The City of Toronto have announced that Premiere Doug Ford’s brother and divisive former Toronto mayor Rob Ford may be getting an Etobicoke street named after him.
Ford, who passed away from cancer in 2016, is once again trending on Twitter today after the City of Toronto revealed that his name was submitted to a shortlist, as the city is looking to name three new Etobicoke Centre streets. The new streets will be part of the transformation of the Six Points Interchange.
Ten potential names have been shortlisted and Ford, who was extremely divisive during his career in municipal politics, made it to the names narrowed down by city staff from a whopping 600 submissions from the public.
Help make history in the new Etobicoke Centre! #CityofTO shortlisted 10 names submitted by you to name 3 new streets that will be created with the redesign of #SixPoints Interchange. Let us know what you think & rate the names by Sept 2 https://t.co/0APrYhoYW8 pic.twitter.com/2uvxwZDSJc
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) August 19, 2019
The city is urging the public to give an opinion on the shortlist by rating every name on a scale of 1 to 5, which you can do here. Once the voting process is ended, according to the City of Toronto’s website, “a panel of City officials will provide a final recommendation on the new street names to Etobicoke York Community Council who will make the final decision. Then, the final street names will be announced in fall of 2019.
Check out the full short list below, with descriptions courtesy of the city.
Adobigok: Meaning where the alders grow, the Mississauga First Nation called Etobicoke Creek and the area around it “Adobigok”.
Biindagen: Means ‘enter’, ‘come in’ or ‘welcome’ in Ojibwe. This name was proposed as an encouraging phrase that welcomes residents to the new Etobicoke Centre.
Darwin Cooke: Darwyn Cooke was an award-winning comic and graphic artist who grew up in Six Points/Etobicoke Centre area. He worked on a number of popular comics including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and graphic novel adaptations. Cooke passed away in 2016.
Diversity: Diversity represents today’s community and is borrowed from the City’s motto, ‘Diversity Our Strength’. The name was proposed to represent the great diversity of people in Toronto and honour all of the people who make up the city.
Jerry Howarth: Jerry Howarth is a long-time Etobicoke resident and voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years, from 1982 to 2018. He was one of the first sports broadcasters to refuse to use team names that were offensive to Indigenous peoples, bringing the issue to the forefront in traditional media.
Dr. Judith Pilowsky: Dr. Judith Pilowsky is a clinical psychologist known for her contributions in promoting mental health, women’s, and immigrant rights. She has helped thousands of newcomers and Etobicoke residents who are underrepresented, misunderstood or have suffered abuse.
Rob Ford: Rob Ford served three terms as the Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North), and served as Toronto’s 64th mayor from 2010 – 2014.
Wadoopikang: The name ‘Etobicoke’ was derived from the Mississauga word wah-do-be-kang (wadoopikang), meaning ‘place where the alders grow’. Wadoop – alder; Wadoopikang – place of the alders – (where the alders trees are).
Westwood Theatre: The Westwood Theatre stood near where the new streets are located, and served the Six Points community as a gathering place for many years. It opened in 1951, closed in 1998, and was torn down in 2013.
Dr. W.K. Fenton: Dr. W.K Fenton lived in the Six Points area from 1898 until his passing in 1955. He was an active member of the local community through his medical practice where he delivered many babies and served the community as the Etobicoke Coroner and Etobicoke Medical Officer of Health.