Taleeb Noormohamed: Can Vancouver really rename its Trump tower?

Taleeb Noormohamed: Can Vancouver really rename its Trump tower?Excerpt: That hasn’t stopped Taleeb Noormohamed, a local entrepreneur and former Liberal candidate in the riding of North Vancouver, from trying to apply a bit of his own pressure to city council. He’s created a petition at Change.org that encourages Vancouver’s Mayor and Council to remove the name—or, at least, strongly suggest that the developer do it themselves. “I thought that if we started a petition we could get people motivated to at least speak out in a way that we could then take to them and say, look, there is support for this type of initiative, and there is support for us taking a stand against giving someone who’s a xenophobe and a bigot a chance to put his name on a landmark.” And while he understands that petitions rarely succeed at actually instigating change, he thinks it still has symbolic value. “We don’t have many tools in our arsenal, but this is at least one way for us to send a message—and a positive message. This is not a council that’s shied away from making difficult decisions.”

Source: Vancouver Magazine

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