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Carmen Corbasson fought for the Port Credit Library, “made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit”

March 11th, 2012  

Yesterday’s Blog, Councillor Carmen Corbasson, Mississauga’s Finestkind Councillor –Champion of The Library was written entirely by her friend, Irene Gabon, a Ward 1 resident of the Sherway community for 50 years.

Today it’s my turn —and time to let Councillor Corbasson speak.

What follows is yesterday’s video, complete with transcript. Dedicated to Councillor Corbasson with love and unreserved respect.

Councillor Carmen Corbasson, Mississauga’s Finestkind Councillor –Champion of The Library (8:39 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Please note. In this video I state that the day is Sunday, March 10, 2012 when it was actually Saturday. Next, the Mississauga News reported Councillor Corbasson’s age as 62 which is correct. I then stated, “And just for context, she was 62, I’m 63.” Apologies once again. Councillor Corbasson was born on December 3rd, 1949. I was born in October 1949 and that also makes me 62! This also means I skipped being 61…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH parked beside Toronto General Hospital, March 10, 2012

It is Sunday [sic], March the 10th, 2012. [long pause]

And I’m here at [long pause] and I’m here at Toronto General Hospital.

I got an email this morning —that Councillor Carmen Corbasson died after surgery. And —a bit later, the Toronto S-the Mississauga News came out with a —an article.

Can’t believe I’m reading this. But I have to.

Carmen Corbasson dies after surgery

[crying]

By Alex Consiglio

March 12th, 2000-no—

March 10, 2012

Former longtime Ward 1 Councillor Carmen Corbasson has died this morning after complications arose during surgery last night.
Corbasson, 62, lived and worked in Mississauga most of her life and was first elected to City Council in 1994.

And just for context, she was 62, I’m 63.  [long pause]

She has two daughters, Lisa and Julie, and two grandchildren, Summer and Gabriel.

Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt knew Corbasson well and said everyone is in shock over her death after what was supposed to be routine surgery.

And that’s what I was told too. [long pause] “Routine surgery”. [long pause]

“She was the most giving person,” said Butt. “She always put the community first, she was so selfless.”

Butt said that’s how Corbasson would want to be remembered, as always putting other people, and her community, first.

Judy Imerson, the former Director of the Editorial— try that again.

Judy Imerson, the former Director of Editorial for The Mississauga News who was a close friend of Corbasson, remembers her as the most “wonderful, honest, hard-working person who cared about everybody.”

MISSISSAUGAWATCH driving west on Lakeshore to the Port Credit Library, March 10, 2012

I’m right here in Port Credit. Hurontario and Lakeshore Road.

And I’m just going to— redo a drive that I did back in March 2007.

And there was a threat that the Gray House was going down over here. And I was driving this way towards the Port Credit library.

And I’m dedicating this to Councillor Carmen Corbasson.

[2nd video Councillor Carmen Corbasson fighting to save Port Credit Library, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007]

Carmen Corbasson, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

Thank you, Madam Mayor. Just-just a couple of very brief comments now that I’ve heard from my colleagues. I-I hope that you’re not insinuating that I don’t have the City’s best interests at heart.

And I-I’m sure you’re not. Sure you’re not, because you referred to me as “the Ward Councillor” and how you feel that’s the way I need to vote.

I do have the City’s best interests at heart and I certainly have Port Credit’s best interests at heart.

Again, for all the reasons I’d outlined at the last week’s committee meeting, I feel very very strongly that the Library should remain where it is.

And it’s not just because of the overwhelming support from the community for that decision.

Yes, they are key stakeholders. And they are a very large piece of the puzzle.

But this is a decision that we, as a Council, as a community, as a Ward Councillor are able to make in and of itself. I don’t have to worry about land use, heights, density, the Ontario Municipal Board overruling me.

This is a decision that I strongly believe that I will look back on and know I made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit, with our branch library being located in Port Credit Memorial Park.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH pulling into the Port Credit Library, Memorial Park, March 10, 2012

Take a look. Take a look at what a beautiful place —for a library.

And there’s actually —I’m going to drive here —right to the corner there. You can actually see people. And I don’t want to get too close cuz you don’t want to invade privacy.

But they’re sitting there in orange sofas. Reading —one’s reading the newspaper. Couple others are talking-story.

And over, maybe you can see it, there’s the Credit River, to the right there.

And isn’t it just beautiful.

Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

[Corbasson signing motion and handing off to Councillor Pat Mullin who hands off to Crystal Greer, City Clerk who hands it to Mayor Hazel McCallion]

Mayor Hazel McCallion Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

I have a motion by Councillor Corbasson, seconded by Councillor Mullin, “that the respective deputations by the following individuals to General Committee at its meeting on March the 21, 2007, expressing their concerns regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library be received for information.

Frank Giannone, President of FRAM
Janis Alton, Resident
Chris Mackie, Resident
Alan Skeoch, Resident
Ian Hodge, Resident
Ian Smith, President, Town of Port Credit Association
Dorothy Tomiuk, Resident
Doug Watson, Chair of the Credit Reserve Association
Hugh Stewart, Resident

That the Corporate Report dated March 12, 2007 from the Commissioner of Community Services regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library, be received for information and a recorded vote is required.

City Clerk, Crystal Greer, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

So you’re heard the motion. All those in favour of the motion, please stand.

All those opposed, please stand.

The motion carries.

Carmen Corbasson, Port Credit Library debate, Mississauga Council meeting March 28, 2007

This is a decision that I strongly believe that I will look back on and know I made the right decision —and left a wonderful legacy in Port Credit, with our branch library being located in Port Credit Memorial Park.

FADE TO BLACK and TRIBUTE

She was a person of integrity who said, ‘if it’s right, it’s right’ and ‘if it’s wrong, it’s wrong,’

She lived by the principles she believed in, She always did her homework, even though
she isn’t one of the outspoken ones on council.

But when she said something, it was meaningful, She was a straight shooter and probably
the best councillor we ever had.

Irene Gabon, a resident of the Sherway community for 50 years

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

With aloha and gratitude,

Ursula Bennett
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

From the MINUTES SESSION 5 

THE COUNCIL OF
THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA
(www.mississauga.ca)
MINUTES SESSION 5  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2007, 9:00 A.M.

(f) Port Credit Branch Library (Ward 1)

Frank Giannone, President of FRAM Building Group appeared before Council to
express appreciation to all those involved in the issue of the relocation of the Port
Credit Branch Library. Mr. Giannone advised that he does not have an alternate
use for the Grey House within the development and would continue to work with
the City regarding the development.

Council – 6 – March 28, 2007

Councillor Frank Dale advised that he had been misquoted in the Mississauga
News as supporting the staff recommendation to relocate the Port Credit Branch
Library when, in fact, he was opposed to the relocation.
Mayor McCallion circulated a copy of her briefing notes on her position regarding
the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library and asked that these notes be
recorded for future reference. She advised that she reviewed the comments from
the residents who are in favour of relocating the library and that she agreed with
many of the reasons. The Mayor advised that she still felt strongly that the library
should be relocated. The Mayor reviewed her briefing notes and touched on the
following reasons for the relocation:

• The new branch would be within comfortable walking distance (800
metres or one-half mile) of 1558 households (50% more than existing.)
• Growth is expected along the Hurontario corridor due to intensification,
providing good access to even more households.
• The new location is closer to 15% more users based on a sample of library
books in circulation.
• Better access to transit. Hurontario is served by over three times as many
buses as Lakeshore. Proximity to the Port Credit GO Train Station.
Future direct access to proposed light rail transit (LRT).
• Four schools are within 800 metres of the new location.
• Linkage to library provides sustainable adaptive reuse of the Gray House.
• Proposal to relocate Lions Hall on second floor above the branch. Use
library staff to manage and program the hall and library meeting rooms.
• Additional parkland to be gratuitously dedicated to the City valued in
excess of $500,000.
• By relocating the Lions Hall, the pool change rooms can be renovated in a
manner that would be “sympathetic” to the park.
• New branch will have a longer life expectancy.
• Direct access to underground parking.
• New branch will have optimum internal layout.

Reasons to avoid renovating the existing branch:

• The branch was constructed almost 50 years ago on a landfill site,
although the methane gas problems are under control.
• Existing branch blocks view to Memorial Park.
• Potential exists to build a parking structure on the municipal parking lot,
creating a physical conflict between the branch and the new structure.

The Ward Councillor Carmen Corbasson reiterated her comments made at
General Committee on March 21, 2007, and the reasons why the library should
remain in its present location. Councillor Corbasson agreed that there are
residents who do support the relocation; however, the majority of the residents in
Port Credit support that the library remain where is it. Members of Council
provided their views regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch Library.

Council – 7 – March 28, 2007

Councillor Corbasson asked that the General Committee Recommendation GC-
0123-2007 be brought forward. A recorded vote was requested regarding this
issue with the following results:

1. That the respective deputations by the following individuals to General
Committee at its meeting on March 21, 2007, expressing their concerns
regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch library, be received for
information:

– Frank Giannone, President of FRAM Building Group
– Janis Alton, Resident
– Chris Mackie, Resident
– Alan Skeoch, Resident
– Ian Hodge, Resident
– Ian Smith, Resident
– Dorothy Tomiuk, Resident
– Doug Watson, Chair of the Credit Reserve Association
– Hugh Stewart, Resident

2. That the Corporate Report dated March 12, 2007 from the Commissioner
of Community Services regarding the relocation of the Port Credit Branch
Library, be received for information.

YES NO

Mayor H. McCallion X
Councillor C. Corbasson X
Councillor P. Mullin X
Councillor M. Prentice X
Councillor F. Dale X
Councillor E. Adams X
Councillor C. Parrish X
Councillor N. Iannicca X
Councillor K. Mahoney Absent
Councillor P. Saito Absent
Councillor S. McFadden Absent
Councillor G. Carlson X

Recorded Vote
Carried (7-2 / 3 Absent)
Resolution 0063-2007/GC-0123-2007
PO.04.POR (Ward 1)

Also. For the historical record, this is a very early MISSISSAUGAWATCH video uploaded to Google in March 2007.

Port Credit’s Gray House Down Library Lives On (2:12 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on Google Video

Finally, for those truly interested in the history of Port Credit library and the Gray House, please read and view the March 30th, 2007 MISSISSAUGAWATCH blog, VIDEO—GRAY HOUSE Down. Port Credit Library Up.

This blog is dedicated to Mississauga finestkind Councillor Carmen Corbasson.

 

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