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May 1, 2006
City names street in honour of Tommy Douglas
The City of Toronto named a street in honour of the Honourable Tommy C. Douglas at a ceremony today hosted by Mayor David Miller and Councillor Howard Moscoe (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence). Shirley Douglas, daughter of the man voted “Greatest Canadian” was in attendance along with granddaughter Rachel Sutherland.

Before the unveiling, Mayor Miller said, “Tommy Douglas fought for what he believed in at every turn. He took the time necessary to make sure that he could implement his ideas in a lasting fashion. He was a leader, a visionary who believed that every person truly should be treated equally. His famous saying, ‘Courage, my friends. It’s not too late to make a better world’ is as relevant today as it was when he said it.”

“Tommy Douglas was a giant,” said Councillor Howard Moscoe. “He deserves to have University Avenue renamed Tommy Douglas Avenue, but given his modesty, I believe he would be just as happy to have a small street in a working class neighbourhood named in his memory.”

Actor Eric Peterson, who has frequently portrayed Tommy Douglas, delivered a rendition of a classic T. C. Douglas speech prior to the unveiling of the street sign.

“I love the idea of a street being named Tommy Douglas Gardens,” said Douglas’ daughter Shirley. “I love the idea that children will raise their hands in school and say ‘I live on Tommy Douglas Gardens.’ Children will play street hockey and all the mail will say Tommy Douglas Gardens. He would be so happy. And if anyone asks me for directions, I would be happy to say ‘If you are looking for the Road to Jerusalem, turn left on Tommy Douglas Gardens’ - and I’ll be sure to point out that it’s a two-way street.”

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