The university is named after a guy with a bad history, so let’s…

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 30May2016

…change the name of the place.

One critic, writing on CBC.ca, says that might not be the best choice.

While these name changes might offer symbolic victories for advocates, they are actually a rather ineffective way of grappling with the racist and otherwise oppressive policies from Canada’s past. Indeed, by stripping abuilding or institution of its name, it eliminates an opportunity to talk about pre-Confederation Canada’s involvement in slavery, residential schools and restrictive immigration policies. Institutions can simply “scrub” themselves of this history and absolve themselves of any responsibility for talking about it.

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