The Future Lakeview Waterfront Connection To Be Named After Mississauga’s Former Ward 1 Councillor, the late Jim Tovey
Jim Tovey, Missississauga’s former Ward 1 Councillor who passed away suddenly earlier this year, was a staunch supporter of Sauga becoming a greener and a more sustainable city. Elected in 2010, Tovey was the main driving force behind Mississauga reclaiming its waterfront.
Tovey’s unrelenting efforts resulted in the proposed Lakeview Waterfront Connection—the transformation of 245 acres of wasteland into a conservation area and a hub for waterfront recreation along the shore of Lake Ontario in Mississauga’s Lakeview neighbourhood, just east of Port Credit.
The Lakeview waterfront had been the site of various military and industrial uses for many decades. More recently, it was known for the four smokestacks of the former Lakeview Generating Station of Ontario Power Generation, nicknamed the “4 Sisters.”
When the plant closed in 2005, the province had planned to replace it with a natural gas one. But Tovey— along with other local activists—launched an all-out effort to nix this plan and replace it with one that eventually led to the proposed Lakeview Waterfront Connection.
And at the April 25 city council meeting, Mississauga councillors voted to honour Jim Tovey by naming the future Lakeview Waterfront Connection after him.
The council also voted to rename the hilltop at the adjacent Lakefront Promenade Park, as Jake’s Walk,” after Tovey’s dog, Jake. “We do want to give Jim’s legacy a sense of place and how appropriate to have singled out Jake’s walk,” said Coun. Nando Iannicca.
Tovey has often recalled how his vision for the future Lakeview Waterfront Connection started one August evening in 1994 when he took his dog, Jake, for a walk along the hill. Looking out from the hill, he was struck how big and full of potential this site was.
“The moon broke over the coal generating station and reflected off the water, and I thought: Wow, that’s beautiful,” Tovey recalled in an interview with The Star. “I thought, if we could ever get rid of this coal generating station, we could do something really progressive with this property.”
Fast forward several years, and so we are.
The Lakeview Waterfront Connection project is starting to roll. It may take 10 years to complete, but the final outcome will be a lush, green oasis the size of 48 football fields. It will run along the Lake Ontario shoreline for 1.5 km, stretching from the old Lakeview generating station to Marie Curtis Park.
From a waterfront wasteland inaccessible to the public to a conservation area designed for the public’s enjoyment of nature and the beautiful sights of Lake Ontario— it will be quite the transformation. And it’s quite appropriate that this metamorphosed retreat will bear the name of its founder, don’t you think?