Proposed name change sparks division in Powell River, B.C.

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A small city overlooking the Georgia Strait in B.C.’s Sunshine Coast has become divided over a debate to potentially change its name. 

Powell River, with a population of over 13,900 about 120 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, has been at the centre of a heated discussion between its city council, the Tla’amin Nation and several residents. 

In 2021, the Tla’amin Nation approached the City of Powell River to consider a name change — which MLA Nicholas Simons says has created a deep community divide.

“Some people say there’s division created, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a half and half division. A lot of young people

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