Have Questions/Concerns?

Updated July 12, 2017

Please note that Mandeep Sangha will be on vacation and will not be on site in Summerville Pines on August 14th.

Do you have personal questions or concerns relating to your residency in Twin Pines?

Mandeep Sangha, Peel Living’s Tenancy Support Agent, will be on site in the Summerville Pines’ Community Hall on the following Mondays from 1 pm – 4 pm to assist you and address your tenancy related issues:

Feb. 6, March 6, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 2, November 6, December 4.

Appointments will be seen first and drop in’s as time allows – in 15 minute intervals. Appointments can be made by calling 905-453-2500 ext 3612 during office hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

This is a welcome progression from Peel Living, particularly for those who do not have access to a computer or prefer to speak to someone ‘in person’ to air their concerns.  Please do not hesitate to take advantage of it!

Telephone Scams

March 7, 2017

Once again the ‘scammers’ are out in full force!  Now that income tax time has come around, they are working the phone lines claiming to be calling from the Canada Revenue Agency and demanding money for ‘supposedly’ back taxes owing.  This scam has been increasing in the past couple of months.  If you receive such calls, please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.  Below is an article from the Canada Revenue Agency website to make our readers aware and to beware of any calls received asking for money or threatening legal action and/or arrest.

Beware of new telephone scams

Ottawa, Ontario, … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is noting an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not, and is asking Canadians to bewarethese calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft.

Some recent telephone scams involve threatening taxpayers or using aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Victims receive a phone call from a person claiming to work for the CRA and saying that taxes are owed. The caller requests immediate payment by credit card or convinces the victims to purchase a prepaid credit card and to call back immediately with the information. The taxpayer is often threatened with court charges, jail or deportation.

If you get such a call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

These types of communication are not from the CRA. When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page. The number for business-related calls is 1-800-959-5525. The number for calls about individual concerns is 1-800-959-8281.

To help you identify possible scams, use the following guidelines:

The CRA:

  • never requests prepaid credit cards;
  • never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
  • never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

  • Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
  • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
  • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
  • How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?
  • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

The CRA has strong practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system. For more information about the security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online atwww.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact your local police service.

 

Meeting October 6, 2016

On October 6, 2016 Dan Ferguson, the Solicitor for Cedar Grove Residents’ Community Corporation and Marlyn Addai, President of the Board of Directors, will be forming a delegation to the Peel Living Board on behalf of the residents of Twin Pines, to remind the Peel Living Board of the commitments made to Twin Pines in October 2012 and the impact their decisions are having on this community i.e. financially, emotionally and health wise.

This meeting will be held at the Regional Administrative Headquarters, in the Regional Council Chambers, 5th Floor, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton, Ontario. The Peel Living Board meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 am.

We urge as many residents as possible to attend to show our commitment to our Park.

Winners of our Winter Home Decorating Contest

December 21, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we held our annual Pot Luck Dinner, after which we trooped out to light the lovely fir trees at the front of the Park.

At the dinner, those attending voted on the 59 entries in the Winter Home Decorating Contest and the winners were as follows:

#1 – 2nd Avenue East

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

#7 Orchard Drive

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

#18 – 6th Avenue West

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Congratulations to all our Winners !!!

Has Your Mail Gone Missing???

Postman

Updated March 7, 2017

I‘m sure we have all experienced the ‘dumbstruck’ looks we get when we give someone our address and the inevitable frustration when one part or the other of the address is left off.  When this happens, of course, our mail is not delivered.  For a while we had the same steady postal worker, who got to know the names of the residents and the mail was delivered regardless.  Unfortunately, we are back to getting whichever postal worker finishes their route early enough and therefore gets handed our mail to deliver.  It seems as though it’s a new face every other day.

It has come to our attention that lately mail is being returned to sender even when the address is correct and if this is ‘official mail’, you know what a problem that can cause.  One of our residents contacted Canada Post and through perseverance was able to speak with a supervisor, who said the more complaints they received, the better.  You know that old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”.

So if you are not receiving your mail, or getting someone else’s mail, please call Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177 to register a complaint.  It may take a bit of patience to navigate the inevitable voice recordings, but ask to speak to a supervisor and they will give you a ticket number and someone will get back to you in a day or so.

We shouldn’t have to put up with poor service, because someone can’t be bothered to look at the site maps at the front of the Park to find out where the streets are!

How Does the Planning Process Work???

July 10, 2011

On Monday, July 6th, the Board of Directors of Cedar Grove Residents’ Community Corporation held another meeting with the members of planningAlliance and CIVIS, the Community Engagement Team engaged by Peel Living to develop a Community Plan for Twin Pines.   These meetings have been occurring monthly.

At this meeting, Bryan Bowen, who is the project’s Planning Approvals Lead, gave a power point presentation on the ‘mysteries’ of the planning process.  The Board found this was very informative in explaining timelines and the many steps involved in each phase of the planning and approvals process.  Consequently it was thought that this information may also be helpful in assisting our residents in understanding what exactly goes into obtaining approvals for such a major undertaking as the re-imagining of the community of Twin Pines.

Outlined below is a synopsis of how these proceedings unfold:

Planning Approvals – (Conceptual Phase) – governed by Provincial Legislation

Community Concept Plan (non-statutory) – this is the point where we have the opportunity for the highest input

  • public meetings are held with all stakeholders (residents of Twin Pines, our neighbours, local businesses, etc.)
  • meetings will also include transportation experts, engineers, etc. (technical phase)
  • planning Alliance takes all suggestions, weighs the pros and cons,  and produces several Alternative Plans
  • these Alternative Plans are  taken back to stakeholders and a consensus, weighing all pros & cons, will hopefully produce a Hybrid Plan which the majority of stakeholders can live with
  • this Plan will then be presented to the Peel Living Board for endorsement
  • implementation will include phasing, costs, character and vision of the community

After the Peel Living Board has endorsed the Plan, it enters the City of Mississauga’s planning approvals process:

Municipal Planning Approvals (statutory)

  • Official Plan Amendment – The Mississauga Official Plan sets out the city’s vision for growth and development within the municipality in a way that is consistent with the Peel Region Official Plan.  Official Plan amendments may be required before changes can take place in Twin Pines
  • Zoning By-law Amendment – Zoning By-laws govern individual lots, density, parking, height of buildings, etc. and are amendable.  If any amendments are required, this is the time that they will be presented

Any amendments under the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws are approved by City Council and can be appealed.

Plan of Subdivision and Site Plan Approval are next and residents will have fewer opportunities to be involved in the planning process from this point on.

Building and Development Permits – (Detailed/Technical – no input from stakeholders)

  • Building Permits
  • Site Servicing Permits
  • Construction Management Plan – includes staging, phasing, and managing interruption to residents
  • Streetscape Permits
  • Others (TBD)

The timing for these various steps to proceed are dependent on many factors.  In the case of Twin Pines, they could depend on Peel Living’s partnership with the City of Mississauga in planning this future community, the City of Mississauga’s Dundas Corridor Master Plan (Dundas Connects) and Metrolinx’s Dundas Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) expansion.  This, however, gives us an idea of how complex this procedure is and how it is difficult to make accurate assumptions of timelines.

If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact Michelle Drylie at 647-231-6820 or email: mdrylie@planningalliance.ca.

Twin Pines Community Survey

May 30, 2015

Peel Living’s ‘long promised’ Housing Needs and Financial Impact Assessment has finally commenced.   This survey is designed to gain a greater and more accurate understanding of the needs of the residents of Twin Pines, encompassing daily activities, specific household needs and our connection to the broader community.  While participation is voluntary, each household is encouraged to participate in the survey so our views and needs will be reflected in the future Twin Pines.  This new Conceptual Community Plan MUST reflect the reality of our lives and the community.

The Board members of the Cedar Grove Residents’ Community Corporation have been visiting each home, delivering the pamphlet outlining the process the survey will take and the importance of engaging in this undertaking.  You have the option of having the interview take place either in your home or in an office at Summerville Pines.  A member of planningAlliance, the firm engaged by Peel Living to conduct the survey and spearhead the master planning process, will contact each household to set up an interview at your convenience.

Peel Living and planningAlliance have given their assurance in writing that for the purpose of publicly reporting this information, it will be grouped in categories only.  There will be no identification of individuals or households.  This information will only be used for the purpose of planning analysis.

This is the next step in our journey and OUR VOICES MUST BE HEARD!!!

Home Renovation Contractors – Beware

April 21, 2015

Now that it’s Springtime (I think), home renovating contractors will be out in droves to solicit business.  This is usually done by means of flyers in our mailboxes, such as a package neatly ensconced in a plastic bag which made the rounds recently.

They may display logos from such organizations as Renomark, Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), or Better Business Bureau, which would lead a person to assume they are a quality contractor.   While there may be many well qualified contractors registered with these companies, they do not guarantee or warrant the quality of work carried out by contractors.  If they receive a number of complaints of shoddy workmanship regarding a contractor, they may drop them from the organization and instruct them to stop using their logo, but some companies continue to display the signs (logos).

Your safest bet is to do your homework, get more than one quote, ask around your neighbourhood to see if anyone has used this contractor in the past and were they satisfied and always remember that old adage “Buyer Beware”