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2014-04-14 at 20:33

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Coun. Ken Boshcoff
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Coun. Ken Boshcoff
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

Ken Boshcoff thinks the city could have done more to convince the family of Terry Fox to house a collection of artifacts from his journey in Thunder Bay.

The at-large councillor wanted the city to be home to nearly 200,000 pieces currently in storage at the Library and Archives Canada. But a report to council Monday from city archivist Matt Szybalski said Darrell Fox, Terry Fox's brother and senior advisor at the Terry Fox Research Institute, wants the collection to stay together as a 55,000 square-foot museum and research centre near Vancouver, close to Fox's home town of Port Coquitlam, is in the works.

Boshcoff said the city should have rallied with Shuniah and various regional organizations to form a plan years ago. Perhaps even the new proposed event centre could still be considered as a home for the collection.

Coun. Aldo Ruberto said the city has to respect the family's wishes and that due diligence was done to see if there was any interest in Boshcoff's idea.

"I think we’re doing the right thing,” Ruberto said. “I do think we did try.”  

A traveling Terry Fox exhibit will cross the country starting next year. The city is working with the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and the Thunder Bay Historical Museum to bring it to Thunder Bay.

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progress now says:
If the city isn't interested in it the city isn't interested. A compelling case certainly could have been made. It is hard to know what kind of representation officials sanctioned. I never had the sense it was anything near a priority for administration.
4/14/2014 9:01:58 PM
Dr Sheldon Cooper says:
Leave it alone Ken. The family doesn't want to send the things here. Don't blame administration because your idea didn't pan out.
4/14/2014 11:48:41 PM
Tbay Import says:
I agree. Maybe the family isn't interested in remembering the spot where Terry Fox died?

I know I wouldn't want to remember that spot...
4/15/2014 9:31:56 AM
tbay2005 says:
Terry Fox did not die here, he just postponed his run here until he could get back and finish it, sadly, he never had a chance to do so.
4/15/2014 5:14:06 PM
jonthunder says:
Please fix the streets and potholes.
4/15/2014 4:43:48 AM
Back-in-the-bay says:
This idea was counterintuitive from the start. Terry's legacy was one of hope, strength and perseverance. Commemorating his journey at where it ended is fitting and respectful with the current memorial, but this not his home nor should it be where his legacy rests. Terry's physical journey may have ended here but not his lasting impact, and there is no better place to commemorate that than where it all started.
4/15/2014 7:18:00 AM
YellowSnow13 says:
There is that Liberal mindset again. Lets just do something nice. I'm all touchy feely today. Who's going to pay for this Ken? My tax dollars? I think you people only know how to spend money on things that people just don't seem to care about. How about YOU buy a warehouse and YOU charge admission and YOU pay for it out of YOUR pocket.
4/15/2014 8:12:15 AM
arjay says:
don't worry Kenny. something else will come up for your upcoming announcement!!
4/15/2014 8:23:46 AM
Sandwiches1123 says:
I...agree...with...Aldo. I am not sure if I can type those words together.

A great point was made the other day: What happens if Terry Fox left 2 days earlier on his trip or didn't spend so much time in Southern Ontario at different functions? What happens if he gets the same reception in Quebec that he does in Ontario? The run would have ended elsewhere. Terry Fox is part of our area's history by nothing more than chance. The respects of the family should be at the forefront. Should they want a facility in Port Coquitlam, then by all means, we should support them.
4/15/2014 9:01:52 AM
pc says:
I think the visitor centre is enough of a way of honouring him.
Museums just are not the done thing anymore.
It has to be on computer or kids just don't enjoy them so they don't visit them.
4/15/2014 10:45:30 AM
TBDR says:
Ken, what part of "the family wants to keep the collection together" don't you understand?
4/15/2014 11:05:22 AM
djs says:
We have the statue, but I agree with the family. The collection should be kept together. Maybe they can do a "show" of Terry Fox memorabilia at the museum for a limited period of time, some time in the future, but he is a B.C. boy and they have the greater claim to him and his legacy.
4/15/2014 11:09:54 AM
tonytiger says:
What part of "Rest in Peace" does Boschcoff not understand? He's gone, he had nothing to do with Thunder Bay, you can stop trying to exploit his tragedy for purely economic reasons any day now, it's been 34 years. Enough already.
4/15/2014 4:38:43 PM
ring of fire dude says:
You would think that Ken has had enough with artifacts and relics , after all , he sits in City Council Chambers .
4/15/2014 4:55:46 PM
ou812 says:
Its stupid to harp on this decision. The family wants it in a place where Terry called home and was healthy and strong. Not where he stopped his Marathon of Hope. DOn't you get it Ken?
4/15/2014 5:15:35 PM
S Duncan says:
Its a rare occasion, but it appears all of us agree that Fox's artifacts belong somewhere else.

Congratulations newswatch commenters! Its the rarest of occasions.

Could it have something to do with that moon the other night?
4/16/2014 9:14:35 AM
arjay says:
if it was anyone but the presenter of the idea, it might have received a more positive response!! :)
4/16/2014 11:09:56 AM
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