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2014-04-13 at NOON

Fox museum rejected

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

Plans for a Terry Fox museum in the city appear to have hit a dead end.

City council on Monday will hear a report detailing correspondence with Darrell Fox, the brother of the late Terry Fox and senior advisor at the Terry Fox Research Institute, who said it is not in the family’s plans to have historical items from the 1980 Marathon of Hope sent to Thunder Bay.

Fox said the family instead envisions a 45,000 square foot facility in Vancouver and does not want to break up their collection of artifacts.

Earlier this year, Coun. Ken Boshcoff advocated for obtaining artifacts from the Fox family, who has nearly 200,000 artifacts in storage, and creating a museum at the site of the Terry Fox Memorial Lookout.

Council approved a resolution in February to contact the Fox family and inquire about the possibility of having a portion of their collection brought to Thunder Bay.

At the time, city tourism manager Paul Pepe said the site, which averages 600 visitors per day in the summer, is not suited for a facility of that kind.

Fox captured the hearts and minds of Canadians 34 years ago when he set out from St. John’s, planning to run west across the country to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

However, his cross-Canada odyssey came to an end just east of Thunder Bay on Sept. 1, 1980 at mile 3339 when it was discovered his cancer had returned and spread to his lungs.

Among the other items on the agenda, council will also be examining a pair of capital projects at Pioneer Ridge Home for the Aged and replacement of automatic vehicle locator equipment for Superior North EMS.

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reese says:
Is the article not about Terry Fox not about a name for a welfare facility that would be a great injustice as he ran to help people not to deceive them
4/14/2014 12:25:59 PM
Bondjames80 says:
Like the "Tbaytel/Thunder Bay Hydro Events Centre"
4/14/2014 9:16:44 AM
user says:
Naming rights would probably be sold to the highest bidder. Although the Terry Fox Memorial Arena would be great, it wil probably end up as "Brand X" Arena.
4/14/2014 6:25:48 AM
TBDR says:
especially considering it would likely garner 250-500k per year with naming sponsorship
4/14/2014 1:36:44 PM
JYDog says:
It is ultimately disheartening to see this great late road warrior exploited time and again by the people and politicians of Thunder Bay. This personal tragedy had not one single thing to do with Thunder Bay, yet here they are again, desperate to grasp a little of Fox's limelight, all in the name of self-aggrandizement. Pure Ugliness.
4/14/2014 1:45:11 AM
tonytiger says:
I have to agree jydog, this city is acting like proverbial ambulance chasers when trying to capitalize on the Fox tragedy for 34 years now. What is wrong with them? No heroes of their own to worship they have to steal them from other cities. So disgraceful.

Also Pepe is delusional, there aren't 600 people visiting the Terry Fox monument, they are stopping to use the bathroom, period. So easy to skew irrelevant factoids when interests are vested.
4/14/2014 5:32:22 PM
TooShort says:
Good question is it wrong to benefit on what a great person did,,,, hmm well that's what all the other cancers drug companies are doing now anyways, hence I don't donate and or support anymore cancer research as there is a cure for cancer. The big drug companies don't want us to know that cause they're making millions and millions off pushing pills on us.
4/13/2014 9:32:35 PM
tudor says:
I feel like I am throwing cold water on this idea but I am not disappointed in this. Our connection to Terry Fox is based on a tragic event, not a happy one. He passed through many cities, he stopped near here because his cancer returned not because he wanted to. Had he started his run a week earlier he might have stopped in Dryden. While he accomplished a great thing and he is an inspiration to many I would be disappointed if we tried to capitalize on it even more. Had he finished here by design perhaps but please do not do this because the terrible disease prevented him from accomplishing his goal. Let the tributes continue through his annual run and let the museum be in the appropriate place where he lived and let them name a hockey rink after their hero. We have the Terry Fox Courage Highway. That is a lasting tribute to a wonderful man.

4/13/2014 8:46:09 PM
tbaycat says:
Thank you for your thoughtful perspective “tudor”. You make some very good points. I think I have to agree with you.
4/14/2014 3:25:33 AM
ou812 says:
I totally agree. Thunder Bay might bring bad memories for the family.
4/14/2014 7:49:42 AM
S Duncan says:
Excellent comment. Can't really add anything to it to make it better.

I personally despise groups/people/organizations that stand up on the graves of victims or great people like Fox to push forward their own agendas which more often than not involve themselves benefitting financially from it.

Fox has left a great legacy that most people couldnt even dream of. Lets not tarnish it by hanging it off some useless and community dividing thing like a welfare dome.
4/14/2014 10:02:28 AM
humnchuck says:
Excellent job turning a thoughtful post by someone else back to your own self-aggrandizing political platform, Duncan. Also kudos for working "welfare dome" in there. Attaboy.
4/14/2014 5:42:51 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
That's a great name for the new events centre when its finally built. "Terry Fox Memorial Gardens/Arena"
4/13/2014 8:31:43 PM
fastball says:
Sorry...while it might be a sentimental choice - but when Company X might be willing to shell out a million or so dollars for naming rights - sentimentality goes out the window, I'm afraid.
4/14/2014 8:55:41 AM
reese says:
Terry Fox never made it to Thunder Bay
I believe the marker for the end of his run is now gone also.It is wrong to try to benifit on what a great person did
4/13/2014 5:20:18 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
Lack of space is the main reason for the rejection...

How about the "Terry Fox Memorial arena"?

It would be a nice tribute to Terry Fox & would have more than enough room for all 200,000 artifacts.
4/13/2014 2:47:28 PM
sky high says:
That's a great name for the arena part of the new Event's Centre! Even if they don't send all their artifacts-remember the Fox family lives on the West Coast-I still really like the name. What a great tribute that would be to a man whom despite his 'limitations' still managed to run halfway across our great country. And despite the negativity of the commenter above you....looks like he decided to change names again....I am quite sure the Fox family would attend the opening ceremonies of the Events Centre and feel Fox's presence.
4/13/2014 3:48:02 PM
mystified says:
I totally agree with you. "Terry Fox Memorial arena" would be an awesome name.
To bad joey joe hadn't read the whole article where the Fox family instead envisions a 45,000 square foot facility in Vancouver and does not want to break up their collection of artifacts.
You too see those name changes :) I can't wait until he has a argument with himself. It will never end because they would both think they are the cream of the crop.
4/13/2014 6:12:20 PM
sky high says:
Yeah great name although I think someone will pay big bucks to have it named in someone's or something else's honour. As for the fellow using all the different pseudonyms to make it appear as if he has a lot of support for his opinions, well he can change names but cannot disguise his patented negativity. If one really hates our city so much, one should move in my opinion. To blame everyone, especially city council, for a jaded life...that's just not right
4/13/2014 10:16:48 PM
tbaycat says:
I just don’t get you “mystified”. “joey joe joe jr.” made a POSITIVE comment. It’s pretty sad that you felt the need to bash him for it. It does not surprise me though.

As to those “name changes” that you and “sky high” allude to. Conspiracy theory much? A new person posted on this site. Do you really think you’re the only two people who read this page and want to put their 2 cents in? I think your just grasping at straws so you can make negative comments about someone you don’t agree with.
4/14/2014 3:05:49 AM
bttnk says:
Whle the "Terry Fox Memorial Arena" might sound nice and give us all a warm and fuzzy feeling, it isn't practical. In my opinion, the arena needs to and will sell the naming rights to the event centre. Tbaytel Centre has a nice ring.
4/14/2014 9:25:28 AM
outofgas says:
Not surprised at the Fox group. Remember when the Fox Ford van was rebuilt and did the crosscanada tour, and stopped in TBay. They did not have time to go to our Terry Fox lookout, but did photo-ops with sponsors like the Scotia parking lot, instead. Probably they have never been there, nor ever want to be.

The end of Terry's run here, near TBay, is just a who-cares event for the family, and could have happened anywhere across Canada.
4/13/2014 1:06:49 PM
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