The local media have been all over
plagiarizing The Gazette reporting on a Facebook group that advocates renaming the Lionel-Groulx metro station after Oscar Peterson. Groulx was a racist, the suggestion goes, and Peterson would be much more befitting of a metro station name.
The group has exploded in popularity, due to both the media coverage and regular word-of-mouth. It has over 1,000 members now.
Unfortunately, it’s somewhat of a non-starter for two reasons:
- The Lionel-Groulx metro, like most metro stations, is actually named after a street nearby, namely Lionel-Groulx Ave.
- The STM currently has a moratorium in place against station renaming, thanks to the rather unpopular Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke mess.
And that doesn’t get into the whole mess about renaming something from a francophone name to an anglophone one.
Personally, I think it should be renamed The-Jackal.
UPDATE (Feb. 28): The inevitable backlash group has already been formed.
UPDATE: Elsewhere in the blogosphere: