Pickering Plans Site for Hindu Sacred Ashes

October 3, 2009

Author: Emily Mathieu

Source: The Toronto Star


Hindus across the GTA longing to follow ancient tradition may soon be able to immerse the ashes of their loved ones in a stream close to home.

"We have selected a location in one of our parks that has a stream running through it. This would allow for scattering on water and a pleasant venue to accommodate people," said Pickering Mayor David Ryan. "My hope is it becomes a reality in the next couple of months."

The city hasn't formally applied to create a platform for this purpose, but officials are talking with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to ensure the proposed project would not alter the creek or downstream waterways.