Since Terry Fox (a young activist and humanitarian, known for his attempted cross-Canada run in the early 1980s called the “Marathon of Hope” and voted second-greatest Canadian in 2004) was born in Winnipeg (in my current neighbourhood of Transcona, actually), it was only natural to name a street after him. I noticed a year or so ago when a new subdivision in Transcona was going up that the main street was named “Terry Fox Way”, the bays coming off it had names like “Heroic Place”, “Inspiration Place”, “Visionary Cove”, “Gallant Cove” and “Courageous Cove” - adjectives that one would use to describe Terry. (Sorry, the subdivision seems to be so new I can’t find it on Yahoo, Google, or Bing maps). However, strangely, the family of Terry Fox said that they weren’t consulted to use Terry’s name, and that they figured naming streets after him wouldn’t be what Terry wanted, as he was a rather modest and unassuming individual (all true, and I tend to see what they’re saying, may sound a bit dickish, however usually when I see his family on TV they’re nothing but polite and kind like I remember Terry was). So the developer of the subdivision, Heartstone Properties, named the main road “Heartstone Way”, but “Inspiration Place”, “Gallant Cove” etc., remain, which looks really strange now, coming out of context.
Strangest thing is, when I checked Wikipedia to link to the Terry Fox article, I noticed that several streets and highways have been named for Terry around Canada - I’m guessing with his family’s blessing. WTF? Winnipeg (and Transcona) was where he was born and we get nothing?