Petition launched to name a Vancouver street after Ryan Reynolds

Nov 28 2020, 6:38 pm

A petition asking Mayor Kennedy Stewart to name a street in Vancouver after Ryan Reynolds has been launched on Change.org.

Created by hosts from The Kevin and Sonia Show with Tara Jean on 104.9 KiSS RADiO, the petition has already gained more than 1,300 of its intended 1,500 signatures.

“Vancouver’s favourite son, Ryan Reynolds, deserves to have a street named after him (or at least a lane). It’s time,” the petition reads.

“Not only has he captured our hearts on the big screen, his humanitarian efforts have made him a beloved local treasure who encapsulates the best of Vancouverites, and fully deserving of this recognition in his hometown.”

Organizers note that in 2020 alone, Reynolds and his wife have donated $500,000 to Covenant House, and $200,000 to an Indigenous Women’s Leadership Fund.

He helped a woman locate a stolen teddy bear that contained a recording of her deceased mother’s voice, and bought hundreds of pizzas for grads at his former high school.

The actor used his own money to hire BIPOC staff for a new film, and recently surprised a young fan with a personal birthday message.

Vancouver’s City Asset Naming Committee generally only names things after notable people once they have died.

To be added to their Reserve List, someone must meet one of three criteria, including having “demonstrated excellence in service in ways that made a significant contribution to the community, city of Vancouver, province of British Columbia, or Canada.”

The petition organizers feel that Reynolds has helped to create a positive outlook of Vancouver around the world.

“For all he’s done for the community, he’s entirely deserving of a street named after him,” they say.

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