Covid Vaccine appointments are now available through Trillium Health Partners:
Please share this with any residents, friends or family who are 80 years old and and over.
Covid Vaccine appointments are now available through Trillium Health Partners:
The City is proposing changes that will have a significant impact on our community. Before the plan is rubber stamped, we want to ensure that every resident knows exactly how some of the measures to be taken will impact our neighbourhood.
What at first appeared to be repaving and some upgrading to boulevards and curbs has morphed into a plan to insert cycle paths at the expense of right turn lanes and traffic management. Cycle lanes are planned on Rathburn from Dixie to the dead end at the creek, and on Ponytrail from Rathburn to Burnhamthorpe.
We all need to question whether the “active lifestyle” the City has envisioned for Rockwood Village will put the safety of our children and families at risk.
Currently, Rockwood Village has two cycling trails - Shaver and Mitoff - on either side of Ponytrail. Both of these are within the community and provide a safe place for families to ride or walk. An additional trail will be completed this spring along the Hydro corridor from Audubon to Dundas and will intersect with the Shaver Trail. The City plan proposes additional cycle lanes along busy roads. It does nothing to offer cyclists safe passage across Ponytrail from one of the existing trails to the other.
The plan also includes stop signs in places that have relatively little traffic and which might be better suited to crosswalks.
The complete proposal can be viewed on line at: www.mississauga.ca/rathburn-ponytrail. While many of you may have already sent your individual response to the City, we need a measurable community response to issues that have been identified.
We urge you to use the link below to make your voice heard. The results will be used by RHA to respond to the City’s proposal, the same way we did with the Bough Beeches proposal.
Survey to closed on February 8, at 9:00 p.m.
The City announced a new Splash Pad will be built in Garnetwood Park this summer, and are requesting community input by choosing a theme. A message has been sent to our local schools with a link to the survey. In the event that you do not have children at these schools, or your children did not receive the link, this is your opportunity to have your say.
There are four choices to choose from. It’s easy to vote, just use this link to view the choices and pick your favourite theme.
The survey closed Sunday January 31st.
During the winter months, the City does not maintain any of the trails along the Etobicoke Creek.
The northern part of the trail is treacherous on a good day, but snow and ice can and will provide additional hazards.
Please ensure that you and your children do not access these trails until it is safe to do so.
The City rolled out the plans for the changes coming to the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre at the RHA’s AGM on October 21.
Milka Slomislic, Project Manager, CDC and Andrew Noble, District Manager, Arenas Golf, unveiled the plans for the new and renovated Community Centre.
Coming this spring.....
Work has already commenced on the new trail to be built along the Hydro corridor. Once completed, the 3.8 km paved trail will run from Audubon on the north to Dundas St. on the south. The trail will intersect with the Shafer Trail and, thereby, enhance both routes. Completion is scheduled for spring, 2021, weather permitting.
Late last year, the City requested submissions from Rockwood residents of their ideas for Rathburn Road, east of Ponytrail. When construction of watermain work on Ponytrail was completed last year, the curbs and islands were temporarily repaired in light of resurfacing and other changes to be undertaken in 2021. This timing allowed for residents to have some input on changes to the area of Ponytrail and Rathburn.
At the AGM on October 21, Rory O’Sullivan, Transport Engineer, and Jeremy Blair, Manager of Transportation Infrastructure Management put forward the current proposal for the area.
Prior to the meeting, residents were asked once again to send their ideas. Many residents did, along with questions and even detailed plans. Several comments addressed the speeding issues along Rathburn and the desire to have the plan incorporate the challenge of eliminating speeding and racing along this stretch of roadway.
Unfortunately, time constraints did not allow for this topic to be fully discussed. Another Zoom meeting will be held as soon as possible. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please make sure you are on our e-mail list to receive the details.
Rha.email@example.com or go to our website: rockwoodvillage.ca
In response to the Covid-19 situation, the RHA (Rockwood Homeowners’ Association) held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom on October 21, 2020.
Turnout exceeded expectation, with requests for attendance exceeded our capacity of 100, several residents were unfortunately denied request for a link.
Councillor Fonseca was the keynote speaker.
For details, see December 2020 Newsletter
A natural ice rink is being built in Beechwood Park!
Weather permitting, it will be open on December 15th from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Beechwood Park is located at 4139 Ottewell Cres., east of Rockwood Mall, it is also accessible from Bryce Rd.
Our thanks to those neighbours who have volunteered their time to maintain the rink for the benefit of the community.
If you can donate some time to assist with the maintenance please sign up at:
In recent months, coyote sightings have become more and more common across the Peel and Halton regions. As a result, many residents are left with questions about these animals and how to deal with them.
For details, see December 2020 Newsletter
Thank you for you participation in our survey on the Bough Beeches Proposal.
All information and survey results have been shared with Councilor Fonseca.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on May 13th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, JFK Council, situated next to the front entrance of Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.,near the corner of Ponytrail.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on May 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, JFK Council, situated next to the front entrance of Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E.,near the corner of Ponytrail. Look for details in our next issue or visit our website:rockwoodvillage.ca
The City of Mississauga has recently begun implementing physical traffic calming measures in order to address local neighbourhood road safety issues in Mississauga.
Through an extensive review process, roadways are identified to receive physical traffic calming measures. Fieldgate Drive between Bough Beeches Road and Ponytrail Drive, and Bough Beeches Road between Fieldgate Drive and Claypine Rise have been selected as locations which would benefit from the installation of traffic calming measures.
What is Traffic Calming? Traffic calming consists of physical measures (speed humps, speed cushions) put in place on roads for the intention of reducing the speed and volume of traffic to acceptable levels and restore the roadway to its intended function. Benefits can include increased traffic safety and liveability of the neighbourhood through the reduction of vehicular traffic, excessive speeding, noise, air pollution and collisions, while providing a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
At this time, staff would like to invite you to a Public Information Centre (PIC). The PIC will provide background information on Traffic Calming including proposed traffic calming measures for Fieldgate Drive and Bough Beeches Boulevard. Representatives from the City will be present to answer questions and discuss the details of the proposed plan and installation.
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Tomken Twin Arena, Small Auditorium (upstairs)
The search is on for Mississauga’s second Youth Poet Laureate!
The Poet Laureate role is to “serve as a literary ambassador for youth in the City of Mississauga and to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers within their communities.” This is an honorary position for youth who have expressed themes relevant to Mississauga through excellent poetry, or writing skills.
If the next Poet Laureate lives in your home, you can download the submission package linked here. The deadline for submissions is March 18, 2018.
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If you are interested in this service, please contact the Square One Seniors Wellness Services or go online at www.sq1oac.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or give them a call at 905-615-3207.
Dear Joe, I just purchased and installed some new LED lamps in my kitchen pot lights and when dimming them the lamps start to flicker. Any idea of what is going on? The old type lamps did not do this. - Henry in Rockwood
Hi Henry This question has been asked of me a few times from family and friends. First of all, you have made a great decision that will save you some money on energy costs for years to come. Unfortunately, due to the technology that is used in these types of lamps, they are not compatible with the dimmers you probably have in your house.
The LED lamps must be the dimmable type and must be matched with the appropriate dimmer made for LED lamp technology.
So, what you now need to do now is have each dimmer changed to an LED dimmer. Please remember that a qualified electrician who will ensure the connections are made appropriately should do this. Word of caution: you can damage a dimmer if it is not appropriately installed.
The Region of Peel has money available to fund safety and accessibility concerns for seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with a combined income under $60,000. This program covers renovations to provide accessibility, safety, structural, electrical, plumbing or heating issues. To receive funds, you must have owned the home for at least three years. Unfortunately, to qualify, the maximum value of the property in Mississauga is $546,203. This would effectively eliminate most detached homeowners, but could be of interest to those who own towns, links and semis. The program will fund recipients on a first come basis until the funding is exhausted. For more details, or to apply online: peelregion.ca/peelrenovates or call 905-793-9200.
When the boundaries for our Federal riding changed in 2015, our boundaries for the Provincial elections were automatically changed. For the June 7TH 2018, Provincial election, you will be voting for a candidate in the Mississauga EastCooksville Riding. For several years, Rockwood was aligned with the Brampton South riding for both Provincial and Federal elections. We are now back in a Mississauga riding.
I attended Sts. Martha and Mary School as a child and was lucky enough to live close and enjoy the walk. I still live in the area and am very worried for our children and seniors.
There’s no excuse for hostile behaviour and breaking traffic rules. Parents and motorists have to start driving safely – we don’t want someone to get hurt. I have witnessed parents not following rules of the road, including not stopping at a marked crosswalk, or driving over the speed limit. Distracted driving has also increased and remains high.
Tips for parents to help make school zones safer:
1. Avoid running late. A great deal of stress arises from feeling rushed. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning and consider completing tasks and preparing your child’s school items the night before.
2. Focus on what you can control. No matter what’s going on around you, be patient and courteous. Reacting with extreme frustration may aggravate the situation and increase the risk of unsafe behaviours. 3. Follow the rules; which include school, drop off and pick up procedures and rules of the road such as driving within the speed limit, stopping at marked cross walks and not driving distracted. If everyone follows the rules, problems and misunderstandings are less likely to occur.
5. Reduce congestion. Consider walking or cycling your child to school or park a few blocks away and walk your child the rest of the way to school.
6. Speeding. School zone speed limit is 30 km/hr between 8am - 5pm on school days unless otherwise posted. In playground zones, a 30-km/hr speed limit is in effect from dawn to dusk, 365 days of the year. • Crosswalks. Drivers must stop for pedestrians crossing the road at a crosswalk. The best and safest rule is for drivers to stop once they see a pedestrian standing on the curb at a crosswalk and to wait for as long as it takes for all pedestrians to reach the curb on the other side. • Crossing guards/patrollers. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists must follow the instructions of a school crossing guard or student patroller. • Distracted driving. Using an electronic device while driving, including holding the device in a position in which it may be used, is considered to be distracted driving and is against the law. For you parents and guardians dropping off or picking up your child from school, avoid using your cell phone within a school zone, even when your car is parked and idling at the curb. Parents please teach your kids how to walk or cycle safely near or on the road.
The City has announced major reconstruction of Burnhamthorpe Rd. East from the Etobicoke Creek to Dixie Rd. It is anticipated that work will commence this spring and will continue until December. The work, estimated to cost $8.5 million, for reconstruction of Burnhamthorpe Road East (approximately 2 km), will include: • The extension of the multi-use trail along the north side of the road, including lighting and connecting with the Etobicoke Creek Trail • Catch basin lead replacements • Management of stormwater runoff using Low Impact Development • Intersection improvements including traffic signal replacements and bus stop/queue jump lanes constructed at Bough Beeches Boulevard/Havenwood Drive, Fieldgate Drive and Ponytrail Drive intersections. • During this same timeframe, watermain work will be in process along Ponytrail, north of Burnhamthorpe, and along Rathburn. Residents can probably expect major traffic issues during this period.
Councillor Fonseca has been notified that plans for runway maintenance is scheduled for resurfacing of runway 06L/24R (one of the east/west runways, located in the southern area of the airport). The first phase will begin on April 23, 2018 and is anticipated to be completed in June. If required, the second phase would be undertaken in the fall. Unlike the previous construction, these north/south runways will only be closed in the evenings. This means that there will be increased traffic between 10 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Rockwood Residents are reminded that noise complaints and be filed by contacting the GTAA Noise Office at 416-247-7682 or fill out the noise complaint form on their website: https:// torontopearson.com/en/noisecomplaint
When a new development is approved, the City requires the developer to provide a benefit for the “community.” The benefit is based on a percentage of an estimated increased value resulting from the approval to allow the development. On January 15, 2018, a proposal to disburse $750,000 in benefits for the Forest Park development was brought to the Planning Committee for approval. While we were pleased that a new splash pad for Garnetwood Park was included, the RHA expressed concerns that a good portion of the funds were to be used to enhance the builder’s own property and not the community’s. The question “Who is the community?” was posed by the Council. Is it the residents of the existing rental buildings or the greater community of Rockwood? As this is a relatively new program, there does not seem to be a cut and dried response. Should the funds be used to enhance the landscaping of private property? Or should we accept that making this property more appealing is a benefit to the entire community? While we agree that the tenants are an integral part of the community, the agreement with the City included an extensive list of improvements within the buildings that the developer was required to complete in order to move forward with the project. We feel strongly that upgrades to the elevators should be a leasehold improvement and a cost that the landlord should pay. As a part of the approval process, the capacity of the storm water management tank was questioned. The City confirmed that the studies indicated the capacity was sufficient. The community budget, however, included $50,000 to upgrade the capacity.
As a result of our objection, the decision was set aside allowing the RHA and the now defunct PDOC time to present alternate proposals. The Rockwood Homeowners’ Association (RHA) has requested that Council consider providing $200,000 to be used for the use of the Tenants, $50,000 to upgrade the storm water management tank which will benefit homeowners in the immediate area, and the balance of $500,000 be directed to the benefit of the community at large. We have requested that, along with the splash pad to be located in Garnetwood Park, the balance of funds be used for: covered or shaded areas around the playground and splash pad; more benches and picnic tables; additional landscaping along the Shaver Trail, and benches for Beechwood Park.
In 2015 the townhouse complexes were exempted from the Cart program. In a complete about turn, the Region of Peel has now advised residents that they will be getting carts. Many owners are strongly opposed to the change in their waste management. Storage of the carts is the biggest issue. With little room in the garage, no side yards, and no back yard access, the only place left to store the containers would be at the front of the units. This last option would not only be unsightly but is in contravention of the Mississauga Property Standards By-law. In an attempt to demand Peel reverse this decision, the Condo Boards for each of the complexes, are looking for volunteers to circulate a petition opposing the introduction of the cart program. If you would like to assist in this initiative, please contact the President of your complex or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to volunteer. The petition will be presented to Councilor Fonseca on March 27th.
The Annual General Meeting for the Rockwood Homeowners’ Association is coming up in May! You can be assured that issues important to all residents will be addressed. If you have an item of particular concern that you would like on the agenda, pleases send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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