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Vancouver businessman wants to create a Terry Fox museum

A Globe and Mail report about artifacts related to Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope held at Library and Archives Canada in Burnaby sparked Doug Carter’s interest in a central museum.

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A construction industry executive says he's going to canvass for interest in developing a central museum to house all artifacts related to Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope.

Doug Carter, vice-president of Precast Concrete Solutions, said Thursday a museum would reinspire locals and visitors from the rest of Canada through Terry Fox's legacy.

"If I fast-forward to 2020, let's say, I would like to see the thousands of people that come to Vancouver every year making the Terry Fox Museum or Collection a must-see stop on their visit to Vancouver and finding inspiration, as many Canadians already do, to continue to support the fight against cancer," he said.

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Mr. Carter's interest follows a Globe and Mail report about the uncertain fate of tens of thousands of artifacts related to Mr. Fox's life and legacy that are now in storage at a federal Library and Archives Canada facility in Burnaby, which has custody of them until 2016.

Artifacts have been stored at various sites, including the public library and other municipal space in Mr. Fox's hometown of Port Coquitlam, and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, but some are calling for a central space. Mr. Carter said he would like to reach out to people in the construction and development industry to see if there's interest in taking on the project. One option, he said, would be housing artifacts as part of some planned commercial development, although he noted that any possibilities would have to meet the approval of Mr. Fox's family.

Terry Fox's brother, Darrell, has said the family would not take an active role in developing a museum because it would prefer to focus on fundraising for cancer research.

A source at Vancouver City Hall said the planning and parks department has been contemplating what it might do to facilitate such a project, but no decisions are imminent. The city's interest would be in finding a location; others would have to raise funds.

Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore says he thinks his community would be an "excellent location" for such a facility, but it's up to Mr. Fox's family. There is some urgency, he said, because "from the day you start planning to the day you open a door, especially when there's multiple funding agencies or private-sector funding that needs to occur, it can take years."

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Ian Bailey is a Vancouver-based reporter for The Globe and Mail.  He covers politics and general news. Prior to arriving at The Globe and Mail, he reported from Toronto and St. John’s for The Canadian Press.  He has also covered British Columbia for CP, The National Post and The Province. More

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