Jun 25, 2024

By Jane Brown

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Jane-Dundas Library is being renamed after Toronto human rights defender Daniel G. Hill III, father of celebrated author Lawrence Hill and Grammy Award winning musician Dan Hill.

Members of the Toronto library board voted Monday night in favour of the name change which strips another piece of Toronto of the Dundas name.

A black Canadian, Daniel G. Hill III was a sociologist, historian, writer, activist and human rights defender.

He served as the inaugural director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, then as commissioner.

In the 1990s, Hill was awarded the Order of Ontario and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

He died in 2003 at the age of 79.

The vote by the Library board caps an eight year effort to name a Toronto library branch after Daniel G. Hill III.

The younger Dan Hill, who is a friend of ZoomerMedia, says he’s thrilled that the Jane Dundas Library will be named after his Dad.

Signage at the branch will be updated with a commemorative plaque describing the accomplishments of Hill sometime this fall.

The move to rename Jane-Dundas Library, comes after last week’s emotional debate at Mayor Olivia Chow’s executive committee over renaming Yonge-Dundas Square as Sankofa Square.

The other renaming will be of Dundas Station to TMU (Toronto Metropolitan University) Station, although plans have yet to be finalized.

There has been a big push to rid the city of the name Dundas, which is linked to Henry Dundas, an 18th century Scottish politician who delayed the abolition of slavery of African people.

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