First it was “Karen’s Manner,” and now it’s “Woodsy Park.”

Cllr. David Shiner, it appears, is attempting to ensure all of the bases are lined on the subject of the women in his life.

After my column appeared Wednesday on the emergency assembly of North York Neighborhood Council — throughout which the past-his-due-date Willowdale councillor rammed by a movement to call a road after his galpal Karen Wooden — a number of constituents contacted me about Woodsy Park.

Work simply started three months in the past on the development of Woodsy Park, which is situated between Bayview and Sheppard Aves. not removed from Esther Shiner Blvd. (Shiner’s late mom and a former North York politician within the 70s and 80s. A stadium can be named after her.)

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Woodsy Park is situated off of Woodsy Park Lane within the new Harmony Place growth.

The way in which the story goes, Woodsy Park was impressed by the naming of Woodsy Park Lane, which in keeping with my analysis, Shiner pushed by on the final assembly of North York Neighborhood Council in August of 2014.

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He indicated in a letter to his colleagues on the time the proposed street identify is in “protecting with the plans for a closely wooded park and woodland themes.”

Quick ahead to September 2016 and a parks and recreation workers report proposed, not surprisingly, that the neighbouring park be formally referred to as “Woodsy Park.”

The parks and rec report indicated that the native councillor — particularly Shiner — supported the identify (after all he did) and that it met town’s Property Naming Coverage as a result of it has “geographic significance,” meaning the identify was based mostly on the adjoining public road named Woodsy Park Lane, the occasion line reiterated by parks and rec spokesman Jane Arbour Wednesday.

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Frankly, that was a giant stretch contemplating the coverage says that the identify ought to painting a “sturdy constructive picture of town” and will “acknowledge important contributions made by people or organizations to the group.”


Coun. David Shiner throughout a gathering of the chief committee at metropolis corridor in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday March 25, 2015. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Solar)

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The coverage additionally signifies the division head should suggest as much as 5 names in session with the ward councillor and will seek the advice of with the general public “besides the place the proposed property relies on a reputation of a road.”

I hate to say this however I think Shiner, additionally planning and progress growth committee chairman, knew precisely what he was doing when he recommended the road identify first.

Sources informed me Wednesday that the councillor additionally pushed by the identify regardless that nobody wished it.

Shiner’s assistant, Nick Chan, denied that the park or the road have been named after Wooden, Shiner’s galpal.

Chan mentioned the naming of Woodsy Park was based mostly on the heavily-treed character of the park and the truth that a whole lot and a whole lot of latest timber will planted making a “very closely forested park.

He added that the park’s central Piazza — major assembly space– may also be surrounded by timber and the park itself has many landscaped, well-treed and shaded areas inside.

Arbour added that the “woodland theme” will embody a skating rink and reflecting pool with a centre forested island and public artwork installations.

I get it. It is going to have heaps and plenty of timber.

All of that mentioned, given the shut connection between Shiner and Wooden, I might (it is best to pardon the expression) have prevented any variation of the phrase “wooden” solely.

The optics aren’t good.

However to reiterate: Maybe that is his swan tune. As of Wednesday, Shiner had nonetheless not signed as much as run once more.

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