Have you heard what Toronto Council has done now? They have renamed Dundas Square at Yonge and Dundas Streets as Sankova Square and Centennial Stadium in the old Etobicoke Area for that fun-loving, crack-cocaine smoking late mayor Rob Ford. This is just one more reason that Torontonians are having trouble finding their way around their city.
I think it is very gracious to encourage our émigrés from Ghana who speak the Twi tribal language to participate more fully in the life of Toronto. It is unlikely that they constitute more than one-tenth of one percent of the population but we have to start somewhere to make people feel more welcome. I was amused to see that the word Sankova in Twi literally means “Go back and get it.” Twi is claimed to be one of eight major tribal languages in Ghana—which is likely the reason the West African country uses English as its official language.)
It must be a very smooth-running city council in Toronto that they have all this time and money to waste on tearing down statues and changing the names of many highlights of the city experience. To me, it will always be SkyDome where I used to go to see the Blue Jays play, and Maple Leaf Gardens, the temple of the Maple Leaf hockey team. No doubt the O’Keefe Centre has had a couple other names by now Mind you, these changes are lost on this Toronto booster.
And don’t try to tell my wife that Ryerson University has some other stupid name. We both know why the name was changed and to us it is not only ridiculous but was an insult to anyone who spent time on that campus over the years. My wife was very proud of the time she was at Ryerson. Whomever participated in the name change had no understanding of what Egerton Ryerson contributed to the development of public education in Ontario. At the time of the creation of the residential schools, it was common thinking that this was something to help our aboriginal population.
I wonder if when we realize the harm separate schools in Ontario cause our children, will we vilify the people who thought they were doing something honourable?
Copyright 2023 © Peter Lowry
Complaints, comments, criticisms and compliments can be sent to: