Toronto won't be getting a street named after Mayor Rob Ford after all

Nov 20 2019, 8:43 am

It looks like a street in Etobicoke won’t be named after Toronto’s infamous late mayor, Rob Ford.

In August, the city announced residents could vote on what to name three new streets being constructed as part of the redesign of Etobicoke’s Six Points interchange.

Residents could vote on 10 potential names, including Ford, former Blue Jays radio broadcaster and longtime Etobicoke resident, Jerry Howarth, and Darwyn Cooke, who was an award-winning comic and graphic artist who grew up in Six Points/Etobicoke Centre area, to name a few.

However, a new report from the city revealed Ford’s family requested to have his name removed from the list during the public voting period.

The number of eligible responses totalled nearly 26,000 and ultimately ‘Adobigok Pathway,’ ‘Biindagen Trail,’ and ‘Jerry Howarth Drive’ were selected.

‘Darwyn Cooke,’ ‘Diversity,’ ‘Dr. W.K. Fenton,’ ‘Wadoopikang,’ and ‘Westwood Theatre’ were shortlisted for consideration in naming future streets in Etobicoke.

According to the city, the recommended street names are up for approval at Etobicoke York Community Council on December 3.

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Ford served three terms as councillor for Ward 2, Etobicoke North, and served as mayor of Toronto between 2010 and 2014.

The politician made international headlines in 2013 when reports of there being a video of him smoking crack cocaine surfaced. He died of cancer in March 2016 at the age of 46.