Movie Night in Retrospect – 2017

By Shazia Aman

Rain was not in the forecast when the outdoor Movie Night was planned by the CMRA for July 22nd, 2017.  Residents tuned into their Facebook feeds and website announcements from CMRA to see what they should expect. Colleen from the CMRA welcomed the crowd at the second annual Movie Night, summing it up as, “We are showing the true spirit of Churchill Meadows. We are here in the rain, a little rain isn’t going to keep us away!” How true, it did not!

The rain did not dampen our community’s spirit. Up to 500 Churchill Meadows residents came out to have fun with their families. Half way into the movie, when showers came down, they pulled their jackets over their heads and huddled together under their umbrellas and continued to watch the Disney’s new Beast and the Beast.

Two new activities were added this year to the second annual Movie Night, in addition to having a popcorn booth outdoors. A Belle character was invited to attend and a dress up contest was announced for the engagement of the residents. Kids and adults were thrilled to see Belle and posed for photos with her before the start of the movie. The Dress up Contest was a great success with residents showing great enthusiasm! Eight children entered the contest. It was fun to watch little princesses, chefs and pirates show of their amazing creativity. Congratulations to Aliya Alam, who dressed up as Rapunzel, with golden long hair spun out of yarn. As winner of the contest, she received  a TD gift Basket.

CMRA would like to thank all our volunteers, participants and sponsors who made Movie Night a great success!

We would love to hear back from you on how we can plan for next year’s movie night. Please fill out the survey below:


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Time Travel with Tenth Line West

By Zaineb Survery

Our local road 10th Line West is vital to Churchill Meadows for more reasons than where many of our residents live, walk, bike and shop. The 20 km stretch road traverses into two cities of Mississauga and Brampton with surveying rights as old as 1819. As in, this road is officially almost 200 years old!

One must wonder where the name “10th Line West” comes from. Let’s break it down:

The reference “10th Line” – Originally the road belonged to Halton county. Halton had their center point road, currently called Tremaine Road (think of it as our Hurontario St). Tremaine Road was the prime reference for major north-south roads, where travelling eastwards were equidistant and sequential north-south roads, titled “Lines,” and hence Tenth Line was the 10th one. Makes sense?

The term “West” – this one is interesting. “West of what?” was a question asked by a resident and elaborated on by Mississauga’s in-house historian, Matthew Wilkinson from Heritage Mississauga, in a fascinating article titled “West of What”.  Click here to read the article.

Currently, pictures of Tenth Line West during early development are a challenge to obtain. However, with the help of Peel Archives, we were able to obtain what Trafalgar Road looked like in 1952, and likely 10th Line looked similar.

Thank goodness 10th Line West has come a long way!

No matter how the name came about or how 10th Line West looked, roads like this need to be recognized to have helped spark and preserve the community we now consider part and dear to our home.  I for one am personally thankful 10th Line is there for a calm drive as opposed to the speedier main roads.

 

Sources

Neill, Kyle. “From Mud to Pavement: the Early History of Peel Roadways as told by our Records.” https://peelarchivesblog.com/2016/06/30/earlyroadways/ PAMA, June 30, 2016

Photographs:

Sign post at Derry West, Toronto Township (Mississauga), 1949, Russell Cooper fonds, Region of Peel Archives at PAMA

8th Line, Trafalgar Township, Toronto Township (Mississauga), 1952, Russell Cooper fonds, Region of Peel Archives at PAMA

“West of What?”

By Matthew Wilkinson, Historian, Heritage Mississauga

Several months ago we received an inquiry from a Ward 10 resident. The inquiry was simple and to the point: “Tenth Line West? West of what?” It was a good question, and a short and simple answer, albeit one in need of further explanation, is that Tenth Line is actually west of nothing. Bare with me, and we will come back to this.

A drive along Ninth Line today fairly shouts out to the observer the stark difference between urban Mississauga on the east, and a more rural setting on the west side of the road. Roads themselves can also link the landscape to its historic roots. Rights-of-ways long established oftentimes form the backbone for the modern community that grows up around (and on) them. Ninth Line and Tenth Line, which are two prominent north-south routes of travel in Ward 10, have been surveyed rights of ways for almost 200 years. But have you ever wondered what was meant by these road names?

First, these roads are not historically connected with the survey of Toronto Township (modern Mississauga). Ninth and Tenth lines were concession lines (running north and south) in Trafalgar Township, part of Halton County, not Peel County. The centre point for the New Survey of Toronto Township (Mississauga) in Peel County was Hurontario Street (formerly Centre Road), with concession lines marked out at equal intervals both east and west on this centre point. The concessions, and thereby the concession roads which divided the concessions, were assigned sequential numbers. For example, Second Line West was the 2nd concession road, running north-south, to the west of the centre line (Hurontario Street). What we know today as Winston Churchill Boulevard was the historic division line between the new surveys of both Toronto Township (Mississauga) in Peel County, and Trafalgar Township (Oakville) in Halton County. As such, Winston Churchill Boulevard originally was known as the “Town Line”, but was officially referred to in the survey as Sixth Line West – that is, it belonged to the survey of Toronto Township.

So we can only imagine some the confusion when a future researcher overlays historic maps and modern maps of the City of Mississauga, and sees a road which was formerly known as Sixth Line West running parallel to roads indicating Tenth Line and Ninth Line. Something will not quite add up. Why would the numbers count up, and then count down? What happened to the “missing” numbers in between?

Well, there are no missing numbers, but to find the answer or the clues, and to return to our original subject question for this article, we need to look to the west. The starting point for the new survey of Trafalgar Township is a concession line known today as Tremaine Road. Concessions in Trafalgar Township were arrayed at equal intervals, running east from Tremaine Road, and these concessions were numbered sequentially. Ninth Line was therefore the 9th concession road east of Tremaine Road. Tenth Line, likewise, was the 10th concession road east of Tremaine Road. It might sound a bit confusing, but there is simplicity to it, akin to making a grid on the landscape and numbering all the squares in the grid. If you were to travel west along Eglinton Avenue (which becomes Lower Base Line in Halton), or Britannia Road, or Derry Road, you will find the concession roads counting down in sequential order until you reach Tremaine Road. Many of these numbered concession roads, both here in Mississauga and in Halton, no longer carry their original number designations and have been given names over the years. Ninth Line and Tenth Line still carry their numbered designations, and in this, carry a name connection to our historic past – even if this part of Mississauga was not part of our city until 1974.

But this brings us back to the inquiry which led to this article: “Tenth Line West? West of what?” Technically and historically, Tenth Line was never given an “East of” or “West of” designation until recently. Concession roads in Trafalgar Township radiated only in one direction – eastwards – from the survey starting point (Tremaine Road), and there was no need to indicate compass bearings. That being said, if we were to put a correct orientation on the road name, Tenth Line is not historically west of anything – at least in terms of the survey. Tenth Line marked the end of the line, or at least the end of the survey. “Tenth Line EAST” would actually be a more historically accurate designation. Regardless of the idle ponderings of a historian, for who historical surveys can be a wonderful and exciting topic, the name association of Tenth Line in itself is the important connection the history of Ward 10, and we hope will be preserved as it contributes subtlety to a sense of place and time.

New Neighbourhood Watch in Churchill Meadows!

New Neighbourhood Watch in Churchill Meadows!

By Zaineb Survery

Is your home resistant to a break-in? Take a sample of the Home Security Challenge:

  1. Is the view outside all windows and doors fully visible, and clear from shrubs and trees?
  2. Does your main door have hinge screws at least 2.5 inches long?
  3. Do you know your neighbors across the street and on all three sides of you?

The chances of answering “no” to at least one of these key questions reflects common home security weaknesses. (Complete the full questionnaire here).

Crime in Mississauga has been steadily rising. Most think an alarm system deters a break-in, but that is hardly the case. Region of Peel Police report most break-ins/theft take place within 5-10 minutes, by the time enforcement arrives the thieves are long gone.

Research indicates one of the best ways to significantly reduce property and auto theft is to implement the Neighbourhood Watch program, a service offered for free by SafeCity Mississauga, where residents look out for each other, their property and their overall safety.

Most recently, Margarita Crescent, Bermuda Drive, and Aruba Place were added as the newest Neighbourhood Watch programs in Churchill Meadows. Click here for more information on how to set up one in your area.

Source: SafeCity Mississauga, Region of Peel Police

A New Community Garden!

A New Community Garden!

By Graeme Melvin

Our neighbourhood is about to grow even more! On Monday, June 5th the City of Mississauga and Ecosource hosted an Open House for their upcoming Community Garden. The proposed plans will build a large garden of 20 plots on the Thomas Street side of Churchill Meadows Commons. The CMRA has submitted a request to manage two of these plots and we are looking for interested participants.

It is our ambition to use these plots to start up a Gardening Club which would run as our newest Neighbourhood Connection group. If you are interested in building a team and working alongside your neighbours to care for two large garden plots, please contact the CMRA and let us know! We are also looking for a leader with gardening experience who can coordinate with our team to design and maintain these plots. The Community Garden is expected to be built by the end of this summer!

 

 

Canada Day Together Festival

Tile Painting as Churchill Meadows Celebrated Canada’s 150th!

By Shazia Aman

Thousands of people came from across Mississauga and beyond to celebrate Canada 150 at the Canada Day Together Festival in Churchill Meadows. It was estimated that at least 5,000 people attended the July 1st birthday bash!

The Canada Day Together Festival was organized by a steering committee comprised of four local organizations. The CMRA was proud to be one of them! The Festival took a year to plan. Early on, we knew we wanted to do something special to mark Canada 150. One idea was for the community to participate in a tile making activity that would culminate in a mosaic art installation for the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre. With support from the steering committee and a local business, Crock a Doodle, the CMRA took the lead on the tile painting activity.

The tile painting pavilion was at peak capacity for the duration of the activity – even during the downpour! Six tile painting work stations were setup in the CMRA booth.  Participants used a six-colour palette and black and white “fun writers” on ceramic tiles expressing what Canada means to them.  We attracted over a 1000 children and the young at heart.  In the end, we surpassed our goal of 700 tiles.

We want to thank Lora of Crock a Doodle Meadowvale and her team for collaborating with us on the project. We also want to thank our participants, the steering committee, the CMRA Directors and the many Festival volunteers in helping us to make the activity a success. The countdown is now on to seeing the community’s work displayed at the new Community Center when it opens in 2019!

Canada Day Together Festival Highlights:

 

 

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