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City stumbles on renaming a stadium and a square – The Star

January 4, 2024

Neither Sankofa Square nor Rob Ford Stadium is an appropriate choice, at least not when these are sprung on the city with no meaningful consultation.

There’s no disputing that “sankofa” is a wonderful concept, a term of west African origin reflecting attitudes and practices to which all could profitably aspire.

Let us also say that, for all his catalogued transgressions, late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford was widely popular and not without redeeming qualities.

That noted, neither Sankofa Square nor Rob Ford Stadium is an appropriate choice as name for a significant public place in Toronto, at least not when these are sprung on residents with no meaningful consultation.

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