Should Toronto's Union Station be renamed?
Toronto City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong recently launched a campaign to rename Union Station after Sir John A. Macdonald. This has fueled much discussion in the media.
Derek Boles, our TRHA Historian, took the opportunity to make the case on behalf of the TRHA for not changing the name. Derek offered his insights into the implications of such a name change to a number of media channels. Here are a few of the articles as well as an audio interview with Derek:
- Councillor wants Union Station renamed after John A. Macdonald - Globe and Mail
- Toronto’s Union Station has earned the right to keep its name - Globe and Mail
- Union Station name change proposal rankles historians - Toronto Daily Star
- Renaming Union Station after Sir John A. needs to overcome awkward ‘racist drunk’ obstacle - National Post
- CBC Interviews Derek Boles (9 minute audio)
"A far more appropriate venue to honor (Sir John A.) Macdonald would be the new plaza in front of Union Station, a site that heretofore has not had a name. This plaza is being redeveloped into a much more attractive and pedestrian--‐friendly precinct by the City of Toronto at a cost of several million dollars. It is flanked on the south by Union Station and on the north by the Royal York Hotel."
Click here to read or download the press release.
Derek also released a collection of quotes from various sources which answers the question: Why do so many people care about Union Station?.
Click here to read or download the collection of quotes.