Local streets named for residents

Sing it from a rooftop or a quiet lane, the Beach is a place where all streets get a name.

On June 14, long-time teacher Corinne Vince was surrounded by alumni from the former Corpus Christi Catholic School and local councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon at a ribbon-cutting for Vince Avenue.

Named to honour Vince and the memory of the school, the new side street serves a set of townhomes just off Edgewood Avenue, where the Corpus Christi elementary school stood from 1920 to 2011.

A little further south in the Beach Triangle, a pair of laneways north of Queen Street will also be sporting new signs.

One lane will be named for Dominic Parker, a firefighter who grew up and raised his family in the Beach before he was killed in a random stabbing at a Danforth Avenue café in September 2013.

Friends and neighbours petitioned the city to name part of the laneway connecting Brookmount and Rainsford Roads ‘Dominic Parker Lane’ to remember him.

The other part will be called ‘Inuksuk Lane,’ a name chosen to highlight the importance of friendship and interdependence in the community.

In the Upper Beach, another laneway has been named after Rosemarie Popham, in memory of the long-time social worker who advocated for an end to child poverty as director of social action at the Family Association of Toronto.

A resident of Kimberley Avenue until her death in 1998 at the age of 54, Popham was posthumously awarded a Meritorious Service medal by Canada’s Governor General in 1999. ‘Rosemarie Popham Lane’ is just north of Lyall Avenue, and runs west from Kimberley Avenue.

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