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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Name game

The B.C. government announced today that it is naming the entrance to a new emergency ward and urgent care facility in Surrey in honour of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak. The door will be called the Guru Nanak Emergency Services Front Entrance.

Interesting. I wonder if we can now expect similar naming practices for other new provincial facilities located in areas of political import and ethno-religious concentrations.

One project immediately spring to mind: the Golden Ears Bridge, now being built in the Fraser Valley, which is known as the Bible Belt of B.C. Might not the bridge now more appropriately be called the Jesus Christ Crossing?

Or how about the Canada Line, which is being built under Cambie Street and, thus, runs through the heart of Vancouver's small Jewish community. Would it be too much to ask that at least one of the stations be named after the Prophet Abraham?

Posted by Terry O'Neill on November 15, 2007 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


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Let's open "The Prophet Mohammad Bar and Lounge". We can have the "Allah Ahkbar Special" - a double bloody Mary. If after 3 or 4 "belts" you don't see God, well then your a bloody infidel.


Posted by: epsilon | 2007-11-15 5:33:48 PM

Not after Abraham, but Rabbi Meyer Kahane. There'd be no problem with that, would there?

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-15 5:36:04 PM

CFB Mahatma Ghandi kinda has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: Bocanut | 2007-11-15 6:46:52 PM

Bocanut ~

Oh, the irony!

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-15 6:51:47 PM

Wonderful. Hey, let's recreate the third world in BC and make sure we tazer those who arrive from elsewhere. Buffoons.

Posted by: Cynic | 2007-11-15 7:57:55 PM

The government doesn't name anything. It's the hospital foundation that does. The foundation, run by an independent board of directors from the community (usually business leaders) in agreement with the hospital board of directors (also usually community leaders) makes these decisions and usually its as a result of a significant donation (ie $5m +)

If you have issue with the decision, I suggest you check out the web site of the hospital FOUNDATION, find out who is on their board, and register your complaint with each director.

Having worked in a hosptial foundation for over 15 years, I can guarantee that that process will make a difference.

Posted by: Annie | 2007-11-15 7:59:18 PM

oh, that's just freaking great. a publicly owned building.

i guess the "Separation of Church and State" only applies to Christians and Jews.

we're going down a slippery slope with this one. wonder which side of the Church/State ditch we'll land on? whichever side it is spells trouble.

we'd better be careful.

Posted by: shel | 2007-11-15 8:10:00 PM

It is the time of the brown, beige, black, tan, yellowish, off-white, taupe, and/or any color that is wearing a turban and a beard, or in the case of women, a tent of sorts.

White people begone. That's a fact Jack.

Posted by: Jerri | 2007-11-15 8:23:30 PM

I guess that what it really means is that "Church" is a Christian term. Jews worship in Synagogues--temples if you will.

But I like the idea of the opening of The Mohammed Bar--and perhaps Grill--as long as it is the "alternative version" practiced in the land of the oppressed.

Well--you know BC has always been ever so, "Special".

Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-15 10:48:51 PM

Annie, in her post, states that "the provincial government doesn't name anything." She suggests that the name is the creation of the hospital board. Well, curious that it was Premier Gordon Campbell present to make the announcement.

He and his government are shameless opportunists and will do anything to garner the ethnic vote, including dressing the part. Perhaps, the entrance to the Parliament Building in Victoria will be named for Virk and Basi!

Posted by: Steve | 2007-11-15 11:34:04 PM

Ain't diversity great... well it probably brings in more votes. Just hope those voting all have the legal right to vote...

Posted by: Alain | 2007-11-16 11:27:41 AM

"Just hope those voting all have the legal right to vote"

Don't count on it - especially if they are wearing veils.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-16 11:32:41 AM


Veil wearers in Florida tried to get their driver's licenses made with veils and faces covered up. Florida did not accept as it is important for the safety and security of the people that the face of the person be tied to their identity.

Could you imagine what insanity this will create in Canada, when men--who are neither Muslim nor any other culture that covers their faces--decide that for equality purposes, that they have the right to cover their faces as well?

Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-16 11:54:44 AM

Bocanut--just stay away from any nutty idea such as CFB Hitler!

If there was a CFB Ghandi as you suggest--would there be a photo of the man in his simple--I don't know what to call it--those shorts--in the entrance way of the CFB alongside the COS and her magesty?

Posted by: Lady | 2007-11-16 11:58:46 AM

I'd prefer a photo of Ghandi in a British Sgt-Majors uni but I can't sseem to track it down, I know it's out there.This will have to do in the meantime:

Posted by: bocanut | 2007-11-16 1:30:23 PM

Looks like a perfectly logical outcome to the sick and twisted multicult vision of the most socially regressive PM that this country will ever know, Pierre Trudeau.

Welcome to Canada - a patchwork quilt of tribal nationalism with the self-segregated tribes huddled around in their own little ethnocentric tents.

Meanwhile back in Quebec, a Greek soccer fan was ordered to remove the Greek flag that he had painted full size on his front drive garage door because the judge said it was 'dangerous'.

Isn't the silly season hitting a little early this year?

Posted by: rockyt | 2007-11-16 1:52:51 PM

rockyt ~

The elephant in the room is that the Greek flag has a large Cross on its upper left quadrant.

THAT'S what bugged the "progressives" in Quebec. Had it been the provincial flag, no one would have said a word.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-16 2:09:19 PM

yes, sigh, gone are the good old days when hospitals were named after Christian saints such as: Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, Mount St.Mary's, St Vincent's, etc

Posted by: smith | 2007-11-17 12:28:35 AM


There's a bit of difference. When the "Saint" hospitals were opened they were owned and run by members of religious orders. The Richmond Hospital wing was built with public money.

Posted by: BCer | 2007-11-17 7:44:56 PM

I guess all those cities and towns in Quebec will have to change their names shortly - from Ste. Agathe to St. Zotique, and all those in between those two letters.

And in the US, we can expect the following cities to be re-named by the "progressives" as well:

San Francisco, St. Louis, St. Paul, St. Joseph, St. Petersburg, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Ana, St. Luis Obispo, St. Augustine, Santa Clara, San Jaoquim, etc.

And then there are these problematic locales:

Corpus Christi, Los Cruces, Los Angeles etc.

Posted by: obc | 2007-11-17 7:57:33 PM

Remember this name, folks. It will make headlines - sooner than later:


Posted by: obc | 2007-11-17 8:37:01 PM

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