A while back according to BlogTO, Toronto residents were asked to submit possible street names for the reconfigured Six Points area where Bloor, Kipling and Dundas used to merge in the form of a 1960’s dystopian mini expressway. The dystopian part is being demolished and replaced with some new streets and the city wants us to help with the naming via an online survey. Six hundred names were originally submitted by the public and the short list (chosen by city staff) is to say the least, interesting and contains a controversial name.
One of the contenders for your vote is the late local councillor and Mayor Rob Ford. According to the CBC, Rob Ford’s name was submitted for consideration, “…with a signed consent form from a representative of the Ford family”.
As if to steer voting towards the Premier’s brother, few of the remaining nine choices are compelling and even include the names of living people.
Here’s the list:
- Adobigok (Missisauga First Nation Word from which Etobicoke is derived.)
- Wadoopikang (Another Mississauga First Nation word – both mean, ‘Place where the alders grow’.)
- Biindagen (An Ojibway word – means ‘welcome’ or ‘come in’.)
- Darwyn Cooke (DC Comics artist and Etobicoke resident who died in 2016.)
- Diversity (From Toronto’s motto, ‘Diversity is our Strength’.)
- Jerry Howarth (Former Blue Jays broadcaster and current Etobicoke resident.)
- Dr. Judith Pilowsky (Etobicoke-based clinical psychologist.)
- Rob Ford (The late former Toronto councillor and mayor.)
- Westwood Theatre (A nondescript movie theatre in the Six Points area that was demolished in 1998.)
- Dr. W.K Fenton (Former Etobicoke medical Officer of Health 1938-1954.)
I must say, I’m not a fan of naming anything after people, living or dead. One era’s model citizens are the next era’s pariahs.
Sadly, we’ll never know if Streety McStreetface was a contender but I’m betting more than a few submitted the name.
Regardless, once the public has voted, city staff will determine the winners (just in case we haven’t voted the right way).
Vote for your completely representative choice here.