The west end of John St will not be renamed “Peter the Barber Boulevard” in honour of Peter Kalamaris, the Weston barber; instead it will be ‘ceremonially dedicated’
City staff objected to the name change, saying that:
- It could be construed as advertising
- The city uses last names for streets
- Toronto Police and EMS oppose the change
- Several affected business owners are not in favour
Instead of changing the street name, staff asked council to consider a ceremonial dedication. This would keep John Street as the formal name, but add “Peter The Barber Boulevard” to the street signs.
Etobicoke York Community Council approved the change, and asked staff to look into changing the name of the laneway running behind the TD Bank and Popeye’s in Peter Kalamaris’ honour.