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November 1, 2007
Stanley G. Grizzle honoured today with park dedication
The City of Toronto today dedicated the former Main Street Parkette to Stanley G. Grizzle, Canada’s first African-Canadian citizenship judge.

“Stanley G. Grizzle is an outstanding example of a person, who when faced with prejudicial barriers, fought injustices by taking positive action,” said Mayor David Miller at today’s dedication. “By renaming the Main Street Parkette to the Stanley G. Grizzle Park, area residents and all Torontonians recognize the many contributions of this remarkable man.”

Born in Toronto at the end of the First World War in 1918, Grizzle became a railway porter at the age of 22 to help support his family. He founded the Railway Porter’s Trade Union Council and, from 1946 to 1962, served as an officer of the Toronto CPR Division of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Grizzle was a delegate to the Toronto Labour Council, a member of the Toronto Labour Committee for Human Rights, an associate editor and columnist for “Contrast” - a black community newspaper - and writer of the book “My Name’s Not George: The Story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in Canada.”

In the 1950s, Grizzle became the first acknowledged African-Canadian to contest a seat in an Ontario election. In the early 1960s, Grizzle accepted a position as an Officer with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and became the first African-Canadian member of a trade union.

Grizzle has received the Order of Ontario, Order of Canada and the Order of Distinction from Jamaica for his valuable contributions to Canadian society. In July 2007, he was honoured at Rideau Hall for his contributions and donations to Library and Archives Canada.

Stanley G. Grizzle Park is located at 320 Main St. in the neighbourhood where Grizzle lived for 20 years.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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