Next up, Trutch Street

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Re Mon­treal Bids Adieu To Amherst (Sept. 14): Ku­dos to Mon­treal for re­mov­ing bi­o­log­i­cal-war­fare ad­vo­cate gen­eral Jef­fery Amherst’s name from its streets. In the 18th cen­tury, Amherst sup­ported dis­tribut­ing small­pox-in­fected blan­kets to In­dige­nous peo­ple.

Van­cou­ver should take a page from Mon­treal and strike Joseph Trutch’s name from its streets. Bri­tish Columbia’s first lieu­tenant-gov­er­nor af­ter the prov­ince joined Con­fed­er­a­tion, Trutch de­spised native peo­ple, de­scrib­ing them as the “ugli­est and lazi­est crea­tures” he had ever seen. His con­tri­bu­tion to our prov­ince was to deny abo­rig­i­nal ti­tle in 1870, while re­duc­ing the land pre­vi­ously set aside by James Dou­glas for re­serves by more than 90 per cent. – Alexan­dra Phillips, Van­cou­ver

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