Jeff Heuchert, Stratford Gazette
After an earlier decision to name a section of road commonly used to unload buses after Oscar-winner and Stratford Shakespeare Festival stalwart Christopher Plummer received a less than enthusiastic response, the city has now selected Confederation Drive as the more appropriate location to honour the venerable actor.
The street, which is located near the Festival Theatre and connects Richard Monette Way to Romeo Street, will be renamed Christopher Plummer Drive.
The idea to name a street after Plummer to recognize his professional accomplishments and contributions to the city was first brought forward in the spring by former city councillor Dave Gaffney, who initially suggested the section of Queen Street between Lakeside Drive and Ballantyne Avenue.
But there were concerns renaming a portion of an existing road might cause confusion for the public and in emergency situations.
The heritage and planning committee then came back with a recommendation for the portion of the street in Upper Queens Park where buses park, which currently has no name.
The street was to be named Christopher Plummer OC Street, with the OC intended as a nod to the actor’s Order of Canada appointment. However, Plummer is a Companion of the Order of Canada, which uses the post-nominal CC.
The error aside, several councillors and residents expressed disappointment with the choice of street, and the matter was again sent back to sub-committee, which this time came back with a proposal that appears to have the full support of council.
The recommendation to rename Confederaton Drive was also supported by city staff because, unlike the Queen Street proposal, there are no residences along the street that will be affected.