Next up, Trutch Street
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