Train names don't reflect city's history, diversity, group claims

By CBC News Ottawa, March 2, 2018

A coalition of community activists says the list of names announced last week for the city's Confederation Line trains contains some glaring omissions, and should be reconsidered.

In an open letter to Mayor Jim Watson, the group claims the 40 winning names, which were suggested by local children, aren't sufficiently representative, and don't reflect either Ottawa's history or its changing face.

"Of the 40 names, 15 of them honour specific people (only 5 are women). Merely three of them could claim Ottawa as their home, and none of them are Franco-Ontarian, people of colour, LGBTQ2+ people, Aboriginal."

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