Should Mount Seymour’s second peak be named after Tim Jones?
While Lower Mainland residents prepare to say a final goodbye to Tim Jones this weekend, some members of the outdoor-recreation community are talking about ways to honour the much-admired North Shore Rescue team leader.
Last Sunday (January 19), Jones died on Mount Seymour, where the paramedic helped save many lives over the years. A march and memorial service will take place in North Vancouver on Saturday (January 25).
On ClubTread, an outdoors community site, several people have suggested that the second peak of Mount Seymour be named after Jones. Often referred to as the Second Pump, that 1,425-metre summit doesn't have a formal name. (The first and third peaks are officially called Pump Peak and Mount Seymour, respectively.)
"Many of the more difficult rescues Tim has been involved with have been in that general area. I for one would certainly be happy to see 2nd Peak be named Jones Peak instead," one ClubTread member wrote in a discussion thread about Jones's death.
On Bivouac, an online database of Canadian mountains, Jones Peak has already been added as an unofficial name for the second peak of Mount Seymour.
According to B.C.'s geographical naming policy, proposals for commemorative placenames may be considered as early as two years after the death of the person to be honoured. Such a proposal can't be made by the family of the deceased, but may be submitted by "any interested individual or group of persons".
"Where use of a personal name is for commemoration, the person(s) should have contributed significantly to the area where the feature is located, or to the Province, and the proponent must demonstrate that such contribution is recognized by the general public," the policy states.
A proposal to name Jones Peak would have to be made in writing to the Geographical Names Office in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The naming policy says that any proposal will be investigated and the proponent will be notified of the office's decision.