YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4999 posts, RR: 14 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3408 times:
It seems that a very enterprising chap has taken up the task of having YVR renamed in honor of Terry Fox ahead of the Olympics. I think it's a great idea especially when you consider other airports around the world and here in Canada have been renamed after less deserving individuals.
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1756 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3289 times:
What an amazing, and fitting suggestion, a great idea.
My sister was lucky enough to go to school with one of Terry's cousins, and his family's support was amazing, and still to this day more than 25 years later.
What he was able to do to unite a country for such a worthy cause, and the legacy he has left behind...nearly a 1/2 BILLION dollars for cancer research....incredible. The story still gives me a lump in my throat.
This most definitely has my support, and I will pass along the information to all my family and friends.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7747 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3082 times:
Terry Fox was no doubt an amazing man and national hero, as are Rick Hansen and dare I mention Steve Fonyo. As great of an idea this is, I'm not a fan on naming airports after people so I'd (with all due respect to Terry Fox) rather it just stay Vancouver International.
Robsaw From Canada, joined Dec 2008, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 3): I'm not a fan on naming airports after people so I'd (with all due respect to Terry Fox) rather it just stay Vancouver International.
I'd tend to agree BUT given that most of the major Canadian airports have now been named after someone, and mostly politicians, I wouldn't be opposed to naming it after someone much more deserving like Terry Fox.
BE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2846 times:
I see it as a race to get them named well, before the pol's name them after themselves. We're down to a short list of 'unnamed' airports in Canada...YYC, YEG, YYT, YYG, YQR I think, and maybe a couple others. As far as I can recall,
Terry Fox is very much better choice than most candidates, but then again, don't forget that Vancouver International Airport is ALREADY named after someone who achieved something noteworthy in his life, so renaming this airport might simply be revisionary history - don't forget, if we rename something now, then in say 100 years we have set precedent for those that follow to rename and degrade the value of our heros. Anyway - it is a bit semantics, since it can be argued that YVR is named after the city, not the Lord. And if Vancouver hadn't missed the Columbia, maybe Washington State might be the Province of Vancouver (or Thompson, but that's another story).
Recall that a few years ago some yahoo wanted to rename Mount Logan after the same 'ummm' individual that some people use to reference YUL. Sanity prevailed, and Sir Logan's many and great achievements in his service to Canada (all of which will outlast the other guy's 'accomplishments') are still acknowledged, and in a way Sir Logan would appreciate. (The other guy got a peak, not the whole mountain, named after him as I recall).
Anyway - too much not airliner history.
In the end, I can see a lot of good reasons to rename it Terry Fox International - be nice to acknowledge someone who's effort inspires so many people even to this day (I participated once in a Terrry Fox run in South America, and I know they are more widespread than that!)
PS - Egad - it dawned on me that if it get's named for a pol, it will be someone from BC politics...can you imagine "FantasyLand International", or "Wacky B International", or "JetSki International" - wow, I could have fun with this all day!
Heavy747 From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2765 times:
Being from Vancouver, and working at YVR for 5 years, I dont like the idea. Not to disrespect Terry Fox or anyone, but YVR - Vancouver International, is a good name on its own, and why fix something if its not broken.
Tymnbalewne From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 976 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
For those who aren't in favor of renaming the entire airfield, how about renaming one of the terminals in honor of Terry Fox? This has been done elsewhere..."Volpe" Terminal at BOS, "Jeppesen" Terminal (I think?) at DEN..."Bradley" at LAX...
9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2637 times:
I'll throw my two cents in,how about having a statue of Terry Fox such as the one just outside of YQT placed inside the terminal building. To me that would be a suitable tribute and will be a very dignified way of honoring his achievements and legacy.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13512 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
If I recall correctly, he started his run in the east and made it to somewhere in Western Ontario, with a goal of his home in Vancover. Perhaps that is one reason to name it after him not only for his hometown, but as it was the goal of his run. I would also suggest that it may tie in with the Winter Olympics to be there next year, honoring an athlete.