Drove into Wolfville this afternoon to go to the Al Whittle Theatre for a coffee.
I nearly went off the road when I noticed the name of the Port Williams bridge, which I didn't know even had a name.
It's called "The Gladys Porter Bridge".
I'd forgotten who Gladys Porter was, so I'm grateful to Les Muise, who did a check and reported she was the first female mayor of Kentville and the first female MLA in Nova Scotia. Thanks for the research assist, Les.
Bully for her.
Why is her name associated with the bridge? Did she drive over it once, 50 years ago? Why not name the bridge in Kentville after her, if they have to name a damned bridge after her? I don't get it!
Why not name the PW bridge after Gordon Gates, who served the community like few others, until his sudden and untimely death in 1977. The "Gordon Gates Bridge" sounds enough like the Golden Gate Bridge that it might confuse people from San Francisco. I like that.
Or, name it after my dad. He's dead, which is a prerequisite for naming something after you. He served the community as superintendent of public works for 30 years. And he was Harbour Master of Port Williams for a long time. Makes sense. Make it so.
Let's start a grass roots campaign to name the Port Williams after Bevboy's dad. The PWBBBD (Port Williams Bridge -- Bevboy's Dad) campaign can build into a crescendo, a tsunami, a rogue wave of support, until the powers that be come to their senses and do the right thing.
I'm sure Gladys Porter won't mind.
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