The City of Toronto is committed to addressing the legacy of Dundas Street and establishing a process to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs and naming policies.
In response to a petition in June calling for Dundas Street to be renamed, Mayor John Tory asked City Manager Chris Murray to form a working group, including the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit and Indigenous Affairs Office, and to make immediate recommendations on next steps.
Today, the City of Toronto released a briefing note that concludes any decision to rename a major arterial road like Dundas requires careful consideration of its potential impacts and an equitable and inclusive public process that responds to the community at large, including Black and Indigenous communities, and addresses neighbourhood considerations as appropriate. The process should be coordinated across the City government to review the full range of Dundas-named assets and ensure consistent, coherent community consultation and communications.
The City Manager has committed to bringing forward a report to the Executive Committee meeting on September 23, 2020, and if passed City Council, that will:
- Fully assess four options for responding to the Dundas Street petition (do nothing; retain the legal street names with additional interpretation and recognitions; retain the legal street names but rename those civic assets with Dundas in their name, except TTC; and rename the streets and other civic assets now carrying the Dundas name)
- Estimate the costs that would be incurred by businesses, organizations, property owners, and residents with a street address on Dundas as well as any service or directory that maps or shows addresses (e.g., the PATH system)
- For the renaming option, outline a community engagement strategy and change management process that simultaneously addresses in an integrated manner all civic assets with the Dundas name (streets, parks, TTC, Toronto Public Library, and Yonge-Dundas Square) by the end of 2021
- Beyond Dundas Street, propose a framework to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs, and naming policies. This might ultimately touch all named City streets, parks and facilities, public monuments, and civic awards and honours, potentially leading to a variety of actions (e.g., renaming streets, removing monuments, revoking awards, or reinterpreting any of these)
This work is being done using existing City staff and resources.
Staff have begun assembling population and business data from a number of sources, including the 2016 Canadian Census and the 2019 Toronto Employment Survey. Key findings so far include:
- 7,329 properties along Dundas
- 102,466 residents and 48,975 dwellings along and immediately adjacent to Dundas
- 2,095 business establishments with 25,426 employees along Dundas
- 25+ Toronto businesses along Dundas Street with “Dundas” in their name
The petition, which has been signed by more than 14,000 people, objects to the street’s namesake, Scottish politician Henry Dundas, who is believed to be instrumental in delaying the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, causing more than half a million more Black people to be enslaved in the British Empire.
The Dundas renaming petition is one of many global efforts currently underway to confront anti-Black racism and discrimination against other communities. Staff are working to understand how other jurisdictions are responding to proposals to rename streets and facilities and to remove monuments.
More information, including the City’s briefing note, is available online: toronto.ca/dundasreview
*Shared at the request of the Friends of High Park Zoo*
Although High Park Zoo is now open, we have made the difficult decision to not operate the llama pen activities for the remainder of 2020. We want to ensure that our visitors, volunteers, zookeepers and animals remain as safe as possible; we do not believe this can be done should the llama pen open under current conditions.
Unfortunately this decision will impact our 2020 fundraising by $30,000. We are raising funds to enhance the Zoo under a phased capital Master Plan. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation at one of the yellow donation boxes located throughout the Zoo or via EFT or PayPal to email@example.com
Thank you and stay safe!
Friends of High Park Zoo
*Shared at the request of the Junction BIA*
TORONTO, ON July 20, 2020 – Patio season is in full swing in the Junction! Many of our beloved local restaurants and bars have opened up shop and are now offering outdoor dining service courtesy of the City’s CaféTO program.
Extending along Dundas Street West from Indian Grove to Quebec Avenue, the Junction is transforming into the go-to hotspot for an amazing summer patio experience. The CaféTO program aims to make it easier for restaurants to safely operate by expanding their patios to allow for social distancing. Tables are spaced six feet apart, and proper sanitation laws will be in place.
Our streetside resto-bars will provide over 10,000 SF of new patio space across the Junction for our patrons to enjoy from now until the program is set to end on November 15 (weather permitting).
Want a taste of the Junction? Try out the famous selection of local craft beers at Indie Alehouse – or perhaps swing over to Hush Hush for some dreamy gelato and a refreshing cocktail. Feeling especially hungry? Check out the delicious Italian cuisine at Deco. Our restaurants have been working hard to create a memorable experience for their patrons. Famous for our burgeoning culinary and bar scene, the Junction regularly draws visitors from all over the city – and our newly implemented patios are the perfect way to safely satisfy your inner-foodie.
Following several challenging months for small businesses, especially restaurants, The Junction BIA is proud to show off our vibrant neighbourhood. Our local shops and food establishments are excited to welcome residents and visitors alike. Lining the streets are blocks of patios that will bring back the bustling community that makes our area so special. Each distinctive patio boasts something unique – a personal representation of each business.
Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Junction BIA says, “We are dedicated to supporting the goals and success of our local businesses. The Junction prides itself on being a community that fosters creativity and ingenuity and the CaféTO program provides exactly that for our restaurants and bars.”
Join us in the Junction, Toronto’s favourite meeting place since 1884.
Please join Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street), appropriately physically distanced, this Sunday, 26 July at 7:00 p.m. for a special Sunday evening concert from the front porch of Lambton House. Please bring your own chair; masks/face covering recommended.
Installation Timeline: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to End of August, 2020
The City of Toronto will install the Bloor West Bikeway Extension starting on Tuesday, August 4th. The street changes are intended to improve safety and comfort for all road users, and include the installation of cycle tracks (protected bike lanes). This project is part of the City Council-approved Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew cycling routes across Toronto.
For more information contact : 416-338-3033, BloorWestBikeway@toronto.caBloorWestBikewayExtenstion Construction Notice 17July2020