In October 2021, Cobourg created a “seven feathers crosswalk” to remember indigenous “truth and reconciliation”; in June 2019, Cobourg celebrated Gay pride with a Rainbow crosswalk; and at the next Committee of the Whole Council meeting, Adam Bureau will move to create a third one – a poppy crosswalk – to honour veterans. Adam does not specify exactly what it would look like but other municipalities have already created one so we can look at them for an indication. Adam does not say whether he has talked to the Legion about the idea – it’s possible they may not like the idea of people walking on poppies – not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. See links below on the installation in Chestermere Alberta and others. But who would vote against the idea?
Once we have three crosswalks which say something about Cobourg, what’s stopping other groups wanting a crosswalk? Maybe a crosswalk to remember the homeless? Or name your cause.
Here is a photo of the Chestermere installation.
There’s also the question of where it should be put. Adam’s motion will ask town staff to “find the best location in time for Remembrance Day.”
Cobourg news Blog reports
Other news reports
- Why the Royal Canadian Legion says this crosswalk is disrespectful – CTV News Calgary re Chestermere poppy crosswalk (YouTube) – October 2021
- City of Barrie Installs Poppy Crosswalk – November 2021
- Royal Canadian Legion says no to poppy crosswalk in Downtown Timmins – October 2021
- Sarnia honours veterans with memorial crosswalk – November 2022 – no poppies, but “instead, the design includes stripes of red and white”.
Due to feedback from the public and the Legion, there will not be a Poppy crosswalk. This was decided at the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on 17 July. Instead, Town staff will work with the Legion on new ideas for Remembrance day.