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City of Toronto offers options for street honouring Nelson Mandela

Asking for public input

City staff has zeroed in on five possible Toronto streets to be dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela. But they want to hear what you think.

In April, Toronto city council voted unanimously to rename a city roadway in honour of the former South African President and anti-apartheid leader.

The tribute to Mandela will be ceremonial, it will not change the official name of the street it lands on or any of its addresses.  Signs bearing Mandela's name will appear alongside or along the top of existing street signs.

Steve Buckley, General Manager of Transportation for the city says they needed street segments that are not already linked to someone else, prominent streets reflective of Mandela's stature and one that was somehow represented Toronto's connection to Mandela.

Buckley says city staff worked with with groups like the Nelson Mandela Legacy Committee to come up with some options.  They settled on:

1. Queen St W, between Yonge St and University Ave
2. University Ave, from Front St W to College St

In 1990, during Mandela's first visit to Toronto, his then wife Winnie Mandela, led a march from City Hall at 100 Queen St W, up University Ave to Queen's Park where Nelson Mandela spoke to a crowd of several thousand people

3. Bathurst St, between College St to Herrick St

In 1990, Mandela spoke to students at Central Technical Secondary School at Bathurst St and Harbord St about the poor treatment of black students in South Africa

4. Shuter St, between River St and Parliament St

In 2001, Nelson Mandela attended the re-naming of a school in his honour. Nelson Mandela Park Public School is located on Shuter St

5. Gerrard St E, between Jarvis St and Yonge St

In 2001, Nelson Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University.  In his acceptance speech, he celebrated children, youth education and the pursuit of universal peace. Gerrard St E runs along the northern edge of the Ryerson campus

You can weigh in on the Nelson Mandela street naming online until July 4.

Buckley says city staff will review the feedback it gets and give a recommendation to Toronto's public works committee in August.

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  1. Dean posted on 06/19/2014 06:11 PM
    Lets all honour of the former South African President and anti-apartheid leader, Nelson Mandela. Toronto is honoured to have this leader come and visit us!
  2. Dean posted on 06/19/2014 06:16 PM
    How about, instead of spending taxpayer money on producing new street signs for no reason, we just all educate ourselves on our own time about who he was and what he did.
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