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The line that means the most to natural watchers - "no
commitment has been made to maintain the site specifically as a bird sanctuary".
Ivor - the Birdman of Mississauga & Bernice Inman-Emery - the Birdwoman of
Mississauga News - Dec. 16, 2008 - Editorial -
Council makes good call
- City Council has gone to the birds ó and thatís a good thing.
Mississauga councillors have agreed to negotiate the purchase of the Winding
Lane Bird Sanctuary, the serene .92-acre property near the University of Toronto
at Mississauga that has been home to thousands of sick, injured and endangered
birds for more than 75 years.
The sanctuary, built and maintained by Mississaugaís Roy Ivor for more than half
a century before his death at age 99, has established a North American-wide
reputation for fostering and nursing birds in need of care, a legacy carried on
by Ivorís successor, Bernice Inman-Emery, who has since celebrated her own 90th
But, when a ĎFor saleí sign appeared on the property, nature enthusiasts in the
community took up the torch, aggressively lobbying city council to purchase the
property and prevent it from being re-developed as a site for luxury homes.
City councillors heeded the call and have turned their attention to saving the
property from residential developing.
While no commitment has been made to maintain the site specifically as a bird
sanctuary, councilís proposed purchase will save the site as a natural habitat
for wildlife and their human friends.
None of those who fought to save the property from building cranes and concrete
pads was more ardent and persuasive than Applewood Acres resident Laurie Arbeau,
who is no stranger to fighting the good fight on behalf of her neighbours ó
two-legged, four-legged or winged.
Kudos to city councillors, Arbeau and others who refused to let Ivorís sanctuary
become fodder for developers.
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