Item - 2014.EX43.16

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 8, 2014 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on July 2, 2014 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on July 8, 2014.

EX43.16 - Proposed Re-Naming of Union Station

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct that Union Station not be re-named to Sir John A. Macdonald Station.

 

2.         City Council authorize, upon completion of the Union Station revitalization, that the plaza that is being redeveloped in front of Union Station be formally named after Sir John A. Macdonald.

 

3.         City Council authorize, upon addressing outstanding operational issues, the installation of a plaque on Union Station's parapet wall to commemorate the naming of the new Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

 

4.         City Council direct that in accordance with the City's Honourific and Street Naming Policy, the purchase and installation of the Sir John A. Macdonald plaque be contingent upon securing the necessary funding from external parties.

 

5.         City Council direct the City Manager to establish a Sir John A. MacDonald Working Group, composed of Councillors, staff, and local businesses to properly recognize the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 17, 2014) Report from the Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships on Proposed Re-Naming of Union Station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-70795.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 14, 2014) E-mail from Karen Sun, Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (EX.Main.EX43.16.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-48347.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Pam McConnell (Lost)

That

 

1.         City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendations 2 to 5:

 

Recommendations to be deleted

 

2.         City Council authorize, upon completion of the Union Station revitalization, that the plaza that is being redeveloped in front of Union Station be formally named after Sir John A. Macdonald.

 

3.         City Council authorize, upon addressing outstanding operational issues, the installation of a plaque on Union Station's parapet wall to commemorate the naming of the new Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

 

4.         City Council direct that in accordance with the City's Honourific and Street Naming Policy, the purchase and installation of the Sir John A. Macdonald plaque be contingent upon securing the necessary funding from external parties.

 

5.         City Council direct the City Manager to establish a Sir John A. MacDonald Working Group, composed of Councillors, staff, and local businesses to properly recognize the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

 

2.         City Council request the Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships to look at other options for recognizing Sir John A. Macdonald and to report back to the August 26, 2014 Council meeting through the Executive Committee.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-09-2014 7:25 PM

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required - EX43.16 - McConnell - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Ana Bailăo, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-09-2014 7:27 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX43.16 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Ana Bailăo, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza

EX43.16 - Proposed Re-Naming of Union Station

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct that Union Station not be re-named to Sir John A. Macdonald Station.

 

2.         City Council authorize, upon completion of the Union Station revitalization, that the plaza that is being redeveloped in front of Union Station be formally named after Sir John A. Macdonald.

 

3.         City Council authorize, upon addressing outstanding operational issues, the installation of a plaque on Union Station's parapet wall to commemorate the naming of the new Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

 

4.         City Council direct that in accordance with the City's Honourific and Street Naming Policy, the purchase and installation of the Sir John A. Macdonald plaque be contingent upon securing the necessary funding from external parties.

 

5.         City Council direct the City Manager to establish a Sir John A. MacDonald Working Group, composed of Councillors, staff, and local businesses to properly recognize the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

 

Origin

(June 17, 2014) Report from the Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships

Summary

Executive Committee requested, at its February 23, 2014 meeting, that staff consult with the general public and relevant stakeholders regarding the feasibility of renaming Union Station after Sir  John A. Macdonald, one of the "Fathers of Confederation". The purpose of this report is to recommend that Union Station not be renamed in honour of Canada's first Prime Minister for the following reasons:

 

-           The Station's name and edifice are iconic and both are considered to be core components of the City's history and heritage;

 

-           The general public and key stakeholders do not support the idea;

 

-           Changing the name would have substantive operational impacts;

 

-           Such a renaming would not be in line with the City's Honourific and Street Naming Policy.

 

In lieu of Union Station, it is recommended that the City mark the bicentennial of our first Prime Minister's birth by formally naming, upon completion of the Union Station revitalization and other considerations, the new plaza being developed at the Station's entrance after Sir John A. Macdonald.

Background Information

(June 17, 2014) Report from the Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships on Proposed Re-Naming of Union Station
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-70795.pdf

Communications

(June 14, 2014) E-mail from Karen Sun, Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (EX.Main.EX43.16.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ex/comm/communicationfile-48347.pdf

Speakers

Miroslav Glavic
Councillor Pam McConnell

Motions

Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager to establish a Sir John A. MacDonald Working Group, composed of Councillors, staff, and local businesses to properly recognize the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-02-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) by Councillor Minnan-Wong
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly (Chair), Peter Leon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Giorgio Mammoliti, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-02-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adopt Item as Amended
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly (Chair), Peter Leon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Giorgio Mammoliti, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council