New laneway names need diversity
Joe Mihevc Ward 21 Councillor
I want to congratulate the Ward 21 community on coming together to name and claim 18 city laneways over the past four years. I started this project to provide residents with the chance to get to know each other and their surrounding geography and to learn and share local history. I have been impressed and inspired by the uptake. Just take a walk around our ward and you can see the results for yourself.
This spring and summer, we unveiled four new lanes: Nick Vitantonio, Don Francks, Theo Aben and Charley Roach Lanes. Local leadership can be defined many ways, from legacy building to the creation of a vibrant community space, from civic activism to leadership in business.
Each name is put forward by a community nominator, and the nomination package is assessed for practical and qualitative considerations by a committee of residents. The nominations endorsed by the committee then go through the Toronto and East York Community Council process to gain formal city approval.
Looking ahead to the next term, I’m encouraging residents to contribute a more diverse slate of nominees, remembering that this is our opportunity to define who and what is significant.
It would be wonderful to see our community’s lanes tell the stories of people identifying as women and/or Indigenous. We need to hear from many different voices to get the full picture of our local history.
Let's continue to make the ward a place where everyone can be seen and feel they belong.
The Charley Roach Lane sign was unveiled to the public on July 18