Work is under way to replace the roof of the BC Place domed stadium --
an effort that will include taking down the Terry Fox Memorial Arch built in 1984,
three years after Mr. Fox died of the cancer that ended his fundraising run.
Officials say the plaza site will be named for Mr. Fox...


Basketball star Steve Nash won't miss the memorial.
"I have to say I don't think the one that's there is the most flattering monument to Terry.
I think we could do with an overhaul or a redo.
I think he deserves an amazing place in our city, our province.
The sky is the limit.
If they named the province Terry Fox, I'd be fine with it.
He's a pretty special person.
Whether it's the airport, the stadium, the monument, whatever it is,
he needs to be recognized for the impact he has had on our society."

To Orwell Today,

Just had a chance to look at your site about Terry. I thought it was very nice. Well done.

-Bill Vigars

Greetings Bill,

Glad you came across the Terry Fox articles on ORWELL TODAY, which are listed below in the order they were written:





Thanks for sending the link to your website:

VIGARS CONSULTING (In 1980, in his role as Director of Public Relations and Fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society's Ontario Division, Bill Vigars acted as Terry Fox's public relations organizer, his close friend, and confidante on the heroic Marathon of Hope. That role has been chronicled in several books and portrayed in two movies by Academy Award winning actor Robert Duval in 1981 and Matt Gordon in 2005...)

I see in recent news that there's a new Terry Fox movie being made - INTO THE WIND - which hopefully will be screened to a wider audience than just the niche markets of film festivals.

Steve Nash premiering Terry Fox doc at Toronto, Hollywood News, Aug 16, 2010 (Terry Fox's incredible story has been told numerous times on film, and rightfully so. The Canadian runner who'd lost a leg to cancer, embarked on a cross-country foot race across Canada to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. His journey was cut short after health concerns forced him to stop running on day 143. Fox died shortly after his attempt due to complications, but his legacy has lived on for decades. Now Canadian basketball star Steve Nash will tell Fox's story once again in the documentary "Into the Wind". It will be part of ESPN's spectacular "30 for 30" documentary film series, and also will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Globe & Mail. Nash, an NBA all-star who directed "Wind", told ESPN: "I remember being a six-year-old boy and waking up every morning and rushing to the TV to see where Terry was that day. To see him running or hobbling across our country for the spirit of community and looking out for others was something that has stuck with me ever since. To see his face hiding the pain and to hear his words disguising the sacrifice was as motivating and as educational an experience as I've ever had. To be able to tell this story again, to Americans who love an underdog and a story of overcoming and struggle, is something any new filmmaker would love". For those who can't make it to TIFF this year, Nash's documentary will premiere on ESPN on Tuesday, September 28, at 8 p.m.)

Its basketball-star director -- Steve Nash -- expresses some of the same sentiments felt by millions of other Canadians, ie that Terry Fox is a monumental hero deserving of a monumental monument.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

...continued at CLIMBING TERRY FOX MOUNTAIN (on 30th anniversary of Terry Fox Run)

NBA star making new Terry Fox film (documentary INTO THE WIND will premiere at Toronto Film Festival), GlobeMail, Aug 14, 2010
"Directed by Steve Nash.” The credit will be on screen with Into the Wind, the basketball star’s Terry Fox documentary when, according to the director, it premieres next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF had nothing to confirm on Friday, but Mr. Nash, 36, said his film will have a slot in the world-famous film gathering, and possibly at the Vancouver International Film Festival as well. “It’s great, really exciting,” the star point guard for the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns said in an interview Friday at the downtown Vancouver branch of the Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club. “I feel very flattered. I am not Scorsese. I know that, so I am going to try and enjoy it and learn as much as I can.” He will need the education. The Johannesburg native, raised in Victoria, B.C., says feature films will likely be one of his post-basketball professional passions. It would be quite a turn for the basketball legend, who has twice been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.... Not far from where he was speaking, work is under way to replace the roof of the BC Place domed stadium – an effort that will include taking down the Terry Fox Memorial Arch built in 1984, three years after Mr. Fox died of the cancer that ended his fundraising run....)

Fox BC Place TERRY FOX MEMORIAL (This four-sided architectural memorial sits on a raised platform of concrete and tiles outside BC Place. According to the pamphlet Downtown Vancouver Architecture and Public Art (1998), "the memorial is a postmodern interpretation of the triumphal arches of Rome." There is a stylized cast lion on each corner of the roof. The square pavilion houses a map of Canada and an image of one-legged runner Terry Fox by Ian Bateson etched into polished steel surfaces. The inscriptions commemorate Fox's heroic effort to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. The "Marathon of Hope" eventually raised over $30-million...)

Terry Fox Arch to go, 24 Hours Vancouver, Aug 5, 2010
Due to B.C Place renovation, the Terry Fox arch at the foot of Robson Street will be removed. B.C. Place Stadium’s Terry Fox Memorial is going, but the Canadian hero won’t be forgotten. The 1984-installed, Roman-inspired triumphal arch at the foot of Robson Street will be a casualty of the $563 million B.C. Place Stadium renovation. “There will be an appropriate recognition of Terry Fox on that plaza and it will be known as the Terry Fox Plaza,” said B.C. Pavilion Corporation chairman David Podmore Thursday. “We’re in discussions. We have to rebuild that plaza itself.” Fred Fox, Terry’s brother, said he was “surprised”. “Having monuments and statues wasn’t what Terry was about,” Fox said. “Whether it’s in Vancouver or Thunder Bay, if that’s how people want to honour Terry, the family would be happy to know that.” The arch includes a larger-than-life etching of amputee Fox and a map of his cross-Canada run for cancer research, which was cut short in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Sept. 1, 1980. In 1983, opinion polls favoured naming the dome after Fox. Instead, the arch was built and a street west of the stadium was named for Fox, who died of cancer in 1981 at 22.

Reader Comments: Terry Fox Plaza is a disgrace! Rebuilding the Terry Fox Plaza is a great opportunity to honour this local icon with a monument that better represents the accomplishment. The current Terry Fox monument is embarrassing it should be replaced with a landmark that tourists will want to visit.... I would replace it with a reflection pool and a statue of Terry Fox in the middle. The memorial arch looks ugly and I'm glad it's taken down.... No respect! The arch was beginning to look wornout and was in need of refurbishing.... The arch is an eyesore and was never a fitting monument to Terry Fox. A proper bronze statue and plaque would be much more fitting.

Fox Plaza PlanTERRY FOX PLAZA PLAN: Note the yellow-highlighted locations of the existing Terry Fox Memorial Arch statue (which will be dismantled); BC Place Stadium with the roof removed while building new retractable one; the parking lot where the proposed Casino/Hotel will be located; and the Expo Dome which was given to Russia to use as their Pavilon during the Olympics. See RUSSIA IN CANADA'S SCIENCE WORLD & LENIN-MAO MOCK CANADA OLYMPICS

BC Place Stadium update, CKNW Radio, Aug 5, 2010
On time and on budget. That is what BC Pavillion officials are telling reporters who are getting a first look at the BC Place Stadium renovations. Reporters are getting a look from a hotel rooftop across the street. The first mast for the retractable roof is now in place and all the work should be near completion by next summer, according to Pavco chair David Podmore. Podmore also says the project is on budget. The total price tag is 563-million dollars.

BC Place roof-raising scedule on shaky ground, Van Sun, Aug 6, 2010
...The permanent roof covers all the seats while the 85-metre-by-100-metre retractable portion covers the playing field. PavCo will spend $563 million renovating the 27-year-old stadium, including $465 million on the roof project. Podmore insisted the project is on time and on budget so far.... The retractable-roof technology - with 36 masts around the stadium perimeter supporting cables and 76,000 square metres of fabric - is used at Commerzbank-Arena stadium in Frankfurt, Germany. It will take about 20 minutes to open or close the roof and when open, the retractable roof fabric will be hidden inside a pod above the video scoreboard. Podmore said the BC Place roof will be the largest and strongest of its kind in the world because it will have to handle annual snow loads of seven million kilograms. He said the cables have a diameter of 90 mm, which is 60 per cent bigger than those used at Whistler's Peak-to-Peak gondola. The first of the stadium's 36 50-metre masts was installed without incident last week. A temporary "jacking tower" now sits in the middle of the stadium floor, supporting a massive steel node that will sit 61 metres above the playing surface, holding all the permanent roof cables. The new roof will have 35 kilometres of cable and about 17,000 tonnes of steel, about the same total weight of the steel used in the new Vancouver Convention Centre. The stadium will feature new lighting, a new sound system, a new scoreboard and new FIFA-approved artificial turf. PavCo spent more than $2-million on new AstroTurf at the temporary Empire Field stadium and Buckley said the organization is currently tendering for a new BC Place artificial turf surface. The B.C. Lions still have a year left on their current lease with PavCo and are currently negotiating a new deal. The Whitecaps are believed to have negotiated a lease that will see them play in BC Place for up to 15 years. Podmore said seismic and structural upgrades to the stadium will allow it to serve as a regional emergency shelter in the event of a major emergency. BC Place used to hold events 210 days a year but PavCo expects that will increase to 240 or 250 days a year because the Whitecaps will be new tenants and the renovated stadium is expected to attract more summer events.

Vancouver's new crown: $563-million roof upgrade (set stage for major casino-hotel complex development)
by John Bermingham, Vanvoucer Province August 6, 2010
...Podmore said with the roof remaining closed each winter, it isn't practical to grow natural grass, so the new B.C. Place will have artificial turf. And as for as its eventual name, Podmore said talks on naming rights are ongoing, with keen interest from the corporate world. Podmore said the Terry Fox monument at the site will be taken down, and replaced with a new memorial. Podmore said he doubted there would be cost overruns in the remainder of the work, as it's a fixed-price project, but a contingency fund is in place, he said. Vancouver city manager Penny Ballem said the rezoning process for the adjoining casino-hotel project is "in the hopper" and a report should come before council in October, followed by a public hearing in November. "It's moving along through the process that will culminate on a report to council on the rezoning," she said. The government-owned stadium is set to reopen in fall 2011, but there is still no "drop-dead" date on when the B.C. Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps will move in. B.C. Place, which can seat 55,000 fans, will host the Grey Cup in November 2011.

Fox Casino New Vancouver casino an 'entertainment epicentre', CBC, March 26, 2010
Downtown Vancouver is getting a new $450-million casino and hotel complex to anchor its new "entertainment epicentre," B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell confirmed on Friday morning.... During the Olympic Winter Games the streets of Vancouver were alive with the Olympic spirit — and we hope the entertainment complex will help recapture some of that excitement," said Campbell. The new casino proposal includes two hotel towers, five restaurants and 100,000 square feet of gambling. The province said Paragon has signed a 70-year lease for the site, but the deal is still subject to municipal approval. Pending the approval of a re-zoning application by the City of Vancouver, construction is expected to begin in early 2011 and wrap up by 2013. Next door, work is just beginning on the installation of a new retractable roof on BC Place stadium. That $460-million project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2011...)

watch A Tribute to Terry Fox, YouTube (shows bronze statue memorials of Terry Fox at Simon Fraser University, Ottawa, Victoria, Thunder Bay...)

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