Staff recommend against “Panteris Kalamaris Lane”

Peter Kalamaris, better known as Peter The Barber, was a longtime business owner and community member in Weston who died last year. The hockey-themed barber shop on John is his most prominent legacy.

Community members and politicians asked that the portion of John Street west of the tracks be renamed in his honour. City staff turned that down. They asked that the nearby lane be name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” instead; now city staff have recommended against that too.

Staff said

‘Pantelis Kalamaris Lane’ does not comply with the Honouriflc and Street Naming Policy because it uses both the first and last names of the individual being recognized. The Policy states in part that ‘Only a person’s last name Should be used as a street name unless additional identification is necessary to prevent a duplication with an existing street name in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.’

Also, the Policy states in part that “Honouriñc names shall only be awarded posthumously to those individuals who have been deceased for at least two years, with

exceptions to be approved by City Council.” Mr. Kalamaris passed away in October 2011.

Due to these factors and non-compliance with the Policy, it is recommended that the name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” not be approved.