Names of Bedaux landmarks could be removed due to Nazi ties

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By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative

Mount Bedaux and the Bedaux Pass in Northeast B.C. may soon have their names removed from the map due to concerns the local landmarks commemorate an accused war criminal.
The two sites are located at the headwaters of the Muskwa River in Kwadacha Wilderness Provincial Park, and named after the French-American industrialist Charles Bedaux, who in 1934 led an infamous subarctic expedition through the region.
Bedaux, however, was later arrested for treason by the U.S. during the Second World War, accused of aligning his business interests and conspiring with Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied France. He committed suicide in 1944 in a Florida prison while awaiting trial.
The BC Geographical Names Office is now considering whether to rescind the names of the two sites after a request by a B.C. resident who considers them inappropriate, and is seeking comment from the Peace River Regional District, First Nation communities, and mountain...continued.

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