On April 17th, Etobicoke York Community Council will debate a proposal to rename part of John Street.
Councillor Nunziata says in her email circular that “A petition with over one thousand signatures was presented to my office in support of renaming the section of John Street from Weston Road to the railway tracks to “Peter the Barber Boulevard” in honour of the late Peter Kalamaris who, in 1961, opened Peter’s Barber Shop located at 4 John Street.”
My guess (based no evidence at all) is that John Street was named after John Graves Simcoe, the founder of Toronto, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, fearsome military leader, and the man who abolished slavery in Upper Canada. The other John Street in Toronto is named after him.
You can weigh in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.