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Opening comments:  More at the end.

    At the Dec. 10, 2008, City Council meeting the South Peel Naturists and I addressed Council about buying the property we both agreed that indeed, the property should be purchased.  BUT, I was the only one to suggest that Roy Ivor - AKA the Birdman of Mississauga - dream and life's work should be kept alive - the Bird Sanctuary.  That the City should yes buy the land, keep it in its nature state  but also contact wildlife rescue groups or Guelph University or even Mrs. Barns.  The South Peel Naturists were clear, they knew better then to ask City Councillors & Mayor to care about the lives of wild animals - that best to only suggest expanding the City park that is beside the Roy Ivor woods.     

    At least someone spoke the words that needed to be spoken to remind those making decisions of how we got where we are and to keep the dream alive, not turn it onto just another politicians photo-op of a plaque being unveiled where the dream died and so many of our wood-land bothers & sisters lost their chance to live.

    I was called the night before and asked to supply some pictures and did help out.

    No where in this article do I read the City's willingness to restart the Bird Sanctuary.

    The Roy Ivor - the Birdman of Mississauga & Bernice Inman-Emery - the Birdwoman of Mississauga Web-page.

Mississauga News - Dec. 11, 2008 - By Julie Slack,

City wants to buy bird sanctuary

Bernice Inman-Emery had operated the rescue centre for sick and injured birds
at 3220 Mississauga Rd., across from University of Toronto Mississauga, for more than 25 years.            File photo


On the 29th anniversary of the "Birdman of Mississauga's" death, his bird sanctuary has been given a reprieve.

City Council agreed yesterday to enter into negotiations to purchase the Winding Lane Bird Sanctuary site, at 3220 Mississauga Rd., across the street from University of Toronto Mississauga.  It was put up for sale earlier this fall.

When residents saw the for-sale sign, they pushed for the City to purchase the property.

Applewood Acres resident Laurie Arbeau, who brought an injured robin to the sanctuary for treatment many years ago, made an emotional presentation to Council that included dozens of photos taken over the years.

One of the images, showing some 20 raccoons who often visited while she was on site, was particularly moving.

Arbeau hopes the property can be turned into a park or kept as a sanctuary - anything but another concrete development.

A listing for the property states: "Builders lot 0.92 acres - ideal for custom home or to be sub-divided."

The asking price is $1.5 million.

Bernice Inman-Emery, 90, had operated the rescue centre for sick and injured birds for more than 25 years.  The property included a huge enclosure for exotic or damaged birds, and it was usually filled to capacity.

Roy Ivor - aka "Birdman of Mississauga" - built the original sanctuary, and cared for his feathered friends for more than 50 years.

Winding Lane became a destination for school trips, where students learned how to care for injured birds and to respect wildlife.

On Ivor's 95th birthday, in 1974, he took steps to ensure Winding Lane would continue to operate after his death.

So when he died, on Dec. 10, 1979, three days before he would have turned 100, the torch was passed to Inman-Emery, who had become his assistant.  She carried on until 2005, when she faced her own battle, with Alzheimer's disease.  Earlier this fall, she moved into a long-term care facility in Mississauga.

Arbeau said she has received overwhelming support from residents who want to keep the property in public hands. [1]

"I am so hopeful, now, hearing this news," she said of Council's decision to negotiate a purchase.  "So many people will be so happy about this."

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[1] - If it was in public hands then why is it for sale?    ]

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