Jewish group urges new name for street

The Canadian Press

PUSLINCH, Ont.–A major Jewish advocacy group in Canada is demanding a municipality in southwestern Ontario rename a street called Swastika Trail.
B’nai Brith Canada started a petition yesterday after residents in Puslinch Township, about 75 km west of Toronto, approached the organization for help.
The group said it will present the petition at a township council meeting Dec. 21, where politicians and community members will discuss renaming the street.
B’nai Brith Canada noted residents of Swastika Trail, which was named in the 1920s, are embarrassed by the street name, especially when forced to use it on driver’s licences or other government documents.
The organization added despite the swastika’s ancient origins, it is inappropriate today for a Canadian street to bear its name because it still is used as a symbol for hate and racism.
In an online statement, B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said maintaining the street name also would be an insult to Holocaust survivors and a “gross disservice” to veterans.
“Tens of thousands of Canadian servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice to combat Nazi tyranny,” Mostyn stressed.
“Millions more were victimized by the evil depravity symbolized today by the swastika.”