Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
It may not be the Christopher Plummer bus unloading zone after all.
At Monday evening’s meeting, council held off on naming a stretch of roadway in Upper Queen’s Park after the venerable actor after the mayor suggested a more appropriate honour could be found.
Mayor Dan Mathieson suggested dedicating the gates at the entrance to the park would be a more suitable way to honour the Oscar-winning actor who regularly appears on stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Coun. Karen Smythe agreed, noting she has received several phone calls from concerned citizens since the last meeting, who expressed disappointment with council’s choice. Smythe made a successful motion to send the matter back to the planning and heritage subcommittee for further consideration.
Coun. Keith Culliton suggested staff also look into the matter and report back with recommendations on how Plummer could be recognized.
At the June 11 meeting, while sitting as the planning and heritage committee, council approved a motion to initiate the process of naming the stretch of roadway where buses park near the playground.
The street was to be called Christopher Plummer OC Street, with the OC intended as a nod to Plummer’s Order of Canada appointment. However, Plummer is a Companion of the Order of Canada, which uses the post-nominal CC. The lower but still prestigious order, Officer of the Order of Canada, is known by the post-nominal OC.
The error was brought to the city’s attention by the Gazette.
The city clerk corrected the error on Monday prior to the referral motion being passed.