Fighting for EY identity – City’s EY logo “oversight” on signs will cost thousands to fix
\ By Gary-Webb-Proctor \ A CHRONICLE EXCLUSIVE
Justin Van Dette was ready to fight to keep the logo on EYCC signs as on this older one now removed. -STAFF
An “oversight” by City of Toronto staff who are in the final stages of doing renovations and landscaping improvements at East York Civic Centre will add “thousands” of dollars to the final cost of the project says the city official in charge of it.
Although the city is required to include the logo of the former Borough of East York on all signage at the 850 Coxwell Ave. facility, the artwork was left off of two new state-of-the-art signs that were installed in mid-September as part of the upgrade. The old ones, which contained the logo, were removed during the last week of September.
Van Dette noticed the new signs were missing the EY logo in mid-September -STAFF
Joe Bandl of the city’s Facilities & Real Estate department, who is in charge of the project, told East York Chronicle in a telephone interview that the improperly prepared signs, which include one that contains a digital message board, will be scrapped and new ones with the logo installed in their place, adding “a few thousand dollars” to the cost of the project.
“It just sort of fell through the cracks,” Mr. Bandl said. “It was just an oversight.
“I missed it, the contractor missed it and everyone else missed it” until he was contacted about it by Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis on Sept. 21.
The councillor told the Chronicle that she had been alerted about it the previous day by East York Historical Society member and East York social activist Justin Van Dette, who had noticed the new signs —and the missing logo— while attending a meeting of the club the previous week.
The old sign on the left, with the EY logo, was removed shortly after this photo was taken in late Sept. -STAFF
The agreement requiring the city to include the logo on all signage at the centre was struck as part of the 1998 amalgamation into the City of Toronto of “the six” former jurisdictions.
Anti-amalgamation activist and former East York Mayor Alan Redway commented on learning about the omission that he regards it as part of bureaucrats’ plan “to wipe any and all references to our former borough off the face of the Toronto map,” noting that street signs with the logo are also being replaced with new ones that don’t have it and that the EY flag cannot be flown at the centre.
New EYCC signs with the logo (or a temporary decal on the existing ones) should be ready in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the centre at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, Bandl promised.