New laneway names need di­ver­sity

Joe Mi­hevc Ward 21 Coun­cil­lor

Village Post - - News -

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

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