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October 9, 2013
Winston Churchill statue relocating to new location in Nathan Phillips Square
The Sir Winston Churchill statue that has adorned the southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square since 1977 was removed on Monday, October 7 and is being relocated to the northwest quadrant of the square. Moving the statue was one of the first tasks as part of Phase 3 of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project.

The Oscar Nemon statue was originally presented to the City of Toronto by the Churchill Memorial Committee, aided by the generosity of Henry R. Jackman, O.C., K.St.U., Q.C., on October 23, 1977.

Reconstructing the Queen Street forecourt and sidewalk areas is also part of Phase 3 of the revitalization. To begin this work, the sidewalk along Queen Street West, immediately adjacent to the construction areas, will be closed.

A temporary pedestrian detour between Osgoode Lane and Nathan Phillips Square will open as an alternative to the closed sidewalk along Queen Street West. Signage will be in place to redirect pedestrian traffic accordingly.

The temporary pedestrian management plan was prepared to maintain the pedestrian flow into and out of the square and along Queen Street West during construction. It is anticipated that the closure of the main sidewalk and the alternate temporary pedestrian detour route will remain in place until January 2014.

Completion of the Phase three construction is estimated to be the end of 2014. More information is available at

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