I sincerely hope the property and development committee will take Coun. Paula Havixbeck's proposal to rename the one block of Aberdeen Avenue between Main Street and the Red River after revered Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Street proposal on hold, July 9).
Shevchenko died in Siberia in 1861 after being imprisoned for nearly 20 years. He worked all his life to keep Ukrainian customs and traditions alive, insisting on publishing poetry in the Ukrainian language and promoting the rights of peasants or "tillers of the soil," even in the face of repercussions from the Russian czars who had him jailed.
There are many citizens of Ukrainian descent in Winnipeg and Manitoba who feel Shevchenko deserves to be commemorated because he fought for the common people.