Remembering Jim Tovey

Jim Tovey, former Lakeview Ratepayer President and Mississauga City Councillor is very much missed in the Lakeview and his ‘Ward One-derful’ community.

So many of the initiatives now in progress, were the crazy, out of the box thinking of Jim, Inspiring our community to dream, visualize and believe in a whole new way of Community thinking.

Although Jim passed away on January 15, 2018, he remains with us in the Lakeview community as we see his Legacy, these many projects come to life.

Below are just a few of Jim’s initiatives and our Legacy for Lakeview, the Ward One community, all Mississauga citizens and the future residents who live, work and play in South Mississauga.

Jim showed us the strength of what a community can achieve when they come together.

‘It is our duty and responsibility to do the right thing for future generations’    Jim Tovey

Inspiration Lakeview (Lakeview Legacy)

In June 2005, Jim Tovey and Professor John Danahy started their kitchen table discussions on how the OPG Lands and waterfront could be something other than utility land in the future. By June 2006, after the demolition of the Lakeview Generation station (aka the Four Sisters) discussions had spread to other members of the community. A vision was hatched of a new Lakeview Village and lakefront parks system in the form of an innovative model sustainable community for Lakeview; this was the start of the LRA-Lakeview Legacy Project.

With the help of  Professor Danahy of (CLR) Centre for Landscape Research at UofT and his students, community input and 1000’s of hours of research, in February 2008, Jim and John were able to take their Legacy Plan to City Council, who then instructed Planning Staff to develop a master plan. At the same time, MPP Sousa took the Lakeview Ratepayers economic and vision plan to make Lakeview the model sustainable healthy community in Canada to Provincial Cabinet who were convinced by the community’s plan to release the lands from 120 years of polluting military and industrial uses and put the Lake back in Lakeview.

Between 2010 and 2014, the Lakeview community worked with the City of Mississauga on refining the vision and in 2014 the ‘Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan’ was approved & passed by Council.

Since 2014, the OPG land has been sold to a consortium of developers, new policies provided to guide the development and the community remains involved in carrying forward the Vision.

The Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area

 Jim Tovey had a goal of restoring coastal wetlands in urban areas, he was a staunch advocate for change along the waterfront and lead the Lakeview Waterfront Connection Project since its beginning.


Morphology is an evolving photography exhibit, documenting the construction of a 26 Hectare conservation area on the Lake Ontario shoreline. Morphology was the vision of the late Jim Tovey, Mississauga and Peel Region Councillor showcasing the importance of restoring coastal wetlands in urban areas. Jim promoted artistic expression as a way for residents to form an emotional connection with the environment. Morphology offers a glimpse into the progress of the Lakeview Waterfront Connection, a project that will result in a beautiful conservation area on the waterfront.

Small Arms Society
Creative Hub 1352

The Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) is a light-filled WWII heritage building  connecting to parkland, conservation lands, the waterfront, trails, and neighbourhood.

A core group of community-minded individuals led by Jim Tovey formed as the Lakeview Legacy Community Foundation (LLCF) in Fall 2008 in response to the proposed demolition of the Small Arms Inspection Building. The group recognized the local and national historic importance of the site and building and the importance of the women and men who worked there. The efforts of the LLCF were successful in stopping the demolition of the building and in the spring 2009, convincing the City of Mississauga to designate the property under the Ontario Heritage Act.

In 2014 the role of the LLCF Board was reconstituted redefined and registered the organization as a non-profit society under the name of the Small Arms Society (SAS) whose mission is to act as a catalyst, facilitator and leader in supporting the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Small Arms building as part of ongoing community revitalization and neighbourhood renewal. SAS has worked with the City, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the community and key stakeholders to work towards providing the community with an affordable creative use of spaces and a dynamic mix of environmental science, technology, arts, heritage and cultural endeavours. 

Lakeview background

Welcome to the official website of the Lakeview Ratepayers’ Association!

The Lakeview Ratepayers’ Association (LRA) is the municipally recognized residents’ association for the community of Lakeview in southeast Mississauga. The boundaries of the LRA stretch north to Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), south to Lake Ontario, east to Dixie Road and Etobicoke Creek and west to Cawthra Road and the Adamson Estate.

Our objective is to protect, promote and further the interests of the residents of Lakeview through participation in municipal initiatives impacting residents, as well as providing a voice to the community in all matters of local developments.

Lakeview is different than her two sisters in the Lakeshore Corridor, Port Credit and Clarkson. Overlooked, overworked and sometimes maligned, Lakeview is a rich source of history and pride, dating back to its roots as a small-arms munitions producer during World War I.

Today, Lakeview carries its weight and then some.  Our local water treatment plant processes 70 per cent of our region’s wastewater, supplies two-thirds of Peel’s drinking water and 40 per cent of York Region’s and earns Peel Region millions of dollars in revenue. Lakeview has fought diligently for years to promote smart development and smart growth, culminating in the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan that will see dozens of new businesses, stores, facilities and housing developments come to the community. We support the city in its fight for smart planning and the primacy of municipal planning over uncontrolled OMB appeals.

Lakeview residents don’t want to see a “condo alley” built on Lakeshore Road. They want graduated appropriate development off the Lakeshore  – development that celebrates the land, the sky and the water.  We’re not anti-development.  We are pro-smart growth, and we are proponents of a more visionary style planning policy.

LRA Board of Directors:


  • President: Deborah Goss
  • Vice President:
  • Treasurer: Lorena Azavedo
  • Secretary: Gina Power


  • Bill Overkott
  • Kris Stechly
  • John LoFaso
  • John Outram
  • Pat Farrell
  • Brent Date
  • Barry Conroy
  • Mark Bruni
  • Andrea Lloyd

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