Mural art project planned for 2021

By Kathy Rowe

I am excited to announce that Mural Routes has secured a grant to create a community-engaged temporary mural along the waterfront trail once the fair weather returns in 2021. The CCRA’s partnership with Mural Routes in 2016 resulted in the beautiful mural that enhances the length of the Centennial Plaza’s west-facing wall. “Passage to Port Union” depicts the changes our waterfront community has endured from its early native settlers to the present play park and trail, which are enjoyed by our community members every day.

In September, the CCRA wrote a letter of support for the grant and we received the great news just a few days ago. As a community partner, the CCRA will assist with outreach, marketing and participant engagement for this water-themed project. I will share more details about this mural in the New Year.

Port Union Community Centre

The modified stage 2 has understandably had an impact on our neighbourhood recreation centre. As of October 10, there has been a 28-day shutdown of the fitness centre and some drop-in programs. Fitness classes have been cancelled and will resume for the 2021 winter session pending provincial approval. The library remains closed until further notice. Please call 416-396- 4031 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with any questions you may have.

Meeting requested on biogas plant

I wish to commend Councillor Jennifer McKelvie and Mayor John Tory for their impactful letter to Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks. Among other crucial points, their joint letter requests the province hold a public meeting for the proposal as soon as possible so that residents can learn about the project and voice concerns. The letter closes with “on behalf of the community, we hope you will include (our concerns) as part of the ECA review and ultimately deny this application …” Continued pressure on the province is needed at this time. I encourage readers to write letters and sign the petition, which you can find on this website.