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East York Hall of Fame is go for launch this month

Michael Prue [left] hands EY chain of office to East York Foundation rep during talk to Don Valley Art Club. -TWITTER Mary Fragedakis

Michael Prue [left] hands EY chain of
office to East York Foundation rep
during talk to Don Valley Art Club. -TWITTER Mary Fragedakis

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \

As we reported back in December’s Issue #025, the former Borough of East York is about to get an East York Hall of Fame.

After a couple of false starts, an organizing group spearheaded by social activist and putative future political candidate Justin Van Dette was set to launch the non-profit organization with a press conference at the East York Civic Centre on Monday May 8.

Meanwhile two other developments have taken place that put the new undertaking in an interesting light.

Logo from new Facebook page for East York Hall of Fame.

Logo from new Facebook page for East York Hall of Fame.

In late April Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns introduced a private member’s bill at Queen’s Park that would alter some of the provisions governing the East York Foundation, another non-profit group and which was entrusted by the former borough’s elected officials to be a repository for various items of official memorabilia respecting its lifespan.

(The Borough of East York —as detailed in this month’s East York Advocate column by Alan Redway, a former EY mayor, MP and also one of the EYHoF organizers— was eliminated by the amalgamation of “the six” original municipalities into the current megacity of Toronto in 1998.)

That historical material was to include the chain of office of the East York mayoralty, which, it turned out, was still in the possession of the office’s last holder, Michael Prue.

Mr. Prue told a Toronto Star writer who reported that he still had the chain that when he tried to give it to the EYF it demurred, telling him it had nowhere to keep the symbol of civic authority, so he hung onto it for safekeeping.

“It’s always been theirs, I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” he told East York Chronicle in a voicemail reply to an email enquiry, adding he was planning to return it to an EYF rep while speaking at the annual meeting of the Don Valley Art Club —and which a Tweeted photo by EY Councillor Mary Fragedakis indicates was indeed done.

Which raises questions: if the EYF now has the chain does it now have a secure place to keep it and is that prospect in some way related to the launch of the EYHoF? And could an East York Museum also be in the works?

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