Côte Saint-Luc to name new street after Irving Layton

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, AUGUST 14, 2006- Côte
Saint-Luc city council has adopted a resolution to name a new
residential street after celebrated poet and former resident Irving
Layton, who died last January at the age of 93.

 
Irving Layton Avenue will be situated behind St. Richard's Church
and Maimonide School, bordering Guelph Road, Parkhaven Avenue and
Chamberland Crescent. Twelve new homes are presently under
construction. They are expected to be ready for occupancy in early
winter.
 
Stated Mayor Anthony Housefather: “We are proud that Irving Layton
lived for long periods of his life in Côte Saint-Luc, brought up two of
his children in our community and spent his last years here.  Given the
links which he has to our city, his international renown and his recent
passing, naming the new street after him is a mark of respect which he
rightfully deserves.”
 
An extraordinarily prolific writer and poet, Layton published 50
books between 1945 and 1992. His poetry had a lyrical and romantic
style. He taught at Concordia University (then Sir George Williams)
from 1950 to 1964, and returned in 1989 as writer-in-residence for a
year.
 
 “In terms of toponymy it is our objective to recognize
individuals with a direct connection to Côte Saint-Luc, who, in their
lifetime, made significant contributions to both society and their
community,” said Councillor Mike Cohen, who chairs the city's Toponymy
Commission. “Irving Layton is certainly very high on the list.”
 
Councillor Mitchell Brownstein added his enthusiasm for the new
street name, which is located in his District 7.  “The residents of
this new street can take pride that their address will be associated
with a literary figure whom is known around the world,” he said. “The
fact he is a former resident makes it that more special.”
 
As per Côte Saint-Luc's policy of full bilingualism the street
will be officially named Avenue Irving Layton Avenue and will be the
first street to carry Côte Saint-Luc's new model of street sign which
council plans to erect city-wide next year.
 
Arrangements for a dedication ceremony for the new street name will be announced soon.
 
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