Saturday, August 17, 2013

Petition the City of Winnipeg change the name of the Perimeter Highway to Terry Fox Drive.

If you happen to think like I do, you may be tired of the City of Winnipeg naming highways and streets after people on City Council or other bureaucrats. Let's name a highway after a Winnipeg-born hero, and the recipient of the Order of Canada: Terry Fox.  Fox was born in Winnipeg, and spend a significant portion of his childhood in the city, before moving to British Columbia when he was 8 years old.

Despite suffering from Cancer, and having a leg amputated as a result of the disease, Terry Fox had a dream to raise money for cancer research, by running a marathon across Canada. Few people believe his run would ever get off the ground, but he managed to win over the hearts and imagination of many Canadians during the spring, and summer of 1980. 

Sadly, on September 1, 1980, Fox was forced to abandon his run, after learning the cancer had spread to the rest of his body.  He ran 5,373 kilometers, while literally dying, and gave his life to help others know that cancer could be beaten. After his death in 1981, the annual Terry Fox Run was first first held in Canada, and has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over $500 million has been raised in his name.

Please sign my petition  and help give Terry fox the recognition he deserves in his city of birth.  Let's rename the Perimeter Highway to Terry Fox Drive.  You can sign the petition by visiting this link:


  1. If I were the Terry Fox foundation, which embodies values like hope, determination and purposefulness I would think twice about allowing the name to be associated with a community which worships completely different gods.

  2. Sorry, I am not exactly sure what you are trying to imply. Can you elaborate?

    1. Unknown's implying that Winnipeg embraces despair, resignation, and purposelessness due to the pessimistic undertones in its culture. He's exaggerating.

  3. I'd like to do a story about this for the Winnipeg Sun! Can you get in touch? 204 632 2771 or tessa dot vanderhart at Thanks!