental in development of the Lakeview Legacy Project, attended the event.

View from the Lake Ontario shoreline at Applewood Creek. The pier isolated beyond Applewood Creek. Jaan Pill photo

View from Lake Ontario shoreline at Applewood Creek near Mississauga-Toronto border. The pier is located west of the creek. If you click on the image and then click again, you can see the pier, if you look closely. Jaan Pill photo

At the podium: Councillor Jim Tovey. In the foreground, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. Jaan pill photo

At the podium: Councillor Jim Tovey. In the foreground, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. Jaan Pill photo

Wooden baffles are the remnants of the Long Branch Rifle Range

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Councillor Tovey will lead a Jane’s Walk starting at the Small Arms Building at Dixie Road and Lakeshore Road East. The walk, which begins at 12:00 noon, will proceed from the Small Arms Building travelling west along Lakeshore Road East to the east side of Applewood Creek, from which point it will travel south along the Waterfront Trail to the Lake Ontario shoreline. Assuming the weather is suitable, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority will set up a display at the shoreline, highlighting the next steps for the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project. As Mayor Bonnie Crombie noted at the May 1, 2015 announcement, the latter initiative is closely aligned with the Inspiration Lakeview Project.

In the event the weather gets windy, the above-noted display will be set up on May 3, 2015 inside the Small Arms Building.

I look forward to learning more about the wooden baffles located along the trail between the Small Arms Building and the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Click here to access a previous post about the wooden baffles >

Featured speakers were Charles Sousa, Bonnie Crombie, and Jim Tovey

Each person spoke succinctly, and with good humour. The time went quickly, and time was available for a bit of conversation, after which everybody was on their way. It took me a while to find my car in the underground parking but I was able to locate it by remotely sounding the horn.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the City of Mississauga. As a resident of Toronto I am delighted to know that there is another city right next to the one in which I live. I am very impressed with Mississauga’s approach to the Lake Ontario waterfront, which stands in contrast, as has been noted, to Toronto’s way of dealing with its own stretch of Lake Ontario shoreline. I have shared an online lecture on this topic in a 2014 blog post at the Jane’s Walk website:

Anecdotes Shared by Fellow Walkers

My most recent blog post at the Jane’s Walk website is entitled:

Preserved Stories – A Walking Conversation

Click on the photos to enlarge them. Click again to enlarge them further.

 

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