November 9, 2017
Earlier today I was informed that the trans memorial in Barbara Hall Park had been painted over. In meeting with senior Parks staff this late afternoon, it was determined that a crew from outside the neighbourhood had come into the park to remove graffiti and made the error of painting over the trans memorial. This never should have happened, as we have worked with our local Parks maintenance staff to respect and preserve this space for the community. It is my hope that the City's new LGBTQ2S Advisory Committee will prioritize the consultation and creation of a new and permanent memorial in their initial work.
Parks, Forestry & Recreation will be releasing an official statement shortly confirming the same.
The restoration of the memorial and proper recognition with additional signage will be re-instated immediately. At a time when I was hoping to announce the City’s first trans crosswalk for installation in the Church-Wellesley Village for Spring 2018, this incident is a disappointment and counter to where we are trying to move as a community. The City can and will do better.