Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Road Closures due to Ontario Summer Games in August

We have just received information indicating that the Ontario Summer Games are coming to Mississauga for four days in August, from Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, August 14, 2016. You can get more information about the events, schedule, opening ceremonies, etc. at  

The part of the Games that will have an impact on residents of Clarkson involves the Road Cycling and Triathlon events, which will take place on the Friday and Saturday of that weekend, and will involve some closure along Lakeshore Rd.W., as noted below. The triathlon events will use Jack Darling Park and Rhododendron Gardens and the east bound lanes of Lakeshore Rd.W. between those two locations.  The road cycling will use Lakeside Park, Winston Churchill Blvd., Royal Windsor Drive and Avonhead Road on both Friday and Saturday.

Road Closure Information 

Friday, August 12 - Triathlon

Race begins at 10:00 am
Expect delays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Saturday, August 13 - Triathlon

Race begins at 8:00 am
Expect delays from 7:30 am to 10:30 am

  • No entry/exit into Jack Darling Park before race
  • Lakeshore Rd W – east bound lanes (south half of street) closed from entrance of Jack Darling Park to Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens (Shawnmarr Rd.). Two way traffic on west bound lanes (north side)

Saturday, August 13 - Road Cycling

Race begins at 8:00 am
Expect delays from 9:00 am to 10:30 am

  • Full closure on Lakeshore Rd W from small west Parking Lot at Lakeside Park to Winston Churchill
  • Closure of north traffic on Winston Churchill from Lakeshore Rd W to Royal Windsor. Southbound traffic local only.
  • Royal Windsor – south half of street closed. Two way traffic on north side. From Winston Churchill to Avonhead Rd
  • Full closure on Avonhead Rd from Royal Windsor to Lakeshore Rd W

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Rehabilitation of Kos Blvd. Culvert over Birchwood Creek

To residents of Kos Blvd. in particular: --

You will have received a Construction Notice this week from the City of Mississauga regarding some construction work that will be undertaken starting this month and possibly lasting through the Fall and early Winter months.

The City will be rehabilitating the culvert through which the creek runs under the western section of Kos Blvd. -- by the entrance to Birchwood Park. The description of the construction work is projected to include:

  • removal and replacement of the damaged corrugated steel panels
  • reconstruction of the retaining wall
  • asphalt replacement
  • improvements to the surrounding area
The City has indicated that the project will have an impact on traffic along the west arm of Kos Blvd. Although the road will remain open to traffic at all time during the construction, residents may experience some delays.

Residents who live north of the creek on Kos Blvd. will be affected most by this construction and may want to travel east along Kos to exit.

A special note to all residents of Birch Glen from the Residents' Association:
  • parking along the west section of Kos Blvd. will certainly be affected during the construction period
  • we ask that you do not park along this stretch of the road once construction begins.  
Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need more information,  please contact Mr. Zeljko Subic, P.Eng. at 905-615-3200 ext. 5830.

We will be keeping an eye on the project once it begins and will update you here as needs arise.

Steampunk Invasion: Through the Looking Glass -- July 24

Are you a fan of Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass? Would you like to experience a trip through the looking glass into the Victorian Era -- along with two sisters who actually lived at Benares Historic House?

Well, here's your chance! Come out to Benares at 1507 Clarkson Rd. N., Mississauga on Sunday, July 24 at noon for a fun afternoon of games, crafts, vendors, performances and live music. 

Don't be afraid of the term "steampunk".  Steampunk can be considered an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”

So, with that in mind, pack up the kids and head to Benares for an interesting experience. See you there!

Steampunk Invasion

Through the Looking Glass

Sunday, July 24, 2016 -
12:00pm to 4:00pm
It’s 1892 and Annie and Naomi Harris have stepped through the looking glass and emerged in a new steampunk reality. Join them for an afternoon of games, crafts, vendors, peculiar performances and live music.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

On the Verandah Summer Concerts at Benares Historic House

It is time for the "On the Verandah Summer Concerts"  at Benares Historic House, 1507 Clarkson Road N. in Clarkson. These concerts are hosted by the Friends of the Museums

The concerts take place every Friday night during the summer months of June, July and August and are held on the lawn (in front of the verandah) of our own historic house and museum. Although the concerts are open to anyone who wants to attend, they are "Pay-What-You-Can", with a suggested donation of $10.

We are a bit late in posting the scheduled concerts (we missed all of June), so we will start with the July offerings:

  • July 1      Jazz Plazma
  • July 8      Age of Reason
  • July 15    The OCTOKATS
  • July 22    Rob Tardik
  • July 27    Cooper and Maciag
  • Aug 5      Laura Fernandez
  • Aug 12    Quantum Brass
  • Aug 19    Tala — South Asian Music Night
  • Aug 26    Burlington Welsh Male Chorus
The concerts are a regular summer happening in Clarkson and are well worth the outing. On your own, on a date, with friends or with the whole family, try to attend at least one of these concerts this summer. Who knows ... it could become a regular weekly outing! 

Support the Friends of the Museums and let them know you are interested in more events of this sort. You could also search them out on Facebook! Or check out the brochure at

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Yard Waste Update

As of the beginning of July, yard waste collection has changed to bi-weekly pickup. Yard waste will still be collected on Mondays, but only every second week -- on recycling days -- during July, August and September.  To refresh your memory on what will be picked up when, visit and click on "When Does It Go?" and type in your address.

Weekly yard waste collection will resume after Thanksgiving.

Green Bin, Blue & Garbage Receptacle Take Back Event in Peel!

Do you still have your "old" green bin cluttering up your garage or yard? The Region of Peel will hold a series of "Take Back Events" throughout the region in July and August at which residents will be able to bring their unwanted old (small) green bins and blue bins. 

Ward 2 residents can bring their old bins to the Lakeview Water Trestment Facility, 920 East Ave., Mississauga on Saturday, July 23, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 1;00 p.m.

For details on which containers are accepted at this event, visit This link will also provice information on additional dates and sites for return of unwanted bins. 

However, if you wish to keep your old blue and green bins for use around the yard, the Region has these ideas for re-using the containers:
  • Use your old green bin to store pet food, bird seed, barbeque charcoal, sand or sidewalk salt.
    • (Editor's note: I would not recommend this use -- the bin covers always leaked during a rainstorm and allowed rainwater to seep into the bins. I would be concerned about moisture getting in and spoiling any of the above suggestions)!
  • Use your old blue box or grey box to:
    • Hold recyclables before putting them in your recycling cart.
    • Hold yard waste for setting on the curb. A blue/grey box must be clearly labelled with a yard waste sticker or “Yard Waste” clearly written in paint or permanent marker.
    • Store items around your home or in your shed or garage.