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Doer gym proposal sent to committee

Plan receives bare majority

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It’s a majority for Gary Doer on the school gym naming issue, but just a bare majority — and one without much enthusiasm.

The proposal by Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky to have the school board consider naming George V School’s new gym after the former premier was bounced to a committee for study by just a 5-4 margin this evening.

Trustee Catherine Collins, a New Democrat, sided with Babinsky, even though she said that the division does not have a naming policy. When she was on the provincial heritage committee, said Collins, people had to be dead five years to be considered for naming honours.

Babinsky countered that WSD has named all its schools without having a policy

But another New Democrat, trustee Kristine Barr, was even more blunt.

"I don’t believe we should open that can of worms," Barr said. "It will send a message to our community that we’re going to start naming gyms" in all 77 schools.

Rita Hildahl, Anthony Ramos, and Darlyne Bautista also backed Babinsky, while Joyce Bateman, Jackie Sneesby, and board chair Suzanne Hrynyk were opposed.

The policy and program committee will start studying the possibility of naming the gym after Doer, sometime later this spring. The gym is expected to open in the Elmwood elementary school sometime next year.

 

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