Item - 2022.EX34.6

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 19, 2022 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on July 12, 2022 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on July 19, 2022.

EX34.6 - A New Commemorative Framework for the City of Toronto's Public Spaces

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council adopt the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework, consisting of:

 

a. the Guiding Principles for Commemoration in Attachment 1 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager, as amended by Part 2 below:

 

b. the revised City of Toronto Street Naming Policy in Attachment 2 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager;

 

c. the revised City of Toronto Property Naming Policy in Attachment 3 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager; and

 

d. the revised City of Toronto Public Art and Monument Donations Policy in Attachment 4 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager.

 

2. City Council amend the Guiding Principles for Commemoration in Attachment 1 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager by adding "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to the list of equity-deserving groups in Section 4 headed "Prioritize commemorations significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups".

 

3. City Council add "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to any definition of an equity-deserving group in the Commemorative Framework Policies.

 

4. City Council request City Agencies and Corporations to adopt and follow the Guiding Principles for Commemoration, included as Attachment 1 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager, as amended by Part 2 above, when assigning commemorative names to properties. 

 

5. City Council authorize staff to resume processing applications to name or rename streets or City properties received since October 1, 2020, using the criteria in the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework, effective as of City Council's decision on this item.

 

6. City Council authorize staff to process applications to name or rename streets or City properties received prior to October 1, 2020, using the criteria in the City of Toronto Street Naming Policy and the City of Toronto Property Naming Policy adopted by City Council in July 2015 in Item 2015.EX7.8.

 

7. City Council lift the moratorium on accepting applications as of November 1, 2022, and authorize staff to resume accepting new applications to name or rename streets or City properties.

 

8. City Council request the City Manager to report back to the Executive Committee with a status update on the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework one year after implementation.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 27, 2022) Report from the City Manager on A New Commemorative Framework for the City of Toronto's Public Spaces
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228153.pdf
Attachment 1 - City of Toronto Guiding Principles for Commemoration
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228154.pdf
Attachment 2 - City of Toronto Street Naming Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228155.pdf
Attachment 3 - Revised City of Toronto Property Naming Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228156.pdf
Attachment 4 - Revised City of Toronto Public Art and Monument Donations Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228157.pdf
Attachment 5 - Final Report on Consultations from Monumental Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228158.pdf
Attachment 6 - Final Report on Consultations from Monument Lab
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228159.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(July 8, 2022) Letter from Nicholas Rogers (EX.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154803.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Thomas Devine (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154866.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Ronald Stagg (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154915.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Jan Noel (EX.Supp)
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Joe Martin (EX.New)
(July 11, 2022) E-mail from John De Marco (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154875.pdf
(July 11, 2022) E-mail from John De Marco (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154876.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Patrice Dutil (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154966.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Patrice Dutil (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154967.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Angela McCarthy (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154979.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155004.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155005.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154995.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Linda Dundas, on behalf of David Duncan Dundas (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155016.pdf
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Natasha Henry-Dixon, Ontario Black History Society (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155000.pdf
(July 12, 2022) Submission from Clare Crozier (EX.Supp)
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Andrew Lochhead (EX.New)
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Melanie J. Newton (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155082.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council amend the Street Naming Policy in Attachment 2 to maintain the requirement to document support from the local community, which is a minimum of 75 percent property owners or residents abutting the street or lane, when considering a review of a commemorative name.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-19-2022 6:59 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX34.6 - Holyday - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council amend the Street Naming Policy in Attachment 2 to require that naming applications must be submitted to Community Council or City Council (where an application crosses a community Council boundary or is City-wide in significance) for review to determine whether staff should evaluate the naming proposal and report back.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-19-2022 7:01 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX34.6 - Holyday - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow

1c - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council amend the Street Naming Policy to require that applicants be responsible for the costs of renaming a street.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-19-2022 7:04 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX34.6 - Holyday - motion 1c
Total members that voted Yes: 1 Members that voted Yes are Stephen Holyday
Total members that voted No: 22 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow

1d - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That City Council require that staff reports regarding commemorative renaming reviews contain a full cost accounting, including direct, indirect and costs borne by residents and businesses.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-19-2022 7:06 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX34.6 - Holyday - motion 1d
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-19-2022 7:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX34.6 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow

EX34.6 - A New Commemorative Framework for the City of Toronto's Public Spaces

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council adopt the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework, consisting of:

 

a. the Guiding Principles for Commemoration in Attachment 1 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager, as amended by Recommendation 2 below:

 

b. the revised City of Toronto Street Naming Policy in Attachment 2 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager;

 

c. the revised City of Toronto Property Naming Policy in Attachment 3 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager; and

 

d. the revised City of Toronto Public Art and Monument Donations Policy in Attachment 4 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager.

 

2. City Council amend the Guiding Principles for Commemoration in Attachment 1 to the report by adding "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to the list of equity-deserving groups in section 4 headed "Prioritize commemorations significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups".

 

3. City Council add "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to any definition of an equity-deserving group in the Commemorative Framework Policies.

 

4. City Council request City Agencies and Corporations to adopt and follow the Guiding Principles for Commemoration, included as Attachment 1 to the report (June 27, 2022) from the City Manager, when assigning commemorative names to properties, as amended by Recommendation 2 above. 

 

5. City Council authorize staff to resume processing applications to name or rename streets or City properties received since October 1, 2020, using the criteria in the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework, effective as of City Council's decision on this item.

 

6. City Council authorize staff to process applications to name or rename streets or City properties received prior to October 1, 2020, using the criteria in the City of Toronto Street Naming Policy and the City of Toronto Property Naming Policy adopted by City Council in July 2015 in Item 2015.EX7.8.

 

7. City Council lift the moratorium on accepting applications as of November 1, 2022, and authorize staff to resume accepting new applications to name or rename streets or City properties.

 

8. City Council request the City Manager to report back to the Executive Committee with a status update on the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework one year after implementation.

Origin

(June 27, 2022) Report from the City Manager

Summary

This report responds to direction from City Council to develop a new framework to guide how the City commemorates public figures and events in monuments, street names, and property names. The development of this framework is a core component of the ongoing Recognition Review project, which was initiated following receipt of the Dundas Street renaming petition by City Council. The Recognition Review seeks to understand how street names, property names and monuments have shaped an understanding of public history, and develop strategies to better represent the city's history and diversity in the public realm.

 

The new Commemorative Framework recommended in this report is intended to provide additional guidance to support members of the public, Elected Officials, and City staff when naming and renaming streets and City properties in a commemorative manner, and when considering proposals to develop new and review existing commemorative monuments. The proposed framework is based on the City’s research on best practices from other cities around the world, and with input from close to 12,000 residents gathered through a virtual town hall and panel discussion, public surveys, and community dialogues with Indigenous rights holders, urban Indigenous community members, Black community members, and equity-deserving groups.

 

The Commemorative Framework includes:

 

- New Guiding Principles for Commemoration, outlining best practices and considerations for engaging communities in a meaningful way in commemoration; and for further diversifying the range of stories told through Toronto's monuments, street names, and property names. The principles include:

 

1. Be informed by historical research, traditional knowledge, and community insights;

2. Be supported by communities through meaningful engagement;

3. Honour Indigenous ways of knowing and being;

4. Prioritize commemorations significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups;

5. Connect to Toronto, Ontario or Canada's histories and cultures; and

6. Share knowledge and stories behind commemorations.

 

- Amendments to existing policies related to commemoration, including the Street and Property Naming Policies and the Public Art and Monument Donations Policy, to incorporate the guiding principles into assessment criteria for commemorative name and monument selection. The amendments also outline steps for implementation, including an expanded role for the Economic Development and Culture Division to assess proposals for new commemorations and review existing commemorations in partnership with communities and other relevant City Divisions.

 

- A recommended process for responding to requests from the public to review monuments, street names and property names based on their historical legacy, setting out clear criteria to assess a proposal and identifying potential responses for consideration that could include renaming, removing, or re-interpreting an asset, or concluding that no action is required.

 

Names and symbols in public spaces matter. They help to cultivate a sense of belonging, well-being, and connectedness for all, especially in support of Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups. They also speak to what the City and community feel is important and worthy of celebration, documentation and commemoration. By developing and implementing a more intentional, community-centered approach to naming and commemoration, the City can help to build a more welcoming Toronto. The Recognition Review project is just one of the ways that the City is working to achieve this vision, alongside Council-approved strategies for system-wide change such as the City's Reconciliation Action Plan, the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and the Toronto Newcomer Strategy, and significant investments in affordable housing and community safety.

 

If adopted by City Council, the new Commemorative Framework will be used to inform the selection of new names for Dundas Street and other properties named after Dundas. The City has convened a Community Advisory Committee made up of 20 Black and Indigenous community leaders and other diverse residents living and working along Dundas Street to develop a shortlist of new names. Recognizing the importance of having the new Framework in place to guide the Committee's deliberations, and the need for sufficient time for meaningful engagement and research into naming options, staff now propose to report to Council in early 2023 with recommendations for new names for Dundas Street and other civic properties named for Henry Dundas. This change in timing is supported by the Community Advisory Committee.

Background Information

(June 27, 2022) Report from the City Manager on A New Commemorative Framework for the City of Toronto's Public Spaces
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228153.pdf
Attachment 1 - City of Toronto Guiding Principles for Commemoration
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228154.pdf
Attachment 2 - City of Toronto Street Naming Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228155.pdf
Attachment 3 - Revised City of Toronto Property Naming Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228156.pdf
Attachment 4 - Revised City of Toronto Public Art and Monument Donations Policy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228157.pdf
Attachment 5 - Final Report on Consultations from Monumental Projects
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228158.pdf
Attachment 6 - Final Report on Consultations from Monument Lab
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-228159.pdf

Communications

(July 8, 2022) Letter from Nicholas Rogers (EX.Main)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154803.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Thomas Devine (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154866.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Ronald Stagg (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154915.pdf
(July 10, 2022) E-mail from Jan Noel (EX.Supp)
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Joe Martin (EX.New)
(July 11, 2022) E-mail from John De Marco (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154875.pdf
(July 11, 2022) E-mail from John De Marco (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154876.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Patrice Dutil (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154966.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Patrice Dutil (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154967.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Angela McCarthy (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154979.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155004.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155005.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Submission from Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-154995.pdf
(July 11, 2022) Letter from Linda Dundas, on behalf of David Duncan Dundas (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155016.pdf
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Natasha Henry-Dixon, Ontario Black History Society (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155000.pdf
(July 12, 2022) Submission from Clare Crozier (EX.Supp)
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Andrew Lochhead (EX.New)
(July 12, 2022) Letter from Melanie J. Newton (EX.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ex/comm/communicationfile-155082.pdf

Speakers

Patrice Dutil
John De Marco
Jennifer Dundas, Henry Dundas Committee of Ontario
Joe Glionna, Newcom Media Inc.
Lynn McDonald, University of Guelph (PHD., Fellow, Royal Historical Society)
Dr. Jan Noel
Clare Crozier
Linda Dundas

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)

That:

 

1. City Council amend the Guiding Principles for Commemoration set out in Attachment 1 to the report by removing "undocumented workers" from section 4, "Prioritize commemorations significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups".

 

2. City Council remove "undocumented workers" from any other definition of an equity-deserving group in the Commemorative Framework Policies. 

 

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-12-2022

Result: Lost Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 1 Members that voted Yes are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Jennifer McKelvie, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

1b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend the Guiding Principles for Commemoration set out in Attachment 1 to the report by adding "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to the list of equity-deserving groups in section 4, "Prioritize commemorations significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities, and equity-deserving groups".

 

2. City Council add "members of the Asian and South Asian community" to any other definition of an equity-deserving group in the Commemorative Framework Policies.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-12-2022

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager to report back to the Executive Committee with a status update on the City of Toronto Commemorative Framework one year after implementation.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-12-2022

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Point of Order by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson, on a Point of Order, stated that registered speakers should focus their remarks on the matter before Executive Committee, which is a Commemorative Framework for the City's public spaces.

Ruling by Mayor John Tory
Chair Tory accepted the Point of Order and advised that he was in agreement and reminded registered speakers that they should keep their points to the Item before them, which is the framework for naming public spaces and any discussion beyond that should be limited.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council