Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Doer gym proposal sent to committee

Plan receives bare majority

  • Print

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.

 

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Publicity

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A red squirrel peaks out of the shade in a tree in East Fort Garry, Sunday, September 9, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • July 1, 2012 - 120701  -   Canada Day fireworks at The Forks from the Norwood Bridge Sunday, July 1, 2012.    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Have you fallen victim to misleading cable, Internet or cellphone promotions?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google