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Toronto city council has approved the renaming of Dundas Street due to its namesake’s connection to slavery. Council voted 17-7 in favour of removing Henry Dundas’ name from the street as well as other civic assets such as Yonge-Dundas Square and Dundas subway station. A committee will be tasked to come up with a new name by the second quarter of 2022 with input from the public. The moves comes after Toronto’s City Manager’s office released a report in late June recommending the renaming as well as a petition signed by over 14,000 people that was launched in June 2020 as anti-racism protests sparked in Toronto and around the world. Dundas Street, which runs through Toronto and several other southern Ontario cities, was named after Henry Dundas, an 18th-century politician who delayed Britain’s abolition of slavery by 15 years.

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