Honour Hansen the right way

What should we do to honour Rick Hansen? The highway sign was getting tacky.

What should we do to honour Rick Hansen?

The highway sign was getting tacky, and the meeting room in the basement of city hall named for him hardly fits the bill.

There was supposed to be a street named for him, but the north shore developers wanted it called Prosperity instead. I understand city council is now thinking about financing a monument. I’m not sure what kind of a monument, but who will benefit from it?

If council wants to spend money honouring Rick, what about funding an annual scholarship for handicapped students?

Or maybe fund a taxi for the handicapped? Or better yet, ask Rick what he would like?


GGS#1, who is five years old and in kindergarten, lost his first tooth last week.

This child shows signs of being a non-conformist; he refused to leave it for the Tooth Fairy. He insisted on keeping it.

That was fine, but when his grandparents came visiting, he was showing it off and dropped it on a deep-piled white area rug.

As everyone knows, baby teeth are about the size of a grain of rice, and this one hasn’t been seen since in spite of his parents’ valiant efforts to find it.

Eventually the Tooth Fairy succeeded where humans failed, and she left an appropriate sum in payment.

Fortunately his mother had taken a picture of him holding the tooth.

Oddly enough there was a mishap when his dad (GS#1) lost his first tooth. It fell out at his Nana’s house and his aunt put it in a glass of water and left it on the counter. Nana came along, washed the glass, and the tooth went down the drain. The Tooth Fairy saved the day that time too.

GGS#1 has three more loose teeth. We’ll have to wait and see what he wants to do with them.

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.