Streetsville, Ontario

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Streetsville
Neighbourhood
Streetsville is marked by street signs and banners along Queen Street.
Streetsville is marked by street signs and banners along Queen Street.
Nickname(s): The Village in the City
Coordinates: 43°35′12″N 79°43′17″W / 43.58667°N 79.72139°W / 43.58667; -79.72139
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Peel
City Mississauga
Settled 1819
Population (2009)
 • Total 47,327
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
Forward sortation area L5M
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 030M12
GNBC Code FCTEI

Streetsville (pop. 47,327)[1] is an established community located in the northwestern corner of the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on the Credit River. Although Streetsville occupies both the west and east banks of the river, the majority is located on the west bank of the river.

Although the former village is surrounded by modern suburban development, it seeks to keep a "small town" charm by retaining a variety of historical buildings and streetscapes. As part of this attempt to maintain a separate identity from the larger city, the names of several main Mississauga roads, as they pass through Streetsville, revert to what they were called when Streetsville was an independent village. These include Mississauga Road and Bristol Road, which revert to Queen Street and Main Street respectively. Other main thoroughfares that cross Streetsville include Creditview Road, Eglinton Avenue, and Britannia Road.

History[edit]

Before 1800[edit]

The area surrounding the Credit River was populated by the Iroquois people up until the early 18th century, when it was taken by the Ojibwa. European settlers came to know them specifically as the Mississaugas, which eventually became the name of the area itself. By 1805, the Natives had either ceded or sold most of this land over to British governance.

Settlement[edit]

The Timothy Street Home was built by the founder of Streetsville in 1825.
Montreal House, the first general store in Streetsville, was founded in 1821
Franklin House, built in the 1850s
Credit Valley Railway station. A new station was built in 1914, and the original building was moved to a different location in Streetsville.[2]

The beginnings of Streetsville are interwoven with the history of its founder, Timothy Street. Street was born in 1778 in the American colonies to a British Loyalist family. At the age of 23, he moved with his family from New York to St. David's, a settlement on the Niagara River in Upper Canada (now known as Ontario).

In 1818, the British made a second purchase of 648,000 acres (2,620 km2) of land from the indigenous Mississauga peoples. Before it could be opened for settlement, the land had to be surveyed, and as was usual for the time, surveyors would receive a grant of land from the parcel that they surveyed as compensation for their work. Timothy Street, along with Richard Bristol, a qualified surveyor, applied for a contract to survey parts of the newly available land. As they did their work, Street quickly began to appreciate the immense potential for settlement along the Credit River, and made plans to erect both a saw and grist mill once his work was finished.

In April 1819, the surveyed land was opened for settlement, and the first settler in the area, James Glendinning, settled on a parcel of land along Mullet Creek. Timothy Street did build his saw and grist mills, using stones from Glendinning's land.

A large quarry of red clay lay on the west side of the village, encouraging the use of brick for construction.

In 1821, Streetsville's first general store, now known as Montreal House, was built, and still stands. Another landmark, Timothy Street's house, was built in 1825 and is one of the oldest brick houses in Peel Region.

In 1855, William Graydon and Peter Douglass built a large brick building, and sold it in 1859 to Bennet Franklin, a partner in Barber Brothers Toronto Woollen Mills. It became known as Franklin House. In 1910, under new ownership, the name was changed to the Queen's Hotel. Although it ceased to operate as a hotel when its public room was closed with the enforcement of the Canada Temperance Act, it continued to be used for commercial purposes. At present, it has been designated under the terms of the Ontario Heritage Act and protected by a heritage easement, and now houses a restaurant and a variety of small businesses and offices.

In 1858, Streetsville was incorporated as a village. Timothy Street's son, John, was the first reeve.

For the next century, Streetsville largely existed as a long narrow village with all of its shops, three churches, the cenotaph and the library located on Queen Street, which ran between the Credit River and the railway track.

In 1953, two of the first suburbs in Canada, Vista Heights and Riverview, were built to the southwest and northeast respectively. Vista Heights was notable because the town council of the time made the unprecedented decision to require the developer to build a K-6 (kindergarten to Grade 6) elementary school. These suburbs and Vista Heights Public School opened in 1955, presaging the future high growth of middle-class suburbs in the area.

1962 incorporation and 1974 municipal reorganization[edit]

In January 1962, Streetsville's population reached 5,000, and it was incorporated as a town as a result. The first Mayor was Frank Dowling.

In 1968, the creation of the Town of Mississauga amalgamated the villages and hamlets of Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale and Malton. Although Streetsville, Clarkson, Port Credit and Meadowvale were excluded from this amalgamation, it was evident that the high population growth in the area would result in further amalgamation.

In 1974 all of these communities were annexed when Mississauga became a city.

Politics[edit]

Municipal[edit]

Streetsville is a member of the eleventh ward within the city of Mississauga . Representing the ward is Councillor George Carlson. George was first elected Councillor of the eleventh ward in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003, 2006, and 2010. Carlson is a direct descendant of one of Streetsville's founders, Henry Rutledge (1797–1875) who also served as a local Councillor.[3] Prior to the annexing of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion was the mayor of Streetsville (1970–1973) and was the township's last reeve (1967-1970). She is now the third mayor of Mississauga and still resides in Streetsville.[4]

Provincial[edit]

Streetsville resides in the Provincial riding of Mississauga-Streetsville. The riding was created in 2003 after both Mississauga—Erindale and Mississauga South were divided up. The riding is continued to be represented by Provincial Liberal Legislative Member Bob Delaney. Delaney was elected in the provincial election of 2003, by defeating Progressive Conservative Nina Tangri by over 7,000 votes. In 2006, Delaney was appointed the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister Responsible for Seniors. He was re-elected in the provincial election of 2007 again, defeating Tangri by 11,155 votes. On January 25, 2010, Delaney was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Revenue.[5]

Federal[edit]

Prior to 1993, Streetsville favoured the Conservative party with Progressive Conservative Bob Horner being elected as an MP in the 1984 and 1988 federal elections. Since then Streetsville voters swayed towards the Liberals with the party winning the riding consecutively to this date. In 2000, Liberal MP Steve Mahoney defeated Alliance candidate Philip Leong in the Federal Mississauga-Streetsville riding and remained in office until 2003. Wajid Khan then took the riding in 2004 by beating Conservative Nina Tangri by 8,481 votes and continued onto a second term after defeating Conservative challenger Raminder Gill by 5,792 votes in 2006. During his seconder term, Khan served as a consultant to Stephen Harper and the Conservative party on issues concerning the Middle East. Based on an ultimatum established by the Conservatives, Khan switched parties in 2007 and posed as a Conservative candidate in the 2008 elections. Liberal, Bonnie Crombie, went on to defeat Khan in the elections by 5,000 votes.[6][7][8]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2009, Streetsville's population stood at 47,327 with a 9.9% population increase between 2001 and 2006 and a subsequent 20% increase from 2006 to 2009. From 2006 to 2009, households also increased in number from 12,178 to 13,722. The majority of Streetsville residences own their own homes (85%) with more than 51,000 residents holding a university or college degree. Also the majority of residences work within grey or white collar jobs versus only 27% of the population consisting of labour workers . Furthermore, the average household income of Streetsville residents amounts to $124,255 with only a 5.6% unemployment rate. In relation to religion, 41.4% of residents are Roman Catholics while religious populations such as Muslims (6.9%) and Anglicans (6.3%) are continuing to grow. Also nearly 48% of Streetsville residents are identified as visible minorities including predominantly East Indians, South Asians and Chinese. Subsequently, 53% of the population's main language is English while the region boasts many non-official languages such as Chinese, Arabic, and Punjabi. With homes averaging around 3.4 bedrooms, the average family consists of three people per home and has around 1.4 children. Streetsville's population has an average age of 38 with 33% of the population being between ages 25–44, 23.1% of the population are between the ages 45– 64 and 14.5% of the population being between the ages of 15- 24. Also among the population, 61.4% of residents are married while 29.1% are single and 9.5% are widowed or divorced.[9][10][11]

Community[edit]

Streetsville as a Community Node[edit]

Streetsville is a tight-knit community that has its place in history with its closely connected village-type node. It is home to many historical buildings due to its 19th-century atmosphere. Streetsville is known as a Community Node, and therefore provides various resources applicable to a Community Node. The city of Mississauga focuses on Streetsville's urban structure to grow in existing and proposed services and the community infrastructure. As a Community Node, there are many things in Streetsville that are used on a day-to-day basis. This includes: local shops, restaurants, community facilities, entertainment, schools, parks, and an impressive housing stock that meets the requirements of new residents.[12]

Bread and Honey Festival[edit]

Since 1973, in an effort to retain a separate identity from the larger city of Mississauga, The Promotion Committee of the town of Streetsville held the first Bread and Honey Festival. This was an acknowledgement to the town's history and its involvement with milling as Kraft Canada and ADM Milling Ltd had well-established flourmills in the area. The festival was an astounding success, which led to the Bread and Honey festival becoming an annual event being held on the first weekend of June. In 1974, it was incorporated, with Sam McCallion as Charter President.[13]

In 1984, the Bread and Honey festival merged with the Kinsmen Club, Lions Club, and Rotary Club as a cooperative community project. Many volunteers are needed for the organization and operation of the festival as in 1990 the festival moved from being a one-day event, to becoming a weekend festival.

Currently the Bread and Honey festival is held at Streetsville Memorial Park, which is a natural amphitheater that contains 30 acres of land on the pristine Credit River. Some of the events that take place over the course of the weekend include live musical performances, a carnival run by the Lions club, and a consumers market with over 100 vendors. The main attraction over the weekend would be the parade that proceeds south on Queen Street to Old Station Road. New for 2012 the Mississauga Transit (MiWay) is running free shuttle service for residents at select points.[14]

Canada Day[edit]

Every July 1 at Memorial Park, the Village of Streetsville puts on a Canada day celebration. There are various activities occurring throughout the afternoon, ranging from face-painting to dance performances. Local businesses sponsor and execute various performances throughout the evening and is then finished off with a firework display occurring around 10pm.[15]

Santa Claus Parade[edit]

The annual Mississauga Santa Claus Parade now resides in Streetsville. The parade starts on Queen Street South at Britannia Road and travels south through the village to disperse at various locations after the Church Street junction.

Sports[edit]

Hockey[edit]

The Streetsville Minor Hockey Association was established in 1946. Streetsville along with seven other communities in the Toronto Township formed the T.T.H.L. In 1962 the Streetsville and District Minor Hockey Association began to play in their new rink, Vic Johnston Community Centre. During the early years the Streetsville's Hockey team played under many names including, the Thunderbirds, Hounds, Tigers, Kings, and Panthers. In the 1967-68 season they left the T.T.H.L. Streetsville iced five teams to play in the Tri-County A league of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association at the start of the 1968-69 season. That first season Streetsville won two championships. In the late 1980s, the President and late Bill Mann embarked on a name search for the Streetsville Rep teams. The name chosen was Tigers, and from that date on the name and team colours were adopted into the Rules and Regulations. The Tiger logo was designed and adopted in 1990 and has been incorporated into all tiger equipment, sweaters, pants, equipment bags, hats and jackets. The Tigers moved to the O.M.H.A. Central AAA league in 1991-1992 where they competed for four years. Since joining the G.T.H.L. the Tiger teams have been very competitive winning two Divisional Champions, one Carnation Cup and one City Championship. 2006 the Streetsville Tigers Celebrated 60 years of hockey in Streetsville.[16]

Streetsville had a successful Junior A hockey club the Streetsville Derbys which played out of Vic Johnson Arena. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, the Derbys moved to a new location Westwood Arena in Rexdale, Ontario. In 2011 with the Ontario Junior Hockey League's goal of contraction, the Derby's merged with the Cobourg Cougars.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Finder". Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Credit Valley Railway Station, Streetsville". City of Mississauga. Retrieved March 2014. 
  3. ^ "George Carlson". 
  4. ^ "McCallion, Hazel". 
  5. ^ "Bob Delaney". 
  6. ^ "Mississauga-Streetsville". The Star (Toronto). 
  7. ^ "Federal Election: Mississauga — Streetsville". 
  8. ^ "Mississauga - Streetsville". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Home Finder". Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mississauga-Streetsville". The Star (Toronto). 
  11. ^ "Streetsville". [dead link]
  12. ^ "Focus On Mississauga 2012". Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Bread and Honey Festival". Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Transit Schedule". Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Canada Day". Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Streetsville Tigers Hockey Club". Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

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Coordinates: 43°35′12″N 79°43′17″W / 43.58667°N 79.72139°W / 43.58667; -79.72139