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The bylaw required to change the names of two streets in the Whistle Bend subdivision received first and second readings at city council’s meeting Monday.
Council decided to change the names out of concern the name Gypsy Queen Lane and Peep Street are inappropriate.
The bylaw replaces Gypsy Queen Lane with Scotia Lane and Peep Street with Omega Street.
All streets and lanes in Whistle Bend are named after ships and boats that were active in the Yukon, B.C. and Alaska.
The Scotia was a steam-powered sternwheeler that took passengers from Atlin, B.C. to Bennett Lake from 1898 to 1918.
The Omega was a steamship that operated on Bennett Lake and was used during the construction of the White Pass railway.
The administrative report prepared for council indicates the term Gypsy may be an inappropriate term for the Roma people.
The report says the term Peep is often associated with terms such as peep show or peeping Tom.
Third and final reading of the required bylaw is scheduled for Jan. 31.
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