Rename 403, the McCallion Trail 43x.
Who zigged in my daily zag?
Today's topic is that I believe that the 403 Highway, from Oakville in the southwest up and across and up to the 410 and 401 interchange nearby the northeast Pearson airport region - should be renamed for Mayor Hazel McCallion.
I suggest that it be named the McCallion Trail 43x. The 'x' is for however many years of office McCallion finishes her legendary mayoralship of Mississauga. Trail is because that is a term already used for a Calgary highway, and that the cross-town portion does meander about somewhat in a natural trail fashion. Plus it would make traffic reports readily identifiable; the Don Valley 'Parkway or DVP', the 'QEW slash Gardiner',... and the Trail, etc. Big Daddy Gardiner was a Metro Toronto chairman of just eight years. Nathan Philips, of Toronto's NP Square was a seven years' mayor
I don't know why the 403 designation was overused for both Mississaga and the Woodstock to Burlington routes. Or why it was never cleared up? I don't why Ontario's highway designations all run so tightly in numerical fashion. There is a 401. A 402. A 403. Another 403. A 404. A 405. A 406. Etc., etc. Then Ottawa jumped forward and received a 417; and a 416. Yeah, that helps clarifies things for that city.
We should do it now(!); while Mayor McCallion is in office, alive and in good health. Wikipedia lists her age as 90. Which, bluntly and cautiously, eases her towards Pat Burns territory; whom our chattering 'hockey elite' classes neglected. She has served as mayor for 32 straight years for her greatly expanding city of population, diversity, and mass corporate business locations. Then settle the final 'X' numbering after her political career completion.
I could go on all day about things I dislike about her time in office. All of it having nothing to do with today's newspapers calling for her to step down amidst a land deal controversy of her son's. We need to do what's right!
Honouring a repeatedly and democratically elected mayor of such a sizable city is the right thing to do. Politics aint a game of Go Fish. If anyone could have; they would have.
Gardiner wanted the Spadina Expressway built too. Philips oversaw the razing of a number of heritage buildings. McCallion, nee Joueneaux, continues serving her ongoing 12 term(s) of office, plus for Streetsville (1970-73). Honour that.
p.s. Don't forget Hubbard. We, the Toronto region*, need to do far better at celebrating our own histories and backgrounds. *As the long forgotten rock band named Toronto once sang, "Start telling the, start telling the truth. It's time to get real. "