Terrible and possibly outrageous news from the north side where Villeray/St.Michel/Park Ex Borough Myaor Anie Samson has sided with a citizen initiative to block the partial renaming of Faillon St. in honour of baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter.
This in spite of the fact that on Sept. 25, Samson was one of six district officials to vote unanimously vote in favour of the renaming of a part of that street in honour of the Kid, who sadly died of brain cancer almost one year ago.
Over 2,000 people participated in online consultations in the renaming of the street, which appeared to have overwhelming support.
The issue is that 194 people signed a petition asking for a rethinking of the decision to rename the street.
They complained that they had been insufficiently consulted in advance and that the renaming would require them changing their addresses and so forth, they include someone named Antoinette Chan, who spoke in opposition to the name change at the Dec. 4 meeting.
Samson is now going back on her voting and siding with the signators. She now favours only the renaming of a tiny little alleyway to Uniprix Stadium instead.
The street was slated to be renamed for Carter sometime around Feb. 16, as there is a one-year waiting period required to name a street after an individual after death.
Samson, who has said to be a good friend of possible mayoral candidate Denis Coderre, might have to face some irritated people, including Rodger Brulotte and the tens of thousands of Expos fans who held the catcher very dear to their hearts and dreams.
On Friday afternoon Samson had flip-flopped once again on the issue and told journalists she supported the name change, contradicting what she had told the residents at the borough meeting.
Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum issued a press release stating that the renaming of Faillon West would go ahead as planned in spite of the petition and that those who covet the name Faillon will still see it on the map on Faillon East.