Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
Oscar-winning actor and Stratford Festival fixture Christopher Plummer will be leaving a permanent mark on the city.
Last Monday city council agreed to initiate the process of naming a section of road in Upper Queen’s Park after Plummer.
The stretch of roadway where buses park near the playground is to be named Christopher Plummer OC Street.
The OC is intended as a nod Plummer’s Order of Canada appointment.
However, Plummer is a Companion of the Order of Canada, which – according to the Governor General of Canada’s website – uses the post-nominal CC.
The lower but still prestigious order, Officer of the Order of Canada, is known by the post-nominal of OC.
When contacted by the Gazette for clarification Thursday, planning and heritage committee chair Karen Smythe said she was not aware of the inaccuracy and would be bringing the matter back to committee for clarification.
The request was made by former city councillor David Gaffney, who originally asked if the section of Queen Street between Lakeside Drive and Ballantyne Avenue could be renamed to honour Plummer.
“I would like to suggest that the City of Stratford name a street in recognition of the contributions Mr. Plummer OC has made to his art, to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the prestige and recognition that has and continues to bring to the City of Stratford,” said Gaffney in his written proposal.
According to background information provided by city staff, the renaming of Queen Street was not recommended as it could cause confusion with emergency responders and the public.
One home is on this portion of the street and would have to change its municipal address, which would have an impact on the homeowner, staff stated.
Staff noted there have been instances where portions of streets have been renamed, such as Veterans’ Drive, Richard Monette Way and Morenz Drive.
Appearing before the planning and heritage subcommittee, Gaffney suggested the strip of roadway where buses park or Confederation Drive bear the actor’s name as an alternative.
Subcommittee selected the bus parking area as the preferred option.