Tiebreaker vote squashes effort to rename Ottawa’s Trump Ave

An effort to rename Trump Avenue in the City of Ottawa is dead on arrival after a vote by local residents ended in a tiebreaker. 

21 residents voted against the street being renamed and another 21 requested that it be changed. There are a total of 62 homes on the street. For the procedure to move forward, 50% of residents plus one person would have had to vote in favour of the motion. 

“As 32-plus households did not vote in favour, the matter will not proceed any further,” Brockington said.

Local River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington revealed in January that some people in the area had requested to change the street’s name due to its connection to former US president Donald Trump. 

Streets in the Central Park area of Ottawa – where Trump Ave is located – are thematically named after New York landmarks. Other street names in the area include Bloomingdale St, Gotham Private, Staten Way and Central Park Dr. 

“I committed to assist them in surveying every household to determine if there is support, or not,” Councillor Brockington told True North. 

“I have been asked for a number of years, by local residents to change the name. I did not feel it was appropriate to do so while the past President was in office. He has since left, more requests were received and I agreed to circulate the survey.”

According to Brockington, he hand delivered notices about the vote to all of the residences on the street and even followed up with residents who had not initially voted before the deadline. 

Since at least 2016, some anti-Trump residents have been calling for the street’s name to be changed. 

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