East York and Little Italy among areas to get new street names

Named after significant people and places in Toronto

Found on Bakery Lane 

On Sept. 16, the East York Community Council named seven existing public lanes after people and places of historical significance for Toronto. Also two portions of public lane streets are to be closed for renovation purposes.

Here is a chart of all the street name-related changes:

ConditionWardLocationPrice for ChangesName of New Street

Existing public lane

Ward 9

North of St. Clair, extending  between Dufferin Street and St. Clair Gardens
Sam Ciccolini Lane

Existing public lane

Ward 10

East of Huron Street, Extending South of Dundas Street West
Jean Lumb Lane

Existing public lane

Ward 10

North of Queen Street West, Extending Easterly from Crawford Street
Trinity Park Lane

Existing public lane

Ward 11

West of Yonge Street, Extending southerly Elm Street
Harry Barberian Lane

Existing public lane

Ward 14

North of Eastern Avenue, West of Logan Avenue and Extending Southerly from Louis Kesten Lane
Bakery Lane

Proposed Private Street

Ward 9

423 Old Weston Road and 1800, 1818 St. Clair Avenue West
Ed Clark Gardens

Renaming portion of street

Ward 19

A portion of Coxwell Avenue between Queen Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard East
Lower Coxwell Avenue

Permanent Closure

Ward 10

North West corner of Phoebe Street & Soho Square
Closure of Boulevard Lands

Permanent Closure

Ward 11

Portion of the Public Lane at the Rear of 27-37 Yorkville Avenue and abutting 26 Cumberland Street
Closure of rear portion of 27-37 Yorkville Avenue

Sam Ciccolini Lane:

Sam Ciccolinin is one of the founding members of Masters Insurance. His company was created in 1966 in the Italian neighbourhood of St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street. 

He involved himself in many organizations of youth athletics such as Woodbridge Minor Hockey Association, Youth Bocce Canada, Ontario Hockey Association, Ontario Hockey Federation, Canadian delegation at the Olympic Winter Games, and, most recently, 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Ciccolini also is one of the founders of Westwood Young Generation Soccer and Hockey Club for the neighbourhood children, which he helped create in the 60s. 

Take a virtual walk on Sam Ciccolini Lane.

Ciccolini helped create several small and medium-sized businesses which employ more than 100 Canadians. An active volunteer in his community raising money for more than 80 clubs which includes scholarship funds, charitable foundations, municipalities, community health centres, provincial ministries, hospitals and research organizations, service clubs, and Community Living Mississauga.  

Jean Lumb Lane:

Jean Lumb (1919–2002) was co-owner of Kwong Chow Chop Suey House, founded in 1959 at 126 Elizabeth St. in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown. A promoter of Chinese culture, she was the founder of Chinese Community Dancers of Ontario. Her group performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Canada’s Centennial celebration in 1967. 

She also has a public school (Jean Lumb Public School) named after her, which opened this year.

When New City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square were created, they erased two-thirds of Chinatown. She became the leader of the Save Chinatown Committee to fight back for the preservation of the remaining of Chinatown. She also served as the president of the Women’s Association of the Chinese Dramatic Society. She broke barriers for Chinese Canadian women by being in prominent positions for the Board of Governors for Women’s College Hospital, Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism, and the Boards of Directors for University Settlement House and the Rotary-Laughien Centre. In 1976, she earned the highest civilian honour bestowed by the Canadian government with her appointment to the Order of Canada. Lumb has also received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award in 1977, Fran Deck Award in 1982, City of Toronto Award of Merit in 1984, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2002.

Her legacy lives on for the 19th year with the Jean Lumb Awards. The recipients for this award are five outstanding high school students of Chinese heritage, who’ve excelled in academics, athletics, community service, the arts, and innovation. 

Harry Barbarian Lane:

The street name change comes from the 60th Anniversary of Barbarian’s Steak House at 7 Elm St. The owners of the restaurant decided to name the existing public lane after their founder, Harry Barbarian. 

Barbarian passed away in 2014. His first job in the food industry was a short order cook which led up to him to establish his steak house in 1959. Many consider him to help evolve the food scene in Toronto. 

He opened up multiple franchises of his steak house, became a consultant for the food and beverage industry, and wrote about restaurant science for various publications. 

Ed Clark Gardens: 

Ed Clark – Acquired from commons.wikimedia.org

Ed Clark is the former CEO of TD Bank and the largest benefactor for Habitat for Humanity GTA. He has donated over $5.1 million since 2004. Other organizations that have benefited from having him as a volunteer are United Way of Greater Toronto, WoodGreen Community Services, The Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Women’s College Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Hospital, Mooreland’s Community Services, University of Western Ontario and York University.

He has also served as former Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business advisor and the former Chair of Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

The south portion of Coxwell Avenue between the Main Sewage Treatment Playground and Woodbine Park is to be called Lower Coxwell Avenue.

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Posted: Sep 23 2019 10:06 am
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