Item - 2014.TE32.82

Tracking Status

TE32.82 - Renaming of Cawthra Square Park to Barbara Hall Park

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on June 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council approve the renaming of Cawthra Square Park to "Barbara Hall Park".

Background Information (Community Council)

(May 13, 2014) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam - Renaming of Cawthra Square Park to Barbara Hall Park
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-69294.pdf
Attachment 1 - Barbara Hall - Mayor of All the People
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-69284.pdf

Communications (Community Council)

(May 13, 2014) E-mail from Mark Maloney (TE.Supp.TE32.82.1)

Communications (City Council)

(May 16, 2014) E-mail from Michel F. Pare (CC.Main.TE32.82.2)
(May 15, 2014) E-mail from Kevin Keswick (CC.Main.TE32.82.3)
(May 30, 2014) E-mail from Doug Kerr and Michael Went (CC.Main.TE32.82.4)
(June 8, 2014) E-mail from Joe Clark (CC.Supp.TE32.82.5)
(June 7, 2014) Letter from Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes C.M., Senior Pastor Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (CC.New.TE32.82.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cc/comm/communicationfile-48004.pdf
(June 3, 2014) Submission from Chris Drew (CC.New.TE32.82.7)
(June 10, 2014) E-mail from Dennis Findlay (CC.New.TE32.82.8)
(May 25, 2014) Letter from R.J. Fabian, Co-Chair, CWNA Development Committee (CC.New.TE32.82.9)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jun-10-2014 8:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - TE32.82 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Mike Del Grande, John Parker
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, James Pasternak, Karen Stintz

TE32.82 - Renaming of Cawthra Square Park to Barbara Hall Park

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve the renaming of Cawthra Square Park to "Barbara Hall Park".

Origin

(May 13, 2014) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Summary

Barbara Hall was the 61st Mayor of Toronto.  She served on Toronto City Council from 1985 – 1994 as City Councillor for Ward 7, where she sat as Budget Chief and also led initiatives on homelessness and worked with housing advocates for supportive and affordable housing for AIDS patients.  She was a staunch housing advocate and fought hard for improved policies for co-operative housing and by-laws affecting tenants.

 

For almost 40 years, Ms. Hall has been a public, visible and committed champion of human rights.  As a community activist in the 1980s, she forged a close relationship with the gay and lesbian community and worked with a group of criminal defence lawyers, founding the Right to Privacy Committee following the devastating Toronto bath house raids in 1981.   As a member of the Toronto Board of Health, she championed funding for programming to residents living with HIV/AIDS and helped to confront fear and misunderstanding of the disease in Toronto.

 

In 1994 when Ms. Hall was elected as Mayor of Toronto, she became the first big-city mayor to march in a Gay Pride Parade. Her prominent support  for LGBTQ2S people helped set a new standard of acceptance for a community that was once shunned. She was a force of progressive social change in a city that was becoming one of the most diversely composited in the world.

 

Ms. Hall served as the first chair of The 519 Church Street Community Centre's capital campaign when it began its ambitious expansion plans for new additions.  She was instrumental in rallying the support of prominent donors to ensure The 519's fundraising efforts were successful. The expansion enabled Canada's LGBTQ2S community centre to dramatically expand its services.

 

Ms. Hall currently sits as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a position she has held since 2005.  She recently launched changes to the Code by ensuring that "Gender Identity and Gender Expression" are now prohibitive grounds for discrimination.

 

With this extensive record and dedication to human rights, notably LGBTQ2S rights in Toronto, I am requesting that Council approve the renaming of Cawthra Square park in Barbara Hall's honour and to ensure that the name change be approved by Council in 2014 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Bath House raids.   Attached to this letter is further background on Ms. Hall's incredible career and accomplishments.

Background Information

(May 13, 2014) Letter from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam - Renaming of Cawthra Square Park to Barbara Hall Park
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-69294.pdf
Attachment 1 - Barbara Hall - Mayor of All the People
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-69284.pdf

Communications

(May 13, 2014) E-mail from Mark Maloney (TE.Supp.TE32.82.1)

Motions

1 - Motion to Add New Business at Committee moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Carried)

2 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council