Toronto has a shameful record when it comes to protecting its architectural heritage.
The wanton demolition of the Stollery’s Building at Yonge and Bloor in January 2015, and the Bank of Montreal building at 2444 Yonge Street, are just two of the most recent examples of the City’s inability to stay ahead of development applications. We should be working to better protect Toronto’s built heritage before it’s completely dismantled, piece by piece. That’s why I’m taking action to find ways to strengthen our heritage policy framework.
I am happy to report that Council adopted my motion, asking City Planning staff to report back to Planning and Growth Management Committee on several options for establishing a more proactive and comprehensive approach to how heritage preservation is practiced in Toronto. We are still waiting on the Chief Planner to take action on this Council direction. You can read more about the current challenges facing the City’s heritage policy and my efforts to improve them in this article.
For your convenience, I have created an interactive map of all heritage properties located in Ward 22, according to the City’s Inventory of Heritage Properties. I hope you find this map enjoyable and informative as a glimpse into our community’s built heritage and cultural past. I also hope it inspires you to take action and nominate other properties you feel are worthy of preservation by completing the City’s Heritage Property Nomination Form and sending it to Heritage Preservation Services.
Moreover, I hope this resource will grow into a city-wide initiative and perhaps even an ‘app’ for residents, tourists, history buffs and researchers alike to easily access- and engage in- factual information about Toronto’s built heritage. Awareness of the importance of our city’s past is an essential component in thoughtfully developing its future.
Map of Heritage Properties in Ward 22