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Storm Freya pounds the lighthouse at Porthcawl Point, in Brigend, Wales, on March 3 and 4, 2019. Bryn J Morgan | Shutterstock

Why naming storms is a risky business

Naming storms, streets or buildings is complicated because names are not just benign words. They are powerful cultural workhorses.
A sign on Charlotte St., in Sackville, N.B. Women rarely come from places named after women, and the exceptions usually commemorate them differently than men. (Peter Barr)

Women are vastly underrepresented in Canada’s place names

Far more streets, buildings and public spaces in Canada are named after men than women, despite women making up a majority of the population.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr.. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Neighborhoods with MLK streets are poorer than national average and highly segregated, study reveals

US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.

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