Duke of York Blvd. in Mississauga to be considered for name change


Published January 19, 2022 at 11:51 am

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Mississauga city councillors have added one more street name to the list of those they’re considering changing, and it’s a name currently embroiled in a controversy that’s drawing attention from around the globe.

In an interview late yesterday on Instagram with insauga.com publisher Khaled Iwamura, Mayor Bonnie Crombie confirmed that Duke of York Blvd. in the City Centre is now on council’s radar for discussion.

England’s Duke of York, Prince Andrew, was stripped of his royal duties and military titles last week amid allegations he sexually abused a woman on several occasions in 2001, when she was 17.

Prince Andrew, 61, and his wife at the time, Sarah Ferguson, visited Mississauga on July 18, 1987 to help with the official opening of the Mississauga Civic Centre.

Subsequently, the street just to the east of the Civic Centre was named Duke of York Blvd.

Crombie told insauga.com that City council is currently reviewing its process for naming and renaming streets and other assets.

“We’re looking at our process and trying to strengthen it,” she said, noting the Duke of York’s name has come up in recent discussions.

“Certainly that did come up as something to be reviewed as a street name (as well as others on the list),” continued Crombie, adding, “there is a certain sentiment on council among quite a few of the councillors that they don’t want to change names at this point because there are certain histories they would rather explain than change.

“But it is a process we needed to go through and (Duke of York Blvd.) is one of the streets that will be considered when we do the review.”

Meanwhile, at today’s meeting of City council, councillors agreed unanimously that no further consideration will be given to renaming Dundas St. in Mississauga.

The notion of doing so had been on council’s radar since early last year after the Dundas St. issue cropped up in Toronto.

Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish tabled the motion to drop the Dundas St. renaming matter. She spoke strongly in favour of spending the money elsewhere in the city where it’s needed.

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