Calls to consider removing Haggis name from London, Ont. park

The London Abused Women’s Center is calling on London city council to consider removing Paul Haggis’s name from a park in south London.

“Council should be revisiting, 100 per cent,” said Jennifer Dunn, the executive director of the center.

Haggis is facing new sexual assault allegations in Italy.

It’s not the first time council has been asked to revisit the park’s name and the city’s association with the famed London born director.

At least twice in the past, council has been asked to remove the Haggis name when previous similar allegations surfaced.

“We need to realize how harmful this is for women and girls without a conviction,” added Dunn. “Why does it have to take however many years to go through the court system before we take this seriously?”

City council has recently directed staff to remove the name of Trooper Mark Wilson from the city website and other municipal locations.

The mayor, deputy mayor and two councilors called for the change in a motion after, “it was revealed [Wilson] pleaded guilty at a court martial in 2004 to assaulting a woman at a base in Quebec.”

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