City of Winnipeg wants road renamed Israel Asper Way

The City of Winnipeg hopes to rename a stretch of Waterfront Drive to Israel Asper Way.

Road is a section of Waterfront Drive that runs past human rights museum at The Forks market

Izzy Asper is shown in this file photo from a news conference in Toronto on July 31, 2000. (Kevin Frayer/Canadian Press)

The City of Winnipeg hopes to rename a stretch of Waterfront Drive to Israel Asper Way.

The 450-metre section runs between William Stephenson Way and Forks Market Road, going alongside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The museum was the dream of Asper, who spearheaded the project but died the same year a competition was launched to come up with a design.

The proposal to rename the roadway was approved by a city committee on Monday morning.

The recommendation must first be approved by a handful of other committees before it goes to a final vote at council.

Asper, who founded the Winnipeg-based media giant CanWest Global Communications, died in October 2003.

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