I am pleased to share that Dudley’s Hardware Paint & Decor – a beloved 2SLGBTQIA+ small business located in the heart of The Village, has decided to remain open for the foreseeable future.
Back in July, my team and I convened an urgent meeting between owner-operator Steve Dawson, Toronto Police Services - 51 Division, and The 519 to address the repeated acts of vandalism occurring at / outside Dudley’s place of business. These tragic instances even drove Steve to consider closing Dudley’s doors for good – something I was committed to doing everything within my power to prevent.
After our meeting, I swiftly brought forward a motion that required The 519 to provide 24/7 security to supervise the area, while also requesting 51 Division to increase police patrols in Barbara Hall Park. These efforts, combined with my continued focus as Toronto Board of Health Chair on addressing the addiction and mental health crisis facing our city, are part of our ongoing efforts to improve neighbourhood / ward safety.
This positive development is a testament not only to Dudley’s employees' tenacity and courage during this difficult time, but also to the power of constructive dialogue between elected officials, community organizations, and dedicated residents all working harmoniously in service of a common goal.
I would like to thank Toronto Police Services - 51 Division, the 519, as well as owner-operator Steve Dawson and his staff for their support and willingness to work with my office to ensure this beloved and historic landmark of the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood continues to serve residents, as it has for the past 89 years.
Your in service,
Ward 13 - Toronto Centre