Employees urge metropolis to take motion in response to Dundas Road petition however say extra session wanted

Metropolis workers are recommending that some motion must be taken in response to a petition calling for the renaming of Dundas Road however they are saying that additional public session will likely be wanted to find out subsequent steps.

Almost 15,000 folks have signed a petition calling for the key thoroughfare to be renamed in gentle of Henry Dundas’s vocal opposition to the abolishment of slavery within the British Empire within the 18th century.

Since July workers had been contemplating 4 completely different choices on how to reply to the petition, together with doing nothing, however in a report that can go to government committee subsequent week they are saying that merely ignoring it will “fail to deal with the affect of the title on Black communities” and fall wanting the “extra balanced strategy” that’s warranted for a metropolis whose motto is “Range Our Power.”

As such, workers are recommending that the town undertake a extra exhaustive public session course of that can embody a better examination of the three remaining choices.

These choices embody renaming Dundas Road in addition to different metropolis streets and metropolis property carrying the Dundas title, retaining the title however including ceremonial road names and different signage that can tackle the legacy of Henry Dundas or retaining the title whereas renaming different metropolis property with Dundas in its title, reminiscent of Yonge-Dundas Sq..

Within the report, workers say that if Dundas Road have been to be renamed doing so would carry an estimated $three million value as a result of want to exchange 730 road indicators and rename different metropolis property, together with three parks, a public sq. and a Toronto Public Library department.

In addition they say that the choice might have a big affect on the 58 companies that carry the road’s title.

“If these Toronto companies with the phrase ‘Dundas’ within the enterprise title selected to vary the title of their enterprise, appreciable prices could be incurred together with new emblem design (roughly $20,000 to register mental property), signage and advertising bills, in addition to charges to register a brand new enterprise title,” the report warns.

Employees will report again in early 2021

In getting ready their report, workers spoke with greater than a dozen teachers in regards to the legacy of Henry Dundas and concluded that whereas he “was not more than a average anti-slavery reformer” his movement to delay the abolition of slavery whereas serving as a Scottish Cupboard minister “contributed to the perpetuation of the crime towards humanity of enslaving human beings” and resulted in additional than half one million extra Black folks being enslaved within the British Empire.

They’re recommending that as a part of the general public session course of the town ought to evaluation all of its property carrying the Dundas title and be certain that the “the voices, views, and lived experiences of our Black communities be entrance and centre.”

They’re additionally calling for a moratorium on the consideration of different proposals to rename streets or different civic property till the evaluation has been accomplished.