A Jan. 19, 2018 Mississauga.com article is entitled: “Jim Tovey’s audacious dreams kept coming true: An irrepressible spirit, an irreplaceable man, says John Stewart.”
James Michael Tovey Obituary: Jan. 20, 2018 Toronto Star
Other YouTube videos of interest:
An April 2012 Mississauga Life article is entitled: Councillor Jim Tovey: Ideas in Motion.
A one-minute video at watermarkproject.ca featuring Jim Tovey, canoeist, is entitled: Mijinemungshing Lake, ON – Jim Tovey
Councillor Jim Tovey has, on occasion, shared the best advice he was ever given.
It’s a quotation from his father:
“The only thing we are guaranteed in life is this moment, and every moment is precious. Be the best person you can be in this moment and make every moment positive, helpful and productive.”
Three-minute YouTube video
I’ve recently posted a YouTube video entitled:
The video highlights a discussion, at the annual general meeting of the Small Arms Society, on Nov. 22, 2017 at the Army & Airforce Veterans Club at 765 3rd St. in Mississauga, in which Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey outlines plans for the Jan. 14, 2018 “Morphology” exhibit at the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant.
The event featured local photographers chronicling changes at the Lakeview Waterfront Connection project.
A Jan. 17, 2018 Mississauga.com article is entitled: “‘Everybody will miss you’: Politicians, colleagues, friends celebrate the life of Coun. Jim Tovey: Public tribute held at city hall.”
An Oct. 17, 2017 Mississauga.com article is entitled: “Good Questions – Jim Tovey.”
Morphology exhibit at Lakeview site
In connection with the above-noted “‘Morphology” event, a Feb. 16, 2018 Mississauga.com article is entitled: “Morphology’ exhibit features birth of coastal wetlands at Lakeview site: 11 local artist featured in showcase.”
The article outlines the final project that Councillor Jim Tovey was involved with planning, before he suddenly passed away.
I first got to know Jim Tovey some years ago through my website, after he learned of blogs I had posted based on comments, from Long Branch residents, concerning plans to change the sand beach at Marie Curtis Park – the stretch of beach between Etobicoke Creek and Applewood Creek – into a pebble beach.
An early plan, for such a pebble beach, had been outlined in a Lakeview Waterfront Connection document. A Long Branch resident had contacted me by email, to let me know about the plan. I had subsequently discussed the plan, at my website, taking care to frame the discussion with a focus on accuracy and balance in my reporting.
After he’d read my posts, Jim Tovey called me on the phone. By way of a paraphrase, he said: “Great website! Let’s meet for coffee. Let’s discuss this topic further.”
Some time later, a public meeting was held in Long Branch, regarding the plans for the western stretch of the Marie Curtis Park beach. In time, the decision was made that only a small, westerly portion of the beach would be turned into a pebble beach.
I have interviewed Jim Tovey on many occasions.
I have, as well, recorded many meetings and events at which he was a key player, including ones connected with the Lakeview Waterfront Connection, Hanlan Water Project, the Small Arms Building, Inspiration Lakeview, Inspiration Port Credit, and a couple of Jane’s Walks. As well, I’ve signed up as a member of the Small Arms Society.
Highlights are available at previous posts. You can do a search, using this site’s internal search engine, to find lists of posts regarding any of the projects listed in the previous paragraph.
Jim Tovey’s remarkable and powerful legacy lives on, in the outstanding work that so many fine people, in so many communities – and at three levels of government – are now actively engaged in, along the Lake Ontario waterfront. My own friendship with Jim Tovey is among the most inspiring highlights of the 21 years that I have lived in Long Branch.