Copps family 'trying to be constructive' in Coliseum renaming debate

Global Spectrum will make a pitch to Hamilton city councillors Monday to rename Copps Coliseum.

Former Hamilton Centre MPP, Sheila Copps, says her family has been contacted

City councillors will vote Monday on whether to let Global Spectrum change the name of Copps Coliseum. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Global Spectrum will make a pitch to Hamilton city councillors Monday to rename Copps Coliseum.

Copps Coliseum is named after Victor Copps, a long-time mayor of Hamilton. He was the patriarch of a family well known in Hamilton politics. His daughter, Sheila, served as MPP for Hamilton Centre then went on to become an MP and was at one-time deputy prime minister. 

In an email to CBC Hamilton on Monday, Sheila Copps, said her family was contacted early in the process, and "we are trying to be constructive," she said.

"The proponents are determined to honour my father’s legacy."

Coun. Jason Farr said he's been consulting with Sheila Copps and will address Victor Copps's legacy during the debate. 

Scott Warren of Global Spectrum will make a presentation, possibly with the potential naming partners, at a general issues committee meeting.

The company tried to keep the request under wraps. In Warren’s submission to councillors, he asked that it be in camera and not made public. FirstOntario Credit Union is rumoured to be the potential namesake.

The city signed an agreement with Global Spectrum last year to manage Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place and the Molson Canadian Studio. That agreement allows Global Spectrum to pursue a naming rights partner, Warren said. But the city has to approve it.

Also at this meeting, Coun. Brian McHattie will introduce a motion to drop a lawsuit with the federal government regarding the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

Reporter Samantha Craggs is tweeting live from the meeting. Follow her on Twitter at @SamCraggsCBC or in the box below.


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