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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford, City Councillor rename Metro Square Special

By Andrew Moran     Apr 8, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced that the city was renaming Metro Square in honour of Luminato founder David Pecaut. Standing alongside Pecaut's family, City Councillor Adam Vaughan thanked the mayor for this tribute.
David Pecaut has been instrumental in the various initiatives in the city of Toronto, such as the Luminato arts and entertainment festival, the coalition of numerous civic leaders throughout the Greater Toronto Area; the Toronto City Summit Alliance and others.
Pecaut, who was labelled as the “greatest mayor” the city never had, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in November 2009. One month later, Pecaut died at his residence in Toronto from colorectal cancer at the age of 54.
City Councillor Adam Vaughan speaking at a media event to honour David Pecaut Square.
City Councillor Adam Vaughan speaking at a media event to honour David Pecaut Square.
On Friday morning, Mayor Rob Ford announced the renaming of Metro Square – a public space located between Roy Thomson Hall and Metro Hall. The area will now be called the David Pecault Square.
City Council will vote on the David Pecault Square initiative and the Ford administration is hoping the name change will be official in time for June’s Luminato, an international arts and entertainment festival co-founded by Pecaut.
“We are here today to honour someone who I consider to be a great citizen and civic leader. That person I’m speaking about is David Pecaut,” said Ford. “David Pecaut was a visionary who gave freely of his time, his energy and his great ideas for the city of Toronto. He was a rare individual who was able to find solutions that led to action and change.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and David Pecaut s family.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and David Pecaut's family.
“David represented the very best in volunteerism and leadership – qualities that I would like to encourage in all citizens,” added Ford. “We are delighted that David’s family has agreed to allow the City of Toronto to share his memory and inspiration with us.”
The mayor’s special advisor on arts and culture, Jeff Melanson, said Pecaut was a great inspiration to everyone who wants “to make a difference in the world.” Melanson said the David Pecaut Square will be a constant reminder as to what he accomplished throughout his life and how much of his time he gave “to make this city great.”
Pecaut’s wife, Helen Burstyn, thanked the mayor “for honouring his life and his work and his love of Toronto.” Burstyn said the public space is a place where business, culture and government work together “and that’s the way David would have liked it.”
City Councillor Adam Vaughan (L) and special advisor to the mayor on arts and culture  Jeff Melanson...
City Councillor Adam Vaughan (L) and special advisor to the mayor on arts and culture, Jeff Melanson.
"I hope that David Pecaut Square will always be a place filled with life and activity," said Burstyn. "A creative hub for festivals such as Luminato and TIFF. A place that welcomes everyone and reminds us of David's many contributions to civic life and his legacy of community-building."
Despite being a usual critic of the Ford administration, Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina City Councillor Adam Vaughan also thanked the mayor for this tribute. “You might not see the common ground all the time, this is somewhere where we generously share and wholeheartedly agree it’s the kind of leadership that we all look for in our citizens.”
If approved by city council, there will be an official opening of the David Pecaut square.
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