The battle over renaming Neill Street will come to a head tonight.
At least two speakers with opposing views, dozens of letters and e-mails and hundreds of names on a petition will be presented to council tonight.
In an updated report, Councillor Chris Alemany says while Neill Street should be renamed because of racist speeches and actions of the former Mayor and MP, a cairn could be built in Greenwood Cemetary acknowledging his role in developing a federal Old Age Pension program, and solidifying November 11th as Remembrance Day in Canada.
Alemany dropped his request to rename Indian Avenue after Hupacasath residents on that street said they were opposed to a renaming.
Alemany said the issue has lit-up social media like few others, and shone a light of continued racist views in our community, and he hopes the discussion will remain focussed on the issue.
The council meeting starts at 7 tonight and is available online through the City of Port Alberni website as well as on Shaw channel 4.
Alberni Valley Rescue Squad volunteers were out late last night tracking down an elderly couple who had become stuck in the snow on the way from Bamfield at Nitinat Lake.
Search Manager Dave Paulson said rescuers from the Ditidaht First Nation tried to reach the vehicle on Flora Main but couldn't get through.
The AVRS brought in a specialized ATV side-by-side with tracks and reached the pair at 2 this morning.
They were transported to Nitinat cold but uninjured.
This was the second time in 3 weeks rescuers have been called to assist vehicles stuck in the snow near Flora Lake.