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Renaming Dundas Street approved by mayor's executive committee

Last Updated Jul 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm EDT

Dundas Street is moving one step closer to being renamed.

A City of Toronto staff report recommending a name change of the street and other civic assets was considered by the mayor’s executive committee Tuesday.

Tuesday afternoon it was approved and will now be considered by full council next week.

The report says renaming the street would honour commitments council has made to equity, reconciliation and inclusion.

It estimates the cost of re-branding all civic assets bearing the “Dundas” name at close to $6 million dollars.

Consultations on a new name would begin next year.

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Mayor John Tory says he supports renaming Dundas Street, and also recognizes there are dozens of street names that could be considered for re-naming.

“I think otherwise we’re gonna have an orderly process that sees these things handled perhaps not that much differently than Dundas Street, but in an orderly fashion, as oppose to, you know, people just deciding because there’s a petition or some other such thing, no offence to that, that that means automatically somethings are going to change,” he said.

The street’s namesake, Scottish politician Henry Dundas, never stepped foot in Toronto and is viewed by many historians as playing a key role in delaying the abolition of the British empire’s transatlantic slave trade.

The petition calling for the renaming of the street was created in June 2020 following of global discussions of anti-Black racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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